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BEIJING, CHINA, AUGUST 28, 2008 – The recent broadcast of the 2008 Beijing Olympics went off without a hitch, thanks to an array of equipment from Anton/Bauer, the world’s premier provider of professional camera batteries, chargers, lighting and other key mobile power equipment. more

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NEW YORK – The Solid State Logic AWS 900+ Analogue Workstation System continues to make its presence known throughout the industry. AWS systems are on the cutting edge of a wide variety of locations including high-end recording studios, major educational facilities and radio production. Designed to be the analogue heart of a workstation-based studio, the AWS 900+ delivers SSL’s legendary SuperAnalogue™ sound and dynamics processing with integrated DAW control. more

615 Music Names Shelly Walker as Director of Licensing, Television Network Division


Nashville, TN, and Los Angeles, CA, Aug. 27, 2008 — 615 Music, one of America’s preeminent Production Music companies, providers of production music and original themes, for television networks and programs, feature films, radio, commercials, on-air promos, interactive applications and multi-media clients, has named longtime production music executive Shelly Walker to the new position of Director of Licensing, Television Network Division. 615 Music President and CEO Randy Wachtler made the announcement.

In her new post, Walker will help extend the 615 Music brand name and presence into the West Coast/Hollywood marketplace, as well as the rest of the U.S. She will seek new music placements from the company’s extensive library—as well as possible original music composition placements– into feature films, trailers, TV programs, TV promos, videogames and TV commercial projects.

Mr. Wachtler said, “Shelly has over 10 years of sales experience in the production music industry. She is a specialist in music licensing and contract negotiations, and has the extensive entertainment industry relationships which will help 615 Music grow further into the Hollywood community and beyond.�


Before joining 615 Music, Shelly Walker was Division Manager of Broadcast Network and Affiliate Licensing with Megatrax Production Music Library, N. Hollywood, CA, from 2002. There, she managed a client base of over 300 active accounts, covered a national sales territory with concentration on television networks and broadcast affiliates, presented group and large volume use proposals to broadcast affiliates, TV networks and production companies. She also negotiated fees and annual contract terms for licensing in TV programs, promos and commercials, and acted as a company representative during numerous industry trade shows.

Earlier, Walker was an Account Executive (2001-2002,) with Opus One Production Music Library, Studio City, CA. There, she expanded the company’s contact database and developed new business in various markets, contributed significantly to the company’s annual revenue growth through new business sales, negotiated fees for annual license agreements and laser-drop uses, and attended industry trade shows.

From 1998-2001, Walker was Director of Music Licensing with TunEdge Music Library, Universal City, CA. During this time, she managed all sales and distribution operations including contract negotiation and administration, music searches, catalog categorization, and demo and update duplication.


Founded by president/CEO Randy Wachtler in Nashville, Tenn., in 1984, 615 Music is a multi-award winning, full-service music development, recording, post-production and sound design company with clients that include broadcast and cable television networks and programs, local market TV stations, radio stations and syndicates, advertising agencies, and filmmakers, among others.

615’s client roster is comprised of virtually every major broadcast and cable television network, including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS, MSNBC, HBO Worldwide, A&E, HGTV, The History Channel, The Family Channel, Discovery, and CMT. Additionally, the company has written and produced musical themes and promotions used within, and to promote, numerous television series and shows. These have included the “TODAY� show, “Live with Regis and Kelly,� The Discovery Channel, “Frasier,� ABC Sports College Football, and PBS’s “Nova.�

In Fall 2007, 615 Music acquired the renowned Metro Music library. As a result, 615 Music now has 10 production libraries and well over 500 CDS worth of music available to its clients. The combined 615 Music & Metro Music libraries are 615 “Gold” and “Platinumâ€? Collections; 615 Song Library; AMP; Kingsize NYC; Metro Music; Music Shop; Music Gallery; Promo Accelerator; Scoring Stage Film & TV; and ZEN.

Internationally, 615 Music also enjoys a worldwide presence. The company’s various libraries are currently being distributed to over 60 countries via its sub-publishers. In addition, 615 Music has written and produced a great deal of original music work for clients based in India, Germany, and the U.K.

Among 615 Music’s numerous awards is a National Emmy for the memorable theme the company created for A&E’s acclaimed “Biography� series.
For the past two years in a row, 615 Music was also Emmy Award nominated for “Best Original Song� for two songs the company wrote and produced for NBC’s “TODAY� show—those songs were entitled “Live for Today� and “It’s a New Day, Today.�

615 Music is located at 1030 16th Ave South, Nashville, TN, 37212.
The company’s phone number is 615/244-6515 and its new website can be accessed via


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Masterpiece School Of Mastering Announces Fall Schedule

Masterpiece_SchoolSOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas – August 2008 – Masterpiece School of Mastering, an intensive three-day course covering all aspects of the professional mastering process, announces that it will be hosting two school sessions this fall. Held on South Padre Island at the southern end of Texas’ beautiful Gulf coast, the first session is scheduled to run from September 11-13, while the second will take place from November 13-15.

