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Audio Engineering Society ReleasesTutorial CD-ROM
New York - Apr 4, 2002 - The Audio Engineering Society's Technical
Council has launched a tutorial project on CD-ROM, Perceptual Audio
Coders: What to Listen For. Developed by the Technical Committee on
Coding of Audio Signals, and produced by Dr. Markus Erne, the CD-ROM is
the first of its kind to be produced by the AES. It has been developed
to familiarize audio engineers, broadcast engineers, and students of
audio with the underlying principles of perceptual audio coding.
For more than forty years audio professionals have been trained in
listening to conventional audio artifacts using analog equipment.
Perceptual audio coding is a relatively new field and exhibits
completely different types of artifacts. Perceptual Audio Coders:
What to Listen For will be especially helpful to audio
professionals, including engineers, designers, and students who are
presented with audio material that has undergone audio compression, in
which the process of coding artifacts takes place.
The CD-ROM demonstrates the sonic side of audio technology, providing
examples of various types of audio coding artifacts. The artifacts are
sorted according to type and severity as audio files, which enable
listeners to enhance their ability to recognize these artifacts.
Listeners are first presented with distortion grades that are obvious
and then proceed to more subtle ones.
Because generic properties of coding algorithms are considered, the
nature of the artifacts presented in the CD-ROM applies to virtually
all current coding schemes. In addition to the CD-ROM's inclusion of
eight different chapters on audio coding artifacts, there are three
tutorials on audio coding principles designed to familiarize the reader
with the underlying technology.
Computer-platform-independent HTML navigation is offered, meaning that
any WWW-browser on any computer platform can be used to read the disk,
and the CD-ROM can also can be played on any conventional CD player,
using the accompanying booklet as a guideline.
Perceptual Audio Coders: What to Listen For, is available for
purchase at $20.00 for nonmembers, $15.00 for members and $10.00 for
student members. The student pricing makes it possible for students to
acquire personal copies of this valuable resource. Libraries, research
labs, and institutes can obtain a volume discount.
BE Radio Mic Winner Enjoys HisReward
Mar 28, 2002 - In February, BE Radio announced the winners of its
annual Find the Mic sweepstakes. The winner of a Neumann KMS105 mic,
Lyle Wood, president of the Hold On America companies of St.
Petersburg, FL, reports on his experience.
"While sounding as good or better than our best large diaphragm mics,
the KMS105 is also 99.9 percent pop-free. One of our announcers has
always had a popping problem. We switched her to the 105 with no cover
or screen, and she has yet to pop a p. It also adds a mellow quality to
her voice that sounds great. This is my first Neumann, but it won't be
the last. We've budgeted for two more in our 2003 fiscal."
Hold On America creates telephone messages-on-hold, radio production
and website audio. The comnpany was founded in 1984.
Don't forget to save the 2002 issues of BE Radio magazine: find the
hidden mic on each cover and enter the annual sweepstakes, and you
could win your own mic or other studio accessory. The sweepstakes will
begin after the publication of the December 2002 issue and will last
until mid-January. Winners will be announced in the February 2003
issue. See if you can find them all.
New Location for EAS Meeting atNAB2002
Las Vegas - March 27, 2002 - The April 9 SBE-EAS Meeting at NAB2002
has been moved from the Las Vegas Hilton to the Las Vegas Convention
Center Room N232. The meeting will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The
room and time change is to allow for the greater anticipated attendance
and to remove a potential scheduling conflict with another meeting
during the convention.
The proposed meeting agenda includes:
Review of the new EAS rules
The Seattle NOAA Experiment
Local Relay Networks, the key to making EAS work
Dial-up Local Relay Networks
EAS and DTV
The meeting will be led by Clay Freinwald, CPBE, chairman of the SBE
EAS Committee. Also presenting will be Richard Rudman, CPBE, chairman
of FCC NAC, Bob Wyatt, chairman of the newly created SBE/DTV-EAS
Committee, and Chris Murray, SECC chairman for Oregon.
