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Second Digidesign Live Sound Webinar Premieres on May 28

Daly City, CA — On Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. (PST), Digidesign will present part 2 of its five-part Live Sound Webinar series, hosted by Live Sound Manager Robert Scovill.

In his 30-minute presentation, “VENUE and Pro Tools|HD or Pro Tools LE,� Scovill will cover how to determine which Pro Tools® recording system to use for various live sound applications. He’ll also introduce viewers to the different Pro Tools hardware and interface options, archiving concepts, and more.

A total of five presentations are planned as part of the Live Sound Webinar series. The first, “Introduction to VENUE and Mix Rack,� was webcast on April 23, 2008. The third webinar will take place on June 25, 2008. To see the complete schedule of upcoming Live Sound Webinar presentations, view archived webinars, or to register to watch the May 28th webinar, please visit the Digidesign VENUE Live Sound Webinar website at www.digidesign.com/livesoundwebinars.

About Robert Scovill
Digidesign live sound manager Robert Scovill is a veteran sound engineer with over 3,000 live show mixing credits, including tours with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Rush, Prince, and Def Leppard. Get his insider’s perspective (and veteran’s view) of VENUE each month in the Live Sound Webinar.

About Digidesign
Digidesign is a worldwide leading manufacturer of digital audio production systems and the winner of the 2001 Technical Grammy® Award and 2003 Oscar® statuette representing the Academy Scientific and Technical Award for the design, development, and implementation of the Pro Tools® digital audio workstation. Digidesign provides the professional music, film, video, multimedia, and radio broadcast industries with tools for digital recording, MIDI sequencing, editing, signal processing, and surround mixing. Digidesign products are marketed in more than 40 countries worldwide through a distribution network of value-added dealers, distributors, and OEM relationships. Digidesign is a part of Avid Technology, Inc. For more information, visit www.digidesign.com.

About Avid Technology, Inc.
Avid (Nasdaq: AVID) is a worldwide leader in tools for film, video, audio, 3D animation, gaming and broadcast professionals – as well as for home audio and video enthusiasts. Avid professional and consumer brands include Avid, Digidesign, M-Audio, Pinnacle Systems, Sibelius, Softimage and Sundance Digital. The vast majority of primetime television shows, feature films, commercials and chart-topping music hits are made using one or more Avid products. Whether used by seasoned professionals or beginning students, Avid’s products and services enable customers to work more efficiently, productively and creatively. Avid received an Oscar statuette representing the 1998 Scientific and Technical Award for the concept, design, and engineering of the Avid® Film Composer® system for motion picture editing. For more information about the company’s Oscar, Grammy and Emmy® award-winning products and services, visit www.avid.com.

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LECTROSONICS HELPS CAPTURE THE QUIRKY ON “LES PIEDS DANS LA MARGE”

Prévost, Quebec, Canada – May 2008… Capturing the crazy things kids do can be a daunting task for TV and film production crews, and this was very much the case recently with Les pieds dans la marge, a French language comedy show for teenagers in the 14 to 17-year-old range that airs on Canada’s CBC broadcast system. With the action, so to speak, taking place entirely in an Olympic-size pool, capturing location sound required the expertise of Pascal Van Strydonck and his Lectrosonics wireless equipment. more

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Soundcraft V16 Pair Take Up Residency At Nokia Theatre L.A. Live

Twin digital live sound consoles soon to be joined
by two more for upcoming Club NOKIA

A pair of Soundcraft Vi6 digital mixing consoles – one at front-of-house and one at the monitor position – are at the front end of an installed sound system featuring a variety of Harman Pro brands at the new NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE, which recently opened in downtown Los Angeles. A centerpiece of the L.A. LIVE entertainment, residential and retail complex, located adjacent to STAPLES Center, is the 7,100-seat venue which will be joined later this year by the 2,300 capacity Club NOKIA, which will also feature a pair of Soundcraft Vi6 consoles and various other Harman Pro products.

