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New V4.0 Software Provides 5.1 Input Channels For Studer Vista Series Digital Consoles

NORTHRIDGE, California – September 2007 — The advent of HD video in OB trucks and TV production studios has defined surround sound as the standard to accompany the brilliant high-definition picture. However, handling the six audio channels per source on six separate faders can quickly consume valuable console real estate.

Studer has pioneered multichannel audio systems on digital consoles with its surround management, and the Vista Series has now been provided with a new and unique way of handling 5.1 input sources on a single fader. more

A-Designs Crew Brings Down The HAMMER

A-Designs Audio rolls out new HM2EQ tube equalizer at AES2007

NEW YORK CITY – October 2007 – AES stand 856 – After two years of careful R&D as well as extensive beta testing by savvy engineers like Dylan Dresdow, Dean Landon, Ronan Chris Murphy and Tony Shepperd, among others, Peter Montessi and his team at A-Designs Audio are proud to finally introduce the company’s new vacuum tube-equipped HM2EQ, better known as the HAMMER. more

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615 Music Acquires Metro Music

Nashville, TN & New York, NY, Sept. 27, 2007 — 615 Music, one of America‘s preeminent Production Music companies, providers of library and production music (both original and custom) for television networks and programs, feature films, radio, commercials, on-air promos, interactive applications and multi-media clients, has acquired renowned music library company Metro Music Inc. 615 Music President and CEO Randy Wachtler, and Mitch Coodley, Owner/Composer of Metro Music Inc., jointly made the announcement. more

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SonicPool Announces Latest Film Projects

Hollywood, CA, Sept. 6, 2007 – SonicPool, one of Hollywood‘s leading post facilities, specializing in audio and video finishing, edit suite rentals, and full post-production services, has announced the company‘s most recent work in the areas of feature films, film trailers and film festivals. These projects include the company‘s work in the areas of providing editorial suites, mixing/sweetening and providing online services. The announcement was made by John Frost and Patrick Bird, co-founders/Supervising Sound Mixers, SonicPool. more

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AVIOM‘S MH10F MOVES BROADCAST AUDIO AT MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS

Aviom‘s MH10f Fiber Merger Hub made its high-profile debut moving live broadcast audio at the recent MTV Video Music Awards in Las Vegas.

The Vegas hotel-nightclub that hosted the star-studded extravaganza has a sizable complement of Aviom Pro64 Series products already installed, including a dozen 6416dio Digital I/O Modules as tie lines. The MH10f Merger Hub allowed MTV engineers and installer Audio Analysts to connect the venue’s 12 6416dio modules via fiber to broadcast locations over long distances.

The MH10f Merger Hub is designed to merge and distribute A-Net® data streams and provide a host of professional features to make audio networking with Pro64 Series products easy to set up and configure in multiple professional audio environments.

The MH10f offers unprecedented flexibility and simplicity in system design with features and performance created specifically for networking and distributing audio. The MH10f holds 10 bidirectional A-Net® ports. Eight ports use EtherCon RJ45 connectors, while the remaining two hold SFP slots.

The 10-port MH10f Merger Hub supports parallel connections in a Pro64 audio network with integrated fiber optic connectivity. In Pro64 systems running in Auto Mode, the Merger Hub creates a single network stream, which is redistributed out all 10 ports. This ensures that all 64 audio channels are available throughout the network, regardless of the physical location of any audio input or output. Channels can be physically located off any combination of the 10 ports, even through multiple mergers.

In a Manual Mode system, the Merger Hub accommodates three preset configurations, allowing users to optimize the way each point merges and distributes audio channels. Each configuration preserves the bidirectionality of the system, even as inputs are separated physically off various legs of a hub.

The MH10f can also be used to provide the protection of a backup cable for main runs, as in a digital snake. The Merger Hub will also merge Aviom‘s Virtual Data Cable™ data, allowing Pro64 devices to send and share control data effortlessly over long cable distances (up to 400ft/120m between devices).

For more information on this new product, visit www.aviom.com.

Aviom is the world leader and pioneer of personal monitor mixing technology with the popular Pro16 Series, as well as the exclusive developer of the revolutionary Pro64 Series of audio networking products. All Aviom products are powered by A-Net®, the company‘s groundbreaking high-speed digital audio transmission protocol. Aviom products solve problems in a variety of different environments, including live sound reinforcement, audio recording studios, houses of worship, theater, broadcasting and post-production facilities and a host of commercial installations. Aviom‘s entire line of high-quality professional audio products are designed and manufactured in the USA.

