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iZotope RX 3 Honored by Cinema Audio Society

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  • March 12, 2014

iZotopeCambridge, MA — March 12, 2014 —  iZotope Inc., a leading audio technology company, announced today that the CAS has recognized RX 3 Advanced at its 50th annual awards ceremony for Technical Achievement in Post Production. The distinguished award is presented to companies for engineering achievements in the field of audio post-production, and underscores how RX 3 is now the standard for rescuing troubled audio from the cutting room floor.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Cinema Audio Society for RX 3 Advanced,” said Rob D’Amico, Sr. Product Manager at iZotope, Inc. “We admire the work CAS does to assist engineers in the audio industry, and we’re committed to continuing our support with user-driven research and development.”

In addition to recognizing this year’s best feats of post-production, the awards ceremony also celebrated the career of Re-recording Mixer Andy Nelson by awarding him the CAS Career Achievement Award, presented by legendary composer John Williams, Twentieth Century Fox President of Feature Post Production Ted Gagliano, and David Fluhr, President of the CAS.

For a complete list of 2014 CAS Award Winners, visit CAS.org.

For more information on repair or restoring your audio, visit www.izotope.com/rx.

About The Cinema Audio Society
The Cinema Audio Society (CAS)—formed in 1964—is a philanthropic, non-profit organization with the purpose of sharing information with sound professionals in the motion picture and television industries. Through a series of educational meetings held throughout the year, CAS facilitates a discussion of topics that are of the utmost concern to industry professionals. In addition to their progressive educational program, CAS hosts an awards banquet to bestow the CAS Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for both feature films and television, as well as honor Academy Award nominees and Emmy Award winners for Best Sound.

About iZotope
iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite, RX®.

About RX 3 Advanced
iZotope RX 3 Advanced is the premiere audio repair and restoration software—used everywhere from Hollywood post-production studios to leading sound editing facilities. With features that facilitate the removal of noise, clipping, hum, buzz, crackles and more, RX 3 Advanced is the ultimate all-in-one solution for audio repair and restoration, ensuring that audio reaches its optimum quality.
To learn more about RX 3 Advanced, visit: www.izotope.com/rx.

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Sound Devices Takes Home Cinema Audio Society’s Technical Achievement Award

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  • February 25, 2014

Sound Devices 633 - front panelReedsburg, WI — February 25, 2014 — Sound Devices, specialists in portable audio and video products for field production, is pleased to announce that its 633 Production Mixer has earned the prestigious Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Technical Achievement Award in the production category.

The CAS Technical Achievement Awards recognize innovations in recording technologies, including hardware and software products that are used by sound mixing professionals. Sound Devices has now been a recipient of the CAS Technical Achievement Award four times. The 744T and 788T Production Recorders, and the 664 Field Production Mixer are past winners.

“To be consistently recognized for our new products with CAS Technical Achievement Awards is an outstanding accomplishment,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “At Sound Devices, we continue to push the boundaries by presenting high-quality, innovative tools that really make a difference in the workflow of our customers. Having the Cinema Audio Society behind us reaffirms the positive impact that our product development goals have within the industry.”

Sound Devices 633 mixer/recorder features six inputs, with three high-bandwidth mic/line XLR inputs complete with phantom power, high-pass filter, input limiter and variable pan. Three additional line-level inputs appear on TA3 (mini-XLR) connectors. All inputs are assignable to any output bus. AES digital I/O, including support for AES42 digital microphones, is available.

The 633 offers 10-track 24-bit, 48 kHz uncompressed polyphonic or monophonic broadcast WAV file recording (96 kHz for eight tracks, 192 kHz for six tracks) or timecode stamped MP3 recording to CompactFlash and/or SD cards. All six inputs plus Left/Right and Aux 1/2, can be recorded to individual tracks. Similar to Sound Devices’ 12-input 664 Production Mixer, the 633 offers dual card slots that record to either one or both cards simultaneously, with the added ability to assign different tracks to each memory card.

