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Press Releases For : January 22, 2015

HARMAN’s JBL Professional Debuts SRX800 Series Portable Powered Loudspeakers

JBL_SRX800-smallANAHEIM, California — HARMAN’s JBL Professional today announced the introduction of its SRX800 Series portable powered loudspeakers, which incorporate premium JBL transducers and built-in Crown DriveCore amplifiers to deliver exceptional sound quality with user-configurable DSP speaker-tuning capability.

JBL SRX800 Series models include the 12-inch 2-way SRX812P, 15-inch 2-way SRX812P, dual 15-inch 3-way SRX835P, 18-inch SRX818SP subwoofer and the SRX828SP, the world’s only dual-18-inch powered subwoofer at this price point.

“The portable PA market has been moving more and more towards powered loudspeakers and our new SRX800 Series was created to do nothing less than redefine the performance standards in the category,” said Andy Flint, Senior Manager, Portable PA Marketing, JBL Professional. “Its built-in Crown amplification and configurable DSP provide never-before-available tuning capabilities that enable a new level of sonic accuracy in any system or application.”

The SRX800 Series utilizes premium JBL transducers that combine high power handling with extremely low distortion. High frequencies are handled by waveguides that provide accurate horizontal and vertical pattern control with smooth frequency response over a wide area. The high-excursion woofers deliver the clear, articulate, powerful bass that is a JBL hallmark, with minimal dynamic compression even during continuous use at high volume. SRX800 loudspeakers and subwoofers are rated at between 135dB and 141dB depending on the model.

All JBL SRX800 models incorporate built-in Crown DriveCore amplifiers with 2,000 watts power output (1,000 watts in the SRX818P) for effortless clean power and headroom. HARMAN’s DriveCore technology enables the design of amplifiers that are lightweight and energy-efficient, yet extremely powerful. The amplifiers’ onboard DSP includes 20 parametric equalizers, 96kHz FIR (Finite Impulse Response) filters for improved crossover tuning, speaker-delay adjustment and even a signal generator to aid in system calibration. All models also incorporate JBL Application Engineered preset tunings that facilitate fast system setup. In addition, JBL SRX800 Series loudspeakers and subwoofers are fully compatible with HARMAN’s HiQnet™ network communications protocol, enabling control via Audio Architect or JBL SRX Connect—the new iOS and Android application that provides a fast streamlined approach to system control.

SRX800 Series enclosures are built for extreme durability even under the most demanding applications. The speakers have M10 suspension points for easy rigging and standard 35 mm pole cups for stand mounting. The rear panels feature an LCD screen and glow in the dark ink to facilitate setup even on dark stages. The SRX812P includes feet that enable it to be used as either a main or monitor speaker.

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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HARMAN’s Soundcraft Incorporates Rich Analog Legacy and Hallmark Sound Quality into New Signature Series Range of Analog Mixing Consoles

Signature-12-smallANAHEIM, California – Combining its trademark world-class sound quality with new levels of usability and affordability, HARMAN’s Soundcraft today introduced its Signature Series and Signature Series Multi-Track analog mixing consoles. Signature Series consoles are available in four frame sizes: 10-channel, 12-channel, 16-channel, and 22-channel while the Signature Series Multi-Track consoles are available in 12-channel (14-in/12-out USB interface) and 22-channel (24-in/22-out USB interface).

“Our new Signature Series consoles pack features and circuits from some of our best consoles in our history,” said Sean Karpowicz, Soundcraft’s Product Manager. “But never before has such high-quality analog sound been available in these sizes and price points.”

All Signature Series consoles incorporate Soundcraft’s iconic Ghost mic preamps, directly drawn from the company’s top-of-the-line professional consoles, to deliver extraordinary audio quality with high headroom, wide dynamic range and exceptional resolution and clarity with a superb signal to noise ratio. They employ Soundcraft’s Sapphyre Assymetric EQ for perfectly equalizing every vocal and instrumental element in a mix with the unmistakable musicality inherent in every Soundcraft console, plus the GB Series audio routing technology famous in thousands of live venues worldwide.

