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Brooklyn, NY (March 13, 2018): Pro Sound Effects®, the next level sound effects library company, has released European Capitals – a massive exclusive sound library featuring nearly 20 hours of surround urban ambience recordings from six major cities in Europe.

Recorded by award-winning sound designer Ken Skoglund (The Duel, Fire With Fire), with the assistance of recordists Anna Bertmark and Eric Eklund, the European Capitals library takes listeners on an authentic sonic journey through Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, London, Stockholm and Berlin. This characteristic collection of immersive atmospheres pristinely captures the essence of ordinary and iconic locations – from the Louvre museum in Paris to a small pub in Amsterdam and beyond.

“European Capitals is the most comprehensive and versatile surround city library I have ever come across,” says sound effects editor Christer Melén (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri). “The library is beautifully recorded with loads and loads of useful material.”

Delivered in both 5.1 surround and stereo, each sound file in European Capitals is embedded with descriptive metadata including a photo from the exact recording location for your reference. Paint the perfect background for a scene with setting-specific sonic indicators including walla in various languages, train announcements, traffic, birdsong and more.

European Capitals Key Features:

● 412 sounds from 6 cities (145GB)

○ Berlin: 83 sounds

○ Rome: 74 sounds

○ London: 69 sounds

○ Amsterdam: 64 sounds

○ Stockholm: 62 sounds

○ Paris: 60 sounds

● Nearly 20 hours of immersive surround recordings

○ Average file length: 2 minutes 54 seconds

● Delivered in both 5.1 Surround (124GB) and Stereo (21GB) formats

● 24-bit/48kHz broadcast .wav files

● Descriptive embedded metadata

○ Includes a photo of each location

● 100% Royalty-Free

● Download or hard drive delivery

● Free Sampler available for download (2 sounds, 626MB)

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The European Capitals sound effects library is available now at $449 for a one-user lifetime license. Recording collections from individual cities are also available at $99 each for a one-user lifetime license. A free sampler including two WAV files selected from the library is available for immediate download at .

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NEWBURY PARK, Calif., March 12, 2018 – Platinum Tools®(, the leader in solutions for the preparation, installation, hand termination and testing of wire and cable, is proud to announce new Keystone Cat6A Jacks (p/ns 751-1 shielded / 752-1 non-shielded) are now available.

Platinum Tools will feature the new Keystone Cat6A Jacks during the 2018 NAB Show, held in Las Vegas, Nev. from April 9-12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, booth # C11447.

“Our new Keystone Cat6A Jack has a tool-less design that is easy and fast to terminate and made to fit industry standard wall plates and unloaded patch panels,” explained Lee Sachs, Platinum Tools, Inc. president and general manager. “It even meets Cat6A channel shielded and non-shielded performance up to 100m. It’s a must for installers and technicians across multiple markets.”

The new Keystone Cat6A Jack’s tool-less design reduces tool cost, since no punchdown tool is required. The color coded wire guide ensures pairs stay in the proper order for fast, easy terminations. This keystone jack is also designed to be resuable, and comes in multiple colors, so it can be used to replace old, worn out jacks or be integrated into newer projects with little difficulty.

Additional features and specifications include:

· Color coded T568A/B sequence makes wire configuration easy

· Unshielded available in either blue or white

· UL Listed

· Exceeds TIA/EIA-568-C.2

· IEC 60512-99-001 PoE Compliant

· RoHS Compliant

· Contacts 50μ gold

· AWG range 22 ~ 24

· Mating 750 cycles

· Temperature range: -10 degree C ~ +60 degree C

· MSRP: $11.95 (751-1 shielded; bag)

· MSRP: $9.95 (752BL-1 & 752WH-1 non-shielded; bag)

For additional information and pricing, please visit, call (800) 749-5783, or email

Platinum Tools, founded in 1997, was created based upon two very simple objectives. First, develop the absolute best possible solutions for the preparation, installation, and hand termination of wire and cable. Second, implement an operational infrastructure that can deliver these products in an efficient, timely, and high quality manner.

All of our products must absolutely satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…utility of function; quality of function; and economic value. Our people are our company. They, too, must be focused on and work to satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…customer satisfaction; product knowledge and expertise; and willingness to learn and adapt.

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Knoxville, TN — Waves Audio , a leading provider of digital signal processing solutions and digital music production tools, has joined forces with Hear Technologies, to develop the WSG Bridge, bringing Waves SoundGrid ® processing to Dante™.

Waves SoundGrid is an innovative networking and processing platform for real-time professional audio applications. A great fit for any environment – from simple project studios to live venues to complex networked recording and broadcast facilities – SoundGrid is an Audio-over-Ethernet technology developed by Waves. It allows users to stream high counts of digital audio channels (up to 128), and to process that audio through plugins at ultra-low latency (as low as 0.8 ms), all taking place over a 1Gb network. Together with a SoundGrid Waves Server , a Mac or Windows host computer and a SoundGrid I/O, SoundGrid lets you run, in real time, a multitude of award-winning reverbs, equalizers, compressors, and other mixing tools by Waves, as well as any other SoundGrid-compatible third-party plugins.

