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Martin Audio Is System of Choice At The Line Hotel

Patio at The Line

Los Angeles, CA––A fashionable new stopover in Koreatown, the Line Hotel is a 12-story modernist tower originally designed by the respected architecture firm Daniel Mann Johnson & Mendenhall which retains a midcentury look combined with an industrial chic aesthetic, stripped-concrete walls and double height windows in the lobby.

Commissioned to install a sound system in keeping with the modern, high tech feel of the hotel, LA Sound opted for Martin Audio loudspeakers throughout the public areas downstairs and outside on the patio deck, pool area, and in the greenhouse.

According to Richard Ralke of LA Sound, the system starts with Martin Audio C8.1T 8” ceiling speakers in the lobby, café, entryway and bar areas. These were chosen because they have a tighter dispersion pattern, which was more effective in covering the greater ceiling height averaging from 12 to 14 feet and reaching people who are both standing and on the move.

For the Pot restaurant, a collaboration with the street-food king Roy Choi which specializes in Korean hotpots, Martin Audio C6.8T 6” ceiling speakers with a wider dispersion pattern were used to provide more balanced coverage in a space with a shorter 10 to 12 foot ceiling height where people are sitting down and not moving.

Bar at The Line

“We also used AQ112 subwoofers in both areas,” adds Ralke, “six in the restaurant and two in the bar. For the bar, we actually installed the subs in a custom-built serpentine bench, which is approximately 50 ft. long and weaves down the length of the room.

“There’s a large upright back that extends down to the floor with a padded bench that clips to that section. We were able to take the bench section off and bury the subwoofers in the base of the back and cut openings in the sub structure of the bench, allowing the low frequency energy to exit out of the kick panel at the front. The subs are spaced down the length of the bench so there’s no bass build up anywhere. The low frequency energy is very even throughout the room.”

“In the restaurant,” Ralke continues, “we were able to bury an AQ112 in a staircase—the speakers are around 14” in every dimension so they’re pretty small––and fire it into the room through an air conditioning return vent. The other one is integrated in the outer wall covering near a hostess stand at the entry. Again, the low frequency coverage throughout the space is very smooth and even.”

The bar, lobby and restaurant are situated in separate zones so the volume can be adjusted for each, but they function as one common source area because they are adjacent acoustically and open to each other. Either zone can adjust their level individually using the Rane Hal1 house system with remote controls for volume and source selection.

Restaurant at The Line

According to Ralke, “We currently have 12 output zones and all 10 input allocations, and every zone has a DR3 digital remote controller that allows the user to change the level and source material in any zone. Three mobile background music sources are fed into the Hal and either left as stereo or combined into Mono, then exported to these 12 zones around the building. The subwoofers and full-range ceiling speakers in the bar are two different zones so we can get the crossover to EQ the way we want to within Hal, but they go up and down together at the bar volume control.”

One level above the lobby and restaurant is a patio deck with a pool area and greenhouse also providing the same source audio. The outdoor pool area has 14 Martin Audio C115T surface mount outdoor full-range speakers with four subwoofers and an additional four C115T’s in a remote listening area by the patio. Three Powersoft M28Q 4-channel amplifiers drive all of the subwoofers and full range speakers in the hotel.

“The pool deck is on the second floor of the hotel right above Wilshire Boulevard one floor below, explains Ralke, “So the hotel put up a wall consisting of metal mesh fence and added a creeping vine type of plant. We were able to mount the speakers to the metal mesh and have them totally blend in within the plants. The deck has complete coverage without spilling down into the street.”

Greenhouse at The Line

“The greenhouse on the deck presented an acoustic challenge because it’s all glass and concrete, wood and steel inside,” explains Ralke. “But the hotel showed us a layout with plants positioned to break up the sound, so we were able to use 6 Martin Audio AQ8 8” two-way surface mount exterior speakers and get the smooth, even coverage we needed from one end of the greenhouse to the other.”

Asked about their client’s reaction to the sound system, Ralke sums up in a few words, “They love it. In fact the owners are so happy with the sound system, they’ve asked us to do a new karaoke club named Speek they’re putting in early next year.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Matrox Adds Console Display Support for Matrox Mura MPX-based Video Walls

Matrox P690 graphics cards are validated for use with Mura MPX capture and display cards so system monitoring, video wall layout management, and other applications can run locally, without affecting the video wall’s appearance

Matrox® Graphics today announced that Matrox P690 PCIe x16 and Matrox P690 Plus LP PCIe x16 graphics cards have been validated for use alongside Mura™ MPX-based video wall controllers to power up to four independent console displays. Clients benefit from the extra displays, powered by the same system, to run system diagnostics, wall layout control, and other applications locally without disturbing content on their video walls.

