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Listening Event on June 24 and Panel on June 25 Highlight New Developments in Convenience of High-Resolution Audio and Its Distribution
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (July 16, 2014) — As part of its ongoing initiatives to promote sound quality and High-Resolution Audio, The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® hosted two successful events in New York during CE Week, the Consumer Electronic industry’s official mid-year meeting, conference and new technology showcase, which this year took place June 23-26.
On June 24, the P&E Wing hosted a High-Resolution Audio Listening Event in partnership with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) at one of Manhattan’s premier studios, Jungle City Studios in the Chelsea district. The event marked a celebration of the recent announcement of an industry agreement for a formal definition for High-Resolution Audio and featured three-time GRAMMY®-winning engineer/mixer Chuck Ainlay; six-time GRAMMY-winning engineer/mixer Frank Filipetti; seven-time GRAMMY-winning mastering engineer Bob Ludwig; GRAMMY-nominated composer/engineer/producer David Chesky; AIX Records/iTrax.com founder and chief engineer Mark Waldrep and GRAMMY-nominated engineer Kevin Reeves. These audio luminaries took over the main control room at Jungle City and shared selections of master recordings provided by label partners Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group. The tracks were played to attendees through a JBL M2 Reference Monitor System, which was set up and tuned by JBL senior manager of Recording & Broadcast Marketing Peter Chaikin. Attendees were also able to experience High-Resolution Audio-capable gear throughout the facility from manufacturers Astell & Kern, dCS Ltd., Onkyo USA and Sony Electronics. Hi-res digital music retailers Acoustic Sounds and HD Tracks also presented some of the latest in master-quality recordings available to the public.
The following day, June 25, the P&E Wing and the DEG hosted a panel titled “Making High-Resolution Audio Accessible.” Conference attendees packed the Gallery at the Metropolitan Pavilion on Wednesday afternoon for the panel, which featured Sony Electronics Home Audio Division Product Marketing manager Aaron Levine, Onkyo USA National Marketing and Product Planning manager Paul Wasek, Universal Music Group vice president of Technology and Production Global Digital Business Jim Belcher, Warner Music Group Chief Technology Strategist Howie Singer, P&E Wing Senior Executive Director Maureen Droney and Sony Music Legacy Recordings vice president, Marketing, John Jackson. The panel, moderated by DEG senior director Marc Finer, discussed the steps that different facets of the music industry are taking to make High-Resolution Audio readily available to consumers. The panel concluded with a brief audience Q&A session.
Chuck Ainlay stated, “High-Resolution Audio is important for all kinds of music. It isn’t just for classical, or acoustic-based music, although of course those are wonderful places to hear what High-Resolution can offer. Hi-Res is simply the best way to capture the full spectrum of sound for any recording, so that listeners can hear it as it was intended to be heard.”
“In the past, people were not able to fully hear and appreciate the way the music sounded when it was first created, even on vinyl,” added Filipetti. “But today, listeners can hear the music in their home exactlylike we do in the studio when we record and mix it. All they have to do is demand it!”
Photo Caption 1: The High-Resolution Audio Listening Event, presented by the P&E Wing with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), at Jungle City Studios in the Chelsea District of Manhattan, June 24, 2014, during CE Week. Pictured with microphone is Frank Filipetti. Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy®/Craig Barritt/WireImage. © 2014. Photographed by: Craig Barritt/WireImage.
Photo Caption 2: The P&E Wing-hosted panel “Making High-Resolution Audio Accessible,” June 25, 2014, at the Gallery at the Metropolitan Pavilion during CE Week. Pictured L-R: Marc Finer (event moderator), DEG senior director; Jim Belcher, Universal Music Group vice president of Technology and Production Global Digital Business; Howie Singer, Warner Music Group Chief Technology Strategist; Maureen Droney, P&E Wing Senior Executive Director; Aaron Levine, Sony Electronics Home Audio Division Product Marketing manager; Paul Wasek, Onkyo USA National Marketing and Product Planning manager; and John Jackson, Sony Music Legacy Recordings vice president, Marketing. Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy®. © 2014.
