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SOUND DEVICES EXHIBITS LATEST FIRMWARE FOR 664 PRODUCTION MIXER AT CCW 2013

Unit now offers 12 Analog Inputs and 16 Recording Tracks

NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 13, 2013 — Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, continues its tradition of adding significant features to its products through regular firmware updates. The latest update, Version 2.00 for its flagship 664 Production Mixer, unlocks six additional line-level inputs on this already powerful field mixer. The 664 now offers 12 analog inputs and 16-track recording without requiring the CL-6 Input Controller. Sound Devices showcases the benefits of the 664’s latest firmware update, Version 2.00 at Content & Communications World 2013 (CCW Booth 1140).

Sound Devices 664 features six ultra-low-noise, high-dynamic-range preamps that accept mic- or line-level signals and include analog peak limiters, high-pass filters, and input trim control. Version 2.0 firmware provides access to six additional, menu-controlled, line-level inputs for a total of 12 inputs. Inputs 7-12 appear on TA3 connectors shared with the direct outputs. Inputs 1 and 6 can be set to accept AES3 or AES42 for digital microphones, each with its own SRC for simplicity in system clocking.

With version 2.00, the 664 can record 16 track files, which include all 12 inputs plus its four outputs, without requiring the CL-6 Input Controller. The CL-6 continues to be an important accessory for users requiring hardware fader control of inputs 7 through 12. Firmware revision 2.00 also brings additional LCD metering modes to support the expanded input capability. Three menu-set metering modes are selectable from the front panel meter button. Meter modes offer combinations of input and output levels.

The 664 records 16-track monophonic or polyphonic broadcast WAV files or stereo MP3 files to SD and/or CompactFlash cards. All inputs and outputs are individually selectable for recording, and feature up to three seconds of record pre-roll. With its dual card slots, the 664 can record content to either or both cards simultaneously, with the ability to assign different tracks to each memory card. With cards not optimized for multi-channel monophonic file recording or if the monophonic 10-track limit is exceeded, a warning message is displayed on the LCD display when starting a recording. In addition, when formatted in the 664, SD cards 64 GB and larger are automatically formatted as ExFAT (in accordance with the SD Association’s recommendation). All CF cards and lower-capacity SD cards remain FAT32.

The 664 offers greater flexibility and ease-of-use with its “LCD Daylight Display” mode, which incorporates a daylight-specific color scheme and solid-bar metering option for improved readability in direct sunlight. In addition, it includes a high-precision, Ambient-based timecode generator/reader for multi-camera and double-system sound applications.

Existing 664 users can download version 2.00 for free by visiting http://www.sounddevices.com/download/664-firmware/.

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.

Nexidia Wins NewBay Media Product Innovation Award

ATLANTA — Nov. 12, 2013 — Nexidia, developer of dialogue and audio analysis products and technologies for optimizing audio and video media, today announced it has received the 2013 NewBay Media Product Innovation Award for Nexidia Dialogue Search. Nexidia Dialogue Search is a tool that rapidly searches through media libraries large and small to find any spoken word or phrase in seconds. The NewBay Media Product Innovation Awards honor outstanding product introductions that serve TV, professional video, and broadcast/online radio organizations.

Nominations were submitted by manufacturers. Winners were selected by a panel of professional users and will be featured in TV Technology, Digital Video, Creative Planet Network, Government Video, Video Edge, Radio World, and Radio magazines. Evaluation criteria included innovation of concept and design, creative use of technology, value, and suitability for use in a broadcast TV/radio or professional video environment.

“It’s an honor to have been selected for a NewBay Product Innovation Award because winners were chosen by people who actually use the products, and knowing we have their approval is the ultimate validation of our work,” said Drew Lanham, senior vice president and general manager of Nexidia’s Media and Entertainment division. “This award shows us that users see Dialogue Search as an invaluable tool in enabling them to find, manage, and leverage their media assets.”

Rules and other information about the award program can be found at http://bit.ly/155976o.

More information about Nexidia Dialogue Search and other Nexidia products is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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About NewBay Media
NewBay Media’s mission is to connect our audiences to authoritative, informative, and compelling content, in print, digitally, and in person, and to offer unsurpassed value and innovation for our advertisers, sponsors and business partners. Our brands include TV Technology, Digital Video, Creative Planet Network, Government Video, Video Edge, Radio World, Radio magazine, Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News, TV Technology, Music Week, MI Pro, TWICE, Systems Contractor News, Tech & Learning, Guitar Player, and Guitar World.

About Nexidia
Nexidia is the audio and video search company with patented technologies and breakthrough applications that make it quick and easy for customers to gain new insight, boost their competitive advantage, and monetize large volumes of audio and video assets from entertainment, sports, news, education, corporate, government, financial, house of worship, and non-profit organizations. More information is available at www.nexidia.tv.

