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Korg Announces New Music App: iKaossilator for iPhone®

— Enhanced iPhone® re-creation of the palm-sized Korg Kaossilator instrument gives users Korg’s acclaimed Kaoss X-Y touchpad on the go —

Korg has added the iKaossilator for iPhone® to its lineup of music apps. The app is an enhanced version of Korg’s hardware Kaossilator instrument, and uses the iPhone’s sophisticated touchscreen to mimic the functions of the Kaoss X-Y touchpad on the original. The iKaossilator app can also run on iPad® and iPod Touch® (third generation and higher). The iKaossilator for iPhone joins Korg’s existing iPad Apps – the iElectribe Series and the iMS-20. Korg’s WIST (Wireless Sync Start Technology) feature provides new versatility.

The iKaossilator is an expressive music synthesizer offering 150 diverse sounds, combined with a five-part loop sequencer for creating multi-part tracks. As with all Korg Kaoss products, the iKaossilator is controlled by touching, tapping or stroking its X-Y touchpad with the user’s finger. This intuitive form of control is instantly rewarding, and allows users to quickly create music regardless of their instrumental training.

Generally speaking, moving the finger across the iKaossilator horizontally will control the pitch, while vertical movements will control various synthesis and sound parameters. The ability to choose one of 35 musical scales and select a musical “Key” or “Root” lets users easily play musical phrases with no wrong notes. The scales range from traditional major, minor and blues scales to more ornate Ryukyu, Spanish and Indian Raga scales.

The 150 ready-to-play sounds produce a broad range of dance music styles including hip-hop, house, techno, dubstep, new disco and electro. Sounds are divided into popular categories – the synth Leads and synth Bass sounds one would expect from a synthesizer, as well as Acoustic sounds, sounds that simulate piano or guitar Chords and even the popular Sound Effects used by DJs. The Drum sounds provide complete patterns that can be played and manipulated through finger movements on the touchscreen.

The loop sequencer allows the recording and layering of up to five musical parts to create a “track.” The user would simply assign a loop such as synth, bass, chords, sound effects, or drums to each part. Fifty loops created by professional musicians are included in the iKaossilator to get things started quickly. The loop sequencer is also a great feature for using the iKaossilator in a live performance. The Mix Play feature makes it easy to enjoy live remixing; switching seamlessly to another loop or extracting a specific part from another loop as the playback continues.

WIST (Wireless Sync-Start Technology) allows wireless synchronized performances using WIST-enabled apps on two different iPhones or iPads. Korg’s WIST-enabled apps include the “Korg iElectribe for iPad” Series and “Korg iMS-20 for iPad,” or the hardware Monotribe when using the “SyncKontrol for Monotribe” app. Korg has recently made this WIST technology available to other developers for use in their apps such as Propellerhead’s ReBirth and Retronyms’ Tabletop for iPad.

iKaossilator for iPhone is now available for download from the iTunes App store at an introductory price of USD $9.99 (special pricing is in effect through November 30th, 2011). Click here to go directly to the app page.

System Requirements
iOS 4.1or later
iPhone 5 / iPhone 4 / iPhone 3GS / iPod touch after third generation / iPad.

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API SIGNS NEW STRING OF API DEALERS

JESSUP, MARYLAND – OCTOBER 2011: In order to meet European customer demand, professional audio equipment manufacturer Automated Processes, Inc. (API) has joined forces with a number of new dealers in Germany while appointing ES-Pro Audio regional distributor. Giving its customers more convenient options across the region, API anticipates rises both in sales and user satisfaction.

API GERMAN DISTRIBUTOR: ES-Pro Audio www.es-proaudio.de

API GERMAN DEALERS
Digital AudionetworX www.da-x.de
digital audio service www.digitalaudioservice.de
JustMusic Group www.justmusic.de
Music Store professional www.musicstore.de
Musikhaus Thomann www.thomann.de
ProAudioGear www.proaudiogear.de
Klangfarbe www.klangfarbe.com
Key-Wi Music www.keywi.com

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.)
Established more than 40 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series and 1608 recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment. www.apiaudio.com

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Guitar Center Professional Announces New Features and Functionality for Neve Genesys Mixing Console

— Based on direct feedback from leading engineers/producers, Neve continues to expand its Genesys Console with enhanced functionality and many new features —

Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, is pleased to announce new features and functionality for the Neve Genesys, a custom-crafted, expandable analog recording console that incorporates digital workstation control. Exclusively distributed in the U.S. by GC Pro, the Genesys was designed to address the new realities of the modern professional audio industry for music, postproduction and gaming, while building on Neve’s 40 years of accumulated technical heritage.

