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iZotope Acquires Imagine Research

New Engineering Team and Technologies Join iZotope’s Expanding Array of Audio Software Innovation

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EASTWEST Offers 50% Off Orchestra and Pianos

Save 50% on EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP Symphonic Orchestra and Pianos through March 31, 2012

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Michael Romanowski Masters New “Junior Toots” Album ‘A Little Bit of Love’

Reggae Artist Carries on his Family Legacy with New Music

 Reggae singer Junior Toots with Mastering Engineer Michael Romanowski

Reggae singer Junior Toots with Mastering Engineer Michael Romanowski

San Francisco, CA - March 14, 2012 — At his San Francisco studio, mastering engineer Michael Romanowski worked with reggae singer Junior Toots on the CD master for his latest album, A Little Bit of Love, which was released in March 7, 2012 on Crown of Fire Records. Romanowski utilized his large selection of analog mastering compressors, EQs and Pacific Microsonics converters to tackle the rich, layered music, while monitoring with his studio’s Focal Grand Utopia speakers. Junior Toots is launching the new CD at ‘Pier 23′ in San Francisco, on March 24. more

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pigFACTORY Music Places The Deadly Avenger Vs. Mskrnt Track “Hunted” within New “Men in Black 3″ Movie Trailer

Los Angeles, March 15, 2012 — Independent music publishing and licensing company pigFACTORY Music, whose roster includes recordings and songs by artists such as Black Eyed Peas, Demi Lovato, Def Leppard and Iggy Pop, has placed the track “Hunted” by Deadly Avenger Vs. MSKRNT within the new “Men in Black 3” movie trailer. Columbia Pictures will release “Men in Black 3” nationally on May 25th. The announcement was made today by Keatly Haldeman, CEO, pigFACTORY Music.
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Music artist Damon Baxter (Deadly Avenger) has teamed up with long term collaborator Lex Shellard (MSKRNT) to produce some badass new tracks which are exclusively published in North America by pigFACTORY Music. Songs from these artists have been placed in recent movie trailers for “127 Hours” and “Johnny English: Reborn.” Deadly Avenger’s talent for producing dramatic and epic soundtracks has led to his tracks being used in countless advertising campaigns, ranging from a Dodge Super Bowl spot to Dutch Casinos, and from numerous TV sports programs to some of the most popular TV series broadcast all around the world.
Says Baxter, “People have described my work as intensely atmospheric pieces of film noir music — low-tempo scene-setters of evocative and spatial beauty. I like to think of it as simple shit done well!”

pigFACTORY Music Publishing specializes in the international placement of music in film, television, film trailers, advertising, and videogames, and in the collection of publishing royalties, worldwide. To that end, the company leverages an advanced digital publishing system to proactively exploit its clients’ music catalogues and track music publishing royalties on a global scale. The company represents top songwriters, artists, record producers, labels, and publishers, with a roster of over 250,000 songs, including an extensive selection of classic hits.

pigFACTORY is one of the few independent publishers in the international marketplace to affiliate directly with a large number of royalty societies throughout the world. Via its direct memberships and partnerships, and by using state-of-the-art royalty software, pigFACTORY quickly and accurately registers its clients’ song catalogues with the publishing rights societies, and collects ‘at source’ in most major international territories.

The U.S. headquarters of pigFACTORY is 8075 W. Third Street, Suite # 540, Los Angeles, CA, 90048. The phone is 323/653-1200, and the website is


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Auralex Application Specialist Heads to the Front of the Class at Ball State University

Daniel Porter Shares Expertise on Acoustic Theory and Real-World Applications for Central Indiana Section of the Audio Engineering Society

MUNCIE, IN — Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, recently participated in the Central Indiana Section of the Audio Engineering Society’s first ever Central Indiana Audio Student Workshop, which took place on March 10 on the campus of Ball State University in the Music Media Production & Industry Studios. more

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Poor Moon Masters New Vinyl EP “Illusion” at Bernie Grundman’s

Band Composed of Members of Fleet Foxes and The Christmas Cards

Pictured in the vinyl cutting room at Bernie Grundman Mastering are (L-R) mastering engineer Bernie Grundman, engineer/mixer Jared Hankins and Poor Moon musician/co-engineer Ian Murray. Photo by David Goggin.

