Platinum Producers & Engineers – A Gathering Of Eagles

Jack Douglas, Warren Huart, Narada Michael Walden and Young Guru

SAN FRANCISCO: With an all-star cast of 100% Certified Platinum participants, the 133rd AES Convention Platinum Producers & Engineers Panel looms as one of the show’s hottest tickets. Convention Special Events Chair, Christopher Smith worked closely with panel moderator Michael Romanowski, to coordinate this stellar event, set for Sunday, Oct. 28, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm at the Moscone Center.

“We are tremendously excited to have a group of this stature participating in a single AES event,” Smith says. “The range of their work encompasses iconic hits for artists ranging from John Lennon to Aerosmith, Whitney Houston and Jay-Z. These superstar engineer/producers represent the best of the best.”

AES Platinum Producers & Engineers Panel: Moderator Michael Romanowski: Owner/chief mastering engineer of the SF-based facility, which bears his name, Romanowski has worked with Third Eye Blind, Big Brother & The Holding Company and many other major artists. He also serves as President of the NARAS SF Chapter. This highly anticipated Special Event will range across a field of creative and technical topics including: Memorable moments in the studio, the finer points of collaboration, and, innovative recording techniques.

PLATINUM PRODUCER/ENGINEER PANELISTS:

Young Guru: Weighs in with credits for over a dozen Platinum hip hop classics including Jay-Z’s The Black Album, Life & Times of S. Carter, and The Blueprint; Kanye West’s The College Dropout; Ghostface Killah’s FishScale; Nellyville, Drake’s Thank Me Later and Beyonce’s Crazy In Love. Young Guru has logged over a decade of Grammy-winning experience as an engineer, producer and, an A&R wizard for Roc-A-Fella and Def Jam Recordings. Committed to sharing his knowledge, he lectures extensively, and has established the Young Guru Scholarship Fund for students pursuing careers in Communications, Audio Engineering, Music Education and Music Business.

Jack Douglas: An undisputed legend, Jack Douglas had a long, and close association with John Lennon. Working in NYC’s fabled Record Plant he engineered the classic Imagine album, considered one of the most influential recordings of the last century. In 1980 he completed the Grammy of the Year Double Fantasy album, just weeks before John was murdered. Douglas went on to work with such giants as Supertramp, Guns N’ Roses and Miles Davis. He remains at the top of his game today, with current projects for the Michael Monroe Band and many other contemporary hit makers. Douglas also teaches a studio etiquette class at Ex’pression College for Digital Arts in Emeryville, CA., where he is also hosting an AES Tech Tour.

Narada Michael Walden: Is an eminently successful producer, drummer, singer, and songwriter. His musical career spans three decades, and is highlighted by multiple Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum Awards. In 1985 he won R&B Song of The Year Grammy for Aretha Franklin’s Freeway of Love. In 1987 he won Grammys for Producer of the Year and Album of the Year for The Bodyguard movie soundtrack, which included Whitney Houston’s timeless hit, I Will Always Love You. Named one of the “Top Ten Producers With the Most Number One Hits” by Billboard magazine, Walden has owned and operated Tarpan Studios, in San Rafael, since the mid-1980s.

Warren Huart: This Los Angeles based, UK-born music producer has played a fundamental part in creating platinum albums, and in the development of such successful artists as The Fray, Aerosmith, Howie Day and Matisyahu. Known for his hard work ethic and deep respect for the artist’s vision, Huart’s more than 20 years of experience encompasses record production, engineering, mixing and song writing. His extensive knowledge of musical equipment ranges from vintage through state of the art.

“The scope of their credentials may vary widely, but the quality and success ratio of their projects establishes a common ground for these creative masters. I also want to thank AES Tech Tours Chair Jessica Livingstone for her help in bringing Jack Douglas and Narada Michael Walden to this panel. This event will be the talk of the Convention,” “Christopher Smith concludes.”

