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PRODUCER/ENGINEER DONALD GUILLAUME, FORMER DRUMMER FOR THE FUGEES, CREDITS PROMEDIA TRAINING WITH HELPING HIM TAKE HIS PRO TOOL SKILLS AND CAREER TO THE NEXT LEVEL

donguillaume.jpgPMT’s Career Programs begin in June in Dallas and Nashville

Creative talent Donald Guillaume comes by it naturally. Born into in to a church-going Haitian family to a preacher father, music surrounded he and his musical siblings. Donald was the drummer for the Grammy Award winning band, The Fugees for nearly a decade where his unique drum sounds enthused the beat. When the critically acclaimed New Jersey hip hop group disbanded, Guillame knew he belonged in the studio producing and engineering. Turning to ProMedia Training, Guillame delved deep into their Digidesign Certified Pro Tools training program and hasn’t stopped working!

Guillame has worked with varied artists such as Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Whitney Houston, BB King, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Willie Nelson. Donald is presently creating drum software based on his distinctive sound with his former ProMedia Training instructor, Terron Darby.

ProMedia Training offers it’s next Career Program, Dallas June 15 – August 21 and Nashville June 22 – August 14 and has Digidesign Certified bootcamps in Atlanta, New York, Miami and San Diego throughout the Spring.

Visit www.promediatraining.com for program details.

In three months, ProMedia Training’s Audio Career Program will provide aspiring engineering professionals with a proprietary Pro Tools centric education and the credibility they need to start a career in the music and audio post-production industry. Plus, they’ll receive a complete, self-contained mobile Pro Tools studio worth $6500, providing them with the equipment they need to create and pursue opportunities. Upon successful completion, they will receive three Certifications from Digidesign and Waves, a ProMedia Certificate of Completion and have a professional portfolio.

About ProMedia Training
With locations in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Nashville, San Diego, and New York, ProMedia Training is the leader in modern accelerated audio and multimedia training. In addition to individual instruction at professional facilities, the company provides on-site training for corporations, allowing industry professionals to upgrade their skills in their own working environment—some of which include MTV, HBO, and Turner Broadcasting; Dolby Labs, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and Loyola University. The faculty includes Grammy and Emmy Award winners that have worked on hundreds of gold and platinum albums with such artists as U2, Aerosmith, Ricky Martin, Steely Dan, Ozzy Osbourne, Outkast, and Dixie Chicks. ProMedia Training partners with manufacturers such as Digidesign, Apple, Propellerhead, and Waves. ProMedia Training is the leading authorized Digidesign Pro School, having certified more students than any other organization. For more information visit: www.promediatraining.com

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LECTROSONICS TO DISTRIBUTE IN EUROPE AND JAPAN

lectro_hi.jpgRio Rancho, NM – March 2009… Lectrosonics, recognized as the world’s premier manufacturer of wireless microphone systems and audio processing products, is pleased to announce the company recently received technical certifications for its products in Europe and Japan, and has completed the conversion to lead-free solder and production to meet RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) requirements for Europe. Products to be distributed for these export markets are all based on Lectrosonics’ highly acclaimed Digital Hybrid Wireless® technology and initially include the SM “Super-Mini� Series of belt-pack transmitters, the new HM plug-on transmitter, the UT handheld transmitter, the SRA slot-mount, dual-channel receiver, and the Venue modular receiver system. more

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ODDS ON RECORDS & STUDIOS OPENS ITS DOORS, COMBINING VINTAGE FLAIR WITH STATE-OF-THE ART EQUIPMENT

Facility Boasts Largest Duality Console in the U.S.

Odds OnHENDERSON, NV – Odds On Records & Studios is pleased to announce the grand opening of its $2 million multi-faceted recording facility in Henderson, NV; just a few miles from the famous Las Vegas strip. Offering a parallel world where vintage gear and state-of-the-art recording equipment co-exist, Odds On Records & Studios makes history as the home of the biggest duality console in North America, a 96-input SSL Duality.

