Acoustic Theory & Numerical Simulations Engineering Seminars

MSC Software Corp. announced that it is launching a series of Acoustic Engineering Seminars throughout the United States in 2015 to help engineers achieve the difficult balance between government restrictions, consumer preferences, and engineering trends.

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Meyer Sound Announces New Leopard and 900-LFC Line Array System
Leopard and the 900-LFC join Meyer Sound's flagship LEO family as its smallest and most versatile line array members. The patent-pending Leopard line array loudspeaker and the 900-LFC (low-frequency control) element offer unprecedented power-to-size ratio with ultra-low distortion. At the 2015 Prolight+Sound show, Meyer Sound also introduced MAPP XT, its most powerful and accurate System Design Tool.   Read More



New Digital Lavalier Microphones Announced by Sennheiser and Apogee
Sennheiser and Apogee have launched new digital clip-on microphones at the 2015 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show. The new ClipMic digital and MKE 2 digital microphones enable professional-quality sound recordings with iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Lightning connectors. Apogee also developed an iOS app for 24-bit/96-kHz recording and an Apple Watch remote control app.  




DTS:X Immersive Object-Based Audio Format Coming to Cinema and Home
DTS has unveiled further details about DTS:X, its own object-based, immersive audio technology. DTS confirmed that DTS:X was designed as a next-generation, object-based, multi-dimensional immersive audio technology, intended to be licensed for the cinema and home theater markets, allowing for numerous customization options.


Avid Introduces Venue S6L Live Mixing System and Partners with Audinate 

Even before the 2015 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show started, Avid announced a series of new initiatives and solutions, including the new Venue S6L Live Mixing System with an intuitive touch-based interface able to handle large shows, tours, and events. Being an AVB-based solution, the S6L offers Thunderbolt options for recording and a Dante option card.  Read More


Audinate Announces Firmware Update to Support AES67

Audinate has announced the scheduled release of a firmware update that provides its Dante audio-over-IP (AoIP) networking technology with support for the AES67 audio networking standard. The company confirms that an update to its Dante Brooklyn II platform enables connectivity with AES67 products.  Read More


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Editor's Desk

Live from Frankfurt 

When this newsletter reaches you, the 2015 Musikmesse and Prolight+Sound shows in Frankfurt, Germany, will be under way and

audioXpress is there covering one of the most exciting weeks of technology news and product announcements the professional audio industry has witnessed in many years.


We will publish the most important updates on our website and you will be able to follow the announcements via our social media pages, from Facebook to Twitter with regular picture updates through Instagram.


From Las Vegas, NV, where the 2015 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show is about to close its doors, we have undoubtedly seen an extraordinary string of technology announcements in the broadcast and digital media industries. At the 2015 NAB show, IP technology was clearly the dominant force in audio and video production and distribution. With 4K UHD video becoming the norm, we would expect an important increment in all the underlying infrastructure technologies and audio is also benefiting from the widespread AVB, Dante, and AES67 AoIP protocols on the production side.


While visiting a huge technology show such as NAB, it certainly is strange to follow the ongoing debate about high resolution audio (HRA) on the consumer market. Because on the professional content production side, the highest quality levels are already widely implemented, both in uncompressed workflows and in distribution where the most efficient compression schemes have to be applied. It also seems that television, film, and games production will quickly push the industry forward toward objected-oriented audio production.


That's why the recent ATSC 3.0 trial announcements and the competing proposals from Dolby (Atmos), DTS (DTS:X), and the MPEG-H consortium are indeed very relevant. From a production perspective, all major audio recording, mixing console, and DAW manufacturers have already demonstrated the tools needed to generate great immersive audio experiences. And as DTS already made it clear, the consumer audio electronic industry is going to follow suit.


But this week, we are "immersed" in interesting announcements from the live sound and performance industries, with the sound reinforcement segment showing an impressive vitality. At the Prolight+Sound show in Frankfurt, every single PA and console manufacturer has made impressive product launches and the pace of innovation in professional audio is clearly accelerating. I honestly don't recall being at a show with so many "revolutionary" product announcements in Live Sound as Prolight+Sound 2015.


And because Prolight+Sound is just a segment of the larger 2015 Musikmesse, the largest music industry show in the world, there's a good reason why those announcements cause such an impact, with an extensive program of events on all four days. Where else can you listen to live appearances from piano virtuoso Lang Lang and heavy-metal legend Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) in the same day? With more than 1,000 concerts, autograph sessions, workshops, presentations, and performances, Musikmesse offers something for everyone.

Voice Coil Spotlight

Loudspeaker Sensitivity: 

What's a Watt, Anyway?


By Charlie Hughes


The specification of a loudspeaker's sensitivity is probably one of the most common, yet perhaps one of the most misunderstood. In the past, and still today, it is common to see a loudspeaker system's magnitude response reduced to a single number as a sensitivity rating. This is perhaps at the heart of the confusion. You would think that this metric should give some indication as to how loud a particular loudspeaker will be when reproducing a signal. This article was originally published in Voice Coil, April 2010.   Read the Full Article


Q&A: An Interview with Forte Founders Scott Chen and 

Travis Blane



Forte Makes a Name for Itself
By Shannon Becker


Based on the breakthrough research that created Forte's Harmonic Interference Free (HIF) technology, the company's founders saw the potential to create the audio product of their dreams-headphones that deliver amazing sound quality without the hefty price tag. 

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