Antelope Audio to Demonstrate Zen Studio, Satori Monitor Controller, Pure2 Mastering Converter and MP32 Preamplifier During 2015 NAMM Show

Zen Studio, Now Available with Z-Rack Mount and Embroidered Travel Case, to be Honored as Nominee During TEC Award Ceremony Saturday Evening

Anaheim, CA, January 21, 2015: During the 2015 NAMM Show this week, leading digital audio manufacturer Antelope Audio [Hall A - Booth 6274] will demonstrate the detail, purity and flexibility of the newest products in its lineup of professional audio products: the Pure2 mastering converter, the MP32 microphone preamplifier, the Satori monitoring controller, and of course the Zen Studio — which has received industry accolades and a TEC Award nomination during 2014.

zrackThe new products, which are all shipping as of this month, bring unprecedented detail, depth, clarity and transparency to professional users’ audio signal chain, while extending usability with an array of product features and multiple I/Os. Antelope Audio will also showcase new accessories for Zen Studio including its new Z-rack mounting system and a Zen Studio embroidered protective carrying case, an elegant solution designed for ease of use and portability.

Zen Studio: A Fully Featured Recording System ‘To Go’

Zen Studio, which is nominated for the 30th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards in the ‘Computer Audio Hardware” category, is a full-featured audio interface, clock, preamp, and monitor controller in an ergonomic and robust road-ready chassis.

Featuring 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, Zen Studio is a powerful core to any professional mobile recording studio.

Pure2, Satori and MP32: The Enlightened Audio Chain

The combination of the Pure2 mastering converter, the Satori monitor controller and the MP32 preamplifier, which will each be demonstrated at the Antelope booth, brings a new level of detail and purity to any signal chain.

zen_case2Pure2 is a mastering-grade 24/192 kHz AD/DA 2-channel converter and master clock, enabling users to realize unsurpassed digital clarity and analog realism, while offering a flexible set of connectivity options and extremely efficient and ergonomic software remote control. With best-in-class Burr-Brown converters and the same Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) technology present in Antelope’s ultra high-end Trinity master clock, Pure2 helps musicians and engineers achieve new levels of mastering excellence.

MP32, a 32-channel, console-grade microphone preamplifier with integrated software control, is designed to compliment Antelope’s Orion32 and provide the greatest possible transparency during the recording process. Occupying just 3U rack spaces make the MP32 the ultimate solution for both studios and live recording — where rack space can be a precious commodity.

Satori, meanwhile, is a true analog monitoring and summing system designed to deliver an ‘epiphany’ experience to the sound engineer. Antelope’s renowned relay-controlled stepped attenuator, the extremely versatile connectivity options and great selection of stereo effects and comprehensive monitoring options, place the Satori among the most advanced monitoring controllers in the world, and make it equally suited to both commercial and project studios.

To learn more, stop by Antelope’s booth at the NAMM Show or visit Antelope’s web site at: http://www.antelopeaudio.com.

About Antelope Audio
Antelope Audio is the brainchild of Igor Levin who has more than 20 years’ experience and a number of innovations in digital audio and synchronization technology. The company is widely acknowledged as the leading manufacturer of audio master clocks.

In 2009 Antelope Audio launched its product line of high-resolution USB D/A converters, being among the pioneers designing a 384 kHz DAC. Antelope’s DACs employ their renowned 64-bit clocking and jitter management technologies and custom-designed circuits, achieving unprecedented precision and sound clarity.

Audiofile Releases Triumph 2.5

A next-generation tool for audio editing, mastering, sound design, podcasting and post-production

Minneapolis, MN (January 21, 2015) – Audiofile, a leading music technology company, announces the release of Triumph 2.5 on the Mac App Store. Built on the success of the company’s Wave Editor, Triumph 2.5 represents the next generation in audio editing, mastering, sound design, podcasting and post-production with new features, powerful DSP and a refined workflow.

