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Location Sound’s “Most Awesome 50 Days of Audio Gear Giveaways Ever” proved to be a home run for the pro audio dealer

North Hollywood, CA (October 2, 2013) Location Sound’s Most Awesome 50 Days of Audio Gear Giveaways Ever has made a lot of sound professionals very happy, but all good things must come to an end. The prizes included a large array of high-quality audio gear from renowned manufacturers such as Sound Devices, Lectrosonics, Sanken, Denecke, and many more.

“It was well worth playing, that’s for sure,” says Brent LeStage, the Grand Prize winner. LeStage won a 664 Field Production Mixer by Sound Devices valued at $4600 on the last day of the giveaway. He entered the giveaway faithfully almost every day of the 50 days. “I was really struck by the quality of merchandise they were giving away. That’s what motivated me to enter as frequently as I did. The 664 Field Production Mixer is top of the line.”

LeStage is a professional sound mixer who is working on a variety of film, television, and corporate video projects. Though he lives and works on the East Coast, he started ordering gear from Location Sound over the last year. “They make it so easy and convenient,” he praises. He orders most of his gear on www.locationsound.com or by calling their knowledgeable team. “They ship it to me overnight. They stock everything they sell, so it’s easy to get merchandise from them immediately, in spite of being on the other side of the country.”

Bob Dreebin, another winner, won the Audio-Technica BP-4073 shotgun microphone. “You’ve got to be dedicated! When someone told me there is a 50-day giveaway at Location Sound, it immediately became a daily 5 AM routine for me to go to my computer and do my entries and my tweets. They gave away prizes ranging from $200 to $4,600, including a set Lectrosonics transmitter-receiver wireless unit, so I could tell that Location Sound had done an amazing job working with the various manufacturers to offer such a wide array of gifts. I was happy to win anything; I wasn’t after a particular item. The whole experience was a lot of fun!” The Audio-Technica microphone complements his collection of microphones very well, and he’ll use it for future projects.

Dreebin has worked as a motion picture sound recording engineer for over 30 years. A Hollywood native, he moved to Arizona 35 years ago and has been commuting to Los Angeles for all of his projects. He specializes in television commercials and has done the sound for Dodge, Chevy, Jello, and Visa commercials. “Commercials are great,” he says, “They range anywhere from one day to six or seven days in length, they are always with a different crew, always in a different place. Always different professional challenges.”

Dreebin owns most of his own gear, and he admits it’s an expensive business: “A lot of expense to purchase the gear, to maintain it and repair it, and a lot of expense in turn-over of gear. That’s why winning a piece of gear is so great for sound mixers.” He has used Location Sound as his source for equipment, advice, and rentals during his entire career. He likes the fact that Location Sound is employee-owned because he feels that everyone at LSC is dedicated to the success of their customers. “Location Sound is a great, great business. Everybody there is very friendly, and they really care about what they are doing. It’s unlike any other store.”

Location Sound’s giveaway planning was months in the making. Angelica Dewlow, Location Sound’s Marketing Director said, “Before relaunching our website, I asked our team what we could do to entice customers to visit our new site. ‘How about a raffle?’, suggested Michael Paul, our Technical Director. From that point on, Steve Joachim, our Sales Manager started calling on all the manufacturers he could think of. They came through in an amount of over $29,000! It was such an incredible bounty that I had no other choice but to call the giveaway what it was, the Most Awesome 50 Days of Audio Gear Giveaways Ever!”

From the company’s point of view, the website relaunch and giveaway was a huge success. Location Sound’s average monthly website traffic is up 67%, with online sales already surpassing 2012’s numbers. Angelica Dewlow said, “Since we’ve never done a giveaway before, we didn’t know what to expect. We certainly didn’t expect that many entries! It was also gratifying to see customers sharing their excitement over the giveaway on social media. This was definitely a fun way to let everyone in the industry know about our new website. We’re glad to be our customers’ first choice and meet their professional audio needs.”

