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Aphex® Deepens Its Relationship with the Music Industry Recording Arts (MIRA) Program at St. Petersburg College

— Leading audio processing product developer and innovative pro audio and music industry education center have a shared vision of how technology and academia can work together to the enhanced benefit of the school, the students and the quality of sound —

Aphex®, a leader in audio enhancement technology for more than 35 years, has deepened its unique relationship with the Music Industry Recording Arts (MIRA) program at St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, Florida. The MIRA program, which was launched four years ago with a dozen students and offers an accredited Associate of Science degree in a well-integrated curriculum of audio sciences and business acumen, now has between 250 and 300 students per semester in the program, and plans to launch a four-year Bachelor of Applied Science degree program in 2014. For the last two years, the MIRA program has collaborated closely with Aphex, using products including the Aural Exciter®, 500 Series EQ, Aphex Channel, Aphex Dominator II and Compellor® processors, as well as the HeadPod 4™ headphone amplifier, all integrated into MIRA’s pro audio curriculum. As new products become available, Aphex shares them with MIRA, providing the program’s students with state-of-the-art technology that offers them access to equipment identical to that being used in commercial facilities. At the same time, the faculty and students of MIRA regularly provide insightful feedback into how those products perform under the singular pressures of an academic environment. It’s a relationship from which everyone benefits, most of all the students.

This mutually beneficial association has come about because of the shared vision of Mark Matthews, Lead Instructor of the MIRA program, and Aphex wanting to bring the “real world” of recording and music to students. “At MIRA, we approach learning about audio arts and the music industry in an experiential, hands-on way, and Aphex has been a significant partner in how we go about that,” says Matthews. “That we work so well together stems from the fact that both Robin and I came to where we are now from being musicians and from working in various aspects of the music industry. Our visions of how best to teach about sound and improve sound are very much in synch.”

Aphex COO, Robin Sibucao agrees, adding, “Mark Matthews has the perfect combination of experience, talent and vision to lead their unique MIRA Program. Matthews is pioneering a new educational path to prepare students not only to enter the industry’s workplace but also to grow and sustain within the many segments of the audio industry. We are thrilled that Aphex and MIRA have developed such a great working relationship and that we can be a part of helping the audio professionals of the future in such a powerful program. And as the students learn using our product, Aphex also learns while watching them use those products – we get to see how an entirely new generation of pro audio professionals looks at its tools.”

As the relationship enters its next stage, Sibucao points to MIRA’s new MYRA Radio Network, an internet-based radio station broadcasting from the St. Petersburg/Gibbs campus. The station is a multi-format platform completely managed and programmed by students, who produce their own programs and have complete creative control over the content. The HeadPod 4 is now an integral part of the station’s infrastructure, thanks to its four stereo power amplifiers and switchable multi-source inputs (including SPDIF) that make it a perfect fit for the needs of MIRA’s new broadcast center. The MYRA Radio Network will create another platform in which MIRA’s students and faculty can work together, but it’s also another level in a deepening relationship that’s totally student-focused, says Matthews. “It’s about how best to integrate not only Aphex products, but also all relevant production equipment, into the student workflow at MIRA. From this dialog, a new way of thinking has been developed regarding how educational institutions and manufacturers can work together in a mutually beneficial relationship.”

For more information please visit http://www.aphex.com.

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Auralex® Now Shipping ProPAD™ and ProPAD XL™ Monitor Isolators

— ProPAD™ and ProPAD XL™ are designed for decoupling monitors and reducing structural vibrations —

Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, is now shipping its ProPAD™ and ProPAD XL™ Monitor Isolation Pads from its ISO (Instant Sound Optimizer) line.

The ProPAD is a premium-performance variant on Auralex’s popular MoPAD™. The ProPAD features a durable, three layer highly damped construction with increased durability and structural integrity, and provides superior isolation from the vibrations and resonant energy created by studio monitors. The ProPAD prevents this energy from being transmitted into the supporting furniture, which would greatly color the monitors’ sound and degrade their imaging. The ProPAD is sold in stereo pairs and is designed to work with monitors employing up to 8″ woofers. ProPAD’s updated design features a 0.75″ layer of Melamine-wrapped MDF covered with a thick layer of Auralex’s proprietary IsoPuck™ isolation material, which is made of recycled rubber. Six stick-on feet, also made from IsoPuck material, are supplied for flat or angled applications. The ProPAD is the perfect solution for decoupling monitors and reducing structural vibration in all manner of sound-critical spaces, including recording studios, post-production/edit suites, mobile recording facilities, hi-fi listening rooms, home theaters or anywhere a monitor/speaker isolation platform is needed to improve sonic purity.

