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QSC Q-Sys Offers Acoustic Echo Cancellation as a Standard Feature

Q-Sys CoreCosta Mesa, CA –(October 19, 2012) QSC Audio Products, LLC is pleased to announce that Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) is now available as a standard component of their acclaimed Q-Sys integrated system platform, which has quickly become the preferred choice worldwide for audio system control and signal transport.

Ideally suited for Q-Sys clients that utilize AV conferencing systems in such places as corporate boardrooms, meeting and convention spaces, hospitality installs, and government and legislative venues, the powerful QSC AEC process is easily deployed in Q-Sys Designer software as a simple, draggable component. And unlike AEC offerings from competing manufacturers which must be purchased as costly add-on input cards, the Q-Sys solution is 100% integrated into the Q-Sys Core without any additional cost to the user.

“Because of the powerful Q-Sys DSP processing engines, we have been able to offer Acoustic Echo Cancellation as an integrated feature to serve our customers,” says Joe Peavey, QSC Product Manager, Software. “The tight integration between the Q-Sys processor, DSP, hardware and control software, gives Q-Sys the ability to do AEC on audio signals coming from any number of sources such as mics, remotes, I/O frames and even over IP streams.”

Current Q-Sys customers can enjoy the AEC feature at no charge by upgrading to Q-Sys Designer Release 3.0 or newer. More information on the upgrade, as well as a new Q-Sys AEC whitepaper can be found at: www.qscmarketing.com/aec.

“We are excited to be able to offer AEC to our customers with Q-Sys,” adds Peavey. “And we continually have plans in the QSC pipeline to add more advanced and powerful features to Q-Sys which will benefit our customers. “

Q-Sys, the complete integrated system platform that encompasses everything from the audio input to loudspeakers, provides all the audio routing, processing, control and monitoring necessary for any facility while maintaining the audio quality and reliability QSC has come to be known for. Designed for the rigorous requirements of both small and large-scale venues, the power of Q-Sys has been demonstrated worldwide in a variety of applications, including stadiums and arenas, theme parks, performing arts venues, transportation hubs, corporate boardrooms, convention halls, government facilities, hotels and casinos and houses of worship.

About QSC Audio
QSC Audio Products, LLC is a leading manufacturer of power amplifiers, loudspeakers, digital signal processors, digital sound transport, and network audio for professional audio systems worldwide. qsc.com

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Train’s ‘California 37′ 2012 Tour Lays Tracks Across U.S. With Dual DiGiCo SD10s

Grammy Award-winning pop-rockers Train have been laying tracks across the continental United States and Canada this summer and fall with their San Francisco 2012 tour. The band pulled out all the stops, rolling through material both old and new, including songs from their latest studio album, California 37. Because of the tour’s beefed-up band and increased input list, engineers Rob Thomas and Robert Greene opted for a pair of SD10 systems at FOH and monitors (provided by Delicate Productions and Hi-Tech Audio), to simplify the production and the technology requirements.

“Rob Greene and I have used many different platforms working together with Train over the years,” Thomas explains, “but for this tour, it got a little more involved. Train is typically a three-piece band, but with this tour there are eight musicians onstage and we needed at least 52 inputs/outputs for the band and the accompaniments, including bass, guitar, vocals and background singers, in-ear mixes and stage monitors. We wanted the best-sounding console and one that was most configurable, and that’s how we came up with the SD10s. Having two of the DiGiCo’s out there was the best option for the tour, allowing us to pick each other’s brains about functionality and also streamline the technology. This is the first time that I’ve toured with a DiGiCo product, although I’ve used and am familiar with the D1 and D5 Series. In my time with the SD10 at FOH, I found that it truly sounds great; it’s one of the best-sounding digital consoles that I’ve been able to get my hands on. Choosing DiGiCo was one of the easiest decisions we had to make early on.”

