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RTW Announces Mastering Tools PlugIn at IBC 2014

Second Addition to Masterclass PlugIns Line of Software Offers Extensive Analysis and Display Functions

AMSTERDAM, 12 SEPTEMBER, 2014 – RTW, the market leader in visual audio meters and monitoring devices, will introduce RTW Mastering Tools, the second plugin in its Masterclass PlugIns line of software-based metering solutions, at the 2014 IBC Show (Hall 8, Stand D92). Ideal for post production, TV, film and music recording, the new addition brings extensive analysis and display functions for mastering, metering and loudness measurement for single- and up to eight-channel applications as a standard-format plugin for Windows and Mac OS platforms.

Designed for simple, intuitive operation by a broader user base, RTW Mastering Tools offers a wide range of PPM scales, displays and TruePPM measurements. It provides support for many of the leading global loudness standards including ITU BS.1770-3/1771-1, ATSC A/85, EBU R128, ARIB, OP-59, AGICOM and CALM Act. Other key features include numerical or bar graph-type readout, plus MagicLRA and correlator display, audio vectorscope, RTA (Real Time Analyzer), SSA (Surround Sound Analyzer) and multicorrelator. For added convenience, users can choose from up to six selectable window frame sizes and multiple instances.

“RTW’s development of the RTW Masterclass PlugIns Mastering Tools plugin is part of the company’s continuing efforts to give a wider range of our customers access to high-quality audio metering and measurement,” says Andreas Tweitmann, managing director, RTW. “It puts a very powerful tool for mastering, metering and loudness measurement into a convenient, easy-to-operate software package, adding further efficiency to the overall workflow.”

The RTW Mastering Tools plugin is the second product in RTW’s Masterclass PlugIns line, which provides users with software versions of some of the company’s most popular metering and measurement solutions. The first product in the series, the RTW Loudness Tools plugin, was announced earlier this year.

About RTW
RTW, based in Cologne (Germany), has nearly 50 years of experience in designing, producing, and marketing advanced recording-studio equipment, leading and innovating the market for high quality audio metering and monitoring tools. RTW operates a worldwide distribution and service network. For more information on RTW, visit www.rtw.com, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130.

Chandler Limited and Abbey Road Studios bring Sneak Preview to Nashville Gear Expo

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Shell Rock, IA – September 2014 … Chandler Limited, recognized globally for signal processing and related music and audio products that deliver the classic analog sounds recording and professional musicians seek, joins the Pensado’s Place / Vintage King 2014 Gear Expo Nashville lineup.

On the heels of the pro-audio manufacturer’s recent long-term agreement with Abbey Road Studios to continue development of Chandler Limited’s recreations of vintage Abbey Road Studios equipment, Chandler Limited has teamed up with Pensado’s Place and Vintage King to deliver a special sneak preview of upcoming Chandler Limited recording equipment at the highly anticipated Nashville event.

Chandler Limited is excited to share a glimmer of what the future holds; however, Chandler Limited representatives wouldn’t elaborate on what this ‘sneak peek’ entails, other than to say it’s exciting and definitely related to Chandler Limited’s EMI/Abbey Road Studios product line; you’ll have to be there to see it!

The preview will take place at the Chandler Limited booth, and Chandler Limited staff will be on hand to answer any questions regarding its full product lineup. Chandler Limited will also be giving away at least one piece of gear at the event.

With Dave Pensado and Herb Tarwick on-hand to host, the Nashville edition of the 2014 Gear Expo will also feature special guests including: Ryan Hewitt (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Avett Brothers), Vance Powell (Jack White, Beck), F. Reid Shipen (Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban), Chuck Ainlay (Miranda Lambert, George Strait), Jacquire King (Kings of Leon/Tom Waits), John McBride (Martina McBride, Blackbird Studios), Leslie Brathwaite (Pharrell, Jay Z), Rob Burrell (Michael W. Smith, Alex Campos), Justin Niebank (Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow), Richard Dodd (Dixie Chicks, Tom Petty), Kuk Harrell (Rihanna, Beyoncé), and more.