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“System builders and integrators will appreciate the extra flexibility that independent console displays provide to manage walls, perform maintenance and run diagnostics behind the scenes,” said Helgi Sigurdsson, product manager, Matrox Graphics. “The field-proven Matrox hardware is easy to install within a single, high-density, low-footprint system and stable drivers for Mura and P690 cards are included in the same download package to simplify installations. And what’s more, free Matrox PowerDesk™ software helps configure the complete display set-up, easily enabling practical console displays beside impressive video walls.”

Read the article “Add a Console Display to Your Matrox Mura MPX-based Video Wall” to learn more.

See Matrox Mura MPX-based video walls in action at upcoming tradeshows including ISE (Amsterdam, Feb. 10–12, stand 11-F68) and DSE (Las Vegas, Mar.11–12, booth 1645).

About Matrox Mura MPX video wall controller boards
Matrox Mura MPX Series capture and display boards feature flexible inputs and high-quality outputs allowing AV integrators, system builders and equipment manufacturers to easily and cost-effectively build high-density video wall controller systems supporting custom video walls with up to 56 inputs and outputs. Exceptional-quality scaling, switching, and compositing of source content including HDCP feeds are easily managed through intuitive software control options including Matrox MuraControl™, third-party software and simple integration with existing AV control systems. Rich transitions and eye-catching effects can be applied to both recorded and live content using the latest Mura Network API — a platform that software developers have used to build their own powerful video wall control solutions for Mura-based video walls.

About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a global manufacturer of reliable, high-quality ASICs, boards, appliances, and software. Backed by in-house design expertise and dedicated customer support, Matrox products deliver stellar capture, extension, distribution, and display. Engineering high-quality products since 1976, Matrox technology is trusted by professionals and partners worldwide. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

Creative Audio Provides Sound For Alice In Chains Tour With HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays And Crown Amplifiers

ONTARIO, Canada – With two headline shows in Ontario, Alice In Chains recently completed its North American tour, where the band performed in theaters and arenas with capacities ranging from 1,500 to 4,000 seats. Having stocked HARMAN inventory for 25 years, live production company Creative Audio provided full production elements for the show including JBL VTX line arrays and Crown I-Tech HD power amplifiers.

A month-long endeavor consisting of four to five shows a week, the Alice in Chains tour featured heavy rock music with high SPL levels. To support the intensity of the shows, Creative Audio supplied the band with 24 JBL VTX V25 loudspeakers, 16 VTX G28 subwoofers, 12 VERTEC® VT4888 loudspeakers and 28 Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers.

“We’ve recently graduated from VERTEC to the VTX line arrays, and so far the results have been positive,” said Chris Mentzel, Owner of Creative Audio. “These boxes are absolutely comfortable with reaching the high SPL levels of heavy rock music. The sheer output is amazing, and thus we can use fewer subs and have twice as much low end when compared with the older boxes. The high end is great, because it’s so smooth without sounding piercing at all.”

Two Creative Audio technicians traveled with the band during the tour, assisting with setup and teardown for every show. Having transitioned to the latest JBL technologies, they took full advantage of JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™, as well as Crown’s I-Tech HD amplifiers.

“When we started getting into Performance Manager, we liked it so much that it has now completely replaced our old system. It’s a real lifesaver,” said Mentzel. “Combined with the I-Tech 12000HD amps, everything is easier to navigate. The amps are so powerful that we no longer need an external processor in line.”

Creative Audio currently plans to double its VTX inventory within nine months.

For more information on Creative Audio, please visit http://www.creativeaudio.us/

For more information on Alice in Chains, please visit http://www.aliceinchains.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 workforce of approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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The Church of Christ Turns To Hitachi CP-WX8265 Projector for Brilliant Video Display

Hitachi ChurchofChristDorchester, Massachusetts, December 4, 2014 – Needing a replacement projector for its worship services, the Church of Christ recently found an ideal solution in the Hitachi CP-WX8265. Located in Dorchester, Massachusetts, the Church of Christ has a congregation of about 375 members. Carlfred Malcolm, the building engineer and media technician for media and broadcast, explained the need for a new projector. “The demand for versatility calls for high volumes of information to reach the masses with simplicity,” stated Mr. Malcolm.

