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Mastering Engineer Eric Boulanger Extolls the Benefits of SADiE’s New Mastering Toolkit

The new mastering features that SADiE has incorporated into its popular SADiE 6 editing and production software have been hailed as a major improvement by internationally acclaimed mastering engineer Eric Boulanger – not least because they are saving him an enormous amount of time.

Eric Boulanger is based at the world famous The Mastering Lab (TML), which was America’s first independent mastering facility when it was opened in 1967 by Doug Sax. Originally in Hollywood but now based on Ojai, California, TML remains a revolutionary state-of-the-art company that uses unique concepts of signal flow and electronics pioneered by Doug’s brother, Sherwood Sax. All of its custom electronics and console are all purpose designed and handcrafted, and this attention to detail has earned TML more Grammy nominations for engineering than any other mastering facility.

As well as being an eminent mastering engineer, Boulanger is also responsible for ensuring TML’s custom analogue equipment stays in tip-top shape. In keeping with TML’s pioneering spirit, Boulanger was the first Mastering Engineer to produce a ‘Mastered for iTunes’ release (in 2011) – a format that is now the mainstay for all major record label releases on iTunes thanks to the popularity of digital downloads.

When Boulanger isn’t working, he lets his creativity loose in the studio as a professional violinist. He is also on the Steering Committee of NARAS, the GRAMMYs Producers & Engineers Wing.

Boulanger has been a SADiE user since 2007 when he started working at TML.

“We have five operational systems that range from the early Artemis to our current SADiE 6.1 systems,” he says. “These are our workhorses, but when we are working with DSD, we use an older SADiE 5 DSD8, which is still the finest DSD editor I’ve encountered.”

TML’s decision to upgrade its SADiE 6 software to the latest version, which includes the new mastering tools, came as a result of changes within the music business. Boulanger explains: “These days, artists and labels are mainly releasing Hi-res files (for example HDTracks); MFiTs, 16Bit digital downloads, and (maybe) CDs. Thanks to the new mastering features in SADiE 6, I can generate all of these files with just a few clicks of the mouse. The new software will also generate WAV file masters that are cut gapless and therefore maintain any track spacing, or fancy crossfades between tracks (like Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, for example, or a live concert with applause segues). Now all the different products will match track length, etc.”

The main benefit the new version of SADiE 6 has brought to Boulanger’s workflow is time saving.

“It is literally saving me hours and hours of production time because I no longer have to recreate separate EDLs and jump through hoops to create WAV bounces that match other sample rate or CD products,” he says. “I also don’t have to bounce grouped clips with extra space tagged on to maintain correct gapless track spacing.”

Boulanger adds that, thanks to the efforts of the European Broadcasting Union and the UK Music Producers Guild, SADiE 6 also supports Broadcast WAV, an extended WAV format that allows ISRC codes to be embedded into the XML Metadata of WAV files.

“This is a solid step forward in making WAV file masters a professional format,” Boulanger says. “Prior to getting this new software I had to manually rename files – and, of course, there was no possibility of including ISRC codes in the metadata.”

Since installing the latest version of SADie 6, Boulanger has been working on various albums, all of which have benefitted from the speed at which he can now turn project around.

“The day I received the new features, I was working on a popular Christian group’s live album,” he says. “They had attended the session and were in a rush to make a flight, so I gave the new features a whirl since there were many edits and crossfades to create the live album experience. To my delight, everything worked perfectly right off the bat, and the band made their flight, masters in hand.”

Boulanger, who has worked with artists such as Eric Burdon, Colbie Caillat, OneRepublic, The Plain White T’s, Serena Ryder, Chris Botti, Sarah Jarosz, and Jackson Browne, has most recently finished an album with multiple formats for singer Anais Mitchell. Produced and mixed by Gary Paczosa, it will be released on Wilderland Records later this year.

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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 range now includes SADiE digital audio workstations and location recorders. Prism Sound also manufactures audio test and measurement products such as the DSA-1 and the dScope Series III audio analyzer.

