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59th AES Conference, on Sound Reinforcement, to Be Held July 15-17, 2015, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

May 29th, 2015 | Posted in News, newsletter

The Audio Engineering Society (AES) will hold its 59th International Conference, focusing on Sound Reinforcement Engineering and Technology, on July 15-17, 2015, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. This is the first AES International Conference to focus on Sound Reinforcement in over 25 years. A select group of leading technologists, scientists, developers and users in the sound reinforcement industry will gather to discuss the latest innovations in sound amplification and control systems for live performance, to share their insight on current and advanced techniques and technologies, and to present their visions for the future of the industry. More »

Harrison Consoles Hosts Immersive Sound for Film Presentation at Nashville AES Chapter Meeting.

May 29th, 2015 | Posted in News, newsletter

Harrison Consoles recently hosted a presentation for Dolby’s Atmos and Barco’s Auro-3D “immersive sound” technologies. Approximately 90 AES members and guests met at the Harrison Audio factory in Nashville, TN, where Harrison provided a 27-speaker immersive sound playback system. Representatives from Dolby and Barco were on-hand to impress the audience with demonstrations of content in each format.

David Gould (Dolby Atmos) and Sven Mevissen (Barco Auro 3D) presented their respective technologies with audio demonstrations and a description of how content is created. Ben Loftis (Harrison Consoles) provided workflow examples and live-panning of signals in 5.1, 7.1, and immersive formats. Harrison’s motorized, touch-sensitive joysticks were used to dynamically pan signals in the room and demonstrate how Harrison’s consoles adapt between the different immersive formats, encompassing differences in implementations of elevation modes, size/divergence and “snap”. Additionally, Ben demonstrated workflow solutions such as “Food Groups” that help users manage discretely-panned objects and prepare them for foreign-language dubbing. More »

“On The Town” Sails With Help From StageTec

May 29th, 2015 | Posted in News, newsletter

Currently playing at Broadway’s beautifully restored Lyric Theatre in the heart of Times Square, On the Town tells the story of three wide-eyed sailors on a whirlwind musical tour of the city that never sleeps. With just 24 hours of shore leave, they’re eager to experience all that New York City has to offer… including a chance to discover love with the girl of their dreams. The show is fun, it exudes energy, and to ensure that both vocal and instrumental performances are their very best, On the Town is mixed on an Aurus digital console with signal management handled by Nexus and Nexus Star routers from Berlin, Germany-based Salzbrenner StageTec Mediagroup.

Yonkers, NY-based Sound Associates, Inc., a design / build provider of professional audio and video systems for a wide range of applications, coordinated the rental of the StageTec equipment for On the Town. Greg Reif, Project Supervisor at Sound Associates, oversees all production system builds and facilitates stock and purchasing for all shows from bid through installation. Patrick Pummill, Production Sound Engineer for On the Town sat down with Greg to discuss the placement of the StageTec equipment and how it was implemented for use with On the Town. More »

SMPTE® to Produce Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age (ETIA) Conference June 16-17 at Stanford University – AES Discount Available

May 29th, 2015 | Posted in News, newsletter

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), one of the worldwide leaders in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced that it will produce the third Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age (ETIA) conference, this year scheduled for June 16-17 at Stanford University near Palo Alto, California. Titled “The Race Is On!” the conference will explore past, current, and future technology requirements for delivering a compelling entertainment experience on the Internet. AES associates can use promo code AES15 to receive 10% off of the regular registration price.

“The convergence of connectivity, bandwidth, and technology improvements is rapidly expanding entertainment distribution over the Internet to the living room, mobile devices, and beyond,” said Pat Griffis, education vice president at SMPTE and ETIA conference program chair. “At this year’s conference, we will examine how areas once considered adjacent to traditional media distribution mechanisms have now become essential elements in delivering a compelling entertainment experience. We will discuss how the integration of these components, ranging from over-the-top (OTT) services to the development of virtual reality (VR) content and equipment, is transforming the entertainment industry.”

During the ETIA conference, more than a dozen sessions will bring technical, creative, and ecosystem experts together to explore how the Internet is changing entertainment and to provide context to help attendees understand both technology and application trends.

“Advances and Challenges in AR/VR” will explore the latest advances in virtual reality and augmented reality (AR) technology and how they apply to entertainment and enable new ways of telling stories. Moderated by Soren Harner, chief product officer of Meta, the session will examine the latest in display technology, mobile devices, and sensor technologies. Panelists will discuss how these technologies make it possible to blend virtual and real-world media, and how the Internet offers intriguing possibilities for collaboration, interaction, and modification of the storyline.

