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RADIO MAGAZINE RECOGNIZES RTW WITH A PICK HIT AWARD

Las Vegas – 2012 NAB Show – April 26, 2012 – Radio magazine, the radio technology leader published by NewBay Media, announced the winners of the Pick Hit Awards for the 2012 NAB Show. The Radio magazine Pick Hits panel selects the top 20 new products introduced at the convention.

This year, RTW earned one of the coveted Pick Hit Awards for its TM3 TouchMonitor. The TM3 includes features of the larger TM7 and TM9 TouchMonitor versions and is controlled using a touch-sensitive display. With its budget-friendly base price, a 4.3-inch touch screen and stylish exterior allowing for horizontal and vertical placement, the TM3 is a highly appealing, compact solution ideal for editorial offices, edit suites and small control rooms.

“The Pick Hit Awards are limited to 20 winners, which maintains the value and prestige of the award,” says Chriss Scherer, editor of Radio magazine. “In addition, the Pick Hit Award judges follow a strict set of rules and make their selections independently and anonymously, which is a further testimony to the proven value of the award to radio broadcasters.”

The Pick Hit Awards were first presented at the NAB Convention in 1985, making them the oldest technology award at the convention. The Pick Hit Awards are selected by a panel of judges who are radio broadcast engineers from radio stations, radio networks and radio production facilities. The official Pick Hit rules require that the winning products must fit a recognized need in radio, are priced within reason, are available within the current calendar year and have never before been exhibited at the NAB convention.

The complete list of recipients will be published in the June 2012 issue of Radio magazine, and is also posted online at RadioMagOnline.com.

About Radio magazine
Radio magazine has served the interests of radio station and radio network engineers, managers and owners since being launched on its own in 1994 from its start from another broadcast publication in 1959. Written by radio industry professionals for radio industry professionals, Radio magazine delivers in-depth technical expertise with the most-respected editorial content. Radio magazine is published by NewBay Media.

About the Pick Hit Awards
First presented at the NAB convention in 1985, the Pick Hit Awards are the original technology award at the convention. The awards are selected by a panel of judges who make their selections independently and anonymously and then convene for a meeting on the third day of the convention. Winning products are selected because they are useful to radio broadcasters, are priced within reason, are available within the current calendar year, and are new introductions at the NAB convention.

About RTW
RTW, based in Cologne (Germany), has more than 40 years of experience in designing, producing, and marketing advanced recording-studio systems. The company focuses its business on professional audio signal metering tools that are in use in the leading recording studios as well as by radio and TV broadcasters worldwide. The current product portfolio highlights the TouchMonitor range, a new series of tools for visual signal analysis and comprehensive loudness metering. The TouchMonitor combines the highest of flexibility and modularity with an intuitive user interface and touchscreen-based multichannel-analysis features, integrating exceptional surround-signal visualization using the unique and groundbreaking Surround Sound Analyzer. The high-end SurroundControl series of products with fully fledged loudness measuring combines the convenient metering options of the RTW surround display devices and the control functions of an eight-channel monitoring controller. For more information, visit www.rtw.de or www.facebook.com/rtw.de, or call +49 (0) 221 709130.

Barix Reflector Audio Over IP Solution Supports Network-Wide Delivery for CRIS Radio

Connecticut’s only Radio Reading Service uses Barix Reflector service to significantly reduce costs and reliably deliver audio between several studios

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Barix is exclusively supporting IP audio delivery between multiple studios and transmitter sites for Connecticut Radio Information System (CRIS Radio), Connecticut’s only radio reading service for the blind. The non-profit broadcaster uses the company’s innovative Reflector Service for audio stream delivery. CRIS Radio is also reducing costs by using the new Barix Reflector App to monitor on-air feeds in real-time from an iPhone.

CRIS Radio is a talking newsstand for the blind and visually impaired, featuring newspaper and magazine articles, book readings and interviews. The broadcaster operates out of Windsor, Connecticut, and transmits programming from four satellite studios to specially tuned radios, cable TV systems, home telephones and to the web at http://www.crisradio.org.

