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Audio-Technica Offers System 10 Rebates

— Operating in the 2.4 GHz range, System 10 avoids TV and DTV interference, offering a cost-effective, high-fidelity wireless solution for houses of worship, musicians/hobbyists, karaoke, corporate applications and more —

STOW, OH, October 2, 2013 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is offering rebates of up to $50.00 on its System 10 Digital Wireless systems. Systems purchased from an authorized U.S. Audio-Technica dealer between October 1, 2013, and December 31, 2013, will be eligible. Claims must be submitted by January 31, 2014.

End-users will receive rebates on qualifying System 10 purchases as follows:

Any 1 System – $10 Rebate
Any 2 Systems – $25 Rebate
Any 3 Systems – $50 Rebate

Users can register online at register at http://audio-technicaus.4myrebate.com with offer code AUD-10013. Alternatively, buyers may manually complete and mail in this System 10 Wireless Rebate 2013 Form with the required documents indicated.

For complete terms and conditions, please visit System 10 rebates here.

About System 10 Digital Wireless
System 10 offers high-fidelity digital wireless for performing musicians and presenters. Operating in the 2.4 GHz range, far from TV and DTV interference, System 10 offers advanced 24-bit operation and amazingly clear sound. System 10 wireless ensures clear communications by providing three levels of diversity assurance: frequency, time, and space. Frequency Diversity sends the signal on two dynamically allocated frequencies for interference-free communication. Time Diversity sends the signal in multiple time slots to maximize immunity to multipath interference. Finally, Space Diversity uses two antennas on each transmitter and receiver to maximize signal integrity.

Multiple system configurations are available, with handheld vocal microphone/transmitters and UniPak® body-pack transmitters designed for use with lavalier, headworn and instrument microphones as well as electric guitars.

System 10 Products and U.S. MSRP:

ATW-1101 UniPak® Transmitter System $489.95
ATW-1101/G Guitar System $524.95
ATW-1101/H Headworn Microphone System $614.95
ATW-1101/H92 Miniature Headworn Microphone System $664.95
ATW-1101/H92TH Miniature (beige) Headworn Microphone System $664.95
ATW-1101/L Lavalier Microphone System $614.95
ATW-1102 Handheld Microphone System $524.95

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Location Sound’s “Most Awesome 50 Days of Audio Gear Giveaways Ever” proved to be a home run for the pro audio dealer

North Hollywood, CA (October 2, 2013) Location Sound’s Most Awesome 50 Days of Audio Gear Giveaways Ever has made a lot of sound professionals very happy, but all good things must come to an end. The prizes included a large array of high-quality audio gear from renowned manufacturers such as Sound Devices, Lectrosonics, Sanken, Denecke, and many more.

“It was well worth playing, that’s for sure,” says Brent LeStage, the Grand Prize winner. LeStage won a 664 Field Production Mixer by Sound Devices valued at $4600 on the last day of the giveaway. He entered the giveaway faithfully almost every day of the 50 days. “I was really struck by the quality of merchandise they were giving away. That’s what motivated me to enter as frequently as I did. The 664 Field Production Mixer is top of the line.”

LeStage is a professional sound mixer who is working on a variety of film, television, and corporate video projects. Though he lives and works on the East Coast, he started ordering gear from Location Sound over the last year. “They make it so easy and convenient,” he praises. He orders most of his gear on www.locationsound.com or by calling their knowledgeable team. “They ship it to me overnight. They stock everything they sell, so it’s easy to get merchandise from them immediately, in spite of being on the other side of the country.”

Bob Dreebin, another winner, won the Audio-Technica BP-4073 shotgun microphone. “You’ve got to be dedicated! When someone told me there is a 50-day giveaway at Location Sound, it immediately became a daily 5 AM routine for me to go to my computer and do my entries and my tweets. They gave away prizes ranging from $200 to $4,600, including a set Lectrosonics transmitter-receiver wireless unit, so I could tell that Location Sound had done an amazing job working with the various manufacturers to offer such a wide array of gifts. I was happy to win anything; I wasn’t after a particular item. The whole experience was a lot of fun!” The Audio-Technica microphone complements his collection of microphones very well, and he’ll use it for future projects.

