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Muse Research ships Recepter Trio & Qu4ttro hardware plugin players

Muse Research & Development has announced the availability of RECEPTOR TRIO and QU4TTRO, the latest additions to its line of dedicated hardware plug-in players.

The first generation RECEPTOR caught on quickly among touring professionals, and since then, thousands of RECEPTORS have played the stages of the finest venues all over the world, covering all styles of music, operating in all kinds of conditions from the frozen tundras of Canada to the sweltering deserts of Dubai. The world’s biggest bands and most famous performers are using RECEPTOR.

The RECEPTOR TRIO and QU4TTRO take RECEPTOR technology to the next level. These are our most powerful Receptors ever; the easiest-to-use Receptors ever, and they also has the most flexible I/O capability of any Receptor ever.

Muse Research Receptor Qu4ttro
The Receptor QU4TTRO offers more power & flexibility.
  • RECEPTOR TRIO & QU4TTRO have Muse R&D’s proprietary Tetra-Core™ technology — With Tetra-Core processing, your plugins are dynamically balanced between the CPU cores with priority given to making music, not graphics or other less-important tasks.
  • All RECEPTORs utilizes Muse R&D’s rack-oriented UI with LIVE MODE — First introduced with RECEPTOR VIP, the new Rack-mode UI and LIVE MODE are far simpler than the older Receptor UI, and are winning acclaim from players and reviewers alike.
  • RECEPTOR TRIO & QU4TTRO feature the most flexible I/O of any Receptor — With 8 analog inputs, 8 analog outputs, ADAT digital output, and SPIDF output, I/O flexibility steps up to the next level for the RECEPTOR line.

The Muse Research RECEPTOR product line is available through select music retailers in the US and Canada, as well as through music equipment distributors worldwide.

The Muse Research dealer network from within the United States offers the products at the minimum advertised prices of $1,699 USD (RECEPTOR VIP), $2,499 USD (RECEPTOR TRIO), and $2,999 USD (RECEPTOR QU4TTRO). International distributors set their own pricing for their respective territories. If there is no stocking retailer in your area, a RECEPTOR can be configured to your specifications and purchased via the Plugorama.com website (www.plugorama.com), which also offers virtual instruments and effects packages for use with RECEPTOR starting at $29.99 USD.

More information: Muse Research

Hal Leonard publishes Less Noise, More Soul

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Hal Leonard has announced it has published Less Noise, More Soul, a collection of thought-provoking essays on the search for balance in the art, technology, and commerce of music.

Less Noise, More Soul

Less Noise, More Soul features the unique perspectives of highly accomplished performers, engineers, and producers on the question how modern technology has influenced and shaped the way we create and consume music today.

The digital revolution has enabled the creation and distribution of music in ways previously unimagined. Paradoxically, it has also made possible better and better recordings of less and less substance. Artists, engineers, and producers have begun to raise questions about the balance between the profoundly human undertaking that is the creation of music and the ever-more-antiseptic means by which it is translated into recordings.

Less Noise, More Soul: The Search for Balance in the Art, Technology, and Commerce of Music brings together original challenging and though-provoking essays by a select group of industry professionals, many of them award winners, who share a wealth of experience, passion, and insight into where popular music has been, where it currently finds itself, and where it’s going.

The book is designed to be a portable vehicle for generating discussion: not too long, and replete with the poignant, thought-provoking commentary of many “brand-name” players in the industry. Perfect for the office or the college classroom, Less Noise, More Soul will enhance the understanding of music as a medium and a business for students, artists, producers, and other industry professionals. Contributors include Bob Ludwig, Adam Ayan, Kenny Aronoff, Lydia Hutchinson, and more.

If used in an academic setting, this book will provide relevant content for courses like Sound Recording Theory and Practice, Analysis of Recordings, Writing and Production in the Pop/Rock Idiom, Advanced Production for Writers, Sound Processing Application for Writers, Principles of Production for Musicians, Creative Production Skills, and others.

