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AES 132nd Convention A Hit In Budapest

Mercedes-Benz Signature Sound Audio & John Buckman Keynote Highlight Show

BUDAPEST: With over 100 paper, workshop, tutorial and networking events, 11 exhibitors and 805 attendees, the 132nd AES Convention was the most intimate yet intensive gathering in the organization’s 64-year history. Participant response to the event and, to the host city, was uniformly positive.

“Budapest exceeded our expectations as a distinctive site for our 2012 European convention,” stated AES Executive Director Bob Moses. “We attracted a number of eastern European audio professionals who had not previously had the opportunity to participate in an AES event. The feedback we received from them as well as from our traditional AES European Convention attendees was extremely positive.”

The convention was highlighted by the first surround recording, specifically mixed and mastered for the exotic new Mercedes SL Roadster. Presented by a blue-ribbon panel which included Leslie Ann Jones of Skywalker Sound, Mario Fresner of Daimler AG, Stefan Bock, msm-studios GmbH, Norbert Niemczyk, Daimler AG, Wieslaw Woszczyk of McGill University, and moderator Herbert Waltl of LA’s mediaHYPERIUM, the event demonstrated the “ultimate surround sound car listening experience.” Technical issues behind its development were discussed at length.

Keynote speaker John Buckman, a leading online label entrepreneur and Chairman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), provided deep insights into developing successful 21st century progressive music business models. Presentations spanning subjects from Smartphone technology to Virtual Microphones and the Beach Boys’ “Smile” sessions offered attendees invaluable insights, career tips and social networking opportunities.

Moses reports the quality of the research papers was particularly high thanks in part to a newly instituted Convention paper review process. “The turnout for Workshops and Tutorials was particularly strong,” he adds, “The rooms were packed and, while the exhibition was smaller than we had hoped, we deeply appreciate the support of Audiomonde, Auro Technologies, Charteroak, Crane Song, Delta Senselab, Linear Audio, Microtech Gefell, Neutrik, Profusion and Roland Systems Group East Europe. Our post-show conversations with them clearly substantiate their palpable sense of having made the right judgment call in being with us. “The 132nd Convention clearly confirms the importance of continuing the AES European show. We are already in the planning stages for our next event, and will be incorporating changes our stakeholders are requesting to add value and ensure its long term success” Moses concludes.

Commenting on his reaction to the 132nd Convention, David Josephson of Josephson Engineering who shared a booth with Crane Song, AEA and Hitspace remarked, “The show was really worthwhile. We saw a lot of students and pro users. The technical sessions seemed stronger and better attended than the last London show. We went because it was the first time we could reach out to buyers in Eastern Europe. The opportunity for seeing significant people is absolutely worth attending an event like this.”

Photos: 1. 132nd AES Convention Opening Day Registration
2.132nd AES Convention Workshop
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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. With over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East, the organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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Patrick Prothe Joins Biamp Systems as Marketing Communications Director


Patrick Prothe, Marketing Communications Director

May 4, 2012 – BEAVERTON, OREGON — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today introduced Patrick Prothe as the company’s new Marketing Communications Director. In this role, Prothe will oversee Biamp’s marketing efforts worldwide with a focus on enhancing the company’s online presence, digital marketing assets and creative resources. Prothe will be based in Beaverton, Oregon and will report to Graeme Harrison, Executive Vice President of Marketing, Biamp Systems.

As Marketing Communications Director, Prothe will be responsible for Biamp’s strategic marketing direction, including developing and driving the global marketing plan, overseeing corporate communications, and directing the activities of the company’s external marketing agencies.

“With the continued growth in many of our global markets and the recent introduction of Tesira, it’s vital that our marketing efforts support the needs of our regions,” said Graeme Harrison, Executive Vice President of Marketing, Biamp Systems. “Patrick is an ideal addition to our team because he understands the importance of closely aligned marketing and sales efforts. Patrick’s extensive experience and knack for creative vision will help us broaden awareness of Biamp and continue to strengthen our leadership position worldwide.”

Prothe comes to Biamp from Viewpoint Construction Software where he was Marketing Communications Manager, responsible for overseeing all marketing and client communications programs including social strategy, content development, public relations, media relations, and trade shows. Prior to this, Prothe served as Manager, Creative Services, at Knowledge Learning Corporation, where he managed corporate branding and creative direction. Prothe has also held various positions at Synesis Design, Xerox and WARN INDUSTRIES.

“Biamp has a solid industry reputation for providing the best support and excellent service to customers,” said Prothe. “Being able to join this team of smart, sharp-minded individuals is a true privilege. I look forward to working with Graeme and the rest of the Marketing team as Biamp continues to grow, and ensuring that our customers around the world are fully supported by our marketing efforts.”

About Biamp Systems
Biamp Systems is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each product with a commitment to exceptional customer service.