About Location Sound Corporation
Location Sound opened its doors in January of 1977 with a mission to be the one-stop facility for production sound mixers for all their sales, rental, and equipment service needs. More than 36 years later, the client roster now also includes production companies, broadcast companies, law enforcement and private security firms, universities, houses of worship, government agencies, and more. Location Sound is known for its excellent customer service and unparalleled depth of inventory: No matter the industry, Location Sound remains committed to providing sound professionals the equipment they need for their critical recording needs, while delivering unmatched support services before and after the sale. More information at www.locationsound.com

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Antelope Audio Sets the Tone for Rocky Mountain Audio Fest with New Zodiac Platinum 256x DSD DAC and Rubicon Atomic AD/DA Preamp

Denver, October 3, 2013 — Leading digital audio manufacturer Antelope Audio (exhibit room 477) will set the tone at this year’s Rocky Mountain Audio Fest by demonstrating its new Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC and its CES 2013 Innovations Award Winning, Rubicon Atomic AD/DA, the first audiophile preamp with an integrated atomic clock.

The presentation will demonstrate the unprecedented clarity, detailed imaging and wide frequency response that is possible with digital audio recordings while using Antelope Audio’s premium audiophile componentry. Attendees will experience A/B listening comparisons between analog source material and digital recordings, using Antelope Audio playback systems.

In addition to the room exhibition, Antelope Audio Director of Sales and Marketing Marcel James will be on hand to present a seminar on Sunday afternoon entitled The Advantages of Superior Clocking for Digital Audio.

In Perfect Company

To effectively demonstrate the new Zodiac and Rubicon, Antelope Audio has chosen to use ATC Loudspeakers as part of its playback system — a company known for its purist approach in audio reproduction.

Introducing the Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC

The new Antelope Zodiac Platinum DAC brings audio appreciation to a higher level, offering the audiophile community the widest DSD support, including the unique 256 DSD mode and a PCM sample rate of 768 kHz via a custom-built USB chip.

The extreme DSD256 greatly extends the accuracy and transparency of the audio reproduction as well as the overall system performance. The custom-designed Antelope USB chip compliments high fidelity by reducing clock jitter and pushing the envelope of the USB streaming with sample rates four times higher than those offered by similar devices.

Whereas many top of the line DACs offer PCM upsamplers, the Platinum is the first device to offer a DSD upsampler. This distinctive feature allows the upsampling of DSD64 to DSD256, pushing DSD noise into higher frequencies, vastly improving the quality of the D/A conversion. The Platinum bypasses internal digital filters built into the DAC chip by implementing a custom upsampler with carefully designed high-precision linear phase filters in the FPGA.

In the heart of the new Platinum lie the renowned 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking and the ultra-low jitter oven-controlled crystal oscillator, which are Antelope’s signature for unprecedented sound quality appreciated by the best recording, mastering and post production studios around the world. In addition, the Platinum is equipped with a 10 MHz input for the legendary Antelope 10M Rubidium atomic clock, providing the most accurate and stable clocking reference and therefore an uncompromised digital to analog conversion.

Zodiac Platinum has an enhanced stepped relay volume control compared to its very successful and highly appreciated predecessor Zodiac Gold. It also carries the Antelope dual stage headphone drivers with impedance control. Platinum comes only in bundle with the second generation of the audiophile power supply Voltikus. The upgraded version of the PSU has a separating power line filter on its own board, an improved transformer shielding and better connector with stronger locking. A new, high-performance power cable, connecting both devices is also included in the bundle.

Rubicon – World’s First Atomic AD/DA Preamp

Antelope Audio will also feature Rubicon, its groundbreaking digital audio preamplifier which integrates the world renowned 10M Rubidium atomic clock. Catering for the ever-increasing interest in high-resolution DSD audio, Rubicon will be offering the unique 256 real DSD upsampler, providing high-end consumer electronics enthusiasts with the most accurate audio representation and detailed soundstage of both analog and digital recordings.

The integrated Rubidium atomic clock makes the clocking reference in Rubicon 100,000 times more accurate than the one of a traditional crystal oscillator. Coupled with Antelope’s 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking technology, the Rubidium achieves a breakthrough in jitter management, achieving analog-like sounding of the digital recordings.