System Tech Philip Reynolds and FOH Engineer Rob Thomas

“Going into this tour back in early 2012 we knew that we were going to move up above the 48-channel level,” adds Greene. “We had a chance to check out both the SD10 and SD7 and they were both impressive. The SD10 had everything that Rob and I needed so we decided to save the band a little dough and take out the SD10.”

The FOH system uses the DiGiCo SD Rack loaded with 56 inputs, 16 analog outs, and eight AES. “We are using both AES and analog to drive the PA via a Martin Merlin processor ,” clarifies Systems Tech Philip Reynolds. “The system is run in AES to the Martin Merlin 4 in 10 out matrix. From there, the rig is analog throughout. We have a very cool setup with the headliner independent of the support act settings. We use a separate group output off the console to drive three more inputs on the Merlin, also using AES. I am also using both the SD Rack and FOH outputs to feed hearing assist, video recording/ monitor, back of house audio as well… all controlled off the matrix on the desk.”
Thomas says he’s done some slick routing at FOH thanks to the flexibility of the DiGiCo interface. “The compact surface of the SD10—taken from the SD7 approach where any fader can be configured the way I want—allows me to take a musical approach vs. a typical console layout and was a plus. Unlike other consoles, you can minimize your layers, and the SD10 gives us flexible, multiple layers to choose from, so I tend to use less because of how I’m able to lay the console out just on the first layer. What would normally take me three to four layers on the console, I can now do in one, maybe two, because the desk is able to be laid out in almost any configuration of inputs, outputs, etc. I’m not doing anything too crazy; just some fun routing and grouping stuff. We created a Systems/Playback layer that had a few input channels—iPod, pink noise, the input from the support desk—so that any announcements between bands and system tuning is all in one layer.

“I also throw in some dynamics as in the compressed vs. the noncompressed group, which is no trade secret, and I’ve had such awesome results because of using that dynamic section on a wet/dry situation. Everything else on the desk I use simply straight up, it sounds that good. I don’t really need to do a lot to it. As soon as you plug into the desk you’ll hear a difference, from the preamps to the outputs, and that’s the icing on the cake. I love the compression, too. The multiband compression and the dynamic EQ are the best tools on the console. The dynamic section of the console is tops. It’s part of that DiGiCo sound that I just love and that’s one of the reasons I went after the console in the first place.”

Initially, he was making use of the Waves SoundGrid bundle but for simplicity’s sake, found that he was able to get everything he needed within the desk. “I’ve actually forgone the Waves plug-ins and am using all the delays, reverbs and time-based effects on the SD10 itself. The only outboard situation that I take the desk into is a Crane Song HEDD 192 digital signal processor/harmonic sweetener. I take a Subgroup of all of the band and run it through that and it adds a little sparkle to it. I then run it back to the desk and rejoin it with my vocal groups.”

As far as outputs, Thomas says that changes daily. “For our PA situation, I typically use two Left/Right outs these days and then matrix out through either a Lake-type system or the new Martin MLA system feeding left, right sub, front fills, side hangs, delays, lawn and hearing assists. On any given day, we can go from four to 16 sometimes, plus an additional three outputs for our Rational Acoustics Smaart 7 system where we were able to monitor left, right and any input or output off the second solo bus. Being able to see and hear without having to change and manage levels was great. We used one for the nearfield monitors, and the second for the Smaart.”

