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L-ACOUSTICS Appoints Jochen Frohn International Business Development Director

jochen_frohn.jpgMARCOUSSIS, France – November 2008 – L-ACOUSTICS’ worldwide headquarters in Marcoussis, France, announces the recent appointment of Jochen Frohn to the position of international business development director.

Frohn has extensive managerial experience in the pro audio industry, notably 14 years at Crest, where he served in a variety of roles including director of sales and marketing, Crest Europe, Middle East, Africa, and managing director of the company’s German subsidiary. more

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THE WHITE SPACE RULING: CHICKEN LITTLE CAN TAKE A DEEP SIGH OF RELIEF

OLD LYME, CONNECTICUT – NOVEMBER 2008: Following the recent ruling by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding proposed “white space” consumer devices, Sennheiser is taking steps to assure users of wireless audio products that the sky will not fall after February 17th (the deadline for the digital TV conversion). The anticipation of these changes has caused a great deal of anxiety for many customers. However, not only have a variety of safeguards been put in place by the FCC ruling to help prevent interference between the unlicensed consumer devices and RF wireless microphones, but Sennheiser is launching enhanced customer service and support programs. As a first level, Sennheiser is offering a free initial consultation service via phone to answer questions from users or dealers and to address each individual situation. Anyone wishing to receive a call from an RF specialist regarding the operation of any wireless mic or monitoring equipment after February 17, 2009 may sign-up on the company’s dedicated website www.sennheiserusa.com/spectrumreallocation. Higher level services will include on-site spectrum analysis, frequency coordination, as well as service contracts.

The new FCC rules include several safeguards to avoid interference to wireless microphones. Most importantly, licensed operation of wireless mics takes precedence over TV Band Devices (TVBDs), formerly referred to as white space devices (WSD). TVBDs must coordinate around active licensed wireless mic systems.

TVBDs must include the spectrum sensing capability to listen to the airwaves and detect wireless microphones (in addition to TV stations). Until they can demonstrate through “proof of performance” that they can reliably sense wireless mics and avoid causing interference through this method alone, they must also use a geolocation database system. The database would include a table of registered broadcast license assignments. It will also include a list of protected areas that use wireless microphones such as entertainment venues and sporting events. TVBDs must first access the database to obtain a list of permitted channels in the area before operating. A TVBD that lacks this capability can operate only under the direct control of a TVBD that has it.

The FCC ruling accommodates for at least two channels available for wireless mics. This ensures that a minimum of sixteen wireless mic systems – eight in each TV channel – may be used simultaneously in any venue. Equipment with high linearity (extreme suppression of harmonic distortion known as intermodulation), such as Sennheiser’s 3000 and 5000 series products, will support at least twenty systems, or ten in each TV channel. Specific areas protected by the FCC ruling will enable the operation of many more channels.

Multi stage and studio properties may also effectively increase the number of systems in use through physical distance and transmitter output power management. Techniques such as shifted coordinated frequency sets, zone isolation (natural or enhanced shielding between rooms), directional antennas, and filtered distribution systems, as well as time multiplexing (using systems in different rooms at different times) may also be used.

joe_ciaudelli_new.JPGNoted Joe Ciaudelli, Sennheiser’s White Space spokesperson, “From the start, Sennheiser assessed, communicated and educated. We assessed the issues and commented on the proposed solutions based on proven technologies, rather than the often speculative technologies endorsed by the white space lobby. We communicated with the FCC and elected officials to help them understand the proven benefit of wireless audio devices to maintain the high standard of TV, radio, film, and live entertainment that the entire population has come to expect. We educated our customers, helping them distinguish between the facts and the rhetoric.”

TVBDs categorized as Fixed devices are allowed to operate with effective radiating power up to 4W on channels 2-51, with the exceptions of channels 3, 4, and 37. Those classed as Personal/Portable are restricted to channels 21-51, and are also not allowed in channel 37. In addition, in thirteen major markets where certain channels between 14 and 20 are used for land mobile (municipal and public safety) operations, two channels between 21 and 51 will be reserved and available for wireless microphones. These will be the first open (non-TV) channels above and below channel 37.

Further, the unlicensed consumer devices are limited to 100mW operating power or 40mW if operating in a channel adjacent to an active station. This moderate power will reduce their range and therefore the possibility to cause interference.

Ciaudelli adds, “Although the introduction of TVBDs will pose new challenges for wireless mic users, multi-channel operation can be made reliable through the use of quality equipment operated using best practices. To assist customers with the latter, we encourage them to visit our website www.sennheiserusa.com/spectrumreallocation call our help desk hotline, and ideally attend one of our RF Sound Academy seminars.”

