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Sound Devices Latest Video and Audio Recorders Now Shipping

PIX 270i, PIX 250i and 970 Now Available

REEDSBURG, WI, APRIL 28, 2014 – Having first made their official debut at this year’s NAB Show, Sound Devices, specialists in audio and video products for production, announces its PIX 270i, PIX 250i and 970 are now shipping. After a successful launch only a few weeks ago, these rack-mounted products are now available through the Sound Devices network of authorized resellers and distributors.

PIX 270i and PIX 250i seamlessly replace tape- and disc-based video decks for a complete offering that addresses a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports and events and mobile production. The PIX 270i and PIX 250i recorders offer significant advantages and time-savings to production workflows, providing tapeless, file-based recording and playback. The units record edit-ready Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD files and allow simultaneous multiple-drive recording, giving production staff peace of mind with their rock-solid redundancy and backup capabilities (four drives for PIX 270i and two drives for PIX 250i). Additionally, file transfer and machine control is available over gigabit Ethernet. Their extensive audio capabilities, including 64 channels of both MADI audio and Dante audio-over-Ethernet for PIX 270i, and PIX 250i’s 16 tracks of audio, make each unit a comprehensive, cost-effective replacement for complex video servers and an effective tool for high-performance video production.

Sound Devices 970 is the company’s first-ever dedicated audio-only rack-mounted recorder, which boasts an impressive 64 channels of recording from Dante and MADI sources. The half-rack, 2U device simplifies any application requiring high-quality, high-track-count audio recording, including drama and reality production, and live concert recording. The 970 records 64 channels of monophonic or polyphonic 24-bit WAV files from any of its 144 available inputs. Inputs available include 64 channels of Ethernet-based Dante, 64 channels of optical or coaxial MADI, eight channels of line-level analog and eight channels of AES digital.

The 970 is a powerful tool for professionals who require a significant number of audio channels. Any input can be assigned to any track. In addition, 32-track recording at 96 kHz is supported. The 970 records to any of four attached drives, which include two front-panel drive bays and two rear-panel e-SATA connected drives. Material can be recorded to multiple drives simultaneously or sequentially. This eliminates time-consuming post-record copying and allows for continuous long-form, high-track count recordings.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

136th International AES Convention Makes Grand Opening in Berlin

— 138th International Convention announced to be held in Warsaw, Poland, Spring 2015 —

Berlin, Germany, April 26, 2014 — The 136th Audio Engineering Society Convention, taking place Saturday, April 26, through Tuesday, April 29, 2014, opened today with healthy attendance at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center in Berlin, Germany. Offering a wide variety of Technical Program events, manufacturer exhibitions, the Project Studio Expo, and more, the 136th AES Convention brings attendees the latest in professional audio innovations, as well as networking and educational opportunities with leaders in the industry. Additionally, AES Executive Director, Bob Moses, made the announcement that next year’s European AES Convention will take place in Warsaw, Poland (Spring 2015) taking advantage of it’s burgeoning audio industry and growing base of audio engineers, producers and music aficionados.

Dietrich Schüller to Deliver the Heyser Memorial Lecture Tomorrow at the 136th Audio Engineering Society International Convention

— The lecture, entitled “Preserving our sound recordings: 25 years since everything changed,” will address the change of paradigm in the preservation of audiovisual documents —

New York, NY, April 25, 2013 — The 136th Audio Engineering Society International Convention, being held in Berlin, Germany, on April 26 – 29, 2014, at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center, will feature Dietrich Schüller, early advocate of digital audiovisual archiving, giving the Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture, one of the most anticipated events at every AES Convention. With his strong international engagement for audiovisual preservation and background experience in physics, ethnomusicology and cultural anthropology, Schüller will explain how technological development has led to a paradigm shift 25 years ago and the ways in which safeguarding the world’s audiovisual has further developed since. The lecture will take place Saturday, April 26, 19:00 – 20:00 (Estrel Hall A).