For recording and virtual soundcheck, Thomas is among the first wave of engineers making use of DiGiCo’s new UB MADI 24-bit/48-channel USB 2.0 interface to get a MADI stream in and out of his MacBook Pro. “I’m using it every night and it’s worked flawlessly,” he says. “I love it. We are at more than 48 channels but I’ve taken the primary inputs, track for track, to a MacBook Pro to a LaCie 4TB Thunderbolt hard drive and I record 48 tracks every night. I also use the ‘Listen to Copied Audio’ function for the Virtual Soundcheck mode, so I can play back the previous night’s show right back to the desk, channel for channel, 1-48. Also, the UB MADI is not DiGiCo proprietary, so the interface will work with any MADI-ready console, which is so cool. Initially we were set up to run with Pro Tools, but we found that if you have Pro Tools Native, it only allows you to go up to 32 channels with the standard PT system, and that was a real bummer. Not taking anything away from Pro Tools or the users of Pro Tools, it’s a great editing system for tracking, but for what we’re doing it’s not. We went and bought a $60 Reaper program that’s absolutely phenomenal. It’s flawless and allows me to listen back to my MADI rack. It sounds really good, too.”

Over at monitor world, Rob Greene is digging the SD10′s flexibility, routing and onboard effects—some of which, including snapshots, are a revelation for the engineer.

“I love the dual solo busses and being able to route a solo to either buss or both,” he says. “It’s very important as a monitor engineer not to have a click-track blasting through your cue wedge. I can also cue up someone’s in-ear mix and wedge mix at the same time. Almost everyone in the band uses Sennheiser in-ears, but my lead singer and guitar player rely heavily on wedges and sidefills. On the first day of rehearsals we decided to run the console at 96kHz. Overall, the console’s sonic quality is superb. It’s got the closest sound to an analog console and sounds better than most of the leading brands of digital consoles.

“I also like the ability to move inputs and outputs to wherever you want on the SD10. I have all the outputs that I need to listen to most often on the first bank so I don’t have to just move banks around too much. Speed is so important. I’m also digging the snapshots on this console. This is the first time I’ve used snapshots for a show. I’ve always been afraid to use them because it’s easy to get lost in them, but I found them easy to understand and they give you a lot of control.”

With the summer/fall leg of the tour coming to a close at the end of September and European dates on the horizon in 2013, Thomas and Greene have been happy with the flexibility the console has offered and will continue to rely on the console’s flexibility to support the show’s diverse structure.

“We’ve tried to keep the audience involved with kids coming onstage to sing, etc.” explains Thomas. “There’s a kind of Vegas show theme to our shows in that there’s always something going at any given time onstage. Using the small footprint of the SD10, which is a condensed screen surface, and having the ability to lay out the console where you need it and for what you need most to be on top and in your hands was key. I went to DiGiCo initially because it sounds the best. And having the ability to have what you need, where you need, when you need it is obviously of the utmost importance with any console. The ergonomics of the SD10 makes it tops. I’ve seen and experienced it all, and having this DiGiCo in my hands every day makes my job easier. And with the tour heading overseas, in fly-date situations, we don’t get to carry our backline, so DiGiCo has now been added to that fly spec of our rider. We’re hoping that everyone will jump on the SD10 format to the extent that we request one from Alabama to Asia. That’s what we’re looking to help do: get it out there and into people’s hands and let them know that this is a very serious product. And the SD10 fits into a lot of regional sound company budgets. It’s a hard-working, great-sounding desk that’s very powerful, and I think it’s going to be one of those consoles that is a staple of the regional and major sound companies. It’s affordable and everyone needs one in their inventory.”

Dual Yamaha DM2000s Used at Hofstra Presidential Debate

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Hofstra University on Long Island (NY) was the site chosen for the second of three Presidential debates between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Held on Tuesday, October 16, Hofstra previously hosted the 2008 debate between President-elect Obama and John McCain. Audio production was provided by On Stage Audio (OSA) Las Vegas.

Michael Abbott, owner of All Ears, Inc. (Los Angeles) chose a pair of Yamaha DM2000 digital consoles for audio control. “The dual DM2000s were chosen for the Presidential debate specifically to provide two separate audio streams,” states Abbott. “Size and audio I/O capabilities also played a key role in the set up. We routed six Yamaha AD8HR 8-channel preamps to eight groups: four for the house mix and four for the broadcast pool truck.”

