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steve_trump.JPGSEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JULY 2009: Symetrix, a leading provider of audio processing solutions for the commercial, broadcast, and pro audio markets, announces a new representative for the Rocky Mountain region. Signal Marketing, based in Midvale, Utah, will represent Symetrix, SymNet, Lucid, and AirTools products in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Idaho, eastern Montana, and El Paso, Texas.

“Looking at Symetrix, we were impressed by the comments we received from customers and even other reps,” said Steve Trump, principal at Signal Marketing. “Two things stood out. First, the equipment is designed and built well; Symetrix offers unparalleled value for the money. Second, Symetrix backs their equipment with customer support that really wins users over.”

Signal Marketing has been serving the region since 1987 and, like Symetrix, has earned a reputation for providing stellar customer support. Their diverse line card provides solutions to customers in various aspects of professional audio. Symetrix and its associated brands add rock solid DSP to complement the existing mix.

“Signal Marketing was a natural choice,” said Paul Roberts, director of sales and marketing for Symetrix. “They’ve been in business for over two decades, a testament to the fact that they know how to succeed in this business. Much more than a warehouse for gear, Signal Marketing makes a proactive effort to travel the territory, visiting clients to really understand and address their needs.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX For over three decades, sound system designers, broadcasters and sound engineers have relied upon the performance, value and reliability of the Symetrix suite of audio routing and processing products.

Symetrix continues to set the benchmark in sound quality, and user-friendly control interfaces, while providing legendary reliability hand in hand with our commitment to non-stop innovation.

You’ll love the ease of doing business with our incredible team of audio and business professionals, who excel in their commitment to serve our customers at the highest level from start to finish, again and again.

Innovative Audio Routing and Processing Solutions – Engineered by Symetrix

For more information on professional audio products from Symetrix, SymNet, Lucid and AirTools please call (425) 778-7728 or refer to websites,,,,,, and

The following terms are trademarks ™ of Symetrix Inc., Symetrix(tm), AirTools(tm), SymNet(tm), Lucid(tm), all rights to these trademarks reserved.

PHOTO CAPTION Steve Trump, principal at Signal Marketing, the new Symetrix rep for the Rocky Mountain region.

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zac_brown.JPGNASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – JULY 2009: The Zac Brown Band is on a steady rise. Their latest studio album, “The Foundation,” has reached Gold-certified status and its single “Chicken Fried” has attained Platinum. The country sextet imbues their live shows with good tunes, technical chops, and a charismatic performance that is building a legion of dedicated fans. To convey their well-crafted sound, the Zac Brown Band relies on Sennheiser microphones. To free up their stage show, they rely on Sennheiser wireless instrument packs. And to stay on top of their tunes, they rely on Sennheiser wireless personal monitors.

Wireless Sennheiser SKM 935/945 G2 vocal mics line the front of a Zac Brown Band set, and Sennheiser EM 550 G2 receivers capture their RF signals stage-side. “The 935 and 945 capsules cut through beautifully and lay there on top,” said Eric Roderick, the band’s FOH engineer and production manager. “And with minimal EQ – that makes me happy!”

roderick_bartol.JPGRoderick’s opinion of the four Sennheiser e 906 guitar mics (for as many amps!) is similar. “I run them with the switches ‘in the middle’ and get nice, clean tone,” he explained. “I just hear the amp and no weirdness. With only a tiny bit of high-pass filtering, it’s off and away.” For percussion, he uses Sennheiser e 908ds for toms with Sennheiser e 614 pencil mics for overheads, ride, and hi-hat. A Sennheiser e 902 low-frequency mic covers the djembe hand drum.

Recently, the Zac Brown Band went completely wireless on stage. All the guitars, the bass, and even the mandolin use Sennheiser ew 372 G2 wireless body-packs and receivers to free things up. “The mandolin output requires a balanced tip-ring-sleeve connection, so at first we thought we were out of luck,” said Roderick. “But Sennheiser came through. They sent Doug Reed, Tour Supply’s manager of sales and artist relations, who made us a custom interconnect! And that’s not the only time they’ve given us direct and timely support. Tim Moore, Sennheiser’s artist relations manager, comes to the shows and makes things happen immediately. When a piece we needed couldn’t be shipped in time, someone from Sennheiser showed up at our next gig with it in hand!”

In all, the Zac Brown Band runs eighteen wireless channels, including six Sennheiser ew 300 G2 wireless personal monitors. “We’re often playing opening slots, and we don’t always have a lot of time to set up,” said Roderick. “So we’re glad to have Sennheiser’s NET 1 configuration interface. We just flip everything on and do a quick scan. The NET 1 takes care of everything, and we can go on with confidence!”

