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Christie MicroTiles Give New Meaning to “Moving Art” at School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Students “Break Out of the Box” Thanks to Christie MicroTiles’ Flexibility And High Brightness at New LeRoy Neiman Center

As a college of art and design, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) knows how important aesthetics are, which is why they chose Christie® MicroTiles® as the basis for the video wall in its new LeRoy Neiman Center, the school’s first student hub. Featuring 16-foot tall windows on both sides of the building, the LeRoy Neiman Center offers Chicago Loop visitors a clear view from the street of what is inside.

With such a large audience passing by throughout the day, SAIC wanted a video display that could be reconfigured into new and intriguing shapes, “catching their eyes” and captivating them with an endless collection of innovative, multimedia designs.

“Unlike bulky video monitors and flat panels with thick bezels, Christie MicroTiles are modular products that blend nearly seamlessly with one another, providing artists with a digital canvas of almost limitless shapes for their work,” said SAIC director of media services, Craig Downs.

“Exploration is one of the school’s core values,” Downs continued. “And with Christie MicroTiles, our students can push the edges of ordinary artistic expectations, as they are no longer restricted to a rectangle or single screen. Working with MicroTiles as a video installation medium literally takes the concepts outside of the box.”

Christie MicroTiles maintain their clarity and brightness even in the most demanding of indoor ambient light environments. With a much wider color palette than conventional LCD and plasma displays, Christie MicroTiles display pure, saturated, accurate colors. This color reproduction ability combined with their superfine resolution, high pixel density and high contrast ratio results in stunning image quality from practically any angle and even up close, making them an ideal display for public spaces.

Christie MicroTiles Inspire New Age Art

With a new architectural environment to call its own and 25 Christie MicroTiles at their disposal, SAIC opened the floor to faculty and students, asking them for designs that would speak to the public and inform them of what the school is and what it does.

Taking advantage of the MicroTiles’ potential for reinterpreting the concept of time and space, instructor Lee Blalock developed a design that broke the first artistic display into three segments, with each array telling its own story – a work made solely with Christie MicroTiles in mind.

“Lee’s piece, ‘Remote,’ really stood out in the selection process, as she clearly realized that Christie MicroTiles are not like other video displays and thought differently about the presentation right from the start,” said Downs. “Breaking away from a linear approach, she focused on depth perception and space, counting on the flexibility of the MicroTiles to play out her work exactly as she envisioned it.”

“The first piece that ran on the MicroTiles illustrated the next frontier of video art, showing students, and faculty alike, new possibilities in delivering digital images, most of which wouldn’t be feasible without this versatile technology from Christie,” added Michael Ryan, director of exhibition curricula and director of the student union gallery at SAIC. “The MicroTiles are a great teaching tool because they challenge the way we normally think about videos and allow our students to expand their skills even more.”

With a team of AV installers arranging the MicroTiles to fit the artist’s vision, SAIC treats the technology as its own exhibition space – putting no restrictions on proposals that embody a freestanding sculptural piece or are part of a window display, as the first two installations did.

“If it is physically possible, technically possible, and we have the space for it, we will try anything,” said Downs. “That is a luxury only Christie can offer with its MicroTiles. They are easy to configure and prove to be cost-effective in their ability to reinvent a display time and again.”

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From The Field to the Studio: Sound Devices Highlights Diverse Capabilities of Rack-Mounted PIX 260i at the 2013 NAB Show

File-Based Audio/Video Recorder Ideal for OB, In-Studio and Post-Production Environments

LAS VEGAS, MARCH 5, 2013 — Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, is taking its proven field technology into the studio with its PIX 260i Production Video Recorder at the 2013 NAB Show (Booth C2849). Based on Sound Devices’ PIX 240i Recorder, the rack-mounted PIX 260i is a file-based audio/video recorder that seamlessly replaces tape-based video decks in production and post-production environments. Currently shipping, PIX 260i also offers 32 tracks of audio record/playback as well as control functionality from browser-capable computers and tablets.