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Triumph 2.5 is a significant step forward in Triumph’s evolution. Audiofile has improved workflow efficiency by redesigning the Render Assistant with the ability to render and export multiple formats simultaneously, allowing assets to be auditioned more easily by clicking “play” in an asset’s popover, and by adding video import functionality, which will appeal to sounds designers and those working in post-production.

Triumph 2.5 also represents a significant step forward for sample rate conversion and dither as it now includes algorithms by Goodhertz, creators of Triumph’s digital scrubbing feature and FHX™ headphone listening DSP. Goodhertz’ mastering-grade audio sample rate converter combines incredible sonic performance with unmatched speed and efficiency for a nearly ideal frequency response, preserving high frequency content and eliminating aliasing. Goodhertz dither is a custom-tailored noise shaping algorithm that, rather than relying on noisy peaks or drastic high frequency shaping, always remains smooth and natural sounding while preserving every possible detail of the audio.

“The Triumph workflow is revolutionary,” adds Ricardo Gutierrez, Grammy-winning mastering and mix engineer. “It’s a great Swiss army knife. The fact that it can play back different sample rates in a project is amazing. The shapes used for automation, and the way you can snap to grid the different shapes, is really cool. I’m fully in the box now with mastering and finally have the tools and plug-ins to work in the box. I haven’t touched my analogue gear since the summer. Clients want things so fast and Triumph lets you do that!”

Other additions and enhancements to Triumph include:

• Greatly improved performance and stability
• Optimized for OS X 10.10 Yosemite
• Enhanced editing of individual channels in the Waveform View
• Adds an option to import DDP sets from the File menu
• Improved SoundCloud integration
• Improved multichannel file support
• iZotope MBIT+ Dither™ and 64-bit SRC™ are now available by purchasing an additional license from the Audiofile online store or via in-app purchase in the Mac App Store version
• Various improvements to key commands
• Improved User Guide

“I really like this app a lot,” said Rich Breen, Grammy-winning recording, mix and mastering engineer. “Of course, most important are the sonics, and I’ve found it to be totally solid in this respect. For scripting, I can either duplicate and edit an existing script directly in Triumph, or copy it into AppleScript Editor and edit there for greater flexibility – I don’t know of any other audio apps that offer this kind of feature.”

Pricing and Availability
Triumph 2.5 is now available on the Audiofile website for $79.99. Triumph 2.3.2 is available on the Mac App Store for $79.99 with free update coming soon. For product and ordering information or to download a demo, visit http://www.audiofile-engineering.com/triumph/.

NAMM 2015
Developer/Co-Founder Matthew Foust will be at the NAMM show in Anaheim, California, January 22-24. Contact matthew@audiofile-engineering.com or Dot Bustelo (dot@audiofile-engineering.com) to schedule a meeting.

About Audiofile
Audiofile is a boutique technology company building apps that power the world’s musicians and audio engineers. Founded by Ev Olcott and Matthew Foust in 2003, Audiofile is among the most innovative and experienced audio software developers for OS X and the iOS with a long history of industry firsts to their name. Learn more about Audiofile’s entire range of music apps at www.audiofile-engineering.com, www.facebook.com/audiofileeng and on Twitter: @weareaudiofile.

Sound Devices 970 Earns Nomination for 51st Annual Cinema Audio Society Technical Achievement Award

REEDSBURG, WI— Sound Devices, specialists in audio and video products for broadcast and film production, is pleased to announce that its 970 64-track Dante- and MADI-equipped multi-track audio recorder has been nominated for a Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Technical Achievement Award in the Production category.