New features being unveiled at AES include:

New and updated Routing Implementation (L-C-R/Stereo)
Pro Tools track arm/disarm control from the console surface
Apple Logic Pro Integration:
Control of up to 6 Banks of 8 faders each (48 Channels)
Extensive control of Pans/Sends
DAW Metering
Ability to ‘Flip’ Pans/Sends onto Faders
Channels Encoder in DAW simulates V-Pot
EQ/Dynamics processing can be placed in any order in the audio path using the keyboard/mouse with a graphical representation of the audio chain
EQ/Dynamics Link/Copy/Paste feature
Digital Line Enable on Channels with AES/FireWire
Ability to Lock Monitor Level
Improvements for Gangs/Trims, MTC operation, FireWire clock sync

About the Neve Genesys
With its unmistakable Neve qualities of exquisite design, peerless craftsmanship and legendary Neve sound, the Genesys is a comprehensive, cost-effective solution to the challenges of audio in the digital age. The base configuration offers 16 channels of mic/line preamps, 16-channel DAW monitoring, 32-channel analog summing at mixdown, DAW control for Pro Tools, Logic, Nuendo and more, 8 auxiliary buses, 8 group buses, 2 main outputs, 4 effects returns, comprehensive metering, 5.1 monitoring, 2 cue mixes, talkback services and an internal power supply. What sets the Genesys apart is its remarkable combination of features and affordability — an affordable Neve analog console with Neve’s legendary sound and digital control at a cost of less than $50,000 enables the widest possible range of professionals to make a genuine Neve console the heart of their studios. Furthermore, the Genesys has the ability to upgrade as studio owners’ requirements change — it can be expanded to over 60 channels in a straight or articulated frame, with options including motorized fader automation, recall, mastering-grade A/D and D/A converters, digitally controlled EQ and dynamics, remote mic amp control and much more.

For more information, please visit www.gcpro.com.

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Location Audio Specialists ToneMesa Rely on HK Audio Elements for Sound Reinforcement on Popular Television Shows

ToneMesa, Inc. is a location/post audio service and rental company based in Los Angeles. Their high-profile clientele includes Nickelodeon, several major consumer brands and top-rated television shows such as The X Factor. Company partners Daniel McCoy and Stanley Gonzales were recently on location for an outdoor video shoot during filming for upcoming episodes of the popular TV show The X Factor. They needed a portable, modular and inconspicuous sound reinforcement solution, so John Karr at Rat Sound Systems, Inc., a local touring sound, sales, rentals and installation company, set them up with an HK Audio Elements system as an ultra-compact playback system.

As John Karr recounts, “I recommended HK Elements, as it’s the best sounding, most cost-effective solution for a portable line array within the allotted budget. The HKs sound much cleaner and more professional than the equivalent from other well-known lines, hands down. So, recommending Elements was a no brainer. It’s small and lightweight, with a professional sound that’s excellent for playback and small acoustic acts – a definite winner in our book for these types of applications.”

McCoy and Gonzales chose a “Band Two” configuration (four mid-high units, two amps, two subs, two active subs and mounting hardware) to provide the sound and power they needed in a discreet footprint that was also easy to set up and transport.

Partner Stanley Gonzales explains how it solved some of their critical requirements: “My partner Daniel is the audio supervisor for The X Factor. As with most clients, he was asked to ensure that the gear wasn’t visible, so we needed something low-profile and easy to hide, or if it was seen, it was something very sleek. The Elements system proved an easy solution for that challenge. They could put a small tree in front of it and it would disappear! The other challenge was that while the speakers needed to be unobtrusive, they still had to be close to the talent, and we found that feedback was never an issue, despite the high SPL. And of course, we needed something that sounded great. In fact, many of the top artists on the set took notice, were wondering what it was, and were amazed and impressed with the sound. HK really delivered for us, on all levels!”

