LICENSEMUSIC.COM AND SOUNDELUX PARTNERSHIPLicenseMusic.com and Soundelux Entertainment Group (SEG) have announced a strategic partnership in an attempt to meet the production needs of the film, advertising and interactive media and Internet communities. "This is a win-win situation for everybody," commented Gerd Leonhard, president of LicenseMusic.com. "By leveraging SEG's long-established presence within the motion picture industry, we are now instantly connected to our target markets and key accounts, and SEG can now offer our service to any of its clients, thus providing even more added value."
According to SEG co-founder Lon Bender, "The LicenseMusic.com products and services, combined with SEG's established contacts within the industry, will allow us to provide a tremendously beneficial and cost-saving tool for the entertainment community."
LicenseMusic.com maintains an extensive online catalog of music for audio/visual productions. SEG is renowned for its Hollywood Edge collection of music and sound effects and has earned sound credits on more than 100 major films. For more information, visit www.soundelux.com.
MACKIE ACQUISITION OF EAW FINALIZEDMackie Designs Inc. has purchased Eastern Acoustic Works Inc. (EAW), a professional loudspeaker manufacturer. Greg Mackie, founder and chairman of Mackie Designs Inc., stated: "We are excited about the opportunities afforded us by this acquisition. EAW is a leading brand in the professional audio industry and is recognized as a world-class developer and manufacturer."
According to Frank Loyko, VP of operations at EAW, "Our biggest concern throughout the process was ensuring the spirit, values and passion of EAW would not only remain intact but would, in fact, be bolstered by any arrangement of this type. The deal would not have been accomplished any other way."
ASCAP AND AUDIOSOFT PILOT INTERNET COPYRIGHT TECHNOLOGYASCAP, a leading music performing rights organization, and AudioSoft, a provider of digital performance reporting solutions for copyright management of music, announced a partnership designed to improve the tracking and reporting of music use on the Internet. ASCAP and AudioSoft unveiled an alliance that will enable the first comprehensive and fully automated reporting of music usage from Webcasters to ASCAP, thereby helping ensure that songwriters, composers and publishers are appropriately compensated as increasing volumes of music are delivered over the Internet.
According to John LoFrumento, CEO of ASCAP, "This technology partnership simplifies reporting for our licensees and ensures that ASCAP has the highest-quality data to distribute Internet fees to our members."
The AudioSoft Rights Management System will become available to Webcasters later this year. The service will initially be available on the RealNetworks G2 platform and will eventually support all platforms. For additional information, visit www.audiosoft.com or www.ascap.com.
NEUTRIK AG CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARYLast April, Neutrik AG entered into its 25th year of operations. The company, founded by Bernhard Weingartner in 1975, began with two people working out of a barn in Liechtenstein. According to Weingartner, "With the rapid evolution of today's audio technology, manufacturing cutting-edge products can become quite a challenge. Neutrik's success is a testament to the dedication of the many people at the company who strive to maintain Neutrik's commitment to providing customers with state-of-the-art products."
Neutrik manufactures an array of XLR connectors and receptacles, jacks and plugs, and accessories for the professional audio industry. For more information, call 011/423/237-2424 or visit www.neutrik.com.
ACOUSTIC DESIGN WORKSHOPThornburn Associates are presenting a series of workshops on acoustic design and architecture. The two-day program includes discussion of acoustic theory, hands-on applications and an outline of major design considerations. Current scheduled dates and locations: June 23-24 in Orlando; July 21-22 in Seattle; October 6-7 in Denver; and November 3-4 in Dallas. For details or to register online, visit www.ta-inc.com/aia.
CORRECTIONSOn the March cover we incorrectly identified the main monitors in the Expression Center for New Media. They are, in fact, Meyer X-10s.
In the April 2000 article "Goin' First Class" on mic pre's, the price for the Crane Song Flamingo was incorrect. The correct price is $2,295.
Scheduled for June 12-13 at the New York Hilton and Towers, StudioPro2000, subtitled "Audio Production for Music, Broadcast and the Web," will give audio professionals a close-up look at the technologies that are revolutionizing the industry. Among the many leading-edge topics to be explored are "The Future of Music Delivery: New Audio Formats and the Web," "Multi-channel Sound for Digital Television," "Putting Music on the Web" and "Beyond Sneaker-Net:
The Network as a Production Tool."
A highlight of each day is a special luncheon forum. On Monday, June 12, the New York Chapter of the Recording Academy will present "Music Producers: Producing at 1630 RPMs." Moderated by producer and Academy Vice Chairman Tony Visconti, the panel of top producers will examine how new technologies are redefining their roles. On Tuesday, June 12, Dolby Laboratories will sponsor "The Changing Sound of Television: From Stereo to Digital Surround," which will include demos of actual broadcast programming in 5.1 surround sound. Loudspeakers for the event are being provided by Genelec.
"StudioPro2000 is, without a doubt, the most ambitious event Mix has ever undertaken," says Hillel Resner, Mix's director of special projects and StudioPro conference chairman. "Digital audio, 5.1 surround, Web audio, DTV...all these technologies are changing the way people hear sound and music as never before. At StudioPro2000, attendees will not only get to hear top professionals like Frank Filipetti, George Massenburg, Nile Rodgers, Bruce Swedien and others discuss the issues, but they'll be able to listen to the actual product."
In addition to ten seminars, StudioPro2000 will present three workshop tracks: Surround Production, Workstation Production and Web Audio Production. Hosted by Dolby, Genelec, Digidesign, Sonic Solutions, Liquid Audio and Rocket Network, the workshops will be limited to 25 attendees at a time. For a brochure and registration information, call Robert Irwin at 5 1 0/653-3307, extension 3263, fax 510/653-5142 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIFTH ANNUAL MIX L.A. OPENThe Mix L.A. Open Golf Tournament, sponsored by the nonprofit Mix Foundation for Excel-lence in Audio and fast becoming a recording industry tradition, will take place Monday, June 19, at the Malibu Country Club.
Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 8 a.m., with a shotgun start signaling the opening of the "best ball" tournament at 10 a.m. An awards reception and dinner are sched-uled for 3:30 p.m. For more information on sponsorships and entry fees for individuals or com-panies, contact Karen Dunn at (925) 939-6149 or KarenTEC@aol.com.