Photos: AES Platinum Producer & Engineer Panelists

1. Young Guru
2. Narada Michael Walden
3. Jack Douglas
4. Warren Huart

For a detailed Preliminary Calendar of Events please visit: http://www.aes.org/events/133/calendar/calendar.cfm

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts 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

Christophe Anet Joins WSDG’S European Office

Leading Acoustician/Engineer Augments International Design Firm’s Resources

BASEL, SWITZERLAND: Dirk Noy, Partner/General Manager, Walters-Storyk Design Group | Europe Office, has welcomed Christophe Anet to the international architectural/acoustical design firm as an Acoustician/Project Engineer. A multi-lingual, technically accomplished, decision-maker with extensive fieldwork and managerial credentials, Anet brings a diverse skill set to this new appointment.

“WSDG has been engaged in a number of diverse projects over the past years,” Dirk Noy remarked. “From the electro-acoustic upgrade for the KKL Luzern Concert Hall to the acoustic restoration of the Cathedral in Solothurn, Switzerland, a major project for the Berklee College of Music’s expansive new campus in Valencia, Spain, and a recent commission for one of the largest ever recording studio projects in Doha/Qatar, we have sustained an on-going period of extremely high activity. The time lines and complexity of these projects have necessitated the expansion of our staff,” Noy says. “Christophe Anet encapsulates a technical, managerial and communications skill set which is an ideal match for this new position. We are confident that he will be as effective in on-site project management as he will be in boardroom client meetings.”

Most recently an executive with the Swiss Federal Administration, Anet previously served thirteen years with Genelec Oy, Finland, first as Customer Support Acoustic Engineer and later as Technical Editor for the Marketing Department. Fluent in French, English, Italian and German, Anet is also proficient in a wide range of software tools, including acoustical measurement equipments and web programming. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree with Honors in Electroacoustics from the University of Salford, Manchester, UK.

“I have followed WSDG’s growth for some time, and was continually impressed with the diversity and scope of their work,” Anet remarked. “I am delighted with the opportunity to collaborate with this talented and accomplished team. I look forward to serving in the field and to devoting my energies to expanding the Walters-Storyk Design Group client base in the broadcast, recording studio, performing arts, business/conference centers and religious spaces sectors throughout Europe and beyond.” Christophe Anet can be reached at chris.anet@wsdg.com.

Photo: Christophe Anet has joined WSDG as Acoustician/Project Engineer

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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, Mexico City, Spain and Switzerland.

Jack Joseph Puig, Dell, Skullcandy and Waves Audio Announce Cooperative Effort

Industry-leading electronics brands and GRAMMY®-winning producer join forces to create a new audio standard for next-generation consumer electronics products

October 16, 2012 – Three of the world’s leading electronics brands: the CE Division of Waves Audio, Skullcandy and Dell, along with GRAMMY®-winning producer Jack Joseph Puig, announce that they are joining forces to bring about consumer electronics products with proprietary, studio-quality audio technologies.

Waves, the industry leader in professional audio digital signal processing and recipient of a Technical GRAMMY Award®, has a longstanding relationship with iconic multi-platinum award-winning record producer/mixer Jack Joseph Puig, and has worked with him on several acclaimed signal processors for the professional market.

Waves has also previously worked with Dell to offer enhanced audio on select products. With the decision to deliver an enhanced audio experience on Dell laptops and desktops targeted towards consumers and professionals alike, Puig, working with Waves and Dell, then invited Skullcandy, a leading performance lifestyle audio brand that reinvented the headphone category, to join forces.

Initial results of this unique effort were unveiled recently with the launch of several new Dell XPS and Inspiron laptops, all of which include the Waves MaxxAudio suite. Select systems, like the sleek Inspiron 14Z Ultrabook, also include Skullcandy-branded speakers.

“Skullcandy brings a fresh branding perspective and audio expertise to this partnership. Our genesis was the collision of music, action sports and fashion, which allows us to be an authentic, everyday part of our consumers’ lives,” says Jeremy Andrus, President and CEO, Skullcandy, Inc.