Barix Exstreamer 500 IP audio hardware supports audio transport between headquarters and the remote studios using the Barix Reflector service, with 16 devices in operation across the network. This complete solution from Barix simplifies setting up, operating and monitoring the audio distribution and reduces costs — two significant benefits for CRIS Radio given its small staff and non-profit status.

John Galeota, consulting engineer for CRIS Radio, estimates that the Barix solution saves the company about $9,000 a year in Telco charges by eliminating legacy devices and twisted-pair connections. He notes that the Barix solution is robust and reliable, offering stable and effective audio streams with the right tools to help him manage the entire network.

“The Exstreamer 500 and Reflector Service provide a solid and reliable foundation for growth as we add new locations,” said Galeota. “I can program the 500s from anywhere, add them to the network using the Reflector Service and plug in the devices at the studio — and they work. These are mostly unattended, automated studios, so the ease of configuration and operational reliability are ideal. I also like that the Exstreamer 500 has balanced audio in and out, which allows me to eliminate extra line amplifiers and transformers to maintain quality.”

Radio broadcasters and other service providers typically use the Reflector Service to stream audio between two or more points. Hosted by Barix partner StreamGuys (www.streamguys.com), the application is an online center to configure and monitor the audio transport bridge while providing a straightforward relay of the audio feed. The service offers IP streaming without the complexity of IP, eliminating firewall hassles and the need to configure IP addresses and routing paths.

Galeota adds that the Reflector App reduces time spent on the road traveling between studios to fix on-air problems — a significant benefit as the studios are at least 60 miles apart — and points out that the combined customer support efforts of Barix and StreamGuys has been enormously helpful.

“Technical support is critical for someone like me working at a non-profit,” said Galeota. “The support from Barix and StreamGuys is unlike anything I’ve experienced in all my years in the business. They respond promptly, courteously and effectively whenever we have a question.”

Down the road, Galeota expects to explore other features on the Exstreamer 500 as new sites are added to the network — including the use of built-in contact closures to trigger on-air events via his Broadcast Software automation system.

Audio-Technica 2012 NAB Press Kit

Audio-Technica Positioned for Strong 2012 NAB Convention
NAB SHOW, LAS VEGAS, NV, April 16, 2012 — In the midst of its yearlong 50th anniversary celebration, Audio-Technica is poised for an eventful NAB convention.

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (April 16-18, 2012), A-T’s booth (C3010) will host audio instructional sessions by Dr. Fred Ginsburg, renowned industry veteran and specialist in production sound recording for motion pictures and video; Robert Bigelow, audio engineer for HBO’s Tremé; and Steve Savanyu, Audio-Technica Director, Educational Services. More…

Audio-Technica Holds Presentations by Industry Veterans at NAB
NAB SHOW, LAS VEGAS, NV, April 16, 2012 — This year at NAB, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (April 16-18, 2012), A-T’s booth C3010 will host five 30-minute audio instructional sessions throughout the day.

Dr. Fred Ginsburg, renowned industry veteran and specialist in production sound recording for motion pictures and video, will conduct two sessions each day. The first session will focus on microphone techniques and applications used for episodic television with a focus on multi-track recording, and the second session will be about techniques for rigging and attaching lavalier microphones to actors for film and video production. More…

Audio-Technica Offers AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone
NAB SHOW, LAS VEGAS, NV, April 16, 2012 — Audio-Technica (booth C3010), a leading innovator in transducer technology currently celebrating “50 Years of Passionate Listening,” is displaying the AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone at NAB 2012. Ideal for recording instruments and vocals, this handheld dynamic microphone has both USB and XLR connections, enabling its use either with a computer or with a P.A. system. Its durable metal construction provides long-lasting performance. Its low-mass diaphragm and smooth, extended frequency response make the microphone ideally suited for podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, voiceover and live performance use. More…

