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The HBO Studio Goes Live with Xytech’s MediaPulse

Mission Critical, 72-Hour Integration Successfully Ensures Smooth Transition for Studio

(Mission Hills, CA) Xytech, the global leader in facility management software for the broadcast and media services industries, announced that their MediaPulse platform has been launched at HBO Studios in New York. A carefully orchestrated, multi-stage implementation plan, configured to the needs of HBO’s Production Operations at the HBO Studio, preceded the installation. A live deployment was then conducted over one weekend, with all users brought successfully online Monday morning.

Located in Manhattan, HBO Studios provides production services for internal and external clients creating and packaging promotional and programming content for series, specials, documentaries, movies, and sports. Services include editing, audio mixing, graphics, and file-based asset management. The installation was a success, as the Xytech and HBO teams were able to deploy the MediaPulse platform, with integrations, on time.

For the HBO Studio, MediaPulse provides job management, scheduling, integration to HBO’s accounting system, and notifications throughout the enterprise system.

Greg Dolan, COO of Xytech, described how the HBO project was executed, “Our team evaluated the needs of HBO Production Operations and recommended a suite of MediaPulse services. To say there was no room for error is an understatement. Xytech partnered with HBO to plan and execute a large-scale implementation of software that we knew was going to be challenging, and was critical to HBO’s operations. With a limited time frame to execute, the volume of assets involved, and the time-dependent nature of the work that travels through the pipeline at the HBO Studio, the project required meticulous planning. The carefully thought-out implementation plan ended with a full scale Go Live deadline, which had their system ready for studio and editorial on Monday morning.”

Lynne Chernow, Senior Vice President of Application Development at HBO, said, “The planning and deployment of MediaPulse clearly demonstrated technical expertise, team work, and a focus on getting the job done. Clear thinking and effective customer care won the day. We hit our deadlines and benchmarks with no interruption of our services. Xytech helped us deliver a crucial system, and the manner in which the integration was executed was exemplary.”

Concluded Dolan, “Our collaborative MediaPulse platform was designed to accommodate today’s multifaceted workflows as exemplified by the HBO Studio. They are continually delivering world-class content, and we are honored to be working with them.”

About Xytech
Xytech Systems Corporation(tm) is the leading global provider of facility management software for today’s media and broadcast companies. Leveraging a 25-year history of innovation and market expertise, Xytech brings unparalleled proficiency to its customers with flexible, transparent and evolutionary solutions that set the standard for successfully managing the continuous business realignments that define today’s marketplace. Xytech’s collaborative MediaPulse platform and suite of solutions enable craft workflow and asset management systems to work seamlessly with the company’s renowned planning, scheduling and financial management tools. Xytech has over 450 software deployments in more than 20 countries around the world and is headquartered in Mission Hills, California, with regional offices in New York and London.

For more information, please visit www.XytechSystems.com or call +1.818.698.4900 (US) or +44 (0)20.7903.5170 (UK).

About HBO
Home Box Office, Inc. is the premium television programming subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. and the world’s most successful pay TV service, providing the two television services – HBO(r) and Cinemax(r) – to over 100 million subscribers worldwide. The services offer the most popular subscription video-on-demand products, HBO On Demand(r) and Cinemax On Demand(r) as well as HBO GO(r) and MAX GO(r), HD feeds and multiplex channels. Internationally, HBO branded television networks, along with the subscription video-on-demand products HBO On Demand and HBO GO, bring HBO services to over 60 countries. HBO programming is sold into over 150 countries worldwide.

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GC Pro Keeps The Studio at the Palms at the Cutting Edge with Three New Avid Pro Tools HDX Systems

— GC Pro continues to be the first call for The Studio at the Palms for its professional audio technology needs —

Las Vegas-based Studio at the Palms, located at the fabulous Palms Casino Resort and which has hosted such artists as Lady Gaga, Ne-Yo, The Killers, LMFAO and others, recently upgraded with three new Avid Pro Tools HDX systems. The new systems were installed in Studio X and Studio Y, along with a “floater” system that lets any space in the studio become a fully compatible recording environment. The HDX systems, sourced and supplied through Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, join the other gear that GC Pro has sourced for the facility over the years.