Puig is responsible for some of the most successful recordings in music today, including work with Green Day, U2, Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, Goo Goo Dolls, Florence and the Machine, Faith Hill, Beck, Mary J. Blige and many more. His extensive relationships with top artists and record companies give him a unique perspective on the nexus between the entertainment world, technology, and the world of consumer electronics.

“As leaders in their respective market sectors, it is natural that these companies would decide to do work together,” stated Jack Joseph Puig. “This cooperative effort has already led to some brilliant ideas. We are very, very close to where we can unveil some of the new results of our efforts. In the coming weeks and months, the market is going to see us introduce some groundbreaking technological innovations that set new standards in consumer electronics.”

“Now more than ever, people use their laptop or desktop as their primary entertainment center or communication device, and we are making the investment to ensure they get the best audio experience available,” said Brian Pitstick, Executive Director of Consumer Product Marketing at Dell. “Whether it’s listening to your favorite music playlist, watching a movie, or calling friends and family over VoIP, it sounds better with Dell.”

Tomer Elbaz, Executive Vice President, Waves Audio Consumer Electronics Division, stated, “Waves is proud to bring professional audio expertise to this partnership. Our DSP and design are used by every professional producer and engineer in all areas of entertainment audio. Waves Consumer Audio provides the infrastructure and tools that enable each member to do what they do best and, in the end, refine and redefine peoples’ perceptions of consumer electronics sound. Waves brings a precise representation of The Professional Studio sound to the consumer’s listening experience.”

About Skullcandy, Inc.
Skullcandy is a leading audio brand that reflects the collision of the music, fashion and action sports lifestyles. The Skullcandy brand and distinctive logo symbolize youth and rebellion and embody the company’s motto “Every revolution needs a soundtrack.” Skullcandy headphones feature the distinctive Skullcandy sound and leading-edge design. Skullcandy products are currently sold in the United States, as well as in more than 70 countries around the world and through its websites.

About Jack Joseph Puig
Jack Joseph Puig (JJP) has helped redefine the role of the producer and mixing engineer in modern music. As an inventor and technologist he relies on vintage hardware and cutting edge software to create complex aural tapestries that capture the essence of the recording artists’ vision. JJP has worked with countless hitmakers, including Sheryl Crow, Fergie, Weezer, John Mayer, No Doubt, Sugarland, and The Rolling Stones.

About Waves Ltd.:
Waves is the world’s leading provider of audio DSP solutions for professional, broadcast, and consumer electronics audio markets, and recipient of a 2011 Technical GRAMMY Award®. Waves has twenty years of expertise in the development of psychoacoustic signal processing algorithms that leverage knowledge on the human perception of hearing to radically improve perceived sound quality. Waves’ award-winning processors are utilized to improve sound quality in the creation of the world’s most popular music, movie soundtracks, and multimedia titles. Waves offers semiconductor-with-embedded-software solutions under the Maxx brand for consumer electronics audio applications. Waves’ Maxx technologies dramatically enhance audio performance and are used by industry leaders such as Dell, Sony, Sanyo, ASUS, Toshiba, and many others.

About Dell
Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. For more information, visit www.dell.com.

All other product names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Waves. GRAMMY is a registered trademark of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

For further information please contact:

Waves: Robert Clyne, Clyne Media, Inc., O: 615-662-1616 E: robert@clynemedia.com

Skullcandy: Tyson Andrus, Marketing Machine, Product & Retail Marketing Division,
O: 435-729-2561 E: tyson@skullcandy.com

Sennheiser to Host “Al Schmitt & Friends” Roundtable at AES to Include Elliot Scheiner, Ed Cherney, George Massenburg, Chuck Ainlay and Frank Filipetti

Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that it will sponsor “Al Schmitt & Friends: AES Roundtable of Award-Winning Engineers” at the 133rd Audio Engineering Society (AES) convention, to be held at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco later this month. The roundtable, which is free to registered AES attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis, will cover a range of recording-related topics and includes some of the biggest names in audio production: Elliot Scheiner (Foo Fighters, Eric Clapton), Ed Cherney (Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones), George Massenburg (Earth Wind & Fire, James Taylor), Chuck Ainlay (Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits) and Frank Filipetti (Foreigner, KISS).

