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Two Days Until Gear Expo in Nashville: Pensado’s Place and Vintage King Prepare for Second Annual Audio Block Party

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FREE event to be held in the Berry Hill neighborhood of Nashville at Vintage King Audio on Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

LOS ANGELES, CA, September 25, 2014 — Excitement is building as organizers, sponsors and attendees prepare for the second annual Gear Expo, being held only two days from today. Taking place Saturday, September 27 (10:00am-4:00pm) in Nashville’s Berry Hill neighborhood, Gear Expo 2014 (affectionately known as “Nashville’s Pro Audio Block Party”) is a creation of Pensado’s Place, the acclaimed weekly educational web series, in conjunction with Vintage King Audio, a leader in professional audio sales, studio consulting, and comprehensive gear servicing. Simply put, Gear Expo 2014 is one of the biggest gear and music-making expos in America. Attendees will once again be able to demo gear, talk directly with manufacturer reps, watch live interviews, mingle with celebrity guests, ride the Gear Expo tour bus, win prizes, enjoy local food trucks and meet Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick of Pensado’s Place.

Special guest attendees will include John McBride (Martina McBride, Blackbird), Jacquire King (Kings Of Leon, Tom Waits), Ryan Hewitt (Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Avett Brothers), Chuck Ainlay (Miranda Lambert, George Strait, Mark Knopfler), Rob Burrell (Michael W. Smith, Jaci Velasquez), Kuk Harrell (Rihanna, Beyoncé), Leslie Braithwaite (Pharrell Williams, Jay Z), Justin Niebank (Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow), Jenine Civil (Ultimate Ears), Vance Powell (Jack White, Beck) and many more. Nashville-based fashion legend Manuel (known as “Tailor to the Stars”) will also be displaying offerings from his custom clothing line.

The official “Pensado Express” will be taking visitors back and forth to the legendary Blackbird Studio all day long. As one of Vintage King’s biggest supporters, Blackbird has hosted historic sessions with artists such as Neil Young, the White Stripes, Bruce Springsteen and more. Giving guests another opportunity to check out new and vintage gear hard at work, partygoers will be able to see John and Martina McBride’s studio in all its glory.

“Once again, Dave and I, along with Vintage King, are raising the bar and bringing to Nashville the biggest, blow-the-doors-off, pro audio block party that Music City has ever seen,” stated Herb Trawick, Gear Expo Executive Producer and Co-host/Executive Producer/Creator of Pensado’s Place. “Of course we could not hold such an event without the help and support of our loyal sponsors, each of which is a leader in their field, and together we are going to have a blast while providing hands-on educational information and demonstrations that you cannot find any where else.”

The Gear Expo staff includes:
• Dave Pensado — Co-host of Pensado’s Place, GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer, Teacher
• Herb Trawick — Gear Expo Executive Producer and Co-host/Executive Producer/Creator of Pensado’s Place
• Shevy Shovlin — Gear Expo Producer and Chief Marketing Partner and Sales, Advertising for Headroom for Days
• Chad Evans — Gear Expo Co-Producer and Vintage King Nashville national sales rep
• Stephanie “Spitfire” Willis — Gear Expo Co-Producer

The list of title sponsors comprises some of the most prominent names in professional audio, M.I. and audio education, including Audio-Technica, Avid, The Blackbird Academy, Chandler Limited, Rupert Neve Designs, M1 Distribution, sE Electronics, Genelec, Gobbler, iZotope, Moog, Neumann, Triad-Orbit, Recording Connection, Electric Thunder Studios, G-Technology, Slate Media Technology, Studio 202, Ultimate Ears, Vintage King, and The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®.

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Photo Caption: L-R: Herb Trawick and Dave Pensado, pictured at 2013’s Gear Expo.