Win a FREE Complete Composers Collection 2!

“Like” EASTWEST Sounds on Facebook to enter

Hollywood, CA (November 8, 2013) – EastWest is offering the chance to win a free Complete Composers Collection 2 through November 17. To enter, simply “like” EASTWEST on Facebook and answer one question on the entry form for a chance to win aComplete Composers Collection 2 with your choice of 7 licenses from the 20 options on the included hard drive.

The Complete Composers Collection 2 is perfect for music, film, TV, and game composers. 20 award-winning virtual instruments that cover virtually every musical genre, including:

- The Hollywood Gold series with Strings, Brass and Woodwinds
- The Dark Side
- Ministry of Rock 2
- Spaces
- uantum Leap Solo Violin

Each of these virtual instruments is a veritable masterpiece with truly authentic sounds. With Complete Composers Collection 2, any musician has access to the instruments and articulations used by some of the most successful composers in the world. The massive library comes on a 1TB pocket-size “Plug n’ Play” external hard drive. All samples are installed for quick and easy access. Every instrument included is powered by EASTWEST’s PLAY 4 software, and is now fully compatible with ProTools 11 supporting AAX, plus most other popular hosts (see compatibility chart).

For complete details and to enter visit http://www.soundsonline.com/CCC2-Giveaway

About EASTWEST

EASTWEST (www. soundsonline.com) 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-europe.com, on Facebook and Twitter.

iZotope Releases Audio Repair with RX 3: Tools, Tips and Techniques

Online Guide Details Strategies for Overcoming Common Audio Repair Problems

Cambridge, MA – November 5, 2013 – iZotope Inc., a leading audio technology company, announced the release of its new digital guide entitled Audio Repair with RX 3: Tools, Tips, and Techniques. The reference guide, available free of charge in the iTunes store and through iZotope’s website, provides invaluable information for audio editors repairing or restoring audio.

Audio Repair with RX 3 outlines the most common types of audio problems in recordings and covers the fundamental concepts of audio repair, while providing helpful tips from professionals for salvaging previously unusable audio. Geared toward helping users approach audio restoration based on their specific goals, readers can navigate through a wealth of tips and techniques from professionals including Emmy award-winning sound mixer Bill Jackson, Pro Tools Expert deputy editor Mike Thornton, and others.

For RX 3 users, audio repair techniques using iZotope’s new RX 3 audio restoration software are also included as subtopics throughout the guide.

Key Features:
Through the 100+ pages of the guide, readers are provided with valuable information on how to:

- Identify the basics of audio repair and restoration, and understand the tools of the trade.
- Learn the use of a spectrogram to identify audio problems.
- Expand efficiency in denoising, including reducing broadband noise, hum and tonal noise, and dialog denoising.
- Removing intermittent noises and gaps, clicks and pops, clipping, and reverb.
- Learn techniques of efficiently exporting and delivering audio.
- Discover tips from award-winning industry leaders, including timesaving advice and guidance through specific modules and plug-ins.

For more information about “Audio Repair with RX 3”, visit www.izotope.com.
For more information about iZotope RX 3, visit http://www.izotope.com/rx.

Pricing and Links to Download
Audio Repair with RX 3: Tools, Tips and Techniques, is free of charge, and is accessible through PDF by clicking here.
The eBook version can be downloaded via iTunes for iPhone and iPad by clicking here.
Users can also download follow-along audio examples here from the iZotope website.

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. iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite, RX®.
For more information on iZotope products, please visit www.izotope.com.

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Eric Smith, Founder and President of Auralex® Acoustics, Continues to Share His Knowledge Through Lectures and Speaking Engagements Nationwide

— Ongoing series of events sees Smith traveling to schools and conferences to educate students, faculty and industry veterans alike —

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, November 7, 2013 – Eric Smith, Founder and President of Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments, is continuing to share his knowledge far and wide, as he has been a featured guest lecturer at a number of colleges and universities across the country. A highly-sought-after speaker, Smith has recently had the opportunity to speak to faculty and students at Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles and the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences in Gilbert, AZ with more such engagements planned indefinitely.

Smith, throughout his career, has been a strong advocate of education, and he has guest-lectured at high schools and colleges throughout the country on the subjects of acoustics, broadcasting and entrepreneurship. Smith brings a wealth of personal experience, technical knowledge and a sense of humor to all of his presentations, which focus on basic acoustic theories, sound control issues and solutions, product design strategies, the challenges of a start-up company and what it takes to be successful in business.

