Archive for February, 2012
— Mixer/sound designer Robert Feist’s Ravenswork commercial audio studio found a new home at long-time collaborator Lost Planet’s video editorial facility, and Feist’s new audio suite features a Genelec 5.1 surround monitoring array —
NATICK, MA, February 29, 2012 — Commercial media advertising has been a tough business for the last decade but many lucky talents have found ways to stay on top. When Robert Feist, owner of the three-room Ravenswork commercial audio facility in Venice, California, felt the economy’s pinch in recent years, he created synergy by moving his studio and its high-end commercial work into the space of a long-time collaborator, video editorial facility Lost Planet, in Santa Monica. Together, the two companies have increased their work at the high end of commercial media with top-level talent and technology. Part of that has been the inclusion, from the moment the new audio studio opened at Lost Planet last June, of a Genelec 5.1 surround monitoring system, consisting of three Genelec 8250A Bi-Amplified DSP Monitors for the L-C-R array, a pair of Genelec 8240A Bi-Amplified DSP Monitors for the left and right rear surrounds, and a Genelec 7270A Active DSP Subwoofer.
Feist says that the Genelec surround monitoring system was put to the test immediately upon the opening of the room with the first commercial worked on there, promoting GRAMMY Award®-winning vocalist Beyoncé’s exclusive distribution arrangement with retailer Target. “The commercial had very critical audio requirements – the monitoring had to be perfect, consistent and accurate, and that’s just what the Genelecs gave me,” says Feist, who also uses a pair of Genelec 1029A speakers as desktop monitors.
Since then, Feist and the Genelec speakers have applied their talents to other commercial projects for clients including Nike, Mazda, Google and Absolut Vodka, including Absolut’s award-winning “Absolut Blank” campaign that features over two dozen artists.
“The Genelecs are great speakers for monitoring and mixing,” says Feist, who uses them for both broadcast and theatrical mix versions of the commercial spots he works on. “They’re not just a purchase, they’re an investment – one which is already bringing great results for us and our clients.”
For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com/.
Pro audio veteran Davis has worked with EAW® in different capacities for 25 years
Whitinsville, MA, USA, February 27, 2012 – EAW®, a world leader in audio system technology for over 30 years, appointed Steve Davis to the position of EAW Service Manager. A longtime member of the extended EAW family, Davis for many years held this same position, before shifting his focus to his company Performance Audio of New England (PANE), where he continued to contribute with his service expertise. Coincidentally, PANE has been located in the same mill complex where EAW designs and manufactures its loudspeakers. The announcement was made by Jeff Rocha, EAW President, and reflects the company’s dedication to enhanced communications and direct access to resources for greater overall efficiency and faster turnaround on service issues.
Having worked as an EAW employee then a contract vendor, Davis is now in his 25th year as EAW’s primary service resource. As a result of the new appointment, he will soon relocate to a new dedicated space in EAW’s manufacturing complex. With communications streamlined and with service connected directly to the rest of EAW’s resources, customer service issues will be resolved more quickly, efficiently and effectively, having a major impact for EAW customers.
Rocha states, “Steve Davis is one of the most trusted resources – indeed, one of the most trusted names – in all of pro audio. When customers send a loudspeaker to Steve for service or repair, they do so with complete faith in his ability to solve their problems. He is truly world-class, and it’s great to have him back on the team. With Steve again on board, we are one step closer to reaching our goal of being a fully integrated organization with the necessary complement of internal resources to comprehensively serve our customers’ needs.”
Davis notes, “To tell the truth, it’s not that big a change for me, because I’ve been servicing EAW products all along. I know that EAW has recently brought back many of the familiar names from the past, and they’ve all felt like a homecoming. I never really went that far away.”
For more information, please visit www.eaw.com.
Users can now also purchase Lick Singles from the app’s extensive library of amazing licks for learning guitar.
New York, NY, February 29, 2012 — Guitar World and Agile Partners today announced a new release of Guitar World Lick of the Day that introduces The Beatles Lick Packs to the popular app for learning guitar on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Arriving just in time to celebrate over one million downloads of Lick of the Day, the new version also introduces Lick Singles so users can select individual licks from the app’s extensive catalog of licks. All licks in Guitar World Lick of the Day include high quality videos of guitar instructors or celebrities demonstrating the lick, scrolling tab and standard music notation, and more. The app is powered by TabToolkit, an Apple Design Award winner developed by Agile Partners.
