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FCC Seeks AM IBOC Comments
Washington - Apr 19, 2002 - On Nov. 1, 1999, the Federal
Communications Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making
(NPRM) entitled Digital Audio Broadcasting Systems and Their Impact
on the Terrestrial Broadcast Service. In the NPRM, the Commission
stated its policy goals for a new terrestrial digital audio
broadcasting (DAB) service, and sought comment on terrestrial in-band,
on-channel (IBOC) AM and FM DAB systems and AM and FM DAB systems based
on the allocation of new radio spectrum in different frequency bands.
The Commission also stated in the NPRM its belief that it is necessary
and appropriate to rely, to some degree, on the expertise of the
private sector for DAB system evaluations, and listed the following 10
tentative selection criteria for DAB systems: 1) enhanced audio
fidelity; 2) robustness to interference and other signal impairments;
3) compatibility with existing analog service; 4) spectrum efficiency;
5) flexibility; 6) auxiliary capability; 7) extensibility; 8)
accommodation for existing broadcasters; 9) coverage; and 10)
implementation costs/affordability of equipment.
On April 15, 2002, Ibiquity submitted its AM IBOC test results to the
Commission. On April 16, 2002, the National Radio Systems Committee
(NRSC) submitted a report from the Evaluation Working Group of the DAB
Subcommittee entitled Evaluation of the iBiquity Digital Corporation
(iBiquity) IBOC System, Part 2 - AM IBOC. This is the only
terrestrial DAB system currently under consideration by the Commission.
The NRSC report evaluates the laboratory and field testing of the
Ibiquity hybrid mode AM IBOC DAB system, and contains conclusions and
recommendations concerning this AM IBOC DAB system to the Commission.
Both the NRSC and iBiquity filings are available electronically at www.fcc.gov/e-file/ecfs.html
under MM Docket No. 99-325, or from the Commission’s duplicating
contractor, Qualex International, 445 12th Street, SW, Room CY-B402,
Washington, DC, 20554, 202-863-2893.
By Public Notice, comment is sought on the NRSC report, conclusions and
recommendations concerning the Ibiquity hybrid mode AM IBOC DAB system,
as well as on the Ibiquity AM IBOC test results, with respect to the
Commission’s stated DAB policy goals and selection criteria.
Interested parties may file comments on or before June 18, 2002, and
reply comments on or before July 18, 2002. Comments may be filed using
the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) or by filing
In addition to the AM IBOC test results now on file, some additional
testing is required. The Ibiquity AM IBOC tests evaluated by NRSC were
conducted using MPEG-2AAC perceptual audio coding. Ibiquity intends to
use proprietary audio coding based on PAC, developed by Lucent
Technologies, in its final AM IBOC DAB system, and will provide a
report for evaluation containing test data for its AM IBOC DAB system
using this audio coding. Also, the Ibiquity AM IBOC tests considered
only AM daytime (groundwave) propagation conditions. Additional testing
of the Ibiquity AM IBOC system is required to assess AM nighttime
(skywave) propagation conditions. Further public comment will be
solicited when the results of the additional testing are submitted to
NPR Expands WestwardCoverage
Washington DC - Apr 16, 2002 - NPR has purchased property in Culver
City, CA, that will house the multimedia West Coast Production Center.
NPR plans to begin occupying the 25,000 square-foot building at 9909
Jefferson Boulevard in September 2002.
NPR's expanded presence in the West will enable producers, editors and
reporters to more thoroughly explore the cultural diversity and spirit
of that region. NPR's reporting from the area will emphasize trends in
culture, arts, entertainment, new media and music, and will examine the
business side of the arts and entertainment industry. The center will
boost NPR's reach to western audiences and communities, as well as
strengthen NPR's connection to its member stations throughout the west
that serve millions of listeners.
NPR continues to grow and now has 11 foreign bureaus and 19 domestic
bureaus. The West Coast Production Center is the first large-scale
production center NPR has established outside of Washington. As NPR's
second largest facility, the center will also provide emergency backup
to the network.
XM Drops PAC for CT-aacPlus
Washington, DC - Apr 18, 2002 - At a press conference held in New
York City, XM Satellite Radio unveiled its plans to use a customized
CT-aacPlus audio encoding algorithm with neural audio optimization. XM
states that the new algorithm will provide superior sound quality that
is remarkably close to compact disc.