Dreebin has worked as a motion picture sound recording engineer for over 30 years. A Hollywood native, he moved to Arizona 35 years ago and has been commuting to Los Angeles for all of his projects. He specializes in television commercials and has done the sound for Dodge, Chevy, Jello, and Visa commercials. “Commercials are great,” he says, “They range anywhere from one day to six or seven days in length, they are always with a different crew, always in a different place. Always different professional challenges.”

Dreebin owns most of his own gear, and he admits it’s an expensive business: “A lot of expense to purchase the gear, to maintain it and repair it, and a lot of expense in turn-over of gear. That’s why winning a piece of gear is so great for sound mixers.” He has used Location Sound as his source for equipment, advice, and rentals during his entire career. He likes the fact that Location Sound is employee-owned because he feels that everyone at LSC is dedicated to the success of their customers. “Location Sound is a great, great business. Everybody there is very friendly, and they really care about what they are doing. It’s unlike any other store.”

Location Sound’s giveaway planning was months in the making. Angelica Dewlow, Location Sound’s Marketing Director said, “Before relaunching our website, I asked our team what we could do to entice customers to visit our new site. ‘How about a raffle?’, suggested Michael Paul, our Technical Director. From that point on, Steve Joachim, our Sales Manager started calling on all the manufacturers he could think of. They came through in an amount of over $29,000! It was such an incredible bounty that I had no other choice but to call the giveaway what it was, the Most Awesome 50 Days of Audio Gear Giveaways Ever!”

From the company’s point of view, the website relaunch and giveaway was a huge success. Location Sound’s average monthly website traffic is up 67%, with online sales already surpassing 2012’s numbers. Angelica Dewlow said, “Since we’ve never done a giveaway before, we didn’t know what to expect. We certainly didn’t expect that many entries! It was also gratifying to see customers sharing their excitement over the giveaway on social media. This was definitely a fun way to let everyone in the industry know about our new website. We’re glad to be our customers’ first choice and meet their professional audio needs.”

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 36 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. More information at www.locationsound.com

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Antelope Audio Sets the Tone for Rocky Mountain Audio Fest with New Zodiac Platinum 256x DSD DAC and Rubicon Atomic AD/DA Preamp

Denver, October 3, 2013 — Leading digital audio manufacturer Antelope Audio (exhibit room 477) will set the tone at this year’s Rocky Mountain Audio Fest by demonstrating its new Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC and its CES 2013 Innovations Award Winning, Rubicon Atomic AD/DA, the first audiophile preamp with an integrated atomic clock.

The presentation will demonstrate the unprecedented clarity, detailed imaging and wide frequency response that is possible with digital audio recordings while using Antelope Audio’s premium audiophile componentry. Attendees will experience A/B listening comparisons between analog source material and digital recordings, using Antelope Audio playback systems.

In addition to the room exhibition, Antelope Audio Director of Sales and Marketing Marcel James will be on hand to present a seminar on Sunday afternoon entitled The Advantages of Superior Clocking for Digital Audio.

In Perfect Company

To effectively demonstrate the new Zodiac and Rubicon, Antelope Audio has chosen to use ATC Loudspeakers as part of its playback system — a company known for its purist approach in audio reproduction.

Introducing the Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC

The new Antelope Zodiac Platinum DAC brings audio appreciation to a higher level, offering the audiophile community the widest DSD support, including the unique 256 DSD mode and a PCM sample rate of 768 kHz via a custom-built USB chip.

The extreme DSD256 greatly extends the accuracy and transparency of the audio reproduction as well as the overall system performance. The custom-designed Antelope USB chip compliments high fidelity by reducing clock jitter and pushing the envelope of the USB streaming with sample rates four times higher than those offered by similar devices.

Whereas many top of the line DACs offer PCM upsamplers, the Platinum is the first device to offer a DSD upsampler. This distinctive feature allows the upsampling of DSD64 to DSD256, pushing DSD noise into higher frequencies, vastly improving the quality of the D/A conversion. The Platinum bypasses internal digital filters built into the DAC chip by implementing a custom upsampler with carefully designed high-precision linear phase filters in the FPGA.

