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Sound Solutions Opens New Las Vegas Warehouse and Distribution Center

Distributor of Wharfedale and other top consumer electronics brands opens new distribution facility to expedite shipping to meet increased market demand while better serving its dealers and customers

Chicago, IL, July 16, 2014 — Sound Solutions, LLC, the exclusive U.S. distributor of Wharfedale loudspeakers and Avid HiFi products, today announced it has opened a new warehouse and distribution facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. The warehouse is the western U.S. distribution point for Wharfedale and serves the Pacific Northwest, Pacific Southwest, Rocky Mountains region, Texas and other areas. The new warehouse is part of Sound Solutions’ ongoing expansion and was specifically set up to meet the increased market demand for Wharfedale products.

“The opening of our Las Vegas warehouse reflects our commitment to providing our dealers with the best possible resources to support the growing success of Wharfedale,” said Walter Schofield, Sound Solutions V.P., Sales and Marketing. “With our new distribution center in place we can more effectively meet the needs of our western U.S dealers and customers with faster delivery, reduced shipping costs and better efficiency overall.”

Located on Branson Avenue in North Las Vegas, the new facility will handle distribution as well as order processing, billing and other back office functions. The existing Sound Solutions facility in Chicago, Illinois, will continue to service the East Coast. Schofield noted, “We moved into our West Coast warehouse with an eye toward expansion and the possibility of distributing other Sound Solutions brands from Las Vegas in the future, which the new facility can easily accommodate.”

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GC Pro Helps Faith Church Make a Quick Move

— NW Indiana’s multi-site Faith Church was moving to a new location on a tight deadline, and GC Pro helped the church convert a reverberant rented gym into a highly intelligible worship space —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, July 15, 2014 — Faith Church was originally founded in 1963 in South Holland, Illinois, and like many growing churches these days, its expansions have taken the form of additional “satellite” locations instead of ever-larger main church buildings. They moved to Dyer, Indiana, in 2002 and launched their first satellite location in September 2007 in Cedar Lake, Indiana. A second satellite launched in the spring of 2009 in Valparaiso, Indiana, and two years later on Easter 2011, they opened a campus in Hammond, Indiana; in September 2012, Faith Church crossed over the state line to launch its campus in Beecher, Illinois. Most recently, the church changed locations in Hammond, moving from its original rental space there to a larger one at the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology, where they have contracted to use the school’s gymnasium on Sundays for services. “We have six locations now, and while four of them are in buildings that we own, in two of them we have a rental model, which we find works well at a time when construction costs are rising,” explains Bryan Ford, Faith Church’s Technical Operations Manager. “It gives us a lot more flexibility as we grow.”

Like most gyms, the Hammond Academy’s acoustics are highly reverberant, the opposite of the kind of extremely intelligible environment needed for worship services. Faith Church turned to Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, for a solution. GC Pro brought in Accutronics LLC, a regional acoustical consultancy and A/V installer, which along with GC Pro Account Manager Ryan Nigh evaluated the location’s acoustical needs. GC Pro then specified, and Accutronics designed the layout for and installed, nearly 100 Auralex ELITE ProPanel and Cloud ProPanel acoustical panels on the 120 X 80-foot gym’s walls and ceiling.

“It worked out perfectly, and the entire process was transparent to the client,” says Mike Love, Owner of Accutronics. “We looked at the building, Ryan drew up a proposal and sent it to Auralex, which sent us back a list of the right product materials and placement patterns to use for this specific project, and we installed them without hassle.”

Of a total of 95 Auralex acoustical panels, Accutronics installed 40 of them on the gym’s ceiling to reduce flutter echoes and the rest on the walls to absorb reflected sound. As a result, the gym’s reverb time dropped from eight seconds to 1.3 seconds. “That’s a huge reduction in reverb time,” says Love. “And that‘s the kind of result you get when you work with an organization like GC Pro. In this case, the client got an accurate assessment of their situation, an expert solution design, exactly the right products to address the problem and expert installation. Only a company like GC Pro can provide that kind of comprehensive service.”