Both models include a wide variety of built-in Lexicon studio-grade reverb, chorus, modulation and other effects and dbx limiters on the input channels. The consoles offer XLR and switchable Hi-Z inputs that enable guitars, basses and other instruments to be directly connected.

The Signature Series consoles come with a 2-in/2-out USB interface while the Multi-Track versions come with a 14-in/12-out on the 12-channel version and a 24-in/22-out USB audio interface. Accompanying the consoles are free downloads of the Lexicon MPX-L native plug-in and Ableton Live 9 Lite.

Signature Series consoles feature smooth, premium-quality faders with GB® Series audio routing with flexible pre/post switching on each Aux, and subgroups with powerful routing and switching options as well as dedicated outputs. The Signature Series are built using tour-grade robust metal construction and top-quality components and have an internal universal power supply.

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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HARMAN’s Soundcraft Brings the Freedom to Mix Anywhere from Any Device with its new Ui Series Digital Mixers

Scraft_Ui16-smallANAHEIM, California – Providing the unprecedented ability to mix audio from any Wi-Fi connected device in any location, HARMAN’s Soundcraft is introducing the new Ui Series of remote-controlled digital mixers. The Ui12 and Ui16 each feature an integrated, onboard Wi-Fi router and can be controlled via a tablet, PC or smartphone.

The Ui Series mixers feature cross-platform compatibility with iOS, Android, Windows, Mac OS, and Linux devices, and can use up to 10 control devices simultaneously. In addition, the Ui12 and Ui16 each feature built-in HARMAN signal processing from dbx, DigiTech and Lexicon, including dbx AFS2, DigiTech Amp Modeling, and more. Both models feature fully recallable and remote-controlled mic gain and phantom power, along with 4-band parametric EQ, high-pass filter, compressor, de-esser and noise gate on input channels.

Both mixers offer 31-band graphic EQ, noise gate and compressor on all outputs, plus real-time frequency analyser (RTA) on inputs and outputs. Built in are three dedicated Lexicon FX busses: Reverb, Delay and Chorus. In addition, mixer controls include Subgroups, Mute groups and View groups, among others. The Ui Series mixers feature full Show/Snapshot recallability with channel recall safes. while security lockout features allow customization of device access to only specific functions and mixes if needed. Both mixers also offer independent network interfaces on board for simultaneous control by Wi-Fi and Ethernet, plus a floor-ready rugged chassis for live applications.

The Ui12 also features four XLR combo mic/line inputs, four XLR mic inputs, two channels of Hi-Z/instrument inputs, as well as a stereo RCA line input. A 2-channel USB media player is included, along with two balanced XLR Aux outputs, two quarter-inch headphone outputs with level control, plus balanced stereo XLR and quarter-inch main outputs. Two-channel USB audio playback is compatible with MP3, WAV and AIFF formats.

The Ui16 boasts eight XLR combo mic/line inputs, four XLR mic inputs, two channels of Hi-Z/instrument inputs, as well as a stereo RCA line input. A 2-channel USB media player is included, along with four balanced XLR Aux outputs, two quarter-inch headphone outputs with level control, plus balanced stereo XLR and quarter-inch main outputs. Two-channel USB audio playback is compatible with MP3, WAV and AIFF formats, and 2-channel USB Record direct-to-memory devices functionality is possible as well. The Ui16 also has an HDMI display connection output..

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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Clay Paky Mythos Fixtures Make US TV Debut on CMT’s Live “Ultimate Kickoff Party” Launching College Football Playoffs

IMG_3357CMT’s live “Ultimate Kickoff Party” launched the first College Football Playoffs with a glittering show, which also marked the US TV debut of Clay Paky’s new Mythos fixtures, a highly-advanced hybrid light which serves as an excellent 470-watt spotlight and an extraordinary beam light. grandMA2 consoles were deployed on the concert special for lighting control. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of both brands in North America.

Production designer/lighting designer Mike Swinford obtained 146 Mythos fixtures from Nashville-based Morris Light & Sound, which offers a large inventory of the new lights. As a spot, Mythos has an outstanding large beam and zoom optimized for focusing; as a beam light it remains parallel for its entire length even at great distances. Mythos is smooth, fast and very quiet with a completely redesigned indexed visual effects disc.