In addition, Abbott said Dugan-MY16 cards were inserted for the 24 Town Hall participant mics along with moderator and candidate microphones.

For more information on All Ears, Inc., e-mail michaelsound@earthlink.net.

For more information on Yamaha Commercial Audio products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Sennheiser to Host “Al Schmitt & Friends” Roundtable at AES to Include Elliot Scheiner, Ed Cherney, George Massenburg, Chuck Ainlay and Frank Filipetti

Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that it will sponsor “Al Schmitt & Friends: AES Roundtable of Award-Winning Engineers” at the 133rd Audio Engineering Society (AES) convention, to be held at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco later this month. The roundtable, which is free to registered AES attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis, will cover a range of recording-related topics and includes some of the biggest names in audio production: Elliot Scheiner (Foo Fighters, Eric Clapton), Ed Cherney (Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones), George Massenburg (Earth Wind & Fire, James Taylor), Chuck Ainlay (Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits) and Frank Filipetti (Foreigner, KISS).

The roundtable will be hosted by 21-time Grammy-winning engineer and producer Al Schmitt and is being presented as part of Sennheiser’s Recording Sound Academy (RSA) program. Admission to the event at the convention is free for all AES attendees. For those not able to attend, the event will be recorded and posted online at the Recording Sound Academy (RSA) and AES websites. The archived video can be viewed free for all RSA and AES members, and just $9.95 for non-members. To learn more or to sign up for RSA, please visit http://www.sennheiserrsa.com.

Details on time and location
When: Friday, October 26, 2012 between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. PDT
Where: 133rd AES Convention, San Francisco
Moscone Convention Center Special Events Room #134

Topics covered at the roundtable will include:
Understanding the differences of recording at home, in a project studio and in a larger traditional studio
How to effectively record drums
How and when to use effects
Techniques for vocal thickening
Obstacles that were encountered and resolved during the recording of classic albums
Diplomacy in the studio with artists, executives and other stakeholders

During the presentation, the panel will answer questions both in person and those posted by RSA members from the RSA forum page.

Register for the Online Recording Sound Academy
By registering for Sennheiser’s Online Recording Sound Academy, participants have the opportunity to have two of their own mixes critiqued by award-winning engineers, in addition to having access to live and archived webinars and other special events featuring well-known artists and producers. Members can also access exclusive tutorial videos and receive a free copy of CuBase LE5 mixing software as well as the chance to win a Neumann U 87 studio microphone.

Photo caption:
Al Schmitt, 21-time Grammy-winning engineer and producer (image courtesy Capitol Studios).

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Prism Sound Launches Lyra – A New Audio Interface For The Studio Producer, Musician and DJ Market

Internationally renowned manufacturer Prism Sound is bringing its high performance audio technology to an even wider audience with the launch of Lyra, a brand new family of interfaces aimed at musicians, composers, project studio owners, DJs, re-mixers and other audio content producers such as radio and podcasting. It is also anticipated that high-end home audio enthusiasts will find the USB interface and stereo configuration with digital volume control an attractive package.

Lyra, which will make its debut at the 2012 AES Convention in San Francisco, is based on the award-winning and critically acclaimed Orpheus interface. With Lyra, music recording professionals can access the power and sophistication of the Orpheus audio path and clock circuitry, but in a smaller package and at a much improved price point.

“Lyra connects seamlessly with both Macs and PCs via a simple USB interface,” says Graham Boswell, Sales and Marketing Director for Prism Sound. “For recording professionals who don’t need eight channels of analogue I/O, Lyra is the perfect interface because it allows them to access Prism Sound quality in a convenient package and at an affordable price.”

Prism Sound, which plans to launch a number of different variants of Lyra, has started the ball rolling with Lyra 1 and Lyra 2. Both incorporate new ARM Cortex-based ‘Xcore’ processor design offering class-compliant USB interfacing, plus DSP and a low latency ‘console-quality’ digital mixer for foldback monitoring. Both products also have optical SPDIF capability and Lyra 2 also supports ADAT.

