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Earthworks PianoMic™ and Mason & Hamlin Model A Make Beautiful Music Together at NAMM 2014

Milford, NH – Earthworks, manufacturer of the revolutionary PM40 PianoMic™ System, and Mason & Hamlin, one of America’s oldest and most respected piano manufacturers, are teaming up at NAMM (Booth 6882).

The Pianodisc® equipped Mason & Hamlin Model A will be on display at the Earthworks booth for attendees to not only admire the handcrafted piano, but also to listen to the through the Earthworks PM40 PianoMic™ System.

At 5’8″, the Mason & Hamlin Model A grand is widely regarded as the biggest sounding piano under 6′ in the industry and a perfect piano to demonstrate the wide frequency response of Earthworks High Definition Microphones™. It is equipped with a PianoDisc iQ player system with new ProRecord optical key sensors. This player system features high-definition playback with 1024 levels of expression on each note. It interfaces with Apple iOS and Android devices and is operated wirelessly.

The Earthworks PianoMic™ System was engineered to revolutionize piano miking and achieve an incredible improvement in piano sound for live and recording applications with no mic stands or booms. This innovative design allows near-perfect closed lid piano miking. The PM40 combines breathtaking realism through two 40kHz random incidence omni microphones. It also provides more gain-before-feedback, significantly less leakage from surrounding instruments and the same pristine sound quality with the piano lid either up or down.

The Pianodisc® equipped Mason & Hamlin Model A miked with the Earthworks PM40 PianoMic™ System, along with the rest of the Earthworks product lineup, will be at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, January 23-26, Booth #6882. Visit Mason & Hamlin / PianoDisc at NAMM, Convention Center 3rd Floor, Booth #521.

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NOMINATED FOR TWO 2014 GRAMMYS, MIX ENGINEER GARY NOBLE GOES WITH METRIC HALO’S 2882 INTERFACE, PLUG-INS AND SPECTRAFOO

SAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA – JANUARY 2014: It’s been a busy year for Grammy Award-winning mix engineer and avid blogger Gary Noble. His two highest-profile projects each earned a Grammy nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album. The first nominated work is Mack Wilds’ New York: A Love Story, which was released earlier this year on Louder Than Life/Sony Music. Producer and frequent collaborator Salaam Remi brought that project to Noble for mixing, and he also asked Noble to mix three of the tracks on his own work, ONE: In the Chamber, which was released on Flying Buddha/Masterworks and also earned a Grammy nomination. For the latter work, Noble mixed Remi’s collaborations with Ne-Yo, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Stephen Marley. As always, Noble relied on his Metric Halo 2882 interface for monitoring and 80-bit summing; the Metric Halo Production Bundle plug-ins for flexible, great-sounding processing; and Metric Halo SpectraFoo sound analysis software to ensure the technical perfection of his work.

For both projects, Noble mixed at either 88.2kHz or 96kHz, depending on the recording rate. In a few cases, the original material was recorded at 44.1kHz or 48kHz, and Noble up-sampled the files to the higher rates for consistency. “I’ve been using my Metric Halo 2882 on a daily basis for a decade, and it has worked flawlessly,” Noble said. “Metric Halo has been great about keeping it up to date; working at higher sampling rates is never a problem. The only problem I ever experienced wasn’t the unit’s fault… a bus-powered FireWire drive had a bad port and damaged the 2882. I shipped it to Metric Halo and had it back in fine order a few days later with a 2D upgrade.” Although he admits it is a bit of a cliché, Noble states that his 2882 is like a Swiss Army Knife. He can use it for all things audio wherever he goes, including hotel rooms. Several of the tracks on New York: A Love Story and ONE: In the Chamber progressed in hotel rooms with the help of the 2882 and a pair of good headphones.