Taught by veteran mastering engineer Billy Stull, owner of Masterpiece Mastering and pro audio equipment manufacturer Legendary Audio, the course is designed to educate engineers and recording studio personnel on not only the fundamental principals of mastering but also the many personal tips and tricks that Stull has accumulated over his years in the business. more


rtnto4evr.JPGBurbank, CA… Beginning in late May, legendary jazz/rock fusion group Return To Forever reunited for the first time in 25 years for a summer tour of North America and Europe. The classic lineup of keyboardist Chick Corea, bassist Stanley Clarke, guitarist Al DiMeola, and drummer Lenny White played over 50 shows and completed the tour on August 8th at the United Palace in New York City. Midway through the tour, two recently introduced Royer Labs R-122 Live series microphones accompanied the performers, which were used to mic guitarist Al DiMeola’s two amp cabinets. more


holophone_n-code_ibc-2008.jpgAMSTERDAM — Now Holophone®’s H2-PRO and H3-D will have access to the Dolby Pro Logic II® encoding technology found in the company’s popular H4 SuperMINI and PortaMic 5.1 camera-mountable microphones with the introduction of the Holophone N-CODE portable multi-channel encoder. The Holophone N-CODE will be on exhibit at IBC 2008 (Stand 8.C10). more

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JBL Professional Loudspeakers Power Beijing Olympics Fencing Hall, Soon To Be The National Convention Center

Demonstrating the wide variety and interoperability of JBL loudspeakers in one of the world’s largest showcases, the Fencing Hall at the National Convention Center in Beijing recently hosted the fencing and modern pentathlon events at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. This brand new space, located on the Olympic Green, was built specifically for the Olympics.

The Fencing Hall features 14 fencing strips, a warm-up room, stands for thousands of fans, a television broadcasting room, and lounge and shower facilities. With the conclusion of the games, the hall will now be converted to a convention hall. There are also numerous features aimed at lowering the environmental impact of the hall including an increase in energy savings and water conservation.

The audio system is nothing less than the state of the art, and truly showcases the breadth JBL’s lineup of world-class, industry-leading loudspeakers. The main PA system features six VERTEC® line arrays, each containing six VT4888DP midsize powered line array elements and two VT4882DP powered arrayable subwoofers. The system also includes 400 Control24CT and 300 Control26CT ceiling speakers, along with 130 Control 300 series large-format ceiling speakers. Further bolstering the system are 92 SRX712M stage monitors, 10 VRX915M stage monitors, along with 20 EON15P portable loudspeakers. Additionally, the system includes eight AM4215/64, eight AM4215/95, eight AM6215/64 and four AM6315/64 loudspeakers. Not to be overlooked are eight PD5322/64, two PD5212/64 and three PD5322/43 loudspeakers. The entire audio system will remain intact during the conversion of the hall, although the system can be reconfigured to suit different events.

Beyond the massive JBL system, the Fencing Hall is also a showcase for numerous Harman brands, includes a total of 253 Crown CTs amplifiers, two Soundcraft Vi4 consoles, and BSS Soundweb London BLU-80 processors, part of the HiQnetâ„¢-enabled London Architectâ„¢ system design and control protocol. Hong Kong-based Advanced Communications Equipment (ACE) installed the system.

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From ‘Pong’ To Perceptual Coding To TECnology Hall Of Fame

SAN FRANCISCO: “Audio history has always been an intrinsic element of AES Convention programs, but as we celebrate our 60th anniversary this year, at the Moscone Center Oct. 2 – 5, it seems even more relevant,� remarks 125th Committee Co-Chair Valerie Tyler. “Historical Events Chair Tamara Horacek collaborated with AES members Marina Bosi, Gene Radzik and Steve Fields to develop an absorbing program which lends a timely perspective to three of the most significant sectors in today’s professional audio industry.� As a Dolby Laboratories research librarian since 1993, Ms. Horacek oversees Dolby’s Technical Library, Archives and Museum programs. Her research skills coupled with her deep insights into the field of sound development has contributed to a trio of intriguing panels:

EVOLUTION OF VIDEO GAME SOUND: Thurs. Oct. 2 – 2:30 – 4:30PM: From the discrete-logic build of Pong to the multi-core processors of modern consoles, video game audio has made giant strides in complexity to a heightened level of immersion and user interactivity. Since its modest beginnings of monophonic bleeps to the high-resolution multi-channel orchestrations and point-of-view audio panning, audio professionals have stretched the envelopes of audio production techniques, as well as the game engine capabilities. The panel will address the challenges of landmark game platforms, techniques used to maximize the game audio experience, the dynamics leading to the modern video game soundtracks, and where the game audio experience is heading.