Swinford and Morris Light & Sound president and CEO David Haskell were introduced to Mythos when A.C.T Lighting Vice President of Sales and Marketing Brian Dowd invited them to Clay Paky’s factory in Italy. Dowd orchestrated the visit, accompanied them on the trip and arranged demos of the new fixture. They were among the first people to ever see the fixture and immediately thought it was amazing. Haskell ordered 240 Mythos lights, and Swinford was first in line to use them.

“I was shopping for something new and great for the upcoming Kenny Chesney tour,” Swinford recalls. “Then this job for CMT came up, and I asked David if we could use the Mythos for the ‘Ultimate Kickoff Party’ first. He said sure, but the lights were so new they didn’t have cases yet!”

Haskell notes that Morris Light & Sound “does a lot of work with CMT, so we were happy to be able to offer Mythos on short order. I always hesitate to use a brand new fixture on live TV, especially so many of them. But my confidence level was high enough that Mike decided to give Mythos a go.”

Swinford was impressed by Mythos low power consumption, lightweight, incredible brightness and versatility – qualities he needed for the “Ultimate Kickoff Party.” The 90-minute concert special was staged in the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas and headlined by Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Brett Eldredge, Jake Owen, Maddie & Tae, Thomas Rhett, and Big & Rich.

“The show was primarily lighting-driven,” Swinford says, “although we had some low-resolution screens in the truss structure to display graphics. Mythos dominated the rig and was supported by some LED Flares. With Mythos I was able to get everything I wanted from a single fixture: huge graphic looks – like Sharpy on steroids – the ability to zoom out for nice texture with gobos and the ability to soften the edges for a pseudo wash-type look. I was confident that Mythos could be the one light that does it all.”

Swinford mounted 24 Mythos on each of three zigzag truss structures made of 10-foot sticks with four-way corner blocks. Each corner block included a five-foot piece of vertical truss featuring two more Mythos fixtures. A fourth zigzag truss, free-standing on eight-foot legs, had 24 more Mythos lights.

With this configuration, “we could do one thing, like zoom, with the horizontal Mythos, then add sharp parallel beams from the vertical Mythos,” Swinford explains. “Mythos allowed me to create distinctive looks for each artist by changing up color palettes and using their great gobos.”

Lighting director and programmer Mike Appel was also dazzled by the lights. “Mythos is so small, so bright and so versatile,” he says. “We could go from super Sharpy-type beam mode to a really wide zoom. The patterns, aerials and color mix were really great. It can do everything: strobing, flashing, color changes. We could pop from beam to zoom mode really quickly, and the lights held up well.”

Swinford says, “For Lady Antebellum the Mythos were pointed straight at the camera with a gobo look that was fantastic – very crisp and hard edged. The optics on the lamps are outstanding.”

“We put a star field pattern in the fixture and spun it fast so we got an unbelievably strong look,” adds Appel. “It was a look we couldn’t have gotten before with a smaller head.”

And on the finale with Big & Rich covering “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy,” Swinford and Appel “went all out,” says Appel. “We were in full-on party mode and structured the beams to cut through everything. With all the chasing we were still able to create a structural look with the beams cutting through. They looked just great!”

Swinford says the Mythos fixtures generated lots of buzz backstage. “Nobody had ever seen this look before, and the artists could see and feel the power of it. They all made comments: ‘What is this? We’ve never seen anything like it!’ They were very impressed with the new look of Mythos.”

Appel had two grandMA2 consoles for lighting control: a full-size desk with three NPUs for the A system and a grandMA2 light with three NPUs for the back up B system. A long-time grandMA fan, Appel began using the system in 2002 migrating to the grandMA2 in 2010.

He found that the consoles paired well with the new Mythos fixtures. “The profile for the Mythos that A.C.T Lighting supplied worked just fine; I just made a few small modifications based on my personal preferences,” Appel explains.

Swinford reports the fixtures “came off great” on their TV debut. “We ran them about five days and they performed amazingly. When I turned on the rig for the first time it was really exciting. I haven’t felt this strongly about a light for a long time. It’s nice to be the first kid on the block with a new toy!”