CT-aacPlus is a third-generation audio encoding technology. CT-aacPlus
is the combination of Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), now a global
standard combining the work of AT&T, Dolby, Fraunhofer and Sony
with Coding Technologies' Spectral Band Replication (SBRM)
Coding Technologies, a developer of perceptual audio compression and
inventor of SBR, was formed through a merger between a Swedish group of
researchers and experts from the renowned German Fraunhofer Institute,
the inventor of MP3.
This combination of AAC and SBR, CT-aacPlus has been tested by
high-profile audio professionals from around the world. In a
double-blind listening test, AAC alone has historically proven 33
percent more efficient compared to previous generations of competing
algorithms. Double-blind listening tests conducted by the BBC, Deutsche
Telekom and Robert Bosch GmbH have established that the CT-aacPlus
combination is 30 percent more efficient than AAC. Based on test
results, CT-aacPlus has been adopted by the International Digital Radio
Mondiale (DRM) consortium and accepted by MPEG as the reference model
for the upcoming version of MPEG-4.
In addition, the XM sound is further enhanced by Neural Audio, a
Seattle-based research lab that pioneered future-generation audio, by
merging neural networks with the physics of sound. Neural Audio's
proprietary pre-processing software uses neural network computing
techniques to implement algorithms that are based on models of the
brain's perception of sound.
Neural Audio created a customized version of its process, designed to
enhance CT-aacPlus results by optimizing temporal and spectral elements
prior to encoding, improving soundstage clarity and increasing
intelligibility. The unique combination of CT-aacPlus and Neural Audio
algorithms enable XM to deliver a consistent sound experience.
Neural Audio's Stereo Transcoder algorithm preserves the imaging and
spatiality of stereo and surround-sound content that XM broadcasts. So
XM customers with matrix-style surround sound equipment, including
Dolby technology, can receive a full surround sound experience.
XM had previously used the Perceptual Audio Coder algorithm, which was
originally developed by Lucent Technologies and licensed to XM by
Ibiquity Digital. Ibiquity will use PAC in its IBOC DAB system.
ArbitronReleases Initial Round of PPM Ratings
New York - Apr 15, 2002 – Arbitron released an initial round
of ratings results from the second phase of the Portable People Meter
(PPM) U.S. market trial in Philadelphia.
The Portable People Meter continues to report higher average
quarter-hour audiences on a 24-hour day, total-week basis for the
combined electronic media stations and networks that encoded full time.
The February 2002 PPM results show increased average quarter-hour
audiences for broadcast and cable TV, and somewhat higher average
quarter-hour audiences for radio (see summary findings below).
The latest Portable People Meter findings from panel of 1,500 consumers
in the Philadelphia radio and TV market confirm the pattern reported in
the previous three ratings comparisons from last year's trial in
Wilmington, DE. These findings continue to suggest that Arbitron's new
ratings technology is tracking media exposure that is not included in
today's generation of television and radio ratings methods.
With the release of these ratings results Arbitron announced that it
would expand its ongoing evaluation of the audience estimates produced
by the PPM in Philadelphia.
Arbitron will continue its efforts to educate and inform the broadcast
industry about the PPM technology through meetings, webcasts and
Web-based interactive presentations. The industry will also receive
direct access to PPM data through a new software application so
Arbitron's customers may evaluate the PPM ratings using their own
resources and expertise.
Nielsen Media Research, which has an option to join Arbitron in the
commercial deployment of the PPM in the U.S., will participate in this
expanded evaluation of the PPM results and will assist Arbitron in its
analysis of the differences between the PPM trial results and
Nielsen’s reported audience measurement data in
To help understand the differences reported by the PPM compared to the
Nielsen meter/diary estimates and Arbitron radio diary estimates, the
evaluations will include an examination of:
demographics of the Nielsen and Arbitron samples
compliance and non-response patterns
zero demographic cells in meter/diary estimates
different definitions of audience (exposure to audio vs. watching or
edit rules and other possible areas
The initial round of ratings comparisons for phase two of the PPM U.S.
Market trial uses data collected in the early weeks of the expanded
trial, and is limited to total radio, broadcast TV and cable TV
audiences for the month of February 2002. The time period covered,
January 31, 2002, to February 27, 2002, is equivalent to the Nielsen
Media Research February television survey period and phase two of the
Arbitron Winter 2002 radio survey period.
Compared to existing methods of measuring media audiences, the PPM
continues to report higher average quarter-hour audiences on a 24-hour
day, total-week basis for the combined electronic media stations and
networks that encoded full time. The February 2002 PPM results show
increased average quarter-hour audiences for broadcast TV and cable TV,
and somewhat higher average quarter-hour audiences for radio.
