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Leading Industry Journalists React Positively to Audio-Technica AT5040 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone

— The ultimate studio condenser vocal microphone, the AT5040 represents a milestone in design, build quality, and the depth, presence and purity of its sound quality —

Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is showing its AT5040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone, the inaugural model from its flagship 50 Series of elite studio microphones. Leading journalists and engineers have been raving about the AT5040 since its recent introduction.

In his review for the June issue of Mix magazine, Barry Rudolph, an L.A.-based recording engineer and audio expert, stated, “The AT5040 offers the elegance and natural sound of a well-designed large-diaphragm condenser microphone with the precision, wide frequency response and high SPL handling of a small-diaphragm microphone. The AT5040 is like super high-definition video—it captures everything in truthful resolution.”

In an August feature for Pro Audio Review, which recently nominated the AT5040 for a PAR Excellence award in the category of Large Diaphragm Condensers (LDCs, non-handheld), PAR Technical Editor and Nashville engineer Lynn Fuston stated that the “AT5040 is a well-built, respectable mic with a proud heritage and lots of unique design features … All together, this is the best microphone package A-T has ever made … The fit and finish of the AT5040 are superb.”

Additionally, Alan Branch, a freelance engineer/producer, wrote for the August issue of Audio Media, “…Audio-Technica has taken a fresh approach to how a mic can truly capture sound … resulting in what might just be the best vocal mic every produced!”

About the AT5040:
A-T’s ultimate studio vocal microphone, the hand-built AT5040 side-address condenser offers remarkably musical high-fidelity performance, with profound realism and depth, presence and purity of sound. Featuring a proprietary breakthrough element design, the AT5040 employs four ultra-thin (2 micron) rectangular diaphragms that function together providing combined surface area unachievable in a standard round diaphragm. Designed as a first-choice vocal microphone with smooth top end and controlled sibilance, the AT5040’s large-diaphragm characteristics and fast transient response also make it ideal for recording acoustic instruments such as piano, guitar, strings, and saxophone.

The AT5040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone, the first model in Audio-Technica’s flagship 50 Series of elite studio microphones, is now available with a U.S. MSRP of $2,999.00. For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

Myers Introduces Live Log Dynamic Data Exchange Between Traffic & Automation

Northampton, MA – Myers the highly respected developer of broadcast traffic, business, and content management software – today announced the introduction of Live Log, an extension of its BXF integration between ProTrack and 3rd party automation systems. Leveraging the BXF protocols developed by SMPTE, Myers’ advanced implementation features dynamic updating of running playlists.

“Myers has been a long-time SMPTE member and supporter,” said Crist Myers, company CEO and president. “We’ve actively participated in the BXF Working Group since its inception, and I’m pleased that we are among the very first traffic systems to successfully implement this highly sought-after functionality. By facilitating a seamless exchange of information between programming, traffic and automation, we benefit both our clients and theirs with greater efficiency and real-time decision-making tools.”

Live Log broadens the bi-directional, real-time exchange of data between ProTrack and the facility’s play-to-air automation. It provides the ability to edit ProTrack logs and deliver them to automation in real-time. Users may view changes before republishing and receive confirmation receipts when the updates are accepted; and ProTrack will maintain a history of those modifications. Live Log permits users to make and track strategic business decisions within ProTrack. It improves operational efficiency through streamlined processes and enhances sales opportunities by extending log-closing deadlines with the ability to identify, react to and reschedule errant spots.

ProTrack, Myers’ proven flagship suite, is available in both radio and television editions. It offers comprehensive scheduling and business management for individual, multichannel and multi-station facilities. Actively used by more than 226 media outlets, supporting more than 1,300 channels, ProTrack provides a high-level of structure, scalability, and systems integration for today’s rapidly evolving media environments.

ABOUT MYERS
Formerly known as Myers Information Systems, Inc., the company has been developing broadcast management software since 1989. Myers provides technology and services for television, radio and other digital media providers designed to improve every aspect of their operations, from contracting to invoicing, media management to scheduling, and from trafficking to reconciliation. For more information, please visit: www.myersinfosys.com

Myers Information Systems contact: Crist Myers
+1-413-585-9820 / sales@myersinfosys.com

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmoon.tv

EASTWEST Virtual Instruments, the Perfect Fit for Pro Tools 11

EASTWEST PLAY 4 Software Provides Full AAX and 64-Bit Support

Hollywood, CA (October 1, 2013) – EASTWEST (soundsonline.com), the industry leader in soundware and virtual instrument development for 25 years, announces Pro Tools 11 compatibility for their entire catalog of award-winning instruments. With clientele that spans the who’s who of the music, film, television, games, multimedia and performing arts, EASTWEST provides professionals with the very best music creation tools available, now ready to be used with Pro Tools 11 including AAX and 64-Bit support.