AES Calls for Comments on CartChunk
New York - Mar 9, 2002 - The Audio Engineering Society Standards
Committee has called for comments on the adoption of AES46-xxxx, which
will provide a convention for communicating basic radio traffic and
continuity data via a dedicated chunk embedded in broadcast WAVE file
compliant WAVE files. The complete document can be viewed at http://ftp.aessc.org/pub/draft-aes46-xxxx.pdf.
Address comments by mail to the AESSC Secretariat, Audio Engineering
Society, 60 E 42nd St., New York NY 10165; or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. E-mail
is preferred. Only comments so addressed will be considered. Comments
that suggest changes must include proposed wording. Comments must be
restricted to this document only. Send comments to other documents
Richardson and Rohde& Schwarz Sign Distribution Agreement
LaFox, IL - Apr 3, 2002 - Richardson Electronics, a global provider
of engineered solutions for RF and wireless, communications and
broadcast products, has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with
Rohde & Schwarz, a manufacturer of communications and test and
measurement instruments. Under the terms of this agreement, the
Broadcast Richardson Business Unit will handle all of the marketing,
sales and technical support of Rohde & Schwarz products on an
exclusive basis in Mexico.
The partnership will offer such products as a complete family of FM and
TV transmitters, technical support, logistics, local inventory and
financing to meet customer needs in Mexico.
XM Hits High Subscriber Mark
Washington, DC - Apr 1, 2002 - XM Satellite Radio has exceeded most
Wall Street analyst expectations for first quarter subscriber growth,
ending with more than 76,000 total subscribers as of March 31, 2002. XM
more than doubled its subscribers in the first quarter.
XM has a target goal of 350,000 subscribers by the end of 2002, a goal
that the company believes it will acieve. Hugh Panero, XM CEO, noted
that the majority of XM subscriber growth has come from consumer retail
distribution. XM also expects significant growth from the automotive
sector in the second half of the year, when XM will become available in
a variety of new car models.
Beginning this fall, General Motors will offer XM on 23 models
including the Buick, Chevrolet, GMC, Olds, and Pontiac car lines. GM
already offers XM in Cadillac Devilles and Sevilles. In addition,
participating Isuzu dealers will also offer to install XM radios in
Axiom and Rodeo models beginning in April 2002. Isuzu also has designed
and developed a mounting kit that allows all Isuzu Axioms and all 1998
and newer Isuzu Rodeos to be easily retrofitted with an XM radio. Last
week Nissan announced that satellite radio systems will be available in
select 2003 model Nissan and Infiniti division vehicles beginning later
this year. Models include the Infiniti Q45 performance luxury sedan,
the Infiniti G35, the Infiniti I35 luxury sedan along with the Nissan
Pathfinder sport-utility vehicle and the Nissan Murano crossover
Volkswagen of America, which also encompasses Audi of America, signed
distribution agreements to offer Volkswagen and Audi customers in the
United States satellite radio services in coming years.
Sirius Accelerates NationalLaunch Plans
New York - Mar 27, 2002 - Sirius Satellite Radio is expanding and
accelerating its regional rollout plan for its satellite radio service.
Following the company’s service launch that began February 14 in
Denver, Houston, Phoenix and Jackson, Sirius will now offer service to
39 states over the next 60 days, with full nationwide distribution
available July 1.
Earlier this year, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the
company announced a regional rollout strategy that targeted one city at
a time. In accelerating its nationwide rollout, the company will
introduce service on a state-by-state basis, beginning in April with
Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, North and South
Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Iowa. Nevada, Utah, Oklahoma, Minnesota,
Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana will be completed by May 1. This will
be followed by more states in the Midwest, the South and, finally, the
far West and far East sections of the country, completing the
nationwide roll out by July 1 instead of August 1.
