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News from 615 Music: Randy Wachtler Named Chairman PMA, KHOU TV is New Project

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Nashville, TN and Los Angeles, CA, October 1, 2008 – Randy Wachtler, founder/president, 615 Music, has been named Chairman of The Production Music Association (PMA,) which promotes and protects the rights and interests of publishers and composers of music for use in film, television, radio and new media. Concurrently the PMA has also elected APM Music President Adam Taylor to the post of Vice Chairman.

Former Production Music Association Chairman Mike Dowdle, CEO of Non-Stop Music Holdings, resigned for personal reasons and will relocate abroad. Dowdle is one of the founding members of the non-profit Production Music Association, which was created in 1997. “We’re all sorry to see Mike go, but we’re happy for this next exciting chapter of his life,� said Mr. Wachtler. “I look forward to working with Adam and our new Executive Director, Debra Krizman, and continuing our efforts to promote the interests of the production music community.�

In other 615 Music news, the company has just produced a new song for KHOU-TV in Houston, in conjunction with that city’s rebuilding process after the devastation of Hurricane “Ike.â€? The new song, entitled “We Stand by You,â€? was written by Gary Burr and Michaela Griffin, with vocals by Greg Barnhill and Kim Parent, and was produced by Randy Wachtler and Aaron Gant for 615 Music.

The touching lyrics to “We Stand by You� are:

“IN THE DARKEST HOUR IS WHEN THE TRUTH SHINES THROUGH
JUST TEST OUR SPIRIT, YOU’LL SEE WHAT WE CAN DO.
HOUSTON TO GALVESTON, THE WOODLANDS TO
BOLIVAR TO SUGAR LAND AND ALL OF YOU.
DON’T GIVE UP! WHEREVER YOU ARE,
WE CAN DO THIS TOGETHER, IT’S TRUE.
CHANNEL ELEVEN – WE STAND BY YOU.
FEEL THE SPIRIT OF TEXAS IN ALL THAT WE DO.
WE’RE RIGHT HERE TO HELP YOU GET THROUGH.
CHANNEL ELEVEN – WE STAND BY YOU.â€?

Regarding the new song, Dale Locket, Creative Services Director for KHOU-TV, said, “I’ve worked with Randy and 615 Music on a number of different campaigns over the years. He and his team of writers and producers just did a fabulous job of hitting that emotional connection we were trying to achieve with our ‘We Stand by You’ Campaign. Channel 11’s tagline is the ‘Spirit of Texas,’ and with the new ‘We Stand by You’ song, 615 Music was able to give us the exact right spirit we wanted to convey both through the music itself, and paired along with the lyrics. This piece was just a true homerun for us–words can’t express my gratitude to Randy and his team in helping us deliver that optimistic feel. We wanted to reassure our viewers after Hurricane Ike, and this new music campaign goes a long way in that effort.â€?

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION MUSIC ASSOCIATION:

Based in Los Angeles, the Production Music Association plays an ongoing role in promoting the interests of production music publishers and working with the performing rights societies (ASCAP, BMI AND SESAC) to help rights holders track and get paid for existing and new distribution platforms. The non-profit organization conducts performance rights analysis, composer and publisher education, promotes discussion around digital rights management issues and provides services to its member companies. The Production Music Association is the community’s leading advocacy group. See www.pmamusic.com.

ABOUT 615 MUSIC:

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 www.615music.com

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“Progress is Beautiful” for Elias Arts, with Original Music for New Audi Spots

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Santa Monica, CA, Sept. 30, 2008 – A world renowned creative collective for over 28 years, Elias Arts, a company devoted to music composition, strategy and production, has just delivered original music for two new, high profile Audi TV spots. The announcement was made today by Ann Haugen, Executive Producer/GM, Elias Arts.