Lyra 1, which retails at £1,349 plus VAT, will be of particular interest to the musician and project studio market. This unit offers two analogue input channels – one for instrument/line and one for mic/line – plus two DA output channels and optical-only digital I/O. With Lyra 1, musicians can connect a guitar and a microphone through the input channels, plug into their software mixer via a simple USB connection and start laying down basic tracks in a matter of minutes.

Lyra 2, which retails at £1,849 plus VAT, takes the concept a little further by offering two AD input channels with switchable microphone, instrument or line input modes and four DA output channels. Both optical-only digital I/O and copper S/PDIF are available on this version of Lyra, which also offers wordclock In/Out enabling synchronization with other digital devices.

Both products are ergonomically designed to look as good as they sound. The front panel has a master volume control assignable to selected output channels, while the unit’s small size – just 11 inches wide – makes it very easy to transport for musicians, producers and DJs on the road. For studio use, Prism Sound can supply dedicated rack mounts as an extra.

“We know there is a market for Lyra because our customers have been demanding this product ever since we launched Orpheus,” Graham Boswell adds. “However, we are very protective of our reputation for delivering the highest possible audio quality so we were not going to bring any product to market until we were 100% convinced that it could live up to our exacting specifications. Lyra does just that, and we are very proud to introduce it.”

Lyra will start shipping in November 2012 and will be fully supported by Prism Sound’s acclaimed technical and after-sales service staff.

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

GV Audio Inc. Uses Yamaha CL5 to Mix Talent at Regina Folk Festival

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Held annually at Victoria Park in Regina, Saskatchewan on a weekend in August, the Regina Folk Festival is a much-anticipated celebration of folk music. With over 5,000 concertgoers in attendance each of the three days, the concert’s main stage this year featured Timber Timbre, Cold Specks, Shad, Mavis Staples, The Jim Cuddy Band, Great Lake Swimmers, Serena Ryder & The Heartbroken, Élage Diouf, Austra, Stars, The Barr Brothers, Pokey LaFarge & The South Country Three, Alejandra Robles, Arlo Guthrie Tribute to Woody Guthrie, and Emmylou Harris.

Regina Folk Festival used the production talents of local sound company, GV Audio, Inc. who chose a new Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Console and two RIO-3224D remote I/Os for main stage front of house mixing. “Most of the visiting engineers were very familiar with Yamaha consoles, but since the CL5 is new, I first showed them the similarities to other Yamaha consoles and then ran them through features in the CL that they were interested in trying,” states Don Hricz, audio engineer, GV Audio. “They were able to quickly pull a mix together; some had brought their files with them that we easily converted to the CL5. One of the engineers downloaded the CL5 Editor the night before his show so he became quite familiar with the console.”

Hricz said that he and the other nine+ guest engineers were very impressed with the sound and feel of the console. “The Yamaha CL5 is my new favorite!”

For more information on GV Audio, Inc. visit www.gvaudio.ca.

For more information on the Yamaha CL5, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID: GV Audio’s Don Hricz mixing Serena Ryder

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Dante-MY16-AUD Updated for Remote Head Amp Control

—Rio3224-D/Rio1608-D Head Amp Control from the M7CL, LS9, PM5D, DM1000, and DM2000—

BUENA PARK, Calif.—The Audinate Dante-MY16-AUD Mini-YGDAI interface card marketed by Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc., has been updated to allow remote head amp control. The updated version allows the head amps in the new Rio3224-D and Rio1608-D I/O rack units, developed for the new Yamaha CL console line, to be remotely controlled from an M7CL, LS9, PM5D, DM2000, and DM1000 digital mixing console.

The Dante network audio protocol developed by the Australia-based manufacturer Audinate, offers outstanding basic performance with low jitter and latency, while also allowing flexible system scaling to accommodate a wide range of applications and capacities. These capabilities have made Dante a mainstream choice for installations and live sound applications.