The Metric Halo Production Bundle of plug-ins played a prominent role in Noble’s Grammy-nominated mixes. The most creative use was perhaps to help Mack Wilds’ vocals pop against the backdrop of a luscious recording of a full orchestra. “The Multiband Dynamics plug-in is great for sounds that take up a lot of space,” Noble said. “The orchestra tracks were huge and beautiful, and I didn’t want to sacrifice that. But at the same time, Mack’s vocals had to figure prominently in the mix. I used Multiband Dynamics to carve out a space from the orchestra to make room for Mack.” Noble also used HaloVerb to liven up tracks that needed it and Character to impart an organic, analog feel to tracks that sounded too digital by themselves. Of course, Noble’s longtime favorite plug-in, Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip, played a prominent role as well, providing analog-sounding equalization and flexible dynamics processing on almost every channel.

Metric Halo SpectraFoo is an indispensible part of Noble’s workflow, and these two Grammy-nominated albums are no exception. “I always run SpectraFoo in the background when I mix,” he said. “And I always check it to see that what I’m hearing is accurate, and it’s especially useful in unfamiliar rooms. It’s not uncommon to have the low end sound okay in the room, but SpectraFoo shows me that it’s too much or too little. It’s a good reference that’s free from the variables that can affect sound in a particular room.”

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.

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HOSA TECHNOLOGY ANNOUNCES NEW EDGE SERIES MICROPHONE, GUITAR, AND SPEAKER CABLES

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Buena Park, CA – NAMM Booth# 5590 (Hall B)… Hosa Technology, the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the modern musician, is pleased to introduce the Edge Series cable products. Featuring genuine Neutrik connectors, Oxygen-Free Copper (OFC) conductors, and world-class workmanship, Hosa Edge cables—the company’s flagship cable line—provide musicians and audio professionals with the finest signal transport means available. And because Hosa Edge consists of microphone, guitar, and speaker cables, it can be used along the entire signal chain, ensuring one’s music will retain all the clarity and punch of the original sound. more

CAD Audio Debuts 1600 Series UHF Wireless System


Anaheim, CA––CAD Audio is introducing the high performance StagePass™ 1600 Series UHF wireless system at 2014 Winter NAMM.

A versatile addition to the StagePass™ line, the new 1600 Series system provides 100-channel frequency agile UHF operation for maximum operating range along with CAD ScanLink™ technology to precisely scan, select and link to the optimum channel in any RF environment.

Other features include True Diversity operation to minimize multipath interference along with CADLock™ Automatic Tone Encoded Squelch that eliminates unauthorized transmissions in the signal path.

1600 systems are available as the WX1600 Handheld System; WX1610 Bodypack System featuring the Equitek E19 Broadcast and Production miniature condenser earworn mic, Cardioid Lav and Guitar Cable.

StagePass TX1600 handheld TX1610 body pack transmitters have soft touch multi-function On-Off/Mute/Low Battery/ScanLink status switches with multi-color LED indicators. High quality alkaline double AA batteries provide more than 15 hours of transmitter battery life.

The WX1600 receiver is housed in a durable metal chassis with ¼” and XLR outputs for additional flexibility. System specs include a Frequency Response of 40Hz–15KHz, and Dynamic Range >105dB.

For more information about CAD Audio, please stop by Booth #6632 Hall A Anaheim Convention Center, call 800.762.9266 or visit www.cadaudio.com.

WyreStorm Joins the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program

WyreStorm’s HD audio and video distribution and control solutions’ product information to be made available to users of D-Tools’ System Integrator software to aid the estimation, design and implementation of low voltage electronic systems for residential and commercial applications

CONCORD, CA – January 14, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that WyreStorm, a global manufacturer of innovative HD audio and video distribution products, has joined the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program, making it easier for users of D-Tools’ award-winning System Integrator software to specify WyreStorm products for their client engagements.

“We look forward to working with D-Tools to make our product specifications available to an outstanding group of systems integrators,” said Derek Hulbert, WyreStorm CEO. “We believe that our participation in the MVP Program solidifies our commitment to helping our existing dealers become more successful by making it easier to spec our products and to do business with WyreStorm, as well helping us to further expand our reach within the greater integrator community.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides systems designers, specifiers, integrators and installers the most up-to-date and detailed product information available, in a format that can be utilized in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. In fact, MVP members help companies streamline the design process by making it easier for them to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients by using the D-Tools System Integrator platform.

