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Antelope Audio Zen Studio Professional Portable Audio Interface Receives Outstanding Technical Achievement Nomination for 30th Annual TEC Awards

Antelope Audio Receives Nomination in “Computer Audio Hardware” Category for Second Year in a Row

Santa Monica, CA, October 22, 2014: Antelope Audio announced that its recently launched Zen Studio audio interface has been nominated for the 30th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards in the ‘Computer Audio Hardware” category. The TEC Awards are the pro audio industry’s most prestigious awards, honoring outstanding achievement in product innovation and sound production.

zentec“We are honored that the TEC Foundation nominates an Antelope Audio product for the second year in a row,” commented Igor Levin, CEO and founder of Antelope Audio. “Zen Studio is a studio; it is not jut a tag we put next to Zen. It is a whole studio that you can bring with you everywhere you go and still keep the studio quality of the sound. We deeply appreciate that after getting the recognition of our customers, we have also gained this recognition by the TEC Foundation.”

Zen Studio is a full-featured audio interface, clock, preamp, and monitor controller in a svelte, road-ready chassis. Featuring 20 analog inputs, 12 world-class mic preamps, Antelope’s acclaimed conversion and clocking, onboard DSP effects, multiple monitor mixers, custom high-bandwidth low-latency USB, and Mac/PC control software, the ergonomic, back-packable Zen Studio houses the powerful core of a professional mobile recording studio. Since its launch in May, Zen Studio, has received recognition from the media, regular users and Grammy Award winning engineers in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

For more information on Zen Studio, please visit http://antelopeaudio.com/en/products/zen-studio-portable-audio-interface.

For more information about the TEC Foundation, visit: www.tecfoundation.com.

About Antelope Audio:

Antelope Audio is a leading manufacturer of high-end professional audio equipment and the pioneer in the adoption of Atomic clock generators.

The company utilizes Igor Levin’s more than 20 years’ experience in digital audio to develop professional and consumer high-end products with the signature Antelope Audio sound. The company employs proprietary clocking and jitter management technologies as well as custom-designed digital and analog circuits to provide both professional audio engineers and music aficionados with unprecedented musicality, sound stage and clarity.

Antelope is the first to design a 1U 32-channel audio interface and a multi-channel portable interface with 12 mic pres. Antelope’s breakthrough technologies are offering both studio and live audio engineers great productivity and flexibility.

The company’s customers include many Grammy award-winning sound engineers and some of the most renowned recording, mastering and post-production facilities around the globe.

Powersoft Introduces the DigiMod IK Kit, Enabling OEM Manufacturers to Build Simple, Customized Solutions Around its Renowned DigiMod Amplifier Series

Flexible New Integration Kit Includes Upgraded DSP, Autoswitch Circuit and Other Improvements

Ventura, CA, October 21, 2014: Powersoft, a world-leading manufacturer of professional power amplifiers, announced the launch of its new DigiMod IK kit. The DigiMod IK, a package that consists of three separate, easily assembled elements, was designed to help OEM manufacturers develop their own line of active loudspeakers using industry-respected components.

9DigiMod IK brings an unprecedented degree of scale and flexibility to OEMs and integrators who require Class D amplification technology for loudspeaker applications in the professional audio markets. By separating the DigiMod into three different elements (which are easily connected by screws), Powersoft was able to deploy innovative upgrades to each component. The three components, which consist of an aluminum heatsink plate, a DSP/interface kit and an amplifier module, now include the following improvements:

• An onboard autoswitch circuit
• An upgraded DSP circuit board to include external A/D converters
• A set of gaskets designed to prevent air leakages

Powerful Customization for OEMs:

digimod_ik_master_01The new DSP-D circuit board is also fully compatible with Powersoft’s Armonia Software Suite, which enables remote control and monitoring of the full range of Powersoft products. When using Powersoft’s new Armonia ProManager software in conjunction with the new DigiMod IK kit, OEM manufacturers can integrate a customized, branded layer to their finished product offering — complete with their own brand identity, customized presets and other attributes.

With Armonia ProManager, OEMs can initialize products as proprietary while displaying branding information, the name and serial number of the loudspeaker system, the product name and family as well as product images and brief descriptions. This level of customization and visibility adds another dimension of value for the manufacturer. For a detailed workflow and background on how Armonia ProManager can help configure any IK combination, please visit http://www.powersoft-audio.com/en/software/armonia-promanager.

“The DigiMod IK helps our OEM partners create a more exclusive and customized product offering, while delivering the quality, performance and reliability our user base expects,” commented Matteo Bianchini, account manager of Powersoft . “Now, OEMs and integrators can access a powerful ‘plug ‘n’ play’ solution that leverages the latest innovations in DSP A/D and switching technologies, while extending an OEM’s own branding and product recognition.”

