EASTWEST Launches Educational Program

Industry Leader Launches Aggressive Educational Program for Budding Composers and Music Professionals

Hollywood, CA (April 2, 2014) – EASTWEST has been the market leader in virtual instruments and sound libraries for the past 25 years and their products have been used by leading composers for countless scores in blockbuster movies, video games, TV shows, and music production. Hollywood’s elite composers like Danny Elfman, James Newton Howard, David Newmann, JJ Abrams, and more, rely on EASTWEST/Quantum Leap instruments for their realism, depth and accessibility in scoring today’s biggest films, while musicians look for the same quality in their own productions. A high percentage of the music produced for all media today is produced using EASTWEST/Quantum Leap Virtual Instruments.

Musical instrument collections of this caliber come at a price that reflects their quality. They are often unattainable for the next generation but in order to compete with the world’s top composers, today’s young musicians need the same composing tools. For this reason, EASTWEST is launching an educational program with special pricing for active students and educators, starting with the Complete Composers Collection 2. This bundle, already discounted 70%, is now available for students at an additional 50% off. Qualifying students and music educators can choose any 7 or more collections from a total of 20, including:

Hollywood Strings Gold
Hollywood Brass Gold
Hollywood Orchestral Woodwinds Gold
Ministry of Rock 2
The Dark Side
Solo Violin
Spaces
Fab Four
Goliath
Gypsy
Ministry of Rock
Pianos Gold
Ra
Silk
Stormdrum 2
Stormdrum 2 Pro Bundle
Symphonic Choirs Platinum Bundle
Symphonic Choirs Platinum
Symphonic Orchestra Gold
Voices of Passion
If students were to choose the default set with the first 7 collections listed above, they would pay only $399.50 for this selection while the combined retail value of the individual collections is $2,685. The educational price represents an 85% savings! Students may customize their CCC2EDU by choosing any 7 or more of the 20 collections listed. While customization may change the CCC2EDU price, the discount will be at 85% off, regardless of which and how many products are selected.

Pricing & Availability
All of these EASTWEST collections are available for download athttp://www.soundsonline.com/Educational-Program. The price varies depending on the products selected and will be discounted by 85% off MSRP. The CCC2EDU may also be ordered pre-installed on a USB3 Pocket HD for an additional $99.
iLok is required. First time customers may purchase an iLok for 50% off: $20.

This limited time offer is valid for active students and educators enrolled in an accredited educational facility. Educational pricing for EASTWEST products is available exclusively at http://www.soundsonline.com/Educational-Program. EDU discounts of 50% on single collections will be available here as well throughout the year.

About EASTWEST
EASTWEST (www.soundsonline.com) has been dedicated to perpetual innovation and uncompromising quality of Sample Libraries and Virtual Instruments for 25 years, setting the industry standard as the most critically acclaimed soundware developer. More about EASTWEST at soundsonline.com and soundsonline-europe.com.

Sound Devices Hosts Lineup of Renowned Industry Professionals at Its Booth During NAB 2014

Hear from the Pros as They Discuss Today’s World of Audio and Video Production

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 4, 2014 – Sound Devices, specialists in audio and video products for production, will host several presentations from leading industry professionals at its booth throughout the 2014 NAB Show (Booth C2546).

“Sound Devices is thrilled to welcome Alex Lindsay, Eliot Mack, Dave Ruddick and Drew Taylor to provide their expert insight and experience in various aspects of audio and video production,” says Paul Isaacs, vice president of marketing for Sound Devices. “I encourage all of those in attendance at NAB to come be a part of these informative sessions.”

These leading industry influencers will share their first-hand production experience with multimedia workflows, extreme location audio and video capture, and other challenging scenarios, providing their insights into the real world of production from both the audio and video perspective. The NAB seminar lineup includes:

Monday, April 7, 2014 – 2:00 p.m.
Alex Lindsay – Founder, Pixel Corp.

