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AES Expands to China

July 20th, 2012 | Posted in News, newsletter

New Beijing Section Exemplifies International Growth

Beijing, China — AES Regions & Sections Chair, Peter Cook, has concluded a series of meetings in Beijing, which have resulted in the formation of the first Audio Engineering Society Section in mainland China.

Early this year, Shusen Wang, a long-time AES member, VP of a Beijing broadcasting company, and a leading professional audio consultant there, contacted Mr. Cook to explore the possibility of establishing a Beijing Section.  In late May, Cook made two AES presentations to members of the China Audio and Video Association (CAVA).  Following those meetings a group of over 25 Chinese AES members from Beijing and other cities, discussed a Beijing Section with Cook. Mr. Wang was unanimously invited to Chair the Section.

“The seriousness and passion demonstrated by the AES members I met with in Beijing was deeply impressive,” Peter Cook reveals.  “They are fully committed to all the fundamental elements that make the AES an invaluable forum for professional audio.  They enthusiastically recommended highly qualified local vice-chairs to be responsible for: Education, Research, Broadcast Applications and other areas of universal AES concern.” Cook adds, “I was genuinely taken aback when they conveyed the huge size of China’s professional audio community. This initial Beijing Section may mark the beginning of a substantial AES expansion in China.  Their concerns for the importance of an AES affiliation were humbling.” More »

The BBC Goes to the Olympic Games with Studer

July 20th, 2012 | Posted in News, newsletter

London, UK — A total of seven Harman Studer Vista and OnAir consoles will handle 2,500 hours of TV sports coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games for the BBC.

The BBC will broadcast the Summer Games from the specially built International Broadcast Centre (IBC) in the Olympic Park, using the consoles, along with a Route 6000 network core. This will enable the BBC to take feeds from 34 participating Olympic Games venues for domestic transmission through its network. Following a promise to broadcast “every session of every sport every day,” this will amount to some 2,500 hours of coverage.

Andrew Hills, director product strategy, Studer, confirmed that the integration of the desks would be carried out by Dega Broadcast Systems, at the same time extending Studer’s relationship with the UK’s state broadcaster that dates back more than a decade. Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) will provide host facilities within the IBC’s 42,000-square-metre net space; the design of the BBC space has been a collaborative effort between the broadcaster and Dega, led by project coordinator John Cleaver. More »

Iconyx Breathes New Life into Eden Resort Courtyard

July 20th, 2012 | Posted in News, newsletter

Lancaster, PA — Champagne Sunday Brunch in the Eden Courtyard at the Best Western Eden Resort & Suites has become a local area tradition, attracting patrons with an ever-changing menu that draws from the region’s finest seasonal ingredients. But while the Courtyard is known for its dining and social events, the room’s acoustics have long made it a challenge to attract speaking engagements. With its 40-foot-high glass ceiling, hard stone floor and hard walls, the room’s reverberation made intelligibility nearly non-existent.

“This is a gorgeous space and great for social events – cocktail receptions and so forth,” says Stephen Sikking, managing partner, Eden Resort & Suites. “But when a speaker wanted to present something to the entire room, it was very problematic to articulate so that people could hear intelligibly.” More »

Hal Leonard Publishes Tracking Instruments & Vocals with Pro Tools

July 20th, 2012 | Posted in News, newsletter

Montclair, NJ — Hal Leonard Books, the musician’s best source of books on the music business, audio technology, instrument history, and more, is now shipping Tracking Instruments and Vocals with Pro Tools ($16.99) by Glenn Lorbecki. This book is part of Hal Leonard’s Quick Pro Guides series and is designed to be a companion guide to help readers get the most from their software.

Pro Tools is Avid’s powerful DAW platform, and it’s everywhere, from home studios and laptops to the biggest studios and tracking sessions in the world. Whether you’re new to Pro Tools or a veteran user, you’ll find the latest release of PT9 to be a powerful production system and a dramatic departure from previous versions. Tracking Vocals and Instruments with Pro Tools is an indispensable guide to getting the most out of your music and your PT rig. Multiplatinum engineer/producer GlennLorbecki shows you step by step how to record vocals and a wide array of musical instruments. More »

Earthworks Upgrades Measurement Microphones

July 20th, 2012 | Posted in News, newsletter

Milford, NH — Earthworks has upgraded its measurement microphones to include electronic calibration files in addition to the accessories previously offered at no additional cost.

With the purchase of any Earthworks measurement microphone beginning on July 1, 2012, customers will receive an electronic calibration file, mic clip, ½ inch calibrator adapter and case. Customers will receive their ECF via email after registering their Measurement Series microphone on the Earthworks website.

