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Shotoku Makes Gains With El Financiero ׀ Bloomberg TV

UNIQUE VR TRACKING SYSTEM DELIVERS AUGMENTED REALITY SOLUTION FOR FINANCIAL NEWS BROADCASTER IN MEXICO CITY

Mexico City – Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a leading international manufacturer of advanced camera support products, has announced the recent installation of its highly regarded Shotoku TK-53LVR Dolly Crane System for a Virtual Studio at El Financiero|Bloomberg TV, a station based in Mexico City that broadcasts, through an alliance with Bloomberg NY, both worldwide and local financial-based programming to Mexico and Central America. The sale was facilitated through long-time Shotoku dealer Comtelsat, based in Mexico City with offices in US, Brazil and Central America, to help the station deliver stunning graphics and visuals to viewers.

According to Ricardo Granada, IT & TV support manager, El Financiero|Bloomberg TV, the station is using the TK-53LVR system, alongside a Vizrt Virtual Studio solution, Grass Valley LDX camera dedicated to the Shotoku system, and a Kayak production switcher, as an augmented reality system, for the graphics and statistics, as well as logos of the station’s sponsors in some sections. It is used for augmented reality and virtual elements matched to the real studio.

“They don’t use a traditional lower third or a bumper to show some sponsored section of the news show,” explains Angélica Elizalde, sales executive and specialist in graphic solutions for Comtelsat. “Instead, they use the logo of the sponsor in augmented reality during the whole section — which is way more spectacular, since the anchor is interacting with the virtual element. Also, the anchors can present statistics and schemes that come out right from the floor of the studio — which is a simpler and more creative way to present the information to the audiences. And those graphics can get sponsored, too.”

“We knew the brand from other installations and knew it was a reliable and very stable system,” says Granada. “We were quite impressed because of the length of the crane and the possibilities it has for live production; and also by the fact that no other vendor has a product with the same quality, accuracy and level of service we are used to receive from Shotoku.”

The Shotoku TK-53LVR Dolly Crane System for Virtual Studio offers a unique set of VR features coupled with a sturdy twin arm structure that provides vibration-free, high performance with a single operator. The VR Dolly Crane System allows any studio to be easily transformed into a virtual environment without the need for targets on the ceiling, floors, or walls, or infrared sensors. Reliable, accurate and immediate VR data, including pan/tilt, zoom, focus and X/Y camera date is sent to the graphic computer via an RS422 cable. A Pan Bar control unit maximizes optimal pan & tilt operation. The TK-53LVR also features Shotoku’s unique SPi-Touch 2 point calibration system for quick set-up.

“We’ve been dealers for Shotoku for a number of years, and we have always preferred the system because of its reliability and accuracy in the mechanical tracking data –it’s just the best,” adds Elizalde. “They can have a 360-degree tracking of virtual elements; the arm of the crane is totally vibration free (no matter the length of it, which is quite large). They can make a very large range of movements without worrying about undesired bumping; plus they just need one operator to manage the whole system (nevertheless, they often use two people just to make sure, but most of the time is just one). Also, unlike some other systems, Shotoku guarantees that there won’t be any delay or loss on the receiving of the mechanical tracking data.”

Granada adds, “I have been a user for a few years, but I never worked with a crane system, so this was a challenge. Nevertheless, the system has proved to be as reliable as all other Shotoku products I know. Once you get to know it, it is fairly simple and straightforward to use. Overall, it’s easy to manage, it’s accurate and the final result is always impressive.”

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.co.uk

Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
+44 (0) 1784 224650 / mailto:info@shotoku.co.uk

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

Third New Hope Baptist Church Purchases HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression 2 Digital Console For New Campus

DETROIT, Michigan – Third New Hope Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan now featuring Sunday services at their three locations (Main, West and Northwest Campuses), recently purchased a HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression 2 console for its newest Northwest campus in Farmington Hills, which seats approximately 300 people. The church is known to offer a mixture of styles when it comes to its services, ranging from traditional hymns to contemporary Christian rock.