The Advantages of Superior Clocking for Digital Audio

Antelope Audio’s Marcel James, U.S. Director of Sales & Marketing, will present a seminar titled, The Advantages of Superior Clocking for Digital Audio in the Marriott Aspen Amphitheater on Sunday, October 13th at 12 noon. In this seminar, he will explain how audio can be affected at the conversion stage by a master clock device. Examples will be given on how master clocks are used in the creation of nearly all of the audio we consume, including movies, television, mastering, live sound and production work. The importance of playing back audio at home, using the same clocking technology used in the creation process that more accurately represents the clarity and depth of the audio will be discussed.

About Antelope Audio

www.AntelopeAudio.com
Antelope Audio is a leading manufacturer of professional audio master clocks and A/D & D/A converters. The company is among the few offering 768 kHz USB DACs and the first one implementing a 10 MHz atomic clock in a consumer audiophile AD/DA Preamp, providing extremely accurate audio representation and detailed soundstage of both analog and digital recordings.

The company utilizes more than 20 years’ experience in professional audio to develop high-end consumer audio products, which bring to the home environment an audio precision and sonic detail comparable only to the finest pro studios. Antelope’s customers include many Grammy award-winning sound engineers, producers, and some of the most renowned recording, mixing, mastering and post-production studios around the world.

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The Air Force Museum Theatre Flies in 3D with Severtson Screens on 60ft x 80ft SēVision 3D GX Projection Screen

photo credit/copyright: Mike Ullery

Dayton, Ohio, Oct. 3, 2013 – Severtson Corporation (www.severtsonscreens.com), a global leader in innovative and quality projection screens, is pleased to announce that the Air Force Museum Theatre located inside the National Museum of the United States Air Force® at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, has installed a 60-foot x 80-foot SēVision 3D GX projection screen in its recently renovated 400-seat theater. The installation was part of an overall $800,000 audio and video digital conversion project.

“As a U.S. company we are proud that the Air Force Museum Theatre chose our SēVision 3D GX projection screen for use in its renovated theater,” said Kirk Severtson, Severtson Corp. COO. “The screen has a 2.4 gain on our cinema perforated material, which is the same coating we have used on thousands of large format cinema screens worldwide. The cutting-edge 250:1 signal to noise ratio of the SēVision 3D GX realizes the full potential of the 3D experience. A screen of this size typically takes 10 weeks to build but we were able to make this screen in six weeks. We always do whatever it takes for our customers, but being able to do this for our military was an honor.”

Severtson Corp. partnered with Franklin Designs, Inc. of Ridgeland, Miss. and D3D Cinema of Evanston, Ill. on this project.

“We were very pleased that for a project of this scope and size that Severtson came through for us,” said Art Mercurio, vice president, technical services for D3D cinema. “The finish on the screen looks fantastic, and the Severtson team made sure that the screen was in perfect shape after installation.”

The Air Force Museum Theatre is operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The Foundation was established in 1960 as a philanthropic, non-profit organization to assist the Air Force in the development and expansion of the facilities of the National Museum of United States Air Force®.

Touted as “The largest screen in southwest Ohio”, the recently installed Severtson screen is an integral part of the Air Force Museum Theatre’s new state-of-the-art digital 3D system featuring dual Barco 4K projectors, Qube’s “Xi” integrated media blocks, MasterImage 3D polarizers, and a premium 7.1 surround system from QSC Audio.

“We are currently showing multiple 3D movies in our theatre, and the Severtson SēVision screen does an incredible job bringing these features to life for our audiences,” said Mary Bruggeman, Chief of Theatre Operations for Air Force Museum Foundation Inc. “The SēVision meets or exceeds everything we require of it.”

The SēVision 3D GX used by the Air Force Museum Theatre meets the Digital Immersive Giant Screen Specifications (DIGSS). DIGSS is an industry standard promoted by the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA), an organization that Severtson Corporation is a part of.

