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AES Showcases Latest Audio Innovations and Best Practices at 136th International Convention in Berlin

— Successful Technical Program and Exhibition draw high attendance and positive response from attendees and exhibitors alike —

—AES Executive Director Bob Moses announces next European AES Convention will take place in Warsaw, Poland (Spring 2015) —

New York, NY, May 12, 2014 — The 136th Audio Engineering Society Convention, which took place April 26 – 29, 2014 at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center in Berlin, Germany, celebrated four days of the best professional audio has to offer. Featuring a highly-successful mix of Technical Program events, manufacturer exhibitions, Project Studio Expo presentations and more, AES136 enjoyed increased attendance and interaction among an enthusiastic gathering of personalities from every aspect of audio engineering and related industries.

The 1,259 attendees of the 136th Convention – over twice the attendance of Rome, the year before – were presented with opportunities ranging from over 100 Papers and Engineering Briefs, dedicated Workshops and Panels on topics of interest, and Tutorials presenting important audio fundamentals. Additionally, top manufacturers showed their latest offerings and next-generation technologies in the exhibits hall.

Prominent industry figures offered their take on the convention:

Chas Rowden, EMEA Sales Manager for exhibitor Calrec Audio Ltd., stated, “After several years of absence from AES European events, it was a pleasure for Calrec Audio to exhibit at AES136 convention in Berlin. The AES has a new energy and focus that we as a manufacturing company found invigorating, with exiting new ideas and opportunities revealed each day of the show. Best of all, it was a pure audio industry occasion! Looking forward to Warsaw in 2015!”

Kerstin Mischke, EVE Audio GmbH’s Sales and Marketing Manager, offered: “We were very excited when we became aware that AES would return to our hometown Berlin after ten years of absence. Soon it became very clear that we did not want to miss the show. We looked for opportunities not only to exhibit but also to contribute. With assistance from AES representatives, EVE Audio became part of the technical program. We offered tours in which participants could visit our acoustic lab with its anechoic and reverberation chambers – all available tickets for both tours were sold out within a very short time. We can conclude that AES136 convention in Berlin was a very good show for us. Interest in our products in general was great, our tours were highly welcomed, and the overall atmosphere at the show and industry feedback have been very positive. We definitely would love to see AES returning more regularly to Berlin, because this town is a real hot spot when it comes to music, musicians and audio – and a great place to be.“

AES Executive Director Bob Moses added, “I’m really excited about the growth of the convention here in Berlin, and about the amazing people who keep the AES community enthralled and inspired year after year. From our mold-breaking Keynote speaker, Wieslaw Woszczyk, to the standing-room-only Heyser Memorial lecture given by Dietrich Schüller, to the first European edition of the Project Studio Expo, which drew in a packed room of up-and-coming audio engineers, and literally dozens of others that participate and move our industry forward in real-time at these events, we can truly call this year’s program a success. We thank everyone who came out to participate, our sponsors, and our co-chairs Sascha Spors and Umberto Zanghieri for putting on a fantastic event.”

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 its burgeoning audio industry and growing base of audio engineers, producers and music aficionados.

For news on the recent AES136 Convention in Berlin, Germany visit http://www.aes.org/events/136/.

Photo Caption: AES Executive Director Bob Moses welcomes attendees to the Opening Ceremonies of the 136th AES International Convention, held April 26 – 29, 2014 at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center in Berlin, Germany.

iZotope Releases Iris Resonant

Available now as part of the new Iris+8 bundle

iZotope Inc., Cambridge, MA – iZotope Inc., a leading audio technology company, has released the eighth sound library for Iris, an award-winning software synth built on spectral selection technology.

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Designed for exclusive use with Iris, Resonant features a fresh palette of playable, acoustically inspired patches built around bell, glockenspiel, kalimba and vibraphone-like samples. Choose from more traditional musical instruments, or experiment with wild and unusual sounds based on cans, tubes and lampshades. Featuring metal, wood, plastic, and other pitched percussion sources, Resonant offers bright and clean sounds ready to fit right into your next session.

