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System Integrators and Contractors Embrace Lowell Manufacturing

PACIFIC, MO, July 17, 2013 — Products from Lowell Manufacturing Company, a U.S. manufacturer of professional A/V products for over 65 years, have become a leading choice for contractors and system integrators nationwide. From boardrooms and professional multimedia areas to arenas and houses of worship, educational facilities, theaters and other fixed installation projects, Lowell rack, power and audio products continue to be specified by high-profile audio/video professionals.

“My relationship with Lowell Manufacturing actually began with my father being friends with company founder Ben Lowell, so I not only have a business relationship, but a long-term personal relationship with the company,” stated Mark Schultz, Systems Engineer for Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Parson Technology, a leading system integrator that established its business in 1927. “As a system integrator designing and installing audio visual and voice data, as well as security systems for healthcare, houses of worship, casinos and gaming, retail stores, sports complexes and hotels and resorts, we employ Lowell equipment racks and ceiling speakers on most of the projects we do for our clients. Lowell has an extremely wide selection of products that not only are high quality and cost effective, but they also have convenient features that are not available from other manufacturers.”

DeWayne Rains, Vice President of Operations for Nashville, Tennessee-based Audio Electronics, Inc. (AEI), a full service Audio/Visual Company specializing in providing national retail, restaurant and hospitality clients with customized In-Store Music & Messaging Networks and Digital Signage solutions, echoes Schultz’s comments: “I’ve been working with Lowell for many years and specify their rolling floor racks, wall-mount racks and shelves, and wall-mount and rackmount volume controls for a variety of installations. The fact that their products are made in America is always important to us, plus John Lowell and his team take great pride and care in what they do — and that comes through when you get a Lowell product. Their customer service is second-to-none. I can order a rack for one of my clients like JCPenney, Cracker Barrel or O’Charley’s and have it the next day. That’s customer service.”

“We’ve standardized our installations using Lowell racks and accessories,” stated Jon Baker, President of Springfield, Missouri-based Audio Acoustics, a leading installer of premium sound and video systems since 1968 specializing in commercial audio/video, health care and education market sectors. “We use several types of their eight-inch ceiling speakers, including the LT series, for music and paging. We’ve been working with Lowell for over 10 years because they offer an extremely comprehensive range of quality products that we feel sound good, install easily and are competitively priced. When you compare the quality of a Lowell product to other choices on the market, with Lowell, you are getting a real value in every sense of the word. Additionally, they offer great customer support, are very responsive and truly understand our needs as a system integrator.”

For more information, please visit www.lowellmfg.com or e-mail Lowell at sales@lowellmfg.com.

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AES Draws World R&D Community for Sound Field Control Conference

— AES’s 52nd International Conference titled “Sound Field Control – Engineering and Perception” in Surrey, Guildford, UK, September 2-4, 2013 —

New York, NY, July 16, 2013 — Registration is now open for the first AES international conference on Sound Field Control, slated to take place at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK, September 2-4, 2013. Held within a short distance of London’s major international airports, this conference aims to bring together engineers and perceptual scientists from around the world to share their research in this fast-moving field, and to discuss the numerous interactions between acoustics, signal processing, psychoacoustics and auditory cognition.

Inviting the world R&D community to attend the conference, chair Francis Rumsey said, “This is an unmissable event for anyone involved in the active control of sound fields, whether as a researcher, developer or practitioner. This is going to be a major theme of audio product development and design over the next ten years, and the personalization or customization of sound fields using audio technology is a becoming a really big deal. We’ve accepted over 40 contributions, including a number of invited presentations from the leading minds on beam forming, arrays, sound zones, spatial issues, perception and signal processing, and there’ll be some fascinating workshops and demos for people to experience the issues first-hand.”

Three fine keynote lectures from leading experts go hand-in-hand with live demonstrations and workshops on the interface between perception and engineering in this fast-moving research field. Keynotes include Professor Steve Elliott of the ISVR in Southampton, UK, who will give an introductory tutorial on “Active control of sound fields”; Professor Armin Kohlrausch of Philips Group Innovation and Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, on “Evaluation of spatial sound fields; how far can we get with perceptual models?”; and Dr Frank Melchior, Head of Audio Research, BBC, UK, to discuss “Creative Sound Field Control.”

Sound field control enables the active management of audio delivered in an acoustical environment. Sophisticated signal processing and reproduction tools increasingly enable the engineer to tailor the sound field for specific applications, occupancy or listeners’ requirements. This can include the creation of independent sound zones in listening spaces, the active control of noise, personal communication systems, the electroacoustic manipulation of auditorium acoustics and the generation of complex spatial sound fields using multi-channel audio systems.

