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New “Moon” 2-Channel Microphone Preamp Ships at AES 2012

Exclusive Worldwide Distribution by Audio Plus Services for new Simaudio “Moon” Pro Audio Line

Moon 2-channel Mic Pre - new for AES 2012

Moon 2-channel Mic Pre - new for AES 2012

San Francisco CA – AES – October 26, 2012 – At the San Francisco Audio Engineering Society (AES) conference, Simaudio Ltd., a Canadian audio equipment manufacturer focused on home entertainment for the past 30 years, today started shipping their new “Moon 3500MP” Microphone Preamplifier. The new 3500MP is a solid-state two-channel mic preamp designed to deliver extreme detail, with an open and neutral sonic transparency, allowing the engineer to showcase the colorizations of their microphone choice instead of the preamp. The 3500MP will be a new reference device for the engineer or studio in their audio recording process. The Moon 3500MP 2-Channel Microphone Preamplifier is shipping at AES, the US suggested retail price is $4499. more

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Notion Music Releases Notion 4.0 Music Notation Software

New version features cross platform compatibility between desktop and iPad versions.

Greensboro, NC, October 31, 2012 – Award-winning music notation software developer Notion Music has announced the release of Notion 4.0 notation software. This groundbreaking upgrade features an even more intuitive interface, better compatibility between desktop and iPad, and real audio samples performed by The London Symphony Orchestra.

For the first time with any notation software, users have the ability to build, edit, playback and share files seamlessly between their desktop computer and iPad. Musicians can begin a composition on their desktop, make on-the-go edits via iPad, and then bring the project back to the desktop for final editing. With Notion 4.0 musicians have the freedom to work where and when they want.

“We are excited to release the newest version of Notion, this is our best version yet,” stated Notion Music’s President/CEO Jim Boitnott. “Notion now has more features, is 64-bit compatible and is even more incredibly stable. And, of course, it works great with our very successful Notion for iPad app.”

Built upon the foundation of the award-winning Notion3, the updated Notion 4.0 continues to redefine the capabilities and benefits of notation software. Users have the ability to build and edit scores, and then hear them come to life with the highest quality playback of any notation software. Recorded at top studios throughout the world, these amazingly pristine samples include drums, guitars, basses, orchestral samples performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, and much more. Notion 4.0 includes essential professional features such as native 64-bit support, easy to access editing, sequencer overlay, MIDI overdub and new interactive entry tools allowing for multiple quick and convenient ways to build scores.

NOTION 4.0 Features and Enhancements:
* Native 64-bit Support (Mac and Windows)
* Interactive Entry Tools (Keyboard, Fretboard, Drum Pad, Chord Library)
* Compatibility with Both Notion and Progression iPad Apps
* ReWire (64-bit) Host and Slave
* Sequencer Overlay and SequencerStaff
* MIDI Overdub
* Import Audio
* Save Directly to SoundCloud
* Built-in Guitar Amp
* Improved MIDI Input
* Save as PDF
* Built-In Integration with VSL Special Edition Plus 1, 2, 3, and 4, Miroslav Philharmonik, and others
* Improved Compatibility with MusicXML, MIDI, and Guitar Pro Files (ver. 3-5)
* User-Interface Updates and Enhancements
* And More…

As professional software priced accessibly, NOTION 4.0 is available for the introductory street price of only US $99. Learn more about Notion Music here:http://notionmusic.com/

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About Notion Music, Inc.
Notion Music, Inc is dedicated to the advancement of music through innovative software solutions. Notion Music’s award-winning software simplifies music composition, notation, tab, and performance, along with using the sounds of world-class musicians. Notion Music, Inc is headquartered in Greensboro, NC, with an international office in London, England.
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SACPS & Martin Audio Rock Wine Country At Charity Fall Music Festival

Glen Ellen, CA––For the last 26 years, the B.R. Cohn Winery and Olive Oil Company has held a Charity Fall Music Festival in the heart of the Sonoma Valley wine country.

Owner Bruce Cohn, who also manages the Doobie Brothers, is the guiding force behind this star-studded musical event that benefits a host of local charities. This year the bill featured the Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald and Friends, Kenny Loggins, Buddy Guy, The Turtles, Dave Mason, War, Lara Johnston and others over a two-day period.