Barry Rudolph, Instructor at Musician’s Institute, recalled the response to Smith’s presentation there: “What a fantastic and generous lecture Auralex President Eric Smith recently gave to the audio engineering students here at Musicians Institute in Hollywood. Our new Studio F was filled to capacity throughout the afternoon with a continuous stream of students enjoying his insightful and practical suggestions for improving the sound of their own project/home studios using various Auralex acoustic treatment products. Eric’s anecdotal yet analytical tutorial style explains with clarity, precision and humor. The students loved it!”

Smith was also a featured panelist at the recent PotLuckCon 2013 Audio Conference. Eric participated in a panel discussion along with studio designers/acousticians Mark Genfan and Carl Tatz and noted journalist/music technology specialist Mitch Gallagher. The topic of the well-attended panel discussion was “Practical Acoustics Workshop,” and the panel was moderated by Alex Maiolo.

“This series of events has been very fruitful,” stated Eric Smith. “I love getting the opportunity to promote good sound and good listening environments to current and future engineers and members of the audio community. When I see tomorrow’s audio professionals asking great questions and paying close attention, I know that the industry is in great hands. I am lucky that I can make an impact on these minds in the process, and I look forward to participating at more of these events in the near future.”

For more information, please visit www.auralex.com.

Audio Engineering Society Welcomes New President Dr. Sean Olive

— Noted audio researcher, educator and recording engineer/producer assumes role of President,
taking over from Frank Wells —

— Olive’s expertise and experience will help frame and strengthen the direction of AES leading into the 137th Convention in Los Angeles and beyond —

New York, NY, November 6, 2013 — Following closely on the heels of the 135th Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention, held Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City, which was hailed as one of the AES’s biggest successes in recent memory, the AES welcomes Dr. Sean Olive as its new President, taking over from outgoing President Frank Wells. Currently serving as Director, Acoustic Research, HARMAN International, Olive is based in Northridge, California, placing him in an ideal location to guide the AES into the 137th Convention, which will take place in Los Angeles in the fall of 2014.

Olive’s experience is wide-ranging; his education includes a B. Mus. from University of Toronto, a M. Mus. in sound recording from McGill University and a PhD in sound reproduction from McGill. He served as an audio research scientist for the National Research Council of Canada for several years, before joining the HARMAN team in 1993. He has stayed active in academia, teaching classes at UCLA on occasion, and has been involved in various aspects of the AES’s technical committees and research initiatives. He displays an unwavering passion for audio and the AES organization, and his unique perspective as a musician, educator, recording engineer/producer, audio researcher and consumer places him in an ideal position to guide the course of the society through the next year and help plot that course for coming years.

One set of goals embraced by Olive is to continue diversifying the scope of the AES and its membership. As he points out, “The recording industry has been at times resistant to change, and we are still feeling the effects of the failure to fully embrace digital technology. The ways that consumers are experiencing music are evolving at a rapid rate, with audio as a mobile experience now being much more common than a living room with a hi-fi system. Headphone sales are through the roof, and the AES has a chance to help improve the consistency and quality of the mobile experience. As our membership continues to move toward this world, along with the worlds of film, sound contracting, live sound, automotive audio and gaming, we need to further explore these avenues in order to better serve our members. There is also huge room for AES member expansion into the so-called ‘BRIC’ countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China – and we plan to increase our outreach in those regions. The AES has a tremendous leadership role and a strong membership base, and I look forward to leveraging these assets to assist in the ongoing transition to the AES of the 21st century.”

For further information on the Audio Engineering Society and upcoming events, please visit http://www.aes.org/.

Myers Returns to Content & Communications World 2013 With Latest Edition of ProTrack

CCW BOOTH # 765

Northampton, MA — CCW 2013 will set the stage for Myers – the highly respected developer of broadcast traffic, business, and content management software – to officially launch the significantly enhanced 6.07 version of its flagship ProTrack broadcast management solution. ProTrack, available in radio and television-specific editions, connects Traffic, Scheduling, Sales, Engineering and IT departments. The scalable and affordable software suite serves as the unifying element within the broadcast operation and integrates seamlessly with existing infrastructure to optimize workflow.

The new edition of ProTrack will be demonstrated in Booth 765 at CCW in New York City’s Javits Convention Center, November 13-14.

Built on a more powerful SQL database management engine, the enriched Radio and TV versions reflect feedback and requests from end-users and further streamline facility workflows. Numerous functionality and enhancements make information more accessible and facilitate growth and expansion, especially at the Enterprise level.

