Solid State Logic Launches ‘ScreenSound ADR’ at IBC 2012

The World’s First Dedicated End-to-End Solution for ADR has Arrived

AMSTERDAM – Solid State Logic (IBC, Stand 8.D83), the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles, is proud to announce another ground breaking product release with the launch of ScreenSound ADR. Designed to optimize and standardize Automatic Dialogue Replacement for film, foley recording and local language replacement for film and television, ScreenSound ADR is the world’s first end-to-end solution designed to deliver faster and more efficient ADR workflow.

ScreenSound ADR is a turnkey system that combines a suite of integrated software applications providing dialogue spotting and session preparation, session control and management and streamlined audio recording, with an industrial-strength hardware platform including host computer, I/O and Nucleus hardware control surface. At each stage of the ADR process, ScreenSound ADR provides dedicated solutions to streamline preparation, management and production.

ScreenSound ADR is all about efficient workflow. The session preparation stage of the process is handled by SpotShot, a comprehensive take logging, dialogue spotting and session preparation tool. Imported scripts are automatically turned into take lists, and a dedicated interface streamlines the dialogue spotting process with an integrated HD capable video player with full script and annotation text overlay. Take lists can be filtered to show appearances by individual cast members or groups and to calculate word/line count to help plan studio and talent time. SpotShot is a standalone application enabling dialogue spotting to be done away from the ADR studio.

At the heart of ScreenSound ADR is SpotFire, which presents a dedicated session management and automated ADR interface that provides complete control of studio session workflow. SpotFire offers a unique interface that combines a ‘rehearse – record – review’ based transport control panel with a

versatile and customizable Take List that makes viewing, navigating and controlling the recording process simple and efficient. SpotFire relies on SSL’s Soundscape DAW as the underlying platform for recording, editing and mixing with all track arming, transport and recording functions controlled entirely by SpotFire’s dedicated ADR interface. Audio workflow with ScreenSound ADR integrates with how the industry works today. The system imports native .ptf format sessions from Pro Tools and can export finished sessions in native .ptf Pro Tools format.

SpotFire also feeds and controls VisionCue, Screensound ADR’s powerful artist cue system. VisionCue is a fully integrated multi-screen HD video player with a completely customizable scrolling script, annotation, graphic timeline cue and count in overlay. VisionCue can natively play a huge range of video formats all the way up to Pro Res and Avid dnxhd without the need for transcoding and the system supports BlackMagic Design video interfaces.

ScreenSound ADR is a turnkey hardware based system: The multi-award winning SSL Nucleus hardware control surface delivers uniquely customizable hands-on control for accelerated operation (Nucleus also provides 2 x SSL SuperAnalogue™ mic pre’s). SSL’s Alpha-Link audio converters offer versatile and scalable I/O options to cater for recording and monitoring with the SSL MX4 software mixer environment providing a standard mixer templates and open architecture routing flexibility. The assurance of a fully tested SSL certified PC system completes a truly unique end-to-end solution to speed up your production workflow.

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

NETIA Strengthens Business and Product Development With Key Managerial Appointments

CLARET, France — Sept. 7, 2012 — NETIA, a leader in content management and radio automation solutions, today announced a significant organizational change with the appointment of two industry professionals to key managerial roles and the recruitment of new sales representatives. Mustapha Rezzoug will take responsibility for international business development and strengthening NETIA’s global distributor network. Daniel Dedisse, who has led NETIA’s R&D department for the last 15 years, will take up the position of Product Director.

These new appointments reflect NETIA’s strategic plan to extend the company’s business development efforts and enhance its customer support at a worldwide level.

NETIA has also announced two new appointments to its sales force. Marc Bawol joins in a key role as junior sales manager for the Middle East and Africa, while Daria Globus has been named area sales representative for Eastern Europe, Russia, and CIS countries. Daria has more than 15 years’ experience with broadcast and IT organizations in this region.

All appointments are effective immediately.

