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EXIT/IN SELECTS D.A.S. AUDIO

bennett2_hi.jpgNashville, TN – July 2009… For more than thirty years, the Exit/In has served as Nashville’s premiere live music venue. As a cultural landmark in Music City, the Exit/In is the place where generations of music enthusiasts have shared many of life’s experiences. The legendary venue recently upgraded their sound reinforcement system and, after evaluating equipment from several manufacturers, they selected a Variant Series setup from D.A.S. Audio consisting of V25A line array elements, Variant 18A subwoofers, and the company’s SML-12A floor monitors. more

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127TH AES CONVENTION EXPANDS BROADCAST/MEDIA STREAMING EVENT HORIZONS

david_bialik-120dpi.jpgNew Models Reflect Rapidly Evolving Industry – Bill McGlaughlin Named Keynote Speaker

NEW YORK: Returning for his 21st consecutive year as AES Convention Broadcast & Streaming Sessions Chair, David Bialik continues his quest for ground-breaking programming concepts. Sessions on Audio Processing for Internet Streaming Innovations in Digital Broadcasting and Signal Management for Digital TV will be augmented by an assemblage of events also covering such enduring issues as Listener Fatigue, Lip Sync and Loudness. In another departure from tradition, the popular Considerations for Facility Design panel will convene as a two-hour Facility Design: A Case Study. In keeping with the increased attention to the Broadcast Community, the AES has named Peabody Award-winning radio host William “Bill” McGlaughlin keynote speaker for the 127th Convention.

Broadcast Event highlights include:

Stream Playback and Distribution: Encoding and stream delivery are key factors affecting a broadcaster’s distribution strategy. Today, all ‘connected’ devices from internet radios to mobile phones to IP-enabled televisions / set-top-boxes to MOBLIN-powered Mobile Internet Devices are potential ‘radios.’ Raymond Archie, Director of Streaming Operation for CBS Radio will chair an expert panel including Intel Ecosystem Digital Home Group Manager, Majd Naciri; Reciva Internet Radio CEO, Ben Terrell; vTuner CEO, Harry Johnson, Stream The World CTO, Jean-Francois Gadoury and others TBA. The discussion will encompass the strategies and complexities related to this fast-changing landscape.

The Lip Sync Issue: Panelists Aldo Cugnini of AGC Systems; Graham Jones NAB director of Communications Engineering, Science & Technology; Steve Lyman Dolby Laboratories and Moderator Jonathan Abrams of Nutmeg Post will discuss key issues affecting the industry. These include: Clarifying the lip sync perspectives of the NAB and SMPTE; Determining where latency issues exist; Considering recommendations from the ITU and ATSC; Exploring existing correction techniques; Addressing the video display design affect on lip sync; and examining mechanisms for ensuring lip sync is maintained when the signal reaches the home TV.

Audio For Newsgathering: Working representatives from this elite, unique and occasionally dangerous branch of the audio world are encountering a constantly expanding universe of options for gathering and broadcasting news: From EV-DO to BGAN, AMR-WB to HE-AAC, CF to SDHC, this session will move beyond the acronyms to investigate current and emerging options for audio field recording and “backhaul.” The panel TBA, will be chaired by respected industry journalist Skip Pizzi.

Facility Design: A Case Study: A team of creative design and system integration specialists will scope out a hypothetical media environment. The myriad of variables in site selection, planning, construction, systems integration, acoustics, HVAC, furniture & equipment selection and aesthetics will be considered. While the options may seem limitless, the panel’s collaborative process in addressing this open-ended fantasy is guaranteed to produce an abundance of surprising recommendations and conclusions. Among the participants in this two hour Panel (TBC) are: John Storyk, co-principal, Walters-Storyk Design Group, independent NY-based HVAC expert Marcy Ramos, Judy Elliott-Brown, systems integration specialist with NY’s Connectivity Inc.; leading contractor Chris Harmaty of NY’s Technical Structures, Dirk Noy, WSDG partner/GM Europe office and David Atkins, chairman Argosy Studio & Technical Furniture.

Additional Broadcast Panels Include:
* Significant Technical Contributions of RCA Corporation (joint Historical event)
* Loudness and Audio Processing for Broadcast
* Listener Fatigue & Longevity
* Signal Management for Digital Television
* Digital IP Audio Networking: Part 1: In The Studio, Part 2: Out of The Studio

“David Bialik has distinguished AES Conventions with a constantly evolving progression of panels that has drawn industry-wide recognition,” remarked AES Executive Director Roger Furness. “His encyclopedic knowledge of his field coupled with his close working relationships with key players in virtually every aspect of this radically shifting field are considered a mainstay of our convention.”

A comprehensive Calendar of Events will be posted at http://www.aes.org/events/127/ soon. The 127th AES Convention will be held in NYC’s Javits Convention Center Oct. 9-12, 2009.