Robert Patrick, founder, president and principle project manager of IPR Services, oversaw the design-build of the audio and other systems at the entertainment venues at L.A. LIVE, which is being heralded as “Times Square West.� “What we tried to achieve was commonality of equipment between the monitor and front-of-house consoles and, because there are so many acts or tours coming through there will be a lot of one- or two-night stands, so the idea was to provide a console that touring engineers can familiarize themselves with very quickly,� says Patrick, who managed a team that also included acoustician Chips Davis, sound specialist Larry Spurgeon and video/IT technologist Dennis Kornegay.

In addition to long-established touring industry recognition of the Soundcraft brand name and sound quality, the Vistonics™ II control surface was also a significant factor in the rider-friendly decision to install the Vi6 desks, according to Patrick, who has over 25 years of experience in designing, engineering and managing sound, video and communications projects. “By far the biggest criteria here were the ease of use and the unquestioned sound quality. The Vi6 fulfilled that admirably in that it is by far the quickest console to learn if you’ve never seen it before. Vistonics was the key to the console’s ease of use and gaining familiarity with it,� he explains.

Patrick continues, “Everyone has their own favorite mixing console so trying to have some sort of commonality amongst touring engineers is difficult at best. But once you’ve seen the Vi6 you appreciate the benefits of the setup as well as the sonic quality.�

In addition to a pair of Soundcraft Vi6 consoles, the main PA system includes JBL VERTEC® line arrays, powered by nearly 400,000 watts of Crown I-Tech and CTs amplifiers. The entire system is configured and controlled via the Harman Pro Group HiQnet™ protocol.

NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE and Club NOKIA are just the latest in a growing list of major projects that Patrick has overseen, including work at STAPLES Center, Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre, the WaMu Theatre in Seattle, The Mirage in Las Vegas, the NOKIA Theatre Times Square and The O2 in London. At L.A. LIVE, says Patrick, “I was responsible for the design-build of the sound system, broadcast cabling system, video production system, telecommunications, point of sale and ticketing systems, card access and security systems, and the RF distribution.�

NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE opened with six sold-out concerts featuring the Eagles and Dixie Chicks in October 2007, and has also been visited by Sugarland, Queens of the Stone Age, Neil Young, Anita Baker, Mary J. Blige and John Fogerty. In addition to hosting music, family, dance and comedy acts , the venue is additionally designed for televised events, such as the American Music Awards, which was another point in favor of the Vi6, says Patrick: “The Soundcraft allows for MADI interfaces to the broadcast world. Because we have a lot of broadcasts emanating from the theater, it lends itself to accommodating those requirements.�

Once it is completed, the four million-sq.-ft., $2.5 billion L.A. LIVE complex, controlled by AEG (Anschutz Entertainment Group), will also include a 54-story, 1,000-room convention “headquarters” hotel (combining JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton brands and 224 luxury condominiums), a 14-screen Regal Cineplex, broadcast facilities for ESPN plus entertainment, restaurant and office space, in addition to the two NOKIA venues.

About Soundcraft:
Headquartered at the Harman International Industries complex in Potters Bar, England, Soundcraft has built its global reputation over 35 years as a preeminent manufacturer of professional mixing consoles serving live, broadcast, theatre, recording and DJ markets. Worldwide sales and marketing for the brand is handled by the Soundcraft Studer Group, also of Potters Bar. In the United States, Soundcraft and Studer’s products are distributed by Harman Pro North America, a subsidiary of Harman International Industries.