ToneMesa is also using their HK Elements system for current Nickelodeon TV shows and other applications that require the gear to “disappear, yet deliver.”

For more information about HK Audio, visit: http://www.hkaudio.com/us; for Rat Sound Systems, please visit: www.ratsound.com; for ToneMesa, please visit www.tonemesa.com .

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Ed Seay Talks About His Carl Tatz Design PhantomFocus™ System

— “I’m thrilled with mine,” quotes multi-platinum, GRAMMY®-winning engineer/producer Ed Seay, who has recently tracked and mixed albums for Lee Brice, Mark Jordan, Blake Shelton, Diane Schuur and John Prine, to name a few —

Nashville, TN: Journeyman recording engineer and four-year Carl Tatz Design PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) veteran Ed Seay is revered as Nashville’s “engineer’s engineer,” having mentored many up-and-coming young engineers during the course of his three-decade professional career, including Rascal Flatts’ engineer Sean Neff and L.A. mega mixer Dave Pensado.

Ed recently re-implemented his PFS at the Loud Recording complex on Nashville’s venerable Music Row after moving from the old Warner Brothers studio. Both rooms had their unique acoustic anomalies to tame – the former with too much low end ringing and the latter with over trapping and weak bass. The PhantomFocus System provided its signature frequency response curve in both instances, rendering the PFS performance that over sixty Nashville studios have come to trust and rely on. “I heard some of Carl’s systems and knew that that’s what I wanted to be listening to,” recalls Seay.

The PhantomFocus System will be successful in any room with any brand of monitors. In Ed’s case, his monitor/amp selection of choice was a Dynaudio M1/Bryston 4B complement after experiencing that combination at Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus’ Studio, The Grip.

Video URL: http://youtu.be/-pwqX3-PDGg

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METRIC HALO’S CHANNELSTRIP IS THE BACKBONE FOR ENGINEER/DRUMMER BRETT CHASSEN’S RECORDING OF DEE SNIDER

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 2011: It’s been almost thirty years since Twisted Sister released its iconic Stay Hungry, the cover of which featured frontman Dee Snider dressed and painted as a macabre rag doll, backed into the corner in a dilapidated tenement, threatening (perhaps?) to eat (we think?) a raw shank of meat. (If the image isn’t already burned into your brain, Google it… it will be.) In the early 1980s, that cover somehow made sense. Again, Snider plans to make a sensibly absurd statement that magically resonates with the zeitgeist of the times with Dee Does Broadway. Yes, outspoken metal-man Dee Snider has, in collaboration with numerous stars of the Great White Way, warped the world’s most famous show tunes through the funhouse mirror of heavy metal. Session drummer extraordinaire Brett Chassen provides the backbone for the unique release and, because he boasts tremendous talent on the other side of the glass as well, is responsible for recording and mixing it. One of the most important constants in Chassen’s arsenal is Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip plug-in, which plays multiple critical roles on every track of Snider’s forthcoming release.

“Metric Halo got it right,” said Chassen, flatly. “There’s a good reason why ChannelStrip has been around for a long time. It has a maturity to it that you don’t find in most plug-ins. Most plug-ins have very little tolerance for messing around. If you start spinning virtual knobs and flipping virtual switches, they don’t just sound wrong, they sound broken. They get all strident and glassy. That doesn’t happen with high-end analog hardware. You can spin knobs and flip switches, and while it may not sound right, it certainly doesn’t sound broken. ChannelStrip is like hardware in that way. It has character and strength that makes it sound and feel solid, no matter what you do with it.”