Alex Lindsay has been working in computer graphics and video production for over 25 years. Starting in programming and computer aided drafting, Lindsay has worked in radio, print, games, interactive, broadcast and film. He spent three years working at Lucasfilm and Industrial Light and Magic on Star Wars: Episode 1 before starting his own companies, dvGarage, which builds tools for the visual effects community, and Pixel Corps, a world leader in live interactive streaming events — producing over 300 events per year around the world. Lindsay will discuss the audio and video challenges of multi-site live stream productions.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 – 2:00 p.m.
Eliot Mack – CEO, Lightcraft Technology

Lightcraft Technology was founded in 2004 by mechanical engineer and MIT/University of Michigan graduate Eliot Mack. Mack has worked at Walt Disney Imagineering, where he led the mechanical engineering effort on the iRobot Roomba before applying his skills and dedication to the development of the Previzion virtual studio system. In this presentation, he will walk through the details and benefits of how Lightcraft’s Previzion virtual studio system embeds tracking data into Apple ProRes Quicktime files captured by the Sound Devices PIX 240i, which can then be transferred into traditional post-production tools or played back in real time from the PIX 240i into Previzion.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 – 4:00 p.m.
Dave Ruddick – Location Sound Mixer

Dave Ruddick records audio in some of the most beautiful, treacherous and remote locations in the world. An accomplished mountain climber and outdoorsman, Ruddick is in demand when the conditions are the most challenging, including productions taking place on the summit of Mount Everest, following the Iditarod in Alaska and scaling glaciers in Greenland. His customers include National Geographic, Discovery Channel, PBS Nova, WGBH Boston, History Channel and Skywalker Sound. Dave will discuss the challenges of audio production in extreme locations, far from mains, technical support and hot showers.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.
Drew Taylor – Business Development, HRS Control

HRS Control is a four-year-old company with a deep background in corporate rental, staging, live event production and concert touring that has also expanded into broadcast and commercial system integration. The company develops its own products for AV system control. Taylor will talk about how HRS Control products control and automate the PIX 260i, taking advantage of the frame synchronous playback and record.

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. Founded in 1998, the 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.

Guitar Center Announces Improved Capital Structure, Now Poised to Accelerate Growth

Announcement Highlights:

Guitar Center improves capital structure through debt-to-equity exchange between Bain Capital & new partner Ares Management
Transactions reduce debt by approximately $500 million and reduces annual cash interest expense by over $70 million
Guitar Center now positioned to make substantial investments in people, stores and products to scale operations in 2014 and beyond

Guitar Center, the world’s largest retailer of musical instruments and recording equipment, today announced the successful completion of financial transactions that greatly improve the company’s financial position. As a result of these transactions, Guitar Center’s total debt has been reduced by approximately $500 million and annual cash interest expense has been reduced by over $70 million. The improved financial position of the company will enable Guitar Center’s management team to further invest in its people, store base and brands to accelerate growth.

As part of the transactions, affiliates of the Private Equity Group of Ares Management exchanged a portion of their holdings of Guitar Center’s debt into preferred stock and assumed a controlling interest in the company. Affiliates of Bain Capital retained partial ownership of the company, along with representation on the Board of Directors.

Concurrently with the partial debt-to-equity exchange, Guitar Center completed a refinancing of its remaining indebtedness with proceeds from new senior secured notes, senior unsecured notes, and a new revolving credit facility. Aside from carrying a lower interest burden, the company’s new debt structure provides for substantially more flexibility and improved credit terms over the next five years.

“This new capital structure is the culmination of a lot of hard work over the last year. Further, it marks a significant moment for Guitar Center as we strengthen our company and welcome Ares Management and its retail expertise alongside that of Bain Capital. We now have the necessary resources to expand our footprint and to invest in our people, stores and product assortment. Guitar Center is well positioned to expand our multi-channel offering nationally and to significantly accelerate growth through new services and a strong focus on improving our customer experience. We believe that 2014 is going to be a landmark year of exciting change for Guitar Center and our valued vendor partners.” – Mike Pratt – CEO, Guitar Center

“These transactions significantly enhance Guitar Center’s financial position. On a cash flow basis, we expect to save more than $70 million a year in cash interest expense. In addition, the removal of the restrictive term loan covenant and extension of the maturity dates of our facilities provides us with financial flexibility to execute our strategic plan and to grow the business.” – Tim Martin, Chief Financial Officer, Guitar Center

Proskauer Rose LLP acted as legal advisor to Ares. Kirkland & Ellis LLP acted as legal advisor to Bain Capital and to Guitar Center. BofA Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank Securities, J.P. Morgan and RBC Capital Markets acted as joint bookrunners on the new Secured and Unsecured Notes. Wells Fargo Capital Finance and Bank of America Merrill Lynch acted as joint lead arrangers on the new revolving credit facility.