The roundtable will be hosted by 21-time Grammy-winning engineer and producer Al Schmitt and is being presented as part of Sennheiser’s Recording Sound Academy (RSA) program. Admission to the event at the convention is free for all AES attendees. For those not able to attend, the event will be recorded and posted online at the Recording Sound Academy (RSA) and AES websites. The archived video can be viewed free for all RSA and AES members, and just $9.95 for non-members. To learn more or to sign up for RSA, please visit http://www.sennheiserrsa.com.

Details on time and location
When: Friday, October 26, 2012 between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. PDT
Where: 133rd AES Convention, San Francisco
Moscone Convention Center Special Events Room #134

Topics covered at the roundtable will include:
Understanding the differences of recording at home, in a project studio and in a larger traditional studio
How to effectively record drums
How and when to use effects
Techniques for vocal thickening
Obstacles that were encountered and resolved during the recording of classic albums
Diplomacy in the studio with artists, executives and other stakeholders

During the presentation, the panel will answer questions both in person and those posted by RSA members from the RSA forum page.

Register for the Online Recording Sound Academy
By registering for Sennheiser’s Online Recording Sound Academy, participants have the opportunity to have two of their own mixes critiqued by award-winning engineers, in addition to having access to live and archived webinars and other special events featuring well-known artists and producers. Members can also access exclusive tutorial videos and receive a free copy of CuBase LE5 mixing software as well as the chance to win a Neumann U 87 studio microphone.

Photo caption:
Al Schmitt, 21-time Grammy-winning engineer and producer (image courtesy Capitol Studios).

Primestream(R) New Products at CCW 2012:

FORK(TM) 3.5
At CCW 2012, Primestream(R) will be exhibiting FORK(TM) 3.5, the newest version of its acclaimed FORK Production Suite for managing and automating broadcast workflows. With new features, technological improvements, and integration with third-party broadcast workflows, FORK 3.5 is even more responsive, powerful, extendable, and adept at managing large-scale and multisite installations. Improvements to FORK’s underlying technology — such as FORK Drones(TM), dynamic metadata forms, and scripts — increase the software’s stability, reliability, and functionality, enabling FORK 3.5 to manage larger installations more efficiently and operate within today’s workflows for multiscreen delivery.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Primestream/FORK35newest.zip
Photo Caption: FORK(TM) 3.5 Production Suite

FORK(TM) Logger 1.0
FORK(TM) Logger 1.0 is a new cross-platform module that’s part of the acclaimed FORK Production Suite 3.5. The module is a powerful metadata-tagging tool that allows for logging live or prerecorded video. Its tightly integrated and configurable user interface enables content loggers to tag video with defined metadata into the FORK environment effortlessly, making assets easier to manage, automate, and, ultimately, monetize.

The heart of the FORK Logger is a dynamic GUI that contains form panels, button panels, video viewers, marker thumbnail lists, and a bin list of created events, all of which are tools that can be combined — many in a dynamic way — based on the content. FORK Logger supports multiple layouts per system. Users can work live with ingesting feeds or can call up existing clips inside FORK. With FORK Logger, users can log video files so that they can be searched, filtered, and organized by any metadata entry inside FORK Content Navigator(TM).

Image link: www.wallstcom.com/Primestream/FORK_Logger.zip
Photo Caption: FORK(TM) Logger 1.0

FORK(TM) Xchange(TM) Suite 1.5
Primestream(R) will exhibit version 1.5 of FORK(TM) Xchange(TM) Suite, the application that gives broadcasters instant Web access to content on their FORK Production servers from any Windows(R), Mac(R), or iOS device. FORK Xchange Suite 1.5, an add-on to Primestream’s highly acclaimed FORK software platform for managing and automating broadcast workflows, contains new capabilities for creating subclips and markers, as well as an upload manager, extended metadata functionality, multitrack audio control, and more new features that make it even easier for media enterprises to manage content efficiently among multiple FORK Production sites.

