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AES143 in New York to Examine 3D Audio & Immersive Sound in Spatial Audio Track

September 21st, 2017

01 AES137Advances in 3D audio and immersive sound will be examined and explained at the 143rd International Audio Engineering Society Convention through a wide variety of Spatial Audio Track events. It’ll all take place at the upcoming AES New York Convention, October 18 to 21, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York.

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TASCAM Promotes Joe Stopka to VP of Business Development

September 21st, 2017

TAS-JoeStopkaVPTASCAM, a division of TEAC of America, has promoted former Director of Business Development Joe Stopka to Vice President of Sales and Business Development. In his new position, Stopka leads TASCAM’s sales, marketing, and product marketing teams for all of the Americas.

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Details Revealed for AES@NAMM Pro Sound Symposium

September 18th, 2017

NAMM_hdrThe inaugural AES@NAMM Pro Sound Symposium: Live & Studio will offer a unique  education and training program from the Audio Engineering Society targeted at working professionals in the live sound, recording and performance-audio communities. The four-day international symposium, which will be held concurrently with  the 2018 NAMM Show from Jan. 25-28 in Anaheim, CA, comprises a series of Training Academies and related sessions on line-array technologies, live-sound mixing consoles, wireless systems, and studio environments, in addition to tutorials on system measurement and optimization, plus a selection of technical papers in related fields. These classes will be held within the Anaheim Hilton Hotel’s NAMM Education Campus, adjacent to a new pro-audio exhibit space.

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Harman Professional Solutions Laying Off 650 Employees

September 18th, 2017
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Dinesh Paliwal, Pres. & CEO of Harman International Industries.

Audio, video, lighting, and control systems manufacturer Harman Professional Solutions last week confirmed to AVnetwork that it is laying off 650 employees from its pro AV division. The news comes just a few months after Harman was bought by Samsung.

 “To be clear, the changes we announced yesterday are the culmination of a transformation that the Professional Solutions Division has been undergoing for the last two years to better serve our customers, increase our competitiveness, and accelerate new product innovations,” David Glaubke, director of public relations, global professional solutions for Harman International told AVnetwork.com. “The changes will result in several facility closures over the next nine months to a year, including Elkhart, Indiana, South Jordan, Utah and a few smaller offices throughout Europe that came to Harman through a number of acquisitions over the last 10 years. Following these transitions, Harman stated it will enter a “rebuilding” mode and form three “Centers of Competency”: Northridge, CA for acoustics; Richardson, TX for electronics, DSP, and video and control; and Aarhus, Denmark for lighting. These centers will allow the company’s engineers to focus on critical product differentiations instead of requiring them to develop motors, mechanical structures, and other supporting elements. The job of converting these technologies into competitive products will be for our newly formed New Product Innovation (NPI) teams.

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AES New York Convention Reveals Game Audio & VR Track Events

September 18th, 2017
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Steve Martz, AES New York Game Audio & VR Track co-chair

For the 143rd International Audio Engineering Society Convention, the traditional Game Audio Track is expanding into the Game Audio and VR (Virtual Reality) Track to reflect the growing importance of immersive sound and virtual reality audio. This year’s series of events, put together by co-chairs Steve Martz and Michael Kelly, incorporates the latest cutting-edge technologies and techniques used in some of today’s most popular, and growing, forms of entertainment. AES 143 will be held in New York City from Oct. 18-21, 2017.

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AES International Conference on Audio Forensics Finds “Signal in the Noise”

September 8th, 2017

The Audio Engineering Society (AES) recently held its sixth International Conference on Audio Forensics from June 15-17, in Arlington, VA, offering an intensive look into the science and art of the audio forensics field. Through a host of special guest speakers on a variety of related topics, as well as research paper presentations and workshops, the conference, hosted by co-chairs Daniel Rappaport of Precision Solutions and Jeff M. Smith of the National Center for Media Forensics, offered attendees intimate knowledge of research related to the forensic application of speech/signal processing, acoustical analyses, audio authentication, and the examination of methodologies and best practices.

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d&b Names Jan Biermann as Head of R&D; Frank Bothe Now CTO

August 31st, 2017
Jan Biermann (right) & Frank Bothe

Jan Biermann (right) & Frank Bothe

d&b audiotechnik is expanding its Research and Development department and has appointed a new member to its management team. With effect from Aug. 1st, Jan Biermann takes over from Frank Bothe as Head of Research and Development. Bothe will now focus on the company’s medium to long term technology roadmap in his role as Chief Technology Officer. As leader of the Research and Development team, Biermann will be responsible for implementing product development projects, reporting to d&b Managing Director Markus Strohmeier.

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TOA Canada Names Dharmesh Patel to Newly Created Position of National Inside Sales Support

August 29th, 2017
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Dharmesh Patel

TOA Canada Corporation has announced the promotion of Dharmesh Patel to the newly created position of National Inside Sales Support. With this promotion comes the hiring of Sergio Abarca to Warehouse Coordinator. Joann Bettonvil is now performing the duties for the Customer Service position.

In the newly created position of National Inside Sales Support, Patel will be responsible for supporting TOA Canada’s national sales team, supporting its customers via phone support and education on new products among other tasks. Patel has a background in sales, customer service, and finance, which he will bring into this role. Joining the TOA team in March of 2015 as the warehouse coordinator, Patel developed an improved inventory system and displayed a customer focused work ethic in product shipments, according to the company.

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Meyer Sound Appoints GerrAudio as Exclusive Distributor for Canada

August 28th, 2017

GerrAudio1_May 2017Meyer Sound has announced that GerrAudio Distribution will resume responsibility for design, technical support, sales, and servicing of Meyer Sound products throughout Canada.

GerrAudio was previously the Canadian distributor for Meyer Sound for around 25 years until the manufacturer assumed distribution responsibilities in 2013.

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Executives From DraftKings & McAfee to Headline 2017 NAB Show New York Opening Session

August 25th, 2017

NAB NYThe opening event for the 2017 NAB Show New York will feature Paul Liberman, chief operating officer and co-founder of DraftKings, the sports-tech entertainment platform, and Gary Davis, chief consumer security evangelist at McAfee, a leading cybersecurity company. Produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and co-located with InfoComm Connections, NAB Show New York will take place from Oct. 18-19, 2017 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. With more than 6,800 attendees and 300 exhibitors, NAB Show New York showcases next-generation technology for media, entertainment and telecom professionals with conferences and workshops focused on television, film, satellite, online video, live events, corporate A/V, production, and post.

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