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Hal Leonard Publishes Alan Parsons’ Art & Science of Sound Recording

Alan Parsons and Julian Colbeck to present ASSR, The Book based on the award-winning DVD set at the 137th AES in Los Angeles

Montclair, NJ (September 24, 2014) – Alan Parsons’ Art & Science of Sound Recording: The Book, is a complete rewrite and reappraisal of the award-winning video series. Parsons takes his approach to sound recording to the next level as the book provides ample space to present more technical background information, more detailed diagrams, and more in-depth discussion on each of the twenty-four topics, from “A Brief History of Recording “ to the now-classic “Dealing with Disasters.”

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Written with the DVD’s co-producer, musician, and author Julian Colbeck, ASSR: The Book offers readers a classic “big picture” view of modern recording technology in conjunction with an almost encyclopedic list of specific techniques, processes, and equipment. The Book has a logical flow of chapters, looking at how sound is created and how it behaves before moving on to the different processes of manipulating sound recordings such as EQ, reverb, delays, compression; covering how to work and record with live musicians as well as the art and science that go into the mixing process.

“With the videos we strove to keep you visually and aurally entertained. Now, you can be reading this at home, or in a busy Starbucks, or on a plane… you can read one page at a sitting or one chapter, or just dive in here and there using the index or the glossary,” said Parsons.

For all its heft and authority – authored by a man trained at London’s famed Abbey Road Studios in the 1970s – ASSR: The Book is also written in plain English and is packed with priceless anecdotes from Alan Parsons’ own career working with the Beatles, Pink Floyd, and countless others. Not just informative and packed with colorful pictures, but also highly entertaining and inspirational, ASSR: The Book is the perfect platform on which to build expertise in the art and science of sound recording.

Alan Parsons and Julian Colbeck will present ASSR, The Book at AES in Los Angeles with a book signing on October 10, 2014 at 12 pm in the Hal Leonard booth #1141.

About the authors
Alan Parsons’ recording career got off to a great start with the Beatles when he served as their assistant engineer on Let It Be and Abbey Road. With an illustrious engineering career that included The Dark Side of the Moon, Parsons went on to become one of the most sought-after producer/engineers of the seventies and eighties, scoring No. 1 hits with multiple artists. In 1976, he formed the Alan Parsons Project, enjoying multiplatinum success with hits such as “Eye in the Sky”, “Time”, and “Games People Play”. Parsons remains an active recording artist and producer.

Julian Colbeck was a professional keyboardist for over twenty-five years, working with Yes/ABWH, Steve Hackett, John Miles, and his own group, Charlie. He has also authored a dozen books on music and music technology, including the groundbreaking Keyfax series, and he has written and produced numerous instructional DVDs on recording, live sound, and synthesizer technology. CEO of Keyfax NewMedia since 1994, Colbeck has most recently been on active duty with the creative and advocacy platform Musicians Guild.

Hal Leonard Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group – please visit alanparsonsbook.halleonardbooks.com.

Alan Parsons’ Art & Science of Sound Recording – THE BOOK
$49.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00333735
ISBN: 9781458443199
Width: 8.75″, Length: 11.25″, 272 pages
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HARMAN Professional’s JBL and Crown Take The Pohoda Music Festival to New Heights

Pohoda 1TRENCIN, Slovakia — The Pohoda Music Festival is one of the biggest events in Slovakia, and this summer’s was no exception. Electronic music legends Kraftwerk headlined the festival, which also featured Tricky, Mogwai, Tame Impala, Suede, Goldfrapp and many others. The 30,000 concertgoers who attended the festival at Trencin Airport were treated to a diverse range of electronic, techno, hip hop, rock and other musical styles – and the best sound ever in the festival’s 17-year history, thanks to a HARMAN JBL VTX and Crown audio system supplied by Slovakian sound contractor Audio Line (www.audio-line.sk).

Audio Line founding member Ladislav Demcak had been a long-time JBL user and before the start of last year’s summer touring season made the decision to make the move to JBL’s top of the line VTX Series line arrays after spending time in Belgium evaluating a VTX system with JBL’s Paul Bauman and “Big” Mick Hughes, front of house engineer for Metallica. “We could hear straight away that this was a very good system,” said Demcak. “I knew I had to have it – once I’d heard it I could never go back.” Demcak and his crew gave the VTX line arrays an “intense induction” with their existing Crown I-Tech HD inventory in 2013 over the course of some of Slovakia’s leading festivals including the Dobry Festival, Topfest, Terchovsky Budzogan, Lodenica and last year’s Pohoda Music Festival.