Now in its 27th year, Severtson Corporation continues to be a global leader in innovation and quality. Severtson’s extensive experience in manufacturing home theater and large cinema screens has given them the expertise to meet the needs of the professional and consumer AV markets. Their dedicated employees and state-of-the-art robotic application systems give Severtson the production capacity to meet almost any need.

For more information, please visit www.severtsonscreens.com, call 480-610-5155, or email sales@severtsonscreens.com.

About Severtson Screens
Mesa, Ariz.-based Severtson Screens is an award-winning global leader in innovative and quality projection screens in the home theater, pro AV, and cinema markets. The high quality of its screens has made Severtson Corporation the industry standard worldwide.

From its unlikely origins in the family kitchen to today’s three modern production facilities, Severtson Corporation has remained committed to the principles of innovation and uncompromising quality that have made them who they are today.

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Ukraine Channel 1+1 Adds HARMAN Studer Vista 5 M2

KYIV, Ukraine – Komora has announced the sale of a HARMAN Studer Vista 5 M2 digital mixing console to Ukraine TV channel, 1+1. The station, which was founded in 1995, immediately became a major force in the Ukrainian TV industry, and since 2004 has been offering a round-the-clock broadcast schedule.

The Kyiv-based professional sound specialist has a long-term relationship with the broadcaster, having supplied other HARMAN equipment in the past, including Soundcraft consoles, AKG microphones and dbx signal processing—as well as a Studer 928 analogue desk.

Part of the 1+1 Media Group, which also includes 2+2, TET, PLUSPLUS, UNIAN and 1+1 International, the channel presently operates an on-air studio and production area with another facility about to open soon.

The new Vista 5 M2 has replaced an existing console and will operate in a control room serving both the current and new studios. Based on the popular Vista 5 console, which has found its way into production facilities around the world, the compact, versatile Vista 5 M2 is configured with 30+2 faders, a local rack and four D21m I/O frames.

1+1 has built up a long working relationship with Komora based on mutual trust. They reviewed a number of broadcast desk brand leaders but particularly liked the Vistonics II™ interface of the Studer platform. They were already familiar with the Studer topology and build quality having run the Studer 928 analogue console for many years.

The new Vista 5 M2 will be assigned to news for two TV channels, weather forecast and daily 3-hour morning on-air programmes, as well as live shows featuring popular TV stars. Once it is built, the new studio will also host sports programmes.

Engineers have already received full onsite training from Studer’s Christoph Binder and the station says it is delighted with the new purchase, citing the desk’s ease of use, reliability and quick response which has fully justified the investment.

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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Clay Paky Sharpys and Sharpy Washes Accompany Bruno Mars Around the World on his Moonshine Jungle Tour

Singer-songwriter Bruno Mars has been getting rave reviews for his Moonshine Jungle Tour, which will continue to play dates around the world through March 2014. The tour is accompanied by Clay Paky Sharpy and Sharpy Wash fixtures.

“We were tasked with creating a world for Bruno and his band to inhabit,” says lighting designer Cory FitzGerald who codesigned the tour with Roy Bennett. “Bruno has a lot of sounds and pushes past a lot of genres, so he needed an environment that would accommodate all his music. The lighting fixtures help a lot with that. We have 42 Sharpy Washes and about 80 Sharpy beams and we’re very happy with the rig.” VER supplied the tour’s gear.

The versatile Sharpy Washes are “used for everything,” he says. “They’re the main wash for the show, and we have 36 overhead and six on the floor. We built a ceiling, and the Sharpy Washes are so small that they can be recessed in it and still shoot through.

“They also have a great zoom range and can do amazing beam effects,” he adds. “It’s great to have the option to go super wide or super narrow. The fact that they can color mix is a life saver.”

FitzGerald also made room for a number of Sharpys in the rig. “I can’t remember the last time I did a show without them,” he says. “They’re well established and high powered. With prism, frost and gobos I can get a lot of looks out of them. I have them everywhere on the show: overhead, on the back wall of light, on the floor. We even have 14 gold Sharpys on the deck.”

Dave Marcucci is the touring lighting director for the Moonshine Jungle Tour.