Resonant is available on its own or as part of the new Iris+8 bundle, featuring all eight sound libraries for Iris: Wood, Glass, Food, Toys, Voice, Modular, Altered, and now, Resonant.

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In support of Iris Resonant and Iris+8, iZotope has also expanded its Iris Cookbook to include brand new recipes with step-by-step instructions and example presets. Aimed at helping users get the most out of Iris, this guide offers pro tips and tricks to help you get that perfect sound.

Iris Pricing and availability

Iris Resonant is available now through May 29, 2014 for $29 USD (reg. $49).
Iris+8 is available now through May 29, 2014 for $249 USD (reg. $349).

About iZotope, Inc.

iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite, RX®.

For more information on iZotope products, please visit www.izotope.com.

iZotope Honored with a New England Innovation Award

SBANE recognizes iZotope for innovation in audio

iZotope Inc., Cambridge, MA - iZotope Inc., a leading audio technology company, has been honored with a 2014 New England Innovation Award by the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE). Selected from 210 organizations that lead development in their fields, iZotope was chosen by SBANE for its technological contributions to and reach throughout the audio industries. iZotope technologies are a key component in many music and television studios around the globe, allowing users to change the way they approach audio production.

SBANE recognizes companies and organizations that have transformed their unique ideas into a product or service that SBANE_Logodemonstrates significant benefit to users and addresses market need. One prominent example is iZotope’s Emmy Award-winning RX®, which has changed the way audio is repaired and enhanced in the television broadcast industry. Former winners come from varying fields such as technology, manufacturing, service (both for profit and not for profit), and retail/distribution. Previous winners have included notable companies such as Staples, PictureTel, Ben & Jerry’s, Brooks Automation, Direct Tire, Genzyme, Nantucket Nectars, Imagitas!, Aurora Imaging Technology, and iRobot.

“SBANE is doing very important work in highlighting the amazing innovation that is happening in New England,” says Mark Ethier, co-founder and CEO of iZotope. “It’s inspiring to see what’s happening here and to be a part of it. We are excited to continue to innovate and continue to change the way people are producing sound. It is an honor to accept this award.”

Winners and Finalists of this prestigious award were honored at the “Evening of Innovation” Gala Dinner on May 7, 2014 at the Westin Hotel, Waltham MA. The keynote speaker for this Gala Dinner was Andy Miller, Chief Innovation Architect of Constant Contact.

A complete list of winners can be found on SBANE’s website.

About iZotope, Inc.
iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite, RX®.

For more information on iZotope products, please visit www.izotope.com.

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BASSBOSS Creates Custom DJ System for Red Bull and LANAI Rooftop Lounge

New booth as a centerpiece featuring awesome audio power, visual elegance and a very small footprint

Austin, TX (May 13, 2014)
– An elegant venue for dancing, relaxing and socializing, LANAI Rooftop Lounge in the heart of Austin, TX has great views, comfy couches, stylish décor and a diverse crowd that dances the night away to electronic and dance music. Their previous sound system and DJ booth took up far too much space and looked cluttered, without providing quality audio reproduction. LANAI and sponsoring partner Red Bull requested a custom design solution from BASSBOSS designer David Lee, who created a sound system in a DJ booth centerpiece that captures the aesthetic and offers sound that cleanly covers the entire room. The booth requires a very small footprint, leaving more room for customers and decor.

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“The list of technical details that went into making this project sound great and perform ideally for the space is even longer than the extensive list of aesthetic touches that were applied to make it beautiful,” said Lee. The BASSBOSS DJ booth/sound system incorporates a 12,000 W sound system into an elegantly crafted structure that serves as a platform not only for DJ equipment but also as a visual element that focuses attention. The main system components consist of a pair of 21-inch woofers, four 10-inch midrange drivers and two 1.4-inch exit compression drivers on iso-phasic waveguides. Also included is a DJ monitoring system that features dual 8-inch woofers and 1-inch exit compression drivers on tractrix waveguides. On the main system, a 3400 W amplifier module powers each of the 21-inch woofers. The midrange drivers are powered with 750 W each, or 1500 W per side, and the tweeters each have over 500 W available. For the monitors, each side has a 2 channel 700 W amplifier. Four discrete digital signal processors provide crossover, time alignment, equalization and limiter functions.

