New VisionFrame™ Mounts Offer Flexibility, Usability, Space Saving

Fairfield, NJ––The new VisionFrame Vertical Multi-Mount Panel and Vertical Panel Mount are designed to provide additional flexibility and enhanced usability for the popular Middle Atlantic VisionFrame Video Monitor Mounting Wall while saving rack space in a variety of environments including control rooms, digital signage and surveillance.

The VisionFrame Vertical Multi-Mount Panel allows users to quickly and easily mount HDMI extenders, video switchers and other small components to the back of monitor walls. The panel saves space in local racks and allows easy access for servicing and cabling changes.

Designed to save rack space, the new VisionFrame Vertical Panel Mount allows fast, easy installation of components such as UPS, Codecs, power supplies and other rackmount equipment to the back of monitor walls without adding to the depth of wall systems.

A fixture in control rooms around the country, the VisionFrame Video Monitor Wall system provides heavy-duty structural support for monitors in both free standing and desk mount configurations. Featuring a simple, effective design to save valuable installation time for integrators, VisionFrame can be quickly and easily specified with Middle Atlantic’s Designer™ 3D Layout software.

VisionFrame systems optimize viewing of larger and multiple screens simultaneously in security and other monitoring environments and are also well suited for applications such as digital signage for information sharing, advertising and visual communications.

For technical specifications and in-depth information about the VisionFrame Video Mounting Wall System and Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Debuts New Storage Options for ViewPoint™ Console System

Fairfield, NJ––Middle Atlantic Products is introducing new storage options for its ViewPoint Console furniture system.

Matching the look and style of the ViewPoint system for a consistent appearance, the new ViewPoint Free Standing Storage Cabinet provides additional storage space for supplies and personal items. The cabinet includes two adjustable shelves, smoked glass doors and comes fully assembled for fast, easy installation.

The new ViewPoint Radial Binder Storage Cabinet is designed to store essential reference materials and keep them close at hand. Also matching the system in appearance and style, the cabinet’s compact rounded shape holds binders and books on two shelves, comes fully assembled and easily attaches to ViewPoint consoles for maximum layout flexibility.

An integral part of the Westchester Correctional Facility in Valhalla, New York, Sugarhouse Casino in Philadelphia, Tropicana Las Vegas, Hendrick Medical Center and other key installations, ViewPoint consoles are seismic certified, UL-listed and feature exceptional strength and reliability to protect equipment in security and surveillance monitoring environments.

The ViewPoint console consists of fully welded Uni-Frame™ workstation bays that simplify installation and can be configured for individual project needs. Its wide array of customization options include wedges, bay extenders for rackmounting deeper equipment, turrets for smaller equipment, work surfaces tailored to each system, side panels, monitor mounts and more. Designed to maximize functionality and installed system reliability, the ViewPoint system incorporates ergonomic factors, equipment cooling and cable management features.

For more information about ViewPoint Console Furniture Systems and Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Harris Corporation Delivers Professional-Grade IP Audio for Radio Broadcasters at an Affordable Price

MELBOURNE, FL/DENVER, April 3, 2012 — The 2012 NAB Show marks a new era for Harris Corporation’s (NYSE:HRS) Intraplex® family of studio-to-transmitter link (STL) solutions for radio broadcasters as the company introduces the IP Link 100, the first in a new range of low-cost, high-performance audio codecs that help customers deliver program audio affordably and reliably. Harris will debut the IP Link 100 at NAB (April 16-19, Las Vegas convention Center, Booth N2502).

The IP Link 100 is a compact solution for reliable program audio transport between two or more points, whether in an STL configuration, from studio-to-studio, or from a remote broadcast location to a studio for sports and live events. The IP Link 100 brings “always on” Intraplex technology to a very affordable price level, and incorporates distinct high-end features that cost extra on competing devices — or do not exist at all.

“The reliability of sending program audio over IP networks continues to increase, giving broadcasters reasons to migrate beyond lower prices,” said Harris Morris, president, Harris Broadcast Communications. “The IP Link 100 translates the reliable professional-grade quality of top-shelf Intraplex IP solutions to a condensed design that gives our customers a lower price, along with confidence that their program audio will dependably arrive at its destination.”

Harris brings several innovations to the IP Link 100:
• Dynamic Stream Splicing, a redundant delivery platform that merges two audio streams over the same or separate networks — ensuring seamless, intact delivery of program audio.
• Multicoding, an industry first that enables simultaneous delivery of audio in two different formats — including uncompressed audio for premium quality, and compressed audio formats for lower-bandwidth backup links.
• Automatic Backup to a plug-in USB drive or a local audio source in the event of IP connectivity loss.

