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The 24th Annual Conference of the Association of Moving Image Archivists Opens Wednesday

Featuring Ian Mackaye, The Reel Thing, Screenings, and Dozens of Expert-Led Sessions
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Savannah, GA – The 24th Annual Association of Moving Image Archivists Conference begins Wednesday in Savannah, Georgia, bringing leaders and practitioners together in the number one event for the archiving, preservation, and content communities. This year’s Conference presents an extensive schedule to attendees, which is available at www.amiaconference.com. The Annual Conference runs from October 8th, to October 11th, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah.

Over the course of four days, more than 50 sessions, section meetings, screenings, and workshops will be available to attendees. Keynotes and the daily plenaries feature speakers who will present a big picture perspective as well as opportunities to follow up those offerings with specific, technical, and targeted sessions. The Conference includes experts from the leading institutions around the world, including Library of Congress, Universidad de la República, HBO, Sony Pictures, WGBH, Indiana University, MOMA, and EYE Film Institute, as well as Iron Mountain, Deluxe, FotoKem, Kodak and other leading companies in the field. There will also be demos and vendors on hand during the Conference to showcase crucial technological developments.

At the end of the week, AMIA is offering a public screening for the Savannah community. Open free to families all over Savannah, the Lucas Theatre will screen Peter Pan at 3pm on Saturday, October 11th. The film will be introduced by a Disney preservationist.

A brief highlight of the extensive session lineup includes:

Ian MacKaye, Keynote
Currently the front man of The Evens and formerly of the influential punk bands Minor Threat and Fugazi, MacKaye is also founder of the Dischord Records music label and the mastermind behind the Fugazi Live Series project. The Fugazi Live Series is in the process of digitizing and publishing over 800 of the band’s nearly 20 years of shows performed and recorded internationally. MacKaye is a sought after speaker bringing a unique perspective and appreciation on archival practice and managing collections.

Curated Streams of Programs
The conference will offer a curated stream of programming each day. Topics include Global Exchange, Film in Transition, and Open Source Digital Preservation and Access. The streams will feature invited speakers from around the world.

Preserving Eyes on the Prize
Regarded as the definitive work on the Civil Rights Movement. There are more than 75 hours of additional, invaluable resources available for scholars, teachers, students, and filmmakers alike through its Eyes on the Prize Preservation Project.

Play It Again: Creating a Playable History of Australasian Digital Games from the Australian Centre for the Moving Image
The ‘Play It Again’ project is collaboration between cultural and academic institutions to preserve the largely unknown histories of 1980s game development in Australia and New Zealand.

Bing Crosby’s Dictaphone: Recovering the Lost Voice
In 1945, Bing Crosby acquired a piece of cutting edge technology, the Dictabelt,
two years before it was publicly available. For over twenty years, he spent hours every day recording letters and more, generating thousands of recordings.

Film, Feet and the Photochemical: The Next Three Years
As Motion Picture labs are shutting with regularity; existing labs that intend to continue photochemical preservation are purchasing equipment. The panel will address the challenges and future of film based preservation.

Surveillance and Security in the Archive: Managing Sensitive Multimedia Collections
In an increasingly technologically dependent world where access to information is a click away, society faces a growing reliance on digital tools and infrastructure that are easily surveilled, produce seemingly limitless records and data, and require security precautions to maintain basic privacy.

Juliette Gordon Low and the Girl Scouts
Savannah is the birthplace of both Girl Scouts and the organization’s founder Juliette
Gordon Low. Screening and panel discussion, that offers an inside glimpse.

Global Exchange Screening: Pan Si Dong
Pan Si Dong was regarded as lost until 2011 when a copy was found in the vaults of
The Norwegian National Library. The news about the find made headlines all over China. It is regarded as one of the most important films in the history of Chinese cinema.