A video summary of ProManager initialize procedures is available to view at the Powersoft YouTube channel. The DigiMod IK kit is available now.

About Powersoft:

Powersoft is the world leader in lightweight, high power, single rack space, energy efficient amplifiers for the professional audio market. Founded in Italy in 1995, headquartered in Florence, Italy, with offices in Ventura, CA, Powersoft couples the experience and precision of its production department with exceptional components to deliver products with perfect audio response and high performance reliability. Its state-of-the-art amplifiers can be found in an array of markets, ranging from stadiums, sporting arenas, theme parks, performance venues and airports to convention centers, churches and clubs, and are used by the world’s leading tour sound companies. For more information, visit the Powersoft website @ www.powersoft-audio.com.

Neumann Captures TEC Award Nominations for its TLM 107 Microphone and KH 120 D Studio Monitor

Anaheim, CA, October 21, 2014: Premium audio brand Neumann announced that its TLM 107 microphone and its KH 120 D studio monitor have each been nominated for Outstanding Technical Achievement in the 30th annual TEC Awards. The TLM 107, a large diaphragm multi-pattern microphone, has been nominated in the category of ‘Microphones – Recording’, while the KH 120 D was nominated in the category of ‘Studio Monitors’.

TLM107aPresented by the TEC Foundation, the TEC Awards is the pro audio industry’s most prestigious awards show honoring outstanding achievement in product innovation and sound production. The 30th Annual TEC Awards will be presented during the 2015 NAMM Show, to be held in Anaheim, Calif. in January 2015. The nominations, based on product entries by audio manufacturers, were made by a select panel of 130 professionals in numerous audio specialties. Products and projects released and in commercial use during the period of September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014, were eligible for nomination.

Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Neumann, commented: “Both the TLM 107 and the KH 120 D represent the pinnacle of innovation and are symbolic of Neumann’s commitment to shaping the future of audio. We are honored that the TEC Foundation has chosen to consider these products for Outstanding Technical Achievement awards.”

TLM 107 Microphone:

The TLM 107 is a modern, high-resolution sound transducer with excellent reproduction characteristics that enable it to capture the original sound without coloration, ensuring unlimited design freedom in mixing and post-production. The newly developed double diaphragm capsule is inspired by one of Neumann’s top models, the D-01. With its exceptional impulse fidelity, the TLM 107 is particularly suitable for percussion and the finest overtones of stringed instruments.

All of the TLM 107s switching functions are managed through an elegant, wear-resistant navigation switch. The contemporary, intuitive operating concept includes an illuminated pattern display in the chrome ring, with the Pad and Low Cut status LEDs positioned to the left and right. After 15 seconds, the display is turned off automatically, allowing the TLM 107 to be positioned discretely on the stage.

KH 120 D Studio Monitor:

KH120D_Front_and_BackThe KH 120 D is designed for tracking, mixing and mastering applications in music, broadcast, project and post-production studios. Utilizing the latest in acoustic and electronic simulation technologies, the KH 120 D ensures the most accurate sound reproduction possible. Equipped with an additional BNC input for AES/EBU or S/P-DIF formats (24-bit/192 kHz), the KH 120 D enables seamless digital workflow right up through playback on the studio monitor.

The KH 120 D also features digital delay for both analog and digital inputs, enabling the monitor to be used for demanding tasks requiring time alignment. With a maximum delay of over 400 ms, the KH 120 D is able to seamlessly address audio/video synchronization issues, or simply manage time delay compensation in situations where space constraints preclude equidistant positioning of loudspeakers.

About Neumann:

Georg Neumann GmbH, with its headquarters in Berlin, Germany, is well-known as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones. The company, which was established in 1928, has a long track record of world-leading product designs and has been recognized with a string of international awards for its technology innovations. From 2010, Neumann offers this expertise in electro-acoustic transducer technologies to the studio monitoring market, and will provide optimum solutions to its customers in the areas of TV and radio broadcasting, recording, and audio productions. Neumann is now the perfect partner for both the input and the output of the audio signal path. Neumann has manufacturing facilities in Germany (microphones) and Ireland (loudspeakers), and is represented in over 50 countries worldwide by Sennheiser subsidiaries, as well as by long-term trading partners. Georg Neumann GmbH is a Sennheiser Group company.

About Sennheiser:

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiserusa.com.

Sennheiser Esfera Surround Microphone System and HD8 DJ Headphones are Nominated for TEC Award

Sennheiser Receives Outstanding Technical Achievement Nominations in Signal Processing Hardware and Headphone/Earpiece Technology Categories

ANAHEIM, CA, October 21, 2014: Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that its Esfera surround microphone system and its HD 8 DJ headphones have been nominated for the 30th Annual TEC awards. The Esfera system, which has been nominated in the Signal Processing Hardware category, consists of the SPM 8000 two-channel microphone unit and the SPB 8000 processing unit; the HD8 DJ, which is a closed, circumaural headphone, has been nominated in the Headphone/Earpiece Technology category.