“We really pride ourselves on being state-of-the-art here and always ready at a moment’s notice to serve our clients,” says Studio at the Palms Director Zoe Thrall, noting that artists working on long-term projects or just passing through Las Vegas for performances or for awards shows often use some of their time there to record new tracks or finish up existing ones. “They expect the best from us, and that’s what we strive to deliver.”

Thrall, one of the most respected studio managers in the entire industry (prior to coming to the Studio at the Palms, she supervised operations for The Hit Factory and Avatar Studios in New York City), says GC Pro has been an invaluable resource in keeping her studios at the cutting edge of music technology. “They really know their stuff, and they can get me what I need quickly and cost-effectively,” she says, noting that she’s purchased DSP and software system through GC Pro, as well as used them as a portal to the vast inventory of musical instruments and equipment available at Guitar Center itself. “My relationship with GC Pro goes back to the New York days, and wherever I’ve worked with GC Pro, it’s always been a great experience,” she adds.

Las Vegas-based GC Pro Sales Associate Don Hartley, who handles the Studio at the Palms account, says that clients at that level need the kind of attention only a full-service, high-end pro-dealer can offer. “We give a facility like Studio at the Palms a concierge level of service, because that’s what they require in order to serve that caliber of clientele,” says Hartley, who will often personally bring equipment to the studio on short notice when necessary. “The Studio at the Palms has a huge inventory of great equipment, and a fantastic tech specialist in Brent Spear, who did the entire installation of the new Pro Tools HDX systems himself. But GC Pro is always here to fill in any gaps they may encounter – from a console to a guitar stand – any day, any time.”

For more information, please visit www.gcpro.com.

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Tomer Elbaz Promoted to Executive Vice President, Waves Consumer Division

— Waves Audio Consumer division continues to expand and thrive
with new technologies and business strategies —

The Consumer Electronics Division of Waves, the industry leader in professional audio digital signal processing and recipient of a Technical GRAMMY® award, has recently promoted Tomer Elbaz to the position of Executive Vice President, Waves Consumer Division. The announcement was made by Waves co-founder Gilad Keren, and further underscores Waves’ ongoing expansion into the consumer electronics market sector.

Under Tomer Elbaz’s direction, the company has forged strategic business relationships with a wide variety of leading electronics firms who are incorporating Waves Maxx technologies into their products. Waves’ digital signal processing (DSP) technology is utilized by the top professionals in the pro audio and broadcast market sectors, and their reputation and proven track record has made them a perfect fit to work with companies like Dell, ASUS, Toshiba, Sony, iOS/Android developers and more, who have employed Waves digital signal processing (DSP) as part of the feature set of their product offerings. Other endeavors include strategic alliances with semiconductor and DSP core companies, as well as general strategic alliances with brands and recording artists. Through these developments, Waves is helping bring studio quality sound and the highest standards of audio to the consumer listening experience.

“Tomer and his team are helping Waves expand our reach into the consumer market sector,” stated Gilad Keren. “As part of our long-term strategic business plan, Tomer continues to urge our technologies into the hands of new and exciting partners and thrilled consumers. We are at the edge of a bold new phase for Waves, and we look forward to Tomer’s ongoing leadership.”

For more information, please visit www.maxx.com.

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Actus Digital Attends Top Tier University

Interdisciplinary Center Academic Institute to use Actus solutions for analyzing news and television research
 
Tel-Aviv, Israel — December 4, 2012 — Actus Digital, a developer of web-based media monitoring, content repurposing and verification solutions for broadcasters and media-driven organizations, is pleased to announce it has signed a landmark deal with the Interdisciplinary Center Academic Institute. The prestigious university will use Actus monitoring solutions including the Actus View and Actus Clip modules to research and analyze television broadcasts. Professors and researchers will have access to high-quality media and associated metadata from standard desktop systems connected to the Actus View platform. Integrated production tools will let users easily search, clip, share, and archive materials.
 
“With the extensive multi-platform distribution models employed by today’s broadcasters, scholars and researchers in our School of Communications need tools like Actus to effectively accomplish their work,” said Dalit Leder, video systems manager at the Interdisciplinary Center. “Actus provides extensive analysis capabilities, enabling our School of Communications to continue to innovate the way we research communication trends and shifts in journalism.”
 
