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AKG Introduces the new Perception Live Series

In an introduction that takes the industry leading sound quality of the Perception series microphone one step further, AKG is releasing the new Perception Live series microphones at the PLASA show this September. The Perception mics are already one of the best studio mics worldwide, and with the release of the Perception Live series, AKG reaffirms itself as the leader in live performance miking applications.

The Perception Live series consists of various vocal and instrument microphones. The two P3 and P5 vocal microphones, with cardioid and super-cardiod characteristics, provide the perfect sound for vocalists onstage; and the new P4 is an instrument mic designed for optimal use with drums, amps, and wind instruments. The new P2 rounds out the series, offering an integrated hum bucking coil for an effective elimination of interfering noises (P2 and P4).

“The new Perception Live series is the most comprehensive and well more

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AKG’s New Perception 120 USB Microphone Brings Studio Quality Performance To The Desktop

In an introduction that couples AKG’s studio mic performance with desktop convenience and versatility, AKG presents the Perception 120 USB Microphone at PLASA this September. The Perception 120 USB is the very first USB-equipped microphone from AKG, offering studio-quality sound performance without requiring any installation or drivers.

The Perception 120 USB is a real plug-and-play device that allows users to do podcasts, voiceovers, and studio-quality rehearsal-recordings quickly and easily. It is capable of working with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Mac OS X but also the new Windows 7. And for the price, it is one of the only USB microphones with an integrated high-quality Analogue-to-Digital Converter (24-bit, 128x oversampling) for convincing sound quality and low noise.

“The new USB-equipped Perception 120 USB microphones will extend AKG’s successful Perception range,� said Thomas Stubics, AKG’s Product Marketing Manager for Recording and Broadcast. “With the widespread USB standard and more

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AKG Showcases The DMM 4/2/2 Digital Automatic Microphone Mixer at PLASA

Today at PLASA, AKG announced the release of the DMM 4/2/2 automatic microphone mixer. The DMM 4/2/2 is a processor controlled digital automatic mixing algorithm with four balanced universal (microphone/line) inputs and two stereo AUX inputs providing a unique and very intelligent mixing algorithm with noise sensitive threshold.

The DMM 4/2/2 mixing algorithm automatically allocates gain among the system microphones (NOM attenuation) with a special noise detect function and the “Noise Sensitive Threshold� algorithm (NST) that eliminates an accidental switching of the input channels.

The mixing algorithm features a “Last Mic On� function as well as a “Best Mic On� mode and the revolutionary control concept allows users to access all microphone functions via a single rotary switch for a very intuitive operation.

To compensate for level differences or any other obstacle, the DMM 4/2/2 incorporates a dbx compressor/limiter, which provides clear and pristine sound quality more

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AKG Introduces Revolutionary CS5 Conference System At PLASA

AKG is presenting the full modular, highly flexible CS5 Conference System at PLASA this September. The CS5 is the newest conference system from AKG and acts as a complete digital solution for any and all audio conference requirements.

With the AKG CS5, users can easily design high-level conference systems complete with ID card identification. It has one, three, and five step voting, interpretations of up to 63 languages and infrared distribution of up to 7 languages. The necessary infrared components are built into the base unit, enabling direct connecting of the CS5 radiators CS5 IRT1 and 2. The CS5 BU even acts as an interface to all external devices, including: mixers, wireless microphones, recording devices, CD players and more.

“Developing this system, one of the major targets was to keep everything as easy to operate as possible,� said Thomas Giczy – Product Manager at AKG. “Cabling, programming, more

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AKG Showcase Architectural Microphone Shaped Sound Series at PLASA

Based acoustically on the classic AKG Blue Line Series, the Architectural Microphone Series (AMS) is representing itself to be the latest must-have in microphones. With a new wave of customizable possibilities in microphones, the AMS guarantees that conference rooms will never be the same again.

The AMS series allows users to customize the microphone by easily adjusting the length of the gooseneck module as well as selecting various designs for the shape of the capsule housing unit. The self-designed microphone can be personalized with any color as well as a shiny gold, chrome or a cool nickel finish for professional settings. In total, the entire microphone series are available in more than 6,840 customizable settings.

Premium studio microphones, like the AMS, are characterized by a very flat frequency response, low self-noise and a consistent polar pattern. Three precision transducers make up the series, all with different polar patterns, more

WORKSHOPS & TUTORIALS DRIVE 127th AES CONVENTION

127-aes-workship-chair-alex-case.JPGBeyond MP3; Blu-Ray; Pimp Your Mix & Haydn’s Bicentenary

NEW YORK: In an atmosphere charged with new ideas and bristling with the introduction of revolutionary and evolutionary technologies, AES Convention Workshops and Tutorials cover an extremely broad agenda. “Balancing an advanced Workshops’ program with more fundamental Tutorial presentations is a demanding challenge,” remarks 127th AES Convention Committee Chair Agnieszka Roginska. “As an educator (U Mass. Lowell), author, engineer, and producer, Workshop & Tutorials Chair Alex Case has drawn from his vast reservoir of industry knowledge and sources to develop a singularly broad and ambitious program.”