Sennheiser_Esfera_systemPresented by the TEC Foundation, the TEC Awards is the pro audio industry’s most prestigious awards show honoring outstanding achievement in product innovation and sound production. The 30th Annual TEC Awards will be presented during the 2015 NAMM Show, to be held in Anaheim, Calif. in January 2015. The nominations, based on product entries by audio manufacturers, were made by a select panel of 130 professionals in numerous audio specialties. Products and projects released and in commercial use during the period of September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014, were eligible for nomination.

Greg Beebe, president of Sennheiser USA, commented: “Sennheiser is once again honored to be nominated for Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards by the TEC Foundation. The Esfera system and the HD8 DJ represent our continued commitment to product innovation and our passion for achieving great sound.”

The Esfera surround microphone system:

The Esfera system consists of the SPM 8000 two-channel microphone unit and the SPB 8000 processing unit. The microphone unit features the typical advantages of RF condenser microphones: natural and detailed sound, transparency, ruggedness and high resistance to adverse climatic conditions. The processing unit uses an algorithm perfectly matched to the microphones to generate a 5.1 surround signal with sampling rates of up to 96 kHz. An integrated compressor ensures a broadcast-friendly signal. For ease of operation, the processing unit uses four directly selectable presets. These can be modified via an Ethernet interface to adapt to local conditions, including the settings for the gain of the individual channels, front and surround focus, surround delay, rotation, filters and cut-off frequencies, compressor, make up gain, output gain, limiter and windshield compensation.

The HD8 DJ:

HD8 DJ_sideBuilding on the legacy of its iconic HD 25 DJ headphones, which have been used by the world’s leading music producers and DJs for 25 years, the HD8 DJ headphones are designed for the most demanding users and punishing professional environments. The HD8 DJ delivers excellent sound reproduction with the highest levels of external noise attenuation.

Constructed of premium metal-crafted reinforcement parts, the HD8 DJ are built to deliver on stage or in the studio. Its iconic metal pivot rings allows the user to swivel the ear cups up to 210° for easy one-ear monitoring at the turntable. Soft, durable ear cushions ensure a comfortable fit, while virtually eliminating background noise.

The Sennheiser Group, with its head office in Wedemark (Hanover Region) is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. In 2013 the family company, which was founded in 1945, realised a turnover of around 590 million euros. Sennheiser has more than 2,500 employees worldwide and operates its own factories in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Lichtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. The company Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor speakers) and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres) are also part of the Sennheiser Group. You can find further up-to-date information about Sennheiser online at www.sennheiser.com.

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1. Sennheiser Esfera surround microphone system
2. Sennheiser HD8 DJ headphone

Sound Devices Streamlines Production Workflows with Launch of Firmware 2.10 for Rack-Mounted Recorders

Latest Firmware Update Incorporates New Release Candidate Screening Program

REEDSBURG, WI, OCTOBER 21, 2014 – Sound Devices, specialists in portable audio and video products for field, live event and studio production, introduces Firmware 2.10, the latest software update for its 970 audio rack-mounted and PIX 250i, PIX 260i and PIX 270i video rack-mounted recorders. New features and upgrades include enhanced metadata functionality, sound report creation and improved file/folder formats. In addition, Sound Devices now offers a Release Candidate Screening Program, which gives existing end users of its rack-mounted recorders a sneak peek into new features and changes under development in the firmware.Video Devices PIX 270i

Firmware 2.10 features a new Metadata screen so users recording audio can quickly access and edit the Scene, Notes, Take and Circle status of Previous, Current and Next takes. It also provides the same metadata editing functionality from PIXNet, the Web browser interface. Additionally, the PIXNet clips tab has been enhanced to display useful information about recordings, including start timecode, fps, user-bits, duration, codec and audio format.

With regard to reel folder formats, in previous iterations of the firmware, a Custom option enabled users to edit reel folder names with any alphanumeric value, whereas the 2.10 firmware offers a second Daily option. If set to Daily, new reel folders will automatically be named with the current system date in the YYMMDD format. These daily reel folders, which are containers for the recordings, are helpful in organizing deliverables for projects that span multiple days. This latest firmware also features a new Phrase List Manager, which lets end users create a list of commonly used phrases and then use them to quickly edit the Notes field of recorded WAV files. Users can also now enter notes from either the File list or the new Metadata screen, for the next recording.