Sacramento Production Services provided audio and staging for the first time this year, largely on the recommendation of John Procaccini, Production Manager for the Festival and Doobie Brothers FOH Engineer Gary Hartung. Gary had worked with Martin Audio in the past and was familiar with the W8LC line array system and knew it would work well for the festival to provide better coverage and SPLs throughout the venue.

“The event was a real success,” explains SACPS’ Keith Wackford. “It’s the first time in 26 years that every act was on stage, on time. Kenny Loggins actually got onstage three minutes early! The crews and staff on both sides were great and we did a lot of hard work to make sure we had what we needed to pull this event off.”

According the Wackford, the main stage speaker system consisted of 9 Martin Audio W8LCs per side for the main hangs; 6 W8LCs a side for out fill; 14 ground-stacked W8LS subwoofers; two W2s for front fill; two WT3s for drum fill, 14 LE12J stage monitors and a pair of W8Cs with S218X subs per side for side fill.

Separate consoles were brought in for the festival; a pair of Yamaha PM5Ds at FOH and a pair of PM5Ds for Monitors. Three racks of Lab Gruppen PLM20Ks powered the system.

Crew for SACPS included Keith Wackford (FOH), Dwayne Wise (System Engineer), Rick Stansby (Monitor Engineer), and Evan Drath (Asst. Monitor Engineer). Rick Santell (Huey Lewis) was Stage Manager.

Asked about reaction to the Martin Audio system, Wackford enthuses “Everyone loved it. Fans at the Festival thought this was the best sounding year ever. The Doobie Brothers’ FOH and Production Manager said it was one their best years yet. At the end of the night when the trucks were loaded, John Procaccini said ‘you hit the ball out of the park’.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

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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The Dukes of September Take K1 to the Streets

Sound Image's K1 system at St. Louis' Fox Theatre

Supergroup featuring Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs tours North America with Sound Image’s L-ACOUSTICS rig

ESCONDIDO, California — The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue — perhaps better known as Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs, along with a seasoned nine-member backup band — has now closed the final chapter on a very successful 43-show North American tour. The outing was a combined effort between Detroit-based Thunder Audio, which supplied the monitor package for Fagen, and Escondido’s Sound Image, which handled monitor packages for McDonald and Scaggs as well as provided FOH control and a full L-ACOUSTICS K1 system for the duration. more

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ASHLY AUDIO APPOINTS INDUSTRY VETERAN ANTHONY ERRIGO TO NEWLY CREATED DIRECTOR OF MARKETING POSITION

WEBSTER, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 2012: In response to steady growth in domestic and international sales of its uniquely cost-effective, powerful, and reliable signal processors and amplifiers, Ashly Audio has created a new position, Director of Marketing Communications, and appointed industry veteran Anthony Errigo to fill it. Errigo will support the sales team and will oversee all communications, ranging from advertising and social media to web development and creative applications for mobile marketing. In addition, he will serve as Ashly’s brand custodian and will assist with product development.

“Anthony has an established career in advertising, graphic design, and marketing,” said Ashly President, Mark Wentling. “His experience is broad and includes time spent outside the pro audio industry with Verizon Wireless, and, most recently, Harris RF Communications. Anthony and I met years ago when we both worked at Yorkville Sound. To Ashly, he’ll bring his skills and perspectives in modern advertising and promotion of technical products, including web and sales presentations, as well as literature design, and trade shows.”

In his most recent position with Harris RF Communications, Errigo was a senior designer working on marketing campaigns focusing on International Systems business. He was heavily involved with creative development, designing graphics for trade show spaces, and supporting managers with product launches. Projects ranged from strategy and executive presentations to branding and traditional print design. Recently he won design awards with the RAF (Rochester Advertising Federation) and AIGA (a professional association for design) for collateral pieces he designed for Harris.

“As a musician, I’m happy to be returning to the pro audio industry,” said Errigo. “It feels like home because I’m passionate about music and audio. Ashly is one of the few companies that have persevered over 35 years by not forgetting its roots. Ashly is a quality American brand backed by a dedicated group of extremely talented professionals who care about quality and service. I want to help Ashly grow and continue to prosper. It’s probably also worth mentioning that my first real bass amp was an Ashly BP-41 preamp paired with a MOS FET 1000 power amp! So I’ve always been a fan.”

Errigo’s short-term goals are to define market strategies, fine-tune all messaging, develop the new website and digital collateral. His long-term goals are to grow the business and gain significant market share in the commercial signal processing and power amp categories in the next five years.