Bobby Ferrari, head of audio production as well as the development and installation of the new facility, is excited about what Odds On will have to offer its clientele. “Here at Odds On, we’re all about putting customer service back into the record making process,â€? says Ferrari. “We have great lounges and private areas, lots of vintage outboard gear and classic microphones combined with state-of-the-art large format analog consoles and the latest in Pro Tools technology. We also have numerous acoustic environments and a highly skilled staff. In the end, you have artists who are artistically satisfied with superior product. What more could you ask for in a recording facility!” more

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Iceland’s National Soccer Stadium Installs Upgraded P.A. System with EAW Loudspeakers

Whitinsville, MA, USA – March 25, 2009 – Near the heart of Reykjavik, Iceland, stands Laugardalsvöllur, the National Soccer Stadium. It recently received a major upgrade, with complete renovations to the main seating area and the construction of new office facilities. The stadium now accommodates 15,000 people. Subsequently, the Football Association of Iceland requested an offer for a complete P.A. sound system for the stadium’s west side with the option of later expansion for the remaining areas. To complete this upgrade, the Football Association of Iceland hired local pro audio and lighting firm EB Kerfi ehf, and immediately plans were under way for the design of a full sound system for the entire stadium, which was to include loudspeakers from EAW, a world leader in audio system solutions.

EB Kerfi chose weather-protected versions of EAW’s MK5300 Series Small-Format Installation System loudspeakers with rotatable horns. The design of the system’s speaker setup was accomplished via a collaborative effort with EAW’s Application Support Group. The final design consists of six arrays with two loudspeakers each for the stadium’s main seats, and four additional speakers directed to the track area on the side of the field, for a grand total of 16 EAW MK5300 Series loudspeakers, in addition to an EAW DX810 Digital Matrix Mixer. EB Kerfi also chose Powersoft amplifiers and SommerCable cables for the system.

The loudspeakers’ weather protection has been designed to maximize the units’ durability for outdoor use. Some of the features include multi-layer grill assembly (steel mesh, synthetic foam and a stainless steel perforated grill), an enclosure constructed of exterior-grade plywood coated with styrene resin, fiberglass shell and non-hardening sealant on all hatches and bolts. All drivers and transducers are designed specifically for outdoor applications.

The system’s installation got under way in the summer of 2008 and was completed soon after. Response has been enthusiastic and positive: Páll Sævar Guðjónsson, the main announcer for national soccer matches at the stadium, stated, “This system sounds much better than I ever hoped for!� Stadium Manager Jóhann G. Kristinsson added, “We are very satisfied with the sound system. It’s very easy to use and sounds very nice!�

“The result was just as we had hoped,� stated Einar Björnsson, EB Kerfi’s General Manager. “Every single seat received great coverage and rich sound, with enough power for a rock concert. We aimed for high quality, and the final result for the P.A. matches that. The client wanted the best, and I believe that we gave them the best, thanks to EAW and Powersoft!�

For more information, please visit www.eaw.com.

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Firehouse Productions Puts Tour Sound Into High Gear With Crown I-Tech HD

ELKHART, Indiana – Firehouse Productions, a leader in the sound reinforcement industry has taken notice of the new Crown I-Tech HD amplifier, announcing they will purchase 100 I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers for its tour sound projects. Firehouse has gained a reputation of excellence providing sound for some of the music’s biggest acts including Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, and Hannah Montana. They have also handled major television and live events including Live Earth, the MTV VMAs, and VH-1 Story Tellers. crownfirehouse-i-tech-hd.jpg
“Firehouse is a clear leader in the live sound industry. They have been a long time user of Crown and we have confidence I-Tech HD will be a major asset to their business for years to come. We value long-term relationships with industry leaders such as Firehouse and seeing them choose I-Tech HD is a validation of the efforts of our team to produce the best amplifier in the world,� stated Brian Divine, marketing director for tour sound at Crown.

“We are proud to be a long time user of Crown because of the consistent support we have received from them over the years. Knowing they are 100 percent behind us was a key reason for us to make the move to I-Tech HD,� stated Mark Dittmar, lead sound and integration engineer for Firehouse Productions. “So far, working with this amplifier for just a short period of time, I must say the sound is stunning. The sound quality and power have really shocked us,� added Dittmar.