During the Conference, AMIA will recognize important significant contributions to the field. This year’s Award recipients are:

* The Silver Light Award: Robert J. Heiber
* The O’Farrell Volunteer Award: Rick Utley
* The Alan Stark Award: Grover Crisp and Michael Friend for The Reel Thing
* AMIA Spotlight: Pam Wintle

AMIA, a non-profit international association, is dedicated to the preservation and use of the moving image. To that end, the organization sponsors a number of events and tools to its community in cities around the US. In October, AMIA will present the Digital Projection Workshop, in collaboration with The Alamo Draft House in Austin Texas. The Workshop is the first of a series of training seminars for film projectionists, to keep an important skill in place for film-based venues.

For information about the Conference or any AMIA activity, please call +1.323.463.1500, or visit amianet.org.

ABOUT AMIA
AMIA is a nonprofit international association dedicated to the preservation and use of moving image media. AMIA supports public and professional education and fosters cooperation and communication among the individuals and organizations concerned with the acquisition, preservation, description, exhibition, and use of moving image materials.

The annual AMIA Conference is the largest gathering of motion picture and recorded sound archivists and interested professionals. More than 550 annual attendees include members and colleagues from the world’s major media, library, university, military and other institutions.

The AMIA annual conference provides an opportunity for colleagues and those interested in the field to meet, share information and work together. For newcomers to this vibrant, dynamic and committed community, networking with other AMIA members and industry professionals is invaluable for professional development. AMIA conference registration includes participation in all regular sessions and screenings and some special events.

For more information about AMIA, events and membership, go to www.AMIAnet.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Course objectives:

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

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

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

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

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

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Introducing the Pure2 by Antelope Audio: A Two Channel Mastering Converter from the Authority in Clocking

Pure2 Features Best in Class Conversion Quality, Dual DAC Architecture and Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) Technology from Antelope’s Flagship Trinity Master Clock

Los Angeles, October 7, 2014: As part of a multi-dimensional product unveiling at the 137th International AES Convention, leading professional audio gear manufacturer Antelope Audio introduces Pure2, a mastering-grade 24/192 kHz AD/DA 2-channel converter and master clock. Pure2 builds on Antelope Audio’s mastering legacy of the very successful high-end converter Eclipse 384.

Pure2FrontThe Pure2 enables users to realize unsurpassed digital clarity and analog realism, while offering a flexible set of connectivity options and extremely efficient and ergonomic software remote control. Pure2 employs an all-new design that leverages best-in-class Burr-Brown converters and the same Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) technology present in Antelope’s ultra high-end Trinity master clock.

More than just a mastering converter, Pure2 comprises five distinct high performance components:

• An A/D converter with optimized overloads handling
• A D/A converter with dual DAC architecture
• A high-end headphone amplifier with a dedicated D/A
• A relay-based analog volume control for supremely accurate monitoring
• A master clock with 4th generation of Antelope’s AFC jitter management

Pure2With Pure2, clear and realistic audio quality is within reach. In addition to its first-rate conversion and AFC technology, the unit also features Antelope Audio’s pristine analog circuitry, which is driven by a proprietary, multi-stage linear power supply. When monitoring through speakers, Pure2′s relay-based stepped attenuator ensures exceptional transparency and perfect L/R balance, even at low listening levels. Additionally, Pure2′s dual-DAC technology — with separate DAC chips for left and right channels —guarantees superior stereo separation and imaging.

“As digital devices and software-based tools become more and more ubiquitous in recording and playback environments, advanced clocking and conversion technology is now a prerequisite towards getting great sound,” commented Igor Levin, founder and CEO of Antelope Audio. “Pure2 puts world class mastering functionality within the reach of just about anyone, at a fraction of what it would have cost just three years ago.”

Pure2: The New Heartbeat of Your Studio
Pure2RearWith Pure2, attaining immaculate audio quality does not have to be complicated. The device includes a highly intuitive software control panel (compatible with both Mac and PC) enabling users to manage all facets of its operation from a computer. Meanwhile, the front panel of the unit also includes user-definable presets for added routing convenience and efficiency.

Among the most exciting features of Pure2 are its unparalleled connectivity options. With several Word Clock outputs, Pure2 can function as the master clock for an entire studio and can also be locked to Antelope’s legendary 10M Atomic Clock for even greater clocking stability. Further, Pure2 can be connected via S/PDIF, TOSLINK, AES and USB, making it suitable for nearly any studio environment.