With the growing number of television channels, researchers count on tools like Actus View to reliably record and analyze channels from all over the world. The flexibility of the Actus system lets users record the entire channel programming content, with tools to zero in and review specific time blocks, regardless if it is two weeks or two hours. Researchers can focus efforts specifically on analyzing media trends as opposed to spending hours and hours viewing and organizing content before even getting to the analysis process.
 
“The installation of Actus at the Interdisciplinary Center is a company milestone,” said Sima Levy, CEO, Actus Digital. “This is the first educational entity to implement Actus for research, utilizing many of the platform’s core capabilities such as metadata-driven searches, video clipping, and media archiving. We look forward to seeing the research results via Actus and the new trends that will define our future in broadcast.”
 
About The Interdisciplinary Center
The Interdisciplinary Center is Israel’s first private college. The IDC provides an interdisciplinary education, which combines academic study with practical training. The Interdisciplinary Center aims to create an environment where personal achievement goes hand-in-hand with social responsibility, as well as an international atmosphere.
 
About Actus Digital
Actus Digital, a subsidiary of Taya Media Group, Israel’s premier video media and visual communication content and technologies company, is a developer of web-based media monitoring, content repurposing and verification for broadcasters, cable and satellite providers, IPTV, media and monitoring agencies, governments and content producers. Leveraging emerging web technologies and IT standard hardware, Actus’ solutions are highly scalable systems ideal for cross-organizational content analysis and content repurposing. Actus’ next-generation solutions complement any broadcast workflow, empowering operators with purpose-built tools for acquiring, viewing, analyzing and repurposing transmissions from channels around the world. Its impressive customers include global media conglomerates such as BSkyB, Sky, Fox channels, Star, Chello Media, StarHub, Singtel, Levira, MTG, Encopmass, AirTel, and Zee Networks. For more information, please visit: http://www.actusdigital.com.
 
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Post Asylum Adds New Smoke Suite to Creative Arsenal

Dallas, TX – Post Asylum has announced the grand opening of their new Smoke Suite for finish and visual effects. Award winning commercial and feature film VFX veteran Michael “Pants” Sands will helm this latest addition to Post Asylum’s creative toolset.

“We are very excited about moving Pants into the role of Senior Smoke Artist,” noted Post Asylum Executive Producer Graham Hagood. “He brings years of experience as an award winning VFX artist and a unique skill set that includes motion design, 3D animation and editorial. I don’t know of another Smoke Artist with Pants’ breadth of talent and expertise. In addition to the new Smoke 2013 software, we’ve incorporated all of Pants’ 3D animation and motion design tools to make this one very powerful suite.”

The spacious new room features a Panasonic professional display, and was built from the ground up with the discerning agency creative in mind. “We meticulously designed this suite starting from the bare studs to not only be ideal for light, color correction and angle of view, but also to be stylish and comfortable,” said Sands.

Before joining Post Asylum’s Motion Design/VFX Team in 2008, Sands held positions as an Editor, Motion Designer/Animator and VFX Supervisor for several studios, including Post Op, Showcase, Pony Productions, and Fresh Produce. After 9/11, Sands joined the U.S. Army Reserves, learned Arabic, served two tours in Iraq, earned his Jumpmaster certification and retired from the reserves as a Staff Sergeant in 2011.

Sands recently completed visual effects work on a new TV campaign for York Air Conditioning, as well as finish and VFX for a series of “YES! Putter” spots for Adams Golf. Both campaigns are currently airing internationally in the US, Canada and the UK. Currently, Sands is taking full advantage of Post Asylum’s new Smoke Suite for finish and visual effects (including a mix of 3D and live action compositing) on a Dallas Cowboy themed Papa John’s spot featuring Jerry Jones.

