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*Photo: Grund Audio Design GT ‘01’ Series loudspeakers*

Council Bluffs, IA – November 2012… Grund Audio Design, a pioneering manufacturer of loudspeaker and signal processing products for the audio professional, is pleased to announce the availability of the GT ‘01’ Series loudspeakers. Optimized for use in houses of worship and other fixed installations as well as being ideal for corporate presentations, meeting and other special events, the newest members of the product line—the GT-601, GT-801, GT-1601, GT-1001, GT-1201, GT-1202, and GT-5301—all utilize 2-way designs with a horn (with the exception of the GT-5301, a 3-way system), resulting in a consistent sound that is uncommon in many of today’s loudspeakers. more

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** Photo:Fellowship Missionary Church’s sanctuary **

Fort Wayne, IN – November 2012… As a multi-cultural, multi-generational, mission-minded church that is deeply involved in the community, Fellowship Missionary Church takes a contemporary approach to its worship services in an effort to bring greater relevance to its congregation. Music and sound are vital elements of the worship activities and, to ensure world-class audio performance for all its endeavors, the church recently installed an impressive new sound reinforcement system drawn from the TrueLine catalog of Greensboro, NC-based WorxAudio Technologies. more

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The Music Producers Guild Opens The Voting For Its 2013 Awards

With nominations for the 2013 Music Producers Guild Awards running at a record high, the Music Producers Guild is delighted to announce that voting is now open for all Full Members of the organisation, who will decide the shortlist for 15 of the 18 award categories.

“Our Awards are obviously gaining in popularity and status as this year over 500 individual names have been nominated in the various award categories,” says MPG Chairman Steve Levine. “We are thrilled by this as it shows just how much talent and creativity there is in the sphere of the recording professional – and how much these people value receiving an award that has been judged by their peers.”

The Music Producers Guild Awards fly the flag for the achievements of the UK’s top producers, engineers, remixers and mastering engineers. The 2013 Music Producers Guild Awards will take place at the Café de Paris in London on February 7th, 2013. As in previous years, the winner of the MPG UK Producer of the Year category will automatically win a BRIT Award for Best Producer.

In total there are 18 award categories, three of which are at the bequest of the MPG Awards committee. However, MPG Full Members are entitled to vote for the following categories and are encouraged to do so before the closing date of November 30th 2012.

UK Producer of the Year – sponsored by the BRIT Awards
International Producer of the Year – sponsored by British Grove
Breakthrough Producer of the Year
Recording Engineer of the Year
International Recording Engineer of the Year – sponsored by KMR Audio
Breakthrough Engineer of the Year
Mix Engineer of the Year – sponsored by Solid State Logic
Mastering Engineer of the Year – sponsored by Radial
Re-mixer of the Year
UK Album of the Year
UK Single Song Release of the Year
Live Production of the Year – Sponsored by Shure
Studio of the Year – in association with Pro Sound News Europe
The A&R Award
The Unsung Hero Award

Voting for Full Members is simple. Instructions on how to log in and vote will be emailed to each Full Member individually. Recording professionals who are eligible to join the MPG as Full Members still have time to take part in the voting process, provided they join quickly. Please visit for more details. Also, anyone who is not eligible to vote can still see the full list of nominees by visiting

In addition, this year, in response to requests from some of the studios to design a more inclusive voting system for their award, the MPG Awards team invited all UK commercial studios to enter themselves for the Studio of the Year award and in doing so provide them with some information about their facilities on which the voters can actually base their decisions. MPG Awards has also created a partnership with PSNe, to allow their readers to get involved in voting for the final shortlist and winner.

The shortlists for the MPG Awards will be announced in December, with judging for the final winners taking place in January, ahead of the MPG Awards on February 7th 2013.



About Music Producers Guild (UK):
The Music Producers Guild (UK) is an independent and democratic organisation that encourages the highest standards of music production, and actively engages with other music industry organisations to campaign and lobby on matters of important mutual interest.

The MPG represents and promotes the interests of all those involved in the production of recorded music, including producers, engineers, mixers, re-mixers, programmers and mastering engineers. or

Acoustics First Sound Diffusion Demonstration Video

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DIFFUSING / SCATTERING SOUND: Sound Diffusion Explained

Acoustic Diffuser DemonstrationAcoustics First has just released another in a series of videos to help explain acoustical principles using simple, easy to understand video demonstrations. This latest demonstration tackles the mystery of acoustic sound diffusion. Using an array of ping pong balls to represent sound visually, this video simply demonstrates what occurs when sound strikes the surface of an acoustic diffuser. First, you will see what happens when sound hits a flat reflective surface with no acoustical treatment. Acoustic Sound DiffuserThe balls all bounce at the same time and in the same direction. This represents what happens to the sound when it hits a flat reflective surface like a wall. Then you see what happens when sound hits an acoustic sound diffuser. You will immediately notice the energy of the wave of balls is scattered in all different directions as well as deflected at different time intervals. Diffusers, disperse or scatter the sound like crowd control, preserving the sound to maintain sound clarity without destructive interference. This is the basic principle behind acoustic sound diffusion.

Click here to view the demonstration: DIFFUSING / SCATTERING SOUND: Sound Diffusion Explained


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Bolshoi Theatre Installs Clear-Com FreeSpeak and Eclipse-Median for Site-Wide Wireless Communications

Wireless Intercom Provides Reliable and Interference-Free Communications for Theatre Production

MOSCOW, 12 NOVEMBER, 2012 – Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, has outfitted Russia’s world-renowned Bolshoi Theatre with an expansive intercom network consisting of FreeSpeak digital wireless beltpacks and V-Series keypanels that are connected to the powerful Eclipse-Median matrix system for production communications. The installation, facilitated by Clear-Com’s local distributor, Oltbert Ltd, and system integrator, Module—T, allows the Bolshoi Theatre production crew to now enjoy greater connectivity, reliability and coverage than ever before.

