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132nd AES Convention Offers Rare Technical Tours

BUDAPEST: Rare technical tours of iconic examples of Budapest’s heritage of audio performance and production achievements will highlight the 132nd AES Convention. Scheduled for April 26-29 at the Novotel Budapest Congress & World Trade Center, the event will feature a profusion of Papers, Workshops, Tutorials, and Special Events designed to provide attendees with invaluable educational and networking opportunities. Among the Technical tours are:

Hungarian Parliament: Seat of the National Assembly of Hungary, and one of Europe’s oldest legislative buildings, is set on the bank of the Danube. This Hungarian landmark is an unforgettable destination. In addition to a private viewing of this exquisite ‘Temple of the Nation,’ the tour will also focus on the building’s sound and voting system, and in-house HD TV complex. Preliminary registration is required (limit 10 persons).

Palace of Arts, Béla Bartók Concert Hall: Designed by architect Gábor Zoboki, Hungary’s National Concert Hall invokes the feel of a Gothic cathedral. Located at the heart of the new Palace of Arts, its acoustic qualities were assured by Russell Johnson, a legendary acoustician with over fifty years of field research and participation in the construction of several major opera houses and concert halls. The Hall is particularly noteworthy for a rare isolation technique, which inhibits vibration and noise leakage. It is also distinguished by its unique variable acoustic reverberation chambers. This Technical Tour will be introduced by the architect. Limit: 25 persons

Palace of Arts, Béla Bartók Concert Hall – Studios: In addition to its primary role as a performance venue, The National Concert Hall serves as an extraordinary live room for the buildings in-house recording studio. This tour will cover the audio, video production/ post-production suites, mastering studio, spacious in-house live room, and duplex communications link between the recording and broadcast studios. The studio was designed to facilitate the production of TV and video recordings, as well as high quality dubbing and voiceover work. Both live halls are linked to the studio via a sophisticated Studer system. Programs mixed on-site can be transmitted to radio and TV stations via a mobile broadcast truck or over dedicated ISDN lines. Limit: 20 persons

Times, locations and details of these and other AES Convention Technical Tours are posted on the Preliminary Calendar of Events: http://www.aes.org/events/132/calendar/calendar.cfm

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Photo 1. Hungarian Parliament
Photo 2. Palace of Arts, Béla Bartók Concert Hall

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CORNELL UNIVERSITY DISCOVERS ORNITHOLOGICAL RESEARCH APP FOR SONNOX FRAUNHOFER PRO-CODEC

AES Convention A Catalyst For Innovative Plug-In’s Scientific Role

ITHACA, NY: At the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology’s Macaulay Library things can get a little wild. As the world’s largest scientific archive of biodiversity audio and video recordings, this collection encompasses over 195,000 sound and 60,000 video clips. Curator of Audio, Greg Budney and Supervising Audio Engineer Bill McQuay routinely investigate new tools to aid their research. Most recently they have been experimenting with the Pro-Codec, an audio plug-in created by UK-based Sonnox and Germany’s Fraunhofer (developer of MP3 technology).

Introduced last year, the Pro-Codec is a groundbreaking plug-in designed to revolutionize the process of mastering audio for online distribution. By enabling audio engineers to precisely audition codecs in real time, the Pro-Codec eliminates the prolonged cycle of encoding a music mix to MP3/AAC, previewing and tweaking it and then returning to their starting point to re-render. The abridged process frees the engineer to focus on producing a compensated, optimized mix.

Budney and McQuay first learned of the Pro-Codec while attending last year’s Audio Engineering Society Convention in NYC. “I spoke to the Fraunhover folks about our need to demonstrate appropriate and inappropriate uses of MP3 sound files to the scientific research community, and they directed us to the Sonnox booth,” McQuay says.

“We’re a resource for scientists studying evolutionary relationships between animals,” Budney explains. “Many species have genetically based sounds. By examining the vocalizations of a group of animals, their sounds can provide a window into their evolutionary relationships. Motion picture producers also use our collection,” he adds. “Skywalker Sound routinely contacts the Library for creative fodder, sometimes for sounds to build upon, sometimes for accurate natural world sounds.”