“We are grateful that such a prestigious industry organization has chosen to acknowledge us once again with a nomination for a CAS Technical Achievement Award,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “We continually look to advance our technology in order to better serve the art and science of sound in the motion picture and television industry. We couldn’t be happier that the 970, our first-ever dedicated rack-mount audio solution, is being recognized for doing so.”Sound Devices 970 - front panel

Sound Devices’ 970 records 64 channels of monophonic or polyphonic 24-bit WAV files from any of its 144 available inputs, including 64 channels of Ethernet-based Dante, 64 channels of optical or coaxial MADI, eight channels of line-level analog and eight channels of AES digital. The half-rack, 2-U device simplifies any application requiring high-quality high-track-count audio recording, such as drama and reality productions, and live concert recording. The 970 records to any of four attached drives, two front-panel drive bays and two rear-panel e-SATA-connected drives. Material can be recorded to multiple drives simultaneously or sequentially. With its built-in, rock-steady Ambient Recording Lockit time-code technology, the 970 is well-suited to operate as a master clock.

The 970 also features an embedded Web-based control panel for machine transport and setup control over Ethernet-based networks as well as file transfer over the data network with SMB. Users can perform file metadata editing of scene name, take name, notes, track names and reel folders before, during and after recording across all drives. In addition to RS-422 and GPIO control, the unit also allows for format conversion between analog, AES digital, MADI and Dante. Sound Devices’ 970 is designed with a large five-inch screen for metering of up to 64 tracks and for fast and intuitive menu control.Sound Devices 970 - back panel

Additionally, Sound Devices 970 features the company’s proprietary PowerSafe™ technology, which has a built-in 10-second power reserve. In the event of a power loss, the unit continues to operate for up to 10 seconds to safely stop any file operation and then shuts down. This ensures that a complete power loss has no effect on the recording. The 970 also features FileSafe, which automatically detects and repairs corrupted file headers when drives are mounted. Should this occur when a drive is inadvertently removed during recording, the user can simply reinsert the drive and FileSafe will automatically repair the files.
The Cinema Audio Society was formed in 1964 to recognize outstanding sound mixing in film and television as well as technical achievement in production and post production. A blue-ribbon panel of CAS Members determined the nominees for the 51st Annual Cinema Audio Society Technical Achievement Awards. Winners will be announced February 14 during the CAS Awards ceremony at the Millennium Biltmore in Los Angeles.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Video Devices is a brand of Sound Devices for their digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events, and mobile production.

Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, Wisconsin. For more information, visit the Sound Devices and Video Devices websites: www.sounddevices.com and www.videodevices.com.

Audient Breaks New Ground At NAMM 2015

Anaheim, California – Seventeen years since its inception, British audio equipment manufacturer Audient brings exciting new products, a fresh, dynamic team, a progressive new owner and a new distribution partner to the United States.

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No stranger to NAMM, Audient comes to this year’s show having picked up its third TEC-Award nomination, this time for the eight-channel mic pre, ASP880. Another recipient of much acclaim is the feature-packed USB AD/DA interface and monitoring system, iD22 which visitors to the show should be able to get a look at.

It all started with the large format ASP8024 analogue console designed by David Dearden, who himself lays claim to a sound electronics design experience second to none. He’s spent over 40 years working with consoles, headed up DDA, co-founded Audient, and also had the incredible experience of helping build the custom console used for John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ album.

“Every Audient product with a mic pre – including the latest releases, ASP880 and iD22 – incorporates the original Dearden-designed console preamps,” explains Chief Technical Officer, Tom Waterman taking pride in driving Audient’s engineering in new directions, whilst staying true to the company’s heritage. “Indeed Audient is the only company whose renowned mic pre design features throughout the whole range. It is testament to the design of the flagship analogue console, ASP8024 that it is still manufactured today and that there are more than 1,000 in daily use worldwide.”

ASP8024 is a top choice for schools as well as studios across the United States. Renowned creative institute Full Sail University packs a staggering 12 desks into a single teaching space; NYU Steinhardt and University of Central Oklahoma both possess one and Women’s Audio Mission has just taken delivery of its first 48 channel Audient.