The IP Link 100 begins shipping in September, with related product introductions on the horizon.

In broadcast communications, Harris offers products, systems and services that provide interoperable workflow solutions for broadcast, cable, satellite and out-of-home networks. The Harris ONE™ solution brings together highly integrated and cost-effective products that enable advanced media workflows for emerging content delivery business models.

About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $6 billion of annual revenue and about 17,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
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Sennheiser to Host Series of Online Recording Sound Academy (RSA) Webinars between April and October

Old Lyme, Conn. – April 2, 2012 –Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that it will begin hosting a series of online webinars featuring Grammy-award winning engineers and producers this week. The webinars will teach attendees how to use various recording techniques aimed at achieving the best possible studio sound.

The first webinar, which will focus on EQ and compression techniques, will held free of charge this Thursday April 5th at 5:00 p.m. EDT as a special introductory offering to program participants. To register for this Online RSA, or learn about other upcoming webinars that will be taking place, please visit http://www.sennheiserusa.com/RSA.

Topic/Host
Avoiding Too Much Equalization and Compression, hosted by David Thoener, Grammy-winning producer/engineer (Santana, AC/DC).

When:
Thursday, April 5th at 5:00 p.m. EDT

Attendees will learn:

– How to use EQ constructively
– When to use compression—and when not to
– How to add the final sheen to the mix with gentle use of EQ

Sennheiser: Supporting Aspiring Producers/Engineers
The Online Recording Sound Academy borrows instructional elements from Sennheiser’s highly successful on-site Recording Sound Academy seminars, such as valuable tips and instruction on microphone selection and placement, recording and mixing techniques. The RSA webinars — which run between April and October — feature instruction by accomplished producers and engineers on a variety of recording topics, and also feature a thorough Q&A session with the instructor. Following is a summary of upcoming dates and topics:

May 3: Modern Compression Tactics
Hosted by Karl Richardson, nine-time Grammy-award-winning producer

June 13: Recording Vocals
Hosted by Tom Young, Grammy award-winning engineer

July 17: Mixing
Hosted by Tim Palmer, Grammy-nominated producer/mixer

August 13: Re-Mixing, Beats and Percussive Rhythms
Hosted by: Cool & Dre, production/songwriting team

September 12: Reverb, Spectral Energy and Human Positional Perception
Hosted by: Greg Lukens, engineer and founder of Audio Fabricators

October 25: Engineer’s Roundtable: Award-winning Engineers Discuss Recording Tips, Tricks and Trends
Moderated by: Al Schmitt, 21-time Grammy-winning producer/engineer

Workshops Highlight AES 132nd Convention

Distributed Music – Recording Reality – Audio Hardware in Smartphones & More

BUDAPEST: Workshops are a major attraction at every Audio Engineering Society Convention. Scheduled for April 26-29 at the Novotel Budapest Congress and World Trade Center, the 132nd convention will deliver another program of diverse, compelling, and educational workshop events including:

Distributed Music Panel: Chair: Alex Case, Panel: Nathan Brock, Alvaro Barbose, David Willyard (remotely) and Karl Steinberg (remotely) This workshop covers the emerging field of music intended for performance over networks, including both advanced research and the public Internet. Topics such as determined limits for delay between locations, and methods for performance above and below these thresholds will be addressed. Soundjack and the Jamlink hardware interface will be discussed as examples of realistic interaction over networks. There will also be a discussion of artistic strategies for overcoming excessive delay in performance.

Reality Is Not a Recording/A Recording Is Not Reality: Presenter, Jim Anderson – Former New York Times film critic, Vincent Canby, wrote “all of us have different thresholds at which we suspend disbelief, and then gladly follow fictions to conclusions that we find logical.” It is the responsibility of the recording engineer and producer to create a universe so compelling and transparent that the listener isn’t aware of any manipulation. How can we produce a listening experience that is both logical and better than reality? What techniques can be applied?

Audio Hardware in Smartphones: Chair, Antti Kelloniemi Comparisons between novel Smartphones and other professional or consumer audio equipment reveal that phones provide highly sophisticated audio functions for their size and price. Users expect high quality noise reduction and echo cancellation wide frequency response, and high dynamic range. Quality expectations keep rising, while devices must remain small and affordable. This workshop will provide introductory level Smartphone audio solutions and a discussion of current audio performance requirements. Examples of state-of-the-art audio component technology will be demonstrated.