Faith Church’s Bryan Ford could not agree more: “The difference in the sound is enormous — it’s dramatically improved. They were able handle the entire project from start to finish, and they were also able to meet a very tight deadline and get us into our new church on time. When we opened three weeks ago, we got comments on how good the sound was. We have a lot of music, so we needed to control the sound as much as possible. That’s exactly what happened, so we’re glad we picked GC Pro.”

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

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Listen Technologies Soundfield Solutions Help Improve Student Comprehension at Channing Hall K-8 Charter School

BLUFFDALE, UT, July 14, 2014 — Listen Technologies Corporation, a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of assistive listening products for over 15 years, recently saw the implementation of its ListenPoint 2.0 soundfield solutions at Channing Hall, a Draper, Utah K-8 charter school operating under the guidelines of the International Baccalaureate.

First grade teacher Jessica Short faces a common challenge for teachers: making sure she is heard clearly by each student in the classroom. Despite her best efforts, she often found herself frustrated that all her students could not hear her voice at the same level, at the same time. Her students at the back of the classroom could not hear her when she was instructing from the front of the room and vice versa. Short was also irritated by the fact that every time she wanted to incorporate music or media into a lesson, she would have to walk to her computer, taking time away from her lessons and students, which is something that all good educators try to avoid. Short found her solution in Listen Technologies’ ListenPoint 2.0 system, resulting in better comprehension, retention and participation among her students.

Soundfield systems such as the ListenPoint 2.0 transform the average classroom into enhanced educational environments, incorporating AV technology and assistive listening systems so that all students can have the opportunity to hear their teacher clearly. It’s the most advanced, flexible, and scalable Soundfield system for educators. It’s also easy to install, operate, maintain, and adds more functionality over time. Teachers can include music, video, and Internet connectivity for added enhancement.

After the installation of the ListenPoint 2.0 in Ms. Short’s first grade classroom, her students became more engaged in the learning process and participating more in her lessons. Now, she is looking forward to teaching a new class of first graders to read next year. Short notes, “ListenPoint 2.0 helps my students hear me clearly. I love that I can use my music for my lessons and control it from the microphone. It’s very easy to use. Even my students use it when they give their presentations. All of my students are now able to listen better and are more on task since the ListenPoint 2.0 was installed.”

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Genelec Now Shipping 8010 Active Monitor: the Smallest Member of the 8000 Series

NATICK, MA, July 14, 2014 — Genelec, the world’s pioneer in active monitoring, is now shipping the 8010 Active Monitor, the smallest member of the acclaimed 8000 product range. The 8000 Series is widely used in the high-end professional audio, mastering, post-production and broadcast market sectors around the world. Its professional heritage is reflected in the compact-sized 8010. Suitable for professional work in small studios, it offers accurate monitoring capability with ease of installation. The outstanding sound quality makes the 8010 ideal for small editorial studios and OB vans, and a perfect companion for portable recording devices and other mobile production work.

Featuring a balanced XLR input, 3-inch bass driver, 3/4-inch tweeter and efficient Class D power amplifiers – one for each driver – the 8010 produces more sound pressure level than might be expected from a monitor of this size. The Intelligent Signal Sensing ISS circuitry saves energy by automatically putting the monitor to sleep when the audio signal has been absent for a period of time. Once a signal is detected again, the monitor wakes up automatically. This circuitry can be bypassed when the automatic standby function is not desired.

A full range of versatile accessories is available for the 8010, which cover all mounting needs. For example, an elegant L-shaped table stand can be used to optimize monitor orientation toward the listening position and to minimize undesired sound reflections. Thanks to its exceptional sound quality, small size and universal power supply, 8010 is the perfect monitor companion for music production professionals on the move.

The 8010 Active Monitor is now available at a U.S. MSRP of $440.00 each.