Pure2, which is a perfect standalone mastering-grade converter for any studio and live application, is scheduled to ship in late Q4 of 2014 and will be priced at $2,195.

About Antelope Audio:
Antelope Audio is a leading manufacturer of high-end professional audio equipment and the pioneer in the adoption of Atomic clock generators.

The company utilizes Igor Levin’s more than 20 years’ experience in digital audio to develop professional and consumer high-end products with the signature Antelope Audio sound. The company employs proprietary clocking and jitter management technologies as well as custom-designed digital and analog circuits to provide both professional audio engineers and music aficionados with unprecedented musicality, sound stage and clarity.

Antelope is the first to design a 1U 32-channel audio interface and a multi-channel portable interface with 12 mic pres. Antelope’s breakthrough technologies are offering both studio and live audio engineers great productivity and flexibility.

The company’s customers include many Grammy award-winning sound engineers and some of the most renowned recording, mastering and post-production facilities around the globe.

Photo captions:
1) The Antelope Audio Pure2 is a mastering-grade 24/192 kHz AD/DA 2-channel converter and master clock.
2) Teaser video for the new Antelope Audio Pure2 mastering converter.
3) Rear panel of the Antelope Audio Pure2.

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Waves Previews Premiere Episode of Everything Audio Livefrom YouTube Space LA

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— Hosted by acclaimed audio engineer Dave Hampton (Herbie Hancock, Prince, Justin Timberlake), Everything Audio will cover a range of audio topics, from recording, live sound, and audio for gaming, to consumer audio, forensics, sound design and much more —

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — Waves Audio, a leading provider of digital signal processing software and hardware solutions, has posted a teaser (http://youtu.be/x0M9TUa4NC8) for the premiere episode of its new web program, Everything Audio, streaming live from YouTube Space LA. The premiere episode will air on Tuesday, October 7, 2 P.M. ET and will feature the following guests: producer/DJ/remixer Dave Audé (Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé), producer/engineer/mixer Andrew Scheps (Adele, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, Lana Del Rey, Metallica, Jay-Z), and producer/engineer/mixer Jack Joseph Puig (Florence + the Machine, U2, Lady Gaga).

With new episodes added on a regular basis, the show will present a wide spectrum of audio-related content appealing to everyone from audio professionals and sound hobbyists to everyday consumers and technology enthusiasts. Topics will range from pro audio and live sound to musical instrument audio, sound for film and gaming, sound design, DJing and electronic music production. The show will also delve into the world of audio for consumer electronics, discussing such topics as headphones, computers, cell phones, televisions and car stereos, while also touching on audio forensics, restoration, psychoacoustics, hearing capacity and aural health.

The show is hosted (and executive produced) by noted audio engineer Dave Hampton, an expert in the field of audio recording, production and technical design, with a list of clients that includes Herbie Hancock, Prince, Justin Timberlake and many more.

Each episode will present a panel of guests from various fields in audio, ranging from music producers, mixers, engineers, artists and musicians to retailers, audio manufacturers and representatives of consumer companies whose products feature audio as a central function. Each guest will present his or her area of expertise while interacting with the others guests to discuss topics moderated by the host. Each episode will include real-time audience interaction through a live-chat Q&A session with the guest panel.

Mick Olesh, Waves EVP of Sales & Marketing, stated: “Waves has long been the leading innovator and pioneer in digital signal processing and related fields, and it is fitting that this new venture offers end users a resource and inside track into the world of audio. All sorts of surprises are planned for the program, but the possibilities are massive. We are excited to present Everything Audio to the world and to celebrate the current state of audio. Enjoy!”

The premiere episode will also feature an interactive competition with a chance to win a Dell computer.