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A. www.ashly.com

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ZAK DEWEY APPOINTED ENGINEERING MANAGER AT SYMETRIX

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – OCTOBER 2012: Symetrix announces the promotion of Zak Dewey from Project Coordinator & Test Engineer to Engineering Manager. In his new position, Dewey will report to Symetrix CEO Paul Roberts. He will coordinate company efforts to ensure that the engineering team has all of the resources it needs to research and develop innovative new products while maintaining the high quality and value for which Symetrix is known. It will be Dewey’s responsibility to sustain the rapid pace at which Symetrix introduces market-changing product lines, such as Jupiter app based turnkey digital signal processors, Dante network audio SymNet Edge and Radius digital signal processors, and ARC-WEB smartphone-based user control.

Dewey comes to the new position with over fifteen years of professional audio experience that spans live sound (for both club- and arena-sized shows), sound recording, installed sound, and electronic engineering & servicing. He served as Pro Audio Retail Sales Associate, Installation Specialist, System Technician, Live Sound Engineer, and Speaker Recone Manager at Morgan Sound (Lynnwood, WA). He served as Recording Engineer at Sage Recording Arts (Arlington, WA) and as Electronics Technician at Sunfire Corporation (Snohomish). In addition, he has spent a decade at the helm of his own recording studio and commercial audio installation firm, ZDPro.

“I have a long-standing loyalty to Symetrix as a company and to Symetrix products in the field,” Dewey said. “I have known Dane [Butcher] for a long time, and I am excited to contribute my unique perspective and diversity of talents to the company.” Observed Paul Roberts, “Zak has an obvious passion for audio. With his command of the industry, his breadth of experience, and his natural people skills, I am confident that Zak will help us maintain the momentum we are currently enjoying and spur us to even greater heights.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Sound professionals rely upon the performance, value and reliability of audio mixing, routing and processing products from Symetrix. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1 (425) 778-7728.

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For its Pre-Game Show, Cincinnati Bengals Choose Sennheiser for Professional Broadcast Quality Results Both in the Studio and On the Field

Taking its broadcast production standards to the next level, the National Football League’s Cincinnati Bengals have acquired several wired and wireless microphones to ensure its legions of fans are able to keep up with the program’s weekly content – which includes exclusive commentary from Bengals’ head coach Marvin Lewis, regular host and “voice of the Bengals” Dan Hoard, as well as former Bengals offensive lineman Dave Lapham.

Viewers are able to tune into “Bengals Weekly with Marvin Lewis” each Sunday morning for each of the 17 weeks during the NFL season both online, and through regional television stations including WKRC in Cincinnati, WRGT in Dayton and WTTE in Columbus.

After renovating its studio facilities, the production team recently decided to upgrade its equipment arsenal to accommodate high definition (HD) broadcasts and turned to Sennheiser for its in-studio and on camera microphones.

“We took over a space that was previously used as a storage closet,” recalls Scott Simpson, executive producer of Bengals Weekly with Marvin Lewis. Simpson transformed the small room into a modest broadcast suite where the weekly show could be filmed with coach Lewis and other high profile guests. For help, he turned to local audio/video integrator Industrial Video, who recommended the Sennheiser EM 3732-II receiver and SK 5212 RF transmitter to complement another acquisition: two high-definition Panasonic AJ-HPX2000 P2 HD camcorders.

While the program is only a few weeks into the new broadcast season, Simpson has noticed an immediate and profound improvement in the audio quality by using the Sennheiser lavalier mics in the studio and the wireless mics on the cameras. “This is the first year we’re shooting ‘Bengals Weekly with Marvin Lewis’ in HD, and the high sound quality of the Sennheiser microphone systems match the high-definition video we’re producing for a dramatically improved viewer experience,” Simpson said.

In the studio, Simpson’s team relies on a Sennheiser EM 3732-II receiver, combined with four MKE 2 Gold miniature lavalier microphones. When on the field, they use two compact SK 5212 transmitters mounted to each of the Panasonic HD cameras. All in all, the team produces 16 weekly episodes per year, as well as post-season playoff shows, if applicable. Each program highlights the previous week’s game, and the Bengals coaches provide fans with first-hand insight into the upcoming game and the rest of the season.