“We are trying to demonstrate to the scientific community that there may be appropriate and inappropriate uses for a lossy codec like MP3, which is based on human perception, but is not necessarily the perception of other species. In many cases we don’t know the perceptual limitations of these species – what frequencies they do and do not find important or encoded with meaningful information. We want to demonstrate that MP3 may be valuable for applications such as auditioning sounds, but may not be for serious sound analysis. The Pro-Codec provides a simple interface that allows us to consider what information in the frequency and time domains are being eliminated by the lossy MP3 codec,” McQuay adds.

McQuay and Budney want to assure scientists that they are listening to and analyzing sound with the greatest amount of content – audio content which might be critical to the species they are studying. “Scientists are really hip to spectrograms, they love those things,” McQuay says. “The Pro-codec’s real time FFT display graphically illustrates exactly what is happening to sound being processed by the MP3 or another lossy codec. And, the Pro-codec’s ability to make the sounds being eliminated audible helps to reinforce its lossy nature. Our hypothesis is that for serious sound analysis, the use of MP3 or other lossy formats may not be the appropriate choice.”

Research currently underway at the Macaulay Library will eventually be published in a scientific journal, pending the outcome of McQuay’s analysis. Budney points to the Library’s webpages, which provide technical support to researchers across a broad range of disciplines. “They might be marine mammalogists, ornithologists, or individuals studying animal behavior or bioacoustic phenomenon,” he says. “The library is recognized as a source of solid technical information by researchers around the globe. We’ll also be posting this information on our own webpages soon.”

Photo cap: Cornell Lab Curator of Audio, Greg Budney (left) and
Supervising Audio Engineer Bill McQuay

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For information on Sonnox Oxford Plugins please visit: www.sonnox.com

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Myers Sponsors PBS TechCon 2012

TEAM MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE IN LEARNING SEMINARS

Northampton, MA – Myers Information Systems – a leading developer of broadcast traffic, business, and content management software – today announced the company will again be a Silver-level sponsor of the Public Television Service’s annual technical conference, held in conjunction with the National Association of Broadcasters’ mid-April convention in Las Vegas. Myers has been a sponsor, seminar participant and exhibitor since the conference’s inception.

Myers’ personnel will contribute to several seminars and discussion groups, among them, “Do You Want to be a ProTrack Power User?” for station traffic management staff will be led by Crist Myers, president and CEO, along with CTO Tracy Carter, director of marketing Nancy Carter, plus team members Lloyd Ortman and Jim Pinard. Tracy Carter will also participate in panels entitled: “Traffic, Non-Real-Time is here – Are You Ready?” and “Centralcasting and Shared Master Control Update: A View from the Field.” Myers Information Systems will also have a strong exhibit hall presence, with team members available to answer questions and discuss ProTrack software features.

“We are extremely proud to continue our sponsorship and involvement with PBS,” said Crist Myers, president and CEO. “Their annual TechCon event provides an unequalled opportunity to exchange knowledge and ideas with PBS, its member stations and vendor partners, so that we can continue to bring forward efficient, innovative and cost-effective solutions to the public media marketplace.”

Myers’ highly regarded flagship suite, ProTrack, 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 and scalability, without sacrificing flexibility, for today’s rapidly evolving media environments.

ABOUT MYERS INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Myers Information Systems, Inc. has been developing broadcast management software since 1989. The Company 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
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Myers Information Systems contact: Crist Myers
+1-413-585-9820 / sales@myersinfosys.com

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LAWO TO SHOWCASE SIGNIFICANT AUDIO BROADCAST DEVELOPMENTS AT NAB

*** The new RAVENNA DALLIS Master Card ***

Las Vegas, NV – April 10, 2012… Lawo, a leading manufacturer of digital audio networking systems and consoles for a wide range of applications from small to large scale audio production in television and radio, post production, and live sound is pleased to announce several important developments that will be showcased during the forthcoming NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) show. Showing a comprehensive range of audio production solutions that will appeal to the broadcast community, Lawo’s technological prowess will be on display at booth #2046, Hall C2.