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About NETIA
NETIA, a GlobeCast company, is a leading provider of software solutions that enable efficient management and delivery of content to today’s full array of media platforms. Relied on by more than 10,000 users in 200 installations in more than 40 countries, NETIA solutions allow content producers and owners to manage content from ingest to delivery, targeting multiplatform outlets including the Internet, VOD, IPTV services, and mobile devices.

NETIA provides content management solutions to major radio and television brands and to multimedia groups around the world. Clients include SBS and ABC in Australia, RAI Italy, France Telecom/Orange, MediaCorp Singapore, RTL France, Radio Globo in Brazil, RTM Malaysia, Radio France, the Associated Press, France Télévisions, TV Center Russia, and L’Équipe 24/24. NETIA has its headquarters in France, with offices in the United States, Paris, Rome, and Singapore, in addition to a global network of professional distribution partners.

MKE 600 shotgun microphone for video journalists

The new MKE 600 shotgun microphone from audio specialist Sennheiser provides video journalists with a microphone that can master even the toughest video sound challenges. Its high level of directivity ensures that it picks up sound from the camera direction with minimal background noise. The switchable low-cut filter makes sure that handling and wind noise is also minimized. Users can expect a very lifelike, full-bodied sound with good bass response, as well as pleasant speech reproduction with high intelligibility.

“Reporting and media productions have an increasingly broad base nowadays, with information needing to be transmitted extremely quickly. This means that the technology used has to be as uncomplicated as possible,” explained Kai Lange, Product Manager Wired Microphones at Sennheiser. “With the MKE 600, we are presenting the ideal microphone for video journalists who want to produce a report or a film in perfect video and audio quality but do not wish to resort to highly professional shotgun microphones or a separate wireless link. In developing the MKE 600, we paid particular attention to achieving a high level of directivity and a balanced sound.”

A shock mount with an integral flashmount adapter is included to enable the sturdy MKE 600 to be fixed to a video camera without difficulties. The special design of the shock mount prevents handling noise from being transmitted to the microphone. Like any other shotgun microphone, the MKE 600 can also be used on a microphone boom.

Independent of phantom powering
For cameras that do not provide phantom power, the MKE 600 can be powered by a standard AA battery. A switch is provided to deactivate the battery power when the camera is not in use, thus preventing the battery from being discharged. An LED on the battery switch (“Low Batt”) indicates when the battery voltage is low, at which point the video journalist still has a reserve of around eight hours – “built-in recording security,” as Kai Lange explained.

Professional accessories
The MKE 600 comes fully equipped with a foam windshield that reduces wind noise by around 25 dB; the shock mount and a carrying case are also included. For outside broadcasting, a ‘blimp’ basket windshield (MZH 600) – a combined foam windshield and hairy cover that reduces wind noise more effectively than a foam windshield – is available as an optional accessory. A further option is a coiled connecting cable (KA 600) from an XLR-3 connector to a 3.5 mm jack plug.

The MKE 600 will be available in the U.S. at B&H Photo / Video in late September.

NETIA’s Radio-Assist(TM) 8.1 Digital Audio Automation Software Makes European Debut at IBC2012

Latest Release of Leading Software Suite Boasts Newly Integrated Music Scheduling and Video Editing Functionality

CLARET, France — Sept. 7, 2012 — NETIA, a leading software manufacturer of media asset management and radio automation solutions, today announced that its newly released Radio-Assist(TM) 8.1 range of digital audio automation software will make its European debut at IBC2012. This version of NETIA’s industry-leading software suite builds on an already robust array of tools for streamlined end-to-end multimedia production, broadcast, and publication workflows with the addition of two key features. Radio-Assist 8.1 boasts a new integrated music-scheduling application and video-editing capabilities, all available from within a single user interface.