Audio-Technica Marks “50 Years of Passionate Listening”
NAB SHOW, LAS VEGAS, NV, April 16, 2012 — Audio-Technica (booth C3010), a leading innovator in transducer technology, is marking “50 Years of Passionate Listening” with its yearlong 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2012, including several limited edition commemorative products, special events and promotions for customers. From its early beginnings as a manufacturer of phonograph cartridges, Audio-Technica has expanded over the years to become a leading innovator in the design of microphones, wireless microphone systems, headphones, turntables, phono cartridges and more. A-T continues to advance the art and technology of electro-acoustic design with the manufacture of products for the professional recording, M.I., live sound, broadcast, fixed installation and consumer audio markets. On this historic occasion, Audio-Technica is taking the opportunity to look back, with a view toward the future. More…

Audio-Technica Introduces Limited Edition Products Celebrating Its 50th Anniversary
NAB SHOW, LAS VEGAS, NV, April 16, 2012 — Audio-Technica (booth C3010), a leading innovator in transducer technology currently celebrating “50 Years of Passionate Listening,” has introduced a number of limited edition products, all featuring a distinct Audio-Technica 50th Anniversary design and color scheme. The products include ATH-M50s/LE Professional Studio Monitor Headphones, ATM25/LE Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone, AE4100/LE Cardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphone, AE5400/LE Cardioid Condenser Handheld Microphone, AE6100/LE Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphone, AT4050/LE Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone and AT4050URUSHI Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone. Representing just some of Audio-Technica’s offerings in their product line, these products are limited-edition versions of A-T’s ATH-M50s, AE4100, AE5400, AE6100, AT4050 and the legacy product ATM25. More…

Audio-Technica Shows BPHS1-XF4 Communications Headset
NAB SHOW, LAS VEGAS, NV, April 16, 2012 — Audio-Technica (booth C3010), a leading innovator in transducer technology currently celebrating “50 Years of Passionate Listening,” is showing its BPHS1-XF4 Communications Headset at NAB 2012. Based on Audio-Technica’s popular BPHS1 Broadcast Stereo Headset, the BPHS1-XF4 is designed for use with intercom systems for broadcast, theaters, sports, live events or anywhere a high-quality communications headset is required. More…

Remote Digital Media Chooses Audio-Technica Microphones and Wireless Systems to Capture theAudio on Food Network® Programs and Beyond
NAB SHOW, LAS VEGAS, NV, April 16, 2012 — If high-definition broadcast video has made the offerings on The Food Network® look good enough to reach in and sample, Remote Digital Media (RDM) makes certain that the sound is equally enticing. RDM is an EMMY Award®- and Telly Award®-winning audio and video remote company based in Woodstock, New York, that handles audio for several of the network’s most popular programs, including Next Great Baker and Rachael Ray. More…

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Genelec 2012 NAB Press Kit

Genelec Exhibits Its BroadcastPak, Featuring Five 8030A Active Monitors and 7050B Active Subwoofer
NAB CONVENTION, LAS VEGAS, NV, April 16, 2012 — Genelec (booth C1332), the world’s longstanding pioneer in active monitoring, is displaying its BroadcastPak at NAB 2012. Composed of five 8030A Bi-Amplified Monitors and a 7050B Active Subwoofer, the BroadcastPak offers a space-saving 5.1 monitoring solution, ideal for multi-channel editing rooms, mobile recording trucks and other mixing environments where space may be at a premium. More…

Genelec Exhibits Its 8260A Tri-Amplified DSP Monitoring System with Minimum Diffraction Coaxial (MDC™) Technology
NAB CONVENTION, LAS VEGAS, NV, April 16, 2012 — Genelec (booth C1332), the world’s longstanding pioneer in active monitoring, is exhibiting its 8260A Tri-Amplified DSP Monitoring System. The 8260A breaks new ground in electro-acoustic design, as mechanical, acoustical and signal-processing designs are linked closely together. The 8260A features major advances in audio driver technology, integrated with a sophisticated enclosure design, and Genelec’s proprietary Minimum Diffraction Coaxial (MDC™) Mid/High driver technology takes a big step in perfecting audio quality in professional active studio monitors. More…