As the oldest and most renowned performing arts center in the world, the Bolshoi Theatre is home to the world-famous ballet school, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, and holds a broad-range of ballet and opera performances. After six years of renovation, the Bolshoi recently re-opened with a set of state-of-the-art acoustic sound systems and production communication equipment.

The 112-port Eclipse-Median system forms the backbone of the threatre’s communications network. Integrated into the Eclipse are four E-QUE cellular controller cards that enable 44 remote antennas and 13 splitters to power 85 FreeSpeak wireless beltpacks, giving theatre operators the freedom to roam throughout three buildings, which span a total of 13 floors, three stages and underground areas. All 85 FreeSpeak beltpacks and the splitters have been synchronized to allow the crew to quickly change the number of packs allocated to each stage at a moment’s notice. The theatre director is provided with an advanced V-Series keypanel that connects him with the theatre operators.

With such a wide area of coverage, the intercom system must provide clear, reliable and continuous communications from anywhere on site. The FreeSpeak system was the ideal solution to address this challenge. It features DECT and wireless auto-roaming technologies, which enable users to move freely without fading or losing communication connection. Operating license-free within the 1.8GHz-1.9GHz frequency band (Russia’s approved radio frequency), the production team Bolshoi Theatre requires no special licensing for operation, nor do they need to worry about the system becoming overcrowded with wireless devices. This allows production crews at the Bolshoi Theatre to deliver critical cues with optimal clarity, and assures the safest and most well-executed productions possible.

“In addition to being ideal for large venues such as the Bolshoi Theatre, the FreeSpeak has improved efficiency with its simple functionality,” says Vyachelsav Efimov, Deputy of the General Director of the Bolshoi Theatre. “Not only is it straightforward and fast to configure, but all of the features are only a click or two away, providing a friendly interface for the end user. We have four channels on the FreeSpeak set to a specific talk group, eliminating the distraction of multiple separate conversations on a single channel. We can also arrange the system to isolate communication so that conversations occur only between relevant parties.”

The powerful, reliable and high-quality performance of the FreeSpeak system was a key factor in the Bolshoi Theatre’s decision to choose Clear-Com. The theatre also likes that Clear-Com is able to provide local technical support and service for the system. “We chose Clear-Com based on the company’s equipment, which not only solves all of our problems, but also allows for easy system expansion and, if necessary, future development,” explains Efimov. “We are completely satisfied with our experience with Clear-Com, as well as with their local representative, Oltbert Ltd., and system integrator, Module – T, all of which provided excellent service and support during the installation process.”

“Clear-Com is very excited to have worked with such a prestigious and world-renowned venue as the Bolshoi Theatre on its recent and well-deserved upgrade,” says Vincent Beek, Regional Sales Manager, Northern/Eastern Europe and Russia, Clear-Com. “The Bolshoi Theatre production team now has something that is not only highly functional for the present, but also a system that could grow with them into the future. We look forward to a long-standing relationship with Bolshoi Theatre and wish the entire venue continued success for another 200 years.”

About Clear-Com
Clear-Com®, an HME company, is the global leader in mission-critical voice communication systems for professional productions. Since 1968, Clear-Com developed and marketed a comprehensive range of analog, digital and IP-based wired and wireless intercom technologies for party-line and point-to-point communications. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communication solutions. More information about Clear-Com can be found at

About HM Electronics, Inc. (HME)
A privately held company founded in 1971, HME has continued to be a leading provider of innovative technology focused on enhancing productivity and customer service for multiple markets including pro audio, sports, and restaurants. HME developed the first wireless intercom system for pro audio and continues to introduce exciting, cutting-edge wireless intercoms that enhance communications, increase productivity and facilitate creativity for virtually any application. HME’s comprehensive line of wireless intercoms – including the award winning PRO850 UHF and DX Series Digital Intercoms – are designed with the user in mind. In addition to pioneering the first wireless intercom for the pro audio industry, HME was the first to develop the wireless headset system for the drive-thru quick service restaurant market. More information can be found at

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David Cooper Joins L-ACOUSTICS as Regional Sales Manager for Asia

MARCOUSSIS, France — L-ACOUSTICS strengthens its commitment to the Asian market by announcing the appointment of David Cooper as regional sales manager for the territories of China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia.

Cooper has developed a strong career in sales and marketing for a number of professional audio manufacturers, notably in the Asia Pacific region. In his new role as regional sales manager, he will be responsible for building solid and supportive relationships with Asian counterparts to aid in distribution as well as developing sales targets in Asia. An important part of this activity is maintaining and fostering business activities with L-ACOUSTICS representatives and supporting their projects through technical and commercial advice and support. more

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**** Photo: Byard Hey ****

Belle Glade, FL – November 2012… The ability of an AV system to accommodate the frequent exchange of words, images, and related supporting materials commonly encountered during legal proceedings has grown exponentially in recent years. In addition to the real-time aspects of managing multiple microphones and the plethora of audio, video, and teleconferencing equipment involved, these proceedings are commonly recorded. There’s a lot to keep track of and, in many cases, there are no on-site AV technicians. Such was the case at the recently renovated 15th Judicial Circuit of Florida West County Courthouse. Managing all those audio feeds required a sophisticated processing system with the ability to interact seamlessly with other equipment. The solution was found in a series of ASPEN processors from Rio Rancho, NM-based Lectrosonics. more

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Ryan Larkin
Sales & Marketing
Acoustics First Corporation
PH: (804) 342-2900


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