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Lowell Manufacturing Celebrates 65th Anniversary

— Missouri-based, family-owned manufacturer of rack, power and audio products takes a look back, reflecting on their six-and-a-half-decade history —

PACIFIC, MO, June 26, 2012 — Throughout 2012, Lowell Manufacturing Company will be celebrating its 65th anniversary as a U.S. manufacturer of AV and related products. As the company marks its six-and-a-half decades in the industry, those involved are taking the opportunity to look back, reflecting on how Lowell’s founding principles resonate today more than ever, and how those ideals and business practices will guide the company into the next generation.

The company was founded in 1947 by Ben Lowell along with his wife Dorothy, the parents of current company President/CEO John Lowell and his siblings, including Residential Sales Manager Tom Lowell, and Operations Manager Wilhelm Lowell. John reflects on his early years: “As a child, I vividly remember company picnics at the plant with my six brothers and sisters and all the Lowell employees. My father always tried to create a family atmosphere around the company, as we continue to do today. As we have grown in the industry over the last 65 years, we have never lost track of what it means to be a family-owned and -operated company. There are the principles under which my parents started the business, and they have served us well. Close personal relationships with business partners and a company atmosphere that remains focused yet friendly – the value of these things cannot be overstated.”

Today, the Lowell headquarters is located in Pacific, Missouri, about 40 miles southwest of St. Louis. Their core team of employees continues to serve the company with dedication and enthusiasm, and many of the team have been with Lowell for 20+ years. Engineering, metal fabrication, welding, paint and assembly are all located at the Pacific facility. Because the company’s products fall into three major categories (rack, power and audio), its engineering department includes mechanical, audio and electrical engineers.

John Lowell continues, “Our philosophy is – and has always been – to listen to what customers want, to do the job right by designing value-driven products of exceptional quality, and to build them in America, outsourcing as little as possible. Our goal is to provide real value by designing products that install quickly, minimize installation time and contribute to the project’s bottom line.”

John Lowell reflects, “When you provide service that goes the extra step, offering things like custom design and engineering from the ground up, consultants and integrators respond to it in a very positive way. Also, the fact that we use as close to 100 percent American materials as possible in manufacturing, and comply with and support initiatives such as ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act), BAA (Buy American Act) and TAA (Trade Agreements Act) is something we are very proud of. Very few companies can make those claims. Looking ahead, we are going to continue what we’ve been doing for 65 years – to design and build products that save time and labor in the field and provide real value to customers. And to keep building them in the U.S.A. to support the American worker.”

For more information, please visit www.lowellmfg.com or e-mail Lowell at sales@lowellmfg.com.

Auralex® Acoustics Sets Its Sights On Continued Expansion

— Led by company Founder/President Eric Smith, Auralex Acoustics continues to expand and position itself for ongoing growth in the coming years —

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, June 26, 2012 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and soon to celebrate its 35th anniversary, continues to thrive due to a leadership vision that incorporates flexibility and an intuitive understanding of the markets it serves. With solid business practices stressing the ongoing development of market-driven products, enhanced customer service and the ability to embrace change, this philosophy continues to be the cornerstone of Auralex’s business for over three decades. Despite the constant technological and business challenges in the markets that Auralex serves, the company continued to experience ongoing growth in 2011 with a continued growth path in Q1 of 2012.

Under the direction of company founder and president Eric Smith, a new long-term comprehensive business plan was instituted that addresses brand positioning, domestic and international sales channels, manufacturing, marketing and customer service. Eight months after its implementation, this multi-pronged strategic plan is proving to be a winner, with much more to come and already unfolding.

One of the first steps was the appointment last year of David Fischer to the position of Auralex CEO. Coming to Auralex from multiple sizable and well-known global organizations, Fischer brings a strong history of exceeding business objectives and growth targets to his role at Auralex. Working closely with Eric Smith, Fischer has been instrumental in implementing the long-term strategic business plan that is driving the company’s worldwide growth and expansion.

On the domestic front, having moved into a new office complex last year that houses enhanced distribution operations and warehousing, as well as ergonomically designed office space, the company continues to drive and focus on existing markets with better penetration but also has refocused key sales personnel and is in the process of augmenting the sales team. With this move, in addition to allowing its sales force to concentrate on the Auralex brand, the company will be better equipped to gather market feedback so future product introductions and enhancements draw not only on engineering developments, but also market-driven factors. The new structure will help position Auralex’s distinctive brand identity to its global dealer and distributor network, but also reinforce the brand in the minds of customers.

The company is also expanding its international sales channels with additional distribution and sales forces, with a dedicated effort in Europe, the Middle East, Asia/Pacific and Latin America. This will facilitate more direct contact with key accounts and participation in overseas trade shows. In addition, as part of an overall operations upgrade, a new Director of Operations has been appointed and a new distribution workflow has been implemented, providing an even quicker turnaround time for customer orders.

