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Listen Technologies Releases ListenPoint 2.0 for Enriched Educational Environments

— ListenPoint 2.0, a new release from Listen Technologies, provides students and educators Soundfield solutions to create better learning environments, including more features, more flexibility and competitive pricing from a trusted authority —

BLUFFDALE, UTAH, April 22, 2014 — Listen Technologies Corporation, a trusted authority with thousands of Soundfield solution installations, has just released ListenPoint 2.0, the latest iteration of the acclaimed ListenPoint® system for students and educators. This new release offers students and educators the opportunity to create enriched educational environments with an enhanced set of features, more flexibility and competitive pricing.

ListenPoint 2.0 provides classrooms the ability to enhance lessons with music, sound effects, internet, video and VoIP/Skype capabilities for virtual fieldtrips around the world. It also makes it incredibly easy to seamlessly integrate with Listen Technologies’ Assistive Listening Systems, making it easy for students with hearing loss to hear every word.

No matter what the needs are, ListenPoint 2.0 has a scalable system for each and every classroom, and due to their flexible nature, systems can grow as a classroom’s needs evolve. There are numerous options, whether it’s a basic system, fully integrated, or something in between. When compared to others in the K–20 Soundfield market, ListenPoint 2.0 also provides the most competitive pricing for its advanced set of features, and is incredibly simple and intuitive to install and maintain over time.

“We are incredibly pleased to release ListenPoint 2.0, because it meets the mission of educating students, which we consider to be among the most important pursuits,” said Russell Gentner, CEO of Listen Technologies. “ListenPoint 2.0 offers students the enhanced educational experience they deserve, helping shape innovative, creative and extraordinary minds.”

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136th Audio Engineering Society Convention to Feature Keynote from Leading Audio Researcher Wieslaw Woszczyk

— Opening ceremony to feature remarks from Woszczyk and AES personnel —

New York, NY, April 23, 2014 — The 136th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Saturday, April 26, through Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center in Berlin, Germany) is set to feature a keynote address from Wieslaw Woszczyk, an internationally recognized audio researcher and educator with leading expertise in emerging technology trends in audio. The address will be part of the convention’s opening ceremonies, taking place Saturday, April 26, 13:15-14:15 (Estrel Hall A). The ceremonies will also feature remarks from AES President Sean Olive; AES Executive Director Bob Moses; Convention Co-chairs Sascha Spors and Umberto Zanghieri; and Awards Chair Jan Abildgaard Pedersen.

Woszczyk holds the James McGill Professor Research Chair position and a full professorship at McGill University, and is the founding director of the Graduate Program in Sound Recording (1978), and founding director of the CIRMMT Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology, an inter-university, inter-faculty, interdisciplinary research center established at McGill University in 2001. An AES member since 1976, Woszczyk is a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society (1996) and the former Chair of its Technical Council (1996-2005), Governor (twice, in 1991-1993 and 2008-2010) and President (2006-2007). He also served on the Review Board of the AES Journal. Woszczyk received the Board of Governors Award in 1991 and a group Citation Award in 2001 for “pioneering the technology enabling collaborative multichannel performance over the broadband Internet.”

Woszczyk notes, “The world of audio is entering a period of renaissance. We are experiencing an unprecedented range of technologies serving artists, producers, and listeners of music and sound. Little remains the same for long in the face of our relentless drive for new discoveries. I would like to present my perspective on the value of human interaction, collaboration and continuing education as a way forward in the quickly transforming world. We should be wary of trying to predict the future but make our best effort to live fully in the present, observing, exploring, and building relationships. Together, we can refine the course and purpose of our industry, we can venerate the gems of the past yet remain imaginative, open and ready for a fascinating future.”

For more information on AES136 technical program, presenters and registration, visit the AES136 Convention web page at http://www.aes.org/events/136/.