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, comments, “We’re very proud to have so many of our fixtures on this tour and are impressed with the great work that Mr. Fitzgerald has done on this tour. We enjoy working with him on all of his projects.”

A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky.

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Engineering Emmy® awarded to iZotope RX® Audio Repair Technology

iZotope Inc., Cambridge, MA (October 2, 2013) – iZotope Inc., a leading audio technology company, has been honored by the National Academy for Television Arts and Sciences with an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for RX Audio Repair Technology. The Engineering Emmy is presented to an individual, company or organization for engineering developments so significant that they materially affect the transmission, recording or reception of television.

“We are incredibly proud to be recognized by the Academy for the development of iZotope RX,” says Mark Ethier, CEO of iZotope, Inc. “iZotope’s customers have helped shape RX into what is today—their feedback has been invaluable as we’ve refined RX’s workflows and strengthened its processing power. We are excited to be recognized as a game-changer in the television and broadcast industries and are sincerely humbled by this award.”

For audio professionals in the television industry, RX is now the standard for rescuing audio from the cutting room floor. With remedies for noise, clipping, hum, buzz, crackles, unwanted reverb and more, iZotope’s RX visual audio repair technology is the fastest, easiest way to repair and restore audio. RX makes it possible to clean up dialogue that has been spoiled by weather conditions, microphone issues, equipment buzz, and sudden noises like dog barks, sirens and much more.

A highlight of RX is its powerful spectrogram, which exposes details that are hidden in a standard audio waveform. By revealing a rich visual display of audio frequency over time, RX allows engineers to detect and isolate problems with innovative selection tools. In addition, RX features intelligent, cutting-edge modules that are carefully designed to tackle specific audio problems. Whether used as a standalone software application, or as plug-ins within industry standard editors, RX integrates seamlessly with any post production workflow. To meet the modern demands of a fast-paced production schedule, post production studios worldwide use RX to transform troubled recordings into professional grade, broadcast ready audio.

RX Audio Repair Technology will be honored among YouTube, Aspera, Digital Dailies, and Lightcraft Technology on October 23, 2013 at the Lowes Hollywood Hotel.

To learn more about RX Audio Repair Technology, visit: www.izotope.com/rx.

About the 65th Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards

The 65th Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards are overseen by chair Wendy Aylsworth, SVP of Technology, Warner Bros. Committee members are Stuart Bass, A.C.E., Picture Editors Governor, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; Chris Cookson, President, Sony Pictures Technologies; Kevin Hamburger, Sr. Supervising Producer, THE TALK; Eileen Horta, Sound Editing Governor, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; David Jensen, Partner, Monitor; Geoff Katz, Vice President, Watchwith; Frank Morrone, C.A.S., Sound Governor, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; John D. O’Brien, Video Control/Consultant “The Big Bang Theory”; Mark Scott Spatny, VP Digital Effects, Stargate Studios; Barry Zegel, Senior Vice President and General Manager, CBS Television City.
Learn more about the 65th Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards: http://www.emmys.com/news/press-releases/winners-announced-65th-primetime-emmy-engineering-awards.

About iZotope, Inc.

iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony.

For more information on iZotope products, please visit www.izotope.com.

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Gabisom Rocks Rio with HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers

NORTHRIDGE, California – Drawing approximately 600,000 fans over seven days, Rock in Rio was once again a rousing success, taking place at the City of Rock, a specially built venue on the site where the Olympic Village will be located for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Gabisom Audio Equipment, a longtime HARMAN JBL customer, deployed JBL VTX line arrays powered by Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers for this year’s festival, marking the first time it has used VTX and I-Tech HD at the Rock in Rio festival.

As it has in years past, Rock in Rio once again featured performances by some of the biggest names in music, including Beyoncé, David Guetta, Muse, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, John Mayer, Bon Jovi and more.
Gabisom deployed a massive live PA system, featuring a total of 152 JBL VTX V25 fullsize line array elements, 46 VTX S28 arrayable subwoofers and 24 G28 ground-stacked subwoofers. Powering the system were 122 Crown I-Tech 12000 HD amplifiers. The system was managed with JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software.