About HiQnet:
Harman HiQnet is the world’s first connectivity and control protocol that integrates all product categories in the signal chain for professional audio systems of all types, size, and applications. Harman HiQnet no longer requires the user to manage multiple disparate operating systems or be responsible for programming individual signal processors, speaker controllers, wireless microphone systems, and mixing consoles. HiQnet was developed by the Harman Pro Group System Development and Integration Group (SDIG), a team of dedicated systems specialists based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

About the Harman Pro Group:
The Harman Pro Group (www.harmanpro.com) is the world’s largest provider of professional audio products and system solutions for commercial sound, contracting, tour sound, recording and broadcast, musician, portable PA and cinema applications. The Group is headquartered in Northridge, California and includes industry leaders AKG Acoustics, BSS Audio, Crown International, dbx, DigiTech, JBL Professional, Lexicon, Soundcraft, and Studer. The Group is part of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE: HAR), a leading supplier of high-quality, high fidelity audio products and infotainment systems for the automotive, home and professional markets.

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CARVIN ANNOUNCES EM900 IN EAR MONITOR SYSTEM

em900.jpgSan Diego, CA – May 2008… Carvin, the name musicians everywhere look to for high quality guitars, basses, instrument amplifiers, recording equipment, and sound reinforcement (SR) products, proudly introduces the new EM900 In Ear Monitor System. Designed for performing musicians, this versatile, high performance monitor system combines world-class sound quality with a wealth of features, including PLL (phase lock loop) electronics, balanced XLR inputs, and rugged metal housings that deliver years of dependable performance. more

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WORXAUDIO TECHNOLOGIES TAPS KELLY FOR INSIDE SALES

Greensboro, NC – May 2008… WorxAudio Technologies, a leading manufacturer of loudspeaker systems for the pro touring and install markets, announces the appointment of Ezra Kelly to Inside Sales. With an extensive background in both professional audio as well as equipment sales, Kelly’s newly created position is expected to yield increased efficiencies in the company’s day-to-day sales operations. more

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Nokia Theatre Goes Live in L.A. With JBL VerTec Line Arrays

Demonstrating the rider-friendly characteristics of JBL Professional VERTEC® line arrays, IPR Services recently sold and installed the new permanent sound reinforcement system at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. The 7,100-seat performance venue features a massive VERTEC line array system, based around VT4889 large-format line array elements.

Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, the Nokia Theatre is part of L.A. Live, a 4 million-square-foot, $2.5 billion sports, residential and entertainment district adjacent to the Staples Center and Los Angeles Convention Center. The venue offers guests the intimacy of a mid-sized performance venue, with no seat further than 220 feet from the stage. Since opening, the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live has hosted performances by The Eagles, The Dixie Chicks, Neil Young, John Fogerty and Mary J. Blige, among others. This week the venue featured two scheduled nights of performances by rock power-trio Rush, with veteran soundmixer Brad Madix at front-of-house. “I am really liking the way Brad has the system sounding,� noted Keith Evans, in charge of the house sound system for the venue. “Very powerful, detailed and dynamic.�

With the goal of providing an audio system that would fully meet the demands of such accomplished artists as Rush who have a keen focus on sound quality, IPR Services installed a left/right line array configuration featuring 12 VT4889 large-format line array elements per side, four VT4889 line array elements per side for out fill, and two center arrays of three VT4889 line array elements each for down fill. Two flown center arrays of 11 VT4880A arrayable subwoofers (22 total) combine with left/right onstage stacks of eight VT4880A arrayable subwoofer per side to form an overall LCR subwoofer configuration with individual subwoofer arrays configured in forward/reverse firing cardioid mode. Coverage is complemented by two VT4889 line array elements integrated with the left/right subwoofer ground stacks and stage lip front fills consisting of six VT4887A compact line array loudspeakers. Crown amplifiers power the system, which also includes two Soundcraft Vi6 digital consoles.

According to Bob Patrick, owner of IPR Services, the decision to install VERTEC line arrays hinged on the product’s sonic qualities and rider-friendly attributes. “It’s important to have a rider-friendly system and VERTEC is one of the most rider-friendly line arrays in the industry,� he said. “Additionally, we have had tremendous success with VERTEC in past projects, such as the WaMu Theater in Seattle. So we installed the system at the Nokia Theatre with the highest level of confidence.�

“As a result of VERTEC’s popularity in the tour sound market, a growing number of performance venues are using VERTEC to provide rider-friendly, permanent sound reinforcement systems,� said David Scheirman, Vice President of Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “We are pleased to see the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live already receiving benefit from their investment. The venue is being well-served by the fidelity, output capabilities and precision coverage of VERTEC line arrays, as well as the system-integration expertise of IPR Services.�

For more information on IPR Services, please visit www.iprservices.com or call 626-893-4042.

