Audio-Technica Expands Sponsorship Role for the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

— Already a longtime microphone sponsor, A-T is now also headphone sponsor for non-profit mobile studio —

Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, has expanded its role as sponsor of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile recording and multimedia studio. For several years, A-T has served as the Bus’s microphone sponsor, and they now also serve as headphone sponsor, supplying ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones and ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones to be used by the Bus’s patrons.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus travels around the U.S. throughout the year. Outfitted with traditional musical instruments as well as high-tech professional audio and video gear, the Bus has provided free hands-on programs since 1998 for hundreds of high schools, colleges, Boys and Girls Clubs, music festivals, concerts, conferences and community organizations.

Jeff Sobel, John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Chief Engineer, stated, “The Lennon Bus demands a lot from its equipment. The ATH-M50’s have exceptional accuracy for critical listening and the power and isolation needed for tracking. But equally important: they’re built tough. Each year we record over a thousand enthusiastic kids and host thousands more in our public hands-on demo tents, and Audio-Technica’s are the only headphones that have endured this daily abuse without failing.”

“It was an easy decision to expand our commitment to the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and Songwriting Contest,” said Gary Boss, Audio-Technica Marketing Director. “It has been extremely rewarding to work with them, as A-T shares the Bus’s goal of getting more young people involved in making music.”

ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
Audio-Technica’s flagship ATH-M50 professional studio monitor headphones (MSRP US $199.00) provide an exceptionally natural response for professional monitoring and mixing. The headphones feature a closed-back, collapsible design with 45 mm neodymium drivers, circumaural ear pieces (180° swivel) and luxuriously padded ear cushions. Color options: black with coiled cable (ATH-M50); black with straight cable (ATH-M50s); white with coiled cable (ATH-M50WH).

ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones
Audio-Technica’s ATH-M40fs precision studiophones (MSRP US $150.00) offer a flat, extended frequency response for professional studio monitoring. Superior components provide very high SPL capabilities while maintaining exceptional clarity of sound. Exterior design features include sturdy strain-relief cable and comfortable circumaural earpieces that can be rotated 180° for one-ear monitoring.

About the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus (www.lennonbus.org)
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile Pro Audio and HD video recording facility that provides hands-on experiences for students of all ages. In its 16th year of touring, the venture is proud of its fully professional bus and its studios, which boast the latest audio and video technology, gear and products. The concept began as an offshoot of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, which is dedicated to providing opportunities for both professional and amateur songwriters around the world. The Bus travels across the U.S. and Canada year-round, providing free tours and workshops at schools, retailers, festivals, on tours with headlining artists, and at major industry conferences. The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is made possible by an agreement with Yoko Ono Lennon.

For more information, please visit www.lennonbus.org, www.jlsc.com and www.audio-technica.com.

Carl Tatz Design Unveils MixRoom™

– The new Carl Tatz Signature Series™ family of control room acoustic modules by Auralex and the acclaimed PhantomFocus™ System monitor tuning protocol are combined to create the
CTD MixRoom™ -

- MixRoom™ first implemented as turnkey professional mixing suite for legendary
engineer/educator Bob Bullock –

Nashville, TN: “The concept of the MixRoom™ was to emulate the look and performance of my award-winning custom control room designs at a fraction of the cost,” announces studio designer Carl Tatz, principal of Carl Tatz Design LLC (CTD), “and I think we’ve more than succeeded with that.”

The Carl Tatz Signature Series™ family of control room acoustic modules by Auralex® (now featured in a dedicated section on the Auralex website and debuting at the NAMM® Show), combined with the acclaimed PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) studio monitor tuning protocol, according to CTD, renders a mix room, the performance of which is without peer, thereby defining a new generation of performance for the audio professional. The MixRoom can quickly and affordably transform a simple rectangular room into a world-class mixing environment.

“I am blown away with the evolution of Carl’s work in this second room he has designed for me,” quotes multi-Grammy®-winning engineer Bob Bullock. “Carl’s MixRoom™ concept is the future of personal mix rooms. Incredibly accurate and a total pleasure to use, it has reduced my mixing time dramatically, and with today’s reduced budgets that’s a big thing!” Bullock states. “In my career, I have been privileged to work in studios all over the world, but my experience using the MixRoom trumps them all – and at a very affordable cost.”