Total Media Comparisons
Average Quarter-Hour (AQH) Ratings
January 31, 2002 to February 27, 2002
Encoded Broadcast Radio/TV Stations and Cable
Monday-Sunday, Total Day
Portable People Meter
Broadcast and Cable TV:
Nielsen Media ResearchPhiladelphia DMA®
Radio:Arbitron DiaryPhiladelphia Metro
1. Thirty-five radio stations, seven broadcast TV stations and 20
cable networks were encoded full-time for the reported time period. 2.
Philadelphia DMA; average daily n = 719 3: Philadelphia Arbitron Radio
Metro; average daily n= 409 4. Nielsen Media Research Meter-Diary
Integrated February 2002 Estimates; total n = 3,494 5. Arbitron Diary
Estimates, Winter 2002 Phase 1 & 2 (January 3, 2002, to February
27, 2002), Total n = 3,053
For radio, the PPM again reported a higher average daily cumulative
audience: 84.8 percent for the PPM vs. 73.7 percent for the Arbitron
radio diary. The PPM also showed less time spent listening for radio:
three hours and 20 minutes per day for the PPM vs. three hours and 35
minutes per day for the diary.
Average Quarter-Hour (AQH) Radio Ratings by
Philadelphia Radio Metro
Encoded Radio Stations1
1. 35 radio stations were encoded full-time for the reported time
periods. 2. Estimates for January 31, 2002, to February 27, 2002;
average daily n= 409 3. Arbitron Diary Estimates, Winter 2002 Phase 1
& 2 (January 3, 2002 to February 27, 2002); total n = 3,053
As in the first phase of the market trial, the PPM, now using a larger
panel of consumers deployed in the Philadelphia radio metro, continues
to report differences in radio listening patterns by daypart.
Morning-drive and mid-day AQH ratings are slightly lower according to
the PPM, while Monday-Friday afternoon drive, evening and overnight AQH
ratings are higher, as are weekend AQH ratings.
Average Quarter-Hour (AQH) Television Ratings
Encoded Television Stations and Cable
Nielsen Media Research3
Broadcast TV only
Cable networks only
1. Seven broadcast TV stations and 20 cable networks were encoded
full-time for the reported time period. 2. Estimates for January 31,
2002, to February 27, 2002; average daily n = 719 3. Nielsen Media
Research Meter-Diary Integrated February 2002 Estimates; total n =
As with the previous three findings, these comparisons for February
2002 indicate that, for broadcast TV and cable TV, the PPM is reporting
higher AQH audiences for all dayparts. These increases appear to be due
in part to increased viewing for men and people under age 35, as well
as substantially higher cable viewing overall, and the PPM’s
ability to track viewing out of home.
Average Quarter-Hour (AQH) Ratings
Monday-Sunday, Midnight to Midnight
Encoded Broadcast Stations and Cable
Broadcast and Cable TV
1. Thirty-five radio stations, seven broadcast TV stations and 20
cable networks were encoded full-time for the reported time period. 2.
Philadelphia DMA; average daily n= 719 3: Philadelphia Arbitron Radio
Metro; average daily n= 409 4. Nielsen Media Research Meter-Diary
Integrated February 2002 Estimates; total n = 3,494 5. Arbitron Diary
Estimates, Winter 2002 Phase 1 & 2 (January 3, 2002, to February
27, 2002), total n = 3,053
For the month of February 2002, 35 radio stations, seven broadcast TV
stations and 20 cable networks were encoding their audio full time and
are included in these ratings comparisons.
The panel of consumers used for these ratings comparisons is
representative of the market being measured in terms of the 37
sub-classes for the control variables of household size, employment
status, presence of children, ethnicity, geography, number of TV sets
and cable/satellite TV status. The panelists carried the meters with
them more than 15 hours a day (median value) throughout the month of
The radio ratings comparisons are between February 2002 PPM data and
the Winter 2002 Phase I and II Arbitron diary data. These comparisons
are for persons 12+, as the radio diary survey begins at age 12.