SENNHEISER Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

For more information, please visit www.sennheiserusa.com

SUBMIT YOUR TRACK TO SENNHEISER’S “MY SONG” CONTEST: ENTER TO WIN A TEN-PIECE SENNHEISER MIC KIT AND STAR IN AN AD!

mysong_contest.JPGOLD LYME, CONNECTICUT – NOVEMBER 2008: With Sennheiser’s “My Song” contest, the spotlight is on you and your original song. Now through March 31, 2009, high school students can enter to win a free ten-piece, professional-grade Sennheiser evolution microphone kit and a spot in an upcoming Sennheiser ad! What’s more, you’ll also be featured on the Sennheiser Artist site (www.sennheiserusa.com/artists) alongside such performers as Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Paramore!

To enter, visit www.sennheiserusa.com/MySong and hit the “click to enter” button. You’ll need to submit a direct link to your original song (which can be uploaded to sites like YouTube or MySpace) along with the title of your track. The five best songs will be chosen by a panel of secret judges. The lucky grand-prize winner will be selected by one of your favorite Sennheiser-endorsed artists!

“We continually are impressed with the level of skill and talent many young musicians possess and want to encourage musically-inclined students to follow their dreams,” says Stefanie Reichert, vice president of strategic marketing for Sennheiser Electronic Corporation. “The Sennheiser ‘My Song’ contest is the ultimate way for you to get your name out while getting a chance to outfit your entire band with the award-winning microphones of the stars.”

The ten-piece evolution microphone kit includes everything you need to mic a full band: two e 835 vocal mics, one e 609 SILVER guitar amp mic, one e 602 II bass drum mic, three e 604 tom/snare mics and two e 614 instrument condenser mics.

In addition to receiving the microphone prize pack, the winner will star in a Sennheiser ad that will run in 2009 in various magazines and will also be featured as the “Unsigned Artist of the Month” on the Sennheiser Artists web page. Four runner-ups will receive a pair of the industry-standard Sennheiser HD 280 Pro studio headphones, which provide stunning clarity and bass response.

But the giveaways don’t stop there: each visitor to the “My Song” contest page will receive a free black cadet-style cap emblazoned with the Sennheiser logo just for visiting!

Sennheiser’s “My Song” contest is open only to legal U.S. residents who are between the years of 13-18, and enrolled in high school at the time of entry. Odds of winning are based on number of entries. Only one entry per person or group will be accepted. All judges’ decisions are final. For contest rules, restrictions and other information, visit www.sennheiserusa.com/mysong.

SENNHEISER Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

For more information, please visit www.sennheiserusa.com

Baltzell Audio Design And ATK/Audiotek Take The Stage At 42nd Annual CMA Awards With JBL VERTEC® Line Arra

NORTHRIDGE, California – In one of country music’s most prestigious musical events of the year, rental systems provider ATK/Audiotek of Valencia, California supplied a multi-array JBL VERTEC® line array system for the 42nd Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards on November 12. The Awards were held at the Sommet Center in Nashville and broadcast live on ABC to a national audience. The CMA Awards is the premier annual event for the country music industry, and this year’s show was co-hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. Featured performers included Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, The Eagles, George Strait, Sugarland and Keith Urban, among others.

The Awards featured two stages placed side by side, enajbl_cma.jpgbling a live performance to immediately lead into another without the need for a commercial break. Baltzell Audio Design specified a sound system design based upon JBL VERTEC, with a total of eight flown line arrays. Deployed by ATK/Audiotek, the main PA system included two 16-element VT4889 full-size line arrays, arranged in a left-right configuration. Additionally, two out-fill arrays, each containing 13 VT4889 loudspeakers, were dedicated to seating areas outside the coverage pattern of the main arrays. A total of 14 VT4880A Ultra-Long Excursion arrayable subwoofers provided low-frequency support, while three delay arrays each featured 10 VT4889 loudspeakers. These were arranged in a left-center-right configuration at the back of the arena. Six VT4887 compact line array elements provided front fill coverage to critical forward seating areas. The system also featured a total of 72 JBL Control 25T loudspeakers installed under the first six rows of audience seating and masked by color-matching grilles.