The PIX 260i brings the features and tools needed by production companies and broadcasters looking to migrate to file-based recording and playback environments. The PIX 260i records QuickTime files in either Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD video formats. Files recorded in these intra-frame codecs are ready for editing directly from the recorder in common editing environments, such as Avid, Final Cut Pro, and Adobe Premiere, eliminating time-consuming transferring and transcoding. For color-critical applications, the PIX 260i supports Apple ProRes 4444 through its 12-bit, 4:4:4 3G-SDI I/O. Users can also play out files from the PIX 260i for real-time applications.

PIX 260i recorders can be controlled from browser-capable computers and tablets. When connected to a data network, transport controls and setup menu controls are available on the Sound Devices PIXNET, which offers IP-addressable control of one or multiple PIX 260i recorders. Users can group multiple units for simultaneous control. Data drives connected to PIX 260i are also accessible on Ethernet-based networks as read-only SMB shares, opening up endless possibilities for file sharing. Files can be copied from any PIX 260i located on a network, enabling access from across a room or the globe.

Up to four SATA drives can be connected to the PIX 260i simultaneously. For RAID-type redundancy and to eliminate the need for post-record copying when multiple copies are required, users can record to all four drives simultaneously.

Building on the company’s deep heritage in production sound, Sound Devices has infused the PIX 260i with 32-track record/playback capabilities. In addition to 16 channels of embedded SDI audio and eight channels of HDMI audio, the PIX 260i also accepts eight channels of line-level analog I/O and eight channels of AES digital audio. Using Dante, the PIX 260i can accept and transmit up to 32 channels of audio over Ethernet.

With its extensive control capabilities, the PIX 260i is a flexible video playback source. The PIX 260i can be controlled by both external RS-422 and via Ethernet through PIXNet.

The PIX 260i includes a built-in Ambient Clockit time-code generator/reader with genlock output for rock-steady, multi-camera and double-system sound applications. In addition to generating ultra-stable time code, time codes can be read from the SDI stream, the HDMI stream or from an external source.

Like the PIX 220i and PIX 240i, the PIX 260i includes a sophisticated scaler and frame-rate converter. Regardless of the incoming signal, the PIX recorders can record the signal after up-, down- or cross-conversion at the same or a different rate. Hardware-based 3:2 pull-down removal and anamorphic conversion is also available.

PIX 260i’s convenient half-rack, 2U chassis dimension allows it to be easily integrated into any existing environment. It is powered by 10-27 VDC through its four-pin XLR connector. Sound Devices’ PIX-RACK accessory includes one full 2U rack, which can hold two PIX 260is.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. The fourteen-year old company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

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DPA Microphones Help Morgan Ågren Demonstrate Drum Miking

DPA Microphones played a vital role in helping nearly 100 studio engineers get to grips with the black art of miking a drum kit during a workshop seminar given by Grammy award-winning drummer Morgan Ågren.

Entitled Producers Seminar: Drums with Morgan Ågren, the seminar took place in Stockholm and was hosted by Swedish Studio Magazine, in conjunction with DPA Microphones and Avid/Pro Tools. Opus3 label founder and “Microphone Doctor” Jan-Eric Persson was also a guest speaker.

“The aim of this workshop was to show how to record and mix drums and percussion,” Morgan Ågren explains. “There was a strong focus on sound ideals and I used examples from my own Pro Tools sessions, with and without software plugins, to demonstrate the points I was making. I also played some CDs that I have mixed and some that I simply find inspiring.”

Ågren used a DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphone on his kit-pig compact drum kit. To demonstrate transient response he conducted a test with a similar microphone from another manufacturer and the audience reaction to the DPA d:vote was incredibly positive. He also explained the advantages of having as few different types of microphones as possible so that the sound blended together better. His personal preference is for DPA microphones, which he likes to use for all of the instruments he is recording.

Ågren also discussed the importance of recording as cleanly as possible, and referred this back to his own experiences where he is often recording for people who are not 100% sure of the character they want for the final version of the track. He explained that it was important to leave that decision to the person who was going to mix the track so that they could decide on the sound they wanted.

To complete the seminar, Ågren gave a practical demonstration of drum kit miking using DPA 2011 Twin Diaphragm Cardioid Microphones. Designed to offer a linear off-axis response in a smaller frequency bandwidth, DPA 2011 microphones make stage separation and gain-to-feedback higher and microphone level easier to control.