In the heart of the new Platinum lie the renowned 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking and the ultra-low jitter oven-controlled crystal oscillator, which are Antelope’s signature for unprecedented sound quality appreciated by the best recording, mastering and post production studios around the world. In addition, the Platinum is equipped with a 10 MHz input for the legendary Antelope 10M Rubidium atomic clock, providing the most accurate and stable clocking reference and therefore an uncompromised digital to analog conversion.

Zodiac Platinum has an enhanced stepped relay volume control compared to its very successful and highly appreciated predecessor Zodiac Gold. It also carries the Antelope dual stage headphone drivers with impedance control. Platinum comes only in bundle with the second generation of the audiophile power supply Voltikus. The upgraded version of the PSU has a separating power line filter on its own board, an improved transformer shielding and better connector with stronger locking. A new, high-performance power cable, connecting both devices is also included in the bundle.

Rubicon – World’s First Atomic AD/DA Preamp

Antelope Audio will also feature Rubicon, its groundbreaking digital audio preamplifier which integrates the world renowned 10M Rubidium atomic clock. Catering for the ever-increasing interest in high-resolution DSD audio, Rubicon will be offering the unique 256 real DSD upsampler, providing high-end consumer electronics enthusiasts with the most accurate audio representation and detailed soundstage of both analog and digital recordings.

The integrated Rubidium atomic clock makes the clocking reference in Rubicon 100,000 times more accurate than the one of a traditional crystal oscillator. Coupled with Antelope’s 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking technology, the Rubidium achieves a breakthrough in jitter management, achieving analog-like sounding of the digital recordings.

The Advantages of Superior Clocking for Digital Audio

Antelope Audio’s Marcel James, U.S. Director of Sales & Marketing, will present a seminar titled, The Advantages of Superior Clocking for Digital Audio in the Marriott Aspen Amphitheater on Sunday, October 13th at 12 noon. In this seminar, he will explain how audio can be affected at the conversion stage by a master clock device. Examples will be given on how master clocks are used in the creation of nearly all of the audio we consume, including movies, television, mastering, live sound and production work. The importance of playing back audio at home, using the same clocking technology used in the creation process that more accurately represents the clarity and depth of the audio will be discussed.

About Antelope Audio

www.AntelopeAudio.com
Antelope Audio is a leading manufacturer of professional audio master clocks and A/D & D/A converters. The company is among the few offering 768 kHz USB DACs and the first one implementing a 10 MHz atomic clock in a consumer audiophile AD/DA Preamp, providing extremely accurate audio representation and detailed soundstage of both analog and digital recordings.

The company utilizes more than 20 years’ experience in professional audio to develop high-end consumer audio products, which bring to the home environment an audio precision and sonic detail comparable only to the finest pro studios. Antelope’s customers include many Grammy award-winning sound engineers, producers, and some of the most renowned recording, mixing, mastering and post-production studios around the world.

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Engineering Emmy® awarded to iZotope RX® Audio Repair Technology

iZotope Inc., Cambridge, MA (October 2, 2013) – iZotope Inc., a leading audio technology company, has been honored by the National Academy for Television Arts and Sciences with an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for RX Audio Repair Technology. The Engineering Emmy is presented to an individual, company or organization for engineering developments so significant that they materially affect the transmission, recording or reception of television.

“We are incredibly proud to be recognized by the Academy for the development of iZotope RX,” says Mark Ethier, CEO of iZotope, Inc. “iZotope’s customers have helped shape RX into what is today—their feedback has been invaluable as we’ve refined RX’s workflows and strengthened its processing power. We are excited to be recognized as a game-changer in the television and broadcast industries and are sincerely humbled by this award.”