The ProPAD XL speaker isolation product is a larger version of the award-winning ProPAD. The XL version is designed to work with horizontally oriented, twin woofer monitors and provides the same isolation qualities found in the popular ProPAD. ProPAD XL is the perfect solution for decoupling monitors and reducing structural vibration from larger format monitor speakers.

Features:

Increased midrange resolution
Deeper, more focused soundstage
Improved low-frequency definition
Angle adjustable to optimize listening axis
Significant reduction of extraneous mechanical resonance

Product Specifications:

Dimensions:
ProPAD – 8” wide x 13” deep x 2.125” thickness
ProPAD XL – 19” wide x 13” long; 2.125” thickness
Construction 3/4” Melamine-wrapped MDF base
Isolation 3/8” ISO-Plate™ slip-resistant top
Includes user-configurable Platfoam™ dual wedge base
Durable Melamine Finish
Slip-resistant ISO-Plate™ Top
Non-metal Construction – No Inherent Resonance

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

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Audio-Technica Unveils AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser Microphone

— USB side-address condenser microphone features high-quality A/D converter, mix control, headphone jack with volume control, and more —

Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is debuting its AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser Microphone. Equipped with a USB output, this microphone is designed for digitally capturing music or any acoustic audio source employing users’ favorite recording software. The AT2020USB+ offers studio-quality articulation and intelligibility perfect for home studio recording, field recording, podcasting and voiceover use.

The AT2020USB+ features a built-in headphone jack with volume control that allows users to directly monitor their microphone signal in real time, and a built-in high-output internal headphone amplifier that delivers superior clarity. The microphone also offers mix control that can blend the microphone’s signal with pre-recorded audio (perfect for DJ/karaoke use). The unit’s cardioid pickup pattern delivers excellent off-axis rejection, while its A/D converter, with a 16-bit 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate, ensures extremely articulate sound reproduction.

The microphone is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP and 2000, and Mac OS X. It is powered from a USB Bus and includes a tripod desk stand, stand mount, USB cable and soft protective carrying pouch.

The AT2020USB+ will be available February 2013 with a U.S. MSRP of $279.00. For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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Genelec Inc. Appoints Paul Stewart Territory Manager – East Coast

— Genelec veteran will assume greater sales responsibilities as Genelec prepares for strong 2013 —

Genelec Inc., the U.S. subsidiary and distributor for Genelec Active Monitors, announces the appointment of Paul Stewart to the position of Territory Manager – East Coast. Stewart, who has been with Genelec since 2006 and previously served as Product Specialist, will assume greater sales responsibilities in the eastern U.S. as Genelec prepares for a strong 2013 with new product introductions and continued sales initiatives. The announcement was made by Lisa Kaufmann, Genelec Inc. Managing Director.

A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Stewart draws on more than 15 years of experience in professional audio sales to high-end production facilities and individual artists around the globe. Prior to joining Genelec, as a project consultant, he provided design expertise from equipment specification to layout and system integration. Paul has designed and installed numerous wiring systems in recording studios as well as home theater and multi-media rooms. He will continue to employ his extensive contacts with major studios, engineers, producers, artists and record companies nationwide to further strengthen Genelec’s network of business partners.

Kaufmann noted, “For the last several years, Paul has been an asset and resource for Genelec, and we are very proud to see him assume his new role in the organization. We have big plans for 2013, and with Paul’s help, we will have the tools in place to serve our customers in the best way possible.”

For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com/.

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Audio-Technica Expands Sponsorship Role for the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

— Already a longtime microphone sponsor, A-T is now also headphone sponsor for non-profit mobile studio —

Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, has expanded its role as sponsor of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile recording and multimedia studio. For several years, A-T has served as the Bus’s microphone sponsor, and they now also serve as headphone sponsor, supplying ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones and ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones to be used by the Bus’s patrons.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus travels around the U.S. throughout the year. Outfitted with traditional musical instruments as well as high-tech professional audio and video gear, the Bus has provided free hands-on programs since 1998 for hundreds of high schools, colleges, Boys and Girls Clubs, music festivals, concerts, conferences and community organizations.

