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Beachtek Introduces the New DXA-SLR ULTRA

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  • April 24, 2014

beachtek424Kelowna, BC – Beachtek announces its new DXA-SLR ULTRA audio adapter for DSLR cameras. This adapter improves upon the popular DXA-SLR PRO model which it is replacing. The DXA-SLR ULTRA provides a high performance front end to connect virtually any professional microphone and other audio gear to these cameras for superior audio. This enables the user to record professional audio directly to the camera without the need for a third party audio recording device, or having to sync the audio in post production.

This innovative product will be exclusively available through B&H Video until the end of April. After this date, it will be widely available through other leading audio and video dealers worldwide. The suggested list price of the DXA-SLR ULTRA is $469.00 in the United States.

New enhancements of the DXA-SLR ULTRA are new high powered preamplifiers with 30 dB of gain, Neutrik combo ¼” / XLR inputs and a detachable rail system for adding devices such as a matte box and follow focus.

Key Features

  • Two balanced combo ¼” / XLR inputs
  • Ultra low noise preamplifiers with 30dB of gain
  • 12 or 48 volt phantom power
  • VU meters
  • Fast acting limiters
  • Detachable rod support system
  • Headphone monitoring on record and playback

Find more details on Beachtek’s website

Beachtek is the original and most popular producer of XLR adapters for DV camcorders and DSLR cameras. The company specializes in unique audio accessories for the demanding videographer. Beachtek is located in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. For additional information about Beachtek or the products that they offer, including full specifications on the DXA-SLR ULTRA, visit their web site at www.beachtek.com or call (416) 690-9457.

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136th AES Convention to Feature Keynote from Leading Audio Researcher Wieslaw Woszczyk

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  • April 23, 2014

aes_berlinNew York, NY — April 23, 2014 — The 136th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Saturday, April 26, through Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center in Berlin, Germany) is set to feature a keynote address from Wieslaw Woszczyk, an internationally recognized audio researcher and educator with leading expertise in emerging technology trends in audio. The address will be part of the convention’s opening ceremonies, taking place Saturday, April 26, 13:15-14:15 (Estrel Hall A). The ceremonies will also feature remarks from AES President Sean Olive; AES Executive Director Bob Moses; Convention Co-chairs Sascha Spors and Umberto Zanghieri; and Awards Chair Jan Abildgaard Pedersen.

Woszczyk holds the James McGill Professor Research Chair position and a full professorship at McGill University, and is the founding director of the Graduate Program in Sound Recording (1978), and founding director of the CIRMMT Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology, an inter-university, inter-faculty, interdisciplinary research center established at McGill University in 2001. An AES member since 1976, Woszczyk is a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society (1996) and the former Chair of its Technical Council (1996-2005), Governor (twice, in 1991-1993 and 2008-2010) and President (2006-2007). He also served on the Review Board of the AES Journal. Woszczyk received the Board of Governors Award in 1991 and a group Citation Award in 2001 for “pioneering the technology enabling collaborative multichannel performance over the broadband Internet.”

Woszczyk notes, “The world of audio is entering a period of renaissance. We are experiencing an unprecedented range of technologies serving artists, producers, and listeners of music and sound. Little remains the same for long in the face of our relentless drive for new discoveries. I would like to present my perspective on the value of human interaction, collaboration and continuing education as a way forward in the quickly transforming world. We should be wary of trying to predict the future but make our best effort to live fully in the present, observing, exploring, and building relationships. Together, we can refine the course and purpose of our industry, we can venerate the gems of the past yet remain imaginative, open and ready for a fascinating future.”
For more information on AES136 technical program, presenters and registration, visit the AES136 Convention web page at http://www.aes.org/events/136/.

About the Audio Engineering Society
The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 and now counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. Currently, its members are affiliated with more than 75 AES professional sections and more than 95 AES student sections around the world. Section activities may include guest speakers, technical tours, demonstrations and social functions. Through local AES section events, members experience valuable opportunities for professional networking and personal growth. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org.

