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ConvertCon NC3FM-C_femaleANAHEIM, CA – How many times have you reached for a cable only to find it has the wrong XLR connector on the other end? In direct response to high professional and consumer demand, Neutrik, designer and manufacturer of the XX series XLR cable connector, introduces the world’s first unisex 3-pin XLR connector, convertCON®, at Winter NAMM 2009 (Booth 6428, Hall A).

convertCON (NC3FM-C) is a new 3-pin male and female cable connector in a single housing. convertCON is also available with black chrome housing and gold contacts (NC3FM-C-B). By simply sliding the housing back and forth, convertCON is transformed from a male to female connector. This new male/female cable end XLR allows for use of one connector, as it can mate with either a male or female 3-pin XLR. more

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~ Innovative Custom-Printed Artistic Acoustic Panels Make Industry Debut ~

SonicPrintANAHEIM, CA – Auralex Acoustics, the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, is breaking new ground by launching a gallery of custom-printed acoustical panels at this year’s Winter NAMM show (Booth 6794, Hall A). Auralex Acoustics is exclusively the first to market SonicPrint, its custom-printed, artistic ProPanels featuring “The Art of Sound� theme which blends unlimited design and style options for any room with the company’s acoustically proven technology of its ProPanel product line.

SonicPrint custom-printed, artistic ProPanels are fabric-covered acoustic absorptive panels designed as artwork. For the home theater enthusiast, this exclusive offering opens the door to numerous home theater décor options, as the acoustical panels are camouflaged under the design of the customer’s choice. Users are no longer limited to single color fabric choices, and can now outfit any space with paintings and drawings of any kind. SonicPrint is also available for Auralex’s ELiTE Custom Fabric System (CFS), a full-room treatment approach that blends an engineered acoustical environment with an elegant finished appearance. more

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SAE Institute and Native Instruments Announce Inclusion Of Komplete 5 As Part Of The SAE Production Package

SAAE Institute of Technology LogoSince the introduction of the SAE Institute Apple Computer partnership, which ensured a laptop for every entering Diploma student in the US, SAE Institute has worked with its industry partners around the globe to augment and update the Production Package by including coveted industry standard hardware and software. The total bundle has allowed SAE students to work on their own systems while studying and after graduation. In 2009, Native Instruments joins SAE by including its KOMPLETE 5 bundle as part of the package given to students. more

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Jimmy Douglass Adds EM-PEQ To The Mix

jimmy_douglass.jpg“Senator Jimmy D” using a pair of A-Designs Audio’s 500 Series Pultec-style EQs for “just about everything”

MIAMI, Florida – Perhaps best known for his ten-year role as R&B/hip-hop producer Timbaland’s main go-to mixer/engineer, Jimmy Douglass has engineered, mixed and/or produced a truly impressive roster of talent over the past several decades, ranging from classic artists like Aretha Franklin, Foreigner, and The Rolling Stones to contemporaries like Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, and Justin Timberlake. more

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capitol_hi.jpgBurbank, CA … Housed at the famous Capitol Records building in Los Angeles, Capitol Studios is home to great recordings from iconic artists such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Nat King Cole, along with leading contemporary artists including Diana Krall and Green Day. Capitol is also the scoring facility for hit TV shows such as “Lost” and “American Idolâ€? as well as hosting the pre-records for the annual Academy Awards ceremonies. Capitol is the crème de la crème of recording studios, and this full service facility handles everything from tracking, scoring, and stereo/surround sound mixing. The engineers and others who work here are the best in the business and they demand the world’s finest equipment. So it comes as no surprise that Royer Labs microphones are housed here—and their expansive mic locker just got bigger with the addition of four new Royer R-122V Vacuum Tube Ribbon microphones. more

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Sanken Partners With Lectrosonics For New COS-11D Lavalier Microphone

“The new mic is flawless,” says Lectrosonics President Larry Fisher


Pictured is the new Sanken COS-11D lavalier microphone.

Sanken, manufacturer of the industrywide standard in ultra-miniature lavalier microphones, has announced the new COS-11D, the latest version in the popular COS-11 lavalier series. The new design incorporates exclusive design advances that deal with digital and digital/analog hybrid wireless transmission.

