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Pensado’s Place Has Eventful AES137 Convention

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Program co-hosts Herb Trawick and Dave Pensado were the focus of the convention’s Platinum Engineers Panel, Audio-Technica’s AMA event, and two events launching their new book The Pensado Papers, published by Hal Leonard

LOS ANGELES, CA — Pensado’s Place – the acclaimed weekly web series known as the most influential show for engineers, mixers and producers – and its co-hosts Herb Trawick and Dave Pensado had a strong presence at the 137th AES Convention and concurrent events in Los Angeles. Throughout the convention (Thursday, October 9, through Sunday, October 12, 2014), Trawick and Pensado made 11 appearances; highlights included the Platinum Engineers Panel (of which Trawick and Pensado were the focus), an “AMA (Ask Me Anything)”-style Q&A hosted by Audio-Technica, and two events launching the new book The Pensado Papers, published by Hal Leonard. The Pensado Papers is the behind-the-scenes story of Dave Pensado’s and Herb Trawick’s incredible and inspirational journey in the music business and how they have worked to raise awareness and give recognition to everyone working behind the glass.

On Thursday, October 9, 2014, Vintage King Audio Los Angeles featured a book signing/intro with Trawick and Pensado and Hal Leonard staff.

The following day, Friday, October 10, 2014, at AES137 at the LA Convention Center, the Platinum Engineers Panel “The Script Is Flipped” featured Trawick and Pensado interviewed by Convention co-chair Michael MacDonald. Convention-goers got the chance to see what Trawick and Pensado have learned from their superstar guests – from studio technique and engineering, to the pressures of creating online television for 180 straight weeks (and counting). MacDonald moderated the event, drilling Pensado and Trawick on what they would like their legacy to be, their favorite and least favorite sounds, what they would do if they worked in other professions, and more.

The following day, Saturday, October 11, 2014, featured two events at the convention with Trawick and Pensado – the first was an introduction and book signing at Hal Leonard’s exhibition booth, and the second was the AMA event at Audio-Technica’s booth, with questions submitted both in person and online.

Trawick stated, “Throughout the course of the AES convention, Team Pensado ended up making 11 appearances in 72 hours, including parties, dinners etc. We were approached by a ton of people during all these times, offering an amazing amount of love, handshakes, pictures and the like. And the prevailing discussion was how great the convention was, from attendees to vendors to press. We were proud to participate in such a wonderful gathering.”

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, Pensado’s Place 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. http://www.pensadosplace.tv/

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Audio-Technica Presents “How to Mic A Zombie”

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Zombies exist solely in the realm of fiction — or DO they? Audio-Technica thinks it better to be safe than sorry. Surviving in a zombie apocalypse relies on preparedness in every aspect of life — even microphone technique. In this spooky video, Audio-Technica teaches you “How to Mic a Zombie.” Sit back, enjoy, and remember to check under the bed, in the closets and behind the curtains.

Watch here: http://youtu.be/a62BRu7CVE0

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Listen Technologies Announces Inaugural Champion Award

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— First recipient is Bill Register, Director of Facilities & Theater Management, Nederlander Producing Company —

BLUFFDALE, UT, October 24, 2014 — Listen Technologies Corporation, the leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of assistive listening products for over 16 years, announces the inaugural Listen Champion Award, an annual award for those exemplifying forward thinking in assistive listening. The award will be presented annually each October. Criteria for honorees include their contributions to advocacy, compliance, implementation, technology and/or innovation. The recipient of the inaugural award is Bill Register, Director of Facilities & Theater Management, Nederlander Producing Company. Cory Schaeffer, Listen Technologies Co-Founder and Vice President of Business Development, announced the establishment of the annual award, which underscores Listen’s ongoing commitment to raising awareness of hearing disabilities and assistive listening and to acknowledging leaders in these initiatives. The inaugural award was presented to Mr. Register at a private ceremony in New York on October 14.

Cory Schaeffer stated, “Our goal at Listen Technologies is to highlight and express our gratitude to those who endlessly work to help accommodate people with hearing loss, and with that in mind we have established the Listen Champion Award. Our first recipient, Bill Register, is a stellar example of what we honor. His actions to support assistive listening implementation and advocacy are making a huge difference on Broadway, and we acknowledge and appreciate the work he is doing. His efforts are to be applauded.”