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Enhance Your AES 136th International Convention Experience with Free “AES Mobile Convention – AES Berlin 2014” Mobile App

— App for handheld devices provides helpful tools for navigating this weeks 136th AES Convention —

New York, NY, April 21, 2014 — The schedule of events and exhibitors at 136th Audio Engineering Society International Convention, being held in Berlin, Germany, on April 26 – 29, 2014, at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center, is just around the corner, and the free “AES Mobile Convention – AES Berlin 2014” app is here to help attendees make the most of their convention experience.

Available for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) as well as Android devices, the app provides the following tools to enhance your event experience:

The Dashboard keeps you organized with up-to-the-minute Exhibitor, Speaker and Event information
My Schedule organizes your schedule with one click
Alerts allow you to receive important real-time communications from the AES
Keep up with industry news on LinkedIn and Facebook groups
Built-in Twitter feed to follow and join in on the show chatter
Rate the sessions you attend and comment on them, too
Connect with your colleagues using the Friends feature

To download the app for free, please visit http://www.aes.org/mobile/. For further information on the 136th AES International Convention, and to register for your free Exhibits-Plus badge or the premium All-Access badge, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/136/.

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Chris Lord-Alge Moves Forward with His Focusrite RedNet-Enabled Workflow

Acclaimed producer-mixer uses RedNet hardware for Springsteen’s recent High Hopes LP and other projects

Los Angeles, CA, April 18, 2014 – In recent months, multi-GRAMMY® Award-winning producer and mixer Chris Lord-Alge has adopted Focusrite’s RedNet Ethernet-networked converters as the interface of choice between his Avid Pro Tools system and his classic SSL 4000 E/G+ mixing console. For more than 20 years, Lord-Alge has brought digital multitrack sessions into his analog console via the Sony 48-track DASH tape machine format, but with tape supplies dwindling, he made the transition to RedNet 2 digital-to-analog converters and other RedNet hardware in late 2013.

Lord-Alge knew that he had found a replacement for the Sony converters after auditioning the RedNet system, consisting of a pair of 32-channel RedNet 5 HD Bridges with three RedNet 2 16-channel A-D/D-A converters, at his Mix LA studio. “When they put the RedNet rig up I said, did you patch it or not? It sounded like what I like, what I’m used to and what works for me.”

While the switchover to an all-digital nonlinear workflow will obviously be beneficial, Lord-Alge says he would not have made the transition unless the Focusrite system offered the sound character with which he has become so familiar. “I want the sound of my old D-to-A, which is a bit more analog, in some ways a bit more lo-fi. It’s got a bit more glue in there,” he explains.

As the music production process becomes increasingly hard disc-based, the RedNet system was the logical step to take after spending so many years with “Bessie” and “Bertha,” his two vintage Sony PCM-3348 digital tape machines, he says. “I liked the 3348 D-As because they’re hard hitting. The RedNet has a harder impact, like I’m used to. I want it hard hitting—that’s my personal taste. I don’t want hype, and with RedNet I’m not getting hype, I’m getting impact.”

Not that Lord-Alge had any reason to doubt Focusrite’s RedNet before he tried it; over the years he has used a Focusrite Red 3 Classic Dual-Channel Compressor/Limiter across his stereo bus on 10,000 mixes, by his estimation, racking up credits along the way with artists such as Green Day, Muse, Daughtry, My Chemical Romance, Rise Against and many, many others.

Recently, with the new RedNet set-up, he has added another Bruce Springsteen project to that extensive list. High Hopes is an album of previously unfinished material that was completed in stages over the course of the past several years and released in early 2014. “The last round of tweaks that I did with Bruce, we had the rig up, so when it came time to print we went Red, baby! It shows that our transition is working,” says Lord-Alge. The High Hopes album topped the charts worldwide in January and features three tracks – “American Skin (41 Shots),” “The Ghost of Tom Joad” and the title track – that Lord-Alge mixed using his Focusrite RedNet system.

“New things I’m working on are going the same route,” he continues. “The transition is definitely fully under way.” Upcoming mix projects include Adelitas Way, Gloriana, Grizfolk, O.A.R. and his fourth album with Rise Against, he reports.