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

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Bose® Panaray® Loudspeakers and L1® Portable System Offer Clear Sound for the Gateway to the U.S.’s Oldest City

High-definition videowall installed at the St. Augustine/St. Johns County Visitor Information Center is complemented by high-definition audio provided by Bose® Panaray® loudspeakers

Bose® L1® Model II portable sound system is part of an AV upgrade package for the Center that allows it to confidently feature live music in an acoustically challenging environment

Framingham, Massachusetts, July 14, 2014 – For half a century, visitors to St. Augustine have made the St. Augustine/St. Johns County Visitor Information Center (VIC) their first stop upon arriving in what is officially the United States’ oldest continuously-inhabited city and European settlement. The center offers information on special and cultural events, brochures and guidebooks for the area’s attractions and a gift shop. But while the VIC’s architecture evokes the region’s Spanish past, its large main hall also presents acoustical challenges. Fortunately, the thousands of visitors who are introduced to the region’s attractions via a high-definition videowall installation hear every bit of information clearly, thanks to a Panaray® modular line array sound system from Bose® Professional Systems. The Panaray system, consisting of three MA12EX loudspeakers, was installed by RP|AV Audio Video Design & Installation of Bowersville, Georgia, and acts like a high-definition soundbar for the videowall consisting of eight 55-inch LCD displays, also installed by RP|AV. The project was part of a larger renovation of the VIC that also included a celebrated exhibition of 39 Picasso pieces from Málaga, Spain, the artist’s birthplace, put on as part of St. Augustine’s 450th anniversary commemoration.

“The visitor’s center was built as a community center, and its main hall is big and boomy – a difficult acoustical challenge,” explains Ron Prier, Owner of RP|AV Audio Video Design & Installation. “The videowall is located in this entrance area and the video was filed by a high-definition RED camera, so we had to find a sound system that could provide sound quality that matched the quality of what visitors experience visually, while at the same time being able to address the acoustic issues of that space. The answer was the Bose Panaray system.”

Prier says the MA12EX loudspeakers provide highly intelligible sound while at the same time sounding highly musical, to accommodate the DMX® scoring of the informational video. “The Panaray loudspeakers let us keep the audio very tightly focused and off of the floor and back walls where it would create reverberation and echo,” he says.

As part of the AV package, RP|AV Audio Video Design & Installation also provided the VIC a Bose L1® Model II portable sound system with a T1 ToneMatch® audio engine and a pair of B1 bass modules. This is used for live music performances in the lobby space, again assuring that the music and spoken words are all heard clearly and intelligibly. “The Bose systems really work well in challenging environments like this,” says Prier. “It’s performance you can count on.”

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Live Mixing Engineer Antonius Kern Chooses to Use WavesLive Tools for German Production The Voice Kids and Other Programs

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, July 10, 2014 — Live FOH, broadcast, and monitor mixing engineer Antonius Kern is part of a growing trend of live audio professionals using tools from Waves Audio’s WavesLive division (http://www.waves.com/live-sound), a leader in all live sound market segments and an innovative developer of solutions for live platforms. Kern’s credits include German TV productions Popidol, Popstars, The Voice of Germany and The Voice Kids,and music acts such as Patrice, Max Herre, and Joy Denalane. Recently, Kern has been putting Waves tools to use on The Voice of Germany and The Voice Kids as both programs continue their successful runs.

While doing pre-production for the forthcoming 2014 run of The Voice Kids, Toni shared his thoughts about using Waves tools: “In The Voice Kids, some of the performers are obviously performing on a live stage for the first time in their lives. In order to give them confidence, I use Waves tools to provide them with the best mix possible. Initially, I naturally gravitated toward the tools I was familiar with from the analog world, meaning emulations of actual analog devices. Working with the DiGiCo SD7, it was great having all my Waves tools available to me from the console’s screen and touch-and-turn knob/button. The Waves-enabled SD7 console is equipped with Waves SoundGrid Server One in a redundant processing setup, which gives me the confidence I need for the broadcast environment.”

Toni adds, “My favorite Waves plugins are the SSL G-Master Buss Compressor for parallel compression; the CLA-2A Compressor/Limiter as a buss compressor for different audio subgroups and also as an input channel compressor for vocals and snares; the PuigChild compressor on the master compressor for some subgroups; and the SSL G-Equalizer for nearly all master subgroups. Working with Waves MultiRack SoundGrid, I only need one internal system – no D/A-A/D conversion or class-A signal processing tools. Waves tools are essential in meeting the challenge of mixing a dynamic band on TV.”

Visit http://www.waveslive.com for more information.