Together with the provided sensitivity of your individual microphone, the ECF can be used to calibrate your specific microphone to your measurement software or system. More »

Steve Lillywhite, CBE Named 133rd AES Convention Keynote

July 3rd, 2012 | Posted in News, newsletter

Legendary Producer For U2, Dave Matthews Band & The Rolling Stones

San Francisco, CA — Early this year, the Queen of England awarded, multi-Platinum record producer Steve Lillywhite with a Commander of The British Empire (CBE) for his contributions to music. While some might consider this honor the culmination of a thirty-year career, Lillywhite promptly returned to the recording studio, where he has been busy producing new records for The Killers, Dave Matthews Band & Thirty Seconds to Mars. On Friday, October 26, Lillywhite will take another break from his studio chores to present the Keynote Address for the 133rd AES Convention at SF’s Moscone.

“Steve Lillywhite is a Producer of the Year Grammy ® award winner who has made an indelible impact on popular music,” remarked AES Convention Co-Chair, Jim McTigue. “He has collaborated with a stunning array of artists. His discography boasts a remarkable list of critically acclaimed and commercially successful projects including eight albums with U2, 4 with the Dave Matthews Band and a who’s who list representing each of the last 3 decades. The 80’s by: Peter Gabriel, The Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, The Psychedelic Furs, Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Pogues, Big Country, XTC & The Smiths – The 90’s by: David Byrne, Morrissey, Travis, Dave Matthews Band & Phish and the past decade with: The Counting Crows, Matchbox Twenty, Thirty Seconds To Mars & The Killers. More »

Valparaiso, Indiana’s The Alley Recording Company Stands Above the Pack with Help from GC Pro

July 3rd, 2012 | Posted in News, newsletter

Westlake Village, CA — The Alley Recording Company, located in the arts-friendly city of Valparaiso, Indiana, is the brainchild of co-partner and chief engineer Marc Nelson. After a stint at the Chicago Recording Company and time spent as a protégée of producer legend Bill Schnee (Carly Simon, Whitney Houston, Steely Dan), Nelson decided to open his own studio in 2008 in his hometown of Valparaiso, despite a shaky economy and an even shakier studio industry, an atmosphere in which far more studios were shutting down than opening successfully. Nelson and co-partner Chad Clifford saw the opportunity to keep the overhead low in the small yet arts-rich Valparaiso, and offer a friendly, thrifty alternative to the studios in nearby Chicago. “We initially thought about opening a facility in Chicago, but competition kept me out – there are about 425 studios there alone,” Nelson recalls. “And out here there is zero overhead. Our rent is very low and I would say we are the nicest studio between here and Indianapolis.” More »

TC Electronic Adds Off-line Measuring to Its LM6 Radar Loudness Meter

July 3rd, 2012 | Posted in News, newsletter

Risskov, Denmark — TC Electronic announces the addition of off-line measuring to its LM6 Radar Loudness Meter. Existing LM6 users can now upgrade to version 1.1 and get access to the AudioSuite off-line feature, which allows for measuring a full track at a speed faster than real time. After the track has been measured, LM6 displays the full loudness history of the track, using the easy-to-read Radar Display™, and complete loudness statistics, including Program Loudness (LKFS/LUFS), Loudness Range and True-Peak Max, are available instantly. There is even a text-based log file containing Loudness Range and Program Loudness data. More »

Community Loudspeakers Command Sound at West Point’s Johnson Stadium

July 3rd, 2012 | Posted in News, newsletter

West Point, NY — Visitors to Johnson Stadium at Doubleday Field in West Point, NY – home to the Army’s Black Knights baseball team – are sure to be impressed by the recent renovations to the historic venue.

Located in the heart of this renowned United States Military campus, the stadium boasts stunning views of the nearby Hudson River and the scenic campus.

The stadium remodeling project, intended to improve the stadium’s technology without altering its architecture, included the installation of a new scoreboard and video display, a state-of-the-art press box, and new stadium-wide sound system. More »

Cornell University Discovers Ornithological Research App for Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec

July 3rd, 2012 | Posted in News, newsletter

Ithaca, NY — At the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology’s Macaulay Library things can get a little wild. As the world’s largest scientific archive of biodiversity audio and video recordings, this collection encompasses over 195,000 sound and 60,000 video clips. Curator of Audio, Greg Budney and Supervising Audio Engineer Bill McQuay routinely investigate new tools to aid their research. Most recently they have been experimenting with the Pro-Codec, an audio plug-in created by UK-based Sonnox and Germany’s Fraunhofer (developer of MP3 technology). More »

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