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The Audio Engineering Society Returns to New York City for AES139 Convention – October 2015

— AES announces Jim Anderson and Paul Gallo to Co-Chair AES139 Convention —

New York, NY — The Audio Engineering Society is set to bring the AES139 International Convention to the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City, NY, October 29 – November 1, 2015 (Conference Oct. 29 – Nov. 1, Exhibits Oct. 30 – Nov. 1). Following highly-successful conventions in Los Angeles (2014) and New York (2013), which saw increased attendance as well as the development of expanded attendee and exhibitor offerings including the Project Studio Expo, Live Sound Expo and High Resolution Audio sessions, the 139th AES Convention will bring together the world’s largest gathering of audio professionals for four days of audio technology, information, and networking. Additionally, longtime industry veterans Jim Anderson and Paul Gallo have been announced as co-chairs for the convention, each lending his own unique and storied experiences to the AES agenda this year.

From recording and production, to broadcast and streaming, game audio, live sound, post-production, sound for picture, product design and more, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from top audio industry figures while immersed in the latest research and technology through informative presentations and special events. Furthermore, the AES will once again present the year’s only dedicated professional audio-focused convention, drawing attendees from every market sector and level of involvement – from students and enthusiasts to leading professionals from every corner of the industry.

AES Executive Director Bob Moses commented, “I’m really excited that Jim Anderson and Paul Gallo have agreed to co-chair our AES139 Convention. Both are legendary in the NY recording, broadcast and pro audio communities, and we expect to hit the ball out of the park in 2015 just like we did recently in L.A. Lots of new ideas are in the works – this is going to be another great year under their leadership and with participation from our amazing exhibitors and sponsors.”

Further information on the AES139 International Convention to be available at http://www.aes.org/events/139/.

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College of Southern Nevada’s Audio Recording Technology Program Educates Students on Using Waves Plugins and DiGiGrid

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John Jacobson, Audio Recording Technology Professor at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN), has chosen Waves Audio plugins and DiGiGrid audio interfaces for the Audio Recording Technology Program’s facility.

Equipped with an arsenal of Waves equipment, CSN’s audio setup includes the following: a main Control Room with an SSL AWS900 console, Pro Tools 11 HDX, and the Waves Diamond bundle; a second Control Room featuring a vintage Trident Series 65, Pro Tools 11 HD3, the Waves Diamond bundle, a DiGiGrid DLS, and Waves SoundGrid Studio software; the “Nomad,” a portable, self-contained digital recording system with a Waves Native Power Pack and Pro Tools 11 Native; and the Lab (three iMac recording setups for student use), each with a Waves Native Power Pack and Pro Tools 11 Native.

Prof. Jacobson notes, “The main reason for the College of Southern Nevada getting the DiGiGrid DLS was to update our second Control Room, called the Trident Room due to its having a vintage Trident Series 65 console in it. We have a recent Mac (‘tower’-type), and we have just upgraded to Pro Tools 11. But the three interfaces in the Trident Room are ‘legacy’ ones: Digidesign 96 and 192, and an Apogee Rosetta 800. These will NOT work with Pro Tools 11, and the cost to replace them was more than we could afford. Adding the DiGiGrid DLS interface was a cost-effective way to upgrade our Pro Tools system. In addition, the DLS (and the SoundGrid Studio software) do indeed provide near-zero latency and function as advertised. I haven’t used the DLS’s processing-sharing capability yet, but that may very well come into play as we continue to expand and rearrange our facility at CSN. As innocent as the DLS front panel appears, it does warrant us calling it the ‘Magic Box’!”

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Listen Technologies Loop Induction Assistive Listening Systems Nominated for “Impact Product of the Year” Awards by Readers of Commercial Integrator and TechDecisions

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Listen Technologies Corporation, the leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of assistive listening products for over 16 years, is proud to announce that its Loop Induction Assistive Listening Systems (ListenLoop) have been nominated, along with 28 other industry-leading products, for the “Impact Product of the Year” Awards by readers of Commercial Integrator (integration professionals) and TechDecisions (primarily end users).