The CP-WX8265 is used for many different occasions within the church. “We use the projector primarily in the main auditorium for morning worship song service. It is also used for our weekly message bulletin, youth movie nights, and the church finance meetings,” explained Mr. Malcolm. Because the projector has so many different uses, it was important to find a projector that was easy to use and crystal clear.

“Despite all of its high-tech features, the setup and use were intuitive,” stated Mr. Malcolm. The clarity of the picture was a big factor in choosing the right projector for the congregation, Mr. Malcolm added. “We can all see vivid pictures despite the amount of light in the sanctuary or time of day,” added Mr. Malcolm.

The benefits of the new projector exceeded the expectations of Mr. Malcolm and the congregation. “No more shutting off the lights to enhance the picture at 6,500 lumens, easy wireless projector communication, many different options and settings. It’s great.”

The entire congregation has had positive comments about the projector. “This projector’s performance has been the talk of the congregation,” said Mr. Malcolm. “The CP-WX8265 has been a great investment compared to other projectors boasting the same features.”

For more information on Hitachi projectors, visit www.hitachi-america.us/projectors

About Hitachi America, Ltd.
Hitachi America, Ltd. headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, particle beam therapy technologies, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2013 (ended March 31, 2014) totaled 9,616 billion yen ($93.4 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, health care and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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Gotham ‘Conquers’ HBO Mini-Series With Yamaha QL/Rio Assist

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—HBO’s miniseries Show Me A Hero from The Wire co-creator David Simon, is based on a non-fiction book by Lisa Belkin. The six-hour mini stars Oscar Isaac as Nick Wasicsko, the youngest big-city mayor in the nation, who finds himself thrust into the center of a racial controversy when a federal court orders him to build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighborhoods of his town, Yonkers, New York during 1988-1992. His attempt to do so tears the city apart, paralyzes the municipal government and, ultimately, destroys his political future.

Gotham Sound and Communications in New York City was brought in to augment the audio production using a new Yamaha QL5 Series Digital Console and Rio1608-D input/output box. “We recreated many meetings in the City Council Chamber, during which there were large heckling crowds hurling insults at the Mayor and Council, states Frank Stettner, production sound mixer for the show. The Mayor and Council all had microphones in front of them that we wanted to make practical to cover their scripted dialog.”

The heckling crowd consists of five different scripted hecklers plus a yelling crowd. “My normal setup is an 8-channel Cooper CS 208 D mixer with its direct outs feeding an 8-input Dante device, but it would not provide me with enough inputs, says Stettner. The show’s workflow requires me to mix mono all audio sources in real time to Track 1 on a pair of Sound Devices 970 64-track digital recorders for syncing to picture for the Dailies. I record all stems used in that mix to isolated tracks for use in post-production.”

Stettner said the big council scenes got beyond both his number of inputs and his number of fingers. With 15 total speaking parts, it became necessary to expand the system so he contacted Peter Schneider at Gotham Sound who suggested the Yamaha QL and Rio as the best way to meet the scene’s needs. “It seamlessly integrated with my existing Dante based gear,” notes Stettner.

Paul Padilla, the on-location consultant from Gotham Sound, put together and installed the QL and set up the computer network that tied all parts together. “Using the Rio with the QL gave us a lot of flexibility, Padilla said. It allowed us to route audio to and from a remote room without the need to run additional cable. Interfacing the Yamaha QL with another Dante base rig made for a very pleasurable experience.”

Once Stettner rolled his cart into the room where the QL was setup after finishing some smaller scenes elsewhere in the building, the team connected the network, time code, word clock, and assigned the direct outs to the 970 inputs quickly via Dante; ready long before the lighting and camera setup was completed.

“Specifically, the workflow consists of the Yamaha Rio connected to the 12 practical, historically accurate, Shure SM57s. This was then brought via Cat5 to Gotham’s network hub, which connected my system and computer to the QL, Stettner continues. The mics were routed to the QL inputs and the 970 Iso tracks via Dante. Larry Provost, my colleague, then used the Yamaha QL to make a mono sub mix of the fixed mics following the script. I took this sub mix into my Cooper and added it to the mono Dailies mix along with the five radio mic sources I had on the scene’s protesters plus a boom mic for the crowd.”

“Augmenting the show’s main audio package with the Yamaha QL mixer has worked out rather nicely and seamlessly integrates, thanks to Dante,” notes Peter Schneider, Gotham Sound and Communications.