From a product standpoint, Auralex continues to design and manufacture market-driven products providing innovative sound control solutions for the various markets it serves. At InfoComm 2012, the company is launching several solutions for contractors and system integrators, including the QuadFusor™ Sound Diffusor, a versatile and affordable Class A diffusor that mates four of Auralex’s MiniFusors™ in a 2-foot-by-2-foot array that is perfect for ceiling or wall mounting; the SheetBlok-AF™, which is a finish-grade isolation product that requires no messy construction and is perfect for retrofit applications; and UtiliTek™ sound absorbers, which are based on Auralex’s popular ProPanel™ series, but offer contractors and system integrators a great-looking yet more cost-effective solution in acoustical control.

Commenting on the long-term goals Eric Smith stated, “We have begun implementing the next phase of our plan, which focuses on such vital aspects as enhanced distribution, brand positioning, domestic and international sales, customer service, and product development as well as overall marketing strategies to grow market awareness for the Auralex brand. What we’ve implemented thus far has been exciting, but the best is yet to come.”

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

Meyer Marketing Awarded Middle Atlantic Broadcast Rep Of The Year

Fairfield, NJ––The Broadcast Rep of the Year Award was won by Meyer Marketing at the recent Middle Atlantic sales meeting held prior to InfoComm 2012.

Meyer Marketing represents Middle Atlantic Products for the Broadcast market in Florida, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

Commenting on the award, Middle Atlantic Broadcast Sales Manager Dave Amoscato said, “Meyer Marketing has worked hard and shown extraordinary dedication and consistent focus on their markets, especially South Florida and the Caribbean. They’ve also excelled at educating customers about our new products, with Middle Atlantic training road trips throughout their territory. They truly deserve this award.”

Photo caption (left to right): Bill Poling, Middle Atlantic Regional Sales Director, Larry Boscarino and Larry Meyer of Meyer Marketing; Dave Amoscato, Middle Atlantic Broadcast Sales Manager

For more about Meyer Marketing, please click to www.meyermarketing.com.

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Steve Lillywhite, CBE Named 133rd AES Convention Keynote

Legendary Producer For U2, Dave Matthews Band & The Rolling Stones

SAN FRANCISCO: Early this year, the Queen of England awarded, multi-Platinum record producer Steve Lillywhite with a Commander of The British Empire (CBE) for his contributions to music. While some might consider this honor the culmination of a thirty-year career, Lillywhite promptly returned to the recording studio, where he has been busy producing new records for The Killers, Dave Matthews Band & Thirty Seconds To Mars. On Friday, October 26, Lillywhite will take another break from his studio chores to present the Keynote Address for the 133rd AES Convention at SF’s Moscone Center.

“Steve Lillywhite is a Producer Of The Year Grammy-winner who has made an indelible impact on popular music,” remarked AES Convention Co-Chair, Jim McTigue. “He has collaborated with a stunning array of artists. His discography boasts a remarkable list of critically acclaimed and commercially successful projects including eight albums with U2, 4 with the Dave Matthews Band and a who’s who list representing each of the last 3 decades. The 80′s by: Peter Gabriel, The Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, The Psychedelic Furs, Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Pogues, Big Country, XTC & The Smiths – The 90′s by: David Byrne, Morrissey, Travis, Dave Matthews Band & Phish and the past decade with: The Counting Crows, Matchbox Twenty, Thirty Seconds To Mars & The Killers.

“He has made an indelible impact on contemporary music and he continues to hone the razor edge with major new projects. His insights, into the art of producing and engineering, coupled with his perspective on the impact of technology shifts and changes in recording styles, promises to provide AES attendees with inspiration, enlightenment and, unforgettable anecdotes,” McTigue says.

Born in the UK in 1955, Lillywhite began his career as a tape operator for Polygram in 1972.

“We are delighted to have Steve Lillywhite address our attendees,” Co-Chair Valerie Tyler concludes. “His work is as relevant and innovative today as it was at the beginning of his career. His Keynote Address marks an auspicious beginning for what is shaping up to be an exceptional Convention.”
The 133rd AES Convention will be held at SF’s Moscone Center Oct. 26-29, 2012. For more details please visit: http://www.aes.org

Photo: Producer of The Year Grammy-winner, Steve Lillywhite will present the Keynote address for the 133rd AES Convention on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012

To listen to a selected Steve Lillywhite discography please visit: http://soundcloud.com/barquemgmt/sets/steve-lillywhite

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts 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

AES 133rd Convention Committee Readies World-Class Show For Moscone Center – Oct. 26 – 29

New Tracks – Must See Special Events

SAN FRANCISCO: Let the buzz begin… Deep into preparation for an extraordinary 133rd AES Convention, the planning committee began meeting in January to develop innovative new programs for the event set for Oct. 26-29 at SF’s Moscone Center. Veteran co-chairs Valerie Tyler and Jim McTigue recruited a stellar collaborative team, mixing seasoned convention pros with enthusiastic new Chairs to insure a, highly relevant Convention. “Our objective is to infuse our events with meaningful tracks that anticipate and inform shifting industry trends,” Tyler says. “As San Francisco remains a bastion of innovative thinking, we are well-positioned to keep ahead of the curve.”