About Guitar Center

Guitar Center is the largest retailer of musical instruments and related products. We operate Guitar Center and Music & Arts retail stores across the United States. We also are the largest direct response retailer of musical instruments and related products through our subsidiaries Musician’s Friend, Inc., Music123, Inc., Woodwind & Brasswind, Inc., and their catalogs and websites. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Guitar Center’s historic first-steps to helping people make music. Guitar Center is all about enabling musicians and non-musicians alike to experience the almost indescribable joy that comes from playing an instrument. All we sell is the greatest feeling on earth.

About Ares Management

Ares Management LLC is a leading global alternative asset manager with approximately $74 billion of assets under management and approximately 700 employees in over 15 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Ares Management’s Private Equity Group has approximately $10 billion of assets under management, targeting investments in high-quality franchises across multiple industries, including current retail and consumer investments in 99¢ Only Stores LLC, Floor and Decor Outlets of America, Inc., National Bedding Company LLC (Serta), The Neiman Marcus Group LLC, Simmons Bedding Company and Smart & Final Holdings, Inc. For more information visit: www.aresmgmt.com

About Bain Capital Private Equity

Founded in 1984, Bain Capital one of the world’s foremost privately-held alternative investment firms, with more than $70 billion of assets under management. With deep experience investing in and building businesses around the world, the firm has made private equity, growth, and venture capital investments in more than 450 companies, across a variety of industries including consumer/retail, financial services and institutions, healthcare, industrials, and technology, media and telecommunications. Bain Capital has offices in Boston, New York, Chicago, Palo Alto, London, Munich, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Mumbai and Sydney. For more information please visit http://www.baincapitalprivateequity.com/.

For more information about Guitar Center, please visit http://gc.guitarcenter.com/pressroom/

Audiofile Releases Triumph 2.3

Major update to professional audio editor and post-production tool includes integration of Final Cut Pro X technologies

Minneapolis – April 2, 2014 Audiofile, a leading music technology company, today announced the latest major update to Triumph, their acclaimed audio editor and post-production tool for Mac.

Currently featured as a “Best New App” and “Great App for Final Cut Pro” on the Mac App Store, Triumph 2.3 now supports Final Cut Pro X XML import and export complete with video preview, placing it among the App Store’s most powerful audio editors for sound designers, video editors and filmmakers. 

Triumph_Screenshot

“Triumph 2.3 represents a significant step forward for Final Cut Pro X integration,” according to Matthew Foust, Audiofile Managing Partner and co-founder. “With this release we’ve made it even easier for filmmakers the world over to create sound for their films that is as beautiful and polished as the their visuals.” 

In addition to bridging the gap between sound design and Final Cut Pro X, Triumph 2.3 introduces iCloud support, adding to its already rich list integrated Mac technologies. With the inclusion of iCloud support, users are now able to share Triumph projects across all of their personal or studio machines and iOS devices.

“Support for the latest Apple technologies isn’t just a box we check,” says Ev Olcott, Senior Software Architect and co-founder. “Apple technology—from iCloud to Applescript and nearly everything in between—is quite literally at the core of what we do and it has been since the beginning.”

Triumph_Tools

Triumph has been completely rebranded when Creative Director Joseph Kuefler joined the Audiofile team.

Triumph 2.3 is only the latest in a planned roadmap of major updates, all in an effort to further distinguishes it as the flagship Audiofile app for Mac.

For more information about Triumph, visit http://www.audiofile-engineering.com/triumph/ 

 

About Audiofile
Audiofile is a boutique technology company building apps that power the worlds musicians and audio engineers. Founded by Ev Olcott and Matthew Foust in 2004, Audiofile is among the most innovative and experienced audio software developers for Mac OS X and the iPhone with a long history of industry-firsts to their name.

Learn more about Audiofile’s entire range of music apps for Mac and iOS at www.audiofile-engineering.com, www.facebook.com/audiofileeng and on Twitter, @weareaudiofile.