Panelists include Arthur van Hoff, chief technology officer of Jaunt; Steven Feiner, professor of computer science at Columbia Engineering, where he directs the Computer Graphics and User Interfaces Lab and co-directs the Columbia Vision and Graphics Center; and Chris Ullrich, vice president of user experience at Immersion, a leading innovator in tactile feedback technology.

A special evening session on June 16 will feature security and industry experts in a discussion of security on the Web, a particularly pressing concern given recent high-profile breaches and cyberattacks targeting the media and entertainment industry. Representing important aspects of the Web ecosystem, this well-rounded panel will explore the latest technical options and how content providers — including traditional studios and OTT incumbents — and cloud-solution providers are dealing with the challenges of securing content in the new age of Internet-based content distribution.

Panelists will include Usman Shakeel, principal solutions architect at Amazon Web Services, which includes the popular Amazon S3 online file storage Web service; Tom Paquin, chief technology officer of OnLive, developer of cloud computing services that support online gaming; Frank Artes, chief technology architect at NSS Labs, where he has helped form best practices for securing intellectual property within the computer gaming, motion picture, and television industries; Wendy Frank, partner at BFI Security Consulting and a specialist in mobile security, identity access management, data loss prevention, and privacy; and Ted Harrington, executive partner at Independent Security Evaluators, a company that hardens technologies for enterprises by attacking with the same methodology as a malicious adversary.

Further ETIA sessions will address a variety of other timely topics, including Internet image quality and the impact of more pixels (higher spatial resolution), faster pixels (higher temporal resolution), and better pixels (higher dynamic range and color gamut); the ideal balance of compression efficiency versus image quality and pixel mix; and the shift from the use of a gamma curve to the use of a new electro-optical transfer function — perceptual quantizer — based on human perception. Building on questions of efficiency and image quality, another session will explore the relationship between return on investment and image quality for OTT services.

Sessions also will examine challenges and solutions related to video delivery, app creation, device compatibility, and content management, as well as those associated with delivering live content — sporting events, concerts, or news — over the Internet to tablets, smartphones, and computers. Additional topics will include the emergence of object-oriented audio in the theater and for the home, along with its prospects for Internet delivery; disruptive innovation in game entertainment via the Internet; and the question of whether consumers will choose to buy and “own” content when it is readily accessible from the cloud. A session dedicated to net neutrality will review developments over the past year, as well as the impact of U.S. decisions on the rest of the world.

The ETIA 2015 sessions are ideal for engineers, creatives, and researchers focused on the future of entertainment over the Internet. Further information and online registration for the ETIA 2015 conference are available at www.etia2015.org. More information about SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org.



About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®)

The Oscar® and Emmy® Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), a professional membership association, is one of the leaders in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, worldwide. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 800 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines.


Blue Now Shipping Hummingbird, Small-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone with Signature Rotating Head

May 29th, 2015 | Posted in News, newsletter

Blue Microphones announces the availability of Hummingbird, a versatile and precision-engineered Class A small-diaphragm microphone. With a precisely tuned diaphragm based on Blue’s B1 capsule, Hummingbird is ultra-responsive and delivers extended frequency response, making it the perfect studio and stage solution for drum overheads, acoustic guitar, strings, harp, or any other instrument with fast transients and rich overtones. Hummingbird features an adjustable pivoting head that allows for 180 degrees of rotation so users can set the mic at any angle to unlock the tonal nuances of their instruments.

“With fast transient response, high SPL handling and extended high frequency, Hummingbird is an exceptional small diaphragm microphone. To take it further, we designed the capsule to rotate 180 degrees for easy placement and now you have an undeniable weapon for drum overheads, acoustic guitar, piano and more,” said Tommy Edwards, Director of Product Management at Blue. “Like its avian counterpart, the Hummingbird is compact, able to fit precisely into tight spaces, and can nimbly change positions where others can’t.” More »

AES Continues European Growth with Highly Successful 138th Audio Engineering Society Convention in Warsaw, Poland

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in News, newsletter

The Audio Engineering Society held its highly-successful 138th Audio Engineering Society Convention at the Sofitel Victoria Hotel in Warsaw, Poland, May 7 – 10, 2015, featuring an all-encompassing lineup of the best that professional audio has to offer. From over 50 brands displaying and debuting the latest audio gear and technology, to one of the largest Tech Programs in recent years, the AES138 Convention proved to be a success for attendees, presenters and exhibitors alike.