Image link: www.wallstcom.com/Primestream/120814_Xchange_1_5.zip
Photo Caption: FORK Xchange(TM) Suite 1.5

Enhanced for CCW 2012:

Adobe(R) Premiere(R) Pro Integration
At CCW 2012, Primestream(R) will demonstrate the enhanced level of integration of FORK(TM) with both Adobe(R) Premiere(R) Pro and the new Adobe Creative Suite(R) 6 Production Premium on Windows(R) and Mac OS(R) X. Using a newly developed panel, Premiere Pro users are able to search and browse the FORK media asset database with speed; select clips, bins, or timelines created in the FORK Editor; and simply drag those items into a Premiere Pro project. When an edited sequence is complete, users can send the project — ready for air — to FORK or into a newsroom system placeholder.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Primestream/FORK_AdobePremierePro.zip
Photo Caption: Enhanced Adobe(R) Premiere(R) Pro Integration

Company Quote:

“CCW attendees will see the latest version of our FORK Production Suite, which has evolved to enable content owners to process ever larger quantities of incoming content and deliver it to the widest range of screens and destinations. Our new FORK Logger is a highly configurable, completely customizable, user-friendly application built inside FORK for quick metadata tagging. FORK Xchange Suite lets producers and editors tap into their content from anywhere, and FORK’s new integration with Adobe Premiere Pro brings editing to a level of functionality that surpasses anything we’ve had with other video editing solutions.”
– Claudio Lisman, Primestream-B4M president and CEO

Company Overview:

Primestream’s broadcast software solutions offer a seamless, end-to-end platform for digital acquisition of live and file-based video content. Features include media asset management (MAM), editing, logging, playback, publishing to the Web, video contribution via smartphone, and dynamic archiving. The company’s portfolio includes the FORK(TM) Production Suite, as well as Mobile2Air(R), ControlStation(TM), and the cloud-based FORK Xchange(TM) Suite. Deployed in more than 300 broadcast operations across 40 countries, Primestream’s proven solutions are implemented by some of the world’s leading broadcasters, uplink service providers, online digital media operations, and production/postproduction facilities. More information about FORK software solutions is available at www.primestream.com/b4m.

Moog Announces Revolution 2 of its Minitaur Analog Bass Synthesizer

Moog Music announced the release of Revolution 2 for its Minitaur Analog Bass Synthesizer, which was recently nominated for a 2013 TEC Award in the ‘Musical Instrument (Hardware)’ category. REV 2, which is a free update for Minitaur owners, unlocks a host of new performance features and implements a number of user requested updates to Minitaur and the free Minitaur Editor/Librarian.

Among these updated features, Minitaur REV 2 owners can now create up to 100 presets and store them directly within their Minitaur. Presets are managed from within the free Editor/Librarian software and can be conveniently recalled from the Minitaur’s front panel controls.

Also in REV 2, a new operational mode for the Decay/Release knob provides users independent control of Decay and Release times from Minitaur’s front panel. Users can easily switch between this new mode and Minitaur’s legacy mode from the front panel.

In addition, Minitaur’s CV and Gate inputs are now assignable from the Minitaur Editor/Librarian software. The Pitch and Mod CV inputs can be routed to any function, while the Gate input can be routed to functions with on/off behavior. REV 2 also enables Minitaur to effectively function as an intuitive CV to MIDI converter.

Minitaur: Analog Bass Synthesizer
The Moog Minitaur is a powerful, compact analog bass synthesizer that features a classic one knob per function design. At only 8.5″ x 5.25″ and less than 3lbs, the Minitaur puts legendary analog Moog bass into a package designed to fit seamlessly into today’s performance and production environments.

To download REV 2 firmware, and an updated manual go to: http://www.moogmusic.com/products/taurus/minitaur#downloads-tab

NOTE: This Firmware update requires the Minitaur REV 2 Editor/Librarian.
To receive the Minitaur REV 2 Editor/Librarian, register your Minitaur at http://www.moogmusic.com/register

Currently registered Minitaur owners will receive an email from Moog with download instructions.