For audio professionals in the television industry, RX is now the standard for rescuing audio from the cutting room floor. With remedies for noise, clipping, hum, buzz, crackles, unwanted reverb and more, iZotope’s RX visual audio repair technology is the fastest, easiest way to repair and restore audio. RX makes it possible to clean up dialogue that has been spoiled by weather conditions, microphone issues, equipment buzz, and sudden noises like dog barks, sirens and much more.

A highlight of RX is its powerful spectrogram, which exposes details that are hidden in a standard audio waveform. By revealing a rich visual display of audio frequency over time, RX allows engineers to detect and isolate problems with innovative selection tools. In addition, RX features intelligent, cutting-edge modules that are carefully designed to tackle specific audio problems. Whether used as a standalone software application, or as plug-ins within industry standard editors, RX integrates seamlessly with any post production workflow. To meet the modern demands of a fast-paced production schedule, post production studios worldwide use RX to transform troubled recordings into professional grade, broadcast ready audio.

RX Audio Repair Technology will be honored among YouTube, Aspera, Digital Dailies, and Lightcraft Technology on October 23, 2013 at the Lowes Hollywood Hotel.

To learn more about RX Audio Repair Technology, visit: www.izotope.com/rx.

About the 65th Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards

The 65th Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards are overseen by chair Wendy Aylsworth, SVP of Technology, Warner Bros. Committee members are Stuart Bass, A.C.E., Picture Editors Governor, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; Chris Cookson, President, Sony Pictures Technologies; Kevin Hamburger, Sr. Supervising Producer, THE TALK; Eileen Horta, Sound Editing Governor, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; David Jensen, Partner, Monitor; Geoff Katz, Vice President, Watchwith; Frank Morrone, C.A.S., Sound Governor, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; John D. O’Brien, Video Control/Consultant “The Big Bang Theory”; Mark Scott Spatny, VP Digital Effects, Stargate Studios; Barry Zegel, Senior Vice President and General Manager, CBS Television City.
Learn more about the 65th Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards: http://www.emmys.com/news/press-releases/winners-announced-65th-primetime-emmy-engineering-awards.

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.

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

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Leading Industry Journalists React Positively to Audio-Technica AT5040 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone

— The ultimate studio condenser vocal microphone, the AT5040 represents a milestone in design, build quality, and the depth, presence and purity of its sound quality —

Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is showing its AT5040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone, the inaugural model from its flagship 50 Series of elite studio microphones. Leading journalists and engineers have been raving about the AT5040 since its recent introduction.

In his review for the June issue of Mix magazine, Barry Rudolph, an L.A.-based recording engineer and audio expert, stated, “The AT5040 offers the elegance and natural sound of a well-designed large-diaphragm condenser microphone with the precision, wide frequency response and high SPL handling of a small-diaphragm microphone. The AT5040 is like super high-definition video—it captures everything in truthful resolution.”

In an August feature for Pro Audio Review, which recently nominated the AT5040 for a PAR Excellence award in the category of Large Diaphragm Condensers (LDCs, non-handheld), PAR Technical Editor and Nashville engineer Lynn Fuston stated that the “AT5040 is a well-built, respectable mic with a proud heritage and lots of unique design features … All together, this is the best microphone package A-T has ever made … The fit and finish of the AT5040 are superb.”

Additionally, Alan Branch, a freelance engineer/producer, wrote for the August issue of Audio Media, “…Audio-Technica has taken a fresh approach to how a mic can truly capture sound … resulting in what might just be the best vocal mic every produced!”

About the AT5040:
A-T’s ultimate studio vocal microphone, the hand-built AT5040 side-address condenser offers remarkably musical high-fidelity performance, with profound realism and depth, presence and purity of sound. Featuring a proprietary breakthrough element design, the AT5040 employs four ultra-thin (2 micron) rectangular diaphragms that function together providing combined surface area unachievable in a standard round diaphragm. Designed as a first-choice vocal microphone with smooth top end and controlled sibilance, the AT5040’s large-diaphragm characteristics and fast transient response also make it ideal for recording acoustic instruments such as piano, guitar, strings, and saxophone.