I-Tech HD features a new user-inspired DSP engine co-developed with BSS called OMNIDRIVEHD. The new processing engine features Linear Phase FIR filters that offer unrivaled crossover performance for sonically pure tunings. The OMNIDRIVEHD processing engine also features an innovative new suite of limiters called LevelMAXâ„¢. Harman HiQnetâ„¢ System Architect â„¢ mirrors the typical browser navigation interface to provide tour sound and contracting professionals with a familiar interface to access a host of power configuration and control functions.

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AES 127th CONVENTION OPENS CALL FOR PAPERS PROPOSALS

June 5th Deadline for Abstracts

NEW YORK: In a continuing effort to extend the scope of AES Convention Technical Papers, Committee Chair Agnieszka Roginska and Papers Sessions Co-Chairs, Veronique Larcher and Steven Garrett have issued an open call to the professional audio community for technical papers proposals.

“The volume of Papers submissions is always high,” Veronique Larcher says. “However, by casting our net to a wider segment of the industry and educational sector we hope to expand our program by adding worthwhile subjects which may not be on the universal radar.”

An increased pool of submissions raises the bar for quality as well as diversity. “Meaningful papers can originate from sources beyond traditional academia,” Steven Garrett adds. “Our goal is to cover as many categories and issues as possible and, to develop a singularly comprehensive and authoritative catalog.”

Agnieszka Roginska emphasizes that “In addition to sharing knowledge and opening constructive dialogues on issues which impact on the professional audio community, presenting authors will have their Papers included on the CD-ROM of the full Papers / Posters Program, and, student members will be eligible for the Student Paper Award.”

Papers are presented in two distinct formats: (1) Formal lectures before an audience of 50 to 250 attendees followed by brief Q&A’s or (2) Poster sessions, highly-detailed presentations designed for greater interaction between the author and groups of 12 to 15 members.

Papers topics are open to the following categories: Applications in Audio; Audio Processing; Recording Production and Reproduction; Audio Equipment; Perception; Emerging Audio Technologies. For details on submission requirements visit www.aes.org/127th_authors

The 127th Audio Engineering Society Convention will be held Oct. 9 – 12, 2009 at New York’s Jacob Javits Convention Center.

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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dbx ® Strengthens Line Of Digital Processors With Introduction of Four New Members To The ZonePRO™ Series

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – dbx Professional Products, a Harman International Company (NYSE-HAR), today introduced four new members to its acclaimed ZonePRO™ family of digital zone processors. The new 1260m, 1261m, 640m and 641m join the 1260, 1261, 640 and 641 in the series, reflecting dbx Professional Product’s commitment to applying customer feedback to strengthen its existing product lines.

The new ZonePRO devices share the same total numbers of inputs and outputs as their equivalent siblings but feature additional mic/line inputs. The 1260m and 1261m have six mic/line inputs and the 640m and 641m have four mic/line inputs. This increase in the number of available microphone inputs further extends the suitability of the ZonePRO family into applications such as conference rooms and presentation spaces.dbxzoneprom_stackrl.jpg
Ambient Noise Compensation (ANC) is also introduced on the new ZonePRO Devices. This processing function allows the level of zone outputs to track the ambient noise level, monitored through a microphone and microphone input. This feature is particularly well-suited to applications such as retail environments where the volume of the audio system can be matched automatically to the number of shoppers and their associated noise level.

Iain Gregory, Market Manager for Installed Sound at Harman Music Group stated, “Since its introduction in 2004, the ZonePRO family has enjoyed global adoption and specification within many high-profile commercial environments. The ‘m’ versions were born out of an overwhelming user desire to extend the reach of ZonePRO into further applications requiring additional microphone inputs. More microphone inputs, complimented by the introduction of Ambient Noise Compensation, further solidify the ZonePRO family as the perfect set of solutions for multi-zone commercial audio applications.�

Processing offered on all eight members of the ZonePRO family includes Advanced Feedback Suppression (AFS™) and AutoWarmth®, a psychoacoustic function that maintains full frequency bandwidth even when the signal level has dropped.

