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Access the Power of ProTools 11 for More Effective Mixes and Masters

Hal Leonard publishes Producing Music with ProTools 11 and Mixing & Mastering with ProTools 11 by Glenn Lorbecki and Greg “Stryke” Chin

Montclair, NJ – Hal Leonard Books, the musician’s best source of books on the music business, audio technology, instrument history, and more, has published Mixing and Mastering with ProTools 11 and Producing Music with ProTools 11, both by certified Pro Tools trainer Greg Lorbecki and Avid pro audio specialist Greg “Stryke” Chin.

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Given Pro Tools 11′s high-tech enhancements in delivery speed, ultra-low latency, inclusion of the Avid Audio Engine, and HD video-editing capability, users need practical guides to get up and running quickly and efficiently. In these focused guide, Lorbecki and Chin unlock the full potential of ProTools 11 as a professional mixing and mastering platform. They put the best of ProTools at the reader’s fingertips, with plenty of online sessions, audio examples, and video tutorials to guide them along the way.

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Published as Quick Pro Guides by Hal Leonard, both books are designed to help the readers quickly implement professional techniques into their music productions. These straightforward, task-driven, and easy-to-understand books cover material in a way that gets to the point and helps maximize creative and technical accomplishments. The books also include online media that provides audio and video demos as well as helpful key command charts and chapter review quizzes to reinforce key concepts.

About the Authors:
Glenn Lorbecki is an award-winning producer-engineer, musician, composer, and educator. President of Glenn Sound Studios, Lorbecki has been in the recording business since th days of punk music and has produced or recorded projects for Weezer, green Day, Dave Matthews, Tori Amos and more. He is a certified Pro Tools trainer and an instructor at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Greg “Stryke” Chin is a well-respected and internationally acclaimed producer, DJ, and Avid specialist. He has had Billboard chart success with his Ad Finem project and as a remixer for artists such as Depeche Mode and Pink. Chin has taken on the role of company spokesperson for Avid, giving clinics and seminars about the creative and efficient uses of Avid’s products.

Mixing & Mastering with Pro Tools 11
$19.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00122309
ISBN: 9781480355095
Width: 8.5″
Length: 11.0″
135 pages

Producing Music with Pro Tools 11
$19.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00122307
ISBN: 9781480355088
Width: 8.5″
Length: 11.0″
154 pages

For more information, please visit http://www.halleonardbooks.com – Hal Leonard Books – An Imprint of Hal Leonard.

iZotope Releases Iris 2

New sample-based synthesizer includes 11 GB of versatile patches and samples

Cambridge, MA – iZotope, Inc., a leading audio technology company, has just released the newest version of their sample¬-based synthesizer, Iris. Iris 2 is a visual instrument that combines the power of a sampler with the flexibility of a modular synth.

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New features include a robust modulation system, sample pools that can load both samples and classic oscillator waveforms, a completely redesigned interface with extensive visualizations and metering, enhanced effects and filters, and fresh patches to inspire creativity.

Iris 2 is built so that new sounds can be discovered right out of the box, including soaring leads, growling basses, classic synths, and percussive effects. More than 350 patches with intuitive controls are included, so that users can easily produce and perform music that they have tweaked and customized.

“After listening carefully to feedback from hundreds of musicians, producers, and sound designers, it became clear that Iris is a one-of-a-kind tool in their craft,” says iZotope Product Manager Bradford Swanson. “We’ve designed Iris 2 to help inspire musicians with new possibilities and sounds that are easy to access and tweak, but still totally unique.”

The core of Iris 2’s creative engine is the ability to layer samples. Endless combinations can be made by mixing a built-¬in collection of analog oscillator waveforms, an 11 GB sound library of samples, and users’ own audio files. Dynamic tremolo effects, expressive vibratos, and radical filter sweeps can be achieved through up to five adjustable curve ADSR envelopes, as well as five LFOs with dozens of morphing wavetable options. Iris 2 is rounded out with multiple effects, like eight distortions, a classic synth chorus, digital and analog delay options, and a warm plate reverb emulation.

iZotope’s award¬-winning spectral filtering technology contributes to the Iris experience. Users can visualize and edit their sound with incredible precision by drawing, selecting, and isolating sonic components from each sample layer.The world is your instrument.

