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Antelope Audio’s Orion32 Helps International DJ/Producer Dusty Kid Usher In the Next Chapter of Electronic Music Creation

Orion32 Serves as Kid’s ‘Digital Hub,’ Providing Unmatched Flexibility and Audio Quality in Routing Hardware and Software Virtual Instruments

Anaheim, CA, January 23, 2014: Antelope Audio [Booth 7118 - Arena] counts international DJ/producer phenomenon Dusty Kid (a/k/a Paolo Alberto Lodde) among its fans. A dedicated electronic music artist since age 12, Dusty Kid is very much in demand among the international DJ circuit, having toured relentlessly for the last seven years. In the studio, the Orion32 has helped Dusty Kid realize his dream of realizing the ultimate ‘modular studio,’ enabling him to seamlessly connect the hardware and software devices he needs for unmatched flexibility and audio quality. We spoke to Dusty, who was born to make music [indeed, he claims his first word was 'vinyl] just before the 2014 NAMM Show to find out how the Orion32 fits into his music creation scheme.

How is being a DJ now different from being one say, ten years ago?
Well, I am not a DJ even though what I do in clubs reflects more or less what a DJ does. But I can tell you that ten years ago being a good DJ was certainly about playing vinyl, having good technique and traveling just about anywhere to get the chance to buy records other people were not able to find. Today, it is quite different as most people use computers to match tempos of digital files and basically anyone can find just about any music on the Internet!

Tell us about where the Orion32 fits into your studio
I use a Mac Pro running Ableton Live. I also use a UAD card with all the available plugins. The rest of my set up is basically hardware. All my synthesizers, vintage mixers, reel-to-reel machines and effect boxes are all connected to the Orion32 so I use it like a sort of ‘digital patch bay.’ Using it this way, I can plug anything to anything with a simple click. So the Orion32 has enabled me to create this big modular set up — this makes everything very interesting, fun and also more experimental. The best thing is that using both Ableton Live and Orion32, I can instantly create very complex chains of machines!

What was your initial draw to the Orion32?
I wanted to see if everything I read about the Orion32 was true, which described a beautifully designed and simple to use interface with multiple I/Os based on USB technology — all in a single rack space and for under $3,000. It was almost too good to be true. My fear was that such a product would be unstable and have poor drivers, but when I got the chance to try it I was pleasantly surprised.

What was your experience with other interfaces before finding Antelope?
I used a big name competitor for three years or so, and I had so many troubles. Besides the limited number of I/O that never seemed to be enough, I found that I had to adapt my work flow with a patch bay. Also the drivers in my last unit were incredibly unstable and I experienced problems with sync, latency and even worse, clicks and pops during recordings. The Orion32 solved all these problems while giving me the opportunity to work 100% inside Ableton Live without having to disconnect or repatch cables. Since using the Orion32, I have never experience problems with drivers and the clocking has been perfect. Since my studio contains so much hardware and digital devices, keeping the clocking perfectly aligned can be problematic.

What do you appreciate most about the Orion32?
Well, with 32 ins and 32 outs, the Orion really does everything for you if you don’t need to mix out of the box — and its price / performance ratio is just ridiculous. I have been using the Orion32 for several months now and everything is working flawlessly. Currently, I only use the Orion32 in the studio, but now I am thinking about how useful it could be in a live performance environment if I decide to include external synths and effects. It would be very easy to set up since I would not require a large mixing console to get all the hardware properly connected.

For more information on the Antelope Orion32, please visit the Antelope Audio website:
http://www.antelopeaudio.com/en/products/Orion32-Multi-Channel-AD-DA-converter.

About Antelope Audio:

Antelope Audio is the brainchild of Igor Levin who has more than 20-year experience and a number of innovations in digital audio and synchronization technology. The company is widely acknowledged as the leading manufacturer of audio master clocks.

In 2009 Antelope Audio launched its product line of high-resolution USB D/A converters, being among the pioneers designing a 384 kHz DAC. Antelope’s DACs employ their renowned 64-bit clocking and jitter management technologies and custom-designed circuits, achieving unprecedented precision and sound clarity.