“I think Mythos is going to be very popular,” Swinford concludes. “Clay Paky will probably have to run double shifts to keep up with the demand!”

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 on A.C.T Lighting, visit www.actlighting.com
For more information on Morris Light & Sound, visit www.morrislightandsound.com.

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HARMAN’s Crown Ships XLi Series, Setting New Standard for Affordable Power Amplifiers

Crown-XLi-Series-smallANAHEIM, California — At NAMM 2015, HARMAN’s Crown announced it is now shipping its XLi Series, four models that set a new standard for entry-level professional grade amplifiers. The new XLi3500, XLi2500, XLi1500 and XLi800 are powerful, rugged and reliable and are well suited for a wide variety of live and installed sound applications.

The Crown XLi3500, XLi2500, XLi1500 and XLi800 deliver 1,000, 500, 330 and 200 watts per channel respectively (into 8 ohms; 2,700, 1,500, 900 and 600 watts in bridged mode into 8 ohms). All models feature user-selectable input sensitivity to accommodate a variety of program sources that have low output signals and include balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA inputs. XLi can be operated in stereo, parallel or bridged-mono mode and provides binding post and speakON output connectors to facilitate use with virtually any type of passive PA speakers.

All four amplifiers feature front panel level controls, signal presence, and clip and fault LED indicators. Like all Crown power amps, XLi Series models provide comprehensive protection against shorts, no-load conditions, and power on/off thumps. The amplifiers are also shielded against radio frequency interference to keep the sound quality pure, even in situations with a great deal of wireless activity.

“Our XLi Series power amps bring the exceptional sound quality and bulletproof construction Crown is known for to more attractive price points,” said Craig Lambrecht, Business Segment Manager, Crown Audio. “They’re ideal for musicians, bands, DJs, dance clubs, bars, houses of worship and other situations where affordability is important, without compromising on performance or reliability.”

All Crown XLi amplifiers feature a one-year, no-fault, fully transferable warranty.

Crown XLi Series amplifiers have MAP pricing as follows: XLi3500, $649; XLi2500, $399; XLi1500, $299; XLi800, $229.

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.

HARMAN’s dbx Introduces DriveRack VENU360 Loudspeaker Management System With Mobile Device Control at NAMM 2015

dbx-DriveRack-VENU360FrontsmallANAHEIM, California – At NAMM 2015, HARMAN’s dbx announced the introduction of its DriveRack VENU360 Loudspeaker Management System, which enables a live or installed sound speaker system to be precisely optimized for the best-possible sound quality. Successor to the industry-standard DriveRack 260, the new VENU360 adds a host of additional features including mobile device control, additional input channels, improved DSP and easier operation.

“The DriveRack VENU360 provides a level of loudspeaker tuning that’s far beyond anything previously available,” said Jason Kunz, Market Manager, Portable PA and Recording & Broadcast. “The result is sound systems that simply sound better, with the major advantage of having complete control of the VENU360 from a laptop, tablet or even a smartphone.”

The DriveRack VENU360 is a highly configurable and flexible device, which includes the latest advancements in dbx’s AFS™ and AutoEQ™ algorithms (first introduced in the well-received DriveRack PA2). It provides expanded input processing and includes dbx’s useful AFS (Advanced Feedback Suppression), which automatically detects and precisely removes problematic feedback-causing frequencies. Other input processing includes 31-band graphic EQ, 12-band parametric EQ with narrow-notch capabilities, dbx compression, subharmonic synthesis for enhanced low-frequency impact, backline time delay, and noise gating.

Multi-crossover configurations are possible with support for full range, 2-way or 3-way operation (custom mono 4-way, 5-way or 6-way configurations are also available). Extensive output processing is provided with 12-band AutoEQ (eight AutoEQ bands, four user configurable bands), dbx compression, automatic gain control, subharmonic synthesis, noise gating, tower delays (up to 1000ms per output), 8-band parametric EQs (used for speaker tunings), dbx limiting and driver alignment delays.