“I always use DPA microphones because they sound better than any other mike I’ve tried,” Ågren says. “They even sound better on the snare, which is rare for a condenser mike. I now own 12 DPA microphones and during this seminar I was happy to tell the audience why I like them so much.”

Born in Umeå, Sweden, Ågren has been a drummer since the age of four and first performed live when he was seven. In conjunction with blind keyboardist Mats Öberg, he formed the Mats/Morgan Band in the mid-1990s and began releasing CDs on his own label, Ultimate Audio Entertainment. The band has subsequently toured in Europe, Asia and the USA where Ågren and Öberg’s superb playing ability has amazed progressive jazz/rock audiences.

As a drummer, Ågren has also played and recorded with many internationally acclaimed artists including Frank Zappa, Bill Laswell, Steve Vai, and Mike Keneally. He was also voted No.1 in Modern Drummers reader’s poll in the Fusion category and is widely admired by professional drummers on both side of the Atlantic.

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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

HomeTech Installs Energy-Efficient Elan g! System At Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West

Modernizing the vision set forth by legendary American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has partnered with energy consultant Big Green Zero and custom electronics integrator HomeTech AV Solutions to install advanced energy efficiency technologies and the ELAN g! Entertainment and Control System at the iconic Taliesin West campus in the Arizona desert. With initial design and construction dating back to 1937, this current home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture continues to advance Wright’s legacy of architectural innovation.

The Energizing Taliesin West™ project aims to minimize energy costs and carbon pollution as it works toward creating a grid-neutral campus. The project will provide architectural students with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experiment with state-of-the-art conservation and sustainable energy production technologies. After determining that Taliesin West could benefit from substantial energy and financial savings through the installation of these technologies, Big Green Zero was contracted to manage and develop the project.

HomeTech AV Solutions, in partnership with ELAN Home Systems, has designed a unique control system for a unique piece of American history. The initial installation will take place in the original Wright home theater, dubbed “The Cabaret”. After lacking modern lighting, projection and audio systems for decades, The Cabaret has been revitalized with a Da-Lite acoustic fabric screen stretched across the original frame, a new Digital Projection E-Vision projector with a special long throw lens to accommodate the 65-foot throw distance, and fully integrated audio, video and Lutron Radio RA@2 lighting controlled by the ELAN g! system. There is no way to run new cabling in the stone and concrete building, so the video signal is transmitted wirelessly from the AV receiver to the projector mounted in the projection room. Frank Lloyd Wright designed The Cabaret’s unique uneven-hexagonal shape to have no right angles and to have 20 feet of open space below the front of the theater, which has led sound engineers to determine the space is 95 percent acoustically efficient! No sound is wasted, and there are no echoes anywhere in the room.

According to Jim Beaumont, president of HomeTech AV Solution, ELAN g! is the only control platform that’s simple enough to allow novices to use the system with zero training. “The space is available to rent for corporate events, so the system will see a lot of use by first-time users with no training or experience. This was a major consideration in our design and product choices, and the ELAN g! system is the easiest control system I’ve ever used.”

Joe Lautner, Core Brands Director of Control Segment, agrees that the project is a natural candidate for control with the ELAN g! system. “The g! system is the ideal choice for the Taliesin West project for several reasons, but most of all because it is simple for first-time users to operate and it is virtually unlimited in its expansion potential. The g! system will be operational very early on in the renovation, and as construction continues the g! system will be available to integrate additional core systems across the Taliesin West campus.”

The Cabaret will be used to treat approximately 110,000 annual guests to a short film about Wright’s life and work. The original projector will be preserved in the projection room for tours as well.

“We are very proud to be selected as a partner for this historic restoration and upgrade of all the technological aspects of Taliesin West,” Beaumont added. “We will certainly face some unique installation challenges due to the concrete and stone construction of the buildings and the 80-year-old wiring throughout the premises, and when we are finished Taliesin West will be a testament to the technological advances of the past century. By combining Frank Lloyd Wright’s legendary architecture with the latest in efficient lighting, AV, solar panels, energy management, security, surveillance and climate control systems, this project will no doubt result in the one of the world’s most historic energy-efficient communities.”