Highlights of the twenty-two Workshop and seven Tutorial presentations include:

1080P and MP3: We Got the Picture. What Happened to the Sound? Chair, Michael Fremer and a panel that includes John Atkinson, Stereophile; Steve Berkowitz, Sony / BMG; Greg Calbi, Sterling Sound; Alan Douches, more

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New Subcompact System Extends JBL Professional’s Industry-Leading VERTEC® Line Array Series

The VT4886 passive line array element and VT4883 cardioid-arrayable subwoofer are specifically designed for standalone use or integration with other existing VERTEC models.

LONDON, England – Delivering a very high degree of output and predictable coverage capabilities in an extremely compact package, JBL Professional is introducing the smallest system enclosures in the VERTEC® product family, the VT4886 passive 3-way high-directivity line array element and its companion VT4883 cardioid-arrayable subwoofer. Incorporating innovative acoustical technologies and purpose-built transducers, they are specifically designed for standalone use or in conjunction with other existing VERTEC models.

A Variety of Applications

Designed to be one of the most versatile tools in a portable sound rental company’s inventory, the new VT4886 and VT4883 subcompact models are suitable for use in a broad range of suspended-array, ground-based and fill speaker applications, with a comprehensive range of array and suspension accessories planned for the new system. more

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JBL Professional Offers Unique Combination of High Design, 70V/100V Transformer And Weather Resistance In Control® CRV Loudspeaker

Providing remarkable versatility for a broad scope of applications, JBL Professional is showcasing the Control® CRV loudspeaker at PLASA 2009. The Control CRV offers numerous mounting options and a wide range of configurations, providing an endless variety of solutions in terms of coverage, appearance and mounting.

Immediately noticeable is the Control CRV’s unique, contemporary, quarter-round design that makes a modern design statement, adding to any venue’s visual aesthetics in either a wall-mounted or corner-mounted configuration. In addition, this sleek appearance serves a notable functional purpose, as the Control CRV is combinable into half-round, three-quarter-round or a full, 360-degree round arc cluster that is suspendable from the ceiling via a fan pole assembly. A single Control CRV mounted at a wall-wall or wall-ceiling junction physically curves across the junction, acoustically coupling with the adjacent surfaces, widening the sound field, and producing an increased sense of sonic spaciousness.

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JBL Professional Breaks New Ground With CBT Series Line Array Columns

Constant Beamwidth Technologyâ„¢ CBT Series resets the standards for directivity and versatility in passive column loudspeakers.

LONDON, England – At PLASA 2009, JBL Professional’s CBT Series passive line array columns are making their European debut, offering unprecedented levels of directivity control, sonic fidelity and affordability. The CBT Series features JBL’s patent-pending Constant Beamwidth Technology™ circuitry, a breakthrough in pattern control that provides remarkably consistent constant directivity coverage and superb audio clarity, even in difficult acoustical environments.

“With the CBT Series, JBL is improving upon a number of challenges customers have typically faced with traditional passive columns, such as uneven coverage of the listening area, inconsistent beamwidth by frequency, out-of-coverage lobes that contribute to a destructive reverberant field, and frequency response that varies with distance,� said Rick Kamlet, Senior Director, Commercial Installed Sound, JBL Professional. “All these factors result in the listening area being covered inconsistently and every more

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JBL Professional Launches Nine New AE Series 2-Way Full-Range Permanent Installation Loudspeaker Models

Providing unprecedented versatility for sound integrators, JBL Professional is adding nine 2-way full-range loudspeaker models to its revolutionary AE (Application Engineered) Series: the AM5212/64, AM5212/66, AM5212/95, AN5212/00, AM5212/26, AM5215/64, AM5215/66, AM5215/95 and AM5215/26. The nine new models, including two new horn coverage patterns, bring the total model count in the AE Series to 50. All AE Series loudspeakers are designed specifically for fixed installation sound reinforcement applications.

These nine new medium-power, lightweight models include five 12-inch, 2-way full-range systems and four 15-inch, 2-way full-range systems. All nine models utilize JBL’s patented Differential Drive® dual voice coil and dual gap, neodymium magnet, low-frequency drivers and the 2408H-1 high-frequency 38mm (1.5 in) exit, 38mm (1.5 in) voice-coil compression driver. The large-format Progressive Transition™ waveguides provide excellent coverage control and are rotatable, so the loudspeaker system can be used in either a vertical or horizontal orientation. All nine models utilize a more

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