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Technical Program for 136th AES Convention Showcases the Latest in Audio

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  • April 22, 2014

aes_berlinNew York, NY — April 22, 2014 — The 136th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Saturday, April 26, through Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at the Estrel Hotel and Convention center in Berlin, Germany) will feature a rich Technical Program bringing together the world’s leading experts on a diverse array of audio topics for four days of presentations, discussion, and learning.

The Papers and Engineering Briefs sessions will showcase the work of over 100 researchers on topics ranging from 3D Audio Rendering in 5.1 Surround Systems to Graphene Microphones. Workshops will bring panels of experts together to discuss a range of provocative and practical topics, such as eyes-free auditory interfaces for mobile devices, music production for film, and the latest advances in loudspeaker design. Tutorials are providing a backgrounder on important audio fundamentals, for seasoned professionals and young people alike. And of course, Special Events are fun, thought provoking, once in a lifetime opportunities to see and hear industry legends.

The show also features the European premiere of Project Studio Expo (PSE), which will take place on Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27. Leading manufacturer DPA Microphones has been announced as the event sponsor. PSE, which has been a well-attended, acclaimed event at the last two AES Conventions in the United States, offers a venue for focusing on some of the most timely and relevant areas of interest facing today’s personal studio users. These comprehensive presentations cover topics of importance for all engineers and producers, and offer a level of detail as to be useful for anyone from beginner to pro.

Topics include Basic Microphone Technology; Professional Mixes from Your Project Studio – Common Mistakes, Immediate Solutions; Electronic Dance Music: Live Performance Mixing Techniques; The Business of Being in the Music Business; How Did They Get that Sound?; Advanced Vocal Editing; Mastering Engineering – The Link to Your Audience and more. Hosted by notable industry engineers, educators, journalists and sponsors, the Project Studio Expo offers a unique chance to experience music production with top talent, tools and techniques. Learn best practices and insider tricks from the pros while interfacing with manufacturers and connecting with your peers. Admission is included with both free “Exhibits-Plus” and premium “All Access” registration options.

For more information on AES136 technical program, presenters and FREE Exhibits-Plus registration, visit the AES136 Convention web page at http://www.aes.org/events/136/.

About the Audio Engineering Society
The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 and now counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. Currently, its members are affiliated with more than 75 AES professional sections and more than 95 AES student sections around the world. Section activities may include guest speakers, technical tours, demonstrations and social functions. Through local AES section events, members experience valuable opportunities for professional networking and personal growth. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org.

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Sci-fi Epic “Valiant” to Premiere at Newport Beach Film Festival

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  • April 22, 2014

VALIANT_01LOS ANGELES—April 22, 2014Valiant, a swashbuckling sci-fi thriller about a trio of fugitive air pirates, will make its world theatrical premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival on April 28th. Directed by Robin Phillips and starring Gil Darnell, Jason Hice and Andrew Varenhorst, the 23-minute film, shot and finished in  4K and featuring more than 130 visual effects shots, is the precursor to a planned feature-length epic in the spirit of Star Wars and Indiana Jones.

Set in a dystopian future, Valiant delivers the rip-roaring adventure of three wanted men, known as the Valiant Three, pirates of the skies and thorns in the side of the Evil Royal Crown. These daring outlaws soar above a dying world in a tilt-rotor cargo plane while robbing from the rich and giving to themselves.

When the Valiant Three accidentally lead a Royal Currier to an untimely demise, they are left in possession of a very unusual package – a lost child princess. Realizing the fortune this child represents, our heroes decide to make a risky trade – the girl for their freedom.

Valiant is an R.G. Pictures production; executive produced by Robin Phillips and Alexander MacLean, produced by Shyam Sundar Sengupta, Sev Ohanian, Adam Nelson, and Eric Edmonds.  Phillips and Scott Baba wrote the original screenplay.

