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NAB2006 Housing Opens
Washington - Oct 13, 2005 - While the fall convention season is just about to close, the spring convention season hosts are making plans. If you plan to attend NAB2006, you can make your hotel reservations now at the NAB convention rate. There are 28 hotels in Las Vegas that will provide rooms for the event from April 22 to April 27.

Reservations can be made by calling 888-622-8830 or 703-205-9114 or online at www.nabshow.com. Expovision is the official housing office for the NAB.


FCC Launches Site to Explain Obscenity, Indecency and Profanity
Washington - Oct 13, 2005 - The FCC has launched a website to inform the public about laws governing the airing of obscene, indecent and profane material and its enforcement of those laws. The site, www.fcc.gov/eb/oip, explains how to file a complaint and what happens when the Commission receives one. The site includes statistics on the number of complaints and forfeitures dating back to 1993.

Since the Janet Jackson incident at the Super Bowl two years ago, broadcasters have come under increased scrutiny. On several occasions since the incident, news organizations have found themselves in a tenuous position while reporting live when a member of the public has uttered an expletive.


119th AES Convention Releases Attendance Figures
New York - Oct 12, 2005 - Held Oct. 7 thought Oct. 10 in New York's Javits Center, the 119th AES Convention attracted 452 exhibitors and 20,260 attendees. The convention theme was Audio Comes Alive.

The convention featured a keynote address from Rupert Neve, 120 individual papers sessions; 90 lecture papers and four poster sessions of 30 additional papers; and 14 workshops. The convention also launched the AES-Katrina Audio Relief Effort (AES-KAREs), an industry-wide charity effort on behalf of audio professionals whose lives have been devastated by the recent hurricane disasters.


Business

RAMI, Digigram Sign Contract
Grenoble, France - Oct 14, 2005 - RAMI, a French manufacturer of professional audio devices for broadcast and industrial environments, has signed an original equipment manufacturer (OEM)development contract to implement Digigram’s USB Audio module in its new product line. RAMI’s PJO 550 is a work station audio mixer for broadcast applications that connects to the computer through the USB port. A stereo line signal from the computer, a balanced microphone signal and an auxiliary balanced line stereo signal can be mixed and recorded as a stereo signal to the computer or routed to a balanced stereo output. The microphone input features phantom power, an equalizer, a limiter and a balanced insert for voice processing.


Marantz and FTR Form Co-marketing Agreement
Itasca, IL - Marantz Professional has formed a co-marketing alliance with FTR Limited, a supplier of multimedia recording and content management systems for courts and hearing rooms. Marantz entered into the agreement to enhance its recorders with a software-based method of playing and transcribing the audio on PCs.

The Record Player version 3.3, FTR's software-based audio/video play back and transcription application, is compatible with the Marantz PDM670 and PMD671 solid-state digital recorders. Marantz customers can download the player from the Marantz or FTR website at no charge. The Record Player can be used to play back, manage and transcribe audio recorded with either Marantz recorder. The Record Player can also be used with files from other Marantz solid-state recorders to provide simple playback functions for transcription, but does not support Think Link management programs.


Quantegy Manufacturing Recording Media Products Again
Opelike, AL - Oct 7, 2005 - Quantegy Recording Solutions is once again manufacturing audio, video, data, storage, logging and instrumentation recording media products from its facility in Opelika, AL.


Four Manufacturers Licensed to Build HD Radio Modules, Receivers
Hong Kong - Oct 12, 2005 - Four new manufacturers, City Electronics, Opus Art and Technology, Sangean and Zylux Acoustic, have acquired licenses to develop HD Radio modules and receivers. These companies, along with existing HD Radio licensees, Rockridge Sound Technology and Orient Power, will use Ibiquity's recently released HD Radio reference designs in manufacturing home and tabletop receivers.

Ibiquity notes that these companies are among the largest original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and original design manufacturers (ODM) in China. They supply products to many well-known brands and retailers in the United States.

Ibiquity also has HD Radio partnerships with South Korean-based companies ACE Technology, D and H Solutions, Kiryung, Samsung and TBK, as well as Japan's Toko.


Ibiquity Releases HD Radio Reference Designs
Hong Kong - Oct 12, 2005 - Ibiquity Digital has released new reference designs for tabletop and home HD Radio receivers. These designs will serve as the technical foundation for entry-level consumer HD Radio products and are now available to all HD Radio licensees.

"With much of the upfront design work completed, the reference designs low overall engineering expenses for consumer audio manufacturers, speeding time-to-market for new HD Radio receivers," said Jeff Jury, chief operating officer of Ibiquity.


Blue Exands its Distribution Agreements
New York - Oct 7, 2005 - Blue Microphones has expanded its partnership with Telex Communications to include distribution of its products in the United States and Japan. This move makes Telex Communications and its Electro-Voice and EV audio brands Blue's worldwide distribution partner. This distribution agreement will be effective in January 2006.

Blue Microphones has also selected Dino Virella of Virella Pro Sales and Marketing (VPS&M) to support the growth of its line of studio microphones and peripherals. Under the agreement, VPS&M will be in charge of all sales responsibilities and reseller channel development for the company in the United States. In addition to sales activities, VPS&M will assist Blue in overall product strategy and marketing activities.