TV ratings comparisons are made with data from the Nielsen meter/diary
integrated estimates for the total Philadelphia DMA for the February
2002 Nielsen survey. These data are compared with the February 2002 PPM
results for total persons 6+, which is currently the youngest age for
Lotus Calls Wheatstone forPost-fire Rebuild
Las Vegas - Apr 8, 2002 - When an electrical fire guts an entire
room and damages the foundation of the building of a radio station,
everyone leaps into action to get the station back on the air. Lotus
Communications, the owner of 22 radio stations, made the best of a bad
situation, however, and is relocating all of its Los Angeles facilities
- thee radio stations and two satellite networks, to a new three-story
facility showcase. Lotus turned to Wheatstone to provide many of the
core studio components for a major market rebuild including seven
digital audio consoles, seven rooms of Wheatstone studio furniture, a
facility-wide large scale Bridge 2001 audio network router and WireMax
wiring systems for each studio.
The fire occurred on Dec. 6, 2001, in the sub-basement of a 20-story
building in downtown Hollywood. The studios and offices for KWKW, KWKU
and KIRN were on the 16th floor. When the alarm was sounded, the
building was evacuated. After an inspection, the building was
condemned. John Cooper, chief engineer for all three stations, was
eventually allowed in the building to relocate satellite uplink
equipment to temporary locations and begin operations from the disaster
emergency studios of each station. KWKW and KWKU were back on the air
within six hours; KIRN within twelve. They operated from their
temporary locations for roughly two weeks.
The stations lost about five percent of its equipment in the fire, but
the real loss was functionality. The station's engineering staff
carried consoles, ISDN codecs, automation systems, microphones,
switchers and other essential studio equipment down 16 flights of
stairs. There was no power, so there was no elevator service. Within
three hours the stations began operating in stages from a temporary
studio location in Hollywood with Comrex Hotlines for STLs.
Lotus had just finished a six-month buildout on KIRN when the fire
occurred. To wire a new technical facility in traditional analog style
with multi-pair snakes, punchblocks and distribution amps, it would
take a minimum of three to six months from the time engineering was
allowed access to the technical and studio spaces. Wheatstone’s
combination of WireMax wiring systems and custom-configured furniture,
Bridge 2001 router with networked audio, and consoles that integrated
with all the components were a combination that would dramatically
improve the project’s bottom line. John Cooper noted that the
savings in time alone was about three months or more, plus the station
saved money by reducing the time in the temporary studios. Cooper also
selected Wheatstone to reduce the number of vendors with which he had
Lotus ordered three Wheatstone D-5000 and four D-4000 digital audio
consoles as well as a Wheatstone Bridge 2001 router.
The Wheatstone equipment will be installed at the old location and
moved to the new showcase facility by June 2002. The new facility will
occupy two floors of the 24,000 square-foot building that includes
eight studios, seven of which will be installed immediately, with one
planned for the future.
Look for a Facility Showcase on the Lotus installation in an upcoming
issue of BE Radio magazine.
Waves streaming systems are widelyadopted
Las Vegas - Apr 6, 2002 - A significant number of radio stations,
including Sirius Satellite Radio, have adopted Waves' Maxxstream
products for their digital audio streaming requirements. Maxxstream
integrates audio encoding supporting multiple encoders formats and
bit-rates simultaneously with audio capture, processing, archiving and
transmission. Sirius Satellite Radio has installed 15 M200/4 Maxxstream
systems for its broadcast studios and transmission facilities in
Manhattan. With these systems Sirius can support audio conditioning on
as many as 60 stereo channels that will be transmitted digitally by
satellite to subscribers across the U.S.
Many European radio stations have implemented Internet streaming sites
with Maxxstream. These firms include Swiss Radio (SRI), Belgium Radio
(VRT), Norwegin Radio and several German broadcasters including WDR,
MDR and BR.
Gentner LicensesTechnology to Peavey
Salt Lake City - Apr 18, 2002 - As part of a licensing agreement
signed in October, Gentner Communications has begun shipping three
audio products to Mediamatrix, a division of Peavey Electronics,
Meridian, MS, for use in Peavey's audio processing and control systems.
Gentner is also providing echo cancellation and noise cancellation
cards. The cards will be integrated into new and existing Mediamatrix
products to improve sound quality and expand the scope of potential
applications for the product line.
Under the agreement Gentner is also providing Peavey with a telephone
interface product that will sell under the Mediamatrix label. It brings
audio conferencing to Peavey's traditional product applications for
large venues such as hotels, courtrooms and houses of worship.