The book is available to purchase for $18.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard / Less Noise, More Soul

Holophone and Q5X announce technology partnership

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Holophone / Q5X

Holophone, originators of multi-channel surround sound microphones, and Quantum5X, creators of leading edge professional broadcast quality wireless audio solutions, have joined together to develop a new standard in handheld wireless microphone systems.

The upcoming NAMM 2013 in Anaheim will mark the debut of the first of three upcoming single channel wireless systems, featuring Holophone’s new customizable handheld Super C supercardioid condenser mic.

Holophone’s new single channel microphones feature the same proprietary capsule design employed in the company’s acclaimed surround sound mics, including the award-winning H2-PRO®, the world-class standard for concert sound, broadcast, film, and music recording.

Q5X is the preeminent manufacturer of professional broadcast quality wireless systems designed for the most demanding sports and live event productions. The new wireless systems will integrate Holophone’s cutting edge line of high-quality, customizable handheld microphones with Q5X’s acclaimed high broadcast quality radio frequency technologies, to create a state of the art, audiophile quality wireless system delivering unparalleled sound, performance, and show-stopping looks.

“We are pleased and delighted to announce this partnership,” remarked Q5X President Allen Kool. “Holophone is world renowned for their groundbreaking surround sound audio systems, and this alliance builds on the strengths of both companies’ technologies. Together we will be significantly raising the bar for sonic quality and performance for wireless microphone systems.”

“Q5X is the only wireless technology manufacturer that can meet Holophone’s exacting standards for sound quality, and we’re excited by the potential of this alliance,” added Holophone President and Founder Michael Godfrey. “This is a great opportunity for both our companies, but more importantly, it’s an exciting time for audio professionals. This is the new standard in custom wireless systems.”

Holophone and Q5X will showcase the first of several handheld single channel systems in Booth 5399 in Hall B at the NAMM show in Anaheim, California January 24-27, 2013. A series of remote control wireless microphone systems will be introduced at April’s NAB Show in Las Vegas.

More information: Holophone / Q5X

TC Electronic launches website on Loudness

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TC Electronic Loudness

TC Electronic has announced the launch of a new website that aims to be a comprehensive resource for everything related to loudness.

There are many aspects to loudness, and keeping track of all of them can be a challenge even to those already familiar with the topic. Therefore, TC has launched a new loudness website, as an extension of the overall TC Electronic website, where all of these aspects are outlined, explained and discussed. The site is an answer to the highly relevant question: “What Is Loudness, and Why Is It Important?”

Loudness website highlights

  • Introduction to Loudness – 101 Loudness explaining the basics in an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand fashion.
  • Broadcast Standards –What are the differences between the current standards? What are the significant details that are important to be aware of as a broadcaster or a deliverer of broadcast content?
  • Applications –It is one thing to know the technology and the standards involved, it is another to know how, where and when to apply the technology in real-world situations.
  • Events – As a loudness pioneer, TC has hosted several loudness seminars and have been present at broadcast and pro audio shows all over the world. An ‘Events’ page sums up these activities and is also a valuable source for in-depth videos.
  • Literature and Glossary – For those who would like to go deeper into the technical details, TC provides a massive collection of white papers describing and discussing all kinds of aspects of loudness technology, and finally there is also an extensive glossary explaining terms related to loudness.

More information: TC Electronic / Loudness website

Minnetonka Audio Slates IBC for Next Gen ATS & Dolby E Advancements

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IBC 2012

Minnetonka Audio has announced it will be exhibiting at the upcoming IBC 2012 (International Broadcasters Convention), demonstrating new versions of several of their key products.

Updated loudness control and quality control (QC) technology for file-based audio will be featured with the 2.0 release of AudioTools Server(TM), a no-charge upgrade for AudioCare subscribers. An already mature problem solver at national and private facilities worldwide, ATS 2.0 adds load balancing and frame rate conversion plus smart MML/STL processing. Minnetonka Audio’s TruCorrect(TM) smart loudness processing eliminates perceived loudness changes and degraded intelligibility associated with traditional methods of correcting content containing extreme dynamic range.