EVENT DETAILS

Pensado’s Place/Vintage King Gear Expo 2014

Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 2826 Dogwood Place, Nashville, TN 37204
Entrance: FREE, RSVP Required

RSVP HERE

About Chandler Limited

Headquartered in Shell Rock, Iowa, Chandler Limited, Inc. is a boutique manufacturer of high-end signal processors, mixers, and amplifiers for musicians and audio professionals. Recognized globally for its exquisitely handmade products and the company’s high profile clientele, Chandler’s product offerings include the Abbey Road/TG line, its unique Germanium transistor series of products, the 500 Series Modules, plus its recently introduced guitar pedals and amplifier. For additional information about all Chandler Limited products, please visit the company online at www.chandlerlimited.com.

About Abbey Road Studios

Abbey Road Studios are the most famous recording studios in the world and an iconic symbol of British music.  They have been home to countless landmark recordings and pioneering advances in recording technology.  Opened in November 1931, Abbey Road Studios were the world’s first purpose-built recording studios.  The hallowed building has a phenomenal history spanning over 80 years, during which the studios have hosted many of the world’s most famous artists, including the Beatles, Pink Floyd, the Hollies, Kate Bush, Oasis, Florence and the Machine, Adele and Lady Gaga.  Abbey Road is also one of the world’s premiere locations for movie scoring.  Since the 1980s, scores for films such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Braveheart, and The King’s Speech have been recorded there.  The list continues with many other major titles, including Shrek, Prometheus, Harry Potter, Skyfall, and The Hobbit.

Abbey Road Studios, Curve Bender, EMI and TG and their associated logos are trademarks of EMI (IP) Limited.

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RTW to Support the 2014 IBC Show with a Range of Loudness Metering Solutions

AMSTERDAM, 11 SEPTEMBER, 2014 – RTW (IBC Hall 8, Stand D92), the market leader in visual audio meters and monitoring devices, is once again providing the IBC 2014 show’s technology team with TM9 and TM7 TouchMonitor audio meters and SurroundControl 31960SD controller to support audio in the RAI’s D-Cinema auditorium featuring the IBC Big Screen Experience, as well as four TM3 TouchMonitor units to support the IBC News crew’s live and studio coverage of the show.

“We are very happy to be back this year, supporting the IBC show with an assortment of audio metering tools from RTW,” says Andreas Tweitmann, CEO, RTW. “We are longtime collaborators with IBC and are happy that the technology team finds our metering solutions useful for their important productions. This show represents the epitome of innovation in the broadcast technology market and we look forward to another inspiring show.”

In the RAI’s D-Cinema Auditorium, RTW’s TouchMonitor TM9 (HW 20911) will be used for confidence monitoring between the outputs of the console in the auditorium and the input to the cinema system. The IBC technology team chose to also use RTW’s SurroundControl 31960SD controller with 3G/HD/SD-SDI de-embedder interface option, “in order to give us flexibility to meet any de-embedding or other signal requirements,” explains Terry Nelson, Technical Resources, IBC.

Also in the auditorium, engineers will use the TouchMonitor TM7 (HW 20711), that is connected to the control surface of the Cadac console, this will help to provide accurate monitoring of the cinema system feeds.

Meanwhile, the IBC News crew will make use of several TouchMonitor TM3 audio meters. These will be used in the different production areas of IBC News and were chosen to be an important element in controlling and verifying levels.

The IBC Big Screen Experience is the ultimate showcase that demonstrates how the disciplines between cinema and traditional broadcast are merging. For the full IBC Big Screen Experience programme of events, click here.

InfoComm International ® Announces Roundtable London Event

Audiovisual technology professionals are invited to mark 25 September 2014 in their diaries. The London Roundtable event hosted by InfoComm International® is sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc. The event takes place from 14:00 to 19:00 at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, London, UK.

Chris Lavelle, Regional Director, UK and Ireland at InfoComm International said: “For those who want to keep up to date on trends, activities and news, we’ll be providing just that in an exciting programme of InfoComm’s activities including key findings from the 2014 Market Definition and Strategy Study.

“In addition, the Rountable event enables AV professionals to share ideas and network with peers.”

Register early by contacting Sarah Carless, scarless@infocomm.org.

About InfoComm International
Now in our 75th year, InfoComm International® is the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Additional information is available at infocomm.org.