See Iris 2 in action: http://youtu.be/ceY_crXdTJU
Hear the sounds of Iris 2: http://youtu.be/Cd4BMESUN14

Learn more at: www.izotope.com/iris

Availability:
Iris 2 is available now at www.izotope.com/iris and at select retailers.

Pricing:
Iris 2 is on sale for $199 USD ($99 USD upgrade) through December 11, 2014. After that date, Iris 2 will be available at the regular price of $299 USD ($149 USD upgrade).

For international customers, check with your local reseller for Iris 2 pricing.

Compatibility:
Iris 2 runs as a plug-¬in or as a standalone application.

Operating system requirements:
Windows: 7, 8
Mac: OS X 10.7 or later (Intel only)

Plug-in formats:
32/64 bit Audio Units, VST, VST3, AAX, and RTAS

Plug-in host compatibility:
Ableton Live 8 and 9, Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, Cubase, Nuendo, FL Studo, Bitwig, and many more.

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.

EASTWEST Offers Major Discounts On Acclaimed Virtual Instruments

Buy One Get One Free Promotion and Complete Composers Collection 3

Hollywood, CA – EASTWEST is currently offering two impressive promotions at www.soundsonline.com: The Complete Composers Collection 3 Pro and also a Buy-One-Get-One-Free promotion of select instruments.

Customers can enjoy up to 60% off the list price when choosing a minimum of 7 instruments as part of the new Complete Composers Collection Pro 3. This massive collection for music, film, TV, and game composers offers a choice of 54 products that cover virtually every musical genre with over 12,000 instruments. All samples are installed on a 2TB ultra fast external hard drive for fast access. And for the first time, NEW RELEASES are also available as part of this extraordinary bundle!

From now until November 30, 2014, customers have the opportunity to buy one and get one free of the following 20 virtual instruments:

- Steven Wilson Ghostwriter
- Stormdrum 3
- Hollywood Orchestral Woodwinds
- Hollywood Orchestral Brass
- Hollywood Orchestral Strings
- The Dark Side
- Ministry of Rock 2
- Symphonic Choirs (Platinum and Gold)
- Symphonic Orchestra (Platinum Plus, Platinum, and Gold)
- Stormdrum 2
- Silk
- Gypsy
- Pianos (Platinum, Gold & Silver)
- RA
- Ministry of Rock
- Fab Four
- Voices of Passion
- Solo Violin
- Spaces Reverb
- Goliath

Offer details and ordering information can be found at http://www.soundsonline.com/EW-QL-BOGO for the world excluding Europe; and http://www.soundsonline-europe.com/EW-QL-BOGO for Europe.

About EASTWEST
EASTWEST (www.soundsonline.com) 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.

Powersoft Captures Nuance and Detail of The Earth Harp and Other Artistic Performances at Pennsylvania’s Mercyhurst University

Clean and Pristine Audio is the Name of the Game for Fact AV Technologies at The Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center and Other Venues within the University’s Institute for Arts & Culture

Erie, PA, November 21, 2014: For Eric Johnson, owner of Erie-based Fact AV Technologies, Inc., the emotional impact of music is all in the nuance and detail. When he started his small company more than 25 years ago, Johnson set out to raise the standards of live sound for small scale and intimate venues, raising audio quality to levels more typically found in larger halls and higher seating capacity performance spaces. To stand out in a crowded market of AV solution providers, Johnson decided to come in at the ‘high end’ and build the foundation of his audio rack around Powersoft amplification,

1One of Johnson’s mainstay clients, Mercyhurst University, routinely draws national touring talent for its three intimate venues including two smaller spaces geared towards acoustic performances, and the spectacular 792-seat capacity Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center — which opened in 1996 as part of the University’s Institute for Arts & Culture (MIAD). To ensure the space is enveloped in uncompromising, pristine audio, Johnson relies on a selection of nimble, yet powerful, Powersoft amplifiers, in addition to EAW loudspeakers and digital mixers from Midas and Digico.