That robustness has led Chassen to use ChannelStrip in ways that he had never considered using other plug-ins. For example, the guitars on Dee Does Broadway have a presence and immediacy that doesn’t get in the way of the other instruments. “ChannelStrip is responsible for that,” said Chassen. “With other plug-ins, I wouldn’t dream of boosting something like 1.5 kHz. But with ChannelStrip, it’s like turning up the gain on an analog equalizer. If the part suits it, the boost sounds right.” Chassen boosts 1.5 kHz when he needs a guitar to poke through. He also boosts frequencies near 500 Hz for guitar leads. He said, “It gives them a nice fullness that cuts through the track without becoming boxy.”

Drums benefit as well. “With ChannelStrip, I don’t hesitate to boost high end on the drums, even up at 5 kHz or 10 kHz,” he said. “The compressor on ChannelStrip is also really nice. I love the way it moves, frequency-wise. It tends to bend all the right frequencies, just like a nice analog compressor. I can really smack it with drums and it never breaks up. The image and body hold together. I would never consider hitting another plug-in that hard with drums because they invariably become splotchy and indistinct.”

Of course Snider’s vocals get the ChannelStrip treatment. “Dee has a lot of aggressive presence in his voice,” said Chassen. “He’s very much in attack mode. He’s like a buzz saw. With other plug-ins, when I notch out a problematic frequency, I find that other stuff starts disappearing as well. It’s like unintended consequences. But with ChannelStrip, I can pull out the [imitating the sound of hissing radiator again] at around 2.5 kHz without negatively affecting anything else. Most importantly, the excitement is still there.”

Chassen concluded by saying that ChannelStrip, together with some nice reverb and effects, would suffice on a desert island. “It’s just inspiring to use,” he said. “You find yourself playing around to see what you can come up with. And it’s not exactly transparent either, but in the good way. It’s got its own thing. But at the same time, it doesn’t leave an oversized paw print. In the world of plug-ins, ChannelStrip is definitely unique.” As will be the forthcoming album, due out in the first quarter, 2012 on Razor & Tie Records.

ABOUT METRIC HALO Based in New York’s Hudson Valley, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware. www.mhlabs.com

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Haivision’s KulaByte and HyperStream to Enable Live Streaming of Show Content at WFX 2011

WFX Counts on Live Internet Encoding and Transcoding to Stream Real-Time Content Including Church Communications and Multisite Strategies

MONTREAL and CHICAGO — Nov. 1, 2011 — Haivision Network Video today announced that its KulaByte live Internet encoder and HyperStream live cloud transcoding technology will drive the WFX Live Studio, a feature of WFX 2011 (Worship Facilities Conference and Expo) to be held in Dallas Nov. 9-11. The WFX Live Studio is a full-function recording and streaming-video broadcast studio that will provide live coverage of the show floor and conference sessions to Internet viewers.

During the WFX 2011 show, the Haivision technology will serve two independent live streams to the WFX website: a continuous stream from the exhibit floor from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and live coverage of all keynote sessions and educational presentations. The WFX Live Studio will feed two KulaByte encoders, each contributing a bandwidth-optimized stream from the conference center to the cloud-based HyperStream transcoder. In the cloud, HyperStream will then transcode each contribution stream into multiple bit rates and multiple formats to serve the WFX website using Adobe(R) Flash(R) dynamic and Apple(R) HTTP adaptive streaming systems. By using the HyperStream cloud-based transcoder to create the different bit rate streams, the contributed streams can take full advantage of available bandwidth to maximize video quality.

“We are very grateful to Haivision for providing the streaming technology to power the WFX Live Studio,” said Amy Reddington, director of event operations at EH Publishing, producer of WFX. “Not only will our attendees and Web audience be able to stay up to date on show-floor happenings and conference proceedings, but they’ll also be able to see firsthand how state-of-the-art Internet encoding technology can transform their worship activities and bring their message to vast new audiences.”

The WFX Live Studio will host a full series of educational presentations, panel discussions, and interviews broadcast live to an Internet audience that will interact with the presenters during Q&A periods. In addition, attendees will observe and engage with experts on video capture, lighting, streaming broadcast technology, and social media. Educational sessions at the WFX Live Studio will include church and independent experts on multisite strategies, as well as a discussion of church communication and social media tools.