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Moog Announces Worldwide Release of Werkstatt-01 Analog Synth & Online Modification Portal

Werkstatt_01ASHEVILLE, NC, October 7, 2014: Today, Moog Music announced the official worldwide release of the Werkstatt-01 Analog Synthesizer Moogfest 2014 Kit — a patchable analog synthesizer designed to inspire the exploration and modification of classic Moog circuits while delivering a myriad of vintage and new raw, mangled, and monstrous Moog tones. This highly-portable instrument is secured in a solid-steel chas-sis and features a harmonically rich Moog VCO, classic 4-pole Moog Ladder filter, wide-range LFO with audio-rate modulation capabilities, ADS envelope generator, and an analog patchable header for expansive sonic experimentation, manipulation, and decimation.

Today also marks the launch of WerkstattWorkshop.com (beta) — an interactive creative learning portal containing project ideas, mod tutorials, parts lists, educational lesson plans, 3D printer files, Arduino integration and control and many other dynamic resources for Werkstatt owners. This microsite also includes Moog’s new and ongoing research surrounding the use of subtractive synthesizers in STEM and STEAM high school classrooms. Lessons in these studies are focused on project based learning opportunities, and encouraging a creative deployment of practical skills in STEM fields. All lessons and associated materials are open source and available online free to educators across multiple disciplines.

“Analog synthesizers have long had their own maker culture born of curious engineers, physicists and hobbyists alike,” said Moog Music CEO, Mike Adams. “Bob Moog got his start at the age of 15 by studying and modifying Leon Theremin’s designs. We’d like to share our love for learning, music, and electronics to empower a new generation of makers to expand on our work and take it to levels we can’t yet imagine,” Adams said.

Werkstatt _02In April 2014, the Werkstatt-01 Analog Synthesizer Kit was made available to Engineering VIP ticket holders at Moogfest 2014, Moog’s multi-day celebration of technology, art and music. The success of the workshop at the festival prompted Moog to release a limited number of Werkstatt’s to select US dealers. Starting today the Werkstatt-01 Analog Synthesizer Kit is available and in stock at all Moog Music dealers worldwide. MSRP of $329 US

Video Links:
http://youtu.be/32wzAhNy5aY

Audio Links:
https://soundcloud.com/moogmusicinc/sets/werkstatt-o1-moogfest-2014-kit

Product Page:
http://www.moogmusic.com/products/werkstatt/werkstatt-ø1-moogfest-2014-kit

Community:
www.werkstattworkshop.com

About Moog Music:
Moog Music synthesizers and other electronic musical instruments are designed and lovingly handcrafted in the Moog factory in downtown Asheville, N.C. Moog Music and its customers carry on the legacy of Dr. Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer and Founder of Moog Music Inc.

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SMPTE 2014 to Delve Into Latest Developments in UHDTV, Image Processing, Theatrical Display, and Audio Technology

Sessions to Showcase Cutting-Edge Work in Areas That Are Transforming the Experience of Video and Audio in Cinema and Broadcast more

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DPA Microphones Displays d:screet™ Miniature Microphone Updates at AES 2014

LOS ANGELES, OCTOBER 7, 2014DPA Microphones showcases the latest updates for its d:screet™ Miniature Microphone line, including the new d:screet Necklace Mic, heavy-duty d:screet 4060 and 4061 Omnidirectional Mics, and d:screet Omnidirectional Mics with reinforced cable relief, at the 137th AES Convention (Booth 1109). The expansion of the d:screet Miniature Mic Series is in direct response to increasing market demands for a variety of solid workhorses that deliver superb sound under challenging conditions.

DPA Microphones_dscreet NecklaceThe new d:screet Omnidirectional Miniature Necklace Microphone addresses an industry need for a mic that can be mounted and removed quickly several times by untrained talent without a sound expert nearby. Especially useful for instances when mounting and consistent audio output are the primary requirements, the d:screet Necklace Mic is ideal for situations requiring quick costume changes. Featuring DPA’s legendary d:screet 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Capsule in a soft rubber necklace, the d:screet Necklace Mic offers fast, repeatable, “do-it-yourself” mounting and is designed specifically for use by non-technicians. It is available in black, white and brown and in lengths of either 18.3 or 20.9 inches.