Links:
Web Page: http://moogmusic.com/products/taurus/minitaur
Sounds: http://moogmusic.com/products/taurus/minitaur#sound-tab
Videos: http://www.moogmusic.com/sight-and-sound/product_demo/minitaur-rev-2

Photo caption:
The Moog Minitaur analog bass synthesizer

GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE STORE

— 236th Guitar Center location features on-site lessons and repair services, along with GC’s vast inventory selection —

Westlake Village, CA (October 9, 2012) – On the evening of Thursday, September 27, 2012, Guitar Center held the grand opening of its new location in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, located at 1600 Woodbury Ave #24, Portsmouth NH 03801-3250. The Portsmouth store is Guitar Center’s 236th retail location.

Guitar Center Portsmouth’s grand opening introduces customers to a vast selection of products and a dedicated staff with unparalleled musical knowledge and experience. To celebrate the store opening, Guitar Center hosted a Grand Opening Weekend celebration featuring exclusive savings, gear giveaways and free events. Guitar Center’s Portsmouth location features showrooms equipped with the latest products for musicians – from guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards to live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment and more.

The store features Guitar Center Studios, an in-house, state-of-the-art lesson facility, which is already creating unrivalled opportunities for Portsmouth musicians of all ages and skill levels. Guitar Center Studios provides music lessons from beginner to advanced featuring certified instructors teaching world-class curriculum as well as one-on-one courses on Pro Tools, Logic Pro and GarageBand. Guitar Center Studios will be the most modern lessons facility in the area. Guitar Center Portsmouth also features GC Garage, Guitar Center’s on-site guitar repair service.

As part of Guitar Center’s initiatives designed to educate and inspire artists nationwide, Guitar Center Portsmouth will offer unique opportunities for musicians to craft their skills, maintain their instruments and experience many other aspects of the music industry first-hand. Musicians interested in learning about the industry will be able to come to the store to interact with and pick the brains of several industry leaders.

Portsmouth shoppers are also able to enjoy Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which includes multiple combinations of product options to conveniently choose from. Not only does the “endless aisle” include Portsmouth inventory, but it also provides easy access to Guitar Center’s $400 million in new and used inventory located in hundreds of GC stores and warehouses nationwide. Customers have the ability to combine a variety of in-store, online and phone options to purchase music equipment from anywhere they may be, allowing for a personalized and convenient shopping experience.

In addition to special programs at the new Portsmouth store, Guitar Center offers nationwide programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight the nation’s most promising undiscovered talent. Portsmouth residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing national events from their hometown:

Guitar Center On-Stage is an annual competition that provides unsigned artists the chance to open for established artists such as Motley Crüe, KISS and Jane’s Addiction.
Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter is an artist discovery program that aims to find the nation’s best unsigned singer-songwriter. Last year’s winner received a career-altering prize package which has included recording 3 songs with accomplished Grammy® Award-winning Producer John Shanks, recording time at Converse Rubber Tracks studio and $10,000 cash.
Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues is a nationwide amateur guitar skills competition with the goal of finding the next great undiscovered blues guitar player. This year’s winner, Daniel “Boscoe” France, performed alongside Grammy Award-winning Producer Pete Anderson at the Grand Finals in LA, and won an incredible prize package valued at over $50,000.
Guitar Center’s Drum-Off, entering its 24th year, is the nationwide search for the next great undiscovered drummer. Drummers from across the nation compete in the world’s largest drum competition, vying for thousands of dollars in prizes and the coveted title of Guitar Center’s Drum-Off Champion. The grand prize package is valued at nearly $50,000.

Guitar Center Portsmouth is open seven days a week. Store hours are 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturday; and 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday.

133rd AES Convention Papers Sessions Address Essential Issues

Networked Audio To Spatial Auditory Display For Remote Planetary Exploration

SAN FRANCISCO: Within the multi-faceted realm of the AES Convention, Papers represent the highest order of technical knowledge. Papers Co-Chairs Veronique Larcher and Alan Seefeldt have assembled a four-day program of solidly researched presentations designed to share knowledge on both esoteric and widely discussed issues. “Our objective was to develop the most useful, timely, challenging and above all interesting issues to inform and inspire our attendees,” Larcher said.