Discover the preliminary program and make your travel plans now to visit the UK in early September. Low-cost accommodation has been arranged in high-quality ensuite university rooms for conference delegates. Find out more and register for the event at the conference website: http://www.aes.org/conferences/52/. Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AES.52 and follow us on Twitter at #AES_SFC.

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AS Project Co. First to Install Focusrite RedNet in Japan

RedNet user base continues to expand globally

Los Angeles, CA, July 16, 2013 – RedNet is Focusrite’s flagship modular high-quality audio networking system based on Dante®’s powerful digital audio network. AS Project Co. Ltd., located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, recently became the first users of RedNet in Japan.

AS Project Co. specializes in live and event sound and has been using the Yamaha CL live console series in conjunction with Pro Tools HD. As existing Yamaha CL series users, AS Project Co. decided to take advantage of the fact that the console has built-in Dante functionality by choosing RedNet 5. Two RedNet 5 units are connected to Pro Tools HD and to the Dante network, allowing 64 channels of high-quality, uncompressed digital audio to pass between the console and the recording system.

Sound engineer Masahiro Fukuhara spoke about his implementation and initial thoughts of RedNet: “RedNet 5 is recognized immediately as two 192 Digital I/O™ units from the Pro Tools® side, and therefore the routing is very straightforward. RedNet Control and Dante Controller are installed in the MacBook Pro with Nuendo Live. Pro Tools HD is installed on the main Mac Pro machine and Nuendo Live works as a backup for recording. Within the Dante network, digital audio signals for recording are connected through a Gigabit Luminex GigaSwitch 8 Ethernet switch. Long-distance cabling requirements are taken care of by high-quality Cat5e cable. The master clock from the system is taken from a black burst generator converted to word clock by a SYNC I/O™ into the Yamaha CL5, which is then the master clock for the Dante network. RedNet 5 provides the loop sync for an additional 192 I/O™. I’ve had experience with Dante, but installing RedNet 5 was easy – just connect and power-on. We’ve already used it for some live recordings, and it’s worked well every time.”

192 I/O, SYNC I/O and Pro Tools HD are trademarks or registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries.

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FOH Engineer James Dunkley Chooses Waves Plugins for Anthrax, Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Others

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, July 15, 2013 — Front-of-house engineer James Dunkley (Anthrax, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Amon Amarth) is part of a growing number of young cutting-edge live engineers turning to live tools from Waves Audio.

Dunkley notes, “All of my effects are Waves. On the last run with Anthrax, I came to rely on the Waves V-EQ4 Vintage Equalizer and the CLA-76 on the lead vocal. Joey [Belladonna, Anthrax lead vocalist] is particularly loud, so I like to use a nice but aggressive compressor on him so that I can rein him in into the mix when he’s really going for it. The V-EQ4 is just a nice, musical EQ in that it brings out the characteristic of his voice without sounding too ‘surgical.’ I also use the CLA-76 on backup vocals.”

He continues, describing his workflow: “I am currently running three separate instances of Waves Renaissance Reverb – one at about 1.6 seconds for the snare, another at 2.4 seconds for the toms (to make them sound massive, as obviously they’re not played as much as the snare, so when they come in I want them in like a ton of bricks!), and the last one at about 3 seconds as a sort of vocal wash. I also buss the lead vocal out to a Waves H-Delay, switching it in and out on the channel sends. The H-Delay was actually a massive surprise, because you do end up thinking, ‘How different can one delay be from another?,’ but sonically, the H-Delay is something else. I have a stereo group for the drum kit (apart from the kick and snare), and I put a Waves H-Comp across as kind of a parallel bus compressor in two busses. It tightens up the kit nicely, and it makes sure I have more consistency on fast tom rolls while ensuring each drum punches through the guitars. I also run a Waves C4 over a stereo guitar bus that all my guitars go through. I am almost using this as an overall EQ, as I can cut the extreme lows, bring up the sparkle in the top end and tighten up the low mid on the typically Anthrax ‘chuggy’-sound parts. The compression on the drum and guitar busses just really tightens things up and makes sure everything stays in its place within the mix so my vocal can ride on top. Basically my mix is pretty much Waves-dependent and just adds the character and control I need to mix a band like Anthrax on a digital console.”

James Dunkley is part of the growing trend among live sound professionals who are making the move to the next-generation workflow with WavesLive. Visit www.waves.com and www.waveslive.com for more information.

