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Sensaphonics offers free audiology services to 3D Active Ambient buyers

Company‘s first-ever promotional program shows dedication to musicians‘ hearing health.

Chicago, February 27, 2008 – Sensaphonics Hearing Conservation, manufacturer of the only active ambient in-ear monitoring system, has announced the first promotional program in the company‘s history. In anticipation of the coming tour season, the Sensaphonics “Hear It All” promotion provides purchasers of the 3D Active Ambient™ IEM system with free ear impressions, plus a hearing test and fitting. The program runs through April 30, 2008.

“Obviously, we‘re promoting the 3D Active Ambient, which is truly a unique product” notes company president Michael Santucci, a practicing audiologist. “But more importantly, we want to encourage all musicians and engineers to get their hearing checked. Too many musicians buying custom earphones just run out and get impressions made.”

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Harrisburg, PA, February 27, 2008 – The hundreds of thousands who tuned in for their first glimpse at the “must see” cars of the year during the 2008 Pennsylvania Auto & Boat Show kept on course as ABC 27 WHTM-TV used microwave technology products provided by RF Central, a leading digital microwave technology provider, to preview all of the vehicle debuts during the event‘s hour-long live broadcast. more


Kansas City, MO – February 2008 … Avlex Corporation, the name audio professionals turn to for world-class wireless technology, microphones, and professional audio equipment, is pleased to announce the availability of the Bardl P Series audio mixers. Available in 8- and 12-channel configurations, the Bardl P Series offer a wealth of features that make these mixers ideal for a wide range of audio applications, including general sound reinforcement for both fixed and portable use as well as integration into desktop recording environments. more

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LAKEWOOD, NJ – FEBRUARY 27, 2008 – Neutrik‘s OpticalCon, a ruggedized and dirt protected fiber optic connector system, is incorporated into the design of Midas‘ XL8 Live Performance System, the UK manufacturer‘s flagship digital mixing console. The link between the console and the stage, with no discernable loss in frequency response, is a concern for most live performance sound engineers; Neutrik‘s OpticalCon system meets this need.

The Midas XL8 is one of the leading digital live audio mixing consoles for sound reinforcement applications, whether live, installed, theatre or broadcast. Each Midas XL8 console comes supplied with two 150m drums of Neutrik‘s multimode OpticalCon to create a fully redundant digital snake system.

“Midas has used Neutrik analogue XLR connectors for many years and found them to be rugged and reliable, which is why they were chosen for the XL8 live performance system,” says Alex Cooper, director of console development at Midas. “We also chose Neutrik‘s OpticalCon for our fiber interconnection because it is compatible with Neutrik’s standard XLR footprint, which allows us to standardize all our panels.”

Neutrik‘s OpticalCon, a complete fiber optic connector system, features an LC-compatible fitting that is housed within a roadworthy zinc diecast shell. It enables up to four copper wires to run power, analogue or data signals. The optical connection is protected from dust and dirt through automatic sealing covers and gaskets, which are operated automatically during mating or unmating. Connectors can be supplied with two types of multimode cable (suitable for multichannel audio) or three types of single mode cable (including a special ‘SMPTE-version’ with an additional ground-shell contact for broadcast applications). In addition, colored labeling plates are included to identify the fiber mode.

Neutrik‘s EtherCon and PowerCon products were also incorporated into the design of Midas‘ XL8 console. The EtherCon® Series is a ruggedized and lockable RJ45 connector system, optimized for pro audio, video and lighting network applications. Neutrik PowerCon® is a lockable, extremely robust and reliable 3-pole equipment (AC) connector with high current capacity.

“When we were developing the XL8, we opted to use Neutrik‘s EtherCon to achieve the same levels of reliability and ruggedness for digital Cat5 and Cat6 interconnections,” continues Cooper. “The locking capabilities (which are standard on XLRs but unusual in power connectors) and universal acceptance within the touring business attracted us to Neutrik‘s PowerCon for the main inlets on the control surface.”

Midas live performance mixing consoles have been used by the world’s most demanding sound engineers, performers and rental companies for three decades. Midas is owned by the Bosch Group, a leading global manufacturer of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology. Set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering,” the Bosch Group today comprises a manufacturing, sales, and after-sales service network of some 300 subsidiaries and more than 13,000 Bosch service centers in over 140 countries.

Neutrik manufactures a wide array of XLR connectors and receptacles, jacks and plugs, speaker connectors and accessories for the professional audio industry. Neutrik USA is located at 195 Lehigh Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701.