The new Lick Packs in Lick of the Day include two The Beatles Lick Packs with licks from Yesterday, Let it Be, Day Tripper, Ticket to Ride, Paperback Writer, Blackbird, Norwegian Wood, and The End. In addition to The Beatles Lick Packs, the new release also includes five genre-specific Lick Packs to help guitar players master their chops in a wide range of styles: Blues, Acoustic Rock, Classic Metal, Jazz and Bluegrass. Each Lick Pack costs only US$4.99.
The new version of Lick of the Day also introduces Lick Singles, giving users the ability to choose individual licks from an extensive catalog of amazing licks. Lick Singles, including riffs demonstrated by guitar celebrities such as Joe Satriani, Doug Aldrich and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, can be purchased individually for US$0.99. Users can also buy a set of twenty Lick Credits for only US$4.99 and use each Lick Credit to get a Lick Single at a significant discount.
Guitar World Lick of the Day can be downloaded for free to evaluate the app’s features and content. The app comes preloaded with several sample licks. The new release is available now on the iTunes App Store.
Find out more at lickofthedayapp.com
Guitar World Lick of the Day was developed in collaboration with Agile Partners, developers of GuitarToolkit, an iPhone Hall of Fame inductee, TabToolkit, an Apple Design Award winner, and AmpKit, the highly acclaimed guitar amps and effects app.
Featured on the App Store as an iPhone and iPad App of the Week as well as a Staff Favorite, Guitar World Lick of the Day launched to rave reviews around the world:
CrunchGear: “After trying it out, I give this app a thumbs up because it does what it says. It’s a multi-method approach to teaching simple, short guitar lessons in clear and helpful ways.”
Gear Diary: “Lick of the Day is a beautiful app with an intuitive user interface. Every part of the app works perfectly … I highly recommend Lick of the Day for any guitarist.”
The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW): “If you’re a guitar player and you’re looking to improve your skills and techniques, we’d definitely recommend you go and check out Lick of the Day, now!”
Boles Blues: “Guitar World’s Lick of the Day is a high quality and inspirational iOS app that any guitar player can use and enjoy every single day.”
148apps: “Overall, this app is pure guitar gold. Regardless of your playing-level, Guitar World Lick of the Day evens your playing field, providing access to quality tools and resources that would normally cost hundreds of dollars, at a minimum, in instructor fees. Whether you’re looking to build on your existing skills or learn new ones, you can’t go wrong with this app. It absolutely shreds.”
About Guitar World
Guitar World is the world’s leading guitar magazine. Professionals and beginners alike turn to Guitar World for top coverage of their favorite artists, from rock titans like Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Metallica’s Kirk Hammett to contemporary stars like the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl. For over 30 years, Guitar World magazine has offered broad-ranging interviews that cover technique, instruments and lifestyles as well as Guitar World’s famously accurate transcriptions of the greatest songs in rock, metal, blues, punk and more. Not only is it the category leader in retail outlets like Walmart, Guitar World is now available digitally on iTunes, Amazon and the Nook. Guitarworld.com is the home of all the latest and greatest guitar news, lessons, tablature, behind the scenes and videos. Guitar World’s “Lick of the Day” is one of the top downloaded apps on the iTunes store and was most recently voted “App of the Week.” Find out more at www.GuitarWorld.com
About Agile Partners
Agile Partners Technologies, LLC is a leading developer of applications for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Agile Partners’ apps include: GuitarToolkit (guitartoolkit.com), an iPhone Hall of Fame app; TabToolkit (tabtoolkit.com), winner of an Apple Design Award; and AmpKit (ampkitapp.com), the ultimate guitar amps, effects and recording app. Founded in 2002, Agile Partners has locations in New York, Chicago and San Francisco. For more information, visit agilepartners.com
Contact: Laura B. Whitmore
Mad Sun Marketing
SurCode for Dolby E - Industry Proven. Dolby Certified
Minnetonka Audio Software provides Dolby E OEM codec technology to AmberFin Ltd.
MINNETONKA, MN — Minnetonka Audio Software, Inc., a leader in production software for motion picture, broadcast surround sound and consumer electronics applications, announced today that UK–based AmberFin, a leading developer of file-based media ingest, transcoding and quality control solutions has entered into an OEM agreement to license Dolby™ E encoder and decoder technology from Minnetonka Audio.