For more information, visit: http://gearexponashville.com/

Pensado Vintage King Gear Expo Nashville 2014
Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 2826 Dogwood Place, Nashville, TN 37204

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. http://www.pensadosplace.tv/

ABOUT VINTAGE KING AUDIO
Vintage King Audio is a leader in professional audio sales, studio consulting, and comprehensive gear servicing. No matter the scope of a client’s needs or goals — from selecting a new microphone to designing a studio from the ground up — Vintage King distinguishes itself with standard-setting customer service, which begins with the company’s knowledgeable, industry-experienced staff. For more information, visit: http://www.vintageking.com/about-us

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Back by Popular Demand: DTV Audio Group Forum to Appear at Upcoming 137th AES Convention

— “The Implications of Streamed Content Delivery on the Evolution of Television Audio Services” to be held Friday, October 10, 1 p.m. through 6 p.m. —

New York, NY, September 23, 2014 — The Audio Engineering Society announces the return of the DTVAG (DTV Audio Group) – an organization of senior-level broadcast network executives promoting best practices and successful strategies for digital television audio production and delivery – to its special events roster at the upcoming 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, taking place October 9-12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Expanding on the popularity of last year’s debut, the DTVAG forum will continue to discuss the hot topic of streaming content delivery and its impact on today’s TV landscape. The forum is produced by the DTV Audio Group in association with the Sports Video Group (SVG) and sponsored by Calrec, Dolby Laboratories, DTS, Lawo and Linear Acoustic.

Some of today’s brightest minds in television audio will participate in this year’s forum, entitled: “DTV Audio Group Forum: The Implications of Streamed Content Delivery on the Evolution of Television.” This event will take a look at the way content delivery is increasingly following a streamed model and being deployed with very short lead times via a virtualized delivery infrastructure, which allows for further advancements in related broadcast services including audio quality, spatially immersive sound, personalization and bandwidth efficiency. A series of five engaging panels, presentations and discussions will dig deep into each topic, and teach attendees about some of the tools and workflow approaches required to manage and exploit the capabilities of next-generation audio standards and take television audio into the future. Specific discussion topics will include:

This Is Not Your Father’s MVPD: A look into how the transition to IP infrastructure and streamed content is transforming cable and how this facilitates advanced audio codecs

So Long SDI and MADI: IP infrastructure for audio and video contribution within the broadcast plant and in the field

Interactivity, Objects and Spatially Immersive Audio: Mixers and technologists on the migration of object audio from cinema to the small screen and mobile

Object Audio Toolbox: What are the essential monitoring and authoring tools required for object audio production?

It’s All in Your Head: The state of headphone virtualization for immersive audio formats

Commenting on the state of streamed content delivery and the common thread among each forum topic, DTV Audio Group Executive Director Roger Charlesworth notes, “The explosive growth in streamed content delivery over mobile and fixed devices has re-written the playbook for television media distribution. Streaming delivery models are also inexorably finding their way into existing cable services and are being written into next-generation advanced television standards. The migration from traditional broadcasting to an IP stream-based model greatly simplifies implementation, and, combined with tablet-empowered UI, frees distributors to pursue a range of formats and encoding solutions with sophisticated interactive and object-oriented audio services. Our forum at AES137 will address the current and future direction of these trends and their implications for manufacturers, broadcast professionals and end users alike.”

For further information about the DTV Audio Group Forum, which is available to all attendees, and how you can get your FREE Exhibits-Plus badge (pre-registration required), as well as further Registration, and Technical Program information, visit the AES137 webpage at http://www.aes.org/events/137/.

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Audio-Technica Now Shipping System 10 Camera-Mount Wireless System

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— Operating in the 2.4 GHz range, System 10 camera-mount wireless avoids TV and DTV interference, offering a dependable, high-fidelity wireless solution for videographers —

STOW, OH, September 23, 2014 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is displaying the System 10 Camera-Mount Digital Wireless System, a digital wireless system designed to provide rock-solid performance along with easy setup and clear, natural sound quality. Featuring a compact design, the system is available in handheld, lavalier and body-pack configurations. Operating in the 2.4 GHz range, far from TV and DTV interference, this system offers extremely easy operation and instantaneous channel selection. Up to eight channels may be used together without any frequency coordination problems or group selection issues.

