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AES Draws World R&D Community for Sound Field Control Conference

— AES’s 52nd International Conference titled “Sound Field Control – Engineering and Perception” in Surrey, Guildford, UK, September 2-4, 2013 —

New York, NY, July 16, 2013 — Registration is now open for the first AES international conference on Sound Field Control, slated to take place at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK, September 2-4, 2013. Held within a short distance of London’s major international airports, this conference aims to bring together engineers and perceptual scientists from around the world to share their research in this fast-moving field, and to discuss the numerous interactions between acoustics, signal processing, psychoacoustics and auditory cognition.

Inviting the world R&D community to attend the conference, chair Francis Rumsey said, “This is an unmissable event for anyone involved in the active control of sound fields, whether as a researcher, developer or practitioner. This is going to be a major theme of audio product development and design over the next ten years, and the personalization or customization of sound fields using audio technology is a becoming a really big deal. We’ve accepted over 40 contributions, including a number of invited presentations from the leading minds on beam forming, arrays, sound zones, spatial issues, perception and signal processing, and there’ll be some fascinating workshops and demos for people to experience the issues first-hand.”

Three fine keynote lectures from leading experts go hand-in-hand with live demonstrations and workshops on the interface between perception and engineering in this fast-moving research field. Keynotes include Professor Steve Elliott of the ISVR in Southampton, UK, who will give an introductory tutorial on “Active control of sound fields”; Professor Armin Kohlrausch of Philips Group Innovation and Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, on “Evaluation of spatial sound fields; how far can we get with perceptual models?”; and Dr Frank Melchior, Head of Audio Research, BBC, UK, to discuss “Creative Sound Field Control.”

Sound field control enables the active management of audio delivered in an acoustical environment. Sophisticated signal processing and reproduction tools increasingly enable the engineer to tailor the sound field for specific applications, occupancy or listeners’ requirements. This can include the creation of independent sound zones in listening spaces, the active control of noise, personal communication systems, the electroacoustic manipulation of auditorium acoustics and the generation of complex spatial sound fields using multi-channel audio systems.

Discover the preliminary program and make your travel plans now to visit the UK in early September. Low-cost accommodation has been arranged in high-quality ensuite university rooms for conference delegates. Find out more and register for the event at the conference website: http://www.aes.org/conferences/52/. Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AES.52 and follow us on Twitter at #AES_SFC.

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Auralex® Offers ELiTE Custom Fabric System™ (ELiTE-CFS™)

— Designed to meet the needs of the end user, both acoustically and aesthetically, each Auralex® ELiTE-CFS™ is completely custom-designed —

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, JULY 15, 2013 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, offers its ELiTE Custom Fabric System™ (ELiTE-CFS™). ELiTE-CFS (ELiTE stands for Engineered Listening & Theater Environment™) is Auralex’s proprietary, fully engineered turnkey acoustical treatment system, fully individualized per a project’s needs. Each installation is custom-designed by Auralex’s expert engineers, then installed and fabricated onsite by authorized, experienced craftsmen. Auralex coordinates all pre-installation details, thus minimizing the disruption of other contractors and ensuring the job is completed on schedule. Utilizing a patented retention channel and custom installation process, an ELiTE-CFS installation will turn any room into a completely immersive and dynamic listening environment.

Whether part of a conference room, house of worship, custom home theater, professional audio facility or any dedicated listening environment, the ELiTE-CFS will provide the highest level of acoustic control. By enabling the designer to dictate the overall appearance of the custom-engineered system, any aesthetic need can be realized.

David Brune, Auralex Director of Sales, stated, “For each project, the Auralex crew handles acoustical design, woodworking, installation, etc., thus ensuring a well-integrated result. This system is a 100% turnkey solution and includes conceptual renderings, project management and professional installation. Some of our most famous clients, including top recording artists, sports figures, movie stars, Fortune 500 corporations and more, have benefited from custom ELiTE installations. Our quality and service are unmatched in the upscale, custom-installation marketplace.”

The finished look of an ELiTE CFS system is a smooth fabric surface with all the acoustical materials hidden behind the system’s elegant facing. The treatments include an engineered combination of absorption, diffusion, reflection, and bass trapping (features not available by most other competing systems). The Auralex engineering staff, based on physical room modeling and potential on-site visits, carefully diagrams the exact layout and placement of these treatments.

A proprietary and patented retention channel system is the core element of all ELiTE-CFS installations by providing secure mounting of fabric, creating a clean finished edge, and allowing for unlimited design possibilities. There are hundreds of fabric styles and colors to choose from to perfectly meet any aesthetic expectation, all approved for acoustical use and carrying a Class A fire rating.