The two new Audi spots are “Living Room� (60-sec and 30-sec) written by Nate Morgan and “Separation� (30-sec) written by Jonathan Elias and Kenny Segal. The spots can all be seen at:

http://eliasarts.wiredrive.com/l/p/?presentation=50584010a1c8ce015f61f4c9b8a448e4

Elias Arts’ client for the Audi spots was Venables Bell & Partners in San Francisco. Craig Allen, Executive Producer of the spots for Venables Bell, said “Since there was no voice-over in these spots, we saw this as an opportunity to make the music as much of a star as the visuals. We wanted tracks that played against type and would captivate the viewer with a unique sound. I’ve worked with Jonathan Elias for years, and knew he and his team would come up with tracks that would be surprising, enchanting and memorable. They did not disappoint. As a testament to the power of this music, we have even had several consumer request for these tracks, and the name of the artists responsible for them!�

In “Living Room,� we watch through time lapse photography as a beautiful home’s living room becomes more modernized with new furniture, accessories, and a new Audi in the driveway. The spot’s slogan says, “The entirely new Audi A4. Progress is Beautiful.� In “Separation, “ an Audi A4 drives in slow motion on a race track, leading a pack of other luxury cars behind it, including a Mercedes Benz, a BMW and Lexus. The Audi crosses the finish line first.

Dave Gold, Elias Arts’ Creative Director for the Audi spots, said, “For ‘Living Room,’ our goal was to combine orchestral instrumentation along with contemporary rhythms and voices, to create an organic/classical musical feel. We wanted to mirror, through music, the visuals, which were a depiction of standard luxury, which slowly evolves into a more contemporary, modern luxury. Starting with just piano and strings, portraying an older luxury feel, we expanded the music with more traditional elements, mixing, recording and filtering them, to ultimately deliver a more than traditional, yet still contemporary/modern feel—a musical evolution of luxury.�

Gold adds, �With the ‘Separation’ spot, the viewer sees a ‘captured moment’—a slow motion millisecond—during an acceleration performance of an Audi car. While the viewer sees this fraction of a second, the music we created matches the visual, suspending the viewer for a brief moment in time, with a ‘release’ at the end. Our focus with this musical accompaniment was to tie into this extremely short moment, suspended in time.�

ABOUT ELIAS ARTS:

The pre-eminent creative collective for 28 years, Elias Arts is devoted to music composition, strategy and production. The company has employed the emotional strength of music and sound to launch, grow and reposition the most recognized brands and companies worldwide. Elias Arts has worked with well over half of the Fortune 1000 companies, and has also helped turn numerous startups into everyday brand names. Among the clients Elias Arts has worked with are AOL, Mastercard, Sony, Columbia Pictures, Nike, Apple, Coca-Cola, AT&T, Ebay, Honda, Intel, Visa, Yahoo, Universal Studios, Microsoft, McDonalds, ESPN and General Motors, to name just a few

With offices in Santa Monica and New York City, global resources and a renowned roster of gifted composers, producers, and marketers, the mission of Elias Arts is to constantly strive for creative excellence and distinction through the art of music and sound design. The company is the recipient of over 700 major industry awards from around the world.

For more information, please visit www.eliasarts.com

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Turbosound loudspeakers aid learning and leisure in Nanjing and Shanghai

The versatility of Turbosound loudspeakers has been recently proved yet again, with the company’s Chinese distributor Phoenix Audio & Lighting Technology Ltd supplying equipment to three very different establishments in two of China’s most important cities.
The Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications and Nanjing Agricultural University are two of the region’s major seats of learning. Phoenix Audio has supplied a wide range of TCS and TXD series loudspeakers in three locations for installation by Ao-bang Audio And Lighting Engineering.
In the theatre of Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Ao-bang installed a system comprising TXD-081 and TXD-151 full range cabinets, TXD-218 subs and TXD-12M wedge monitors.
Meanwhile at Nanjing Agricultural University, the company installed six TXD-151 in the Academic Hall and, in the university’s Multi-function Hall, a range of TXD and TCS Compact loudspeakers, with control by Turbosound LMS-D24 processors.
They are the first Turbosound products to be installed in either University, the TXD range being particularly suited to all three installations as the loudspeakers combine excellent sound quality with portability, meaning they can be utilised for different events and spaces throughout the campuses, if required.

“With the TXD range, one series offers all the models you need for a wide range of installations and uses,� says Shirley Zhuang of Phoenix Audio.