“We continue to refine our Radio-Assist software suite and its functionality in response to feedback from our partners, as well as the changing dynamics of the media consumption marketplace,” said Daniel Dedisse, product director at NETIA. “With Radio-Assist 8.1 we bring valuable editing and scheduling tools into the user interface, effectively making those capabilities a seamless element within the overall workflow. With convenient access to Radio-Assist’s more robust toolset, users gain even greater flexibility in delivering quality audio and video to their audiences.”

NETIA’s Radio-Assist family of digital audio software programs covers each part of the production and broadcast workflow, allowing users to record, edit, or prepare a playlist. In addition to the new browse and publishing tools for full multimedia functionality, the software features tools for acquisition, sound-file editing, commercial and music production, newsroom systems, scheduling, multicasting, and administration.

Radio-Assist 8.1 builds on these capabilities by allowing users to leverage built-in music-scheduling functionality. With music management tools integrated into Radio-Assist 8.1′s FederAll playlist preparation module, users can automate playlist generation according to preset criteria, business policies, and a wide range of intelligent options for sequencing music.

The video editing tool now available within the Radio-Assist 8.1 interface complements the software’s Snippet and Snippet+ audio editing tools. Offering a convenient editing solution, this enhancement addresses the growing demand for radio broadcasters to provide video via their online portals. This simple and easy-to-use editing tool is available through the same GUI as the Snippet tool, providing a familiar utility that allows staff to produce video clips with very little training.

NETIA will demonstrate Radio-Assist 8.1, along with other functional and technical enhancements that add to the value of Radio-Assist 8.1 in today’s radio broadcast operations, at IBC2012 at stand 1.A29.

More information about NETIA and the company’s products is available at www.netia.com

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About NETIA
NETIA, a GlobeCast company, is a leading provider of software solutions that enable efficient management and delivery of content to today’s full array of media platforms. Relied on by more than 10,000 users in 200 installations in more than 40 countries, NETIA solutions allow content producers and owners to manage content from ingest to delivery, targeting multiplatform outlets including the Internet, VOD, IPTV services, and mobile devices.

NETIA provides content management solutions to major radio and television brands and to multimedia groups around the world. Clients include SBS and ABC in Australia, RAI Italy, France Telecom/Orange, MediaCorp Singapore, RTL France, Radio Globo in Brazil, RTM Malaysia, Radio France, the Associated Press, France Télévisions, TV Center Russia, and L’Équipe 24/24. NETIA has its headquarters in France, with offices in the United States, Paris, Rome, and Singapore, in addition to a global network of professional distribution partners.

Professional sound for video filming: the MKE 600 camera microphone from Sennheiser

Whether it is an afternoon at the zoo, a special holiday video or your very own video documentary, a video camera is always a treasured companion on such special occasions and creative projects. And discerning video enthusiasts often have the highest demands when it comes to sound quality in particular. To meet these demands, audio specialist Sennheiser just unveiled a new camera microphone at IBC in Amsterdam: the MKE 600 shotgun microphone.

“The MKE 600 was developed for video journalists who want superior sound quality coupled with uncomplicated handling – benefits that amateur video enthusiasts will also appreciate,” said Kai Lange, product manager wired microphones at Sennheiser. “In developing the MKE 600, we paid particular attention to achieving a high level of directivity and a balanced sound.”

Top-quality sound for successful videos
The shotgun microphone offers a very lifelike, full-bodied sound with good bass reproduction, while ensuring pleasant speech reproduction with high intelligibility. Thanks to its high level of directivity, the MKE 600 will pick up sound from the camera direction while avoiding unwanted background noise – making sure that the sound is always right next to the image. Handling and wind noise is significantly reduced by a switchable low-cut filter.

Independent of phantom powering
As not all video cameras provide phantom power for a microphone, phantom power for the MKE 600 can also be supplied by a standard AA battery. A switch is provided to deactivate the battery power when the camera is not in use, thus preventing the battery from being discharged. An LED on the battery switch (“Low Batt”) indicates when the battery voltage is low, after which there is still a reserve of around eight hours – plenty of time to complete a video even if you do not have a new battery readily available.