The Hollywood Post Alliance Announces Nominees for the 2014 HPA Awards


(Los Angeles, CA) – The Hollywood Post Alliance has announced its nominees for the 2014 HPA Awards, the 9th annual unveiling of these honors. The Awards honor excellence in post production while bringing recognition to the creative achievements of individuals and companies as well as creative excellence and groundbreaking technologies within the post production industry. The HPA Awards are considered the standard bearer for excellence and innovation in the industry.

The nominees in the 12 craft categories were chosen from a field of talented and innovative entries in color grading, editing, sound and visual effects for motion pictures, commercials and television. Judging was completed by panels of category peers and other experts.

The winners of the 2014 HPA Awards will be announced during a gala evening, November 6, 2014 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Nominees for the 2014 HPA Awards are:

Outstanding Color Grading – Feature Film

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Jill Bogdanowicz // Modern VideoFilm

“Gravity”
Steven J. Scott // Technicolor

“12 Years a Slave”
Tom Poole // Company 3

“Labor Day”
Natasha Leonnet // Modern VideoFilm

“Monuments Men”
Skip Kimball // Technicolor

Outstanding Color Grading – Television

“Game of Thrones – Mockingbird”
Joe Finley // Modern VideoFilm

“Outlander – Sassenach”
Steven Porter // MTI Film

“The Blacklist – Berlin: Conclusion”
Randall Starnes // ColorWorks, a Sony Pictures Digital Productions Company

“Reign – Pilot”
David Cole // Modern VideoFilm

“Castle – Veritas”
Anthony Smith // Encore

Outstanding Color Grading – Commercial

Citibank “Bright Lights”
Dave Hussey // Company 3

Maserati “Strike”
Siggy Ferstl // Company 3

Southern Comfort “Shark Bite”
Tim Masick // Company 3

GE “Childlike Imagination”
Stefan Sonnenfeld // Company 3

Doosan “Heavy Industries”
Siggy Ferstl // Company 3

Outstanding Editing – Feature Film

“12 Years a Slave”
Joe Walker, ACE

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
Jeff Ford, ACE and Matthew Schmidt

“Guardians of the Galaxy”
Fred Raskin and Craig Wood, ACE

“Captain Phillips”
Christopher Rouse, ACE

“American Hustle”
Jay Cassidy, ACE, Crispin Struthers, ACE and Alan Baumgarten, ACE

Outstanding Editing – Television

“House of Cards – Chapter 26″
Cindy Mollo, ACE // Netflix Inc.

“Breaking Bad – Felina”
Skip Macdonald, ACE

“The Sixties – The Assassination of President Kennedy”
Chris A. Peterson, ACE

“The Good Wife – Hitting the Fan”
Scott Vickrey, ACE

“House of Cards – Chapter 14″
Byron Smith // Netflix Inc.

Outstanding Editing – Commercial

NY Lottery “Toast”
Chris Franklin // Big Sky Edit

Pepsi “Rhythm of Now”
Steve Gandolfi // Cut+Run

American Express “What’s Your 20?”
Chris Franklin // Big Sky Edit

Nissan Juke “Trigger”
Doobie White // Therapy Studios

Santander Bank “Movie Marathon”
Chris Franklin // Big Sky Edit

Outstanding Sound – Feature Film

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
Jeremy Peirson and Skip Lievsay // Warner Bros. Sound

“Godzilla”
Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
Tim Le Blanc, Gregg Landaker and Rick Kline // Warner Bros. Sound

“Frozen”
David Fluhr and Gabriel Guy // Walt Disney Studios Sound
Odin Benitez // Formosa Group

“Noah”
Craig Henighan and Jill Purdy // Subsonic Sound Service
Skip Lievsay // Warner Bros. Sound NY

“Gravity”
Glenn Fremantle // Sound 24
Skip Lievsay // Warner Bros. Sound
Christopher Benstead and Niv Adiri // Warner Bros. De Lane Lea

Outstanding Sound – Television

“Game of Thrones – The Children”
Tim Kimmel, Onnalee Blank, Mathew Waters, Paula Fairfield and Brad Katona // Todd – Soundelux

“Banshee – Homecoming”
Bradley North, Joe DeAngelis, Bill Freesh, David Werntz and Tiffany S. Griffith // NBC Universal StudioPost

“Toy Story OF TERROR!”
Axel Geddes // Pixar Animation Studios
Tom Myers, Gary Summers, Michael Silvers and Dustin Cawood // Skywalker Sound

“House of Cards – Chapter 14″
Jeremy Molod // Netflix Inc.