“We are pleased to name WyreStorm as our newest MVP partner,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “The a/v distribution market is experiencing explosive growth and providing our users with access to WyreStorm’s library of HDMI and HDBaseT solutions gives them high quality, versatile options for both residential and commercial projects.”

Those interested in learning more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools Systems Integrator, or the many benefits that can be derived from utilizing a streamlined system design, proposal and estimation software platform are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, email mvp@d-tools.com, or call 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1 for more information.

About WyreStorm Technologies, LLC
WyreStorm is a worldwide manufacturer of digital high-definition distribution technology. WyreStorm specializes in the design and development of innovative technology solutions for residential and commercial applications, proudly offering customers around the globe the highest quality and reliability in its wide range of products. WyreStorm award-winning products include HDMI & HDBT extenders, the first HDBaseT audio amplifier, configurable matrix switchers, splitters, converters and basic control. WyreStorm products are manufactured to ISO9001 standards. For more information on WyreStorm visit www.wyrestorm.com.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. In fact, over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three-time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), National Systems Contractors Association Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award, CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software, and CE Pro BEST Award for Software Applications (2013).

More information can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

Press Contacts:
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com
Katie Sylvia, WyreStorm Technologies, (857) 753-3329, katie@wyrestorm.com

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GRUND AUDIO DESIGN ANNOUNCES NEW GP SERIES LOUDSPEAKERS

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Council Bluffs, IA – NAMM Booth# 6337 (Hall A)… Grund Audio Design, a pioneering manufacturer of loudspeaker and signal processing products for the audio professional, is pleased to introduce the new GP Series loudspeakers. Featuring lightweight injection molded enclosures designed to provide years of trouble-free operation and easy transport, these self-powered general purpose sound reinforcement loudspeakers are ideal for a wide range of applications, including clubs, mobile DJs, performing musicians, corporate AV, houses of worship, and education. more

Join Renkus-Heinz at NAMM 2014

Anaheim, CA – January, 2014… The New Year is off and running, and Renkus-Heinz will kick off 2014 with the upcoming NAMM show in Anaheim, January 23-26, 2014. We will be in our usual spot in the Anaheim Convention Center, Hall A, Booth 6420, and would be delighted to have you drop by for a visit.

Renkus-Heinz will also be part of the CMT NAMM Canadian Reception, providing a full IC2 steered beam line array system to the event. The Reception, hosted by Norris-Whitney Communications, will be held on Thursday, January 23rd from 8:00 PM until Midnight, in the Plaza Ballroom of the Sheraton Park Hotel, 1855 South Harbor Boulevard in Anaheim.

A short drive away, The Gaslamp Bar and Restaurant in Long Beach will host surf rock legend Gary Hoey on Saturday, January 25. The club’s VARIA line array has helped to make it one of the premiere music venues in Southern California, and this show is a great opportunity to hear the system at its high energy best. Doors open at 7:00 PM, with guests Damage, Unit 287, and Dunluce. The club is guaranteed to fill up early.

So come by the booth, view the IC2 and Iconyx displays, and visit with Renkus-Heinz staff. Drop by the Sheraton and attend the CMT NAMM Reception. Or come over to the Gaslamp and catch a great night of Southern California surf rock. Whatever you decide, we’ll see you at NAMM.

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

 

SSL ‘Live’ Console Comes to the 2014 NAMM Show

“Initial industry response to the SSL Live console has been phenomenal… we are expecting a very busy demo schedule at the show.”

ANAHEIM – Solid State Logic, the world’s leading manufacturer of creative tools for audio professionals, is featuring Live, the company’s first console for live sound production, at the 2014 NAMM Show (Booth 6900). This will be the first west coast presentation of the console in a trade show and thus the first opportunity for hands-on demos for the professional live audio engineer community in the region.

“The initial industry response to the SSL Live console has been phenomenal,” says Piers Plaskitt, CEO of Solid State Logic, Inc. “We have been continuously busy at each event where we have shown the console, and we expect NAMM to follow the trend. It is extremely satisfying to see the responses of engineers during product demonstrations as feature after feature exceeds their expectation, and the realization grows that this console is really rather special. It is going to be another exciting show for SSL.”