The EM 3732-II provides the Bengals with high transmission reliability, exceptional audio quality and simple operation. With a switching bandwidth of up to 184 MHz and a range of connection options for flexibility in the studio, the EM 3732-II can be linked into any network via integrated Ethernet connections, making it simple for audio/video integrators to deploy the system. For more advanced set-ups, the EM 3732-II is also outfitted with an AES3/EBU digital audio interface for direct connection to digital mixing consoles.

The studio setup includes one EM 3732-II and four MKE 2 Gold lavalier microphones. The crew typically shoots two- and three-person discussions there, pre-recording the coaches’ thoughts before being broadcast on half a dozen stations in the Midwest on Sunday mornings before the game.

On the field, the SK 5212 RF transmitter is both reliable and versatile. Small, comfortable and easy to hide, the transmission power of the SK 5212 can be adjusted in two steps for optimum transmission performance. When the action on the field is furious, the SK 5212 ensures Simpson and his team get the peak audio quality they require to accompany the high-definition video.

Simpson insists on having superior audio quality to accompany the HD video footage. “Great audio is a critical part of our shows,” he says. “When you don’t have great audio, it really diminishes the final product. We want to look professional and give our fans the highest quality pre-game show possible. Sennheiser allows us to do this without a hitch.”

Bengals Weekly with Marvin Lewis is available to view online at http://www.bengals.com.

Image caption:
L-R: Dan Hoard, “voice of the Bengals” and Dave Lapham, Bengals offensive lineman from 1974 to 1983, now in his 27th consecutive season as analyst on the team’s radio broadcasts.

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GRUNDORF ANNOUNCES TOUR 8 SERIES SNAKE RACKS

**** Photo: Grundorf Tour 8 Series Snake Rack, model T8-SNR-16C ****

Council Bluffs, IA – October 2012… Grundorf, a leading manufacturer of equipment for musicians and audio professionals, is pleased to announce the new Tour 8 Series Snake Racks. An ideal, road worthy mobile / touring solution for musicians and audio professionals, the Tour 8 Series Snake Racks are available in 12-, 16-, 18-, and 20-space configurations. In addition to holding a rackmountable snake box, these cases also have a compartment on the utility side of the enclosure to house the snake reel. The Tour 8 Snake Racks are the ideal solution designed to significantly decrease a project’s set up / tear down time. more

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Group One Ltd Launches SD5 Trade Up Program

With the launch of the new SD5 console earlier this year, DiGiCo U.S. distributor, Group One Limited, initiated a limited-time trade up program within the United States to get the new system into as many hands and inventories as possible. The premise of the program is that Group One will take back any make or model large-format analog or digital desk with a credit towards the purchase of a new SD5. The trade up program not only offers a financial benefit, but is also an easy way to stay on the leading edge of technology and upgrade to current technology. The advantages, in particular for a black box theatre or house of worship, is that it would allow them to put in a request for funding and once approved, the venue could swap out the old for the new seamlessly without any downtime, or having to worry about hassling with resale. Several large production companies took immediate advantage of the offer including Alford Media, Clearwing Productions, Hi-Tec Audio, and Beach Sound.

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Alford Media Services is a nationally recognized event technology support company providing audio, video, lighting and show coordination services for a wide range of clientele from corporate to concerts worldwide. With two of each D1s and D5s in service since 2003, they took advantage of trading up the two D5s for two SD5s with an additional purchase of two 56×32 SD-racks, as well as a pair each of SD9′s and SD11′s and six DRacks. “For our needs, the SD5′s offer the advanced feature sets that our engineers need and tour riders request but don’t cost what the SD7 does,” says John Caswell, Manager of Audio Services. “Upon taking delivery, we did a week in Dallas for Ambit Energy, followed by another event for Sam’s Club in Kansas City and one of our SD5′s was at FOH for both events. That same console was also used at the California Women’s Conference in Long Beach.”

Clearwing Productions, a key resource for audio, video, and lighting, traded up a Soundcraft digital console for an SD5 and also purchased an additional SD9 for its inventory. “We went for one of each for versatility,” explains president Gregg Brunclik, “and planning ahead, the next purchase will be another one of each as we usually buy pairs of each desk. We had an upcoming tour (Bob Dylan) that was interested in using the SD5 so the timing seemed right. We like to make cutting-edge purchases that position us as a primary resource and with the pending tour that ended up taking the SD5 there was instant ROI. We’ve found great success being early adopters with L-Acoustics (we were one of the first five US companies to adopt the K1) and Vari-Lite, and we rolled the same dice on the SD5. DiGiCo’s pioneering new technology sets the bar that other manufacturers must meet. Similar to L-Acoustics pioneering the line array (and since- it’s improvements) you are the barometer by which all others get judged. We’ve come to find that we realize much greater ROI’s on products when we are very early to adopt. It’s a gamble, but when we’re right it really pays off. So far, so good on the SD5.”