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Sennheiser Introduces New Lineup of DJ Headphones at the 2014 NAMM Show: HD6 Mix, HD7 DJ and HD8 DJ

Anaheim, CA, January 22, 2014: Audio specialist Sennheiser [Hall A, booth 6577] announces a brand new range of professional mixing and DJ headphones at the 2014 NAMM Show. Building 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 new HD6 Mix, HD7 DJ and HD8 DJ are designed for the most demanding users and punishing professional environments.

Developed in conjunction with some of the world’s top DJs including Bob Sinclar, Luciano, Andy Baxter, Missill and Davina, the three new DJ headphones deliver excellent sound reproduction with the highest levels of external noise attenuation. The durable materials, exceptional build quality and unrivalled product support make these new professional headphones from Sennheiser the perfect choice for mixers and DJs at any level.

Mark Posgay, vice president sales and marketing, Sennheiser, commented: “The new HD6 Mix, HD7 DJ and HD8 DJ build on the success and legacy of our HD 25 headphone. The entire range utilizes a proprietary acoustic system designed to address the needs of many different performance and production applications.” ??The HD8 DJ is designed for professional DJs and features outstanding sound reproduction, while the HD7 DJ provides an engaging, dynamic sound that is especially suited for live performance. Both headphones deliver a mid-low end emphasis with clarity retained in the high frequencies, in addition to a ‘tight’ overall sound. The HD6 meanwhile, is focused primarily at studio-based music creation and delivers a balanced, accurate sound for mixing and monitoring work. “The elliptical, circumaural ear cups were specially designed to ensure a perfect fit for more users,” says Posgay. “This provides excellent external noise attenuation that can cope with very high sound pressure levels, which effectively means that users can monitor at safer levels.”

The DJ headphone range is features unmatched comfort and durability, whether they are being used in the studio or in live performance. The elliptical shape of the ear cups prevents pinching and is enhanced by interchangeable ear pads for comfortable listening during long periods of use. For hassle-free one-ear monitoring, both DJ models feature a brand new swivel feature with up to 210 of movement and three different wearing positions. With both coiled and straight 3m high-performance cables included that can connect to either ear cup, the headphones can adapt to suit just about any user preference. A bayonet twist lock enables a secure connection to the headphones.

All three models are built to withstand the rigors of daily studio work and a life on the road. Sennheiser has engineered the range from durable, high-quality materials to take even the roughest everyday professional use, proven through rigorous and extended quality tests. And when the life on the road pushes the limits too far, Sennheiser’s new headphones offer replaceable parts and a peerless commitment to customer service with at least five years’ parts availability guarantee even after end-of-life, and global support for quick replacements, wherever the work takes you.

The HD6 Mix ($279.95), HD7 DJ ($329.95) and HD8 DJ ($389.95) will be available at the end of this month.

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, Connecticut. 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 http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

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Antelope Orion32 Multi-Channel Interface, Nominated for TEC Award, to be Demonstrated at 2014 NAMM Show

Demonstrations to Highlight Hybrid Multi-Channel Setup With the Orion32 — Antelope Audio to Also Show Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC/Headphone Amp, Following Successful Unveiling at International Consumer Electronics Show

Anaheim, CA, January 21, 2014: During the 2014 NAMM Show this month, leading digital audio manufacturer Antelope Audio [Booth 7118 - Arena] will demonstrate the power and flexibility of its newest multi-channel interface: the Orion32. Antelope’s U.S. Director of sales and marketing, Marcel James, will be on hand to walk attendees through the unit’s capabilities when used with hardware summing from Rupert Neve Designs and 500 series module inserts from Purple Audio, Maag Audio, Bettermaker and Electrodyne. Antelope will also be demonstrating its Eclipse384 converter, with the Orion32 and Eclipse384 clocked by the company’s renowned 10M atomic clock.

Antelope’s 2014 NAMM Show booth will feature rolling hourly demonstrations of its gear as well as the following guest VIP presenters at 1:00 p.m. each day:

Friday, January 24thEric Sarafin (aka Mixerman) (Foreigner, Ben Harper)
Saturday, January 25thBrian Vibberts (Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, The Black Crowes)
Sunday, January 26thHowie Weinberg (Bjork, Ramones, Muse)

The Orion32 is a nominee for the 29th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards in the ‘Computer Audio Hardware” category. The awards will be presented during the 2014 NAMM Show on Friday evening, January 24th at a special ceremony. The TEC Awards is the pro audio industry’s most prestigious awards show honoring outstanding achievement in product innovation and sound production.

