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123rd AES Schedules Audio Tutorials
New York - Sep 19, 2007 - As part of its events schedule, the Audio Engineering Society has planned a series of tutorials. Selected tutorial topics follow.

  • Audio on the Personal Computer; Elliot Omiya, Microsoft
    Will cover the mechanisms of audio streaming and offer an explanation of various PC audio formats.
  • Tinnitus - Just Another Buzz Word? Dr. Neil Cherian
    Will delve into the causes of Tinnitus, a common, yet poorly understood disorder where phantom sounds are perceived in the absence of an external source.
  • What Is The Matrix? Geoff Martin, Bang and Olufsen
    Will present an introduction to the use of matrixing in microphone and mixing techniques for stereo and multi-channel.
  • Architectural Acoustics 1 and 2; Tony Hoover, Acoustical Society of America
    Will address architectural acoustics consulting, the art of applying the science of sound in a timely, practical, and easily-understood manner.
  • Audio Ear Training, an Essential Resource; Dave Moulton, audio engineer
    Will present the origins, concepts, principles and practice of Audio Ear Training. This mediated study sequence enables listeners to effectively recognize and describe the audio spectrum, relative amplitudes, time intervals and signal processing effects without external objective measurement.
  • Preparing Your Mixes for Mastering; Adam Ayan, Gateway Mastering
    Will cover all facets of preparing mixes for mastering, from technical and organizational aspects to final creative and musical mix decisions.
  • Forensic Audio, Video and Voice Identification in the Digital Age; Tom Owen, moderator
    Will discuss and provide examples of the tools of the trade and the realistic expectations of analysis (The CSI Effect).
  • High Definition Perception; Dr. Poppy Crum, John Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Will address psychophysical and physiological research of hearing beyond the known limits of audible frequency and dynamic range.

The 123rd AES Convention will be held in New Yorka at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, Oct. 5-8, 2007.


Business

Sandies Acquires Dynamax
Fairless Hills, PA - Sep 21, 2007 - LPB Communications has sold the Dynamax MX series of consoles to Sandies, which will now handles sales and service of the products.

Popular with small- to medium-market radio stations, since 1991, the Dynamax consoles were originally a Fidelipac product manufactured in Moorestown, NJ. The original Fidelipac design was styled after the original Broadcast Audio console manufactured in Rancho Cordova, CA.

Sandies is operated by Dave Strode, who has worked with Fidelipac and LPB for a number of years. He started his manufacturing career in 1985 when he completed his service in the US Navy. Beginning as a bench tech on the Fidelipac cart machine line he progressed through supervisor, manager, sales and marketing. As the Dymanax product line was sold to various owners, Strode stayed with the product.

Contact information for Sandies:
225 Lincoln Highway, Suite 167
Fairless Hills, PA 19030
215-547-2570, fax 215-701-9197
www.sandiesusa.com
service@sandiesusa.com


Targetspot Adds Three to Partner List
New York - Sep 19, 2007 - Targetspot announced partnerships with Beasley Broadcast Group, Rubber City Radio Group and Haystack Media. Beasley Broadcast Group owns 44 stations in eleven radio markets across the United States. Rubber City Radio Group owns seven stations in Ohio and Michigan. Haystack Media is a Web music service.

These three Broadcast groups are the latest to partner with Targetspot, which went live this month, and will soon be available on more than 400 stations nationwide. Targetspot's technology allows businesses to create, buy and place their own advertising messages within streaming media. Ads are then targeted to a specific demographic, location and/or station.


Harris, National City Media Form Harris Finance
Cincinnati - Sep 17, 2007 - Harris has teamed with National City Media Finance to establish Harris Finance to help Harris customers and channel partners arrange financing for purchases through a number of financing program options backed by National City Media Finance, a division of National City Commercial Capital Company. Harris Finance program options are tailored to the specific markets Harris serves.

Each finance program enables buyers to amortize their investment in Harris equipment, systems, software and engineering services over an extended period of time. The initiative is available immediately to Harris clients and channel partners and their customers throughout the United States and Canada.


APT Appoints New Distributor for Germany
Belfast - APT announced the appointment of SDI as its distributor in Germany. SDI has been providing technical solutions to the German broadcast and post-production industries for more than 15 years. Under the terms of the agreement, SDI will represent APT's entire series of Worldnet and Worldcast hardware audio codecs, which incorporate the apt-X compression technology.