Lord-Alge admits to a sense of relief that he has found a replacement for a key piece of equipment on which he has come to rely and that has served him well for over two decades. “I’ll be able to continue with what I like, transitioning from format to format. It’s not a compromise. That was a big concern to me,” he confides.

“You’ve got options for your D-to-A: blonde, brunette, redhead, whatever—I picked the red one,” he says. “People have a choice, and Focusrite makes the choice easy.”

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Inaugural Pensado Awards to Honor Today’s New Brand of Music Professional

— Live ceremony on June 28 and global online broadcast will “recognize the faces behind the sound” —

LOS ANGELES, CA, April 17, 2014 — For the past several years, the acclaimed online video series Pensado’s Place has celebrated the evolving landscape of music and technology and given a voice to its leaders and innovators, and now the producers of that program have created the Pensado Awards, a new award show intended to acknowledge today’s emerging brand of music professional and to “recognize the faces behind the sound.” The live show will take place on June 28, 2014, at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California, and will be followed one week later by a global online broadcast. Scheduled to co-host are award-winning producer-engineers Chris Lord-Alge (Muse, Pink, Foo Fighters, Avril Lavigne, Green Day, Daughtry, Paramore, Black Eyed Peas), Marcella Araica (Britney Spears, Madonna, Pink, Duran Duran, Keri Hilson) and Young Guru (Jay Z, Beyonce, Mariah Carey), with additional co-hosts to be announced soon.

The Pensado Awards are a natural outgrowth of the ethos behind Pensado’s Place. In recent years, developments in music and technology have changed the landscape for producers, songwriters, engineers and musicians, encouraging artists and composers of all types to hone their craft. From the self-taught basement amateur to the seasoned industry producer, all manner of music professionals are discovering new methods of working and novel ways to reach fans. The science and art of music-making are in a rapid state of flux, with exciting opportunities awaiting among the talented figures in and out of the spotlight – the people who are currently engineering the next sound that will move the world in the music, film, television and digital realms. Over 100,000 albums and millions of songs are released every year, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of concerts put on worldwide, but the awards often end up in the hands of a lucky select group. So the brilliance and hard work of all those producers, songwriters, DJ’s, engineers, mixers, live wizards and behind-the-scenes technicians in audio often go unnoticed – until now! The Pensado Awards, founded as a means of acknowledging these talented individuals and their work, are a grand opportunity for the best pros, amateurs, brands and press to come together as one community to celebrate the uncelebrated.

Herb Trawick, the Co-host/Executive Producer and Creator of Pensado’s Place, as well as Manager and Advisor to Co-host Dave Pensado, stated, “We are very thrilled about the opportunity to put on an awards show that is by the people and for the people. And we are just as excited to have Chris Lord-Alge, Marcella Araica and Young Guru – and other names to be announced soon – on board as our hosts, and all of our Pro Committee artists and sponsor partners. The buzz has been electric, and we are already talking about making this an annual event.”

“As an engineer and mixer myself, I am acutely aware that so many of the most talented people in the industry never get the recognition they deserve,” stated Dave Pensado (Co-host of Pensado’s Place, GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer, Teacher). “We have founded these awards to acknowledge amateurs and professionals for their craft. We hope you join in the celebration, either in person or online.”

Working behind the scenes to make the Pensado Awards a reality are the producers from Pensado’s Place and a group of top industry PR/marketing professionals. Leading the charge are Pensado and Trawick, along with Pensado Awards producer Karen Dunn of KMD Productions (Producer of the TEC Awards at NAMM for 29 years and various other Pro Audio Events). Rounding out the Pensado Awards Team are social media guru Will Thompson, PR professionals Clyne Media and Lisa Roy, Lead Agent Shevy Shovlin and Business Development manager Khaila Stewart.