Taliesin West was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1982. In 2008, the U.S. National Park Service submitted Taliesin West along with nine other Frank Lloyd Wright properties to a tentative list for World Heritage Status. The 10 sites have been submitted as one total site.

About HomeTech AV Solutions:
HomeTech AV Solutions and HomeTech Europe LTD\LLC maintains offices in Lausanne, London, New York, Palm Springs, Paris and Seattle. HomeTech works with the celebrated architects and interior designers in the world to provide bespoke smart home solutions. HomeTech’s clients generally have multiple homes and appreciate having one source for their AV and Home Automation needs. For more information please contact HomeTech at info@hometechavsolutions.com or visit www.hometechavsolutions.com.

About Big Green Zero:
Big Green Zero, LLC is a team of sustainable energy engineers project planners and historic preservation enthusiasts. The team provides commercial and institutional property owners with commercial-grade energy audits and sustainable energy project planning and development services. For more information visit www.biggreenzero.com.

The Big Green Zero team was retained by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to conduct a comprehensive energy audit for Taliesin West. Based on the audit’s findings and recommendations, Big Green Zero was additionally retained to develop and manage the 75th Anniversary Energizing Taliesin West™ program.

About the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation:
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is dedicated to the preservation and stewardship of Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin, Taliesin West and the Taliesin Collections, to shaping the architecture and design at the highest level, and to the transformation of people’s lives through the artistry, principles and values of Frank Lloyd Wright’s body of work. To learn more visit www.franklloydwright.org.

About ELAN Home Systems:
Founded in 1990, ELAN® Home Systems is an industry leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning whole-house entertainment and control systems that are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select dealers and distributors throughout the United States, Canada and more than 58 countries worldwide. To learn more visit www.elanhomesystems.com.

ELAN is part of the Core® Brands division of Nortek, Inc. Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of ten iconic audio, power management and control brands into a single business unit that includes ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands.

ELAN is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc., a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.

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Guruz Media Drums Up Attention for Sabian Cymbals at Winter NAMM with PixelFLEX LED Video Curtain Wall

At Winter NAMM, the musical instrument industry’s signature trade show, standing out from the crowd is always a challenge. To get the attention of attendees, exhibitors rely on companies such as Guruz Media, a leading full-service marketing agency, to attract prospective customers to their booths.

Working on behalf of exhibitor Sabian Cymbals, Guruz Media developed an innovative and eye-catching 16′ tall by 8′ diameter tower of cymbals stretching from the ground to high above the trade show floor. To ensure the tower of cymbals would capture the attention of visitors no matter where they were, Guruz added a PixelFLEX LED video curtain wall as a backdrop.

Exceptionally light weight and extremely flexible, the PixelFLEX curtain was the perfect solution for creating a column of bold-colored LED lighting inside the interior of the cymbal tower that was sure to turn heads. According to Doug Webber, chief creative officer for Guruz, mission accomplished.

“Anybody can go to a trade show and rent big screens for their booth, but when it comes down to it, there has to be something that pushes it over the top to really get people to notice,” Webber said. “Whether that is something of the unexpected, or just maybe huge, like the cymbal tower. As soon as I saw the PixelFLEX screens online and how they could bend around nearly any shape or structure, I knew how I could use them at Winter NAMM to make a difference for my client at the show.”

For the cymbal tower backdrop at Winter NAMM, Guruz used 12 panels of PixelFLEX’s 20mm LED video curtain. Featuring 2500 pixels PSM (Per Square Meter) and 3240 nit brightness, PixelFLEX’s curtain provided Webber and his team a solution that was easy to set up and operate – benefits to trade show support that cannot be understated.

“We were trying to create an architectural design element that had some movement, visually speaking, going on inside the tower,” Webber said. “We found a nice piece of digital juice eye candy, colorized it to match the rest of the branding in the booth, and just allowed it to loop over and over again on the PixelFLEX screens.

With more than 200 cymbals on the tower, it was a perfect solution for filling the negative space between the cymbals,” Webber continued. “On top of that, it was super simple to install and operate. The client [Sabian] was extremely happy and competitors definitely took note. One even mentioned to us that it was the best cymbal display they had ever seen at Winter NAMM. ”

Flexible in all directions and exceptionally durable, PixelFLEX LED Curtains are able to bend and shape around structures for a more creative display effect. For more information on PixelFLEX and its growing line of lightweight LED video screens, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.