Genelec Displays Its 1238CF Tri-Amplified DSP Monitoring System
NAB CONVENTION, LAS VEGAS, NV, April 16, 2012 — Genelec (booth C1332), the world’s longstanding pioneer in active monitoring, is displaying its 1238CF Tri-Amplified DSP Monitoring System at NAB 2012. The 1238CF is a compact three-way DSP monitoring loudspeaker including a slim speaker enclosure, two eight-inch (210-mm) long-throw bass drivers, a five-inch (130-mm) proprietary Genelec midrange driver and a one-inch (25-mm) metal dome tweeter, multiple power amplifiers, digital signal processing (DSP) circuitry and active, low-level crossovers. More…

Genelec Offers 8240A Bi-Amplified DSP Monitoring System
NAB CONVENTION, LAS VEGAS, NV, April 16, 2012 — Genelec (Booth C1332), the world’s longstanding leader in active monitoring, is exhibiting its 8240A Bi-Amplified DSP Monitoring System. Boasting performance comparable to much larger systems, the compact and powerful 8240A package is optimized for applications where a wide frequency response is needed but space is limited. The 8240A is the ideal monitoring tool for recording studios, post-production houses, broadcast installations, digital edit suites, home studios and mobile production vehicles. More…

Genelec Offers 6010A Bi-Amplified Monitor and 5040A Active Subwoofer in Dark “Mystic” Black
NAB CONVENTION, LAS VEGAS, NV, April 16, 2012 — Genelec (Booth C1332), the world’s longstanding leader in active monitoring, is displaying its 6010A Bi-Amplified Monitoring System and matching 5040A Active Subwoofer in a striking new finish, dark “Mystic” black. The 6010A is Genelec’s smallest monitor system to date, measuring 7 1/8″ x 4 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ (height with Iso-Pod™ 7 11/16″). The system has been designed for computer sound systems, workstations, Master Control Rooms, and other close proximity listening applications requiring a low-profile monitoring solution. More…

Genelec Appoints Image Marketing West as New Sales Reps for Northern California Region
NAB CONVENTION, LAS VEGAS, NV, April 16, 2012 — Genelec (booth C1332), 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. More…

Beau Raymond Chooses Genelec Active Monitoring for His New Studio Facility
NAB CONVENTION, LAS VEGAS, NV, April 16, 2012 — Beau Raymond knows sound. Having served as the engineer or producer for a wide range of artists (Joss Stone, Motley Crüe, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Devendra Banhart, Little Joy, members of the Black Crowes, Bert Jansch, the Neptunes), and working alongside production legends (Joe Chiccarelli, Rick Rubin, Rich Costey, Pat Leonard, Bob Rock), he’s now taken his substantial experience in Los Angeles studios and migrated it to indie music hub Portland, Oregon. There he opened his 2,500-square-foot Family Farm studio in 2011. More…

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AES Announces 132nd Convention Student Paper Award

BUDAPEST: AES Student Technical Paper Award Coordinator Rob Maher has announced that Marton Marschall has been named the recipient of this year’s Award for his paper “Robustness Of A Mixed-Order Ambisonics Microphone Array For Sound Field Reproduction,” co-authored with Sylvain Favrot and JÜrg Buchholz. The Award will be presented on Thursday, April 26 at the Opening Ceremonies at the Novotel Budapest Congress & World Trade Center. Mr. Marschall will present his paper at 10AM on Saturday, April 28.

