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The Audio Engineering Society Announces 2017 Election Results

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017
AES incoming President-Elect Nadja Wallaszkovits

AES incoming President-Elect Nadja Wallaszkovits

The AES has released the list of winning candidates from the balloting in the 2017 Audio Engineering Society international elections. The newly elected officers will assume their roles in October 2017, shortly after the end of the 143rd International AES Convention in New York. Entering the office of President-Elect is Nadja Wallaszkovits, who will serve first on the AES Board of Governors and Executive Committee as President-Elect, fully assuming the Presidency in October 2018 for a one-year term. Joining the Board of Governors as Treasurer-Elect is Richard Wollrich, who will serve alongside Treasurer Garry Margolis for one year, then begin a two-year term as Treasurer. Also in October, current President Alex Case will remain on the Executive Committee as Past President for the 2017-2018 term, as current President-Elect David Scheirman advances into the Presidency.

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Drifter Rigging Opens in Toronto

Thursday, July 27th, 2017
Mark “Drifter” Desloges &

Mark “Drifter” Desloges

Production veteran Mark “Drifter” Desloges has launched Drifter Rigging in Toronto. The company’s aim is to offer the Canadian market access to the most widely used automation products for mid- to higher-range productions.

The company’s first formal job was the extensive automation for the 2017 Calgary Stampede Grandstand stage, featuring Drifter Rigging’s Elevation 1+ variable speed chain hoists and Libra load cells. Additionally, in early July, Drifter Rigging and Kinesys USA hosted a Demo Day at Christie Lites’ Toronto location that featured the first North American deployment of Kinesys’ brand new Apex system.

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U.S. Patent Office Rules in Favour of 64 Audio in IEM Design Dispute with JH Audio

Friday, July 21st, 2017

64-2On July 19, 2017, the U.S. Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) ruled in favour of 64 Audio (formerly 1964 Ears), finding all claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,897,463, held by Jerry Harvey Audio Holdings (JH Audio), unpatentable.  A copy of the PTAB’s ruling can be found here.

The claims found to be unpatentable are directed to a dual high frequency driver in-ear monitor.  JH Audio asserted the claims against 64 Audio in a lawsuit filed in December 2014.  64 Audio sought PTAB review of the dual high frequency driver claims in January 2016.

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ADJ Group Launches New Avante Audio Brand

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Avante Audio LogoDebuting this month at InfoComm, ADJ Group of Companies will launch Avante Audio, a new professional audio brand.

Avante Audio is launching with the Achromic Series, a complete range of active loudspeaker cabinets designed to offer powerful output, detailed audio clarity, built-in DSP, and sleek exterior designs. Created for musicians, bands, houses of worship, audio production companies and rental houses, the Achromic Series speakers are equally suited to permanent installation as one-off and touring productions. The Achromic Series comprises three full-range loudspeaker options, the 10-inch A10, 12-inch A12, and 15-inch A15.

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Marshall Announces Sales Director for New Broadcast & Pro AV Division

Friday, June 9th, 2017
Stephen Huey

Stephen Huey

Marshall Electronics has announced the appointment of Steven C. Huey as director of sales of its new Broadcast Pro A/V Division. The new division will bring the Marshall broadcast and pro AV offerings under a single sales group, unifying its efforts to develop and expand technologies in the conferencing and professional audio-visual market.

“We welcome Steve’s experience and leadership to the Marshall management team,” said Leonard Marshall, CEO and founder of Marshall Electronics, Inc. “Steve will be a great addition to our team as we move forward in communication technologies, which is no longer just broadcasting, but the combination of a number of technologies that are growing quickly in the global Pro A/V Communications market.”

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Yamaha Announces New Unified Communications Department

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Revolabs_CS-700-ApplicationYamaha has  announced its commitment to the unified communications (UC) market with the development of a dedicated UC department. Leveraging the expertise of Revolabs, a subsidiary of Yamaha that will be part of the new department, Yamaha will focus on solutions that enhance communication and continue to develop products that help organizations reach their business goals, the company says.

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The Recording Academy P&E Wing Releases “Recommendations for Hi-Res Music Production”

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017
L-R: Darren Stupak, Sony Music Entertainment; Ty Roberts, Universal Music Group; Richard Burgess, A2IM; Maureen Droney, The Recording Academy P&E Wing; Howie Singer, Warner Music Group; & Marc Finer, Sr. Director, DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy. ©2017

L-R: Darren Stupak, Sony Music Entertainment; Ty Roberts, Universal Music Group; Richard Burgess, A2IM; Maureen Droney, The Recording Academy P&E Wing; Howie Singer, Warner Music Group; & Marc Finer, Sr. Director, DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy. ©2017

The Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing has released its “Recommendations for Hi-Resolution Music Production.” The result of three years of extensive research, this new set of technical guidelines joins other influential papers previously published by the P&E Wing promoting best practices in audio recording.

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HHB Canada Turns 20

Friday, May 26th, 2017
(L-R) HHB Canada's Norman Verrall, Tracy Carbert, Warren Beck, Dave Dysart, Dianne Dunford, Mark Holman & Dave Misener

(L-R) HHB Canada’s Norman Verrall, Tracy Carbert, Warren Beck, Dave Dysart, Dianne Dunford, Mark Holman & Dave Misener

On April 1 2017, HHB Canada had its 20th birthday.

Based in Toronto, HHB Canada had its first day of trading on April 1, 1997. A subsidiary of HHB Communications of London UK, HHB Canada began with a small staff of two people in the office and three independent sales reps. It’s now grown to be one of the most prominent audio distributors in Canada.

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PreSonus Announces New Commercial Division

Friday, May 12th, 2017
PreSonus Commercial Division team: (from left to right) Hugh Sarvis, Tony Flammia, Stephen Fraser, Jim Odom & Rick Naqvi

PreSonus Commercial Division team: (L-R) Hugh Sarvis, Tony Flammia, Stephen Fraser, Jim Odom & Rick Naqvi

PreSonus Audio Electronics, a manufacturer of audio-recording and live-sound software, hardware, and related accessories, has announced the launch of the company’s new PreSonus Commercial Division. In addition to products previously sold and marketed under the WorxAudio and PreSonus brands, PreSonus has, for years, offered a comprehensive range of mixing consoles, processors, and other products that complement WorxAudio offerings. By combining all these products under the PreSonus brand and into the new PreSonus Commercial Division, the company effectively unifies all commercial audio related products under the PreSonus brand umbrella.

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InfoComm Releases Updated Standard for Audio Coverage Uniformity

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

InfoComm-InternationalInfoComm International announced today the release of the updated standard Audio Coverage Uniformity (ACU) in Listener Areas (ANSI/INFOCOMM A102.01:2017).

With advancements in technology and continual audio coverage problems, InfoComm says it was important to produce an updated version of the ACU standard, which was first released in 2009. Although the original ACU standard was designed for audio coverage in enclosed environments, the 2017 version expands to cover most listener areas.

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