Pictured: 127th AES Convention Broadcast Chair David Bialik

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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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Bear McCreary Masters “Battlestar Galactica” at Bernie Grundman’s

Patricia Sullivan FourStar Engineers 2-CD Set of Season 4
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Pictured (L-R) at Bernie Grundman Mastering are mastering engineer Patricia Sullivan FourStar, composer Bear McCreary, and co-producer Steve Kaplan. Photo by David Goggin.

Acclaimed composer Bear McCreary has mastered the new 2-CD soundtrack “Battlestar Galactica: Season 4″ at Bernie Grundman Mastering with engineer Patricia Sullivan Fourstar and music co-producer Steve Kaplan. The composer explores new musical soundscapes with his score to the fourth and final season of the critically lauded Sci-Fi Channel television series starring Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, James Callis, Tricia Helfer and Katee Sackhoff.

McCreary enriches his distinctive and inventive mix of orchestra, vocals, rock, world-beats and synth, creating a sonic experience that resonates even beyond the popular television show. Disc One collects Season Four’s best musical moments up to “Daybreak,” the series finale, which is presented on Disc Two. A 20-Page CD booklet contains exclusive liner notes from the show’s cast and crew.

In addition to completing “Battlestar Galactica’s” final season, Bear is currently scoring Fox’s hit “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” the next chapter in the iconic “Terminator” franchise. He recently scored “Caprica,” the highly anticipated “Galactica” prequel film and has signed on as composer for the full series in 2010. He also scores Sci Fi Channel’s highest-rated series, “Eureka.” McCreary’s feature film work includes Warner Bros.’ “Rest Stop,” (2006), its successful sequel “Rest Stop: Don’t Look Back” (2008), as well as Twentieth Century Fox’s “Wrong Turn” (2007) starring Henry Rollins. Both “Rest Stop” and “Wrong Turn 2″ quickly became the best-selling straight-to-DVD films in their studios’ histories.

Released on July 21, “Battlestar Galactica: Season 4″ marks the 100th soundtrack release from La-La Land Records.

For more info, visit: http://berniegrundmanmastering.com

PRG PROVIDES ‘CAPITOL’ SOUND IN DC ON THE 4TH

a-capitol-fourth-pat-baltzell-surrounds-himself-with-yamaha-consoles.JPGBUENA PARK, Calif.⎯A Capitol Fourth 2009, the Independence Day concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, featured a star-studded cast including Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, Vanessa Williams, Natasha Bedingfield, the cast of Jersey Boys, Michael Feinstein, and classical pianist Andrew von Oeyen with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of America’s prince of pops Erich Kunzel. Jimmy Smits hosted the 29th annual event that was broadcast on PBS and produced by Michael Colbert and Capital Concerts, Inc. Over 400,000 people were in attendance with millions who watched nationwide.

PRG (New York) provided production for the extravaganza and supplied nine Yamaha digital audio consoles including two PM1Ds, four PM5D-RHs, M7CL LS9-32, and LS9-16. Bob Rendon, Vice President of PRG said the decision to use Yamaha digital consoles was based on the talent riders, designer specs, and PRG’s personal history with this event. PRG has provided production for Capital Concerts for Memorial Day and A Capitol Fourth events for over 15 years.

Pat Baltzell designed the audio system for the event and manned the front of house mixing area. “I have been using all of the Yamaha digital consoles for the last eight years on my projects,� says Baltzell. They are a perfect solution for televised award shows and entertainment specials because most of the guest artists’ engineers are familiar with them, and often times have a memory card with their tour settings. This reduces set up time and allows sound checks and rehearsals to go faster and more efficiently. The wide variety of digital consoles in the Yamaha line provides me with lots of options for a dedicated string clip-on microphone submix console.�a-capitol-fourth-concert-fireworks03.jpg

“I couldn’t possibly be happier with the PRG audio and lighting crew; they have done a great job for us for years,â€? states Colbert. “Plain and simple, they get it, but more than that, they truly care about what they do and we know that they care about us as well. On Memorial Day each year, we come together at the United States Capitol for the National Memorial Day Concert to remember all of those who have served and sacrificed for our country and to say thank you to our veterans and their families. On Independence Day, it is a time to for all Americans to celebrate our freedom and who we are as a people. A Capitol Fourth is truly America’s biggest birthday party. Both events have become American traditions and are broadcast live nationwide on PBS, NPR and around the world to our troops on the American Forces Network. When you are live, outside on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol with an audience in the hundreds of thousands and millions more watching around the country, you can’t take risks, you need winners. With PRG, all we have had is winners.â€?

Colbert says his is a true believer that no audio means no show. “Despite some of the challenges we have had from weather over the years, I know the sound is going to be there and be great. This is all thanks to best equipment and crew from PRG, especially Bob Rendon, Alan Henig and Mark Boettcher as well as our amazing front of house mixer, Pat Baltzell.�

For more information on Capital Concerts, Inc., visit www.capitalconcerts.org.
For more information on PRG, visit www.prg.com.
For more information on Yamaha consoles, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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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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