Professional accessories
The MKE 600 comes fully equipped with a foam windshield that reduces wind noise by around 25 dB. Also included is a carrying case and an elastic shock mount with an integral flashmount adapter for fixing the sturdy MKE 600 to the video camera. The special design of the shock mount prevents handling noise from being transmitted to the microphone.

For outdoor videos, a ‘blimp’ (MZH 600) – a combined foam/hairy cover windshield – which reduces wind noise more effectively than a foam windshield – is available as an optional accessory. A further option is a coiled connecting cable (KA 600) from an XLR-3 connector to a 3.5 mm jack plug.

The MKE 600 will be available at B&H Photo / Video beginning in late September.

DPA Microphones Help the Fukada Tree Bloom

LONGMONT, CO, SEPTEMBER 7, 2012 – Internationally renowned recording engineer and lecturer Akira Fukada has specified DPA Microphones 4011A directional, 4006A omnidirectional and 4015A wide cardioid ORTF microphones as best suited to his Fukada Tree arrangement. Supplied by DPA’s Japanese distributor Hibino, with whom Mr. Fukada has subsequently presented a number of seminars and workshops explaining the Fukada Tree, Fukada chose the brand for its rich bass and high frequency sound that does not blot during the recording process.

Mr. Fukada made an enormous impact at the New York AES Convention in 1997 when he unveiled the Fukada Tree seven microphone arrangement – a totally new technique for recording orchestral music in surround sound for subsequent broadcast or CD release. Developed to resolve some of the problems engineers had encountered when trying to record spatial environments with traditional omni-directional microphones, the Fukada Tree clarified microphone positioning and also incorporated directional microphones for main and environmental sounds.

Originally designed for Japanese state broadcaster NHK, the Fukada Tree is now owned by Mr. Fukada’s company, Dream Windows, Inc., which consults on a wide range of music recording, special sound design and audio issues. Whether with NHK or Dream Windows, Mr. Fukada has specified DPA microphones from the outset.

“I insist on using DPA microphones because I like the transparent feel they deliver,” says Fukada, CEO of Dream Windows, Inc. “When recording piano, for example, they give me the clear attack sound and the beauty of reverberation when the sound attenuates. Their wide dynamic range and rich bass vigorously catches the expression of an orchestra, while for string ensembles recorded in a studio, they capture the rich overtones and give a better feeling of air.”

Since first announcing the Fukada Tree arrangement, Mr. Fukada has made a number of positioning modifications to improve front localization, but his choice of microphones remains constant and continues to be DPA. “The LL/RR microphones on both sides are intended to pick up the orchestrated sound expanse and a smooth sound envelope covering the front and rear sections of the hall,” he explains. “I don’t, however, use LL/RR microphones for small music ensembles. My arrangement incorporates DPA 4011A directional microphones and DPA 4006A omnidirectional microphones from the Reference Standard Microphone Series. The configuration of the tree can vary depending on the hall’s acoustic characteristics, while the intervals at which the microphones are placed can also change to conform to the size and formation of the orchestra.”

In recent months, Mr. Fukada has used DPA microphones and the Fukada Tree to record a number of prestigious recording projects, including Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 with the Saito Kinen Orchestra, directed by Seiji Ozawa.

“I also use DPA microphones for projects that don’t require the Tree,” he says. “Recently, I selected the DPA 4006 for a Decca Tree stereo configuration to pick up string ambience in a studio setting. I also use the DPA 4015A wide cardioid ORTF for piano, and if I am recording acoustic guitar, I like to use a DPA cardioid 4011 XY. For me, DPA microphones are indispensable because they suit any musical instrument and provide all the accuracy that I need.”