As the Lead Sound Engineer for the church, Derrick Holmes travels between all three campuses to manage the sound installations and train volunteers at each location. Having started his own live sound company for local bands called D&G Sound, he temporarily installed a Si Expression 3 console at the Farmington Hills campus. The church was so impressed with the console that it led to the purchase of its own Si Expression 2, which marks another step towards implementing the latest audiovisual technologies at the new campus.

“Based on my past experience as a live sound and studio engineer, I can confidently say that I’m impressed by the Si Expression Series,” said Holmes. “They’re user-friendly, and they hide well behind a screen. I can sit in the theater seat with an iPad and it feels great to control everything remotely. When I am on the board, the FaderGlowTM illumination makes the operation more intuitive than other boards, especially when using the console in dark theater environments.”

The Farmington Hills campus has a modern venue that is also used as a theater, so the Si Expression 2 was the perfect choice to highlight the acoustics of the venue, and to help volunteers transition out of their analog background.

“It’s easy to teach people with relatively little experience to use the board, because it’s so intuitively designed and it sounds great!” said Holmes. “Considering the price-point, you get high quality in sound and construction. The layout is very organized, so it wasn’t hard to transition people out of analog.”

For more information, please visit www.thirdnewhope.com

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

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GUITAR CENTER CELEBRATES NEW TIMES SQUARE STORE WITH THE ROOTS LIVE IN CONCERT

Award-winning firm Eight Inc. hired to design GC’s new flagship store location and redefine retail experience for NY consumers.

ANNOUNCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

Flagship Times Square Store opens Thursday, August 7
Unique state-of-the-art in-store elements include Guitar Center’s The Platinum Club; a Fender-custom shop where craftsmen tailor guitars to unique specifications; a full DJ experiential department; a boutique pedal selection in a stunning 360-degree display; and 28,000 square feet of guitars, drums, keys, DJ, recording, live sound and more
The Roots to celebrate occasion with a special Times Square concert
Grand Opening festivities continue through the weekend with exclusive savings, giveaways, a display featuring Eric Clapton’s iconic “Blackie” Fender Stratocaster and more

Los Angeles, CA (July 23, 2014): Guitar Center has announced the grand opening of the retailer’s brand new store location in world-renowned Times Square, further cementing Guitar Center as the leading force in the industry. The new store is located at 218 W. 44th St. and opens its doors at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 7, 2014. This opening coincides with another milestone for Guitar Center as the retailer celebrates its 50th anniversary year.

Standing as the 262nd store nationwide, Guitar Center Times Square location is housed in what was the original New York Times building, updated with a modern look by award-winning design firm Eight Inc. (Apple, Nike). True to all Guitar Center stores, the Times Square location will foster a hands-on environment in which customers are encouraged to interact with the wide selection of instruments and a dedicated staff of unparalleled experts.

To commemorate such a momentous occasion, Guitar Center will host a Grand Opening Weekend, kicking off on Thursday night with a performance by hip-hop icons and current Tonight Show house band The Roots, across the street from the new store at the Best Buy Theater. Tickets will be given away at New York-based Guitar Center locations in the days leading up to the event. Locations and times can be found at http://guitarcenter.com/timessquare.

Guitar Center Times Square will feature a number of programs such as in-house lesson facility Guitar Center Studios, free Recording Made Easy classes, in-house rental department, a hands-on electronic music department, and onsite guitar repair service GC Garage. Innovative features unique to this location include a Fender custom shop where craftsmen tailor guitars to unique specifications,a boutique pedal selection in a stunning 360-degree display, and The Platinum Club, which showcases top-of-the-line, high-end luxury guitars.

“Joining the caliber of retailers that have established a presence in Times Square over the years is a huge accomplishment and a statement as to how far the brand has come,” says Mike Pratt, Guitar Center CEO. “By opening a Guitar Center in such a visible, high-traffic area as Times Square, we are able to open more eyes to the inherent joy that comes from playing an instrument. The store is amazing, and we can’t wait to share it with our customers. It’s a proud moment for all of us at Guitar Center.”