For more information please visit www.sadie.com or www.prismsound.com

SSL Live Hits Summer Festivals with The Killers

“This console is the most analogue-correct digital console; it sounds phenomenal”

SAN FRANCISCO – Following The Killers’ wildly successful 2013 Battle Born world tour, performing in 50 countries and headlining arenas on six continents – including a sold-out Wembley Stadium show for which they wrote The Wembley Song – the Las Vegas-based phenomenon is back on the road this summer in support of their Direct Hits greatest hits compilation. With appearances at North American and U.K. music festivals, the band’s FOH engineer, Kenny Kaiser, is delivering their chart toppers with help from the new SSL Live console.

Kaiser works for Delicate Productions of Camarillo, California, serving as PA tech or system tech for Selena Gomez, Train and as monitor tech and crew chief for The Foo Fighters, among others. After moving to the Killers’ camp last year, he took over the helm for their 2014 tour. However, Kaiser was not fond of their previous FOH console and knew instantly that he’d need to make a switch.

“Delicate is a great partner of Hi-Tech Audio [supplier of the SSL Live console for the tour] in San Francisco, where I’m based,” he says. “Louis Adamo, president of Hi-Tech, called to say they had a new SSL console, so I went down and played with it. I found it fluid and the surface very intuitive. I also had a chance to take a class for engineers and production companies. After I took the class, I found the console even more intriguing. One thing that stuck in my mind was actually taking it apart and looking inside at how it’s made – it’s built like a tank. Plus, with the name SSL, you can’t go wrong; that’s a great name in consoles.”

As Kaiser is part of a new breed of engineers, The Killers’ previous mix platform just wasn’t his style. “There was too much button pushing to get to certain places and it was too spread out,” he continues. “There were fader banks on either side, so I had to do a lot of left and right movements. With Live, it’s more centralized. I don’t have to move around the console and I can stay in one spot, hit one button and quickly do what I need to do.”

Kaiser, who will occasionally use other consoles for events supported by Delicate, finds SSL Live to be more convenient to work on due to its flexibility and the manner in which an engineer can customize the fader banks. “It’s very intuitive and user-friendly,” he adds. “There are a lot of options as to how you can set up SSL Live.”

The accuracy of the console also stood out to Kaiser. “Because my background is a system tech, I’m an audio measurement and phase dork,” he explains. “Some engineers might have an eight or 10 dB boost or cut on an EQ band and my thought, if you have to do that, is that something is wrong – either the wrong mic or the console isn’t doing what the engineer needs. I now find that certain things I used to do, I don’t have to do anymore because the EQ does what it says its doing. When you’re on the first band and you want a cut at 120 Hz, it actually does 120. Some consoles say they’re doing 120, but then when you actually plug it in and check, it’s not quite there. Sometimes the Q isn’t quite what it says; with this console, it’s precise.”

Another big hit was Live’s onboard effects. “Everything is built-in, the reverbs sound glorious and it’s all on board,” says Kaiser. “I don’t have to go out and buy a console and then say, ‘Okay, now I need some external piece of software or hardware to get what I want.’ Everything I need is right there in one box to make the sound how I need to make it, which makes my job easier.”

But it doesn’t just stop at the effects, the console’s all-pass filters were also a big selling point for Kaiser. “As a system tech, I use all-pass filters to align side hangs to the mains,” he explains. “Being able to have that on inputs to align a pair of kick or snare drum mics is a huge tool to get the phase just right.”

Kaiser also mentions the clarity and distinctness that each instrument has in his mix. “On other consoles, once you start adding more stuff, you hear them start to overload and hear the coherence start to go away, but not with the SSL Live. SSL definitely did their homework to make it sound as analogue as possible. This console is the most analogue-correct digital console I’ve ever encountered. It sounds phenomenal.”

The Killers recently headlined the Hangout Festival on the sandy beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama where the console was put to the true test of the weather. Kaiser notes, “despite the heat, high humidity, wind and sandstorms that we encountered that weekend, the console was just great.”

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

PESA Delivers New Cheetah 4K Routing Solutions, Retrofit Kits

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, today announced its new Cheetah 4K routing solutions. Built to manage the expanded bandwidth requirements of 4K signals, new routers are available in multiple configurations, while retrofit kits provide a simple plug-and-play upgrade solution for current 3G-SDI Cheetah routers.