Ken Kimura, DPA Microphones’ Regional Sales Director, Asia Pacific, says: “Following the upgrade and release of our finest Reference Standard Microphones, and given Mr. Fukada’s requirement for the best audio equipment, I’m very pleased to see that he continues to rely upon our 4006A, 4011A and 4015A mics for his recording sessions under Dream Windows, Inc.”

SSL Demonstrates Riedel RockNet and MediorNet Compatibility at IBC 2012

New Compatibility Further Enhances Integration Options for SSL Digital Broadcast Consoles

AMSTERDAM – Solid State Logic, the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles is proud to demonstrate compatibility with Riedel RockNet and MediorNet systems at IBC 2012 (Stand 8.D83). Collaborative development between Riedel and SSL has delivered functionality, which aide customers worldwide in specifying and configuring integrated systems that deploy technology from two of the most respected names in broadcast.

SSL C100 HDS and C10 HD digital broadcast consoles can now connect to Riedel RockNet low latency audio distribution network and MediorNet fibre-optic transport, routing and conversion network. Via Riedel’s RN334.MD MADI interface, SSL consoles can then remotely control mic Gain, Phantom Power and Pad settings for Riedel RN series audio interfaces connected anywhere on a RockNet network. In addition SSL’s own MORSE Stagebox and Alpha-Link I/O units can also be connected via MADI to Riedel’s MediorNet networks with full remote control capability maintained for SSL consoles. Redundancy is a key feature for both SSL and Riedel customers and the new implementation ensures that Riedel and SSL remote I/O continue to behave as expected within SSL’s redundancy topology.

“SSL and Riedel share a significant customer base across the world, and these developments make it possible for our users to employ our consoles and distribution technology in truly integrated systems,” says Niall Feldman, director of new products for SSL. “Riedel is a highly respected, professional and innovative manufacturer, and there is considerable synergy between our technologies, so it is a great pleasure to continue to bring the relationship between our two companies ever closer together.”

“We’re proud to welcome Solid Stage Logic to the family of RockNet and MediorNet compatible console systems,” adds Henning Kaltheuner, head of product management at Riedel Communications. “This way, SSL will be able to network their consoles and stage boxes via MediorNet and also combine both with consoles and stage boxes from other RockNet compatible brands. As a result, SSL’s clients realize a streamlined infrastructure and maximum flexibility.”

Riedel Communications designs, manufactures and distributes the most pioneering real-time networks for video, audio and communications for broadcast, pro-audio, event, sports, theatre and security applications worldwide. The products reflect today’s leading-edge technologies that translate tomorrow’s demands into today’s solutions. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions as well as fibre-based and wireless audio & video transmission systems for large-scale events such as Olympic Games or FIFA World Cups. The Company was founded in 1987 and today employs over 350 people located within 11 locations in Europe, Australia, Asia and the Americas. For more information please visit www.riedel.net.

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

RTW SELLS 100 TOUCHMONITOR TM3 UNITS TO COLOGNE BROADCASTING CENTER

From left to right: Martin Leuenberg - Sales Manager RTW Mahmoud Chatah - Head of Marketing and Sales RTW Oliver Schmitz - CEO Schmitronic Jürgen Mölders - Head of Postproduction CBC

RTL Deutschland Group’s CBC Relies on RTW Loudness-Metering Systems

AMSTERDAM, SEPTEMBER 7, 2012 – RTW (IBC Stand 8.E76), a leading vendor of visual audio meters for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, is pleased to announce the recent sale of 100 TouchMonitor TM3 units to Cologne Broadcasting Center (CBC), a television production and broadcasting company with offices in Cologne, Munich and Berlin. CBC purchased the TM3s to help meet the German government’s upcoming loudness requirements for TV shows. Schmitronic, a Cologne-based expert provider of professional audio components, supplied the units, which CBC has already begun to install.