“Guitar Center is one of the few brands out there working to inspire people to make music. They are able to survive in a culture that supports creativity and musicianship, just like us,” says Questlove. “New York is where I reside and Times Square is the heartbeat of the city, so to have Guitar Center in the center of it all is an exciting moment for New York musicians.”

Additionally, throughout the weekend the Times Square store will feature exclusive savings, gear giveaways and free events. Eric Clapton’s “Blackie” Fender Stratocaster, purchased by Guitar Center for $959,500 at a Christie’s Auction to raise funds for Crossroads Centre Antigua, will be on display all weekend, and Dream Theater’s John Petrucci will be greeting customers in the store on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Store Address
218 W. 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

Store Hours
Mon-Friday 11:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm – 6:00pm

About The Roots:
Formed in 1987 in Philadelphia, PA, the legendary Roots Crew consists of Black Thought (MC), Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson (drums), Kamal Gray (electronic keyboards), F. Knuckles (percussion), Captain Kirk Douglas (electronic guitar), Damon Bryson (sousaphone) and James Poyser (electronic keyboard). Having previously released twelve projects, The Roots have become one of the best-known and most respected hip-hop acts in the business, winning four GRAMMYs, including “Best R&B Album” for Wake Up!, “Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance” for “Hang in There” (with John Legend) and “Best Group or Duo R&B Vocal Performance” for “Shine.” The ensemble was most recently nominated for “Best Rap Album” for the 2011 release of undun. This brings the band’s GRAMMY nomination count to twelve. Additionally, The Roots have also become the faces of Philly’s “Fourth of July Jam,” an annual concert held during the Fourth of July with the biggest names in music, and “The Roots Picnic,” a yearly star-studded mix of musicians that has become a celebrated institution during awards season. Recently The Roots were named one of the greatest live bands around by Rolling Stone and became the official house band on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, where they currently perform every Monday-Friday. The Roots celebrated the release of their 11th album, then you shoot your cousin, in May 2014.

About Guitar Center:
Guitar Center is the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards and pro-audio and recording equipment, with more than 262 stores across the U.S. In addition, the Music & Arts division operates more than 100 stores specializing in band instruments for sale and rental, serving teachers, band directors, college professors and students since 1984. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Guitar Center’s historic first-steps to helping people make music. With an unrivaled in-store experience and passionate commitment to making gear easy-to-buy, Guitar Center is all about enabling musicians and non-musicians alike to experience the indescribable joy that comes from playing an instrument. All we sell is the greatest feeling on earth. For more information about Guitar Center, please visit www.guitarcenter.com

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Waves Releases the SoundGrid® Studio System

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, July 23, 2014 — Waves Audio, a leading provider of digital signal processing software and hardware solutions, introduces the Waves SoundGrid® Studio System.

The SoundGrid Studio System is a real-time processing and networking platform that allows users’ DAWs to offload their plugin processing, streamlines and maximizes performance with lightning-fast real-time processing and low-latency monitoring, and integrates seamlessly with all DAWs and SoundGrid-compatible I/Os. This serves any setup, from a single DAW with one SoundGrid I/O, to an entire network of host computers, I/Os, and SoundGrid DSP servers. With its real-time processing and low-latency monitoring, the SoundGrid Studio System can run a nearly unlimited number of plugins, allowing users to track and rehearse with near-zero latency. The SoundGrid Studio System enables users to connect all components through a centralized hub, as well as to connect multiple DAWs using the SoundGrid ASIO/Core Audio driver. It is also compliant with SoundGrid-compatible Waves and third-party plugins and comes with a line of powerful DSP servers that provide unequaled offload capabilities.

Components:
The SoundGrid Studio System includes the SoundGrid Studio Application, which manages the SoundGrid network on a host computer; the eMotion ST mixer, which runs plugins in real time for recording, mixing, and low-latency monitoring while tracking or rehearsing; and StudioRack, which runs plugin chains, saves and loads their presets, and offloads their processing to a SoundGrid DSP server. A SoundGrid ASIO/Core Audio driver connects any DAW to the SoundGrid network as a software I/O.

