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AES 54th International Conference to Feature Focus on Audio Forensics – Techniques, Technologies and Practice

New York, NY, June 4, 2014 — The AES 54th International Conference on Audio Forensics is set to take place June 12-14, 2014, at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury in London. Dedicated to exploring techniques, technologies and advancements in the field of Audio Forensics, the conference will provide a platform for sharing research related to the forensic application of speech/signal processing, acoustical analyses, audio authentication and the examination of methodologies and best practices. Chairpersons for this conference are Mark Huckvale and Jeff M. Smith.

The AES 54th Conference – the fifth AES event devoted to the technical developments and practical approaches developing in the field of Audio Forensics – will act as a hub for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas and foster new approaches to address challenges that are evolving every day in the industry. Opening ceremonies will feature a special keynote speech entitled “Cognitive Bias in the Interpretation of Forensic Evidence” given by esteemed cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Itiel Dror.

Three full days of sessions include Tutorials and Papers on a host of related subjects covering a variety of Audio Forensic topics. Tutorials will include “Automatic Speaker Recognition with Degraded and Enhanced Speech,” “Dereverberation Algorithms in a Nutshell – a signal processing introduction,” “Digital Audio Authenticity” and “Speech Intelligibility.” Each day will also include multiple paper presentation sessions on topics including Forensic Speaker Comparison, Reverberation and Room Acoustics, Audio Authenticity, Speech Enhancement and Intelligibility, Forensic Musicology and Gunshot Analysis.

AES Executive Director Bob Moses stated, ”We are really pleased with the growth and development of our Audio Forensics-related programs and events over the past decade. For the audio engineering community, these forensic specialists continue to push the boundaries of our understanding of sound in our everyday lives. Some of the most important recordings are ones that were never intended to be captured or that take place under unimaginable circumstances. The AES and its sponsors are dedicated to promoting the science and technologies that make audio forensics work so valuable to us all.”

Supporters of the AES 54th International Conference include Platinum Sponsor CEDAR Audio, along with Conference Sponsors AGNITiO, iZotope, Oxford Wave Research, Salient Sciences and Voxalys.

For complete program details and registration information, visit http://www.aes.org/conferences/54/.

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DPA Microphones and Break of Reality Partner to Support Music Education Programs

Quartet hits the road with company’s d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones; Chooses Oklahoma high school as mic recipient

EDMOND, OK, JUNE 4, 2014DPA Microphones recently joined cello-rock group Break of Reality as advocates for the importance of music education in schools. In conjunction with its tour schedule supporting its latest album, TEN, the group hosted a month-long Music Education Tour, making its way to 10 school districts across the U.S. At these stops, students attended workshops and performances hosted by the quartet to learn about the art and appreciation of music. In an effort to provide music programs with the opportunity to experience world-renowned quality technology, DPA Microphones donated three d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones to Edmond North High School (ENHS), in Edmond, OK, deemed by the band to be the school in greatest need for an audio solution.

“Next year, we will be kicking off our Strolling Strings program, the first of its kind at Edmond,” said Peter Markes, orchestra director at ENHS. “One of the tricky pieces I have been trying to figure out is the best way to amplify a few students for performance programs. These d:vote mics are a great solution. Thank you, DPA and Break of Reality for this generous gift!”

The members of Break of Reality are no strangers to performing for and/or conducting workshops at public schools and wanted to use their good fortune in the industry to afford aspiring musicians with the same opportunities they’ve encountered. That’s when the members decided to launch the Break of Reality Music Education Tour. With the help of fan donations through a Kickstarter campaign to fund the group’s tour expenses, the band members set out on the road with a mission to raise money at each school concert. After the stops, 100 percent of the donations and ticket proceeds were given to the music programs for each school they visited.

“We learned to play our instruments through public school music classes,” shares Ivan Trevino, co-founder and percussionist for the group, which has been performing for more than a decade. “If it weren’t for those programs, I don’t think Break of Reality would exist today.”