Photo Caption: Pictured L-R: Antonius Kern and Stefan Kling (Vocals mix engineer)

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AES 55th International Conference to Focus On Spatial Audio – Recording, Reproduction and Perception

New York, NY, July 10, 2014 — The AES 55th International Conference, focusing on Spatial Audio, is set to take place August 27-29, 2014, at the Helsinki Music Centre in Helsinki, Finland. Registration is open for this multi-day conference, which will bring together researchers and practitioners from all aspects of spatial audio, including recording and reproduction, perception, transmission, coding and more. Dedicated workshops will give a cutting-edge view of the practical implementation of spatial audio in applications such as broadcasting, game audio and the recording industry. Conference chairperson for this event is Lauri Savioja, along with Technical Program chair Ville Pulkki, Paper chair Tapio Lokki, and Workshop chairs Kalev Tiits and Florian Camerer. Conference sponsors are Aalto University, Genelec, Neumann, Nokia and the Sibelius Academy.

Spatial Audio – one of the largest research topics in the field of audio – has taken on ever-increasing importance and interest for both the professional and consumer audio markets. The 55th Conference will address the fundamental production and reproduction issues of multichannel audio systems, as well as techniques for creating and controlling multidirectional perceptions through headphones and loudspeakers.

The conference kicks off on Wednesday with an opening presentation titled “The Adventure of Spatial Sound Reproduction” given by chairperson Sascha Spors, which will be followed by three days of workshops, posters, papers and tutorials on Spatial Audio-related topics. Each day will offer up a variety of events on spatial sound techniques, engineering and psychoacoustics. Topics will include Sound Field Capture with Microphone Arrays and Proximity Microphones; Decoding of High Order Ambisonics; Sound Field Reproduction of Vibroacoustic Models; Immersive Multi-party Conferencing Systems; Evaluation of Sound Field Synthesis Techniques; and more. Additional events include a pre-conference tutorial entitled “Psychoacoustics and Technologies of Spatial Sound” given by Ville Pulkki and other spatial audio demonstrations at Aalto University, as well as a Thursday evening AES banquet in downtown Helsinki.

“Spatial Audio and its realized potentials have become hot topics at our conventions and conferences for several years now, and continue to grow,” states AES Executive Director Bob Moses. “With the increased challenges and opportunities brought about with ever-changing immersive audio products and entertainment, we continue to explore and set the standards, through conferences such as these, that will dictate production rules of audio perception for future generations. We are very excited to see what comes out of this conference as we look forward.”

For program details, registration, and travel information, visit http://www.aes.org/conferences/55/.

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GC Pro Helps Studio Owner and Producer Yaniv Farber Outfit His New Studio Space

— Farber is translating his success in the tile and stone business in Southern California into an expanded professional recording studio enterprise, and GC Pro is there to outfit the new facility from start to finish —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, July 9, 2014 — For over 20 years, Yaniv Farber’s main business has been Sandy Ceramic, Inc., a high-end tile, granite and marble installer in Southern California. But aside from that, Farber’s passion has been music, which he had recorded and edited on small home studio platforms. This year, he decided to make a big move; in a renovated building on his property he created the elegant facility Yaniv’s Studio. And it was outfitted from top to bottom with equipment sourced through Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users.

Products purchased for the studio by Farber through GC Pro include an Avid Pro Tools HDX system, Apogee I/O converters, Tube Tech MP2A dual-channel tube mic pre, Focal SM9 monitors and a microphone collection that includes a pair of AKG C414 XLII’s and a C 451 B 65th Anniversary model; a Blue Bottle Mic; Neumann TLM 49, U 87 AI, TLM 67 and M 147 mics; a Sterling Audio ST6050 Ocean Way Signature Series Microphone; and Sennheiser MD 441 and MD 421-II microphones.

“I decided to go for it,” Farber says, simply and earnestly. “I’m trying to make a business of it.” He has a lot of personal resources: in addition to his experience as a musician, engineer, editor and producer, his time in the construction business included working on other studios as they were being built, which gave him knowledge and insights for his own studio design, which includes a vocal booth and several iso booths. “It’s designed for my work but also to be available for other artists, engineers and producers to work in,” he says. “Most importantly, we can do live sessions here. It’s a great-sounding room to record in.”