The SoundGrid Studio System and DiGiGrid:
Combined with DiGiGrid I/Os, the SoundGrid Studio System enables users to process plugins in real time, monitor and network with near-zero latency, take advantage of old DigiLink interfaces, and expand their studio by connecting everything and everyone through one central I/O.

Pricing and availability notes:

All DiGiGrid I/O interfaces come with the complete SoundGrid Studio System software. Current owners of DiGiGrid MGB and MGO units can receive the complete SoundGrid Studio System software free of charge. DiGiGrid IOS comes with a $500 (U.S.) voucher for Waves SoundGrid plugins (valid 60 days from licensing; applicable toward non-discounted SoundGrid products).
StudioRack Native is free for Waves plugin owners covered by the Waves Update Plan.
Non-WUP owners: StudioRack SoundGrid + eMotion ST mixer is sold for a U.S. MSRP of $450.

Visit http://www.waves.com for more information.

View product videos here:

1. Allocating IOs in the SoundGrid Studio Network: http://youtu.be/z8QuKJLDj1Q

2. Move Entire Plugin Chain Presets between DAWs with StudioRack: http://youtu.be/DPOL5piVISM

3. eMotion ST Mixer Quick Tour: http://youtu.be/3Habz4308BQ

4. Introduction to the SoundGrid Studio System: http://youtu.be/9OlSAlWxzd0

5. Introducing StudioRack Plugin Chainer: http://youtu.be/lkCPbNtZepI

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Wharfedale Diamond 10 Series Speakers Bring Hi-Fi Sound Back to School

Hopedale, MA, July 21, 2014 — When students go back to school, they’ll need to study hard – but when they take a break from all the hard work, what better way to unwind than to listen to music? This fall, Wharfedale offers a superb-sounding, affordable alternative to low-fi listening – the rave-reviewed Diamond Series 10.1 and Diamond 10.2 compact loudspeakers.

Whether they want to listen to their favorite playlists or are part of the growing number of vinyl enthusiasts enjoying the inviting sound of records and turntables, students will appreciate the clarity and presence the Wharfedale Diamond Series brings to music listening.

Wharfedale is Britain’s most famous speaker brand – and with good reason. The Diamond 10.1 and 10.2 (SRP: $349 per pair and $449 per pair respectively) are designed to reproduce music with detailed, dynamic and spacious sound. They employ premium components including a woven Kevlar cone woofer (a material not usually found in speakers at these price points), and a neodymium-magnet soft-dome tweeter with a specially designed diffusion grid for smooth high-frequency response.

The attractively curved and contoured cabinets are built from four layers of materials, bonded together to create acoustically optimized enclosures. Measuring just 11.7″ x 7.7″ x 11″ with a 5-inch woofer and 1-inch tweeter, the Diamond 10.1 is ideal in dorm rooms and places where space is at a premium. The 14.3″ x 8.8″ x 11.85″ Diamond 10.2 features a 6-1/2-inch woofer and 1-inch tweeter for extended bass and greater output.

Unlike most speakers, the Diamond 10 Series is designed and built by Wharfedale completely in-house, from their drivers and internal components to their striking cabinets available in Black, Cherry and Rosewood finishes, a perfect addition to a dorm room, apartment or anywhere students want to enjoy their music.

In addition to the 10.1 and 10.2, the Diamond 10 Series includes a complete lineup of floorstanding towers, center channel speakers, surround speakers, subwoofers and other models for home theater and music listening.

