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Genelec 2014 AES Press Kit

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Audio-Technica 2014 AES Press Kit

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137th AES Convention to Feature “Chicks in the Mix” Panel

New York, NY, October 9, 2014 — The upcoming 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, taking place October 9-12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, will feature a panel exploring the experience of female audio/recording professionals. “Chicks in the Mix” will take place Saturday, October 11, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in Room 403 AB. Historically the audio and recording industries have represented a male-dominated workplace – although the atmosphere has changed, there are still many challenges faced by female engineers, product designers, producers, mixers, managers, songwriters and artists that are not faced by their male counterparts. This panel brings together well-known female industry professionals to discuss their personal experience in these terms and how they do what they do.

Moderated by acclaimed producer and mixer Chris Lord-Alge, the discussion will feature the following panelists:

Marcella Araica, Recording & Mix engineer (Britney Spears, Madonna, Pink) – Miami, FL, USA; Los Angeles, CA, USA
Amy Burr, Larrabee Sound Studios, Studio Manager – North Hollywood, CA, USA
Emily Lazar, September Mourning (Lead Vocalist for the band) – New York, NY, USA
Lisa Loeb, GRAMMY®-nominated Singer/Songwriter – Los Angeles, CA USA
Brenda Russell, BMPR – Los Angeles, CA, USA

This dynamic panel, debuting at the AES137 Convention, is set to offer lively debate and discussion across all boundaries. No matter your gender, you will want to hear what these “Chicks in the Mix” have to say.

“I am very much looking forward to the ‘Chicks in the Mix’ panel at the AES convention,” stated Lord-Alge. “These five professionals each offer a distinct point of view and a different skill set, and their stories will help illuminate the experience of women in our industry.”

For further information about AES137 Special Events, as well as further Registration, and Technical Program information, visit the AES137 webpage at http://www.aes.org/events/137/.

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History Gets Its Due at the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention

New York, NY, October 9, 2014 — Music/audio production is by its nature an inherently historical and archival discipline, and the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, taking place today through Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, sees the past come alive with the annual History Track.

AES Convention Historical Events Chair Mark Gander have assembled a winning collection of presentations. These include the perfect pairing of “The Evolution of Studio Acoustic Design” and “Audio Architects of the Nashville Sound,” which portrays highlights from the AES Nashville Lifetime Achievement Awards event.

Attendees will also enjoy listening to Michael Petersen of Shure, Inc., narrate the life and career of Benjamin Bauer, who developed the Uniphase network and the iconic Shure Model 55 Unidyne® Microphone, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. Bauer, an immigrant from Ukraine, developed the network at age 24, and it earned him the first of over 100 patents in audio technology. Included in the presentation are photos and details of the first Unidyne mic elements constructed by Bauer, uncovered December 2013 in the Shure Archives and not seen since the early 1940s.

In another fascinating panel, representatives from companies including Empirical Labs, Universal Audio and Great River Electronics – all engaged in manufacturing modern versions of classic audio products – will each profile one or more products, describing some of the methods that they use to duplicate the performance of the classic pieces. The participants will include representatives from manufacturers who develop hardware as well as software plug-ins. Each manufacturer will present products, methods and techniques, with discussion of measured and sonically judged faithfulness and/or improvements, followed by panel interaction and questions from the audience.

The full Historical Track program is here:

Thursday, October 9, 2:15 pm — 4:15 pm
Session H1 Evolution of Studio Acoustic Design

Thursday, October 9, 5:00 pm — 6:30 pm
Session H2 Audio Architects of the Nashville Sound: Highlights from the AES Nashville Lifetime Achievement Awards

Friday, October 10, 5:30 pm — 6:30 pm
Session H3 Benjamin Bauer and the Shure Unidyne Microphone: 75 Years of Audio Legend

Saturday, October 11, 12:15 pm — 1:15 pm
Session H4 History of Audio Measurement Technology

Saturday, October 11, 5:30 pm — 6:30 pm
Session H5 History of Line Arrays

Sunday, October 12, 2:30 pm — 4:30 pm
Session H6 Authentic Replication and Modeling of Vintage Audio Gear

“We put an enormous amount of care and thought into curating the Historical Track at the AES Conventions, because there is so much history in this industry, and so much more being made every day,” states Gander. “And it’s gratifying that they tend to be among the most well-attended sessions of the entire event. It’s clear that those involved in professional audio care deeply about its legacy.”