— NW Indiana’s multi-site Faith Church was moving to a new location on a tight deadline, and GC Pro helped the church convert a reverberant rented gym into a highly intelligible worship space —
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, July 15, 2014 — Faith Church was originally founded in 1963 in South Holland, Illinois, and like many growing churches these days, its expansions have taken the form of additional “satellite” locations instead of ever-larger main church buildings. They moved to Dyer, Indiana, in 2002 and launched their first satellite location in September 2007 in Cedar Lake, Indiana. A second satellite launched in the spring of 2009 in Valparaiso, Indiana, and two years later on Easter 2011, they opened a campus in Hammond, Indiana; in September 2012, Faith Church crossed over the state line to launch its campus in Beecher, Illinois. Most recently, the church changed locations in Hammond, moving from its original rental space there to a larger one at the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology, where they have contracted to use the school’s gymnasium on Sundays for services. “We have six locations now, and while four of them are in buildings that we own, in two of them we have a rental model, which we find works well at a time when construction costs are rising,” explains Bryan Ford, Faith Church’s Technical Operations Manager. “It gives us a lot more flexibility as we grow.”
Like most gyms, the Hammond Academy’s acoustics are highly reverberant, the opposite of the kind of extremely intelligible environment needed for worship services. Faith Church turned to Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, for a solution. GC Pro brought in Accutronics LLC, a regional acoustical consultancy and A/V installer, which along with GC Pro Account Manager Ryan Nigh evaluated the location’s acoustical needs. GC Pro then specified, and Accutronics designed the layout for and installed, nearly 100 Auralex ELITE ProPanel and Cloud ProPanel acoustical panels on the 120 X 80-foot gym’s walls and ceiling.
“It worked out perfectly, and the entire process was transparent to the client,” says Mike Love, Owner of Accutronics. “We looked at the building, Ryan drew up a proposal and sent it to Auralex, which sent us back a list of the right product materials and placement patterns to use for this specific project, and we installed them without hassle.”
Of a total of 95 Auralex acoustical panels, Accutronics installed 40 of them on the gym’s ceiling to reduce flutter echoes and the rest on the walls to absorb reflected sound. As a result, the gym’s reverb time dropped from eight seconds to 1.3 seconds. “That’s a huge reduction in reverb time,” says Love. “And that‘s the kind of result you get when you work with an organization like GC Pro. In this case, the client got an accurate assessment of their situation, an expert solution design, exactly the right products to address the problem and expert installation. Only a company like GC Pro can provide that kind of comprehensive service.”
Faith Church’s Bryan Ford could not agree more: “The difference in the sound is enormous — it’s dramatically improved. They were able handle the entire project from start to finish, and they were also able to meet a very tight deadline and get us into our new church on time. When we opened three weeks ago, we got comments on how good the sound was. We have a lot of music, so we needed to control the sound as much as possible. That’s exactly what happened, so we’re glad we picked GC Pro.”
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BLUFFDALE, UT, July 14, 2014 — Listen Technologies Corporation, a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of assistive listening products for over 15 years, recently saw the implementation of its ListenPoint 2.0 soundfield solutions at Channing Hall, a Draper, Utah K-8 charter school operating under the guidelines of the International Baccalaureate.
First grade teacher Jessica Short faces a common challenge for teachers: making sure she is heard clearly by each student in the classroom. Despite her best efforts, she often found herself frustrated that all her students could not hear her voice at the same level, at the same time. Her students at the back of the classroom could not hear her when she was instructing from the front of the room and vice versa. Short was also irritated by the fact that every time she wanted to incorporate music or media into a lesson, she would have to walk to her computer, taking time away from her lessons and students, which is something that all good educators try to avoid. Short found her solution in Listen Technologies’ ListenPoint 2.0 system, resulting in better comprehension, retention and participation among her students.
