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Genelec Custom Installation Systems Appoints New Manufacturer’s Representative

— Verve AV of Chesapeake, Virginia, is the latest rep to be
added to the Genelec Custom Installation Systems sales force, representing
the Mid-Atlantic Region —

NATICK, MA, July 11, 2012 — Genelec Inc., U.S. distributor of Genelec Custom Installation Systems, has added Verve AV of Chesapeake, Virginia, to its growing family of manufacturer’s representatives. Bart LoPiccolo, Genelec National Sales Manager, made the announcement as part of Genelec’s ongoing expansion in the custom installation/home theater market sectors. Verve AV will represent Genelec Custom Installation products in the Mid-Atlantic region. Company principals Jimmy Van Dyke and Eric Rigler will be leading the efforts.

The addition of new dedicated Genelec reps in this region underscores Genelec’s commitment to meeting the rising market demand with a network of experienced, knowledgeable representatives. Commenting on the appointment of Verve AV, LoPiccolo stated, “We are proud to have added Verve AV to the Genelec family. The company has a well-established presence in the market, and their experience and support make them an excellent fit for Genelec. Jimmy, Eric and their team are very qualified, and they will assist us in increasing brand visibility and market penetration in their territory and also help build lasting relationships with high-end custom install dealers. We look forward to continuing growth as a result of these new partnerships.”

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

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Bose® Offers New Accessories for ControlSpace® and PowerMatch™ Systems

New ControlSpace® SP-24 Sound Processor Offers Simplified Sound Processing for 2×4 Installed and Portable Applications

PowerMatch™ CobraNet® Card provides enhanced capability for Bose PowerMatch configurable professional power amplifiers

Framingham, Massachusetts, July 12, 2012 – The Bose® Professional Systems Division is offering new components for two of its flagship systems: the ControlSpace® SP-24 sound processor and a new CobraNet® compatible interface card for its PowerMatch™ amplifier line.

ControlSpace SP-24 sound processor
The ControlSpace SP-24 sound processor is a 2×4 loudspeaker processor for both installed and portable applications. It offers a different approach to configuration through two methods of control: a simplified front panel interface and a comprehensive PC software editor application.

“Customers have told us loudspeaker processors can be difficult and time consuming to set up. Bose wanted to address this with the SP-24 processor,” said Kyle Sullivan, electronics product manager, Bose Professional Systems Division. “We chose to keep the front panel very straightforward and provide users with access to the most common functions. And, for more complex applications, the SP-24 Editor software enables full access to all signal processing settings and routing. Both solutions make it possible for installers to optimize and control loudspeaker systems quickly and easily according to their installation needs.”

The ControlSpace SP-24 processor’s front panel features LCD menus and controls that allow for selection of pre-programmed scenes, gain and delay parameters, or quick access to Bose loudspeaker presets. There are also signal and clip LED indicators for input channels and a convenient front panel lockout feature that prevents unauthorized use.

The included ControlSpace SP-24 Editor software provides real-time control and monitoring, whether connected live or offline. Users can set gain/delay operations, custom channel routing, input and output 9-band equalization, band pass filters, delays, peak limiter, gain and polarity control. Custom loudspeaker EQ curves can be created or Bose professional loudspeaker EQs recalled for quick, optimized set-up. Custom scenes designed with the SP-24 Editor software can also be saved locally to a PC or, using a USB connection, stored to the SP-24 processor hardware.

The SP-24 includes standard XLR connectors for easy connection to pro-level sources such as mixing consoles, amplifiers, and powered loudspeakers. A USB port provides plug-and-play PC access for system configuration, programming, signal level monitoring and firmware updates using the SP-24 Editor software. With the 2×4 configuration, the Bose sound processor is a convenient option for both installed and portable applications.

The ControlSpace SP-24 sound processor will be available from Bose through authorized Bose dealers in July 2012 and is covered by a five-year transferable, limited warranty. The ControlSpace SP-24 Editor software will be available to download online at the same time.