Unique to the industry, the 633 is equipped with a four-way power supply and Sound Devices’ proprietary PowerSafe technology. This four-way powering allows for multiple, simultaneous power sources including external DC on a Hirose 4-pin locking (12-18 V), two removable and independent L-type Lithium-ion batteries and internal AA battery powering (six-AA). The unit detects when power sources are removed and seamlessly transitions to an available power source. With its PowerSafe circuitry, when all power is removed the unit remains on for 10 seconds to close all file operations and properly shut down. With PowerSafe, a complete power loss has no effect on the recording. PowerSafe also provides two-second ‘power-on-to-recording’ so the mixer is ready for operation at a moment’s notice.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

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Avid Customers Triumph at the 50th Annual Cinema Audio Society Awards

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  • February 25, 2014

avid_logoBurlington, MA — February 25, 2014Avid® (OTC:AVID) today congratulated its customers on their numerous awards and nominations for outstanding achievements in sound mixing at the 50th Annual CAS Awards. Presented by the Cinema Audio Society on February 22 in Los Angeles, the awards recognized the accomplishments of many of the motion picture and television industries’ most talented sound mixers who trust Avid audio solutions.

Skip Lievsay, who won the live action motion picture category for Gravity, which was edited and mixed using Pro Tools®, said: “We knew from the beginning we wanted the mix (for Gravity) to be virtual – in Pro Tools. The director always wants to address the broadest range of possibilities. He wants to try everything – so we needed it to be fast and virtual. We needed to do very sophisticated work, very quickly and record that as automation in Pro Tools. We have great automation and power in Pro Tools and that’s my home platform. I couldn’t be happier with it.”

Avid customers also won CAS Awards for their work on Frozen, winner of the animated motion picture category, which was scored and recorded with Pro Tools at Disney Digital Studios. Pro Tools was used to edit and mix Behind The Candelabra, winner of the television movie or mini-series category, as well as to score and record its music. Game of Thrones: The Rains of Castamere, which was mixed at Todd-AO with Pro Tools, won the One-Hour Television Series category.

“As a company that’s passionate about world-class content creation, we’re very proud that the industry’s star sound mixers choose to rely on our proven and trusted audio solutions,” said Avid president and CEO Louis Hernandez, Jr. “We congratulate our customers on their outstanding achievements. We are committed to continuing our heritage of industry leadership and technical innovation, and our role as a trusted partner to our preeminent customer community.”

Avid customers were nominated for CAS Awards for productions including:

Motion picture – live action

  • Gravity, which was edited and mixed using Pro Tools – WINNER
  • Iron Man 3, which was completed entirely using Avid solutions, from being scored and recorded in Pro Tools to the final mix in Dolby Atmos on System 5® at Todd-AO
    • Lone Survivor, which was mixed on System 5 at Todd-AO Hollywood

Motion picture – animated

  • The Croods, which was dubbed on System 5 and Pro Tools at Dreamworks and Fox Studios
  • Despicable Me 2, which was scored and recorded using Pro Tools
  • Frozen, which was scored and recorded with Pro Tools at Disney Digital Studio Services, as well as being the first movie to be mixed on their new System 5 – WINNER
  • Monsters University, for which ADR was performed using Pro Tools

Television movie or mini series

  • American Horror Story: Coven – “The Replacements”, which was mixed on System 5 at Technicolor
  • Bonnie and Clyde: (Night Two) Part Two, the music for which was scored and recorded with Pro Tools
  • Phil Spector, the music for which was scored and recorded with Pro Tools
  • Behind the Candelabra, which was edited and mixed using Pro Tools, and for which Pro Tools was also used to score and record the music – WINNER

Television series – 1 Hour

  • Boardwalk Empire: Erlkönig, which was mixed on System 5 at Soundtrack
  • Game of Thrones: The Rains of Castamere, which was mixed at Todd-AO with Pro Tools – WINNER

Television non-fiction, variety or music series or specials

  • The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which was mixed on System 5 at Todd-AO

About Avid
Through Avid Everywhere, Avid delivers the industry’s most open, innovative and comprehensive media platform connecting content creation with collaboration, asset protection, distribution and consumption for the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world—from the most prestigious and award-winning feature films, music recordings, and television shows, to live concerts and news broadcasts. Industry leading solutions include Pro Tools®, Media Composer®, ISIS®, Interplay®, and Sibelius®. For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit www.avid.com, connect with Avid on FacebookTwitterYouTube, LinkedInGoogle+; or subscribe to Avid Blogs.

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50th CAS Awards: Gravity, Frozen, Game of Thrones among Winners

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  • February 22, 2014

casAs we live tweeted tonight, Warner Bros’ Gravity was honored for Best Sound Mixing for a motion picture and Disney’s team for Frozen took the award for animated feature film as the Cinema Audio Society awarded prizes for sound in six categories plus separate awards for technical achievement in production and post.

The storytellers for Behind the Candlelabra grabbed the nod for TV movie/miniseries, and Game of Thrones won in the one-hour TV series category. It was a blissful evening for Thrones‘ production sound mixer, Ronan Hill, CAS as he flew over from his hometown of Belfast for the first time in three years he’s been nominated to celebrate with post mixers Richard Dyer and Mixers Onnalee.