“4K is quickly becoming the display norm for today’s tech-savvy audiences, and PESA is now delivering a key component to any operation’s 4K infrastructure,” said Chuck Tillett, president and COO of PESA. “With our easyPORT technology, existing Cheetah installations can be partially or completely upgraded to 4K in the field to support data intensive workflows. New Cheetahs can be dedicated 4K routers or partitioned and converted later as your 4K needs grow.”

Built on PESA’s proven Cheetah digital video routing platform and easyPORT converter module technology, each I/O card includes four SC-style fiber CWDM connections carrying up to 12 Gbps (4xSDI) for each port. An outboard easyPORT module converts the signals from each CWDM port on the router back to conventional HD/3G-SDI video lines. Both UHDTV (3840×2160) and DCI (4096×2160) are supported, and the router can mix and match between 4K CWDM and traditional copper or fiber I/O in the frame.

The 4K I/O card is a direct drop-in replacement for the standard 16-channel HD/3G-SDI card found in current Cheetah frames. Any size Cheetah 3G-SDI routing switcher can be retrofitted with the new Cheetah 4K I/O card system by replacing any existing 16-channel I/O card set and reconfiguring the software to accept the new 4K cards. Once the control software is configured for 4K, the router system can run both 4K and 3G-SDI signals in parallel.

With the built-in crosspoint switch circuit on each easyPORT module, users can send four independent SD/HD/3G-SDI signals over a single wire interface, which saves valuable cabling space, and can extend coax I/O an additional 260 feet using the built-in equalizing and reclocking circuits in each easyPORT. The compact easyPORTs can be rack mounted with an optional 1 RU frame that holds up to four media converters or installed with an optional under-the-table mounting plate.

For mission critical operations, redundant power and control modules can be added without using additional rack space. The Cheetah router is controlled through traditional RS-232/422 or Ethernet connections, and its built-in SNMP MIB simplifies integration to third-party network system management software. With hot swappable matrix and I/O cards, as well as internal power and control, the need for additional power and external cabling is virtually eliminated.

Cheetah 4K routers can be configured and controlled via PESA’s intuitive Cattrax network GUI or optional Cattrax Web network server software using PESA’s powerful PERC2000 or PERC3000 system controller hardware. Visit PESA’s newly redesigned Web site at www.pesa.com for more information.

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. >From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America and China. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. All products mentioned herein are trademarked property. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com and www.pesaxstream.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

D-Tools SIX R2 with Mobile Quote Named InfoComm 2014 Best of Show by Sound & Video Contractor magazine

Tenured trade professionals and prestigious trade publication honor D-Tools for being a leading workflow-enhancing estimation, design, and project management software solution

CONCORD, CA, USA – JUNE 25, 2014 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system-integration software, today announced that D-Tools SIX R2 with Mobile Quote has been awarded an InfoComm14 Best of Show Award from Sound & Video Contractor magazine. Published by NewBay Media’s AV and Pro Audio Group, Sound & Video Contractormagazine has a print audience of more than 24,000 and an online audience of 68,300 per month. The publication’s trade-oriented readership is primarily comprised of buyers, specifiers, consultants, designers, installers and end-users, and is considered to be a definitive technical resource for the professional audio-visual trade. A panel of engineers and industry experts judge NewBay Media’s Best of Show Awards from submitted nominations. Criteria include ease of installation and use/maintenance, performance, relevance, value/ROI, network friendliness, versatility, and reliability.

Newly minted an InfoComm Best in Show winner, D-Tools’ SIX 2013 R2 with Mobile Quote is a complete estimation, design, and project management software platform that helps firms increase revenues while reducing time and costs associated with the integration of low-voltage systems. D-Tools’ data-driven workflow links equipment lists to project documentation, including estimates, and drawings via Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio, and enables the creation of Work and Service Orders to effectively manage projects to completion. “Being awarded an InfoComm14 Best In Show Award for D-Tools SIX 2013 R2 with Mobile Quote is an honor and a true testament to not only the platform’s workflow-enhancing power and prowess, but also it’s versatility,” stated D-Tools president, Adam Stone.

Featuring the largest aggregated software-based product database available for the electronics system integrator, D-Tools provides over 4,500 systems designers, specifiers, integrators, and installers in the Commercial and Residential Audio Video, Security, and IT Networking industries the most detailed and up-to-date product information available, delivering data to users that is easily utilized in a cross-functional capacity resulting in maximum workflow efficiency. The versatile platform provides a high degree of synchronization, increased performance, added flexibility, better communication, and advanced customization options, delivering finished solutions that can have a dramatic, positive impact on business efficiency and profitability.

