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Audio-Technica Offers Free “Installed Sound Support” App for iOS Devices

— Easy-to-use mobile app provides a number of essential tools for system integrators, sound contractors and other audio professionals in the field —

STOW, OH, February 10, 2014 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is pleased to announce the availability of its new Installed Sound Support App, featuring a number of helpful tools for system integrators, sound contractors, FOH engineers, musicians and other audio professionals in the field. This easy-to-use app was developed based on direct feedback from working professionals, and includes useful calculators, meters, record-and-playback functions, A-T mic application guide and more. Compatible with Apple iOS devices such as iPads and iPhones running iOS 5.1 or higher, the app is free and can be downloaded by visiting the Apple App Store on an iOS device.

In-app features include the following:

Application guide for Audio-Technica microphones
Wavelength Calculator
Needed Gain Calculator
3:1 Microphone Placement Calculator
RTA & SPL Meter
Frequency Finder for Audio-Technica wireless products
Record and Playback functions for sound system testing

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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Genelec Has Strong Presence at the 2014 NAMM Show

— With a product debut and awards for new and classic Genelec offerings, the NAMM Show was the backdrop for an impressive showing from Genelec —

NATICK, MA, January 29, 2014 — Genelec is proud to wrap a successful several days in Anaheim at the 2014 NAMM Show. Since recently marking the completion of its 35th anniversary year celebration in 2013, Genelec has been on a roll, and this convention served as the backdrop for a new product unveiling (the 8010 Active Monitor) and multiple prestigious awards for the loudspeaker pioneer.

Debuted at the show, the 8010 Active Monitor is the smallest member of the acclaimed 8000 Series product range. The 8000 Series is widely used in the high-end professional audio, mastering, post-production and broadcast market sectors around the world. Its professional heritage is reflected in the compact-sized 8010. Suitable for professional work in small studios, it offers accurate monitoring capability with ease of installation. The outstanding sound quality makes the 8010 ideal for small studios and OB vans, and a perfect companion for portable recording devices and other mobile production work.

Genelec products were also the recipients of two different awards from the NAMM Foundation at the NAMM Show:

First, Genelec’s new M Series Active Monitors won the 29th Annual TEC Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement in the category “Studio Monitor Technology.” The award was presented on January 24, 2014, at a special ceremony. The energy-efficient M Series (thus far comprising the first two models, M030 and M040) takes a new approach to monitor design as part of Genelec’s larger ongoing sustainable initiatives known as Genelec Embedded Sustainability. The primary focus in developing the new M Series was to proceed with a sustainable mindset without sacrificing the accuracy and reliability for which Genelec has been known for the past 35 years – while also offering something new and innovative for project studio customers.

Second, Genelec’s classic 1031A Active Studio Monitor, introduced in 1991, was inducted into the TECnology Hall of Fame at a separate ceremony on January 25, 2014. Outlining the 1031A’s outstanding achievement, the Hall of Fame’s description of the monitor is as follows: “The 1031A was not Genelec’s first monitor (that was 1978′s S-30) or active system that employed the innovative Directivity Control Waveguide (DCW) — a nod that goes to 1984’s 1022A mid-field tri-amp and later 1989′s large-format 1035A system. However in 1991, when Genelec debuted the 1031A — a compact, yet high-performance monitor that applied the DCW approach into a self-powered near-field design, a classic was born. At just over 15 inches tall, the 1031A offered flat response (out to 23k Hz), 240 watts of onboard biamplification and the ability to reach 120 dB peaks. All of these made the 1031A a popular choice with top engineers and producers, studios and broadcasters worldwide and it stayed in production for 15 years, eventually being replaced by Genelec’s 8000 series Minimum Diffraction Enclosure (MDE) technology monitors.”

“This has been a banner year for Genelec,” stated Will Eggleston, Genelec Inc. Marketing Manager. “I can think of no better way to wrap our 35th anniversary celebration than to have such an eventful NAMM Show. We are immensely proud of our new 8010 Active Monitor and M Series products, and it was a true honor to be acknowledged by the NAMM Foundation in two separate award ceremonies. We are dedicated to our technology on an intense level, and it is satisfying to see the fruits of our hard work.”

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

About the TEC Awards:
Founded in 1985, the Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards is the foremost program recognizing the achievements of audio professionals. Presented annually by the NAMM Foundation at The NAMM Show, the TEC Awards recognizes the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games, and other media. TEC Awards nominations are made by a panel of industry professionals and voted upon by members of various professional organizations and audio industry websites.