FILM MIXER JAIME BAKSHT CHOOSES SSL C300 HD FOR NEW FACILITY, ASTRO STUDIOS

Jaime Baksht, one of the top film dubbing mixers in Mexico City, has selected a Solid State Logic C300 HD Master Studio System for Astro Studios, a new, ground-up facility in which he is a partner.

Astro Studios, scheduled to open in December, will feature the largest C300 HD to date, a two-operator, 48-fader, 512-channel console. With this C300 HD, Astro will be a world-class facility capable of meeting mainstream feature film mixing demands.

“The productions we are working on have been getting larger, so we needed something that can help us accommodate increasing requirements,” says Baksht, who was recently nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for his work on the acclaimed Pan‘s Labyrinth, Guillermo del Toro‘s gothic fairy tale set in Franco‘s Spain.

“This C300 will have a lot of inputs,” Baksht, a longtime SSL user, continues. “The DAW control is also very important, and the C300 HD sounds wonderful! Over the years, I have worked on SSL‘s 8000 G Series, the Avant, and then an Avant Plus console. This is a completely new system from SSL, and when SSL has a new system, I know it‘s going to be very, very good.”

Designed for the full spectrum of film and post-production applications, the C300 HD Master Studio System is a compact, assignable console for fast and efficient sweetening and mix creation. The C300 HD fully addresses the requirements of non-linear film and HDTV audio production, delivering the ultimate in operational efficiency in a cost-effective, scalable solution.

The C300‘s upgrade to “HD” was announced at this year‘s NAB Convention. Key upgrades include:

• Tri-Level Sync Support
• Serial Control of HD VTRs
• Enhanced 96kHz feature set with up to 16 channel monitoring
• 3 or 4 Channel Side/Rear Surround Panning
• Pec/Direct Recorder Control
• Extended DAW Control with SoftKey keyboard commands
• Tilting center screen option
• Improved Center Section GUI with larger Time Code display, 32 full resolution meters and extended Mix Pass List display with 10 levels of undo
• Enhanced Automation with new Auto Fill Function, Master ALL Safe (Protect) Function
• Settings Libraries for EQ and Dynamics
• Optional 4 port MADI daughter card

The C300 HD integrates DAW control using techniques successfully pioneered with SSL‘s AWS 900+ Analogue Workstation System. This brings the workstation into the console allowing unparalleled interaction between console and DAW. Automation developed from the C200 Digital Production Console provides complete real and non-real time control over the console‘s powerful signal processing. This allows operators to slow down fast moves to a more manageable pace, or even set up whole scenes with the press of a locate key. This saves massive amounts of time yet also delivers the subtle control required to satisfy the most demanding producers or directors.

Baksht recently spent three days at SSL‘s Oxford, UK headquarters with Ron Lagerlof of Visioneering Design, the design and integration firm commissioned for Astro Studios, to finalize the C300 HD‘s specifications. “I don‘t think there is anything else around that can compete with the C300 HD,” says Baksht. “Other consoles are not an option–not for me. The support of SSL has been great throughout the entire process.”

George Horton, Solid State Logic Western Regional Manager, remarks, “Jaime Baksht has enjoyed a 15-year relationship with SSL. It is great to see Astro Studios choose the C300 HD for the new facility.”

Solid State Logic is the world‘s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solid-state-logic.com.

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RIEDEL‘S ARTIST DIGITAL MATRIX INTERCOM SYSTEM DELIVERS FLEXIBILITY TO VERSUS NETWORK

Riedel Communications‘ state-of-the-art Artist Digital Matrix Intercom System, as well as the company‘s digital beltpack system Performer, will be the heart of VERSUS‘ communications system in its new 18,000 square foot HD production studio in Stamford, Connecticut.

VERSUS, a cable television sports network owned by Comcast and shown in the United States, reaches more than 72 million homes with live event programming that includes the Tour de France, the National Hockey League (NHL), collegiate sports from top conferences such as the Pac-10, Big 12 and Mountain West, the America‘s Cup, and World Extreme Cagefigthing. VERSUS will be utilizing Riedel‘s cutting edge technology at the network‘s studio to ensure seamless communications during production.