About Post Asylum
Dallas based Post Asylum is actually three high-end creative boutiques under one roof. PA Editorial, Pure Evil Music & Sound Design and PA Motion Design/VFX each feature national caliber talent capable of delivering specialized content independently, or collaborating seamlessly. From spots to digital content, and from creative editorial to turnkey production, Post Asylum is a preferred creative partner for agencies throughout the southwest. Post Asylum exists to create great work and great client experiences, one project at a time.

www.postasylum.com www.pureevilmuisc.om

Contact: Lanny Sher, 323-653-0380; prals@pacbell.net

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Hal Leonard Publishes Welcome To The Jungle

A Success Manual for Music & Audio Freelancers

Montclair, NJ (December 4, 2012) – Hal Leonard Books, the musician’s best source of books on the music business, audio technology, instrument history, and more, is now shipping Welcome to the Jungle by Jim Klein. This amazing guide is an invaluable source for freelancers who want to succeed in the music and audio industries.

Thousands of people try to make a living as musicians and audio professionals. Most of them fail, and not because they lack talent or the will to succeed. They fail because no matter how much training they’ve received or how hard they’ve practiced, they don’t know how to face the challenges that await them in the “real world.”

No matter how much technical or musical skill aspirants may have acquired, there is always a huge gap in their understanding of how that world works. Do they understand how to behave in a professional environment? When to talk and when to listen? What about developing a personal work ethic, a support system, and a reasonable set of immediate and future plans to make goals into realities?

In his dual role as a successful music and audio freelancer of over 30 years and tenured college professor, Jim Klein has not only the knowledge of what it takes to succeed as a freelancer in the competitive fields of music and audio, but also the understanding of exactly what the new aspirant needs to know to take on that world. Klein has crafted his advice into a book that is detailed, complete, and easy to understand.

Welcome to the Jungle includes chapters on setting goals, networking, building a portfolio, time management, personal and professional finances, and dealing with the ups and downs of the freelance career. The book also includes interviews with successful music and audio freelancers, such as legendary producer Howard Benson (Kelly Clarkson, Santana, Daughtry), producer/engineer Kevin Killen (Peter Gabriel, U2, Elvis Costello), bassist Julie Slick, and others.

About the Author
Jim Klein has been a freelance music producer, composer, engineer, and songwriter for more than thirty years, creating and producing music on hit records, feature films, network television series, and national TV commercials. He has received eight Daytime Emmy nominations since 2003, winning twice. He is an associate professor in Drexel University’s Music Industry program and lives in Philadelphia.

Please contact us for review copies, excerpts and interviews with the author:
Music Marcom
Martina McConnon
martina@musicmarcom.com
phone: 610-577-4982

Welcome to the Jungle
$24.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00333848
ISBN: 9781458474490
Width: 7.5″
Length: 9.25″
208 pages
www.halleonardbooks.com
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SSI Upgrades Audio Monitoring to 7.1 with Genelec 8260A and 8250A Active Monitors and 7271A Sub

— Leading Hollywood post production facility chooses Genelec to help them expand their film trailer post capabilities to 7.1 while relying on Genelec’s award-winning 8200 Smart Active Monitoring (SAM) system to keep the studio’s acoustics perfectly tuned —

SSI, a leading Hollywood audio and video post production company specializing in cinema trailers, has purchased a new 7.1 monitoring system by Genelec, the world’s longstanding pioneer in active monitoring. The new system, which was installed in September and consists of three Genelec 8260A Tri-Amplified Active Monitors for the L-C-R array, four Genelec 8250A Bi-Amplified Active Monitors for the rear and side surrounds, and a Genelec 7271A Active Subwoofer, was chosen to help SSI further expand its leading role as a post production resource for trailers for top Hollywood films. These include The Hobbit, Rise of the Guardians, Cloud Atlas and the upcoming Brad Pitt film World War Z. All three of these products reflect Genelec’s recently introduced Smart Active Monitor (SAM) concept, which allows monitors to be controlled with digital networking to enable the building of highly flexible computer-controlled systems of monitors.

This purchase also continues SSI’s longstanding tradition of being an all-Genelec facility for its audio studios, with all seven of its mix rooms fitted with Genelec speakers, including 8240A speakers for stereo monitoring. SSI provides a range of services to the film industry, including 5.1 theatrical trailer mixing, 5.1 digital audio sweetening, sound design, telecine, full service audio transfers and digital delivery services. RSPE Audio Solutions in Los Angeles sold the Genelec speakers to SSI.