SurCode for Dolby E is a complete, high performance file-based tool kit for Dolby E production. Available as a full encoder/decoder OEM application suite, SurCode for Dolby E enables fast processing and management of file-based Dolby E assets and metadata from within AmberFin’s iCR family of modular software products.
“We’re happy to extend our Dolby E OEM offering to AmberFin and broaden our partnership beyond Dolby Digital,” said John Schur, President of Minnetonka Audio. Markus Hintz, Director of Global Sales and Business Development for Minnetonka Audio, stressed the ease of integration afforded by their OEM offerings. “We are proud to join forces with AmberFin, enabling them to quickly add full Dolby E compatibility to their iCR range of products, including their new Unified Quality Control (UQC) module. AmberFin UQC with SurCode for Dolby E will dramatically increase QC workflow efficiency.” UQC combines multiple tools for baseband checks during ingest, file-based post-ingest QC and global supervised QC, including annotation and mark-up.
After researching the available solutions for file–based Dolby E processing, AmberFin decided on SurCode for Dolby E. “We’ve been working with Minnetonka for a long time and we’re really excited about introducing their Dolby E solution into iCR. Minnetonka is a great partner whose passion for quality and value matches our own,” said Bruce Devlin, CTO of AmberFin. Devlin tapped Minnetonka Audio’s deep codec knowledge to improve their user experience. “iCR customers will now be able to create workflows that seamlessly encode and decode Dolby E in files containing mixed audio formats and virtually any video format. These can then be fed into AmberFin’s unique Unified QC solution to validate metadata and transcoding to create the most trustworthy integrated system in the industry today.”
AmberFin will be demonstrating the new SurCode for Dolby E integration at the upcoming NAB convention in April. For in–depth information on AmberFin, Ltd. and their iCR family of products, visit www.amberfin.com or visit NAB booth SU9005. To learn more about Minnetonka Audio’s OEM licensing solutions for media production and post, along with all of Minnetonka Audio’s products, visit booth SL7706 at the NAB show, head to minnetonkaaudio dot com on the web or, call Minnetonka Audio at 1-952-449-6481.
About Minnetonka Audio Software
An award winning solutions provider for motion picture, video, broadcast, game, and optical disc production, Minnetonka Audio Software creates essential technology for top media professionals around the world. Their SurCode, discWelder, AWE and revolutionary AudioTools Server product lines broadly support the CD, DVD, BD and DTV standards, and represent the definitive leader in OEM codec licensing, as well as file–based QC and loudness control. Spanning over two decades of operation and based in Minnetonka, Minnesota, Minnetonka Audio Software, Inc. has a subsidiary in Germany in addition to an international network of distributors and channel partners who share their commitment to quality and service.
SurCode for Dolby E, SurCode, discWelder, AWE, AudioTools Server and the Minnetonka Audio Software logo are trademarks of Minnetonka Audio Software, Inc. All other company and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.
INNSBRUCK, Austria – February 2012 — Austrian full service provider Light and Sound has provided an L-ACOUSTICS KARA/KIVA WST line source system for the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck.
Innsbruck’s city center was transformed into a huge party zone for the 2012 Games, with an action-packed program taking place at Medals Plaza, which hosted not only the daily Victory Ceremonies but also the week-long Innsbruck 2012 Music Festival. more
**** Photo: Hosa Technology’s Goby Labs Stands ****
Buena Park, CA – February 2012… Hosa Technology, the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the modern musician and distributor of Goby Labs instrument care and accessory products, is pleased to announce the introduction of a new product line by Goby Labs: stands for musicians. Incorporating ‘ruggedized’ metal construction designed for years of use, Goby Labs’ new product line includes two microphone stands, a keyboard stand, two guitar stands, and a Tablet Frame for iPad®—all designed to aid musicians with everyday performing and rehearsal tasks. more
AUSTIN – February 28, 2012: Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that it has partnered with Paste Magazine to present an ultimate music lovers’ showcase during Austin’s famous music week on March 14, 15 and 16. All in all, there will be 33 performances over the course of three days by an eclectic mix of new and established acts held at the Sennheiser-endorsed The Stages on Sixth.