CobraNet compatible interface card
Adding to the capability already enabled in ControlSpace ESP-00/88 engineered sound processors, Bose now offers a complete CobraNet network solution with its flagship DSP and amplifier products. The new CobraNet card easily inserts into the digital input card slot of the PowerMatch configurable professional power amplifier, enabling connection of up to 16 channels of uncompressed 48 kHz digital audio on the CobraNet network. The new PowerMatch CobraNet card enables configurable routing/mixing of CobraNet channels to amplifier channels, with 8 digital audio input channels as well as a diagnostic 8-channel audio monitoring bus and dual redundant network connections. The PowerMatch expansion card joins the ControlSpace ESP expansion card to give customers control and amplification solutions for CobraNet network applications. The PowerMatch CobraNet card will be available from Bose through authorized Bose dealers in June 2012 and is covered by a 5-year transferable, limited warranty.

For more information please visit http://pro.Bose.com.

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Auralex® Appoints Music Veteran Saul Zonana Artist Relations Manager

— Company augments current personnel as part of long-term business strategy —

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, July 10, 2012 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and soon to celebrate its 35th anniversary, has appointed noted singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Saul Zonana to the position of Artist Relations Manager. In his new capacity, Zonana will spearhead a new artist relations program, with a focus on expanding and maintaining brand equity within the community of accomplished and emerging artists, engineers, producers and musicians. The announcement was made by company founder and president Eric Smith and is part of Auralex’s long-term strategic business plan, which includes providing Auralex dealers and end users additional personnel in the field.

Aside from being the main contact for all Auralex artist and end user activities, Zonana will provide valuable information to Auralex’s marketing department for creating market-driven products and artist-oriented promotional materials. He will also oversee a new artist-centric portion of the Auralex website highlighting key and unique applications of Auralex sound treatment products.

Currently based in the Nashville, Tennessee area, after spending much of his life in New York City and on the road, Zonana has a rich and colorful, decades-long career in the music industry. His past projects include notable 1990s bands No Heroes and Luv Junkies, time spent in KISS guitarist Ace Frehley’s touring band, collaborations with guitar virtuoso Adrian Belew, a stint with Crash Test Dummies and ten solo albums – the latest of which, Fix the Broken, will soon be released on Zonana’s own label.

“Saul’s background in various corners of the music industry makes him a perfect asset for our organization as we reach out to artists who are loyal Auralex users and those who could benefit from our products,” stated Eric Smith. “Aside from his impressive resume, he is a class act, and we are thrilled to have him on our team. As Auralex looks at our long-term business strategies, creative minds like Saul will help us realize our goals.”

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

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Aphex®’s New Audio Xciter™ Music App Now Available: Hear Your Music the Way It Was Meant to Sound

— Pro audio technology innovator Aphex releases the Audio Xciter™ music player app, providing unprecedented sound quality on mobile devices through its proprietary Xciter digital signal processor (DSP), previously available only in pro audio equipment —

BURBANK, CA, July 10, 2012 — Aphex®, a leader in audio enhancement technology for more than 35 years, is proud to announce the availability of Audio Xciter™, the first audio app that dynamically improves the quality of digital music (as well as audiobooks and podcasts) on your Apple iOS devices through a proprietary Xciter digital signal processor (DSP). It has been the career-long dream of Aphex Chairman & CEO David Wiener to help musicians and music lovers make the most of every music experience, and Audio Xciter is a great testament of Wiener’s drive to end the debate about poor audio quality in digital devices. Audio Xciter uses patented Aphex DSP technology to improve the quality of your music by analyzing and enhancing the audio signal in real time. The iOS app is available today with an Android version to follow next month.

Legendary musicians such as Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Led Zeppelin have relied on the Aphex technology behind Audio Xciter for years and used to rent Aphex products for thousands of dollars for audio mastering. Now music lovers can experience the original sound quality created in-studio through the Audio Xciter app (available as a free demo download).

“Heavily compressed digital music files reduce sonic performance in music recordings,” said David Wiener. “We’ve leveraged our professional studio technology and created Audio Xciter to restore the detail, richness and spaciousness to your audio experience. The result is a more immersive sound that more accurately reflects the original intentions of the artists, engineers and producers. All the musicians and producers we work with think this is a revolutionary product for mobile music.”

“The Audio Xciter app brings musical detail to life, no matter what style of music you’re listening to. You will hear increased clarity, along with space and detail, that will impress anyone,” said Alan Parsons, GRAMMY® Award-winning record producer and engineer.