“From main front-of-house speakers to balcony fills and monitors, they are easily installed. But they are also extremely portable. It is a cost-effective solution for a wide range of applications and, with the excellent sound quality that Turbosound is renowned for, the universities are very happy with the audio performance and stability of the systems.�
In Shanghai, Turbosound loudspeakers have been installed in a very different environment – at Malone’s, a Western-themed bar and live music venue, which has been thriving for 13 years.
Specified and installed by 2A3 Audio Technik, the venue’s new sound reinforcement system comprises TCS-56 full range enclosures and TXD-218 subs, controlled by an LMS-D24 processor.
“The system was chosen because of Turbosound’s reputation for sound / build quality and cost effectiveness,� says Shirley Zhuang.
“Zane, the stage tech manager of Malone’s, thinks only Turbosound could offer such clear and pure mid-high sound performance in this price category of loudspeakers.
“In addition, the Canadian manager of the venue simply says that the Turbosound system is ‘GREAT!’ They have used a different manufacturer’s loudspeakers for other venues but now they are seriously looking at using more Turbosound loudspeakers for their future ventures.�

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JOHN STADIUS WINS GOTTELIER AWARD

Named in honour of the late Tony Gottelier, PLASA08’s Gottelier Award was presented to digital mixing console manufacturer DiGiCo’s Technical Director, John Stadius.

Stadius’s association with the company spans three decades. In 1978 he joined Soundtracs plc, the company which DiGiCo purchased in 2002, initially designing disco consoles, mixers, power amplifiers and loudspeaker. In more recently years, he has taken digital mixing consoles to a new level by developing the first, and only, consoles based around a single FPGA engine – the SD7 launched at PLASA07 and the SD8, launched at this year’s show.

PLASA states that award recognises innovative developers who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of the equipment and tools that enable entertainment technology practitioners to continually push the boundaries of event production, presentation and installation. Both Stadius and DiGiCo are proud that the industry has recognised his efforts and achievements.

“I’m very pleased to have won the award,� says Stadius. “It isn’t just recognition of what I’ve achieved personally, it’s recognition of what we have achieved as a team in the R&D department.�
“John has driven this technology way beyond what anyone else has achieved so far,� adds DiGiCo’s Managing Director, James Gordon. “John and his team built their first DSP engine in 1993, other companies are still using the same technology today, but he has gone not just one, but several steps further with our new products.
“John is not just a DiGiCo designer, he’s a member of the audio community and the fact that the audio community has looked back at him and recognised what he has done is significant.
“It’s a great achievement for both John and the company and we are immensely proud of him.�

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About John Stadius
1978 joined Soundtracs PLC (previously called Soundout Laboratories) designing disco consoles, mixers, power amplifiers and speakers
• 1979 – Progressed to designing a range of band amplification equipment under the Frunt brand name, including guitar amps, speakers and small mixing consoles
• 1980 – Became Technical Director
• 1980-1994 – Continued to design a wide range of analogue mixing consoles for various applications including: live, broadcast and recording
• 1982 – Designed the company’s first digitally controlled analogue mixing console. From hereon in digital control played a large part in Soundtracs product range
• 1996 the first fully digital console was released – The Virtua

Following the success of Virtua, Stadius was instrumental in designing the company’s first large format digital console, the DPC-II. This product became the basis of all digital products launched to date.
In 2002, the company was bought by DiGiCo UK Ltd. Stadius used his experience in digital consoles to create the first truly live digital console, the D5. Continuing with the Sharc processor technology, he expanded DiGiCo’s digital portfolio to include the DS00 for post and broadcast, the D5T for theatres and the D1 for the live arena.
Alongside these designs, Stadius and his great R&D team continued looking at new solutions in digital audio processing. This culminated in the creation of ‘Stealth Digital Processing’. In a radical move, Stadius departed from the conventional DSP approach and developed a digital system based on one single large scale FPGA. The first product to use this technology was the SD7.

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AVIOM INTRODUCES NEW FRENCH DISTRIBUTOR

WEST CHESTER, PA, SEPTEMBER 30, 2008 — Aviom, exclusive developer of the world’s most powerful audio transport protocol, A-Net®, is pleased to announce ALGAM as its new French distributor. ALGAM’s pro audio division, AUDIA, represents brands like Shure, Martin Audio, and HK Audio and is led by directors Jean-Marc Detienne and Matthieu Foubert. Foubert says, “Adding Aviom’s innovative products to our line card provides us with the opportunity to serve customers in new ways with high-fidelity digital audio networking solutions.”