Stettner said the flexibility of using the Yamaha QL and Rio made what would have been a long, stressful and time-consuming cable mess in the old analog days, into a fast efficient setup. “Gotham and Yamaha make the good work we do even more possible.”

Show Me a Hero will air on HBO during 2015.

For more information on Gotham Sound and Communications, visit www.gothamsound.com.

For more information on the Yamaha QL and Rio, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Clay Paky and grandMA2 Help Light Up Austin City Limits Music Festival

ACL_HondaStageThe Austin City Limits Music Festival returned to Zilker Park for two three-day weekends in October to showcase more than 130 rock, pop and hip hop artists on eight stages, including Outkast, Beck, Eminem, Skrillex, Calvin Harris and Pearl Jam. Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20 and Sharpy fixtures and grandMA2 consoles were on hand to provide lighting support and control for festival performers. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky lighting and MA products in North America.

Eight K20s, supplied by LD Systems, were dedicated to each of two secondary headline stages and positioned in an upstage array across the rear truss.

“Most of the rig was a lot of smaller fixtures, so we wanted something that would give a big, full color wash,” says Seth Jackson, who served as festival lighting designer and lighting coordinator. “There were no backdrops on these stages and, given the power situation, the B-EYEs were the perfect choice to fill the whole back picture. They really blasted through everything else, and the guys who did the overnight programming had time to dig into the features and use the multi-array tricks that come out it.”

In addition to the K20s, “massive amounts” of Sharpy fixtures were deployed on the two primary stages, says Jackson. “They were very prominent. I knew everybody was going to want them, and we put in a lot of fixtures so people didn’t need to bring their own.” Bandit Lites supplied the Sharpy inventory.

Full-size grandMA2 consoles were found “everywhere you turned” at the festival, Jackson adds. “It looked like an MA showroom! There were grandMA2s on every stage. We had two at every station, and sometimes the bands brought their own.” LD Systems and Bandit Lites furnished the popular consoles.

“Ninety percent of the artists use grandMA2,” Jackson reports, “and they bring their own show files. With grandMA2’s networking capabilities people can work on systems simultaneously: Two artists can program their respective shows at the same time or one can prep their show while the other is performing. It all works really great.”

He also gives kudos to the K20s. “They worked flawlessly. We just turned them on and they worked long days – maybe 19 hours a day. All the lighting designers really got into them and were very happy with the rig.

“Everybody wants to use Clay Paky lights and grandMA2s!” Jackson declares.

George Masek, A.C.T Lighting Vice President – Automated Lighting, commented “”It is a pleasure for to have the chance to work with Seth again.  His designs are always innovative and he’s always thinking of ways to get more out of the luminaires. We’re also very proud to work with LD Systems this year providing the B-Eye fixtures and the grandMA2 consoles to them.  They have been great partners for us.”

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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KORE STUDIOS INSTALLS “BEAUTIFULLY ENGINEERED” API 1608

George_Apsion_KORELONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – DECEMBER 2014: West London’s KORE Studios installed an API 1608 console this summer, and could not wait to let everyone know how excited they were about their new gear. Not only did KORE post videos and photos of the console almost as soon as installation was complete, but studio owner George Apsion took time to talk with API about the studio’s new addition. Apsion considers the 1608 the natural choice for KORE to keep up their international reputation for high-quality recordings. They typically record rock and indie bands in their 2,000 square-foot studio, which includes a live recording space with two ISO booths, as well as a Studio B and lounge on the second floor. This state-of-the-art facility celebrated its tenth anniversary last year – and artists on the KORE resume include Florence and the Machine, Joss Stone, and Amy Winehouse. In 2010, KORE was awarded ‘Best UK Studio’ by the Music Producers Guild. Apsion said adding the 1608 was an intuitive direction for KORE’s prestigious history: “We are known as a great tracking space and we wanted a console that would reflect and enhance that.” When it came time to upgrade to the 1608, Apsion turned to Funky Junk, LTD., as they’re a leading expert in analogue mixing consoles in Europe.

Mark Thompson, the founder and owner of Funky Junk, explained that the process from sale to installation went beautifully: “KORE required a few custom modifications and we suggested others to enable the power supplies to be sited in a remote machine room. API liaised with us regarding these mods and together with Source, their UK distributor, we all worked to deliver the console bang on time, ready for the first session a few weeks after order. Commissioning on-site went smoothly, and the desk was installed and ready to start churning out the hits within two days of arrival.”