“I was impressed with the system‘s audio quality,“ commented Paul Koopmann, director of engineering for VERSUS. “It‘s a far superior product in its design in both its intuitive user interface for programming and ease of change. The control panels were more flexible, offered additional features and were easier to use. I was truly blown away when I saw the panels.“
VERSUS employed one Artist 128 intercom mainframe just in time for the NHL season, which began on September 30. Artist is designed as a powerful matrix platform for intercom, as well as the distribution of analog and digital audio and TCP/IP data signals. The system consists of a fiber-based network backbone providing a decentralized infrastructure for live audio and intercom applications. Multiple matrix frames (nodes) are interconnected by a dual optical fiber ring to form a single large, full summing, non-blocking distributed matrix. The maximum distance between two nodes can be up to 1650 ft as standard, and optionally up to 12 mi. This allows a high degree of decentralization of the entire matrix in a very cost-effective way. As a result, the matrix frames can be located near the intercom stations of a specific studio or production facility, saving a considerable amount of wiring and installation costs.

“When you have to wear a headset and talk to people that are in different locations, you don‘t want them to sound like they are communicating over a tin can for six hours of a production,“ stated Koopmann. “What truly sold me was when I put the headset on and listened to the quality of production; I was floored because it sounded like there were professional audio microphones all around.“

The Artist 1000 LED Series provides easy-to-operate, high-tech control panels with broadcast quality audio, minimum dimensions and outstanding design. The 1000 Series are the premium control key-panels from Riedel and are available in 19“ rack-mount, desktop and modular (Danner) versions. VERSUS will be using the RCP-1012, the DCP-1016 and the ECP-1012PT from the Artist 1000 Series. All control key-panels feature bright, dimmable 8-digit alpha-numeric LED displays, individual rotary encoder for listen level control and LED level indication for each talk key. A special alphanumeric 8-digit LED display key has been developed, which allows clear labeling of destinations and excellent readability under all lighting conditions. These exclusive display keys are used on all 1000 Series control and expansion key-panels, resulting in an ultra-compact design. All Artist control panels are connected to the matrix digitally through an AES3-Signal over a single Cat5 or Coax cable resulting in perfect audio quality.

“The Riedel system, unlike others, is modular,“ Koopmann adds. “You can start with whatever size you want and build up. That was critical, because with our growth in sports programming, I can‘t lock myself into a size. It gave me the flexibility and versatility to be able to do what I need today, as well as tomorrow, with growth.“

Versus also employed the Performer Series with the use of the C44 and C3 two-channel digital beltpacks. The C44 system interface makes the Performer Series the first fully integrated ‘digital‘ solution for combined digital matrix and partyline intercom. The C44 converts four two-channel CAT5 matrix ports to four powered beltpack lines. Up to 16 beltpacks can be daisy-chained on each line, one single C44 can power up to 38 beltpacks. C3 is an ergonomically shaped, fully digital 2-channel beltpack that includes popular features from conventional analog partyline systems including daisy-chaining. Unlike its analog counterparts it‘s completely noise-free and hum-free.

The Connect Solo Telephone Hybrid interfaces the Versus intercom system via analog a/b telephone connections to PSTN public telephone networks. The device combines two independent analog POTS telephone hybrids in one halfrack/1RU device. One unit – two hybrids: This saves rackspace and is a valuable advantage, especially for mobile production units. The Versus installation features four Connect Solo devices, which can be conveniently controlled directly from the control panels via the integrated telephone key-pad of the ECP-1012 PT expansion panels.

About Riedel
Riedel – one of the major suppliers of communications equipment to the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino – designs, manufactures and distributes the most sophisticated intercom and radio technology for customers worldwide in the broadcast, pro-audio, event, sports and theatre industries. The products reflect today‘s leading-edge technologies that expand conventional concepts into tomorrow‘s applications. The Riedel group of companies also includes a European based large rental operation that provides radio, intercom services, event accreditation & ticketing systems as well as fiber-based audio and video transmission systems. The Company was founded in 1987 and today employs over 150 people located within 7 locations in Europe, Asia and North America.

AVIOM PERSONAL MONITOR MIXING SYSTEM KEY TO SUCCESS AT LOVE IN: THE MUSICAL

Aviom, the world leader in personal monitor mixing technology, was an important element in the audio system for the production of Love In: The Musical, a theatrical celebration of the music of 1967 featuring legendary artists recently held at Birch North Park Theatre in San Diego.

The event featured the award-winning Pro16 personal mixing system, with an Aviom digital snake distributing all of the mixes to a Yamaha PM5D console outfitted with an AVIOM16/o-Y1 A-Net® Interface Card.