For this year’s event Audio Line equipped the Pohoda Music Festival’s main stage with two hangs of 14 VTX V25 fullsize line array elements and 10 S28 dual-18-inch suspendable subwoofers on either side of the stage with 12 additional G28 subs stacked on the ground in a cardioid array in front of the stage. Eight V25s provided out fill on each side of the stage and a pair of V25s were employed as near-fill loudspeakers. The loudspeakers were all driven by eight Crown VRack amplifier systems that each housed three of Crown’s I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers. In addition to the main stage, Audio Line furnished the sound reinforcement systems for four of the other seven stages at the festival.

“Pohoda is the one festival where the sound quality had to be second to none,” Demcak pointed out. “Especially considering that Kraftwerk was headlining! We wanted the sound to be perfect.” Demcak applied all the experience and knowledge gained in more than a year of using VTX outdoors to tweak the system to maximum performance. One major advantage Demack and his team had over last year was that they used the latest version of JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software and VTX preset tunings, which enabled them to really dial in the interface between the VTX arrays and Crown amps and fine-tune a greater number of system parameters.

Demcak noted that the Pohoda Music Festival’s production team were happy to have JBL VTX and Crown there once again. “I also received extremely positive feedback from each band. The rig sounded more like the world’s biggest and clearest high-end audio system than a typical live sound system – everybody remarked that the sound was state of the art and the best they’d ever heard.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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Scheiner, Ainlay, Slovarp and McClain Demo Yamaha NUAGE at AES

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Award-winning recording and mix engineers Elliot Scheiner, Chuck Ainlay, Jeremiah Slovarp of Jereco Studios, and John McClain of Dog & Pony Studios, along with Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems technology experts will discuss and demonstrate the NUAGE Advanced Production System and Nuendo 6.5 Software for music and post applications during the AES 2014 Show. The demos will take place at booth #1401 on Friday, Oct. 10: Jeremiah Slovarp at 11:00 am – 12:00, Elliot Scheiner from 3:00 – 4:00 pm, Chuck Ainlay from 4:00 – 5:00 pm, and John McClain from 5:00 – 6:00 pm. On Saturday, October 11: John McClain from 10:00 – 11:00 am, Chuck Ainlay from 12:00 – 1:00 pm, and Jeremiah Slovarp from 3:00 – 4:00 pm.

Also, check out the Yamaha Demo Room, #304C, on Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11 for CL and QL Series Basic Operation Tips between 11:00 am – 1:00 pm and CL and QL Series Network Essentials between 3:00 – 5:00 pm. On Sunday, October 12, there will be a CL and QL Series hands-on open lab from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

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Zac Brown Band Headlines Wrigley Field With Martin Audio MLA

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Chicago, IL––SES (Special Event Services) set up what President Jim Brammer terms as “the largest outdoor MLA system deployed in North America thus far” for a sold-out Zac Brown concert at Wrigley Field of 40,000.

The event also marked Zac Brown Band’s first as a solo headliner in a major league ballpark, having shared staging earlier this summer with Billy Joel at Boston’s Fenway Park. Both shows were part of the band’s successful “Great American Road Trip” tour that runs until the middle of October.

The massive Martin Audio MLA system consisted of 170 enclosures: A Main Hang of 22 MLA over 2 MLD per side; 24 MLA Compact per side for Outfill; 8 flown MLX subs per side and 24 MLX in 12 stacks of two across the entire downstage area; 4 MLA Compact in a straight array per side for Off Left/Right front fill; 6 W8LMD across the downstage edge for Lip Fill, and 24 MLA for delays.

Asked about the event, Brammer responds, “The challenge with Wrigley and most ballparks is getting sound up under the overhangs in the upper deck. We were able to solve that with a delay system that consisted of four SES audio carts, each with six MLA, arrayed at home plate, first and third base near the seats.”

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In terms of audio quality, “the show was off-the-charts good,” Jim adds. “Everyone was extremely pleased and we had visiting major league ballparks to look at the MLA setup and see if they might be able to use it, and they were very happy with the way it sounded.

Tour Veteran Warren Cracknell from the SES Nashville office summed it up with one word, ”Outstanding!”