“The Good Wife – Dramatics, Your Honor”
Fredric Judkins, John Snider and Christian Buenaventura // Technicolor Sound
Larry Benjamin and Kevin Valentine // Smart Post Sound

Outstanding Sound – Commercial

Honda Europe “Inner Beauty”
Anthony Moore and Tom Joyce // Factory

Lurpak “Adventure Awaits”
Aaron Reynolds // Wave Studios

Nissan Juke “Trigger”
Doobie White // Therapy Studios

Save The Children “Most Shocking Second A Day Video”
Jon Clarke // Factory

Three “The Ride”
Jack Sedgwick // Wave Studios

Outstanding Visual Effects – Feature Film

“Gravity”
Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Max Solomon, Paul Beilby and Stuart Penn // Framestore

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White and Eric Reynolds // Weta Digital

“Maleficent”
Adam Valdez, Seth Maury, Kevin Hahn, David Seager and Carey Villegas // MPC

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
Russell Earl, Steve Rawlins, Johan Thorngren, Francois Lambert and
Daniel Pearson // Industrial Light & Magic

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Erik Winquist, Keith Miller and Paul Story // Weta Digital

Outstanding Visual Effects – Television

“House of Cards – Chapter 19″
James Pastorius, Andy Witkowski, Rusty Ippolito and Andrew Roberts // Savage Visual Effects

“Hawaii Five-0 – Ho’onani Makuakane”
Armen Kevorkian, Jane Sharvina, Andranik Taranyan, Steve Graves and Dan Lopez // Encore VFX

“Game of Thrones – The Children”
Joe Bauer // Fire and Blood Productions
Sven Martin // Pixomondo
Jörn Grosshans // Mackevision
Thomas Schelesny // Scanline VFX
Matthew Rouleau // Rodeo FX

“Silicon Valley – Articles of Incorporation”
Lawson Deming, Cory Jamieson, Bill Parker, Casi Blume and Seth Cobb // Barnstorm VFX

“Tyrant – Pilot”
Doug Ludwig, Lindsay Hoppe, Chad Schott, Gevork Babityan, Arutyan Arthur Sayan // Encore VFX

Outstanding Visual Effects – Commercial

Lipton “Be More Tea”
Ben Cronin, Charlie Bayliss and Russell Dodgson // Framestore

Qualcomm “Snapdragon – Unsung Hero”
Andy Rowan-Robinson, Euna Kho, Matt Pascuzzi and Shayne Ryan // Framestore

GE “Childlike Imagination”
Benjamin Walsh, Dominik Bauch and Brian Burke // Method Studios

Captain Morgan “Fireship”
Murray Butler, Raul Ortego, Mike Bain and Andy Rowan-Robinson // Framestore

Audi A3 eTon “Powerwalking’”
Simon French, William Bartlett, Alex Doyle and Kimon Matara // Framestore

In addition to the craft categories, winners of the highly regarded Engineering Excellence Award and the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production will be announced shortly.

Tickets for the HPA Awards will be available in late September. They can be purchased online at www.hpaawards.net by calling the HPA at 213.614.0860 or by writing info@hpaawards.net. More information about the HPA Awards and the Hollywood Post Alliance can be found at www.hpaonline.com.

For information about the Awards or general HPA information, please contact Alicia Rock, arock@hpaonline.com or call+1(213) 614.0860. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the 2014 HPA Awards, please contact Garrett Randall, garrett@MESAlliance.org, or 310.882.9204.

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About the Hollywood Post Alliance(r)
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content.

About the HPA(r) Awards
The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness of post production, promote creative and technical excellence, recognize the achievements of post production talent, and build involvement in the Hollywood Post Alliance.