Further detailed information on the Historical Track at the AES137 Convention, as well as Registration, Hotel, and Technical Program formation are available on the AES137 webpage at http://www.aes.org/events/137/.

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Broadcast Leaders Join DTV Audio Group Forum at the Upcoming 137th AES Convention

— Full program announced for “The Implications of Streamed Content Delivery on the Evolution of
Television Audio Services,” which will be held Friday, October 10, 1 p.m. through 6 p.m. —

— Featured panelists include personnel from such organizations as Warner Bros Studios, Fox Networks, Skywalker Sound, Sony Pictures Digital, Disney Digital Studio Services, Turner Sports, Technicolor Sound Services and more —

New York, NY, October 8, 2014 — The upcoming 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, taking place October 9-12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, will feature the return of the forum curated by DTVAG (DTV Audio Group) – an organization of senior-level broadcast network executives promoting best practices and successful strategies for digital television audio production and delivery. Expanding on the popularity of last year’s debut, Roger Charlesworth, Executive Director of DTVAG, and his team have put together a program that will continue to discuss the hot topic of streaming content delivery and its impact on today’s TV landscape. The forum is produced by the DTV Audio Group in association with the Sports Video Group (SVG) and sponsored by Calrec, Dale Pro Audio, Dolby Laboratories, DTS, Lawo and Linear Acoustic.

Some of today’s brightest minds in television audio will participate in this year’s forum, entitled: “DTV Audio Group Forum: The Implications of Streamed Content Delivery on the Evolution of Television.” This event will take a look at the way content delivery is increasingly following a streamed model and being deployed with very short lead times via a virtualized delivery infrastructure, which allows for further advancements in related broadcast services including audio quality, spatially immersive sound, personalization and bandwidth efficiency. A series of five engaging panels, presentations and discussions will dig deep into each topic, and teach attendees about some of the tools and workflow approaches required to manage and exploit the capabilities of next-generation audio standards and take television audio into the future.

Speakers are scheduled to include the following:

Mike Babcock, Supervising Sound Editor/Designer/Re-Recording Mixer, Warner Bros Studios
Mark Brunner, Senior Director, Global Brand Management, Shure Inc.
Roger Charlesworth, Executive Director, DTV Audio Group (moderator)
Kevin Collier, Director of Engineering, Post Production, Warner Bros Studio Facilities
Craig Cuttner, Senior Vice President, Technology Development & Standards, HBO
Thomas Edwards, Vice President Engineering and Development, Fox Networks
Will Files, Sound Designer, Re-Recording Mixer, Skywalker Sound
David Fluhr, Rerecording Mixer, Disney Digital Studio Services
Mark Francisco, Fellow, Premises Technology, Office of the CTO, Comcast
Jeff Haboush, Re-Recording Mixer, Sony Pictures
Steve Harvey, West Coast Editor, Pro Sound News (moderator)
Steve Morris, Director of Engineering, Skywalker Sound
Michael Novitch, Chief Engineer, Technicolor Sound Services
Nathan Oishi, Chief Engineer, Sony Pictures Digital
Skip Pizzi, Senior Director, New Media Technologies, National Association of Broadcasters (moderator)
Tom Sahara, Vice President of Operations and Technology, Turner Sports
Steve Silva, Vice President of Technology and Strategy, Fox Networks
Jim Starzynski, Director and Principal Audio Engineer, NBCUniversal
Jeffrey Taylor, Chief Engineer Universal Studios

Commenting on the state of streamed content delivery and the common thread among each forum topic, DTV Audio Group Executive Director Roger Charlesworth notes, “The pace of change has increased considerably as the delivery landscape has evolved from a rigid linear model to a virtualized stream-based environment. Object Audio in the home sounded a long way off just a year ago. Thanks to streaming, the fact is, for premium theatrical and episodic content, object and immersive, are here already.”

Itinerary for DTV Audio Group Forum at AES, Friday, October 10, 2014, “The implications of Streamed Content Delivery on the Evolution of Television Audio Services”:

1:00: Wireless Microphone Spectrum Update:
Mark Brunner, Senior Director, Global Brand Management, Shure Inc.

