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Westone “Made Right Here” Sweepstakes – Win trip to Westone’s HQ, Fender Stratocaster, Elite Series ES5 in-ear monitors and more

Westone has announced the Made Right Here sweepstakes, a chance to win a visit to Westone’s headquarters in Colorado Springs and more.

Westone Made Right Here Sweepstakes

Made Right Here Sweestakes prizes

  • One Super Grand Prize
    • (2) Two round-trip airfare to Denver International Airport.
    • (3) Three nights accommodations in the Colorado Springs area, local transportation, tour of Westone HQ in Colorado Springs.
    • Tickets for (2) two to a concert in Colorado.
    • (1) One pair of Elite Series ES5 in-ear monitors.
    • (1) One Fender American Standard Stratocaster Guitar
    • (1) One Fender EC Vibro-Champ Amplifier
    • (1) One BLUE Microphones Baby Bottle Microphone
    • (1) One one-year subscription (200gb) to Gobbler.
  • Five Grand Prize Packs
    • One Fender American Standard Stratocaster Guitar.
    • One BLUE Microphones Spark.
    • One Year of Gobbler service 25gb.
  • 100 – Westone “11″ T-shirts.
  • 25 – Westone “Profile” Hats.

The promotion runs though July 31th, 2012. Winners will be selected at random August 3rd, 2012.

More information: Westone

G-Sonique releases Monitor MSX5 headphone monitoring system

G-Sonique has announced the Monitor MSX5 headphone monitoring system, a spatial effect plug-in for Windows.

G-Sonique Monitor MSX5 VST plug-in moves these basic spatial processing principles/algorithms forward and offers a comfortable and precise way of mixing on your headphones. (all used algorithms were fine-tuned for professional mixing purposes).

G-Sonique Monitor MSX5
G-Sonique Monitor MSX5 allows for comfortable and precise mixing on your headphones.

Monitor MSX5 features

  • Simulation of monitor rotation angle and distance.
  • Center balance attenuates level of phantom center to hear wider stereo signal.
  • Main volume controls output volume of the complete system.
  • Monitor/Speaker simulations for (Bass) Woofer size and (Treble) Tweeter sharpness/sound aggression.
  • Control dry (pure headphone sound) and wet (monitor sound simulation) signal.

Monitor MSX5 for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for the introductory price of 39 EUR for the first 50 customers (regular 45.90 EUR).

More information: G-Sonique / Monitor MSX5

Shure announces new products at NAMM 2012 (incl. ULX-D + Axient system shipping)

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Shure announces new products at the Winter NAMM, including the innovative ULX-D, its first open back headphones, lavalier and earset microphones, and news that the Axient wireless system is now shipping.

Shure at 2012 NAMM

  • ULX-D offers uncompromised audio, spectrum efficiency and signal stability, putting the system generations ahead of any other in its class. The easy-to-use personal wireless system boasts an unparalleled mix of audio quality, and incorporates frequency scanning, intelligent battery technology, and advanced encryption to bring a new level of performance to professional sound reinforcement.
  • The Axient system establishes a dramatic new threshold of control, convenience and confidence in wireless audio transmission, reception and spectrum management. Several breakthrough technologies merge to create a solution for the world’s most extreme RF challenges, including interference detection and avoidance, spectrum management, advanced power management, frequency diversity, transmitter remote control and Wireless Workbench 6 software.
  • Shure has officially entered the open back headphone market with the release of the SRH1440 and SRH1840 Professional Open Back Headphones. Designed for editing, mastering, monitoring and unparalleled audiophile listening, the lightweight, circumaural design allows sound to move freely and without distortion, creating an exceptional natural sound, wide stereo image and increased depth of field.
  • These subminature lavalier (MX150) and earset headworn (MX153) microphones leverage the proven Microflex platform for premium installations where discreet microphone placement is paramount. Both products are fully compatible with all Shure wireless systems, and deliver best-in-class Shure performance for a wide range of corporate presentation, A/V rental and house of worship applications.