Typically, performances at MIAD might include jazz and orchestral concerts, but the University also attracts unconventional and artistically innovative acts such as Malibu, CA-based William Close, maestro of the Earth Harp — the longest stringed instrument in the world, and Ugandan artist Simite, who plays the Kalimba — a type of thumb piano. “These artists, and all the artists that play here, have a very specific idea of what their art and their presentation should sound like,” commented Eric Johnson. “My goal is to try to reproduce their vision as closely as possible using the tools that I have. My amplifiers from Powersoft are an important component in reproducing that performance.”

“The Secret Sauce” is Powersoft

2For performances at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, Johnson relies on just four rackspaces of Powersoft amplifiers to cover FOH: (2) K10s for the subwoofers, and (2) K3s for mid and high frequencies and an M50Q for the balcony. Considering such a small amplification footprint, his Powersoft rack packs a punch: “I can hit 110 dB on the back wall if I want to,” he exclaims. In addition to his Powersoft amplification at FOH, he typically has four EAW loudspeaker cabinets on stage and another pair of loudspeakers off of the balcony, all running through a Midas Pro 2 48-channel digital console. At monitors, he has a rack with (3) Powersoft M50Qs, and other with (3) Powersoft M30s, with audio running through the Digico console.

For Ugandan artist Simite, it was a ‘bare minimum’ performance with just (7) channels, but the nuance of the audio was absolutely critical to the performance. “I was unfamiliar with most of the instruments in his arsenal except for the acoustic guitar,” Johnson admits. “So I simply approached it like I might approach a jazz band, trying to make the performance as transparent and full sounding as possible without making it sound forced.” Johnson is convinced that his high end Powersoft amplification helped him capture exactly what the artist wanted to hear. “As he played the Kalimba, the guitar player intertwined melodies in such a way that you really needed to hear every single note they were playing. While this was going on, Samite was singing with loops and creating very complex harmonies.” By the end of the show, Johnson says, audience members were dancing on the stage and Simite himself was very pleased.

3Earlier this fall, global touring artist William Close and the Earth Harp Collective also performed in Erie at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. In contrast to the diminutive Kalimba ‘thumb piano’, the Earth Harp had its audio reproduction challenges, albeit on a much larger physical scale. As the largest stringed instrument in the world with brass strings spanning hundreds of feet, the Earth Harp was actually strung from the stage to the balcony of the theater. The tones created by the Earth Harp —which are rich with harmonics and complex overtones — are unlike any other instrument and require the finest audio equipment to capture every detail. According to Johnson, Powersoft amplification stood up to the challenge.

“As William began stringing his Earth Harp from the stage to the balcony of the theater, I was scratching my head wondering what in the world this was going to be like,” Johnson recalls. “With a jazz band, you have preconceptions and can anticipate what it is going to sound like, but with someone like William, who is a true innovator, there is no basis because it’s never been done. Thanks in large part to my Powersoft rig, I was able to accurately represent those sounds, and in this case that really made the show.”

“Mercyhurst is one of my favorite places to perform and the sound system is amazing,” commented William Close. “The harmonic tones of my Earth Harp were so clear and powerful; there is no doubt in my mind that the Powersoft amplifiers helped bring this instrument and all the other instruments to a whole new level of sonic splendor. The concert hall itself really became the instrument, and the sound system brought out all the musical magic and detail.”

For Johnson, the right amplification is a critically important choice. “In my work, it all comes down to my tools, and Powersoft plays a big part of this,” he concludes. “These performances as subtle and delicate, so it is critical to have equipment that is going to perform that way. With my K and M series amplifiers, I don’t have to spend a lot of time getting it to sound just like the artist wants.”

About Powersoft:

Powersoft is the world leader in lightweight, high power, single rack space, energy efficient amplifiers for the professional audio market. Founded in Italy in 1995, headquartered in Florence, Italy, with offices in Ventura, CA, Powersoft couples the experience and precision of its production department with exceptional components to deliver products with perfect audio response and high performance reliability. Its state-of-the-art amplifiers can be found in an array of markets, ranging from stadiums, sporting arenas, theme parks, performance venues and airports to convention centers, churches and clubs, and are used by the world’s leading tour sound companies. For more information, visit the Powersoft website @ www.powersoft-audio.com.