Full Sail Installs MiddleAtlantic Furniture
Las Vegas - Apr 8, 2002 - Full Sail Real World Education recently
installed 22 of Middle Atlantic Products' Edit Center systems in its
Orlando facility. The Edit Center systems were chosen as an alternative
to designing and building custom furniture because of the furniture's
lower costs and quick delivery times.
Edit Centers were installed to provide the students with a spacious,
curved work surface as well as an overbridge that holds a pair of 19"
video source monitors, a 13" output monitor and audio monitors. More
comoplex suites include a pair of 22" video monitors along with a 13"
monitor and audio monitors. Side-bay racks provide sound isolation,
which is important in an environment where a lot of equipment is
running simultaneously in one area. The racks are lined with absorptive
material and include a gasketed plexiglass front door and gasketed
solid rear door.
Stardraw RadioRecognizes Major Development Contributor
Apr 22, 2002 - London - In recognition of the advisory role Andrew
Rosenberg of Colorado-based Creative Studio Solutions played during
Stardraw Radio's development phase and to celebrate its launch,
Stardraw.com presented Rosenberg with the first Stardraw Radio package
at the product's debut at NAB 2002.
Creative Studio Solutions designs and installs traditional and Internet
broadcasting facilities, as well as production and recording studios.
As a long-time user of Stardraw Audio, Rosenberg was able to offer
useful advice on manufacturers, features and symbols that broadcast
professionals would like to see in an industry-specific software
The first boxed copy of Stardraw Radio is
presented to Creative Studio Solutions. Left to right: David Snipp,
managing director of Stardraw.com; Andrew Rosenberg, chief engineer and
president of Creative Studio Solutions; Casey Fuller of Creative Studio
Solutions; Randy Green, president of Stardraw.com.
Shure Selects New LocationFor Headquarters
Evanston, IL and Oak Brook, IL - Apr 17, 2002 - Shure has purchased
a new office building at 5800 West Touhy Avenue in Niles, IL. Bought
from CenterPoint Properties, the purchase includes the building and
18.6 acres of land. Shure had been in its current building in Evanston,
IL, for almost 46 years.
StratosAudio Partners with ScottStudios, Computer Concepts
Las Vegas and Century City, CA - Apr 10, 2002 - StratosAudio is
partnering with Scott Studios and Computer Concepts to enable listener
interactivity with conventional AM and FM radio. StratosAudio's
(www.stratosaudio.com ) patent-pending technology will allow radio
listeners and mobile phone users beginning in Europe and the US, to
instantly purchase music and other content, respond to advertisements
and talk shows at the press of a button while listening to conventional
radio. Scott Studios and Computer Concepts automation systems will
provide a real-time program data feed to StratosAudio and act as a
point of referral to StratosAudio broadcast customers.
StratosAudio’s interactive services provide consumers with the
ability to identify on-air content such as music and advertisements
during a radio broadcast.
The companies plan to begin service to stations in select markets in
the US and Europe later this year.
Andrew ExpandsTuning Facility
The newly expanded broadcast antenna
tuning facility at Andrew Corporation's Orland Park facility.
Orland Park, IL - Apr 5, 2002 - Andrew Corporation has completed
work on an extension to its broadcast tuning facility in Orland Park,
IL. The new extension will be used to tune Andrew Trasar, ALP and AL8
Plus series antennas before they are delivered to U.S. broadcast
The new building increases Andrew's antenna tuning capacity by 50
percent and is expected to help the company meet increased demand for
digital TV broadcast antennas. The tuning building was constructed with
the concept of making it invisible to RF signals. The building's
traditional wood frame is sheathed with a fiberglass covering and the
use of metal is minimal. PVC is used instead of traditional steel
electrical conduit and a fire detection system is used in place of
steel sprinkled pipes and heads.
IFR Systems to beAcquired by Aeroflex
Witchita, KS - Apr 15, 2002 - IFR Systems has entered into a
definitive agreement for to be acquired by Aeroflex. The transaction is
valued at about $60 million, including the retirement of IFR Systems'
bank indebtedness. Under the terms of the agreement, Aeroflex will
commence a cash tender offer for all outstanding shares of IFR Systems'
common stock for $1.35 per share followed by a merger at the same per
As part of the agreement, IFR's banks have agreed to accept $48.8
million as payment for all obligations, which is about $35 million less
than the amount owed to them. IFR's banks have also agreed to forbear
immediate collection of IFR's defaulted loan until August 30, 2002, or
the earlier termination of the proposed tender offer.
Comrex builds newheadquarters
Comrex is moving on June 1 to its new headquarters in Devens, MA.