ABOUT SENNHEISER ELECTRONIC CORPORATION 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

PHOTO CAPTIONS PHOTO 1: Zac Brown performs with his Sennheiser SKM 935/945 G2 vocal mic and ew 300 G2 wireless personal monitors. PHOTO 2: The band’s FOH engineer and production manager Eric Roderick (left) with monitor engineer, Jake Bartol.

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Carl Tatz Design Turns to Auralex to Treat Home Studios of Nashville’s Stars

~ Top Studio Designer Recommends Auralex Products for High-Profile Projects ~

NASHVILLE, TN – Carl Tatz Design, a leading acoustical design consultant service, recently incorporated Auralex Acoustics into the design of several home recording spaces for some of Nashville’s stars. Some of these high-profile installations include residential studios for hit country music group Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus (bass) and Joe Don Rooney (lead guitar), as well as for Christian music producer/engineer Derek West. more

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~ Digital Recorders Right on the Money on Set of New Universal Pictures’ Action-Thriller from Michael Mann ~

Sound Devices rig - Public EnemiesCHICAGO, IL – Sound Devices 744T and 788T digital recorders had the starring role in securing sound effects and dialogue on the set of Universal Pictures’ new action-thriller, Public Enemies, the story of legendary Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger. Working directly under the film’s renowned co-writer/director/producer, Michael Mann, sound mixer Blair Scheller needed superior audio. He turned to Sound Devices’ digital recorders for just the right combination to capture the wide range of sounds on location. The film opened July 1.

Public Enemies, which stars Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Academy Award®-winner Marion Cotillard, tells the story of John Dillinger (Depp), a charismatic bank robber whose lightning raids made him the number-one target of J. Edgar Hoover’s fledgling FBI and its top agent, Melvin Purvis (Bale), and a folk hero to much of the public. With much of the plot centering on Dillinger’s robberies and his pursuit by authorities, realistic sounds of gunshots and car chases were essential to the overall mood of the film. more

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ASK Video Announces Live 8 Tutorial DVD Series

Learn how to create, produce, and perform with Ableton Live

Ontario, Canada (July 28, 2009) – ASK Video Interactive Media, a leading creator of software tutorials on DVD, announces a new two-part series on Live 8, Ableton’s latest software for composing, producing, and performing music.

Ableton Live expert Morgan Pottruff (aka Morg) returns in this updated series to bring you 66 high-quality videos for more than 6 hours of instruction on 2 DVDs. Level 1 is designed to get new users up a running quickly as well as brief intermediate and advanced on new features and functionality in version 8. Level 1 begins with basics such as Installation, Setup, The Menus, Browser, The Control Bar, and The Mixer and takes you through Warping, Effects, MIDI and ReWire.

The Level 2 DVD continues through intermediate topics like Looper, Cue Monitoring, DJing with Live and Drum Rack before advancing to Clip Envelopes, Sampler, File Management and Control Surfaces. The Level 2 DVD concludes with bonus Tips and Tricks chapters for advanced users.
ASK Video’s easy to use interface and chapter system make the Live 8 DVD series a great reference tool for newcomers or professionals. Watch the entire DVD in succession or go directly to chapters of interest.
Pricing and Availability:
Live 8 Level 1 and 2 Tutorial DVDs are available for pre-order at a 20% discounted price of $39.99 USD each or $75.99 USD for the bundle. Regular price is $49.99 USD each or $89.99 for the bundle. Ordering information and video examples are available at
ASK Live 8

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Duality is the Centerpiece for the Recording Arts and Technology Degree Program

CLEVELAND, OH – The new 75,000 square foot Center for Creative Arts building at Cuyahoga Community College Metropolitan campus is packed with four floors of studios and performance space and is the home for the Recording Arts and Technology degree program. A 48-channel Solid State Logic Duality console is the centerpiece for the flagship ‘Studio A’ teaching complex. more

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Soundcraft Vi6â„¢ Consoles Live And Uncut At Latitude

Soundcraft digital features ensure fast changeovers during frantic weekend.

SOUTHWOLD, England — Adlib Audio sent out two Soundcraft Vi6 digital mixing consoles — and two excellent sound technicians to babysit the systems — when they took over the production of feature stages at this month’s Latitude Festival.

In charge of the highly influential Uncut Arena was the experienced Walter Jaquiss, while simultaneously the same furious schedule, with back-to-back changeovers, was taking place in the Sunrise Arena, where Otto Kroymann was based.

While bands were turning round within 15 minutes at the stage end, sound engineers were setting up their patches with equal alacrity at front of house — no doubt relieved that in each case a Soundcraft Vi6 digital mixing console awaited them alongside their two mentors.