Captions:
1) William Close and the Earth Harp Collective perform at Mercyhurst.
2) System Engineer Nick Corsi (L) and Eric Johnson, Founder of Fact AV Technologies, Inc.
3) William Close strung his Earth Harp from the stage to the balcony of Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.

Antelope Audio Zen Studio Wins Mix/PAR 2014 Innovative Product Award

Zen Studio is Chosen as the Most Innovative Interface in Publication’s First Readers’ Choice Awards

PARlogoSanta Monica, CA, November 19, 2014: Leading professional audio gear manufacturer Antelope Audio announced that its Zen Studio won an ‘Innovative Product Award’ in the first Mix/PAR reader’s choice awards. The Zen Studio audio interface was nominated in the Interface category alongside equipment from several other leading audio manufacturers. Each of the winning products were selected by readers of Pro Audio Review and Mix Magazine.

“We are pleased that Zen Studio has been recognized with an Innovative Product Award by readers of Pro Audio Review and Mix Magazine,” commented Marcel James, Director of US Sales and Marketing, Antelope Audio. “We believe the many innovations in Zen Studio and our other products like Pure2, MP32, Orion32, Satori and others are raising the bar and shaping the expectations of pro audio consumers, who are demanding greater flexibility and uncompromising audio quality in the products they choose.”

zenfrontIn recognition of outstanding technical achievement, Zen Studio recently received a nomination for the 30th Annual TEC Awards. Zen Studio is a professional portable audio interface, clock, preamp, and monitor controller. It is built with the purpose to be a powerful professional mobile recording studio, but its features such as 20 analog inputs, 12 world-class mic preamps, Antelope’s acclaimed conversion and clocking, onboard DSP effects, multiple monitor mixers, custom high-bandwidth low-latency USB, and Mac/PC control software make it a perfect recording solution not only for location but studio recording as well. Since its launch in May, Zen Studio, has received multiple recognitions from the media, users and Grammy Award winning engineers across the Globe.
Zen Studio was designed and manufactured based on proven conversion, clocking and USB technologies used in Orion32, the company’s best selling product. Orion32 is part of the critical audio signal path in a number of large live shows and prominent studios. For its diminutive size, Zen Studio delivers a breakthrough number of mic pres and DI instrument inputs in a mobile interface, along with exceptional monitoring and tracking DSP capabilities more commonly found in high end, commercial studios.

For more information on Zen Studio, please visit http://antelopeaudio.com/en/products/zen-studio-portable-audio-interface.

About Antelope Audio:
Antelope Audio is a leading manufacturer of high-end professional audio equipment and the pioneer in the adoption of Atomic clock generators.

The company utilizes Igor Levin’s more than 20 years’ experience in digital audio to develop professional and consumer high-end products with the signature Antelope Audio sound. The company employs proprietary clocking and jitter management technologies as well as custom-designed digital and analog circuits to provide both professional audio engineers and music aficionados with unprecedented musicality, sound stage and clarity.

Antelope is the first to design a 1U 32-channel audio interface and a multi-channel portable interface with 12 mic pres. Antelope’s breakthrough technologies are offering both studio and live audio engineers great productivity and flexibility.

The company’s customers include many Grammy award-winning sound engineers and some of the most renowned recording, mastering and post-production facilities around the globe.

Essential Electronics Theory for the Audio World

Hal Leonard Publishes Electronics Concepts, Labs, and Projects

Electronics Concepts, Labs, and Projects introduces concepts, techniques, and tools needed for productive growth in the fields of audio, video, and multimedia recording. It includes essential theory relating to electronics principles specific to the audio world, as well as practical lessons on soldering, how to use a digital multimeter for testing audio gear and cables, and how to use an oscilloscope and function generator to diagnose circuits. Also included are descriptions of the components found in electronic circuits and how they work.

“Even if you never open up a piece of gear, an understanding of the concepts of electronics will add to your ability as an audio professional,” says seasoned instructor Alden Hackmann. “This book will be extremely helpful when troubleshooting gear, such as bad cables, faulty microphones, malfunctioning preamps, consoles with bad power supplies, speakers with intermittent output, and other issues.”