About the SSL Live console:
Live is all about power and control and is perfectly suited to touring or installation, FOH or monitor systems for venues, arenas, houses of worship and concert halls. Featuring complete flexibility and an intelligent user interface, it is especially ideal for any situation in which audio quality is important.

Based on SSL’s new Tempest processing platform, Live is deployed in a uniquely versatile way. The headline numbers are as impressive as the price, with 976 inputs and outputs and 192 full processing audio paths at 96kHz. How those paths are configured is extremely flexible with power allocated to Channels, Auxes, Stem Groups and Masters, configured to suit the needs of each show. All processing is built into the console surface as well as a collection of I/O connectivity built into the frame. A full range of Stagebox I/O connects to the console via MADI, with the potential for larger systems to make use of SSL’s own Blacklight technology that carries up to 256 channels of bi-directional audio and control via a single fibre connection.

Console power is really nothing if it can’t be controlled and Live offers a truly excellent control surface. It combines a tablet-style multi-gesture touch screen with elegant hardware ergonomics, excellent visual feedback and a collection of innovative new features. It enables engineers to work exactly how they work today, whether they prefer new touch screen or classic hardware technology, or a combination of both, and offers new and better ways of doing things that will make the operator’s life less stressful and more creative.

Being an SSL, Live has legendary audio performance as standard. Impeccable audio quality is a primary design feature from studio-grade SuperAnalogue™ mic preamps, 24bit/96kHz A/D D/A conversion, to 64bit internal processing and 96kHz operation throughout. An obsession with quality also shines through an array of Live’s channel processing tools that bear the classic SSL tone, but bring a completely new level of precision, flexibility and usability. Live features an impressive collection of 30 new effects and audio analysis tools that take SSL’s acclaimed studio-grade processing and re-crafts it for live, with the additional benefit of giving the effects and analysis tools its own dedicated processing power.

As has been the case so many times in the last few decades, SSL has taken a new approach to the way professional engineers work and created an inspired console that builds upon the way things are done today while offering the potential for a new, exciting and more creative way to work tomorrow.

Live is now shipping.

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

William Kentridge’s Soundscapes Come Clean with PreSonus

tumblr_musesiMeAL1r064gzo4_1280 copyJohannesburg, South Africa – January 2014…  Acclaimed South African-born artist William Kentridge has a well-deserved reputation for the unusual. His work spans the audio and visual spectrum, from drawings and prints to operas and charcoal drawn animations. In his latest installation, “The Refusal of Time,” Kentridge fuses sculpture with digital video and complex, multi-layered soundscapes to create a multimedia work that is both powerful and compelling.

The viewer is immersed with five video screens covering three walls, running separate but interwoven program material accompanied by a multi-channel music and sound sculpture. There is a sculpture of a man holding a big megaphone, as well as a giant wooden, breathing elephant in the middle of the room, making reference to Charles Dickens’ Industrial Revolution. The soundtrack includes music composed by Philip Miller, as well as spoken word, including Kentridge’s own voice from the megaphone, and of course, the elephant’s breathing. The end result is a clearly unique and intricate audio/visual installation.

2-2013-06-10 309 copyThe man charged with the logistics of running this complex and unusual setup is engineer/sound designer Gavan Eckhart. With an installation requiring sophisticated mixing and matrixing and powerful signal processing, Eckhart chose the PreSonus AudioBox 1818VSL as the central audio hub.

A four-channel bed of music forms the sonic foundation, blending samples of African languages and chants atop Miller’s orchestral array of trumpet, trombone, tuba, grand piano, and various percussion. The quadraphonic surround mix is sent, via four of the AudioBox 1818VSL’s outputs, to four JBL Eon powered monitors.

On top of this mix is Kentridge’s spoken-word soundscape: the man with the megaphone. Here, Eckhart had to think of a creative way to achieve just the right metallic, low-fi sound. “The megaphones are a big component of the whole piece,” he says. “I came up with the idea to just grab some car speakers and mount them in tin cones on tripods and see if it worked. Fortunately, it did. That low-quality rattle and hum those cones produce is actually part of the beauty of the piece.” Four more outputs from the AudioBox 1818VSL feed the car speakers via a four-channel amplifier.