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Auralex® Offers ELiTE Custom Fabric System™ (ELiTE-CFS™)

— Designed to meet the needs of the end user, both acoustically and aesthetically, each Auralex® ELiTE-CFS™ is completely custom-designed —

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, JULY 15, 2013 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, offers its ELiTE Custom Fabric System™ (ELiTE-CFS™). ELiTE-CFS (ELiTE stands for Engineered Listening & Theater Environment™) is Auralex’s proprietary, fully engineered turnkey acoustical treatment system, fully individualized per a project’s needs. Each installation is custom-designed by Auralex’s expert engineers, then installed and fabricated onsite by authorized, experienced craftsmen. Auralex coordinates all pre-installation details, thus minimizing the disruption of other contractors and ensuring the job is completed on schedule. Utilizing a patented retention channel and custom installation process, an ELiTE-CFS installation will turn any room into a completely immersive and dynamic listening environment.

Whether part of a conference room, house of worship, custom home theater, professional audio facility or any dedicated listening environment, the ELiTE-CFS will provide the highest level of acoustic control. By enabling the designer to dictate the overall appearance of the custom-engineered system, any aesthetic need can be realized.

David Brune, Auralex Director of Sales, stated, “For each project, the Auralex crew handles acoustical design, woodworking, installation, etc., thus ensuring a well-integrated result. This system is a 100% turnkey solution and includes conceptual renderings, project management and professional installation. Some of our most famous clients, including top recording artists, sports figures, movie stars, Fortune 500 corporations and more, have benefited from custom ELiTE installations. Our quality and service are unmatched in the upscale, custom-installation marketplace.”

The finished look of an ELiTE CFS system is a smooth fabric surface with all the acoustical materials hidden behind the system’s elegant facing. The treatments include an engineered combination of absorption, diffusion, reflection, and bass trapping (features not available by most other competing systems). The Auralex engineering staff, based on physical room modeling and potential on-site visits, carefully diagrams the exact layout and placement of these treatments.

A proprietary and patented retention channel system is the core element of all ELiTE-CFS installations by providing secure mounting of fabric, creating a clean finished edge, and allowing for unlimited design possibilities. There are hundreds of fabric styles and colors to choose from to perfectly meet any aesthetic expectation, all approved for acoustical use and carrying a Class A fire rating.

The overall result is an interior finish that looks and sounds great and will provide an exceptional listening experience for years to come.

To discuss your project with an Auralex application specialist, please email auralexinfo@auralex.com or call 1-800-959-3343. For more information, please visit www.auralex.com.

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Bose® Professional Systems Helps the Boiling Springs First Baptist Church Upgrade Performance

System designer James N. Deal Consulting and installer MusiCraft both cite the Bose RoomMatch® loudspeakers’ comprehensive range of vertical and horizontal dispersion patterns that were able to precisely predict and cover the entire church’s sanctuary

Framingham, Massachusetts, July 11, 2013 – The First Baptist Church of Boiling Springs, South Carolina, recently undertook a large scale project to upgrade technology in the church’s sanctuary. The church’s worship style incorporates elements of both traditional and contemporary worship, using choir and organ, plus a worship team and amplified instruments at the front of their 1,100-seat church. Several solutions were evaluated, but only one company offered a configuration so ideal that it was the equivalent of a custom-designed sound system: Bose® Professional Systems Division, whose RoomMatch® loudspeakers and PowerMatch® power amplifiers offered precisely what the job needed.

The new PA system for the church is composed of two Bose RoomMatch RM5505, four RM5510, two RM7010, two RM9010 and a pair of RM12040 array module loudspeakers, plus four RMS215 subwoofers. Plus Two RM12060 modules provide for balcony fill-in coverage. Six PowerMatch PM8500N amplifiers power the system.

Systems designer Jim Deal utilized Bose Modeler® Sound System Software, an acoustic design and analysis program that can accurately predict a sound system’s performance, and the first sound system software to offer full STI prediction. Modeler was used to fine-tune the design and coverage patterns and select the proper system components. The sound system was installed by Roebuck, South Carolina-based MusiCraft Sound & Video, a longtime Bose dealer.

Jim Deal says he’d been intrigued by the design approach of the RoomMatch and PowerMatch products since they came to market, especially their potential for maximizing performance in reflective and more reverberant environments. He was able to experience them installed in a church in the Dallas area and was impressed. Music Pastor Butch King was also able to to hear the Bose system in person while attending a worship conference in Dallas, and was equally impressed. “The fact that the Bose RoomMatch components offer so many possible configurations allows me to design a system that will provide high quality intelligible sound to the seating area, while minimizing reflections from walls. The result is a system with greater clarity, detail, and impact, and we all were delighted with the result,” says Deal. “Since the system was installed, the reaction from the church members and from others who have heard the system has been very, very positive. Everyone is pleased with the outcome.”