Orion32: Unmatched I/O Flexibility, Audio Quality and Clocking Accuracy:

Antelope Audio’s Orion32 is the world’s first 32-channel AD/DA converter, supporting both MADI and USB interfaces, clocked by Antelope’s renowned 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) technology. The device features 192 kHz I/O streaming of 32-channel digital audio through its custom-built USB chip, which provides simple connectivity to any USB-enabled DAW or computer. The converter also provides 32 channels of 96 kHz audio through its fiber optic MADI I/O connections, which can be used to connect with any suitably equipped MADI compatible device.

In addition to being an extremely high quality audio converter, Orion32 is also an audio master clock. The device employs Antelope’s proprietary 4th generation of AFC and oven controlled oscillator, technologies that made Antelope Audio clocks an industry leader for accuracy and reliability in recording, mastering and post-production facilities around the world. The 4 word clock outs, together with the 10 MHz input, make Orion 32 the ideal centerpiece to any project studio, high-end studio or live performance environment.

Introducing the Zodiac Platinum SDS DAC/Headphone Amp:

Antelope Audio also introduces its new Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC/headphone amplifier fresh from the International Consumer Electronics show. The Zodiac Platinum features a 256X upsampling mode, which helps realize the true potential of DSD – delivering new standards in accuracy, transparency, imaging, and dynamics. In addition to featuring a custom-built USB chip capable of carrying DSD128 and up 24-bit, 384 kHz PCM files, the Zodiac Platinum boasts a wide range of connectivity options, including AES/EBU and S/PDIF I/O, a couple of TOSLINK inputs (PCM only), a set of balanced and unbalanced analog outs, as well as an unbalanced RCA input.

To learn more, please visit http://www.antelopeaudio.com.

About Antelope Audio:

Antelope Audio is the brainchild of Igor Levin who has more than 20 years’ experience and a number of innovations in digital audio and synchronization technology. The company is widely acknowledged as the leading manufacturer of audio master clocks.

In 2009 Antelope Audio launched its product line of high-resolution USB D/A converters, being among the pioneers designing a 384 kHz DAC. Antelope’s DACs employ their renowned 64-bit clocking and jitter management technologies and custom-designed circuits, achieving unprecedented precision and sound clarity.

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Sennheiser to Demonstrate its Unique Laser Drum Microphone Concept at 2014 NAMM Show

Daily Demonstrations Will Feature Concept Microphone Developed by Sennheiser Technology and Innovation Lab, San Francisco

Anaheim, CA – January 21, 2014: Audio specialist Sennheiser (Hall A, Booth 6577) announced that it will exhibit an advanced concept microphone at the 2014 NAMM Show, which is designed to improve drum sound pick-up. The concept, developed by Sennheiser’s Technology and Innovation Lab in San Francisco, is unique and based on a recording technology supported by lasers.

In the past, Sennheiser has used exhibitions such as the NAMM Show as sounding boards to gain insight and feedback on its latest developments in its Pursuit of Perfect Sound. The new laser drum concept will be demonstrated on the Sennheiser stage to visualize the idea.

Typically, many microphones are used to capture the sound of a drum kit. However, each single microphone usually captures many other sounds in addition to its intended source. This is why many engineers have used gating techniques to keep the sonic image focused and avoid what is commonly referred to as comb filtering: a series of delayed signals that create sonic interference.

Rather than relying soley on dynamics processing, Sennheiser’s laser drum microphone concept uses laser vibrometers to measure the vibration of the drum head. Instead of being triggered by acoustic waves, the gates for each drum are triggered using the laser beam which picks up the visual vibration of the drum head. This equates to less bleed across the pieces of the entire kit, and a more focused overall drum sound.

To experience Sennheiser’s unique laser drum microphone concept in person, please visit the Sennheiser booth between Thursday, January 23rd and Saturday, January 26th at 11:15 a.m., 1:50 p.m. or 4:50 p.m.

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.