The AT5040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone, the first model in Audio-Technica’s flagship 50 Series of elite studio microphones, is now available with a U.S. MSRP of $2,999.00. For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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Myers Introduces Live Log Dynamic Data Exchange Between Traffic & Automation

Northampton, MA – Myers the highly respected developer of broadcast traffic, business, and content management software – today announced the introduction of Live Log, an extension of its BXF integration between ProTrack and 3rd party automation systems. Leveraging the BXF protocols developed by SMPTE, Myers’ advanced implementation features dynamic updating of running playlists.

“Myers has been a long-time SMPTE member and supporter,” said Crist Myers, company CEO and president. “We’ve actively participated in the BXF Working Group since its inception, and I’m pleased that we are among the very first traffic systems to successfully implement this highly sought-after functionality. By facilitating a seamless exchange of information between programming, traffic and automation, we benefit both our clients and theirs with greater efficiency and real-time decision-making tools.”

Live Log broadens the bi-directional, real-time exchange of data between ProTrack and the facility’s play-to-air automation. It provides the ability to edit ProTrack logs and deliver them to automation in real-time. Users may view changes before republishing and receive confirmation receipts when the updates are accepted; and ProTrack will maintain a history of those modifications. Live Log permits users to make and track strategic business decisions within ProTrack. It improves operational efficiency through streamlined processes and enhances sales opportunities by extending log-closing deadlines with the ability to identify, react to and reschedule errant spots.

ProTrack, Myers’ proven flagship suite, is available in both radio and television editions. It offers comprehensive scheduling and business management for individual, multichannel and multi-station facilities. Actively used by more than 226 media outlets, supporting more than 1,300 channels, ProTrack provides a high-level of structure, scalability, and systems integration for today’s rapidly evolving media environments.

ABOUT MYERS
Formerly known as Myers Information Systems, Inc., the company has been developing broadcast management software since 1989. Myers provides technology and services for television, radio and other digital media providers designed to improve every aspect of their operations, from contracting to invoicing, media management to scheduling, and from trafficking to reconciliation. For more information, please visit: www.myersinfosys.com

Myers Information Systems contact: Crist Myers
+1-413-585-9820 / sales@myersinfosys.com

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmoon.tv

EASTWEST Virtual Instruments, the Perfect Fit for Pro Tools 11

EASTWEST PLAY 4 Software Provides Full AAX and 64-Bit Support

Hollywood, CA (October 1, 2013) – EASTWEST (soundsonline.com), the industry leader in soundware and virtual instrument development for 25 years, announces Pro Tools 11 compatibility for their entire catalog of award-winning instruments. With clientele that spans the who’s who of the music, film, television, games, multimedia and performing arts, EASTWEST provides professionals with the very best music creation tools available, now ready to be used with Pro Tools 11 including AAX and 64-Bit support.

The company released the newest version of its proprietary software PLAY 4 to support all their collections with Avid’s new AAX format. This will allow Pro Tools 11 users to work with EASTWEST’s virtual instruments in 64-bit, greatly improving performance. Doug Rogers, founder of EASTWEST, says: “PLAY 4 and Pro Tools 11 make the perfect combination. Many of the top composers in the world rely on EASTWEST and in the past have had to make compromises to their workflow to achieve their creative goals. At EASTWEST, we strive to help composers create outstanding music with the highest quality Virtual Instruments, without compromise, using innovative engineering and technology. The quality of the instruments we provide put a lot of demands on the DAW software, but Pro Tools 11 is now perfectly suited to meeting those demands and allowing professional media composers to take their creativity to a higher level.”

PLAY 4 also includes new time-stretch software optimized for loops (with sync to sequencer); offers a new mixer page (with sub-channels for mic positions), background loading, SSL/EW FX suite that includes SSL EQ & Dynamics Channel, SSL Transient Shaper, SSL Stereo Compressor, EASTWEST Expanded Convolution Reverb, and many other new features.

Andrew Wild, Avid Marketing Manager, commented: “Play 4 coming to AAX 64-bit for Pro Tools 11 is exciting news for musicians and composers who will experience an exponential boost in power for the creative freedom to use more of EASTWEST’s vast collection of Virtual Instruments than they ever thought possible and press beyond technical limitations to make the best sounding music.”