AES Conventions are a locus for listening, learning and connecting. Please visit http://www.aes.org/events/132/calendar/calendar.cfm for a complete list of event titles, abstracts and presentation times.

Photo: The Novotel Budapest Congress & World Trade Center hosts the 132nd AES Convention

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. With over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East, the organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

AES Posts Preliminary 132nd Convention Calendar

Budapest Hosts the Audio Engineering Society April 26-29

BUDAPEST: The Audio Engineering Society 132nd Convention Preliminary Calendar of Events is now posted at http://www.aes.org/events/132/calendar/calendar.cfm
Scheduled for April 26-29 at the Novotel Budapest Congress & World Trade Center, the Convention will feature a robust program of enlightening Papers, Workshops, Tutorials, Recording, Hearing, Broadcast, Game Audio, Student, Career, and Special Events.

The full-color, easy-to-navigate Calendar features ‘Pop Up Windows’ with descriptive abstracts, dates and times for each event. Visitors may also subscribe to iCalendar links on to their PDA, phone or calendar software. Please note dates and times of events are subject to change.

For details on registration please visit: https://secure.aes.org/events/132/visitors.cfm

For information on AES approved hotels visit: http://www.aes.org/events/132/hotels/

“The Convention Committee has prepared an extremely varied and informative program for our 132nd Convention,” AES executive director Bob Moses says. “We are confident attendees will find Budapest to be a vibrant host city, and that they will find numerous ways to listen, learn, and connect with each other.”

Photo: The Novotel Budapest Congress & World Trade Center will host the 132nd
AES Convention April 26 – 29.

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. With over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East, the organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

John Storyk Continues Lecture Initiative

NEW YORK: John Storyk R.A., designer of over 3,000 audio/video production, performance, corporate and educational facilities, continues to maintain an active adjunct career as a teacher and lecturer. His current schedule includes a number of presentations on Acoustics and Recording Studio Design. These include a first appearance at Tufts University in Boston; lectures at the Berklee College of Music (Boston); the University of Colorado (Denver); Union College in Schenectady, NY; and a date at NYC’s SAE Institute of Technology.

In addition to his busy educational lectures, on June 11 Storyk and WSDG co-principal Beth Walters will make their 3rd consecutive presentation at NeoCon, North America’s largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors, at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. The two-part presentation consists of Acoustics in Architectural Design (Storyk) and Specific Acoustic Design Tips – Advanced Workshop, (Walters). That same day Storyk will address students at the Illinois Institute of Art Chicago.

Storyk also participates in the ongoing AIA Continuing Education program. He presents an Introduction to the Design, Theory and Construction of Architecture and Acoustics of Recording, Production, and Post-Production Environments to architectural firms around the country. His one-hour, presentation is considered the definitive assessment of architectural acoustics as they pertain to small critical listening and viewing environments. The AIA has just certified an advanced version of this presentation, which is now available as a follow up to his original lectures.

A member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Audio Engineering Society (AES), Storyk is a frequent contributor to AES Convention Panels and Papers. He has lectured at Yale, Columbia, NYU, Ex’Pression College, SF, Full Sail Center, Orlando and many other leading schools. For additional details on Storyk lectures visit: http://www.wsdg.com/dynamic.asp?id=teaching

The Walters-Storyk Design Group www.wsdg.com is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including the 2012 Award for Ann Mincieli’s NYC ‘Destination Studio,’ Jungle City. WSDG maintains a staff of fifty designers and engineers, and offices in NY, SF, Miami, Beijing, Basel, Switzerland; Buenos Aires, Germany, Spain, and Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

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Photo: WSDG co-principal John Storyk

Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the US, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include Jungle City, NY’s major new destination studio; private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including 2012 for Jungle City. WSDG maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Argentina, Brazil, Beijing, Germany, Mexico City, Spain and Switzerland.

Antelope Audio Isochrone OCX Master Clock Helps Ensure System Clarity During Austin Music Festival

Austin, TX, March 27, 2012– Every spring, thousands of artists and tens of thousands of record industry professionals flock to Austin, TX for a jam-packed schedule of live music showcases featuring everyone from young, up-and-coming bands to seasoned veteran performers. For six days, live music can be heard at almost any time of day emerging from every conceivable venue in downtown Austin, from the city’s bars, clubs and concert halls to churches, parks and empty lots.