The benchmark measurement algorithm, Dolby Dialogue Intelligence(TM), has been integrated in the 2.0 AudioTools Loudness Measurement module. This industry reference measurement approach provides dialog anchoring as a dynamically chosen option within ATS workflows based on the actual content. MXF processing performance has also been enhanced, along with True Peak measurement via Accelerated TruPeak(TM), which also uses the actual content to determine whether a True Peak measurement is required.

The addition of two new utilities, a unified Queue Control and a Job Wizard client application, round out the improvements to the 2.0 release of AudioTools Server. The new Queue Control is a global administration application that allows the operator to load, execute and monitor jobs and workflows. It also eases oversight of multi-node management and load balancing. The new Job Wizard utility makes the myriad capabilities of AudioTools Server more approachable with an uncomplicated user interface. The Job Wizard significantly simplifies the creation of new jobs and job templates.

At IBC 2012, Minnetonka Audio will also feature the latest SurCode software releases, including SurCode for Dolby E Stream Player 2.0 which was purpose-built for Apple’s Final Cut Pro, and SurCode for Dolby E Encoder and Decoder version 2.1. Broad support for Avid’s product line, including Pro Tools, NewsCutter, Media Composer and Symphony, is a key feature of the new SurCode Encoder/Decoder release.

Minnetonka Audio will be demonstrating the new AudioTools Server and SurCode for Dolby E at the upcoming IBC convention, September 7th through the 11th (stand #7.G43).

More information: Minnetonka Audio

Avid announces IBC 2012 Preview Information—Hall 7, Stand J20

Avid IBC 2012

Avid has announced it will demonstrate the largest range of integrated media production technology the company has ever presented at the IBC 2012 conference and exhibition for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of electronic media and entertainment content worldwide.

Avid is featuring new and upgraded solutions for advanced asset-based workflows spanning distributed production, multi-platform distribution, server and storage, and video editing/audio mixing solutions, demonstrating how customers in news, sports, TV, and post-production can make the most of their media, achieve their creative vision and improve their productivity.

Show highlights:

  • The European debut of Avid’s cloud-based, real-time, remote editing solution, Interplay® Sphere, and details of early customer adopters.
  • The newest developments to Avid’s asset-based workflow solutions including a new Avid Interplay MAM solution package; Interplay Central cloud-enabled web and mobile tools; Interplay Production asset manager; Avid iNEWS® release, and the AirSpeed® 5000 video server.
  • New enhancements to Avid’s suite of industry-leading creative video and audio editing tools, including Avid Media Composer®, Symphony®, NewsCutter®, DS and Pro Tools®.

The IBC 2012 takes place at the Amsterdam RAI, the Netherlands, from September 7th to 11th, 2012. Find Avid’s booth at Hall 7.J20.

More information: Avid at IBC 2012

PreSonus Studio One integrates Nimbit to become a complete musician’s solution

Nimbit

PreSonus has announced it has acquired Nimbit and integrated its technology and services into Studio One Artist, Producer, and Professional to provide a complete solution for music and audio creation, sales, and promotion.

With integrated Nimbit, Studio One users can:

  • Instantly sell and promote their music and audio the moment it is created.
  • Sell MP3s, CDs, merchandise, and event tickets through beautiful stores for their Facebook pages, their Web sites, NimbitMusic.com, and services like Jango, FanBridge, and PledgeMusic.
  • Create sharable, interactive promotions for Facebook, Twitter, and email that feature music and video players, messages to fans, and free downloads to drive sales.
  • Grow their fan base and understand their fans better thanks to detailed analytics and sales reporting.