Valiant began as a USC Film School project under the supervision of producer John Watson (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Backdraft) and was funded, in part, through a highly successful Kickstarter program. The production made use of a number of novel visual effects techniques and workflow processes to create studio-caliber visuals at a fraction of the cost. The production received mentoring and support from New Deal Studios visual effects supervisor Matthew Gratzner and miniatures specialist Fon Davis.  Additional support was provided by numerous other Hollywood film professionals and the Academy of Art, San Francisco, and its Studio X.

“Valiant started as an impossible daydream and was brought into reality by many amazing, kind and generous people,” says Phillips. “We set out to do the impossible with everything we had to give people something really memorable, really fantastic.”

Live action cinematography was completed at a variety of Los Angeles-area locations, including the city’s historic Biltmore Hotel and a water treatment plant near LAX. The film’s hero aircraft was a 1950s vintage Fairchild C-123 military transport plane.  Principal photography was shot digitally and elements for visual effects such as pyrotechnics were shot with high-speed cameras.

Valiant’s producers are currently developing a feature film set in the same Valiant world. They also foresee possibilities for spinning off television shows, interactive games and new media content. “Valiant is an amazing and ambitious project,” says New Deal Studio’s Fon Davis. “It’s a well-orchestrated adventure with outstanding production value. It’s like nothing you’ve seen before.

Tickets to see Valiant and the Newport Beach Film Festival are available here.
What: Valiant, world premiere, Newport Beach Film Festival
When:  Monday, April 28th, 9: 15 p.m.
Where: The Triangle 1, 1870 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa , CA 92627

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Enhance Your AES 136th International Convention Experience with Free Mobile App

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  • April 21, 2014

aes_berlinNew York, NY — April 21, 2014 — The schedule of events and exhibitors at 136th Audio Engineering Society International Convention, being held in Berlin, Germany, on April 26 – 29, 2014, at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center, is just around the corner, and the free “AES Mobile Convention – AES Berlin 2014” app is here to help attendees make the most of their convention experience.
Available for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) as well as Android devices, the app provides the following tools to enhance your event experience:

  • The Dashboard keeps you organized with up-to-the-minute Exhibitor, Speaker and Event information
  • My Schedule organizes your schedule with one click
  • Alerts allow you to receive important real-time communications from the AES
  • Keep up with industry news on LinkedIn and Facebook groups
  • Built-in Twitter feed to follow and join in on the show chatter
  • Rate the sessions you attend and comment on them, too
  • Connect with your colleagues using the Friends feature

To download the app for free, please visit http://www.aes.org/mobile/. For further information on the 136th AES International Convention, and to register for your free Exhibits-Plus badge or the premium All-Access badge, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/136/.

About the Audio Engineering Society
The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 and now counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. Currently, its members are affiliated with more than 75 AES professional sections and more than 95 AES student sections around the world. Section activities may include guest speakers, technical tours, demonstrations and social functions. Through local AES section events, members experience valuable opportunities for professional networking and personal growth. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org.

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2G Digital, Burbank, and DuArt, New York, Form Strategic Partnership

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  • April 16, 2014

2gdigitalBurbank, CA — April 16, 2014 — 2G Digital, a Burbank post production facility specializing in digital supply chain services, and DuArt, a New York facility offering comprehensive post production services for video, digital media and film, have entered into a strategic partnership that will allow both companies to expand their geographic reach and add new services.

Under the agreement, the two companies will work cooperatively to service each other’s clients. 2G Digital clients on the East Coast will now be able to deliver media to DuArt for encoding and distribution to VOD/EST portals such as iTunes, Amazon and Netflix. DuArt, meanwhile, will now be able to provide file-based delivery services to its clients with 2G Digital acting as its fulfillment arm. Additionally, 2G Digital clients will gain access to a variety of other post production services offered by DuArt, including editorial, color correction and audio. The companies have established a direct, dedicated, high speed data link that will facilitate the transfer of media between their two facilities.