During NAB, Lawo will be showcasing a variety of exciting product offerings, including implementations of RAVENNA Audio over IP technology, the world premiere of the company’s new SDI-Dock, JADE and Multitrack Editor software products, the new Version 4.16 software running on the mc²66 MKII broadcast console, Visual Extension for sapphire, Nova29, a crystal console, plus demos of practical applications using the Virtual Studio Manager for the device-independent control of audio and video equipment. more

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AES 132nd Convention Offers Prolific Papers/Posters Presentations

The Hand Clap As An Impulse Source, Virtual Microphones & Audio For Games

BUDAPEST: Over one hundred enlightening Paper and Poster presentations have been developed for the 132nd Audio Engineering Society Convention set for the Novotel Budapest Congress & World Trade Center April 26-29. Leaders throughout the international professional audio community will gather to exchange ideas, and take maximum advantage of the Convention’s unique networking opportunities. Highlights of the varied Paper and Poster schedule include:

The Hand Clap as an Impulse Source for Measuring Room Acoustic: Authors – Prem Seetharaman and Stephen P. Tarzia tested the suitability of hand clap recordings for measuring several acoustic features of musical performance and recording rooms. Their goal was to make acoustic measurement possible for amateur musicians and hobbyists through the use of a smartphone or web app. Using their technique, measuring a room’s reverberation times and frequency response is as easy as starting a smartphone app and clapping several times.

Emerging and Innovative Audio Virtual Microphones – Using Ultrasonic Sound to Receive Audio Waves: Authors – Tobias Merkel, Hans Lƒhmann, and Tom Ritter will discuss their research with highly focused ultrasound beams and microphones. They overlaid the wave field of a common audio source with an ultrasonic beam. They discovered that the phase shift of the received signal obtains the audio information of the overlaid field. Since the ultrasonic beam itself acts as sound receiver, no technical device e.g. membranes, are necessary in the direct vicinity of sound reception. Because this type of sound receiver is not visible or touchable they describe it as a “Virtual Microphone.”

Audio for Games and Mobile/PDA, Efficient Binaural Audio Rendering Using Independent Early and Diffuse Paths: Author – Fritz Menzer A multi-source binaural audio rendering structure is proposed that efficiently implements plausible binaural reverberation including early reflections and late reverberation. The structure contains delay lines and, a feedback-delay network that operate independently, modeling early reflections and diffuse reverberation, respectively. Computationally efficient heuristics are presented for the implementation of an HRTF set and, for the diffuse reverberation, a real-time implementation on a mobile device will be presented.

Please visit http://www.aes.org/events/132/calendar/calendar.cfm for a complete list of event titles, abstracts and presentation times.

Photo: The Budapest Congress & World Trade Center hosts the 132nd AES Convention April 26-29.

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. With over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East, the organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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Genelec Appoints Image Marketing West as New Sales Reps for Northern California Region

NATICK, MA, April 9, 2012 — Genelec, the world’s longstanding pioneer in active monitoring, announces the appointment of California-based firm Image Marketing West to the position of Sales Representative for the Northern California region. John Conard, Genelec USA National Sales Manager, Professional Products, made the announcement. Image Marketing West principals Chuck Rufkahr and Chris Miller will lead the rest of their sales team in their efforts.

Established in 2001, Image Marketing West serves as manufacturers representatives for the professional sound, musical instrument, professional DJ and production lighting industries. They service over 200 dealers spanning seven states. Their business plan is to work with manufacturers who are dedicated to bringing innovative products to market. They pride themselves on providing the best service possible to the manufacturers they represent and the dealers who they serve, and over the years they have earned several sales achievement awards.

“We are thrilled to have Image Marketing West on board in Northern California,” stated Conard. “This team has a proven track record in our industry, and their efforts will lead to an increased market share in the area, working to strengthen our relationships with dealers and end users. We look forward to working with Image Marketing West, and all the good things that will come from this appointment.”

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

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Jampro Antennas Powers CJON Digital Television

MOST EASTERLY DTV ANTENNA IN NORTH AMERICA BUILT TO WITHSTAND THE ELEMENTS

Sacramento, CA Jampro Antennas, Inc. — a world leader in the manufacture and design of radio frequency components and antennas for radio and television transmission — announced the successful installation of a digital television transmission antenna for CJON-DT, a privately owned broadcast outlet located in St John’s, the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

The recently installed antenna is one of Jampro’s Prostar Series, a model JA/MS-32/21 Broadband UHF Slot unit set to transmit on channel 21 in a side-mounted, elliptically polarized cardioid pattern. The unit’s sturdy architecture made it the ideal choice for the harsh environment surrounding CJON”S location on the easternmost tip of North America.

The station, known as Newfoundland TV (NTV), began airing in 1955 and was among the first in Canada to broadcast 24 hours a day. NTV reaches over 8 million households across the country with English language programming.