For more information in the U.S. on the complete range of Wharfedale loudspeakers, please visit www.wharfedaleusa.com

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GC Pro Helps Banker-Turned-Metal Maven Mitch Cox Realize His Vision at Conclave Studios

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, July 22, 2014 — New York City has lots of recording studios — the Williamsburg district of Brooklyn alone reportedly has 60 or more. But Mitch Cox hadn’t found one that catered to heavy metal and hard rock the way the aspiring record producer and entrepreneur wanted to, so he set out to build one. “When you’re designing a studio for maximum flexibility, to try to please everyone, you make design and equipment choices based on that, and those are inevitably compromises,” says Cox, “In this studio [Conclave Studios], we made design and equipment choices around the classic metal sounds.” Assisting Cox in his vision has been Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users. Conclave Studios came about around a meeting between Cox and Milo Pullman, a GC Pro Account Manager working out of Guitar Center’s Union Square store location. After listening to Cox’s vision for his studio and his business, Pullman suggested a meeting with Horacio Malvicino, a noted recording studio designer and a GC Pro Affiliate Program member. Within a matter of weeks, what had been Cox’s vision suddenly had a team to build it. After several months of searching, they found a former recording studio on the far edge of Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, in a massive, glass-walled building overlooking the Hudson River.

Horacio Malvicino – whose Malvicino Design Group has done nearly two dozen studio designs as an Affiliate of GC Pro, including Live’s new Think Loud residential facility in York, Pennsylvania, the newly completed Seven Pillars near Abilene, Texas, and Noisematch Studios in Miami, saw Conclave Studios as a unique task – “It’s always a challenge designing a facility in a big city, where isolation and sound control are critical. Especially,” he adds, “if you’re talking about heavy metal music.” The overarching lesson that Malvicino took away from his research comes down to a single word: diffusion. Custom-made diffusors line the wall and ceiling of the 22×14-foot recording room, which also features acoustical clouds suspended from the ceiling with absorptive inserts, controlling flutter reflections between the floor and ceiling; the room also has reversible panels that have absorptive material on one side and reflective surfaces on the others, providing variable acoustics that let the room’s inherent reverb time vary between 0.7 and 0.95 seconds. (Not a huge range, says Malvicino, but enough for the type of music the room is intended for.)

As Malvicino worked on the studio’s design, he also consulted with Cox, Lagudi and Pullman on what technologies to include in the studio. While there’s gear in there that any recording pro would appreciate – including Focusrite and Midas mic preamps, dbx and Empirical Labs compressors, and a microphone closet filled with names like Sennheiser, AKG, Neumann and Audio-Technica – there’s plenty of digital real estate, too, including an Avid Pro Tools HD Native system and plug-ins from Waves, Antares, Sonnox and Metric-Halo. And although they looked at vintage consoles, the team decided on something more modern for the 23×18-foot control room: a 24-channel Neve Genesys desk with 1073 pre-amps, 1084 EQs and Encore automation with Total Recall. Monitoring is handled by two Genelec 1037C Tri-amplified Monitors for mains and Yamaha NS10′s for nearfields.

Cox, who is driven and was tracking within days after the facility’s completion, cites the studio’s dbx and Empirical Labs compressors, which he says give metal and hard rock drums and guitars their edge. Conclave Studios offers Cox’s interpretation of a metalhead’s dream signal chain, starting with a Peavey 6505 amp head through a Mesa Boogie 4×12 cabinet. But he’s not dogmatic about it. “We just want to become the center of metal here,” he states. “It’s not about making money; it’s about the music, so we’re here to accommodate whatever these artists need and what best suits their sound.”

Cox appreciates the input he’s gotten from Pullman and GC Pro. “They’re exceptionally knowledgeable and flexible, but what I especially like is that they stay with you,” he says. “They understand that the process of building a studio from the ground up is a long-term relationship and requires patience. If someone’s just trying to sell you a product, that’s not going to work. So much of this was working through all the details and nuances of the design. That’s what Milo and Horacio did.”

For more information, please visit www.gcpro.com.

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Bruno Mars Performs Using Audio-Technica Wireless

Photo Caption: As part of his Moonshine Jungle Tour 2014, GRAMMY®-winning singer-songwriter and producer Bruno Mars recently performed on stage at Wireless Festival in Finsbury Park on July 6, 2014, in London, United Kingdom, using the Audio-Technica Artist Elite® 5000 Series with AEW-T6100a Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphone/Transmitter. More information at http://www.brunomars.com/. Photo by Joseph Okpako/Redferns via Getty Images. (This photo is the property of Joseph Okpako/Redferns via Getty Images and may be used by the press only for the purpose of one-time reproduction. Unauthorized use, alteration or reproduction of this photograph is strictly prohibited.)