It’s a logical fit,” says DuArt VP of Operations Joe Monge. “Both companies gain a national presence and both can now provide services that they did not previously offer. Digital fulfillment is a service our clients increasingly need and this agreement allows us to meet that need with trusted partners who are experts in the field. 2G benefits by being able to service its New York accounts more efficiently, and through access to the sound, grading and finishing services that we specialize in.”

2G Digital COO Stephen Buchsbaum (left) DuArt VP of Operations Joe Monge (right)

2G Digital COO Stephen Buchsbaum (left) DuArt VP of Operations Joe Monge (right)

The agreement reflects an evolving post production industry that is increasingly national and international in scope, and one where delivery schedules are tightening. “We deliver content to iTunes, Google, Netflix, Amazon, Xbox, PlayStation and many other portals where turnaround time is critical,” observes 2G Digital COO Stephen Buchsbaum. “Having an outpost on the East Coast will make things quicker and more efficient for our clients there.”

One of the industry’s oldest and most successful independent providers of post-production services, DuArt has grown and diversified considerably in recent years. Its facility on West 55th Street in Manhattan features a total of 77 production offices, edit bays and audio production rooms. Its state-of-the-art DI color grading theatre has been upgraded with Barco’s newest  4K projector. The company plans to add another 21 edit bays by summer.

“DuArt has always aspired to be an all-in-one house,” observes Monge. “We want to be sure that when a client comes here with a project, we can deliver 99-percent of what they require. That made our decision to partner with 2G an easy one.”

2G Digital, too, has been operating in an expansion mode. It’s been beefing up its resources for mastering, transcoding, encoding and delivery, while implementing improvements in automated, high capacity workflows. “This is just the beginning for 2G,” says Buchsbaum. “We’re moving and growing in a lot of new ways.”

“We’re excited to team with DuArt,” Buchsbaum adds. “As one of New York’s oldest facilities, they have strong relationships and a great reputation—they are the real deal.”

About DuArt
DuArt is a full service post facility in NYC, servicing the broadcast and film industries. Operating out of their 12-story building in midtown Manhattan, DuArt provides video editing, color correct, voice recording, casting, 3D editing, direction for animation, music scoring, sound design, film and audio restoration, production space, and more. Since being established in 1922, DuArt has finished thousands of the world’s most loved feature films, documentaries, festival releases and television shows.

For more information, visit www.duart.com

About 2G Digital Post
2G Digital Post, Burbank, is a full-service post production and distribution facility serving media and entertainment clients with next-generation all-fiber technology and attentive customer service.

For more information, visit www.2gdigital.com

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136th Audio Engineering Society Convention in Berlin to Feature Project Studio Expo

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  • April 10, 2014

aes_berlinNew York, NY — April 10, 2014 — The 136th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Saturday, April 26, through Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at the Estrel Hotel and Convention center in Berlin, Germany) will feature the European premiere of Project Studio Expo (PSE), which will take place on Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27. PSE, which has been a well-attended, acclaimed event at the last two AES Conventions in the United States, offers a venue for focusing on some of the most timely and relevant areas of interest facing today’s personal studio users.

These comprehensive presentations cover topics of importance for all engineers and producers, and offer a level of detail as to be useful for anyone from beginner to pro. Topics include Basic Microphone Technology; Professional Mixes from Your Project Studio – Common Mistakes, Immediate Solutions; Electronic Dance Music: Live Performance Mixing Techniques; The Business of Being in the Music Business; How Did They Get that Sound?; Advanced Vocal Editing; Mastering Engineering – The Link to Your Audience and more. Hosted by notable industry engineers, educators, journalists and sponsors, the Project Studio Expo offers a unique chance to experience music production with top talent, tools and techniques. Learn best practices and insider tricks from the pros while interfacing with manufacturers and connecting with your peers. Admission is included with both free “Exhibits-Plus” and premium “All Access” registration options.

