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Jun 4, 2007 10:00 AM
122nd AES Convention Releases Attendance Figures
Vienna, Austria - May 31, 2007 - The 122nd AES Convention, held in Vienna at the beginning of May, ended on May 8. About 5,450 attendees and 800 full-program participants were part of the European conference. The AES notes that 15 percent of the participants came from Eastern European countries, and 30 percent of the full-program visitors were students. The 124th AES Convention will be held May 17 to May 20, 2008, at the RAI in Amsterdam.
BE to Offer Free Summer Seminars
Quincy, IL - Jun 4, 2007 - The online courses will be offered live from June 21 through Aug. 2. Topics for the seminars include messagecasting, multicasting and webcasting, including practical HD Radio workshops for engineers as well as managers. Registration begins June 1 on the BE website and is limited to 25 participants per session. Presentations are offered twice in the same week to give as many broadcasters as possible an opportunity to participate.
Bear Stearns Comments on Proposed Sat Radio Merger
New York - Jun 1, 2007 - In a stock trading report on Sirius Satellite Radio, Bear Stearns included some comments on the proposed satellite radio merger. The comments are not necessarily a part of the investment report, but the company is addressing many questions about the merger and its potential effects on the investment.
Bear Sterns states that it believes that the merger still has the potential to pass for three reasons. First, it states that there is little Washington opposition to merger. It cites the example of the attempted Echostar/Hughes (Directv) in 2002 that was surrounded by negative sentiment. Bear Sterns says that this is not the case from speaking with its contacts. The report states, "Besides the NAB's overt funding of 'independent reports,' the negative outcry has been tame by comparison. We think the public would see much more negative press by interested parties if the level of negativity were the same as the DBS merger proposal."
It's second reason says that Wall Street doesn't give enough credit to the DOJ and Congress. Bear Sterns contacts indicate that they are keenly aware of the NAB's maneuverings, and that "the NAB 'doth protest too much,' and may be hurting its own agenda on satellite radio further."
The third reason given is that the FCC is simply waiting at this point instead of asking for public comment on the merger, which would trigger the 180-day clock on the subject. According to Bear Sterns, "We think that if the FCC were out to kill the deal from the start that they would have already started the clock. We believe the tie up is the statement in the original license that stipulated one entity could not own both licenses." The investment consultant forecasts three ways that the FCC could handle the matter.
1. Waive the Requirement that one entity could not own both licenses. Bear Sterns believes that this would expose the FCC to a lawsuit.
2. Review the Requirement -- Expedited Process. The FCC could open for public commentary the requirement and rule on it along with the merger.
3. Review the Requirement -- Long Process. Similar to option 2, but could take up to two or three years to complete. Bear Sterns believes that this would be a difficult choice for the FCC because it would "effectively kill the deal before any DOJ ruling." The consultant expects that Sirius and XM would walk away and potentially sue if this option were taken.
Bear Sterns believes that the second possibility is the most likely, and if the Dept. of Justice approves the merger, that the FCC will allow the merger but include certain restrictions.
123rd AES Convention Committee Announces Conference Committee
New York - Jun 7, 2007 - In preparation for the upcoming 123rd AES Convention to be held Oct. 5 to Oct. 8, 2007, in New York at the Javits Center, the AES has announced the members of the conference planning committee. The group began planning the fall 2007 convention in September 2006 and will include sessions that cover broadcast, history, live sound, master classes, papers, round table and special events, student panels, technical tours, tutorials and workshops.
Returning for his third consecutive turn as the East Coast AES committee chairman is multi-Grammy-winning producer Jim Anderson. Other committee chairmen include David Bialik, broadcast; Alex Case, tutorials and workshops; Henry Cohen and John Kilgore, live sound; Harry Hirsch, historical; Michael McCoy, facilities; David Prentice, special events; Agnieszka Roginska and Veronique Larcher, papers; Lou Manno, technical tours; and Alan Silverman, master classes.
Clear Channel Boston will expand its Wheatstone digital audio network with the addition of one Generation 6 control surface, two Generation 4 control surfaces, and additional Bridge Router frames. The new equipment will be used on KISS 108, which now broadcasts an HD Radio signal. The previous Bridge system, consisting of four G Series control surfaces and associated router frames, will be integrated with the new equipment to form one networked audio system serving the new studios for KISS 108 and JAMN 94.5.
Symetrix adds Dougherty
Mountlake Terrace, WA - Jun 5, 2007 - Symetrix has appointed Dallas Dougherty to the newly created position of product and training specialist/field engineer. Dougherty will spend most of his time traveling to help existing and potential product users understand the applications for Symetrix technology. While he will work with all of the Symetrix brands (Symetrix, Lucid, Air Tools and Symnet), his main focus will be training and support for Symnet.