The company has outgrown its current facility in Acton, MA. The new
facility, located on the old Fort Devens military base, will be double
the size of the old one.
Fairlight Names Director ofSales, Western Region
Las Vegas - Apr 7, 2002 - Fairlight USA appoints Gerard Volkersz
director of sales, western region, effective immediately. Volkersz, who
has experience in the broadcast, recording and post-production markets,
is assuming responsibility for all Fairlight and Sountracs sales
operations west of the Mississippi.
Volkersz joins Fairlight after leaving Euphonix, Palo Alto, CA, where
he was product specialist, responsible for sales, support, training and
Burk Technology Appoints SalesEngineer
Littleton, MA - Apr 22, 2002 - Burk Technology has added Stephen
Dinkel to its staff as a sales engineer. Dinkel will assume
responsibility for sales of all Burk products and services, working
from the Kansas City area to take advantage of his central
Dinkel started his broadcast career while in college and worked in
virtually all areas of the broadcast industry. His background includes
sales, sales management and general management at radio stations in St.
Louis, Kansas City and Dallas. In 1999 he joined Pacific Research and
Engineering (PR&E) as territory sales manager. He continued with
Harris after its purchase of PR&E in 1999, as systems territory
manager, focusing on PR&E audio consoles, studio furniture and
Dinkel can be contacted directly at (800) 736-9165.
Steely Joins Ibiquity'sBroadcaster Advisory Board
Columbia, MD - Apr 23, 2002 - Clay Steely, who was recently
appointed the vice president of engineering for ABC Radio, has joined
Ibiquity’s Broadcaster Rollout Advisory Board. Steely’s
predecessor at ABC, Bert Goldman, who is now executive vice president
of First Broadcasting, will remain on the board.
The board, made up of various members of the raio broadcast community,
was formed in July 2001 to provide guidance and intra-industry support
for the implementation of IBOC digital broadcasting. Ibiquity will be
working closely with the board to launch its technology to AM and FM
broadcasters later this year.
The other members of the board are:
Dale Fedorchik, vice president and regional engineer eastern states,
Bert Goldman, executive vice president, First Broadcasting
Eugene Hale, chief engineer, WSBT Stations, South Bend, Indiana
Alan Kirschner, vice president of engineering, Big City Radio
Hal Kneller, president, Heartland Broadcasting
Don Lockett, vice president and chief technology officer, National
Hal Widsten, owner and general manager, KWED AM, San Antonio,
Jeff Detweiler, broadcast technology manager, iBiquity Digital
Scott Stull, director of broadcast business development, iBiquity
Glynn Walden, vice president of broadcast engineering, iBiquity
Streaming21 Appoints VP ofSales
Los Gatos, CA - Apr 15, 2002 - Patrick Davis joins Streaming21 as
vice president of sales. Davis will lead the development of sales and
support organization designed to help customers leverage the company's
carrier-class streaming media platform. His primary focus will be on
expanding the company's core business of selling VOD services to
carriers and service providers in the Asian market.
Davis comes to Streaming21 with more than 20 years of management
experience in the telecommunications, e-commerce, enterprise
application software and OSS/Network management arenas. Prior to
Streaming21 he spent six years as the Asia and Europe sales director
for Symmetricom, a manufacturer of management software for
Audio Industry Pioneer Celebrates90th Birthday
Old Lyme, CT - Apr 18, 2002 - Electroacoustical engineer Prof. Dr.
Fritz Sennheiser celebrates his 90th birthday on May 9, 2002. As
founder of Sennheiser Electronic GmbH, he brought many of the audio
industry's watershed products to market, including the radio standard
MD 2 and MD 21 microphones, the shotgun microphone (MD 82), the
Mikroport wireless microphone system in 1958, the HD 414 open
headphones, infrared transmission technology such as the HiDyn RF noise
reduction, and DVD-quality microphone technology (MKH 800: 20Hz -
Sennheiser founded the company in 1945 with a team of seven engineers.
Twenty years ago, Sennheiser handed management of the company to his
son, Prof. Dr. Jörg Sennheiser, the current chairman of the
supervisory Board of the Sennheiser Group. Sennheiser Senior still
plays an active role in the company's activities.
Network Storage SolutionsNames Thomas Makmann President
Chantilly, VA - Apr 16, 2002 - Network Storage Solutions has
appointed Thomas Makmann as chief executive officer. As CEO, Makmann
will leverage the ongoing partnership with Hitachi Data Systems. Former
president and CEO Bradford Clemmons will now assume the position of
chief technology officer.