The overall result is an interior finish that looks and sounds great and will provide an exceptional listening experience for years to come.

To discuss your project with an Auralex application specialist, please email auralexinfo@auralex.com or call 1-800-959-3343. For more information, please visit www.auralex.com.

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Lowell Offers LBR Series Rack Enclosures

— LBR Series racks provide contractors and system integrators a cost-effective solution for clients, without compromising strength or versatility —

PACIFIC, MO, July 9, 2013 — Lowell Manufacturing Company, a U.S. manufacturer of professional A/V products, is offering its LBR line of versatile, cost-effective, 19-inch EIA, fixed-rail floor rack enclosures, which offer flexible installation options for A/V, security, data and other applications. Designed specifically for contractors and system integrators who need a high-quality, cost-effective alternative for clients on a limited budget, the all-welded LBR racks, manufactured from 100% certified U.S. steel, support loads of up to 800 pounds on Lowell’s proven, robust structural foundation and feature solid sides with upgraded ventilation capabilities plus a reversible, vented rear door.

Lowell’s LBR rack line is available in depths or either 22 or 27 inches, and in heights up to 44 rack units (RU). Generous cable pathways are provided behind the rear rails (if optionally fitted) in both depths, and there is also ample space to accommodate Lowell’s POWERSTAC™ modular power system and cable management products. For contractors or system integrators needing additional installation and wiring flexibility, the top mounting rails (which are either 7RU or 10RU depending on rack depth) are tapped 10-32 to support various field modifications and can be removed to accommodate extra-large cable bundles.

LBR thermal management features include vented side panels and a reversible, vented rear door. A fully-perforated, Plexiglas or solid front door may be optionally fitted. The upper and lower side panel and rear door vents are designed to accept Lowell’s cooling fan products anywhere along the slotted vent pattern. The racks may also be fitted with a selection of platform bases, with or without casters.

“Our LBR rack series has the ability to satisfy many basic installation issues,” stated John Lowell, Lowell Manufacturing President and CEO. “They’re a versatile, time saving and, most importantly, economical solution for any integrator demanding flexible installation options for clients in audio-visual, security, data or other applications.”

For more information, please visit www.lowellmfg.com or e-mail Lowell at sales@lowellmfg.com.

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The Blackbird Academy Prepares to Open Its Nashville Facility with a Helping Hand from Leading Designers Robert and Cortney Novogratz

— Audio recording and live sound school gets professional touch from top NY Designers, set to air on Katie Couric’s syndicated daytime TV show Katie, July 17, 2013 —

— With custom-built classrooms and access to the world-renowned Blackbird Studio, Nashville’s The Blackbird Academy will offer comprehensive instruction and virtually unlimited hands-on access for hundreds of students yearly to the best audio instruction and technology platforms in the industry —

Nashville, TN (July 15, 2013) – In preparation for their first class, Nashville’s The Blackbird Academy got the pro designer’s touch from Robert and Cortney Novogratz, whose handiwork will be seen on Katie Couric’s syndicated daytime TV show Katie on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

The husband and wife design team, who formerly did business as Sixx Design, are known worldwide from their Bravo docu-series 9 by Design as well as Home by Novogratz on HGTV. The couple have twice been profiled in The New York Times and have been featured in such publications as Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Travel + Leisure, American Way, Oprah, Architectural Digest and Star, among many others.

Located in the heart of Music City, The Blackbird Academy is owned by John McBride and award-winning country recording artist Martina McBride. The school, which has been positioned as the educational gateway to the recording and live sound industries, is spearheaded by co-directors and industry veterans Kevin Becka and Mark Rubel. The Blackbird Academy is based out of Blackbird Studio, Nashville’s premier recording facility and home to top recording artists, producers and engineers. The school will offer an unprecedented level of hands-on education and industry involvement for its students.

“Opening a school has been a dream of mine for a long time,” stated John McBride. “After talking with hundreds of Blackbird Studio interns and hearing about their experiences, I believe we can provide a better and more affordable educational solution than what is currently available, and that offers our students real-world knowledge that they will use moving toward a career of audio recording or live sound engineering. We want to change the world and make it better for the next generation – The Blackbird Academy is just the place to make that happen.”