Soundfield systems such as the ListenPoint 2.0 transform the average classroom into enhanced educational environments, incorporating AV technology and assistive listening systems so that all students can have the opportunity to hear their teacher clearly. It’s the most advanced, flexible, and scalable Soundfield system for educators. It’s also easy to install, operate, maintain, and adds more functionality over time. Teachers can include music, video, and Internet connectivity for added enhancement.
After the installation of the ListenPoint 2.0 in Ms. Short’s first grade classroom, her students became more engaged in the learning process and participating more in her lessons. Now, she is looking forward to teaching a new class of first graders to read next year. Short notes, “ListenPoint 2.0 helps my students hear me clearly. I love that I can use my music for my lessons and control it from the microphone. It’s very easy to use. Even my students use it when they give their presentations. All of my students are now able to listen better and are more on task since the ListenPoint 2.0 was installed.”
NATICK, MA, July 14, 2014 — Genelec, the world’s pioneer in active monitoring, is now shipping the 8010 Active Monitor, the smallest member of the acclaimed 8000 product range. The 8000 Series is widely used in the high-end professional audio, mastering, post-production and broadcast market sectors around the world. Its professional heritage is reflected in the compact-sized 8010. Suitable for professional work in small studios, it offers accurate monitoring capability with ease of installation. The outstanding sound quality makes the 8010 ideal for small editorial studios and OB vans, and a perfect companion for portable recording devices and other mobile production work.
Featuring a balanced XLR input, 3-inch bass driver, 3/4-inch tweeter and efficient Class D power amplifiers – one for each driver – the 8010 produces more sound pressure level than might be expected from a monitor of this size. The Intelligent Signal Sensing ISS circuitry saves energy by automatically putting the monitor to sleep when the audio signal has been absent for a period of time. Once a signal is detected again, the monitor wakes up automatically. This circuitry can be bypassed when the automatic standby function is not desired.
A full range of versatile accessories is available for the 8010, which cover all mounting needs. For example, an elegant L-shaped table stand can be used to optimize monitor orientation toward the listening position and to minimize undesired sound reflections. Thanks to its exceptional sound quality, small size and universal power supply, 8010 is the perfect monitor companion for music production professionals on the move.
The 8010 Active Monitor is now available at a U.S. MSRP of $440.00 each.
For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com/.
High-definition videowall installed at the St. Augustine/St. Johns County Visitor Information Center is complemented by high-definition audio provided by Bose® Panaray® loudspeakers
Bose® L1® Model II portable sound system is part of an AV upgrade package for the Center that allows it to confidently feature live music in an acoustically challenging environment
Framingham, Massachusetts, July 14, 2014 – For half a century, visitors to St. Augustine have made the St. Augustine/St. Johns County Visitor Information Center (VIC) their first stop upon arriving in what is officially the United States’ oldest continuously-inhabited city and European settlement. The center offers information on special and cultural events, brochures and guidebooks for the area’s attractions and a gift shop. But while the VIC’s architecture evokes the region’s Spanish past, its large main hall also presents acoustical challenges. Fortunately, the thousands of visitors who are introduced to the region’s attractions via a high-definition videowall installation hear every bit of information clearly, thanks to a Panaray® modular line array sound system from Bose® Professional Systems. The Panaray system, consisting of three MA12EX loudspeakers, was installed by RP|AV Audio Video Design & Installation of Bowersville, Georgia, and acts like a high-definition soundbar for the videowall consisting of eight 55-inch LCD displays, also installed by RP|AV. The project was part of a larger renovation of the VIC that also included a celebrated exhibition of 39 Picasso pieces from Málaga, Spain, the artist’s birthplace, put on as part of St. Augustine’s 450th anniversary commemoration.
“The visitor’s center was built as a community center, and its main hall is big and boomy – a difficult acoustical challenge,” explains Ron Prier, Owner of RP|AV Audio Video Design & Installation. “The videowall is located in this entrance area and the video was filed by a high-definition RED camera, so we had to find a sound system that could provide sound quality that matched the quality of what visitors experience visually, while at the same time being able to address the acoustic issues of that space. The answer was the Bose Panaray system.”
