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Revolabs FLX(TM) Wireless Conference Phone Completes Interoperability Testing With Cisco(R) Unified Communications Manager, Version 8.6

SUDBURY, Mass. — Sept. 24, 2012 — Revolabs Inc., a member of the Cisco(R) Developer Network, today announced that the Revolabs FLX(TM), the first and only wireless VoIP conference phone, has successfully completed interoperability testing with Cisco Unified Communications Manager, version 8.6. Already a Solution Developer within the Cisco TelePresence(R) technology category with the HD Single/Dual Channel wireless microphone systems, the company now joins the Collaboration category with the FLX. more

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Soularity Sound Upgrades To 5.1 With HARMAN’s JBL LSR4300 Series Studio Monitors

NORTHRIDGE, California – Providing cutting-edge post-production audio services for the thriving independent film industry in Austin, Texas, Korey Pereira, Owner and Lead Engineer of Soularity Sound, recently upgraded to 5.1 surround sound production capability with HARMAN’s JBL LSR4300 Series studio monitors.

When Pereira decided to equip the Soularity Sound studio with 5.1, he needed a monitor system that would enable his mixes to accurately translate to the theatrical screen. “While there were several other solutions on the market, I decided the best setup for me was five JBL LSR4326P monitors and an LSR4312SP subwoofer,” Pereira said.

Pereira’s recent credits include Incendiary: The Willingham Case, a feature documentary that was screened at the South by Southwest Festival and went on to a limited US theatrical release. Currently, Pereira is working on The Ascendant, a short science fiction film with an abundance of visual effects and impactful sound cues.

“Even in my small space, to monitor the dynamic range of a dramatic film soundtrack, I need to have enough headroom from my monitors so that I don’t have to worry about the speakers, especially the subwoofer, distorting,” Pereira noted. “With a short-term max SPL of 112 dB for the LSR4326P and 125 dB for the LSR4312SP, I know I have ample power for even the most dynamic mixes.”

The LSR4300 System’s built-in RMC Room Mode Correction coupled with the Control Center Software allows Pereira to tune the speakers precisely to his room. “I have four presets for the space,” he said. “I measured the room from both the mix position and a couch, and stored a preset for these positions calibrated to both theatrical and broadcast specs. I can pull up the Control Center Software and choose where I want to focus the sweet spot.”

“For anyone doing multichannel mixing in a small-to-medium sized room, the LSR4300 Series Monitors are the perfect way to go,” Pereira concluded.

For more information on Soularity Sound, please visit: http://www.soularitysound.com

To see clips of Solarity Sound’s projects using JBL LSR studio monitors and a video interview with Korey Pereira, please visit: www.jblpro.com/products/recording&broadcast/r&b_support/Pereira.html

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 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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Clovis High School Taps Technomad Turnkey PA System For Friday Night Football

BOSTON, September 24, 2012 – A Clovis, New Mexico high school is bringing more energy to its 1,500-seat outdoor campus stadium on Friday nights with a new Technomad Turnkey PA system. The Technomad system provides an all-in-one audio solution to enhance quality and coverage for all home football games, including pre-show and halftime music.

The school needed a system that would produce clear and even sound across the stadium, including visitor and home stands. The Turnkey PA system comprises four Technomad Berlin weatherproof loudspeakers, a pre-wired amplifier, a dynamic hard-wired microphone, and a six-channel mixer with front-panel iPod/mp3 inputs. The solution included all necessary cables and connectors to facilitate a quick and simple installation just in time for the 2012 football season.

The new setup replaced outdated loudspeakers damaged by time and weather. Technomad loudspeakers feature IP56-rated weatherproof designs immune to weather-related elements, allowing them to remain outdoors all year — a huge plus for Natalie Roseberry, partner and technician at Wes-Tex Audio Electronics.

“Clovis High School’s old system was pretty much useless,” said Roseberry, who performed the installation. “Some of the speakers delivered very little sound, while others were completely broken and generated no sound at all. It was clear they needed a system overhaul. We have installed Technomad loudspeakers at high school stadiums in the past, and they can remain outdoors, protected from rain, wind, and snow. You never have to worry about damage. This is just another reason we keep coming back to Technomad.”