About the TECnology Hall of Fame:
The TECnology Hall of Fame was established in 2004 to honor and recognize audio products and innovations that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of audio technology. Inductees to the TECnology Hall of Fame are chosen by a panel of more than 50 recognized audio experts, including authors, educators, engineers, facility owners and other professionals. Products or innovations must be at least 10 years old to be considered for induction.

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Genelec WNAMM14 Press Kit

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Waves Audio WNAMM14 Press Kit

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Auralex Acoustics WNAMM14 Press Kit

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Genelec Announces 8010 Active Monitor: the Smallest Member of the 8000 Series

Genelec, the world’s pioneer in active monitoring, announces the 8010 Active Monitor, the smallest member of the acclaimed 8000 product range. The 8000 Series is widely used in the high-end professional audio, mastering, post-production and broadcast market sectors around the world. Its professional heritage is reflected in the compact-sized 8010. Suitable for professional work in small studios, it offers accurate monitoring capability with ease of installation. The outstanding sound quality makes the 8010 ideal for small studios and OB vans, and a perfect companion for portable recording devices and other mobile production work.

Featuring a balanced XLR input, 3-inch bass driver, 3/4-inch tweeter and efficient Class D power amplifiers – one for each driver – 8010 produces more sound pressure level than might be expected from a monitor of this size. The Intelligent Signal Sensing ISS circuitry saves energy by automatically putting the monitor to sleep when the audio signal has been absent for a period of time. Once a signal is detected again, the monitor wakes up automatically. This circuitry can be bypassed when the automatic standby function is not desired.

A full range of versatile accessories is available for the 8010, which cover all mounting needs. For example, an elegant L-shaped table stand can be used to optimize monitor orientation toward the listening position and to minimize undesired sound reflections. Thanks to its exceptional sound quality, small size and universal power supply, 8010 is the perfect monitor companion for music production professionals on the move.

The 8010 Active Monitor will be available early 2014 at a U.S. MSRP of $440.00 each.

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

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Audio Engineering Society Announces Event Details for 136th International AES Convention in Berlin

The Audio Engineering Society has announced new details regarding the 136th AES Convention, which will be held in Berlin, Germany on April 26th – 29th, 2014 at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center. The third AES International Convention to be hosted in Berlin, this year’s event will feature a full Technical Program of Papers, Posters, E-Briefs, Tutorials and Workshops covering a comprehensive range of audio-related topics, and featuring top professionals from every aspect of the industry. The 136th Convention co-chairs are Sascha Spors and Umberto Zanghieri.

The AES136 Convention will bring together audio engineers from around the world to share the latest knowledge in audio research, development and applications. Additionally, the Berlin convention will feature a strong focus on Sound for Picture, Recording, and Broadcast aspects of audio engineering, in addition to the popular off-site Technical Tours and social events.

Following the success of the Project Studio Expo at recent AES conventions in San Francisco and New York, the PSE will also make its European debut at AES136, and a special Technology Showcase will provide participating companies with a chance to interface directly with interested end users and customers.

Additional information on the 136th AES International Convention will soon be available on the AES136 home page at http://www.aes.org/events/136/.

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Guitar Center Names Kristy Porter as Director of Merchandising, General Accessories

Porter is focused on growing GC’s accessory business by ensuring the category is “customer-centric”

Guitar Center, Inc (GCI), the largest retailer of musical instruments and gear in the U.S., announces that Kristy Porter has been promoted to Director of Merchandising, General Accessories. The announcement was made by Michael Walter, Senior Vice President, Guitar Center Merchandising. Kristy is recognized in the industry as one of the most analytical and experienced category merchants and is respected by the vendor community she supports for her history of tenaciously driving sales in accessory categories on their behalf.

Kristy’s career with Guitar Center started in 2001 as a customer service associate at the Oxnard, California store. In 2005, after four successful years as a top salesperson, Department Manager and Assistant Store Manager, she moved to Guitar Center’s headquarters in Westlake Village as an Assistant Category Manager. She was quickly promoted to Category Manager, General Accessories, and over the past five years has helped her department grow into one of the largest in the company. Porter emphasizes the continued importance accessories have in attracting customers to retail stores on a more frequent and loyal basis.

Kristy Porter said, “I am very excited and honored to be promoted to Director of General Accessories. This business is a vital part of Guitar Center’s overall success, and these high-frequency categories draw customers into our retail stores. We want to ensure our department is very customer-centric: easy to learn, easy to shop and easy for our MI customers to buy. I look forward to helping grow our business in 2014 and beyond.”

Michael Walter, Senior Vice President, Guitar Center Merchandising, said, “This is a great move for Kristy but an even better one for Guitar Center. Expanding her role and breadth allows her to more positively impact even more business here at GC. We love her experience – forged on the front lines in the stores and honed here in Westlake Village over the last few years. She’s well-positioned for success in this and future roles.”