The marathon lineup at Austin’s The Stages on Sixth will include indie rock veterans The Wedding Present, The dBs and Built to Spill, as well as newer acts such as We Were Promised Jetpacks, Blitzen Trapper and Lumineers. Each of the two indoor and outdoor stages will feature sound delivered by premium audio brand Sennheiser.
Sennheiser Returns to Austin
Sennheiser will be sponsoring a showcase at The Stages on Sixth during Austin’s most revered music week for the second time in a row. Sennheiser will have its latest headphones on display, including the Amperior DJ-style headphones unveiled at CES earlier this year, as well as its famous evolution wired microphones. Following are details on locations and times:
· What: Sennheiser & PastePresent The Stages on Sixth, Austin
· When: Wednesday, March 14-16, noon to 6:00 p.m.
· Lineup (may be subject to change without notice)
o Wednesday, March 14: MyNameIsJohnMichael, River City Extension, Apparat, Caveman, Typhoon, The Chain Gang of 1974, Rich Aucoin, Hospitality, Tennis, Van Hunt, Ben Kweller
o Thursday, March 15: Dinosaur Feathers, Howler, Vintage Trouble, JC Brooks, Of Monsters and Men, The dB’s, Rubblebucket, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Blitzen Trapper, Japandroids, Built to Spill
o Friday, March 16: Barr Brothers, Crooked Fingers, Lumineers, The Belle Brigade, Reptar, Rhett Miller, Idle Warship, Alberta Cross, The Wedding Present, Punch Brothers, Glen Hansard
For more information and to RSVP, visit www.sennheiserusa.com/paste.
Oslo, Norway, February 28, 2012 — Morten Lindberg is well-known in the audiophile community as head of 2L (Lindberg Lyd), a recording label based in Oslo, Norway that has been exporting its premium classical and folk recordings from Scandinavia for over a decade. Lindberg, who insists on extremely high quality production values throughout the entire recording, manufacturing and packaging processes, uses the Antelope Audio Zodiac Gold to ‘proof’ the carefully recorded 352.8 kHz/24-bit stereo master files before they are ever duplicated or distributed to the company’s discriminating international customers.
2L has garnered no less than 12 GRAMMY Award nominations over the last six years — seven of them in categories including “Best Engineered Album” and “Best Surround Sound Album.” These releases, which feature Norwegian composers and musicians, are recorded in spacious concert halls, cathedrals and churches throughout Scandinavia. One of the greatest challenges is to ensure that performances are reproduced in the living room of the listener as accurately as possible, therefore, 2L is always exploring the best mediums, file formats and technologies available: including Antelope Audio’s Zodiac Gold DAC.
The Zodiac Gold is a D/A converter, pre-amp and headphone amp engineered to deliver pristine audio with keenly articulated pitch and a spectacular soundstage. The unique sound of Zodiac DACs is based on Antelope’s Oven Controlled Oscillator and 64-bit clocking technology used by the world’s top audio engineers.
“Working daily with the finest European AD and DA converters on venue recording, our standard is set to the extreme,” says Lindberg. “I was hardly prepared for the overwhelming moment when I found that the sonic qualities of the Zodiac Gold immediately recalled my memory of the recording sessions.” The Zodiac Gold, which is now a key component in Lindberg’s monitoring chain, is also convenient to use on-location. “With the USB, I am able to use the Zodiac Gold in true plug-and-play fashion with my MacBook Pro. This makes it perfectly suited for portable playback in workshop environments.”
“More than 50% of our total revenue as a label now comes out of Hi-Res FLAC file distribution, with international partners like Hdtracks.com, Highresaudio.com and e-ONKYO,” Lindberg continues. “The Zodiac Gold is a perfect match for domestic customers searching for the best sonic values in computer playback of these super-high resolutions.”
While still a relatively young recording label from a classical music perspective, 2L’s accomplishments are very impressive nonetheless. When 2L began its own studio operations 15 years ago, its core business was contracting recordings out to other labels such as EMI/Virgin, Naxos, Linn and Philips and others. Since 2001, there have been well over 50 recordings issued by 2L and among the highlights for 2012 will be a landmark release of TrondheimSolistene – SOUVENIR, which is being released in two parts and will appear on both vinyl and Pure Audio Blu-ray.