The Commercial Integrator website listing the nominations states these criteria: “We wanted our end-of-year product coverage to be dictated by the consultants and integrators who read CI and the end users who read TechDecisions. We asked readers to submit thoughts on products that made a significant impact on their businesses in 2014. Maybe the product offers features previously unavailable; Maybe it lowers the price point enough to expand a feature to new customer groups; Maybe it reduces design or installation time enough to save the integration firm on labor; Maybe its features make service easier and facilitate recurring revenue; or Maybe it’s just incredibly cool. We’ve highlighted 29 products that, according to readers, meet those criteria.”

ListenLoop technology makes it possible to extend users’ assistive listening solution to anyone with a t-coil enabled hearing aid or cochlear implant. That means users can offer their visitors or patrons the uniquely personal and discrete experience of listening to an audio signal directly through their own hearing aid—without any additional receivers or equipment.

The nominations page cites the following quote, from Mike Shelton, senior systems engineer, AMT Systems, who experienced ListenLoop via a Commercial Integrator Hands-On Review: “With a typical RF system everybody wears a pack and you have a visual indication that you have a hearing issue. With [ListenLoop, on the other hand] you just flip a switch and you can hear perfectly clear and nobody knows … so people don’t feel like they’re being stigmatized. This makes using the system completely invisible.”

Russ Gentner, Listen CEO, stated, “It is always a special honor to be nominated for accolades by journalists and manufacturer peers, but it is another honor altogether to be nominated by integrators and end users – the individuals using our products out in the real world. We are tremendously proud to be acknowledged as we continue to provide the best solutions in the world of assistive listening.”

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FOH Engineer Greg Nelson Chooses Waves for Pearl Jam

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Top FOH engineer Greg Nelson (Pearl Jam, Incubus) chooses to use Waves Audio plugins and Waves MultiRack SoundGrid when touring with Pearl Jam.

Nelson recalls, “I started using Waves in 2002 while mixing some live bootlegs for Incubus. I think it was just the Waves L1 Ultramaximizer and the Waves C4 Multiband Compressor on the master to smooth out the mix a bit. They sounded better than anything else around at the time and I loved using them. I was so excited when they were made available for use in a live environment.”

Describing his current setup on the road with Pearl Jam, Nelson says, “I am mixing Pearl Jam on a DiGiCo SD5 with Waves MultiRack SoundGrid and the Waves Server One. My favorite Waves plugins when working with Pearl Jam are the MV2 for kick and especially snare; the H-Comp Hybrid Compressor for vocals; the C6 Multiband Compressor for vocals and slight master bus tuning; and the CLA-3A Compressor/Limiter for guitars. I also use the Waves API 550 EQ, which works great on anything! On the master busses, I just use the Renaissance Compressor for some slight compression (a ratio of 1.8), and just a taste of the C6 again to smooth things out. I am a big believer in letting your live mix have dynamics and letting everything breathe. On my rec bus I do a bit of mastering with a Waves L2 Ultramaximizer, a C6, a Waves Q10 Equalizer (still great after all these years) and a bit of Waves S1 Stereo Imager just to widen the mix a bit, as I don’t do too much hard panning in arena shows.”

“Waves just makes the SD5 so much better,” Nelson adds. “Waves plugins run so seamlessly that I often forget they’re not just part of the console!”

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

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GC Pro Unveils Spanish-Language Microsite

— Featuring many of the same resources as its English-language counterpart, GC Pro’s new Spanish page is geared toward the growing Latino audio community —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA — Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, announces a new Spanish-language microsite at GCPro.com. Intended to serve the U.S.’s growing Latino audio community, the new section of the site will be updated regularly and will offer the same types of resources as its English-language counterpart: GC Pro installation profiles, account manager contact information, product spotlights and more. The microsite is accessible by clicking on “GC Pro en Español” on the right-hand side of the English-language main page.