The entire setup was flawless and took only two days, according to Roseberry. She and her team installed Technomad yoke mounts on top of the home side of the press box, and installed the amplifier and mixer in an existing equipment rack mounted in the press box. She later fastened the four Berlin loudspeakers onto the yoke mounts, facing them outward toward the field and visiting bleachers to maximize coverage.

“It was all very simple,” said Roseberry. “The flexibility of the yoke mounts allowed us to tilt the loudspeakers in this desired direction so we could ensure smooth, even audio coverage across the entire stadium.”

Roseberry followed with a series of tests that included voice intelligibility and high-volume musical reproduction. According to Roseberry, the Berlin’s unmatched combination of high volume output, broad dispersion and remarkable fidelity made it the obvious choice for the stadium’s large spectator capacity.

“I walked across the field during the tests and could not believe how crisp and sharp the audio sounded from both the CD player and the iPod,” she said. “I could hear all the instruments and a clear vocal track, which I have never heard before from speakers at a football field. The microphone was crisp, clear, and sharp sounding as well.”

Roseberry experimented further, connecting her iPhone to the Technomad system via its auxiliary port — adding that nearby maintenance staff commented on how well the system sounded.

“We’re continually impressed with their functionality,” said Roseberry. “Today’s youth expects the same great sound quality as their iPods and mp3 players. Not only does Technomad deliver on this, it allows for the easy hookup of all these devices. And the clarity of the music still comes through as intelligible and crisp.”

ABOUT TECHNOMAD
Technomad LLC, founded in 1995, designs and manufactures loudspeaker systems for the professional audio and security/military technology industries. The company invented the first reliable full-range weatherproof loudspeaker and now offers nine models ranging in power from 60-watt loudspeakers to 1250-watt subwoofers — most available in Turnkey PA System packages featuring amplifiers, mixers and other signal processing equipment in pre-wired racks. The company also manufactures a variety of audio infrastructure and communications equipment including playback and recording systems, weatherproof power amplifiers and turnkey remote audio systems. Contact Technomad at 617-275-8898 or visit www.technomad.com for more information.

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DPA CHOSEN FOR INTIMATE BALLET EXPERIENCE

To mark her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, the English National Ballet recently completed a series of 14 sell-out performances at the new 500-seat Theatre at The Concourse Performing Arts Centre in Sydney, Australia.

To achieve a natural effect where the music did not sound over amplified, the venue’s sound designer and production engineer, Owen Ironside, chose a selection of DPA microphones to capture the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra’s performance.

“The Theatre is a very intimate space and my goal was to make the mix as transparent as possible and merely bring the orchestra image out of the pit, sonically speaking, without it sounding like the PA was even on,” Ironside explains. “In total there were 29 musicians situated in the open pit, beneath the stage. To achieve the results I wanted I opted to mic each section with DPA microphones, with the addition of a solo DPA mic on 1st violin, as opposed to a traditional Decca Tree approach.”

On Ironside’s recommendation, the Concourse Arts Centre invested in 12 DPA 2011C Twin Diaphragm directional microphones, which were supplied by DPA’s Australian distributor Amber Technologies.

“I used directional microphones because the orchestra was situated directly under the PA,” Ironside says. “To mic the venue’s Steinway piano I used the directional DPA d:vote™ 4099P instrument microphone set mounted inside the piano with magnet holders, making it almost invisible. This was a last minute addition chosen for aesthetic reasons when the director decided to move the piano on and off stage during the performance. I also used DPA Reference Standard 4015A wide cardioid microphones for harp and timpani in order to minimise proximity effect. The harp sounded quite boomy before amplification so I certainly didn’t want to accentuate this. The wide cardioids’ wide pickup pattern also suited the harp and timpani’s wide radiation, while for the single double bass I used a d:vote 4099B instrument microphone. This allowed me to close mic and gave me maximum control within the mix.”

The combination of Owen Ironside’s attention to detail and the superb audio quality of the DPA microphones won much praise from the audience, performers, musicians and venue staff.

Gavin Sutherland, Music Director and Conductor for English National Ballet, says: “I was extremely impressed with the sound engineering for the Willoughby Symphony pit orchestra in the Theatre at The Concourse. The sound emanating from this moderately sized pit of 29 players, out front (in the auditorium) has a fulsomeness, richness and clarity worthy of some of the larger pit orchestras in Europe. A great natural sounding result was achieved.”