The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Contributes to a World-Class Recording Facility for New Metro Nashville Public Schools Music Education Initiative

Music Makes Us provides students at Nashville’s Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School with a student-run record label mentored by Warner Music Nashville and a complete world-class recording studio designed, equipped and guided by the efforts of members of the P&E Wing

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2013) — In a bold move that will expand the boundaries of music education in public schools to include the business of music, sound production, recording technology, and the aesthetics of a well-crafted performance, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) Director Jesse Register, and John Esposito, president/CEO of Warner Music Nashville, have announced the creation of a student-run record label to be a key component of Music Makes Us, the new music education initiative at MNPS. The project will be centered around a state-of-the-art recording studio at Nashville’s Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School that is designed, equipped and will be guided by the efforts of members of The Recording Academy®’s Producers & Engineers Wing®. Members of the Pearl-Cohn Subcommittee of the P&E Wing, including Subcommittee Chair Jeff Balding, Nashville P&E Wing Co-Chairs Chuck Ainlay and Justin Niebank, Steve Durr, Ben Fowler, Julian King, Nick Palladino, and Terry Palmer, all contributed their collective knowledge, wisdom and passion to the project, which will feature a 32-channel API 1608 console in the main control room and two post/editing suites equipped with SSL Nucleus DAW controllers. Additionally, the project will feature products from Audio-Technica, Fredenstein Professional Audio, the HARMAN® Professional brands (AKG® Acoustics, JBL® Professional and Lexicon®) and Shure. The recording studio is scheduled to open mid-April.

“When we were approached with this project, we were delighted,” recalls Chuck Ainlay, GRAMMY® Award-winning producer/engineer for artists including Mark Knopfler, Miranda Lambert, George Strait, and Peter Frampton. “But we also realized that the recording studio aspect would need more than just equipment — it would need a solid acoustical design and a layout that would work well for students and teachers as well as for artists and engineers.”

Ainlay says they turned to award-winning recording studio designer Steve Durr, also a Nashville resident, whose portfolio includes studios for Austin City Limits, the Black Keys, Mark Ronson, Lenny Kravitz, and Zac Brown. Durr laid out the acoustical and ergometric designs, which are being constructed at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School.

“I tried to achieve a design that would allow students to experience recording music with both machines and people,” Durr explains, citing the large control room that will allow several students and teachers to work comfortably using drum machines, digital samplers and synthesizers as well as the recording equipment, and the sizable tracking room where they will be able to capture great recordings of live musicians playing in ensemble. “What I hope this ultimately accomplishes is that kids will now be able to learn about making music in an environment that was designed around great sound. Kids who have been brought up on MP3s can experience what music can really sound like. That can change their lives.”

Balding says the members of the P&E Wing pooled their relationships with major professional audio manufacturers to gain support for the project. In the process, they’ve discovered members of the Pearl-Cohn faculty who have worked in the music industry and are well acquainted with the technology of music recording.

“It’s great to see the whole community come together over this — teachers, artists, engineers, producers,” says Balding, who has multiple GRAMMY nominations and is currently working with Ronnie Dunn, Thompson Square and Don Henley. “I believe in pouring our experience into the generation coming after us. If we can take our ceiling and make that their floor, it will allow them to take our industry to a much higher level, and that’s exciting to me.”

Ainlay agrees, adding, “It’s very satisfying to watch this all come together. I really do feel that in addition to introducing these kids to how music is recorded, we’re also raising their expectations about the quality of music, and that can have tremendous implications for the music industry for years to come.”

About Music Makes Us
Music Makes Us promotes, supports and advances student engagement and achievement through robust, high-quality music education with both a traditional music curriculum as well as a contemporary curriculum track that uses new technologies and reflects a diverse musical landscape. A public/private partnership among Metro Nashville Public Schools, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, and music industry and community leaders in Nashville, Music Makes Us is committed to becoming a worldwide leader in music education, bringing the resources of the Nashville music community together to enable participation and foster student success for all of its 81,000 students. For more information, please contact Director Laurie T. Schell at laurie.schell@mnps.org.

