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AES’s First Conference Focusing on Audio Education Draws Attendees from All Over the Globe

August 7th, 2013 | Posted in News, newsletter

New York, NY, August 1, 2013 — The Audio Engineering Society (AES) recently wrapped its 50th International Conference, its first dedicated specifically to audio education. The conference took place July 25-27, 2013, at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where more than 140 educators and industry representatives met to exchange ideas and experiences. Attendance far surpassed the organizers’ initial expectations, with attendees traveling to Murfreesboro from twenty-five U.S. states and twelve countries, including Korea, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. The event also for the first time included a significant focus on live sound as a component of a pro audio education curriculum, a fact underscored by the event’s keynote address delivered by Bob McCarthy, Senior Education Consultant at Meyer Sound, who gave an informative and entertaining presentation on the history of the live sound industry.

The three-day conference focused on teaching methods, instructional resources, learning outcomes, technical operations, industry relations and related topics that impact the theoretical and practical aspects of professional audio education. Conference co-chairs Michael Fleming and Bill Crabtree organized a number of after-hours events in Murfreesboro and nearby Nashville, including an opening-day banquet dinner, a studio crawl with behind-the-scenes tours at Ocean Way Studios and historic RCA Studio B, a reception at the former RCA Studio A (now operating as Ben’s Studio, owned by Ben Folds) and a Lower Broadway honky-tonk outing.  More »

Sennheiser Provides Flawless Wireless for CMA Music Festival

August 7th, 2013 | Posted in News, newsletter

Nashville, TN– The Country Music Association (CMA) held its 42nd Annual CMA Music Festival (formerly Fan Fair), a four-day music series consisting of dozens of country performances by artists ranging from current chart-topping Sennheiser users such as Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum and Zac Brown Band to ‘heritage’ artists including Kenny Rogers and Oak Ridge Boys.

Each year, the festival gains in popularity around the world, and this year was no exception, as the total number of attendees exceeded 80,000 over the course of the festival — a 13 percent increase in overall attendance compared to 2012. Sennheiser supported the production with wireless equipment consisting of eight channels of EM 3732-II receivers, coupled with SKM 2000-XP handheld wireless transmitters and MMD 935-1 cardioid microphone capsules.

Curt Jenkins was responsible for the audio as project manager for Nashville-based Sound Image. Jenkins made contact with Tim Moore, Sennheiser USA’s artist relations manager, several weeks before the event for assistance in coordinating artist and engineer equipment needs. With the complexity of the event in mind, Moore suggested bringing in the Sennheiser Global Relations Team for additional support, utilizing their production-ready technical assets. “Sennheiser recognizes the challenges technicians and engineers face during these events to stay efficient, so our pre-configured wireless equipment racks give them one fewer thing to worry about,” commented Kristy Jo Winkler, Global Relations Manager, Americas. The equipment was used extensively over the course of the performances at LP Field — Nashville’s 68,798-capacity sporting arena that is also home to the Tennessee Titans NFL football team. More »

iZotope Insight™ 30 Day Trial Included in Avid® Media Composer® 7

August 7th, 2013 | Posted in News, newsletter

Cambridge, MA — iZotope, a leading innovator in digital signal processing, has partnered with Avid Technology to provide Insight, an Essential Metering Suite, with every copy of the new Media Composer 7, an industry-leading nonlinear editing solution. Insight, a collection of fully scalable, customizable meters for post-production and broadcast applications, will be installed automatically with Media Composer and free to use for 30 days.

When placed on the new Master Audio Fader in Media Composer 7, Insight will help ensure adherence to current broadcast standards using meters for immediate loudness calculation and TruePeak detection, loudness calculation over time, and faster than real-time offline loudness calculation. Additional advanced visualization and spatialization displays, like the innovative Surround Scope and the 3D Spectrogram, further aid in detecting problems that the ears cannot perceive. More »

Lawo Group Expands Its Marketing Team

August 7th, 2013 | Posted in News, newsletter

Rastatt, Germany — Audio console specialist Lawo AG is pleased to announce that Andreas Hilmer has been appointed to the new position of Director of Marketing & Communications. In his new role, Hilmer will direct all marketing and communications strategies for the Lawo group of companies. The appointment follows a recent period of expansion of activities for the company and its entry into new areas of broadcast with its recently introduced line of video processing products.

“I’m delighted to be joining Lawo. My appointment comes at a pivotal time in the growth of the company, providing us with exciting opportunities for the future,” Hilmer confirms.

“We are very excited to have Andreas join our team,” agrees Philipp Lawo, CEO of Lawo AG. “His broad knowledge of the industry and his ability to develop and execute imaginative marketing strategies make him a strong asset for the Lawo companies.” More »

API 1608 Ventures into the Canadian North

August 7th, 2013 | Posted in News, newsletter

Quebec, Canada — When singer-songwriter Florent Vollant updated his studio, it was a 32-channel API 1608 console that found its home in an interesting place in the far north. Established in 1997, Vollant’s Studio Makusham is located in Mani-Utenam, Quebec, Canada, a part of the Innu Reserve, where over 3,000 indigenous people reside.

Florent Vollant’s music history runs deep. He has released three albums in his Innu-language and is well-known in the Inuit community. His Christmas album, Nipaiamianan, received a blessing from Pope John Paul II and the Juno Award for Aboriginal Recording of the Year in 2001. Throughout the years, Studio Makusham was very interested in API gear, and finally, in December 2012, they made a major upgrade to the facility, acquiring an automated 1608 console through API’s dealer Studio Economik in Montréal.

“The Makusham home – it is the traditional dance; this is a gathering, a feast, a celebration of the rhythms Teuaikan. I am pleased to invite you to this place of creation to live an experience of freedom, sharing, exchange and respect for the music of the world,” said Vollant of Studio Makusham. More »

TC Releases Mobile Platform Loudness Research Paper

August 7th, 2013 | Posted in News, newsletter

Risskov, Denmark–TC Electronic has made its mobile platform loudness research results—a paper, “3 Simple Steps from HD to Mobile”—available online.

Thomas Lund, TC Electronic’s CTO for broadcast and production, tested a number of mobile devices, including Apple’s iPhone and iPad. Based on the test results, it was determined that 16 LUFS/LKFS is a suitable target level when making the transition from HD Audio to mobile platforms. It is not recommended to push level up further, but rather to integrate a process of three simple steps to simulcast HD Audio to mobile that doesn’t wash out the distinction between foreground and background sound.

It is also not recommended to let audio sit as low as on regular TV, because some programs will not be able to play loudly enough for a listener on the move. This has happened to the author of the paper a number of times, which led him to carry out the experiment and come up with a practical guide to how this problem can be addressed. More »

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