Media Contact:
ignite strategic communications
p: 818.980.3473
Christine Purse, chris@ignite.bz or
Mimi Rossi, mimi@ignite.bz

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Studio Prodigy Master Class Series Launches Session Six with Jim Scott

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The Studio Prodigy Master Class Series continues with Session Six:  Jim Scott | From the Ground Up, on November 8 and 9 at Jim’s notorious personal studio, PLYRZ Studios, in Valencia California.  This is a two-day advanced class encompassing recording, mixing and production techniques, along with special presentations from our sponsors throughout the event.

Renown for clean, vibey and impeccable sounding recordings, Jim Scott has brought his sense of style and his mid-western work ethic into the studio, making memorable records with remarkable artists for over three decades.  His techniques for capturing the essence of a band have been refined through the making of classic albums with the likes of Sting, Tom Petty, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Dixie Chicks, Wilco, and Whiskeytown.  Jim has won 7 Grammy awards, including Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical, for Tom Petty’s Wildflowers.

Just up the freeway from Los Angeles, Jim’s studio is a veritable playground for musicians; an enormous warehouse space full of instruments, clad in tapestries and lights, always ready to rock.  PLYRZ studio is centered around a classic Neve 8048 and two BCM-10 sidecars, augmented by Jim’s collection of vintage outboard gear and sizeable mic collection.

Saturday begins with an overview of Jim’s recording setup at PLYRZ Studios, and a discussion of Jim’s philosophy of making records.  Through the course of the day, we will record a complete song with a fantastic band, and in the process, Jim will show you everything he does to capture a great performance, from micing techniques to production ideas to mentoring the artists and getting the best performances out of them.

Sunday’s session will start with wrapping up overdubs and continue with mixing the track.   Jim will walk you through his mix process, answering questions and demonstrating how he thinks about and feels a mix.  Combining the best of old school technique with a little bit of modern technology, this will prove to be a very hands-on experience for attendees, as Jim mixes everything by hand, with little help from automation!

At the end of day two, Studio Prodigy hosts a Gear and Beer fest in the stunning lounge area of PLYRZ Studios, with a view of the Santa Clarita Valley. Here you will be able to check out the great gear with representatives from our sponsors, and hang with Jim as he relates stories from his lengthy career of making records that we all know and love.

If you are interested in taking part in this intimate two-day record production seminar visit Studio Prodigy Master Class Series to learn more.

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Torus Power Delivers Premier Toroidal Isolation Power Conditioning Lineup for improved audio-video performance; Showcased at CEDIA Expo 2014

TORONTO, ON, CANADA & DENVER, CO (CEDIA EXPO BOOTH #1066) SEPT. 10, 2014 – Torus Power, maker of uncompromising isolation transformer-based power components and a subsidiary of Plitron Manufacturing, will be showcasing a variety of its popular and versatile power conditioners at CEDIA Expo 2014, including the premier AVR2 Series and the popular entry-level TOT Series. Torus Power’s line of reliable, affordable toroidal isolation power conditioners provide clean, protected power to custom audio video installations of nearly any size or configuration, whether it is a large home theater or commercial venue, significantly improving sound and video quality and performance. Shelf, rack, and wall-mount configurations are available throughout the line for added flexibility, offering a solution for most custom installation scenarios. 

The AVR Series is Torus Power’s top-end toroidal isolation power conditioning and surge suppression line. Designed for large-scale custom installations like home theater, automation, and audio installations, the AVR2 Series features two (2) models: the AVR2 8 CE and AVR2 16 CE. Both provide enhanced Ethernet (IP) control and monitoring functionality in addition to automatic voltage regulation, automatic reboots, versatile scheduling options, and individually addressable outlet zones. These models come in 3U and 4U chassis sizes with 5 or 8 outlets and 8A or 16A Output Current Ratings respectively, with either 220V or 240V Input Voltages, all of which readily accommodates a wide range of residential and commercial audio-video applications—an attractive feature set considering the ever-merging worlds of commercial and residential integration.

The TOT Series, now offered in two models, the TOT Mini (3A and 7A) and the TOT Max (15A), expands the Torus Power lineup to include an affordable entry-level price point that also delivers highly effective power conditioning. Employing Plitron toroidal isolation transformers and NBT noise filtering technology, the TOT Series restores incoming power to its clean original state and protects valuable systems from voltage sags, brownouts and surges. TOT also provides very low source impedance to connected devices, enabling highcurrent delivery—up to the rated current limit—on an instantaneous basis; ensuring dynamic components are never starved for power. TOT Mini is suitable for providing Torus isolated power to components such as digital projectors, TVs, powered speakers, media or source players, processors, and network devices. TOT Max features a larger capacity toroidal transformer and can be used with most mid-level audio-video systems and power amplifiers.