Prier says the MA12EX loudspeakers provide highly intelligible sound while at the same time sounding highly musical, to accommodate the DMX® scoring of the informational video. “The Panaray loudspeakers let us keep the audio very tightly focused and off of the floor and back walls where it would create reverberation and echo,” he says.
As part of the AV package, RP|AV Audio Video Design & Installation also provided the VIC a Bose L1® Model II portable sound system with a T1 ToneMatch® audio engine and a pair of B1 bass modules. This is used for live music performances in the lobby space, again assuring that the music and spoken words are all heard clearly and intelligibly. “The Bose systems really work well in challenging environments like this,” says Prier. “It’s performance you can count on.”
Inaugural awards show, “recognizing the faces behind the sound,” reveals honorees in 16 categories
Live ceremony was highlighted by presentations from Neil Young and Sir Paul McCartney
LOS ANGELES, CA — The Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California, was the place to be on June 28, 2014, as a standing-room-only crowd gathered for the inaugural Pensado Awards, an award show created by the producers of the acclaimed online video series Pensado’s Place. A live video production of the ceremony is now online on the Pensado’s Place YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/sB7r2u2EWRs. The ceremony hosted a crowd of over 600 recording industry figures – some as proud nominees, some as presenters, some there to simply be a part of the evening – including Martina McBride, Neil Young, Rami Jaffee (Wallflowers, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam), Manny Marroquin (Bruno Mars, Rolling Stones, Imagine Dragons), Jack Joseph Puig (Florence + the Machine, U2, Lady Gaga), Ron Fair (Christina Aguilera, Black Eyed Peas, Keyshia Cole) and many more. A special highlight was a taped tribute to the winner of the Pensado Giant Award from Sir Paul McCartney.
Co-hosts included singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb along with producer-engineers Chris Lord-Alge (Muse, Pink, Foo Fighters, Avril Lavigne, Green Day, Daughtry, Paramore, Black Eyed Peas), Marcella Araica (Britney Spears, Madonna, Pink, Duran Duran, Keri Hilson) and Young Guru (Jay Z, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey).
In recent years, developments in music and technology have changed the landscape for producers, songwriters, engineers and musicians, encouraging artists and composers of all types to hone their craft. The Pensado Awards acknowledges the following talented individuals and their work:
Game Changer Producer of the Year: Alex da Kid
Break Thru Songwriter: Kendrick Lamar for “Swimming Pools”
Spin Doctor DJ Award: DJ Ali and MAKJ
Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Film, Television and Gaming: Saturday Night Live and Alan Meyerson for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
OMG! Mix of the Year: Tony Maserati and Manny Marroquin
Unique Project Studio: HeartsRevolution
Break Thru Mixer: Drumsonic Daniel
Best Non-English Song: Jeff Kung for “Suspended Memories”
Tracking Engineer: Ross Hogarth
Master of Mastering: Brad Blackwood
Live/FOH: John McBride
AIR Award (Best Assistant, Intern or Runner): Ghosts Web of SoundCap Audio
Outstanding Brand: Universal Audio/UAD and Vintage King Audio
Dave Pensado Educator Award: John McBride
Herb Trawick Visionary Award: Steven Slate and Alex da Kid
Pensado Giant Award: Al Schmitt, presented by Neil Young with a special video tribute from Sir Paul McCartney
A full list of nominees can be found at http://pensadoawards.com/award_categories.html.
Herb Trawick, the Co-host/Executive Producer and Creator of Pensado’s Place, stated, “It was truly thrilling to be able to honor these winners and the rest of the nominees with the inaugural Pensado Awards. We thank them for their contributions to the industry.”
Dave Pensado (Co-host of Pensado’s Place, GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer, Teacher) added, “So many talented individuals go unnoticed every year in the music industry, and the Pensado Awards was able to honor a few of these figures and congratulate them on a job well done. The show was a huge success, and we are excited at the prospect of doing it all again next year.”