The collaboration with Audinate began in 2009 with the development of the Dante-MY16-AUD interface card, and this year’s release of the Yamaha CL Series Digital Mixing Consoles realized the world’s first implementation of Dante as the standard built-in protocol. The new update will enable the Rio3224-D and Rio1608-D I/O rack units, that could previously only be used with the CL series, to now be used with digital mixing consoles such as the M7CL and LS9 that do not feature built-in Dante communication capability.

“Now, Yamaha digital consoles equipped with Audinate’s Dante-MY16-AUD will gain the ability use the head amp control feature and integrate with the new the Rio I/O racks,” says Lee Ellison, Audinate’s CEO. “This enhancement further extends the complete Dante network ecosystem for Yamaha products.”

For more information on the updated Dante-MY16-AUD interface card, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Yamaha Celebrates 125/25

BUENA PARK, Calif.—October 1, 2012 marks the 125th anniversary year of Yamaha Corporation, one of the world’s leading musical instrument and professional audio companies, based in Japan, commencing operations in 1887. Yamaha Corporation and its other group companies will begin a year of commemoration of this significant anniversary. For the occasion the Company has adopted a new commemorative logo mark and slogan, “125 Years of Passion and Performance”.

This year is special for Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, who is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the company’s entrance into the digital console market with the launch 25 years ago of the DMP7, the first of many digital consoles manufactured by Yamaha Corporation Japan. Great strides have been made over the past 25 years with the manufacture of DMC1000, ProMix 01, DM2000, 02R, 02R96, 01V and 01V96 and 01V96i, The strong acceptance for these earlier models opened doors for mid-size recording, post and broadcast facilities as well as for the installation market, most notably the house of worship market, and sound companies to take advantage of more affordable, digital console solutions. Thirteen years ago marked the launch of the company’s flagship PM1D digital console, soon followed by the PM5D console. Familiarity and reliability have been the constant thread throughout all digital products manufactured by Yamaha, reinforcing a strong customer commitment to the future line of M7CL, M7CL-48ES, LS9, DM2000VCM and 02R96VCM consoles.

“It is fitting that as we celebrate the 125th anniversary of our parent company, Yamaha Corporation Japan and the 25th anniversary of digital console manufacture, we also celebrate the enormous acceptance of our new Yamaha CL Digital Console product line launched in March,” states Larry Italia, Vice President and General Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.

“The 125th anniversary slogan, “125 Years of Passion and Performance”, speaks volumes about dedication to our customers,” says Italia. “Our employees are quite passionate in providing the highest quality service and support, and we will continue to provide exceptional digital audio products at the highest level of performance.”

For more information, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Michael MacDonald Joins ATK Audiotek as President

Michael MacDonald, New President of ATK Audiotek

Valencia, California (September 25, 2012) – Leading audio production company, ATK Audiotek, is proud to welcome Michael MacDonald to take over the duties as President and leadership of the company’s business development, sales and marketing programs, coincident with the retirement of outgoing President Michael Stahl.

MacDonald joins ATK Audiotek with over three decades of experience in the professional audio industry, most recently having served for five years as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at HARMAN Professional. Prior to HARMAN, Michael operated a successful consulting business at Pilot Business Strategies, where he worked with over 30 professional audio clients and trade organizations on product and program development, business planning and marketing and sales, where he built strong relationships with a diverse array of industry stakeholders. MacDonald has held senior roles at other professional audio manufacturers, including as President of JBL Professional and 10-years in various executive positions with Yamaha International.

Michael MacDonald began his career in the audio business in the production industry working as lead audio engineer on a host of major tours and projects including Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the GRAMMY® Awards and Presidential debates.