Each of the new ZonePRO devices features Ethernet and RS-232 control. ZonePRO Designer provides configuration and control of all ZonePRO devices. The Configuration Wizard within ZonePRO Designer guides users through the step-by-step configuration process.

Additional system control is offered by a range of Zone Controllers and third party control. The Zone Controllers are non-technical control interfaces for functions such as source selection, volume control and preset recall.

Each of the eight family members, with optional control, represents an inexpensive and quickly deployed solution for a diverse range of commercial audio applications.

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Bosch Communications Systems announces IRIS-Net V2.0

iris_v20_001.jpgBosch Communications Systems is pleased to announce the release of IRIS-Net V2.0. Since its debut in 2002, IRIS-Net has set new standards as a unified software package supporting DSP design, device control, custom user interface creation, and system integration spanning multiple Bosch Communications Systems brands.

Used in thousands of the most high-profile and cutting-edge live, touring, and installed applications around the world, IRIS-Net has received rave reviews from users about its ease of use, flexibility and power. IRIS-Net V2.0 continues to expand IRIS-Net’s impressive array of features by adding new devices such as EV REV Wireless Microphones.

IRIS-Net V2.0 also brings FIR-Drive technology front and center. EV’s FIR-Drive combines transducer development, state-of-the-art FIR processing, and optimized DSP protection algorithms to create a holistic approach to system development. Electro-Voice has created the most revolutionary technology platform on the market by combining in-house expertise from every area of R&D into its system solutions.

IRIS-Net V2.0 provides additional FIR-Drive controllers, a new Peak Anticipation limiter, and brand-new speaker settings for EV concert sound products to take sound and performance to a whole new level.

The latest version of IRIS-Net also includes the following features and additions:

Software Additions and Enhancements

  • Enhanced software installation process for improved compatibility with Windows Vista.
  • Selection of brands and/or devices possible via new Device Options dialog (Dialog is automatically shown when IRIS-Net is started the first time).
  • Support of .PNG and .JPEG file formats for use in Controls, User Controls and project graphics.
  • A completely restructured Help System now formatted as a User Manual in PDF format.
  • Modified Object List for easier use and navigation.

  • NetMax Additions and Enhancements

  • DSP block FIR Controller (mono and stereo version) containing complete DSP structure of an RCM-26 output channel. Use of all current RCM-26 speaker settings is possible.
  • The Electro-Voice N8000 System Controller now also supports the following remote amplifiers when using the RCM-810 remote control module: Electro-Voice CPS series amplifiers (CPS2.4, CPS2.6, CPS2.9, CPS2.12, CPS4.5, CPS4.10 and CPS8.5)
  • DSP block Loudspeaker Controller now uses Peak Anticipation Limiter instead of RCM Limiter.
  • Password protection of DSP blocks possible via context menu.
  • Non-Administrator users are no longer able to edit the DSP structure.

  • Other Hardware Additions and Enhancements

  • New device Electro-Voice REV (UHF wireless microphone system) is available (Currently the REV receivers can only be connected to the PC using a UCC1).
  • Peak Anticipation limiter available for RCM-26 amplifiers (firmware update of RCM-26 to version V1.13 required), fully compatible with existing speaker settings.
  • New Speaker Settings (including FIR filter settings) and Speaker Files for Electro-Voice and Dynacord. speakers (check directory “Speaker Settings/Electro-Voiceâ€? or “Speaker Settings/Dynacordâ€? for details).

  • Please see the IRIS-Net Read Me file for a complete list of additions, enhancements, and bug fixes.