From Studio One Artist, Producer, and Professional v.2.0.6 and later (with the free Nimbit Extension), you can select an individual song right from the start page, or select File >Export and upload to Nimbit. You then add details, upload a product image, and set a price, and your music will be immediately available for sale.

Studio One Professional users will reap additional benefits. When you export to Nimbit from the Project page, your project metadata pre-populates the Nimbit product setup, allowing you to sell and promote your music almost instantaneously.


Introduction to Nimbit – The Easiest Way To Sell and Promote Music, Merch, Tickets and More on Facebook, Twitter, and Your Website.

A Complete Solution

With the addition of Nimbit technology and services, Studio One users can now go from creating the first track to marketing and selling a finished project, all within Studio One and associated Web sites. Studio One Professional users can record, mix, master, digitally release, burn CDs, upload to the Web via SoundCloud, and market and sell through Nimbit without leaving the DAW.

In short, Studio One has become a complete musician’s solution.

Registered Studio One 2 customers will be able to download the Nimbit Extension free from the PreSonus Exchange. Having installed the Extension, they can sign up for a Nimbit Free or Nimbit Plus account from within Studio One and start selling and promoting their music.

The benefits of Nimbit are not limited to PreSonus Studio One customers. Anyone who would like to sell and promote their music, other audio products, and merchandise can sign up at www.nimbit.com or can install the free Nimbit store for Facebook.

The integration will be available on August 1, 2012, via a free Nimbit Extension for Studio One 2.0.6 and later.

More information: PreSonus / Nimbit

Avid to showcase VENUE SC48 Remote, integrated Pro Tools workflows & AVB Technology at InfoComm 2012

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Avid

Avid announced today that it will be exhibiting at InfoComm 2012, June 13–15, at Booth #C9944 in the Audio Pavilion, showcasing the VENUE SC48 Remote digital mixing console, Pro Tools software and interfaces, as well as the ISIS 5000 system for real-time shared media storage.

Suitable for a variety of installed sound applications, Avid’s range of VENUE systems feature integrated VENUE/Pro Tools recording and playback for archiving and performing Virtual Soundchecks, MADI connectivity between FOH and monitor systems, as well as a variety of personal monitoring solutions.

Avid will also showcase interoperable AVB solutions with other AVnu Alliance members, as well as co-sponsor the AVB Networking Conference, being held at the Renaissance Hotel on June 12th, focused on real-world applications of AVB technology.

Show highlights

  • VENUE SC48 Remote
    VENUE SC48 Remote is the perfect system for installations where the FOH position is a ways from the stage, and running bulky multicore analog snake cables is not practical or is cost-prohibitive. VENUE SC48 Remote System pairs a specially configured SC48 with the new VENUE Stage 48 remote box, enabling I/O to be placed closer to sources for better audio fidelity via fully redundant, auto-switching Ethernet AVB snake connections. AVB is a future-forward, low-latency open technology enables the system to transmit high-fidelity audio—with the utmost reliability—over lightweight, inexpensive cable at distances up to 100 meters, without noise or signal degradation.
  • AVB Demonstration in the AVnu Pavilion
    Throughout the show, Avid will be participating in the AVnu Pavilion, located in Booth C11309 in the Audio Pavilion. Avid’s VENUE SC48 Remote system (along with other AVnu Alliance member products) will be featured in a live demonstration of interoperable AVB-enabled devices connected over a shared Ethernet network. A comprehensive AVB education program lineup will illustrate how AVB is revolutionizing A/V networking for manufacturers, integrators, consultants and other A/V professionals.
  • AVB Networking Conference
    Avid is co-sponsoring the AVB Networking Conference 2012, to be held at the Renaissance Hotel in Las Vegas on June 12, from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm. The applications-based event will provide consultants, integrators and system designers with comprehensive details on how AVB technology can simplify system design and maintenance, and how interoperable solutions are being deployed today. For up-to-date information, visit AVB Networking Conference.

More information: Avid / InfoComm 2012