Derek Snyder, GC Pro Director, Western Region, notes, “A cool feature of the site allows Spanish speakers to either chat live with one of our GC Pro call center associates or be connected to six regionally positioned account managers who are fluent in both the Spanish language and the unique needs of Latin American music professionals.”

“In an effort to better serve Spanish-speaking producers, engineers, artists, studio owners and GC Pro affiliates, we have introduced this new section of our site,” stated Rick Plushner, GC Pro Vice President. “We are a strong supporter of all types and traditions of music-making, and the Latin music scene in the U.S. has grown from a niche market to a mainstream juggernaut. We have built a firm relationship with this community – for instance, GC Pro was a proud sponsor of the recent ‘En La Mezcla’ Latin GRAMMY® Week P&E Wing event at Studio at the Palms in Las Vegas – and we look forward to continuing to serve this community for years to come – on our site, in our physical GC Pro locations and in the field.”

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

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Waves Audio and DiGiCo Are Now Shipping DiGiGrid IOS

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Waves Audio and DiGiCo expand their DiGiGrid line of advanced audio interfaces with DiGiGrid IOS, an audio interface with a built-in SoundGrid® DSP server for plugin processing. DiGiGrid IOS features eight mic/line inputs with broadcast/studio-quality preamps, eight line outputs, two headphone outputs, and MIDI, S/PDIF and AES ins and outs.

DiGiGrid IOS is the most comprehensive all-in-one solution for native DAW users (Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Ableton, Pro Tools Native, etc.), and is ideal for both professional and personal production studios. It brings more power to users’ plugins and provides advanced networking, faster workflow and award-winning DiGiCo preamps.

DiGiGrid IOS comes with the complete SoundGrid Studio System software (the SoundGrid Studio Application, StudioRack, and the eMotion ST mixer). Used in combination with this software, DiGiGrid IOS lets users mix and monitor in real time using hundreds of their favorite SoundGrid-compatible Waves and third-party plugins, with super-low latency of only 0.8 milliseconds.

Need more I/Os? A single Cat 5e or Cat 6 Ethernet cable is all you need to connect additional SoundGrid components to your network via the built-in network switch.

DiGiGrid IOS features:

8 mic/line inputs, 8 line outputs, 2 headphone outputs
Built-in SoundGrid DSP server
ASIO/Core Audio-compliant audio interface
Software-controlled award-winning preamps
MIDI, S/PDIF, and AES/EBU inputs and outputs
Connects via a single Ethernet cable (Cat 5e/Cat 6)
Quick-view front panel metering and status indicators
High-definition ADC/DAC conversion

Video: http://youtu.be/AY799qgoDEY

To learn more, please visit http://www.waves.com/hardware/digigrid-ios#introducing-digigrid-ios-iox-ioc.

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“Introduction to AV Networking” Session Set for Wednesday, December 17, in Los Angeles

This free session, focusing on hand-on workshops using Dante™ technology, will offer attendees a Dante Virtual Soundcard license and three InfoComm Renewal Units

Industry event receives support from leading audio companies Audinate®, Bose® Professional, Attero Tech®, Audio-Technica, Digital Audio Labs, Shure®, and Focusrite®

Framingham, MA – Audinate® and Bose® Professional are gearing up for their next session of the AV Networking Roadshow – focusing on Dante™ technology – taking place at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, December 17, 9:00AM-4:30PM. The event, titled “Introduction to AV Networking,” is a free, one-day session sponsored by Bose Professional and Audinate, with support from Attero Tech®, Audio-Technica, Digital Audio Labs, Shure® and Focusrite®. The session continues the AV Networking Roadshow series, which has so far included events in Dubai and New York City.

Dante, created by Audinate, is the leading audio-over-IP networking solution. It offers virtually perfect synchronization, ultra-low deterministic latency and plug-and-play configuration management. Dante’s real-time streaming is suitable for live broadcast, commercial installation, live sound, public address, intercoms and transportation communications deployments.