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Peachtree City, GA -February 27, 2008- Situated in the artistic community of Silverlake, Los Angeles, CA, Kingsize Soundlabs offers a unique recording environment with an array of vintage as well as the latest state-of-the-art technology, which appeals to the alternative music scene. With high-profile alternative music clients including Jesus and Mary Chain and Australian band The Vines, protecting the recorded sessions is essential, and Avastor HDX FireWire hard drives are the number one choice for sessions that track directly to drives as well as back up.

“I like the robust, compact construction,” says Harry Trumfio, Kingsize Soundlabs owner and studio manager. “Our international clients from the UK have benefited from having their masters on the Avastors because the internal auto sensing power supply works perfectly in other countries.”

Kingsize‘s list of international clients have also included: To Spill, The Sleepy Jackson‘s remix of Yoko Ono‘s “Moving On” among a long list of some of alternative music‘s brightest artists.

In addition to the Avastor hard drives, the facility is outfitted with vintage Mellotron electro-mechanical, polyphonic keyboards, custom modified Neve and Trident consoles, Digidesign Pro Tools HD3 rigs and an array of analog recorders. Owners Harry and David Trumfio‘s aim has been to provide a comfortable and well-equipped workspace for their clients with everything they need from outboard processors to instruments–all in an environment that offers a positive vibe.

Burbank-based RDS (Recording Data Service), one of Avastor‘s major Los Angeles distributors, is the supplier of the Avastor hard disks to Kingsize. Avastor offers one of the most comprehensive lines of external hard disk products, including over 20 configurations of drive interfaces and capacities for virtually every audio and video application.

About Avastor

Headquartered in Peachtree City, GA, Avastor was founded in 2005 to bring full-featured digital storage devices, with the highest quality and performance, to the professional audio and video marketplace. The company’s flagship product, the HDX hard disk drive system, is produced in the USA with a mandate for superior build quality and 100% quality testing, aimed directly at the demands of professional audio and video applications.

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TORONTO, ONTARIO — Holophone®, a leading manufacturer of surround microphones and Rycote, a top manufacturer of professional audio windshielding and shockmounting systems, have teamed up to develop windscreen systems for Holophone‘s entire line of surround microphones – H2-PRO, H3-D and H4 SuperMINI.

Available in both standalone fuzzy and fuzzy/windscreen pairs, the Rycote windshield systems are extremely effective, providing 10-12db extra protection for Holophone‘s surround microphones over a standard windshield, resulting in a clear audio recording even in the harshest of location environments. The entire line of windscreen systems are made from specially designed and manufactured screening materials which offer virtually no adverse effect on sound level or quality, maintaining the true-to-life experience Holophone‘s microphones provide. To allow for a snug fit, all windscreens feature a drawstring and toggle.

“With our microphones frequently used for on-location shoots and ENG situations, it was important that our users have protection against wind interference to ensure that their audio recordings are the best they can possibly be,” says Holophone CEO Jonathan Godfrey. “The choice was simple. Rycote is known for its high-quality windshield solutions and we look forward to working with the company to help further simplify the recording of surround in any situation.”

“Like Holophone, we have been pioneers in the audio industry and are always looking for new and innovative means for our users to obtain superior sound,” says Simon Davies, Technical Director for Rycote. “We feel the collaboration will be a successful one and hope to work with Holophone on future projects.”

For optimal sound quality, Holophone recommends that the fuzzy shield be used in conjunction with the windscreen. The H2-PRO fuzzy retails for $150, the H3-D for $150 and the H4 SuperMINI for $100. H2-PRO fuzzy/windscreen set retails for $475, H3-D $475 and H4 SuperMINI for $275.

The windscreens will be sold through Holophone and its dealers. For more information, visit Holophone‘s website,

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Las Vegas, NV, February 25, 2008 – RF Central, a leading digital microwave technology provider, is unveiling its RFX-CMT-II camera-mounted transmitters in both 2 GHz and 5.8 GHz at NAB 2008 (Booth C6622). While the 2 GHz unit is designed for live ENG news and sports broadcast applications and the 5.8 GHz unit is geared for live sports stadium, arena coverage and license free applications, both offer complete HD upgradeability with the latest in high-quality, low-latency, HD encoding technology. more


St. Paul, MN, February 20, 2008 – Al Schmitt, 19-time Grammy winning recording engineer and record producer recently got up-close-and-personal with more than 400 students at McNally Smith College of Music to inaugurate the school‘s first installment of its new Masters Lecture Series, produced by the Music Business Department and hosted by the Recording Technology Department.