The decision to buy and install new Genelec monitoring was based on two key things, according to Gary Fradkin, SSI’s Director of Engineering, who also designed the studio with SSI Mixer Matt Guiler and noted studio designer Scott Putnam. “We love they way Genelec active monitors sound, and the DSP system enables us to keep the studio tuned properly at all times,” Fradkin explains. “In the past, we’d have to have the room periodically analyzed and re-tuned as things changed. Now, with SAM, the speakers literally take care of themselves.” Genelec’s award-winning DSP Technology and GLM software provide powerful and practical tools such as AutoCal for automatic and accurate alignment, calibration and control of the monitoring system in all situations. But, says Fradkin, that’s only half the story behind SSI’s affinity for Genelec. “Sonically speaking, the accuracy of their imaging in 5.1 and 7.1 is far superior to anything else out on the market,” he says. “They just sound great, all the time, on everything.”

For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com/.

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The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Announces 2012-2013 Steering Committee

P&E Wing Leadership Tackles Important Issues Including Sound Quality, Performance and Intellectual Property Rights, Proper Crediting, Metadata and Education

The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® has announced its 2012-2013 Steering Committee, the leadership group of the P&E Wing, which researches and recommends solutions for technical and economic issues facing today’s music production professionals. The newly seated Committee, consisting of a diverse array of music engineers, producers and audio professionals, will build upon the significant legacy established by prior Steering Committees and work to identify and evaluate key issues confronting music production professionals, with the goal of finding meaningful solutions and suggestions for the industry moving forward.

The P&E Wing 2012–2013 Steering Committee includes the following music industry professionals: Chuck Ainlay (Nashville), Carlos Alvarez (Miami), Eric Boulanger (Los Angeles), Richard Burgess (Washington, D.C.), Ed Cherney (Los Angeles), Mike Clink (Los Angeles), Bob Ludwig (Portland, Maine), James McKinney (Washington, D.C.), Phil Nicolo (Philadelphia), and Dan Workman (Houston).

Steering Committee Co-Chairs Mike Clink and James McKinney will remain in their current positions as the P&E Wing continues to advocate for excellence in sound recording, audio technologies, education in the recording arts, and the rights of music creators overall.

“We owe a great deal of gratitude to all of our past Steering Committee members, including John Alagia, Jeff Balding, Jimmy Douglass, Nathaniel Kunkel, Glenn Lorbecki, Sylvia Massy, Keith Olsen, Phil Ramone, Elliot Scheiner, Tommy Tallarico and Eric Schilling,” states Maureen Droney, Sr. Executive Director of the P&E Wing. “They laid the groundwork and continue to be involved in our initiatives as we more forward. Many would agree that this is a trying time in the industry, and we need the talents of all of our members to face these challenges, find solutions and proceed with new paradigms.”

Member biographies:

Chuck Ainlay is a multiple GRAMMY® Award-winner, one of Nashville’s top recording and mixing engineers, a pioneer in using surround sound technology, and a leading advocate for high quality audio. He has worked as a producer or engineer for such diverse talents as Dire Straits, Emmylou Harris, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, and many more. Ainlay was the ACM Engineer of the Year in 2009 and 2011.

Carlos Alvarez’s engineering and production career has taken him around the world working with a variety of artists including, Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin, Carrie Underwood, Juan Luis Guerra, and Julio Iglesias among others. He’s won three GRAMMYs and seven Latin GRAMMYs for his work with and including, Alejandro Sanz (El Tren de los Momentos, Best Latin Pop Album 2007), Jose Feliciano (Senor Bachata, mixer-Best Tropical Album 2008), Luis Enrique (Ciclos, mixer-Best Tropical Album 2009). Serving on The Recording Academy’s Florida Chapter Board of Governors since 2002, he lives, plays the bass, and operates his studio in South Florida.

