Mix Daily News Archive for September

Sep 1, 2001 12:00 PM, Mix Staff


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Weeks of September 3-10

EAW Redesigns Website

Eastern Acoustic Works (Whitinsville, Mass.) has redesigned its Website (www.eaw.com) with added features, easier navigation, streamlined graphics and faster downloads.

"With 900-plus Web pages and over 2 million hits a month, the redesign was inspired by improving the online experience for our growing visitor base," said Sean Correia, Webmaster of EAW.com.

In the coming months, the site will also feature a searchable news archive, a product finder tool, instructional videos, an Application Support Group mailing list, a new EAWTA database and user tools, as well as market-specific sub-sections.

JBL Names Three New VPs

JBL Professional (Northridge, Calif.) announced the appointment of two new VPs of sales for the company's worldwide sales efforts and a new VP of manufacturing operations.

Doug Daniel has been promoted to VP of international sales. Daniel has been with JBL Professional since 1992 in the position of director of European sales. "I am delighted to be appointed VP of international sales and lead a sales and distribution team that will be putting an even greater investment of time and resource into making JBL Pro products available to yet more customers worldwide," stated Daniel.

Tom Weeber has been promoted to VP of U.S. sales. Weeber has been with the JBL sales department since 1993, where he started as a regional manager and later promoted to senior director of U.S. sales. "We have an excellent veteran sales team in the U.S., and I am very pleased to have this opportunity to work even closer with JBL's representatives, retailers and contractors to support their needs," said Weeber.

Jeffery Groenke has been named VP of operations at the company's Northridge, Calif., headquarters. Prior to joining JBL, Groenke was general manager and engineering manager at Axiohm Transaction Solutions and has also been an engineer for Hewlett Packard. "JBL has both a long history of manufacturing the world's best loudspeaker systems and some of the most innovative new products I've ever seen," said Groenke. "It's a great company, and I'm excited to be part of the team."

For more, visit JBL online at www.jblpro.com.

Mick Whelan Joins Telex

Telex Communications (Burnsville, MN) has appointed Mick Whelan to the position of general manager for U.S. concert sound. In this role, Whelan will be responsible for management and marketing of the company's ongoing innovations in concert sound technologies.

Whelan brings 30 years of professional audio experience -- as an engineer and product and marketing professional -- to the position. Prior to joining Telex, Whelan was VP of marketing at Crown International. He is also a founding member and an annual presenter at the Live Sound Workshop in Anaheim, Calif. He has also designed and commissioned touring and installed systems. His credits include Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, the Beach Boys and Carole King, among others.

"I am very pleased to be a part of the Telex team," said Whelan. "I look forward to helping increase the capabilities of Telex to deliver innovative, successful products toward that goal."

For more, visit Telex online at www.electrovoice.com.

Future Media Concepts Debuts Streaming Seminar

Future Media Concepts, a digital media training center, and Sorenson Services USA, a streaming media encoding, consulting and training provider, have launched a new training seminar, the Ultimate Streaming Seminar, to be held at Future Media Concepts training centers in New York (September 13 and November 29), Philadelphia (October 4 and December 13) and Boston (September 19 and December 6).

The Ultimate Streaming Seminar is a two-day event of intensive training covering MPEG, QuickTime, Real Media and Windows Media solutions for both video-on-demand and live streaming. The seminar features solutions from Apple, Media100, Microsoft, Real Networks and Sorenson Media. Also featured are services from streaming hosting partners Globix and BopJet. Attendees will learn advanced encoding techniques to achieve high-quality results and examine the pros and cons of different delivery strategies.

"Web video is the hottest and fastest growing area of new technology, and our customers have been asking for training that covers all the streaming formats," commented Ben Kozuch, president of Future Media Concepts.

"We wanted to create an event where digital media professionals could get advanced training on all the major streaming media formats all in one place," said Dale Sorenson, president of Sorenson Services USA.

For more info and to register for the Ultimate Streaming Seminar, visit www.fmctraining.com.