ProTrack 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
Until recently known as Myers Information Systems, 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 contact: Crist Myers
+1-413-585-9820 / sales@myersinfosys.com

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

NETIA MAM Solution Grows Even More Powerful With Integration of MediaSpeech Speech-to-Text Engine

CLARET, France — Nov. 7, 2013 — NETIA today announced a partnership with Vecsys, a leader in the speech-to-text market, through which the latter company’s MediaSpeech(R) “speech2text” engine will be integrated into the NETIA MAM (media asset management) solution to make full-text transcription and search capabilities available alongside video in the MAM interface. This new capability enables the automated transcription of audio tracks accompanying any ingested video as well as greater control over indexing, enriching, storing, retrieving, and monetizing A/V content.

“By converting audio tracks into searchable transcriptions, the MediaSpeech engine not only supports faster and more effective content searches, but also enables more comprehensive extraction of metadata and more extensive automated indexing,” said Paul Henri Oltra, vice president and CTO at NETIA. “These benefits are significant individually, and together they yield a tremendous boost in the efficiency with which users can find and use the content they want or need.”

“Vecsys is very excited about this partnership with NETIA,” said Béatrice Bacconnet, Vecsys CEO. “Video and audio productions are extremely precious assets, but they are often underutilized because traditional searches are blind to their true content. The combination of the NETIA MAM with our Vecsys MediaSpeech speech-to-text solution is cracking the code to deep audio and video content management; it’s opening a range of new possibilities for producers, broadcasters, journalists, and analysts, as well as the public at large.”

The incorporation of proven MediaSpeech technology into the NETIA MAM makes it even easier for media companies to deliver content according to their customers’ demands. From ingest to distribution in applications ranging from media logging to production, postproduction, and archiving, NETIA MAM users can very simply access, search, browse, and retrieve content through a single interface tailored to their work.

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

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/NETIA/Vecsys.zip
Photo Caption: NETIA Transcription With Vecsys

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About Vecsys
Vecsys is a leader in the speech technology industry, providing speech-to-text software and services that unlock value from audio and video sources. The company’s acclaimed MediaSpeech(R) engine is used by media-monitoring companies, online press groups, contact centers, and other institutions across France, the U.K., Spain, the U.S., and Gulf countries.

Vecsys is also present in the automotive, aerospace, health, and entertainment sectors with embedded mobile solutions. Started in 1979, Vecsys is now a Bertin Technologies subsidiary and part of the CNIM Group. It is traded on the Euronext market and operates worldwide with their HQ in France and offices in 15 countries.

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, 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.

Sound Devices Latest Firmware Adds Additional Inputs to 664 Production Mixer

Unit offers 12 Analog Inputs and 16 Recording Tracks

REEDSBURG, WI, NOVEMBER 5, 2013 — Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, continues its tradition of adding significant features to its products through regular firmware updates. The latest update, Version 2.00 for its flagship 664 Production Mixer, unlocks six additional line-level inputs on this already powerful field mixer. The 664 now offers 12 analog inputs and 16-track recording without requiring the CL-6 Input Controller.

Sound Devices 664 features six ultra-low-noise, high-dynamic-range preamps that accept mic- or line-level signals and include analog peak limiters, high-pass filters, and input trim control. Version 2.0 firmware provides access to six additional, menu-controlled, line-level inputs for a total of 12 inputs. Inputs 7-12 appear on TA3 connectors shared with the direct outputs. Inputs 1 and 6 can be set to accept AES3 or AES42 for digital microphones, each with its own SRC for simplicity in system clocking.

With version 2.00, the 664 can record 16 track files, which include all 12 inputs plus its four outputs, without requiring the CL-6 Input Controller. The CL-6 continues to be an important accessory for users requiring hardware fader control of inputs 7 through 12. Firmware revision 2.00 also brings additional LCD metering modes to support the expanded input capability. Three menu-set metering modes are selectable from the front panel meter button. Meter modes offer combinations of input and output levels.

The 664 records 16-track monophonic or polyphonic broadcast WAV files or stereo MP3 files to SD and/or CompactFlash cards. All inputs and outputs are individually selectable for recording, and feature up to three seconds of record pre-roll. With its dual card slots, the 664 can record content to either or both cards simultaneously, with the ability to assign different tracks to each memory card. With cards not optimized for multi-channel monophonic file recording or if the monophonic 10-track limit is exceeded, a warning message is displayed on the LCD display when starting a recording. In addition, when formatted in the 664, SD cards 64 GB and larger are automatically formatted as ExFAT (in accordance with the SD Association’s recommendation). All CF cards and lower-capacity SD cards remain FAT32.

The 664 offers greater flexibility and ease-of-use with its “LCD Daylight Display” mode, which incorporates a daylight-specific color scheme and solid-bar metering option for improved readability in direct sunlight. In addition, it includes a high-precision, Ambient-based timecode generator/reader for multi-camera and double-system sound applications.

Existing 664 users can download version 2.00 for free by visiting http://www.sounddevices.com/download/664-firmware/.

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.

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