Connecting a dbx RTA-M measurement microphone (sold separately) to the front-panel RTA mic input allows dbx’s proprietary Level Assist and AutoEQ algorithms to be utilized, for automatic, precise system balancing and equalization of the loudspeakers within the venue, for a smoother, more accurate system frequency response. Since AutoEQ is now located in the output processing stage, independent sections of a system can be equalized automatically. This allows AutoEQ to be used on the FOH system as well as the stage monitors, zones and tower delays!

The DriveRack VENU360 can be set up and operated from a compatible iOS, Android, Windows or Macintosh device via an easy-to-use app and a standard Wi-Fi router connected to the rear-panel Ethernet port. The VENU360 also has a front-panel LCD display with on-screen “map”-style navigation and input and output meters and mutes for system setup and monitoring.

An improved automated Wizard setup utility now supports stage monitors, making setup of an entire sound system fast, easy and precise. The dbx Wizard automatically configures hundreds of audio parameters with the push of a few buttons, with no previous audio experience required. Among the Wizard’s many functions are Level Assist, AutoEQ, AFS and built-in speaker and amp tunings for JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers and many more. Up to 75 user configurations can be saved, eliminating the need to enter the same system or venue settings over and over again.

The dbx VENU360 provides balanced XLR analog and AES digital inputs for connection to a mixer, with support for mono, stereo, LCR and aux-fed sub configurations. Six balanced XLR outputs can be configured for PA system front of house, stage monitors, delay towers, zones and more. The VENU360 is also compatible with BSS Audio Contrio Ethernet wall controllers. Future firmware updates can be made via the USB port and firmware update utility.

The dbx DriveRack VENU360 will be available in April 2015 at a suggested price of $799.

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.

Analog Way names Jay Gonzalez as VP Americas

AnalogWay_JayGonzalezJanuary 2015 – Analog Way, a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative presentation switchers and image converters, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jay Gonzalez as new Vice President for the Americas.

Effective January, 1, 2015, Jay Gonzalez joined Analog Way as new VP Americas.
He succeeds Alexander Schöpff, who led the New York based subsidiary since 2011, strongly contributing to the expansion of Analog Way.

In his new role, Jay Gonzalez will be responsible for the supervision of operations and sales activity for the US, Canada and Latin America. He will report directly to Adrien Corso, Chief Executive Officer at Analog Way.

With over 20 years of experience in the Broadcast and Pro AV sectors, Jay Gonzalez brings an extensive knowledge and experience of the Pro AV industry which will be a great asset to reinforce Analog Way’s position on existing markets.
He is also in charge to establish and implement a strong sales strategy aiming at introducing Analog Way’s systems to new markets.

Prior to joining Analog Way, Jay Gonzalez served as Sales & Technical Director for tvONE. He also worked as VP of Sales at Technical Innovation, a premier design and build integrator, and as National Engineering Manager for Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Company.

Adrien Corso, CEO at Analog Way states: “We are thrilled to have Jay Gonzalez join us. Jay is a seasoned and most respected professional that fits perfectly in our new corporate culture. As we share the same ambition for the company, Jay is without a doubt the perfect leader to undertake Analog Way’s renewed momentum in the Americas and help us further develop business in the region.”

Jay Gonzalez comments: “In recent years, Analog Way has truly come of age. With the introduction of the LiveCore™ series, Analog Way has demonstrated a passionate commitment to excellence and creativity. I had been a distant admirer of this company for quite a while. As Vice President of the Americas, I now have an opportunity to work closely with an excellent team of inspired professionals. Together, I look forward to reaching many more exciting milestones.”

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Back to the Future Sounds: Moog Recommences Manufacturing Large Format Modular Synthesizers

ASHEVILLE, NC, January 19, 2015: January 19, 2014 Asheville, NC: 50 years ago, at its first introduction, the Moog modular synthesizer represented as radical a transition as Kandinski’s abstracts or Kodak’s cameras – offering both a break from yesterday and a startling glimpse of tomorrow. And, as with all cultural explosions, the impact of Dr. Bob Moog’s invention was impossible to evaluate from the epicenter. It’s only now, 50 years down the line that we can get some measure of the importance, and the sheer untapped potentiality of the Moog Modular Synthesizer.