Bag End Signs First Distributor For India

Bag End (Barrington, Ill.) has signed Sound of Music (New Deli, India) to distribute Bag End products in India.

"India is an immense untapped market, and we are delighted to have reached an agreement with Sound of Music," said Bag End president James P. Wischmeyer. "Indian people love feature films and the Indian film industry is one of the largest in the world, so it is a natural market for us, especially our home theater products."

Contact Bag End online at www.bagend.com.

Symetrix Turns 25

Manufacturer of analog and digital audio signal processing, Symetrix Inc. (Lynnwood, Wash.) celebrates 25 years in business this fall. With Symetrix gates, delays, preamps, amplifiers, equalizers, compressors, DSP processors, mixers, converters and voice processors being used around the globe, the company has grown through innovation, quality and reliability since the introduction of their first noise gate to the pro audio community in 1976.

Today, the company devotes its resources to three "brands," their longstanding line of Symetrix processors, the recently founded Lucid line of AD/DA and sample rate converters, and the AirTools line of traditional and multimedia broadcasting tools.

For more on the company's anniversary, visit www.symetrixaudio.com.

Weeks of September 17-24

AES 20th International Conference Announced

The AES 20th International Conference on archiving, restoration and new methods of recording is taking place on October 5-7, 2001, in Budapest, Hungary.
UNESCO representative Joie Springer will open the conference on Friday, October 5, with an address entitled "Promoting Global Access to the Audiovisual Memory of the World."

This conference will present views from several perspectives and exemplify the impact these methods have on several areas of the audio industry.
Note: The AES 11th convention has been rescheduled to November 30-December 3, 2001 in New York City.
For more, visit the AES online at www.aes.org.

HHB Appointed Distributor for Millenia

HHB Communications Canada Limited, a subsidiary of HHB UK, has become Millenia's exclusive distributor in Canada. HHB Canada will distribute Millenia's entire line of vacuum tube and solid-state microphone preamps, equalizers, dynamics, recording channels, mixing systems, M/S decoders, archiving systems and discrete modular amplifiers.
"We believe Dave Dysart [president of HHB Canada] and staff have the most effective vehicle for placing Millenia products into a significantly expanded Canadian customer base," said John La Grou, president of Millenia Media.

"With HHB in the lead, we're anticipating even faster growth in all sectors of the Canadian pro market."
For more, visit Millenia Media online at www.mil-media.com or HHB Canada at www.hhbusa.com/000/canada.htm.

Professional Systems Network Names New Affiliates, Board of Directors

Professional Systems Network Inc. (PSNI), a 15-year-old nationwide network of audio and visual system integrators who design, develop and install A/V communications systems, announced two new affiliates: Crescent Communications Corporation and TEL Systems, formerly Thalner Electronic Laboratories Inc.

Crescent Communications Corporation (Kenner, La.) is a full-service audio and video equipment dealer, offering sales, service, system design and integration, and training to the broadcast, professional and industrial markets.

TEL Systems (Ann Arbor, Mich.) specializes in the design, installation, and maintenance of educational, industrial and broadcast video and audio systems.

In other PSNI news, the new members to its board of directors for 2001-2002 were recently elected. Mark Temen, president of Audio Video Resources (Phoenix), was elected past president, where he will serve as the membership chairman and is responsible for new member recruitment. Bruce Ferguson, president of Pacific Video Products (Orange County, Calif.) and past secretary for the Board of Directors, was elected VP of PSNI. In this role, Ferguson assists the president in managing all communications-related projects and the execution of the annual Reference catalog. Stan Wagnon, president of Lubbock Audio Visual Inc. (Lubbock, Texas), was elected secretary. He will be responsible for the development and compilation of the procedural manual. Joe Bereman, president at Duncan Video (Carmel, Ind.), was re-elected treasurer of PSNI, continuing his role as manager of all the organization's finances and preparation of the annual budget. Stan Stanek, president and general manager of Alpha Video and Audio Inc. (Edina, Minn.), was elected member-at-large. This newly created, non-voting position contributes to special projects within the organization. John Bluhm, president of Clark-Powell Associates (Winston, Salem, N.C.), continues to serve as president.