System 10 Camera-Mount Digital Wireless System Features:

Digital 24-bit/48 kHz wireless operation for ultimate sound quality
Dependable performance
Automatic frequency selection for seamless, interference-free operation
Three levels of diversity assurance: frequency, time, & space
3.5 mm (1/8″) output jack with switch to select between TRS balanced and unbalanced (dual mono)
Features convenient rechargeable internal battery
Receiver and transmitter battery level displays
Removable antennas
Camera shoe mount
1/8″ headphone jack with volume control

The System 10 Camera-Mount Digital Wireless System is now available in the following configurations:

ATW-1701 body-pack system: ATW-R1700 receiver, ATW-T1001 UniPak® body-pack transmitter. U.S. MSRP: $664.95
ATW-1701/L lavalier system: ATW-R1700 receiver, ATW-T1001 UniPak body-pack transmitter, MT830cW omnidirectional condenser lavalier microphone. U.S. MSRP: $789.95
ATW-1702 handheld system: ATW-R1700 receiver, ATW-T1002 unidirectional dynamic microphone/transmitter. U.S. MSRP: $699.95.

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

About System 10 Digital Wireless
System 10 offers high-fidelity digital wireless for performing musicians and presenters. Operating in the 2.4 GHz range, far from TV and DTV interference, System 10 offers advanced 24-bit operation and amazingly clear sound. System 10 wireless ensures clear communications by providing three levels of diversity assurance: frequency, time, and space. Frequency Diversity sends the signal on two dynamically allocated frequencies for interference-free communication. Time Diversity sends the signal in multiple time slots to maximize immunity to multipath interference. Finally, Space Diversity uses two antennas on each transmitter and receiver to maximize signal integrity.

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Audinate® and Bose® Professional to Sponsor Dante™ AV Networking Roadshow Events at InfoComm MEA in Dubai

Framingham, MA, September 23, 2014 – To kick off what will become a series held in multiple global locations, Audinate® and Bose® Professional will launch their AV Networking Roadshow – focusing on Dante™ technology – at InfoComm MEA in Dubai, UAE. The sessions, titled “Introduction to AV Networking,” are one-day sessions, being offered two days consecutively: October 15 and 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. The events are sponsored by Bose Professional and Audinate, with support from Atterotech®, Digital Audio Labs and Yamaha®.

Dante, created by Audinate, is the leading audio-over-IP networking solution. It offers virtually perfect synchronization, ultra-low deterministic latency and plug-and-play configuration management. Dante’s real-time streaming is suitable for live broadcast, commercial installation, live sound, public address, intercoms and transportation communications deployments.

Intended for AV and IT professionals who have a novice or intermediate understanding of AV networking, these sessions expose attendees to the current state of audio networking and control for AV systems, emerging technologies and trends in AV networking. The instructor-led training uses a variety of components from Bose and other participating manufacturers, and provides an opportunity to learn audio networking theory, design and implementation through interactive, hands-on sessions using Dante audio networking technology. Presenters include Kieran Walsh, Senior Technical Solutions Manager, Audinate; and Biju Abdul Majeed, Design Engineer, Bose Corporation. The sessions are eligible for RU credits.

Attention will be paid to the following topics:
• Connecting devices and routing audio over a Dante network
• Network switch configuration for various applications
• Working with IT managers to define network requirements
• Basic network troubleshooting

These are all-day sessions, with lunch provided. Each day’s session is limited to 50 attendees, and you can enroll as part of your registration with the InfoComm Dubai show. Register for the course “Introduction to AV Networking.”

Darryl Bryans, Product Line Manager, DSP, Bose Professional, stated, “The AV Networking Roadshow is a great way to quickly come up to speed on the latest information regarding audio networking and to get some hands-on experience using Dante audio networking technology and a variety of products. We’re pleased to be working together with Audinate and the other participating manufacturers to offer these sessions in Dubai and beyond. By the end of the day, participants should be able to confidently implement and install a Dante enabled system.”

“As the market leader in media networking, Audinate believes that one of the ways people can fully appreciate just how easy Dante is to install, integrate and use is to support our OEM partners in educating their customers.” says Ervin Grinberg, Director of Marketing, Audinate. Grinberg also adds, “Dante is the most requested networking technology, and we are pleased to showcase the benefits regionally to present this hands-on comprehensive, well thought-out program.”

Future AV Networking Roadshow events are being scheduled for markets around the U.S. and the world.