Industry heavyweight Simon Blackwood is at now at Audient’s helm and has a proven track record for pro audio business development – past successes including Focusrite, Novation and founding Spirit.
A year after taking the reins he is very pleased with the brand’s progress, stating: “There was significant growth in our business in 2014 and our focus for 2015 is the US market”. Most recently he has utilised his close connections with industry manufacturing to help source new technology and better component pricing, which has led to the significant reduction in the price of iD22.

Together with Tom’s vision for exciting new products, Simon promises to propel Audient forward into the new year. “We have plenty of scope for further development over the next 12 months, and great energy from our team based in southern England. Setting up new distribution agreements in the States and across the globe is just the start of it.”

To bring this new direction to the USA, Audient has signed on a new distribution partner in Momentum Audio Sales. Founded by audio industry veteran John Devins on his experience in leading sales efforts for Steinberg, Cerwin-Vega, Focusrite/Novation, AKG, and JBL, Momentum Audio Sales is the perfect fit for Audient to expand their offerings in the US market. Devins will tap established dealer and sales rep networks in the US and is looking forward to a year of growth in 2015.

Belar Electronics Reorganizes, Relocates to Drive Future Innovation in Modulation Monitoring

New management structure, headquarters lay foundation for company growth heading into the 2015 NAB Show

West Chester, PA, January 20, 2015
Belar Electronics has set the stage for future growth and innovation in modulation monitoring with a new management structure as the company settles into its new Philadelphia-area headquarters. With its more than 50-year reputation for quality, reliability and precision cemented, Belar’s reorganization signals a shift in strategy to meet the dynamically changing needs of the radio broadcaster heading into the 2015 NAB Show (April 13-16, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth #C2452).

With founder and industry visionary Arno Meyer now retired, Mark Grant steps in as CEO of Belar Electronics, managing all decisions surrounding company vision and direction. Erich Meyer assumes the role of COO, responsible for day-to-day plant operations across manufacturing and supply chain. Under Erich Meyer’s direction, the company will continue to centralize all production at its new West Chester, Pennsylvania headquarters, and manufacture 100 percent of its products in the USA. Erich Barchi will continue in his role as manager of global sales and customer relations, overseeing strategy for direct and channel sales worldwide.

Mark Grant, COO

Mark Grant, COO

Erich Meyer, COO

Erich Meyer, COO

Erich Barchi, Manager, Sales and Customer Service

Erich Barchi, Manager, Sales and Customer Service

To support global sales and service augmentations, Belar will build on its distinguished legacy as a trusted technology innovator through new software-defined test and monitoring applications. In addition to improving operational efficiencies for the end user, these enhancements, notably IP connectivity and FM/HD Radio time-alignment, will bring renewed focus to the value of the modulation monitor for the radio broadcaster.

“The modulation monitor remains the pre-eminent tool to help broadcasters accurately monitor on-air levels, calibrate equipment and remain in FCC compliance, and there is a strong value proposition around improved market-wide performance for broadcasters that make the investment in this gear,” said Mark Grant, CEO, Belar. “While the audio processor, exciter and other air chain components ideally amplify sound quality, broadcasters cannot take full advantage of their modulation thresholds without an accurate modulation monitor. Belar’s focus on delivering top-of-the-line, precision-oriented test instruments remains our core strategy, for the purpose of helping broadcasters troubleshoot performance issues in the air chain and maximize their broadcast signals. And moving forward, Belar intends to build on these principles with exciting new innovations that elevate the role of the modulation monitor.”

At NAB, Belar will reiterate its leadership in traditional AM and FM modulation monitoring, while highlighting new software-defined features that enhance remote connectivity for off-site signal monitoring; and improve time-alignment between FM and HD Radio signals. While the former will focus on the convenience of remote monitoring across all signal parameters and alarm conditions via IP connectivity, the latter will highlight how the modulation monitor can noticeably improve the listener experience, including the elimination of signal echo as FM and HD Radio signals blend.