Eric ‘V’ Boulanger of The Mastering Lab is a classically trained violinist who has performed at some of the most celebrated venues in the country. Eric holds a degree in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and has mixed and/or mastered records across a variety of genres with credits including Colbie Caillat, The Bravery, Kate Bush, and Chris Botti. With the P&E Wing, Eric has taken a lead role in Apple’s “Mastered for iTunes”, which aims to improve the quality of current and future downloaded music.

Richard James Burgess Ph.D. has produced, recorded and/or performed on numerous platinum albums with such diverse artists as Spandau Ballet, America and New Edition. He authored The Art of Record Production in 1997 and the second and third editions entitled The Art of Music Production, now being updated for a fourth edition on Oxford University Press. He is also known for his pioneering work with synthesizers, computers and sampling. Recently, he produced the six-disc box-set release JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology.

Ed Cherney is a GRAMMY-winning producer/engineer known for his work with a variety of artists, among them Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, and the Rolling Stones. Over the years, he has amassed six GRAMMY nominations and two wins, in addition to seven TEC Award nominations and five wins, as well as three EMMY nominations. A founding member of the Music Producers Guild of America, the P&E Wing’s direct forerunner, Cherney has also served as Governor of the Los Angeles Chapter of The Recording Academy and is a board member at McNally Smith College. He has recently completed a Latin Jazz album for Alejandro Fernandez, along with a new Matthew Morrison (Glee) project, both with Phil Ramone producing. He is currently producing tracks for the band Honey Honey.

Mike Clink has produced projects that have sold more than 70 million records worldwide. Known for working with legendary rock acts such as Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses and Metallica, Clink also specializes in developing new talent for his label, No Relief Records. A pioneer in live recording and distribution, he started a new media company that specializes in the instantaneous fulfillment of CDs with added value content available immediately after a concert event. Clink frequently speaks on panels for The Recording Academy and the Audio Engineering Society (AES).

Bob Ludwig is a multi-GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY-winning mastering engineer with degrees in music education, performance (trumpet) and music literature from the Eastman School of Music and an honorary doctorate from the University of Southern Maine. He was the first person to be honored with the Les Paul Award for “consistently outstanding achievements in the professional audio industry,” as well as the TEC Award for “Outstanding Creative Achievement, Mastering Engineer” an unprecedented 15 times. He served as Co-Chair of the P&E Wing from 2004-2008.

James McKinney is Committee Co-Chair and an accomplished pianist/keyboardist, vocalist, musical director, songwriter, arranger, producer, educator, businessman and philanthropist. Since relocating to Washington, D.C. in 1988, McKinney has performed for three U.S. Presidents and has performed with the likes of Kenny Burrell, Kenny Lattimore, Stevie Wonder, and more. McKinney serves on the Board of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of The Recording Academy and is also a National Trustee.

Phil Nicolo is a GRAMMY-winning producer/engineer who founded Studio 4 in 1980, a recording studio in Philadelphia where he and his brother established themselves as a force in all genres of music production, from rock to R&B, mainstream to cutting edge. In 1989, Ruffhouse Records was launched out of Studio 4 operations, and over the next ten years was responsible for the careers of Lauryn Hill, the Fugees, Cypress Hill, Wyclef Jean and Kriss Kross. Phil’s producing and engineering credits include Aerosmith, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Urge Overkill, Sting, among many others. Current projects include new releases from Rusted Root, Title Fight and Lauryn Hill. Phil is also President of the newly relaunched Ruffhouse Records.

Dan Workman is president of SugarHill Studios, Houston, Texas, the oldest continuously operating recording studio in the U.S. He has engineered GRAMMY-winning, and platinum recordings for Texas’ most notable artists including Beyoncé, Destiny’s Child, Clay Walker, and ZZ Top. Workman now produces full time, is currently working with Kareem Salama, The Southern Backtones, The Wheel Workers, and opera chanteuse, Alicia Gianni.

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Autodesk 2013 Game Show Reel Call for Submissions Now Open

Autodesk has opened a call for submissions for its annual Game Show Reel. Set to debut at GDC 2013 from March 27-29 in San Francisco, the reel will feature some of the industry’s top creative talent. It will also be broadcast on AREA, the Autodesk Web site and Autodesk You Tube Channel, as well as at other Autodesk-sponsored events throughout the year – offering artists a great avenue to showcase their recent work.

