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Mix Daily News Archive for August

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Week of August 13

New Surround Sound Seminar Hits the Road

The “Rocket in My Pocket Road Tour” (September 4-14, 2001),sponsored by Fits & Starts Productions, LLC, and Apple computers isthe first in a series of five 5.1 Surround Sound Road Tours will visit30 cities, beginning at Omega Recording in Rockville, Md.

Featuring recording engineer, author and surround expert Mike Sokol,”Rocket in My Pocket Road Tour” will present new surround technologywith seminars covering the history of alternative surround formats forthe studio, home and cinema; DVD, DTS, Dolby Digital and PCM formatsand requirements; speaker selection; bass management systems; mikingtechniques; and more.

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Future Sonics New Personal Monitor Earphone

Future Sonics Inc. (Pineville, Pa.) announced the release of theirnew universal fit model EM3 under the brand name “Future Sonics Ears”(MSRP: $198).

“Future Sonics Ears” feature precision dynamics with outstanding lowfrequency response, as well as comfortable design and fit. A standardsize 1/8-inch (3.5mm) gold stereo connector, carrying case and FutureSonics’ own specially designed foam sleeves are included. Specsinclude: frequency response, 40-20k Hz; impedance: 32 ohm; sensitivity:118 dB; isolation: 25 dB; color: neutral flesh tone; transducer: FSIdesigned.

Future Sonics will begin accepting retail orders, as well as onlineorders (, by September 2001. In addition, FutureSonics and Sennheiser announced earlier this year their collaborationwhereby the EM3s would be packaged with Sennheiser’s Evolution 300Series wireless system.

American Loudspeaker Manufacturers Association ChangesName

The American Loudspeaker Manufacturers Association (ALMA), based inPrinceton Junction, N.J., announced that it has changed its name to theAssociation of Loudspeaker Manufacturing & Acoustics International,to be known as ALMA International.

This change is the association’s first effort to expand the size andscope of ALMA’s membership, services and overall industry impact. “Wefeel that this name change will better reflect the focus of theassociation,” said ALMA president Steve Tatarunis.

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Pro Sound Moves to New Office

Pro Sound Inc., previously of Miami, Fl., has moved to a newoffice/warehouse in Orlando, Fl. The 5,000-square-feet-plus facility iscentrally located at 6622 KingsPointe Parkway, Orlando, FL 32819;407/816-9300; fax 407/816-9400.

“The expansion will enable us to provide additional services to ourEast Coast clients,” explained Rod Sintow, CEO of Pro Sound. “We nowhave the room to add to our staff, warehouse more inventory, dopre-fabrication and conduct on-site product testing.”

Week of August 27

New Director at Renkus-Heinz

Harro Heinz, president of Renkus-Heinz (Foothill Ranch, Calif.),recently named Julie Clark as director of marketing. In this position,she will assume responsibility for advertising, public relations, Webpresence and trade show management.

“We are very excited to have Julie join the Renkus-Heinz team,” saidHeinz. “I believe she will play an important role in helping us attaina more dynamic presence in the professional audio marketplace.”

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Focusrite Names New Manager

Focusrite Audio Engineering (High Wycome, England) promoted GileOrford to the position of marketing manager from marketingcoordinator.

Orford will assume full responsibility of marketing duties in thisposition, including the marketing budget, planning and execution of allexhibitions, project management, and authoring promotional literatureand advertising, in addition to artist and press relations.

“Giles has a unique personal style and outstanding talent that makeshim the ideal person to carry these responsibilities for Focusrite,”said Phil Dudderidge, Focusrite chairman.

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Berklee College of Music Adds New Professor

Daniel Fisher has accepted the position of associate professor ofmusic synthesis at Berklee College of Music

Fisher has been a soundware engineer for the past 10 years,including positions at Sweetwater Sound and Kurzweil Music Systems.Fisher has also created factory presets and soundware CD-ROMS for Korg,Alesis, Yamaha, E-mu and TC Electronic.

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Celebrity Sightings at Irving’s Place Studios

McHale Barone’s Irving’s Place Studios (New York City) recentlywelcomed Mike Myers, Kevin Kline and Hallie Kate Eisenberg to a seriesof recording sessions forOnce Upon a Fairy Tale, a book whoseproceeds will benefit the STARBRIGHT Foundation.

Once Upon a Fairy Tale is a collaborative effort of 21 ofHollywood’s most famous celebrities and 21 renowned children’s bookillustrators. Fairy tales in the book include “Rumplestiltskin,””Little Red Riding Hood,” “Goldilocks,” “The Three Bears” and “The FrogPrince.”

“Engineer Tim Leitner recorded the stars directly into Pro Tools,”said Joe Barone, one of the studio’s principals. “Each of thesecelebrities wrote original material for their portions of a veryspecial retelling of “Rumplestiltskin.” They arrived at the studiosepartely; in fact, Mike Myers came on a completely different day. Thestars were total thoroughbreds and completed their sessions veryprofessionally.”

Once Upon a Fairy Tale will be available in stores and onlineon October 15, 2001. For more on the STARBRIGHT Foundation,

John Lancken Named COO of Fairlight ESP

Fairlight ESP (Sydney, Australia), manufacturer and marketer ofdigital audio technologies for the pro audio production andpost-production markets, appointed John Lancken to the position ofCOO.

Based at Fairlight’s headquarters in Sydney, Australia, Lanckenassumes complete responsibility for the development and execution ofworldwide strategy, product development, marketing and operations.

Lancken is a 10-year veteran of Fairlight ESP, having previouslyserved as senior VP of worldwide sales, CEO of Fairlight U.S.A., anddirector of sales and marketing.

“Having just celebrated 25 years of innovation and growth, it istime to rededicate this company to the dreams and ambitions of ourcustomers,” Lancken commented. “That means developing digital audiotechnologies that sound better than anything else on the market, thatare most reliable, more intuitive and more feature-packed than anycompetitive system, that are most scalable and upgradeable, and thatcome with a lower cost of ownership than ever before.”

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