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Carl Tatz Design’s Revolutionary PhantomFocus™ System Teaches Students a Lesson at Vaughan Music Studios

— “The PhantomFocus™ System (PFS) monitor tuning protocol is the holy grail of studio monitoring, period… I’ve never had mixes translate as well as they do from this system, and I feel like I have grown exponentially as a mix engineer since Carl brought his genius to our facility in Ohio.” – Chief Engineer Mark Abrams —

Nashville, TN: Cindy Vaughan, CEO of Vaughan Music Studios (VMS) in Columbus, Ohio, and Chief Engineer Mark Abrams, began their new studio project by driving down to Nashville to experience the PhantomFocus™ System (PFS) at a few of Carl Tatz Design LLC (CTD)’s award-winning studios. As is often the case, CTD’s services were hired on the spot to help VMS design a studio for their beautiful new school that would feature the PFS as a major teaching tool. CTD was able to provide a control room design for this vibrant music school, ensuring the success of the PFS.

“We’re implementing the PFS in more and more educational facilities because the recording department heads realize that there is nothing more important in the recording process than accurate monitoring,” comments CTD principal Carl Tatz. “Students are paying substantial tuition fees for their specialized educations, and they really deserve to experience state-of-the-art monitoring as part of that education, so that they can carry this knowledge into the real world. It doesn’t matter how great or expensive the monitors are; they can never approach the accuracy of the PFS because of the various boundary and modal issues in a control room – no matter how well designed by me or any other designer. What we are doing with the PFS using any brand of monitors is quite revolutionary, and there is nothing offered that compares to it.”

Chief engineer Mark Abrams goes on to say, “I am able to make mix decisions with more precision in less time. It has literally cut my mix time in half. I never go to the car with the fear of saying ‘where did X go?!’ anymore. It’s all about enjoying the music on the way home now.”

Abrams gleefully recalls, “During a recent open house, we had a line similar to a new roller coaster at an amusement park. Just like a roller coaster, the facial expressions were priceless. Typically within the first five seconds, the listener will turn around with their jaw wide open. I actually had to show one listener that there was not a center speaker placed behind the video monitor!”

Commenting on the student experience, Abrams points out, “As a teaching facility, we benefit greatly from the PFS, as it allows students to hear the changes they make on an EQ or compressor with ease. So many instructional facilities try to teach their students about the sonic subtleties of specific pieces of gear using inadequate monitoring. Our students are knocked out by the incredibly responsive performance of the PFS when they put their hands on the gear and make even the slightest adjustments. They can hear what they are doing, which ultimately leads to a better educational experience.”

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Aphex® Introduces HeadPod 4™

BURBANK, CA, July 18, 2012— Aphex®, the leader in sound enhancement technology, has introduced HeadPod 4™, a compact, portable headphone amplifier capable of driving four separate stereo outputs with individual level controls from the selected input source. HeadPod 4 combines four independent Aphex stereo amplifiers and high quality converters in a rugged metal case and offers ultra low distortion and wide frequency response with headroom to spare.

Headphone amp designs built on a single channel of amplification suffer from degraded sound quality and volume levels when multiple, mismatched headphone loads are connected. HeadPod 4 overcomes the limitations of typical headphone amps through the use of four completely independent stereo amplifier channels that ensure minimum distortion and crosstalk regardless of the headphone loads connected, resulting in consistent volume levels, crystal clear audio and no clipping.

Top panel controls include a separate level control for each of the outputs together with a master level control, and an input source selector. The rear of the unit houses a pair of balanced quarter-inch jacks, a single stereo headphone extension input and a digital S/PDIF connection.

HeadPod 4 is suitable for a variety of applications, including desktop audio production, recording and broadcast studios, language labs, quality assurance listening stations, rehearsal and tuition rooms, and live sound venues such as houses of worship and schools.

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Television/Movie Composer Mark Isham Turns to GC Pro to Outfit His Home Studio

— As he creates scores for programs like ABC’s Once Upon a Time, Isham looks to GC Pro for products, service and support —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, July 12, 2012 — Award-winning composer Mark Isham has an impressive list of credits: scores for such films as Crash, A River Runs Through It, The Black Dahlia, Blade and dozens more, as well as TV shows such as Chicago Hope; a number of GRAMMY®-winning solo albums; and a number of other highly regarded collaborative projects. Recently, his focus has been on composing the music for the hit ABC television series Once Upon a Time, a unique recasting of fairy tale conventions in a semi-modern setting. As he composes at his home studio for this project and others, he again and again turns to Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, to source gear and provide ongoing service and support.