Sound Devices Introduces the ‘970’ Its First Dedicated Rack-Mounted Audio Solution at the 2014 NAB Show

64-Track Dante and MADI-Equipped Multi-Track Audio Recorder Makes Industry Debut

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 2, 2014 – Sound Devices, specialists in audio and video products for production, introduces 970, its first-ever dedicated audio-only rack-mounted solution, which boasts an impressive 64 channels of Dante and MADI, at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth C2546). The half-rack, 2U device simplifies any application requiring high-quality, high-track-count audio recording, including drama and reality production, and live concert recording.

Sound Devices’ 970 records 64 channels of monophonic or polyphonic 24-bit WAV files from any of its 144 available inputs. Inputs available include 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 970 is a powerful tool for professionals who require a significant number of audio channels. Any input can be assigned to any track. In addition, 32-track recording at 96 kHz is supported.

The 970 records to any of four attached drives, which include two front-panel drive bays and two rear-panel e-SATA connected drives. Material can be recorded to multiple drives simultaneously or sequentially. This eliminates time-consuming post-record copying and allows for continuous long-form, high-track count recordings.

With its built-in, rock-steady Ambient Recording Lockit time-code technology, the 970 is well-suited to operate as a master clock. It can also slave or be jammed to any other time-code source. All common production time-code rates and modes are supported. The 970 also supports word clock synchronization from external word clock, video sync, MADI or AES. To simplify the connection of multiple digital inputs, SRCs are available for all MADI, Dante or AES inputs.

The Sound Devices 970 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. File metadata editing of scene name, take name, notes, track names, and reel folders can be done during, before 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. It also features the Sound Devices proprietary PowerSafe technology. PowerSafe circuitry has a built-in 10-second power reserve. In the event of power loss, the unit continues to operate for up to 10 seconds, then stops any file operation and shuts down. This ensures that a complete power loss has no effect on the recording.

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. Founded in 1998, the 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.

Sound Devices Expands Line of Video Recorders with Introduction of PIX 270i and 250i at NAB 2014

New Recorders Offer Extensive High-Quality Video, Audio and Networking Capabilities Addressing the Multiple Source Needs of Today’s Large-Scale Productions

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 2, 2014 – Sound Devices, specialists in audio and video products for production, introduces its latest PIX recorders, PIX 270i and PIX 250i, at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth C2546). PIX 270i and PIX 250i seamlessly replace tape- and disc-based video decks for a complete offering that addresses a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports and events, and mobile production.

The PIX 270i and PIX 250i recorders offer significant advantages and time-savings to production workflows, providing tapeless, file-based recording and playback with the ability to access and transfer high-quality files over Ethernet. The units record edit-ready Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD files and allow simultaneous multiple-drive recording, giving production staff peace of mind with their rock-solid redundancy and backup capabilities (four drives for PIX 270i and two drives for 250i). Their extensive audio capabilities, including 64 channels of both MADI audio and Dante audio-over-Ethernet for PIX 270i, and PIX 250i’s 16 tracks of audio, make each unit a comprehensive, cost-effective replacement for complex video servers and an effective tool for high-performance video production.

The PIX recorders offer 3G-SDI (12-bit, 4:4:4) and HDMI I/O, and can record at numerous data rates. Full RGB Apple ProRes 4444 (330 Mbps) and low data rate proxy files (36 Mbps) are available. Files are ready for import directly into popular editing environments, including Avid, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro, eliminating time-consuming transferring and transcoding.

Up to four drives, two SATA drives in PIX-CADDYs and two SATA-connected drives can be connected to the PIX 270i. All four drives can be recorded to simultaneously or sequentially for redundancy and long-form programs. For PIX 250i, up to two SATA drives in PIX-CADDYs can be connected to the easily accessed front-panel drive bays. In the same fashion, both drives can be recorded to simultaneously or sequentially. This redundancy in local, removable storage devices, coupled with standard, Ethernet-based file-transfer features, further reduces steps in the production workflow. Recording to multiple drives offers immediate file backup, eliminating time-consuming post-record copying. Gigabit Ethernet network ports enable remote access to recorded files and the ability to transfer these files quickly into a post-production environment.