Hackmann uses a bare minimum of math to demonstrate practical concepts, plus every chapter includes a hands-on lab to reinforce that chapter’s concepts. There are also seven projects to help the reader develop fundamental soldering skills, including the introduction of techniques for use with a broad variety of cables. The electronics topics includes voltage, current, resistance, and power, and how they are related to one another. Resistors, capacitors, diodes, batteries, switches, LEDs, transformers, diodes, transistors, inductors, and tubes are all explained in a clear and concise manner. With 12 distinct sections, this book can be used in both the class environment and for self-study.

The accompanying DVD-ROM contains lecturers and illustrations that support and reinforce the concepts presented in the text.

About the Author:
Alden Hackmann has been working with electronics from a very young age. A research biologist at the University of Washington for over 20 years, Hackmann is also one of very few high-end manufacturers of a obscure musical instrument called a hurdgy-gurdy. His work with this fascinating instrument led him to metal machining, woodworking, laser engraving, inlay, and resin casting, but it also prompted a strong interest in electronics, fueled by designing onboard amplification systems for the hurdy-gurdy. His custom hurdy-gurdies – manufactured in partnership with his wife, Cali – are in strong demand, both internationally and domestically (www.hurdygurdy.com). An instructor for the Art Institute of Seattle, Hackmann teaches electronics, recording, and other audio classes. As his multiple intellectual worlds intertwine, he also designs custom electronics and enclosures for the biotech industry and has recorded and mixed live concerts and designed lighting for the Over the Water Hurdy-Gurdy Association. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Electronics Concepts, Labs, and Projects
$39.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00119291
ISBN: 9781480342439
Width: 8.5″
Length: 11.0″
322 pages

For more information, please visit http://www.halleonardbooks.com – Hal Leonard Books, An Imprint of Hal Leonard.

BB4 Studios Launches: World-Class Mixing & Mastering Facility Brings Innovative New Audio Resource to New York City

‘Brooklyn Born Brooklyn Bred’ Williamsburg Room Opens Up Fresh Creative Options for Mixers, Mastering Engineers, Producers, Artists & Labels

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY – November 18, 2014: It’s not easy to bring something new to the music production scene, but BB4 Studios has accomplished just that. Shorthand for “Brooklyn Born Brooklyn Bred”, this just-launched Williamsburg facility is providing producers, engineers, artists, and labels with an innovative audio resource.

1BB4 has created a studio unique to New York City, executing an acoustically excellent environment that is optimal for both mixing and mastering. Designed by owner Rafael “Raf” Planten and Christos Tsantilis (P. Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Mobb Deep, Mos Def, Brandy, Big Pun, Queen Latifah, Patti LaBelle, Saigon), BB4 provides mixers, mastering engineers, producers and labels with an exciting option for perfecting projects. World-class recording capabilities for vocals and overdubs are also onsite.

An Advanced Audio Environment
Built from the ground up as a brand new studio on Williamsburg’s famed Bedford Avenue, BB4 channels the artistic energy of its surrounding neighborhood into its precisely tuned space. A multi-platinum engineer, producer, quality-control expert, as well as an accomplished studio designer, Tsantilis focused his decades of audio experience into making BB4 a first-choice room for honing the best possible mixes and masters – accomplished via thoroughly modern workflows within a welcoming environment.

The goal with BB4’s design was straightforward: Make a neutral room with as flat a sweet spot as possible. Only the highest-grade acoustical treatments and wiring were specified, combined with a custom mastering-style console outfitted with elite dynamics, EQs, and effects gear, plus a huge collection of plugins.

“Once upon a time, mix rooms and mastering suites were built to the same specs,” Tsantilis points out. “But at some point mix rooms had to get bigger, to accommodate the larger tracking consoles that were being brought in. The BB4 approach gets mixers back into a room that’s optimized for accuracy – this is a mastering-grade environment where they can mix. Having this purpose-built environment provides an extreme upgrade in your ability to hear the music, and make much more informed decisions.”

