Audio Precision Adds STI Measurement Capability to APx500 Software
Audio Precision announced the introduction of its Speech Transmission Index (STI) plug-in for APx500 audio test software. Created for engineers developing public safety (police, fire, and emergency) communications and public address systems, as well as flight recorder devices, the APx STI plug-in provides measurement capabilities that conform to international standard IEC 60268-16 (2011).   Read More

DPA Microphones Unveils New d:screet Slim at AES 2015
DPA Microphones announced the launching of its new d:screet Slim Microphone at the 139th International Audio Engineering Society (AES) convention in New York. Developed in response to a growing need, especially from the film industry, for a nearly invisible body-worn microphone, d:screet Slim features the company's omnidirectional capsule element with a flat head, a slender cable, and a new button-hole mount accessory.  Read More

Media Networking Alliance Presents Live AES67 Demonstration at 139th AES 
The Media Networking Alliance (MNA) is exhibiting at the upcoming 139th International Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention in New York. A major attraction at the Alliance's booth will be a live demonstration of audio networking interoperability, featuring 22 currently available networked-audio devices from different manufacturers employing various audio network platforms.  Read More
New KH 805 Active Studio Subwoofer from Neumann
With the KH 805, Neumann.Berlin is adding a new active subwoofer to its string of acclaimed studio monitoring products. Based on the excellent acoustical performance of the KH 810 subwoofer, the KH 805 is the optimal choice for stereo setups in combination with the KH 120 or the KH 310 monitors. It is also a more affordable solution for recording, broadcasting, and post-production studiosRead More

IK Multimedia Releases iRig Pro DUO Dual-Channel Professional Mobile Audio Interface
The creative Italian minds at IK Multimedia did it again. Its new iRig Pro DUO offers musicians, producers, and engineers true mobility with the first self-powered dual-channel professional mobile audio interface for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android, and Mac/PC. This is a true studio-quality dual-channel audio interface at an affordable price.

Steinway Lyngdorf Introduces Model P200 Surround Sound Processor with Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro-3D
Steinway Lyngdorf announced the Model P200 surround sound processor. The Model P200 is equipped with RoomPerfect adaptive acoustics and fully digital signal processing with support for Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro-3D. It also has advanced High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) switching, supports 4K and 3D video and HDCP 2.2 and even offers optional DCI-compliant cinema server inputs.  Read More

New Auratone Sound Cube Monitors Showcased at 139th AES Convention in New York
At the upcoming 139th International Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention in New York City, TransAudio Group will be showcasing the Auratone Sound Cubes at Booth #935. It will also be giving away a pair of speakers every day of the show to the lucky sweepstakes winner. "It's obvious why so many engineers swear by Auratones. They make good mixes obviously good and bad mixes obviously bad," they explain.  Read More

Prism Sound introduces MDIO-HDX Pro Tools Modules for Titan and Atlas
Prism Sound is introducing the MDIO-HDX Pro Tools modules for its Titan and Atlas professional audio interfaces and will showcase them at the 139th International Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention in New York. The MDIO-HDX Pro Tools module enables multiple Titan or Atlas units to be directly connected to an AVID Pro Tools HDX or HD native system via AVID's "Digilink" connection.


Editor's Desk

I don't want to be overly optimistic but...

We're rushing to get to New York for one of the most exciting Audio Engineering Society (AES) conventions in history. audioXpress and Voice Coil will have a booth, so please join us at booth #151 and sign up for one of the best subscription deals we have ever promoted, which will include some exclusive gifts!
And while we were getting this week's newsletter together we couldn't help but feel a little overwhelmed by the new product announcements that are scheduled for the 139th International AES Convention, clearly showing the strong momentum of the professional audio segment, and in particular, the studio and recording applications. Unfortunately, some of the most thrilling announcements are still under embargo when we send the newsletter but just looking at this week's news it's easy to understand how busy the show is going to be.
And, there will hardly be time to visit all the companies and get the details for our ongoing online coverage, since the session schedule is also one of the most engaging and up-to-date ever, with some truly historical presentations taking place from Thursday to Sunday. Just in Product Development alone there's enough to keep us busy the entire time, with sessions focused on Loudspeaker Design, Transducers, Modeling and Measurement, Digital Processing of Microphone Signals, How to Get AES67 into Your Systems/Products, Production Testing, and even the legal aspects of Patents and Intellectual Property.
Brace Yourself for the Holiday Season
Meanwhile, positive news just in from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), its latest research on consumer behavior confirms that 65% of all Americans, roughly 160 million people, are planning to buy technology as gifts this holiday season, a steady increase over last year. According to the 22nd Annual Consumer Electronics (CE) Holiday Purchase Patterns Study, overall spending this holiday season is expected to increase 3.4% to reach $788.5 billion. Further, spending on tech during the holiday season is expected to reach nearly $34.2 billion, a growth of 2.3%. "The biggest holiday shopping season on record," according to CEA executives.
More importantly, CEA expects headphones and earbuds to be the most popular tech given during the 2015 holiday season (28% and 27% percent of consumers, respectively). Tablets (26%) will also be popular this year, followed by portable Bluetooth speakers (25%), smartphones (24%) and notebook/laptop computers (25%).
More than half of shoppers (58%) plan to purchase a tech accessory this season, and 33% will opt to purchase a new, emerging technology product, from smart home devices (15%), to wearable fitness activity trackers (12%), and smart watches (12%). The shopping will also happen later in the season - at or after Black Friday - and, increasingly, buying will be online and mobile - (more than 66% expected).

Added to these positive forecasts are the continuous investments in mobile devices and wireless technology, the growing popularity of streaming services worldwide, and the evolution of highly efficient audio and video coding technologies, which gives us a pretty good picture of the strong perspectives for the audio industry as a whole in the next few years.
This is also creating additional jobs in this industry. And that's precisely why the role of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and other industry associations is so important. It is also the reason why we expect to be overwhelmed with traffic at our booth (#151) at the Jacob Javits Center.

Fresh from the Bench
Audiomatica's CLIO Pocket Electro-Acoustical Portable Measurement System
By Joe D'Appolito
Joe D'Appolito was asked by Audiomatica to beta test its latest creation, the CLIO Pocket, comprised of the CP-01 Audio Interface (hardware) and software designed to run on Windows and Apple Mac OSX. This in-depth review shares how it works and what's possible with this solution that consists of two systems-a signal generator and an audio analyzer. Joe explores the benefits of this lower cost electro-acoustic measurement system that literally fits in your pocket. This article was originally published in audioXpress October 2015.  Read the Complete Review Available Online

Voice Coil Spotlight
Constant-Current Source Impedance Measurements 
By Charlie Hughes
To determine a device's input impedance both the voltage across the device and the current flowing into the device must be known. The impedance is simply the voltage across the device, E, divided by the current flowing into it, I. In this article, Charlie addresses the possible scenarios when measuring loudspeaker input impedance at relatively low drive levels, or at drive levels closer to those used in actual operation. He also includes problematic examples with vented loudspeaker enclosures and constant voltage distributed system transformers. This article was originally published in Voice Coil, February 2011.  Read The Full Article Online

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