This first-ever AES Convention to be held in Poland was co-chaired by Bozena Kostek and Umberto Zanghieri, and featured a keynote address by ORF (Austrian TV) sound engineer Florian Camerer, as well as the Heyser Memorial lecture given by Genelec Chairman Dr. Ilpo Martikainen. Other highlights included the popular Project Studio Expo stage, several unique Tech Tours of local Polish audio production facilities, and a wall-to-wall exhibition area, where attendees were given a first-hand look into the latest professional audio equipment and services from leading manufacturers. Additionally, as part of the Tech Program events, the Best Peer-Reviewed Paper Award was presented to Frank Schultz, Florian Straube, and Sascha Spors for Convention Paper 9323 “Discussion of the Wavefront Sculpture Technology Criteria for Straight Line Arrays.” The Student Technical Paper Award was presented to Florian Klein for Convention Paper 9281 “Auditory Adaptation of Spatial Listening Tasks.” More »

RTW Offers New Mastering Tools Plug-In

May 18th, 2015 | Posted in News, newsletter

RTW, a market leader in visual audio meters and monitoring devices, is offering its new Mastering Tools plug-in for loudness, level, audio analysis and mono-to-7.1 measurement. The second plug-in in RTW’s Masterclass PlugIns series of software-based metering solutions, the Mastering Tools are ideal for music, radio and audio/video producers and engineers.

Designed for simple, intuitive operation by a broader user base, the new Mastering Tools plug-in brings extensive analysis and display functions for mastering, metering and loudness measurement for single- and up to eight-channel applications. Available as a standard-format plug-in for Windows and Mac OS platforms, it also offers a wide range of PPM scales, displays and TruePPM measurements.  More »

Cakewalk Announces New SONAR “Cambridge” Release

May 18th, 2015 | Posted in News, newsletter

Cakewalk, dedicated to powerful and thoughtfully designed software for modern musicians, announces the new March 2015 “Cambridge” release for SONAR Artist, Professional, and Platinum.

The second major release in the SONAR Membership program includes added functionality, such as an onscreen virtual MIDI controller for multi-touch or QWERTY triggering (perfect for mobile musicians), Mix Recall that now remembers all output and Bus routing as well as mix parameters, increased import/export support (Ogg Vorbis, legacy formats, the RF64 standard spec’ed by the EBU, improved MP3 export and more), new effects (ProChannel edition of Boz Digital Labs’ Panipulator, Anderton Collection “Phasor Constructor”), and an exclusive Les Paul Gold Top expansion pack for Dimension Pro with 30 new programs. Additionally, there are 50 enhancements and fixes requested by the ever-growing SONAR Membership community. More »

KRK Systems Presents Rokit G3 Studio Monitor Series

May 18th, 2015 | Posted in News, newsletter

KRK Systems, a Gibson Brand, and one of the world’s most respected manufacturers of studio reference monitors, offers the Rokit G3 Studio Monitor Series. The two-way active monitors, featuring multiple innovations which elevate KRK’s already legendary performance and further refine the company’s design philosophy, are available with five-inch, six-inch, or eight-inch drivers.

Top producers, artists and engineers around the globe trust KRK monitors, having recorded many #1 radio, EDM club or chart-hits with the assistance of the monitors. The ROKIT G3s feature a lightweight, yellow composite woofer ensuring dynamic impulse response with defined, tight low end, clear midrange and accurate top end. Many monitor manufacturers compromise the midrange frequencies to hype the bass, but the KRK ROKIT G3’s unique tuning process treats the woofer, cabinet, and port as a single, integrated whole that provides extreme vocal clarity with extended bass response. More »

Martin Audio Unveils CDD – The Shape Of Things To Come

May 18th, 2015 | Posted in News, newsletter

Martin Audio has announced a major new dedicated installation loudspeaker range — the CDD™ Series. Combining distinctive curved enclosures with unique Coaxial Differential Dispersion™ technology, the series is designed to deliver class-leading performance, fidelity and coverage consistency to venues that demand the ultimate in cutting-edge technology and style.

Whether it’s a bar, an AV installation, a church or a prestige nightclub, the CDD Series has it covered. CDD has been conceived as a one stop solution; six two-way full-range coaxial systems — from the micro CDD5 to the powerful CDD15, complemented by high-performance subwoofers — cover the majority of install applications; all models come in black or white as standard and all RAL colour variants are available to special order. More »

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