ALGAM’s commitment to supporting its customers from initial design through implementation is well matched with Aviom’s expanding applications and customer base. Not only does ALGAM have a large pro audio sales and support staff, but it also has applications engineers on staff to aid customers in designing systems. Aviom’s products can be combined to build systems that meet the needs of a wide range of applications from personal mixing and digital snakes to audio conferencing and networking solutions.

Aviom’s International Director of Sales, Jonathan “JP” Parker, says, “We look forward to working with ALGAM to significantly increase our current market share in France. ALGAM’s proven marketing abilities and strong relationships with key dealers, consultants, and decision makers will help us deliver our brand message and build sales in this region of the world.”

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 is designed and manufactured in the USA.

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LECTROSONICS WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY DEPLOYED AT CALVARY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY’S NEW THEATER

calvary_hi.jpgFort Lauderdale, FL – September 2008… An integral part of Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale, Calvary Christian Academy serves approximately 1,300 students ranging from pre-kindergarten through the twelfth grade. The recently completed Christian Discipleship Building is a stunning 168,182-square-foot complex that serves as a secondary school by day, provides adult continued education in the evenings, while also functioning as a children’s ministry space. World-class in every sense of the word, the facility is home to a beautiful 700-seat theater that accommodates a wide variety of activities spanning everything from musical performances and plays through seminars and other special functions. As one would expect in a facility of this nature, there is a state-of-the-art sound system—one that encompasses a 24 channel wireless setup from Lectrosonics. more

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HEAR THE DIFFERENCE WITH SPEAKERLUX, WIREWORKS BEST-SELLING SPEAKER CABLING, AT AES 2008

speakerlux.JPGSAN FRANCISCO, CA ­— Wireworks, the leading innovator of audio/video cabling systems and custom panels, will make sure your sound gets to your speakers through SpeakerLUX, the ideal speaker cabling solution for on the road or in studio applications. SpeakerLUX can connect between any speaker and amp, ensuring the best possible signal flow due to the cable’s large conductor and ultimate signal delivery. SpeakerLUX will be on display at this year’s AES show (Booth 1502). more

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NUCOMM NEWSCASTER DR 2 DIVERSITY RECEIVER DEBUTS AT IBC 2008

Newscaster DR 2 introduces Split Box form factor for Wideband Digital Receiver

The Netherlands, Amsterdam, September 30, 2008 — Nucomm, Inc., a brand of The Vitec Group, and a leading provider of digital and analog microwave systems for the broadcast industry, common carrier, cable, government, military and international marketplace, unveiled the Newscaster DR 2 diversity receiver at IBC 2008. The updated model of its industry leading predecessor, the Newscaster DR, offers new features including a split box design philosophy and the ability to receive UHF digital signals in the 150 to 850MHz band. more

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NEUTRIK INTRODUCES OPTICALCON TRANSCEIVER ADAPTER AT AES 2008

transceiver-adapter-blue.jpgSAN FRANCISCO – In an effort to ease design integration of its opticalCON chassis connectors in combination with SFP (small form-factor pluggable) transceivers, Neutrik introduces an opticalCON Transceiver Adapter at AES 2008 (Booth 809). The opticalCON Transceiver Adapter seamlessly connects an opticalCON chassis and an LC SFP transceiver.

SFP transceivers are compact, optical transceivers used in fiber-optic communications. Neutrik’s opticalCON Transceiver Adapter is compatible with all LC SFP transceivers and enables use of Neutrik’s rugged opticalCON or conventional LC connectors. It features an automatic sealing shutter which avoids any transceiver contamination on-site and also helps users avoid vandalism by “protecting” the transceiver. more

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RF CENTRAL PRX-II HANDHELD RECEIVER OFFERS APPLICATION OPTIONS AT IBC 2008

The Netherlands, Amsterdam, September 30, 2008 – RF Central, a leading provider of digital microwave technology, rolled out its new RFX-PRX-II portable handheld COFDM monitor/receiver at IBC. Ideal for a wide range of applications including ENG confidence monitoring and security surveillance, this lightweight palm-sized receiver (available in 2 GHz and 5.8 GHz) is packaged in a compact housing that spans just 16 x 12 x 3.8 centimeters. To ensure durability, the system is fully ruggedized using an ABS plastic shell. more

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