“Industry leaders and some of the most successful companies in the industry are using the platform to maximize their team’s efficiencies. I am proud of what D-Tools has evolved into, honored by the recognition the product and our team has received, and look forward to the continued expansion of our leadership position as we continue to build and release additional productivity solutions,” Stone noted.

Highly scalable, D-Tools is a robust business process automation platform that continues to dynamically evolve. To better facilitate the ever-changing needs of the systems integration community, D-Tools recently launched its first native iOS application—Mobile Quote. Enabling the specification of products from any jobsite in the world, The D-Tools Mobile Quote iPad app is now available for download from the Apple App Store and carries a monthly subscription fee per user/device.

Furthermore, as part of an aggressive push towards industry standardization, the D-Tools System Integrator™ electronic system estimation, design and documentation software platform features fully integrated SIA/IAPSC Security Drawing Symbols and InfoComm J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols. Straightforward and easily recognized, these Industry Standard Drawing Symbols are used for planning electronic system installations to facilitate system designs, blueprints, or schematics, and are consistent with symbols used by Builders, Architects, Consultants, Electronic Systems Contractors, and other professional trades to design and integrate all aspects of audio, video, IT networking and security installations in commercial and residential applications.

In addition, D-Tools announced the availability of FreeTools PSL™, a new system design companion application available to the entire electronic systems integration community free of charge. FreeTools PSL (Professional Symbol Library) is a free D-Tools application that provides Microsoft® Visio users with multiple libraries of industry-specific plan view symbols and Visio drawing templates that make it easier to create system designs using universally accepted industry standards.  Available now, D-Tools FreeTools PSL can be downloaded by visiting http://downloads.d-tools.com/six/FreeToolsPSL/FreeToolsPSL.exe

By utilizing the D-Tools System Integrator platform for their system design and documentation practices, electronics systems integrators are able to more clearly communicate with project partners across trades. Not only does this provide needed clarity and consistency between project partners, it also provides integrators an opportunity to compete for bids at a higher level, earn and maintain project access, streamline processes, and boost their bottom line. To learn more about D-Tools System Integrator or how electronic systems integrators are using the powerful platform to streamline complex system design, proposal and estimation processes, please visit www.d-tools.com, phone (866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.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 platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook. 

Press Contacts 
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com, www.d-tools.com
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4105, joshc@d-tools.com

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Lydvaesenet Snaps Up Denmark’s First HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi3000 Digital Console

Henrik Kjærgaard, Lydvæsenet

AARHUS, Denmark – LydRommet A/S has confirmed its first sale of HARMAN’s Soundcraft’s Vi3000 next-generation digital mixing console to concert touring and festival specialists, Lydvæsenet—run by Henrik Kjærgaard. The delivery was the first of three Vi3000 sales confirmed by Lars Christensen, Sales Manager at LydRommet, HARMAN Professional’s territory distributor.

He confirmed, “We began promoting the Vi3000 as soon as the first pictures were up in cyberspace and immediately received a number of inquiries. Henrik was one of the first people we approached.”

The momentum grew further during the presentation at this year’s Prolight+Sound Show in Frankfurt, and having taken delivery of its own demo console, LydRommet’s participation at local promo events, supported by HARMAN Professional’s Dom Harter and Dave Karlsen, further spread the word.

Both Lars Christenesen and Henrik Kjærgaard—a vastly experienced sound engineer in his own right—say there is much to commend the first of Soundcraft’s new console, pinpointing the Dante/ MADI interfaces for recording/plugins; 96 mix channels; 24 stereo or/mono busses; the built in local rack; the high-quality local mic pre’s; the additional screen and control for the price; the 36 faders, and in particular “the fantastic audio quality.”

“Most of our customers just say ‘wow’ and can’t believe what they are getting for the money,” continued Christensen. “The Vi3000 is certainly introducing the Vi quality to a broader range of productions.”

Lydvæsenet is no stranger to the Soundcraft platform and already has a number of Si Expressions, Si Performers and a Vi1 in its inventory. “All were chosen because of the audio quality, facilities and ease of use,” confirmed Kjærgaard.