Adams Entertainment, who also produced last year‘s live documentary/concert Primal Twang: The History of the Guitar, filmed the Love In performances for commercial release in 2008. That meant that the show‘s audio producer, Henry Austin of Professional Production Associates, had to design a system that would serve the needs of both the live and recorded elements of the production.

“I selected Aviom for this mission-critical gig for several reasons,” Austin explained. “Traditional monitor wedges will typically cause an inordinate amount of leakage from the stage and the cumulative effect of this leakage ruins the recording process and negatively impacts the FOH audio quality as well. My design integrated acrylic shields and sound absorbent material and this contributed greatly to the separation and clarity of the live mix and recording. Without the Aviom personal mixing system, these additional isolations would not have been noticed.”

Austin also explained how the Aviom personal mixing system worked well in conjunction with the Future Sonics in-ear monitoring system chosen for the project. “The Future Sonics IEMs compliment the Aviom output circuit and really sound ‘Hi-Fi.‘ It was this combination that helped sell the idea to the artists, who were unfamiliar with the technology. Once they heard it, they were sold. Each band member could control his personal blend, which allowed Bob Meyers, the monitor engineer, to focus on the wireless mixes.”

For Meyers, Love In provided an opportunity for him to discover a new technology that helped make his life easier. “As a professional Monitor Engineer for the past 25 years, it’s great to see new technology that actually helps simplify things and make monitor mixing easier instead of just complicating the issue,” said Meyers. “Once the musicians got comfortable with their in-ear monitors and saw how simple it was to adjust what I was sending digitally to their Aviom mixers, they had very few adjustments for me to make. Plus, with numerous musician changes and some complete band changes, the only way this worked was using the presets on the mixers. With everything else going on between bands, I don’t think it would have been possible to pull this off without the use and reliability of the Aviom system.”

The ease of set-up and new level of control provided by the Aviom system made the shows a great experience for all involved, from the players to the producers to the engineers working on the project.

“Director Anthony Adams requested that the stage have a ‘clean, uncluttered appearance‘ and the size and footprint of the little blue Aviom mixers helped create a spacious look for the film,” added Austin, who also produced the audio for Primal Twang. “Plus, the power to each mixer is carried with the signal in a small Cat 5 run and, again, kept the stage looking dressed and pristine.”

For a veteran audio professional like Henry Austin, discovering Aviom has been a revelation. “I find it ironic and amusing that some of the larger audio manufacturers continue to boast louder and louder monitors capable of cutting through a wall of guitar amps. It is these same companies that also hold seminars on system setup and optimization. But a great sound system with the best FOH engineer can be tuned to the 9′s, and if there is too much leakage on the stage, it will sound terrible. I am thankful for the invention of Aviom. This is a welcome tool that is long overdue.”

For more information, visit www.aviom.com. For more on the event, visit www. http://www.loveinthemusical.com.

Aviom is the world leader and pioneer of personal monitor mixing technology with the popular Pro16 Series, as well as the exclusive developer of the revolutionary Pro64 Series of audio networking products. All Aviom products are powered by A-Net®, the company‘s groundbreaking high-speed digital audio transmission protocol. Aviom products solve problems in a variety of different environments, including live sound reinforcement, audio recording studios, houses of worship, theater, broadcasting and post-production facilities and a host of commercial installations. Aviom‘s entire line of high-quality professional audio products are designed and manufactured in the USA.

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RIEDEL EXPANDS PERFORMER DIGITAL PARTYLINE SERIES AT AES 2007

Riedel Communications, pioneer of advanced intercom and radio technology, has added several new products to its Performer digital partyline intercom series. The world‘s first digital partyline intercom system featuring high-quality digital audio now provides 2 and 4-channel master stations, rack-mount, wall-mount and desktop speaker stations, call light indicators and 2-channel beltpack headset stations.

Performer CR-4 / CR-2 Master Station
The new Performer master stations CR-4 (4-channel) and CR-2 (2-channel) are the ideal choice for setting up a stand-alone digital partyline system. Depending on the setup, the integrated power supply of the 19”/1RU device can power up to 32 Performer devices – such as beltpacks, split-boxes or desktop speaker stations – per line. Additional power-supplies easily expand the possibilities. The clear user interface ensures ultimate performance and flexibility. The color-illuminated buttons are ideal for applications in operational environments. The remote mic-kill function allows the user to silence any open microphone on the intercom channels. The CR-4/CR-2 features an additional program input that can be mixed individually to each of the intercom channels. Other features include individual listen volume controls for all partylines, Call and S-Call, IFB, and an on-stage function for using the intercom microphone with a PA system. The CR-4/CR-2 can be operated using a headset or an integrated powerful loudspeaker with a gooseneck microphone. The new Performer CR-4 / CR-2 Master Station are scheduled to start shipping in October.