“We delivered the antenna with elliptical polarization especially configured for CJON’s tower location, environment and transmission frequency,” said Alex Perchevitch, president of Jampro. “While its extreme eastern Canada location may not qualify for a Guinness record, we’re nonetheless proud to help this pioneering broadcaster advance into the digital era.”

About Jampro
Jampro Antennas Inc., established to answer the need for quality broadcast systems at a reasonable price, is a leading supplier of antennas, combiners & filters and RF components for every application in the broadcast industry. Reputed for innovation and customization, Jampro builds each system to the specifications of the individual broadcaster. From the first system delivered in 1954 to those installed today, the Company is committed to consistent performance and quality founded on solid engineering. Today, over 15,000 broadcasters worldwide benefit from the quality and performance provided by Jampro systems. For additional JAMPRO information, please visit: www.jampro.com.

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Jampro contact: Sonia Del Castillo
916-383-1177 • Sonia@jampro.com

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Harriet Diener • 845-512-8283
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Middle Atlantic Debuts Quiet, Powerful Thermal Management Options

Fairfield, NJ––Middle Atlantic Products is introducing two new quiet, powerful options for effective thermal management of heat-producing equipment and the smaller spaces they occupy.

Built to remove heat from credenzas, lecterns and entertainment centers, the new 50 CFM Cabinet Cooler is the first blower-style option available to the market that provides a free air rating as high as 50 CFM. It incorporates intelligent proportional speed control which runs the blower only when necessary.

Designed to pull hot air up out of a component and direct it where desired, the new 50 CFM Component Cooler removes heat from system components on open shelving or in racks. It is now available in a Stand-Alone version to directly cool a single component, as well as a Platform model that is ideal for cooling multiple stacked components.

Both the Cabinet Cooler and Component Cooler maintain quiet operation, emitting a maximum of 29 decibels, while providing high static pressure to overcome airflow restrictions.

For technical specifications and in-depth information please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Releases Designer™ Version 4.0

Free 3D Design Program Features New Layout Capabilities

Fairfield, NJ––Middle Atlantic Products has updated its Designer™ 3D layout and specification software to include new product groups, enabling more complete room configurations. In addition to consoles and video walls, Designer can now facilitate the placement of MRK Series racks and C5 Series Credenza Racks in room layouts, giving a more fully furnished visualization of a potential installed system.

With over 8,000 users, Designer software has quickly become an ideal solution for specifiers and installers to easily design a 3D room layout. The free program, available for download on Middle Atlantic’s website, produces full color room layouts with guidance for optimal furniture placement via its built-in line of sight tool. Designs can be exported to CAD and include retail price quotes to assist with the system specification process.

“Designer Software was developed to take the guesswork out of room layouts and has been helping security professionals choose the right consoles and video walls for their applications,” said Michael Cukrow, Technical Marketing Manager. “With this new update we’re able to improve on its core functionality by offering racks and credenzas, which are critical components requested by many users.”

For technical specifications and in-depth information please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Debuts New Storage Options for ViewPoint™ Console System

Fairfield, NJ––Middle Atlantic Products is introducing new storage options for its ViewPoint Console furniture system.

Matching the look and style of the ViewPoint system for a consistent appearance, the new ViewPoint Free Standing Storage Cabinet provides additional storage space for supplies and personal items. The cabinet includes two adjustable shelves, smoked glass doors and comes fully assembled for fast, easy installation.

The new ViewPoint Radial Binder Storage Cabinet is designed to store essential reference materials and keep them close at hand. Also matching the system in appearance and style, the cabinet’s compact rounded shape holds binders and books on two shelves, comes fully assembled and easily attaches to ViewPoint consoles for maximum layout flexibility.

An integral part of the Westchester Correctional Facility in Valhalla, New York, Sugarhouse Casino in Philadelphia, Tropicana Las Vegas, Hendrick Medical Center and other key installations, ViewPoint consoles are seismic certified, UL-listed and feature exceptional strength and reliability to protect equipment in security and surveillance monitoring environments.

The ViewPoint console consists of fully welded Uni-Frame™ workstation bays that simplify installation and can be configured for individual project needs. Its wide array of customization options include wedges, bay extenders for rackmounting deeper equipment, turrets for smaller equipment, work surfaces tailored to each system, side panels, monitor mounts and more. Designed to maximize functionality and installed system reliability, the ViewPoint system incorporates ergonomic factors, equipment cooling and cable management features.

For more information about ViewPoint Console Furniture Systems and Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

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