A native of Budapest, Marton Marschall, received a diploma in electrical engineering from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 2006, and his MSc degree in engineering acoustics from the Technical University of Denmark in 2008. He then joined the Centre for Applied Hearing Research at the Technical University of Denmark, where he is currently a PhD student under the guidance of Professor Torsten Dau. As part of his PhD project, he is working on recreating realistic acoustic scenes for hearing research and for the evaluation of communication devices, such as hearing instruments and mobile phones. His research interests include virtual acoustics, spatial hearing and models of auditory signal processing and perception. The Award also makes Mr. Marschall’s manuscript eligible for publication consideration in the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society.

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

Photo: Marton Marschall will receive the 2012 AES Student Technical Paper Award
at the 132nd AES Convention in Budapest on April 26.

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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

RTW and Calrec Announce Collaboration at the 2012 NAB Show

RTW TM7 TouchMonitor to be Integrated into Calrec’s Range of Digital Audio Consoles

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 19, 2012 — RTW (C1844), a leading manufacturer and distributor of professional audio metering and control devices for studio recording and radio and TV broadcast applications, and Calrec Audio, LTD (C1746), manufacturer of high-quality audio products, are jointly announcing at the 2012 NAB Show that the RTW TM7 TouchMonitor will be fully integrated into Calrec’s line of digital audio consoles.

As a result of this partnership, RTW will provide the OEM version of the TM7 TouchMonitor touch screen loudness meter to be built into Calrec’s full range of digital consoles, including the Apollo, Artemis Shine, Artemis Beam and Artemis Light consoles. The TM7 will be integrated into the upstand of the consoles, providing various metering options. For example, on the Artemis consoles, both single and double meters layouts are available. The benefit of the double meter option (one above the other) is to show moving coil emulation along with a separate vector scope.

“We are delighted to have reached this agreement with RTW,” says Henry Goodman, head of sales, Calrec Audio. “We have enjoyed a good relationship with RTW for many years, and this agreement enables us to continue to provide our customers with the right tools to meet the highest standards of broadcasting, as well as the ability to comply with new broadcast regulations.
 
“Given the lack of availability of traditional moving coil meters, and the demand which still exists, the TM7 also allows us to continue to provide our customers with the facilities they expect in professional broadcast facilities. We look forward to many more years of enterprise between our two companies.”

The TM7 will include the standard Multichannel, Loudness, SSA Surround Sound Analyzer and PPM software modules and custom meter presets offering loudness metering that meets the EBU R 128 and ITU BS1770 standards as well as traditional bargraph- and moving-needle metering to comply with additional international standards. The TM7 will also be available for retrofitting.

“RTW is very proud to partner with such a reputable manufacturer as Calrec Audio,” says Mahmoud Chatah, director of marketing and sales, RTW. “RTW and Calrec have enjoyed a long history together and this new agreement provides both companies with the opportunity to supply our customers in the broadcast industry with the modern technology necessary to fully comply with current loudness regulations now and in the future.”

The TouchMonitor is RTW’s response to growing demands in modern production, post-production and broadcast environments. With its high-quality 7- or 9-inch touchscreen and intuitive user interface, the TouchMonitor breaks new ground in professional audio analysis for accuracy, performance, efficiency and flexibility.

RTW’s entire TouchMonitor family of loudness metering products will be on display during the 2012 NAB show at the company’s booth (C1844). Executives from RTW will also be on-hand to discuss this new partnership with Calrec.

About Calrec Audio, LTD.
Calrec Audio, part of D&M Holdings Inc., is exclusively dedicated to excellence in audio mixing for on-air and live production. A broadcast specialist for more than 40 years, Calrec has developed a range of digital and analog consoles relied on by the world’s most successful broadcasters. For putting sound in the picture, broadcasters put their trust in Calrec. More information is available at www.calrec.com.