Schüller originally joined the Phonogrammarchiv of the Austrian Academy of Sciences – the world’s first sound archive founded 1899 – as a student assistant and, following graduation, became its Director in 1972. After concentration on methodological aspects of sound recording for research purposes, he became increasingly engaged in audiovisual preservation and re-recording. He was a member of the Executive Board of the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) from 1975 to 1987, founder of the IASA Technical Committee and its chair until 2001. He is a member of the Audio Engineering Society, was a member of the Organizing Committee of the Vienna AES Conventions 1992 and 2007, and Vice-Chair of the AES Standards Subcommittee on Audio Preservation and Restoration until its closure in 2012. Schüller currently serves as UNESCO Vice-President of the Information for All Programme (IFAP), and chair of the IFAP Working Group on Information Preservation. An author of numerous publications on audiovisual preservation, he is also involved in national and international training courses and workshops for audiovisual archivists.

“The change of paradigm in audio preservation” Schüller reports “started 25 years ago in an informal environment around AES Conventions in the US. The first pilot projects, however, were established by German radio stations in the early 1990s, later followed by television archives. Adequate standards have been established, and we continue to adapt these to the development of the technical environment. I am looking forward to delivering the Heyser lecture at the Berlin convention, to sharing my experience of the development of audiovisual preservation, but also my concerns: specifically magnetic tapes are under threat by the rapid disappearance of replay machines. If not transferred in time to digital repositories, contents will be lost, even if the tapes are still in good physical condition.”

The Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture series was established in May 1999 by the AES Technical Council, the Board of Governors and the Richard Heyser Scholarship Fund to honor the extensive contribution to the Society by Heyser, widely known for his ability to communicate new and complex technical ideas with great clarity and patience. The Heyser Series is an endowment for lectures that bring to AES conventions eminent individuals in audio engineering and related fields. Like Dietrich Schüller, many previous lecturers were also exceptional across creative, technical and entrepreneurial roles, including Ray Dolby, Ray Kurzweil, Walter Murch, Phil Ramone and George Massenburg.

For more information on this year’s Heyser lecture, please visit http://www.aes.org/technical/heyser/aes136.cfm. For further information on the 136th AES International Convention, and to register for your Exhibits-Plus badge or the premium All Access badge, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/136/.

EASWEST Offers Limited Time Spring Savings

Save on Complete Composers Collection 2 and more for one week only

Hollywood – April 24, 2014 – EASTWEST, the industry leader in virtual instruments for over 25 years, is offering additional spring savings on their popular Complete Composers Collection 2 virtual instrument bundle as well as other select EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP virtual instruments for one week only.

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Perfect for music, film, TV, and videogame scoring, the Complete Composers Collection 2 can be customized by choosing from 20 award-winning virtual instruments that cover virtually every musical genre. Customers can save an additional $175 (200 Euros for European customers) on the downloadable version of the CCC2 and pay no tax, no shipping, and have immediate access t the product. Alternatively, customers can opt for the CCC2 PRO to be shipped to them pre-installed on a 2TB plug ad play hard drive and save an additional 10% for up to 70% off the total price. Final prices can vary depending on selections.

EASWEST is also offering 50% off of select EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP virtual instruments for one week only. Most of these collections are available for immediate download.

For more product information, promotion rules and requirements, and to order, please visithttp://www.soundsonline.com/Spring-Offers or http://www.soundsonline-europe.com/EU-Spring-Offers for European customers.

136th Audio Engineering Society Convention to Feature Keynote from Leading Audio Researcher Wieslaw Woszczyk

— Opening ceremony to feature remarks from Woszczyk and AES personnel —

New York, NY, April 23, 2014 — The 136th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Saturday, April 26, through Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center in Berlin, Germany) is set to feature a keynote address from Wieslaw Woszczyk, an internationally recognized audio researcher and educator with leading expertise in emerging technology trends in audio. The address will be part of the convention’s opening ceremonies, taking place Saturday, April 26, 13:15-14:15 (Estrel Hall A). The ceremonies will also feature remarks from AES President Sean Olive; AES Executive Director Bob Moses; Convention Co-chairs Sascha Spors and Umberto Zanghieri; and Awards Chair Jan Abildgaard Pedersen.

Woszczyk holds the James McGill Professor Research Chair position and a full professorship at McGill University, and is the founding director of the Graduate Program in Sound Recording (1978), and founding director of the CIRMMT Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology, an inter-university, inter-faculty, interdisciplinary research center established at McGill University in 2001. An AES member since 1976, Woszczyk is a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society (1996) and the former Chair of its Technical Council (1996-2005), Governor (twice, in 1991-1993 and 2008-2010) and President (2006-2007). He also served on the Review Board of the AES Journal. Woszczyk received the Board of Governors Award in 1991 and a group Citation Award in 2001 for “pioneering the technology enabling collaborative multichannel performance over the broadband Internet.”