Dougherty has experience in recording, live sound/production and installed sound. His studio days were spent at Ironwood Studios and the Tank, as well as owner of Pink on Vinyl Productions.
D.A.V.I.D. Hires Project Engineer
Arlington, VA - Jun 6, 2007 - D.A.V.I.D. Systems has hired Dane Roose as project engineer. Roose will design network topologies, conduct quality control testing and assist with large-scale project planning, while simultaneously lending his extensive IT background to the support team.
Roose, a former specialist (E-4) in the United States Army, earned a degree in electronics technology from the Computer Learning Center in Alexandria, VA. His work experience includes personnel training, customer support, system installation and solution administration. He joins D.A.V.I.D. Systems after having spent more than three years running his own independent IT consulting business with which he developed customized software applications for the construction and remodeling industry. Prior to that, he spent four years as a team leader at the Computer Sciences Corporation.
DK-Technologies Publishes Guide on Audio Metering Basics
Copenhagen - Jun 7, 2007 - Created to answer many questions about audio metering, Audio Levels and Readings is a new booklet from Danish manufacturer DK-Technologies. The booklet was written by independent audio consultant and AES member Eddy Bogh Brixen. The resource is included free of charge to purchasers of a DK-Technologies audio meter. It is also available as a download from the DK-technologies website at www.dk-technologies.com.
Audio Levels and Readings offers a basic insight into the world of audio levels and metering and covers many useful topics, from the basics such as what is an audio signal and how does one measure level, through to more complex issues such as loudness, A-weighting and how analog levels relate to digital scales.
Auralex Wood Diffusor Achieves Fire Rating
Indianapolis - Jun 4, 2007 - The Auralex Acoustics Space Array Diffusor has recently passed the requirements of a Class B fire-rating in accordance with ASTM E84, a standard test for surface burning characteristics of building materials. The test calculates flame spread and smoke densities. Additionally, the Space Array recently passed acoustical testing in accordance with ISO 17497-1, a standard test method for sound scattering and sound scattering coefficients.
Designed by Russ Berger for Auralex Acoustics, the Space Array combines hemispherical acoustical diffusion with a wood finish. It is based on a quasi-random series that provides superior performance without visual patterning. The panels measure 24" x 24" and are made of paulownia.
Sangean Expands Adds HDT-1X to HD Radio Lineup
Los Angeles - Jun 6, 2007 - Sangean has added the HDT-1X, an enhanced version of its component tuner, to its product line. The HDT-1X adds several features to the existing HDT-1. These include a S/PDIF optical output, forced analog mode to force the receiver into analog reception, a split-audio mode to provide digital audio in one channel and analog in the other and a rack-mount adapter.
The HDT-1X uses the same display and enclosure as the HDT-1. Pre-orders are now being taken, with shipping expected in the middle of June. Sangean notes that the additions were based on input from users. A Field Report on the HDT-1 appeared in the June 2007 issue of Radio magazine.
Studer Updates Call Management System
Northridge, CA - Jun 7, 2007 - Studer's Call Management System (CMS) now benefits from new features added in version 2.0 of its core software. The most obvious update is a new GUI that integrates with the screen design of the Studer On Air 3000 console, including operation directly from one of the console's switchable channel screens.
The CMS includes a waiting room facility for caller holding, and new functions in v2.0 allow an operator to pre-select a dedicated fader and then move a caller from the waiting room directly to the pre-selected fader. The waiting room can be assigned opening hours, so stations can decide when it is open or closed.
Game show options are included, including waiting area priority, flexibility of assigning different pre-recorded announcements to different callers or groups of callers, and assignment of live audio or announcement or mailbox, including mailbox monitoring via the operator's Internet browser. In addition, voting functions are possible, with results monitoring also available via Internet browser, or with live results fed to the announcer's screen.
Eye on IBOC
New Automaker with Factory-installed HD Radios: Mini
Woodcliff Lake, NJ - Jun 7, 2007 - Mini USA is now offering a factory-installed digital HD Radio receiver as an option in the 2007 Mini Cooper and Cooper S hardtops, produced from June 2007. Mini joins its sister brand, BMW, to be the second automotive brand to offer HD Radio technology to its customers.
The HD Radio receiver can be ordered as a stand-alone option for an MSRP of $500 or as part of Mini's Audio Package, which also includes an upgraded Hi-fi radio and Sirius Satellite Radio with a lifetime subscription that stays with the car from owner to owner. That package retails for $1,400.