DPA Microphones_dscreet 4060 Heavy DutyAdditionally, the d:screet Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones’ heavy-duty and reinforced cable relief solutions offer high-quality sound with a highly-durable housing and cable. Incorporated on all d:screet Miniature Microphones, the robust strain relief ensures that users who are not used to handling miniatures can feel reassured by the increased reliability. The heavy-duty 4060 and 4061 microphones, which are ideal for those who require even more enhanced security and for whom the visual appeal is of less importance, are perfect for placement in rigorous production situations, such as incorporated into a combat suit for a fight scene or under a horse saddle in a period piece. It features stainless steel housing, sturdy cable relief and a thicker .08-inch cable. Both enhanced models are exceptionally durable and ideally suited to the rigors of various productions.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

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Sound Devices 970 Takes Audio to the Rack at AES 2014

64-Track Dante™ and MADI-Equipped Audio Recorder Features New FileSafe™ Technology to Guard Against Unintentional Drive Removal and Power Loss

LOS ANGELES, OCTOBER 7, 2014 – Sound Devices 970, the company’s first-ever dedicated audio-only rack-mounted recorder/player, makes its AES debut during this year’s convention (Location Sound Booth 1340). The 970 boasts an impressive 64 channels of Dante™ and MADI, and incorporates Sound Devices’ latest FileSafe™ technology, which recovers audio files if drives are unintentionally removed or power is lost during recording. The half-rack, 2U device simplifies any application requiring high-quality, high-track-count audio recording such as capture of multi-channel sound for large-scale live performance and acquisition of dialogue for TV reality shows, drama and film. Sound Devices 970 - front panel

The Sound Devices 970 records 64 channels of monophonic or polyphonic 24-bit Broadcast WAV files from any of its 144 available inputs. Inputs available include 64 channels of Audio-over-IP using Dante, 64 channels of optical or coaxial MADI, eight channels of line-level analog and eight channels of AES digital. It is a supremely powerful tool for professionals who require a significant number of audio channels. Any input can be assigned to any of the 64 tracks and any of these tracks can be routed to any output. In addition, 32-track recording at 96 kHz is supported.

The 970 records to up to four attached drives, which include two front-panel drive caddies 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.

Sound Devices FileSafeFileSafe, which automatically detects and repairs corrupted file headers when drives are mounted, is incorporated directly into the 970. During recording, data is written to a proprietary Sound Devices file format optimized for high-data rate, real-time audio recording using an ‘.sda’ file extension. When a recording ends, files are automatically “finalized” by converting the ‘.sda’ files to standard ‘.wav’ files. In the event that files cannot be finalized, whether due to power loss or inadvertent drive disconnection, they still remain intact on the drive. Users can recover these files by simply inserting the drive back into the 970. In the absence of the 970, the FileSafe Mac or PC utility, available as a free download (http://www.sounddevices.com/products/filesafe/), can be used to recover files that have not been finalized.

In addition to RS-422 and GPIO control, the Sound Devices 970 features an embedded Web-based control panel for remote transport and setup control from any browser-enabled device as well as the ability to remotely instigate file transfer over Gigabit Ethernet with SMB. In mission-critical audio-over-IP AV installations, where hundreds of audio channels are distributed between zones, the ability to setup a redundant Dante network to protect against loss of audio due to network failure provides peace of mind. The ability to have one drive transferring files over Ethernet, while another continues recording, offers significant production time savings.

Users can perform fast file metadata editing of scene name, take number, notes, track names, circle status and reel folders during, before and after recording across all drives. Metadata is stored in industry standard Broadcast Wave iXML and bEXT containers.

With its vast array of input and output types, the 970 allows for live conversion between analog, AES digital, MADI and Dante, acting as a bridge and routing matrix between these types of audio I/O. The built-in, rock-steady Ambient Recording Lockit time-code technology makes the 970 well suited to operate as a master clock. It can also slave or be jammed to any other time-code source. All common production time-code rates and modes are supported. The 970 also supports external synchronization from word clock, MADI or AES. To simplify the connection of multiple digital inputs, SRCs are available for all MADI, Dante or AES inputs.

Sound Devices 970 is designed with a large five-inch screen for large, easy-to-read, full scale metering of up to 64 tracks and for fast and intuitive menu control. It also features the Sound Devices 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.

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