1Today, it is with great excitement that Moog Music Inc. announces their plans to re-commence the limited run manufacturing of three of their most sought after 5U large format modular synthesizers: The System 55, the System 35 and the Model 15. These three modular synthesizer systems were originally created and manufactured by Moog in 1973.

To commemorate the announcement, Moog shot a short film at their factory about the inspiring and multifaceted relationship artists have with modular synthesizers. The video features electronic music pioneers such as Suzanne Ciani, Malcolm Cecil, David Borden, Dick Hyman and Herb Deutsch alongside performances by contemporary modular artists like Holy Ghost! (DFA), Gavin Russom (ECSTATIC/Entropy Trax), Max Ravitz AKA Patricia (L.I.E.S./Spectral Sound/Opal Tapes), Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith (Western Vinyl), Jacques Greene (Vase/LuckyMe) and M. Geddes Gengras (Stones Throw). Each artist played a patch live, in one take, with no overdubs on one or more of the new Moog Modular systems.

2The foundation for this announcement was laid last year at Moogfest 2014, when Moog released the Emerson Moog Modular system – a faithful recreation of Keith Emerson’s legendary modular instrument, which was the culmination of three years worth of research and engineering. Now Moog will use the techniques learned recreating the EMMS manufacturing process to once again build these modular systems. Crucially, in deference to the unique character and appeal of the original instruments, these systems will be made entirely to their original product specifications and manufacturing techniques and processes.

Working from the 1970s schematics, the System 55, the System 35 and the Model 15 will be meticulously handcrafted, as a true recreation of the original. The modules are built from the original circuit board films – just as they were in 1973- by hand-stuffing and hand-soldering components to circuit boards, and using traditional wiring methods. The front panels are photo-etched aluminum, a classic process rarely still used in today’s synthesizer manufacturing, to maintain the classic and durable look of vintage Moog modules.

3Upon their first release in 1973, the System 55, the System 35 and the Model 15 represented a high watermark for modular synthesis, and their inimitable tones can be heard shaping many much-loved albums. They were fundamental in the development of contemporary soul, RnB, and disco from giving Stevie Wonder’s classic run of 70s LPs their questing, innovative edge, to providing Giorgio Moroder with the pulsating machine melodies that ushered in electronic dance. At the same time, these were the instruments that inspired Brian Eno to push further out into seas of layered tranquillity on his pioneering ambient albums, or provoked bands like Yes and Tangerine Dream to blast their sonic freak outs into the cosmos.

However, the reintroduction of these instruments is not about reliving the past – while much incredible work has been done with the Moog Modular, there is so much further yet to be explored in this relatively young instrument. Artists had only begun to grasp the vast possibilities of these large format modular synthesizers when they went out of production over thirty years ago. Decades of electronic experimentation have enabled musicians to move on from viewing the Moog Modular as a replacement for traditional instrumentation. Now a new generation of artists, with a greater understanding and more complex tools, will have the opportunity to explore the power of these singular sonic machines. Today, the modular synthesizer is viewed in the manner Bob Moog originally intended: to “discover endless offbeat, unconventional, and even irrational ways of working.”

4The dedicated nature of the Moog modular rebuilding process is such that the units will come in extremely limited quantities. There will be 55 units of the System 55, priced at $35,000 per instrument; 35 of units of the System 35, priced at $22,000 per instrument; and 150 units of the Model 15, priced at $10,000 per instrument.

Alongside these Moog Modular Systems will be the Sequencer Complement B Expansion Cabinet, a dual 960 Sequential Controller, an accompaniment to the System 35 and System 55, that has been out of production for over 30 years– as well as an optional 5-Octave duo phonic keyboard.

