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The Hills Come Alive with Antelope Audio and “The Earth Harp”

Artist and Instrument Craftsman William Close Turns to Antelope to Capture Unique and Unprecedented Recording, Using Natural Valley as the Instrument’s Resonating Chamber

Santa Monica, CA, November 20, 2013 – Ever since his art school days in the late 1990′s while attending the prestigious Chicago Art Institute, William Close pursued his dream of building and performing with unique, handmade instruments whose sounds have never been heard anywhere in the world. Now, The Earth Harp, his masterpiece instrument creation of unprecedented physical scale and sonic beauty, has been captured in astonishing fidelity in a brand new recording — thanks to the digital clocking and conversion technology of Antelope Audio.

His new album with The Earth Harp Collective, Behind the Veil, captures the authentic sound of this spectacular instrument — from its lavish root notes to its rich harmonics and heavenly overtones. Close attributes the success of the recording in large part to Antelope Audio’s new Rubicon A to D converter, which was used as the primary mastering device, and its Orion32 multi-channel interface, which was used during playback. “I’ve never heard The Earth Harp sounding so good on a recording,” he says. “The instrument has so many beautiful harmonics and overtones, and many times these are lost in the process. The Antelope equipment was awesome and helped us finally achieve a true representation of how The Earth Harp actually sounds.”

Marcel James, mastering engineer and Director of Sales and Marketing for Antelope Audio (USA), mastered the project. Interestingly, he was not familiar with The Earth Harp when he first heard the final mixes. When he stumbled on a video of Close’s performance on America’s Got Talent, he got chills: “When I saw his video on America’s Got Talent, suddenly it all made sense,” he recalls. “From that point on, the project took on a new meaning. Here was a relatively new artist, a new instrument and a special new piece of equipment from Antelope that had an A to D converter and a built-in atomic clock.”

While James used Antelope gear throughout the entire process, the starting point was the Orion32, which was clocked to a 10M. Despite using only two channels for playback, he considers the Orion32 a very capable playback converter for mastering: “The sound of the Orion is very neutral, but also very musical,” he says. “I use very high end EQs during the mastering process, and if you start EQing with an inferior sounding device, all you are doing is adding problems.”

After playback, James routed the signal to his Sontec mastering EQs for dynamics processing before sending it via USB to an Antelope Audio Rubicon, which was running Logic X off of a second MacBook Pro as the ‘final recording device.’ “I had just gotten the Antelope Rubicon, so I thought I would try its A to D capability on this project,” he recalls. “The sound of The Earth Harp suddenly had this larger than life sound that really lent itself well to the material.”

For monitoring, his D to A conversion was handled by an Antelope Zodiac +, which was also being clocked to the 10M. “I had the best clocking feeding the most neutral, transparent D to A converter,” he says. For loudspeakers, he used ATC 150 monitors in conjunction with an ATC sub. Finally, he used an Antelope Eclipse 384 as a monitor control. “The Eclipse384 is extremely viable as a monitor management tool,” he explains. “First, it has a very high quality headphone output as well as a sub management system built-in. Second, its preset capability allows instantly recall the original mix, the ‘post-analog’ stage where I introduce the EQ, and after the Zodiac + — the very end of the chain. It gives me a very clear picture.”

In the final mastering phase, James printed audio files for the CD at 44.1, but also made 96 kHz, 24-bit masters, which he wants to help Close make commercially available. Given the unique audiophile nature of the recording, he also ran a pass of 96/24 audio with no limiting and had vinyl records cut on a mastering lathe.

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.

Photo captions:
1. William Close speaks to Marcel James, mastering engineer and director of sales and marketing at Antelope Audio, in the latest “Hanging Out” series featuring The Earth Harp.
2. William Close performs on The Earth Harp on America’s Got Talent, fall of 2012.

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Mongolian National Broadcaster Selects NETIA Radio-Assist Audio Automation Software

CLARET, France — Nov. 19, 2013 — NETIA today announced that Mongolian National Broadcaster (MNB), the official, state-funded broadcaster in Mongolia, has placed an order for NETIA’s Radio-Assist(TM) audio automation suite. The digital audio automation software will be deployed for MNB Radio with the support of NETIA’s local partner, systems integrator Career Mart, to improve radio production processes.