Ancillary gear for Bob’s MixRoom includes studio furniture by Argosy Console, featuring the PFS-compliant Dual 15-800 work station, two RR-H10-M Rack ‘N Roll equipment modules and SDT3-C-B Directors Table; Dynaudio Professional M1 monitors and Bryston SST 4B Amplification.

“We’re honored to work with Carl Tatz, one of the top studio designers in the industry, on this exciting new Auralex offering. This new series makes Carl’s signature style easy and affordable enough for any serious studio owner. Now virtually any room can benefit from the same aesthetic and sound control enjoyed by top hitmakers like Rascal Flatts and others,” says Eric Smith, founder and president of Auralex Acoustics.

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Sound Devices 664 Field Production Mixer Earns Cinema Audio Society’s Prestigious Technical Achievement Award

REEDSBURG, WI, FEBRUARY 25, 2013 — Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, is pleased to announce that its 664 Production Mixer has earned the prestigious Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Technical Achievement Award in the production category. The CAS Technical Achievement Awards recognize innovations in recording technologies, including hardware and software products that are used by sound mixing professionals.

“We are thrilled to once again be the recipient of the CAS Technical Award,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “We strive to bring innovative, field-proven products to market and being given this prominent award for the 664, our newest production mixer, confirms our dedication to developing award-winning products.”

Sound Devices has now been recipient of the CAS Technical Achievement Award three times. The 744T and 788T Production Recorders are past winners. The 664 Field Production Mixer is the new flagship in Sound Devices’ line of portable audio mixers. The intuitive 664 has six input channels and four output buses. All inputs and outputs are recordable to both CompactFlash and SD cards. This unprecedented amount of I/O connectivity and recording capability makes the 664 perfect for any portable production application.

The 664 has six ultra-low noise, high-dynamic-range analog inputs. These transformer-less preamps accept mic- or line-level signals, and include analog peak limiters, high-pass filters, input trim controls and direct outputs. Input connectors 1 and 6 can be selected to accept AES42 or AES3 digital signals

In complex multi-camera productions, output flexibility is essential. The 664 can send its main left/right outputs to three cameras simultaneously. Two additional output buses, X1 and X2, appear on balanced TA3 connectors. AES3 digital outputs are individually selected to appear on the main XLR and multi-pin output connectors.

The 664 can record each of its inputs and four output buses for 10 record tracks. Recordings are saved to CompactFlash and SD cards. Recordings are either 16- or 24-bit broadcast WAV files, with extensive metadata. All popular production sampling rates are supported. When used with a CL-6 Input Expander, the 664 records 16 tracks, 12 inputs and four output buses.

The mixer’s built-in, rock-steady Ambient time-code generator allows multiple devices to operate in synchronization. The 664 can operate as a time code master clock, or its clock can be jammed from an external time code. A helpful time-code comparison utility displays the difference between internal and external time codes.

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 fourteen-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.

StreamGuys Explores Digital Media Impact for Public Broadcasters at iMA Conference

BAYSIDE, CALIFORNIA, February 25, 2013 – The public media, interactive and music industries are preparing to converge on the city of Austin, Texas for the Integrated Media Association (iMA) and SXSW Interactive conferences beginning next week. Perennial iMA gold sponsor StreamGuys returns this year in support of the public media space, with new content delivery models to help public broadcasters grow audiences and generate revenue in the digital media landscape.

The iMA Conference, taking place March 6-7 at the Austin Omni Downtown Hotel, will showcase how the industry can advance its public service mission with emerging technology. StreamGuys’ mission for the conference, in alignment with the iMA, is to demonstrate those possibilities given the financial challenges that public media face. StreamGuys will discuss new advancements in multi-platform delivery and targeted advertising for streaming media with attendees.

“Public broadcasters can rest assured that there are alternatives in the current marketplace not only for streaming content to many consumer devices, but for measuring, targeting and monetizing that content, as well” said Jason Osburn, executive vice president, StreamGuys, Inc. “We invite interested parties both inside and outside the public media space to attend this year’s iMA conference, and remain for the expansive emerging technology sessions, digital media experiences and live entertainment of the SXSW Interactive Festival.”