One such makeshift venue – an auto repair shop – this year served as the main stage at the BandPage HQ, where FOH engineer/system tech and production manager Patrick Mundy used an Antelope Audio Isochrone OCX master clock to ensure PA system clarity in the acoustically unfriendly environment. “This was my second year of working showcases at the festival and my second year bringing my Antelope clock,” says Mundy.

BandPage is a popular application developed by RootMusic of San Francisco that launched in 2010. It runs in Facebook and allows artists to create customized fan pages.

The OCX does a fantastic job of stabilizing a digital mixing console when running high channel counts, he continues. “When you build up that much information on a digital desk without having the stabilization of the clocking you can get unfavorable results. Clocking your digital console with an Antelope clock is like turbocharging your desk. The difference between clocked and non-clocked audio is extremely noticeable. I don’t like to work without it.”

Mundy was part of the crew from DBS Sound in Los Angeles who teamed up with Austin’s Miller Pro Audio to handle audio at the BandCamp HQ’s three venues, comprising Empire Automotive, Club 606 and an adjoining outdoor patio. “I mixed FOH for such artists as Porter Robinson, Thomas Wynn and the Believers, Daedelus, TNGHT (Hudson Mohawke & Lunice), Das Racist, Nico Vega, Imagine Dragons, Robert DeLong, Saint Motel, Toy, Escort, Henry Clay People and many more,” he reports. “We also had appearances from such artists as J. Cole and Chairlift, who carried their own FOH engineers.”

Jeffrey Ehrenberg at Vintage King Audio initially introduced Mundy to Antelope Audio’s master clocks in 2008. Mundy purchased an Isochrone 10M Rubidium atomic master clock and an OCX for his Pro Tools|HD3 recording rig, and in 2009 permanently racked the OCX into a two-space unit and began to use it on all of his live shows.

“The OCX is a staple on my gigs from small corporate events to large arena festivals and everything in between,” says Mundy. “I find the clock and its jitter reduction allows me to get to the core of the sound and bring a better mix to listeners. It makes my life easier and I’m able to have more fun just being a front of house engineer and bringing out the natural qualities of the music versus trying to fix artifacts.”

Antelope Audio Zodiac D-to-A converters also made an appearance in Austin this year in the 45-foot UniqueSquared Mobile Studio bus. The mobile recording studio, outfitted with Sennheiser products, featured a number of listening stations where Zodiac DACs were paired with Sennheiser’s flagship HD 800 plus HD 700 headphones.

TRUE Systems’ Precision 8 Helps Percussionist and International Grammy Winner Julio Figueroa Capture His Sound “Exactly as He Hears It”

OLD LYME, Conn. – March 27, 2012 –Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Julio Figueroa is a percussionist and multiple Grammy award winner whose unique style of drumming has been featured on performances by artists such as Michael Jackson, B.B. King, Patti LaBelle and others. Like many other musicians today, Figueroa has created a semi-professional recording environment in his own home and simply uploads his tracks to an FTP server, where they are accessed by various production teams all over the world. He considers the Sennheiser-distributed TRUE Systems Precision 8 preamplifier a fundamental component of his setup.

“For drums and percussion, the Precision 8 captures my sound exactly as I hear it and this is what I value the most,” he states. Figueroa started with one Precision 8 and then acquired a second one so he could accommodate a greater range of percussion and other instruments, as well as take them on the road. “Now if I want to do a live recording I have everything I need,” he observes.

M-S Decoder and Mic Placement
In addition to the transparent sound characteristics of the Precision 8, Figueroa also appreciates the unit’s powerful integrated M-S decoder, which provides greater versatility and enables him to control the stereo spread of his drum overheads via the front panel of the unit with minimal mic repositioning. “For jazz, that M-S capability is incredible if you want to get a great room sound. You set up a couple of mics (cardioid and figure-8 pattern) and it is just unbelievable,” he says. Figueroa frequently uses both the M-S technique and the “Recorderman” technique simultaneously, along with four additional mics on individual drums. This provides him with tremendous flexibility when it’s time to mix down.

Figueroa, who has over 60 snare drums to choose from and four full kits (Jazz, Classics, Collectors and Performance series) from drum manufacturer DW, wants to stay focused on the sounds he is getting out of his instrument rather than fiddling with knobs and settings. “The TRUE Systems Precision 8 is great for someone like me who is not overly technical,” he says. “The units are simple to use right out of the box and there is nothing complicated about it. This means I can get to work faster.”