The company released the newest version of its proprietary software PLAY 4 to support all their collections with Avid’s new AAX format. This will allow Pro Tools 11 users to work with EASTWEST’s virtual instruments in 64-bit, greatly improving performance. Doug Rogers, founder of EASTWEST, says: “PLAY 4 and Pro Tools 11 make the perfect combination. Many of the top composers in the world rely on EASTWEST and in the past have had to make compromises to their workflow to achieve their creative goals. At EASTWEST, we strive to help composers create outstanding music with the highest quality Virtual Instruments, without compromise, using innovative engineering and technology. The quality of the instruments we provide put a lot of demands on the DAW software, but Pro Tools 11 is now perfectly suited to meeting those demands and allowing professional media composers to take their creativity to a higher level.”

PLAY 4 also includes new time-stretch software optimized for loops (with sync to sequencer); offers a new mixer page (with sub-channels for mic positions), background loading, SSL/EW FX suite that includes SSL EQ & Dynamics Channel, SSL Transient Shaper, SSL Stereo Compressor, EASTWEST Expanded Convolution Reverb, and many other new features.

Andrew Wild, Avid Marketing Manager, commented: “Play 4 coming to AAX 64-bit for Pro Tools 11 is exciting news for musicians and composers who will experience an exponential boost in power for the creative freedom to use more of EASTWEST’s vast collection of Virtual Instruments than they ever thought possible and press beyond technical limitations to make the best sounding music.”

Over 30 EASTWEST/Quantum Leap award-winning collections are now Pro Tools 11 compatible, including EASTWEST’s famous Hollywood series including Brass, Strings and Woodwinds (all editions), the Symphonic Orchestra and Symphonic Choirs (all editions), Fab Four, Goliath, Gypsy, Ministry of Rock, Ministry of Rock 2, Pianos (all editions), Ra, Silk, Solo Violin, Stormdrum 2 and 3, Voices of Passion, The Dark Side, collections such as Complete Composers Collection 2, Complete Composers Collection 2 Professional (which will include a site license for recording studios), and Spaces. “We are proud to be a leader in the music creation industry and to be able to offer Pro Tools 11 compatibility to our customers,” says Doug Rogers.

About EASTWEST
EASTWEST has been dedicated to perpetual innovation and uncompromising quality of Sample Libraries and Virtual Instruments for 25 years, setting the industry standard as the most critically acclaimed soundware developer. More about EASTWEST at soundsonline.com and soundsonline-forums.com on Facebook and Twitter.

About Avid
Through Avid Everywhere, Avid delivers the industry’s most open, innovative and comprehensive media platform connecting content creation with collaboration, asset protection, distribution and consumption for the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world—from the most prestigious and award-winning feature films, music recordings, and television shows, to live concerts and news broadcasts. Industry leading solutions include Pro Tools®, Media Composer®, ISIS®, Interplay®, and Sibelius®. For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit www.avid.com, connect with Avid on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Google+; or subscribe to Avid Blogs.

Media Contact for EASTWEST:
Music Marcom
Martina McConnon
e: martina@musicmarcom.com
v: 610-577-4982
www.musicmarcom.com

SONNOX & FRAUNHOFER INTRODUCE NEW COLLABORATION:CODEC TOOLBOX

OXFORD, UK: Musicians, DJ’s, producers and engineers seeking an affordable solution to encode music for the web can now rely on the new Codec Toolbox. A collaboration between innovative plug-in developer Sonnox and mp3 creator Fraunhofer IIS, Codec Toolbox offers real-time codec auditioning, metadata editing and batch encoding, for only £35 GBP (approx. $55. ex. sales tax.)

Sonnox Sales & Marketing Manager explains, “The impact made by the Pro-Codec on the professional mastering world convinced us that today’s generation of independent producers, engineers and artists need their music to sound great in every format. The Codec Toolbox uses high quality codecs from Fraunhofer and Apple to ensure that every mix sounds as good online as it does in the studio.”

Codec Toolbox is comprised of two applications: the Toolbox Plug-In, for real-time mix auditioning through various codecs; And, the Toolbox Manager, for encoding and adding metadata. A ‘clip safe’ function ensures clean encoded files, as the software auto-compensates for any overs during the encode process.

The Codec Toolbox is available to try for 15-days or to purchase at www.sonnox.com/codectoolbox

To learn more and watch an overview video, visit: www.sonnox.com/codectoolbox

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Photo: The Codec Toolbox

For detailed information on Sonnox Oxford Plug-ins please visit: www.sonnox.com

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