The record label, to be operated by students at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, will be managed through a strategic alliance with Warner Music Nashville. It will operate identically to a corporate music label by signing, recording and promoting student artists from across the school district. A Pearl-Cohn student will be named to head the record label each year.

Metro Schools students will audition for placement on the record label, which will include different music genres. Any revenue generated by the record label through the sale of songs will go to Music Makes Us to further invest in music education.

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Auralex® Now Shipping Carl Tatz Signature Series™

— Since its introduction in 2012, the series has already been employed by such venues as Middle Tennessee State University Studios D and E control rooms, Grammy® winner Bob Bullock’s personal mix room in Nashville, Avid training center GO Media and 2012 TEC Award™-nominated MontAnna Mix Room —

Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, is now shipping products from its Carl Tatz Signature Series™, developed with Carl Tatz, the award-winning studio designer/acoustician and owner of Carl Tatz Design. Working closely with Carl Tatz, Auralex now offers audio professionals a turnkey acoustical treatment system that emulates the look and performance of Tatz’s custom-designed control rooms.

Tatz and Auralex’s R&D department co-developed the series, which is a collection of fabric-wrapped fiberglass acoustic panels hand-selected by Tatz. Designed for the high-end personal or commercial control room, the new series consists of six custom-built panels available in 32 color options and combines Tatz’s expertise with Auralex’s well-established manufacturing and distribution chains to bring this new line to the masses. Tatz, a Nashville, Tennessee-based acoustician and former recording studio owner who received a Grammy® nomination for his production of Jack Jones’ Tribute to Tony Bennett LP, is a renowned figure in the audio industry with extensive experience in studio design and acoustics.

The series has proven to be a hit since its introduction in 2012. Tatz recently helped design Multi-Platinum, Grammy Award–winning engineer/producer Bob Bullock’s new personal mix room in Nashville, featuring a Carl Tatz Design PhantomFocus™ System monitor tuning protocol, as well as Auralex Carl Tatz Signature Series acoustical treatment. The series has also recently been employed for the renovation of Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) Studios D and E control rooms, as well as GO Media in Olympia, Washington, Avid’s premiere Pacific Northwest Pro School Training Center and most recently, a 2012 TEC Award™ nomination for his studio design of the MontAnna Mix Room.

“We have been honored to work with Carl Tatz, one of the top studio designers in the industry, on this exciting Auralex offering,” says Eric Smith, founder and president of Auralex Acoustics. “This series is the perfect combination of Carl’s design experience with Auralex’s expertise and commitment to providing high-quality and innovative acoustical products. Now virtually any room can benefit from the same aesthetic and sound control enjoyed by top hit makers worldwide.”

“I am excited to have had the opportunity to partner with Auralex on this series of high-end acoustical products,” says Tatz. “When you think of acoustical treatment, you think of Auralex, and I am glad we are able to offer the market a turnkey solution that can improve any acoustic environment.”

These custom-built panels are available in 32 rich fabrics to complement any decor or to create a completely unique look. Auralex’s Carl Tatz Signature Series includes:

♦ CTD Attenuation Cloud™ – Consists of two or more 2’x4’x2” decorative, fabric-wrapped Class A absorptive fiberglass CTD ProPanels™ mounted together. The Cloud is specifically designed to be hung over the mix position for an improved soundstage and can be configured in 4’x4’, 4’x6’, 4’x8’ and 6’x8’ sizes depending upon room size and application.

♦ CTD Corner Trap™ – 2’x4’x2” CTD ProPanels™ with beveled edges and proprietary mounting hardware are used to bridge across the corners of the room to provide low-frequency control.

♦ CTD Acoustic Lens™ – Designed for side-wall applications, the 5’x4”x8” or 5’x2”x8” lens columns feature both absorptive and redirective facets that provide low- and mid-band frequency absorption, enhancing aural spatiality while controlling reflections to the right and left sides of the mix position.

♦ CTD Soffit Trap™ – 2”x4’x2’ CTD ProPanels™ with beveled edges and proprietary mounting hardware are used to bridge across the ceiling/wall corners of the room to provide low-frequency control, complementing the Acoustic Lens™ and achieving a harmonized aesthetic with the system’s panel design.