Both products feature extensive network connectivity and can be connected over Ethernet for simultaneous grouped recording and playback, creating a cost-effective scalable solution that addresses the multi-camera recording needs of today’s production. Its built-in Web server, PIXNet offers browser-based transport and setup-menu control of any number of units. In addition, PIX 270i features built-in multiple unit synchronization, offering simultaneous, frame-accurate recording and playback, ideal for multi-camera production and live event multi-screen playback. Any number of units can be grouped and controlled as a single system from either the hardware or the built-in Web-based control panel. Frame accurate sync works with other PIX 260i and PIX 270i recorders. The PIX 250i can be grouped with other PIX 250i, PIX 260i and PIX 270i recorders. The PIX can also be controlled by external RS-422 (Sony 9-pin compatible) controllers as well as via its GPIO port.

The PIX 270i offers extensive audio capabilities, with 64 record tracks (32 tracks at 96k), eight channels of analog audio, eight channels of AES digital audio, 16 channels of embedded SDI audio, and 64 channels of both MADI (coaxial and optical) audio and Dante audio-over-Ethernet. The PIX 250i features eight channels of analog audio, eight channels of AES digital audio and 16 channels of embedded SDI audio, and supports up to 16 tracks of audio.

With its built-in Ambient Clockit time-code generator/reader with genlock output, the PIX line is designed for multiple-camera and double-system sound applications. In addition to generating ultra-stable time-code, time-code can be read from the SDI stream, the HDMI stream or external sources. PIX 270i and PIX 250i include a high-performance hardware scaler and frame-rate converter. Regardless of the incoming signal, PIX records the signal after up-, down- or cross-conversion at the same or different frame rate. Hardware-based 3:2 pull-down removal is also available. Its convenient 1/2-rack, 2-U chassis dimension allows it to be easily integrated into any existing environment. It is powered by 10-27 VDC through a four-pin XLR connector. The PIX 270i offers a secondary DC input for power supply redundancy.

The newest additions to the PIX line of products feature Sound Devices’ proprietary PowerSafe technology. PowerSafe circuitry has a built-in 10-second power reserve. In the event of power loss the unit continues to operate for up to 10 seconds, then stops any file operation and shuts down. This ensures that a complete power loss has no effect on the recording.

Both the PIX 270i and PIX 250i have precision five-inch IPS, 800- x 480-pixel displays for setup menu access and video monitoring. The high-accuracy display, with its peaking, false color and zoom functions, is perfect for framing, exposure and focus evaluation.

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, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the 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.

GatesAir AES-192 Solution Breaks New Ground in Signal Transport over IP for Radio Broadcasters

IP Link is industry’s first IP Audio codec to support AES-192 standard from studio to transmitter, adapting to all leading on-air processors

CINCINNATI, April 2, 2014GatesAir, a global leader in over-the-air broadcast solutions for television and radio, today announced a continuation of its legacy of innovation in over-the-air broadcasting with the industry’s first end-to-end, interoperable solution for transporting AES-192 signals over IP. The transformative solution, to be on display at the 2014 NAB Show (Las Vegas Convention Center, April 7-10, Booth N609) gives broadcasters the first truly reliable, cost-reducing way to move program audio — and all program-associated data — as a digital composite stereo signal, allowing a seamless migration from legacy analog connections.

“Broadcasters are interested in the higher quality audio signals that AES-192 transport can achieve, as it eliminates analog conversion processes that can degrade signals as they pass through the air chain,” said Rich Redmond, chief product officer GatesAir. “The GatesAir customer-first approach ensures that broadcasters will save a lot of money by requiring less conversion equipment, while maintaining the best possible signal integrity. We maximize opportunities for customers with the industry’s only solution to reliably carry a complete bit stream coming out of the on-air processor and packetizing it via IP, all while applying forward error correction and redundant streams.”

The complete solution utilizes the Intraplex® IP Link™ and Flexiva™ FAX exciter at its core, giving broadcasters a transformational end-to-end architecture to leverage next-generation digital signal transport techniques. The IP Link, regarded for its robust and feature-rich transport capabilities, is the first codec in the industry to support AES-192 transport over the network. IP Link uses all available networks to ensure audio and data reach their destination intact and without interruption, feeding AES-192 streams directly into the FAX exciter for over-the-air delivery. This eliminates additional processing stages at the transmitter site, allowing broadcasters to safely move those components back to the studio.