By using his Precision 8 preamplifiers, Figueroa is confident that when his producers access his percussion tracks on an FTP site, they will like what they hear. “My engineer and producer colleagues get a pristine-sounding file and they can tweak it any way they want for the mix,” he explains. “This is very important when you are doing tracks from a remote location because there is no producer here to tell you how they’d like it to sound. Since the sonic signature is more transparent, this gives them more flexibility in the final stages of the production.”

Tried and TRUE quality
The TRUE Systems Precision 8 uses a high-voltage composite architecture with discrete devices plus integrated circuits, and offers very low noise and distortion as well as high headroom. The totally balanced dual-servo design eliminates nearly all capacitors in the audio path and is DC-coupled at the output. This results in a very detailed and transparent sound characteristic.

Features of the Precision 8 include:

• Eight highly transparent solid state microphone preamps in a 1 unit rack configuration
• Built-in M-S (Mid-Side) decoding for creative spatial image control
• Active, high-impedance instrument inputs (“DI’s”) selectable on two channels
• 5-segment level indicators with peak-hold feature and selectable peak reference
• Smooth continuous gain controls
• Easy integration with MDM’s, HDR’s, DAW’s, or consoles
• Dual DB25/TRS outputs for flexible interconnection

Lowell Hosts Sales Reps at Missouri Headquarters

— Recently appointed sales reps receive factory tour and training sessions highlighting latest product offerings, while Lowell management shares insights on the company’s philosophy, dedication to U.S. manufacturing, and six-decades of experience that have kept them at the top of their game —

PACIFIC, MO, March 26, 2012 — Lowell Manufacturing Company, a U.S. manufacturer of professional AV Products for more than 60 years, recently invited several of its newly appointed sales reps to its headquarters in Pacific, Missouri, for two days of product training, facility tours and brainstorming sessions. Aside from in-depth demonstrations of Lowell’s latest rack, power and audio products, the sessions reinforced Lowell’s company philosophies and what sets them apart from competitors. In the end, the reps left with not only a better understanding of Lowell’s key products, but also a keener sense of branding and the Lowell perspective.

An industry leader since 1947, family-owned Lowell Manufacturing combines innovative engineering and manufacturing in the U.S.A. using 100% certified U.S. steel, precision metal-forming techniques and state-of-the-art production systems to ensure the products they build meet or exceed industry standards for systems integration. “Throughout our 65-year history, we have always based our business on providing market-driven products that allow our customers to do their job more efficiently by providing value-driven, quality products at competitive price points,” stated John J. Lowell, President/CEO. “From loudspeakers—to power and surge protection—to racks and enclosures, Lowell products are engineered and refined by direct feedback from customers, personnel in the field, and other industry resources.”

The training sessions began as the reps gathered at Lowell’s headquarters for a meet-and-greet and discussion on the industry-at-large with John Lowell; Thomas Lowell, Residential Sales Manager; and Jeff Garstick, National Sales Manager. The sessions continued the following morning with a presentation of Lowell’s rackmount power and surge suppression products. After lunch, all were invited to tour the Lowell plant, where plant manager Daryl Schoolfield demonstrated Lowell’s advanced manufacturing/production capabilities. Following that was an educational session on Lowell’s rack products and dedicated rack accessories. Thursday morning featured a multimedia and software presentation including product videos and Lowell’s new online “Customer Center,” which allows Lowell dealers to place or review orders for their account 24 hours a day. Thursday afternoon involved presentations on Lowell’s acoustic/speaker products, with time spent in the acoustic lab and a double-blind speaker comparison.

“I learned so much,” said Joshua Radin, Pro Audio Specialist for New York- and New Jersey-based BMG-Hudson Sales & Marketing. “I was already a fan of Lowell’s racks and surge protection products, but when we got into specific details of features and compared these products to the competition, there was just no comparison – Lowell is the clear winner. We took part in a blind comparison test with Lowell 12-inch speakers versus two other brands, and we were pleased to find out that we had rated the Lowell speakers the highest. But maybe more important than those things, we got a chance to strengthen our relationships with the Lowell team, and it’s really no surprise that we all left feeling proud to be part of the Lowell family. American manufacturing, hard work, experience and expertise, combined with a high level of customer service and support for reps and installers – Lowell should be seen as an example for every other manufacturer.”

“I would like to personally thank all of those who participated in the training sessions,” stated Jeff Garstick. “It was a very productive session from Lowell’s perspective, and we believe that our sales reps benefitted greatly as well. We very much appreciated their attention, input, and most of all, the opportunity to get to better know them on a personal basis. There were many quality contributions from the reps, and we look forward to our next session with members of the Lowell rep force.”

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

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