Sales Call
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Prism Sound's version 1.21 software for its Dscope Series III audio analyzer is proving popular with British microphone manufacturer Soundfield, which is using many of the new features as part of its test and manufacturing procedures. Soundfield acquired a Dscope Series III audio analyzer three years ago to test a new range of digital microphones.
APT recently supplied the Jordanian Public Security Directorate with a set of Worldcast Horizons for it's new radio station Amen FM.
Barix AG announced the University of Washington has deployed 24 Barix Instreamer IP audio encoding devices for its Coursecasting initiative. The university has equipped 24 classrooms in 13 campus buildings.
Motor Racing Network, "The Voice of Nascar," has purchased Axia IP-Audio networking equipment to power its new studios. MRN's live coverage of Nascar racing events is heard weekly on more than 700 US affiliates, as well as Sirius Satellite Radio and American Forces Radio Network stations worldwide. MRN's studio project comprises two Master Control/Air Studios and four editing suites. Axia Element modular broadcast consoles will be used throughout the facilities, which are slated for completion by the end of the year.

People

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Jump2Go Taps Hadfield to Lead Deployment
Bellevue, WA - Sep 17, 2007 - Jump2Go has enlisted the assistance of Martin Hadfield to lead the project management and nationwide technical deployment of the Go Commerce service for HD Radio Tagging, RBDS radio tagging and Itunes fulfillment directly from its radio station websites.

Hadfield recently departed from Entercom Communicaitons where he spent the last 17 years as the VP of technology. Hadfield stepped down to launch his own broadcast industry consultancy practice.


Sovereign City Communications Appoints President and COO
Green Bay, WI - Sep 19, 2007 - Sovereign City Communications has named Joseph R. Giganti as its president and chief operating officer (COO). Giganti will assume overall day-to-day operations of the company and be involved in its long term planning. Sovereign City is currently focused on developing music and talk radio formats, with its first product -- a new hybrid adult contemporary format -- due in April 2008.

Giganti joined Sovereign City Communications at the beginning of 2007 as its vice president for media and music. A native of Washington, DC, Giganti previously served as president of Veritas Media Group, a public relations and production firm based in the nation's capitol. He also produced and directed several industrial films and documentaries. Prior to founding Veritas, Giganti worked extensively in many facets of the television and radio industry including as on-air talent, executive producer and in production.


Radio Hall of Fame Annoucnes 2007 Inductees
Chicago - Sep 17, 2007 - Sean Hannity will host this year's Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Nov. 3, 2007 at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel at 6 p.m. Inductees for 2007 are:

  • Jerry Coleman, who in 1960 became a broadcaster for the CBS Radio Network and in 1963 began a seven-year run calling New York Yankees' games on WCBS Radio. Coleman later called for the California Angels and was the lead announcer for the San Diego Padres. He is believed to be the oldest active play-by-play announcer in Major League Baseball.
  • Jimmy Durante, singer, pianist, comedian and actor who hosted his own nationally-broadcast variety show in the 1940s and was one of the nation's favorite radio stars.
  • Richard Durham, best known for his 91 scripts written for a series of Black history radio dramas called "Destination Freedom," which ran on WMAQ Chicago.
  • Marian McPartland, jazz pianist and violinist who hosted "Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz" in 1978, currently the longest-running cultural program on National Public Radio. In 1964, McPartland also launched a weekly radio program on WBAI-RM New York City featuring recordings and interviews with artists.
  • Dan Ingram, whose 40-year career in Top 40 has made him one of the most emulated personalities, and includes stints at WICC and WNHC in Connecticut, KBOX Dallas, WIL St. Louis, WABC New York City, CBS Radio's Top 40 Satellite Survey, WKTU-FM and WCBS-FM New York City.

Shively Staff Additions and Promotion
Bridgton, ME - Sep 18, 2007 - Shively Labs has appointed Martyn Gregory as the company's vice president with overall responsibility for Shively's operations. Gregory comes to Shively from Crown Castle International Mobile Media where he was vice president-service delivery. Prior to that he held positions with Richland Towers. Before beginning his career with the British Broadcasting Corporation he earned a degree in applied physics and electronics from the University of Durham, Durham, UK.