“Belar has continually worked to ensure superior performance and reliability across the product line, including the use of digital signal processing to eliminate signal drifts, offsets and other signal quality hindrances for robust, stable and repeatable signal performance that remains in calibration,” said Grant. “We’ve eliminated unnecessary adjustments, minimized conversions and consolidated previously separate monitoring applications into a single box to make modulation monitoring a more user-friendly, operationally efficient and valuable process for broadcasters. We look forward to unveiling our next generation of enhancements at NAB.”

Belar Electronics’ new headquarters is located at 1140 McDermott Drive, Suite 105 in West Chester, PA 19380.

About Belar Electronics
Founded in 1964, Belar Electronics Laboratory, Inc. is the world’s leading manufacturer of modulation monitors. Used by radio and TV stations globally to monitor broadcast signals, Belar products are world-renowned for accuracy and reliability. These benefits are also recognized worldwide by manufacturers of transmitters and audio processors, which regularly rely on Belar monitors as test instruments to ensure their products meet specifications. Contact Belar at (610)-687-5550 or visit them on the web at http://www.belar.com.

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iZ RADAR STUDIO: RADAR and Pro Tools in One Box

Track and mix with a single, integrated, best-in-class audio appliance

New Westminster, BC – iZ Technology Corporation announces RADAR studio (patent pending), the culmination of 25 years of audio engineering excellence. In addition to its best-in-class sonics, unparalleled build quality, and brilliant simplicity, RADAR studio now runs DAW software, natively. Shipping with Pro Tools* and Harrison Mixbus, RADAR studio creates an entirely new category of digital audio recording technology: the integrated audio appliance.

“Recording is a daunting task. Music producers must research and choose computers, software, audio and sync interfaces, hard drives, and unwieldy digital interface cabling and integrate them all into their studio,” says Barry Henderson, President of iZ Technology Corporation. “RADAR studio is a turnkey solution that makes recording as easy as turning on the power and hitting the record button. The best hardware and your favorite software now seamlessly work together in one box to deliver the highest sound quality. Easy.”

RADAR systems are the premier choice for multi-track recording and playback in some of the finest recording studios, scoring stages, theatres, and post-production houses around the world. Legendary musicians and producers record on RADAR because of its cutting-edge technology, rock-solid reliability, customization capability and, of course, the sound quality it delivers. Now, music producers can run their favorite DAW software and plug-ins inside RADAR studio for the best of both worlds.

RADAR studio Key Features:

Breathtaking Sound – near-zero jitter, pristine signal path and the latest converter technology
Runs Pro Tools – track, mix and automate, using all plug-ins and features of native DAW software
Simplicity – just arm tracks and hit record. Focus on the music
Workflow – integrate iZ Session Controller and MeterBridge for a traditional studio feel
Customizable – configurable I/O, drive bays, external media, DSP cards, and peripherals
Reliability – rock-solid, time tested performance; avoid endless techno-tweaking and mid-session reboots
World-renowned Support – comes with 10 years of free customer support.

iZ Technology Corporation will debut RADAR studio at the annual NAMM Show in Anaheim, California on January 22 in HALL A, booth 6890 and host appearances and Q&A with the following:

Alex Krispin (Engineer for Daniel Lanois) – Thursday, 1/22 at 11am & 2pm.
Nick Peck (Head Editor for Disney Worldwide Publishing) – Friday, 1/23 at 11am & 2pm.
Tony Shepperd (Recording Engineer/Mixer/Producer) – Saturday, 1/24 at 11am & 2pm.

Pricing & Availability:
RADAR studio is available now at an introductory price of $4,995 for a limited time. Pro Tools HD 11 is pre-installed (*user provides license key). Visit www.izcorp.com for product and ordering information.

About iZ Technology Corporation:
iZ Technology Corporation, a Canadian owned and operated company, has been developing visionary music and audio products for 25 years. Their renowned RADAR line of multi-track audio recorders and the unparalleled ADA A/D & D/A audio converters have helped thousands of customers realize their goals by delivering excellence and innovation in recording products of the highest quality. iZ is known for their uncompromising commitment to sound quality, rock solid reliability, extreme ease of use, and outstanding technical support.