To learn more about PSNI services or about becoming a PSNI affiliate, visit the organization online at www.psni.org.

Telex Announces Proposed Debt Restructing Plan

Telex (Burnsville, Minn.) has announced a proposed debt restructuring plan intended to reduce its outstanding debt, increase its financial flexibility and improve its cash flow.
According to Edgar S. Woolard, chairman of the board of directors of Telex, holders of Telex's "Senior Subordinated Notes" will be able to exchange their notes for units comprised of various combinations of cash and securities, depending on one or more of four exchange options, that will be issued by a newly organized operating company, which will acquire substantially all of the assets of Telex. This exchange offer is conditioned upon the new operating company being able to obtain senior secured financing to repay outstanding senior secured debt and other debts of Telex and its subsidiaries.

In anticipation of completing the debt restructuring, Telex will not make interest payments due on September 17, 2001 under its 11% Senior Subordinated Notes and the November 1, 2001 interest payment that is due on its 10 1/2% Senior Subordinated Notes.

The exchange offer and solicitation of consents and acceptances is schedule to expire at 5 p.m. EST, on October 12, 2001.
Telex bondholders can obtain more information by contacting Telex's information agent, GSC Partners, at 973/437-1025; fax 973/437-1037.

XTA Speakers Find New Homes

ATK/Audiotek has begun adding new XTA DP224 speaker management systems to its massive P.A. systems inventory. Along with the XTA DP200 processors already in heavy use by the company, these addtions will bring the number of XTA DP Series processors in ATK/Audiotek's arsenal to over 120. Most recently, ATK/Audiotek added the XTA DP200 to the studio audience sound system it installed at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at NBC's Burbank studios.

"When we wanted to transition to digital speaker processors several years ago, there were about four or five of them on the market -- and none of them were what we were looking for," recalls Mike Stahl, president of ATK/Audiotek. "But when XTA got into that market, they listened to us and gave us the flexibility we were looking for. We're not committed to any particular company; we're committed to products that meet our standards of excellence. We like to think that if you can sell it to ATK/Audiotek, you can sell it to the world. We think that's exactly what XTA has achieved with their DP Series processors -- that's why we have over 120 of them now."

Also in XTA installation news, the River Center, a massive, three-section new performing arts center connected with the University of Georgia and slated to open in the spring of 2002, will feature complete speaker control and processing using XTA DP202 and DP226 systems. A total of 21 XTA DP Series systems (11 DP202 2x2 units and 10 DP226 2x6 units) will be used as the main speaker processing systems for all of the EAW speaker systems in each of the new River Center's three separate component buildings: a main stage theater, a smaller recital hall, and a unique experimental theater hall designed without proscenium or other traditional theater elements.

For more information on XTA products, visit Group One, exclusive U.S. distributor, at www.g1ltd.com.

Avid World and Pro Tools Conference Rescheduled

Due to the recent tragic events in New York City, the Avid World & Pro Tools Conference, which was to be held on October 7, has been rescheduled for December 9-12, 2001. The New Yorker Hotel and all conference activities, including seminars, speeches, exhibitions and networking functions, remain intact pending further changes.

"We took into account the hundreds of people and companies involved in this event, many of whom are flying from around the country," commented Rick Friedman, president and co-founder of Mindshare Ventures, a co-organizer of the event. "It's our desire to give them and local participants more time to recoup from the tragedy. To help out, we've extended the conference's Early Bird Registration discount to November 2, 2001."

For more, visit www.avidworldeast.com.

Latin Grammys Cancelled

Organizers have pulled the plug on the 2nd Annual Latin Grammys after trying to reschedule the cancelled affair due to the terrorist attacks on September 11.
Recording Academy president Michael Greene expressed a possibility last week that the show could be rescheduled, but has since issued a statement saying it would be impossible.