1:15: This Is Not Your Father’s MVPD:
Cable infrastructure’s transition to streamed-delivery
Mark Francisco, Fellow, Premises Technology, Office of the CTO, Comcast

1:45: So Long SDI and MADI:
Migration to IP infrastructure within the broadcast plant
Thomas Edwards, Vice President Engineering and Development, Fox Networks

2:15: ATSC 3.0 Audio Update:
Jim Starzynski, Director and Principal Audio Engineer, NBCUniversal

2:30: Distribution of Next Generation Audio Services:
Skip Pizzi, Senior Director, New Media Technologies, National Association of Broadcasters (moderator)
Craig Cuttner, Senior Vice President, Technology Development & Standards, HBO
Mark Francisco, Fellow, Premises Technology, Office of the CTO, Comcast
Tom Sahara, Vice President of Operations and Technology, Turner Sports
Steve Silva, Vice President of Technology and Strategy, Fox Networks

3:30: Post Workflow and Facility Implications for Object Audio:
Roger Charlesworth, Executive Director, DTV Audio Group (moderator)
Kevin Collier, Director of Engineering, Post Production, Warner Bros Studio Facilities
Steve Morris, Director of Engineering, Skywalker Sound
Michael Novitch, Chief Engineer, Technicolor Sound Services
Nathan Oishi, Chief Engineer, Sony Pictures Digital
Jeffrey Taylor, Chief Engineer Universal Studios

4:30: Mixing for Immersive Audio, from Cinema to Tablet:
Steve Harvey, West Coast Editor, Pro Sound News (moderator)
Mike Babcock, Supervising Sound Editor/Designer/Re-Recording Mixer, Warner Bros Studios
Will Files, Sound Designer, Re-Recording Mixer, Skywalker Sound
David Fluhr, Rerecording Mixer, Disney Digital Studio Services
Jeff Haboush, Re-Recording Mixer, Sony Pictures

For further information about the DTV Audio Group Forum, which is available to all attendees, as well as further Registration, and Technical Program information, visit the AES137 webpage at http://www.aes.org/events/137/.

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Expanded Project Studio Expo at AES137 Hosts Sunday Sponsor Events

— Presented in association with leading recording technology publication Sound On Sound, the Project Studio Expo is intended to give home recordists a new perspective on how they can better use their tools and their ears —

New York, NY, October 7, 2014 — A wide range of on-stage sessions have been announced for Sunday’s Project Studio Expo Sponsor Day at the upcoming 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, scheduled for Thursday, October 9, through Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. The PSE offers 3 days of events covering such topics as getting big-studio results on a tight budget; audio separation; recording and songwriting; and studio/live networking.

Project Studio Expo, Sunday Sponsor Events:

Session PSE14 – Mixing Perspectives: Tales of achieving big studio results on a project studio budget (led by Focal Press)
Sunday, October 12, 11:00 am — 11:45 am

Session PSE15 – Audio Separation (led by Audionamix)
Sunday, October 12, 12:00 pm — 12:45 pm

Session PSE16 – Recording and Songwriting with Focusrite Novation
Sunday, October 12, 1:00 pm — 1:45 pm

Session PSE17 – Real-World AVB Networking in the Studio and on Stage Using MOTU AVB Audio Interfaces
Sunday, October 12, 2:00 pm — 2:45 pm

Full PSE sessions, including events for Friday and Saturday, can be found here: http://www.aes.org/events/137/projectstudioexpo/.

“There has been tremendous response to our Project Studio Expo over the past three Conventions, and the addition of Sunday sessions offers even more resources for Convention attendees,” states Bob Moses, AES Executive Director. “With the help of our partners and sponsors we have seen the PSE grow into a program that really offers something for everyone in the audio community. I feel this serves as a real incubator and inspiration for seasoned professionals as well as those who are attending an AES event for the first time. These are top-notch educators and engineers who are giving as close to a one-on-one dialog as you can get. And to have this included as part of our free Exhibits-Plus badge offerings is really a great way to expand the mission of the AES – to educate and provide support to those audio engineers that play a large part in our audible world.”

The AES gives Special Thanks to presenting PSE Sponsors; Audionamix, Focal Press, Focusrite Novation, and MOTU along with additional sponsors; AVID, Sennheiser, TC Electronic, and Universal Audio.

For information on the Project Studio Expo, as well as further Registration, Hotel, and Technical Program information, visit the AES137 webpage at http://www.aes.org/events/137/.