“Equipped with tools that simplify and streamline operations, NETIA’s automation software will provide MNB Radio with a straightforward and scalable solution for file-based production,” said Daria Globus, NETIA sales representative for Eastern Europe, Russia, and CIS countries. “By enabling a high degree of efficiency across the broadcast workflow, Radio-Assist also will give MNB Radio greater flexibility in providing listeners with quality radio programming.”

NETIA’s Radio-Assist software suites address each part of the production and broadcast workflow, allowing users to record, edit, or prepare a playlist. In addition to browsing and publishing tools for full multimedia functionality, the software features tools for acquisition, archiving, audio editing, commercial and music production, newsroom systems, scheduling, broadcasting, and administration.

More information about NETIA and its product portfolio is available at www.netia.com.

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About NETIA
NETIA, a Globecast company, is a leading provider of software solutions that enable efficient management and delivery of content to today’s full array of media platforms. Relied on by more than 10,000 users in 200 installations in more than 40 countries, NETIA solutions allow content producers and owners to manage content from ingest to delivery, targeting multiplatform outlets including the Internet, VOD, IPTV services, and mobile devices. NETIA provides content management solutions to major radio and television brands and to multimedia groups around the world. Clients include SBS and ABC in Australia, RAI Italy, RTBF in Belgium, MediaCorp Singapore, RTL France, Radio Globo in Brazil, RTM Malaysia, Radio France, the Associated Press and Cumulus Radio, France Télévisions, and Canal+. NETIA has its headquarters in France, with offices in the United States, Paris, Rome, and Singapore, in addition to a global network of professional distribution partners.

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Wohler MPEG Series Video Monitor Line Is Among First Products to Earn NewBay Media Product Innovation Award

SAN FRANCISCO — Nov. 18, 2013 — Wohler Technologies today announced that its MPEG Series video monitor line has earned a 2013 NewBay Media Product Innovation Award honoring outstanding product introductions that serve TV, professional video, and broadcast/online radio. This was the inaugural year for the award, and winners were selected by a panel of professional users. Evaluation criteria included innovation of concept and design, creative use of technology, price value, and suitability for use in a broadcast TV/radio or professional video environment.

“The ability to decode and analyze both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4/H.264 streams in a single compact unit is a dramatic step forward for video monitoring, and we’re pleased that the award panel understood the value this capability brings to today’s broadcast operations,” said Carl J. Dempsey, president and CEO of Wohler. “As facilities began working with MPEG transport streams for content delivery, monitoring staff typically turned to a PC-based server to analyze those inputs. Now, however, our MPEG Series monitors offer a far more efficient and cost-effective alternative for monitoring various video signals in a wide array of formats.”

Wohler Technologies’ MPEG Series of multiscreen broadcast-quality MPEG video monitors represents the first universal digital broadcast confidence monitor line in the broadcast industry. Available in a variety of multiscreen configurations, products in the MPEG video monitor line are capable of decoding and displaying MPEG-2- and MPEG-4-based content via ASI and IPTV transport streams; supporting dual-input 3G/HD with loop-through; and accommodating HDMI video — all with audio level meters, GPI, and tally.

With the MPEG monitor series, a single operator can monitor all video streams, even those destined for delivery via Web portals and mobile services, from a single system and interface. The consolidation of MPEG-2 and MPEG-4/H.264 streams into the mainstream workflow further reduces the cost and complexity of handling the various streams processed and distributed by today’s broadcast and production facilities.

More information about the MPEG Series video monitor line and the full Wohler product family is available at www.wohler.com.

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About Wohler Technologies Inc.
Wohler’s tradition of innovation began with the creation of the industry’s first in-rack audio, video, and data monitoring category, and continues today through its development of signal management and monitoring solutions for video, audio, captioning, and loudness applications. Wohler’s 2012 acquisition of RadiantGrid Technologies extends this award-winning product line to include the Wohler RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM) for efficient file-based content creation and distribution, quality control, and faster-than-real-time transcoding and standards conversion. This new offering, combined with the company’s proven, cost-effective confidence monitoring, compliance recording, and content management solutions, ensures high-quality media production across any platform and delivery to any device. More information about Wohler is available at www.wohler.com.

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