“I have had a long relationship with GC Pro,” Isham says. “A lot of my equipment has come through there. The GC Pro branch in Hollywood has been our go-to shop for years. I love working with them, because if I want to try something out, they just get it to us. They have a great department there.”

For each episode of Once Upon a Time, Isham composes in Apple Logic, adapting his established character themes and creating new ones when necessary, and records in Avid Pro Tools. A demo then gets sent to his producer and the show’s creators, who send their comments. Once the material has been approved, the show goes into production, and an orchestrator generates the full scores from Isham’s themes.

As one might expect, the layout and components of Isham’s main writing room have been fine-tuned over the years to be perfectly conducive to creativity and productivity. A Logic/Pro Tools setup faces one wall, and a mixing console faces the opposite wall. He has multiple sets of monitors for a TV-type setup as well as a fuller theater setting. The mixing room features an Avid-Euphonix console, accompanied by a 10-way speaker system with Class A amps. He uses M-Audio digital audio and MIDI solutions, plug-ins from Universal Audio and Tannoy monitors, among other gear.

Southern California-based GC Pro Account Manager Bill Learned has been one of Isham’s main contacts. He states, “Mark is a pleasure to work with. As an artist, musician and composer he stands apart from the herd. He continues to push himself to explore new territory musically and in doing so stays on the cusp of what modern day recording has to offer. We are proud that he chooses to rely on GC Pro for his various needs.”

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

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Waves Audio Unveils Live Console Functionality for Version 9 Plugins

—V9 functionality expands to include compatibility with Yamaha, Allen & Heath, DiGiCo, Venue and MultiRack Native hardware —

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, July 11, 2012 — Waves Audio, the industry-leading developer of professional audio digital signal processing technologies, has expanded the capabilities of its acclaimed V9 (Version 9), and it is now available for live use with Yamaha, Allen & Heath, DiGiCo, Venue and MultiRack Native. Featuring 64-bit support, faster scanning, faster loading, and faster processing, Waves Version 9 opens up new dimensions of high performance plugin power.

One of Version 9’s most highly anticipated features is 64-bit operating system support. Now Waves users can unleash the power of massive amounts of RAM memory in the DAW hosts of their choice. V9 also marks the introduction of Waves’ new easy-to-use authorization system, Waves License Center, which eliminates use of the iLok, ushering in an era of simplicity, flexibility, mobility and security. Waves License Center offers users authorization activation straight to their computer or any USB flash drive; easy license management; license mobility via USB flash drive or users’ License Cloud; and one-click license recovery in the case of lost or damaged devices. V9 also allows users to run V8 and V9 plugins side-by-side. New features for live use include 64-bit support and hard drive or USB flash drive activation for Yamaha and Allen & Heath consoles as well as MultiRack Native. No D-Show enabler is needed for Venue consoles.

With new V9 plugins added to Waves’ Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Horizon, SoundGrid pro and Live bundles, there’s never been a better time for users to renew their Waves Update Plan coverage. New plugins in Horizon: Kramer Master Tape; PIE Compressor; HLS Channel; Bass Rider; CLA Guitars; Maserati Drums; OneKnob Filter; and OneKnob Driver. New plugins in Diamond: GTR3 Software; OneKnob Filter; and OneKnob Driver. New plugins in Platinum: GTR3 Software and OneKnob Driver. New plugins in Gold: GTR3 Software. New in SG Pro – NLS Non-Linear Summer. New in Live Bundle – GTR3 and compatible version of PuigTec EQs for Venue.

Waves V9 is now available. Visit www.waves.com and www.waveslive.com for more information.

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Genelec Custom Installation Systems Appoints New Manufacturer’s Representative

— Verve AV of Chesapeake, Virginia, is the latest rep to be
added to the Genelec Custom Installation Systems sales force, representing
the Mid-Atlantic Region —

NATICK, MA, July 11, 2012 — Genelec Inc., U.S. distributor of Genelec Custom Installation Systems, has added Verve AV of Chesapeake, Virginia, to its growing family of manufacturer’s representatives. Bart LoPiccolo, Genelec National Sales Manager, made the announcement as part of Genelec’s ongoing expansion in the custom installation/home theater market sectors. Verve AV will represent Genelec Custom Installation products in the Mid-Atlantic region. Company principals Jimmy Van Dyke and Eric Rigler will be leading the efforts.