Intended for AV and IT professionals who have a novice or intermediate understanding of AV networking, these sessions expose attendees to the current state of audio networking and control for AV systems, emerging technologies and trends in AV networking. The instructor-led training uses a variety of components from Bose and other participating manufacturers, and provides an opportunity to learn audio networking theory, design and implementation through interactive, hands-on sessions using Dante audio networking technology.

Presenters include Bernie Farkus of Audinate and Darryl Bryans and Trevor Donarski of Bose Corporation. The session is eligible for three Renewal Units for InfoComm certification holders.

Attention will be paid to the following topics:
• Connecting devices and routing audio over a Dante™ network
• Network switch configuration for various applications
• Working with IT managers to define network requirements
• Basic network troubleshooting

This is an all-day session with lunch provided, and does not require a fee to attend. Immediately following the session will be a reception hosted by the sponsors, providing the opportunity to ask additional questions and network. All participants will also receive a free Dante Virtual Soundcard license for attending. It is limited to 80 attendees, and you can register for the course at the following link: http://bit.ly/1FJK5YP

Darryl Bryans, Product Line Manager, DSP, Bose Professional, stated, “The AV Networking Roadshow is a great way to quickly come up to speed on the latest information regarding audio networking and to get some hands-on experience using Dante audio networking technology and a variety of products. We’re pleased to be working together with Audinate and the other participating manufacturers to offer these sessions. By the end of the day, participants should be able to confidently implement and install a Dante enabled system.” ”

As the market leader in media networking, Audinate believes that one of the ways people can fully appreciate just how easy Dante is to install, integrate and use is to support our OEM partners in educating their customers,” says Ervin Grinberg, Director of Marketing, Audinate. “Dante is the most requested networking technology, and we are pleased to showcase the benefits regionally to present this hands-on, comprehensive, well thought-out program.”

Future AV Networking Roadshow events are being scheduled for Chicago, Germany, Japan and the U.K.

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Waves Audio to Present Waves SoundGrid® at the Resolution Magazine Audio Networking Forum

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TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — Waves Audio, a leading provider of digital signal processing software and hardware solutions, is presenting Waves SoundGrid® at the Resolution Magazine Audio Networking Forum, taking place on 12 December 2014 at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London, UK. The Audio Networking Forum brings together technology experts, operators and industry professionals involved in audio networking for broadcast, post-production, live sound and music production. Each year, the Forum serves as an essential crash course on the capabilities of audio networking today.

Waves’ main presentation at the 2014 Forum will be delivered by Gil Wasserman, Director of the Live Division at Waves Audio and Senior Product Manager of the SoundGrid project for the past six years. Since joining Waves Audio in 1998, Wasserman has also been product manager for Waves MaxxBCL and other non-plugin Waves products, and has served as Waves’ Marketing Director for two years. In his presentation, “SoundGrid: From the Studio to the Stage and Back Again,” Wasserman will elaborate on how networking is all about increasing efficiencies, saving money and speeding workflows, and will show how SoundGrid is employed regularly at high-profile live music events with project transfers directly to and from the recording studio.

Wasserman says, “Waves is delighted to have this opportunity to convey the benefits of SoundGrid. I will focus on how SoundGrid combines networking with audio processing, demonstrate the ease of SoundGrid’s user-oriented networking, and share user stories.”

To read more, please visit http://www.waves.com/soundgrid-systems.

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Global Harvest Church Gets the Right AV and Lighting Systems with Help from GC Pro

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— GC Pro shows the value of relationships as it helps Global Harvest Church move to its new space with the right technology, installation and service —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA — As churches expand, break off, or move into new spaces, they often need help finding the right mix of AV technology to let them get off the ground as successfully as possible. That’s exactly what Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, was able to do for the new Global Harvest Church, in Carrollton, Texas, earlier this year.