Pensado Award categories include OMG! Mix of the Year; Game Changer Producers Award; Songwriters Break Thru Award; Unique Project Studio (Global); Amateurs Best/Mix Recording (Global); Best Non-English Song (Global); Best Tracking Engineer; Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Film, Television & Gaming; Giant Award (industry legend); Master of Mastering; Live/FOH Award; AIR Award (Best Assistant, Intern or Runner); Outstanding Brand; Spin Doctor DJ Award; Dave Pensado Educators Award; and Herb Trawick Visionary Award.

The Pensado Awards Pro Committee is made up of artists, engineers, producers and industry notables (many of whom have been featured guests on Pensado’s Place), who together will serve as the judging panel for the awards. The committee in currently being assembled and is confirmed to include Andrew Scheps (Lana Del Rey, Red Hot Chili Peppers), Jimmy Douglass (Pharrell, Justin Timberlake), John McBride (Martina McBride, The Blackbird Academy), Manny Marroquin (Bruno Mars, Imagine Dragons), Trina Shoemaker (Queens of the Stone Age, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris), Young Guru (Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Kanye West), Zoe Thrall (Studio Director at the Studio at the Palms) and others.

Opportunities are still available to join the over 100 leading music makers and manufacturers, representatives from 75 countries and over 100 schools who are already active supporters of and participants in the inaugural Pensado Awards. Three sponsorship packages are available. To support the Awards, please visit http://pensadoawards.com/sponsorship_info.html.

Photo caption: Pictured L-R: Herb Trawick (Co-host/Executive Producer and Creator of Pensado’s Place) and Dave Pensado (Co-host of Pensado’s Place, GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer, Teacher). Photo by Zan Nakari (www.zanphotos.com).

About Pensado’s Place
The hour-long weekly web series Pensado’s Place was created nearly four years ago. Co-hosted by legendary mix engineer Dave Pensado (Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Michael Jackson and more) and show creator Herb Trawick, the show includes interviews with top music industry artists, engineers, producers, mixers, and record executives, as well as in-depth tutorials in production, engineering and mixing. Pensado’s Place has positioned itself as “the most influential show for audio engineers,” mixers and producers (Forbes Magazine) in just three years. Pensado’s Place is more than just a show, as it highlights the very best in the industry of music, gaming, sound identity on film, and audio equipment, with a presence in live events. As a leading educational resource, Pensado’s Place is helping build the next generation of audio greats.

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Presenting Cobalt: Wharfedale’s First Bluetooth® Speaker

— Wireless Convenience Meets Superb Sound and Elegant Design —

Chicago, IL, April 9, 2014 — Sound Solutions, LLC, the exclusive U.S. distributor of Wharfedale loudspeakers and Avid HiFi products, is now shipping the Wharfedale Cobalt Wireless Bluetooth® Loudspeaker. The Cobalt brings acclaimed Wharfedale sound quality including aptX® connectivity to the Bluetooth speaker category in a compact contemporary design that fits easily into any home, apartment, office or dorm.

“In introducing the Cobalt we knew we couldn’t introduce just another ‘me too’ wireless powered speaker,” said Walter Schofield, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Cobalt lets listeners enjoy music from their favorite portable devices with complete convenience and outstanding sound quality that lives up to the heritage of the Wharfedale name.”

The Wharfedale Cobalt has a sleek design with a thin, curved horizontal front surface mounted on an integral base. Measuring 15 inches wide by 6-3/4 inches high by 7-1/4 inches deep (including base), the slim-profile Cobalt is available in a high-gloss Piano Black finish that imparts an elegant appearance. The Cobalt is simplicity itself to operate using its supplied remote or its touch panel controls.

The Cobalt’s wireless link eliminates the need to dock or connect a Bluetooth device, and works with all devices and phones that meet the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) spec, including the Apple iPhone, iPad and most Android devices. The Cobalt also includes a 1/8-inch (3.5mm) Aux In jack for use with any music source. The Cobalt is compatible with aptX audio coding technology to deliver wireless high-fidelity sound from aptX-enabled products.