“The quality and diversity of the submissions we received enabled us to develop multi-faceted sessions covering such essential issues as: Networked Audio, Emerging Audio Technologies and Auditory Perception. A glance at the titles featured in these sessions substantiates their comprehensive intent,” Larcher emphasized. “Attendees should note that all paper presentations are available in print and PDF/CD format, and they will be available in audio format following the Convention.”

AES PAPERS SESSIONS INCLUDE:

Friday, Oct. 26

NETWORKED AUDIO: Chair, Ellen Juhlin, Meyer Sound Labs, Inc., Berkeley, CA
* Audio Latency Masking In Music Telepresence Using Artificial Reverberation
* Service Discovery Using Open Sound Control
* A Unified Low Latency Network Architecture For Multichannel Live Audio

Saturday, Oct. 27

EMERGING AUDIO TECHNOLOGIES: Chair, Agnieszka Roginska, New York University, NYC
* A Method For Enhancement of Background Sounds In Forensic Audio Recordings
* Transient Room Acoustics Using A 2.5 Dimensional Approach
* Multimodal Information Management: Evaluation Of Auditory And Haptic Cues for NextGen Communication Displays
* Prototype Spatial Auditory Display For Remote Planetary Exploration
* The Influence of 2-D & 3-D Video Playback On The Perceived Quality of Spatial Audio Rendering For Headphones
* An Autonomous System For Multitrack Stereo Pan Positioning
* DReaM – A Novel System For Joint Source Separation and Multitrack Coding

AUDITORY PERCEPTION & EVALUATION: Chair, Scott Norcross, Dolby, SF

Saturday, Oct. 27

* Subjective Evaluation of Personalized Equalization Curves In Music
* Thresholds For The Discrimination of Tonal And Narrowband Noise Bursts
* Identification And Evaluation of Target Curves For Headphones
* Consistency Of Balance Preferences In Three Musical Genres
* The Effect of Acoustic Environment On Reverberation Level Preference
* Localization of a Virtual Point Source Within The Listening Area For Wave Field Synthesis

Sunday, Oct. 28

Spatial Audio Over Headphones 5 papers
Signal Processing Fundamentals 7 papers
Analysis and Synthesis of Sound 10 papers

Monday, Oct. 29

Spatial Audio Processing – 8 papers

“The 133rd AES Convention will offer a total of 112 individual presentations,” Papers Co-Chair, Alan Seefeldt reports. “The Preliminary Events Calendar at: http://www.aes.org/events/133/calendar/calendar.cfm provides a wealth of information on individual Papers, including times, comprehensive abstracts and presenter details. Attendees are guaranteed to come away from the 133rd AES Convention with invaluable knowledge,” Seefeldt concludes. “They will also be invigorated by the on-the-ground networking opportunities they’ll encounter,”

Photo: AES Papers Co-Chair Veronique Larcher

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts 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

Prism Sound Launches Lyra – A New Audio Interface For The Studio Producer, Musician and DJ Market

Internationally renowned manufacturer Prism Sound is bringing its high performance audio technology to an even wider audience with the launch of Lyra, a brand new family of interfaces aimed at musicians, composers, project studio owners, DJs, re-mixers and other audio content producers such as radio and podcasting. It is also anticipated that high-end home audio enthusiasts will find the USB interface and stereo configuration with digital volume control an attractive package.

Lyra, which will make its debut at the 2012 AES Convention in San Francisco, is based on the award-winning and critically acclaimed Orpheus interface. With Lyra, music recording professionals can access the power and sophistication of the Orpheus audio path and clock circuitry, but in a smaller package and at a much improved price point.

“Lyra connects seamlessly with both Macs and PCs via a simple USB interface,” says Graham Boswell, Sales and Marketing Director for Prism Sound. “For recording professionals who don’t need eight channels of analogue I/O, Lyra is the perfect interface because it allows them to access Prism Sound quality in a convenient package and at an affordable price.”