The GatesAir solution works across any of three leading on-air processor brands (Omnia, Orban and Wheatstone) and is equipped to deliver stereo composite baseband over AES-192. This flexibility ensures that broadcasters aren’t locked into using a specific solution, freeing them to use their preferred processing platform to maintain a high-quality digital signal across the entire transport chain.

The robust, reliable end-to-end connectivity of the entire solution means that broadcasters interested in using AES-192 to establish a high-quality digital link can safely rely on the IP network for transport. The high-speed nature of AES-192 transport — typically 4.5MB/s per stream — requires a robust solution to ensure successful delivery of these signals.

Visitors to 2014 NAB Show Booth N609 can see a complete, interoperable GatesAir AES-192 transport demonstration using the IP Link with Flexiva exciters and over-the-air transmitters.

About GatesAir

GatesAir, Inc. provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content. With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.

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RTW Debuts New Masterclass PlugIns Series at 2014 NAB Show

RTW Loudness Tools First in New Range of RTW Masterclass PlugIns

COLOGNE, 2 APRIL, 2014 – RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters and monitoring devices for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, is pleased to announce the debut of its Masterclass PlugIns range at the 2014 NAB Show (C1246). The new software provides the company’s renowned metering tools as standard-format plug-ins for Windows and Mac OS platforms. The RTW Loudness Tools, scheduled for availability in May, will be the first of the company’s monitoring products available as part of the new range. This will allow a larger number of RTW customers to access its award-winning metering tools.

Each RTW Loudness Tools Masterclass PlugIn visually depicts audio with all relevant level and loudness values as specified by international standards. It conforms to the EBU R128 loudness standard, as well as SPL, ITU-R BS.1770-3/1771-1, ATSC A/85, ARIB, and custom (to set OP-59, AGCOM), making it ideal for audio and video engineers, radio producers and musicians, who are required by TV and radio broadcasters to conform to the standard. It is also a handy tool for quality control, offering the precision and ease of use required to ensure compliance with custom specifications. Operation of the plug-in is highly intuitive, so that even users without a great deal of experience in monitoring loudness can use it effectively.

The RTW Loudness Tools support all standard sampling rates up to 96 kHz and offer plug-in operation in mono, stereo and surround formats (eight channels maximum). The plug-in includes RTW’s Peak Program Meter, TruePeak, and Spot Correlator instruments and also offers all common loudness formats plus MagicLRA and an SPL view.

The user interface of the plug-in is based on the award-winning RTW TouchMonitor TM7 and TM9 units, and offers the same degree of functionality and clarity as the hardware models. The instruments provide graphical/numerical, as well as bargraph views, and can be freely rearranged and scaled. Various function parameters, such as integration time, operational range and tolerance, along with a number of viewing options for metering data and scales, offer extra flexibility. The plug-in window dimensions can be set to the native resolution of RTW TouchMonitor display screens, including 480×272, 800×480, 1024×800 (landscape view) or 272×480, 480×800, 800×1024 (portrait view). Users can store all setups and layouts as presets in their DAWs.

The RTW Loudness Tools Masterclass PlugIns require Windows 7/8 (32-bit or 64-bit) or Mac OS 10.6 or higher. RTW will first make them available in the VST 2.4 format for Windows systems and the RTAS format for Mac OS. VST, RTAS and native AAX64 support on the two platforms will follow. PACE anti-piracy and iLok USB copy-protection dongle are used for handling license management and plug-in activation. On an authorized computer, users can use unlimited RTW Loudness Tools instances.

About RTW
RTW, based in Cologne (Germany), has more than 45 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.

As part of its expansion into the U.S. market, in 2013 RTW established RTW International Corp. in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The new office is the first U.S. location launched by RTW, showing the company’s dedication to supporting its customers and dealer networks in the U.S. The new U.S. office will house all customer service, repair and final product assembly activities for U.S.-based RTW customers.

For more information on RTW, visit www.rtw.de, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130. For more information on RTW International Corp., visit www.rtw.com or call 877-938-7221.

Audio-Technica Hosts Livestreamed “Ask Me Anything” and Educational Mic Presentation Events at NAB 2014

STOW, OH, March 31, 2014 — Following successful booth events at other recent trade shows, Audio-Technica(Booth C1720), a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is hosting 15 Livestream events at its booth at NAB 2014.

