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LANCASTER, PA. – Linear Acoustic, the leading authority in loudness control and upmixing solutions for digital television, is pleased to announce the hiring of D. Pagan Communications (DPC), a leading industry public relations firm, as its agency of record. DPC will execute an integrated, international public relations campaign focusing on targeted media relations and trade show support designed to enhance the company’s brand recognition within its existing sectors and introduce Linear Acoustic advanced technologies into new markets.

“With the current digital TV transition placing new demands on producers to deliver perfect quality audio to the discerning viewer, Linear Acoustic has an unprecedented opportunity to continue the expansion of its worldwide customer base,� says Christina Carroll, vice president of sales and marketing for Linear Acoustic. “DPC has the finely-honed industry expertise to properly position our message during this period of rapid growth. DPC will ensure that our news and product updates are delivered effectively to our current and potential customers, highlighting our dedication to bringing innovative and effective solutions to the industry.� more

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dbx® Offers Free Direct Box With Purchase Of Select Compressors

dbx® Professional Products, a Harman International Company (NYSE-HAR), is offering a free db10 Premium Direct Box with the purchase of either a dbx 266XL Compressor/Gate or a dbx 166XL Compressor/Limiter/Gate. The promotion will run through July 31, 2009 and is being offered through participating dbx retailers across the US.dbx266xl1.jpg

“This promotion represents an excellent opportunity to give customers a chance to own a more complete system. At dbx we strongly believe in fostering long-term relationships with our customers and we take pride in being able to offer these types of deals to them. There has never been a better time to purchase a compressor from the company with pioneered their development over 30 years ago.� stated Jay Woolley, marketing director, portable PA for dbx.

The dbx 266XL and 166XL have become known as the premier compression and gating solutions with a world-class heritage. Most compressor/gates provide less than musical compression, coupled with gating that swallows transients or closes early, cutting off decay and reverb tails. The superb engineering in the 266XL and 166XL ensures that both their compression and gating provide versatility and excellent sonic performance in situations where other compressor/gates typically produce undesirable processing artifacts.db10_direct_box_righ_242109.jpg

The dbx dB10 Direct Box is ideal for audio professionals with its extraordinary audio performance, superior electronic components, and incredibly rugged construction. The dB10 is a small “bullet-proof� box that converts unbalanced line-level signal to balanced mic-level output and allows users to connect their guitar, bass, or keyboard directly to a sound mixer without losing tone due to impedance mismatches, long cables or cycle hum. It helps musicians be sure that the sound from their instrument reaches the mixing console balanced and noise-free. The dB10 has been designed – both inside and out – to sound great while handling the grueling abuse direct boxes take on stage and when used by audio professionals.

The dbx dB10 Direct Box, MSRP of $129.95, is offered free to all US customers that purchase a 266XL or a 166XL from an authorized dealer or retail outlet during the offer period. Customers are required to pay only the shipping cost ($7.95) of the free merchandise. All details about this offer, the downloadable mail-in coupon and the offer terms and conditions are available online at

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Harman Professional Debuts Next Generation HiQnet System Architectâ„¢ Version 2.0 At InfoComm 2009

In an introduction that radically simplifies professional audio networking, delivers greater design and integration capabilities to audio professionals and improves system performance and efficiency, Harman Professional today debuted HiQnet System Architectâ„¢ version 2.0. A highly intuitive, highly functional audio configuration and control interface for designing specialized audio networks for a wide array of applications, HiQnet System Architect 2.0 takes a newer approach to system design than the previous generation more

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Buena Park, CA – June 2009 … Hosa Technology, the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the modern musician and distributor of Da-Cappo Micro Microphones throughout the Americas, recently granted distribution rights for Hosa’s vast product line to Sun Pro-Audio of Cape Town, South Africa and Hyperactive Audiotechnik GmbH of Hünstetten, Germany. The agreements provide for Sun Pro-Audio to distribute throughout South Africa while Audiotechnik GmbH will handle both Germany and neighboring Austria. The new distribution agreements enable music and audio-visual professionals throughout these countries to gain easy access to Hosa’s highly regarded product offerings. more

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Salaam Baalak Places Trust In The Soundcraft® Si3 Console

The Soundcraft Si3 console is gaining momentum all over the world and most recently has seen a sharp increase in popularity in India, fast becoming the console of choice for a variety of notable concerts and events in one of the fastest growing countries for live entertainment.

The most recent application of an Si3 was provided by Dhawan Electricals Pvt. Ltd. at a fundraiser in Delhi, organized by The Salaam Baalak Trust, a charitable organization dedicated to the welfare and education of under-privileged children in India.

The crowd of invitees was entertained with styles ranging from Rock and Jazz to traditional Indian, Fusion and Bollywood music by artists including Rene Singh, Sonam Kalra, Shibani Kashyap, Mrigya & Indian Ocean.

According to Yogesh Dhawan, of Dhawan Electricals Pvt. Ltd., who mixed at the front of house position for the evening alongside Sameer Kriplani, who mixed the Si3 for Indian Ocean, “For the event, we used 32 channels on the Si3 and all of its four Lexicon effects and the console’s compressors and gates were also used to a great extent.