The free Audio Xciter app allows 15 minutes of enhanced playback per day. Users have two upgrade options: Audio Xciter Basic removes the time restriction and Audio Xciter Studio allows users to fine-tune the Xciter DSP settings for a truly custom experience. The launch pricing is $2.99 for Audio Xciter ($4.99 after July 31st) and $7.99 for Audio Xciter Studio ($9.99 after July 31st). Audio Xciter can be purchased through iTunes for iOS and will soon be available at the Android Store and Amazon.com for Android devices. The app is available at http://bit.ly/AudioXciter-for-iOS.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Audio Xciter will go to Respect the Music, Aphex’s foundation supporting music and arts education.

Additional information including demo videos and screenshots are available at http://AudioXciterApp.com.

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Forensics Audio Specialist Phil Manchester™ Relies On Waves Audio

International covert audio specialist Phil Manchester™ is renowned worldwide for his high level of effectiveness. As he restores audio for some of the most high-profile investigations in his native U.K. and elsewhere, he approaches his work with the dedication and creativity of a master artist. Manchester says, “People often ask me how I am able to obtain evidence in a recording that others cannot, and the answer is experience and exposure. You need to live and breathe the material if you want to achieve results others cannot – just like music, artistry or any craft in life. You need raw passion and perseverance, and when that is paired with the right tools, you have the perfect match for excellence.” It is this level of focus that has cemented Manchester’s status as the go-to restoration expert. He was instrumental in securing the vital evidence required in a groundbreaking, law-changing U.S.-to-U.K. extradition case in which the audio forensic evidence was crucial in securing the extradition. Manchester’s audio forensics work has also served indispensable in several recent high-profile terrorist conspiracy cases in the U.K. In these and scores of other cases, Manchester has relied on plugins from Waves Audio, the industry-leading developer of professional audio digital signal processing technologies.

“Waves plugins are my primary palette of tools and have been since 2000. They are absolutely crucial to my work,” he notes. “Coming from a background using Waves plugins for music and mix engineering, I took that passion and applied it to my professional life in audio forensics, with wonderful results. I have been fortunate to use almost every form of restoration software and hardware available, including specifically-designed law enforcement equipment and commercially-supplied professional audio tools used by all of the major agencies; Waves processing provides the tools to do the job every time, especially when it matters most. In forensics, the quality of the material is often so poor that we really need to go the extra mile to be able to provide critical intelligence and evidence, and I have been proud to be able to restore recordings, with the help of Waves, that others could not.”

It is no surprise that Manchester prefers to dive into the material in detail. He notes, “Many tools on the market today are designed for quick-and-easy, one-button fixes. Those are fine for certain situations and, for this type of approach, Waves OneKnob plugins are my clear favorite. But in my opinion, forensics really is best suited by more detailed methods, and at the highest levels of covert investigation, I need the most precise levels of control available. Waves processing allows for precise application with a limitless number of possible outcomes. Since we are trying to obtain accurate evidence, that level of fine-tuning makes all the difference in the world. Creativity can be a significant part of it too; strict uses of application-driven tools are often not the best way to obtain intelligence, and a little bit of imagination can go a long way. For instance, I have even used plugins that were designed for guitars to isolate the conversation of interest.”

Manchester sees the use of Waves tools by forensics investigators as a growing trend in the coming years. “These plugins and methods will have a huge impact on how investigators approach their craft. For too long, audio forensics has been about racks and racks of equipment in laboratories. And law enforcement might tend to lag behind on certain developments – most police officers still record to tape, for instance. But the fact is now, with the power of a modern laptop, I can perform restoration that will exceed that of the most expensive laboratory systems, and it is only a matter of time before this type of investigation is the norm.”

His use of Waves tools has been so revolutionary that last year, Waves and Manchester released a dedicated plugin bundle for law enforcement agencies. The Phil Manchester™ / Waves Audio Forensics Package contains nine audio plugins chosen especially for their precision in covert audio investigation: W43 Noise Reduction Plugin, X-Noise, X-Crackle, X-Hum, X-Click, C1 Compressor/Expander, Q10 Paragraphic Equalizer, PAZ Frequency Analyzer and L1 Ultramaximizer™.

He sums up why he prefers Waves tools over anything else: “For ease of use, consistency in application, processing speed, clutter-free intuitive interfaces, precision and control, Waves simply cannot be outdone.”

The Phil Manchester™ / Waves Audio Forensics Package is now available at a special price of $399.00, a savings of $300 off the MSRP. Visit http://www.waves.com/content.aspx?id=11787 for more information.