Poor Moon, a new group collaboration formed by members of Fleet Foxes and The Christmas Cards have mastered “Illusion,” a new 5-song, 45rpm 12-inch vinyl EP at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood. On hand for the sessions were engineer/mixer Jared Hankins, who has worked with Fleet Foxes since 2008, and Ian Murray, mandolin/guitar player, and backing vocalist.

Poor Moon is Christian Wargo (Fleet Foxes, Crystal Skulls), Casey Wescott (Fleet Foxes, Crystal Skulls) and brothers Ian and Peter Murray (The Christmas Cards). The band, named for frontman and primary songwriter Christian Wargo’s favorite Canned Heat song, began four years ago as a long-distance project with demos being created and sent back and forth while Wargo and Wescott were touring in support of the Fleet Foxes 2008 self-titled debut, and recording with Ian and Peter, who were living in the San Francisco Bay area.

Recording engineer Jared Hankins explained that the material was recorded to ProTools and then mixed down to half-inch analog tape through a vintage API console at Avast! Studios in Seattle.

“We came here to master with Bernie because of our respect for his work,” said Hankins. “I’ve always wanted to work with him and hear the audio path he has configured at his studio. I have heard all these songs in demo form, and it’s been a long process of recording and getting them to this final stage in mastering, which is quite a thrill for all of us.”

Poor Moon’s “Illusion” will be released on March 27, Sub Pop Records.
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Martin Audio Showcases MLA Compact At Apollo Hammersmith

Martin Audio's Ferrit Rowe, Rob Hofkamp & Jim Jorgensen with MLA Compact

London––Martin Audio had such a high level of confidence in its new MLA Compact Multi-cellular loudspeaker array that the company booked the HMV Apollo Hammersmith over two days for its first international showcase.

This showcase provided the proper context for the MLA Compact’s official introduction to the media and Martin Audio’s global distributor network.

The feedback received over the four sessions—which drew visitors from as far afield as North America—was overwhelming.

In his opening speech, Managing director Anthony Taylor referred to the 900 original MLA systems now out in the field, stating that the release of a Compact version was an inevitable consequence of the MLA’s success.

“We have been working on this really for the last 14 months and we are very excited by the concept.

“It has all the attributes of the original MLA—it is an incredibly powerful system, and the fact that it is scalable will put us into all kinds of different areas. The Compact is particularly well suited for installation projects as well as side fills for the MLA and venues up to 5,000 seats.”

He added, “I think the market expected us to go to a smaller box with the same characteristics, and this is really just the start of how we will deploy this technology.”

R&D director, Jason Baird, provided an in-depth presentation of the system before the two hangs of 12 elements rigged for the occasion were dramatically revealed (along with stacked DSX subs)––courtesy of the excellent production support provided by corporate event specialists, USS.

Reference tracks were used to demonstrate different optimizations — including spoken word (Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy), Jennifer Warnes’ Somebody, Somewhere and a blast of Rammstein.

Guests were then invited to walk the room—including up to the Circle—to experience the consistency of the cellular control, as well as to the back of the stage behind the hangs, where the sound levels were impressively quiet.

Martin Audio’s North American team- Rob Hofkamp (North American Sales Director), Ferrit Rowe (MLA Technical Training Manager), Jim Jorgensen (MLA Support Specialist)—was also on hand for the launch.

Asked about the MLA Compact’s potential in the U.S. and Canada, Hofkamp stated, “The MLA Compact is poised to make a dramatic impact on the U.S. market, both for fixed installations and regional sound companies. Its light weight, scalability and competitive pricing coupled with the power and seamless coverage of MLA technology, make it a market leader right out of the box.”

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About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.


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