Jim Pace, President of Sanken distributor plus24, remarked, “Working with the latest in wireless technologies, Sanken and Lectrosonics have partnered to provide a unique solution for our users. Sanken Microphones is excited to announce this breakthrough product.”

The new COS-11D has been approved by Lectrosonics and President Larry Fisher remarked, “We tested the new version of the COS-11D with our UM700 digital modulation transmitter and found that we could produce no digital noise, such as a whine, or even an increase in the mic noise floor. I think the RF bypassing in the new version is a great improvement and should work perfectly and quietly with the Lectrosonics’ digital transmitters. The new mic is flawless.”

In today’s wireless transmission systems the microphone must remain unaffected by the new forms of transmitter signals. While the benefits of these new systems are obvious, they present new challenges in the area of emission protection. Sanken Microphones has designed the COS-11D specifically to reduce the instances where interference is an issue.

The new COS-11D version is available in limited quantities. The unit will be offered in the PT (pig tail) version with standard sensitivity and the Red Mark model with reduced sensitivity. To create the COS-11D, Sanken has combined extensive R&D with the world’s most advanced precision craftsmanship for the ultimate in sensitivity and natural sound.

For info about Sanken, visit distributor plus24:
or phone 323.845.1171

To learn more about Lectrosonics and its innovative range of wireless audio transmission systems, visit or phone 800.821.1121

Carnival Cruise Lines chooses Electro-Voice audio

ses_dec08_01.jpgCarnival Cruise Lines recently upgraded its fleet with a series of three state-of-the-art Electro-Voice and Dynacord audio installations. Each installation was performed by SES Live Professional, a burgeoning sound production company based in Senoia, Ga. Since its foundation in Jan. 2008, SES has quickly earned a reputation across the Southeastern United States for quality sound, performance, and consulting.

SES was first commissioned to refit the main theaters of Carnival’s four Spirit Class liners – the Pride, Legend, Spirit, and Miracle – with EV NetMax N8000 System Controllers to control all matrix routing, equalizing, and time alignment of each multi-speaker cluster throughout the ceilings of the main theaters. Steve “Dublin� Stapleton, Owner of SES LivePro, recalls the installation:

“To ensure a smooth and seamless installation, we walked Carnival through every step of the process. They needed a partner with the proper professional experience to supervise and tune their sound as precisely as possible, and we were pleased to do just that.� Stapleton, a long-time champion of Electro-Voice products, looked to EV’s NetMax N8000 to provide consistently excellent performance on a nightly basis. He and SES Technician Sean Henry performed the installation personally.

“The NetMax N8000 is the perfect machine,� says Stapleton. “It’s very easy to set-up and navigate, and its macro set-up configurations are very intuitive. But best of all, for a complete digital processing system, it’s built like a tank!�

The installation was so successful that James Keaton, Director of Audio Entertainment for Carnival Cruise Lines, approached SES LivePro to do a second group of installations. This time, Stapleton secured a contract to refit the back lounges aboard the Carnival Destiny Triumph with NetMax N8000s. SES also installed a Dynacord Cobra-2 portable line array system for the main PA in the Destiny’s back lounge.

Most recently, Carnival commissioned SES to refit the Lido Deck Line Array system onboard the Carnival Liberty using XLCi line array loudspeakers from Electro-Voice. The arrays aboard the Liberty consist of two hangs of two XLC 215 and six XLCi 127DVX cabinets per side (finished in white) and were installed while the ship was in service. Stapleton comments:

“Doing an installation at sea was quite a feat for two technicians and three riggers (from SRS Rigging)! If I didn’t have the help of a great crew, coupled with the speed with which the EV arrays went up, this job would have been far more challenging. The project was well-received by everyone onboard and shoreside, impressing anyone who had their doubts whether a project this large could be done without disturbing the guests. I couldn’t have asked for better results, and the system sounds fantastic!�

Contact details:
Tel: 404 771 8670
Fax: 770 599 3250 `


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