Prism Sound, which plans to launch a number of different variants of Lyra, has started the ball rolling with Lyra 1 and Lyra 2. Both incorporate new ARM Cortex-based ‘Xcore’ processor design offering class-compliant USB interfacing, plus DSP and a low latency ‘console-quality’ digital mixer for foldback monitoring. Both products also have optical SPDIF capability and Lyra 2 also supports ADAT.

Lyra 1, which retails at £1,349 plus VAT, will be of particular interest to the musician and project studio market. This unit offers two analogue input channels – one for instrument/line and one for mic/line – plus two DA output channels and optical-only digital I/O. With Lyra 1, musicians can connect a guitar and a microphone through the input channels, plug into their software mixer via a simple USB connection and start laying down basic tracks in a matter of minutes.

Lyra 2, which retails at £1,849 plus VAT, takes the concept a little further by offering two AD input channels with switchable microphone, instrument or line input modes and four DA output channels. Both optical-only digital I/O and copper S/PDIF are available on this version of Lyra, which also offers wordclock In/Out enabling synchronization with other digital devices.

Both products are ergonomically designed to look as good as they sound. The front panel has a master volume control assignable to selected output channels, while the unit’s small size – just 11 inches wide – makes it very easy to transport for musicians, producers and DJs on the road. For studio use, Prism Sound can supply dedicated rack mounts as an extra.

“We know there is a market for Lyra because our customers have been demanding this product ever since we launched Orpheus,” Graham Boswell adds. “However, we are very protective of our reputation for delivering the highest possible audio quality so we were not going to bring any product to market until we were 100% convinced that it could live up to our exacting specifications. Lyra does just that, and we are very proud to introduce it.”

Lyra will start shipping in November 2012 and will be fully supported by Prism Sound’s acclaimed technical and after-sales service staff.

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

Lauren Laverne Confirmed as Host of the Music Producers Guild Awards 2013

Radio and television presenter Lauren Laverne is to host the 2013 Music Producers Guild Awards, which take place at the Café de Paris in London on February 7th 2013.

An award-winning presenter, Lauren began her career in the music industry as a member of the indie band Kenickie. She entered the world of broadcasting in 1996 when she joined leading London radio station XFM, before moving to BBC 6Music where she now hosts a daily show.

Lauren has a successful and varied on-screen career, presenting TV shows such as Transmission, The Culture Show, Style on Trial, 10 o’Clock Live and coverage from music events including Glastonbury and The Mercury Prize. She is also no stranger to the red carpet, having hosted a number of premieres in London’s Leicester Square.

Steve Levine, chairman of the Music Producers Guild, says: “We are delighted that Lauren will be part of our 2013 Awards ceremony. She is immensely experienced and has a deep understanding of the music industry, both as an artist and a presenter. Her obvious love of music makes her ideally suited to host an event that recognises the recording professionals whose creative talents contribute so much to the hit records we all enjoy.”

The 2013 Music Producers Guild Awards offers the perfect opportunity to mingle, network and rub shoulders with many of the industry’s most celebrated recording professionals, artists and decision makers.

“Audio professionals have a unique place at the very heart of the music industry,” Steve Levine adds. “As true independents, we have an important role to play in supporting and guiding the artistic creation that is the lifeblood of our industry.”

Now in its fifth year, the 2013 Music Producers Guild Awards will once again be presenting a BRIT Award for Best Producer to the winner of its UK Producer of the Year category. In total there are 18 award categories and these include:

UK Producer of the Year
International Producer of the Year
Breakthrough Producer of the Year
Recording Engineer of the Year
International Recording Engineer of the Year
Breakthrough Engineer of the Year
Mix Engineer of the Year
Mastering Engineer of the Year
Re-mixer of the Year
UK Album of the Year
UK Single Song Release of the Year
Live Production of the Year
Studio of the Year
The A&R Award
The Unsung Hero Award
The MPG Innovation Award
The MPG Inspiration Award
Outstanding Contribution to UK Music

For more information about the Music Producers Guild awards please visit www.mpgawards.com

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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 or www.mpgawards.com

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