Original video game cinematics, trailers, in-game sequences or animations created in 2012 with 3ds Max, Beast, the Entertainment Creation Suites, HumanIK, Kynapse, Maya, MotionBuilder, Mudbox, Scaleform and/or Softimage are eligible for entry. A complete list of guidelines for submission is available here:
http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/index?siteID=123112&id=13956066&linkID=10225712

Additionally, Autodesk is interested in receiving high-res images and HD video for inclusion in its 2013 marketing materials.

The deadline for video and imagery submissions is February 1, 2013.

Genelec Introduces New Smart Active Monitor™ (SAM™) Concept

— SAMs are Genelec active audio monitoring systems that also have the capability and intelligence enabling them to adapt automatically and flexibly to their acoustical environments through a set of proprietary tools —

Genelec, the world’s longstanding pioneer in active monitoring, has introduced its new Smart Active Monitor™ (SAM™) concept. As part of a new streamlined marketing effort, Genelec has folded its line of DSP monitors under the SAM classification, which now includes all Genelec monitors with a 82xx product name (for instance, the award-winning 8260A Tri-Amplified DSP Monitor System). Models in the SAM range are capable of automatically adapting to acoustical environments to offer an indispensable tool for sound professionals in broadcasting, post production, music studios and more. A SAM system can be controlled with digital networking, enabling users to build highly flexible computer-controlled systems of monitors.

Dr. Aki V. Mäkivirta, Genelec Research and Development Manager, noted, “Smart Active Monitoring is a concept that bundles all the benefits of Genelec’s advanced monitoring systems to a single, easily understandable and descriptive term. SAM is also a concept that describes perfectly the current technology leap pioneered by Genelec in the evolution of the active monitoring loudspeaker – the transition from the analog to the digital world, where digital technologies, along with software features, increase quality and bring unique user experiences to the customers, and enable seamless integration of monitoring speakers and subwoofers to a well-calibrated and correctly aligned reproduction system. At Genelec, we believe that progress towards Smart Active Monitors will open a new era in the development of the audio monitoring industry.”

The acoustical features of SAMs can be optimized with automatic calibration for different working styles or client demands. Such adaptations include aligning levels at the listening position, adjusting delays from the signal input to the listening location, and compensating for the acoustical room influences in the frequency responses (equalization). One of these proprietary tools is AutoCal™, Genelec´s acoustic calibration solution that is supplied alongside the Genelec Loudspeaker Management software package, GLM. SAM effectively reflects the most advanced monitoring system features available in the audio industry. The capabilities of SAMs are also future-proof and can be increased later with software upgrades both in the monitoring speakers themselves and in the system management software.

Will Eggleston, Genelec USA Marketing Director, stated, “The SAM launch marks the beginning of a new era in audio monitoring for Genelec, thanks to the rise of digital technology and evolving market expectations about the possibilities of audio monitors. Also, designers of systems have shown that digital monitors have some notable capabilities beyond the analog realm. SAM embodies the shift from the analog to the digital world, looking at increasing sound quality and the listening experience of the user while allowing the integration of monitors and subs into a correctly aligned reproduction system.”

Using GLM software and AutoCal™, a monitor can be turned into the reference it needs to be in today’s demanding environment for engineers. This improves performance and not only helps the user to achieve a flat frequency response at listening position but also handles phase alignment in between monitors and subwoofer and not least time-of-flight compensation, the latter of high importance when retro-fitting systems in existing rooms where equal distance between all monitors and listening position may not be possible to respect.

In addition to the traditional building blocks of an active monitoring speaker, SAMs contain the following building blocks:

Digital signal processing of the audio signal instead of traditional analog filtering, making SAMs very flexible and precise.
Control networking, enabling SAMs to form a seamless reproductions system, fully controllable at the main listening position.
Acoustical measurement system, enabling multipoint measurements of acoustical environment at the listening area.
Sophisticated automatic system calibration algorithm, enabling SAMs to adapt to their acoustic environments and to be integrated as a full reproduction system.
Graphical User Interface, enabling users to interact with all components of the monitoring system and to customize the system to best fit to the environments and applications.

For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com/.

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