The addition of new dedicated Genelec reps in this region underscores Genelec’s commitment to meeting the rising market demand with a network of experienced, knowledgeable representatives. Commenting on the appointment of Verve AV, LoPiccolo stated, “We are proud to have added Verve AV to the Genelec family. The company has a well-established presence in the market, and their experience and support make them an excellent fit for Genelec. Jimmy, Eric and their team are very qualified, and they will assist us in increasing brand visibility and market penetration in their territory and also help build lasting relationships with high-end custom install dealers. We look forward to continuing growth as a result of these new partnerships.”

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

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HARMAN’s Soundcraft and SCV Audio to Host “Mixing with Professionals” Seminars at Festival d’Avignon

AVIGNON, France — At this year’s Festival d’Avignon in France, HARMAN’s Soundcraft and its French distributor SCV Audio will host “Mixing with Professionals” seminars from July 23-26. Sessions will be held each day from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. Registration is free.

The “Mixing with Professionals” sessions will be held at the ISTS (Institut Supérieur des Techniques du Spectacle), a center for training in the techniques of performing arts. The sessions are open to professionals wanting to learn more about the Soundcraft Vi Series digital consoles, those making the transition from analog to digital consoles, new engineers and others.

Founded in 1947 by Jean Vilar, the Festival d’Avignon is today one of the most important contemporary performing arts events in the world. Every year in July, Avignon becomes a city-theater, transforming its architectural heritage into various performance venues, welcoming tens of thousands of theater-lovers (over 130,000 admissions) of all ages.

Registration is online at http://www.scv.fr/index.php?page=http://www.scv.fr/news/wordpress/?page_id=2780

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012.

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T3 Innovation New Tel-Scope™ Telecomm Test Set Now Shipping

Using Independent Technologies’ Patented ‘Data Defender’ System, the Tough, Talented, and Affordable TLA300 Tel-Scope Offers a Complete Menu for Measuring Data, Actively Monitoring and Detection of High Line Voltages

Camarillo, Calif., July 23, 2012 — T3 Innovation (t3innovation.com), a leading provider of advanced handheld test equipment for the cable/telecommunications, datacom/networking, electrical design and maintenance, and residential/CEDIA custom install markets, has announced the new TLA300 Tel-Scope™ Telecomm Test Set is now shipping. With an MSRP of $269.95, the Tel-Scope delivers more line condition and status information than any other telephone line tester in the world.

“The Tel-Scope includes the most sophisticated data in-line discovery and protection available today,” explained Ron Vogel, T3 Innovation CEO. “Using Independent Technologies’ patented ‘Data Defender’ system, the Tel-Scope offers a complete menu for measuring data, actively monitoring and detection of high line voltages. The Data Defender feature also includes Digi-Secure features that protect digital lines from disruption by outside test equipment.”

The new TLA300 Tel-Scope Telecommunications test set comes with a slate of features not found on any other ‘butt’ set in the world. The large backlit display shows information clearly, and with a glow in the dark keypad the unit can be used in low light environments. And, it is 100 percent weather and rainproof for outside use anytime.

Additional Tel-Scope features and specifications include:
• Angled bed-of-nails and piercing clip cord set
• Largest backlit LCD display available
• Glow in the dark keypad
• On-hook voltage readings
• Off-hook current readings
• Caller ID/Call Waiting and error detection
• Last number called or received list
• Amplified line monitoring
• Soft key menu system
• Data Defender™ keeps digital lines safe
• Detects and identifies DSL and T1 lines
• Eight number stored memory
• DTMF digit capturing
• Displays ring frequency and ring voltage
• Drop tested to 20 feet
• Multiple language (English, Spanish and French) options / display set up choices
• Three-year manufacturer’s warranty

“The Tel-Scope is tough as well as talented,” added Vogel. “It is the first 21st Century telephone test set, and sets a new standard for telephone line analysis.”

See the new Tel-Scope on T3 Innovation’s web site at www.t3innovation.com

For more information, please visit www.t3innovation.com or call (805) 233-3390.

About T3 Innovation
T3 Innovation is dedicated to bringing the latest and most effective technology to the world of handheld test equipment. Innovation is in our name and represents what we look for in each and every product we launch.