In addition to the donation, the band also teamed up with DPA to use the d:votes for its performances on the Music Education Tour. At all schools, especially ENHS, the microphones gave the next generation of musicians the chance to gain hands-on experience with some of today’s most advanced technology.

“We truly value the importance of music education programs,” said Eric Mayer, President of DPA Microphones, Inc. “By providing the d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones, we hope the students at Edmond North High School can learn how to properly amplify their instruments and understand the importance of using a high-quality microphone to capture their sound.”

Ideal for everyone from beginner to professional, the d:vote 4099 Instrument mics were chosen for the school on recommendation from the quartet, which previously selected the d:vote 4099s after experimenting with a series of audio setups, including both pickups and microphones, that continuously fell short of finding an ideal audio solution. Plus, the d:vote 4099 is designed with the touring musician in mind, so it can easily be unclipped and repositioned on the instrument, without any cable ties or other obstructions. This creates an effortless solution for both groups. The accurate natural sound, balanced EQs and functionality of the microphone will come in handy for Break of Reality and Strolling Strings tours.

“The students started using them in our orchestra room, just experimenting, the first day we received them,” continues Markes. “What I like most thus far is their ease of use. While we haven’t had a chance yet to use them in a public venue, we’re already practicing with them in our orchestra room and we’ve found that they are basically plug-and-play to the setup that we have in place. I look forward to using them in different halls as we kick off our Strolling Strings program.”

The DPA mics give the group a sense of comfort that previously did not exist when miking the cellos and they say they can already recognize many benefits of the DPA mics, including a pristine natural sound and the unique mounting solution. “We love the d:vote, I don’t know any other microphone of its kind that is designed specifically for the cello and that makes it a lot easier to work with,” shares Patrick Laird, cellist and Break of Reality co-founder. “The frequency response is much more balanced than anything we’ve used before, so it requires a lot less treatment in the venue. In addition to giving us great sound, the d:vote actually can fit inside the cases while still mounted to the cello, which provides a quick and simple setup.”

With Break of Reality as avid users because of DPA’s reputation for providing highly durable and pristine sounding microphones, and a whole generation of students familiarizing themselves with these features, everyone will be able to perform like the pros.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

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Matrox Demonstrates Crestron Control of Streaming and Recording Products at InfoComm 2014

AV professionals can now integrate control of Matrox Monarch HD and VS4Recoder within Crestron 2-Series and 3-Series Room Media Controller interfaces

At InfoComm 2014 (Las Vegas, June 18-20, booth N2247), Matrox® Video will present Monarch HD streaming and recording appliances and VS4Recorder multi-camera recording systems integrated with Crestron® controllers. Crestron programmers can use the Matrox Monarch HD Control API or the VS4Recorder API to interface Matrox products with Crestron 2-Series® and 3-Series® Room Media Controllers. Operators can then easily start and stop streaming and recording from within the familiar Crestron interfaces.

Matrox Monarch HD with Crestron Interface

“Crestron integration is one of the top user-requested features for our streaming and recording products,” said Daniel Maloney, technical marketing manager, Matrox Video. “Our APIs let AV integrators eliminate the need for additional control surfaces in venues such as lecture halls, corporate office buildings, museums, hotels and convention centers.”

Matrox Monarch HD is a small, easy-to-use H.264 encoder designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a mastering-quality version for post-event editing. From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 or MOV file to an SD card, a USB drive, or a network-mapped drive.

VS4Recorder is a multi-camera recording app that comes bundled with Matrox VS4 quad HD capture cards. It gives live event producers complete synchronized control over capture of the four inputs connected to the VS4 to create high-quality MOV, MP4, or AVI files for use with popular editing apps, for immediate upload to the internet or for archiving.

Price and availability
Matrox Monarch HD, priced at $995 US (€799, £699) not including local taxes and delivery, is now available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers. The Monarch HD Control API is available to registered Monarch HD users as a free download from the Matrox website. Sample code to demonstrate Crestron programming will be available late June.

The Matrox VS4 card is priced at $1,495 US (€1295, £995). Full turnkey HD recording systems are available from some certified systems builders. Crestron control is part of Matrox VS4Recorder 3.0 which will be available to registered VS4 users as a free download from the Matrox website in July.