“Highlighting these new track introductions is a Project Studio Expo with a two-day series of clinics on best practices, and techniques on all aspects of creating and operating a small studio. They’ve invested in this gear, we want to help them take full advantage of it.” Jim McTigue states. “This year’s Convention will also see the introduction of two new tracks. Nathan Brock will chair the Networked Audio Track, and Brian McCarty will Chair the Sound For Pictures Track. Additionally,” McTigue adds, “we have confirmed a notable Keynote Speaker TBA soon.”

The Convention will also feature a remodeled Student Product Design Competition, which will tap into student’s unlimited capacity for ‘blue-sky’ thinking. Education Committee co-chairs John Krivit and Ezequiel Morfi and advisor Scott Dorsey anticipate a wealth of revolutionary ideas.
“The Committee is mounting a variety of events which will be hard to miss,” reports AES executive director Bob Moses. “On top of that list is a rare screening of The Wrecking Crew. This highly anticipated documentary about the studio musicians who played on countless Gold & Platinum hits has been withheld from distribution due to complex performance rights issues. Technical Tours Chair Jessica Livingston has secured an AES screening of the film. It promises to be a very hot ticket.”

Moses regards these special events as prime examples of the enduring need for ‘on-site conventions.’ “During the first six months of my Executive Directorship I’ve spoken with hundreds of exhibitors, educators, attendees, event developers and participants,” he says. “Virtually every one of them has emphasized the value of the ‘human connection.’ Social media remains a vital and constantly growing part of our messaging effort. But, the opportunity for face-to-face networking remains indisputable. On site conventions will continue to play an integral role in the AES mandate to help our attendees ‘Listen, Learn and Connect.’”

The 133rd AES Convention Committee boasts an all star-line up analogous to the famed Wrecking Crew. The key difference is Convention Committee members are volunteers! Co-Chairs Jim McTigue and Valerie Tyler are pooling their time and energy with: Broadcast/Streaming Chair, David Bialik; Education Co-Chairs, John Krivit and Ezequiel Morfi; Facilities Chair, Bob Megantz; Game Audio Chair, Steve Martz; Historical Chair, Bill Wray; Live Sound Chair, Michael “Bink” Knowles; Master Classes/Tutorials Co-Chairs, Mike Wells and Jose “Vene” Garcia; Networked Audio Chair, Nathan Brock; Papers Co-Chairs, Veronique Larcher & Alan Seefeldt; Product Design Chair, Conrad Cooke; Sound For Pictures Chair, Brian McCarty; Special Events Chair, Christopher Smith; Tech Tours Chair, Jessica Livingston; Volunteers Co-Chairs, Evan Peebles and Michael McConnell and, Workshops Co-Chairs, David Bowles and Jeffrey McKnight. AES Executive Director Bob Moses; Deputy Director, Roger Furness; Director, Convention Management, Chris Plunkett; Business Development Manager, Steven Green; and Chief Information Officer, Steve Johnson continue to provide exceptional organizational support to the complex effort.

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Pictured (l-r) Even Peebles, Alan Seefeldt, Chris Plunkett, Veronique Larcher, Jessica Livingston, Jeffrey McKnight, Valerie Tyler, Christopher Smith, David Bowles, Bill Wray, Michael Knowles, Jim McTigue, Steven Green, Roger Furness, (A/V consultant) Dave Molnar, Bob Moses and Bob Megantz. Not pictured: David Bialik, John Krivit, Ezequiel Morfi, Steve Martz, Mike Wells, Jose Garcia, Nathan Brock, Brian McCarty, Conrad Cooke, Michael McConnell

The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts 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

AES Announces Student Design Competition

Blue Ribbon Panel To Select Winning Innovations At 133rd Convention Oct. 26 – 29

SAN FRANCISCO: Aspiring student engineers from around the globe will vie for the opportunity to jumpstart their careers at the Audio Engineering Society’s 133rd Convention at SF’s Moscone Center, Oct. 26-29. A blue-ribbon panel of pro audio manufacturers, product designers and end users will review innovative Student Design Competition hardware and software designs in search of the most audacious, innovative and useful new product ideas.

“Student new product entries have always been integral components of AES Conventions, reports Committee Education Co-Chair John Krivit. “We are making a special effort this year to raise the bar. The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2012. Students will have the entire summer to conceive, develop and refine their dream products. Prizes will be awarded at the AES Convention on October 28 Students must attend the Convention to be considered for the finals.”

