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137th Audio Engineering Society Convention Continues to Garner Accolades — Largest West Coast Convention in Over a Decade

October 30th, 2014 | Posted in News, newsletter
  • 15,403 registered attendees and 307 exhibitors/sponsors packed AES137 for all four days
  • 350 presentations from an astounding 731 leading researchers and practitioners in the field provide AES attendees an unprecedented program
  • AES137 attendance hits a west coast 10-year record high

The 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, which took place Thursday, October 9, 2014, through Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, continues to receive praises from exhibitors, sponsors and collaborative organizations alike.

With over 300 exhibitors and sponsors and a 10-year record west coast registered attendance of over 15,000, AES137 displayed sure signs of a burgeoning industry steeped in historical, artistic and technological breakthroughs that are playing a very crucial role in the development of audio across all corners of the industry and our daily lives. More »

Audio Engineering Society Welcomes New President Andres Mayo

October 30th, 2014 | Posted in News, newsletter

Following the highly-successful 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, which took place Thursday, October 9, 2014, through Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, the AES is pleased to welcome new President Andres Mayo as he takes over the leadership role from Dr. Sean Olive. Mayo currently serves as Owner and Senior Mastering Engineer at Andres Mayo Mastering and Audio Post in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and, as an award-winning producer and engineer, he is set to guide the AES into the coming year and through AES138 in Warsaw, Poland and the Convention’s return to New York City for AES139 in the fall of 2015.

Mayo’s skills in the studio have earned him professional success and renown throughout the industry as an audio engineer and producer. He holds a Master’s degree in Electronics Engineering from the National Technology University (U.T.N.) in Argentina. Since 1991, Mayo has been a pioneer in the art of mastering, working for several facilities in Latin America as well as London, New York and Ludwigsburg, Germany. In 1994 Andres was co-founder of Mr. Master, the first pro mastering facility in Argentina, which later became “Andres Mayo Mastering and Audio Post,” boasting full 5.1 mixing and mastering capabilities. With credits on over 2,000 albums, two GRAMMY® Awards as a producer and six Carlos Gardel Technical Excellence Awards, Mayo continues to set a high standard for the AES and for furthering professional audio advancements around the world. More »

Chandler Limited Announces REDD.47 Pre-Amplifier

October 30th, 2014 | Posted in News, newsletter

Chandler Limited, recognized globally for signal processing and related music and audio products that deliver the classic analog sounds recording and professional musicians seek, announces addition of the REDD.47 pre-amplifier to Chandler’s esteemed Abbey Road Studios product line.

The REDD.47 microphone pre-amplifier, considered a ‘holy grail’ to some, is most closely associated with the sound of The Beatles’ records recorded at Abbey Road Studios from 1964-1968. Today, 50 years later, Chandler Limited revives this legendary sound with its own incarnation of the famous REDD.47.

The origins of the REDD.47 began at Abbey Road Studios’ technical division, the ‘Record Engineering Development Department’, in 1958. The REDD.47 line amplifier was designed as the replacement for Telefunken’s V72S. The latter was a specially modified version of the Telefunken V72 valve amplifier, used in the early EMI REDD mixing consoles at Abbey Road Studios. More »

Audio-Technica Debuts New AT5045 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

October 30th, 2014 | Posted in News, newsletter

— The hand-built AT5045 is the ultimate studio condenser instrument microphone and the latest addition to A-T’s flagship 50 Series —

Audio-Technica a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is introducing the AT5045 Cardioid Condenser Microphone, the latest addition to A-T’s flagship 50 Series of premier studio microphones. The hand-built AT5045 is a “stick-design,” large-diaphragm electret side-address condenser instrument microphone with a cardioid polar pattern that enables the user to capture audio with profound realism and depth, translating the natural sound of the instrument. Available separately or as stereo pairs (AT5045P), the mics are engineered to meet the most critical requirements of professional recording. The AT5045 features a large diaphragm, fast transient response, low noise, the ability to handle high sound pressure levels (149 dB SPL), and one of the widest dynamic range specs available (141 dB). These specs make it an ideal instrument microphone, designed specifically for use on overheads, percussion, acoustic guitar, strings and other acoustic instruments in professional studio applications.  More »

Lectrosonics Aspen Processors Integral To Chicago’s The Second City Theatre SR Upgrade

October 30th, 2014 | Posted in News, newsletter

Operating since the 1950’s, The Second City is an improvisational comedy enterprise, best known as the first ever on-going improvisational theater troupe in the United States. It is known also for the inclusion of live, improvised music during their performances and has served as the training ground for a host of famous alumni including John Belushi, Mike Myers, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, and many more. As part of an upgrade to the facility’s sound reinforcement (SR) systems, the venerable nightspot recently incorporated three Aspen SPN1612 16 input / 12 output audio processors from Rio Rancho, NM-based Lectrosonics.

Lake Forest, IL-based TC Furlong, Inc., which provides audio production services, equipment sales and rentals, and some light installation services, was contracted to handle The Second City’s upgrade. Brian O’Connell, the firm’s Sales Manager who also assumes an integral role in the company’s consulting and system design efforts, discussed the nature of the project and his decisions for implementing three Aspen processors. More »

137th Audio Engineering Society Convention Breaks Records and Draws Acclaim from Attendees, Exhibitors and Presenters Alike

October 16th, 2014 | Posted in News, newsletter

The 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, held Thursday, October 9, 2014, through Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, was the place to be if you have anything to do with the audio industry. The exhibit floor, panels and technical sessions were packed all four days, and with 15,403 registered attendees and 307 exhibitors/sponsors, AES137 far surpassed any West-Coast AES Convention in the last 10 years or more. At show close, AES reported a 28% increase in registration since the last time the convention was on the West Coast (133rd AES Convention in San Francisco in 2012).