About RTW
RTW, based in Cologne (Germany), has more than 40 years of experience in designing, producing, and marketing advanced audio technology for professionals. The company’s core competence is based on tools for visual signal analysis and loudness metering that is in use in the leading recording studios as well as by radio and TV broadcasters worldwide. The current product portfolio includes, among others, the TouchMonitor range (TM3,TM7,TM9) combining highest flexibility and modularity with an intuitive user interface and touchscreen-based multichannel-analysis, and the SurroundControl series (11900, 31900, 31960) with a full set of comprehensive features for monitoring, controlling and distribution of Stereo, Multichannel and Surround signals. Both products integrate exceptional surround-signal visualization using the unique and groundbreaking Surround Sound Analyzer. In June 2008, RTW was certified for the internationally accepted DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 quality-management standard.

For more information, visit www.rtw.de or www.facebook.com/rtw.de, or call +49 221 709130.

GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW GC STUDIOS FACILITIES IN Q1 2012

— Highland Park, Illinois, and Tucson, Arizona, are the latest Guitar Center stores to expand operations with embedded lessons facilities —

Westlake Village, CA (April 18, 2012) – In the first quarter of 2012, Guitar Center expanded operations at two of its stores – Highland Park, Illinois, and Tucson, Arizona – by adding Guitar Center Studios, an in-house, state-of-the-art lesson facility, which will create unrivaled opportunities for area musicians of all ages and skill levels. Guitar Center Studios provides music lessons from beginner to advanced featuring certified instructors teaching world-class curriculum as well as one-on-one courses on Pro Tools, Logic Pro and GarageBand. Guitar Center Studios is now the most modern and affordable lessons facility in the area.

“The opening of our new GC Studios at our Highland Park and Tucson stores is an important moment for musicians in these areas,” commented Gene Joly, Guitar Center Executive VP of Stores. “As arts programs are consistently being downsized at schools across the country, we feel it’s important to create these opportunities for the next generation of musicians. Many of our recent store openings over the last year-plus have featured GC Studios, and those facilities have been a huge success across the board. We look forward to serving the music communities of these areas in this increased capacity.”
Guitar Center Highland Park is open seven days a week. Store hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Guitar Center Tucson is open seven days a week. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Guitar Center Studios hours at both locations follow the same schedule as their respective stores.

Graham Blyth To Present AES 132nd Convention Heyser Lecture

In Pursuit of Elegant Simplicity: Life, Luck, and Learning in Music and Audio

BUDAPEST: Graham Blyth, internationally recognized Organist and accomplished professional audio equipment designer, will present the Audio Engineering Society’s Richard C. Heyser Lecture on Friday, April 27, 7:00PM – 9:PM at the Budapest Congress & World Trade Center. After successful conventions in London, Paris, Munich, Amsterdam and other major cities throughout Europe, the 132nd marks the first AES Convention to be held in Budapest.

A prime example of the AES ‘Listen, Learn, Connect’ initiative, Blyth’s Heyser lecture will describe his journey from audio design engineer to developer of Soundcraft Mixing consoles, with a special focus on his approach to mic preamp design. Blyth will also address the importance of the analog engineer in a mostly digital world and, the technical and musical challenges associated with designing high-quality digital classical organs.

As co-founder with Phil Dudderidge of UK-based Soundcraft, designers and manufacturers of highly regarded audio mixing consoles, Mr. Blyth has served as Technical Director of the firm since its inception in 1973. Harman bought the company in 1988, and it continues to maintain an outstanding position in a corporate family that includes JBL, DBX, Lexicon, AKG and Studer.

In addition to his technical virtuosity, Mr. Blyth is an esteemed concert artist who has performed in such celebrated venues as NYC’s St. Thomas Church; the Cathedral of Our Lady of Los Angeles; Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, and many of Europe’s most renowned cathedrals. In 1995 he built the Challow Park Recital Hall, a unique 80-seat auditorium with completely variable acoustics. In 2003 he founded the Veritas Organ Company to address the new generation of digital classical organs. Mr. Blyth is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the Audio Engineering Society.

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Photo: Celebrated Organist and accomplished professional audio equipment designer, Graham Blyth will present the AES Richard C. Heyser Lecture on April 27 in Budapest.

