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Berklee College of Music Partners with iZotope

Berklee chooses iZotope software for audio production facilities

Boston, MA (August 21, 2013)- Berklee College of Music, a leading educator in contemporary music and audio technology, has chosen iZotope, a research-driven audio technology company, to outfit its lab and studio facilities with industry leading software products. In addition, iZotope will partner with Berklee for educational events and training opportunities.

iZotope’s award-winning products Ozone® 5, RX® 2, Alloy® 2, Iris®, Nectar®,Trash® 2, and Stutter Edit® are now available in audio technology facilities accessible to both Electronic Production & Design and Music Production & Engineering major programs. Designed with numerous audio production workflows in mind, these iZotope tools will aid students in their sound design, composition, mixing and mastering activities at the Boston, Massachusetts campus.

“Berklee is a leading educator in both music and audio technology and iZotope has a long standing history of supporting its software tools with additional educational materials such as the Mastering with Ozone and RX Audio Repair guides,” says Scott Simon, Business Development Manager at iZotope, Inc. “It’s exciting to work with an organization whose attention and connection to technology aligns well with our own. To be able to offer our tools to such a diverse group of students is a wonderful opportunity that speaks to our own educational initiatives in audio.”

“Since its founding, Berklee College of Music’s mission has been to help students excel in music as a sustainable career,” says Anthony Marvuglio, Assistant VP for Academic Technology at Berklee College of Music. “We’re happy that iZotope is helping students and teachers at Berklee further their education in music technology fields through award winning software and educational initiatives.”

For more information about Berklee College of Music’s degree programs, visit: http://www.berklee.edu/majors For more information about Berklee College of Music, visit: www.berklee.edu or visit http://www.berklee.edu/about/mission-and-philosophy
For more information about iZotope, please visit: www.izotope.com

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 Berklee College of Music
Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than 65 years, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business, leading the way with the world’s first baccalaureate studies in jazz, rock, electric guitar, film scoring, songwriting, turntables, electronic production, and more than a dozen other genres and fields of study. Berklee serves distance learners worldwide through its award-winning online extension school, Berklee Online. The college’s national after school music program for underserved teens, the Berklee City Music Network, is in 30 cities and counting. A new campus in Spain, Berklee in Valencia, began hosting the college’s first graduate programs in the fall of 2012. With a diverse and talented student body representing nearly 100 countries, and alumni and faculty that have collectively won more than 270 GRAMMYs and Latin GRAMMYs, Berkleeis the world’s premier learning lab for the music of today – and tomorrow.

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Extron Introduces New Fast-Installing, Two-Way Surface Mount Speakers

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the SM 26 SpeedMount Surface Mount Speaker, a two-way speaker with a patent pending, concealed wall mounting system. It features a 6.5″ (16.5 cm) woofer with dual tuned ports and a 1″ (2.5 cm) tweeter. The SM 26 provides wide frequency response from 70 Hz to 18 kHz, and a power rating of 60 watts continuous pink noise, 120 watts continuous program capacity. The Extron-exclusive mounting system is designed to accommodate division-of-labor installations and save costs. The SM 26 is available as an 8 ohm model, and an SM 26T version which can operate in 8 ohm direct as well 70 volt and 100 volt modes. The SM 26T features a 6 position power tap selector, which can conveniently be accessed through the grille from outside the speaker. All models of the SM 26 and SM 26T are immediately available, in a black or white finish. more

PESA Names Christopher Thomas New Executive Vice President of Engineering and CTO

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, today announced that Christopher Thomas has joined the company as executive vice president of engineering and CTO. Thomas will be responsible for all hardware and software engineering projects at PESA and, given his vast technical experience, will play a key role in developing the technology roadmap for PESA.

Thomas has held senior executive management positions at Avocent, now Emerson, Maxvision, and Intergraph. Leading engineering teams and directing technology, he has played a major role in the significant growth with each of these organizations.

“Chris has an impressive track record in leading high performance teams, and we look forward to having him join PESA. We are confident that he brings the experience necessary to accelerate the delivery of exceptional products to our valued customers,” said Chuck Tillett, president and COO of PESA.

“Innovation is the future for PESA, and we welcome Mr. Thomas on board at this very exciting time, as we aggressively move the company forward utilizing next generation technologies,” added Howard Sutton, chairman of PESA. “It is important for PESA to differentiate itself by delivering unique, broad based capabilities at an attractive price point. PESA will continue to invest heavily in developing products and services that make a difference.”