♦ CTD ProPanel™ – This 2’x4’x2” fabric-wrapped Class A absorptive fiberglass ProPanel™ is effective at controlling critical mid- and high-band frequencies, but with optional mounting methodology can also offer increased low-frequency control. Useful for both walls and ceilings.

♦ CTD Rear Wall ProPanel™ – This extra-thick 4’x2’x4” panel is installed on the rear wall
to improve low-frequency absorption throughout the room and to control front-to-back
axial mode anomalies that would otherwise degrade accuracy at the mix position.

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

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Stampede’s 2013 Big Book of AV Tour Rolls On In Columbus, Ohio On March 8th!

North America’s largest ProAV dealer tour continues bringing together the best manufacturers and ProAV dealers when Stampede Presentation Products, Inc. brings its Spring 2013 Big Book of AV Tour to Columbus, Ohio, on March 8, 2013. This stop will be held at the Columbus Airport Marriott, from 9:00AM through 1:30 PM.

“With just two stops so far in 2013, our BBOAV Tour is already shaping up to be one of the best, as we are consistently delivering on our promise to bring the best manufacturers directly to our dealers in their home markets,” Stampede President & COO Kevin Kelly declared today. “In Columbus, we’re allowing our dealers to experience and interact with even more new products, offering timely product training sessions, and extending more incentives for them to make the time to come out and see what’s new from our exhibiting manufacturers.”

According to Kelly, all attendees at the Columbus stop will receive a $50 AMEX gift card. In addition, attendees will receive a $100 Restaurant.com gift card for every CTS Certified training session they attend! Additionally, all attendees will receive one $500 Stampede Credit that can be applied to any order over $5,000 that is placed with Stampede before April 12, 2013.

Stampede will provide complimentary continental breakfast from 9:00AM – 11:00AM, and a lunch buffet from 11:45AM – 1:30PM.

Two CTS Certified trainings, each worth .5 CTS RU, are scheduled to take place from Hitachi and Sony Unified Communications. Edgar Jimenez, Hitachi Western Zone Manager, will present a training session focused on WHDI and new switchers and doc cameras from Hitachi that allow for wireless content delivery. Sony Video Conferencing Director of Engineering, Paul Dragos, will present a session that includes demonstrations of Sony Video Conferencing products, MediaPointe streaming, Automated Workflow process for content management, and Radvision United Communications. These sessions will take place from 9:30AM – 10:15AM, and 12:00PM – 12:45PM, respectively.

Dealer registration is open now at www.bigbookofavtour.com, where they can also find directions and participating manufacturer information. The Columbus event will be open from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST.

Remaining stops on the Spring 2013 Tour include:
April 10, 2013 New York, NY
May 16, 2013 Charlotte, NC

About Stampede
Known for its value-added distribution, Amherst, New York-based Stampede is the leading distributor of presentation equipment including LCD/DLP projectors and flat panel displays. Stampede provides a complete range of brand name presentation equipment to a variety of audio/video, computer, and home theater resellers and integrators in the United States, Canada and Latin America. These resellers rely on Stampede for value-added services in distribution, marketing and solution- based sales. Stampede annually produces the “Big Book of AV,” a 1000-page catalog and companion website (www.BigBookofAV.com) providing hundreds of sales, installation and spec tips for Stampede’s dealers in addition to product details on more than 5,000 SKUs. For more information on Stampede, log onto www.stampedeglobal.com.

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Auralex® Now Shipping Next-Generation SubDude-HT™ Subwoofer Isolator

— SubDude-HT™ decouples a subwoofer from the floor, improving the low-end frequency response in critical listening applications —

Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, is now shipping its next-generation SubDude system, the SubDude-HT™ Subwoofer Isolator. A larger lower-profile version of Auralex’s acclaimed SubDude, the SubDude-HT is a highly effective device that floats a subwoofer, yielding improved acoustical isolation.

Ideal for home theater installations, the new SubDude-HT is designed to work with most home theater subwoofers and features a three-quarter-inch velour-covered MDF with a one-inch base of Auralex PlatFoam™ as an isolation boundary to decouple the subwoofer from the floor. This type of isolation allows the sound to emanate directly from the subwoofer, reducing coloration/”muddy” sound, thereby creating a clearer, more accurate low frequency response with diminished structural vibrations. The SubDude-HT measures 22″W x 17″D x 1.75″H.

