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iZotope Insight™ 30Day Trial Included in Avid® Media Composer® 7

iZotope, Inc., Cambridge, MA (June 27, 2013) - iZotope,a leading innovator in digital signal processing, has partnered with Avid Technology to provide Insight, an Essential Metering Suite, with every copy of the new Media Composer 7, an industry-leading nonlinear editing solution. Insight, a collection of fully scalable, customizable meters for post production and broadcast applications, will be installed automatically with Media Composer and free to use for 30 days.

When placed on the new Master Audio Fader in Media Composer 7, Insight will help ensure adherence to current broadcast standards using meters for immediate loudness calculation and TruePeak detection, loudness calculation over time, and faster than real-time offline loudness calculation. Additional advanced visualization and spatialization displays, like the innovative Surround Scope and the 3D Spectrogram, further aid in detecting problems that the ears cannot perceive.

“Media Composer 7′s new Master Audio Fader gives video editors an invaluable way of quickly taking control of their entire audio mix, but when paired with iZotope’s Insight plug-in, it’s as rich a set of audio tools as you’ll find in an NLE,” explains Rob D’Amico, Product Manager for Avid Media Composer. “iZotope’s intuitive user interface, powerful audio processing, and unique focus on post production and audio enhancement make their products a perfect fit for Media Composer 7.”

“iZotope’s Insight was developed to directly address the audio needs of post production and broadcast engineers who require an all in one, surround supported, loudness compliant metering tool set,” says Scott Simon, Business Development Manager at iZotope, Inc. “iZotope is committed to the professional media creation community, and we are thrilled to partner with Avid in order to deliver cutting-edge audio processing for the video professional.”

For more information on Avid Media Composer 7, visit http://www.avid.com/mediacomposer

For more information on iZotope Insight, visit http://izotope.com/insight

About iZotope
iZotope is a research driven audio technology company based in Boston, Massachusetts. Its award-winning products and audio technologies are in use by millions of people in over fifty countries, from consumers to musicians to major film, TV, and radio studios. Some of the diverse clients include musical giants like BT, Depeche Mode, and RZA of WuTang Clan; radio stations like Boston’s iconic WGBH; and TV programming like CBS’s Survivor, the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, the World Cup broadcast, and the GRAMMY awards. Through an extensive licensing program, iZotope technology is also directly integrated into products made by industry leaders such as Adobe, Avid, and Sony; video games from companies like Harmonix and Ubisoft; as well as a growing number of mobile phone applications. For more information on iZotope products, visit www.izotope.com.

About Avid
Avid creates the digital audio and video technology used to make the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world – from the most prestigious and award-winning feature films, music recordings, and television shows, to live concert tours and news broadcasts. Some of Avid’s most influential and pioneering solutions include Media Composer®, Pro Tools®, Interplay®, ISIS®, VENUE, Sibelius® and System 5. For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit www.avid.com, connect with Avid on Facebook, Twitter,YouTube, LinkedIn, SoundCloud; or subscribe to Avid Buzz.

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DPA Microphones Play A Key Role At Three Rick Wakeman Gigs

Progressive Rock icon Rick Wakeman recently completed three concerts in the UK to help raise money for the Cathedral of Gloucester. The first event took place in the intimate surrounding of Blackfriars Abbey, a medieval building in the heart of the City of Gloucester, while the remaining concerts took place on consecutive nights at Cheltenham Racecourse.

On all three occasions DPA microphones featured heavily in the equipment inventory, with more than 50 units used to amplify the audio, including two new DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphones.

Front of House sound engineer Ian Barfoot, who was also system designer for the shows, says: “DPA microphones always deliver an honest, super clean, uncoloured sound and I get predictable results every time I use them. They are also incredibly reliable, which is a major point in their favour.”

Barfoot specified DPA microphones for all three concerts, with the bulk of the inventory being used for the larger Cheltenham gigs. In total, 30 DPA 4060 miniature microphones were used on all the high strings and harp, 12 DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones were used on all the low strings, 4 d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones were employed on snare drum and toms, a DPA d:dicate™ 2011C compact microphone was used for the kick drum, along with three DPA d:dicate 2011C microphones for overheads and ride cymbal. The DPA d:facto Vocal Microphones were used for main and backing vocals.

“DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network suggested I tried DPA microphones for the drums, in particular the d:dicate 2011C microphone inside the kick drum,” Barfoot explains. “It took a little while to work out how we were going to do it, but when we had it set up the results were very pleasing. The sound was fast and dynamic, which suited the Symphonic rock style of the music, and once our drummer Tony Fernandez relaxed, the sound became very tight indeed.”

The concert formats created by Rick Wakeman for these shows were unique. The first concert at Blackfriars Abbey was very intimate as the venue could only hold 250 people. On this occasion Wakeman performed an acoustically-styled set with his two sons Adam and Oliver and his daughter Jemma.

The concerts at Cheltenham Racecourse were much grander affairs and featured the Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Guy Protheroe, Wakeman’s band the English Rock Ensemble and the Choir of Gloucester Cathedral. The music performed included a selection of pieces from Wakeman’s three most famous albums – The Myths and Legends of King Arthur, Journey to the Centre of the Earth and The Six Wives of Henry VIII.

