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HAPPY 85TH BIRTHDAY, LES PAUL! Les Paul, the father of the solid-body electric guitar and the inventor of multitrack recording, celebrated his 85th birthday
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HAPPY 85TH BIRTHDAY, LES PAUL!Les Paul, the father of the solid-body electric guitar and the inventor of multitrack recording, celebrated his 85th birthday (June 9) with two sold-out performances at New York City's Iridium jazz club, where he plays every Monday night with the Les Paul Trio. Les will appear at this year's TEC Awards in Los Angeles during AES to present the Les Paul Award for this year's recipient, Sir Paul McCartney.

DIGITAL HARMONY PICKS UP PAVO LABSDigital Harmony Technologies Inc., a third-party licensor of FireWire technologies, has acquired PAVO Labs, a technology and product development firm specializing in professional audio products and musical instruments. Through this acquisition, Digital Harmony Technologies will gain access to PAVO's patent portfolio and experience in product certification testing. Digital Harmony Technologies will make these new assets available to its family of licensees, which includes Harman International Industries, Boston Acoustics, Columbia Records and Peavey Electronics. PAVO Labs, under terms of an exclusive contract with the MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA), is currently the worldwide certification test center for products conforming to the Downloadable Sounds (DLS) industry standard for Internet audio playback devices.

Greg Bartlett, president of Digital Harmony Technologies, stated, "By merging the two companies, we can take advantage of a common licensing program, reduce the time-to-market of exciting new products, and better serve our partners and investors." For more information visitwww.digitalharmony.com.

TODD-AO CLOSES DEAL WITH LIBERTY MEDIAThe Todd-AO Corporation, which specializes in motion picture and television post-production, announced that it has changed its name to Liberty Livewire Corporation. The change became effective with the closing of the company's previously announced transaction with Liberty Media Group, through which Liberty Media acquired a controlling interest in Todd-AO.

David Beddow, Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Livewire, noted, "[The] closings mark our initial steps in building a dynamic company to service the post-production and distribution needs of a wide array of media clients, including motion pictures, long-form television and commercial advertising. While we continue to strengthen the traditional film, video and sound services areas, we are adding the capability to offer large-scale Internet hosting, IP distribution and caching through our venture with HyperTv and the network capabilities of AT&T."

Liberty Media holds interests in a broad range of video programming, communications, technology and Internet businesses in the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. For further information, visit the Liberty Media Group online at www.liberty media.com.

TC ELECTRONIC UNVEILS HELICONTC Electronic, in a partnership with Canadian IVL and Danish TC Electronic, has announced the formation of a new company, Helicon Vocal Technologies Inc. The focus of the new company will be the development of vocal processing technologies. Equipment manufactured under the new imprint will utilize TC Electronic's existing sales and distribution channels. Helicon will also have full access to the algorithms, technology and expertise of both TC Electronic A/S and IVL Technologies Ltd. The first product releases are scheduled for the third quarter of 2000. For more information visit www.tceclectronic.com.

DOLBY POSTS GUIDELINES FOR PRODUCING SURROUND MUSICAnticipating the imminent release of DVD-Audio discs, Dolby Laboratories has posted a white paper entitled "Some Guidelines for Producing Music in 5.1 Channel Surround" in the Technical Information section of its Web site. The paper is posted as a downloadable Adobe PDF file.

"While many surround-sound mixes have been created for movies, 5.1-channel mixing for music is a relatively new field, one that presents us with many questions and choices," said John Kellogg, general manager, multichannel audio and music.

The white paper describes the origin of multichannel audio in the cinema, the differences between mixing for film and for music and how to set up a 5.1-channel monitoring environment. It also provides suggestions on how music mixers might best employ the format's six channels. Additional information related to DVD-Audio sound mixing can be found in the "Dolby Digital Professional Encoding Manual," also available in the Technical Information section of Dolby's Web site.

For further information, visit www.dolby.com or call 415/645-5000.

QSOUND LABS EXPANDS DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT WITH REALNETWORKSQSound Labs Inc., a provider of enhanced Internet audio solutions, recently announced the expansion of its distribution agreement with RealNetworks Inc. with the official release of iQfx2 and iQfx2 Plus-the Company's newest Internet 3D audio software. The expanded agreement provides all RealPlayer, RealPlayer Plus, RealJukebox and RealJukebox Plus users with the opportunity to download iQfx2 and/or iQfx2 Plus. The iQfx2 Plus is available for download from both Real.com (www.real.com/accessories) and QSound.com (www.qsound.com/products/iqfx2.asp). For more information, visit Qsound Labs on the Web or call 403/291-2492.

SUMMER NAMMBoasting more than 20,000 attendees and more than 50 Pro Audio and Lighting exhibits, Summer NAMM is returning to the Nashville Convention Center July 21-23. This year's convention will also include a number of industry-specific seminars with topics pertaining to retail business practices, multitrack recording, the DJ business and more. For more information, visit the NAMM Web site at www.namm.com or call 800/767-6266.

BERNARD KORNBLUM, 1900-2000St. Louis Music Inc. founder Bernard Kornblum died of heart failure at the age of 99. Kornblum immigrated to the U.S. from Vienna in 1919 and, at the age of 24, began importing musical instruments from Germany. In 1929, together with his brother and sister, he bought out a sheet music company named St. Louis Music. Kornblum was involved with the music industry for more than 75 years. In the 1940s he founded the Music Sponsors, a music festival for St. Louis city and county orchestras, bands and soloists. In his own words, "When I got into the music business, I wasn't thinking about making money. I was thinking about realizing a dream that I had and a vision of getting into something I loved."

Kornblum is survived by his wife of 66 years, Myrtle Kornblum; his son, Gene Kornblum; his daughter, Carole Simon; and five grandchildren.

CORRECTIONSThere were a few errors in the May 2000 article "Network Systems 2000": The SC-10 is a subcommittee; work stopped on the AES-24 early last year; SC-10 does have a supportive liaison with ESTA's ACN working group, and the group is working on the issue of common audio data types. Mix regrets any confusion these errors might have caused.