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GC Pro Helps DCP Productions Take Commercials On The Road

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— Boutique Baltimore commercial production house created a mobile production rig that, like their six-suite studio, was built with both equipment and expertise from GC Pro —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, September 22, 2014 — Don Cherel, the Founder and Director/Producer with DCP Productions, created the iconic Motorcycle Money Man for commercial client GEICO, along with spots for Planet Fitness, the Washington Nationals MLB team and the Washington Capitals NHL team. Now DCP Productions, like their mobile GEICO creation, itself is ready to go on the road, with a flypack rig that will let it shoot, record, edit and mix on location, vastly increasing the boutique shop’s productivity while giving it access to new sights, sounds and talent. And that road rig, like DCP Productions’ six-room video and audio production facility in Baltimore, was sourced with a combination of technology and expertise provided by Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users.

Eight-year-old DCP Productions’ business model is predicated on Cherel’s “concept to completion” notion, which enables clients to work with one entity for concept creation; original music creation; and pre-, field- and post-production. “By simply eliminating the layers of multiple companies in the advertising development process, DCP is able to create content and transform it into quality advertising media much less expensively and faster than traditional ad agencies,” Cherel explains. “That savings is passed on to the client.”

The new mobile rig, which tackles its first official project in July for the next GEICO campaign, is made up of two 12-space racks that hold gear including a Universal Audio® Apollo high-resolution interface, an Avid Pro Tools system with Thunderbolt connectivity, an Avid MC Mix controller, an API 550 EQ, Crane Song Falcon compressor and two Rupert Neve Designs 542 tape emulators.

All of this equipment was sourced through GC Pro Account Manager Mitch Shaivitz at GC Pro’s Baltimore-area office. The mobile rig’s make-up grew from Shaivitz’s conversations with Cherel about what the producer/director wanted to accomplish. “I called up Mitch and said, here’s what I want to do,’ and he came back with equipment suggestions that matched our workflow at the studio,” Cherel explains. “This mix of equipment and systems really make the mobile rig an extension of the studio — our workflow remains the same on the road and in the studio, so the end product is totally consistent.”

“Every product choice was well thought-out,” says Cherel. “With the exception of cameras and lenses, virtually every piece of equipment we have, in the studio and on the road, came through GC Pro. “They have the products and the expertise. But mostly, they get what we’re trying to do.”

For more information, please visit www.gcpro.com.

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PhantomFocus™ System Stuns at PotLuck Audio Conference (PotLuckCon)

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PhantomFocus™ System Stuns at PotLuck Audio Conference (PotLuckCon)

Nashville, TN: Solid State Logic (SSL) hosted TEC Award-Winning studio designer Carl Tatz and the PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) in their SSL demo suite featuring the AWS 924 console at the 2014 PotLuck Audio Conference at the fabulous El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort in Tucson, Arizona. Audio professionals from across the country gathered in this bucolic desert setting to take in the many expert panels, workshops and gear demonstrations presented at the annual event.

“We’re grateful to SSL and PotLuckCon principal Craig Shumacher for supporting our effort to bring the PhantomFocus System experience to those who may have heard or read about the system but have not had the opportunity to sit in its sweet spot. In this case, one listen takes the place of a thousand reviews,” comments Carl Tatz, principal of Carl Tatz Design and creator of the PhantomFocus System.

Among the distinguished attendees who had the chance to experience the PFS for the first time were engineer/producer Mike Caffrey; Mark Christensen, head mastering engineer and owner at NYC’s Engine Room Audio studios; PureWave Audio and Allusion Studios owner Jim Pavett; Vintage King Audio’s Alex Oana; FOX Sports Audio Consultant / Senior Mixer Fred Aldous; Jeff Harris, Technical Department Manager at the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS); and engineer Andrew Scheps. Here are a few of their comments:

“The sound coming out of the Phantom Focus system was astounding – especially coming out of such small monitors in a room that wasn’t acoustically designed. It was an enveloping listening experience and is what music should always sound like.” – Mike Caffrey.

“The imaging was very accurate, especially in the low end, and I heard distinct elements in the low end of a #1 single that I mastered last year that I had not heard before.” – Mark Christensen

“Although my listening time was limited, my experience was impressive, and I look forward to having the opportunity to spend more time with the PhantomFocus System in the future.” – Fred Aldous

“I had no previous biases one way or the other when I auditioned the PhantomFocus System. Listening was a very enjoyable experience. The bass frequencies, which usually are fighting room modes, were solid with no dips. Once you have a system dialed in like this, then your real journey of creating music begins behind the console. No more second-guessing, because all is true.” – Jim Pavett

Auralex Acoustics, Ashly Audio, NHT, and Dynaudio Professional generously provided the portable acoustic modules, proprietary PFS processor, proprietary PFS subwoofer system and near-field monitors, respectively. Also, Sound Anchors provided their new PhantomFocus™ Stand.