Woszczyk notes, “The world of audio is entering a period of renaissance. We are experiencing an unprecedented range of technologies serving artists, producers, and listeners of music and sound. Little remains the same for long in the face of our relentless drive for new discoveries. I would like to present my perspective on the value of human interaction, collaboration and continuing education as a way forward in the quickly transforming world. We should be wary of trying to predict the future but make our best effort to live fully in the present, observing, exploring, and building relationships. Together, we can refine the course and purpose of our industry, we can venerate the gems of the past yet remain imaginative, open and ready for a fascinating future.”

For more information on AES136 technical program, presenters and registration, visit the AES136 Convention web page at http://www.aes.org/events/136/.

Technical Program for 136th Audio Engineering Society Convention Showcases the Latest in Audio

— DPA Microphones added as sponsor for Project Studio Expo —

New York, NY, April 22, 2014 — The 136th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Saturday, April 26, through Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at the Estrel Hotel and Convention center in Berlin, Germany) will feature a rich Technical Program bringing together the world’s leading experts on a diverse array of audio topics for four days of presentations, discussion, and learning.

The Papers and Engineering Briefs sessions will showcase the work of over 100 researchers on topics ranging from 3D Audio Rendering in 5.1 Surround Systems to Graphene Microphones. Workshops will bring panels of experts together to discuss a range of provocative and practical topics, such as eyes-free auditory interfaces for mobile devices, music production for film, and the latest advances in loudspeaker design. Tutorials are providing a backgrounder on important audio fundamentals, for seasoned professionals and young people alike. And of course, Special Events are fun, thought provoking, once in a lifetime opportunities to see and hear industry legends.

The show also features the European premiere of Project Studio Expo (PSE), which will take place on Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27. Leading manufacturer DPA Microphones has been announced as the event sponsor. PSE, which has been a well-attended, acclaimed event at the last two AES Conventions in the United States, offers a venue for focusing on some of the most timely and relevant areas of interest facing today’s personal studio users. These comprehensive presentations cover topics of importance for all engineers and producers, and offer a level of detail as to be useful for anyone from beginner to pro. Topics include Basic Microphone Technology; Professional Mixes from Your Project Studio – Common Mistakes, Immediate Solutions; Electronic Dance Music: Live Performance Mixing Techniques; The Business of Being in the Music Business; How Did They Get that Sound?; Advanced Vocal Editing; Mastering Engineering – The Link to Your Audience and more. Hosted by notable industry engineers, educators, journalists and sponsors, the Project Studio Expo offers a unique chance to experience music production with top talent, tools and techniques. Learn best practices and insider tricks from the pros while interfacing with manufacturers and connecting with your peers. Admission is included with both “Exhibits-Plus” and premium “All Access” registration options.

For more information on AES136 technical program, presenters and registration, visit the AES136 Convention web page at http://www.aes.org/events/136/.

Enhance Your AES 136th International Convention Experience with Free “AES Mobile Convention – AES Berlin 2014” Mobile App

— App for handheld devices provides helpful tools for navigating this weeks 136th AES Convention —

New York, NY, April 21, 2014 — The schedule of events and exhibitors at 136th Audio Engineering Society International Convention, being held in Berlin, Germany, on April 26 – 29, 2014, at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center, is just around the corner, and the free “AES Mobile Convention – AES Berlin 2014” app is here to help attendees make the most of their convention experience.

Available for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) as well as Android devices, the app provides the following tools to enhance your event experience:

The Dashboard keeps you organized with up-to-the-minute Exhibitor, Speaker and Event information
My Schedule organizes your schedule with one click
Alerts allow you to receive important real-time communications from the AES
Keep up with industry news on LinkedIn and Facebook groups
Built-in Twitter feed to follow and join in on the show chatter
Rate the sessions you attend and comment on them, too
Connect with your colleagues using the Friends feature

To download the app for free, please visit http://www.aes.org/mobile/. For further information on the 136th AES International Convention, and to register for your free Exhibits-Plus badge or the premium All-Access badge, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/136/.