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Genelec Now Shipping 1237A and 1238A Three-way Smart Active Monitors™

NATICK, MA, July 21, 2014 — Genelec, the world’s pioneer in active monitoring, is now shipping its 1237A and 1238A Three-way Smart Active Monitors™ (SAM™).

The 1237A and 1238A are three-way SAM monitors featuring on-board intelligence that allows them to automatically adapt to their environment by tuning the frequency response to compensate for acoustical room influences, as well as achieve perfect alignment of levels and distance compensation at the listening position. Both models can be either freestanding or flush-mounted. The flush versions benefit from a powerful new RAM L rack-mount amplifier that can also be removed from the loudspeaker cabinet when the monitor is flush mounted.

These models are based on the highly successful and much respected 1037A and 1038A. They share the same DCW™ (Directivity Control Waveguide™) technology and cabinet design, with the addition of Genelec DSP to allow compatibility with all standard AES/EBU digital audio formats as well as traditional analog signals.

The 1237A and 1238A also feature Genelec’s ISS™ (Intelligent Signal-Sensing technology), which was developed to meet EU ErP Directives and the company’s own wider sustainability commitments. ISS minimizes energy waste and significantly reduces power consumption when items are left in standby mode by monitoring input connectors to detect if the monitor or loudspeaker is in use. If the audio input is large enough, the product will quickly come out of the stand-by mode and continue to function. However, if the ISS circuit is not finding any audio on the input for a (user definable) period of time, ISS automatically puts the loudspeaker amplifier to a low-power sleep state where the loudspeaker will consume less than 0.5 watts of power.

The 1237A features a 12″ (300mm) bass driver, 5″ (130mm) Genelec midrange driver and a 1” (25mm) metal dome tweeter, where the mid- and the high-frequency drivers are mounted in Genelec’s proprietary Directivity Control Waveguide (DCW), which allows the system to reproduce flat frequency response both on and off its acoustical axis, thereby allowing for a wider sweet spot. Each one of the system’s drive units has its own amplifier module – 500W for the bass driver, 250W for the mid range and 200W for the high range. Frequency response runs from 37Hz up to 20 kHz +/- 2.5dB. In real life studio conditions a pair of 1237As can produce peak levels of 122dB SPL at 2 m distance.

The 1238A features a 15″ (380mm) bass driver, 5″ (130mm) Genelec midrange driver and a 1″ (25mm) metal dome tweeter, where the mid- and the high-frequency drivers are mounted in Genelec’s proprietary Directivity Control Waveguide (DCW). The woofer amplifier is 500W, midrange amplifier is 250W and tweeter amplifier is 200W. Frequency response runs from 35Hz up to 21kHz +/- 2.5dB. In real life studio conditions a pair of 1238As can produce peak levels of 124dB at 2 m distance.

U.S. MSRP Pricing:
1237A – $7,595.00
1238A – $10,900.00

For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com/.

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Preliminary Technical Program for 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention Is Now Online

— Workshops, papers, networked audio sessions and others will offer discussions on the latest developments in recording, live sound, broadcast and streaming, gaming audio and much more —

New York, NY, July 21, 2014 — The preliminary Technical Program is now online for the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, which will take place Thursday, October 9, through Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. AES137 is gearing up to be bigger and better than ever before, with top professionals and audio enthusiasts in attendance for three days of exhibits and four days of content tailored to those in the fields of recording, broadcast and streaming, live sound, audio for gaming, mixing and mastering, system integration and more. Taking place in the heart of the revitalized L.A. Live entertainment district in downtown L.A., AES137 will feature a comprehensive Technical Program that includes Paper Sessions, Workshops, Special Events, Student & Career Development Events, Network Audio Sessions, Broadcast & Streaming Media Sessions, Product Design Sessions, Historical Events and Standards Committee meetings.