For more information on this award and all other inquiries, please email sales@listentech.com.

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Dallas Audio Post Chooses Genelec 1237A Three-Way Smart Active Monitors™

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— Longtime Genelec users Dallas Audio Post see very first installation of a 1237A system in the U.S. —

NATICK, MA, October 22, 2014 — Genelec, the leader in active monitoring technology for over 35 years, is proud to be the monitor of choice for post-production facility Dallas Audio Post for the entire course of its 20-year history. Since its founding, Dallas Audio Post has proven itself to be a versatile and highly adept post-production firm, delivering on projects ranging from TV and film clients to corporate, live event, political, video game, sports clients and much more, with specific jobs including voiceover, sound design, mixing, custom music scoring, ADR and Foley work. Recently, the facility became the very first U.S. installation of Genelec’s new 1237A Tri-Amplified Smart Active Monitor™ (SAM™) system, featuring proprietary AutoCal™ and GLM™ technologies and powerful Class D amplification.

The current 10,500-square-foot facility was built from the ground up about two-and-a-half years ago, and it is actually the fourth facility that the firm has had since their founding. “It has five audio studios,” notes Roy Machado, Dallas Audio Post President and Creative Director. “Four are traditional TV mixing stages with adjoining recording areas, and the fifth is a theatrical film mixing stage – the only one of its kind in Texas and probably the only one of its kind between New York and L.A. – and all five rooms have their own Pro Tools HD rigs. And if you go back through our history, Dallas Audio Post has been a Genelec user since its inception 20 years ago. We started out using 1030As in our first incarnation, and as time moved along we started using 1032s for one of our rooms in an LCR format with an array of 1031As for surround. We also had another room that was using 8050s. So we’ve always had a lot of trust in Genelec monitoring, and the quality of our mixes was very solid and would transport well to broadcast or live environments. Moving forward to this facility we still have one room that is outfitted with 1032s in LCR and a 1031 array for surround mixing.”

Machado continues, “In our current facility, we have a medium- to large-sized room, and we had been using the 8050s but wanted something a big larger. So when we heard that Genelec was coming out with a 1237A, we were very interested in those because we knew not only that the speaker would sound great, but that the integration of onboard DSP and GLM software would deliver something great for us. As soon as we could, we called our dealer and started the ball rolling to be one of the first, if not the first, 1237A facility. We sourced them through Sweetwater Sound and Senior Sales Engineer Robert Williams. I think we ended up getting serial number 2 and serial number 4!”

Machado and his team have been very happy with the performance so far. He goes on: “Once we put the 1237A’s in the room and then shot the room with the GLM software, we were absolutely in love. I mean the definition that they had! The familiarity of the sound was still there, but we had a much wider sweet spot. The room tuning software is spot-on; we double-checked it against other room tuning tools that we look at and use, and we confirmed that the GLM software is exactly on-point, both in the frequency domain and the time domain. The quality of the sound is outstanding. This is the first time that we have had a three-way speaker at Dallas Audio Post. Typically all the other Genelecs that we have had been two-way speakers. The extra definition that you get from having a three-way speaker is fantastic, and we are just absolutely loving those speakers. As a matter of fact, we already are making plans to upgrade our A room, which has the 1032s and 1031 arrays, to use the 1237As as well, because they are that good.”

About the 1237A:
The 1237A features a 12” (300mm) bass driver, 5” (130mm) Genelec midrange driver and a 1” (25mm) metal dome tweeter, where the mid- and the high-frequency drivers are mounted in Genelec’s proprietary Directivity Control Waveguide™ (DCW), which allows the system to reproduce flat frequency response both on and off its acoustical axis, thereby allowing for a wider sweet spot. Each one of the system’s drive units has its own power amplifier with a total rating of 500W, 250W for the bass driver and 200W respectively for the mid and high frequencies. Frequency response runs from 37Hz up to 20kHz +/- 2.5dB. In real life studio conditions a pair of 1237As can produce peak levels of 126dB SPL at 1.7 m distance.