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Session Info Announced for Upcoming High Resolution Audio Program at 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention

— High Resolution Audio program, taking place Friday, October 10, at AES137 in Los Angeles, will feature four different sessions throughout the day, addressing the current and future direction of High Resolution Audio from various perspectives —

— Representatives from leading consumer audio brands set to participate in High Resolution Audio program, as well as display high-performance audio products on the AES convention’s exhibition floor —

New York, NY, October 7, 2014 — Detailed session information has been announced for the AES137 High Resolution Audio (HRA) program, taking place Friday, October 10, 2014, in Room 304 AB at the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention (October 9-12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles). The direct result of a collaborative effort between the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, the HRA program will include a number of panels and sessions that address the current and future direction of HRA from various perspectives, including content creation, digital distribution, licensing of hi-res music files, archiving, subscription models, marketing/promotion of hi-res music, compatibility of playback devices and more.

“Taken as a whole, these panel sessions will provide AES attendees a much greater understanding of the key issues that are currently impacting the High Resolution Audio market,” said Marc Finer, Senior Director, DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. “Working in cooperation with The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®, we’ve developed a comprehensive program that fully addresses virtually every aspect of the HRA workflow – from the studio to the home.”

These panels and sessions will feature some of the brightest minds in the business as they discuss some of the most current and controversial issues concerning the rapid adoption of high-resolution audio across the industry.

Individual session info:

Hi-Res Audio Devices for Every Lifestyle (10:00 am – 10:50 am): Learn more details about the growing number of hi-res compatible devices available today from some of the biggest names in hi-res devices including Astell & Kern, dCS, DTS, Kimber Kable, Meridian, Mytek, and Sony. Subjects will include how to demonstrate hi-res audio at retail; the latest options for enjoying hi-res music on-the-go; and how to educate and engage young music enthusiasts. Moderated by Marc Finer (Digital Entertainment Group), the panel includes Owen Kwon (Astell & Kern), John Quick (dCS Ltd.), Fred Maher (DTS Inc.), Ray Kimber (Kimber Kable), J. Robert (Bob) Stuart (Meridian Audio Ltd.), Michal Jurewicz (Mytek Digital) and Aaron Levine (Sony Electronics).

The New Business of Hi-Res Music (11:30 am – 12:20 pm): Get an inside look at the opportunities and challenges associated with hi-res music from Mark Piibe at Sony Music, Howie Singer at Warner Music, and Jim Belcher at Universal Music. Moderated by Marc Finer. Topics will include licensing hi-res files; the latest distribution partners; ingesting and archiving digital assets; new subscription models; and the best ways to promote hi-res music.

Hi-Res Audio Production Workshop (1:00 pm – 1:50 pm): [co-sponsored by the Recording Academy P&E Wing] Join top producers and engineers as they discuss the music creation process and best practices when recording, mixing and mastering in high resolution. The panel, moderated by Leslie Ann Jones (Skywalker Sound), features Chuck Ainlay (Producer/engineer, METAlliance), John Burk (Concord-Telarc Label Group), Ryan Ulyate (Producer/engineer) and Bob Clearmountain (Producer, engineer and mixer), who will review the key aspects of various audio formats in context with their latest music projects.

High Resolution Audio—Super Session (3:00 pm – 3:50 pm): Meet and mix with some of the brightest minds in the business including Bruce Botnick (Music producer, recording and mastering engineer, VP Content Acquisition for Pono Music), George Massenburg (Producer/engineer/inventor, McGill University), Andrew Scheps (Producer/engineer/mixer) and Bill Schnee (Producer/engineer, Schnee Studio), as they explore a number of the most challenging issues facing the recording industry today concerning the adoption of high resolution audio. Moderated by Maureen Droney (former recording engineer/music journalist, currently Managing Director of The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®) Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear from these opinion makers!

The High Resolution Audio program will be a major focus at AES137, part of a long tradition of the AES and its conventions serving as the forum for the discussion and advancement of state-of-the-art audio technologies. For over 65 years, nearly every seminal audio development has been incubated and promoted within the AES community, beginning with stereo LPs in the 1950s and continuing with magnetic tape in the 60s, digital audio and the Compact Disc in the 70s, perceptual coding (e.g. MP3) over the past 25 years, all the way to today’s digital streaming formats. It’s no wonder that the DEG and the AES have decided to partner to bring to AES137 Convention attendees the most current and comprehensive information on the state of High Resolution Audio, which is defined as “lossless audio that is capable of reproducing the full range of sound from recordings that have been mastered from better than CD quality music sources.”