“iMA generates a great deal of inspiration and enthusiasm to embrace the changing technology landscape in public media,” said Jeannie Ericson, executive director, Integrated Media Association. “Anything we can do to generate discussion on advancing digital media and adopting new technologies to further the impact of public media is a boost to our industry. StreamGuys has been a long-time partner to public media and supporter of iMA, and it’s a natural fit to involve them in this unique event.”

A complete iMA Conference schedule can be found at http://tinyurl.com/bz3eahz. The 2013 SXSW Interactive Festival takes place March 8-12 at the Austin Convention Center, immediately following the conclusion of the iMA Conference. A full list of conferences and performers can be found at http://schedule.sxsw.com/.

About StreamGuys, Inc.
In business since 2000, StreamGuys is a provider of audio and video streaming toolsets and services. The company has a reputation for outstanding customer service, a robust and reliable network, and competitive rates. More than 600 clients worldwide, across many industries, depend on their mission-critical service. Projects include serving as the technology backbone for live streaming/podcasting for top public broadcasters such as New York Public Radio, WAMU Washington D.C., KQED San Francisco and WXPN Philadelphia; live video events for major auto racing circuits and the British Royal Wedding; audio streaming for government entities such as D.C. Court of Appeals, U.S. Army, and the National Science Foundation; mobile video content for Cisco Systems; and IPTV content for international broadcaster ABS-CBN.

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StreamGuys, Inc – info@streamguys.com – www.streamguys.com – 707.667.9479
P.O. Box 828 Arcata, California 95518 – fax 707.516.0009

Xfm Highlights The Role of the Music Producer

The vital part that music producers play in creating best-selling singles and albums is being highlighted by radio station Xfm, which is hosting a series of interviews with top producers, all of whom are members of the Music Producers Guild.

Entitled Produced By, the series looks at the art of record production and will give listeners an insight into the role of the producer and how they have helped shape the music of the many artists they have worked with.

Produced By kicks off on Thursday February 28th 2013 when Xfm’s John Kennedy will interview Music Producers Guild Chairman Steve Levine, who has worked with numerous chart-topping artists including Culture Club, Honeyz, America, Beach Boys, Deniece Williams and Gary Moore. During his long career in production, Levine has garnered many accolades including both Grammy and BRIT Awards.

The series, which airs between 11.00 pm and 12.00 am on John Kennedy’s X-Posure show, continues on March 7th when Kennedy will interview Charlie Andrews, winner of the 2013 Music Producers Guild Breakthrough Producer of the Year Award. Others taking part include Bruno Ellingham (March 14th); Jake Gosling (March 21st) and Paul Epworth (March 28th), who has been voted the Music Producers Guild’s Producer of the Year and BRIT Best Producer on two occasions – not to mention this year’s Oscar for Best Original Music.

Commenting on the series, John Kennedy says: “’I wanted to find out more about the role of the producer as so many musician guests refer to them in interview. What better way than to talk to the producers highlighted in the recent Music Producers Guild Awards?”

Music Producers Guild Vice Chairman Richard Lightman says: “We are delighted to be collaborating with Xfm on this series of interviews that promotes recording professionals by highlighting the importance role they play in creating great music. It is interesting to note that, at this year’s BRIT Awards, 11 of the 12 winning projects were produced by Music Producers Guild members.”

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About Music Producers Guild (UK):

The Music Producers Guild (UK) is an independent and democratic organisation that encourages the highest standards of music production, and actively engages with other music industry organisations to campaign and lobby on matters of important mutual interest.

The MPG represents and promotes the interests of all those involved in the production of recorded music, including producers, engineers, mixers, re-mixers, programmers and mastering engineers. www.mpg.org.uk

Jünger Audio Introduces the V*AP Voice Processor at NAB 2013

Dynamics specialist Jünger Audio will use the NAB 2013 platform (Booth C2333) to give US broadcasters their first view of V*AP, a brand new two channel voice processor that is specifically designed to make life easier for engineers working in radio stations and TV production voice-over studios.