“The WFX 2011 setup will be very similar to that of many of our hundreds of faith-market clients,” said Peter Maag, executive vice president of Haivision. “So extending WFX beyond the conference hall is a great opportunity for attendees to experience the potential of live streaming, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to show them.”

Haivision offers products that are complementary to KulaByte and HyperStream for media applications in the faith market. These products include Mako(TM) and Makito(TM) codecs for connecting multisite churches; the Furnace(TM) video distribution system to enable recording, video-on-demand, and internal video distribution; and the CoolSign(TM) digital signage system to deliver dynamic content to public area displays.

Haivision, an official sponsor of WFX 2011, will be demonstrating KulaByte, HyperStream, and other media solutions at WFX 2011 in booth 442.

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About Haivision Network Video
Haivision delivers advanced technology for streaming, recording, managing, and distributing secure IP video and interactive media within the enterprise, education, medical/healthcare, and federal/military markets. Haivision is a private company based in Montreal and Chicago, with technical excellence centers in Beaverton, Ore., Austin, TX, and Hamburg, Germany. With a global sales and support organization, Haivision distributes its products through value-added resellers, system integrators, distributors, and OEMs worldwide. More information is available at www.haivision.com.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Xantech’s A/V Control Technology Used for Tour Center at Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations Plant

The recently completed movie theater located within the brand new Vaughn L. Beals Tour Center at the Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations plant in York, Pennsylvania, includes A/V control products from Xantech, a leader in the field of audio/video remote control and distribution for 40 years. SDK Electronics of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, outfitted the theater, where visitors begin the one-hour factory tour, installing a Xantech CSPLCD39G 3.9-inch Smartpad LCD Graphic Touchpanel and a WIC1200 Web Intelligent Controller to manage the presentation’s audio, video and lighting.

The Smartpad LCD Graphic Touchpanel and the WIC1200 in combination offer fully automated control of the movie presentation, which takes visitors through the famed motorcycle manufacturer’s history. The film starts with a single touch of the Xantech Touchpanel, explains Scott Koons, owner of SDK Electronics. “The system sits in idle mode until the tour guides bring the visitors in. They touch one button on the screen that says ‘play’ and the movie starts to run. The WIC box gets a signal, tells a Crestron lighting controller to dim the lights, and turns on an audio sense to the Blu-ray Disc player. As soon as it senses that audio is no longer present – in other words, the player is in full stop – it tells the Crestron to relight the room.”

The system is also programmed with an alternate mode for employee meetings. “When they hold a meeting in the theater they can touch a button that says ‘presentation’ and it will switch over to a presentation mode,” says Koons.

The Xantech products offered an affordable control solution for automating the theater’s A/V system, according to Koons. Although the system is relatively simple, the controller does need to support some specific interface capabilities. “I needed to have some way to automatically turn on the lights. The WIC1200 gave me the ability to do two-way communications as well as system status sensing.” A more complex and more costly unit was just not necessary, he adds: “It would have been overkill to spend that kind of money on a competing product for what little I needed to do, especially since the WIC box does everything I needed it to do for this system.”

The Xantech Touchpanel interfaces directly with the theater’s JVC projector. “The only codes we send to the projector are on, off and source select, so we use those straight out of the keypad because I don’t need any sense on that,” explains Koons, adding, “The only thing I need to send to the Lexicon DC2 processor is power on and source select.”

The rest of the theater’s audio system, which includes EAW loudspeakers in a 7.1 configuration with Crest amplification, is initiated through the use of a Surge X power sequencer. A 159-inch 16:9 HDTV format Da-Lite fixed wall screen completes the A/V presentation setup.

Koons also installed a Xantech CSPLCD64G 6.4-inch Smartpad LCD Graphic Touchpanel in the employee cafeteria at the new plant. “They can hold 450-person meetings there. It has four screens, four projectors, a scaler and an SPLCD64 controlling it, along with a couple of relay packs and a 1×8 RS232 router.”

The Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations plant, established in York in 1973, assembles the company’s Soft Tail, Touring and Tri-Glide models. Following the demolition of 42 separate buildings and a year of construction, a brand new, robot-assisted manufacturing plant opened on the site on August 1, 2011, that combines all of its manufacturing lines and warehousing in one 600,000-square-foot facility. Over eight thousand tourists have reportedly visited the new Vaughn L. Beals Tour Center and toured the new factory in its first two months of operation.