Following the success of the English National Ballet performance, the Concourse Arts Centre has increased its stock of DPA microphones by investing in 10 d:fine headset microphones, which it is using for musical theatre productions, and is also considering investing in different capsules for its Reference Series microphones to use during recording in its Concert Hall.

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Editors’ information:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

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Analog Way exhibits at LDI 2012 – Booth #201 -

September 2012 – Analog Way, a leading designer and manufacturer of presentation switchers and image converters, is pleased to exhibit at LDI 2012. Analog Way will demonstrate a selection of its powerful solutions in booth #201, from October 19 to 21, in Las Vegas, NV, USA.

Analog Way is pleased to participate in LDI, the leading tradeshow for live design professionals in North and South America. Through two different demos, Analog Way will provide visitors with an overview of its solutions for the Events industry.

Multi-Screen Venue Systems
A dynamic multi-screen venue system will be demonstrated. Based on Analog Way’s Eikos, Pulse and Axion2 models, this configuration allows for total control of up to 6 individual screens with previews.

Eikos is a powerful and versatile 12-input Seamless Switcher offering Multi-Layer Mixer, 12 by 2 Seamless Native Matrix and multi-format Quadravision modes. Awarded twice as “Best Video Processing or Distribution Product”, Eikos can display up to 6 layers, and includes video output in addition to the high resolution outputs.

Pulse, a 10-input Dual Scaler Mixer Seamless Switcher, is particularly adapted to large screen applications. Capable of displaying up to 2 live sources, Pulse offers many live effects including Keying and PIP animation.

Axion2 is a high-end Remote Controller, specifically designed for live events and multi-screen venues. It can control up to 6 independent screen configurations in different locations (single display or multiple projectors in Soft Edge Blend mode) and store up to 90 presets per screen configuration. Axion2 offers useful features to easily program and control a show in a live environment (off-line programming, Snap button, Toggle Preset…).

LED wall applications
Analog Way’s systems’ capability to deal with non-standard resolutions will be demonstrated on an odd sized LED display. As an example, the Pulse and Eikos will be used to show their ability to adjust an image size to fit any LED wall. Their ability to seamlessly switch between sources with Fades, Cuts or Wipes is another key feature that will be shown. In addition, the products allow easy animation of layers.

Analog Way, Pioneer in Analog, Leader in Digital
Analog Way is a leading designer and manufacturer of presentation switchers and image converters with worldwide offices. The company designs a wide range of computer to video scan converters, scalers, edge blend processors, seamless switchers and up/down converters. The products provide the most advanced solutions in the Broadcast, AV, Rental & Staging, Church, Corporate and Industrial markets.

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METRIC HALO RELEASES PRODUCTION BUNDLE FOR WINDOWS AAX AND MAC AUDIO UNITS, CELEBRATES WITH SALE

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 2012: This past weekend, at IMSTA Festa, Metric Halo announced the release of the Metric Halo Production Bundle for Pro Tools 10 for Windows, as well as Macintosh Audio Units. The software will be available 9/25/12 and consists of seven plug-ins compatible with AAX Native and AAX DSP Pro Tools systems and any Macintosh DAW that supports Audio Units: ChannelStrip 3, Character, HaloVerb, Multiband Dynamics, Multiband Expander, Precision DeEsser, and TransientControl.

This bundle provides all the tools necessary to sculpt a mix. Four of the plug-ins contain audio analysis tools from Metric Halo’s SpectraFoo software, giving the user visual feedback of the plug-in’s processing. “We’re excited to release the Production Bundle for Pro Tools on Windows,” said Allen Rowand of Metric Halo. “The introduction of the AAX plug-in format has made it possible for us to offer our software on Windows for the first time. We’re also thrilled to make the Production Bundle available to all of our longtime Macintosh users. The great thing about the Production Bundle is that one iLok license works cross-host and cross-platform – so if you prefer to edit audio in Pro Tools but compose in Logic, you only need one license. Or if you work in Pro Tools in Windows at home and Mac in the studio, you’re covered as well.”