V*AP, the latest addition to Jünger Audio’s award-winning *AP family of products, draws on the company’s extensive experience with previous Voice Processing devices such as its v-series, but adds new tools and algorithms to create a new, easier and more efficient approach to voice processing with no compromise in sound quality.

V*AP’s main task is to offer perfect control of microphone recordings but Jünger Audio has also included processing such as HP/LP filtering, dynamic section, full parametric EQ and de-essing. All of the V*AP functions can be easily performed, making it hassle free for any journalist or reporter to use. Jünger Audio has also provided a dedicated voice leveler combined with a voice over circuit to help integrate voice programs into loudness-based broadcasting on the fly. Using the optional SDI I/O card automated voice over for embedded audio becomes an attractive feature of the V*AP.

Available as either an insert into a mixing desk or as a stand-alone unit, V*AP offers interfaces that allow integration in existing environments via an AES insert. The unit can also be used with an optional analogue board that adds two high quality mic-preamps.

Another key feature of V*AP is the inclusion of Spectral Signature™, Jünger Audio’s automatic spectral sound management algorithm that dynamically boosts and attenuates frequency bands to preserve natural balance while achieving station sound. With Spectral Signature™, users can automatically analyze the ideal recording of their voice (direct or over telephone lines) and easily create pre-defined sound fingerprints that become the reference the algorithm matches to on all subsequent live recordings.

At NAB 2013, Jünger Audio will also show its ground-breaking M*AP audio loudness processor, which combines an audio monitor controller and a loudness measurement device in one unit, thus providing comprehensive quality control and loudness monitoring for anyone working in a production or broadcast environment.

Designed for quality checking surround (5.1) and/or stereo programs, M*AP can be used for live monitoring and also to ensure compliance with today’s standards and regulations (ITU 1770/1/2/3, ATSC A85 or EBU R128).

The unit comes with alarm signals that alert the operator when pre-set loudness thresholds are exceeded, and these signals can be delivered by simple GPOs and/or SNMP traps, which carry actual loudness values. Loudness measurements can be performed over a long run or over a fraction of a program, or both. These measurements can be triggered by automation systems via GPIs or via the network – or even manually by buttons of the X*AP remote panel.

Alongside loudness measurements, M*AP also offers functionality for acoustical QA. It has eight speaker outputs that allow for A/B checking of stereo compatibility of a surround downmix through alternative speakers, as well as via L/R front speakers.

Peter Pörs, Managing Director of Jünger Audio, says: “By incorporating 3G, HD and SD auto detection, M*AP gives users the option of dealing with all 16 channels of SDI embedded audio at the same time. This means that you can listen to one program while permanently logging the loudness of two (5.1 +2 mode) or four (4×2 mode) programs. It is also possible to send further embedded programs to M*AP’s AES outputs to feed a third party instrument for analyzing and/or display.”

For no extra cost, the M*AP’s SDI board acts as an embedder as well and comes with video delay to compensate for any kind of audio delay. This feature is ideal for those looking to maintain lip sync in QA suites or control rooms. M*AP also features a built-in Dolby® Metadata generator and an optional Dolby® decoder that allows users to decode Dolby-E, Dolby-D (AC-3) and Dolby Digital plus (E-AC-3).

Jünger Audio will complete its NAB line-up with the Award-winning T*AP TV Audio Processor and Loudness Logger, a powerful tool that offers customers of all Jünger Audio levelling processors an easy way to monitor the development of the loudness over time. Using this new software, broadcasters can monitor in real time or by analyzing previously stored loudness log files. This innovation is critical as all broadcasters now need to show precisely how their audio levels are performing in order to comply with new legislation on Loudness.

If you would like more information about these products please visit Jünger Audio at NAB 2013 – Hall C, Booth 2333 for a demo.

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About Jünger Audio
Established in Berlin in 1990, Jünger Audio specialises in the design and manufacture of high-quality digital audio dynamics processors. It has developed a unique range of digital processors that are designed to meet the demands of the professional audio market. All of its products are easy to operate and are developed and manufactured in-house, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained throughout. Its customers include many of the world’s top radio and TV broadcasters, IPTV providers, music recording studios and audio post production facilities. www.junger-audio.com

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