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Sennheiser Announces Lineup for On Stage Product Demonstration Performances at NAMM 2014

Product Showcases Begin at Noon Each Day and Carry on through Sunday

Anaheim, CA, January 20, 2014: Audio specialist Sennheiser (Hall A, Booth 6577) announced that its booth stage at NAMM will feature an impressive roster of emerging musical talent. The product demonstrations — which will feature the latest audio equipment from Sennheiser and its family of distributed brands— will begin at noon on Thursday, January 23rd and continue through Sunday afternoon, January 26th.

Scheduled performances are as follows and may be subject to change:

Thursday, January 23rd

• 11:15 a.m. – Laser Mic Demo (Sennheiser product concept)

• 12:00 p.m. – Marcus Eaton (Eclectic acoustic pop)

• 12:45 p.m. – Sara Niemietz and Snuffy Walden (singer/songwriter, soundtrack)

• 1:30 p.m. – Corey Gray and Jake Coco (singer/songwriter pop)

• 1:50 p.m. – Laser Mic Demo

• 2:15 p.m. – Dilana (rock)

• 3:00 p.m. – Sara Niemietz and Snuffy Walden

• 3:45 p.m. – Corey Gray and Jake Coco

• 4:30 p.m. – Marcus Eaton

• 4:50 p.m. – Laser Mic Demo

Friday, January 24th

• 11:15 a.m. – Laser Mic Demo

• 12:00 p.m. – Nina Storey (fusion of alternative rock/blues/jazz / soul)

• 12:45 p.m. – Magnolia Memoir (jazz/blues inspired rock)

• 1:30 p.m. – Calico (Americana)

• 1:50 p.m. – Laser Mic Demo

• 2:15 p.m. – Nina Storey

• 3:00 p.m. – Magnolia Memoir

• 3:45 p.m. – Marcus Eaton

• 4:30 p.m. – Calico

• 4:50 p.m. – Laser Mic Demo

Saturday, January 25th

• 11:15 a.m. – Laser Mic Demo

• 12:00 p.m. – Raining Jane (eclectic rock/folk)

• 12:45 p.m. – Charles Jones (keyboardist)

• 1:30 p.m. – Debby Holiday (rock/dance/soul)

• 1:50 p.m. – Laser Mic Demo

• 2:15 p.m. – Special Guest

• 3:00 p.m. – Charles Jones

• 3:45 p.m. – Debby Holiday
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• 4:30 p.m. – Kelly Moneymaker (rock/blues/classic rock)

• 4:50 p.m. – Laser Mic Demo

Sunday, January 26th

• 12:00 p.m. – Nu Blue

• 12:45 p.m. – Katie Cole (Americana/acoustic rock)

• 1:30 p.m. – Honey Whiskey Trio (folk/bluegrass)

• 2:15 p.m. – Nu-Blu (bluegrass/country)

• 3:00 p.m. – Katie Cole

• 3:45 p.m. – Honey Whiskey Trio

Each year, the Sennheiser booth stage provides a high-quality, entertaining platform for emerging talent to heard by the over 80,000 people attending NAMM. For more information on artist performances, or to learn more about Sennheiser, please stop by booth 6577 or visit www.sennheiserusa.com.

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.

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Sound Devices Nominated For Two Technical Achievement Awards by The Cinema Audio Society

PIX 260i Production Video Recorder and 633 Production Mixer Recognized

REEDSBURG, WI, JANUARY 20, 2014 — Sound Devices, specialists in portable audio and video products for field production, is pleased to announce that its PIX 260i Production Recorder and 633 Production Mixer have been nominated for a Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Technical Achievement Award in the production category.

The Cinema Audio Society was formed in 1964 to advance the art and science of sound in the motion picture and television industry. A blue-ribbon panel of CAS Members determined the nominees for the 50th Annual Cinema Audio Society Technical Achievement Awards, which will be announced on Saturday, February 22 in the Crystal Ballroom of the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

“We are honored to have two products nominated for a CAS Technical Achievement Award,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “We take pride that several of the nominees for outstanding achievement in sound mixing are Sound Devices customers, and to be a small part of their success. Our commitment to providing our customers, and the industry, with world-class products remains our most important business and these nominations reaffirm that mission.”

Sound Devices PIX 260i Production Recorder is a rack-mounted, file-based audio and video recorder that seamlessly replaces tape-based decks in production and post-production environments. The PIX 260i supplies all the features and tools needed by production companies looking to migrate to 32-track file-based recording and playback environments. It records QuickTime video files or audio-only WAV files to up to four attached drives.