“We have enjoyed tremendous success with JBL VERTEC® line arrays at previous Rock in Rio festivals and we saw this year’s festival as an opportunity to capitalize on the increased power and controllability of the VTX line arrays with Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers,” said Peter Racy, Chief Engineer of Brazil-based Gabisom Audio Equipment. “The system performed exceptionally and we are confident that our HARMAN products will continue to accommodate the needs of the audience and performers as Rock in Rio continues to grow each year.”

“Gabisom has been an important HARMAN partner for many years and has trusted our tour sound products as the premiere PA system solution for the main stage [Palco Mundo] at Rock in Rio,” said Jaime Albors, Senior Director, Global Sales Operations, HARMAN Professional. “There are many options out there and having them constantly select our products is a clear sign that JBL and Crown meet and exceed the expectations of Gabisom as well as the event producers and engineers using the system. I have been at the festival many times and it is impressive to see how this PA can overcome more than 100,000 roaring fans!”

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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HARMAN’s Soundcraft Hosts HOT Labs Sessions at WFX 2013

DALLAS, Texas – At WFX 2013, HARMAN’s Soundcraft is hosting sessions at the HOT (Hands-On Training) Labs titled, “Introduction to Mixing with Digital Consoles.” Conducted by Katy Templeman-Holmes of Soundcraft Studer, the sessions will enable attendees to learn the fundamental differences between analog and digital consoles and the benefits of switching to digital. The sessions will be held daily from October 2-4.

HOT Labs provides live educational sessions for professionals and volunteers in the house of worship industry. Attendees of the “Introduction to Mixing with Digital Consoles” sessions will get first-hand experience working on Soundcraft’s industry-leading Si Expression and Si Performer digital consoles. A Studer Vista 1 digital console is also available for attendees to train on.

“As so many houses of worship rely on volunteer staff to control their A/V systems, ease of use is a priority for any piece of technology, and our HOT Labs sessions will show how easy digital consoles are to use, and more specifically, will demonstrate the ease of use of Soundcraft’s Si Expression and Si Performer consoles,” Templeman-Holmes said. “Moreover, these consoles provide world-class audio quality that can meet the demands of any professional in the house of worship industry, so all WFX attendees will find value in these sessions.”

The “Introduction to Mixing with Digital Consoles” sessions will be held in Room C143 of the Dallas Convention Center on the following dates/times:
• October 2—3:45-4:45 PM
• October 3—4:15-5:15 PM
• October 4—8:45-9:45 AM

Soundcraft Si Series training is also available at WFX between HOT sessions.

For more information, please visit usa.soundcraft.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.

Leading Industry Journalists React Positively to Audio-Technica AT5040 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone

— The ultimate studio condenser vocal microphone, the AT5040 represents a milestone in design, build quality, and the depth, presence and purity of its sound quality —

Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is showing its AT5040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone, the inaugural model from its flagship 50 Series of elite studio microphones. Leading journalists and engineers have been raving about the AT5040 since its recent introduction.

In his review for the June issue of Mix magazine, Barry Rudolph, an L.A.-based recording engineer and audio expert, stated, “The AT5040 offers the elegance and natural sound of a well-designed large-diaphragm condenser microphone with the precision, wide frequency response and high SPL handling of a small-diaphragm microphone. The AT5040 is like super high-definition video—it captures everything in truthful resolution.”

In an August feature for Pro Audio Review, which recently nominated the AT5040 for a PAR Excellence award in the category of Large Diaphragm Condensers (LDCs, non-handheld), PAR Technical Editor and Nashville engineer Lynn Fuston stated that the “AT5040 is a well-built, respectable mic with a proud heritage and lots of unique design features … All together, this is the best microphone package A-T has ever made … The fit and finish of the AT5040 are superb.”

Additionally, Alan Branch, a freelance engineer/producer, wrote for the August issue of Audio Media, “…Audio-Technica has taken a fresh approach to how a mic can truly capture sound … resulting in what might just be the best vocal mic every produced!”