The Cobalt’s Sonic Clarity dual 4-inch full-range drivers and Bass Flow Port and 30-watt RMS amplifier provide satisfyingly detailed and dynamic stereo sound. To further improve performance, the Wharfedale Cobalt features proprietary 24-bit digital signal processing, with patented psychoacoustic algorithms that compensate for the acoustic characteristics of smaller speakers to provide room-filling audio.

The Wharfedale Cobalt Wireless Bluetooth Loudspeaker is currently available at a US suggested retail price of $399.

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Waves Audio Vitamin Sonic Enhancer Now Available

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, April 9, 2014 —Waves Audio announces the availability of Vitamin Sonic Enhancer, a multiband harmonic enhancer and tone-shaping plugin that can make any track sound powerful and full of spark by mixing an enriched version with the original signal. With its zero-latency processing, Vitamin caters to studio and live mix engineers alike. Used as an insert on any track or bus, Vitamin instantly delivers a warm, vital result that is comparable to what users would get from a parallel chain of EQ, compression and saturation processors, but without the hassle.

Vitamin’s controls are intuitive, easy to use and immediately responsive, letting users smooth or accentuate punchiness and dynamics, determine the crossover frequency points between the plugin’s five bands, and control the mix of the direct signal with its enhanced version. To top it all off, when Vitamin is in stereo mode, each band has a width control that lets users create wider sound images or make room for a vocal right in front of the mix – a great tool for mastering.

No matter what it is used on, Vitamin opens up the sound in a way that complements and enhances all mixes, ensuring they get all the nutrients they need.

Vitamin Sonic Enhancer Features:

Parallel multiband harmonic enhancer with five individual bands
Control over the crossover frequency points between bands
Control over the mix of the direct signal with the enhanced version
Per-band stereo width control
Punch control for smoothing or accentuating punchiness and dynamics
Zero-latency processing

Vitamin is available separately as well as in the following bundles: Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Horizon, Mercury, Prelude, Essentials, Pro Show, and SD7 Pro Show. Owners of these bundles with current Waves Update Plan coverage can update the bundles and receive Vitamin at no additional cost.

Vitamin Sonic Enhancer is currently available with a U.S. MSRP of $200 (Native) or $300 (SoundGrid) and a special introductory price of $99 (Native) or $149 (SoundGrid). Visit http://www.waves.com/plugins/vitamin for more information. Product video: http://youtu.be/VRWWPPnGGOQ.

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Genelec Home Audio Names Big Apple Technology New Manufacturer’s Representative for the Metro New York Area

— Big Apple Technology is the latest rep in the Genelec Home Audio Systems sales force —

NATICK, MA, April 7. 2014 — Genelec Inc., U.S. distributor of Genelec Home Audio Systems, announces the appointment of a new manufacturer’s representative – Whitestone, New York-based Big Apple Technology – to serve the Metro New York City area. Bart LoPiccolo, Genelec National Sales Manager, made the announcement as part of Genelec’s ongoing expansion in the custom installation/home theater market sectors. Led by company president Joseph Frattasi and sales reps Doug Lee and John Frattasi, Big Apple Technology will help increase market share for Genelec in the custom/home installation arena throughout New York City and its suburbs.

The addition of a new, dedicated rep in this region underscores Genelec’s commitment to meeting the rising market demand with a network of experienced, knowledgeable representatives. Commenting on this appointment, LoPiccolo stated, “We are proud to have added Big Apple Technology to the Genelec family. They are a well-established presence in the market, and their experience and support make them an excellent fit for Genelec. Joseph, Doug, John and the rest of their team are very qualified, and they will assist us in increasing brand visibility and market penetration in greater NYC and also help build lasting relationships with high-end custom install dealers. We look forward to continuing growth as a result of this new partnership.”

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

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Genelec NAB 2014 Press Kit

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Waves Audio NAB 2014 Press Kit

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