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

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The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Hosts Annual Manufacturer’s Council Breakfast

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SANTA MONICA, CA (October 21, 2014) — The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Manufacturer Council Breakfast was held on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, during the 137th AES Convention. At their biannual meeting, this group of industry leaders — who are dedicated to the advancement of sound quality and to the overall growth of the professional audio industry — shared ideas and discussed issues of interest to all parties in attendance, with the goal of raising awareness about the importance of high-quality audio, legislative wireless white space and broadband issues, music streaming bit rates and other related topics.

The following manufacturers, organizations and publications were invited to participate: AKG®, API, Apple, Audio Engineering Society (AES), Audio-Technica, Avid, Electronic Musician, Euphonix, Fraunhofer, Focusrite Novation, Genelec, GC Pro, iZotope, JBL®, Lexicon®, Manley, M-Audio, Melodyne, Mix Magazine/New Bay Media, Music Producers Guild (MPG), PMC, Prism Audio, Pro Sound News, Radial Engineering, Royer, SADiE, Shure, Sonnox Ltd. and Waves Audio.

P&E Wing Managing Director Maureen Droney stated, “We always welcome and appreciate the time our manufacturers carve out from their busy AES schedules to meet with us and discuss the state of the industry. Working together, we can address issues that affect all of those in attendance as well as the industry as a whole, raising awareness and providing a voice and a call to action.”

Photo Caption: Representatives from leading manufacturers, organizations and publications, along with members of the P&E Wing Advisory Council, at the P&E Wing Manufacturer Council Breakfast during the 137th AES Convention in Los Angeles. Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy®/Clyne Media Inc. © 2014 Photographed by: Corey Walthall, Clyne Media, Inc.

About The Recording Academy: Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like “The GRAMMYs” on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs’ social communities on Foursquare, GetGlue, Google +, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and YouTube.

About The Producers & Engineers Wing: Currently more than 6,500 professionals comprise The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, which was established for producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals in the recording field. This organized voice for the recording community addresses issues that affect the craft of recorded music, including the development and implementation of new technologies, technical guidelines and recommendations, and archiving and preservation initiatives. For more information, please visit www.producersandengineers.com.

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Bose® RoomMatch® Loudspeakers Chosen for Austin Live Music Venue The Roost

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The RoomMatch® system’s incredible wide range of precise coverage patterns allows Austin’s newest music venue to fulfill its unique vision for what a sound system should be

Framingham, Massachusetts, September 20, 2014 – Since its opening, The Roost has been carving out a new space for live music in north Austin, TX. Owned by local music mavens the Cotton Brothers — Jimbo, John, Bobby and David — the 3,400-square-foot music venue opened with a New Year’s Eve run by Joe Ely. Since then, it’s been drawing rave reviews for everything from its bookings (e.g. Kelly Willis, Bruce Robison, Carolyn Wonderland and Reckless Kelly) to its sound, which local entertainment blog AustinPixels.com called “perfect.” And while The Roost has Texas’ amazing musical heritage to draw on for its music, the sound succeeds thanks to a RoomMatch® system from Bose® Professional Systems.

Locally based AV systems integrator Big House Sound installed a RoomMatch system composed of two RM9040 modules, two RM9060 modules, two RM12060 modules and a pair of RMS218 dual-18-inch subwoofers, powered by four PowerMatch® PM8500N 8-channel networked amplifiers.

The Roost can hold up to 700 people, and the system components needed to be flexible enough to handle the space’s unorthodox layout, leading to a creative design centered around the RoomMatch components. “Our associate Chet Himes really had the vision for what the club’s sound system would become,” recalls Zach Richards, Director of Installations for Big House Sound, referring to the Austin pro audio legend who has mixed GRAMMY® Award-winner Christopher Cross’ sound for years. “He and his colleague Bill Johnson were the masterminds behind the ideas. They brought us in to translate their ideas into a workable design and installation.”

Himes says he’s worked with Bose® speakers in the past and always had good experiences. “I’ve used an L1® system in the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel during SXSW, and they could fill up the room with a ton of sound but never overpower it,” he recalls. “So I knew that for The Roost, with its football-shaped room that was wider and deeper, the RoomMatch speakers were a great choice.”