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products – from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders – each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation; and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.

All products mentioned herein are trademarked property of their respective owners.

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Sonnox Announces Compatibility with Avid’s AAX Plug-In Format For Pro Tools 11

Avid’s Audio Community to Enjoy Additional High-End Plug-ins with Pro Tools 11

OXFORD, UK: Sonnox has announced the release of 64-bit AAX DSP and AAX Native plug-ins for Pro Tools 11. The latest version of Pro Tools, the most used and trusted DAW in the industry, provides exponentially improved AAX plug-in performance over prior versions, including such time-saving capabilities as offline bounce to disk, and complete sound parity when sharing sessions between DSP-accelerated and native-based Pro Tools systems.

Currently available Sonnox AAX plug-ins include: Oxford EQ, Dynamics, Inflator, TransMod and, Oxford Limiter. Sonnox reports that additional AAX plug-ins will be forthcoming throughout 2013, as the company continues to port its entire range to the new AAX plug-in standard for Pro Tools.

To learn more about Sonnox and AAX please visit: www.sonnox.com

Photo: Sonnox AAX Plug-ins are now available for Pro Tools 11

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HARMAN’s Studer Now Offering Popular Broadcast Academy Sessions Online at StuderBroadcastAcademy.com

POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom – HARMAN’s Studer is proud to announce that its Broadcast Academy training course for Studer consoles is now available online at StuderBroadcastAcademy.com. The popular and informative training program has been previously held in the United States on the Soundcraft Studer mobile audio truck, which has visited numerous locations of Studer regional sale rep firms and flagship Studer customers in recent years.

StuderBroadcastAcademy.com is an interactive online course for engineers worldwide to learn the operation of the company’s Vista Series digital mixing consoles. The course consists of a series of modules, which participants must complete and pass 100 percent to officially certify as a Studer Vista Operator. The course is structured in an interactive format and students can download the Virtual Vista software that gives them a graphic, active representation of a Vista console. Virtual Vista can also be used for offline console configuration and online remote control of Vista mixing consoles. Video segments, system and technical diagrams, a dictionary of terms and other resources round out the program.

StuderBroadcastAcademy.com has been developed in partnership with the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS), one of the world’s premier audio recording, sound engineering and music production schools. In addition, many of the broadcast industry’s leading sound engineers provided input and guidance in the development of StuderBroadcastAcademy.com.

“In bringing the Studer Broadcast Academy online, we can now offer audio engineers and industry professionals worldwide access to the same training, education and resources we have provided to those who have attended our in-person sessions,” said Katy Templeman-Holmes, US Marketing, Soundcraft Studer. “StuderBroadcastAcademy.com further demonstrates our commitment to industry education and giving users the tools they need to succeed in the real world of pro audio mixing.”
Once they have completed the course, engineers have access to all the teaching materials as often as they need, to refresh their knowledge and to use as an on-the-job aid when working on a Vista console. Certified Vista Operators are also welcome to attend subsequent hands-on training sessions (locations will be announced on StuderBroadcastAcademy.com) to further their skills. In addition, certified operators can opt to be listed on the Studer website in a searchable database that sound contractors and industry pros will be able to access.

q“Having been involved in the development of StuderBroadcastAcademy.com, I can say with 100 percent certainty that this is the first online program of its kind for the broadcast audio community,” said Patrick Smith, Head Audio Engineer for NBC’s The Tonight Show. “The curriculum is comprehensive, the content is engaging and the lessons progress at a natural, increasingly sophisticated pace.”

For more information, please visit StuderBroadcastAcademy.com

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

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ICE Cable’s “Big Mouth Payout” Bulk Cable Box Saves Integrators Time and Money

Proprietary cable-wind, massive pay-out hole and heavily reinforced box eliminates headaches caused by common “fall-apart” boxes and tangled cable messes

Los Angeles, CA – August 21, 2013 – ICE Cable Systems (2013 CEDIA Expo booth #1552) — which serves integrators both directly and via more than 50 distributors in North America and internationally – is now shipping its new Big Mouth Payout (BMP) bulk wire & cable box. BMP incorporates four distinct design advantages that help the integrator run more efficiently on the jobsite.