A strong engineering team with decades of experience in software and hardware integration with access to some of the most advanced new testing technology on earth is creating concepts, designs and production of new handheld testing devices that are being made right here in the U.S. T3 Innovation is committed to high quality U.S. manufacturing that will help us address market needs around the world.

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New Line of Lightware DVI Matrix Switchers Announced for Medical Applications

Lightware U.S.A., the US distributor for Budapest-based Lightware Visual Engineering products, has announced two new lines of enclosures for its entry-level series of standalone DVI matrix switchers, which are designed for conference room, medical, avionics and 3D imaging applications. Upgraded from the SLIM series, the new PLUS models feature an enclosed power supply, and the MED series is rated for medical usage, for the first time.

“The new PLUS and MED versions of switchers offer a simplified, all-in-one solution,” says Blake Dudash in sales and marketing. “But they still provide users with the same slate of features at the same price point as the small-footprint SLIM routers they’ve come to know.”

Lightware’s MX9x9DVI-Plus, MX12x12DVI-Plus and MX16x16DVI-Plus DVI matrix switchers come in 9-, 12- and 16-I/O sizes. Their 7-inch depth, 4 RU-high aluminum alloy body and fan-free design makes them ideal for space and noise-sensitive applications.

The new PLUS and MED Slim series features no switching latency and zero frame delay; 1920×1200 or 2048×1080 maximal resolution; gold-plated PCB boards and connectors; and RS-232, RS-422 and ethernet control. Lightware Slim offers advanced EDID management, Vista Spyder and Barco Encore compatibility, 32 presets and website hosting capabilities. Easy front-panel buttons provide a user-friendly interface.

In addition, the MED series is now available in a white enclosure to blend in with other equipment in medical installations. The PLUS and MED routers will ship later this summer.

About Lightware U.S.A.

Lightware U.S.A. is the US distributor of professional AV products manufactured by Lightware Visual Engineering in Budapest, Hungary. For more information on these products, visit www.lightwareUSA.com.

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Denver Public Schools Keeps Community Informed more Easily with Shared Storage System from Small Tree

For public schools, an informed community is an engaged community. As such, it is in the best interest for public schools to take advantage of technologies that enable information to be disseminated more quickly to students, parents and community residents.

While communicating with the community has become easier for schools, the introduction of technologies to deliver content often leads to previously unforeseen hurdles that schools must clear. Such was the challenge for DPStv, a cable TV, social media and web streaming channel serving Denver Public Schools, before installing the GraniteSTOR ST-RAID II shared storage system from Small Tree.

“Gone are the days where a monthly newsletter is the primary communications tool used by schools to inform their public about news or noteworthy activities and events,” said Ray Trout, DPStv’s chief engineer. “Today, DPStv creates news, event and promotional content rapidly to keep the entire DPS community entertained and informed.”

To facilitate such heavy content creation, DPStv needed a simple way to provide its post-production team with immediate and simultaneous access to HD media. With eight HD suites located on separate floors, DPStv installed a 24TB ST-RAID II, the first Ethernet-based shared storage system to support 6Gb SAS/SATA protocol end-to-end. Sitting behind a Mac Pro Server, the system includes direct attached shared storage technology designed to support Adobe and Final Cut post-production professionals looking for economical, functional and easy to manage storage solutions.

“The Small Tree shared storage system is the foundation of our facility,” Trout continued. “The ST-RAID II is rock-solid hardware whose one cable connectivity and simple setup means access to creative assets from any room or floor. On top of that, it’s an end-to-end, stable and scalable solution for online media that will grow with us as we continue to expand.”

For more information about Small Tree and its growing line of shared storage and networking products, visit www.small-tree.com or follow Small Tree on Twitter @SmallTreeComm.

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WORXAUDIO TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES UPGRADED X2-P LINE ARRAY

**** Photo: WorxAudio Technologies X2-P line array ****

Greensboro, NC – July 2012… WorxAudio Technologies, a leading manufacturer of loudspeaker systems for the pro touring and install markets, is pleased to announce its newly upgraded X2-P Line Array. With its new PXD8080 power amplifier, the X2-P is a two-way, high efficiency, ultra compact, “All In One” line array loudspeaker system designed for the most natural sounding reproduction of speech and music program material. This exceptional loudspeaker system excels at a wide variety of sound reinforcement applications, including small to medium sized performance venues and clubs, houses of worship, theaters, cabarets, as well as meeting and presentation facilities. more

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