“We didn’t do things by halves,” Barfoot says. “There were 107 musicians on stage at Cheltenham, which gave me about 117 inputs to deal with on my desk.”

Barfoot adds that all of the vocalists were on In Ear monitoring and commented positively on the clarity of the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphones.

“I first used these in South America just before Christmas 2012 and they have now become firm favourites,” he says. “They are definitely a ‘must have’ in my microphone trunk, especially now the d:facto head is available for use on various radio microphone transmitters.”

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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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KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY DANCES WITH ASHLY’S NE800.70PE AMPLIFIER

MANHATTAN, KANSAS – JUNE 2013: Nichols Hall was originally built in 1911 on the campus of Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. With its façade patterned after a medieval castle, Nichols hall stood until 1968, when an arsonist reduced its interior to ashes. Spared from the wrecking ball by student protests, it returned to service in 1985 and today houses, among many other things, two of the dance programs studios. Recently, Cytek Media Systems of Topeka, Kansas pulled out the studios’ tired old sound playback systems and replaced them with new, reliable ones centered on the flexible Ashly ne800.70pe two-channel amplifier with optional on-board Protea™ digital signal processing.

“Apart from its age, the old sound system wasn’t really living up to modern expectations for what a sound system should do,” explained Joe Greene, pro audio manager at Cytek Media Systems. “Not only did we need to give them a system that would work, we needed to give them a system that would work well and that would work well far into the future.” Each room is approximately 80 feet by 40 feet with a twelve-foot ceiling. The walls are mirrored but can be covered by curtains for black box theater applications. A small existing mixer in each room serves as a familiar user interface for each system. Its output feeds an Ashly ne800.70pe, a two-channel network amplifier rated at 400W into a 70V line featuring a built-in Protea DSP Processor. One amplifier output feeds the new full-range SoundTube CM82-EZ loudspeakers, while the other powers the new SoundTube CM1001d-T subwoofers.

“I’ve been working with Ashly products for over thirty years,” said Greene. “Ashly equipment simply does not fail. It’s trustworthy to the bone. Kansas State’s dance program can expect years and years of faithful service from the new system. From my end, it was intuitive to set up and work with. The onboard processing is very convenient. It’s easy to get in, and although it’s loaded with cutting-edge technology, it’s not rocket science to get done what needs to get done. In addition, Ashly is one of the few companies that has not only stayed on top of the latest connectivity and features, but has also maintained excellent audio quality.”

When Greene checked back with the University staff, they indicated how pleased they were with the new system’s performance. “Since then, I haven’t heard from them,” Greene laughed. “In this day and age, that’s always a great sign!”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A. www.ashly.com

A SINGLE DANLEY SOUND LABS BC412 SUBWOOFER MOVES 10,000 SEATS

ST. CHARLES, MISSOURI – JUNE 2013: Built in 1999, Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri hosts hockey, basketball, soccer, exhibitions, circuses, concerts, and more. It seats about 10,000 spectators, and, until recently, the main components of its sound system hung from a central scoreboard. However, the newly formed Missouri Monsters indoor football team will begin playing at Family Arena this year, and the central scoreboard hung too low for regulation play. In the process of removing the scoreboard and hanging the loudspeakers from a higher grid, the arena’s owners recognized the need for bass extension; the existing system only fell to about 200Hz. Given limited space to occupy and a vast space to fill, Chip Self, president of Logic Systems Sound and Lighting, Inc, contacted Danley Sound Labs and is now responsible for the installation of one of the first Danley BC412 installations in the world. Outrageous output for its size puts the BC412 in a class all its own.

“Apart from the general improvement low end would give to all of Family Arena’s events, the football team would be playing a lot of contemporary music that wouldn’t sound right without good low-end reproduction,” said Self. “But given architectural constraints and the indoor football requirements, the only space we had in which we could place a subwoofer was about 6’ x 6’ x 2’. That’s a very small space for the coverage requirement of 10,000 seats.”

Given Danley Sound Labs’ knack for pulling off magic tricks with innovative subwoofer designs, Self contacted Danley President Mike Hedden. The application was perfect for the newly created Danley BC412. “The other requirement we had for the sub was that it had to be able to take a direct hit from a football for safety reasons,” explained Self. “Most subs have a simple grill, and it’s not hard to knock it off with a football if you try. In contrast, the BC412 uses all internal drivers, so that kind of damage is a non-issue. But really, what makes the BC412 special in this situation is its tremendous output for its size.”

The existing loudspeakers were reused in the newly-raised system, as were existing Crown amplifiers. Because a few of the amplifier channels had failed, Self collected and reassigned functioning channels to existing loudspeakers. A new Lab.gruppen four-channel amplifier powers the BC412, which Danley custom built to accept four amplifier channels. Given its down-firing placement near the ceiling, the BC412 exhibits a 180-deg conical pattern, which delivers energy to the seats and not to the ceiling.

“Family Arena’s owners and staff love the new low end,” said Self. “It’s amazing what robust low end can do for a system like this. Everyone who hears it is astonished that so much bass is emanating from just one subwoofer!”

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology. www.danleysoundlabs.com

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