“Having Michael MacDonald join the company is a natural extension of the relationships we have enjoyed for over 30 years,” commented Mikael Stewart, Partner and Vice President of Special Events, ATK Audiotek. “We’re very pleased to welcome him onboard and look forward to his ideas and his energy just as we are appreciative of Mike Stahl’s massive contribution to ATK since its foundation!”

Scott Harmala, Partner, CTO and Vice President of Engineering, ATK Audiotek, concurs “Michael not only brings decades of experience and industry contacts but a proven, high energy, creative approach to building new business. We share a considerable history together but also a strong vision for the future potential of the production industry and of ATK Audiotek!”

Michael MacDonald noted, “I am really excited to be moving to ATK Audiotek for the next phase of my career,” add Michael MacDonald on his new role. “ATK Audiotek is a great company that has been a pioneer in the live event industry and has built a solid business by focusing on superb customer service. I am really flattered that Mikael and Scott have given me the chance to join the team as an ATK partner and I also appreciate the support Michael Stahl has provided to make this possible.”

About ATK Audiotek
Founded in 1983, ATK Audiotek is the foremost sound reinforcement provider in the professional audio industry. ATK Audiotek provides unparalleled quality and reliable service to all of its clients. ATK Audiotek’s client roster includes hundreds of television productions, special events, industrial conventions, permanent installations and concert tours. ATK Audiotek has received many awards including four nominations and two wins of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding technical achievement. For more information please visit http://www.atkcorp.com/about.html

METRIC HALO RELEASES PRODUCTION BUNDLE FOR WINDOWS AAX AND MAC AUDIO UNITS, CELEBRATES WITH SALE

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 2012: This past weekend, at IMSTA Festa, Metric Halo announced the release of the Metric Halo Production Bundle for Pro Tools 10 for Windows, as well as Macintosh Audio Units. The software will be available 9/25/12 and consists of seven plug-ins compatible with AAX Native and AAX DSP Pro Tools systems and any Macintosh DAW that supports Audio Units: ChannelStrip 3, Character, HaloVerb, Multiband Dynamics, Multiband Expander, Precision DeEsser, and TransientControl.

This bundle provides all the tools necessary to sculpt a mix. Four of the plug-ins contain audio analysis tools from Metric Halo’s SpectraFoo software, giving the user visual feedback of the plug-in’s processing. “We’re excited to release the Production Bundle for Pro Tools on Windows,” said Allen Rowand of Metric Halo. “The introduction of the AAX plug-in format has made it possible for us to offer our software on Windows for the first time. We’re also thrilled to make the Production Bundle available to all of our longtime Macintosh users. The great thing about the Production Bundle is that one iLok license works cross-host and cross-platform – so if you prefer to edit audio in Pro Tools but compose in Logic, you only need one license. Or if you work in Pro Tools in Windows at home and Mac in the studio, you’re covered as well.”

The MSRP for the bundle is $699 USD, with individual plug-ins priced at $199 USD each. Upgrades from ChannelStrip 2 to ChannelStrip 3 are available for $49, and upgrades from ChannelStrip 2 to the Production Bundle cost $549. Owners of Metric Halo’s +DSP software may purchase the Production Bundle for $549, and may purchase the Bundle for $399 if they own licenses for both +DSP and ChannelStrip 2. Customers who have purchased ChannelStrip 2 Native since October 1, 2011 are eligible for a free upgrade to ChannelStrip 3.

In order to celebrate the release of the Production Bundle, Metric Halo is offering special pricing from 9/25/12 to 10/25/12; the Production Bundle and individual plug-ins are 25% off. See http://mhlabs.com for more information.

Promotional pricing is available through Metric Halo dealers, as well as Metric Halo’s direct sales site, and may only be combined with customer loyalty discounts. AAX plug-ins require Pro Tools 10 or later running on Mac OS X or Windows, and Audio Units require Mac OS X and Audio Unit hosts. The Production Bundle and individual plug-ins require an iLok for authorization.

ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware. www.mhlabs.com

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