For Registration and Technical Program information, visit the AES137 webpage at http://www.aes.org/events/137/.

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Live Sound Expo Takes Center Stage at 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention

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— Inaugural Live Sound Expo, presented in association with Pro Sound News, Sound & Video Contractor, Pro Audio Review and MIX, offers expert, real-world advice for attendees from leading figures in the live and installed sound market sectors —

New York, NY, October 6, 2014 — Extensive session information has been announced for the inaugural Live Sound Expo (presented in association with Pro Sound News, Sound & Video Contractor, Pro Audio Review and MIX) at the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention (October 9-12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles). From a stage centrally located in the 137th AES Convention’s exhibition hall, the Live Sound Expo presents live and installed sound professionals sharing their knowledge and experience across a wide range of audio topics. Engineer and industry journalist Mark Frink (k.d. lang, Zac Brown Band, Tony Bennett) will manage the stage as the LSE host. With the Live Sound Expo, the 137th Convention offers expert advice for the broad spectrum of live and installed sound engineers (some 25% of Convention attendees) with an emphasis on the practical, bringing professionals with decades of experience to the stage to inspire and educate attendees.

Michael MacDonald, AES137 Co-Chair and ATK Audiotek President, stated, “Live Sound is a key element in the pro audio industry, and one that warrants the spotlight provided by the new Live Sound Expo. I am pleased that Mark Frink, along with Frank Wells, has assembled such a powerful LSE program that will feature both technical and practical aspects of live sound benefiting attendees and exhibitors alike. The panelists include top professionals from the installed and live sound worlds, and their participation at this AES Convention gives attendees access to a knowledge pool available nowhere else, and provides insights into current and future trends.”

A wide array of topics will be addressed at the Live Sound Expo. Select topics include: “Loudspeaker Setup and Configuration”; “Miking Fundamentals for the Stage”; “Networks and IT”; “The Small Venue Monitor Mix”; “RF Systems”; “Installed Sound”; “Touring System Optimization”; “Digital Consoles” and more.

The panelists and presenters read like a who’s-who in the worlds of live and installed sound. Sam Berkow (Principal/Founding Partner, SIA Acoustics); Derek Brener (Bruno Mars); Chap Cooper (Sound Engineer/Educator); Jason Decter (FOH, Blink-182, Weezer); J. Mark King (Production & Music Mixer, Primetime EMMY® Awards, Dancing with the Stars, ACM & CMA Awards); Tom Pesa (Super Bowl, GRAMMY®s, OSCAR®s); Dave Rat (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, Founder of Rat Sound); Marcus Ross (Head of Audio, Blue Man Group); Robert Scovill (FOH, Prince, Rush, Tom Petty); Dave Shadoan (President, Sound Image); Jason Spence (Monitor Engineer, Keith Urban, Megadeth, CMT & CMA Awards); Ken “Pooch” Van Druten (FOH, Linkin Park); Fred Vogler (FOH, L.A. Philharmonic / Systems Engineer, Hollywood Bowl); and Vic Wagner (FOH Systems Engineer, Linkin Park).

A highlight of Live Sound Expo will be a panel titled “Stump the Panel,” where attendees will be able to ask any question to Dave Rat, Robert Scovill and Dave Shadoan, as they cover the gamut of sound reinforcement topics while imparting entertaining tales from the road.

The Live Sound Expo was made possible by the sponsorship of Audinate, DiGiCo, EAW, L-Acoustics, Shure and Yamaha Commercial Audio, with wireless headphone system support from Sennheiser USA.

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AES and DEG Announce Sponsors for Upcoming High Resolution Audio Program at 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention

— High Resolution Audio program, taking place October 10 at AES137 in Los Angeles, to be sponsored by leading consumer audio manufacturers —

New York, NY, October 3, 2014 — A High Resolution Audio (HRA) program will take place Friday, October 10, 2014, in Room 304 AB at the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention (October 9-12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles). The direct result of a collaborative effort between the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, the HRA program will include a number of panels and sessions that address the current and future direction of HRA from various perspectives, including content creation, digital distribution, licensing of hi-res music files, archiving, subscription models, marketing/promotion of hi-res music, compatibility of playback devices and more.