For more information, please visit www.xantechcommercial.com.

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HK Audio Introduces the SoundCaddy One System

— Complete professional PA system in a single, mobile, self-contained unit ––

HK Audio announces the SoundCaddy One system. The SoundCaddy One provides the benefits of a line array/woofer combo in a compact and portable format. Inside the SoundCaddy One are three six-inch bass speakers, six three-and-a-half-inch mid/high drivers, a 600-Watt class D amplifier and a complete four-channel mixer. This innovative PA system is completely self-contained, and can be used for both speech and music.

As a single, self-contained unit, the SoundCaddy One provides plug-and-play convenience. Easy to transport, the SoundCaddy One can be moved into position on its built-in wheels. A firm push on its top releases the mid/high array, which rises from the cabinet on a pneumatic lift. Once adjusted to the desired height, it can be twisted to lock into place.

The back panel offers access to a full four-channel mixer. The mono channels (Mic In and Combi In) are each equipped with a Neutrik XLR/Guitar combo input, a volume knob and a tone control. Next to those are two stereo channels (Line In, Aux In), each offering a Volume and a Contour control. The Combi In channel features two Neutrik combo inputs; the Aux In provides both stereo RCA jacks and a single stereo eighth-inch input. Using the XLR Line Out, a second SoundCaddy One can be connected to create a fuller stereo or dual-mono system. Recording Out (RCA Stereo) jacks allow connections to other equipment. The Bass Level control makes it easy to balance the highs and lows.

For power, the SoundCaddy One houses a 600-Watt Class D amplifier. Three six-inch bass drivers provide a tight, deep low-end sound. The pop-up line array contains six 3.5-inch broad band speakers that together deliver excellent reach, intelligibility, and an easy-to-aim 70-degree horizontal dispersion that provides deep coverage while eliminating unwanted reflections. The SoundCaddy One renders speech and music with authority and power, and can easily provide satisfying full-range sound for smaller concert venues.

The 19-millimeter birch cabinet construction features cutaway handles, integrated wheels and protective skid guards. A protective cover is included.

HK Audio SoundCaddy One is now available at select U.S. retailers with an MSRP of $4000.00.

Learn more at www.hkaudio.com/us/soundcaddy.

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SYMETRIX HIRES JEFF SONDERMEYER AS DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING AND CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – OCTOBER 2011: Symetrix, manufacturers of high-end professional audio solutions, specializing in DSP hardware and software, announces the hire of industry veteran Jeff Sondermeyer as Director of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer. Sondermeyer brings almost twenty years of experience to his new role. He split the first decade between Peavey Electronics and Mackie Designs as the Digital Design Leader for pioneering products and he spent the most recent decade with integrated circuit manufacturer Analog Devices (ADI) as Senior Field Apps Engineer. During his tenure at ADI, Sondermeyer helped Symetrix integrate ADI’s Sharc and Blackfin chips into Symetrix products.

“For a number of years, Jeff has been a major player in the pro audio industry, from his design-side engineering management experience with Peavey and Mackie to his applications engineering work for ADI,” said Symetrix founder and CEO, Dane Butcher. “As always, Symetrix maintains an aggressive product development roadmap. We feel very fortunate at this time to have Jeff on board to manage the execution of our strategic product initiatives.”

“Having supported Symetrix for the past ten years, I have an appreciation for how the company works,” said Sondermeyer. “Dane has created a tight-knit team of dedicated people with the same passion – making superior products. It runs more like a family than a business and I really like that! My short-term goal is to join the excellent engineering team, fill in holes, and increase productivity. My long-term goal is to continue fostering the culture at Symetrix that wins loyalty from contractors and other industry clients: superior sound, superior service, superior sales – just superior! No hacks, no workarounds, no excuses – just excellence!”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Sound professionals rely upon the performance, value and reliability of audio mixing, routing and processing products from Symetrix. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1.425.778.7728.

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