4-inch payout hole and proprietary winding pattern
The BMP box combines a 4-inch payout hole with a proprietary cable-winding pattern. According to ICE president Brian Rizzo, the payout is more than twenty times larger than what’s currently available on the market today. “Our payout and wind pattern help eliminate everyday pull-problems like kinking, knotting, recoil and tangling. Removing these obstacles makes a one-man wire pull — for example from atop a ladder — significantly easier,” says Rizzo.

Ascending and descending foot-markers
Incorporated on the cable jackets are ascending and descending foot-markers which make it effortless for the integrator to identify how much cable has been used and how much remains. The result is optimal usage of the entire wind and the elimination of scrap; it also solves the common problem of tracking usage which according to Rizzo can often be difficult when more than one technician pulls from the same box.

Ultra-durable, weather resistant cardboard box with reinforced handles
To withstand abuse on the jobsite, the BMP box is comprised of an extremely durable water resistant cardboard along with dual-layer reinforced handles. According to Rizzo the cardboard is burst-tested to withstand 21 kilograms of force which far surpasses what is currently available in the channel today.

”BMP is a great example of ICE Cable’s understanding of what’s important to the integrator,” says Wally Whinna, principal of Allnet Distributing and board member of the Catalyst AV network, which distributes ICE Cable nationally. “Advantages like this make it easier for integrators to finish their pre-wire jobs faster and with less hassle.”

All box cables (category, speaker, coax, alarm, control, etc.) by ICE ship in a BMP box, many of which are available in runs as long as 1,000 feet.

For all ICE Cable Systems media inquiries please contact Paul Muto at 631.849.4301 or

ICE Cable's Big Mouth Payout box combines a 4-inch payout and special wind pattern

paul@mutocomm.com.

About ICE Cable Systems
Founded in 2004 by president Brian Rizzo, ICE Cable Systems is a leading manufacturer of premium low-voltage wire and cable products serving the Audio Video, Alarm and Security, Commercial, Electrical Contracting and Data Center channels. The company’s products are available to integrators both directly and through more than 50 distributors in North America and internationally. ICE Cable’s success is driven by ingenuity and its desire to make superior products that offer more value to installers. www.icecable.com

Digital Signage Experts Group Appoints New Certified Instructor

August 16, 2013 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Digital Signage Experts Group (DSEG) is proud to announce the appointment of Mr. Tom Jones, Technology Solution Engineer (TSE) at Ingram Micro Inc. as a DSEG Certified Instructor. Having completed the DSEG Train the Trainer Program, Mr. Jones is licensed to conduct the Digital Signage Certified Experts on behalf of the organization. In addition, DSEG has appointed Mr. Jones to join the DSEG Advisory Board and collaborate with the other Advisory Board members to help guide the direction of the organization. more

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WATCHOUT wows crowds at INNIEBOS Music Festival

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Dataton Premium Partner PENMAC Audio Visual supplied WATCHOUT multi-image display and presentation software to synchronise picture and audio playout across seven large-scale LED displays at the tenth annual INNIEBOS Music Festival in Nelspruit, South Africa during June 2013. For the event, all LED stock and technical expertise was supplied and installed by EPH Productions.

Leon Pheiffer at EPH Productions takes up the story: “our brief was to use technology to synchronise the crossover of music styles between Rock and Country and various performances. PENMAC’s support for graphics on the main stage for the gala event was critical to the success of the event.”

A mix of 7mm pitch and 12mm pitch LED surfaces were positioned on stage that brought together the overall theme and context of the musical performances. The LED display panels were distributed across the back of the stage, on the riser steps and on side columns that reached up to 7 meters in height creating a breath-taking spectacle.

Malcolm Finlay, managing director at PENMAC says: “We’re delighted that the event was witnessed by 54,000 people, many who travelled more than 1,500 kilometres to visit this annual celebration of Afrikaans music. Using WATCHOUT not only wowed audiences, it ensured that the event was a complete success.”

Lars Sandlund, chief operating officer at Dataton adds: “WATCHOUT was designed for managing various audio and video feeds for live events and we’re delighted that our technology was once again put through its paces by PENMAC.”

PENMAC was recognized with an award for their outstanding exhibition booth at Mediatech Africa 2013 last month, where they showcased Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-image display software version 5.5, WATCHPAX™ media server and PICKUP™ audio guides.