The Blackbird Academy programs include:

Studio Engineering Program – A 24-week, 700-hour intensive program with classes meeting five days a week, Monday through Friday, with possible weekend workshops. The facilities consist of three recording studios and a large main laboratory/studio dedicated full time to education. The Learning Laboratory seats 30 students and is an audio production space in its own right.

Live Sound Engineering Program – A 24-week, 720-hour intensive program with classes meeting five days a week, Monday through Friday, with possible weekend workshops. The facilities consist of a purpose-built classroom, and students are trained on the latest consoles, PAs and other gear used for touring, medium and small venues and houses of worship.

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Photo Caption: The Blackbird Academy celebrates its designer makeover from NY designers Robert and Cortney Novogratz. Shown L-R: Robert Novogratz, Cortney Novogratz, Martina McBride, John McBride and recording artist Gavin DeGraw. Photo by Brian Totoro

For more information please contact us at http://theblackbirdacademy.com or email us info@theblackbirdacademy.com.
You can also call us at:
615-385-2423
1-855-385-3251 Toll Free (International)

About The Blackbird Academy and Blackbird Studio
Located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, Music City’s Blackbird Studio is the recording facility of choice for many artists including Jack White, Kid Rock, Ke$ha, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw and many more. The Blackbird Academy is an advanced audio recording/live performance school, specializing in academic instruction for students interested in audio production and live sound. The Nashville campus will encompass the latest in professional audio technology, live sound reinforcement and access to the state-of-the-art Blackbird Studio facilities, including its renowned recording platforms, microphone locker and unprecedented selection of analog and digital recording equipment.

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Auralex® Offers SonicPrint™ Artistic Acoustical Panels

— Award-winning acoustical panels help users control acoustics without sacrificing aesthetics; design options are limitless —

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, JULY 8, 2013 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, is offering its award-winning SonicPrint™ Acoustical Panels, the latest innovation in acoustical absorption. Combining Auralex’s renowned acoustical treatment technology with custom-printed images, SonicPrint Acoustical Panels allow contractors and systems integrators to choose from Auralex’s “art” gallery or submit their own (or clients’ own) design for a look that’s truly one-of-a-kind. SonicPrint panels help users control reflected acoustical energy in a way that optimizes the acoustical architecture of their room without sacrificing aesthetics.

Sonic Print Acoustical Panels are available in a variety of custom sizes. SonicPrint can be ordered through authorized Auralex dealers. For more information, please visit www.auralex.com.

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Audio-Technica Offers “40 Gets You 50” Rebate

STOW, OH, July 1, 2013 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is offering a special bundle that provides two vital links in the audio signal chain for professional studios and home recordists. From July 1 through December 31, 2013, any customer purchasing a qualifying Audio-Technica 40 Series studio microphone will have the chance to redeem an offer for a free pair of ATH-M50 professional studio monitor headphones (black version). With this bundle, anyone will have the tools needed for a truly professional studio mic and headphone setup.

Qualifying microphones include the AT4033/CL (classic version of the AT4033), AT4047/SV (silver), AT4047MP (silver, multi-pattern), AT4050 (multi-pattern), AT4050ST (stereo), AT4060 (tube), AT4080 (bidirectional ribbon) and AT4081 (bidirectional ribbon, pencil design) microphones. All customers who purchase one of these microphones from an authorized U.S. A-T dealer during the rebate period will be eligible for a free ATH-M50. There is no limit on the number of free ATH-M50 headphones you qualify to receive.

The rebate details can be found online at audio-technica.com. Claims must be received by January 31, 2014, to be valid. For the sake of convenience, real-time tracking, and faster shipping of the ATH-M50, buyers may register online at https://audio-technicaus.4myrebate.com. Alternatively, buyers may manually complete and mail in the rebate form with the required documents, which include the original sales receipt/s for the above 40 Series model/s, with the store name, date of purchase, model number/s and price paid clearly legible, along with the original UPC code cut from the carton of each microphone purchased.

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

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Auralex® Now Shipping SonoFiber™ Panels

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, JUNE 26, 2013 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, is now shipping its new SonoFiber™ Panels, available in charcoal gray and arctic white.

SonoFiber is the perfect solution for contractors and system integrators with projects requiring a Class A fire rating without the aesthetic demands of designer treatments such as fabric-covered panels. SonoFiber is ideal for nightclubs, restaurants, gymnasiums, houses of worship, multi-purpose rooms and any other commercial or industrial environment where aesthetic concerns are secondary to performance and safety.