PSE Schedule:

Saturday, April 26

  • 11:00-12:00 — Session PSE1: Listening Like a Producer
    Presenter: Stephen Webber, Berklee College of Music – Valencia, Spain
  • 12:00-13:00 — Session PSE2: Basic Microphone Technology
    Presenter: Ron Streicher, Pacific Audio-Visual Enterprises – Pasadena, CA, USA
  • 14:30-15:30 — Session PSE3: Tracking and Levels
    Presenter: Carsten Kaiser, META4S Creative Studio – Hattingen, Germany
  • 15:30-16:30 — Session PSE4: Professional Mixes from Your Project Studio – Common Mistakes, Immediate Solutions
    Presenters: Alex Case, University of Massachusetts Lowell – Lowell, MA, USA
    Carsten Kaiser, META4S Creative Studio – Hattingen, Germany
    Stephen Webber, Berklee College of Music – Valencia, Spain
  • 16:30-17:30 — Session PSE5: Mixing: “What Is a Plate Reverb and Why Does It Still Matter in Today’s Digital World?”
    Presenter: Alex Case, University of Massachusetts Lowell – Lowell, MA, USA
  • 17:30-18:30 — Session PSE6: How Did They Get that Sound?
    Presenter: Carsten Kaiser, META4S Creative Studio – Hattingen, Germany

Sunday, April 27

  • 10:00-11:00 — Session PSE7: Advanced Vocal Editing
    Presenter: Carsten Kaiser, META4S Creative Studio – Hattingen, Germany
  • 11:00-12:00 — Session PSE8: EDM: Live Performance Mixing Techniques
    Presenter: Stephen Webber, Berklee College of Music – Valencia, Spain
  • 12:30-13:30 — Session PSE9: Setting Up Your Own Chamber Reverb at Home
    Presenter: Alex Case, University of Massachusetts Lowell – Lowell, MA, USA
  • 13:30-14:30 — Session PSE10: Mastering Engineering—The Link to Your Audience
    Presenters: Gavin Lurssen, Lurssen Mastering – Los Angeles, CA, USA
    Andrew Mendelson, Georgetown Masters – Nashville, TN, USA
    Michael Romanowski, Michael Romanowski Mastering – San Francisco, CA, USA; Owner Coast Recorders
  • 15:00-16:00 — Session PSE11: How Did They Get that Sound?
    Presenter: Alex Case, University of Massachusetts Lowell – Lowell, MA, USA
  • 16:00-17:00 — Session PSE12: The Business of Being in the Music Business
    Presenters: David Miles Huber, www.davidmileshuber.com – Seattle/Berlin; Seattle/Berlin
    Carsten Kaiser, META4S Creative Studio – Hattingen, Germany
    Gavin Lurssen, Lurssen Mastering – Los Angeles, CA, USA
    Andrew Mendelson, Georgetown Masters – Nashville, TN, USA
    Stephen Webber, Berklee College of Music – Valencia, Spain

AES has a long history serving the recording community, from the early days of monophonic vinyl to today’s modern multichannel digital audio formats. With the rise of project studios and vast sea of equipment and platforms surrounding it, many home recordists may be at a loss on how to approach the technology. The Project Studio Expo brings together the top people, tools and techniques, in order that attendees can learn best practices and tricks from the pros and learn from and connect with their peers.
“The Project Studio Expo is AES’s response to a music production and recording business that has migrated from the traditional big commercial studios to the plethora of diverse environments that audio is being produced in today,” stated Bob Moses, AES Executive Director. “Audio professionals need focused and competent training on a huge range of skills to run their business today, and AES is here to provide a foundation for that training.”

For more information on AES136 technical program, presenters and FREE Exhibits-Plus registration, visit the AES136 Convention web page at http://www.aes.org/events/136/.

About the Audio Engineering Society
The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 and now counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. Currently, its members are affiliated with more than 75 AES professional sections and more than 95 AES student sections around the world. Section activities may include guest speakers, technical tours, demonstrations and social functions. Through local AES section events, members experience valuable opportunities for professional networking and personal growth. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org.

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