Industry mainstay Hi-Tec Audio saw the success with the D5 and took advantage of the program to buy into DiGiCo’s newest technology by trading up six of their D5 inventory for the new SD5s. “For us, this was a no brainer,” mused owner Louis Adamo. “At Hi-Tec we like to look forward and for that reason it was obvious for us to move all our inventory into the new DiGiCo SD series—and we were an early adopter of that technology. In fact, we bought one of the first SD8s when it was introduced. Over the last year, we’ve been adding SD racks and accessories like crazy and our inventory is well over 24-25 SD racks, which is well over half-million dollars. We have a few customers that have been loyal D5 customers and they’ll be the first obvious ones to migrate to the SD5s. It also serves to fill a niche between the SD10 and SD7. The SD5 offers the technical requirements of the SD10 with the surface of the SD7 at a fraction of the cost. DiGiCo has built a very powerful and flexible platform, has done its part by putting the console in the hands of lots of engineers, and are making strides in the live sound market with its consoles. There’s a model that fits every shoe size. We have confidence in the technology and we have a definite market for them.”

Beachsound also felt the trade up program was a fantastic way to move out old capital and replace it with new and exciting technology. They traded up a Yamaha PM5D for an SD5 and purchased an additional SD9… for now. “We felt we needed a higher caliber showcase console to fit the bill of our needs/demands,” explains company president Andre Serafini. “We find the console’s flexible I/O, sonic quality and the ergonomics make it top tier and we are very pleased to have one in house. DiGiCo’s dynamic EQ feature has been a big hit and the DiGiTube technology has been a real pleasure getting to know. We have the SD5 set up to be on a few high profile events in the near future, including a televised mega church event.”

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iZ Technology Corporation Launches ADA II

RADAR’s superior A/D and D/A converter technology for stand-alone DAWs

New Westminster, BC, Canada (October 27, 2012) – iZ Technology Corporation, manufacturer of innovative music and audio products, has launched the ADA II Converters at the 133rd AES Convention in San Francisco. Featuring pristine iZ conversion, and innovative modular I/O structure, intuitive touchscreen controls, and direct interfacing to native DAWS and Pro Tools, ADA is a powerful tool designed to meet the creative and technical needs of true audio professionals.

Not only does the new ADA II offer the most transparent, true-to-source conversion available today, it’s now even more powerful than the original ADA I and comes with a larger 10.1” higher-resolution display. The user interface is easier to use with the main screen showing both the A/D and the D/A meters. The new front panel is fingerprint-resistant and offers a high-contrast white LED ring-lit power switch. ADA II supports the 24-channel transformer balanced AES card, and features a new ProTools sample rate error indicator. ADA II is fully compatible with iZ’s new Classic 96 and Ultra Nyquist analogue I/O option cards.

Each ADA is made-to-order in 8, 16, or 24 channel configurations with customizable I/O ratios. With its ground-breaking modular design, ADA evolves over time as your studio needs change – re-configure I/O ratios and add channel-count to the original ADA frame as required.

With a single touch, ADA’s Graphic User Interface controls settings and preferences – including the comprehensive A/D & D/A routing options. Full screen mode brings all 48 high-resolution meters into view for accurate reference monitoring.

ADA connects to Logic, Nuendo, REAPER, and other native DAWs via low-latency, low-jitter MADI digital I/O. For Pro Tools|HD users, add an iZ Dual Pro Tools|HD Option Card to ADA and plug directly into the Pro Tools Core Card. If you want the sonic purity of a RADAR, but prefer to mix in a DAW, you need to get an ADA.

Pricing and Availability: Starting at under $6,700 USD. Available now at www.iZcorp.com

About iZ Technology Corporation
iZ Technology Corporation, a Canadian owned and operated company, has been developing visionary music and audio products for close to 25 years. Their renowned RADAR line of multi-track audio recorders and the unparalleled ADA A/D & D/A audio converters have helped thousands of customers realize their goals by delivering excellence and innovation in recording products of the highest quality. iZ is known for their uncompromising commitment to sound quality, rock solid reliability, extreme ease of use, and industry-leading technical support.

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