Jeff Sobel, John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Chief Engineer, stated, “The Lennon Bus demands a lot from its equipment. The ATH-M50’s have exceptional accuracy for critical listening and the power and isolation needed for tracking. But equally important: they’re built tough. Each year we record over a thousand enthusiastic kids and host thousands more in our public hands-on demo tents, and Audio-Technica’s are the only headphones that have endured this daily abuse without failing.”

“It was an easy decision to expand our commitment to the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and Songwriting Contest,” said Gary Boss, Audio-Technica Marketing Director. “It has been extremely rewarding to work with them, as A-T shares the Bus’s goal of getting more young people involved in making music.”

ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
Audio-Technica’s flagship ATH-M50 professional studio monitor headphones (MSRP US $199.00) provide an exceptionally natural response for professional monitoring and mixing. The headphones feature a closed-back, collapsible design with 45 mm neodymium drivers, circumaural ear pieces (180° swivel) and luxuriously padded ear cushions. Color options: black with coiled cable (ATH-M50); black with straight cable (ATH-M50s); white with coiled cable (ATH-M50WH).

ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones
Audio-Technica’s ATH-M40fs precision studiophones (MSRP US $150.00) offer a flat, extended frequency response for professional studio monitoring. Superior components provide very high SPL capabilities while maintaining exceptional clarity of sound. Exterior design features include sturdy strain-relief cable and comfortable circumaural earpieces that can be rotated 180° for one-ear monitoring.

About the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus (www.lennonbus.org)
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile Pro Audio and HD video recording facility that provides hands-on experiences for students of all ages. In its 16th year of touring, the venture is proud of its fully professional bus and its studios, which boast the latest audio and video technology, gear and products. The concept began as an offshoot of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, which is dedicated to providing opportunities for both professional and amateur songwriters around the world. The Bus travels across the U.S. and Canada year-round, providing free tours and workshops at schools, retailers, festivals, on tours with headlining artists, and at major industry conferences. The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is made possible by an agreement with Yoko Ono Lennon.

For more information, please visit www.lennonbus.org, www.jlsc.com and www.audio-technica.com.

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Carl Tatz Design Unveils MixRoom™

– The new Carl Tatz Signature Series™ family of control room acoustic modules by Auralex and the acclaimed PhantomFocus™ System monitor tuning protocol are combined to create the
CTD MixRoom™ -

- MixRoom™ first implemented as turnkey professional mixing suite for legendary
engineer/educator Bob Bullock –

Nashville, TN: “The concept of the MixRoom™ was to emulate the look and performance of my award-winning custom control room designs at a fraction of the cost,” announces studio designer Carl Tatz, principal of Carl Tatz Design LLC (CTD), “and I think we’ve more than succeeded with that.”

The Carl Tatz Signature Series™ family of control room acoustic modules by Auralex® (now featured in a dedicated section on the Auralex website and debuting at the NAMM® Show), combined with the acclaimed PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) studio monitor tuning protocol, according to CTD, renders a mix room, the performance of which is without peer, thereby defining a new generation of performance for the audio professional. The MixRoom can quickly and affordably transform a simple rectangular room into a world-class mixing environment.

“I am blown away with the evolution of Carl’s work in this second room he has designed for me,” quotes multi-Grammy®-winning engineer Bob Bullock. “Carl’s MixRoom™ concept is the future of personal mix rooms. Incredibly accurate and a total pleasure to use, it has reduced my mixing time dramatically, and with today’s reduced budgets that’s a big thing!” Bullock states. “In my career, I have been privileged to work in studios all over the world, but my experience using the MixRoom trumps them all – and at a very affordable cost.”

Ancillary gear for Bob’s MixRoom includes studio furniture by Argosy Console, featuring the PFS-compliant Dual 15-800 work station, two RR-H10-M Rack ‘N Roll equipment modules and SDT3-C-B Directors Table; Dynaudio Professional M1 monitors and Bryston SST 4B Amplification.

“We’re honored to work with Carl Tatz, one of the top studio designers in the industry, on this exciting new Auralex offering. This new series makes Carl’s signature style easy and affordable enough for any serious studio owner. Now virtually any room can benefit from the same aesthetic and sound control enjoyed by top hitmakers like Rascal Flatts and others,” says Eric Smith, founder and president of Auralex Acoustics.

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Genelec Winter NAMM 2013 Press Kit

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Audio-Technica Winter NAMM 2013 Press Kit

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Auralex Winter NAMM 2013 Press Kit

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Aphex Winter NAMM Press Kit

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