Equipping the Right Environment
Freelance producers, mixers, and mastering engineers alike will feel well-supported at BB4, which provides an assistant engineer for all sessions. With the gear selection that’s on hand, audio professionals should feel immediately inspired to get to work on their sounds.

BB4’s sweet spot begins with a custom mastering-style console designed by renowned studio designer Ken Capton (Eminem, Kid Rock, Music Works NYC, Yessian Music New York). Avid Pro Tools 11 and SonicStudio’s SoundBladeHD serve as the mixing and mastering DAWs, respectively, connecting to the hardware and monitors via Prism Dream and Avid HD Omni converters.

Outboard is extensive without being overwhelming. Compressors include dual RAD 4K-CS SSL’s, Manley SLAM!, Tube-Tech CL 2A, Alan Smart C2, TK Audio BC1, and custom 1176. EQs include four channels of Vintech 473, API 553, Nightpro EQ3-D, and a Weiss Eq1-LP/DYN combo. An Orban Stereo Synthesizer model 245e and classic Yamaha Spx90 are on hand for outboard FX. A Manley 16×2 tube mixer is available for summing.

For tracking and overdub sessions, microphones include a Manley Reference, stereo Audio-Technica ATM450’s, and a Shure SM7B. Mic pre’s are populated by the likes of four Vintech 573’s, two API 512c’s, and a stereo Melcore AML-27. Hardware can also be swapped in and out at a visiting engineer’s request.

Available plugins include Eventide Anthology, Waves Diamond Bundle including Platinum, Restoration, and Transform Bundles, Sonnox Oxford Elite, SoundToys with Eleven, Altiverb XL, and Lexicon – PCM Native Total Plug-In Bundle.

All mixing and mastering decisions go through the meticulously planned monitoring system, which features a PMC ib2 passive 3-way system flanked by dual ADAM Sub12 subwoofers. Bryston 4bst and THX amps power the system, all calibrated by a White Instruments Room EQ.

The attention to detail in BB4’s high-grade dead soft annealed solid pure silver (4N) wiring – overseen by wiring guru Mike Donahower (Jungle City, Robert Clivilles, Five Towns College) — illustrates the extreme care taken to deliver the truest possible sound. “The wiring makes all the difference in the world – it definitely affects the sonic character, depth and dimension that you can hear in a stereo recording,” says Tsantilis. “We strictly employed Furutech and Oyaide connectors, which are optimized for music by cryogenic freezing: That process changes the molecular makeup of the metal for less distortion, noise and resistance.”

Brooklyn and Beyond
While the emphasis is wholly on the music, BB4 is a comfortable place to work for hours at a stretch. A couch is behind the mix/master position in the main room, while a well-appointed lounge completes the experience for all clients and artists in attendance. The vibe is minimalist and stylish at the same time, deleting distractions while maximizing creative inspiration.

BB4 realizes Rafael Planten’s commitment to converging audio and art on a Brooklyn block that he loves deeply – he was literally born in the building whose ground floor the studio occupies. His room doesn’t just fill a need in New York City’s densely crowded studio scene, it creates a new category. That makes BB4 Studios bigger than just another business: it’s a way of contributing to the community, the local economy, and global music.

“Sound makes a difference in people’s feelings,” Planten says, summing it up. “If you’re hearing something good, it will feel good.”

For more information on BB4 Studios, visit http://www.bb4studios.com/.

The Audio Engineering Society to Host 57th International Conference on the Future of Audio Entertainment Technology

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New York, NY, November 10, 2014 — The Audio Engineering Society is set to host its 57th International Conference on Friday, March 6 – Sunday, March 8, 2015, in the Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, at the renowned TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood, with hotel accommodations across the street at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. With the participation of industry partner SMPTE – the Society of Motion and Television Engineers – and following on the heels of the highly-successful Sound for Picture program track at the recent AES137 International Convention in L.A., the 57th Conference is perfectly positioned to set yet another milestone for the AES. With a direct focus on the Future of Audio Entertainment Technology, this conference will explore the latest issues facing audio professionals today in regards to cinema, television, online content and more, and is being co-chaired by Brian McCarty and Dr. Sean Olive.

