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NETIA Boosts Automation of Key Radio-Assistâ„¢ 8 Production Tasks, Optimizes Media Management

CLARET, France — March 29, 2010 — NETIA today announced that it has paired its NETIA Workflow Engine with its Radio-Assist™ 8 suite of digital audio automation software to bring users even greater efficiencies and functionality across key broadcast workflow processes. Designed to facilitate exchanges between all applications in a broadcast environment, the NETIA Workflow Engine gives users one graphical interface through which to automate processes involving Radio-Assist 8 and any third-party application. more

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Nescom to Add API Vision Surround Console

nescom.JPGBANGOR, MAINE – MARCH 2010: Graduates from the New England School of Communications (NESCOM) are highly sought-after in the pro audio trades for their balanced appreciation of theory, application, and technique. One of the ways NESCOM keeps current is by replacing one of the consoles in its seven fully-appointed control rooms every year, as well as by providing regular upgrades to its remote truck and its 500-seat theater complex. Last year’s pick was a 32-channel API 1608 with a 16-channel expander. The overwhelming enthusiasm for the 1608 contributed to this year’s decision. NESCOM will replace a control surface in one of its surround rooms – Studio D – with a 48-channel API Vision surround production console, providing a superb front-end and mixing environment that ably handles stereo and surround simultaneously with an intuitive and instructive topology.

“There are a variety of schools of thought about whether it is better to mix ‘in the box’ or ‘out of the box’,” said Dave MacLaughlin, executive director of audio for NESCOM. “There are even regional variations. Nashville engineers, for example, tend to treat their DAWs like tape recorders, relying on external gear and summing to complete their mixes. Of course, we think students need experience with both approaches, but we already have control surfaces in a few of our other rooms. For Studio D, we wanted to give students more experience recording on a high-end console and then mixing back through that same console.” more

German Sport Gets 5.1 Makeover with Soundfield UPM-1 Stereo-to-5.1 Upmix Processor

markus_bozzetti.JPGLAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 2010: For decades, German sport on television has been associated with one program above all others – Sportschau, the weekend sports roundup produced by West German Broadcasting (Westdeutsche Rundfunk, or WDR) and broadcast on the main German public-service terrestrial channel ARD. As the Winter Olympics opened in Vancouver and German public-service TV channels began their long-planned transition to high-definition broadcasting, the much-loved Sportschau moved to a new timeslot on Saturday nights, and, from February 13, 2010, began transmission in high-definition with 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound.

WDR needed to ensure that the whole of Sportschau could be broadcast with a 5.1 surround soundtrack every week, even when older or archive material with a stereo soundtrack was due to be included – a considerable technical challenge. Many viewers find it jarring when a stereo segment is broadcast in the midst of a modern high-definition transmission which otherwise features a full 5.1 soundtrack. The stereo parts seem extremely ‘flat’ by comparison. After an intense period of testing various ways of up-mixing stereo to surround, WDR turned to UK manufacturer SoundField and acquired one of its UPM-1 Stereo-to-5.1 processors to handle the job. more

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Netia Announces New Dealer in Mexico, Sistemas Digitales en Audio y Video S.A de C.V

CLARET, France — March 23, 2010 — NETIA today announced that Sistemas Digitales en Audio y Video S.A de C.V, a broadcast systems integrator and distributor based in Mexico City, is now a dealer for NETIA’s Radio-Assist range of digital automation software and Manreoâ„¢ media asset management platform. Serving all of Mexico, Sistemas Digitales en Audio y Video S.A de C.V will provide new and existing NETIA customers with presales consultation, sales, and product support. more

Korg Adds Handheld MR-2 to DSD Recorder Lineup

— New recorder features X-Y stereo microphone capsule and SD/HDSD card storage —

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MUSIKMESSE, FRANKFURT, GERMANY, March 24, 2010 — Korg has added a new handheld recorder to its MR Series of DSD digital recorders – the MR-2 High Resolution Mobile Recorder. With many new and requested features, the MR-2 is a true workhorse.