According to Lesliann Nemeth, LANAI’s Creative Director, the sound is now ideal for the space: “Since it is a custom-built system, we were able to have it set within the parameters of our outdoor music permit, which was a big issue for us before. It is amazing the level of sound we can get being that it is concentrated within the booth.”

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AES137 Los Angeles Convention Exhibitor Seniority Deadline This Friday, May 9, 2014

New York, NY, May 6, 2014 — The Audio Engineering Society announces that this Friday, May 9, is the deadline to take advantage of special Seniority Booth Placement for the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention in Los Angeles. This opportunity is available exclusively to past exhibitors, and companies are encouraged not to miss priority booth placement for the AES’s first convention in L.A. in 12 years. Recent conventions have shown strong growth and excitement among the AES community, and AES137 in L.A. is not to be missed.

The AES is deep into the planning stages for AES137, which will take place Thursday, October 9, through Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the L.A. Convention Center, located in the heart of the revitalized downtown Los Angeles area known as L.A. Live.

The 137th Convention will celebrate all that is new and important in the field of audio in 2014. We are making this event even bigger and better than the New York convention, as we build our comprehensive schedule of technical sessions, training seminars and special events. For pricing options for exhibition booths and other methods of participating in the 137th Convention visit http://www.aes.org/events/137/exhibitors/

Remember, If It’s About Audio, It Will Be at AES137 in Los Angeles!

Sony Purchases New Consoles from Location Sound Corp.

Pro Audio Dealer Helps Sony Picture Studios Revamp Its Culver City Facilities

North Hollywood, CA (May 7, 2014) – Location Sound completed their largest Q1 sale to Sony Picture Studio’s Culver City, CA, which is undergoing a revamp of its production facility. Sony’s purchase of eight live sound consoles—five Soundcraft Vi4s, one Soundcraft Vi6, and two Yamaha CL5s— will be used for audience sound reinforcement as well as recording of production dialog.

Sony’s choice of Soundcraft Vi4 and Vi6 consoles carries forward some continuity as the company had employed earlier analog models of Soundcraft Series FIVE consoles. Aside from the consoles’ smaller footprint and extensive modern features, upgrading to the latest digital models allows them to tap into the extensive fiber optic and Dante network that is instlled between stages and studios in the complex.

Val Asuncion, Location Sound’s Assistant Sales Manager, has been working with the Sony revamp project since November 2013. “The consoles are part of Sony’s production sound packages that are rented for various shows produced on the Sony lot, as well as other lots around Southern California. Since they were familiar with the sound and ergonomics of Soundcraft consoles, the Vi Series seemed a perfect fit”, Val said. Soundcraft’s Tom Der points out the long-standing relationship Location Sound has with Sony “made them the natural go-to vendor” for the deal.

Sony also had specific integration requirements for the Yamaha consoles used on the stage where Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune were taped. For this reason, Jonathan Peirson, Yamaha’s District Manager, brought in twoYamaha CL5s and Rio stageboxes, a system that offered the best solution for integrating with the existing infrastructure. Since the consoles will be used in portable applications on stages with frequent changes, its ease of use, size, and features—such as scene memory and networking capabilities—played heavily into the buying decision.

“Location Sound has been on the forefront of showing products that work on a Dante network. And having recently become a Yamaha CL dealer, we partnered with them to show these capabilities on the consoles. It turned out to be perfect timing as Sony was looking to upgrade to consoles that would support a Dante network”, said Peirson.

David A. Panfili, Location Sound’s CEO says “Sony’s complex system integration requirements also serve to reinforce our commitment to aligning ourselves with technologies that advance and enhance our clients’ sound recording capabilities.”

About Location Sound Corporation
Location Sound opened its doors in January of 1977 with a mission to be the one-stop facility for production sound mixers for all their sales, rental, and equipment service needs. More than 37 years later, the client roster now also includes production companies, broadcast companies, law enforcement and private security firms, universities, houses of worship, government agencies, and more. Location Sound is known for its excellent customer service and unparalleled depth of inventory: No matter the industry, Location Sound remains committed to providing sound professionals the equipment they need for their critical recording needs, while delivering unmatched support services before and after the sale.