“McNally Smith College of Music prides itself on providing its students with practical experience and knowledge within the music arena,” explains McNally Smith College of Music Dean of Music Industries André Fischer, who is responsible for establishing the new lecture series that will showcase music industry legends including engineer and producer George Massenburg, bassist and record producer Don Was, and music producer/engineer Ed Cherney.

Fisher continues, “By establishing a lecture series that brings some of the music industry‘s top ‘masters‘ into our students‘ worlds, the students receive a real-life perspective from music professionals who they look up to and aspire to emulate. In addition, they receive first-hand insight into all facets of the music pro‘s job responsibilities including recording, technology, business, production, performance and composition.”

Mirroring the format of Bravo‘s “Inside the Actors Studio,” some of McNally Smith College of Music‘s leading instructors interviewed Schmitt, who spoke candidly for 90 minutes, discussing his personal road to establishing fruitful careers in music engineering and producing while also offering helpful tips for achieving success. Upon finishing his interview segment, he participated in a Q&A with students in attendance.

In receiving such a rare opportunity as meeting a legend in the music production and engineering world, college senior Vyacheslav Kuharchuk, who travels to McNally Smith from the Ukraine each year to pursue his career in recording technology, says it was an enlightening and inspiring experience.

“In this industry, it takes a certain degree of pioneering, dedication and strength to succeed at the level at which Al Schmitt stands,” says Kuharchuk. “I am thankful to McNally Smith for giving me the chance to meet Al, who has enhanced my passion and drive for success within the music business.”

College senior Veronica Rodriguez of St. Paul, who is majoring in production, shares Kuharchuk‘s sentiments. “I feel very fortunate to have somebody of Al Schmitt‘s caliber visiting our college and speaking with us in an intimate setting. It was wonderful receiving his inside microphone techniques. Meeting him is something I will always remember and will surely be bragging about.”
In recognition of his time and dedication to the college and its students, Schmitt was given the honor of being the first to receive McNally Smith College of Music‘s newest nationally accredited degree, its Bachelor of Science in Music (Music Producer). He was also presented with an Honorary Professor of Recording Technology certificate.

“McNally Smith College of Music goes above and beyond when it comes to music instruction and higher learning,” says Schmitt. “It was a pleasant surprise to become the first recipient of McNally Smith‘s new Bachelor of Science in Music degree. This is a prime example of the college‘s commitment to providing quality programs and instruction to its students. It was also a privilege being the first guest speaker to kick off the McNally Smith College of Music‘s new Master Lecture Series. It was great to have had the opportunity to sit down with McNally Smith‘s fine students and share my experience and insight into the music industry. I was very impressed with their knowledge, skills and talent and believe that they truly represent the music professionals of tomorrow.”

In addition, Schmitt received a personal tour of the McNally Smith‘s first-class campus and its 12 recording studios, which includes two new SSL Duality consoles. He also led two Master Recording Classes during his visit.

Founded in 1985, McNally Smith College of Music is devoted to excellence in music industry higher education and in developing music industry professionals. An accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, McNally Smith College of Music offers music degrees and programs in Recording Technology, Music Business, Music Performance and Composition. With more than 500 students and a 92-member faculty, McNally Smith College of Music students get a personalized music education that combines cutting edge technology with musical artistry and includes wide access to research tools, real world knowledge and great performance facilities. McNally Smith alumni are working all over the world.

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN, FEBRUARY 25, 2008 – Auralex Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, keeps sound flowing at Nashville‘s Liquid Music Studio. A personal and commercial facility, founded in 2006 by former Digidesign Production Specialist Brett Clark, Liquid Music Studio specializes in audio and post-production projects.

Several Auralex products have been installed into the space, which includes a control room and a tracking room. Auralex‘s SheetBlok sound isolation barrier was used throughout the construction of the space, its pArtScience Screen6 hangs from the ceiling above the mixing station and the company‘s complete SonoSuede System was used as the surface treatment.

“Auralex Acoustics was helpful from day one,” says Clark. “The company‘s original room analysis really helped put the job into perspective, in terms of the amount of acoustical treatments I would need in order to get the sound I wanted. Not only does the company‘s products stand up to its reputation, but the fabric choices enabled me to choose the treatments that best suited the décor I was going with for both the control room and the tracking room.”