Sound production for multi-media has evolved over a much different route than the more unified approach taken by the producers of visual assets, and this approach has left a streamlined production path for motion pictures but a complex and expensive production path for sound. Several dramatic changes are occurring in cinema exhibition, with “immersive sound” being the new buzzword. While Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) looks to be the next step in home entertainment, consumers are increasing their use of personal media devices, with headphones and portable audio looking to be a major segment of the entertainment technology future. This first-ever Future of Audio Entertainment Technology Conference brings together the best researchers, acousticians and engineers to address the current and future audio needs of the cinema, television and Internet (online) mediums.

Also of note at the AES 57th Conference is the SMPTE report entitled B-Chain Frequency and Temporal Response Analysis of Theatres and Dubbing Stages in regards to current standards and practices regarding B-chain electroacoustic response and calibration (https://www.smpte.org/standards/reports). The paper was produced with extensive participation from AES members and will serve as a foundation for further necessary advancements in audio technology in the Sound for Picture arena.

Topics slated to be covered at the AES 57th International Conference include:
- Acoustical design and performance of the modern motion picture theater
- Testing and alignment practices for cinemas
- Dialog intelligibility
- Playback of film as well as live event broadcasts in a cinema
- Immersive sound and psychoacoustics
- Reproduction of immersive sound in home theater applications
- Reproduction of multi-channel audio using lesser numbers of speaker locations
- Speech intelligibility and microphone design
- Production sound immersive audio recording
- Loudness control and OSHA/European Standards
- Lossless coding of immersive sound for low bandwidth channels
- Immersive sound using headphone technologies
- Loudspeaker performance from all-in-one television receivers and sound bars

30-year veteran Hollywood sound engineer Brian McCarty, co-chair of the conference, said “AES expertise has been responsible for major improvements in live sound, streamlining of game audio production, and advancements in music production. The AES has called this conference to bring together the traditional production communities of cinema and television with the ‘new media’ audio distribution channels to address current and future audio needs.”

AES Past President and 57th Conference co-chair Dr. Sean Olive states, “This is the first international conference of its kind focused solely on audio applications, technology and research related to sound in cinema, television and multi-media. It’s exciting to be hosting this event in the entertainment capital of the world, where many audio-visual content creators, scientists and engineers live and are able to participate in this historic event.”

“SMPTE has been involved heavily in examining and exploring ways in which standards work can help to enhance the production, delivery and presentation of audio for moving images,” said Barbara Lange, SMPTE executive director. “We partnered with the AES at the AES137 International Convention to deliver compelling sessions addressing the future of audio engineering in both the cinema and television sectors. The Conference gives us another chance to work closely with the AES to offer industry members a fresh look at critical issues and advances in the realm of audio and visual entertainment technology.”

For further information on the Audio Engineering Society AES 57th Conference visit http://www.aes.org/conferences/57/.

Chandler Limited celebrates NAMM TEC Award Nomination with TG2-500 Pre-Amp GIVEAWAY

Chandler Limited celebrates NAMM TEC Award Nomination with TG2-500 Pre-Amp GIVEAWAYChandler Limited celebrates TG2-500 NAMM TEC Awards nomination with giveaway

Shell Rock, IA – November 2014 …Chandler Limited is proud to announce the TG2-500 Pre Amp from our esteemed EMI/Abbey Road Studios series has been nominated for the 30th annual NAMM TEC Awards.

Chandler Limited’s TG2-500 pre-amp is a recreation of the rare EMI TG12428 pre-amp used in EMI/Abbey Road Studios recording and mastering consoles from the late 60s and early 70s. The sound of the EMI/Abbey Road Studios equipment is world renowned, and imparts a unique and pleasing sonic character as heard on many famous recordings done at Abbey Road including The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” and Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” albums.

TG2-500 GIVEAWAY

In jubilation over the NAMM TEC Awards nomination, Chandler Limited is giving away TG2-500 Pre Amp serial No. 1 to one very lucky winner. Click here to enter the TG2-500 Giveaway.