More information: Shure

Sound Magic Headphone Mix updated to v2.1

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Sound Magic Headphone Mix 2.0

Sound Magic has updated its Headphone Mix effect to version 2.1.

Headphone Mix is a special effect unit which suitable for those who make their music on headphone monitor system. Headphone Mix combines environment simulation system, frequency compensate system and HRTF technologies to emulate the speaker feelings on your headphone. Headphone Mix is provided as a VST effect unit under Windows or an Add-on for Sound Magic Supreme Pianos.

Changes in Headphone Mix v2.1

  • New Environment Algorithms.
  • Improved Frequency Compensate setting.
  • Fixed: Register may fail in Vista.
  • Fixed: Error automation items.

Headphone Mix is available to purchase for 19.90 EUR. Sound Magic customers pay 15 EUR.

More information: Sound Magic / Headphone Mix

Mildon Studios releases HC38 Headphone Calibrator

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Mildon Studios has released HC38 Headphone Calibrator, an effect plug-in for Windows.

Mildon Studios HC38

HC38 Headphone Calibrator allows the user match the sound of their headphones to that of their studio monitors. It is ideal for field work, when studio monitors are not present, or to mix using headphones. It works by simulating several aspects of monitoring in a room environment. The user can adjust crossfeed, sound absorption, and room reflection.

Crossfeed is the merging of the sound coming from each speaker. The amount of crossfeed can be adjusted by choosing from three approximate speaker distances (3′, 5′, and 7′) and fine-tuned using the crossfeed fader.

What’s truly unique about the HC38 is its capability to simulate the room environment. The user can select from 6 representative flooring and room treatment materials that affect the way the sound is absorbed and reflected.

It also has the basic hi-pass and lo-pass filters so one can make adjustments based on the frequency response graph provided by the headphone manufacturer.

The HC38 Headphone Calibrator is available to purchase for the introductory price of $29 USD until November 10, 2011 (regular $35 USD).

More information: Mildon Studios / HC38 Headphone Calibrator

Shure launches Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition

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Shure has announced that entry registration for its eighth annual Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition is now open until October 21 for university and college students nationwide.

Judged by a panel of renowned musicians and industry professionals, the competition enables students to record a musical composition with the same high-quality Shure gear used by professional musicians and engineers.

Shure Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition

A random drawing on or about October 24 will narrow down the registrants to ten competing schools. Each participant will receive a standardized microphone locker from Shure that must be used to complete a recording project as part of the competition. Contents of the locker include one KSM313, two KSM32, two KSM44A, one KSM42, two KSM141, four SM57, two SM27, one Beta 52A, one Beta 57A, one Beta 91A, three Beta 98AMP, two Beta 181/S each with an additional Omni capsule, one SM7B, one VP88, and one A27M.

Competing teams from each school are required to track and mix an original piece of music, which will then be judged by a panel of industry professionals who will evaluate the recordings based on their overall fidelity, clarity, sonic balance, and creativity in selection and placement of the microphones. The winning school will be awarded the entire Shure microphone locker, valued at more than $10,000. In addition, students on one of the winning teams will receive prizes ranging from a KSM42 microphone, valued at $999 each to SRH840 headphones, valued at $250 each. Previous judges have included esteemed musicians and recording engineers, including Ed Cherney, Keith Olsen, Mike Clink, Frank Filipetti, Sylvia Massey, and Elliot Scheiner, among many others.

“Every year the caliber of student talent improves, and we’re amazed by the quality of their compositions,” said Terri Hartman, Director of Marketing Communications, Shure Americas. “As we move into our eighth year of the competition, we’re proud to continue supporting students who are pursing careers in the recording and music industry, and we look forward to another round of impressive submissions this year.”

The contestants chosen in the random drawing will be posted on Shure’s website on or around October 31, and dedicated microphone lockers will be sent in the following days. The winner of the Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition, as well as the runner-up and honorable mention distinctions, will be announced on April 30, 2012.