While nothing can replicate the exact sensory experience of listening to a recording session in-person, the Zodiac Gold DAC can help listeners come just a little bit closer: “There is no method available today to reproduce the exact perception of attending a live performance,” concludes Lindberg. “As recording engineers and producers we need to do exactly the same as any good musician; interpret the music and the composer’s intentions and adapt to the media where we perform.” For 2L, the Zodiac Gold continues to perform.
Fourth Studio Album from Platinum Rockers
Pictured during Shinedown sessions at Ocean Way Recording are (L-R) Barry Kerch, drums; Wes Seidman, assistant engineer; RJ Ronquillo, guitar tech; Eric Bass, bass; Zach Myers, guitars, vocals; Mike Fasano, drum tech; Doug McKean, engineer; Brent Smith, lead vocals; Rob Cavallo, producer. Photo by David Goggin.
Platinum rockers Shinedown have wrapped up recording of their fourth studio album at Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood. Titled “Amaryllis”, the album is set for a release on March 27th. Producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Goo Goo Dolls) helmed the project, following his success with the band’s RIAA-platinum certified 2008 release, “The Sound of Madness.”
Longtime Cavallo engineer Doug McKean recorded the band’s much anticipated new material. On hand were Barry Kerch, drums; Wes Seidman, assistant engineer; RJ Ronquillo, guitar tech; Eric Bass, bass; Zach Myers, guitars, vocals; Mike Fasano,drum tech; Doug McKean, engineer; Brent Smith, lead vocals; Rob Cavallo, producer.
Formed in 2001, Shinedown’s first two albums were the RIAA-platinum certified “Leave a Whisper” (2003), and RIAA-gold certified “Us and Them” (2005). The two albums yielded an amazing seven consecutive Top 5 hits at Rock radio.
“The Sound of Madness” was a top 10 debut on the Billboard 200 and remained on the chart for an astonishing 120 consecutive weeks. All six singles from the album went to #1 at Rock radio, including the 2x-platinum single “Second Chance,” which also went to #1 on the Hot AC chart and top 5 at Pop.
Founder/vocalist Brent Smith commented on the band’s upcoming album, “We pride ourselves on being a band that each record sounds completely different than the last. The beautiful thing is the journey and finding out where you are in your life, not only as a person, but where you are as an artist and as a musician and how far you’ve come and how far you’ve grown.”
Shinedown will be headlining the 2nd annual Avalanche Tour, kicking off on March 27th at the Grove in Anaheim, CA.
For more info about Shinedown, visit: http://www.shinedown.com
For information about Ocean Way, visit:
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RTW TM7 To Be Integrated Into HARMAN’S Studer Vista Range of Digital Consoles
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 28 FEBRUARY 2012 – RTW, a leading manufacturer and distributor of professional audio metering and control devices for studio recording and radio and TV broadcast applications, and HARMAN’s Studer, manufacturer of digital mixing consoles for the broadcast, production and live application markets, are jointly announcing at this year’s CABSAT show that the RTW TM7 TouchMonitor will be fully integrated in the Studer Vista range of digital audio consoles.
As a result of this partnership, RTW will provide a special version of the TM7 TouchMonitor touchscreen loudness meter that will be built into the meter bridge of the Vista 9 and Vista 5 M2 consoles. Studer chose the TM7 meter because it perfectly complements Vistonics(tm), the simple and elegant touchscreen user interface that Vista customers know and love.
The TM7 will include custom meter presets offering loudness metering that meets the EBU R 128 and ITU BS1770 standards as well as traditional bargraph and moving needle metering to comply with additional international standards. The TM7 will also be available for retrofitting to all Vista 9 consoles.
“We were thrilled when Studer approached RTW with its desire to introduce loudness metering to all of its Vista consoles,” says Andreas Tweitmann, CEO, RTW. “RTW has provided traditional meters to Studer for many years and we are happy to now supply its customers with the modern technology necessary to comply with new loudness regulations and improve their services overall.”
The TouchMonitor is RTW’s response to growing demands in modern production, post-production and broadcast environments. With its high-quality 7- or 9-inch touchscreen and intuitive user interface, the TouchMonitor breaks new ground in professional audio analysis for accuracy, performance, efficiency and flexibility.
RTW’s TM7 and the entire TouchMonitor family of loudness metering products will be on display during CABSAT at the QvestMedia stand (S2D3) in Hall Sheikh Saheed 2. The Vista family of products can also be seen during CABSAT at the Studer stand (S3-6) in Hall Sheikh Saeed 3.
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