David Clyburn, who was the Project Manager for MusiCraft and supervised the system’s installation, says the RoomMatch speakers went in without a hitch, enabling them to complete the job within the tight five-week time frame allotted. “The wide variety of horn patterns means we knew exactly where each enclosure had to go, instead of the hang-and-shoot techniques you have to use with many line arrays that require constant tweaking after they’re hung. With the RoomMatch modules, you can predict exactly where the sound is aimed, knowing that you can effectively keep the energy off the walls and keep it on the congregation,” he explains.

Clyburn says he’s been a huge fan of Bose Professional live-sound products for years. “We were excited when Bose came out with the RoomMatch and PowerMatch products,” he adds. “They gave us a larger system to work with that we can apply to a wider range of projects. We’ve been working with Bose for years and we’ll be working with Bose for years to come.”

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Lowell Offers LBR Series Rack Enclosures

— LBR Series racks provide contractors and system integrators a cost-effective solution for clients, without compromising strength or versatility —

PACIFIC, MO, July 9, 2013 — Lowell Manufacturing Company, a U.S. manufacturer of professional A/V products, is offering its LBR line of versatile, cost-effective, 19-inch EIA, fixed-rail floor rack enclosures, which offer flexible installation options for A/V, security, data and other applications. Designed specifically for contractors and system integrators who need a high-quality, cost-effective alternative for clients on a limited budget, the all-welded LBR racks, manufactured from 100% certified U.S. steel, support loads of up to 800 pounds on Lowell’s proven, robust structural foundation and feature solid sides with upgraded ventilation capabilities plus a reversible, vented rear door.

Lowell’s LBR rack line is available in depths or either 22 or 27 inches, and in heights up to 44 rack units (RU). Generous cable pathways are provided behind the rear rails (if optionally fitted) in both depths, and there is also ample space to accommodate Lowell’s POWERSTAC™ modular power system and cable management products. For contractors or system integrators needing additional installation and wiring flexibility, the top mounting rails (which are either 7RU or 10RU depending on rack depth) are tapped 10-32 to support various field modifications and can be removed to accommodate extra-large cable bundles.

LBR thermal management features include vented side panels and a reversible, vented rear door. A fully-perforated, Plexiglas or solid front door may be optionally fitted. The upper and lower side panel and rear door vents are designed to accept Lowell’s cooling fan products anywhere along the slotted vent pattern. The racks may also be fitted with a selection of platform bases, with or without casters.

“Our LBR rack series has the ability to satisfy many basic installation issues,” stated John Lowell, Lowell Manufacturing President and CEO. “They’re a versatile, time saving and, most importantly, economical solution for any integrator demanding flexible installation options for clients in audio-visual, security, data or other applications.”

For more information, please visit www.lowellmfg.com or e-mail Lowell at sales@lowellmfg.com.

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The Blackbird Academy Prepares to Open Its Nashville Facility with a Helping Hand from Leading Designers Robert and Cortney Novogratz

— Audio recording and live sound school gets professional touch from top NY Designers, set to air on Katie Couric’s syndicated daytime TV show Katie, July 17, 2013 —

— With custom-built classrooms and access to the world-renowned Blackbird Studio, Nashville’s The Blackbird Academy will offer comprehensive instruction and virtually unlimited hands-on access for hundreds of students yearly to the best audio instruction and technology platforms in the industry —

Nashville, TN (July 15, 2013) – In preparation for their first class, Nashville’s The Blackbird Academy got the pro designer’s touch from Robert and Cortney Novogratz, whose handiwork will be seen on Katie Couric’s syndicated daytime TV show Katie on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

The husband and wife design team, who formerly did business as Sixx Design, are known worldwide from their Bravo docu-series 9 by Design as well as Home by Novogratz on HGTV. The couple have twice been profiled in The New York Times and have been featured in such publications as Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Travel + Leisure, American Way, Oprah, Architectural Digest and Star, among many others.

Located in the heart of Music City, The Blackbird Academy is owned by John McBride and award-winning country recording artist Martina McBride. The school, which has been positioned as the educational gateway to the recording and live sound industries, is spearheaded by co-directors and industry veterans Kevin Becka and Mark Rubel. The Blackbird Academy is based out of Blackbird Studio, Nashville’s premier recording facility and home to top recording artists, producers and engineers. The school will offer an unprecedented level of hands-on education and industry involvement for its students.