 

About Chandler Limited

Headquartered in Shell Rock, Iowa, Chandler Limited, Inc. is a boutique manufacturer of high-end signal processors, mixers, and amplifiers for musicians and audio professionals. Recognized globally for its exquisitely handmade products and the company’s high profile clientele, Chandler’s product offerings include the Abbey Road/TG line, its unique Germanium transistor series of products, the 500 Series Modules, plus its recently introduced guitar pedals and amplifier. For additional information about all Chandler Limited products, please visit the company online at www.chandlerlimited.com.

About Abbey Road Studios

Abbey Road Studios are the most famous recording studios in the world and an iconic symbol of British music.  They have been home to countless landmark recordings and pioneering advances in recording technology.  Opened in November 1931, Abbey Road Studios were the world’s first purpose-built recording studios.  The hallowed building has a phenomenal history spanning over 80 years, during which the studios have hosted many of the world’s most famous artists, including the Beatles, Pink Floyd, the Hollies, Kate Bush, Oasis, Florence and the Machine, Adele and Lady Gaga.  Abbey Road is also one of the world’s premiere locations for movie scoring.  Since the 1980s, scores for films such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Braveheart, and The King’s Speech have been recorded there.  The list continues with many other major titles, including Shrek, Prometheus, Harry Potter, Skyfall, and The Hobbit.

 

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Sennheiser Portable Speakerphones: Exceptional Design and Outstanding Quality in a Premium Conferencing Solution

The SP 10 and SP 20 Speakerphones from Sennheiser Deliver an Outstanding Communication Experience From Just About Anywhere

Old Lyme, CT, November 13, 2014: Sennheiser, a leading provider of premium headset and speakerphone solutions, announced the availability of its new range of SP 10 and SP 20 portable speakerphones for business professionals. The new SP 10 and SP 20 are flexible, completely portable conferencing solutions that feature excellent sound and user-friendly functionality in an elegant design. With the SP 10 and SP 20, it is easy to facilitate both personal or small group conference calls in the office or while traveling.

1The Sennheiser Speakerphone Series features Sennheiser’s renowned high definition audio quality in a stylish, eye-catching design. A winner of both the prestige 2014 red dot and 2014 iF design awards, the new Speakerphone Series elevates the anonymous meeting room conference phone to the level of ‘must have’ workplace innovation. Both the SP 10 and SP 20 showcase Sennheiser’s sound heritage and iconic design, while bringing a stylish visual element to just about any work environment.

Simply Plug in for Great Sound

The Sennheiser Speakerphone Series enables business professionals to easily make personal or small group conference calls. Each model features ‘plug in and talk’ simplicity, with the SP 10 connecting to PC/softphone and the SP 20 connecting to PC/softphone via USB cable or mobile phone/tablet via 3.5 mm jack plug. Furthermore, the SP 20/20 ML versions allow call participants to be connected via mobile phone and PC.

2Tori Seliokas, Channel Manager, Telecommunications of Sennheiser Electronic Corp., said: “Mobile professionals crave greater flexibility for collaborations and small group conferences, whether they are moving around office complexes, or holding ad hoc teleconferences while travelling. With the introduction of the Speakerphone Series, Sennheiser adds an important new category of portable conferencing solutions to its product portfolio, designed to enhance productivity in the office and the field.”

Both the SP 10 and SP 20 variants of the Speakerphone Series use Sennheiser’s high definition sound quality, voice clarity and echo cancellation to ensure an outstanding communications experience for user and listeners. The Speakerphones’ ‘dual talk’ function enables users to interrupt a conversation more naturally, ensuring better call interactions.

The intuitive user interface on the SP 10 and SP 20, with its clear call and volume control and mic mute buttons, ensures easy call management and ‘hands free’ control, no matter where the location. When not being used for calls, the Speakerphone Series can also be used for playing music.

Compatible with all main UC providers, the Speakerphone range is also Optimized for Microsoft® Lync® on both Microsoft® Windows® and Mac® and compatible for use with UC providers such as Avaya, IBM and Cisco.

The SP 10 [$179.95] and SP 20 [$199.95] are available now.

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. For more information, please visit www.sennheiserusa.com.

Photo captions:
1) The Sennheiser SP 10 Speakerphone
2) The Sennheiser SP 20 Speakerphone

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