Links:
Video: http://youtu.be/3w6qWiEx8BQ
Modular Systems: http://www.moogmusic.com/moog-modular-synthesizers
Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/u0zsvbsisj0pedy/AADnSqH3jKKfRWRwitZ2tBCZa?dl=0

About Moog Music
Moog Music 500 series modules and electronic musical instruments are designed and lovingly handcrafted at 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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Antelope Audio to Demonstrate Zen Studio, Satori Monitor Controller, Pure2 Mastering Converter and MP32 Preamplifier During 2015 NAMM Show

Zen Studio, Now Available with Z-Rack Mount and Embroidered Travel Case, to be Honored as Nominee During TEC Award Ceremony Saturday Evening

Anaheim, CA, January 21, 2015: During the 2015 NAMM Show this week, leading digital audio manufacturer Antelope Audio [Hall A - Booth 6274] will demonstrate the detail, purity and flexibility of the newest products in its lineup of professional audio products: the Pure2 mastering converter, the MP32 microphone preamplifier, the Satori monitoring controller, and of course the Zen Studio — which has received industry accolades and a TEC Award nomination during 2014.

zrackThe new products, which are all shipping as of this month, bring unprecedented detail, depth, clarity and transparency to professional users’ audio signal chain, while extending usability with an array of product features and multiple I/Os. Antelope Audio will also showcase new accessories for Zen Studio including its new Z-rack mounting system and a Zen Studio embroidered protective carrying case, an elegant solution designed for ease of use and portability.

Zen Studio: A Fully Featured Recording System ‘To Go’

Zen Studio, which is nominated for the 30th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards in the ‘Computer Audio Hardware” category, is a full-featured audio interface, clock, preamp, and monitor controller in an ergonomic and robust road-ready chassis.

Featuring 20 analog inputs, 12 world-class mic preamps, Antelope’s acclaimed conversion and clocking, onboard DSP effects, multiple monitor mixers, custom high-bandwidth low-latency USB, and Mac/PC control software, Zen Studio is a powerful core to any professional mobile recording studio.

Pure2, Satori and MP32: The Enlightened Audio Chain

The combination of the Pure2 mastering converter, the Satori monitor controller and the MP32 preamplifier, which will each be demonstrated at the Antelope booth, brings a new level of detail and purity to any signal chain.

zen_case2Pure2 is a mastering-grade 24/192 kHz AD/DA 2-channel converter and master clock, enabling 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. With best-in-class Burr-Brown converters and the same Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) technology present in Antelope’s ultra high-end Trinity master clock, Pure2 helps musicians and engineers achieve new levels of mastering excellence.

MP32, a 32-channel, console-grade microphone preamplifier with integrated software control, is designed to compliment Antelope’s Orion32 and provide the greatest possible transparency during the recording process. Occupying just 3U rack spaces make the MP32 the ultimate solution for both studios and live recording — where rack space can be a precious commodity.

Satori, meanwhile, is a true analog monitoring and summing system designed to deliver an ‘epiphany’ experience to the sound engineer. Antelope’s renowned relay-controlled stepped attenuator, the extremely versatile connectivity options and great selection of stereo effects and comprehensive monitoring options, place the Satori among the most advanced monitoring controllers in the world, and make it equally suited to both commercial and project studios.

To learn more, stop by Antelope’s booth at the NAMM Show or visit Antelope’s web site at: http://www.antelopeaudio.com.

About Antelope Audio
Antelope Audio is the brainchild of Igor Levin who has more than 20 years’ experience and a number of innovations in digital audio and synchronization technology. The company is widely acknowledged as the leading manufacturer of audio master clocks.

In 2009 Antelope Audio launched its product line of high-resolution USB D/A converters, being among the pioneers designing a 384 kHz DAC. Antelope’s DACs employ their renowned 64-bit clocking and jitter management technologies and custom-designed circuits, achieving unprecedented precision and sound clarity.

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US Retirement Community Specialist Selects Symetrix Processing Again for New Development

Passavant_5SymNet Radius and Solus open architecture DSPs are integral to the audio configuration at the Passavant Retirement Community Abundant Life Center in Pennsylvania.

SEATTLE, WA —22 JANUARY 2015: Lutheran Senior Life is a leading name in senior living and healthcare, and operates a number of continuing care retirement community (CCRC) properties throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh-based integration firm ASCC’s Pro A/V arm has implemented Symetrix processors to provide suitably flexible audio in a number of Lutheran Senior Life properties, and in its latest project has installed Symetrix SymNet Radius and Solus DSPs at the Passavant Retire Community complex in Zelienople.