Powersoft Audio Plays Key Role in AV Integration at Hope Lutheran Church, Delivering Increased Efficiency, Intelligibility

Excel AV Group Completes Design and Installation for 1,200-Capacity Church in North Dakota’s Largest City

stageFargo, ND, January 15, 2015: Hope Lutheran Church began its ministry on the north side of Fargo, North Dakota’s largest city, back in 1958. Since then, the church has succeeded in carrying its message to a diverse set of people from all walks of life, and now hosts approximately 2,600 congregants per week. Recently, Minneapolis, MN—based Excel AV Group (http://www.excelavgroup.com) assisted the church in completing a multi-faceted A/V installation in the 1,200 capacity sanctuary of its South campus, featuring state of the art amplification from audio manufacturer Powersoft.

The new AV system, which is part of a broader construction upgrade that was completed in mid-October, is a significant upgrade to the facility’s previous system, which was aging and no longer able to fulfil the church’s innovative programming requirements. When the original system was acquired in the early nineties, content consisted primarily of organ, choir and spoken word. Now, as the church pursues a more contemporary programming path, music can range from traditional to more progressive — therefore the system must now accommodate increased SPL and frequency range.

A New Audio System to Meet New Programming Demands:
boardThe new installation not only needed to ensure that everyone could hear the pastor clearly, but also had to support dramatic performances, video content as well as live modern music performances. “The old system did not have enough SPL output, the audio quality was poor, and the coverage was spotty throughout the sanctuary. They needed a system that could deliver even coverage to all seating locations — not just in terms of SPL, but also tonality, which is more difficult.” explained Caleb Dick, System Designer, Excel AV Group.

Hope Lutheran’s Technical Director contacted Excel AV Group two years ago, which counts House of Worship-related projects as approximately 80 percent of its overall business. The firm was brought on to design and implement the new audio system, as well as update the sanctuary’s lighting system while adding a 16-foot wide LED wall — replacing an older projection-based system. The new audio system featured a Powersoft K10 DSP powering the subwoofer (a Danley DBH218 bass horn enclosure), (2) Powersoft Duecanali 3904s powering the main loudspeakers (both Danley SH96 three-way horn loudspeakers) and a Powersoft Duecanali 5204 powering the balcony speakers (two Danley SM60F and one SH95HO three way horn loudspeakers.). The system also features a Midas DL251/X32 digital mixing console and Symetrix DSP, which was chosen for its networking capabilities.

speakerThe church wanted this project to involve top manufacturers, so the system is based around Powersoft for the amplifiers, Danley for the speakers, Midas for the mixing console and Sennheiser for the wireless system. Powersoft amplifiers were chosen for their outstanding sound quality, low current draw and their ability to deliver the high power requirements of the system. Following a thorough acoustic assessment, it was concluded that the main speakers required 2,800 watts at 8 ohms. “That is a lot of power, and it narrowed the options down among the choice of manufacturers. We ended up selecting the Powersoft Duecanali since we wanted to use the best technology available at the time.” Excel was able to have the whole system sequenced and running off of multiple 20-amp circuits. “We didn’t have to change to 240 volts and this made it very simple. The current draw was very low overall thanks to the efficiency of the Powersoft amplifiers.” Caleb explains.

Enhancing Parishioners Audio Experience:
Since a good part of the sanctuary’s interior is composed of hardwood, the room already had pleasing acoustics. To retain its inherent ‘live feel’ without energizing the ceiling and wall, speakers with excellent pattern control were used to avoid extraneous reflections. Excel cites the precise pattern control of the Danley loudspeakers as an important factor in achieving a favorable acoustic response, and also controlling gain before feedback issues. Speakers were hung from large beams spanning the entire width of the sanctuary, and subsequently angled in various positions to ensure audio coverage for virtually every seat in the facility.