Sound Devices has infused the PIX 260i with 32-track audio recording and playback capabilities. In addition to 16 channels of embedded SDI audio and eight channels of HDMI audio, the PIX 260i also accepts eight channels of line-level analog I/O and eight channels of AES digital audio. Using Audinate’s Dante audio-over-Ethernet protocol, the PIX 260i can accept and transmit up to 32 channels of audio over Ethernet.

Sound Devices 633 mixer/recorder features six inputs, with three high-bandwidth mic/line XLR inputs complete with phantom power, high-pass filter, input limiter and variable pan. Three additional line-level inputs appear on TA3 (mini-XLR) connectors. All inputs are assignable to any output bus. AES digital I/O, including support for AES42 digital microphones, is available. The 633 offers 10-track 24-bit, 48 kHz uncompressed polyphonic or monophonic broadcast WAV file recording (96 kHz for eight tracks, 192 kHz for six tracks) or timecode stamped MP3 recording to CompactFlash and/or SD cards. All six inputs plus Left/Right and Aux 1/2, can be recorded to individual tracks. Similar to Sound Devices’ 12-input 664 Production Mixer, the 633 offers dual card slots that record to either one or both cards simultaneously, with the added ability to assign different tracks to each memory card.

Unique to the industry, the 633 is equipped with a four-way power supply and Sound Devices’ proprietary PowerSafe technology. This four-way powering allows for multiple, simultaneous power sources including external DC on a Hirose 4-pin locking (12-18 V), two removable and independent L-type Lithium-ion batteries and internal AA battery powering (six-AA). The unit detects when power sources are removed and seamlessly transitions to an available power source. With its PowerSafe circuitry, when all power is removed the unit remains on for 10 seconds to close all file operations and properly shut down. With PowerSafe, a complete power loss has no effect on the recording. PowerSafe also provides two-second ‘power-on-to-recording’ so the mixer is ready for operation at a moment’s notice.

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, 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.

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ROBERT MARGOULEFF NAMED WSDG PROJECT ENGINEER

Grammy-Winner To Consult With Top Acoustic Design Firm

LOS ANGELES: Grammy-winning engineer/producer/studio-owner Robert Margouleff has joined the Walters-Storyk Design Group as Project Engineer. Margouleff brings 40+ years of hands on experience to his new role with the global architectural acoustics/ technology integration design firm. “Robert Margouleff has literally done it all,” states WSDG Principal/Director of International Relations Sergio Molho. “He has accrued an incalculable wealth of real-world studio knowledge. His design, construction and technology expertise, coupled with his deep insights into project studio requirements and techniques, will be a significant new asset for our clients,” Molho said.

Beyond his long-time collaboration with Stevie Wonder, capped by a Best Engineered Album Grammy for Innervisions (shared with Malcolm Cecil,) Margouleff’s producer/ engineer credits include work with Devo, Billy Preston, Depeche Mode, Jeff Beck, The Doobie Brothers, Quincy Jones, and many other stellar artists. After building his Hollywood-based Mi Casa Multimedia Studios, Margouleff became a leader in surround audio for home theater, and provided 5.1 and 7.1 mixing and mastering for DVD and Blu-ray releases and restorations for such films as: The Sound Of Music, six James Bond features, Rush Hour and the complete Lord Of The Rings cycle.

Margouleff will be involved in all aspects of WSDG’s west coast projects. He will consult with new clients on details ranging from site selection to design, construction, technology, acoustic treatments and systems integration.

“We began expanding our West Coast presence last March with the addition of Bob Skye as SF-based rep/project engineer,” company Co-Founder John Storyk reports. “Robert Margouleff’s accomplishments and skills are impossible to match, plus, he has maintained an incredible level of enthusiasm for the process. We’ve been friends forever, but the idea for this formal relationship was inspired by Robert’s 2010 AES Keynote Address in San Francisco,” Storyk concludes. “He was at the top of his game that afternoon, combining historical milestones with prescient insights into the future of the industry. I knew then that he could bring a tremendous amount of real-world experience to our shop. We are confident that his ‘Project Engineer’ title will cover a lot of ground. This is a great way to start the New Year.”