Performer CD-2 Desktop Speaker / Headset Station
The CD-2 Desktop Speaker/Headset Station provides the same feature set as the CR-2 Master Station with the exception of the internal power-supply. This makes the CD-2 ideal for operation as a desktop speaker station or – in combination with an external power-supply – as a 2-channel master station for setting up a stand-alone digital partyline system.

Performer CW-2 Wall Mount Speaker / Headset Station
The CW-2 Wall Mount Speaker/Headset Station comes with a standard 4-gang outlet box and provides an easy-to-use 2-channel digital intercom panel. The large rotary level controls combine volume control and a talk button with momentary/latching operation. The unit can be operated using a headset or an integrated powerful loudspeaker with a microphone. A call signal LED, Call and S-Call function complete the feature list. The CW-2 can be powered from the partyline or via a local power supply.

About Riedel
Riedel – one of the major suppliers of communications equipment to the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino – designs, manufactures and distributes the most sophisticated intercom and radio technology for customers worldwide in the broadcast, pro-audio, event, sports and theatre industries. The products reflect today‘s leading-edge technologies that expand conventional concepts into tomorrow‘s applications. The Riedel group of companies also includes a European based large rental operation that provides radio, intercom services, event accreditation & ticketing systems as well as fiber-based audio and video transmission systems. The Company was founded in 1987 and today employs over 150 people located within 7 locations in Europe, Asia and North America.

RIEDEL EXPANDED PERFORMER DIGITAL PARTYLINE SERIES AT PLASA07

Riedel Communications, pioneer of advanced intercom and radio technology, has added several new products to its Performer digital partyline intercom series. The world‘s first digital partyline intercom system featuring high-quality digital audio now provides 2 and 4-channel master stations, rack-mount, wall-mount and desktop speaker stations, call light indicators and 2-channel beltpack headset stations.

Performer CR-4 / CR-2 Master Station
The new Performer master stations CR-4 (4-channel) and CR-2 (2-channel) are the ideal choice for setting up a stand-alone digital partyline system. Depending on the setup, the integrated power supply of the 19”/1RU device can power up to 32 Performer devices – such as beltpacks, split-boxes or desktop speaker stations – per line. Additional power-supplies easily expand the possibilities. The clear user interface ensures ultimate performance and flexibility. The color-illuminated buttons are ideal for applications in operational environments. The remote mic-kill function allows the user to silence any open microphone on the intercom channels. The CR-4/CR-2 features an additional program input that can be mixed individually to each of the intercom channels. Other features include individual listen volume controls for all partylines, Call and S-Call, IFB, and an on-stage function for using the intercom microphone with a PA system. The CR-4/CR-2 can be operated using a headset or an integrated powerful loudspeaker with a gooseneck microphone. The new Performer CR-4 / CR-2 Master Station are scheduled to start shipping in October.

Performer CD-2 Desktop Speaker / Headset Station
The CD-2 Desktop Speaker/Headset Station provides the same feature set as the CR-2 Master Station with the exception of the internal power-supply. This makes the CD-2 ideal for operation as a desktop speaker station or – in combination with an external power-supply – as a 2-channel master station for setting up a stand-alone digital partyline system.

Performer CW-2 Wall Mount Speaker / Headset Station
The CW-2 Wall Mount Speaker/Headset Station comes with a standard 4-gang outlet box and provides an easy-to-use 2-channel digital intercom panel. The large rotary level controls combine volume control and a talk button with momentary/latching operation. The unit can be operated using a headset or an integrated powerful loudspeaker with a microphone. A call signal LED, Call and S-Call function complete the feature list. The CW-2 can be powered from the partyline or via a local power supply.

About Riedel
Riedel – one of the major suppliers of communications equipment to the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino – designs, manufactures and distributes the most sophisticated intercom and radio technology for customers worldwide in the broadcast, pro-audio, event, sports and theatre industries. The products reflect today‘s leading-edge technologies that expand conventional concepts into tomorrow‘s applications. The Riedel group of companies also includes a European based large rental operation that provides radio, intercom services, event accreditation & ticketing systems as well as fiber-based audio and video transmission systems. The Company was founded in 1987 and today employs over 150 people located within 7 locations in Europe, Asia and North America.

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