When asked what he thought, FOH Engineer/Production Manager Eric Roderick said, “It was Bad to the Bone!”
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For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

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TC Furlong Hosts Digital Console Expo

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LAKE FOREST, Ill.—TC Furlong, Inc. will host a Digital Console Expo on Tuesday, October 21 between 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Manufacturers include Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Avid, Midas, DigiCo, SSL Live, Soundcraft, Allen & Heath, Mackie, PreSonus, QSC, and several more. The companies will exhibit their latest digital consoles, and manufacturer staff will be on hand to answer questions.

The event is free of charge and will be held at the Moody Church, 1635 N LaSalle Street, Room 107, in Chicago. Food and beverages will be provided along with a raffle for prizes as well as giveaways.

Registration is required as space is limited. To register, visit www.tcfurlong.com/dce.

The Moody Church is easily accessible by public transportation, and there are several pay lots as well as limited street parking in the area.

This is the third Digital Console Expo presented by TC Furlong Inc. TC Furlong is a Chicago-area live sound rental and sales company that has been in business for 41 years.

For more information, visit www.tcfurlong.com/dce or call 888-823-8756.

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Remix Moby’s “The Last Day” on Blend

Multi-award winning artist endorses collaboration and shares project files from the album Innocents on premier online network

NYC (September 18, 2014) – Project files for Moby’s single “The Last Day”, from his latest album Innocents, are now available exclusively on Blend in Ableton Live and Avid Pro Tools formats for music producers to re-interpret and remix the song on the online collaboration platform at http://blend.io.

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Moby is a phenomenon in electronic music. He has remained innovative and relevant through fads and trends, and today – once again – proves to be one step ahead by fully embracing technology through online collaboration. He appreciates and encourages input from musicians all over the world, which is why he made the stems of “The Last Day” available for Blend members to remix.

“When people try to control content in the digital world, there’s something about that that seems kind of depressing to me,” read a quote by the artist in an article on CDM. “The most interesting results happen when there is no control. I love the democratic anarchy of the online world.”

Moby’s album Innocents, recorded in his apartment and produced by Grammy-winner Mark ‘Spike’ Stent was released last October and features collaborations on 7 of the album’s 12 tracks. He now invites music producers on Blend to download “The Last Day” project files, deconstruct it and make their own versions of it.

The project is available to be remixed in Ableton Live and in Avid Pro Tools:

The Last Day – Ableton Live by Moby

The Last Day – Pro Tools by Moby

New users can sign up now at this exclusive link: https://blend.io/vip/moby

The Last Day video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5Dpz6w_jz4

About Blend
Blend was created for musicians to connect and share in-progress tracks and collaborate, or “blend” each other’s works. While other networks focus on publishing completed music, Blend provides a platform for musicians to collaborate directly with each other in their native (source) format, such as Ableton Live, Maschine, Pro Tools, Logic, GarageBand, FL Studio and Reason.

JVC Launches New Waterproof, Secure-Fit Sports Headphones

WAYNE, NJ, September 18, 2014 – Music is the perfect workout partner and for those who want to liven up their workout, JVC has four new sports headphones that include waterproof and washable options, all designed to stay in place during the most vigorous sports or workout activities.

The four new models include two in the JVC Gumy Sport line and two in the Extreme Fitness line. The new Gumy Sport headphones – the HA-EN10 and HA-ENR15 – feature a Nozzle Fit earpiece made of soft silicone and a unique shape that provides a comfortable and secure fit so they won’t fall out during exercise. Both Gumy Sport models are sweatproof with IPX2 water ingress protection rating, which means they can be used during light rainfall.

The 3.3-foot cable has an iPhone compatible plug, and small and medium earpieces are included to ensure the best fit. The HA-ENR15 includes an in-line remote control and microphone for use with iPod, iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry devices. Both Gumy Sport models come in a choice of four color combinations – blue/black, black/red, pink/violet and white/orange.