For years, Global Harvest Church shared worship spaces with the New Song Church, also in Carrollton, but more recently members of the existing congregation sought to express their own worship style with their own separate worship facility. New Song Church has been a long-time customer of GC Pro, which had sourced audio and video products for the church in the past. Thus, the founders of Global Harvest Church became familiar with GC Pro’s vast inventory, competitive pricing and extensive knowledge of the entire AV spectrum of technology, and in particular with GC Pro’s Affiliate Program, which pairs clients who need AV installation/integration services with vendors with specific capabilities to fit those needs. In this case, the nascent church’s leadership approached GC Pro’s Dallas office with their plan, and GC Pro stepped up to help them accomplish this smoothly.

Beginning a year ago, GC Pro Senior Account Manager Jeffrey McDaniel began coordinating between the church and Omnicoustics, a local AV integration company that is a member of the GC Pro Affiliates Program. As plans with the new church’s architects began to come together, GC Pro and Omnicoustics owner Adrian Gamez developed AV systems designs that would perfectly integrate into the church’s physical architecture. These include a sound system featuring a DB Technologies DVA T4 powered line array, two DB DVA-S20DP Dual 18-inch powered subwoofers, a Symetrix SymNet® Open Architecture Dante® Scalable DSP processor, and Sennheiser handheld wireless microphone and in-ear monitor systems. Video components include a Blackmagic Designs router and SDI converters and Panasonic cameras, and three Apple iMac Quad Core computers, as well as lighting components from Chauvet.

“We’d had a lot of time to get to know them,” McDaniel says of the founders of the new church. “And they knew us from all the work we had done together at New Song over the years. We knew each other as people as well as professionals, and that makes a huge difference, especially in the house-of-worship category, where trust in who you’re dealing with is everything.”

The choice of Omnicoustics proved to be a good one for the church. Company owner Adrian Gamez recalls that the church, which has a fairly low ceiling, specifically wanted a line array sound system. “That’s usually not a good combination,” says Gamez, who analyzed the space using EASE software and determined that the DB Technologies T4 line array would be a good solution. “GC Pro sourced that for us, as well as all the other equipment and products we needed,” he says. “There’s a good balance between what we do and what GC Pro is best at that really delivers a great end result for the client.”

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

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Audio-Technica Names Millar Electronics New Rep Firm for Southeastern U.S.

STOW, OH — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, appoints Apex, North Carolina-based Millar Electronics as its new manufacturer’s rep firm for the southeastern U.S., including the region encompassing Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
In existence since 1924, Millar Electronics specializes in the pro audio and A/V integration industries. The announcement was made by David Marsh, Audio-Technica Director of Sales, Professional Markets, and signifies A-T’s continued emphasis on growth in all markets, particularly installed sound.

Millar Electronics Principal Herman Civils (Outside Sales, NC/SC Region) will be joined in representing A-T by team members Pete Petty (Outside Sales, NC/TN Region), Bryan Civils (Outside Sales, NC/SC Region), Jerry Silhavy (Outside Sales, GA Region), Jack McGehee (Outside Sales, AL/MS/West TN Region), Linda Crofton (Inside Sales) and John Herr (Product Support). A-T is the latest addition to Millar’s brand roster, which also includes such lauded manufacturers as Community Pro, Fulcrum Acoustic, InFocus, König & Meyer, Lowell Manufacturing and Symetrix.

“As we continue to pursue growth in all areas, the installed sound market has grown into a major point of focus for our company,” stated David Marsh. “We have been a leader in product introductions for this sector, with innovations including UniPoint and our Engineered Sound® Series, and the first wired Dante™ boundary microphone, as examples, so we need to make certain that we are partnered with the best rep firms with roots in both installed sound and retail. Millar Electronics embodies this trait, and we look forward to a fruitful relationship with their team.”

Herman Civils added, “Millar Electronics is proud to add Audio-Technica to the roster of brands we represent. We like to partner with the best the industry has to offer, and Audo-Technica’s reputation speaks for itself. We believe that collaboration and support flowing between manufacturer, rep and vendor are critical for the success of all three, and we look forward to fostering this line of communication moving forward.”

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