Photo: Robert Margouleff has joined WSDG as West Coast-based Project Engineer.

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Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media facilities worldwide. Credits include Jimi Hendrix’s 1969′s Electric Lady Studios; NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center and Le Poisson Rouge; broadcast facilities for The Food Network, ESPN, and WNET; major education complexes for NYU and Berklee College of Music Boston and Valencia, Spain; media rooms for Hoffman La Roche, and other corporate clients. Recent projects include NYC’s TEC award winner Jungle City Studios and private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk (an adjunct professor at Berklee College,) Beth Walters, Sergio Molho and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications.WSDG has collaborated with such noted architects as Frank Gehry, Rafael Vinoly, Norman Foster, Oscar Niemeyer, Phillipe Stark and Nicholas Grimshaw. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious NAMM TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design. The firm maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Buenos Aires,Belo Horizonte, Basel, Beijing, Barcelona, Mexico City and Mumbai.

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COMPLETE SONNOX ELITE AAX COLLECTION AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY

Oxford SuprEsser Now AAX Native

OXFORD: Sonnox has announced the availability of the Oxford SuprEsser in Avid’s AAX format. Managing Director, Rod Densham comments, “This marks a major milestone in a formidable two-year AAX project. Producers and engineers who have been waiting for full AAX compatibility can now continue working with our top of the line Elite Bundle in Pro Tools 11.”

“Porting our plug-ins for AAX is a complex and time-consuming task, because we feel strongly about respecting and preserving the integrity of the original Oxford plug-ins, which have become a worldwide standard in modern audio production,” Densham continues. “With the January 2014 introduction of the SuprEsser AAX, we have completed the final component of the Sonnox Elite Bundle, which we consider the Ultimate Oxford Plug-in collection.

“AAX development continues with our Sonnox Restore Suite and Fraunhofer Pro-Codec plug-ins due for release in the first half of 2014. We remain committed to developing the best sounding, most useful and user-friendly plug-ins possible.” Densham concludes. “The development of a number of totally new products is now a primary goal of our expanded design team.”

Photo The entire Sonnox Elite Bundle – Oxford EQ, Dynamics, Inflator, TransMod, Reverb, Limiter and SuprEsser – is now fully AAX compatible

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For detailed information on Sonnox Oxford Plug-ins please visit: www.sonnox.com

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Signature Sound Opus One Earns GRAMMY® Nomination for Best Surround Sound Album and Points the Way Toward Wider Distribution of Surround Sound Music

— The flagship release for the new mediaHyperium3 label, Signature Sound Opus One is a 5.1 multichannel treasure of leading classical recordings produced by GRAMMY® Award winner Herbert Waltl, remixed by GRAMMY® Award winner Leslie Ann Jones and mastered by Michael Romanowski. It represents the next generation of surround sound distribution pioneered by mediaHyperium3 —

— In 2014, mediaHyperium3 intends to provide multichannel music recordings in a file format that can be downloaded to mobile devices and played back in discrete multichannel surround when connected to a surround sound system. Several mix versions will be made available for specific automobile makes and models, and other types of listening environments —

Los Angeles CA, January 3, 2014 — The nomination of Signature Sound Opus One for the GRAMMY® Award for Best Surround Sound Album solidifies record label www.mediaHYPERIUM3.com (http://e2.ma/click/dustj/p7aeub/dq50mc) as a leading innovator serving the growing HD 5.1 surround music category. The recording – composed of performances by artists and conductors including the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Jakov Kreizburg; the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Netherlands Radio Choir, conductor Mariss Jansons; Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conductor Mariss Jansons; TrondheimSolistene, conductor Øyvind Gimse; and Malmö Symphony Orchestra, conductor Bjarte Engeset – was mixed in discrete 5.1 surround by multiple GRAMMY winner Leslie Ann Jones and mastered in surround by Michael Romanowski, a top mastering engineer and President of The Recording Academy® San Francisco Chapter.

The establishment of mediaHyperium3 also marks a new era in surround music distribution; utilizing technology developed by label founder Herbert Waltl, Signature Sound Opus One and subsequent titles released on the label will be able to be downloaded in the AAC file format and be playable either as discrete 5.1 recordings on surround-equipped home playback systems or in stereo and discrete 5.1 on mobile platforms such as smartphones and tablets. This is the first time that such dual compatibility has been offered in a single music download product. In addition, future titles will include different mix versions produced with mH’s proprietary studio technology that will automatically adapt their playback configurations to a wide variety of listening environments, with automotive interiors as an area of focus.