Inaugural Pensado Awards to Honor Today’s New Brand of Music Professional

— Live ceremony on June 28 and global online broadcast will “recognize the faces behind the sound” —

LOS ANGELES, CA, April 17, 2014 — For the past several years, the acclaimed online video series Pensado’s Place has celebrated the evolving landscape of music and technology and given a voice to its leaders and innovators, and now the producers of that program have created the Pensado Awards, a new award show intended to acknowledge today’s emerging brand of music professional and to “recognize the faces behind the sound.” The live show will take place on June 28, 2014, at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California, and will be followed one week later by a global online broadcast. Scheduled to co-host are award-winning producer-engineers Chris Lord-Alge (Muse, Pink, Foo Fighters, Avril Lavigne, Green Day, Daughtry, Paramore, Black Eyed Peas), Marcella Araica (Britney Spears, Madonna, Pink, Duran Duran, Keri Hilson) and Young Guru (Jay Z, Beyonce, Mariah Carey), with additional co-hosts to be announced soon.

The Pensado Awards are a natural outgrowth of the ethos behind Pensado’s Place. In recent years, developments in music and technology have changed the landscape for producers, songwriters, engineers and musicians, encouraging artists and composers of all types to hone their craft. From the self-taught basement amateur to the seasoned industry producer, all manner of music professionals are discovering new methods of working and novel ways to reach fans. The science and art of music-making are in a rapid state of flux, with exciting opportunities awaiting among the talented figures in and out of the spotlight – the people who are currently engineering the next sound that will move the world in the music, film, television and digital realms. Over 100,000 albums and millions of songs are released every year, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of concerts put on worldwide, but the awards often end up in the hands of a lucky select group. So the brilliance and hard work of all those producers, songwriters, DJ’s, engineers, mixers, live wizards and behind-the-scenes technicians in audio often go unnoticed – until now! The Pensado Awards, founded as a means of acknowledging these talented individuals and their work, are a grand opportunity for the best pros, amateurs, brands and press to come together as one community to celebrate the uncelebrated.

Herb Trawick, the Co-host/Executive Producer and Creator of Pensado’s Place, as well as Manager and Advisor to Co-host Dave Pensado, stated, “We are very thrilled about the opportunity to put on an awards show that is by the people and for the people. And we are just as excited to have Chris Lord-Alge, Marcella Araica and Young Guru – and other names to be announced soon – on board as our hosts, and all of our Pro Committee artists and sponsor partners. The buzz has been electric, and we are already talking about making this an annual event.”

“As an engineer and mixer myself, I am acutely aware that so many of the most talented people in the industry never get the recognition they deserve,” stated Dave Pensado (Co-host of Pensado’s Place, GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer, Teacher). “We have founded these awards to acknowledge amateurs and professionals for their craft. We hope you join in the celebration, either in person or online.”

Working behind the scenes to make the Pensado Awards a reality are the producers from Pensado’s Place and a group of top industry PR/marketing professionals. Leading the charge are Pensado and Trawick, along with Pensado Awards producer Karen Dunn of KMD Productions (Producer of the TEC Awards at NAMM for 29 years and various other Pro Audio Events). Rounding out the Pensado Awards Team are social media guru Will Thompson, PR professionals Clyne Media and Lisa Roy, Lead Agent Shevy Shovlin and Business Development manager Khaila Stewart.

Pensado Award categories include OMG! Mix of the Year; Game Changer Producers Award; Songwriters Break Thru Award; Unique Project Studio (Global); Amateurs Best/Mix Recording (Global); Best Non-English Song (Global); Best Tracking Engineer; Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Film, Television & Gaming; Giant Award (industry legend); Master of Mastering; Live/FOH Award; AIR Award (Best Assistant, Intern or Runner); Outstanding Brand; Spin Doctor DJ Award; Dave Pensado Educators Award; and Herb Trawick Visionary Award.

The Pensado Awards Pro Committee is made up of artists, engineers, producers and industry notables (many of whom have been featured guests on Pensado’s Place), who together will serve as the judging panel for the awards. The committee in currently being assembled and is confirmed to include Andrew Scheps (Lana Del Rey, Red Hot Chili Peppers), Jimmy Douglass (Pharrell, Justin Timberlake), John McBride (Martina McBride, The Blackbird Academy), Manny Marroquin (Bruno Mars, Imagine Dragons), Trina Shoemaker (Queens of the Stone Age, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris), Young Guru (Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Kanye West), Zoe Thrall (Studio Director at the Studio at the Palms) and others.