SonoFiber is a 1″ thick natural fiber acoustic absorptive panel that offers significant advantages over the more traditional Class A melamine foam alternatives, including:
• Lower cost per square foot
• Sound absorption coefficients equal to or better than 2″ thick melamine products
• A flexible form that will not puncture or break like melamine panels
• Safe, easy, dust-free installations

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

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Lowell Manufacturing Offers a Customer Center Web Portal

— 24/7 information center is an invaluable resource for all Lowell customers —

PACIFIC, MO, June 25, 2013 — Lowell Manufacturing Company, a U.S. manufacturer of professional A/V products, offers authorized dealers access to the Lowell Customer Center (LCC) portal via the Lowell home page (www.lowellmfg.com), or at https://access.lowellmfg.com/eLowell/. This easy-to-navigate site is designed as a 24/7 resource where customers can place and track orders, view real-time pricing and shipping information, browse past and current invoices/P.O.’s, and much more. This is an information tool designed specifically for systems integrators, sales representatives, and consultants. It can serve many disciplines within an organization such as account executives, engineering, estimating, purchasing, and senior management.

“This is a no-cost, multi-purpose resource available to our customers,” stated John Lowell, Lowell Manufacturing President and CEO. “We currently have many active dealers enjoying the benefits of our customer center. The ‘LCC’ provides real time information at the user’s fingertips at any time or anywhere around the globe. This is part of a continuing effort to enhance the Lowell customer experience.”

Authorized Lowell customers can quickly set up an account via an online form, and a temporary password will be forwarded via email to the user. Once logged in to the site, the user is able to search by part numbers or partial part numbers as well as keywords, basic product descriptions, or they can navigate by product category. Other tools include “Order Tracking,” “Store” and “User Management.” The store function is not only for placing orders; it can also be used as an estimating tool without expectation of transaction. Products that are frequently purchased can be selected as “favorites” per individual user for streamlined project management. Users can also “duplicate” and edit previous orders if a similar order needs to be placed.

A Lowell Customer Center tutorial video is available to registered dealers, and will be furnished when your registration is completed. For further information e-mail Lowell at sales@lowellmfg.com.

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Lowell Manufacturing InfoComm 2013 Press Kit

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RedNet® Selected by WH Platts for Atlanta Television Production Facility

Los Angeles, CA, June 13, 2013 – Focusrite®’s RedNet® networked audio I/O technology is being specified by a number of leading designers, contractors and system integrators – a recent example of which is design/build integrator WH Platts Company, who specified the RedNet system for a high-profile client in the Atlanta area. WH Platts was looking to develop for the client the ability to use pro audio gear in an interconnected network environment as part of this major production facility. They chose RedNet because it best suited the client’s needs and installed five different RedNet I/O units: RedNet 1 – eight-channel AD/DA; RedNet 2 – 16-channel AD/DA; RedNet 3 – 32 channel digital I/O; RedNet 4 – eight-channel remote gain control Mic Pre; RedNet 5 – 32 channel HD Bridge for ProTools HD, which streamlined the operation’s workflow. Paul Yurt, RedNet product specialist, flew in from New York to work closely with the WH Platts design team on-site and to oversee the installation and ensure that it was smoothly integrated and fully operational. All involved are fully satisfied with the result.

David Strupp, Sales Design Engineer for WH Platts, stated, “Our research team looked at all available options for networked audio and choose the RedNet system based on its quality, versatility and ability to scale to the scope of this project.”

Ralph Goldheim, Focusrite Director of U.S. Sales, stated, “We are extremely pleased that such a prestigious firm as WH Platts has chosen to employ our RedNet system for their client’s major production facility in Atlanta, based on extensive evaluation of RedNet’s reliability and performance. We look forward to working with them in the future – providing them the Focusrite products and support they need.”

Rednet is Focusrite’s flagship range of Ethernet-networked studio interfaces, based around the tried and tested Dante Gigabit Ethernet audio networking system. Focusrite’s RedNet is the first to offer IP network audio interfaces for the recording studio – or any application that requires moving high-quality audio around with ultra-low latency. The RedNet system is available now from RedNet Certified Dealers. To discover more about RedNet, head to www.focusrite.com/rednet, where users can sign up to receive regular RedNet updates.

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Photo Caption: Focusrite® RedNet® was recently selected by the WH Platts Company for a high-profile client who owns an Atlanta television production facility. RedNet networked audio I/O technology is being specified by a number of leading designers, contractors and system integrators. Pictured at InfoComm 2013, L-R: Peter Fitton, WH Platts Sales Support Engineer, and Ralph Goldheim, Focusrite Director of Sales.

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