Herbert Waltl is a pioneer in the field of surround music technology and creativity. A noted classical soloist and composer himself, Waltl is a winner of two GRAMMY Awards as a producer, as well as a recipient of a TEC Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement, a DVD Entertainment Award for Best Music DVD, and a Surround Sound Music Award. In 2010, he was appointed an Adjunct Professor at McGill University in Montreal. In 2013 Waltl founded mediaHyperium3 and produced a DVD featuring a combination of classical and popular music created specifically for purchasers of the new Mercedes-Benz® SL-Class Roadster, and hailed by audiophiles and music aficionados as an extraordinary listening experience. He envisions the release of Signature Sound Opus One as proof of concept for a business model that will benefit audiophiles, artists and commercial users seeking a premium differentiator for their products.

“We are developing the business with car companies, setting up a catalog of 5.1 surround sound pop, rock and classical music titles with the intention to establish a standard for 5.1 mixes available for special listening environments such as automobiles,” Waltl explains. “Our new surround sound technology truly reflects the potential for surround music as both a compelling artistic experience and as a market differentiator. We intend to create a growing catalog of 5.1 surround titles in many genres of music, and in the process help to expand the surround-music category.”

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RTW International Corp Facility Open for Service

Company Officially Welcomes German Director of Production to Lancaster

LANCASTER, PA, JANUARY 14, 2014 — Launched in 2013, RTW International Corp., the U.S.-based division of RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters and monitoring devices for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, is proud to announce its Lancaster, PA-based facility is ready for business. This month, Christopher Spahr, Director of Sales and Operations, RTW International Corp., welcomes Werner Hasse, from the Cologne-based RTW development team, to the Lancaster office. Hasse will oversee all product service, final assembly, software upgrades and repair service for all current RTW products based in the U.S.

In addition to helping RTW provide its U.S. customers with a faster response to their needs, RTW International Corp. will also be able to stock more products locally for an increased shipping turnaround in the U.S. Having this facility based in the United States is further proof of the company’s continued dedication to supporting its local customers and dealer networks in the region.

RTW has been a reliable source of innovative audio measurement tools for nearly 50 years, bringing its pedigree of precise German engineering to each of its innovative solutions. Along with the company’s ground-breaking products comes a commitment to service. RTW has a longstanding reputation of working with its customers to ensure their experience with RTW products is a positive one. As the company observed a clear need in the U.S. marketplace for its metering products, as well as increased brand awareness in the region, the company felt it was necessary to bring its quality engineering and stellar customer service closer to its U.S. customer base.

“I am thrilled to have Werner join us in Lancaster and to officially have our facility’s production services up and running,” says Christopher Spahr, Director of Sales and Operations, RTW International Corp. “Our customers are so important to us and it is quite evident that RTW’s products offer the pro audio industry the solutions it needs to not only meet CALM regulations in the broadcast sector, but is also helping to solve loudness issues and improve workflows for pro audio engineers across multiple sectors including radio, live production, the music industry and beyond. We look forward to further serving our customers and distributors and dealers, well into the future.”

About RTW International Corp.
Established in 2013, RTW International Corp. is the U.S.-based branch of RTW. Located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the facility is the first U.S. location launched by RTW and is a natural extension of the company’s dedication to supporting its customers and dealer networks in the U.S. RTW International Corp. houses all customer service, repair and final product assembly activities for U.S.-based RTW customers.

For nearly 50 years, Cologne-based RTW has accompanied the steady technological progress in the professional audio industry with innovative instruments and technologies for visual audio monitoring in broadcast, production, post production and quality control. Its state-of-the-art audio and loudness metering systems have an excellent reputation throughout the world. With groundbreaking products such as the Surround Sound Analyzer and the TouchMonitor range of audio meters, the company has been a key vendor of professional broadcast and audio metering equipment for decades.

For more information on RTW International Corp., visit www.rtw.com or call 877-938-7221.
For more information on RTW, visit www.rtw.de, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130.

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