The MSRP for the bundle is $699 USD, with individual plug-ins priced at $199 USD each. Upgrades from ChannelStrip 2 to ChannelStrip 3 are available for $49, and upgrades from ChannelStrip 2 to the Production Bundle cost $549. Owners of Metric Halo’s +DSP software may purchase the Production Bundle for $549, and may purchase the Bundle for $399 if they own licenses for both +DSP and ChannelStrip 2. Customers who have purchased ChannelStrip 2 Native since October 1, 2011 are eligible for a free upgrade to ChannelStrip 3.

In order to celebrate the release of the Production Bundle, Metric Halo is offering special pricing from 9/25/12 to 10/25/12; the Production Bundle and individual plug-ins are 25% off. See http://mhlabs.com for more information.

Promotional pricing is available through Metric Halo dealers, as well as Metric Halo’s direct sales site, and may only be combined with customer loyalty discounts. AAX plug-ins require Pro Tools 10 or later running on Mac OS X or Windows, and Audio Units require Mac OS X and Audio Unit hosts. The Production Bundle and individual plug-ins require an iLok for authorization.

ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, 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

Bridgestone Technical Center Gets Great Sound with Iconyx

Akron, Ohio, September 2012… Akron, Ohio has a long and storied history as the heart of the US tire business. In April of 2012 the city celebrated that proud heritage with the grand opening of Bridgestone Americas’ 260,000-square-foot worldwide technical center. The USD $100m research and development facility was designed by architects Harris/Day to exceed Gold LEED standards, and it shows. The building features wide, open spaces, a “living roof” with gardens and lounge areas, and plenty of natural light thanks to an abundance of glass throughout.

The showcase structure’s east and west wings intersect at a massive three-story atrium area that serves as building’s social nexus. The common space is outfitted with a large video wall, and serves as the hub of the technical center’s communications with the outside world, and with the company’s headquarters in Tennessee.

Of course, three stories of glass, while visually stunning, tends to create a less than optimal acoustical setting. As Gary Matthews of Middleburg Heights, OH-based Audio Video Interiors explains, even with a fair amount of acoustical treatment, the environment was a challenging one.

“It’s a big, open, reverberant space,” he says. “They did a great job in treating the back wall, which helps a lot, but it’s still a large, glassed-in space, with a high level of ambient noise, and intelligibility inevitably suffers.”

The architect’s vision included a desire for low-profile audio and video components, but the design was at odds with that goal. “Their original proposal was for 34 individual loudspeakers hung on walls and on ceilings throughout the area,” says Matthews. “They came to us and asked if there was anything they could do differently, because they didn’t want to see so many speakers.”

AVI’s  recommendation was for three Renkus-Heinz Iconyx steered steered arrays to cover the entire area. “So we got it down from 34 speakers, to three Iconyx ICX7 units built into the video wall, with zero visibility. And the sound coverage is far superior, with no distribution issues and no dead spots.”

With an Ashly Pêma 8×8 amplifier and signal processor already in place, AVI opted for the ICX7 passive system instead of the powered version. “We built pockets for them in the walls, and you can’t even see that they’re there,” says Matthews. A Listen Technologies assistive listening system and a pair of Shure SLX wireless mic systems completes the audio system.

“The Iconyx system was perfect for aiming the sound only at the areas we wanted to cover, and away from the walls and windows,” Matthews concludes.

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

 

 

 

 

Waves Unveils NS1 Noise Suppressor Plugin

— The NS1 Noise Suppressor instantly analyzes and adapts to a user’s signal in real time, bringing the foreground into focus as it eliminates unnecessary background noise —

Waves Audio, the industry-leading developer of professional audio digital signal processing technologies, introduces its new NS1 Noise Suppressor. A uniquely intuitive professional noise suppression plugin, Waves’ NS1 Noise Suppressor intelligently differentiates between dialog and unwanted noise. Perfect for post production, broadcast, voiceover, audio forensics and musical applications alike, NS1 instantly analyzes and adapts to a user’s signal in real time, bringing the foreground into focus as it eliminates unnecessary background noise.

Intuitively controlled by a simple single fader, NS1 also features an attenuation meter, which shows users just how much overall energy is being removed from their input signal. NS1 is SoundGrid® and MultiRack Native compatible.

Controls:
Fader determines the amount of noise suppression.
Attenuation Meter displays the amount of overall energy removed from the input signal.

Waves NS1 Noise Suppressor is now available with pricing as follows:
Native – U.S. MSRP $200, with a special introductory price of $99
TDM – U.S. MSRP $300, with a special introductory price of $149

Visit www.waves.com for more information.