The Vi6 is quick to repatch and even quicker to jump onboard and start mixing for any sound engineer still to receive his induction.

“Adlib were conscious of having to put out a desk that everyone could mix on easily,� stated Walter Jaquiss. He set up a regime in the Uncut Arena where all show files were created off-line. “For those (engineers) who arrived with no show file I would take the patch from stage and create the file on a laptop,� he said.

“I had already created a generic festival set up and this allowed us to mix things around, move layers, change effects etc and save to key. You wouldn’t have time to reconfigure the gates, comps and VCA’s on an analogue desk.�

With 27 out of the 30 bands using the resident desk, the advantage of being able to create offline was paramount — and once the engineers had taken up the pilot’s seat they found the operating experience intuitive. “The desk is laid out visually and everything they needed was right in front of them — any fear factor would evaporate straight away,� said Walter Jaquiss. “It all becomes easier when it’s assigned offline — and the freedom to then be able to reassign later is fantastic.�

A bonus for Walter Jaquiss has been the arrival of Soundcraft’s v3.0 software, and the ability to take the generic festival patch from an Excel spreadsheet (using .csv files) and copy and paste channel labels. “To be able to do this with all 40 channels and then export them to your USB key — having already had them in another spread sheet — is fantastic. This would normally take a lot of time and it helps if [engineers] can see a personalised layout.

Over in Sunrise Otto Kroymann was undergoing a similar manic routine — but again, his knowledge of the Vi6 won the day.

“Quite a few sound engineers were using the Vi6 for the first time but everyone said how absolutely brilliant the experience was.

“None of the sound engineers brought their own show files and so we had a rolling template and incoming engineers would build on [the sound structure] the engineer before had created. Everyone who walked away from the desk commented on the Vi6’s ease of use and how simple it was to bring up any parameter. They all left the desk with a good feeling.�

In view of the lack of time, many engineers used the board like an analogue surface with the digital features added on top. “This worked brilliantly,� he said.

For Walter Jaquiss and Otto Kroymann there had hardly been time to draw breath over the three days — and both men were delighted that, thanks to the user-friendly features of the Vi6, they were able to get over the finishing line unscathed.

Further information from:

Soundcraft is a unit of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (
Harman International designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment products for the automotive, consumer and professional markets, and maintains a strong presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia, employing more than 11,000 people worldwide. The Harman International family of brands includes AKG®, Audioaccess®, Becker®, BSS®, Crown®, dbx®, DigiTech®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson®, Revel®, QNX®, Soundcraft® and Studer®. Harman International’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “NYSE: HAR.�

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Ultrasone Announces Retail Partnership with Fry’s Electronics


Leading CE retailer to stock Ultrasone’s HFI-450, PRO 650, DJ1 and Zino


Wildomar, Calif. – (July 28, 2009) – Ultrasone Inc., distributor for German headphone manufacturer Ultrasone AG, is proud to announce a retail partnership with Fry’s Electronics to sell Ultrasone’s HFI-450, PRO 650, DJ1 and Zino headphones. Fry’s operates 34 stores nationwide and each store will carry Ultrasone’s headphones, in addition to being available online on

“Having our headphones stocked in one of the nation’s most renowned retailers is a tremendous step for our company and I couldn’t be more proud,� commented Paul Taylor, President of Ultrasone Inc. “Fry’s recognized the unique value proposition that our headphones deliver. Not only are Ultrasone headphones among the best sounding in the world, but our radiation and sound pressure reducing technologies demonstrate our commitment to protecting our customer’s health.�

For additional information on Ultrasone’s headphones or the Fry’s Electronics retail partnership, please contact PR Representative Brian Metcalf at (305) 576-1171 x11 or by e-mail at To learn more about Ultrasone, go to


About Ultrasone

Based near Munich, Germany, Ultrasone AG has been manufacturing headphones for the audio market for over 17 years, during which time the company has developed and applied for more than 60 patents for its innovative technology. The company’s unique, patented S-Logicâ„¢ technology creates natural surround sound without the use of additional electronic devices. Ultrasone headphones represent a safer listening experience by reducing sound pressure on the ear drum by up to 40% and also by offering shielding from EMF radiation up to 98% through the use of patented ULE (ultra low emission) technology. For more information about Ultrasone headphones, go to


Media Contact:


Brian Metcalf

Max Borges Agency

(305) 576-1171 x 11


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25th Annual TEC Awards Announces Nominees for Outstanding Technical Achievement

tec-award-image-150dpi.jpgSound Industry’s Most Prestigious Awards Show to be held October 10th at AES Convention in NYC

SSL,TC Group garner four nominations each, AKG, Universal Audio three apiece

July 28, 2009-Walnut Creek, CA? The Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio has announced the nominees for the 25th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, to be held Saturday, October 10, 2009, at the 127th Audio Engineering Society Convention at the Javits Center in New York City. The TEC Awards is the world’s most prominent forum honoring outstanding achievement in professional audio production and product design.