HopeLutheranRackThe system design consisted exploded mono with three different zones: a floor zone for the main speakers, a balcony consisting of three speakers (and also where FOH was located), and under the balcony, which required six speakers given its short ceiling height and deep seating area. All of these speakers were time aligned to the main system; one of Excel’s primary goals was able to ensure single time arrival for every seat in each zone — including the FOH position in the balcony, which they ultimately achieved.

The church needed the system to reach 103 dBA with 15 dB of headroom. Based on the system design, as well as the SPL plots and modelling software analysis, Excel knew the intelligibility of the system was going to be extremely high because they had one time arrival everywhere. Thanks in large part to the Powersoft K10 DSP and damping factor compensation, the bass extension was almost 30 Hz and the SPL for low frequencies was higher than the church will ever use. In a nutshell, every single one of both Excel’s and the church’s goals was met.

Delivering More Than Good Frequency Response:
According to everyone at Excel, choosing the right amplifier choice can play a determining factor in delivering a premium audio experience, as in this case: Excel has used Powersoft a number of times over the last five years. When it comes to sound quality, there is something about how Powersoft amps can deliver high levels of power really fast. For example, the subwoofer impact is consistently hard, even if the electrical service into the amp fades a bit. On the other speakers, the response from the mids and the highs are really accurate as well. The Powersoft amps produce an authentic, present sound. “It doesn’t feel like you are rounding off the transients like some older amps.”

Duecanali_3904“A lot of people think of sound quality in terms of frequency response, and a lot of that is true to an extent,” he continues. “In most amplifiers, except for the cheap ones, frequency response is almost flat. The biggest difference among amplifiers for sound quality — assuming the frequency response is good — is in the impulse and phase response. This is where Powersoft amplifiers perform very well. The sound starts and stops exactly when it is supposed to.”

The installation, which began in early July 2014 and completed by month’s end, was a rousing success. The church loves it, it was a significant upgrade and everyone is very pleased. From a technical perspective, Excel had high expectations from the start and knew everything would come out right, as they had a lot of experience with Powersoft and everything performed extremely well.

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) Hope Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND recently completed a multi-faceted A/V installation in the 1,200 capacity sanctuary of its South campus, featuring state of the art amplification from audio manufacturer Powersoft.

2) The church’s new audio system includes several Powersoft K and Duecanali series amplifiers.

3) One of the Danley loudspeakers hanging in the main sanctuary area.

4) The Excel AV Group rack, which consists of a Powersoft K10, (2) Powersoft Duecanali 3904s and (1) Powersoft Duecanali 5204.

5) Two Powersoft Duecanali 3904s power the main sanctuary loudspeakers.

The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Announces 2014-2015 Steering Committee

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Santa Monica, Calif. — The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® has announced its 2014-2015 Steering Committee, the leadership group of the P&E Wing, which researches and recommends solutions for technical, creative and economic issues facing today’s music production professionals. The newly seated Committee, consisting of a diverse array of music engineers, producers and audio professionals, will build upon the significant legacy established by prior Steering Committees and work to identify and evaluate key issues confronting music production professionals, with the goal of finding meaningful solutions and suggestions for the industry moving forward.

The P&E Wing 2014–2015 Steering Committee includes the following music industry professionals: Chuck Ainlay, Carlos Alvarez, Eric Boulanger, Mike Clink, Scott Jacoby, Glenn Lorbecki, Bob Ludwig, Harvey Mason Jr., Ann Mincieli and Phil Nicolo. Mike Clink and Chuck Ainlay will retain their positions as Co-Chairs, leading the committee as the P&E Wing continues to advocate for excellence in sound recording, audio technologies, education in the recording arts, and the rights of music creators overall.

“The role of the Steering Committee is to set our agenda for each year by identifying and prioritizing the initiatives that matter most to our members,” states Maureen Droney, Managing Director of the P&E Wing. “With this group of accomplished individuals we have a collective that encompasses the wide-ranging experience and diverse perspectives that will help us address those initiatives within the changing landscape of the recording industry.”