Chris Lord-Alge, Marcella Araica and Young Guru to Co-Host Pensado Awards

Acclaimed producer-engineers are the first co-hosts announced for inaugural awards show

Leading audio manufacturer sponsors to be announced shortly

LOS ANGELES, CA, May 7, 2014 — Three co-hosts have been announced for the inaugural Pensado Awards, an award show acknowledging today’s emerging brand of music professional and “recognizing the faces behind the sound.” Created by the producers of the acclaimed online video series Pensado’s Place, the Pensado Awards are set to take place June 28, 2014, at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California, and broadcast online globally one week later. Co-hosting will be 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, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey), with additional co-hosts to be announced soon.

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, “The Pensado Awards have grown from a simple idea to a full-blown production. Our dream is really coming to fruition! We are very excited to have Chris, Marcella and Young Guru on board as co-hosts, with more names to come in the weeks ahead.”

Dave Pensado (Co-host of Pensado’s Place, GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer, Teacher) stated, “We have had so many talented personalities featured on Pensado’s Place, and we are lucky to have these three as our newly-announced co-hosts. Each of them brings a unique perspective to the art of music-making, and together they represent the best of what the recording industry can offer the world.”

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.

Lord-Alge stated, “Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick are like The Tonight Show of the audio world, bringing the men and women behind the board in front of the camera with the Pensado’s Place program. It’s an honor to be sharing their audience as part of the Pensado Awards, and my co-hosts and I look forward to participating in this special night.”

The Pensado Awards, announced to the industry mid-April, continues to gain momentum with support from leading industry figures and manufacturers. An extensive list of sponsors will be announced in the coming weeks.

About Chris Lord-Alge:
Chris Lord-Alge is a five-time GRAMMY®-winning engineer with a long career including work with some of the biggest and most diverse names in music: from Sugarhill Gang to Sugarland, from Michael Bublé to Green Day, from Tina Turner to Bruce Springsteen, from Muse to Rise Against and many more. He is also a musician, a producer and the creator of essential modeled plug-ins and software for the next generation of audio professionals. With a love for music and a determination that is unstoppable, Lord-Alge has rightly earned his status as one of the today’s top engineering and producing minds.

About Marcella Araica:
Marcella “Ms. Lago” Araica is one of the most noted females consistently working in the male-dominated field of Music Engineering. Immediately upon graduating from a top recording program, she earned a prestigious internship at The Hit Factory in Miami, Florida. Seeing her dedication and superior skills, super-producer Timbaland placed her in prime position in the studio with Missy Elliott, and Araica has never looked back. Just embarking upon her early 30’s, Marcella has recorded and/or mixed songs for such artists as Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Madonna, Nelly Furtado, Usher, Joe Jonas and Missy Elliot, and collaborated with producers Timbaland, Danja and Polow Da Don. Credited for mixing over one hundred chart-topping tunes, her numerous prestigious accomplishments and coveted partnerships have set an astonishingly high bar in the music industry. She has been honored with two ASCAP (American Society of Composer, Authors, and Publishers) awards for her work on Keri Hilson’s single “Knock You Down,” and P!nk’s song “Sober,” as well as an ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Award.

About Young Guru:
Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton has resoundingly earned his reputation as one of the most renowned recording and mixing engineers in music today and a respected ambassador for hip-hop music and culture. Heralded most for sonically shaping some of Hip-Hop’s brightest talents and revered as “The Sound of New York,” Young Guru has established himself as consistently in-demand: mixing 10 of Jay-Z’s albums, and DJing on Jay-Z’s legendary Carnegie Hall and Barclays Center shows. On several recordings, Jay himself offers verbal acknowledgements of Guru’s importance, an immensely respectful testament to Guru’s exceptional skills behind the boards. Other credits include work with Beyoncé, Rihanna, Ludacris, Ghostface Killah, Freeway, Cam’ron, Redman & Method Man, Mariah Carey, Pete Rock, Fabolous, Talib Kweli, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, T.I. and others. He has also served as an A&R for Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings. Young Guru is now also elevating the discourse of audio engineering philosophy, science and technology, emerging onto the lecture circuit as one of the subject’s most distinguished and dignified speakers.