About JBL Professional:
Headquartered in Northridge, California, JBL Professional is the world’s leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of professional loudspeakers for recording and broadcast, musician, cinema, touring sound, commercial sound and contracting applications. JBL Professional is part of the Harman International network of professional and consumer audio companies. For complete product and company information, go to the JBL Professional website at www.jblpro.com.

About the Harman Pro Group:
Headquartered in Northridge, California, the Harman Pro Group is part of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (www.harman.com), a leading manufacturer of high-quality, high fidelity audio products and infotainment systems for the automotive, home and professional markets. The Company’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol: HAR. Harman Pro Group companies include AKG Acoustics, BSS Audio, dbx, Crown International, JBL Professional, Lexicon, Soundcraft, and Studer.

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CLEAR-COM® ANSWERS PRAYERS FOR CROSSINGS COMMUNITY CHURCH

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA, MAY 22, 2008—On any given Sunday, Crossings Community Church of Oklahoma City, OK, serves its 4,000 plus member congregation in three services led by Senior Pastor Marty Grubbs with music provided by a 120-piece chorus and a full orchestra, all of which are networked via world-leading intercom provider, Clear-Com®. more

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Propellerhead Software Introduces Reason Electric Bass ReFill

Stockholm, Sweden – Propellerhead Software today announced the Reason Electric Bass ReFill for Reason, Propellerhead’s acclaimed music production system for Mac and PC. Reason Electric Bass captures the soul of the bass guitar, delivering amazingly realistic electric bass sounds for music producers of all contemporary music genres.

Reason Electric Bass consists of a number of Combinator patches for Reason 4 with samples of eight classic electric bass guitars: Fender Jazz Bass, Fender Precision Bass (flatwound), Gibson Les Paul, Rickenbacker 4001, Gibson EB-0, Kay Hollowbody, MusicMan Stingray Fretless and Fender Precision Bass (roundwound). Each patch also contains a number of performance embellishments like release samples, hammer-ons, and glissandos yielding the most organic sounding bass instrument on any platform. The product ships on two DVDs containing both 16-bit and 24-bit versions of the sound library. The 16-bit version is lighter on the CPU and is suitable for composing and production work, while the 24-bit version is good to use at final mixing. The two are easily interchanged.

All instruments were captured using Propellerhead Software’s Hypersampling method. To capture every nuance of each instrument’s sonic character, each was recorded at multiple velocity levels, using both direct inputs and multiple sets of microphones through two different dedicated bass rigs. With all the signals available separately in Reason, Reason Electric Bass users can select and mix between combinations of mics and direct from pickups to truly attain that “live bass player� sound.

“If you thought bass sounds were just bass sounds, think again,� says Kristoffer Wallman, Content Manager at Propellerhead Software. “These instruments are gritty, soulful, alive. Substituting Reason Electric Bass for your bass tracks will have dramatic positive affects your computer-based music production, really making them come alive and breathe.�

Reason Electric Bass, the fourth in the series of hypersampled ReFills from Propellerhead, fills out the “backline� of the rhythm section, alongside Reason Pianos and Reason Drum Kits—providing users with amazingly realistic foundations for any style of music.
Pricing and availability
The Reason Electric Bass ReFill will be available from Propellerhead dealers worldwide as well as online through Propellerhead’s Propshop on May 28, 2008.
MSRP is EUR €99 / USD $129.