The award-winning Biamp product suite includes the Tesira® media system for digital audio networking, Audia® Digital Audio Platform, Nexia® digital signal processors, Sona™ AEC algorithm and Vocia® Networked Public Address and Voice Evacuation System. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, campuses and multi-building facilities.

Founded in 1976, Biamp is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, USA, with additional engineering operations in Brisbane, Australia. For more information on Biamp, please visit www.biamp.com.

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France Television Places A Substantial Order For Jünger Audio Loudness Processing Equipment

The decision by France’s CSA (Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel) to link the EBU’s Loudness Recommendation R128 to its own audio-visual legislation is now focusing the attention of French broadcasters on purchasing loudness processing equipment that complies with the EBU R128 standard.

One manufacturer that has already benefited is German dynamics specialist Jünger Audio, which recently won a significant order for its loudness processing equipment from the French public broadcaster France Television.

Jünger Audio’s Managing Director Peter Poers says: “Our EBU R128-compliant loudness processing equipment has already been installed at every major broadcast facility in Germany and Switzerland, and we are delighted that France’s public broadcaster has also chosen to endorse our technology. Broadcasters have recognised the benefit of using our proprietary LEVEL MAGIC™ adaptive control algorithm and like the fact that it allows them to adjust the audio level from any source at any time, with no pumping, breathing or distortion. As a result it has become the algorithm of choice for line and real time processing.”

France Television is a state-owned company that consists of a number of channels including France 2, France 3, France 4, France 5 and France Ô. The broadcaster, which is primarily funded by revenue from television license fees, is highly influential with more than 40% of the French population watching its programming every day. As a public broadcaster it is firmly committed to providing high quality news, sports and entertainment programming that reflects a diversity of views.

The order France Television has placed with Jünger Audio is for a total of 73 loudness processors – 22 D*AP LM4 four-channel units and 51 D*AP LM2 two channel units. These are now being rolled out to France Television facilities and will eventually cover all Paris-based channels, plus all 23 regions, with each region having one Jünger Audio processor for its main transmission path and another for back-up.

France’s CSA decision to link with EBU R128 means that previously unenforceable laws on loudness can now be better defined and therefore enforced. This will protect viewers from the unpleasant and unpopular lurches in the volume of programmes and adverts that have resulted worldwide in so many complaints over the years.

In order to comply with the new law, French broadcasters must now ensure that all production and distribution equipment they use is compliant with EBU R128. They must also manage audio correctly and ensure that all material provided by production houses also complies with the new ruling. The new law is being introduced in three phases: normalization of short programmes from 1 January 2012, of live programmes by June 2012, and of all programmes by the end of 2012.

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

ASPEN™ 3232HD3G HONORED WITH TV TECHNOLOGY STAR AWARD AT NAB 2012

After four days with over 90,000 media and entertainment professionals in attendance, Kramer Electronics and Sierra Video’s Aspen 3232HD3G was recognized as one of the best and brightest products at the 2012 NAB show, when conferred the prestigious STAR award from TV Technology Magazine.

The STAR award (Superior Technology Award Recipient) recognizes superior technological innovations in the industry. Selection is made by a panel of broadcast industry experts who review the products and services found at the show and evaluate their overall contribution to the industry. The Aspen 3232HD3G was one of the few select products recognized and honored this year at our industries largest trade show.

This award, now in its twelfth year, is a shining recommendation of the Aspen 3232 3G-HD-SDI matrix switcher. This matrix switcher is a part of the Aspen line consisting of general utility 3G HD−SDI routing switchers ideal for use in any professional video installation, including rental and staging applications, higher education facilities, houses of worship, hospitals, broadcast facilities, broadcast production trucks, and post production facilities.

This high performance matrix switcher is compact, energy efficient and capable of driving long cable runs. Due to its advanced technology, the Aspen 3232HD3G router can drive signals farther than most typical 3G HD−SDI routing switchers. The device can drive 3G signals up to 557 feet (170 meters) with a high quality cable compared to a typical industry performance level of 328 feet (100 meters).

In addition to longer signal range, another stellar feature of the Aspen 3232HD3G is energy efficiency. This “green” device requires less than 32 Watts of power including the power consumed by its standard built−in routing switcher control system and front panel. This is far less than other comparable models available in the market today.

Another unique and extremely beneficial feature of the Aspen 3232HD3G is its embedded controller which can be accessed via a TCP−IP or RS 232/422 serial interface making it easy to integrate into any automation or control system. The built−in web server offers convenient control and setup functions and works with any OS, browser and most handheld devices. The user can even access an IP address from the front panel allowing for quick and convenient set up.

The Aspen 3232HD3G has a list price of $13,995.00. For more information on the Aspen line and the 3232HD3G, please visit www.kramerus.com.

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