About Pensado’s Place
The hour-long weekly web series Pensado’s Place was created nearly four years ago. Co-hosted by legendary mix engineer Dave Pensado (Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Michael Jackson and more) and show creator Herb Trawick, Pensado’s Place includes interviews with top music industry artists, engineers, producers, mixers, and record executives, as well as in-depth tutorials in production, engineering and mixing. Pensado’s Place has positioned itself as “the most influential show for audio engineers,” mixers and producers (Forbes Magazine) in just three years. Pensado’s Place is more than just a show, as it highlights the very best in the industry of music, gaming, sound identity on film, and audio equipment, with a presence in live events. As a leading educational resource, Pensado’s Place is helping build the next generation of audio greats.
Photo Caption 1: Pictured L-R, front row: Pensado Awards Co-Host Lisa Loeb; Pensado Giant Award winner Al Schmitt; OMG! Mix of the Year winner Manny Marroquin; and Leon Pendarvis, Saturday Night Live musical director, recipient of the award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Film, Television and Gaming. Pictured L-R, back row: Game Changer Producer of the Year winner Alex da Kid; and Break Thru Mixer winner Drumsonic Daniel. Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for The Pensado Awards. © 2014.
Photo Caption 2: Pensado Award winners and presenters gathered on stage for the ceremony’s finale, with Dave Pensado (podium left) and Herb Trawick (podium right). Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for The Pensado Awards. © 2014.
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Framingham, MA, July 10, 2014 – André Cholmondeley knows guitars and he knows the road, and he’s applied that knowledge and tour management to the benefit of a throng of guitar greats over the years, including Al Di Meola, Derek Trucks, Greg Lake (Emerson, Lake & Palmer) and multi-instrumentalist Adrian Belew (Frank Zappa, King Crimson, others). Recently, for both Belew and Lake, he has employed the L1® Model II portable loudspeaker system with B2 bass module from Bose® Professional Systems with great success.
“I love all kinds of music, but in my tour work I really do skew towards prog-rock, as you can see,” says Cholmondeley (pronounced “CHUM-lee”), referring to his resume filled with bands that defined the progressive-rock genre of the 1970s and ‘80s. “I really love listening to the progressive players and bands, and I’ve been lucky to get to work with several of them.” It’s not just prog-rock that he loves, though; for much of his life, he has also been enamored with Bose – he recalls that his step-father had a pair of large Bose stereo speakers in the house when he was growing up, through which he first encountered many of the guitar greats that he would one day come to work with.
So it wasn’t surprising that when he was to go on the road as the guitar technician and tour manager with both Lake and Belew on separate tours in recent years, Cholmondeley recommended that they take the Bose L1 portable loudspeaker system on the road with them, on tours that spanned North America, Japan, Europe and the U.K. He says it was a decision that’s made everyone very happy.
“First, the system sounds great,” he says. “Everyone agrees on that point. Greg is a master producer and he knows what guitars are supposed to sound like. When he plugs his Gibson J-200 acoustic into the L1 system, what he gets is amazing. PA systems can often pull the mids and the lows out of acoustics, but the L1 system gives you a full spectrum of what an acoustic guitar has. Greg loves the sense of ‘depth’ that the L1 system adds to his stage sound.”
He continues, “For Adrian Belew’s electric guitars, the L1 system gives him that absolute silence he needs, and gives him all the fidelity he wants for all of his effects and samples. He’s especially happy with how synth sounds are handled with ease by the L1 subs. Then there’s the portability, which is my personal favorite feature. We often play clubs and small theaters, and the L1 system loads in and sets up fast and easily; I can quickly tell a couple of stage hands what to do, and they have it up and running within minutes. And it interfaces with the house PA systems so easily when we want it to – just run a cable to the quarter-inch input and we’re ready to go.”
Cholmondeley will go back on tour with Greg Lake this year, and may rejoin the Belew tour in the future. In both cases the Bose L1 system will be back out with them. “No way I can ever leave that behind,” he says.