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Aphex® Appoints Newest Manufacturer’s Representatives

BURBANK, CA, July 9, 2012 — Aphex®, a leader in audio enhancement technology for over 35 years, has appointed a series of additional manufacturer’s representatives as part of the company’s ongoing growth and expansion. These firms will join Aphex’s current sales force in representing Aphex’s line of pro products in their respective territories, fostering sales and increasing market share.

The following firms have been appointed, listed with their regions and principals: Warman Marketing: Rocky Mountain territories (Harry Warman); Sound Vision Marketing: Florida (Tim Yates); Audio One Marketing: Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (Tim Van Bargen); ASR Enterprises: Mid-Atlantic region (Pat Foley); and Marketing Concepts: Texas (Bruce Marlin).

The appointment of new and additional dedicated reps in these regions underscores Aphex’s commitment to meeting the rising market demand with a network of experienced, knowledgeable manufacturer’s representatives. Aphex Chairman & CEO David Wiener stated, “Aphex is totally on a roll! With new products and technologies showing off our strengths and delighting customers old and new, we’ve been firing on all cylinders. The appointment of our newest manufacturer’s reps is part of our long-term strategic business plan, and we look forward to each of these valued partners helping us as we prepare for continued expansion.”

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

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Sound Quality Takes the Stage at GRAMMY® FutureNow

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (July 5, 2012) — A highlight of GRAMMY® FutureNow, a day-long conference produced by The Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, Calif., was the presentation led by GRAMMY-winning engineer Andrew Scheps (Adele, Audioslave, Linkin Park, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers). Titled “Lost in Translation,” the presentation guided attendees through an auditory experience examining the difference between an artist’s mastered track and different consumer formats including vinyl, CD, MP3, AAC and streaming.

Photo Caption: Pictured L-R: Andrew Scheps, P&E Wing Senior Executive Director Maureen Droney and P&E Wing Steering Committee Co-Chair Mike Clink. Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy® /Wireimage.com © 2012. Photographed by: Maury Phillips.

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UK-Based Theater Sound Designer Richard Brooker Relies On Waves Audio

— For the new musicals I Dreamed a Dream (based on the life of Susan Boyle) and an adaptation of The Bodyguard, Waves tools play an important role in Brooker’s sound design —

KNOXVILLE, TN, July 5, 2012 — Richard Brooker has a long history as an acclaimed sound designer on some of the industry’s biggest theatrical performances, including such credits as Jesus Christ Superstar, Never Forget, The Sound of Music, Cabaret, Chess, Daddy Cool and many more. He has witnessed his job evolve as audience expectations and the theaters themselves have changed, and recently he has come to rely on tools from Waves Audio, the industry-leading developer of professional audio digital signal processing technologies, for both live situations and his personal studio. His use of Waves features prominently in the sound design for the new stage musical I Dreamed a Dream (based on the real-life story of opera crossover superstar Susan Boyle) and the upcoming The Bodyguard (an adaptation of the award-winning Whitney Houston/Kevin Costner film). For I Dreamed a Dream, Brooker’s console of choice is a DiGiCo SD8 powered by the fully-integrated Waves SoundGrid® platform for real-time processing; for The Bodyguard, he is using a DiGiCo SD7 with SoundGrid.

“I began working with Waves tools at home in the studio on my Pro Tools rig,” notes Brooker. “I love them, and they are always a part of building my mix. They are unbelievably well-thought-through products, with something available for whatever you want to do. And of course they are great sounding plugins too, which is probably the most important issue.”

Brooker reflects on the difference between using Waves for theater versus a rock performance, as well as the shifting dynamics of the audience’s relationship to a show: “In theater, the sound design should support the storyline, the emotional journey of the characters and the score itself. We must draw the audience in during the dialogue, in order that they can commit to the show emotionally. And we have to push them back into their seats and overwhelm them in the big numbers. Traditionally, sound designers have taken a ‘less-is-more’ approach in musical theater. That is still partially the case, but we have seen the role of the sound designer evolve moving into the current era. Audiences today tend to be a bit more demanding of things like a fully-produced sound, a surround-sound layout and special effects. It is a challenge, but Waves tools have helped me make those transitions. As intense as it can be, I love my job and it’s tremendous fun. The addition of Waves to live consoles is like opening up an Aladdin’s cave for me.”