There were several reasons for the latest purchase, he said. “The main reason was the I/O capacity of the Vi3000, which we needed to take on certain tour productions. But all the other cool features like onboard MADI/Dante, UA plugins, upgraded DSP and graphics certainly helped to make the decision.”

The first tour of duty for the Vi3000 was with Lis Sorensen, an evergreen Danish pop artist at the Jelling Musik festival.

In summary, Lars Christensen stated, “We are proud to count Henrik as one of the most enthusiastic users of Soundcraft’s entire range of digital consoles. He needed the enhanced capacity that the Vi3000 could offer—and the RealTime Rack and access to UA plugins certainly didn’t hinder the decision!”

Speaking generally, he believes the Vi3000 would make a perfect partner for every sound engineer and rental company. “Unofficially, the Vi’s are the preferred digital consoles for a festival stage—and this will be enhanced with the Vi3000 with all its facilities, integration with the UA RealTime rack and the overall price point.”

He also noted that trends in live mixing are changing, and audio quality and ease of use are again taking top priority. “We believe people are reverting from mixing on screens to mixing on their ears, so consoles with the most direct access and control will gain market share, and those based on menus will decline,” he predicted.

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

Visual Unity Strengthens its International Sales Team

With an investment cushion of $7.2 million, OTT platform provider Visual Unity (www.visualunity.com) is now in a formidable position to significantly strengthen is staff infrastructure in key international markets.

To that end, the company has announced four new sales managers – Sharon Quigley, Don Golden, Brian Pang and Inanc Vardar. Their appointments will enable Visual Unity to grow its portfolio of national and regional accounts in North America, Europe and Asia.

“Our vuMedia™ platform is a robust and proven working product,” says Visual Unity’s CEO Tomas Petru. “Strengthening our sales team will allow us to reach more customers and spend more time presenting our media communications technology to them. There is already enormous interest in Visual Unity products and, having secured our financial future and increased our sales staff, we are now in a really good position to exploit our sales leads.”

Tony Hasek, Chief Commercial Officer at Visual Unity, adds: “This powerful strengthening of Visual Unity allows us to better service key markets around the world, and capitalize on the amazing growth opportunity in OTT and video streaming services. Existing and potential customers will now have access to even higher levels of service from the company.”

North American will be divided between Sharon Quigley on the East Coast and Don Golden on the West Coast.

Sharon Quigley comes with a wealth of industry experience, having spent over 17 years at Ross Video Corporation where she acquired numerous large corporate accounts and managed diverse sales territories. As Head of East Coast Sales, Quigley will develop Visual Unity’s recent success in providing OTT and OVP services to broadcasters, telcos and media conglomerates in the region.

Head of West Coast Sales Don Golden previously held executive positions for a variety of media companies in the business of content acquisition, distribution and client acquisition. As a former Studio executive in television program syndication, his experience in linear and digital entertainment media has established him as a convergence executive helping clients monetize content across all platforms. Prior to joining Visual Unity, Golden held positions at RLJ Entertainment, (NASDAQ: RLJE), Ascent Media, Carsey Werner eDistribution and MGM Studios.

Heading up Visual Unity’s sales in East Asia is Brian Pang, who joins the company from a four-year stint at Digital Rapids Corporation. Inanc Vardar, who is now Visual Unity’s Head of Turkey and Eastern Mediterranean sales, gained his industry experience at Calinos Entertainment and Digiturk.

“Visual Unity is committed to innovation and exceptional customer service,” Tony Hasek adds. “With these new appointments, we have been fortunate to find people of the right caliber who understand our ethos and have the necessary skills and experience to fill these important roles.”

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About Visual Unity
Visual Unity is a Multiscreen Solution Provider, bridging the gap between linear broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences on any screen. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast and complex multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD outside Broadcast (OB) vehicles and major playout facilities to live internet streaming and Video on Demand services. Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMedia™ platform helps broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetized in the multiscreen environment. vuMedia™ is a highly scalable and a modular architecture, delivering a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.