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.

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.

RedNet Powers AV Operations at 2014 FIFA World Cup Final Draw

Los Angeles, CA, May 5, 2014 – Focusrite’s RedNet range of network audio interfaces are playing a key role in the live broadcast and recording of some of Brazil’s biggest entertainment events. Recently, Brazilian outside broadcast (OB) company Mix2Go invested in multiple RedNet units as part of their wider digital audio/visual network for the broadcast and recording of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final Draw event.

Like most professionals working in live sound, remote recording and broadcast, sound engineers Daniel Reis and Beto Neves from Mix2Go have adopted Audinate’s Dante platform for all their networked audio. Their OB truck features a Dante-enabled Allen & Heath mixing console and stage racks, which route audio from the stage to any device connected to the Dante network. This enables the team to route signals to a multitude of different recording, mixing and live-broadcast systems simultaneously, while giving them the opportunity to upgrade and expand their network, simply by connecting more Dante devices to their gigabit switches.

Daniel is no stranger to Dante technology, or to the sound quality that Focusrite gear provides. “I started using Dante back when the Dolby Lake loudspeaker management system came out, and was amazed by how it gave you access to a whole new world. I’ve also used a lot of the Focusrite ISA products, so when I heard about RedNet, it was great news: finally a company committed to sound quality had invested in the best protocol available.”

Mix2Go use a RedNet 2 16-channel A-D/D-A interface, the RedNet 3 32-channel digital I/O, a RedNet 6 MADI Bridge and three RedNet PCIe cards. “I need to give the option of delivering the program through MADI, AES/EBU or analog,” says Daniel. For the FIFA World Cup Final Draw, the team decided their RedNet 2 was an excellent choice to deliver the final live mixes to the video OB truck. They also used their RedNet 3 as an additional monitoring reference via the AES/EBU outputs.

Incorporating the RedNet gear into their somewhat complex setup was incredibly fast and simple, thanks to the straightforward nature of the Dante network and the rock-solid reliability of the RedNet interfaces. “Installing RedNet was very fast – plug-and-play – and almost idiot proof,” Daniel recalls.

One of the main benefits of using RedNet, and the wider Dante network, is its ability to send large amounts of audio over long distances with minimum cabling. The setup for the Final Draw event consisted of a large Dante network that linked two OB trucks parked in different locations outside the venue to the main stage. Two stage boxes (one primary and one backup) were located in the main arena, connected to gigabit network switches using Cat-6 cables. Signals from this stage rig were sent via multi-mode fiber cables to another pair of switches inside the music OB truck, about 150ft (50m) away. Inside the truck, the fiber signal was converted back to Ethernet and routed to two Mac Mini computers, which handled the multi-track recording, using Pro Tools and Audinate’s Dante Virtual Soundcard (DVS) driver. The signals from stage were also routed simultaneously to the live mix console, from where the final broadcast stems were then routed to RedNet 2, located inside the video OB truck, about 100ft (30m) away. Here, the stems were converted to analog then mixed with the rest of the event’s audio and added to the final video feed, which was then sent to a distribution truck to be broadcast to television stations all around the world.

After the event, Daniel was extremely happy with how the RedNet equipment performed. “The converters sound transparent and tight. RedNet has truly given us reliability and quality, and pride to have such amazing equipment from a brand that we truly respect.”

To check out Mix2Go and some of their other projects, head to www.mix2go.com.br.

For More information on the RedNet range, go to www.focusrite.com/rednet.

Blend Partners with Music Marcom

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Music collaboration network taps proven PR agency to amplify awareness

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Mixerman Updates Zen and the Art of Mixing

Hal Leonard publishes Rev 2 of popular mixing tome featuring new experiences, revelations, and updated gear section
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