“The sound of the Si3 is perfect. You have easy access to all of the controls and parameters and the OLED screens are as clear as the audio,� Yogesh added. “The price point, user interface and inclusion of Harman’s Lexicon processing makes this console a very popular choice for riders on Indian events and we think both the Si3 and Si2 will become favorites here in India.�

Additional Harman components in the main PA system included JBL SRX725 loudspeakers controlled through a dbx DriveRack® 4800 processor.

Soundcraft Vi6™ On Tour Down Under at New Zealand’s Hottest Summer Concerts

College Hill Productions, Ltd. a leading sound rental company based in Auckland, New Zealand, has recently selected a Soundcraft Vi6 digital console for its versatility and robust design, making it an ideal selection for mixing a diverse lineup of summer concerts and music festivals throughout New Zealand. The most recent tour, ‘Big Day Out 2009’ took place in Auckland, New Zealand and hosted a number of world-renowned artists including, Neil Young, My Morning Jacket and The Prodigy. Director of College Hill Productions Ltd. Chris Tate founded the company in 1996 and is responsible for introducing the first Soundcraft Vi6 to New Zealand.

The versatility of the Vi6 is demonstrated as the console has been consistently deployed by College Hill for its ability to operate at both FOH and monitor positions for large events such as Auckland’s Big Day Out Festival and the Parachute Music Festival. Large festivals in New Zealand, similar to festivals around the world, pose countless challenges and Chris Tate claims the Vi6 overcomes those challenges very well. “The console has been out on tour non-stop all summer and the engineers required a board that had a very fast turnaround time in between shows.� Tate continues, “The Soundcraft Vi6’s capabilities also helped us in a couple of other ways including a few instances where the console was almost a kilometer away in a broadcast compound and the fiber connection to the stage box was very effective.�

Chris Tate and the College Hill Productions engineers have taken full advantage of the digital console’s capabilities and Tate has streamlined his mixing abilities with the Vistonics™ interface. “Vistonics are simply an analog console shelved neatly away and ready to be mapped out exactly where you are touching,� comments Tate. “If you have been used to mixing with the controls right in front of you, a la analog consoles, then you are used to being able to do things without having to stop and consciously look through the manual. The Vi6 is actually faster than analog, which is something that I thought I would never say about digital,� Tate concludes.

The majority of College Hill’s work consists of American and British performances that tour only two or three shows in New Zealand before moving onto to different countries. This rapid transition of performances is difficult for the College Hill engineers, as they are required to set up and prepare for multiple native shows each week requiring a digital console that is capable of saving shows, and mixing for a wide range of genres.

For more information on College Hill Productions Ltd, please visit or contact Chris Tate at

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Over £45,000 in Celebrity Honoree Scholarships Announced

Pictured in his Los Angeles studio is London-born Paul Oakenfold, a Berkleemusic UK Scholarship Honoree. Photo by David Goggin.

Berkleemusic, the online Continuing Education Division of Berklee College of Music, has announced their official launch in the UK. To coincide with this announcement, Berkleemusic is also releasing a unique music scholarship program that will award 50 UK-based students the opportunity to study online with some of the most notable music instructors in the world. An illustrious list of patrons including Sir George Martin, Jeff Beck, Paul Oakenfold, Simon Napier-Bell and Steve Vai join Berklee in bringing online education opportunities to the UK.

“Music is a wonderful thing and something that I have been able to enjoy all my life,” said Berkleemusic Scholarship honoree Sir George Martin. “Getting access to a great musical education can only be a good thing and now with this initiative, UK-based students are going to be able to access Berklee’s remarkable resources directly. I am proud to be a Patron of this innovative program and look forward to seeing it and the students flourish in the years to come.”

For over 65 years, Berklee College of Music has been the world’s leading college for the study of contemporary music. Berklee’s alumni have sold tens of millions of records, won over 175 Grammy awards, and count John Mayer, Quincy Jones, Steve Vai, Al DiMeola and Branford Marsalis among their thousands of successful graduates.

Each patron’s scholarship will be awarded to two outstanding students every year for five years. This will give 50 UK-based students an opportunity to enroll in a course of their choosing from Berkleemusic’s extensive online course catalog.

Berkleemusic will deliver online access to Berklee’s acclaimed music curriculum from anywhere in the world. Their award-winning online courses and certificate programs are fully accredited and taught by the college’s world-renowned faculty, who provide one-on-one direct feedback to students throughout the duration of their course.

Berkleemusic’s online course catalog currently features more than 80 individual courses in music production, music business, guitar, bass, voice, theory, technique and songwriting courses. Each course is 12-weeks in length and combines a number of interactive digital demonstrations and video instructions to support the lesson content. Over 20,000 students from 120 countries worldwide have studied with Berkleemusic since the online school’s inception in 2002.

Debbie Cavalier, Dean of Continuing Education at Berklee, said, “Berkleemusic has a unique global approach to online music education, bringing world-class musicians and instructors together in a creative and collaborative environment. The British contribution to music has been remarkable, and our UK launch is designed to expand on our commitment to nurture and develop the world’s greatest talent. Our scholarship program is the first step towards providing our extensive music resources directly to UK musicians.”

Applications for the scholarships are being taken now with a deadline of July 27, 2009. Berkleemusic’s summer term will begin on June 29, 2009.

Visit to apply for a scholarship and learn more about Berklee’s online school.

UK and European Business development for Berkleemusic is being handled by Music Ally. For more information on Berkleemusic online courses and scholarships, please contact Nik Miskov


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