Photo Caption 1: Pictured L-R: SSL Vice President of Music Products Fadi Hayek; studio designer and PhantomFocus™ System creator Carl Tatz; and SSL U.S. Sales and Marketing Manager Marc DeGeorge, in the SSL casita featuring the SSL AWS 924 and the PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) at PotLuckCon 2014.

Photo Caption 2: CRAS instructor Paul Richards experiencing the PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) at the SSL casita during PotLuckCon.

Photo Caption 3: Poolside at the El Conquistador Resort, Tucson, Arizona.

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AES and SMPTE® Partner to Further Strengthen and Educate the Audio Community at 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention

New York, NY, September 19, 2014 — The Audio Engineering Society (AES) is pleased to introduce the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®) as an Association Partner for the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, taking place Oct. 9-12 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The Oscar® and Emmy® Award-winning SMPTE is the worldwide leader in the advancement of the art, science and craft of developing and maintaining image, sound and metadata ecosystems. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media and entertainment industries. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 800 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines.

As part of this collaborative effort between AES and SMPTE, a number of special guests and presentations have been included in the convention program for the benefit of all attendees. Speakers from SMPTE’s professional membership will be presenting as part of the Broadcast and Streaming Media and the Sound for Picture tracks. The sessions, presented by leading figures in their field, are titled:

Sound for Picture: SP3 – Cinema Standards Review and the Road to Implementing Changes
Broadcast and Streaming Media: B13 – SMPTE: Audio Issues for Live Television — Overcoming the Challenges of Live Television Broadcast in Today’s Wild, Wild World

In addition, SMPTE will host a booth at AES137 (booth 1360), staffed by members of its Hollywood Section, where attendees can learn more about SMPTE and its goals, programs, and benefits. All SMPTE members are eligible to register for free Exhibits-Plus badges, as well as for discounted All Access badges, courtesy of the AES and SMPTE Association Partnership. Similarly, AES members who wish to attend the SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition in Hollywood, California, Oct. 20-23 are offered promotional codes for a 10 percent discount on conference packages or promotion code for a complimentary exhibits-only pass.

“SMPTE and the Audio Engineering Society share a commitment to promoting high standards and supporting advancements and education in the audio field,” said Barbara Lange, executive director at SMPTE. “We are pleased to partner with the Society at this year’s convention to offer resources and professional development presentations that further the complementary missions of our organizations.”

AES Executive Director Bob Moses stated, “This year the AES is proud to formally engage with our Association Partner, SMPTE, at the 137th Convention in Los Angeles. Both organizations share such strong ties through integral technologies, ideas, and disruptions that we all have to overcome, which all translate to opportunities for our industry as a whole. It’s really exciting for SMPTE to have a presence at our convention this year, and I thank the Society for its participation in building our program into something even greater for our attendees.”

For further information about free Exhibits-Plus badges (preregistration required), premium All Access badges, hotel, and technical program information, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/137/.

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AES Educational Foundation Announces Awards for 2014

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New York, NY, September 18, 2014 — The Educational Foundation of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) has announced the recipients of the 2014 AES Educational Grants for Graduate Studies in Audio Engineering. The announcement was made by Don Puluse, President of the AES Educational Foundation (AESEF), on behalf of the foundation’s Board of Directors.

This year the foundation proudly offers a special scholarship marking Bruce Swedien’s 80th birthday and recognizing over six decades of recording artistry. This scholarship is funded by his colleagues, family, fans and friends. The scholarship will aid young recording engineers who believe in putting “Music First!” For more information, visit http://www.swedienscholarship.org.

The inaugural Bruce Swedien Scholarship is awarded to Pawel Leskiewicz, a graduate student in Sound Recording at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University. He earned his BM with honors from the Royal Conservatory of Music, The Hague, Netherlands. Pawel has won top prizes at several international competitions on classical guitar in his native Poland. He has also completed internships with Channel Classics Records and Polyhymnia International (formerly Philips Classics).