Torus Power Hour + at CEDIA Expo 2014
Torus Power VP of Sales & Marketing Kevin Main and Changing Velocity CEO David Rodarte will present the Torus Power Hour + Panel Session and Training Course at CEDIA Expo on September 12, 2014 from 3–4:30 PM (room 605 at time of press). The CEDIA Expo MFT course provides .75 CEU and will provide the audience stimulating insight into proper grounding and power techniques for high-end, high-performance installations, covering everything integrators need to know to properly power, protect, and preserve electronics. All-star panelists on-deck to present at the Torus Power Hour + include Dennis Erskine, Anthony Grimani, Dr. Henry Pajooman, Ph.D., and Arthur Kelm, who will share field-tested tips, tricks, best practices and resources, followed by an in-depth technology overview and deep dive into key success factors. To register for the Torus Power Hour + (CEDIA course MPTTP001-1), visit https://events.itnint.com/CEDIA14/RegOnline/RegLogin.aspx?stream=attendee.

 Torus Power is a Crestron Integrated Partner and a member of Savant’s Partner in Excellence Program, which enables seamless integration across platforms. More information about Torus Power can be obtained by visiting www.toruspower.com, calling (800) 754-8766, writing to tech@toruspower.com and by following @TorusPower on twitter.

To schedule a media booth tour at CEDIA Expo, contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640,katye@kmbcomm.com@katyemcgregor, or stop by booth #1066 during the show.

About Torus Power
Torus Toroidal Isolation Power Conditioners are the world’s finest clean power source for audio, video, and control systems. Built to an uncompromising standard of quality, performance and reliability, Torus Power Conditioners are engineered to perform and protect like no other.

Utilizing Plitron’s patented NBT technology and toroidal isolation transformers, Torus Power products restore incoming power to its clean original state, eliminate virtually all power line noise artifacts, and protect connected equipment from potentially damaging AC power line events, including severe lightning strikes and brownouts, thereby increasing system reliability and extending product life. Providing high levels of clean, instantaneous current, Torus Power products ensure that dynamic components—such as high power amplifiers—are never starved for power.

Precision engineered by Plitron Manufacturing Inc., a much sought-after OEM supplier of toroidal transformers and toroidal-based products for many of the audio/video industry’s leading amplifier brands as well as medical, broadcast, telecommunications, computer, power conditioning, UPS, energy, and other industrial sectors, Torus Power is manufactured to rigorous standards under Plitron’s ISO 9001 medical-level quality control system in Toronto, Canada. More information can be found online at www.toruspower.com. Follow Torus Power on Twitter @TorusPower.

Torus Power Media Contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.com@katyemcgregor,www.kmbcomm.com/press.

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Sound Devices Introduces FileSafe into Rack-Mounted Video and Audio Recorders

New Mission-Critical Technology Protects Video and Audio Recordings from Unintentional Drive Removal and Power Loss

AMSTERDAM, SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 – Sound Devices (IBC Show: Hall 8, Stand B59) introduces its unique FileSafe™ technology as part of its 2.02 firmware release for its multi-drive, network connected video and audio rack-mounted recorders. Incorporated into the Video Devices PIX products, including the 270i, 260i and 250i, as well as the Sound Devices 970, FileSafe recovers video and audio files if, during recording, drives are unintentionally removed or power is lost.

“Pulling a drive mid-recording with a Windows, MAC or other hardware-based recording system will most likely result in corrupted files,” says Dan Desjardins, Software Development Manager at Sound Devices. “It’s taken some clever engineering to make FileSafe work, especially with high bandwidth ProRes and DNxHD video files.”