Visual Unity is based in Los Angeles, Munich, London, Prague, Moscow, Istanbul, Dubai, Hong Kong. For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com, info@visualunity.com

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FSR President Jan Sandri Honored at InfoComm14

Sandri Receives a Women in AV Award from InfoComm International®

Las Vegas, NV – InfoComm14 — FSR President Jan Sandri’s exemplary career, generous spirit and commitment to community were recognized by InfoComm International®, the leading professional audiovisual trade association, when they presented her with an InfoComm Women in AV Award. Sandri accepted the honor at the organization’s 75th Anniversary Awards Dinner held at the LVH in Las Vegas, Nevada on the eve InfoComm 2014, the top annual commercial audiovisual trade show. InfoComm is taking place June 14-20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.
The Women in AV Award was created by InfoComm to raise awareness of the growing role of female professionals in the male-dominated field of audiovisual technology. The award winners are in the upper echelon of AV professionals and symbolize the strength of entrepreneurship and excellence in developing tomorrow’s AV talent.
Sandri’s career, and life, ticked all the qualification boxes. Sandri, who is a founding member of FSR, a well-known manufacturer of a wide variety of AV products, has built her career with a commitment to her company, industry, community and country. With over 33 years experience in the AV industry, Sandri’s significant contributions extend from developing products that answer a real need, to having served as a director on the Board of several industry organizations. And after more than three decades of service, Sandri has grown FSR, a women owned business that strives to maintain green manufacturing processes, from three people to a staff of over 100.
Cory Schaeffer, a co-founder of Listen Technologies, was also presented an award. “Both Jan Sandri and Cory Schaeffer have demonstrated extraordinary levels of professional knowledge, while taking time to improve the industry and better the lives of others,” said David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. “InfoComm is pleased to celebrate Cory and Jan’s achievements.”
Sandri’s sense of responsibility extends to civic activities where she has served as the mayor of Little Falls, NJ, her home town, and well as on the town council, did a stint as fire commissioner, police commissioner and was also the president of the board of health. As mayor she donated her salary to local worthy causes, or to needy people, and every fall, as school opens, Sandri leads the charge to work with United Way and donate supplies, such as backpacks and notebooks, to children whose families are having a difficult time keeping up with the economy.

“I am deeply honored to be recognized by InfoComm, an organization of which I am proud to be a member,” Sandri stated. “I am lucky to be surrounded by so many wonderfully talented, smart and generous women, and men, in the AV industry who prove everyday that everyone is capable of helping others to effect change, whether it be in business or community.”

See InfoComm’s announcement: http://www.infocommshow.org/2042.asp

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of signal management and infrastructure solutions for the audio / video, datacom, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and HDBaseT & CAT-X signal delivery solutions.

The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
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The Music Producers Guild Holds Its Second Scottish Speakeasy

Following on from the success of its regular Speakeasy networking evenings in London and the East Midlands, the Music Producers Guild is now extending the initiative to Scotland where a Caledonian MPG Speakeasy was held to tie in with goNorth.

MPG Executive Directors and producers Mick Glossop and Andrew Hunt hosted the event, which was held at McPhabb’s bar in Charing Cross, Glasgow, and was organised by Caroline Cooper and Stewart Henderson of the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA).

“Andrew and I were in Scotland, having once again taken part in the annual goNorth conference and festival in Inverness,” Mick Glossop says. “We held a Speakeasy after last year’s goNorth and it was such a success that we decided to hold another this year. It was the perfect way to end our trip and we welcomed the opportunity to reconnect with producers we had met in the past and forge stronger links with other recording professionals north of the border. We hope that there will be many more opportunities in the future.”

This year’s goNorth attracted over 100 leading industry players from the fields of music, screen, broadcast and gaming. The conference included daytime panels and workshops, and provided showcasing opportunities for artists and bands from all over Europe.

Mick Glossop and Andrew Hunt were there to promote the value of music production to artists, musicians, producers, recording engineers, record company executives, publishers and managers. They took part in a lively discussion panel entitled Meet The Producers, which was moderated by Mick Glossop and featured contributions from producers Tony Doogan, Simon Gogerly, Gilles Perring and Scottish recording artist, Roddy Hart.

“There is a strong, vibrant and incredibly enthusiastic music industry in Scotland, supported by several organisations, including the SMIA, Creative Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprises, with which the MPG now has strong links,” says Andrew Hunt. “The sense of community in Scottish music is markedly apparent – something that you don’t often witness in London, which is a real shame.”