Two special grants are being generously provided by HARMAN International Industries to support graduate education in audio. The Board of Directors has decided to renew these grants for last year’s HARMAN Scholars Brecht De Man and Kai Siedenburg. Mr. De Man has undergraduate and graduate degrees in electrical engineering from University of Ghent, Belgium, and is studying for a Ph.D. (EE and Computer Science) at Queen Mary University of London. Mr. Siedenburg has an M.S. in Mathematics from Humboldt University, Berlin, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Music Technology, Department of Music Research, at McGill University. He was previously a Fulbright visiting student at UC Berkeley and did his master’s thesis at University of Vienna.

The Emil Torick Scholar distinction is being given to Charlotte Desvages, who will earn a Ph.D. in audio and acoustics at the University of Edinburgh. Her previous degrees are from Edinburgh (Acoustics and Music Technology) and Universitè de Caen Basse-Normandie (physics). This award, honoring former AES Foundation President Torick, is awarded to an outstanding student with exceptional career goals.

The John Eargle Award, given annually to a student who excels in both technology and music, is a renewal award for Elizabeth Marston towards her M.M. in Sound Recording at McGill University. Ms. Marston holds a B.A. in Music from Seattle Pacific University.

Javed Hamza receives a renewal award to pursue a Ph.D. in Speech and Audio Processing from Imperial College London, where he also completed his previous degrees. Marlene Mathew earns a renewal award towards her Master’s in Music Technology to NYU. She has a BS in Computer Science from CWPost.

Dziedzic Tomasz is a Ph.D. candidate at AGH University of Science & Technology, Poland, where he also received his M.A.; Tomasz is in the department of Mechanics and Vibroacoustics. Robert Fernandes is studying for an M.M. in Sound Recording at McGill; he has a B.M. from Humber College. Jiayue Wu is a Ph.D. candidate in Media Arts and Technology at University of California, Santa Barbara; she has a BS from the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology and an MA from Stanford University.

The AES Educational Foundation was established in 1984 to encourage talented students to enter the profession of audio engineering. Grants for graduate studies with emphasis on audio topics are awarded annually. Recipients are selected on the basis of demonstrated talent, achievements, goals and recommendations. Since its inception, the AESEF has presented awards totaling over seven hundred thousand dollars. Grants have been made possible by contributions from AES, Inc., HARMAN International Industries Inc., the estate of John K. Hilliard, JBL Inc., the Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio, the families of John Eargle, David Smith and Emil Torick, and the family and friends of Bruce Swedien. The AES also receives support from other benefactors such as in-memoriam donors, and individuals and companies that support education in audio. Application forms and additional information are available from the Audio Engineering Society, 60 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10165, USA, or on its web site: www.aes.org/education/foundation/.

Photo Caption: Don Puluse, president of the AES Educational Foundation.

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Audio-Technica Microphones Provide the Right Solution for Fusion Act Snarky Puppy’s Unique Recording Method

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— Blurring the lines between studio albums and live sets, Snarky Puppy’s records are tracked live in a studio or venue with an audience, and Audio-Technica microphones are there to capture every nuance for engineer/mixer Eric Hartman —

STOW, OH, September 18, 2014 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is proud to be a microphone manufacturer of choice for Snarky Puppy, a Brooklyn-based instrumental fusion band led by GRAMMY® Award-winning bassist, composer and producer Michael League. Since joining with the Snarky Puppy crew around 2007, engineer/mixer Eric Hartman has been behind the console for several acclaimed albums from the ensemble, including We Like It Here, which the band released this year. And a key element of these albums’ success has been Hartman’s extensive use of Audio-Technica microphones in the band’s recording process, which generally blurs the lines between live recording and studio production.

“We record live with no overdubs,” states Hartman. “They’ll travel to the recording session, sometimes still writing the songs, and rehearse for a short span of time. Then we will have a number of sets scheduled, two per night for multiple nights, with a live audience in the room, and we will record them all for possible release. They will play a set down, like it’s a concert, and after the four days we may have several cuts to choose from, so Michael League figure out which ones he likes best based on the performance and the video quality, and proceed to the mixing stage from there. No overdubs, and close to no editing, and with an eager live audience and spontaneous antics from the band. We break a lot of rules, and many times I think the records are better because of it.”