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Waves Audio Announces the Waves Dugan Automixer

Waves Audio announces the availability of its new Dugan Automixer plugin. Developed in association with sound engineering legend Dan Dugan, the Waves Dugan Automixer is a software version of the popular Dugan Speech System Automatic Mixing Controllers used the world over. Available for every console, the Dugan Automixer is MultiRack SoundGrid®- and MultiRack Native-compatible and works on 32 or 64 channels.

Using Dugan’s proprietary voice-activated process, the Waves Dugan Automatic Mixing Controller plugin automatically controls the gains of multiple live microphones in real time while preventing feedback and excessive noise pickup. Maintaining the gain of one mic in the room even when multiple speakers are talking simultaneously, it makes perfectly matched transparent cross-fades.

Dugan notes, “People have been asking for a Dugan plugin for a long time. I’m very pleased be able to realize it with the premier publisher of plug-ins.”

Ideal for:

Broadcast news panels and discussion programs
Television talk shows and game shows
Conference sound reinforcement and video trucks
Dialog recording for film and television
Multiple wireless mics on stage
Houses of worship
Boardrooms and civic meeting rooms
Community television
Teleconferencing
Distance learning

The Dan Dugan Automixer is compatible only with MultiRack Native and MutiRack SoundGrid. It is not included in any Waves bundle; it is only available separately. The Dan Dugan Automixer will be available with a U.S. MSRP of Native $500 and SoundGrid $750. Visit www.waves.com for more information.

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Waves Audio Now Shipping Waves Loudness Meter Plus (WLM Plus)

Waves Audio, the industry-leading developer of professional audio digital signal processing technologies and the recipient of a Technical GRAMMY® Award, is now shipping the Waves Loudness Meter Plus (WLM Plus) plugin. The next generation of the 2012 TEC Award-winning WLM Loudness Meter plugin, the WLM Plus brings anticipated enhancements and features new correction and adjustment tools. Ideal for content creators, post-production houses and cable head-end facilities, WLM Plus is an affordable, all-in-one cross-platform, multi-format loudness metering software solution.

WLM Plus is fully compliant with all current ITU, EBU and ATSC specifications, including new, dedicated presets meeting ARIB TR-B32, OP-59 and the current Discovery Channel requirements. The WLM Plus also includes two presets useful for gaming content creators for leveling, when working on Sony ASWG (Audio Standards Working Group) loudness scanner – geared towards portable and home based devices.

It offers comprehensive Momentary, Short Term, Long Term and True Peak readouts, as well as a unique warning and logging system that keeps track of users’ levels and alerts them when they have exceeded them or fallen short. WLM Plus now features Gain and Trim controls for correction of loudness levels and a True Peak Limiter, which saves users the need to use additional equipment or software.

WLM Plus Controls

Short Term displays (in LUFS) perceived short term loudness.
Long Term displays (in LUFS) perceived loudness averaged across the program signal.
Range displays (in LU) the overall loudness range across the program signal
Momentary displays (in LUFS) momentary loudness levels, according to the Momentary scale control settings.
True Peak displays (in dBTP) inter-sample peaks that do not register in the sample data but may occur during reproduction of the digital signal.
Unders displays the number of times the signal goes below the specified Short Term Min value indicated in the settings panel.
Overs displays the number of times the signal exceeds the specified Short Term Max value indicated in the settings panel.
Measurements Play/Pause determines if program loudness is registered in the WLM memory for averaging long-term loudness range.
Short Time selectable duration of short time measurement.
True Peak Limiter on/off activates and deactivates the limiter.
Follow Transport determines if measurement starts and stops according to host application transport controls.
Timer indicates the amount of time measurements that have been taken and integrated.
Reset resets the Long Term, Range, Overs and Unders counters and returns the integration timer to 00:00:00.
Method determines the measurement method.
Weighting determines the type of weighting filter.
Channel determines the channels being measured.
Short Term Max determines the maximum short term level.
Short Term Min determines the minimum short term level.
True Peak Max determines the maximum true peak level.
Target determines the target level.
Custom Pre Filtering provides low pass (LPF) and high pass (HPF) filters that pre-filter the audio prior to loudness measurement.
Momentary Scale determines the scale displayed in the momentary bar meter.
Logging displays CSV logging file options.
Gain input gain
Trim calculates the difference between the long-term measurement and target. Trim button sets gain per calculation.

The Waves WLM Plus Loudness Meter is currently available with a U.S. MSRP of Native $400 and SoundGrid $600. WLM Plus is available at no additional charge to all WLM owners who have valid coverage under the Waves Update Plan. Visit www.waves.com for more information.

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