Makmann brings more than 30 years of management experience in the high
technology sector to Network Storage Solutions, with expertise in
storage hardware and software companies. Most recently, he served as
president and chief operating officer of San Diego-based nStor
Technologies, a provider of enterprise-class storage systems. Makmann's
prior professional experience includes management positions with Hammer
Storage Solutions, Maxtor, Shepherd Surveillance, Sytron, Kalok Corp,
Archive and Control Data.
Mackie AppointsDirector of Sales, Latin America
Las Vegas - Apr 8, 2002 - Mackie Designs announced the appointment
of Mauricio Saint Martin to the position of director of sales, Latin
America. Saint Martin will be responsible for all Mackie Designs brands
including EAW and RCF Precision.
Before joining Mackie, Saint Martin served as Latin America sales and
marketing director for Crest Audio, and Latin America sales manager for
Peavey Electronics. He also served as Latin America sales manager for
Hermes Music International, an audio and musical instrument
distributor; and Central America and Caribbean sales manager for
Domingo B.E.S.T., a commercial speaker manufacturer owned by Placido
Mackie Appoints Head ofNorth American Sales Team
Las Vegas - Apr 8, 2002 - Mackie Designs, a maker of audio products,
announced the appointment of James J. Jones of Oak Harbor, WA, to the
newly created position of corporate director of North American sales,
for all Mackie Designs brands including EAW and RCF Precision.
Jones previously served as chief operating officer at E-Z Medical
System, a medical technology company; and as president and chief
operating officer of MIMRx.com, a division of the publicly traded MIM.
Before joining MIM, Jones was one of the founding executives and vice
president of business development and sales at CVS.com, a retail
pharmacy that opened an Internet business.
Jones will be responsible for sales of all Mackie Designs products in
Digimedia Strikes Agreementwith MSN Music
San Diego, CA - Apr 24, 2002 - Digimedia has entered into an
agreement with MSN Music to offer MSN Music services, including 60
pre-programmed radio stations. These services will run on Digimedia's
digital audio receiver that will be available this year. The offering
will have access to MSN Music streams on a consumer-friendly,
broadband-ready intelligent client device that hooks directly to the
home stereo system without needing a PC. The device will be provided
and marketed by Digimedia.
Under the terms of the agreement, Digimedia plans to offer additional
content along with MSN services. Pricing and availability of the device
and service will be announced at a later date.
According to Ovum, 2001, six million U.S. homes had access to Internet
broadband services at the end of 2000. This is forecast to grow to more
than 36 million households by 2004. Webnoize projects the number of
Internet radio subscribers will be 106 million by 2003.
Digimedia delivers an automated deployment platform, called IRIS, that
enables companies to provide interactive subscription services to
businesses or consumers over the Internet. Digimedia software allows
remote management, administration, profiling and billing of services to
intelligent devices. Digimedia's software is offered as a fully managed
and hosted system or as licensed software.
Blue Falcon and Radio FreeVirgin Build Streaming Business Model
Los Angeles - Apr 17, 2002 - Internet broadcaster Radio Free Virgin
(RFV) had a problem: Its delivery costs per listener were much higher
than its advertising income could sustain. The company needed to cut
its per-user costs. Unlike other broadcast mediums, Internet
broadcasters incur a concrete expense to deliver service to each and
every listener, i.e. bandwidth costs. To become profitable, RFV needed
to do two things: Increase the advertising revenue and decrease the
costs of delivering the service - without negatively impacting
RFV's solution was to partner with Blue Falcon Networks (Blue Falcon)
to deploy its distributed BFN Live service. Together, the companies
created a distributed delivery system with centralized content
management. RFV reports that Blue Falcon’s service has cut its
bandwidth costs by 60 percent without any loss in quality or
RFV rolled out BFN Live to all of its broadband users. Currently,
RFV’s service peaks at about 20,000 simultaneous listeners, 55
percent of which are broadband listeners consuming 96kb/s streams. At
any given time, BFN Live may support as many as 11,000 simultaneous
users. That translates into more than 400Mb/ps - more than two-thirds
of RFV’s traffic - offloaded from RFV’s servers and CDN
RFV reported a 68 percent reduction in gigabytes delivered over the
expensive CDN networks. If it meets its projections and serves more
than 1,000TB (1petabyte) total for 2002, RFV estimates its bandwidth
cost savings will exceed $875,000. Also, RFV receives higher quality
overall as the BFN Live service delivers less jitter, latency and loss.