What’s also great, Farber adds, was working with GC Pro. “Ziv Gross at GC Pro, he’s my man!” he exclaims, noting that the GC Pro Account Manager helped him choose gear, tweak his acoustical design and assemble some of the systems. “Then there’s the technical support, which is always there. Working with GC Pro has been a great experience.”

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

Photo caption 1: The control room of Yaniv’s Studio, the new facility run by Yaniv Farber in Southern California and outfitted by equipment sourced through GC Pro. Photo courtesy of Yaniv Farber © 2014.

Photo caption 2: The live/tracking room of Yaniv’s Studio, the new facility run by Yaniv Farber in Southern California and outfitted by equipment sourced through GC Pro. Photo courtesy of Yaniv Farber © 2014.

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Focusrite RedNet Systems Chosen for Fifth Third Field, Home of the Dayton Dragons

Two RedNet 2 16-channel A-D/D-A converters and two RedNet 3 32-channel I/O digital interfaces transport audio signals across the production facility’s Dante network at near-zero latency

Los Angeles, CA, July 8, 2014 – Four Focusrite RedNet Dante-enabled multichannel audio interfaces were recently installed as part of a major renovation of the HD video control and broadcast production systems at the 7,800-seat Fifth Third Field, home to the Dayton Dragons Minor League Baseball (MiLB) team. The two RedNet 2 16-channel A-D/D-A and two RedNet 3 32 I/O digital interfaces enable access to and transport of audio signals across the production facility’s Dante network at near-zero latency.

The Dayton Dragons, one of five MiLB teams owned and operated by Mandalay Baseball, is the Single-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds and holder of the record for the longest run of consecutive sold-out games—1,000, as of May 9, 2014—in all North American professional sports. Scott Rohrer, Creative Technologist with Mandalay Creative Services, led the in-house team that designed the new production systems, collaborating with consultants WJHW in Dallas, TX, to generate a Request for Proposal and selecting sports venue specialist integration firm Alpha Video Sports & Entertainment.

“The design team initially considered an analog production structure, but soon realized it would be too complex and proposed a digital network,” says Rohrer, who is responsible for all aspects of the video production control rooms at each of Mandalay Baseball’s five properties. “We paid attention as Dante came onto the market and really started exploding. Out of that came Focusrite with the RedNet boxes,” he says. “We didn’t do any analog routing for this facility; all of the routing is done over the Dante network. It saved us a lot of money up front and gave us the exact same flexibility that we would expect out of a router, with a redundant system.”

The control room is divided into two areas, each with separate crews, that generate separate productions from shared resources. One area produces HD feeds to the stadium’s video scoreboard, closed circuit televisions and in-suite monitors, while the other produces streaming games for MiLB.TV and also delivers 25 home game productions a year to local CBS affiliate WHIO-TV. The four RedNet multichannel audio interfaces are integrated into a Dante network that interconnects a Soundcraft mixing console in each control room area, a Sound Devices A/V recorder and other equipment, while providing access to and from the control room’s HD video decks and servers.

“Even though we have a few digital recorders that take embedded audio, we still use the Dante system to feed the embedders and route audio that way,” says Rohrer. “Almost every source in the room can be isolated for recording. All of the replay highlights and master records are multitracked, and that gets provided to Creative Services, which does all of the promotional material for the Dragons. The flexibility of having all of those iso’d tracks is huge when they are putting together promos, highlights and other packages.”

“The ability to route audio and access just one channel or a group of channels anywhere on the Dante network offers a flexibility that cannot be achieved over MADI or some alternative digital transports,” he says. “Any network drop in the entire facility can be a mixing position, a contribution location, anything. We can play back audio from any computer on the network. It’s ridiculous how flexible it makes the system, putting everything on Ethernet connections.”

About Mandalay Baseball Properties
Mandalay Baseball Properties (MBP) owns and operates the Dayton Dragons, Single-A Midwest League affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds; Pennsylvania’s Erie SeaWolves, Double-A Eastern League affiliate of the Detroit Tigers; the Frisco RoughRiders, Double-A Texas League affiliate of the Texas Rangers; the Oklahoma City RedHawks, Triple-A Pacific Coast League affiliate of the Houston Astros; and, in partnership with the New York Yankees, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, Triple-A International League affiliate of the New York Yankees, also in Pennsylvania.

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