In addition to hosting a variety of live performances, the Sommet Center is home to the Nashville Predators of the NHL. The Center was designed with multi-functionality in mind to accommodate a wide spectrum of events. “The venue was built asymmetrically, so it’s not a typical oval-shaped arena,� said Pat Baltzell of Baltzell Audio Design and (along with Rick Scheimer) one of two Front of House Engineers for the CMA Awards. “The arena was built for entertainment as well as hockey, with one end actually lower than the other, so you can easily load stage equipment onto the end designed for live entertainment. The opposite end has a large architecturally-designed bass trap that does a great job of managing frequencies below 100 Hz. This results in acoustical behavior that is very similar whether the arena is empty or full. There isn’t the usual consternation during sound checks where the event managers are worrying about what the audio will sound like during the event. In my opinion, this is one of the best-sounding arenas in the United States. So it puts us all at ease, because everyone—the producer, the artists and the sound crew—has a good idea of the way the system will sound on show night.�

Baltzell notes that the decision to use VERTEC line arrays is also based on consistent, predictable performance. “The VERTEC speakers do a great job,� Baltzell added. “I’ve been designing line array clusters for a number of years. For events like this, where you have a great deal of dialogue from hosts, presenters and winners, in addition to the musical numbers, the sound system needs to perform well for music as well as large-scale dialogue. The VERTEC line arrays provide that level of versatility.�

Michael Abbott, Audio Producer for the CMA Awards, confirmed satisfaction with the results achieved by the sound vendors and their choice of loudspeakers. “JBL VERTEC line arrays have proven to be consistent in providing clear, powerful and controllable sound for some of the world’s highest-profile live events and the CMA Awards was no different,� he noted. “The VERTEC system performed flawlessly and allowed us to stay focused on the task at hand.�

Baltzell Audio Design can be reached at (818) 986-3520.

ATK/Audiotek can be reached at (661) 705-3700 or http://www.atkcorp.com

Michael Abbott can be reached via michaelsound@earthlink.net

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PARAGON STUDIOS PROVIDES ADR SERVICES FOR NICOLE KIDMAN FOR FEATURE FILM AUSTRALIA

ADR Work Linked to Studio in Australia Through SSL C300 Digital Film/Post Console and Pro Tools® Via the Internet

Franklin, TN, November 26, 2008—Paragon Studios, a premier multi-room recording and post-production facility located near Nashville, recently completed numerous ADR sessions over four months with Academy Award winning actress, Nicole Kidman for the feature film Australia released today. The process, that involved critical linking between filmmakers Bazmark Films in Australia, was streamlined with Paragon’s SSL C300 digital film/post console in Stage B. more

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Daktronics Delivers Great Sound To The Ole Miss Gridiron With JBL VLA Line Arrays

NORTHRIDGE, California – In a demanding application highlighting the high power and controllability of JBL VLA line arrays, Daktronics recently upgraded the sound system at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, home to the University of Mississippi football team in Oxford. The audio upgrade is part of a $6 million overhaul that includes the largest high-definition video display in the NCAA Southeastern Conference.

Home to the Ole Miss Rebels since 1915, Vaught-Hemingway Stadium holds more than 62,000. As part of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), Ole Miss faces some of the top college football programs each year. With the addition of the large high-definition LED screen before the 2008 football season, an equally powerful audio system was needed.jbl_olemiss.jpg

To that end, Daktronics designed and installed an end-zone system consisting of 12 JBL VLA601H line array loudspeakers configured in left-right hangs of six loudspeakers each. The system is supplemented by two JBL PD743 loudspeakers and two PD5212/64 loudspeakers. Crown I-Tech amplifiers power the system, which is configured via the Harman HiQnetâ„¢ System Architectâ„¢ platform.

“We needed a powerful system that was also highly controllable,� said Doug Dodge of Daktronics. “The VLA loudspeakers fit the bill and they have performed terrifically since we completed the installation.�

For more information on Daktronics, please visit www.daktronics.com

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iDrum: Ministry of Sound Anthems Now Available on Apple App Store

Ministry of Sound and iZotope release first album-themed music creation app for iPhone and iPod touch

London, UK (November 25, 2008) Ministry of Sound and iZotope today announced that, in a groundbreaking collaboration for iPhone and iPod touch, fans can now buy the iDrum: Ministry of Sound Anthems album from the iTunes Store and also purchase a companion application from the Apple App Store that lets them create original music.

“This is a truly unique experience where some of the best known dance music sounds of the last two decades are now available to be recreated on iPhone at the touch of a button.� said Van Uong, licensing account manager at Ministry of Sound.