Michael Engström, Sales Director, Dataton


www.dataton.com

ACIR Professional Buys Building, Expands Space

Mays Landing, N.J.—Summer continues to be busy for the staff at ACIR Professional with shows in Cape May, the Count Basie Theatre, Ocean Grove, New York City, along with support of audio and backline for Atlantic City and surrounding areas, all as the company’s installation business continues to grow.

Perhaps the biggest news for ACIR this is summer is that they recently purchased a building in Mays Landing, New Jersey, a stones-throw away from the old location in Egg Harbor Township. Realizing their dream of expansion and growth, the company outgrew their lease space and made the move to purchase a building with additional room to grow.

In a joint statement, the three owners Ed DiBona, John Grasso, and Tom Young said, “Our new space enables us to further our customer service and support as we continue to purchase the gear needed to fulfill our clients’ requirements.”

ACIR’s new address is 1421 Cantillon Boulevard, Mays Landing, NJ 08330. The company phone number remains the same: (609) 677-5500).

For more information, visit www.ACIRpro.com.

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ASHLY GETS INTO THE PUNCH BOWL!

PORTLAND, OREGON – AUGUST 2013: Punch Bowl Social is a unique entertainment concept that got its start in Denver, Colorado and is steadily making its way to a city near you. The second and most recent Punch Bowl Social occupies 32,000 square-feet on the top floor of Pioneer Place Mall in downtown Portland. Within that space, patrons can bowl, sing karaoke, shoot pool, throw darts, play ping-pong, shoot marbles, play board games, rock ‘80s video games, and more. Of course, Punch Bowl Social patrons can also grab a drink (often literally from a punchbowl) or dine on delicious, creative fare. The idea, of course, is that in the age of big screen TVs, the human animal still craves connection, and games and music have provided the context of that connection for millennia. To keep the music engaging, Denver-based A/V integration firm PRIME used Ashly Audio processing at both locations.

“Punch Bowl Social proved to be a far greater success in Denver than the owners had dared hope for,” said Robert Higdon, owner of PRIME. “The Denver location is expansive, but still considerably smaller than the new Portland location. In Denver, we used a single Ashly ne24.24M to do all system routing and conditioning for the Flexsys F8, F12, and F15s over the lanes. The owners were so pleased with Higdon’s solution that they hired PRIME to design and install the system at the new Portland location.

One of the new features at Portland is a pair of karaoke rooms that groups can rent for private parties. A single Ashly ne24.24M outfitted with sixteen inputs and eight outputs raises their sound quality far beyond the standalone karaoke systems that bars typically employ. Four wireless microphones per room allow group performances in combination with a cloud-based karaoke server. A Lexicon dual effects processor provides the professional polish that takes ace karaoke stars to the next level – and softens the rough edges of newbies. Powered loudspeakers from dB Technologies provide robust output, and users can dial in appropriate volumes for the music, their voices, and the effects from an Ashly FR-8 wall-mounted remote control. Because the FR-8 provides a simple slider for each function, users can operate it successfully with zero training.

The main sound reinforcement system at Portland’s Punch Bowl Social uses a separate Ashly ne24.24M. Inputs include five cable boxes, a Blu-ray player, two DJ inputs (one per each side of the building), a jukebox, a paging server, and an Apple Airport Express that can stream Spotify, Pandora, and the like. dB Technologies Flexsys F8 loudspeakers and Sub 15D subwoofers populate twelve output zones logically divided by amusement type. Three separate sets of four bowling lanes get a pair of F12s and a Sub 15D hung by chains from the ceiling. A Crestron control system paired with an Apple iPad mobile pro app provides input selection and volume control. The control features a schematic of Punch Bowl Social from above. Users tap the section they want to control and make the necessary adjustments.

“For every project I’m involved in, I try to give the end user the best sound quality possible,” said Higdon. “I always use Ashly processing, and I carefully tune each zone at commissioning. Sound quality is evident to me because I work with sound for a living, but sound quality is just as important for patrons who aren’t audio professionals. For them, it’s a subconscious thing. If the sound quality is lacking or, worse, annoying, they’ll want to leave. That, of course, is the last thing the owners want. But a well-tuned system is fantastic. My favorite thing to do when a job is finished and open is to go back and watch people enjoying it. I see them singing along, bopping their heads. That’s almost payment enough for me.” Higdon will be accompanying the Punch Bowl Social enterprise as it heads to Austin in a few months.

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

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