    IRIS-Net V2.0 is currently available for download at:
    http://irisnet.electrovoice.com

      System Requirements

    • Processor: Intel Pentium III 1 GHz or equivalent (more is recommended)
    • OS: Windows 2000, XP, or Vista (32-bit versions only)
    • RAM: 512 MB (more is recommended)
    • Hard Disk: 300MB of free space
    • Video: 1024×768, High Color (16-bit)
    • Network: Ethernet port and/or 1 USB port per 100 amplifiers

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    Dynacord sound for Dessa’s Spiral Bound release party

    dessa_dynacord.jpgDessa Darling, emcee for Minnesota-based hip-hop group Doomtree, performed at the Guthrie Theater’s Dowling Studio in Minneapolis on Feb. 7 in celebration of the release of her new book Spiral Bound, a collection of short fiction and poetry. Twin Cities-based production and rental company Windy Shores Sound provided a suitably high-end compact sound system for the event – the XA from Dynacord. Sound engineer Maury Jensen was impressed with the system’s performance:

    “I had heard of other engineers’ favorable experiences with Dynacord products,” says Jensen, “but I had never used any of them before. When we loaded in the system, I was very impressed by how light the speakers were and how easily they stacked. The system set up fast and I loved being able to run the PA off of one small lightweight amp rack.”

    From set-up to sound check through show and strike, the XA system continued to impress with its ease-of-use and sonic acrobatics: “When I first fired-up the system and played my usual soundcheck CD, the overall sound quality was very smooth and transparent. After listening to the system at various points in the room, the main EQ needed almost no adjustment, and throughout the soundcheck and show I was surprised to see my EQ stay virtually flat. I was able to make the vocals and instruments clear without being harsh. Everything sounded great, and even using just two mid/high boxes the system covered the room quite evenly with great blend and musicality. As far as ground-stacked PA systems go, this is one of the best-sounding ones I’ve heard – now I want to use it for every event I do in the Dowling Studio.”

    Jensen’s lightweight, flexible, and low-profile Dynacord solution gave Dessa the ability to host a show that would not only do justice to Spiral Bound but also allow the evening’s other artists, including Emmy Award-winning writer Steve Marsh and acclaimed singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith, the chance to perform high-fidelity sets with minimal equipment.

    “I wanted to create an event that mirrored the tenor of the text: a little bittersweet, a little cheeky, and punctuated by moments of startled laughter,” says Dessa. “I lucked out – every performance delivered. By the end of Jeremy’s first song, the audience was stunned. He got one of those long pauses where everyone forgets to clap but then explodes a second later. And several long-time fans approached me after the show to compliment the sound saying, ‘We could really hear you this time!’ After years working as a club musician, I genuinely appreciated the opportunity to work with such nuanced, faithful equipment. The sound that night made a difference not only to the listeners, but in my performance. Thank you Maury, and thank you Dynacord.”

    Yamaha Commercial Audio Holds Digital SR Class/NEXO Demos in Nashville

    BUENA PARK, Calif.⎯The Yamaha Commercial Audio Training Seminars (YCATS) group will hold its two-day Digital Sound Reinforcement (DSR) 101 class on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 5 and 6 in Nashville. Sponsored in part by Shure Microphones, the class provides complete audio system design and networking solutions and will focus on set up techniques ranging from microphones to large-scale speakers. Topics include: gain construction, attenuator settings, and SPL estimation.

    Yamaha DSR101 course components include fundamental concepts: dBSPL, dBu. dBV, calculations, and level management; cables for various signal formats, word clock distribution; microphone techniques: microphone characteristics, how to select a microphone, digital technology; wireless technology: how to maximize the benefits of wireless systems and managing frequencies; digital vs. analog systems; speakers and processors: designing output systems and level management for system protection.

    In addition, NEXO product managers will provide an in-depth demonstration of NEXO speakers including the new GEO S12 Line Array Series, and PS and Alpha E speakers.

    The two-day course is designed to assist audio engineers, system designers, system techs, audio operators in houses of worship, live sound venue/tour engineers, obtain a better understanding of available solutions.

    In order to maximize the Digital SR System 101 training seminar and NEXO demo experience, attendance for the seminar is limited. There is no cost for attending and breakfast and lunch will provided. Travel and accommodations are the responsibility of the attendee.

    To attend, you must reserve your spot in advance at http://www.yamaha.com/ycats/schedule_0809.asp or by visiting the YCATS blog at www.trainersontheroad.blogspot.com. The location and class time will be provided upon registering on line.

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    About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
    Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the recent purchase of NEXO loudspeakers by Yamaha Corporation Japan, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

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