Clark‘s professional credits run the gamut, from live tracks for recording artists such as Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Joe Nichols and Paul Brandt; to post audio for two 30-minute specials aired on CMT Canada as well as several commercial spots for Ford Canada. He has also worked on mixing/editing projects for ForJam productions, BMG/Sony and Paul Brandt.

Liquid Music Studio offers the very best in audio equipment in terms of recording, converters, microphones and mic pre‘s including a Digidesign Pro Tools HD system, and Digidesign and Apogee converters. The studio‘s extensive microphone offerings include Rode, Audio-Technica, AKG, Groove Tubes, Neumann, Sennheiser, Shiny Box, Shure and CAD. Several mic pre‘s are available on-site such as Focusrite, Milliennia, Universal Audio, Vintech, API, SSL, Chandler and Digidesign. Learn more about Brett‘s professional accomplishments as well as Liquid Music Studio at

About Auralex Acoustics, Inc.
Located in Indianapolis, Auralex Acoustics was founded in 1977 with a mission to provide top-performing acoustical treatment products at the best value. Since then, thousands of satisfied Auralex customers have experienced improved acoustics, expert advice and exceptional customer service. Auralex products enjoy widespread use among prominent artists, producers, engineers, corporations, celebrities and government agencies.

Auralex Acoustics has become the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions and continues to enjoy rapid growth through an international network of authorized dealers. Visit the Auralex web page at Auralex can be reached via email at or by calling 1.800.959.3343
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Jazz Production & Recording Engineering at Litchfield Jazz Camp in Connecticut

Subject: Jazz Production and Recording Engineering at Litchfield Jazz Camp
Dates: July 6 – 18
Tuition: $1650 for Day and $2350 for Residential
Location: Forman School, Litchfield, CT
Contact: Phone: 860-567-4162 Fax: 860-567-3592
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Litchfield Jazz Camp (est. 1997), recently featured in the JazzTimes Education Guide, TIME Magazine and on CNN, announces a two-week intensive — Jazz Production and Recording Engineering, to be held from July 6 – 18. Last summer the camp held a small pilot program that was so well received the course has been formally added to the regular classes available at the 2008 Litchfield Jazz Camp.

Paul BollenbackEd Tetreault

Jazz Production and Recording Engineering will be taught by Ed Tetreault and Paul Bollenback. Mr. Tetreault is the Manager of Peabody Conservatory Recording Arts & Sciences. He holds a BS in Audio Engineering Technology from the University of Hartford and a MA in Recording and Production from Peabody Conservatory. Mr. Bollenback is a world-renowned jazz guitarist who has performed with Gary Bartz, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Joey DeFrancesco, Joe Locke, and many others. He teaches at Queens College, the New School and Peabody Conservatory and has been teaching at the Litchfield Jazz Camp since 1999. He also has his own jazz record label – Elefant Dreams.

Jazz Production and Recording Engineering is a hands-on recording seminar for musicians and aspiring recording engineers. The course is a “two-week miracle” where students record student musician combos and finish with a completed CD, touching on everything in between. Students will learn both how to record and how to produce a jazz album. They will learn how to choose material for an album, basic “on the spot” arranging tools, how to run a recording session in order to get the best out of the musicians and how to make the best use of studio time. Students will also learn practical problem-solving for recording situations, tips on how much can be done in your own home (editing, mixing, and overdubbing), how to choose the song order and many other “insider” recording studio techniques and tricks.

The course uses a Digidesign Pro Tools system with a Digi 003 interface. Using a dual quad-core Mac Pro for processing, the Pro Tools system is augmented with high-end plug-ins from Waves, Antares, and IK Multimedia and provides an extremely powerful host-based multitrack recording and mixing platform. Microphones for the course are provided by Shure and are supplemented with microphones from Neumann, Sennheiser, AKG, Royer, and Audix. The studio itself is equipped to handle four different cue mixes and can support up to 16 pairs of headphones. Other equipment used includes Mic Pres by Millenia Media, Joe Meek, ART, Mackie HR 824 studio Monitors and Samson C-Que Headphone amplifiers.

Campus of the Forman SchoolMaster Class with Dave Liebman

Support for Litchfield Jazz Camp comes from the Connecticut State Department of Education, Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, Friendship Fund, Steinway & Sons, Shure, DownBeat, Crystal Rock, Republican-American. Call (860) 567-4162 or visit to apply on-line.

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