Finally, RFV can continue to provide verification for advertising
sponsors, using Blue Falcon’s hooks into Arbitron and
In delivering RFV’s service, Blue Falcon reportedly met or
exceeded the 96Kb/s deliver rate with less than 0.01 percent packet
loss and a lower rebuffering rate than CDN alternatives. These results
created a sufficient quality boost to increase TSL by 3 percent , which
increases RFV’s potential advertising revenue.
Together, Radio Free Virgin and Blue Falcon have overcome a
significant inhibitor to any streaming-related business model:
Cost-effective, high quality scalability. RFV can economically deliver
its March 2002 load of 60TB, and can grow aggressively into the
foreseeable future. Blue Falcon’s is poised to expand its
distributed solutions to deliver broader forms of digital content for
large media, entertainment and enterprise customers.
Wheatstone Ships first D-4000 toCumulus Media
New Bern, NC - Apr 8, 2002 - Cumulus Media, the second largest radio
station ownership group in the U.S., will become the first organization
to go on-air with Wheatstone’s D-4000 digital audio consoles. The
latest addition to the Wheatstone D Series console line was officially
launched at NAB2002. The order, comprising 12 consoles including D-4000
and D-5000 models, will be installed in Harrisburg, PA, and Mobile, AL,
Cumulus’ newest facility build outs.
The Wheatstone D-4000 was designed to meet a lower price point than the
D-5000, but offer similar functionality and operation, making for easy
transitions as operators and production staff move from room-to-room.
Features include totally modular construction, hot-swap design, four
stereo mix buses, any mix of AES or S/PDIF digital and analog inputs,
AES and balanced analog outputs, selectable console master clock rates,
as many as four mix-minus outputs (using SPD-4000 phone remote
modules), 24-bit A/D on analog inputs, A/B source switching with fully
independent logic and machine control, mode selection on stereo inputs,
low profile drop-through counter design, multiple studio outputs with
talkback interrupt, plus a stainless steel meter bridge and wrist rest,
new work surface graphics, and composite-fused finish end caps.
The D-5000 ordered for WNNK-FM, Cumulus’ hard-charging flagship
in the Harrisburg market, has alpha source displays. The displayed
sources for the audio on input channels can also be driven from the
automation systems or Wheatstone Bridge routers. The programming
demands of the station made the D-5000 the best choice for the
Wheatstone has previously installed numerous consoles in Cumulus Media
facilities. Cumulus was the first organization to go on-air with
Wheatstone’s Bridge 2OO1, the latest generation digital audio
Waves Announces Protools/HDCompatibility
Las Vegas - Apr 6, 2002 - Waves, a supplier of psycho-acoustic audio
signal processing systems for professional, broadcast and consumer
electronics audio markets, now offers the version 3.HD to support
Digidesign's new Protools/HD hardware. The upgrade allows all Waves TDM
processors to support Digidesign's Protools/HD systems. All TDM and
RTAS processors are compatible with 44.1kHz and 48kHz sample rates.
Many of the processors already support 192kHz sample rates, but testing
is not complete at this sample rate.
The 3.HD is free to customers who have purchased any TDM product since
Jan. 1, 2002. Additional processor support for higher sample rates will
be added in time and will also be free to version 3.HD registered
ILD Launches Audio CompressionTechnology
Belfast, Northern Ireland - Apr 8, 2002 - ILD Networks has launched
a low-delay audio compression technology. The ILD-2496 algorithm offers
the low-delay of sub-band coding schemes, such as G.722 or apt-X, and
the higher coding efficiency and operational flexibility of
psycho-acoustic MPEG-based coding schemes.
The ILD-2496 has been designed to transparently code 16-bit to 24-bit
digital audio at sampling rates up 96kHz, all with a single compatible
coding architecture. It delivers reduction ratios of 3:1 to 8:1; these
ratios are user selectable at the encoder, can be changed dynamically
and are automatically detected at the decoder.
The low coding delay of ILD 2496 (less than 10ms) is useful for
interactive applications in the music, audio broadcasting and audio
conferencing industries. To showcase the technology ILD has developed a
two-channel ISDN codec, ILD BandNet-64, that can simultaneously
transmit coded audio data, MIDI data and control information via a
single ISDN B-channel, all while retaining a 12kHz audio bandwidth.