Opportunities are still available to join the over 100 leading music makers and manufacturers, representatives from 75 countries and over 100 schools who are already active supporters of and participants in the inaugural Pensado Awards. Three sponsorship packages are available. To support the Awards, please visit http://pensadoawards.com/sponsorship_info.html.

Photo caption: Pictured L-R: Herb Trawick (Co-host/Executive Producer and Creator of Pensado’s Place) and Dave Pensado (Co-host of Pensado’s Place, GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer, Teacher). Photo by Zan Nakari (www.zanphotos.com).

About Pensado’s Place
The hour-long weekly web series Pensado’s Place was created nearly four years ago. Co-hosted by legendary mix engineer Dave Pensado (Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Michael Jackson and more) and show creator Herb Trawick, the show includes interviews with top music industry artists, engineers, producers, mixers, and record executives, as well as in-depth tutorials in production, engineering and mixing. Pensado’s Place has positioned itself as “the most influential show for audio engineers,” mixers and producers (Forbes Magazine) in just three years. Pensado’s Place is more than just a show, as it highlights the very best in the industry of music, gaming, sound identity on film, and audio equipment, with a presence in live events. As a leading educational resource, Pensado’s Place is helping build the next generation of audio greats.

Audio Engineering Society Educational Foundation Announces the Bruce Swedien Scholarship Fund

— Scholarship to honor Swedien’s career and help carry on his legacy for future generations —

— Swedien family and scholarship organizers reaching out to the audio community seeking contributions for fund —

New York, NY, April 10, 2014 — The Audio Engineering Society Educational Foundation (AESEF) announces the Bruce Swedien Scholarship Fund. This year marks the 80th birthday of legendary producer/engineer Bruce Swedien, whose career in the recording industry spans more than 60 years. The AESEF, working closely with Bruce’s family, is honoring him with a scholarship funded by his colleagues, fans and friends in the business, as a way to say “thank you” for his many gifts and to help aid young recording engineers who believe in putting the “Music First!,” as is Bruce’s mantra.

Since being publicly recognized in 1962 with his first GRAMMY® nomination, for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” Bruce has built a peerless body of work across eras and genres. Bruce went on to record and mix Michael Jackson’s Thriller, the best-selling album in the history of recorded music. Aside from these credits, he is known for his work with Duke Ellington, Burt Bacharach, B.B. King, Jennifer Lopez, Bonnie Raitt, Edgar Winter, Barbra Streisand, Sergio Mendes and many more. Bruce has been nominated for a total of thirteen GRAMMY Awards and won five. He has also been awarded 10 GRAMMY certificates and two ASCAP composer Awards and has been nominated for five TEC Awards. He is being awarded an AES fellowship award this year for his “impact in creating a sonic reference in modern popular music,” while his latest book, The Bruce Swedien Recording Method (Hal Leonard Publishing) inspires the music world.

Those who know Bruce are aware of his ongoing dedication to the craft of recording artistry. In addition to his talents and successes, he continues to be an open book to younger artists – imparting his knowledge and history for the benefit of the entire industry, and supporting initiatives such as the AESEF. And he is also an insatiable learner himself, exchanging ideas with other top audio minds at each year’s AES Conventions and other industry gatherings.

This scholarship honors Swedien’s lifetime of excellence as a producer/engineer, musician, author, educator and mentor for the past six decades while complementing the mission of the Audio Engineering Society Educational Foundation: to support future outstanding audio engineering professionals. Scholarships will be offered annually to graduate students in the recording arts who have a passion for maintaining the highest standards of music recording.

Bob Moses, AES Executive Director, states, “This scholarship is a beautiful way to pass on Bruce’s wisdom and encouragement to the next generation. Somewhere out there is a kid making noise in a basement, destined to receive this scholarship on his way to becoming a recording legend. This is one of the most sacred and meaningful things we get to do at AES, I’m especially grateful to Bruce’s family for working with us to put it together.”

To support the Bruce Swedien Scholarship Fund, please visit http://www.swedienscholarship.org/.

Photo Credit: Mr. Bonzai.

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