Since then, the 1608 has gotten quite the workout. Apsion said it makes everything they work on “feel like a record, straight away.” The layout of the console has particularly impressed him, especially the fact that no space is wasted. “The features are so well thought out – the sound is deep, wide, and glues everything together. The sound is the same as other API gear we’ve used, there is just more of it.” The biggest change Apsion notes is the ability to record entire sessions on API mic amps and nothing else, which he considers “a dream come true!” The console is truly becoming a centerpiece at KORE and is featured on all of the studio’s social media profiles.

But the 1608 isn’t just photogenic – it’s getting put to the test on multiple projects: “We have used it as a split console, with the expander section acting as sends to tape, using the 312 mic amps +550b EQs. We then use the first sixteen faders as tape monitors, with aux sends feeding a cue-8 mixer system in our live room. We use the aux return inputs in the center section for summing outboard mic amp signals together. The 1608 desk mic amps are always used for drums.” All that work is paying off in an album already recorded for the Australian rock band Short Stack, as well as an indie EP for the British group House of Lions. Once these projects are complete, KORE will continue work on a “top secret album project for an international artist.” While the artist’s identity may be a secret, Apsion’s feelings on the console are not. “It seems to bring out the best in the other gear we connect to it, as the headroom is so impressive. The 1608 is a beautifully engineered, reliable and astonishing piece of equipment.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established 45 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series, 1608, and the BOX recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

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SWEETWATER STUDIOS OVERHAULS MODULE COLLECTION WITH API TO ATTAIN “CLASSIC VIBE”

Sweetwater_StudiosFORT WAYNE, INDIANA: A commercial studio for Grammy award-winning artists, independent singer/songwriters, and bands and solo artists of every genre, Sweetwater Studios has been a destination for complete production services for over 35 years. In an effort to offer a warm, classic sound to its high-profile clients including Garth Brooks, Ricky Martin and Sara Bareilles, the studio has just completed a major module overhaul with API gear.

Each piece that was added to the studio, including 527 compressors, 512c discrete mic/line preamps, a 525 compressor and more, were handpicked based on previous experience the veteran team of engineers had with the products. “Our award-winning production team is one of the most experienced and diverse in the business,” said Mark Hornsby, director of music production and artist relations at Sweetwater Studios. “These are pieces that team members, including myself, have been using for years – be it through rentals, borrowing, or units we had in our personal production rooms.”

Along with the 500 VPR ten-slot rack, Hornsby couldn’t be happier with how well the pieces are integrating into the existing setup. “The gear is versatile, it sounds great and it’s easy to use. It sounds perfect as soon as you plug it in. There’s not a whole bunch of knobs and features that only work well on certain things.” In particular, the team is pleased to offer a 2500 bus compressor in its permanent gear lineup. “The 2500 has been a favorite of mine for years. It’s typically a go-to for me on the drum bus, or sometimes part of the two mix processing chain. It sounds warm, punchy, and you can hit it really hard, which is great for rock or a more aggressive piece of material.”

“I also really like the 550As on electric guitars. Something as simple as just flipping the filter (FLTR) switch can quickly help carve through a mix,” shares Hornsby. “I know the word ‘classic’ gets thrown around a lot these days, but I think API is one company that consistently captures that ‘classic’ vibe in all the tools that they make.”

Sweetwater Sound serves many clients, who send over projects to mix, which consistently keeps the production team busy. The new modules will also be used in upcoming productions including an EP for independent Nashville artist Abby Lane, as well as a new album for veteran guitarist, Carl Verheyen.

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 45 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series, 1608 and the BOX recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

Shure Unveils Model 5575LE Unidyne® Limited Edition Microphone

NILES, Ill., Dec. 1, 2014—As the world-renowned leader in microphones, Shure Incorporated has designed and manufactured many innovative products for the audio industry over the past nine decades. However, none have been more impactful or iconic than the Unidyne® microphone. In January 2014, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) presented Shure with the Milestone Award for the Unidyne technology. Being honored with this prestigious award puts Shure in the same company as famed inventors, including Guglielmo Marconi, Nikola Tesla, Michael Faraday, and Benjamin Franklin. This honor also puts the invention of the Unidyne technology alongside landmark events such as the invention of the first computer and the Apollo Space program. To mark this achievement, and to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the development and availability of the 55 Unidyne microphone, Shure is proud to announce a new Limited Edition Unidyne model, the 5575LE Unidyne® Limited Edition Cardioid Dynamic Microphone.