The HRA program is sponsored by the following brands, representing leaders from consumer electronics:

Astell & Kern (manufacturer of portable high-fidelity audio systems capable of playing mastering-quality sound from music mastering studios) / Audeze (manufacturer of high-end audio headphones and accessories)
dCS (“Data Conversion Systems,” a pioneer in high-resolution audio who has developed converters capable of supporting 24/192, DSD and DXD formats; the world’s first high resolution [24/88.2] and surround Super Audio CD [SACD] recordings were created using dCS technology)
DTS (a premier audio solutions provider for high-definition entertainment experiences)
Kimber Kable (a leading developer and manufacturer of cables for the high-performance audio sector)
Meridian Digital (acclaimed developer of the highest quality consumer home entertainment systems, widely recognized as a world leader in quality audio and video reproduction)
Mytek Digital (manufacturer of high performance digital audio converters and meters)
Sony Electronics (a leading consumer and professional electronics and entertainment company)

These panels and sessions will feature some of the brightest minds in the business as they discuss some of the most current and controversial issues concerning the rapid adoption of high-resolution audio across the industry. A complete list of HRA sessions, including topics, moderators and panelists, will be released in the coming days.

“We are very pleased to be working with the Digital Entertainment Group to create this unique and timely program on High Resolution Audio,” stated Bob Moses, AES Executive Director. “High Resolution Audio is a vital topic in the industry right now, and working with organizations like the DEG and The Recording Academy, we have created this comprehensive program, which will give attendees the most current and up-to-date real-world information available on these subjects.”

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Listen Technologies Offers Courses for Architects on ADA and CBC Guidelines for Serving People with Hearing Disabilities

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— Courses offer American Institute of Architects (AIA) certification credits, a yearly requirement for AIA members —

BLUFFDALE, UT — Listen Technologies Corporation, the leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of assistive listening products for over 16 years, has made it an ongoing priority to offer contractors, system integrators, consultants, architects and venue owners the most up-to-date resources on how to best serve those requiring assistive listening. These resources explore and clarify guidelines and recommendations set forth by institutions and legislative efforts including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the California Building Code (CBC), the Accessibility of Ontarians with Disability Act and other related measures. Compliance with these guidelines is not only mandatory and legally enforced, but a clear moral imperative; however, many professionals, although well-meaning, let certain considerations in regard to hearing disability fall through the cracks when designing new structures or updating existing facilities. A new set of courses offered by Listen is specifically designed to educate architects on ADA and CBC recommendations, offering credits for American Institute of Architects (AIA) certification in the process.

Listen Technologies has been approved to teach two courses, both earning (1) LU/HSW credit:
1. Course Title: ADA Assistive Listening Legislation
2. Course Title: California Building Code & The ADA Assistive Listening Legislation

Course objectives:

Understand the impact of the new requirements of the ADA/CBC
Understand the unique sound needs of the hard of hearing community
Apply the ADA (or CBC, in California) to the welfare of people requiring assistive listening systems
Recognize the technologies that can reconnect people to a positive experience in any venue

The courses are offered on an individual basis by Listen personnel at sites around the U.S. To inquire about a scheduled session or to set up a course date, please email sales@listentech.com. The company will also have the courses available as webinars at www.listentech.com.

For architects to remain certified through AIA, they are required to have 18 total learning units each year. Of these 18 required (LU) Learning Units, 12 of them must be in the category of Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW). Listen has developed these courses (ADA & the CBC) along with their objectives, to align under HSW learning units. These courses offered by Listen are informative and educational in nature and talk about the “why” of hearing loss – how many people have hearing loss, why hearing aids are not enough in a venue, what happens when people have hearing loss and what that is like – and then goes into the ADA and CBC codes, which are actually fairly straightforward. They then address the different types of solutions offered by Listen and the pros/cons of each technology.

Cory Schaeffer, Listen Technologies Vice President of Business Development, states, “Offering a presentation that provides AIA/HSW Learning Units to architects allows Listen to share our unique wealth of knowledge with this group of professionals. Often AV is the last ‘trade’ brought into a project, and for some assistive listening technologies that is way too late. These courses allow us to share information about hearing loss with architects and the fact that it’s the largest disability covered under the ADA (17% compared to 1.4% requiring wheelchair access), as well as what the ADA and other building code requirements are and what technologies meet the code and the advantages/disadvantages of each technology. We know that once participating architects have completed these courses, more consideration will be made earlier in projects.”

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

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