More information: Shure / Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition

Sound Magic releases Headphone Mix 2.0

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Sound Magic has released version 2.0 of Headphone Mix, a special effect unit suitable for those who make their music on a headphone monitor system.

Sound Magic Headphone Mix 2.0

Headphone Mix combines environment simulation system, frequency compensate system and HRTF technologies to emulate the speaker feelings on your headphone. Headphone Mix is provided as a VST effect unit under Windows or an Add-on for Sound Magic Supreme Pianos.

Compared with speakers, headphone lacks the blend of two channels,reverb from air and reflections from ears, which may lead to the lack of imaging and false feelings on sound field. Headphone Mix solves this issue by blending both channels, adding extra reverb to the sound and applying HRTF to emulate reflections.

To make the simulation more accurate, Headphone Mix features an environment simulation system where you can set room size, damp degree and reverb time of your work space. By doing so, Headphone Mix could obtain a closer result to your speakers.

Another reason for headphone can not have the same feel as your speakers is the headphone amp. If your amp can not fit your headphone good enough, it will cause the frequency response is not as accurate as your speakers. To solve this issue, Headphone Mix features three special designed filters to compensate the loss on frequency response. Thus it gives you the ability to get closer to your speaker even if you are using a bad headphone amp.

Headphone Mix features

  • Three bands frequency compensate system.
  • 3 sliders to control the effect depth.
  • A complete environment simulation system.
  • In-built HRTF algorithm.
  • Up to 32Bit/384KHz resolution.

Headphone Mix is available to purchase for €19.90 EUR.

More information: Sound Magic / Headphone Mix

Audio-Technica launches Sounds of the summer, suggest summer anthem for a chance to win headphones

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Audio-Technica has announced the Sounds of the summer, a social media competition to find the nation’s favourite summer anthem.

Audio-Technica Sounds of the summer

Audio giant Audio-Technica has launched a social media quest to find the UK’s favourite summer track of all time. It is asking its fans and followers to tell the world on its Facebook page what is their favourite summer track and why. To help launch the online competition it has conducted a nationwide study into our musical preferences to find out how obsessed we are when it comes to our music. With singing at work and dancing in the street common place – we’ve certainly got some strange habits!

Almost everyone (96%) claimed they would rather give up films for a year over their music, with a further three quarters (73%) opting to ditch live sport, 37% ditching TV for music, and a dedicated third of people (34%) opting to ditch sex rather than going a year without music!

It also appears we like to express our love of music in public; three quarters of people (74%) admitting to spontaneously breaking into song while driving, a fifth 20% openly singing at work, 15% sing in the street and 11% have even danced in the street while listening to their iPod! Embarrassingly, almost all of us (90%) admit to having been caught doing one of these things!

Audio-Technica senior UK marketing manager Harvey Roberts said, “The UK is a nation with a long and distinguished history in producing world class music, so it’s no surprise to see such fanaticism towards music.

“The research shows that the majority of us actively listen to four-hours of music a day, which equates to more than 60 days a year. That is some serious listening time, and with a fifth of people preferring to use headphones, it makes sense to ensure you’ve got the very best equipment to make your experience as enjoyable as possible.”

The research was conducted as part of Audio-Technica’s ‘sounds of the summer’ campaign, where it is seeking the most popular ever ‘summer’ anthems via it’s Facebook page Five pairs of top of the range Audio-Tecnica headphones are up for grabs for the most popular suggestions.

The study also revealed that we like to listen to music in some unusual places, with 40% preferring to do it in bed, 27% in the shower, 11% while making love, and an obsessive 7% while asleep!

Audio-Technica also asked people how long they’d be prepared to queue to get tickets for their ‘ultimate’ music festival or summer show and despite the rise in internet bookings, a quarter would wait an hour and surprisingly one in six would be prepared to wait four-hours.

More information: Audio-Technica at Facebook