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

132nd AES Convention – Budapest Congress & World Trade Center – Apr. 26-29, 2012

Sound Devices Introduces Next-Generation Functionality for PIX 240 at the 2012 NAB Show

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 17, 2012 — Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, is pleased to introduce new functionality for its popular PIX 240 portable audio/video recorder at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth C2546). This latest firmware update, Version 2, now makes PIX 240 even more powerful with the addition of several monitoring features.

Sound Devices PIX 240 firmware Version 2 now enables users to monitor images in varying exposures through Exposure Assist, a feature that allows for false-color and zebra-stripes viewing. It is also equipped with Focus Assist, which includes a peaking filter and 1:1 pixel zoom. Monitor brightness, contrast and chroma adjustments are also now available. Version 2 of PIX 240 also includes standard definition recording (NTSC and PAL) and support for using simultaneous analog and SDI/HDMI audio inputs. These new features are available as a free firmware update to all PIX 240 users and can be downloaded by visiting http://www.sounddevices.com/download/pix-firmware.htm.

“Our new PIX line of audio/video recorders have received overwhelming support and interest from the industry as a whole,” says Jon Tatooles, managing director at Sound Devices. “We have listened to our customers’ needs and requests and are excited to officially launch Version 2 of PIX 240 at this year’s NAB show.”

PIX 240 is the perfect companion to a wide range of professional cameras used for feature films such as ARRI and RED as well as small-format HD cameras from Sony and Canon. PIX 240 connects to cameras with HDMI or SDI and records directly to QuickTime using Apple’s ProRes or Avid’s DNxHD codec. Since PIX recorders use Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD, files recorded in the field can be used directly in post production, making the workflow simple and fast. PIX 240 includes a built-in Ambient Clockit time-code generator/reader with genlock output for multi-camera and double-system sound applications. The source time-code can be derived from the SDI stream, from an external source or from the built-in generator in PIX 240. Additional features include digital audio inputs on AES3 and an external eSATAp connection for direct connection to large SATA drives.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. The thirteen-year old company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

132nd AES Convention Offers Diverse Tutorials

From Beach Boys Smile Sessions To Notes On The Brain

BUDAPEST: A destination for listening, learning and connecting, the 132nd AES Convention, will feature a uniquely varied assemblage of Tutorials. Scheduled for April 26-29 at the Novotel Budapest Congress & World Trade Center, the gathering will draw attendees from around the world.

Tutorial Event highlights include:

The Making of The Beach Boys Smile Sessions: Arguably the greatest “lost” album of all time, The Beach Boys’ Smile sessions were finally released last November, in a variety of CD, vinyl and other digital configurations. Producer/Educator Barry Marshall will conduct a rare interview with Project co-producer Mark Linett about the legendary 1966-67 sessions. Their discussion will include the producer role Brian Wilson played in the project, as well a look at the technical and logistical challenges of mixing and mastering this landmark production from 45-year-old tapes at different configurations, speeds and sizes.

Noise on the Brain-Hearing Damage on the Other Side: Presenter: Poppy Crum – Did you know that drinking a glass of orange juice every day may actually protect your hearing? Most discussions of hearing damage focus on what happens to the cochlea and inner ear. While this understanding is crucial to predicting and avoiding trauma that can lead to hearing loss, this session will explore the latest research regarding the effects of acoustic and chemical trauma. It will also consider recent research in chemically preserving hearing and combating these conditions.

How Does It Sound Now? The Evolution of Audio: Presenter: Gary Gottlieb – One day Chet Atkins was playing guitar when a woman approached him. She said, “That guitar sounds beautiful.” Chet immediately quit playing and asked, “How does it sound now?” The quality of sound in Chet’s case clearly rested with the player, not the instrument. The technical and aesthetic quality of recorded music lies with engineers and producers, not solely on their equipment. This Tutorial will address the differences and similarities between their standards for excellence.

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

Photo: Novotel Budapest Congress & World Trade Center hosts the 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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