Glossop adds: “MPG will continue to develop the links we have established in Scotland, and make every attempt to create further opportunities to promote the MPG and the value of music production, north of the border.”

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About Music Producers Guild (UK):

The Music Producers Guild (UK) is an independent and democratic organisation that encourages the highest standards of music production, and actively engages with other music industry organisations to campaign and lobby on matters of important mutual interest.

The MPG represents and promotes the interests of all those involved in the production of recorded music, including producers, engineers, mixers, re-mixers, programmers and mastering engineers. www.mpg.org.uk

Industry Vet Jay Shinn Promoted to VP of FOR-A America

Cypress, CA – FOR-A America announces that it has promoted its Northeast Sales Manager, Jay Shinn, to Vice President of the company. Shinn first joined FOR-A in August 2012 to head FOR-A’s sales activity in the Northeastern U.S., including states from Maine to Virginia. An industry vet with extensive experience in the broadcast technology industry, he begins taking on responsibilities in his new role immediately.

“Jay has proven himself to be a hardworking, highly valued part of the FOR-A team,” said Hiro Tanoue, President of FOR-A America. “We’re confident that he’ll go above and beyond in his new position as Vice President, just as he did as an account manager.”

As Vice President, Shinn will be working closely with Tanoue to oversee all sales and marketing activities in both North America and Latin America. All FOR-A regional sales managers will now report to Shinn.

“I really enjoy working with customers, and I’m excited to be further involved in relationship building with our existing customers, potential clients and business partners,” said Shinn. “FOR-A has had a long history of developing value products for video professionals and broadcasters, and I’m looking forward to continuing to build brand awareness of the feature rich yet affordable products that we offer.”

Shinn will continue to be based out of FOR-A’s Fort Lee, N.J. office. He can be contacted via email at shinn@for-a.com.

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

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Music Marcom Marks 10th Year

PR & Marketing agency serves over 50 music companies over the past decade, looks to the future

Phoenix, AZ (June 23, 2014) – Music Marcom (www.musicmarcom.com) is celebrating 10 years in business in 2014. During that time, the company has successfully provided marketing communications services to over 50 musical instrument, professional audio, and music technology companies as well as recording facilities and audio industry professionals.

Combining their collective PR and marketing experience from such companies as Guitar Center, Magix Entertainment, SDI Media, Steinberg Media Technologies and Fender Musical Instruments, Brian and Martina McConnon founded Music Marcom in 2004. “We actually met at the NAMM show in Anaheim, California,” points out Brian McConnon. “We have different, but complimentary skills sets that allow us to cover a lot of ground for our clients.”

The vision was to provide small to mid-size companies a menu of expert marketing and communications services as an alternative to an expensive in-house department. By keeping Music Marcom focused and specialized, they are able to provide a tremendous value for their clients. “As we ramped up, we found this formula fit a wide range of situations, from start-ups that need the entire portfolio of marketing services, to mid-size companies that need product launch or tradeshow support, and large corporations that need focused and targeted PR,” says Martina McConnon.

Kim Pfluger, PR and Events Manager for iZotope, Inc. said, “iZotope has had the pleasure of working with Music Marcom since the very beginning. Their focus, attention to detail, and assertiveness continue to build our brand in the Pro Audio, MI, and Post Production industries, as well as new industries and geographic locations. Up for anything, they deliver great results with a positive attitude, fostering close relationships with the media on iZotope’s behalf.”

As the industry has evolved, so too has the way Music Marcom markets their clients’ products and brands. “The shift to digital media has created more opportunities to engage customers, but it has also fragmented the landscape into specific interests and preferences,” adds McConnon. “We help clients plan and implement traditional PR and marketing strategies with modern digital, social, and content marketing strategies for a completely integrated approach.”

“We have been working with Music Marcom for the last five years to help us gain better product recognition of our musician oriented publications in the MI space,” said John Cerullo, Group Publisher, Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. “They have done an amazing job augmenting our in-house efforts, which is exactly what we needed when we started this relationship. Brian and Martina have been wonderful to work with and are very engaged with both our publications and authors. This makes all the difference in the end results. We look forward to working with them well into the future.”

For more information on Music Marcom’s services, please visit www.musicmarcom.com, email martina@musicmarcom.com, or call 610-577-4982.

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