The itinerary of Workshops is growing, with more presenters and topics being added by the week. More than a dozen Workshops are currently confirmed, with sessions including “21st Century Vinyl,” “Using AES67 Networking,” “Analog Tape in a Digital World,” “State of Digital Distribution,” “The End Is Near! The Pressing Need to Preserve Historic Analog Sound Recordings: An Overview of Strategies and Best Practices” and more. Additionally, several dozen Paper presentations are already scheduled, grouped by topics including Spatial Audio; Transducers; Room Acoustics; Cinema Sound, Recording & Production; Perception; Education; Signal Processing; Applications in Audio; and Audio Signal Processing.

This year’s Networked Audio track, chaired by noted networked audio engineer Tim Shuttleworth, explores the ever-broadening applications of digital audio on local and wider area networks – of particular interest to recording engineers and studios, FOH/live sound engineers, and contractors and system integrators. From Audio-over-IP used across continents in the broadcast sector, to super-low-latency audio transfer in the studio environment, to low-latency systems for live sound reinforcement in fixed installations and touring systems, the medium of choice is increasingly a high performance Ethernet/TCP/IP network. Workshops and Tutorials will cover the history of audio networking as well as leading-edge developments, with session titles including “Using AES67 Networking — Practical issues in AES67 Deployment”; “Software Tools for Telematic Performances”; “Large Scale AVB Networks/AVDECC Control”; “Implementation of a Large Scale Ethernet AVB Audio Network at ESPN”; and “Using Audio Content Over IP Technology in Public Radio.”

AES Executive Director Bob Moses stated, “We are more excited than ever to be presenting such a wide range of topics at AES137, and we are extremely lucky to be welcoming some of the audio industry’s top innovators to share their expertise with the rest of the AES community. As we say, ‘If It’s About Audio, It’s At AES,’ and that is eminently true for the upcoming convention in L.A. Whatever your specialty, there are sessions tailored to what you do that will feature insights into the latest technologies, industry trends and standards that you will hear about first at the AES convention. You really must not miss this one. See you in L.A. in October!”

Further detailed information on the AES137 Technical Program, visit http://www.aes.org/events/137/program/.

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Audio-Technica Names Alliance Audio Visual Group Its Rep of the Year

STOW, OH, July 21, 2014 — Audio-Technica, a leading manufacturer of wired and wireless microphones, headphones and accessory products for over 50 years, has recognized Los Alamitos, California-based Alliance Audio Visual Group as its Rep of the Year for the 2013/2014 fiscal year. The award was presented to Alliance’s Matthew Jensen, General Manager and Account Executive. Alliance represents Audio-Technica in the region of Southern California and Nevada.

Audio-Technica held the awards ceremony to honor its dedicated force of manufacturer’s representatives during the InfoComm Expo on June 18, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The A-T Rep of the Year recipient was congratulated for outstanding sales performance and bestowed with Audio-Technica’s beloved Samurai doll award. Alliance Audio Visual Group was acknowledged for its consistent success in the areas of sales, marketing and customer service.

David Marsh, Audio-Technica Director of Sales, Professional Markets said, “We are proud to once again honor Alliance Audio Visual Group as our Rep of the Year. The Alliance team has continually distinguished itself with a high level of service and support. We appreciate the attention and level of service they give to their customers, and their knowledge of the A-T product line.”

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

Photo Caption: Pictured L-R: Doug Swan, Audio-Technica National Director of Sales & Marketing, Professional Markets; David Marsh, Audio-Technica Director of Sales, Professional Markets; Vince Mancuso, Audio-Technica National Sales Manager, Professional Markets; Matthew Jensen, Alliance Audio Visual Group General Manager, Account Executive; Jim Chase, Alliance Audio Visual Group Account Executive; Kenny Andrews, Alliance Audio Visual Group Account Executive; Andrew Pernetti, Audio-Technica Sales Manager, Professional Markets; and Philip Cajka, Audio-Technica President & C.E.O. Not available for the photo: Karen Lopez, Alliance Audio Visual Group Office Manager. Photo credit: Corey Walthall, Clyne Media.

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