Sirius radios are currently available in nearly 200 storefronts in the
company’s initial markets, including major retail outlets like
Circuit City, Best Buy, Car Toys, Ultimate, Tweeter and independent
audio specialty dealers. Retail availability will increase
dramatically, reaching approximately 3,500 retail outlets by July
Ecreso Develops SalesDepartment
Bordeaux-Castres-Gironde, France - Mar 27, 2002 - Within the frame
work of its reorganization, Ecreso - RFTS Broadcast is expanding its
sales department with the addition of an export director and a sales
and communication manager. This reorganization comes after two years of
strategic positioning on the domestic market. The second phase of the
strategy addresses a launch that will result in a higher visibility and
technological awareness world-wide.
Philippe Codogno is the sales manager for the French Market. Codogno
has a strong knowledge in the broadcasting field and can respond to any
sales or technical questions.
Albert Pouliquen is the export sales director. Pouliquen spent almost
25 years working on the African market. He has a great experience in
turn-key radio station studies and designs.
Sophie Lion Poulain is the sales and communication manager. Poulain has
been working almost three years in the broadcasting field. She speaks
English and Spanish fluently and now manages the marketing efforts on
the European and American Markets for Ecreso - RFTS Broadcast. She is
also responsible for Ecreso's Public relations.
Eric Pere is the research and development manager and provides any
technical assistance, or training on the Ecreso - RFTS Broadcast
Stephane Vansteelant, chairman, continues to head up and orientate the
strategy of the company.
Dolby Announces MPEG-4 AAC LicensingProgram
San Francisco - Mar 26, 2002 - Dolby Laboratories has launched a
newly expanded MPEG-4 AAC licensing program. The program is based on
Dolby's MPEG-2 AAC program. Dolby will act as the licensing
administrator for patents held by AT&T, Dolby, Fraunhofer IIS, Sony
Dolby will offer MPEG-4 AAC licenses worldwide. A migration path for
existing MPEG-2 AAC licensees will be made available.
MPEG-4 applications include Internet streaming, electronic media
distribution (EMD), multimedia playback and wireless applications.
Under the new license terms, licensees will pay the following royalty
rates for MPEG-4 AAC products:
For a consumer (non-commercial) decoder product: $0.50 to $0.12
(volume-based) per channel
Royalty rates for PC-based software decoder products are $0.25 per
channel, up to a maximum annual payment of $25,000 per legal entity
For a consumer (non-commercial) encoder product: $0.50 to $0.12
(volume-based) per channel
Royalty rates for PC-based software encoder products are $0.50 to
$0.27 per channel (volume-based), up to a maximum annual payment of
$250,000 per legal entity
For a professional (commercial) decoder product: $2.00 per
For a professional (commercial) encoder product: $20.00 per
There are no royalties or usage fees for content distribution in AAC
format, either in electronic form or in packaged media.
The MPEG-4 AAC Patent License Agreement will be available in April. The
AAC co-licensors have expanded their existing MPEG-2 AAC patent
licensing program to include additional patents for MPEG-4 AAC, which
includes several important enhancements. New AAC tools in their MPEG-4
incarnation allow increased efficiency at lower data rates-MPEG-4 AAC
is effective at stereo bit-rates down to the 40- to 48kb/s range, and
to the 24- to 30kb/s range in mono. MPEG-4 AAC includes tools for error
robustness, which makes this technology of particular interest in
wireless networking applications. MPEG-4 AAC also offers scaleable
bitstream modes and new low-latency tools for high-quality real-time
conferencing applications. Dolby will be promoting MPEG-4 AAC for 3G
wireless networks, Internet streaming of audio and audio/video, and
home networking, as well as for the traditional MPEG-2 AAC applications
such as electronic music delivery, digital radio, and ISDB television
Patrick Davis JoinsStreaming21
Los Gatos, CA - Apr 4, 2002 - Streaming21 announced the appointment
of industry veteran Patrick Davis as vice president of sales. Davis
will lead the development of a sales and support organization designed
to help customers leverage Streaming21's carrier-class streaming media
platform, with a primary focus on expanding the company's core business
of selling VOD solutions to carriers and service providers in the Asian
Davis' background encompasses 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 Asia and Europe sales director for
Symmetricom, a manufacturer of management software for international
Davis has also held various management positions with e-Synergies, iLux
Corporation, GPS Technology, TTI and Wang Laboratories. He holds a
degree in mathematics from Johns Hopkins University.