The concept was to put the audience “in the music,” rather than looking at it, by creating a modified surround sound system – one that would evenly and consistently cover the entire music room, which is considerably wider than it is long. This scenario played into the RoomMatch system’s strength: two main hangs, on either side of the stage, are made up of an RM9040 module on top of an RM12060 module, giving most of the room even coverage. The two RM9060 modules are flown about 20 feet further out on either side of the stage and about 15 feet into the room, angled slightly inwards. These semi-encircle the room, providing delay coverage to the edges of the venue and creating seamless coverage with the rest of the system, including the two RMS218 subs installed on either side of the stage.

“The RM9040 is a tight horizontal pattern module and is very good at keeping the energy off the walls and on the audience,” says Richards, who used the Bose Modeler® software to predict how the room would react to sound and use those findings to choose the RoomMatch components with exactly the right dispersion patterns. “The RM12040 covers the downstage area very well, so between the two modules we have great coverage front to back. The RM9060’s tie it all together for a room of that shape and those dimensions. We were working with people who wanted a really high-fidelity sound system for music, and with the Bose RoomMatch system, we were able to get that.”

Himes says the RoomMatch speakers were able to achieve his original vision for The Roost’s sound: “It’s stunning,” he says. “The first night we had a packed house and we were hitting between 98 and 100 dB, but people were still carrying on conversations. The RoomMatch [system] is just that smooth.”

Venue co-owner David Cotton added simply, “I like to think of The Roost as our project to assemble the best of the best – music acts, technical personnel and management. But at The Roost, thanks to our Bose system, the sound is the star of the show.”

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Now Streaming: Watch Audio-Technica’s Second Annual “Ask Me Anything” Sessions at AES Convention

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— Featuring industry insiders and friends of A-T, these informative and revelatory AMA sessions thrilled an audience of in-person AES convention attendees as well as a worldwide online audience —

STOW, OH, October 20, 2014 — For the second year in a row, Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, held a popular series of “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) question-and-answer sessions at its exhibition booth at the 137th AES Convention in Los Angeles, CA. Sessions took place two days of the convention: Friday, October 10, and Saturday, October 11.

The archived sessions, available at www.audio-technica.com/AES2014, include discussions with guests Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick, co-hosts of hit web series Pensado’s Place; Joe Chiccarelli, GRAMMY® Award-winning producer/engineer; Michael Beinhorn, producer/engineer (Hole, Soundgarden, Marilyn Manson); Ryan Hewitt, GRAMMY Award-winning engineer/mixer/producer (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sheryl Crow, Avett Brothers); Curt Bisquera, drummer (Bonnie Raitt, Sarah McLachlan); Joe Barresi, producer/mixer/engineer (Monster Magnet, Slipknot, Nine Inch Nails); Matt McArthur, Executive Director of The Record Company; and Frank Klepacki, video game audio director, engineer, composer, producer and performer (game scoring credits include Command and Conquer: Red Alert and Star Wars: Empire at War).

Jeff Simcox, A-T Executive Director of Marketing Communications and the moderator for the sessions, stated, “Back by popular demand, our AMA sessions are quickly becoming a yearly tradition at the AES Convention, and our guests represented a varied pool of talent and experience from different sectors of the audio industry. These were informative and entertaining sessions, and we are very pleased that they were so popular with convention attendees.”

Full details are available at www.audio-technica.com/aes2014.

Photo caption: Shown L-R: Jeff Simcox, Audio-Technica Executive Director of Marketing Communications and AMA moderator, interviewing Herb Trawick and Dave Pensado of Pensado’s Place in front of a packed crowd at Audio-Technica’s AMA Sessions at AES137 in Los Angeles. Photo by Corey Walthall, Clyne Media, Inc.