Over 30 EASTWEST/Quantum Leap award-winning collections are now Pro Tools 11 compatible, including EASTWEST’s famous Hollywood series including Brass, Strings and Woodwinds (all editions), the Symphonic Orchestra and Symphonic Choirs (all editions), Fab Four, Goliath, Gypsy, Ministry of Rock, Ministry of Rock 2, Pianos (all editions), Ra, Silk, Solo Violin, Stormdrum 2 and 3, Voices of Passion, The Dark Side, collections such as Complete Composers Collection 2, Complete Composers Collection 2 Professional (which will include a site license for recording studios), and Spaces. “We are proud to be a leader in the music creation industry and to be able to offer Pro Tools 11 compatibility to our customers,” says Doug Rogers.

About EASTWEST
EASTWEST has been dedicated to perpetual innovation and uncompromising quality of Sample Libraries and Virtual Instruments for 25 years, setting the industry standard as the most critically acclaimed soundware developer. More about EASTWEST at soundsonline.com and soundsonline-forums.com on Facebook and Twitter.

About Avid
Through Avid Everywhere, Avid delivers the industry’s most open, innovative and comprehensive media platform connecting content creation with collaboration, asset protection, distribution and consumption for the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world—from the most prestigious and award-winning feature films, music recordings, and television shows, to live concerts and news broadcasts. Industry leading solutions include Pro Tools®, Media Composer®, ISIS®, Interplay®, and Sibelius®. For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit www.avid.com, connect with Avid on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Google+; or subscribe to Avid Blogs.

Media Contact for EASTWEST:
Music Marcom
Martina McConnon
e: martina@musicmarcom.com
v: 610-577-4982
www.musicmarcom.com

SONNOX & FRAUNHOFER INTRODUCE NEW COLLABORATION:CODEC TOOLBOX

OXFORD, UK: Musicians, DJ’s, producers and engineers seeking an affordable solution to encode music for the web can now rely on the new Codec Toolbox. A collaboration between innovative plug-in developer Sonnox and mp3 creator Fraunhofer IIS, Codec Toolbox offers real-time codec auditioning, metadata editing and batch encoding, for only £35 GBP (approx. $55. ex. sales tax.)

Sonnox Sales & Marketing Manager explains, “The impact made by the Pro-Codec on the professional mastering world convinced us that today’s generation of independent producers, engineers and artists need their music to sound great in every format. The Codec Toolbox uses high quality codecs from Fraunhofer and Apple to ensure that every mix sounds as good online as it does in the studio.”

Codec Toolbox is comprised of two applications: the Toolbox Plug-In, for real-time mix auditioning through various codecs; And, the Toolbox Manager, for encoding and adding metadata. A ‘clip safe’ function ensures clean encoded files, as the software auto-compensates for any overs during the encode process.

The Codec Toolbox is available to try for 15-days or to purchase at www.sonnox.com/codectoolbox

To learn more and watch an overview video, visit: www.sonnox.com/codectoolbox

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Photo: The Codec Toolbox

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

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COUNTRYMAN EMW OMNIDIRECTIONAL LAVALIER MICS PROVE VITAL TO HEALTHCARE PANEL DISCUSSION

**** Photo: Ty Ford ****

Baltimore, MD – October 2013… As anyone involved in location sound can attest, you’re only as good as your last project. Hence, there is no room for failure in this business. So how do you ensure exceptional audio in a small space with multiple open mics and no chance to fix in post? Such was the case for a recent studio shoot held at BlueRock Productions in Baltimore for an online peer exchange among a community of oncologists. The event consisted of five doctors who were actively engaged in a constructive and lively discussion about the current state of cancer pharmacology. The ability to ensure clean, clear dialog was essential on this project and, to meet this requirement, EMW Omnidirectional Lavalier microphones from Menlo Park, CA-based Countryman Associates were placed into service. more

No Compromise Wireless Audio: Sennheiser Digital 9000 System On Tour with Jonas Productions