The statue for mixing in a half-hour television series went to production mixer Steve Tibbo, CAS and re-recording mixers Dean Okrand and Brian Harman, CAS, the team behind Modern Family for the second year in a row.

The 50th Annual CAS Awards were hosted by Doug McIntyre at downtown LA’s Millennium Biltmore Hotel.  Oscar winning Edward Zwick (Shakespeare in Love) was presented with the CAS Filmmaker Award. Past honorees have been: Quentin Tarantino, Gil Cates, Bill Condon, Paul Mazursky, Henry Selick, Taylor Hackford, Rob Marshall and Jonathan Demme.

18 time Oscar nominated re-recording mixer Andy Nelson  received the 32nd Career Achievement Award from composer John Williams (which a lot of us geek’d out seeing him), Ted Gagliano and CAS President, David Fluhr. “Receiving this award from the CAS is such an honor because it’s from my peers…” said Nelson, “people who love this craft as much as I do, and I am humbled by their generosity and commitment to excellence.”

The society also paid tribute to one of the legends in sound Ray Dolby. His pioneering work in noise reduction and surround sound will be greatly cherished.

The complete list of winners follows:

Live Action Film:
Gravity
Production Mixer Chris Munro, CAS;
Re-recording Mixer Skip Lievsay, CAS,
Re-recording  Niv Adiri
Re-recording Christopher Benstead
Scoring Mixer Gareth Cousins
ADR Mixer Chris Navarro, CAS
ADR Mixer Thomas J. O’Connell
Foley Mixer Adam Fil Mendez

Animated Picture:
Frozen
Dialogue Mixer Gabriel Guy
Re-recording Mixer David E. Fluhr, CAS
Re-Recoding Mixer Gabriel Guy
Scoring Mixer Casey Stone
Foley Mixer Mary Jo Lang 

Television Movie or Mini-Series:
Behind the Candelabra
Production Mixer Dennis Towns
Re-recording Mixer Larry Blake
Scoring Mixer Thomas Vicari
Foley Mixer Scott Curtis.

Television Series – One Hour
Game of Thrones: The Rains of Castamere
Production Mixer  Ronan Hill, CAS
Production Mixer Richard Dyer
Re-recording Mixer Onnalee Blank, CAS
Re-recording Mixer Matthew Waters, CAS
Foley Mixer Brett Voss.

Television Series – Half Hour:
Modern Family: Goodnight Gracie
Production Mixer Stephen A. Tibbo, CAS
Re-recording Mixer Dean Okrand
Re-recording Mixer Brian R. Harman, CAS

Television Non Fiction, Variety or Music – Series or Specials:
History of the Eagles – Part One
Re-recording Mixer Tom Fleischman, CAS
Re-recording Mixer Elliot Scheiner

Technical Achievement Awards:
Production: Sound Devices, LLC – 633 Mixer/Recorder
Post-Production: iZotope – RX 3 Advanced

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Cinema Audio Society Taps Doug McIntyre to Host 50th CAS Awards

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  • February 17, 2014

doug_cas_217Los Angeles, CA — February 17, 2014 — The Cinema Audio Society announced today that Doug McIntyre has been tapped to serve as host of the upcoming 50th CAS Awards.

“I am a huge a fan of McIntyre In The Morning and I enjoy Doug’s sense of humor and perspective,” said CAS President David Fluhr. “I know he will keep our show moving with grace and humor”.

McIntyre is the host of McIntyre In The Morning on KABC 790 Los Angeles, and is a page one columnist for the Los Angeles Daily News. McIntyre’s background includes work as a television writer-producer with credits including Married… with Children, WKRP in Cincinnati, Full House, Mike Hammer and the critically acclaimed PBS series, Liberty’s Kids, which earned McIntyre a Humanitas Prize nomination.

With his wife, actress Penny Peyser, McIntyre wrote, produced and directed the feature documentary film, Trying to Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon, released in 2008. The film won Jury Prizes at the Newport Beach Film Festival and at The Kansas City Film Makers Jubilee, and won Audience Prizes at Newport Beach and the Indianapolis International Film Festival. It also won an audience prize at the prestigious Nashville International Film Festival.

The 50th CAS Awards will be held on February 22nd in the Crystal Ballroom of the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Besides Technical Achievement Awards for Production and Post-production, Awards for Outstanding Achievements in Sound Mixing in six categories as well as two technical categories will be presented at the event.  During the Awards special honors will go to Andy Nelson as the CAS Career Achievement Honoree and the CAS Filmmaker Award will be presented to Edward Zwick.