Brooker’s favorite Waves plugins include the Renaissance Compressor, Renaissance Reverb, Bass Rider, SSL G-Equalizer and SSL G-Master Buss Compressor. He also uses the CLA (Chris Lord-Alge) Artist Signature Collection in his recording studio. He is also fond of the IR1 Parametric Convolution Reverb, as well as the One Knob Phatter and One Knob Wetter. His go-to “problem-solver” is the Renaissance Compressor. “It is transparent even when working really hard,” he notes.

The new Susan Boyle musical has presented some unique challenges, as Brooker points out. “This is a tricky show. There is a range of intensity. All of the show is amplified using lavalier microphones and wireless transmitters, with miniature DPA mics hidden in the actors’ hair or wigs. After the show is done, we present them with a full-on concert-style, epic set of numbers. Susan will personally make an appearance at some, singing into a handheld unit. That portion is really a great big sound, so we need to be set up for a range of dynamics. The Renaissance Compressor is perfect to place Susan just where she needs to be in the mix. To the audience, it is imperceptible, but they would certainly notice if it weren’t there. Then, the band sound is shaped by the Renaissance Reverb and SSL Buss Compressor, with a little bit of the SSL G-Equalizer for good measure. I am a DiGiCo man through and through, currently using the SD8 and SD7, and the Waves plugins enhance what is already an amazing sounding console. DiGiCo and Waves are the perfect combination.”

Visit www.waves.com and www.waveslive.com for more information.

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Lowell Introduces Rackmount Fan Panels with Built-in Thermostat

— Lowell adds new built-in thermostat option for 19-inch panels with whisper-quiet or turbo fans —

PACIFIC, MO, July 5, 2012 — Lowell Manufacturing Company recently introduced a new built-in thermostat option for 19-inch panels with whisper-quiet or turbo fans. This thermostat is actually built right into the cord, activating and deactivating fans when ambient temperatures reach pre-set points. The thermostat automatically turns fans on when the ambient temperature hits 86?F (30?C), and off when the temperature is 72?F (22?C). This power-saving feature ensures efficient fan operation, while saving rack space. The bright green cord highlights the energy-savings benefit to customers.

Whisper fans (Model Series FW):
Each fan has a 4.7″ diameter, 50 cfm airflow rating, 28 dB noise rating, and requires 5.5 Watts of power. Includes fan guards and power cord. Whisper fans are available in two formats: 19-inch E.I.A. Fan Panels, 3U (with 2 or 3 fans) or 7U (with 4 fans); as well as a single fan kit for spot cooling.

Turbo fans (Model Series FT):
The single 10″ diameter fan (19″ E.I.A. 7U panel) has 550 cfm airflow rating and 50.8 dB noise rating, requiring 61 Watts of power. The package includes front/rear fan guards and cord.

For more information, please visit www.lowellmfg.com or e-mail Lowell at sales@lowellmfg.com.

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Bose® Expands RoomMatch™ Array Module Loudspeakers with Five New Coverage Patterns

Framingham, Massachusetts, July 5, 2012 – Bose® Professional Systems Division has expanded the range of available coverage patterns for the RoomMatch™ array module loudspeakers with five new patterns. Building upon the innovative designs launched in May of 2011, the RoomMatch series now includes 20 unique coverage patterns, which provide system designers with unprecedented coverage control and scalability for venues including houses of worship, auditoriums, performing arts centers and sports arenas.

The five new coverage patterns include 120°x5°, 120°x10°, 90°x 5°, 55°x 40°, and 55°x 60° (horizontal x vertical) and are fully compatible with the complete line of installation accessories for the RoomMatch series. Additionally, Bose Modeler® and ControlSpace® Designer™ software have been updated to include directivity and EQ settings for the new modules.

“The RoomMatch series of loudspeakers represented a new approach for the industry that let sound system designers meet the acoustic challenges of any fixed-installation sound system without compromising audio performance. When we launched these products we were dedicated to providing our customers with products that provide consistent response regardless of the room configuration.

The addition of these new patterns one year later represents our commitment to the industry and provides our customers with even more flexibility,” said Akira Mochimaru, General Manager, Bose Professional Systems Division.

Availability
The new RoomMatch modules and Modeler and ControlSpace Designer software updates will be available through authorized Bose dealers beginning July 2012. For more information please visit http://pro.Bose.com .

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