CBC initially planned to purchase approximately 80 TouchMonitor TM3 units, but after further studying its requirements, increased that number to a total of 100 units. According to Jürgen Mölders, head of post production at CBC, who manages nearly 70 post-production suites, when it came to purchasing new loudness meters, CBC, already a longtime user of RTW equipment, felt RTW was the obvious choice. “When we tested a prototype version of the TM3, we were quite taken by its simple and intuitive operation,” he says. “We typically use the TM3 units in editing suites. As the monitoring device is a separate hardware unit, the main screen is reserved for the primary edit applications at any time.”

Since the TM3 installation at CBC spans several stages, Mölders insisted on having the first shipment delivered late in May. “Internally, we already transitioned our production to the new loudness-metering systems in June,” he explains. “This means that our editing suites already comply with EBU R128, but for the time being, we’ve adapted the levels in Final Cut Pro to our previous standards, which are still applicable. Thus, we were well prepared for when German regulators began to enforce loudness regulations for all major TV stations at the IFA in Berlin on August 31.”

Jochen Wellnitz, senior sound engineer at CBC, says he and his team are very happy with the experience they’ve had during their first few weeks with the TouchMonitor TM3. “Operating the device locally using the touch screen is simple and quick,” he says. “When browsing presets, the graphical preview feature is truly handy.”

According to Mölders, in order to avoid operating errors, his team decided to use a single preset that the editor cannot change or modify at the workplace. “This ensures that the metering is based on the same specifications at all our editing suites,” he notes. “On the other hand, there are other workplaces such as post-production suites or special-purpose systems where multiple presets are available to our creative team.”

Andreas Tweitmann, CEO of RTW, says his company is thrilled with the sale. “CBC’s acquisition of the 100 TouchMonitor TM3 units reaffirms the company’s faith in RTW’s loudness monitoring systems. We are very happy about that. We are convinced that the latest member of our extremely successful TouchMonitor series will meet and surpass all expectations in practical use.”

The RTW TouchMonitor TM3 enables quick and easy loudness metering. The system comprises a display unit featuring a 4.3-inch touch screen for horizontal or vertical use and a separate interface box. The easy-to-learn operating concept allows for fast selection of presets that are configured using RTW’s Devicer DC1 software, which is available for Macintosh and Windows. In addition to PPM and true-peak instruments, the TM3 offers comprehensive loudness metering in compliance with all globally relevant standards, including EBU R128, ITU BS.1770-2/1771, ATSC A/85 and ARIB. Instruments include single-channel and summing bar graphs, loudness range and numerical displays. The TM3 stereo version handles analog and digital audio; in addition, the TM3-6CH version also supports six-channel digital input. An upgrade option for stereo units is available.

Clear-Com Introduces Eclipse HX at IBC 2012

Company Revamps Powerful Matrix Intercom Range to Deliver Ultra-Fast Software Performance, Intuitive Management and Higher Capacity for System Expansion

AMSTERDAM, SEPTEMBER 7, 2012 ? Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, today unveils the Eclipse HX Digital Matrix Systems and Eclipse HX (EHX) Configuration Software at IBC 2012 (Stand 10.D29a). The distinct set of powerful matrix intercoms offers faster performance, simplified operations and administration and higher system capacity.

The Eclipse HX systems, comprising the Eclipse HX-Omega, Eclipse HX-Median and Eclipse HX-PiCo, as well as the EHX software, are based on the original, powerful and comprehensive Eclipse digital matrix platform. All retain the legacy platform’s unique integration capabilities. Additionally, Clear-Com’s V-Series panels, frame cards and interfaces are compatible with the new Eclipse HX range, providing a seamless logical upgrade path for existing Eclipse customers. What sets Eclipse HX apart from the original Eclipse line are improvements in the software architecture, user interface and system capacity.

“We are very pleased to introduce the new Eclipse HX systems and EHX software at IBC,” says Peter Stallard, Senior Product Manager, Eclipse, Clear-Com. “In broadcast facilities where matrix intercom systems and resources are often shared across multiple studios, having fast and highly intuitive systems is critical when scarce engineering resources are needed to execute system-wide changes reliably, in real-time and with minimal impact on system users. Also, the Eclipse HX systems have the ability to make changes on the fly, which is especially important in OB vans and other live operations.”