All students will have the opportunity to display their projects at the Convention’s tabletop exhibition. Entrants must register as students for the full Convention technical program, but AES membership is not required for entry submission. For a complete list of AES Student Design Competition rules and deadlines visit: http://bit.ly/PzG7tz. For additional questions regarding the competition please contact: Colin Pfund at colin@aes-sda.org.

With over 14,000 members worldwide, the AES is the largest international group of audio professionals. The advancement of professional audio education is a continuing AES focus. Many leading colleges, universities and leading technology schools maintain active AES Student Sections. Annual U.S. Conventions alternate between East and West Coasts. These events attract Gold, Platinum and Grammy Award-winning engineers, producers and artists, along with leading manufacturers from around the world. For details on the upcoming Convention please visit: www.aes.org

Photo: 133rd AES Convention Education Committee Co-Chair John Krivit

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts 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

Lowell Manufacturing InfoComm 2012 Press Kit

Jampro Antennas Returns to Broadcast Asia 2012 With Full Range of Television & Radio Solutions

Singapore Jampro Antennas, Inc. — a world leader in the manufacture and design of radio frequency components and antennas for radio and television transmission — returns to Broadcast Asia with their full range of their best-selling, flexible and economical television & radio solutions engineered to address all aspects of the broadcast industry including DTV, DVB-T, FM and HD Radio solutions.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
Jampro JAT-U UHF Super Turnstile Antenna
The radome-enclosed JAT-U UHF Broadband, Band IV/V 470 – 860 MHz antenna can be either top or side-mounted on a tower for a long life of continuous service. Ideal for broadband multi-channel UHF applications, the unit features minimum wind loading with wide broadband response. The JAT-U is the perfect solution for applications where either one channel is defined, or multiple channels are combined.

Jampro JUHD Broadband UHF Panel Antenna
The radome-enclosed JUHD Broadband UHF panel antenna, designed for either side or top-mounting, is based on a modular design. It can be configured to provide a variety of azimuth and elevation patterns and offers optional beam tilt and null fill to insure maximum coverage. This horizontally polarized antenna can be configured to include varying levels of vertical polarization, with results ranging from small amounts of elliptical to full circular polarization.

Prostar JA/MS-BB Broadband UHF Slot Antenna
Jampro’s JA/MS-BB Broadband UHF Slot antenna, part of the legendary Prostar™ line, offers an economical alternative to buying, installing and maintaining multiple antennas. A single, compact solution, it conserves tower space and minimizes wind loading. Especially designed for multi-channel or combined-channel operations in analog-analog, analog-digital or digital-digital TV applications, the JA/MS-BB antenna comes factory tuned in an elegant, ready-to-install and streamlined design.

RCEC Mask Filter
Jampro’s new 8” RCEC Mask Filter provides superior mask filter performance at an affordable price with 5ks of output power. Cross coupling creates steep rejection skirts and its high-Q cavities provide low pass band insertion loss in a compact design.

RCCC-102-FM Constant Impedance FM Bandpass Combiner
Jampro’s RCCC-FM Constant Impedance Combiner is a compact modular design, configurable to fit even the smallest transmitter rooms, and allows an additional frequency to be easily added. These combiners use temperature compensated Bandpass Filters with integrated heat sink tops to keep filters cool and locked on their frequencies. Various models are available for different channel spacing.

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

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener • 845-512-8283
harriet@desertmooncomm.com

Acoustics First® Office Space to Voice-Over Suite

Acoustical Panels in a Voice-Over StudioThis office space was converted into a voice-over production suite for Moe Rock. Installed are 2′x4′ acoustical wall panels and a 2′x4′ acoustical ceiling cloud over the listening position. A corner bass trap was created using corner impaling clips with one of the standard Sonora Panels. Photo courtesy of Moe Rock: http://www.moerock.com/

With a wide range of available recording equipment, from computers to hand held devices, recording audio is easier than ever! With some simple gear and a good microphone, a quality recording is just moments away. However, before you begin, take a few moments and consider Acoustics First! If proper acoustical material is not in place, you may be recording unwanted room modes or excessive reverberation. Our brains, in combination with our eyes and ears, can compensate in less than ideal conditions, whereas microphones cannot.

Acoustics First Corporation supplies acoustical panels and soundproofing materials to control sound and eliminate noise in commercial, residential, government, institutional applications worldwide. Products include the patented Art Diffusor®, sound absorbers, noise barriers, acoustical fabrics and accessories. Acoustics First® products are sold for O.E.M applications, direct, and through dealers. For more information on acoustical materials and their application, please visit www.AcousticsFirst.com or call Toll Free 1-888-765-2900 (US & Canada).

Audio-Technica InfoComm Press Kit

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