Archive for January 7th, 2014

ASUS and Waves Audio Announce Strategic Relationship to Provide a Premium Sound Experience to Users Worldwide

— Waves MaxxAudio® Master technology brings superior audio performance to complete range of ASUS SonicMaster products —

INTERNATIONAL CES, LAS VEGAS, NV, January 7, 2014 — ASUS, a leading enterprise in the new digital era, together with Waves, a leading provider of audio DSP for the professional and consumer markets, and recipient of a Technical GRAMMY® award, have recently announced an expanded relationship which will bring a new level of premium sound quality to ASUS’s consumer electronic product line. This agreement will incorporate Waves MaxxAudio® Master processing into all ASUS products that feature ASUS SonicMaster technology.

As the driving engine of ASUS SonicMaster, MaxxAudio Master processing, with its superior performance characteristics, will enhance the clarity and depth of the user’s listening experience, whether enjoying a game, multimedia selection of music and movies, or for online communication purposes.

“Ongoing developments in multimedia and entertainment applications increasingly push the capabilities of our devices,” said Henry Huang, Director of ASUS Golden Ears Team. “We are certain that this strategic implementation of Waves’ embedded technologies will provide a new level of satisfaction to the ASUS user experience.”

“ASUS is well known for groundbreaking products, their innovative designs deserve innovative audio technology to match, stated Tomer Elbaz, Executive Vice President, Waves Consumer Division. “ASUS Golden Ears Team makes an exceptional use of MaxxAudio professional sound technologies to create a unique, premium audio experience. Thanks to this winning combination, ASUS users, whether working with a mobile device or a high-end workstation, can expect best in class sound quality.”

Sound Devices PIX 260i Production Video Recorders Get in Sync with Latest Firmware Update

Advanced Metadata Editing Functionality Also Available

REEDSBURG, WI, JANUARY 7, 2014 — Sound Devices, specialists in portable audio and video products for field production, announces its latest firmware update, Version 1.50, for its PIX 260i Production Video Recorder. PIX 260i recorders seamlessly replace tape-based video decks in production and post-production environments, while also offering 32 tracks of audio recording and playback. The latest firmware, which is available as a free download to all PIX 260i users, further streamlines production workflows with several powerful upgrades.

For applications with multiple, grouped units, version 1.50 allows for frame-synchronized control for record, play, stop and pause functions. It also offers several advanced metadata editing enhancements, including the ability to edit scene, take, note, track name and circle metadata for the current take, next take or previous takes—even while recording. Metadata edits now apply to all drives selected for recording. Scene/take edits update the embedded bEXT /iXML metadata and the file name when the File Name Format is set to “Reel-Scene-Take” or “Scene-Take.” The recorders audio-only mode offers an additional audio-specific LCD view, which includes metering, file name, scene/take, timecode, ABS time, track names, sample rate, bit-depth and drive remaining time.

In addition, Version 1.50 features an updated method for preventing file corruption in the event of power loss during recording. It also introduces record and playback of SDI Source ID (SID) metadata. With the latest firmware, File OSD Field now shows Poly versus Mono WAV, and several keyboard shortcuts are now available for transport controls in PIXNET.

The PIX 260i supplies all the features and tools needed by production companies looking to migrate to file-based recording and playback environments. It records QuickTime video files in either Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD formats and sound-only files in either monophonic or polyphonic WAV format. Video files recorded with Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD are ready for editing directly from the recorder in common editing environments, such as Avid, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere, eliminating time-consuming transferring and transcoding. For color-critical applications, the PIX 260i supports Apple ProRes 4444 through its 12-bit, 4:4:4 3G-SDI I/O. Users can also play out files from the PIX 260i for real-time applications.

Continuing the company’s heritage in production sound, Sound Devices has infused the PIX 260i with 32-track audio recording and playback capabilities. In addition to 16 channels of embedded SDI audio and eight channels of HDMI audio, the PIX 260i also accepts eight channels of line-level analog I/O and eight channels of AES digital audio. Using Audinate’s Dante audio-over-Ethernet protocol, the PIX 260i can accept and transmit up to 32 channels of audio over Ethernet.

Files are recorded either simultaneously or sequentially on up to four separate drives, two front-panel PIX-CADDY slots and two rear-panel eSATAp connections. This redundancy in local, removable storage devices, coupled with standard Ethernet-based file transfer features further streamline the production workflow. Recording to multiple drives offers immediate file backup, eliminating time-consuming post-record copying. Gigabit Ethernet network ports enable remote access to recorded files and the ability to transfer files quickly into a post-production environment. In addition, the PIX-CADDY CF allows the PIX 260i to record polyphonic WAV files directly to removable CompactFlash cards (audio poly mode only).

Another key feature of the PIX 260i is that it can be controlled from browser-capable computers and tablets. When connected to a data network, transport controls and setup menu controls are available on PIXNET, which offers control of one or multiple PIX 260i recorders. Multiple units can be grouped for simultaneous control.

Existing PIX 260i users can download version 1.50 by visiting http://www.sounddevices.com/download/pix260i-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.

DK-Technologies Boosts Its Profile In The USA

DK-Technologies has appointed California-based Dedicated Marketing as its sales and support representative in the US. Under the direction of its President, Ed Simeone, Dedicated Marketing will handle DK’s entire spectrum of products, including the Award-winning DK Meter range and the recently launched flagship PT0800 Audio and Waveform Monitor.

Renowned for his enthusiasm for high end broadcast products, Ed Simeone is ideally placed to drive DK-Technologies’ sales efforts in the USA. As the former founder, CEO and chairman of TC Electronics US, Simeone is well known and respected within the broadcast and pro audio industries. In recent years, he has focused on broadcast audio at TC Group America and Linear Acoustic Inc., and most recently at Dedicated Marketing.

Uffe Kjems Hansen, Product Marketing Director at DK-Technologies, says: “We are very proud to have Ed Simeone join the DK-Technologies set-up. With Ed’s extensive broadcast knowledge and passion for audio we are adding an industry expert and true evangelist to our team. We are confident that Ed will strengthen DK-Technologies’ brand and presence in the US market and continue the growth path that DK-Technologies is currently on, to the benefit of both existing and new customers.”

Ed Simeone adds: “I am thrilled to take on DK-Technologies sales and distribution in the US. To represent one of the leading metering manufacturers with such a pristine product portfolio is an honor and I am looking forward to boosting both the confidence and the business of the brand moving forward.”

DK-Technologies has been developing high end audio and video monitoring and metering products for more than 20 years and is renowned for the extreme accuracy and quality of its products. In recent years it has led the market in Loudness metering technology, particularly in portable and affordable solutions such as those exemplified by the DK Meter family – a range of audio and loudness metering products that have been exceptionally well received by broadcasters and post production facilities around the world.

For more information about DK-Technologies in the USA, please contact Ed Simeone at Dedicated Marketing. Tel: +1 805 402 4143. Email: edsimeone@dk-technologies.com. For general information about DK-Technologies and its products, please visit www.dk-technologies.com

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About DK-Technologies
DK-Technologies develops and produces audio meters, video sync and test signal generators, as well as video waveform monitors and colour analysers both for LCD and CRT monitors. Alongside its worldwide distributor network, DK-Technologies also operates branch offices in Denmark, Germany, UK and USA. www.dk-technologies.com

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