Some of the industry’s top audio experts will converge on the Audio-Technica booth on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during the show. In the morning, get answers to YOUR questions during 30-minute, Q&A-style “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) forums. Then in the afternoon, attend A-T’s popular educational Mic Presentations. All sessions will be livestreamed at www.livestream.com (free registration) and viewable at http://www.audio-technica.com/NAB2014 during and after the NAB show.

“Ask Me Anything” questions are fed to the presenters through a moderator during a 30-minute Q&A session. Questions can be submitted by individuals present at NAB booth C1720, online at Livestream.com, and via Twitter #ATliveNAB.

The session schedule is listed below, and additional details are available at the Audio-Technica booth or at www.audio-technica.com/NAB2014. (Note: this schedule is subject to change; updates will be made on this link.)

Audio-Technica NAB Event Schedule, Booth C1720:

Monday, April 7, 2014

10:00 a.m. Ask Me Anything with Dennis Baxter – EMMY® Award-winning sports and Olympic sound designer
11:00 a.m. Ask Me Anything with Michael Abbott – TV audio mixer & producer; work includes GRAMMY® and CMA Award shows
1:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Fred Ginsburg, C.A.S. (Cinema Audio Society) – “Rigging Lavalier Microphones for Film/Video Production”
2:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Robert Bigelow, Audio mixer/sound editor for film and TV; recent projects include NCIS New Orleans, Star-Crossed and Treme – “Mid-Side/Stereo Miking Demystified”
3:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Dennis Baxter – “Sports Miking Techniques”

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

10:00 a.m. Ask Me Anything with Maureen Droney – Senior Executive Director, The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®
11:00 a.m. Ask Me Anything with Lenise Bent – Audio mixer/engineer & producer for music and film, including DreamWorks productions
1:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Fred Ginsburg – “Selection and Use of Boom Microphones”
2:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Robert Bigelow – “Recording Live Music for Broadcast”
3:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Fred Ginsburg – “When and How to Use Planted Microphones”

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

10:00 a.m. Ask Me Anything with Larry Estrin – Audio technology innovator, Founder of BEST Audio; work includes presidential debates, the Super Bowl, Olympics and Disney
11:00 a.m. Ask Me Anything with Robert Bigelow
1:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Steve Savanyu – “Microphone Techniques for Digital SLR Cameras”
2:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Fred Ginsburg – “Intro to Multi-track Location Dialogue Recording”
3:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Fred Ginsburg – “Advanced Workflow for Multi-track Location Dialogue Recording”

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

DK-Technologies Launches Entry Level DK T7 Audio Meter at NAB 2014

Just months after launching its versatile DK T7 audio meter, DK-Technologies is using the NAB 2014 platform to launch a brand new, entry level version of this ground-breaking product (Booth N1202 in conjunction with Ward-Beck).

The DK T7 Stereo is aimed squarely at engineers who are only working with stereo audio, whether that be in radio, post production or recording music for subsequent CD release. Designed to be intuitive, the DK T7 Stereo has an easy to use, fast responding touch interface that makes it a breeze to set up and operate. Like its DK T7 big brother, the DK T7 Stereo offers high precision features and functionality at a highly cost effective price – just €2895 or USD 4890 MSRP. Its extensive feature-set includes industry compliant Loudness readings, Vectorscope, FFT spectrum analysis and Loudness Logging and Reporting.

“We recognized that our DK T7 audio meter was perfect for engineers working in stereo, but that we could reduce the cost to them by removing multichannel capabilities and SDI interface,” says Uffe Kjems Hansen, Product Marketing Director of DK-Technologies. “Therefore we have targeted the same tools for stereo metering, and made it a much more cost-effective bargain.”

The DK T7 Stereo includes balanced and unbalanced AES I/O, Analogue stereo inputs, headphone outputs as well as HDMI for external screen view. It is available as a stand-alone desktop or a 19” rack mounted unit. DK-Technologies can also offer in-console mounting options for console manufacturers and customers who prefer their meter to be integral to their desk.

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About DK-Technologies
DK-Technologies develops and produces audio meters, video waveform monitors and video sync and test signal generators. Alongside its worldwide distributor network, DK-Technologies also operates branch offices in Denmark, Germany, UK and USA. www.dk-technologies.com

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