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Katz Awarded Patent for Circuit Design
Orlando - Oct 25, 2006 - Bob Katz, the inventor, author, mastering engineer and president of Digital Domain, has been awarded a patent by the United States Patent Office for his circuit design: "Process for Enhancing the Existing Ambience, Imaging, Depth, Clarity and Spaciousness of Sound Recordings." These processes, also called K-Stereo and K-Surround, recover lost or amplify hidden ambience, space and imaging, and generate stereo from mono signals without adding artificial reverberation.

Katz has recorded and mastered more than a 1,000 recordings. He has won three Grammy awards and received several more nominations. Katz's book, "Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science" is widely recognized by educators, producers, A&R executives and engineers in the recording industry.


NPR: FM Modulators Should be Recalled
Washington - Oct 26, 2006 - According to a story on the Baltimore Sun's website, National Public Radio (NPR) has asked the FCC to recall the FM modulators that consumers use in their cars to receive satellite radio and play Ipods.

At the end of July, NPR Labs released the results of a study of modulator interference. The results showed that 40 percent of the devices on the road were producing signal levels higher than the FCC mandated limit. With millions of FM modulators being sold each year in the United States alone, this signal excess, the study claimed, could be resulting in interfence with FM broadcast services.

To read the full NPR Labs study analysis, visit www.nprlabs.org/public/research/FMModulatorUsage.pdf.

NPR's study findings are similar to a previous study conducted by the NAB. The NAB study, delivered to the FCC at the end of June 2006, found that 76 percent of the devices it tested violated the power limits. One device transmitted a signal that was 20,000 percent stronger than allowed by FCC rules.


Business

XM-equipped Lexus' Roll into Dealerships
Washington - Oct 25, 2006 - The first of the all-new Lexus LS series with standard, factory-installed XM Satellite Radio and XM Navtraffic are now available at dealerships. The Lexus LS 460 L, the long wheel base model, is arriving at dealerships factory-equipped with XM Satellite Radio's 170 channels of coast-to-coast entertainment and XM Navtraffic's real-time traffic information system as standard features. Factory-installed XM Radio is also available in the 2007 LS 460, which includes the service in its navigation packages.

XM Satellite Radio now has more than seven million subscribers to its satellite radio service. Its Navtraffic service provides alerts regarding traffic delays, detours and road closings through the in-car navigation system. Navtraffic is currently available in 44 major U.S. markets.


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German public broadcaster Westdeutscher Rundfunk Koln has deployed several APT Worldnet Oslo codecs throughout its audio switching network for use in surround sound radio broadcasts.
Bravo Mic Communications' broadcast facility in Las Cruces, NM, is now equipped with Heil PR40 microphones.

People

Crown Names New VPs
Elkhart, IN - Oct 23, 2006 - Crown International made two appointments to its senior staff with the dual promotions of Scott Potosky to vice president of engineering and Marc Kellom to vice president of marketing.

Potosky has an 18-year tenure with Crown, most recently serving as a product development manager. Prior to joining Crown, he earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University.

Kellom has been with Crown since 1994, originally starting in the IQ Systems Group. Like Potosky, he most recently held the title of product development manager and has additionally been involved in many aspects of Crown's marketing efforts. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering and a master's degree in business administration from Indiana Institute of Technology.


Shure Hires Mark Humrichouser
Niles, IL - Oct 23, 2006 - Shure has hired Mark Humrichouser as its director of U.S. sales. Humrichouser brings 15 years of experience in sales, technology and the audio industry to Shure. Prior to this new position, Humrichouser was team manager for professional systems and the music industry at Sennheiser.

Prior to Sennheiser, Humrichouser spent four years at Systems Wireless as a sales manager and sales engineer. He received a Bachelors degree in marketing from Radford University in Virginia.


Harmon Appoints VP of Sales
Northridge, CA - Oct 25, 2006 - Harman Pro North America has appointed Nick Owen to the new position of vice president of sales. Owen will assume responsibility of sales for AKG Acoustics, Soundcraft and Studer in the United States. Owen joined the Harman Pro Group in 2002 as director of sales Europe, Africa and the Middle East for Crown International. He was formerly the founder of Soundscape Digital Technology. Owen's new post will be based out of the Harman Pro North America offices in Northridge, CA.


Patrick Kilroy Joins Shure
Niles, IL - Oct 23, 2006 - Patrick Kilroy has joined Shure as its vice president of global marketing. Kilroy brings 20 years of experience in consumer products, technology and retail marketing to the company. Previously, Kilroy was vice president of marketing at ACCO Brands. And before that, Kilroy spent nine years at LG-Zenith Electronics as director of TV products. He received his Bachelors degree from Loyola University in Chicago and has completed the Kellogg Senior Management Program at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.


Products

Realtraps Release Free Room Analyzer Software
New Milford, CT - Oct 23, 2006 - Realtraps has recently upgraded Modecalc, its graphical room mode prediction software. The free download for Windows (1.3MB) can be used to design a new listening room or assess the low frequency response in an existing room. The new version offers several new features, including a display that better identifies modes that are too close together, and a revised and expanded tutorial in the included help system.

Also new on the Realtraps website is a Windows version of the company's Frequency-Distance Calculator. This tool identifies boundary-related peaks and nulls, and distinguishes them from modal peaks and nulls. Both programs can be downloaded from the Realtraps Acoustics website.




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