The new JVC HA-ETX30 and HA-ETR40 Extreme Fitness headphones feature JVC’s new Pivot Motion Fit, a soft rubber rotating hook that fits within the part of the ear just above the ear canal to provide an ultra-secure yet very comfortable fit. To tailor the fit to each user, the hook rotates and its position can easily be adjusted while wearing the earpiece. The Extreme Fitness headphones are IPX5/IPX7 rated, so there’s rarely any need to worry if caught out in a rain storm, and they can be safely washed, either by rinsing under running water or rinsed briefly in a basin of water. The 3.94-foot cord has a gold-plated iPhone compatible plug, and each headphone comes with small, medium and large earpieces and a cable clip to hold the cable in place. The HA-ETR40 includes additional open-type earpieces that allow ambient sounds to be heard, such as approaching traffic, for safety. It also features a splash-proof in-line remote control and microphone on a 1.97-foot cable plus a 1.97-foot extension cord.
The HA-ETX30 is available in four color combinations – blue/yellow, black/green, pink/blue and white/orange. The HA-ETR40 comes in gun metallic/black and red/black.

The new JVC sports headphones will be available in late September at the following prices:
HA-EN10 $14.95
HA-ENR15 $19.95
HA-ETX30 $29.95
HA-ETR40 $39.95

About JVC Americas Corp.
Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Americas Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of JVC KENWOOD Corporation. JVC Americas distributes imaging and home entertainment products for the consumer market, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For further product information, visit JVC’s website.

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AudioXL to Distribute Intellivox and AXYS Products in Benelux

(Left to Right) Thijs Dullaart, Audio XL; Nick Screen, Duran Audio; William van Druten, Audio XL.

(Left to Right) Thijs Dullaart, Audio XL; Nick Screen, Duran Audio; William van Druten, Audio XL.

DIEST, Belgium – HARMAN Professional is announcing that its Benelux distributor, AudioXL, has been named the exclusive distributor of the JBL Intellivox and AXYS loudspeaker products for the Benelux region. In October 2013, HARMAN acquired Duran Audio and its flagship Intellivox and AXYX lines, before incorporating them into the JBL product lineup.

“We are very excited about having the Intellivox and AXYS products as part of the JBL portfolio,” explained William van Druten, General Manager at AudioXL. “Intellivox was the first digitally steerable array on the market and the engineers from Duran Audio are widely regarded as the pioneers of and the authority on this technology. Intellivox is a great solution for delivering clear and intelligible speech in difficult acoustic environments and there are already many high-profile applications of the products around the world. This, combined with AudioXL’s experienced and skilled team and the wider portfolio of HARMAN products, is a recipe for success. I am sure we can continue to grow the market for the product and deliver fantastic solutions for many more projects.”

In recent years, Intellivox has become the preferred loudspeaker solution for major railway stations in Holland. Intellivox has not only been chosen for its ability to deliver the ultimate intelligibility but also for its subjective sound quality and natural sound reproduction. Stations now installed with Intellivox include: Den Haag, Rotterdam, Utrecht and Eindhoven.

The product has also enjoyed great success in the worship and AV markets. The AXYS range is also widely used by many rental companies in the region and is known for delivering transparent sound reproduction even at high sound pressure levels.

“This new relationship with AudioXL presents some really exciting opportunities,” Nick Screen, HARMAN Sales Director – Duran Audio Products. “With Intellivox it has always been about selling solutions, but it was a niche solution for intelligibility and many clients want a complete audio system. The HARMAN acquisition and the partnership with AudioXL means that we can now offer a complete HARMAN-based sound system solution that delivers Intellivox-quality intelligibility. Combine this with AudioXL’s team and large customer base and you have a winning formula.”

For more information on these products, please visit JBL Professional (www.jblpro.com) or AudioXL (www.audioxl.be and www.audioxl.nl)

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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Audiofile Releases Loop Editor 2

Picks up where Apple Loop Utility left off

Minneapolis, MN (September 16, 2014) – Audiofile, a leading music technology company, today announced the availability of Loop Editor 2 on the Mac App Store. Loop Editor 2 is the perfect replacement for the now discontinued Apple Loops Utility and raises the bar with support for all loop types, beat detection, ACID files, and more.

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Key Features in Loop Editor 2:

• Slice: add, edit, and export slices
• Loop: supports all loop types and helps you quickly fine tune loop boundaries
• Tag: advanced editing including the Genre & Descriptors properties for Apple Loops files
• Script: Support for AppleScript allows automation of complex workflows
• Export: multiple formats including Apple Loops, AIFF, ACID, WAV and W64

Loop Editor 2 also includes two indispensable Audiofile utilities: ReCycle Converter converts Propellerhead ReCycle files for importing into Loop Editor and First Aid, which can diagnose and repair uncompressed audio files that won’t import or open in audio applications.

Pricing and Availability
Loop Editor 2 in available through the Mac App Store and is on sale for a limited time for $29.99. Regular price is $49.99.