In a move designed to better serve its residents, Passavant recently completed work on a new site, the Abundant Life Center. The ambitious facility hosts a chapel, fitness center, restaurant, conference area, retail outlets, independent living and personal care apartments, nursing beds and more.

To deliver anywhere-to-anywhere source routing and intuitive local control at the Abundant Life Center, ASCC made extensive use of Symetrix technology. A SymNet Radius 12×8 DSP resides at the heart of the system, and an xIn 12 and an xOut 12 connect to it via Dante, bringing the main system I/O count to 24×20. One Symetrix SymNet Solus 8 open architecture DSP each resides in the chapel and in the conference complex, and although those systems usually operate autonomously ASCC’s Ken Coey and Ryan Hesske designed the system so that users could still tap or send signals to or from anywhere else in the system via analogue feeds and interactive preset changes.

In addition, seven Symetrix ARC-2e wall mounted remote controls, spread across the zones, permit easy source selection, volume adjustment and preset changes. Paging centres located at the main reception desk, fitness centre reception desk and media area use a Symetrix ARC-SW4e paired with an ARC-EX4e wall panel remote to allow intuitive paging to any zone in the building.

With regard to the five principal areas that comprise the Abundant Life Center, Coey –who is pro A/V design specialist at ASCC –says that “it made sense to tie all the systems together. That way, in addition to being able to page specific areas or across the entire system, they could send programme input sources from anywhere to anywhere else. It’s very flexible, and yet with the ARC controllers still very easy for them to operate.”

A long-time user of Symetrix systems, Coey remarks that he has “always been impressed with the quality, functionality, reliability and ease-of-use of their products. Moreover, they sound great and we’re able to programme the user interfaces so that staff can use them intuitively.”

Inputs to the system include seven Tascam CD-200i CD players with integrated iPod dock, a Tascam TU-690 AM/FM radio, an Antex XM-100 Satellite radio, three Audix ADX-12 gooseneck paging microphones, 15 Sennheiser Evolution Wireless systems, three Sennheiser SKM-Series wireless microphones, four Galaxy Audio HSE-UBG-SENN headworn microphones and a PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2 digital mixer.

Eleven QSC ISA-, CX- and RMX-Series amplifiers power a large collection of QSC AD-series surface-mounted loudspeakers and Quam System ACT-Series lay-in loudspeakers, as well as a handful of EV ZX1-SUB subwoofers and SoundTube RS400i pendant loudspeakers. Furman sequencers condition the system, while Listen Technologies provides assisted listening.

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FURTHER IMAGES: Please click on an image’s caption for a hi-resolution copy.

[1] A corridor at Passavant, with attractions and shops on either side.

[2] One of Passavant’s seating areas, outfitted with a range of loudspeakers.

[3] The communal bistro inside Passavant Retirement Community.

[4] An external shot of Passavant, where Symetrix SymNet DSPs handle site-wide processing.

[5] One of the cafe’s at Passavant, populated with visitors and residents.

[6] The old-world ‘Snack Shoppe’ at Passavant Retirement Community in Pennsylvania.

[7] A resident walks down the arcade at Passavant.

 

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With a current and broadly-based product portfolio that encompasses both open architecture (Edge, Radius 12×8 EX, Radius AEC, Solus) and fixed architecture (Jupiter, Zone Mix 761) solutions, Seattle, USA-based Symetrix is the global leader in digital audio signal processing. From a founding base in the studio and MI communities, Symetrix has emerged to take a defining role in commercial audio, its products now a default choice for large-scale installations in performance venues, sports arenas, educational establishments and many more. Benefiting from a worldwide distribution network that has seen its products specified in over 100 countries, Symetrix nonetheless continues to spearhead the entire design and build process from its Seattle HQ. The manufacturer is now enhancing its readiness for a new era of AV networking through its licensing partnership with Audinate, whose world-leading Dante media networking solution is fully integrated into the SymNet DSP platform.

 

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