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Photo Caption: Pictured L-R: (L-R) Scott Jacoby, Phil Nicolo, Glenn Lorbecki, Eric Boulanger, Mike Clink (Steering Committee Co-Chair), Bob Ludwig, Maureen Droney (Managing Director P&E Wing), Carlos Alvarez, Ann Mincieli, and Chuck Ainlay (Steering Committee Co-Chair). Not pictured: Harvey Mason Jr. Photo courtesy of The Recording Academy®. © 2014.

The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Announces Title Sponsors for GRAMMY® Week Celebration Honoring Nile Rodgers

Partners Pledge Their Support for Annual Celebration Highlighting Sound Quality and Honoring Rodgers’ Career

Santa Monica, Calif. — A group of Title Sponsors has been announced for the eighth annual GRAMMY® Week event hosted by The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®, this year honoring three-time GRAMMY winner Nile Rodgers for his commitment to excellence and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music.

The list of Title Sponsors currently includes AVID, BMI, DTS, ELS Studio Premium Audio® – Powered by Panasonic, HARMAN Professional brands AKG®, dbx®, JBL® Professional and Lexicon®, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, Louisiana Entertainment, Music Marketing, PMC Ltd. and Shure.

Industry luminaries Michael Ostin and Cameron Strang will serve as honorary co-chairs for the event, to be held on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles. GRAMMY Week culminates with the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards®on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, airing live on the CBS Television Network, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. For updates and breaking news, please visit www.grammy.com, and The Recording Academy®’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook.

“Not only is this annual event a highlight of the P&E Wing’s yearly itinerary but it also officially kicks off the beginning of GRAMMY Week,” said Maureen Droney, P&E Wing Managing Director. “This year’s multi-talented honoree Nile Rodgers is legendary as a performer, a producer and an advocate for sound quality and music professionals, and we are extremely excited to celebrate his career at our signature event. To that, we’d like to recognize our Title Sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible and we are enormously grateful for their support in helping us to host this special evening.”

As the Producers & Engineers Wing 2015 honoree, Rodgers joins an impressive list of past honorees: Chris Blackwell; T Bone Burnett; Tom Dowd; Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun; Jimmy Iovine; Quincy Jones; Arif Mardin; Al Schmitt; Jerry Wexler; and Neil Young.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like “The GRAMMYs” on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs’ social communities on Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube.

Currently more than 6,000 professionals comprise The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, which was established for producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals in the recording field. This organized voice for the recording community addresses issues that affect the craft of recorded music, including the development and implementation of new technologies, technical guidelines and recommendations, and archiving and preservation initiatives. For more information, please visit www.producersandengineers.com.

Chandler Limited TG2-500 Pre Amp Giveaway Winner Announced

Chandler Limited TG2-500 Pre Amp Giveaway Winner AnnouncedShell Rock IA – January 2015…

All of us at Chandler Limited would like to thank everyone who participated in the TG2-500 Pre Amp giveaway promotion; your support makes all of this possible.

This was a special moment for Chandler Limited, celebrating the NAMM TEC Awards nomination of the TG2-500 microphone pre-amp from our esteemed Abbey Road Studios product line. The response to the giveaway promotion was heartfelt, and there will be another one in the near future, so stay tuned to our ‘Featured Artist’ newsletter, and other media.

We value our users and will continue to produce exceptional tools for professional recording engineers, musicians, and enthusiasts and continue to provide stellar customer support.

The very lucky winner of TG2-500 Pre Amp serial No. 1 is announced in this video.

The next giveaway…

Anyone who shares a Chandler Limited product page (of your choosing) from the Chandler Limited website on Facebook, and or Twitter between now and the next giveaway announcement, will receive an additional entry chance. Comment on the Chandler Limited Facebook page to let us know. To participate in the next giveaway, you’ll have to complete the tasks it specifically requires too.

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