Specialty Audio Company With Offices Around the World Take Sennheiser’s Most Advanced Wireless Audio System on the Road, to the Delight of Artists, Fans

Old Lyme, Conn. – September 30, 2013 – Jonas Productions, Inc. is a specialty audio and backline services company with a primary focus on backline. The company, which has offices in Indianapolis, Las Vegas and Sydney Australia, recently adopted the groundbreaking Digital 9000 — Sennheiser’s ‘no compromise’ wireless system that was introduced at last year’s IBC after having been under development for more than ten years. Jonas Productions is a longtime user of Sennheiser and handles production Harry Connick, Jr. and many major music festivals in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Caribbean and Australia.

Once the Digital 9000 was introduced in the fall of last year, owner Ted Jonas was among the first to express interest in the new system: “We were making a large purchase and upgrading some of our Sennheiser G2 wireless units,” he recalls. “We always try to stay on the cutting edge of technology with what’s new, and we knew the Harry Connick Jr. tour was coming up. We were so pleased with the system that we ended up purchas-ing quite a few of the Sennheiser SKM 5200 handheld transmitters as well as the Digital 9000 system itself.”

The Sennheiser Digital 9000 features completely uncompressed audio, artifact free wireless performance and superb dynamics while making frequency coordination nearly effortless. These features have made it a top consideration for many high-end appli-cations in broadcast, on Broadway and of course in live performance environments.

For Jonas Productions, the timing was right to upgrade to a world class, state of the art wireless system. “The product was available and the system itself was really impressive,” says Jonas. There are many considerations that go into such an investment, not the least of which is flexibility and long-term viability. “You want to make sure that the system is both expandable and flexible, and that the expected longevity of the product is there so you can realize your investment,” Jonas explains. “Since the Digital 9000 works in almost any situation, be it film, broadcast or special events, it seemed like the right investment to make — especially with the RF environment getting as busy as it is.”

For Jonas Productions, the ultimate measure of any investment comes back to the cus-tomer. “We want to be able to provide the best possible service,” Jonas says. “Competi-tion is really tough in the marketplace, and if you can offer something that is better than anything else, it gives you an edge. As an audio manufacturer, Sennheiser has always been able to do that.”

The Sennheiser Digital 9000 — Taking Wireless into the Digital World

The Sennheiser Digital 9000 enables users to keep the audio signal entirely within the digital domain, from the microphone all the way to the speaker. On its touring operation with Harry Connick, Jr., Jonas Productions is using the Digital 9000 in conjunction with a Midas digital console. “We use the Midas interface right out of the Digital 9000, and main-tain a digital signal right from the microphone itself all the way to the speaker box,” Jonas explains. “And we can have the digital split to monitors and front of house. As far as I know, that’s something that nobody else can do.”

Since Jonas Productions has operations in different regions of the world, the company also appreciates the modular flexibility of the Digital 9000 as frequency requirements change country to country: “If we are traveling overseas where there are other frequency regulations, we can maintain the same EM 9046 receiver unit – racked and ready to go at any time – and just grab the appropriate transmitters and antenna boosters to comply with local regulations.”

Perhaps the most important feature of the Digital 9000 is its sound, which is noticeable to both fans and artists alike: “When we graduated to the Digital 9000, we didn’t tell Harry that we were going to make a switch,” recalls Jonas. “He walked up, sang a few verses, stopped almost immediately and asked me, ‘What’s up? This sounds really good.’ I told him we upgraded our wireless system and he noticed right off the bat that there was something different.”

Jonas says that the Digital 9000 has also helped simplify the overall touring set up, which translates to time efficiency: “When we find a product that fits nicely into our workflow, like the Digital 9000, we have fewer things to worry about — it’s a cleaner package. As a small example, the rechargeable battery solution on the Digital 9000 saves a huge amount of money, not to mention it is also helping the environment,” he says.

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 com-pany with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Sci-entific 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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1) Josh Sprague, Ted Jonas and Chuck Smith of Jonas Productions, Inc.
2) Sennheiser Digital 9000 Wireless product spotlight
3) The Sennheiser Digital 9000 rack

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