During recording, data is written to a proprietary Sound Devices file format optimized for high-data rate, real-time video and audio recording. Video Files have an ‘.sdv’ file extension and audio files have an ‘.sda’ file extension. When a recording ends, files are automatically “finalized” by converting the ‘.sdv’ files to QuickTime movie files and the ‘.sda’ files become ‘.wav’ files. This process typically only takes a couple of seconds. In the event that files cannot be finalized, whether due to power loss or inadvertent drive disconnection, they still remain intact on the drive. These files are recovered simply by inserting the drive back into a Sound Devices or Video Devices rack-mounted recorder. Each time a drive is mounted, the recorder automatically scans for unfinalized files and finalizes them.

In the absence of a Sound Devices or Video Devices rack-mount recorder, the FileSafe MAC or PC utility, which is available as a free download http://www.sounddevices.com/products/filesafe/, can be used to recover unfinalized files. Simply connect the PIX drive caddy via Firewire, USB or eSATA to the computer, open the utility and point it to the drive’s directory path containing the unfinalized files and click ‘Scan and Finalize.’

“Providing our customers with mission-critical product performance and reliability has always been a top consideration as we continue to develop the Sound Devices and Video Devices product lines,” says Paul Isaacs, VP of Marketing and Product Design. “FileSafe is yet another example of our commitment to this design philosophy.”

In addition to FileSafe, the new 2.02 firmware release includes longer file-splitting options, RS-422 control improvements and enhanced metadata editing.

Video Devices’ PIX line of rack-mounted products, PIX 270i, 260i and 250i, are a complete offering addressing a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports and events and mobile production. Video Devices recorders offer significant advantages and time-savings for production workflows, providing tapeless, file-based recording and playback with the ability to access and transfer high-quality files over Ethernet. The units record edit-ready Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD files, and allow simultaneous multiple-drive recording, giving production staff rock-solid redundancy and backup capabilities.

A powerful tool for professionals requiring a significant number of audio channels, Sound Devices’ first-ever dedicated audio-only rack-mounted solution, the 970, records 64 channels of monophonic or polyphonic 24-bit WAV files from any of its 144 available inputs. Inputs available include 64 channels of Ethernet-based Dante, 64 channels of optical or coaxial MADI, eight channels of line-level analog and eight channels of AES digital. Any input can be assigned to any track. In addition, 32-track recording at 96 kHz is supported. The 970 records to any of four attached drives, which include two front-panel drive bays and two rear-panel e-SATA connected drives. Material can be recorded to multiple drives simultaneously or sequentially. This eliminates time-consuming post-record copying and allows for continuous long-form, high-track count recordings.

The Video Devices PIX recorders and Sound Devices 970 all feature the company’s proprietary PowerSafe technology. PowerSafe circuitry has a built-in 10-second power reserve. In the event of power loss, the unit continues to operate for up to 10 seconds, then stops any file operation and shuts down. This ensures that a complete power loss has no effect on the recording.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Video Devices, a brand of Sound Devices, produces digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events and mobile production.

Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI. For more information, visit the Sound Devices and Video Devices websites, www.sounddevices.com; www.videodevices.com.

Full Compass Hosts NUAGE Demo, Nuendo Master Class

BUENA PARK, Calif.—A Yamaha NUAGE Demo and Nuendo Master Class will be held by Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems and hosted by Full Compass on Tuesday, September 23rd at 9770 Silicon Prairie Parkway, Madison, WI. The event is free of charge. Product tours will begin promptly at 6:00pm, 7:00pm and 8:00pm.

A joint collaboration between Yamaha and Steinberg, the NUAGE Advanced Production System is the brainchild of workflow efficient hardware and Nuendo 6 software operating together in perfect harmony. Offering unprecedented productivity and flexibility as well as premium audio quality in an innovative design, NUAGE is making waves across the world.

David Lees and Marcel Mauceri from Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. will be on hand to demonstrate the new Yamaha NUAGE production system along with Full Compass Systems staff and discuss the latest news, tips and tricks of Nuendo recording software.

For more information and to register, email rsvp@fullcompass.com.

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Westlake Pro and A-Designs Host Mixing Master Class with Producer Tony Shepperd

WHAT: Mixing Master Class with Producer Tony Shepperd

WHEN: Thursday, September 11 at 7:00pm

WHERE: WestLake Pro, 4101 Lankershim Blvd, Universal City (L.A.) 91602

COST: FREE (space is limited – sign up today)
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