Shure Names SchroederDirector of Corporate Market Development
Evanston, IL - Apr 1, 2002 - Shure, manufacturer of microphones and
audio electronics, has named Sandy Schroeder as its new director of
corporate market development. Schroeder will be responsible for market
research and development for all of Shure's business units.
Other duties that come with Schroeder's new title include the
supervision of Shure's training and education programs, serving as the
company's liaison with trade and professional organizations, and
lending direction to strategic planning and information
Schroeder joined Shure in 1980. Prior to accepting this post, he
oversaw the activities of Shure's presentation and install market.
SAS Sales Team Adds McConnell andArmstrong
Burbank, CA - Apr 2, 2002 - Sierra Automated Systems (SAS) has added
two new sales team members for the company. Brian McConnell joins SAS
in the newly created position of regional sales manager for the western
half of the United States, and Jim Armstrong will hold the new position
of regional sales manager for the eastern half of the country.
Previously, McConnell was the western regional sales manager for Harris
Broadcast Systems Division. At SAS, he will continue to support Harris
and all of the other SAS dealers and customers for SAS. A graduate of
Indiana University, he holds a bachelor's degree in business as well as
an MBA. He will be based in Las Vegas.
Armstrong has held various sales engineer positions at Klotz and Burk
Technology, and was a sales manager for Gentner. Prior to that, he held
just about every position at a variety of radio stations, and even
taught audio production at the college level. At SAS, he will support
SAS dealers and customers in the eastern half of the United States.
Armstrong earned his bachelor’s degree from Emerson College and
will be based in Atlanta.
Sierra Automated Systems AddsWallace
Burbank, CA - Mar 26, 2002 - Sierra Automated Systems (SAS) has
added Chris Wallace to the SAS sales team. Wallace will head
international sales of the company’s expanded offering of analog
and digital audio switchers and routers.
Wallace was previously responsible for international sales of studio
products at Harris Corporation, where he created an exclusive
relationship to supply equipment to the largest commercial radio
network in Europe. Prior to that position, Wallace was international
sales manager for Pacific Research and Engineering, where he expanded
the company's network of international dealers and developed a 70
percent market share with PRandE in China.
Wallace has an MBA specializing in International Business from London
City University Business School.
Delacroix Named DigigramManaging Director
Montbonnot, France - Mar 22, 2002 — Digigram has named
Philippe Delacroix managing director as of March 1, 2002.
Delacroix, who joined Digigram in September 2001 as director of
operations, is a 17-year pro audio veteran with key technical and
general management positions at Schlumberger, Digitec, Studer and
Harman Pro as well as other experiences in the Telecom industry.
Delacroix has a masters in engineering from the Ecole Nationale
Supérieure des Arts et Métiers and a nMBA from the Centre de
Perfectionnement aux Affaires, both in Paris.
He worked his way in five years with Schlumberger Audio from project
engineer to R&D project leader to director of system engineering
department. In 1987, Delacroix and four other staff officers of the
professional audio division of Schlumberger led a management buy-out to
form Digitec SA. Delacroix was vice president of engineering and a
member of the board of directors with Digitec from 1987-1990.
In 1990 Digitec became Studer Digitec after it was acquired by Studer
Revox and then Harman International. Delacroix served as president and
managing director of Studer Digitec thru 1995. In 1996 Delacroix moved
to Interphase Corporation, a supplier of network and telecom adapters,
where he was COO of European Operations.