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of 4K, HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a-box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, live event producers, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

Kramer Introduces the SID−X2N 4−Input Multi−Format Video over HDBaseT™ Twisted Pair Transmitter

Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the SID−X2N, Kramer’s HDBaseT four−in−one twisted pair transmitter − a high−performance, cost−effective, step−in commander from the award winning Digital Step−in Family. The unit includes four input types: computer graphics video, HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort. In addition, the SID−X2N includes an unbalanced stereo audio input and output.
The SID−X2N works as a stand−alone unit together with the HDBaseT receivers, e.g. the TP−580RXR/WP−580RXR, using RS−232 commands over a twisted pair cable. Although this product can be used with any CAT cable, Kramer recommends the use of the Kramer BC−HDKat6a cable, to reach up to 130m (430ft) in normal mode, and up to 180m (590ft) in XTRA (Long Reach) mode (1080p @60Hz @24BPP).

The SID−X2N all−in−one transmitter has several unique features making it the perfect solution for designing your state−of−the−art boardroom: compatible with both analog and digital AV signals, unbalanced stereo audio input and output, a single twisted pair cable carries both data and control, switching between inputs is available when working with anHDBaseT receiver using RS−232 commands.

The Step−In multi−Format Inputs Family includes also the SID−X1N with DGKat output and the SID−X3N with HDMI output. The family’s versatile products support any “Bring−Your−Own−Device” requirements, therefore is the top choice for designing your up−to−the−minute boardroom.

The Step−in™ family won the 2013 Most InAVative Video Distribution Product Award and the 2012 Systems Product of the Year AV Award.

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Clay Paky Sharpys and grandMA2 Treat TV’s “Nashville” Stars Like Country Music Greats

ABC-TV’s musical drama, “Nashville,” features a number of performances in every episode. The final episodes performance got the full star treatment with Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures and two grandMA2 consoles for lighting and media control. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive North American distributor of both brands.

The series, which just finished its second season, shoots in and around Nashville with many of the musical performances staged in a purpose-built studio in town. Sometimes the musical sequences are shot on location; the recent two-part season finale featured performances at Fort Campbell, the US Army base on the Kentucky-Tennessee border, and at Nashville’s LP Field.

“The storyline included performing for the troops at Fort Campbell and involved a mobile stage on the tarmac with Apache helicopters flying over the stage,” says lighting director Steve Fallon, who works with DP Michael Lohmann on the lighting design for these segments. “Then we had the star of the show in the grandeur of a stadium performance at LP Field.”

Fallon, of Fallon Media Design, has been using Clay Paky Sharpy Wash fixtures throughout season two. “They’re a great light for TV in terms of color temperature and their small footprint,” he reports. “But we opted for the Sharpy Beams for the stadium, and they were perfect.”

The stadium was a challenge to light because Fallon had “a vast, three-level area to cover,” he explains. “Sharpy was the right choice because it was the only fixture that would give us the throw distance required. And it was the only one that delivered the punch we needed.”

Fallon deployed 150 Sharpys from Tony Macre of VER Nashville spread over multiple levels of the stadium, and reports no failures. “The load in was in the rain and freezing cold, but we had literally a zero failure rate. That’s amazing. We’re very happy with the Sharpys.”

The grandMA2 was located on the 50-yard line, “1,000 feet away from many of the instruments,” he notes. A back up unit was also on hand. The show marked Fallon’s first time using the grandMA2, and David (Fuji) Convertino handled the programming.

“We needed grandMA2′s networking capabilities since it was controlling not only the lighting but also the Hippotizer, video elements, the stadium Jumbotron and video ribbons. grandMA2 was the only solution for handling everything; it was the console of choice for that kind of application. Distribution was via the console to the NPUs; we used fiber optics, which made the process really simple.”

According to Fallon, the plan for season three of “Nashville” will include larger production values. “It will feature lighting, media servers, ENG cameras and video screens, all controlled via grandMA2.”

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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