Convention Committee Co-Chairs Valerie Tyler and Michael MacDonald and their team created one of the most ambitious and comprehensive schedules of workshops, panels and technical programs in AES convention history. From the opening keynote address on Thursday by acclaimed engineer, musician and record producer Alan Parsons; and the Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture presented by legendary game audio director and composer Marty O’Donnell; to Friday’s keynote by Neil Portnow, President/CEO The Recording Academy®, The GRAMMY Foundation® and MusiCares; the popular Project Studio Expo and Live Sound Expo; the High Resolution Audio Program in association with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group; the GRAMMY® SoundTables event “Songs That Move The Needle: Producers on Producing,” moderated by Ed Cherney and featuring Alex da Kid, Don Was, Niko Bolas, No I.D., and Michael Brauer; “DTV Audio Group Forum: The Implications of Streamed Content Delivery on the Evolution of Television”; “Chicks in the Mix,” moderated by acclaimed producer and mixer Chris Lord-Alge and bringing together well-known female industry professionals to discuss their personal experience; “Sound Is the Conduit to the Artist Heart” presented by acclaimed producer, engineer and technologist Jack Joseph Puig; and more, AES137 hit it out of the park for attendees and exhibitors alike.

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DPA Microphones Displays d:screet™ Miniature Microphone Updates at AES 2014

October 16th, 2014 | Posted in News, newsletter

DPA Microphones showcases the latest updates for its d:screet™ Miniature Microphone line, including the new d:screet Necklace Mic, heavy-duty d:screet 4060 and 4061 Omnidirectional Mics, and d:screet Omnidirectional Mics with reinforced cable relief, at the 137th AES Convention (Booth 1109). The expansion of the d:screet Miniature Mic Series is in direct response to increasing market demands for a variety of solid workhorses that deliver superb sound under challenging conditions.

The new d:screet Omnidirectional Miniature Necklace Microphone addresses an industry need for a mic that can be mounted and removed quickly several times by untrained talent without a sound expert nearby. Especially useful for instances when mounting and consistent audio output are the primary requirements, the d:screet Necklace Mic is ideal for situations requiring quick costume changes. Featuring DPA’s legendary d:screet 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Capsule in a soft rubber necklace, the d:screet Necklace Mic offers fast, repeatable, “do-it-yourself” mounting and is designed specifically for use by non-technicians. It is available in black, white and brown and in lengths of either 18.3 or 20.9 inches. More »

Phoenix Audio Nice-DI/500 Press Release

October 16th, 2014 | Posted in News, newsletter

Phoenix Audio is pleased to announce the Nice DI/500, which is an API 500 series compatible direct input channel and EQ Tilt control processor for guitar, keyboard and all line level sources. This API 500 series format DI will be an excellent addition to the Phoenix Audio 500 series line up and will sit alongside the very popular DRS1R/500 mic pre amp DRS-EQ/500 4 band EQ and the N90-DRC/500 compressor/Gate.

The Phoenix Nice DI/500 is based on our very popular rack-mount Nice DI unit and is a Class A discrete unit with our fabled custom wound transformer, the DI has a 10meg input load giving it a fantastic ability to capture all frequencies and give a full sounding tone. The Nice DI/500 has a DI input, thru and a switch to accept balanced line level.

The tilt control is based on the 1970’s concept of a tilt EQ but we have re-designed this to offer a unique 3 way tilt compared to the usual 1 tilt point. Our tilt points are 800hz, 1.2khz & 2.2khz. We also have a sweep-able tone control feature which makes the Tilt EQ either darker or brighter but unlike a regular tone control this will effect both the LF & HF frequencies.

Phoenix Audio is a US manufacturer of high end professional Audio equipment for recording and live purposes, we are based in Costa Mesa, CA.

iZotope Announces New Version of Mastering Software

October 16th, 2014 | Posted in News, newsletter

iZotope, Inc., a leading audio technology company, has announced an update to its critically acclaimed line of mastering software, Ozone.

Launching this fall, Ozone 6 is the latest version of iZotope’s complete mastering system. For the first time, the mastering workflow is centered around creativity: Ozone 6’s modern visual paradigm guides and inspires users of all experience levels at every step, so they can freely experiment with ease—or dial in their signature sound in just a few clicks.

Whether they are mastering engineers or home studio producers, Ozone 6 gives users everything they need to effortlessly produce professional-sounding masters in one elegant standalone application. More »

PMC Sells First QB1-A Monitors To Iconic Capitol Studios

October 16th, 2014 | Posted in News, newsletter

UK loudspeaker manufacturer PMC is proud to publicly announce the first sales of PMC’s QB1-A reference monitors. The sale of two pairs of the new reference monitors to Capitol Studios has been confirmed at the AES Convention in Los Angeles as part of the ongoing refurbishment programme at Capitol, with one pair destined for Studio A, the other for Studio B.

Launched this week at the AES show, the QB1-A is PMC’s new high-end monitor. Designed to provide a new reference standard for for medium-to-large-scale recording facilities in terms of accuracy, dynamics, resolution and headroom, it offers over 4800 Watts of power per channel and incorporates analogue and digital inputs, PMC’s Advanced Transmission Line (ATL™) bass-loading technology, DSP control, and the latest generation of PMC’s Class-D amplification and driver designs. More »

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