Organizer: Gene Radzik – Audio Engineering Society, Historical Committee Co-Chair; Moderator: John Griffin – Marketing Director, Games, Dolby Laboratories, US, Panel: Charles Deenen – Sr. Audio Director, Electronic Arts Black Box, Canada; Will Davis – Audio Lead, Codemasters Software Co. Ltd., UK; Tom Hays – Director, Technicolor Interactive Services, US; Simon Ashby – Product Director, Audiokinetic, Canada

THE WORLD’S FIRST AUDIO RECORDINGS: THEIR RECOVERY AND RESTORATION – Lunchtime Keynote: Dave Giovannoni, First Sounds – Friday, Oct. 3, 1:00 – 2:00 pm First Sounds, an informal collaborative of audio engineers and historians, recently corrected the historical record and made international headlines by playing back a phonautogram made in Paris in April 1860—a ghostly, ten-second evocation of a French folk song. This and other phonautograms establish a forgotten French typesetter as the first person to record reproducible airborne sound 17 years before Edison invented the phonograph. Primitive and nearly accidental, the world’s first audio recordings pose a unique set of technical challenges. David Giovannoni of First Sounds discusses their recovery and restoration.

PERCEPTUAL AUDIO CODING – THE FIRST 20 YEARS: Fri. Oct. 3 2:30 – 4:30PM: Who could have imagined in 1988, that everyone would be clamoring for pocket-sized devices with MP3/AAC perceptual audio decoders? These communication / entertainment units have become integral to our daily lives, via DVD players, cell phones, mobile devices and broad/webcasting, etc. What made this possible and where is this going? This panel will present an overview of the technology, address the consumer market evolution from niche to necessity and where the field is headed.

Moderator: Marina Bosi, Consulting Professor – Stanford University, author of Introduction to Digital Audio Coding and Standards. Panelists include pioneers who helped advance the field of perceptual audio coding: Karlheinz Brandenburg, Fraunhofer-Institut Digitale Medientechnologie and Institut fuer Medientechnik, TU Ilmenau; Bernd Edler, University of Hannover; Louis Fielder, Dolby Laboratories; J. D. Johnston, Neural Audio; John Princen, BroadOn Communications, Gerhard Stoll, IRT and Ken Sugiyama, NEC

THE HISTORY OF AUDIO PROCESSING: Friday, Oct. 3, 4:00 – 6:30PM Moderator, Emil Torick, CBS Laboratories (ret); Participants: Marvin Caesar, Aphex; Frank Foti, Omnia; Bob Orban, Orban / CRL;Glen Clark, Glen Clark & Associates; Eric Small, Modulation Sciences; Mike Dorrough, Dorrough Electronics; and Dick Burden, Burden Associates. These pioneers in audio processing developed the tools still used today. A lively discussion of the ongoing “Loudness Wars” is anticipated. This session is a must for understanding how and why audio processing is used.

MIX FOUNDATION 2008 TECNOLOGY HALL OF FAME: Saturday, Oct. 4, 6:00 – 7:00PM Hosted by Mix Magazine Executive Editor/TECnology Hall of Fame director George Petersen: Presented annually by the Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio to honor significant, lasting contributions to the advancement of audio technology, this year’s event will recognize fifteen audio innovations. “It is interesting to note how many of these products are still in daily use decades after their introduction,� Petersen said. “These aren’t simply museum pieces, but working tools. We’re proud to recognize their significance to the industry.�

INNOVATIONS IN LIVE SOUND – AN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE: Sunday, Oct. 5, 2:30 – 5PM: New techniques and products are often driven by changes in need and available technology. Today’s sound professional has a myriad of products to choose from. That wasn’t always the case. What drove the creation of today’s products? What will drive the products of tomorrow? Sometimes a look back is the best way to get a peek ahead. A panel of industry veterans will take a look back at past live sound innovations with an emphasis on the needs and constraints that drove their development and adoption. Chair: Ted Leamy, COO, Pro Media | UltraSound – Panelists: Ken Lopez – University of Southern California; John Meyer. Meyer Sound; Hartley Peavey, Peavey Electronics; Graham Blythe, Soundcraft

Photo: 125th AES Convention Historical Events Chair Tamara Horacek. Photo by Alex Storm, courtesy of Dolby Labs.
125th AES Convention Historical Events Chair Tamara Horacek.   Photo by Alex Storm, courtesy of Dolby Labs.
The 125th AES Convention will be held in San Francisco’s Moscone Center October 2-5, 2008. For information please visit

Now celebrating its 60th anniversary, the Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. With over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East, the AES serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit

Harman Music Group Promotes Reed Grothe To Executive VP Of Sales & Marketing, Adds Industry-Veteran Buzz Goodwin As VP of Domestic MI Sales

The Harman Music Group today announced the promotion of Reed Grothe as Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing and the appointment of Harman Professional veteran Buzz Goodwin to the position of Vice President of Domestic MI Sales. According to Rob Urry, President of the Harman Music Group, today’s announcements fortify an already-strong sales and marketing organization and position the group for ambitious sales growth in the months and years ahead.