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  • Infinity Broadcasting's WVEE V103 and WZGC DAVE-FM in Atlanta have purchased one 32KD, two Rubicons and four Riolinks from Sierra Automated Systems for their studio renovation.
  • WARW in Washington, DC, has completed a new studio facility using SAS' 32KD digital audio mixer/router, three Rubicon console control surfaces and Riolinks.
  • Shout At Me, the streaming service from The Digital Juke Box, now provides services to 200 stations at www.shoutatme.com.
  • People

    Audio-Technica Names Audio Solutions Specialist
    New York - Oct 7, 2005 - Audio-Technica has named Todd Campbell as audio solutions specialist in support of its Audio Solutions Department. With more than 20 years of experience working with audio and electronic equipment, Campbell brings direct market insight to his new position. Campbell has been with Audio-Technica since 1995, previously serving as wireless technician and cinema sound technician. Campbell is a member of the Audio Engineering Society, Gospel Music Association and Synergetic Audio Concepts. His experience as an owner of a live-sound company adds to his knowledge and expertise in the field. He is now focused on fulfilling the informational needs of Audio-Technica's internal and external publics, accurately fielding questions about Audio-Technica's full range of products.


    Gepco Appoints Regional Sales Manager
    Des Plaines, IL - Oct 7, 2005 - Ryhaan Williams has joined Gepco International as the company's new eastern regional sales manager. Williams will be responsible for all sales activities in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington, DC and Virginia.

    Prior to joining Gepco, Williams' focus as a project manager for VSG was primarily on stadium and venue cabling and upgrades. Most notably, she has been credited with managing the on-time, on-budget relocation of the broadcast compound at Fenway Park, using Gepco cable for the installation.


    APT Appoints New Board Members
    Belfast - Oct 13, 2005 - Audio Processing Technology has appointed two new members to its Board of Directors: James Doherty and John Lillywhite FCMA, FRSA. Doherty is the founder of Amphion Semiconductor and was president of the company until its acquisition by Conexant Systems in 2004. His experience includes building and branding a successful technology licensing company.

    Lillywhite joins the board as chairman. Lillywhite has more than 40 years of experience in the information technology industry. He is a former group financial director of ICL (now Fujitsu Services). He currently serves as chairman for six high-tech firms including Kainos Software, Lagan Technologies and Meridio.


    Products

    Logitek Updates Audio Meters
    Houston - Oct 14, 2005 - Logitek Electronic Systems has updated its audio meter line with the availability of 96K sample rate support in all Logitek Super-VU and Ultra-VU models, including units packaged for Surround monitoring. Other meters with digital inputs (Bright-VU and Tru-VU) do not currently support 96kHz sampling rates but are available with sampling rates up to 48kHz.


    Digigram Unveils Upgrade to Ethersound
    New York - Oct 8, 2005 - At the AES convention in New York, Digigram, owner and supplier of the Ethersound technology, revealed the specifications of Gigabit-Ethersound that will include 512 audio channels over a single cable (256 channels in each direction) as well as a bandwidth of 100Mbit/s for control and IP data transport. It maintains all current Ethersound features including the ultra-low latency of only 125 microseconds. Ethersound in its current stage is configured for 100Mbit/s networks and offers a maximum channel count of 128 channels of 24-bit/48kHz linear audio (64 channels in each direction) as well as a control data throughput of 768Kbit/s maximum.

    Digigram will be showcasing the technology for the first time at the next Systems Integration Expo (former NSCA) and Prolight+Sound tradeshows in March 2006. A technology upgrade will then be made available to all Ethersound licensees in the second quarter of 2006.


    Red Microphones Ships Type B Mics
    New York - Oct 7, 2005 - Red Microphones, sister company to Blue Microphones, has begun shipping its new Type B microphone. Type B is a Class A discrete solid state mic designed as a foundation for interchangeable capsules. Included with the Type B microphone body is the Red Lollipop Capsule, an all-around capsule for versatility.

    In addition to the microphone and capsule, the Type B also includes the Type B Accessory Pak, with Blue's high-definition 22-AWG cranberry mic cable and Type B shockmount.


    Eye on IBOC

    Ibiquity Launches Radio Upgrade Program on Ebay
    New York- Oct 13, 2005 - Ibiquity Digital has launched a trade-in program on Ebay to help consumers trade in their analog radios to receive a rebate on a new HD Radio receiver. Available at www.ebay.com/hdradio, anyone who purchases a new HD Radio on Ebay or through other retailers will be eligible to receive a $20 mail-in rebate in addition to the rebate value of the old radio. The $20 bonus offer runs through Jan. 31, 2006. The radio rebate offer has no end date at this time.

    Consumers claim the rebate through the website. They select the appropriate radio trade-in estimator and receive an instant estimate on the value of the analog radio being traded in. When an HD Radio receiver is purchased, participants will receive a check from Ibiquity.

    Ibiquity notes that the following HD Radio receivers qualify for the rebate:
    Alpine DVA-9965; Audio Design Associates Quadri-tune; Boston Acoustics Recepter Radio HD; Fujitsu/Eclipse HDR-105 HD Radio (tuner box only); JVC KD-SHX900; Kenwood KTC-HR100, KTC-HR100MC, KTC-HR100TR, EZ 900 HDS (HD Radio tuner boxes only); Panasonic CQ-CB8901U; Polk Audio I-sonic Entertainment System; Radiosophy Multistream; Rotel RT-1084 HD; Sanyo ECD HD 1990M; and Yamaha RX-V4600.


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