About Audiofile
Audiofile is a boutique technology company building apps that power the world’s musicians and audio engineers. Founded by Ev Olcott and Matthew Foust in 2003, Audiofile is among the most innovative and experienced audio software developers for OS X and the iOS with a long history of industry firsts to their name. Learn more about Audiofile’s entire range of music apps for OS X and iOS at www.audiofile-engineering.com, www.facebook.com/audiofileeng and on Twitter: @weareaudiofile.

Steve Pederson Picks Penteo 4 Pro for “The Equalizer”

Stereo-to-5.1 Surround Upmixer Delivers Multi-channel Score

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Pictured in the Anthony Quinn stage at Sony Pictures Studios with the Penteo 4 Pro plug-in onscreen is re-recording mixer Steve Pederson. Photo by David Goggin.

Academy Award-winning re-recording mixer Steve Pederson recently employed the new Penteo 4 Pro stereo-to-5.1 upmixer plug-in for the current film “Into the Storm” and upcoming, “The Equalizer.” Pederson used Penteo to create multichannel surround mixes from stereo recordings by Moby and Eminem.

“Penteo is the most clever upmixing tool I’ve encountered to create interesting surrounds and musical bass,” says Pederson. “It opens up the theater sound richly and with great detail. Penteo is simple to use and has a variety of useful parameters. It’s the perfect tool to ‘magically’ unlock a 2-track stereo file and fill the theater with surround in a very interesting way.”

Pederson has been nominated for numerous awards including three BAFTAs, and twice for an Academy Award. He won the Oscar for “Apollo 13″ in the category of Best Sound.

“I use Penteo as a ‘one stop shop’ tool to take any stereo track and generate a warm, precise and effective sounding surround mix,” Pederson continues. “I’m impressed how Penteo can isolate channels so cleanly, so discreetly and then spread them through the surrounds.”

Pederson took stereo sources and created multi-channel mixes for the recently released “Into the Storm” (5.1) and Sony’s upcoming “‘The Equalizer” (7.1) “Using Penteo 4 Pro, I upmixed both films to surround formats and was very pleased with the results. Penteo gets you to a great sounding upmix with no fuss, and is an efficient tool to have handy.”

Pederson elaborates on the way Penteo handles lower frequencies: “What I like about Penteo’s subwoofer is the definition. If you mute all the full range speakers in the theater and just listen to the sub you’ll hear a nice, tight, punchy bass. Penteo is more musical, it defines the beat of the music better. It doesn’t rumble and roll, it rocks and rolls.”

In the creation of a soundtrack, “temp” mixers are often used before the final music is composed and produced. “Another area where Penteo can really help is during the early stages of post-production. I take stereo tracks and run them through the Penteo plug-in to immediately give the temp score a full and rich 5.1 feel that emulates a proper mixed final score and really elevates the quality of the temp mix.”

Pederson has worked mostly at Warner Bros. Studios for more than fifteen years, and enjoys the talented community, the historic setting and the top-of-the-line facilities offered. Throughout his career, he has seen the contribution of film sound evolve with more and more channels, greater dynamic range, and higher fidelity to give the audience a more powerful experience to express the story.

“I love this work and I’m a fan of this plug,” he concludes. “I won’t go into a mix without it being part of my tool kit.”

Read the entire Interview with Steve Pederson and other industry leaders in the Perfect Surround Master Class series:
http://tinyurl.com/lq75dwz

Native AAX64 Support
Penteo 4 Pro natively supports Avid Audio eXtension (AAX) for true 64 bit processing.

Free Trials
Hear the Penteo difference for yourself with a free trial: http://www.perfectsurround.com/request-a-trial

About Audiotech Digital Limited (ADL)
Penteo transforms any stereo recording, soundtrack, DJ mix or live television broadcast into perfect 5.1 surround sound. Developed by ADL, Penteo 4 Pro remains faithful to the original stereo mix; no artificial sound manipulation is used. The Penteo 4 Pro plug-in creates a perfect surround experience for all stereo media with zero sonic artifacts, crisp and discrete center-channel, and only Penteo is 100% ITU down-mix compatible to the original stereo. Penteo has won multiple awards been used by major studios on hundreds of films, TV shows and music recordings and supports AAX64/RTAS32/VST32/AU32 formats. For more information, visit: http://www.perfectsurround.com

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