“I am very pleased to make both appointments as they are likely to have a material and immediate impact on our sales performance and marketing effectiveness,� Urry said today. “With Reed and Buzz assuming their new positions we now have proven leaders and experienced sales professionals in key roles at Harman Music Group. Reed has demonstrated himself to be an excellent leader who is also highly market-oriented. His input and management will provide a big improvement in brand visibility. Also, having a seasoned pro like Buzz back on the team at HMG will be a big plus for our sales ‘firepower’ and we are pleased to welcome him back.�

Grothe joined Harman Music Group in January 2007 as Executive Vice President of Sales and was formerly Chief Global Business Development Officer for the Gibson Guitar Corporation. He also held senior sales and business development positions at General Electric Security and Interactive Technologies, Inc. and is a graduate of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

“With an exciting array of new products; a strong, well-organized team and compelling market opportunities for each of our MI, touring and installed sound brands, there has never been a better time to work at Harman Music Group,� Grothe said today. “I am grateful for this promotion and am determined to meet opportunity with results in terms of elevated brand awareness, greater channel communications and improved bottom line. I look forward to working with Rob Urry and the team here at HMG to bring our customers closer to us and sharing with them the many new and exciting products we have in the pipeline!�

“Overall, we are very excited that our organization has the size and scope to move these key people into the best places possible to optimize our results,� opined Blake Augsburger, President and CEO of Harman Professional Group, “and we will continue with this type of optimizing to maintain our leadership in the markets we serve both in the U.S. and worldwide.�

Buzz Goodwin is a 20-year veteran of Harman Professional and has proven himself to be a versatile and accomplished sales leader in a number of markets including tour sound, recording and broadcast, systems integration and MI. Goodwin’s Harman Professional career began with Lexicon in Massachusetts and he has since held senior executive positions at Harman Music Group, where he led sales operations for BSS, dbx, DigiTech, and Lexicon. Goodwin rejoins HMG from sister company, JBL Professional, where he led sales operations since 2006.

“Joining HMG in Sandy is like coming home,� Goodwin said today. “There is a great team here, a great community and an excellent opportunity for me to do what I enjoy best: that is, running a sales organization with strong products and high expectations!�

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JBL Professional Set For Ambitious Sales Growth, Names Stephen Morris As Executive Vice President Of Sales

JBL Professional today announced the promotion of Harman Professional veteran, Stephen Morris, to the position of Executive Vice President of Sales, JBL Professional. Morris takes up the position having successfully led group-wide sales and marketing for Harman Professional’s cinema business and prior to that held senior sales and marketing roles at sister company, Crown Audio. Today’s announcement was made by John Carpanini, President, JBL Professional. According to Carpanini, the appointment underscores JBL Professional’s commitment to recognize achievement and promote from within but also to continually improve sales and support operations to provide customers in the professional audio community with the products and services they need to be successful.

“Stephen’s background in marketing and sales will bring a fresh perspective to JBL Professional,� Carpanini said today. “We look forward to working with Stephen to forge stronger connections with members of the professional audio community in all of the vertical markets and geographic territories in which we operate. With his energy and experience, I have high confidence that Stephen will generate new ideas and programs to advance our group’s sales performance and that he will make a strong leader for our sales team.�

As Executive Vice President of Sales at JBL Professional, Stephen Morris will be based at JBL Professional’s headquarters in Northridge, California and will direct worldwide sales operations reporting directly to John Carpanini. In his new capacity, Morris will also lead U.S. sales operations for Harman Professional brands AKG, Soundcraft and Studer. Prior to leading the Harman Professional cinema team, Stephen Morris was a 9-year veteran of Crown Audio, where he helped the company achieve consistent growth in the global cinema market and was heavily involved in pioneering the development of the Group’s Digital B-Chain technology.

Commenting on his appointment, Stephen Morris said today, “I’m naturally honored and excited to be presented with this responsibility. JBL Professional is an innovation leader with great products and an excellent executive team led by John Carpanini. I look forward to the challenge of this new position and the opportunity to reconnect with so many of our customers across the globe.�

Harman International Industries, Incorporated (, designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment products for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. Harman International maintains a strong presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia, and employs more than 11,000 people worldwide. The Harman International family of brands includes AKG®, Audioaccess®, Becker®, BSS®, Crown®, dbx®, DigiTech®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson®, Revel®, QNX®, Soundcraft® and Studer®. Harman International’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under
the symbol “NYSE: HAR.�

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