The nominees announced today, comprising 16 categories of Technical Achievement in product design, will be followed by the announcement of nominees in nine categories of Creative Achievement in sound production. The nominations, made by a select panel of more than 100 professionals in all areas of audio, are for products and projects released or completed during the eligibility period of April 1, 2008, to March 31, 2009. Online voting begins on August 10 among members of various professional organizations, including the Audio Engineering Society (AES), The Producer and Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy, the Society of Professional Audio Recording Services (SPARS) and the Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.).

It was a big year for Solid State Logic and TC Electronics, both of whom received four nominations, and AKG and Universal Audio, who received three each, while six other companies (Euphonix, Focusrite, JBL, Sennheiser, Telefunken and Yamaha) garnered two nominations apiece.

“We’re thrilled to be returning to New York for our 25th Anniversary,” says Hillel Resner, president of the Mix Foundation. “This is where the TEC Awards were born back in 1985, at the Puck Building in SoHo. Even though the Foundation separated from Mix Magazine last year, our support within the professional audio community is stronger than ever.”

The TEC Awards will be held on the second evening of the 127th AES convention and is expected to draw at least 500 top sound and music professionals from around the world. Funds derived from the ceremony support the Mix Foundation’s educational programs, including the TEC Awards(r), the TECnology Hall of Fame and scholarship programs for students of the audio arts and sciences. For tickets and other information, visit, email or call 925-284-7729.

The Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, charitable organization headquartered in Walnut Creek, California. The TEC Awards are sponsored by the Gibson Guitar Corp, Gibson Foundation, Guitar Center Professional, Shure, Inc., Sterling Audio and other leading companies in the professional sound and music industries.


For a complete list of the 2009 TEC Awards nominees, please visit:

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Affordable Shared Storage Technology Improves Project Management at Creative Media Group, Inc.

Using dozens of FireWire drives to store projects became an unmanageable project of its own for Creative Media Group, Inc., a Utah-based full-service production company specializing in commercials, direct sales, corporate, training and live event videos. With the size of its projects continuing to grow with the business, CMG installed cost-efficient shared storage technology from Small Tree, designer of simple-to-install, inexpensive Mac-based networking and shared storage products for professional video and audio editors, to maximize its people and technological resources.

“Keeping track of where certain files were saved was becoming a huge problem,� said Krisi Church Summers, senior editor and eight-year veteran at CMG. “If two people were working on the same project, we’d have to copy files onto two different drives and it was increasingly hard to manage. I did a lot of research on storage networking systems before choosing Small Tree and not only has the technology made life a lot easier for our post-production team, but it was also the best bang for our buck.�

To facilitate its workflow, CMG installed Small Tree’s Edge-corE ES4524D, a 24-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, along with its PEG6 6-port Ethernet card – both of which are a part of Small Tree’s new GraniteSTOR product line.

According to Summers, CMG recently completed a promotional video project for the City of Salt Lake that prior to the Small Tree installation would have taken much longer to complete, thereby preventing them from moving more quickly to other revenue-generating projects.

“Because of Small Tree’s shared storage equipment, we were able to finish the Salt Lake project in record time,� said Summers. “While I was using Final Cut Pro, two colleagues were working simultaneously on graphics using After Effects. This was an enormous change in workflow for us.  Without the shared storage solution we would have had to copy the footage onto other drives and that would have been extremely time-consuming.�

Another major reason for choosing Small Tree, in addition to the many benefits that their shared storage technology provides to CMG on its production projects, was the robust archival and retrieval needs of its sister company,, which expects to go live in August and will host over 20,000 clips (4k, HD and SD) for sale to companies requiring stock video footage. With an abundant amount of large files on hand for in-house use and sale to other outlets, CMG needed a system that could easily house its files while providing immediate access for the company’s editing team.    

Small Tree is the Mac Networking Expert, making networking child’s play. Small Tree provides a complete portfolio of Ethernet-based networking and storage solutions for
Apple Mac OS X customers.  Small Tree’s team of networking developers has extensive experience in high performance computing, and knows how to achieve the demanding application requirements of Mac customers.  Small Tree also provides contracted programming services for the Department of Defense.  For more information about the company and its products, please call 1-866-STC4MAC (1-866-782-4622), or visit

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