“With the combination of iDrum’s simple Multi-Touch user interface and Ministry of Sound’s incredible sample content, you can create your own club anthems right in the palm of your hand,” said Nick Dika, content manager at iZotope.

iDrum: Ministry of Sound Anthems lets iPhone and iPod touch owners recreate their favorite club tracks of yesterday and today. This special edition of iDrum is the perfect companion to Ministry of Sound’s newest album representing clubbing history, “Anthems II.� Starting with professionally produced iDrum kits that emulate the greatest anthems in clubbing history, users can customize the included beats any way they like or mix and match over 300 original samples to make their own epic tracks. iDrum’s simple interface lets even novice users build beats layer by layer by tapping the touch screen or create music with simple shapes and color combinations that let anyone visualize the rhythm.

Features:
• Includes professionally produced samples and beats from Ministry of Sound – over 300 original classic and old school dance samples and 20 unique kits with dozens of pre-made patterns
• Customize patterns to create your own unique beats
• Take control of the rhythm of every drum sound and sample
• Tap the screen to play and record your own musical patterns

A collaboration between Ministry of Sound and iZotope, this special edition of iDrum is the perfect companion to Ministry of Sound’s newest album representing clubbing history, “Anthems II,� now available on the iTunes Store. The follow up to last year’s over half million selling album, “Anthems II� includes three discs filled with the best club classics of all time.

iDrum: Ministry of Sound Anthems is available for $5.99 USD from Apple’s App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=296270624&mt=8.
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k.d. lang HITS THE ROAD WITH LECTROSONICS

kdlang_hi.jpgRio Rancho, NM – November 2008… In support of her critically acclaimed and most recent album release Watershed, Grammy® Award winning Canadian singer/songwriter and producer k.d. lang has spent the better part of 2008 on the tour circuit. From Nashville tearjerkers to Tin Pan Alley torch songs, from playful cow-punk tunes to sultry, grown-up pop, k.d. lang’s music offers something for everyone and all of this is reflected on the Watershed 2008 tour. In addition to her commanding vocal presence, lang is playing more guitar than ever during her shows, and every time she straps her acoustic on, her performance is being transmitted to the sound reinforcement system via a wireless setup from Lectrosonics. more

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Lexicon® Announces New Pitch Algorithms for the PCM96 in Software Version 3.0.0.7

Salt Lake City, Utah – Lexicon®, a Harman International Company (NYSE-HAR), today announced its software update version 3.0.0.7 for the PCM96. The new software version underscores Lexicon’s commitment to provide PCM96 users with new functionality and increased DAW support, along with enhancements to improve software performance and make the system more stable and reliable. Featuring a wide array of rich, complex reverb algorithms with related delays and effects, the single rack-space PCM96 integrates seamlessly into the modern studio as a control-only DAW insert or FireWire streaming hardware plug-in.

Included in the software update is a new set of pitch shift algorithms, adding to Lexicon’s already legendary selection of effects and reverbs. They support both practical shifting and shifting for special effects. The new VSO Pitch algorithm can be used to help bring a choir up to pitch or to correct the pitch shift created by common video conversions, all while maintaining a solid stereo image. It offers the user enhanced control through the ability to raise or lower the pitch of a voiceover or dialog track.

New Multivoice Pitch algorithms combine multiple shifters with Lexicon’s powerful delay architecture to create climbing pitch ladders, shifted echoes, voice doublers, along with many other effects. Additionally, the software update provides plug-in compatibility for Steinberg® Cubase and Nuendo.

Commenting on the updated software, Randy Garrett, Director of Marketing for Lexicon stated, “This PCM96 software upgrade represents Lexicon’s continuous commitment to providing our customers with new functionality and the highest quality products and support. The PCM96 is being used in many high-profile studios because of its rich, full sound and we take pride in the fact that this software upgrade is largely representative of the results of quality feedback.�

With two channels XLR analog and two channels XLR AES/EBU digital I/O, as well as MIDI, Wordclock, Ethernet and FireWire connectivity, the PCM96 is equally suited for studio or live use.

The new software is available free of charge in the download section of the Lexicon Pro website (www.Lexiconpro.com ).

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SOLID STATE LOGIC USERS DOMINATE NOMINEE AND WINNER CATEGORIES AT THE “AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS�

60% of Nominees and 74% of Winners Rely on SSL to Create the Hits

LOS ANGELES – Solid State Logic, the manufacturer of industry leading, digital and analogue consoles, is pleased to announce that SSL users were among the majority of nominees and winners at the recent 36th annual “American Music Awards� (AMAs). The star studded event was broadcast live on ABC from the NOKIA Theatre in Los Angeles and featured 43 artists and projects competing in 23 categories, with 60% of the nominees and 74% of the winners using SSL consoles to create their hits. more

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