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Bose® Professional Holding One-On-One RoomMatch® Demo Sessions at Wild Bills Atlanta on October 28-30

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Demos allow personalized sessions with Bose® Professional personnel, with the opportunity to mix live multitracks on an installed Bose RoomMatch® system

Framingham, Massachusetts, October 15, 2014 – As a resource for system integrators, consultants and front-of-house engineers, Bose® Professional will be hosting one-on-one demo sessions of their RoomMatch® Progressive Directivity Array loudspeaker systems at Wild Bills, the premier concert venue in metro Atlanta, on Tuesday, October 28, through Thursday, October 30, 2014.

The Wild Bills sessions are an extra-special opportunity, with plenty of time for attendees to mix live multitracks on an installed RoomMatch system. And attendees will have a chance to have discussions with Bose Professional Systems engineers. Snacks and refreshments will be available.

Date:
Wednesday, October 28th
Thursday, October 29th
Friday, October 30th

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, 1-on-1 sessions

Location: Wild Bills
2075 Market St., Duluth, GA

Attendees are welcome to bring along prospective RoomMatch clients and/or other guests. Schedule a session today by contacting Anthony Papamichael at Anthony_papamichael@bose.com or 404-904-6353. Space is limited.

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137th Audio Engineering Society Convention Breaks Records and Draws Acclaim from Attendees, Exhibitors and Presenters Alike

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— Convention reminds West-Coast audio community, “If It’s About Audio, It’s At AES!” —

New York, NY — The 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, held Thursday, October 9, 2014, through Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, was the place to be if you have anything to do with the audio industry. The exhibit floor, panels and technical sessions were packed all four days, and with 15,403 registered attendees and 307 exhibitors/sponsors, AES137 far surpassed any West-Coast AES Convention in the last 10 years or more. At show close, AES reported a 28% increase in registration since the last time the convention was on the West Coast (133rd AES Convention in San Francisco in 2012).

Convention Committee Co-Chairs Valerie Tyler and Michael MacDonald and their team created one of the most ambitious and comprehensive schedules of workshops, panels and technical programs in AES convention history. From the opening keynote address on Thursday by acclaimed engineer, musician and record producer Alan Parsons; and the Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture presented by legendary game audio director and composer Marty O’Donnell; to Friday’s keynote by Neil Portnow, President/CEO The Recording Academy®, The GRAMMY Foundation® and MusiCares; the popular Project Studio Expo and Live Sound Expo; the High Resolution Audio Program in association with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group; the GRAMMY® SoundTables event “Songs That Move The Needle: Producers on Producing,” moderated by Ed Cherney and featuring Alex da Kid, Don Was, Niko Bolas, No I.D., and Michael Brauer; “DTV Audio Group Forum: The Implications of Streamed Content Delivery on the Evolution of Television”; “Chicks in the Mix,” moderated by acclaimed producer and mixer Chris Lord-Alge and bringing together well-known female industry professionals to discuss their personal experience; “Sound Is the Conduit to the Artist Heart” presented by acclaimed producer, engineer and technologist Jack Joseph Puig; and more, AES137 hit it out of the park for attendees and exhibitors alike.

“I cannot put into words how thrilled I am with the 137th AES Convention,” stated Bob Moses, Executive Director of the AES. “Our organizing committee really outdid themselves, with over 350 presentations from an astounding 731 leading researchers and practitioners in the field, many of them standing-room-only. We have some serious momentum built from recent conventions in New York and Berlin, and we are going to keep it going for the coming conventions in Warsaw in May and then back to New York next October. You could say that our conventions and the AES organization have a renewed energy, and we couldn’t be happier.”

No matter what sector of the industry you are involved in — recording & production, broadcast & streaming, game audio, live sound, networked audio, sound for picture, post production or system integration — AES137 had it all. The convention received support from leading audio companies including: Audionamix, Audinate, Audio Precision, Auro Technologies, Avid, DiGiCo, EAW, Focusrite/Novation, L-Acoustics, Lectrosonics, Location Sound Corp, MOTU, Sennheiser/Neumann, Shure, TC Electronic, TC Applied Technologies, THAT Corp, Universal Audio, and Yamaha.

For additional information on the Audio Engineering Society and its conventions, conferences and technological outreach, visit http://www.aes.org.

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Waves Audio 2014 AES Press Kit

Please click link below to view Waves 2014 AES Press Kit

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