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

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Sixth Annual Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® GRAMMY® Week Event Honors Quincy Jones and Al Schmitt

The event, “An Evening of Jazz,” took place at The Village Recording Studios in West Los Angeles

To kick off GRAMMY® Week, The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® traditionally holds an event the night before rehearsals begin, and this year was no exception. This year’s event, held on Feb. 6, 2013, at the Village Recording Studios in West Los Angeles, honored two people whose creative and engineering contributions to the music industry are among its greatest. Titled “An Evening of Jazz,” the event saw Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow bestow the prestigious President’s Merit Award on GRAMMY winners Quincy Jones and Al Schmitt. P&E Wing Senior Executive Director Maureen Droney and the Village CEO Jeff Greenberg served as the evening’s emcees.

Jones’ discography is nearly without peer in the history of the music industry and includes albums with Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Michael Jackson, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, and Dinah Washington, among others, as well as turns as a film, TV and Broadway producer and label executive. Schmitt has engineered a decades-long string of classic recordings and hits for artists such as Natalie Cole, Cal Tjader, Ike and Tina Turner, Diana Krall, Paul McCartney, Frank Sinatra, and Barbra Streisand, among others, as well as producing albums for Jefferson Airplane, Jackson Browne, Sam Cooke, Neil Young and others. Both Jones and Schmitt continue to make meaningful new works of art. Schmitt’s recent collaborations include projects with Gloria Estefan and McCartney, a nearly finished “duets” album with Paul Anka; and a new LP he’s about to start with Robbie Williams. At the event, Jones introduced two new artists he is working with: 11-year-old piano virtuoso Emily Bear and Blush, an all-female pan-Asian group he is producing and promoting.

Presenters onstage included Portnow, as well as producer and Recording Academy Chair Emeritus Jimmy Jam along with producers/engineers Ed Cherney (a GRAMMY winner), Mike Clink and James McKinney. Among the estimated 700 attendees were Mindi Abair, GRAMMY winners Patti Austin, Anita Baker and George Benson, master bassist Nathan East, GRAMMY winner Siedah Garrett, GRAMMY nominee Ledisi, GRAMMY winners Shelby Lynne and Marcus Miller, GRAMMY winner Arturo Sandoval, GRAMMY winner will.i.am, Recording Academy Chair George J. Flanigen IV and many members of the Producers & Engineers Wing, along with artists, producers, and other prominent music industry figures.

Jones, in his acceptance speech, said, “You have blown me away tonight,” and urged music professionals to travel and experience the world, and to incorporate those experiences into their work to make music a truly global art.

Schmitt was introduced by Portnow as someone “whose character is as stellar as his engineering, and that speaks to the longevity of his career. Giving back to our community is simply part of who Al is.” Schmitt recalled how producer/engineer and P&E Wing Steering Committee member Cherney asked him to be the first to sign on to the nascent Music Producers Guild of America more than a decade ago, the organization that eventually became the foundation of today’s P&E Wing. “I was so honored that Ed would ask me to be the first,” Schmitt said.

The event covered other aspects of the P&E Wing’s mission, including advocacy for the proper crediting of recording professionals. Clink also pointed out the recent establishment of www.qualitysoundmatters.com, a joint effort by the P&E Wing and the Consumer Electronics Association to promote appreciation among consumers for higher sonic quality, and reminded the gathering of the other advocacy work that P&E Wing members have collaborated on, including appearances before sessions of Congress.

“The annual P&E Wing event continues to be the signature moment of the year for the professionals who set the stage for music artists.” said Droney. “It’s meant to honor the incredible work and talent of audio professionals and, with the launch of the new Quality Sound Matters initiative, to act as a guiding light for the direction of the quality of sound.”

Premiere sponsors of the event included Astell & Kern, Avid, DTS, HARMAN® Professional brands (AKG® Acoustics, JBL® Professional and Lexicon®), Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, Louisiana Entertainment Commission, Music Marketing, PMC Ltd., PreSonus, Shure Incorporated and Ultimate Ears by Logitech, with additional participation by a wide array of other leading audio brands.

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