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Auralex® Expands Its Range of ProPanels™

— New sizes and fabric options offer latest enhancements to Auralex®’s ProPanels™ line of Fabric Wrapped Acoustical Absorption Panels —

As part of their ongoing commitment to providing system integrators with a wide range of sound absorption products, Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and soon to celebrate its 35th anniversary, is expanding its line of ProPanels™ Fabric Wrapped Acoustical Absorption Panels. Auralex’s ProPanels are fabric-covered absorbers designed to provide an upscale look with the high-performance absorption qualities that reduce unwanted room reflections (slap and flutter echoes, for instance) to improve the listening environment while affording tasteful aesthetics that complement any décor.

ProPanels meet the Class A fire rating and are available in a choice of 12 standard color/fabric options. ProPanels standard sizes include: 2′x2′, 2′x4′, 4′x8′ and 4′x4′ wall panels (with beveled or straight edges) and 2′x4′ corner panel (with reverse-mitered edge). The 2′x2′ and 2′x4′ wall panels are available in 1″ and 2″ thicknesses; the 4′x8′ and 4′x4′ wall panels and 2′x4′ corner panel are available in 2″ thicknesses only. Additionally, Auralex offers a wide variety of installation hardware: flat Impaling Clips (standard with all ProPanels orders); and Z-Clips, Cloud Anchors and Snap-On Anchors (available upon request).

For more specialized needs, Auralex offers its Custom ProPanels, which can be customized with regard to shape, size and thickness, to serve the diverse demands of today’s integrator. Additionally, Custom ProPanels are available in a wide variety of custom fabrics.

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

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GC Pro Lends a Hand to Stonehand Studio

— New music facility in northern Kentucky aims for an organic sound with carefully chosen technology, sourced and installed by GC Pro —

When Chris Jones does something, he doesn’t do it halfway. The engineer/producer is about to open his own music studio in Florence, Kentucky, near Cincinnati, and he spent considerable time and effort researching how to achieve what he wanted in the way of sound. Jones’ wish list was long and detailed, but it was just what Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, loves to do: help audio professionals bring their visions to life.

Stonehand Studio, which will open in the fall of 2012, is conceived by Jones as a natural-sounding space where acoustics and technology combine to create a wholly organic ambient environment for music recording. “I want it to be a place where people will enjoy taking their time, choosing microphones and picking mic placements to get exactly the sounds they’re looking for,” he explains. Stonehand’s equipment list was put together to help achieve what the studio’s acoustics will bring about naturally, and Jones has a clear rationale behind each piece. For instance, he says he selected the Vintech 473 4-channel mic preamplifier because it approximates the sound of vintage Neve pre amps, and the API 3124+ 4-channel mic pre for what it brings to drums, guitar amps and vocals. Jones researched these and other specific pieces of gear, looking for the combinations that would give him the kind of sonic sensibilities he wanted, but he also consulted with the GC Pro office in Cincinnati, where Account Manager Jim Kinney helped Jones narrow his choices, sourced products and helped him get competitive prices.

And when the time came, they also helped commission the studio, too. Marcin Nowak with GC Pro Technical Services handled the Pro Tools 10 software and Universal Audio Nevana software installations, PCIE card installation, Apogee Symphony installation, RAM upgrades and Apple Mac Pro computer set-up and registrations. GC Pro’s Pres Maxson was invaluable behind the scenes, making sure all the pieces were ordered correctly and arrived on time.

“GC Pro has an awesome team mentality, and it really shows when we get to work on a project,” says Kinney. “Chris was willing to do whatever he could to get the highest performance for his budget from every aspect of the gear. He had clear goals for himself and wanted expert help getting there. We spent a lot of time discussing many options and he seemed to value my input and considered my advice in his equipment decisions.” Jones agrees. “When I started researching, I talked to a number of retailers, including GC Pro,” he says. “But as it went along and the project grew, I found myself talking more and more to Jim at GC Pro. He was always on the job, always there when we had a question, and he always had an answer – they were very, very knowledgeable. GC Pro understood what I was going for, what I was trying to achieve, where I wanted to go with the studio. Those guys have been there themselves, so they know how to help me get where I want to go.”

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

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