About the AT5040:
A-T’s ultimate studio vocal microphone, the hand-built AT5040 side-address condenser offers remarkably musical high-fidelity performance, with profound realism and depth, presence and purity of sound. Featuring a proprietary breakthrough element design, the AT5040 employs four ultra-thin (2 micron) rectangular diaphragms that function together providing combined surface area unachievable in a standard round diaphragm. Designed as a first-choice vocal microphone with smooth top end and controlled sibilance, the AT5040’s large-diaphragm characteristics and fast transient response also make it ideal for recording acoustic instruments such as piano, guitar, strings, and saxophone.

The AT5040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone, the first model in Audio-Technica’s flagship 50 Series of elite studio microphones, is now available with a U.S. MSRP of $2,999.00. For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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The Blackbird Academy Flies High with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Digital Consoles

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Studio and live sound engineer John McBride and his wife, country artist Martina McBride are the owners of Blackbird Studio in Nashville, which since its founding in 2002 has grown to be a major facility for artists like The Black Keys, Kings of Leon, Kid Rock, Tim McGraw and many others. In running the studio, John McBride came to realize that most of the younger people seeking internships or employment had little or no hands-on knowledge—even those who were graduates of college-level audio programs. As a result, John and Martina are opening The Blackbird Academy Studio Engineering Program on September 30, and beginning January 2014 the Academy will launch its Live Sound Engineering Program, which will incorporate HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression and Si Performer mixing consoles connected via MADI to the Soundcraft Compact Stagebox into their curriculum.

“There’s a serious need to provide practical experience to people who want to build careers in this industry,” said John McBride. “Our emphasis will be on hands-on learning, in a professional environment.”

Because The Blackbird Academy is located in Nashville, the community is enthusiastically supporting the school. “We make hit records here and the students will benefit from learning not only in our classrooms and studios but also from the artists, producers and engineers that make Nashville one of the country’s great musical centers,” McBride said.
“There are a million ways to record and mix audio and I don’t want students learning from just one person,” McBride continued. “I want them learning from several people who have been successful in the industry and we’re going to focus on giving them as much time with the gear as possible.”

Tony Cottrill will be the Director of the Live Sound Engineering Program at The Blackbird Academy. Cottrill is the front of house (FOH) engineer for Exile, Ronnie Milsap and Juice Newton and uses Soundcraft Si Performer and Si Expression live sound consoles. “The Soundcraft consoles are so powerful that we can have them up and running for a professional live show in 15 minutes,” Cottrill said. “So we decided I need to teach with these consoles, because if you’re out touring with a band and you want a self-contained system with front of house and monitor consoles, a digital stagebox, cable runs and Cat5 lines, the Soundcraft consoles can do that.”

Within the Live Sound Engineering Program, Cottrill will teach students how to integrate the Soundcraft front of house and monitor consoles with the Soundcraft Compact Stagebo. Next, students will learn how to mix FOH and monitors on both consoles. “We’ll bring the consoles in and learn theory on different types of processing, using crossovers, gain structure and other essential points,” Cottrill said.

Soundcraft’s Si Performer and Si Expression consoles will also be used in the school’s main live sound area, where a full sound reinforcement system will be set up to teach students how to mix live FOH and monitor sound and learn system networking. In addition to spending time behind the mixing boards, students will learn to work with the Soundcraft ViSi app, which enables remote control of Soundcraft consoles from an iPad.

The Live Sound Engineering Program will also feature a maintenance lab with soldering stations and Cottrill and his staff will teach everything from wiring XLR and RG59 connectors to building crossovers and bench-testing components with test instruments. In addition, the course work will cover acoustics, sound system installation and other areas.

“In reality, you’re going to come across every conceivable situation, from a best-case scenario like a perfectly equipped studio to a gig where the studio hasn’t been maintained or a gig where half the PA doesn’t work,” McBride said. “At The Blackbird Academy, you’re going to learn how to get good sound under any circumstances.”

“The first thing you’re going to hear at The Blackbird Academy is that attitude is 99 percent of the gig,” McBride concluded. “We’re looking for passionate, creative, professional people.”

For more information on The Blackbird Academy, please visit www.theblackbirdacademy.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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