Hartman’s arsenal of A-T tools includes the following models: ATM450 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone; ATM350 Cardioid Condenser Clip-On Microphone; ATM250 Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone; ATM650 Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone; AT4050 Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone; AT4060 Cardioid Condenser Tube Microphone; AE3000 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone; AE4100 Cardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphone; AE5100 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone; AE2500 Dual-element Cardioid Instrument Microphone; AT4051b Cardioid Condenser Microphone; and AT4080 Phantom-powered Bidirectional Ribbon Microphone. He has put these microphones to use in dozens of configurations, but a few favorites include using the ATM450 for snare and hi-hat (“It’s really good at taking a ‘snapshot’ of an area,” he remarks); ATM350’s as clip-ons throughout the ensemble; AT4051b’s as drum overheads; AE2500 on kick drum; AT4080 on guitar cabinets and certain horn solos; AE3000 on toms; and ATM250’s on deep snares, organ bottom, and a variety of other uses.

Aside from serving the in-studio audience and the listener at home, the band has to consider a third type of audience: the online viewer. Since these sessions are almost always filmed and end up on YouTube or as video releases, they must be visually pleasing. To add some flash, a decision was made to try out a new set of A-T headphones, the ATH-M50RD Professional Studio Monitor Headphones (red color). Hartman recalls, “They are bright red, and they really popped on camera, adding a very cool aesthetic. And I’m a bit of a headphone snob, and the ATH-M50’s really provide the hi-fi reference that I need in a lot of situations. So they’re what we need sonically, with that extra bit of visual flair. Perfect for this last set of sessions we did.”

“It’s been a great ride so far,” adds Hartman. “I’m glad I answered that call from the band in 2007, because I almost didn’t! I’ve gotten to see this band grow their fanbase and budgets and get better as an ensemble. Sometimes we walk into a situation with very little and just make it work somehow. And A-T products have been a cornerstone of my workflow through it all.”

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

Photo Caption: Snarky Puppy bassist and bandleader Michael League, pictured with Audio-Technica’s AE4100 Cardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphone and ATH-M50RD Professional Studio Monitor Headphones.

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Wharfedale Is Now Shipping Its High-Performance Jade Series Subwoofers In the US

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Two new models combine compact size with remote-control setup options and elegant finishes

Chicago, IL — Sound Solutions, LLC, the exclusive U.S. distributor of Wharfedale loudspeakers and Avid HiFi products, today announced it is now shipping its Jade Series subwoofers in the U.S. The Jade 10 and Jade 8 subwoofers each feature dual drivers for powerful, articulate bass and offer a full range of adjustments via their remote controls to achieve optimum performance in any home theater or stereo music system and room.

The Jade 10 features dual 10-inch woofers and a built-in 500-watt amplifier, and the Jade 8 has dual 8-inch woofers and a built-in 350-watt amplifier. The subwoofers employ a dual-woofer arrangement in which the high-excursion, long-throw woofers are mounted opposite each other and mechanically reinforce each other’s motion, yielding powerful, articulate low-frequency response to 30Hz with greater output and efficiency. Like every Wharfedale loudspeaker, Jade Series subwoofers are designed and built completely in-house, from their drivers and internal amplifiers to their beautifully finished enclosures, available in Rosewood Cherry, Vintage Cherry and Black Oak veneer to complement Wharfedale’s Jade Series loudspeakers and any home décor.

Wharfedale’s Jade Series subwoofers make it easy to dial in the best-possible performance in any home theater or music system, thanks to their supplied remote control that enables adjustment from the listening position or anywhere in the room. A dimmable front-panel LED screen facilitates precise tailoring of volume, continuously variable low-pass crossover point, crossover slope and phase to enable perfect integration with the main speakers and the acoustics of the listening room. Stereo and mono (LFE) line in and speaker-level inputs are provided. In addition, the Jade 10 and Jade 8 offer a choice of modes for either maximum dynamics during movie viewing and music playback, or to adjust the subwoofers’ response for lower-volume late night listening.

The Wharfedale Jade 10 and Jade 8 subwoofers are currently available at suggested retail prices of $1,599 and $1,199 respectively.

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