“Opening a school has been a dream of mine for a long time,” stated John McBride. “After talking with hundreds of Blackbird Studio interns and hearing about their experiences, I believe we can provide a better and more affordable educational solution than what is currently available, and that offers our students real-world knowledge that they will use moving toward a career of audio recording or live sound engineering. We want to change the world and make it better for the next generation – The Blackbird Academy is just the place to make that happen.”

The Blackbird Academy programs include:

Studio Engineering Program – A 24-week, 700-hour intensive program with classes meeting five days a week, Monday through Friday, with possible weekend workshops. The facilities consist of three recording studios and a large main laboratory/studio dedicated full time to education. The Learning Laboratory seats 30 students and is an audio production space in its own right.

Live Sound Engineering Program – A 24-week, 720-hour intensive program with classes meeting five days a week, Monday through Friday, with possible weekend workshops. The facilities consist of a purpose-built classroom, and students are trained on the latest consoles, PAs and other gear used for touring, medium and small venues and houses of worship.

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Photo Caption: The Blackbird Academy celebrates its designer makeover from NY designers Robert and Cortney Novogratz. Shown L-R: Robert Novogratz, Cortney Novogratz, Martina McBride, John McBride and recording artist Gavin DeGraw. Photo by Brian Totoro

For more information please contact us at http://theblackbirdacademy.com or email us info@theblackbirdacademy.com.
You can also call us at:
615-385-2423
1-855-385-3251 Toll Free (International)

About The Blackbird Academy and Blackbird Studio
Located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, Music City’s Blackbird Studio is the recording facility of choice for many artists including Jack White, Kid Rock, Ke$ha, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw and many more. The Blackbird Academy is an advanced audio recording/live performance school, specializing in academic instruction for students interested in audio production and live sound. The Nashville campus will encompass the latest in professional audio technology, live sound reinforcement and access to the state-of-the-art Blackbird Studio facilities, including its renowned recording platforms, microphone locker and unprecedented selection of analog and digital recording equipment.

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Aphex® Releases Audio Xciter™ App Update

Android Version 1.5 Supports More File Formats and Reduces Power Usage

BURBANK, CA ~ July 9, 2013 — Aphex®, a leader in audio enhancement technology for over 35 years, today announced an update to their popular Audio Xciter™ app for the Android platform of smartphones and tablets.

“This update makes Audio Xciter the best way to listen to music on the go,” says Aphex CEO David Wiener. “You can now listen to WAV, M4A, WMA and AAC files with sample rates from 8kHz all the way to 48kHz.” Additionally, MP3 files are now supported at bit rates of 96 kbps to 320 kbps.

“This update was reworked from the ground up to zap bugs and dramatically improve performance on Android devices,” continues Wiener. “Android users who really love music will instantly appreciate hearing all the detail and richness that their favorite artists work so hard to create – detail that’s typically hidden in digital files. That’s our main goal: to respect the music, the artist and the listener.” The new release brings with it a more responsive user interface and greater stability, and it fixes issues with in-app upgrades.

Audio Xciter has been a big hit with iPhone and iPad owners, and this update brings Android users a whole new listening experience, as they “rediscover” the music they love, thanks to Aphex’s patented audio processor technology – the same technology pros have been using for years in the studio and on stage. And the simplicity of the Audio Xciter app’s familiar interface provides instant access to the user’s library, playlists and even Bluetooth playback support, all with studio quality enhanced playback.

An update for the Audio Xciter app on the iOS platform (Apple iPhones, iPods and iPads) is currently in the works.

Try Audio Xciter for Android free on GooglePlay: http://bit.ly/17Rt6Z7

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Auralex® Offers SonicPrint™ Artistic Acoustical Panels

— Award-winning acoustical panels help users control acoustics without sacrificing aesthetics; design options are limitless —

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, JULY 8, 2013 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, is offering its award-winning SonicPrint™ Acoustical Panels, the latest innovation in acoustical absorption. Combining Auralex’s renowned acoustical treatment technology with custom-printed images, SonicPrint Acoustical Panels allow contractors and systems integrators to choose from Auralex’s “art” gallery or submit their own (or clients’ own) design for a look that’s truly one-of-a-kind. SonicPrint panels help users control reflected acoustical energy in a way that optimizes the acoustical architecture of their room without sacrificing aesthetics.

Sonic Print Acoustical Panels are available in a variety of custom sizes. SonicPrint can be ordered through authorized Auralex dealers. For more information, please visit www.auralex.com.

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