For those devices operating in Audio Only Mono mode, it is now possible to have the system append the actual audio track name to the end of the file name. While recording, track names can now be edited from the audio screen and from PIXNet. This assists those in post production in determining which audio file is associated with which member of the cast, a feature that is particularly useful in high-track-count reality shows. In addition, the new Sound Reports feature creates CSV files based on WAV-file metadata.
Sound Devices 970 - front panel
Sound Devices’ new Release Candidate Screening Program provides the company with direct customer input on the usability of its updates, ensuring the stability of firmware updates in real-world applications. Initially, the program will target the Video Devices and Sound Devices rack-mount products, with the company planning to expand the program to other product lines over time.

“The goal of our new screening program is to work together with end users to identify and resolve any potential stability issues and get feedback on product performance in real-life workflows, so the best possible firmware makes it into upcoming official releases,” says Dan Desjardins, Manager of Software Development and Quality Assurance, Sound Devices. “Sound Devices enjoys a highly regarded, open-door relationship with its customers worldwide, and this program promises to expand on that bond.”

Each Release Candidate will come with a pre-determined expiration date and limited technical support. Firmware 2.10 is available as a free download for all existing rack-mount products. To download this firmware and offer feedback on the Release Candidate firmware version, participants simply need to fill out a convenient online form located at www.sounddevices.com/download/release-candidate/.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Video Devices, a brand of Sound Devices, produces digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events and mobile production.

Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI. For more information, visit the Sound Devices and Video Devices websites, www.sounddevices.com; www.videodevices.com.

137th Audio Engineering Society Convention Breaks Records and Draws Acclaim from Attendees, Exhibitors and Presenters Alike

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— Convention reminds West-Coast audio community, “If It’s About Audio, It’s At AES!” —

New York, NY — The 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, held Thursday, October 9, 2014, through Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, was the place to be if you have anything to do with the audio industry. The exhibit floor, panels and technical sessions were packed all four days, and with 15,403 registered attendees and 307 exhibitors/sponsors, AES137 far surpassed any West-Coast AES Convention in the last 10 years or more. At show close, AES reported a 28% increase in registration since the last time the convention was on the West Coast (133rd AES Convention in San Francisco in 2012).

Convention Committee Co-Chairs Valerie Tyler and Michael MacDonald and their team created one of the most ambitious and comprehensive schedules of workshops, panels and technical programs in AES convention history. From the opening keynote address on Thursday by acclaimed engineer, musician and record producer Alan Parsons; and the Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture presented by legendary game audio director and composer Marty O’Donnell; to Friday’s keynote by Neil Portnow, President/CEO The Recording Academy®, The GRAMMY Foundation® and MusiCares; the popular Project Studio Expo and Live Sound Expo; the High Resolution Audio Program in association with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group; the GRAMMY® SoundTables event “Songs That Move The Needle: Producers on Producing,” moderated by Ed Cherney and featuring Alex da Kid, Don Was, Niko Bolas, No I.D., and Michael Brauer; “DTV Audio Group Forum: The Implications of Streamed Content Delivery on the Evolution of Television”; “Chicks in the Mix,” moderated by acclaimed producer and mixer Chris Lord-Alge and bringing together well-known female industry professionals to discuss their personal experience; “Sound Is the Conduit to the Artist Heart” presented by acclaimed producer, engineer and technologist Jack Joseph Puig; and more, AES137 hit it out of the park for attendees and exhibitors alike.

“I cannot put into words how thrilled I am with the 137th AES Convention,” stated Bob Moses, Executive Director of the AES. “Our organizing committee really outdid themselves, with over 350 presentations from an astounding 731 leading researchers and practitioners in the field, many of them standing-room-only. We have some serious momentum built from recent conventions in New York and Berlin, and we are going to keep it going for the coming conventions in Warsaw in May and then back to New York next October. You could say that our conventions and the AES organization have a renewed energy, and we couldn’t be happier.”

No matter what sector of the industry you are involved in — recording & production, broadcast & streaming, game audio, live sound, networked audio, sound for picture, post production or system integration — AES137 had it all. The convention received support from leading audio companies including: Audionamix, Audinate, Audio Precision, Auro Technologies, Avid, DiGiCo, EAW, Focusrite/Novation, L-Acoustics, Lectrosonics, Location Sound Corp, MOTU, Sennheiser/Neumann, Shure, TC Electronic, TC Applied Technologies, THAT Corp, Universal Audio, and Yamaha.

For additional information on the Audio Engineering Society and its conventions, conferences and technological outreach, visit http://www.aes.org.

Waves Audio 2014 AES Press Kit

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The Recording Academy P&E Wing 2014 AES Press Kit

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Genelec 2014 AES Press Kit

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Audio-Technica 2014 AES Press Kit

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