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Cinema Audio Society Plans Tribute to Ray Dolby at 50th CAS Awards

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  • February 12, 2014

ray_dolby_cas_212jpgLos Angeles — February 13, 2014 – The Cinema Audio Society will present a special tribute to honor the late, Ray Dolby, an American inventor recognized around the world for developing groundbreaking audio technologies at the upcoming 50th Annual CAS Awards. Dolby was the founder of Dolby Laboratories, an environment where scientists and engineers continue to advance the science of sight and sound to make entertainment and communications more engaging.

His pioneering work in noise reduction and surround sound led to the development of many state-of-the-art technologies, for which he holds more than 50 U.S. patents. He previously worked at Ampex Corporation and was the chief designer of all electronic aspects of the first practical videotape recording system.

Today, Dolby Laboratories’ technologies are an essential part of the creative process for recording artists and filmmakers, who continue to use Dolby tools to bring their visions to life. In the nearly 50 years since Ray Dolby founded Dolby Laboratories, the company has transformed the entertainment experience from the cinema to the living room to mobile entertainment.

Tens of thousands of films and billions of products and devices with Dolby technologies have made their way to theaters, homes and consumers’ hands around the world. The industry has awarded Dolby Laboratories with 10 Academy Awards and 13 Emmy Awards for its groundbreaking achievements throughout the years. Dolby Atmos was awarded the CAS Technical Achievement Award for Post-Production in 2013.

“Within a year of each other, both the Cinema Audio Society, and Dolby Laboratories were born. The mixers who formed the CAS and Dolby’s founder, Ray Dolby, had the same ideals–a commitment to the excellence of sound,” said Cinema Audio Society President David Fluhr. “It seems fitting in the 50th year of the CAS, that as we award the latest in Technical Achievements for production and post-production sound, we pause and remember Ray Dolby, a true pioneer of the sound community.”

The tribute will include rare video footage of Ray Dolby accepting the CAS Life Achievement Award at the 1989 CAS Awards.

The 50th CAS Awards will be held on February 22nd in the Crystal Ballroom of the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Besides Technical Achievement Awards for Production and Post-production, awards for Outstanding Achievements in Sound Mixing in six categories: Motion Pictures, Animated Motion Pictures, Television Movies and Mini- Series, Television Series-One Hour, Television Series-Half Hour, Television-Non-Fiction, Variety or Music Series or Specials will be presented.  During the Awards special honors will go to Andy Nelson as the CAS Career Achievement Honoree and the CAS Filmmaker Award will be presented to Edward Zwick.

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Cinema Audio Society Welcomes Trew Audio as Title Level Sponsor

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  • February 10, 2014

cas-logoLos Angeles, CA — February 10, 2014 — The Cinema Audio Society announced that Trew Audio has signed on as Title Level Sponsorship for the upcoming 50th CAS Awards and the exclusive sponsor of the CAS After Party.

“Trew Audio has been serving the sound community for over 35 years,” said CAS President David Fluhr. “We’re thrilled to welcome them as the premier sponsor of our 50th Annual Awards”.

Trew Audio is devoted to the art of location sound recording for film, video, and television production. With offices in Los Angeles, Toronto, Vancouver and Nashville offices, Trew Audio sells, rent and services pro audio equipment for motion picture sound production in markets worldwide. Known for their personalized approach to serving the sound community, Trew Audio takes pride in their qualified staff with years of hands-on experience.

The 50th CAS Awards will be held on February 22nd in the Crystal Ballroom of the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Besides Technical Achievement Awards for Production and Post-production, awards for Outstanding Achievements in Sound Mixing in six categories: Motion Pictures, Animated Motion Pictures, Television Movies and Mini- Series, Television Series-One Hour, Television Series-Half Hour, Television-Non-Fiction, Variety or Music Series or Specials will be presented.  During the Awards special honors will go to Andy Nelson as the CAS Career Achievement Honoree and the CAS Filmmaker Award will be presented to Edward Zwick.

CAS Awards Sponsors:

Title Level Sponsor & After Party Host
Trew Audio

Platinum
20th Century Fox
Dolby Laboratories, Inc.
Dreamworks Animation
NBC Universal Operations
Technicolor
Universal Pictures
Walt Disney Motion Pictures Awards Office

Gold
Barco, Inc.

Silver
Avid
HBO
Warner Bros. Studios Facilities

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