"We're disappointed that we will not be able to give this year's deserving nominees their chance to show the world what we already know abou them -- that they are world-class musicians," Greene said.

The show was scheduled to be held in Los Angeles the day of the attacks. The Recording Academy plans to distribute the awards to the winners privately.

For more, visit www.latingrammys.com.

An Evening with John Eargle

The AES Los Angeles Section announced its October 30, 2001, meeting, "An Evening with...John Eargle."

Eargle will focus on multichannel miking, production and mastering techniques for classical releases, using sound examples from his extensive experience, including new DVD-A and SACD release formats.

In addition to engineering and producing numerous releases for artists/ensembles such as Carol Rosenberger, Bella Davidovitch, the Seattle Symphony, the London Symphony, the New York Chamber Orchestra, Etta James and many others, Eargle is an honorary member and past national president of the AES, a senior member of the IEEE, and a member of the Acoustical Society of America, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

The meeting will be held at the Sportsmen's Lodge, located at 12825 Ventura Blvd. at Coldwater Canyon, Studio City. It will begin with a social at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 and the meeting at 8. Dinner cost is $20, or $15 with an advance reservation.
Visit www.aes.org for more.

Studiomaster UK and Studiomaster Inc. Break Ties

The 11-year manufacturing partnership between Studiomaster UK and Studiomaster Inc. (the U.S. subsidiary) has been severed due to ongoing disputes and irreconcilable differences, as reported by Jim Giordano who heads the U.S. division.

"Negotiations are currently underway with six new manufacturing concerns to pick up production of the existing product range as well as a host of brand-new product introductions," commented Giordano. "Unfortunately, with the lack of available product, Studiomaster UK and Studiomaster Inc. have been negatively impacted and have had to temporarily suspend normal business operations."

At press time, the principals of Studiomaster UK, along with the R&D team, are undertaking a total reorganization of the company and plan to re-open in early November. As for Studiomaster Inc., plans include staying open, with sitting management running the day-to-day operations.

For more, visit www.studiomaster.com.

Napster Closer To Being Legit

Napster is inching its way to launching its subscription service, announcing that it has signed a landmark licensing agreement with New York City-based Harry Fox Agency, a member of the National Music Publishers Associations (NMPA).

The agreement sets the payment standard for any company that wants to offer legitimate music file downloads, as well as providing songwriters and music publishers the rights to royalties in a 1/3 to 2/3 ratio with copyright owners of sound recordings, a longtime sticky point in the ensuing court battles.

The agreement still needs to be approved by U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel, by the plaintiffs in the class action and by the NMPA board of directors.

New Product Manager At Neumann USA

Former customer service manager for the New England area, Dawn Birr has been promoted to product manager for Neumann USA (Old Lyme, Conn.).
In this position, Birr will handle all of Neumann's internal responsibilities, including customer inquiries, support for Neumann sales staff, and managing inventory and internal accounts. In addition, Birr will help develop promotional and advertising campaigns.

"I'm excited to have Dawn on my team," said Jeff Alexander, director of distributed brands. "She is a perfect fit for the task at hand, given her experience in the operations department, and she's proven herself to be enthusiastic, knowledgeable and dedicated to our customers."

For more, visit www.neumannusa.com.

Mackie Appoints New Manager of Soundscape Brand

Mackie Designs (Woodinville, Wash.) welcomed Carl Owen into the position of manager of the Soundscape brand. Owen will be responsible for establishing and supporting a worldwide distribution network for all Soundscape-branded Sydec products, and will be based out of the UK. He will also be responsible for introducing Soundscape products to new markets.

Before joining Mackie, Owen was the technical sales manager at Soundscape Digital Technologies Ltd., the UK-based company that has been marketing and distributing Sydec products under the Soundscape name since 1993. Sydec was acquired by Mackie earlier this year.

For more, visit www.mackie.com.

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