1-2013-06-10 325 copyThe installation includes a total of seven Mac minis: five running video playout, a sixth running the audio, and one more as master controller. With most of the installations residing in large warehouse spaces, it’s easy to imagine the potential for things to degenerate into a muddy-sounding cacophony. But Eckhart says the AudioBox 1818VSL is more than up to the task.

“The AudioBox 1818VSL gives me enough matrixing and discrete outputs to route all the individual signals,” he says. “But more than that, it has a nice, well-defined sound that really allows me to get a good separation between the beautiful musical backdrop and the spoken word with these distorted car speakers.”

The AudioBox 1818VSL’s onboard signal processing helps to further define and refine the mix, says Eckhart. “I find that the EQs are very useful for shaping the sound and achieving separation. If it’s a very bass-heavy room, I can just roll off a bit of lows or bring a bit of sparkle to the speakers instead of having to remix and re-export it. It lessens the processing demands on the computer and gives me a tremendous amount of control to create a clear and well-defined soundscape.”

Since its debut at the Dokumenta 13 festival in Kassel, Kentridge’s “The Refusal of Time” has been installed at numerous museums worldwide, including Rome, Paris, and Eindhoven, with new installations scheduled in Germany, Japan, Australia, and the United States.

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About PreSonus 

Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording and live-sound software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus’s software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, digital mixers, control surfaces, loudspeakers, and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio.

Iconyx Brings a New Chapter to Historic Manhattan Church

New York, NY – January, 2014… The brick and brownstone building that is home to New York’s Seventh Day Adventist Church has stood on this tree-lined street in Greenwich Village since 1882. Today, this 1,000-seat historic landmark retains much of its original architecture and interior design, including grand Tiffany style stained-glass windows, smoothly aged, dark wooden pews, and high, vaulted ceilings. A magnificent organ rises high above the stage, and a balcony partially extends over the large, open auditorium.

Like many of the era’s grand old churches, the acoustics can be magnificent for organ and choir, but the sermons were battling the architecture’s myriad reflective surfaces. Areas under and in the balcony suffered from particularly poor intelligibility, and coverage was inconsistent throughout the room. The

steep rake of the pew seating, covering almost one vertical story from the entry doors to the stage, only exacerbated the problem. The Church’s previous portable system did little to improve intelligibility, and even less for aesthetics.

“The Renkus-Heinz Iconyx was really the best choice for this room,” explains Geraldo Watson, President and CEO of BUSA AV Technology & Construction in Brooklyn, NY, the system contractor. A pair of Renkus-Heinz IC24-R-II digitally steerable column arrays are mounted left and right of the stage. “It’s a bit of a challenging room because of the shape, and all the reflective surfaces.”

“Two IC-24 columns cover the whole room. We didn’t need any fills or additional speakers,” says Richard Trombitas of Northport, NY-based Cardone, Solomon & Associates. “In addition to providing consistent coverage in the primary seating areas, Iconyx enabled us to selectively steer the sound into the areas where it was needed, while minimizing reflections from the walls and windows. With the IC-24s we were able to create a nice, narrow beam to cover the balcony and another to cover the area below it. This approach provided a comprehensive solution for this customer, utilizing only two boxes.”

Not surprisingly, aesthetics were an important consideration in this landmark building. The low profile design of the Iconyx meant they could be mounted flat against two large wooden columns, painted to match the décor, and blend almost invisibly with the architecture.

The stage area is equipped with four Renkus-Heinz TRX82/12  dual eight inch 120 X 60 degree loudspeakers for monitoring,  powered by a single Powersoft M50 amplifier. “The TRX82 is a great option for stage monitors,” says Trombitas. “Its low profile, controlled mid-bass directivity and 120 X 60 degree pattern are optimal for this, as well as many other HOW and performing arts applications”

Watson reports the Church staff and congregation have been exceptionally pleased. “When they heard the sound coming from the new system, they were amazed at the clarity. They just love it.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

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