As with all of Korg’s MR recorders, the MR-2 records in the ultra-high fidelity DSD format, using a 2.8 MHz sampling rate, which captures every sonic detail while preserving the ambience of the original recording location. Using the included AudioGate software, this original datastream recording can be re-purposed into nearly any audio format with minimal fidelity loss. For job-specific recording, the MR-2 can also record in any of the popular multi-bit formats, from MP2 and MP3 up to 24-bit/192 kHz. more

Audio-Technica Mics Chosen for 13th Consecutive Yeat at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

— Audio-Technica continues to be the microphone of choice at the 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony —

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STOW, OH, March 16, 2010 — For the 13th year in a row, a broad range of Audio-Technica microphones was selected to outfit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. A-T supplied over 50 mics to capture the audio for this widely celebrated musical event, which took place at New York’s Waldorf Astoria. The 25th annual induction ceremony of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was held on March 15, 2010, with inductees including Swedish pop group ABBA, British progressive and pop/rock legends Genesis, British invasion hitmakers The Hollies, reggae vocalist Jimmy Cliff, garage rockers The Stooges and non-performers David Geffen, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Elie Greenwich and Jeff Barry, Jesse Stone, Mort Shuman and Otis Blackwell. The show was broadcast live on Fuse and www.fuse.tv. more

Cats FM Irons Out Sound Irregularities With Jünger Audio

Cats FM, the first private radio station in Sarawak, Malaysia, has ordered six Jünger Audio D07 two-channel digital transmission processors to iron out audio level irregularities throughout it FM transmission chain. iskandar-terence-at-cats-fm-2.jpg

Specifically designed to optimise program signals for FM broadcast and TV transmission, Jünger Audio’s D07 units incorporate the company’s renowned LEVEL MAGICâ„¢ system. This series of automated Level and Loudness control devices adjusts the level from any source at any time, with no pumping, breathing or distortion. It works by simultaneously combining an AGC, a Transient Processor for fast changes and a “look ahead” Peak Limiter for continuous unattended control of any programme material, regardless of its original source.

Based in Kuching, Cats FM broadcasts in Malay and Iban to a wide ranging audience via a network of FM transmitters that are strategically located across the state of Sarawak. Although primarily a 24-hour music and entertainment radio station, it also covers news and local issues. Its reach is so widespread that it can even be heard in parts of neighbouring countries such as Brunei and Kalimantan-Indonesia. more

K-array Loudspeakers and Sennheiser Microphones Bedazzle Audiences During SXSW Music Festival

k-arrayAustin, TX, March 22, 2010 – Audio specialist Sennheiser provided spectacular sound for a diverse range of artists during the SXSW Music Festival as its microphones and wireless transmitters—as well as the revolutionary loudspeakers from distributed brand K-array—were put through the paces over the course of the three-day event. Sennheiser sponsored busy stages at the PureVolume House, Maggie Mae’s and Speakeasy–each located at the heart of Austin’s music scene.

The stage at PureVolume House featured a set of the K-array Redline KR200s loudspeakers, which deliver ‘no compromise sound’ within an astonishingly small footprint. Artists were also provided with a Sennheiser SKM 2000 wireless handheld transmitter with MMD 935-1 capsule and a full complement of evolution microphones for reinforcing guitars, drums and other instruments. Similar equipment was used during performances at Maggie Mae’s and Speakeasy. more

Digital Storm’s DaVinci Ushers in Workstation Renaissance for Creative Professionals

Intel i7 980X and NVIDIA Quadro powered workstations optimize application performance for superior digital content creation
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Fremont, CA – (March 18, 2010) – Digital Storm, the predominant name in system integration, proudly debuts its flagship line of workstations: DAVINCI.

Digital Storm’s DAVINCI workstations harness the power of Intel’s new i7 980X processor, NVIDIA’s Quadro graphics card and are designed to fully utilize NVIDIA’s ground-breaking CUDA technology. With the DAVINCI’s line of custom workstations, Digital Storm has created a platform for creative professionals’ that will boosts productivity, allowing them to accomplish more in less time. more

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Audio-Technica Provides Microphones for NBC Coverage of Vancouver Winter Games

— Audio-Technica microphones enabled NBC to capture audio for the 5.1 surround sound broadcast during coverage of the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, February 12-28, 2010 —

STOW, OH, March 15, 2010 — Audio-Technica, a world leader for microphone solutions for over 45 years, was selected to provide microphones to NBC during the network’s coverage of the XXI Olympic Winter Games from Vancouver, February 12-28, 2010. The announcement was made by Bob Dixon, Director of Sound Design, NBC Olympics, and Greg Pinto, Audio-Technica Vice President of Marketing.

NBC used several Audio-Technica microphones, headphones and related products for their broadcasts. Notable models include the BP4027 Stereo Shotgun Microphone, which was used on hand-held cameras for close-ups of athletes in the finish-line area or awaiting scores; the AT4050 Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone, which was used at every venue to capture the surround ambience of the stadiums, arenas and finish-line crowds; and the BP896 MicroPointâ„¢ Subminiature Omnidirectional Condenser Lavalier Microphone, which was used on talent in the broadcast studios. more

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