He left Interphase in November 1997 to become the managing director of
EPMO, a leader in supplying tooling to the pharmaceutical industry.
EPMO was acquired by Elizabeth Carbide Die Co. Inc. in July 2000, and
little more than a year later, Delacroix joined Digigram as director of
operations in order to come back to the pro audio industry.
Sonifex Net-Log Makes its Debutinto Mexico
Northant, England - Apr 4, 2002 - Sonifex has received an order for
two Net-Log audio loggers from Nucleo Radio Mil Comunicaciones (NRM).
The radio group is based in Mexico City and is one of the main radio
networks in Mexico. The deal was collaborated by Diuxi SA de CV, the
Sonifex distributor in Mexico.
NRM , which has six radio stations, three on FM and three on AM, was
looking for a reliable system capable of storing all-day transmissions
from each of its radio stations. The Net-Log provides a dedicated
hardware recording platform that uses a network connection for audio
playback. Net-Log is able to record four mono or two stereo audio
streams for playback over TCP/IP. Audio is encoded in MPEG 2 format and
written to a large internal IDE hard disk drive. Playback is carried
out by streaming the audio across a network onto one or many PCs.
Additionally, the Net-Log audio logger is now supplied with a 60GB
hard drive as standard, increased from 30GB, which allows more than
eight months of recording at low bandwidth, and there is an option for
a 120GB hard drive to be installed.
Yamaha Debuts Open Plug-inTechnology
Buena Park, CA - Apr 3, 2002 - Yamaha Corporation of America,
Digital Musical Instruments, has introduced a new open plug-in format
for the control of MIDI devices from within music software and
sequencing products. Introduced at Music Messe 2002 and known as Open
Plug-In Technology (OPT), the format allows seamless integration of
external hardware devices and control surfaces with synthesizer
editors, enhanced editing views and other MIDI processing tools.
The OPT interface is based on the industry-standard Microsoft COM
(Component Object Model) technology and is compatible with MS Windows
9.x/ME and XP. Yamaha is currently promoting OPT to third party
hardware and software companies, and early adopters include Cakewalk
Music Software, who worked closely with Yamaha to develop the
specification. A comprehensive software kit (SDK) includes the full
specification, a plug-in source code example, an application demo, and
all necessary information for third party developers. OPT is targeted
at providing complete MIDI solutions in the computer-based environment.
The system architecture allows developers to provide custom plug-ins
for direct support of new and existing hardware and/or MIDI extensions
that will work with participating software vendor products.
Creative Studio Solutions NamedNational Seller for Auditronics
Denver, CO - Apr 6, 2002 - Auditronics has designated Creative
Studio Solutions, Wheat Ridge, CO, as a national seller for its
broadcast audio console systems.
Creative Studio Solutions will provide consultation, integration and
installation for the Auditronics models ALM, 2660 and 220. CSS has also
been designated as an authorized installer for Wheatstone, Audioarts
and Auditronics Radio Broadcast Consoles and the new Wheatstone Bridge
Digital Audio Network.
CSS designs and installs audio facilities for broadcast and production
companies. CSS offers primary building process services for traditional
and/or Internet broadcast, production and recording studios. They are
certified installers for major audio console manufacturers.
Yamaha Adds MIDI Templates toAW4416 and AW2816
Buena Park, CA - Mar 28, 2002 -Yamaha Corporation of America,
Professional Audio, has made a set of free, downloadable MIDI remote
templates for several popular computer-based music recording and
production software systems that will work with Yamaha's AW4416 and
AW2816 professional audio workstations. Currently available, all
downloads are free and may be directly accessed from the AW4416 and
AW2816 websites at www.aw4416.com/e/download/download.html or
www.aw2816.com/e/download/download.html. Templates for both
workstations include Cakewalk SONAR, E-Magic LOGIC, and
Steinberg’s Cubase. Downloads for the AW2816 also include
Digidesign Pro Tools and Steinberg’s Nuendo, and support for
additional products is currently under development.