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, July 10, 2014 — Live FOH, broadcast, and monitor mixing engineer Antonius Kern is part of a growing trend of live audio professionals using tools from Waves Audio’s WavesLive division (http://www.waves.com/live-sound), a leader in all live sound market segments and an innovative developer of solutions for live platforms. Kern’s credits include German TV productions Popidol, Popstars, The Voice of Germany and The Voice Kids,and music acts such as Patrice, Max Herre, and Joy Denalane. Recently, Kern has been putting Waves tools to use on The Voice of Germany and The Voice Kids as both programs continue their successful runs.
While doing pre-production for the forthcoming 2014 run of The Voice Kids, Toni shared his thoughts about using Waves tools: “In The Voice Kids, some of the performers are obviously performing on a live stage for the first time in their lives. In order to give them confidence, I use Waves tools to provide them with the best mix possible. Initially, I naturally gravitated toward the tools I was familiar with from the analog world, meaning emulations of actual analog devices. Working with the DiGiCo SD7, it was great having all my Waves tools available to me from the console’s screen and touch-and-turn knob/button. The Waves-enabled SD7 console is equipped with Waves SoundGrid Server One in a redundant processing setup, which gives me the confidence I need for the broadcast environment.”
Toni adds, “My favorite Waves plugins are the SSL G-Master Buss Compressor for parallel compression; the CLA-2A Compressor/Limiter as a buss compressor for different audio subgroups and also as an input channel compressor for vocals and snares; the PuigChild compressor on the master compressor for some subgroups; and the SSL G-Equalizer for nearly all master subgroups. Working with Waves MultiRack SoundGrid, I only need one internal system – no D/A-A/D conversion or class-A signal processing tools. Waves tools are essential in meeting the challenge of mixing a dynamic band on TV.”
Visit http://www.waveslive.com for more information.
Photo Caption: Pictured L-R: Antonius Kern and Stefan Kling (Vocals mix engineer)
New York, NY, July 10, 2014 — The AES 55th International Conference, focusing on Spatial Audio, is set to take place August 27-29, 2014, at the Helsinki Music Centre in Helsinki, Finland. Registration is open for this multi-day conference, which will bring together researchers and practitioners from all aspects of spatial audio, including recording and reproduction, perception, transmission, coding and more. Dedicated workshops will give a cutting-edge view of the practical implementation of spatial audio in applications such as broadcasting, game audio and the recording industry. Conference chairperson for this event is Lauri Savioja, along with Technical Program chair Ville Pulkki, Paper chair Tapio Lokki, and Workshop chairs Kalev Tiits and Florian Camerer. Conference sponsors are Aalto University, Genelec, Neumann, Nokia and the Sibelius Academy.
Spatial Audio – one of the largest research topics in the field of audio – has taken on ever-increasing importance and interest for both the professional and consumer audio markets. The 55th Conference will address the fundamental production and reproduction issues of multichannel audio systems, as well as techniques for creating and controlling multidirectional perceptions through headphones and loudspeakers.
The conference kicks off on Wednesday with an opening presentation titled “The Adventure of Spatial Sound Reproduction” given by chairperson Sascha Spors, which will be followed by three days of workshops, posters, papers and tutorials on Spatial Audio-related topics. Each day will offer up a variety of events on spatial sound techniques, engineering and psychoacoustics. Topics will include Sound Field Capture with Microphone Arrays and Proximity Microphones; Decoding of High Order Ambisonics; Sound Field Reproduction of Vibroacoustic Models; Immersive Multi-party Conferencing Systems; Evaluation of Sound Field Synthesis Techniques; and more. Additional events include a pre-conference tutorial entitled “Psychoacoustics and Technologies of Spatial Sound” given by Ville Pulkki and other spatial audio demonstrations at Aalto University, as well as a Thursday evening AES banquet in downtown Helsinki.
“Spatial Audio and its realized potentials have become hot topics at our conventions and conferences for several years now, and continue to grow,” states AES Executive Director Bob Moses. “With the increased challenges and opportunities brought about with ever-changing immersive audio products and entertainment, we continue to explore and set the standards, through conferences such as these, that will dictate production rules of audio perception for future generations. We are very excited to see what comes out of this conference as we look forward.”
For program details, registration, and travel information, visit http://www.aes.org/conferences/55/.
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