A special anniversary version of the iconic 55 Unidyne cardioid dynamic microphone, the 5575LE replicates the original design, with appropriate improvements in durability and sound quality. A sublime recreation for collectors, the serialized limited edition 5575LE features the current Unidyne III cardioid element, the classic large outer grill, vintage badging, and zinc die-cast, with a silver finish desk stand. The microphone comes in an aluminum flight case with 75th anniversary logo branding, and includes two Unidyne photo prints and a certificate of authenticity, featuring a tribute from Shure Chairman Mrs. Rose L. Shure. Only 5575 pieces of this model will be available worldwide.

“The Unidyne is the most recognized microphone in the world, used by countless performers, including Elvis and Sinatra, as well as numerous contemporary artists” said Scott Sullivan, Senior Director, Global Product Management at Shure Incorporated. “The 5575LE pays homage to the beloved and classic 55 Unidyne, packaging together vintage aesthetic and performance features for collectors and performers.”

Introduced in 1939, the 55 Unidyne was swiftly adopted as the microphone of choice for broadcast, public address, recording, and two-way radios. As the popularity of the 55 grew, it found its way into many performance environments that would cement its iconic status and legacy as “the microphone that needs no name.” To the industry, the 55 Unidyne provided control of feedback and reduction of off-axis ambient sound. In the hands of popular performers and heads of state, the 55 Unidyne became recognized as a familiar cultural presence and a sign of quality. Its design has come to symbolize what many think of when they hear the word “microphone.”

The Shure 5575LE Unidyne Limited Edition Cardioid Dynamic Microphone will be available in December 2014 at a retail price of $399. To learn more, please visit www.shure.com.

About Shure Incorporated

Founded in 1925, Shure Incorporated (www.shure.com) is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading manufacturer of microphones and audio electronics. Over the years, the Company has designed and produced many high-quality professional and consumer audio products that have become legendary for performance, reliability, and value. Shure’s diverse product line includes world-class wired microphones, wireless microphone systems, in-ear personal monitoring systems, conferencing and discussion systems, networked audio systems, award-winning earphones and headphones, and top-rated phonograph cartridges. Today, Shure products are the first choice whenever audio performance is a top priority.

Shure Incorporated is headquartered in Niles, Illinois, in the United States. The Company also has regional sales and marketing headquarters in Eppingen, Germany, and Hong Kong, China, with more than 30 additional manufacturing facilities and regional sales offices throughout the Americas, EMEA, and Asia.

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iZotope RX Receives TEC Award Nomination

Venerable Audio Repair and Restoration Suite Gets Nod in Signal Processing Software Category

Cambridge, MA (December 3, 2014) – iZotope, Inc., a leading audio technology company, is proud to announce that RX 3 is a Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Award nominee for best Signal Processing Software. RX transforms flawed audio by removing noises, distortions, reverb, and other common audio problems. Post production professionals, audio engineers, and video editors alike use RX to transform previously unusable audio into pristine material for their productions worldwide.

With the third generation of RX, iZotope continued their history of user-driven development to further the product’s focus on the working professional. Along with several workflow enhancements, new Dialogue Denoiser and Dereverb modules were added.

“Nominations and awards let us know that we are on the right track in developing solutions that make audio professionals’ work faster, easier, and sound better,” said Alex Westner, iZotope’s Director of Product Management. “We would like to thank the NAMM Foundation and the voters for this great opportunity to be recognized.”

Since the TEC Award nomination period, iZotope has released RX 4, continuing to build on the award-winning standard set by the previous generations.

Complete information on RX can be found at www.izotope.com/rx.

Hear what working professionals are saying about RX: http://youtu.be/EF6evbm_-Zg

How to vote:

In December, invitations to vote for the 30th Annual NAMM TEC Awards are emailed to subscribers of Mix, Pro Sound News, Pro Audio Review, Sound & Video Contractor and Electronic Musician magazines, as well as to members of the Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy, Game Audio Network Guild and select members of NAMM. Voters register and vote using codes they receive in their invitations.

About the TEC Awards:
Founded in 1985, the Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards is the foremost program recognizing the achievements of audio professionals. Presented annually by the NAMM Foundation at The NAMM Show, the TEC Awards recognizes the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games, and other media.

About iZotope, Inc.
iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite, RX®. For more information on iZotope products, please visit www.izotope.com.

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