Also a newcomer to Shively Labs is Kaushik Lodh who has been appointed director of engineering. Lodh is a graduate of the University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India, and holds a master of electrical engineering degree from Syracuse University. He has more than 10 years experience in RF and microwave engineering with a variety of companies and institutions.

David Allen, previously director of broadcast sales, has been promoted to vice president and chief operating officer of Howell Laboratories, the parent company of Shively Labs.

Bob Surette, Shively's longtime manager of RF engineering, has been promoted to director of sales engineering.


You/Com Appoints Master Distributor
You/Com Audiocommunicatie of Delft, Netherlands, has appointed Jim Godfrey to be a master distributor for the You/Com Parrot, a flash recorder and remote broadcast product. Godfrey will handle the product throughout the Western Hemisphere.

Godfrey joins You/Com with nearly 35 years of manufacturing and sales experience. He has held positions with Decision, RCS, Marti Electronics and Tieline Technology. He will set up distribution for the Parrot Recorder in the US, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. He is headquartered in Fort Worth, TX, and can be reached at 817-371-7033 or jimgodfrey@charter.net.


APT Appoints Taylor as Application Support Engineer
Boston - Sep 20, 2007 - APT has appointed Rolf Taylor to be the company's application support engineer for North America. Taylor spent the last 12 years with Telos where he worked in a variety of roles including customer support engineer, customer support manager, technical writer and product manager.


Products

Harris Introduces Interface for Intraplex
Amsterdam, Netherlands - Sep 6, 2007 - Harris Corporation introduced a new software interface for its Intraplex Netxpress audio over IP platform at the IBC Convention. The new CCS Navigator control software is a Windows-based application that provides graphical tools to create user interfaces, visually representing operational environments.


Eye on IBOC

QVC: A Place to Buy HD Radio?
Orlando, FL - Sep 19, 2007 - Three popular HD Radio receivers will premiere on QVC on Sept. 26 at 10 p.m. ET. The QVC show will feature the Polk I-Sonic Audio Entertainment System, the Visteon HD Pulse HD Radio tabletop clock radio, and the Radiosophy HD 100 Receiver.

In conjunction with the QVC offer, the HD Digital Radio Alliance will promote the upcoming HD Radio show on QVC with a national radio advertising campaign reaching 100 markets.


Dual Offers New HD Radio Units
Heathrow, FL - Sep 20, 2007 - Dual Electronics has announced two new automotive entertainment head units with next-generation HD Radio capabilities. The Dual XHD6425 and XHD6420 HD/FM/AM/CD head units include common functions such as seek and scan, as well as a separate HD Radio-only seek function. Both units provide 30 presets and metadata display.

The XHD6425 also offers an optional Bluetooth connection for hands-free communications with most Bluetooth-enabled cell phones, letting users answer and place calls directly from the unit's front panel controls.

For music playback, the XHD6425 features a front-panel, full-speed USB connection, which can accept MP3 and WMA files directly from mass storage devices such as USB flash drives. Additionally, there is a 3.5mm auxiliary input on the front panel plus two preamp outputs for added installation flexibility. A remote control is included for safety and convenience.


Internet Watch

Webby Awards Seeking Best Radio Sites
New York City - Sep 19, 2007 - From Sept. 19 to Dec. 14, 2007, the 12th Annual Webby Awards will accept entries for the Best Radio Site of the year. Last year, the BBC Radio 1 Site took home the top radio prize. Nominees included CBC Radio 3, iCat fm, NPR.org, and Virgin Radio.

Hailed as the "Oscars of the Internet" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile websites.

The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 550-person judging academy whose members include Vinton Cerf, R/GA's Chief Bob Greenberg, "Simpson's" creator Matt Groening, Arianna Huffington and Harvey Weinstein.

To enter a website visit www.webbyawards.com. The early entry deadline is Oct. 26, 2007. Radio industry sites can also enter in interactive advertising categories and feature categories such as Best Navigation and Best Copy Writing. Nominees will be announced in April and winners will be honored at the gala ceremony in June 2008. In keeping with Webby tradition, all winners' speeches are limited to just five words.




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