The Clear-Com Eclipse is the only intercom on the market with a highly advanced range of user key panels, frame cards, interface modules, seamless wireless integration and intelligent IP intercom connectivity. The new Eclipse HX systems and EHX configuration software offer:

Improved system performance and resource utilization for executing EHX software configuration changes in real time.
• Clear-Com has designed the EHX software for faster processing of configuration and routing cards. This optimizes system performance and speed.

An intuitive user interface and easier setup operations for a better, simplified user experience.
• New “Matrix Ports and Cards” screen for a more efficient setup process.
• New “Resource Chart” to display utilization level of system resources.
• Improved user-panel setup for easy drag-and-drop operation.
• Easier-to-use single-frame operation for an individual user.
• Easier-to-read fonts and vertical-font displays on V-Series key panels.
• User rights features for identifying user types and providing system access control to protect against inadvertent changes.
• Color tallies as indicators for IFB and telephone-assigned keys.
• New “Online Help” feature provides context-sensitive help within software.

Space saving and expanded system capacity.
• Eclipse HX-Omega and Eclipse HX-Median matrix port density has increased to more than 448 ports per 6RU frame, the highest density intercom matrices on the market.
• PiCo-Link provides intelligent audio linking between co-located Eclipse HX-PiCos to resources in just 2RU.
• System features split-mode operation for E-Que cards, making them more efficient when users want to use both E1/T1 trunks and FreeSpeak.
• MADI channels can be used for intelligent trunking.
• Logic Maestro and client-server mode have been bundled with the EHX Software.

About Clear-Com®
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider in professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analogue and Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

133rd AES Convention Workshops: Raising The Bar For Attendee Edification

iPhone Apps, Digital Cinema, Loudness Standards, “Up-Sampling…” & More

SAN FRANCISCO: Paramount on the ‘not to miss,’ lists of AES Convention regulars, the Workshops Program epitomize pro audio’s extraordinary diversity. Thanks to Workshops Co-Chairs David Bowles and Jeffrey McKnight, 133rd Convention attendees will benefit from a particularly robust program. “Dozens of worthwhile proposals are submitted each year,” says Committee Co-Chair Valerie Tyler. “Our Workshops Co-Chairs final picks will challenge visitors to budget their time in order to maximize their opportunities to expand their knowledge.” The 133rd AES Convention will be held in SF’s Moscone Center, Oct. 26-29.

Highlights of the 133rd AES Convention Workshop Program include ‘mini-tracks’ on Digital and 3D Cinema Sound, Loudness and on Height Channel (an AES 1st):

Cinema Sound in 3D: Chair, Christof Faller, author/co-principal IIusonic, Switzerland – Enlisting many key players currently involved with 3D cinema sound, this panel will outline their 3D Sound strategies, including impact on production and compatibility with legacy equipment, content, and signal format/coding. The workshop will include a discussion on MPEG’s efforts on 3D Sound compatible formats.

Reconsidering Standards for Cinema Sound – Alternatives to ISO 2969: Chair, Brian McCarty, Coral Seas Studios, Australia – ISO 2969 (aka, SMPTE S202), has been a cornerstone of the audio reproduction ‘B-Chain’ for many years. Like the RIAA curve, it was originally implemented to compensate for delivery defects. What are the implications for these standards and the B-Chain, as film shifts to Digital Cinema delivery, with full bandwidth soundtracks?

Post Production Audio Techniques for Digital Cinema and Ancillary Markets: Chair, Brian McCarty, head of the AES Technical Committee on Sound for Digital Cinema & TV – With the film industry’s rapid move to audio distribution in full-bandwidth, multi-channel, discrete format, post-production techniques to provide high-quality audio continue to evolve. This workshop will feature four leading sound post mixers (music, dubbing, and DVD-Audio) discussing changes being implemented.