More info can be found at: www.propellerheads.se/reason-electric-bass

About Propellerhead Software Propellerhead Software is a privately owned company based in Stockholm, Sweden. Formed in 1994, Propellerhead has created some of the most innovative new music software (ReBirth, ReCycle and Reason) and technology standards, including ReWire and the REX file format, which are used extensively in all kinds of music production. Propellerhead ReBirth program was the first virtual emulation of vintage analog gear—a trend that now dominates music software. www.propellerheads.se

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Eventide Eclipse Provides We Are Scientists With Big Sound In Small Package For The Road

Eventide’s Eclipse™, single rack space effects processor, is providing renowned Front-of-House engineer, Titus, with a wide range of classic Eventide effects in the smallest possible footprint. Currently on tour in Europe, the band, We Are Scientists, relies on Titus to form the contour of sounds for its eclectic shows. Titus turns to the Eclipse for that power.

“I’ve been using the H3000 for 10 years and nothing compares to that,� said Titus. “But it got so beat up on the road I had to find something new. The Eclipse was the perfect solution because the sound is great, it’s powerful and versatile, and so slim. I can put it in a small rack along with other pieces of outboard gear and still stow it in an overhead compartment for fly dates. Now I never have to compromise my sound at a venue that does not have the quality gear that I need.�

Among the powerful capabilities in the Eclipse toolbox that Titus depends on is the dual-engine architecture, which allows two stereo effects to run at the same time, either in parallel or serial. Titus finds that the ability to use the two engines separately, or to sum the analog and digital inputs together, offers the requisite flexibility of operation needed for his application.

Eclipse offers 90 of Eventide’s best effects chosen from over 37 years of boundary-smashing effects, widely heard on hit records spanning a multitude of genres. Eclipse has 390 great presets ranging from the Eventide signature micropitch shift to shimmer effects to multi-voice diatonic pitch shifting, delays, choruses, phasing and flanging. The Eclipse offers a wide variety of interfacing options from ADAT, AES, or S/PDIF digital inputs and outputs, to balanced XLRs, or hi impedance ¼� inputs for interfacing with instruments or in the insert loop of an amplifier.

“The Eventide reverb and pitch algorithms are unparalleled,� Titus said. “Nothing compares to them. When I’m very busy and don’t have time to program, I know I can rely on the presets to deliver what I need.�

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soundBlade One Twenty Two Ships

Distribution of Latest Edition Includes Free Plug–in

Marin County, CA — May 17, 2008 – Sonic Studio, LLC, the leader in ultra–fidelity production tools for audio engineers, has begun shipping version 1.2.2 of their flagship professional product, soundBlade™. Sonic Studio also announced a new, no–cost version of their Sonic EQ™ that accompanies this new release. Both products have entered distribution channels worldwide.

soundBlade continues to answer a busy engineer’s need for a streamlined, ultra–fidelity alternative to other production tools. soundBlade combines ease of use and exceptional value with features that simplify everyday jobs. Running natively on the secure and user friendly Mac OS X, soundBlade relies on Core Audio for default I/O so hardware lock–in is eliminated. The 1.2.2 release incorporates hundreds of optimizations and stability enhancements.

A new twist for Sonic Studio is the release of Sonic EQ le, a free version of their legendary equalization, and a welcome addition to any engineer’s audio toolkit. Sonic EQ le is a proprietary implementation of equalizer that includes three different filter types, including a first order parametric, along with first order high and low shelves. Minimal phase topologies ensure inaudible artifacts even for radical settings. Its double precision operators, when used in soundBlade, provide the transparency that Sonic Studio products are known for. In a departure from previous Sonic EQ releases, Sonic EQ le can also be used with any Mac audio product that hosts VST plug–ins.

Combining Sonic Studio’s benchmark premastering functionality with the signal processing, restoration and comprehensive editing that discriminating mastering engineers are looking for, soundBlade carries an economical MSRP of $1495. A free update for existing owners, it is available now through Sonic Studio’s network of distributors and resellers or as a download from their web site. For m more

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