Loudness Wars – The Wrong Drug? Presenter, Thomas Lund, HD Development Mgr. TC Electronics – Newly produced music rarely sounds good on fine speakers. Could the wrong mastering ‘drug’ have been used for decades, affecting Dynamic Range (DR) instead of Loudness Range (LRA)? Addressing the grim side effects of this question, the panel, will provide a unique perspective on the difference between DN and LRA from a technical, perceptual & practical POV.

Broadcasters Experiences In The Use of Loudness Standards: Lars Jonsson Swedish Radio – With the recent U.S. adoption of the CALM Act, Loudness Standards have reached the tipping point in audience awareness. This Workshop will bring together a group of leading international broadcasters to address the use of new EBU and ATSC standards on loudness.

Acoustics & Audio iPhone Aps: Peter Mapp, Acoustic Consultant, PMA – has designed this Workshop to survey the range of audio and acoustic measurement, calculation and related apps currently available for the iPhone, iPad and other smart phones. A member of the AES Technical Committee on Acoustics & Sound Reinforcement (TCASR), Mapp will review current apps, their uses and limitations

Mastering for Specific Music Genres: Andres Mayo Vice Chairman TC Arms – Mastering projects occasionally require an expert in a music style which has very specific parameters (dynamics, color, warmth, S/N ratio, etc.). Examples include, classical and regional music e.g. Tango, and powerful ‘bassy’ tunes created for clubs. This workshop will review those unique features, and also address mastering for vinyl and iTunes.

The Controversy over ‘Up-sampling,’ Boon or Scam? Vicki Melchior Audio DSP Tech Consultant, Boston – Many ‘high resolution’ Blu-ray, DVD releases, and HD download files are created by ‘up-sampling’ Redbook or 48kHz data. A practice that frequently draws vehement outcries of ‘fraud.’ And yet, ‘up-samplers,’ both hardware and software, are commonly marketed to consumers and professionals with the promise of boosting Redbook Sonics to near-equality with high resolution. What’s going on? A panel of top mastering engineers, DAC and DSP designers will discuss in depth.

Other 133rd Convention Workshop Program Highlights Include:

*Sound Design Tools for Multichannel Audio With Height: Wieslaw Woszczyk McGill U. Center For Interdisciplinary Research In Music Media.

*Recording Music In 9.1 Height Surround: Presenter, Morten Lindberg, Engineer/Producer Lindberg, Lyd.

*3D Audio Formats (Multichannel Sound With Height) Channel or Object Based? Presenter, Bert Van Daele

*Height Channel – Adding The Vertical Dimension To Surround Sound: Chair, Paul Geluso, Teacher, Chief Recording Engineer NYU Steinhardt

Multi-Microphone Applications & Testing In Telecommunications Systems: Bob Zurek Motorola

Spatial Audio Evaluation: Sean Olive, Director, Acoustic Research Harman Intl.

What Does an Object Sound Like? Towards a Common Definition Of A Spatial Audio Object: Frank Melchior, BBC R&D

MUSHA Reloaded: Presenter, Judith Liebetrau, Fraunhofer IDMT

What Every Sound Engineer Should Know About The Voice: Eddy Brixen EBB Consultant

New Delivery Mediums & How To Get There Safely… Or, Jumping On The New Media Express: Jim Kaiser Educator, Belmont U/Engineer, MasterMix, Nashville

Forensic Authentication of Digital Audio: Jeffrey M. Smith

*The Height Channel ‘Mini-Track’ will be held at Pyramind Media & Music Production School/Studio in the Bay Area’s trendy SoMa neighborhood.
In-depth descriptions of all the 133rd AES Conventions are posted on the Preliminary Calendar of Events http://www.aes.org/events/133/calendar/calendar.cfm

Photo: 133rd AES Convention Workshop Co-Chairs Jeffrey McKnight & David Bowles

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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

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