To fill an ever-growing need to give Dante users access to Waves’ powerful processing capabilities and use of Waves’ award-winning plugins, the WSG Bridge is an excellent and cost-effective solution. The WSG Bridge simultaneously transmits up to 64 channels of audio from Waves SoundGrid to Dante and 64 channels from Dante to Waves SoundGrid.

Nason Tackett, Senior Design Engineer, Hear Technologies, comments, “By providing 64 channels of bidirectional audio between the two protocols with sampling rates from 44.1kHz up to 96kHz, we’re providing yet another innovative tool to our innovative customers.”

Mick Olesh, Waves EVP of Sales & Marketing, comments, “In line with our ongoing commitment towards enabling users with the utmost in creative freedom, Waves is happy to join forces with Hear Technologies in creating the WSG Bridge, enabling Dante users to benefit from using Waves plugins in real time.”

WSG Bridge is distributed by Waves Audio: .

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Athens, Greece – March 2018… In cooperation with its Greek distribution partner Telmaco, Stage Tec has completed a fascinating project at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) in Greece. The Centre is a multi-purpose complex in Athens built for art, education and entertainment. It is home to the Greek National Opera House (GNO) and the National Library of Greece (NLG), surrounded by the 210.000m2 Stavros Niarchos Park. Stage Tec supplied the audio equipment for both GNO and LNG. Three recording studios were installed in the National Library, one of which is equipped with radio broadcasting equipment – utilizing an IP-based ON AIR flex console from Stage Tec. The ON AIR flex features 40 input channels, 32 output buses and four monitoring paths, and is used to mix radio programs and presenters, for example. When music sessions are taking place in the recording studios, the ON AIR flex mixes the musicians’ audio and feeds the live recording directly into the radio program.

The ON AIR flex is connected to a sprawling NEXUS network consisting of 15 Base Devices and three routers. A NEXUS STAR router acts as the hub, linking all the Base Devices. The routing network provides more than 400 TrueMatch microphone inputs with the XMIC board.

The National Opera House has the lion’s share of the NEXUS audio network. Here, three CRESCENDO consoles are connected to two NEXUS STAR routers. The main stage sound production features a 40-fader CRESCENDO, offering excellent listening pleasure to the audience in 1400 seats. The second 40-fader CRESCENDO was installed in the sound production unit of the Performance Hall, a smaller stage for experimental productions, where it likewise guarantees the finest quality audio. The third CRESCENDO has 48 faders and is used for mixing, for example with an orchestra, in the opera’s large recording studio.

The SNFCC was developed through an exclusive grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The SNFCC was delivered by the Foundation as a gift to the Greek State last year.

About Stage Tec

An independent company based in Berlin, Germany, Stage Tec Entwicklungsgesellschaft für professionelle Audiotechnik GmbH has specialized in developing and manufacturing digital audio equipment. Its flagship products include the digital routers NEXUS and NEXUS STAR as well as the professional mixing consoles AURUS platinum, CRESCENDO platinum, AURATUS and ON AIR flex.

Assisted by a business partner, Stage Tec was established in 1993 by 13 engineers (nearly all of whom still work there). The company is headed by Dr. Helmut Jahne, who was one of the founding members of the Stage Tec team and who continues to drive the technological supremacy of the product lines.

A leading pioneer in the transition from analogue to digital audio technology, Stage Tec has an international reputation and raised the bar in digital audio technology with a continuous stream of developments and innovations. Today, Stage Tec offers a comprehensive range of products ranging from the smallest to the largest of mixing consoles. .


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— This May’s 144 International Audio Engineering Society Convention to cover the full spectrum of professional audio topics including 3D Audio, Sound Reinforcement, Sound for Cinema, Sound for VR, Multichannel Audio, Recording and Production and Room Acoustics —

New York, NY — The Audio Engineering Society has announced the distinguished membership of the organizing committee for the 144th International AES Convention and Exposition, taking place in Milan, Italy, May 23–26 at the NH Hotel Milano Congress Centre. Embracing this year’s theme – “The Power of Sound” – the convention will be co-chaired by Alberto Pinto (Professor – CESMA, NUCT University, Stanford University) and (Chief Audio Engineer – Phonogrammarchiv, Austrian Academy of Sciences and AES President-Elect), who have assembled a team of leading audio professionals to organize the events and presentations for Europe’s largest professional audio education, networking and gear exhibition of the year.

“Throughout their 70-year history,” says Wallaskovits, “AES conventions have gathered the foremost minds in audio to educate and connect with attendees. AES Milan 2018 will carry on that tradition in Northern Italy – not only a wonderful locale, but also home to numerous prominent professional audio manufacturers.”

The all-volunteer committee is representative of the caliber of participants in the convention. The committee members are Workshop Co-chairs Natanya Ford (Senior Lecturer – The University of the West of England; AES Fellow) and Magdalena Piotrowska (Manager and Sound Engineer – Hear Candy Mastering; Post-doc – Gdansk University of Technnology), Papers Co-chairs Ville Pulkki (Tenure-track Assistant Professor – Aalto University; AES Fellow) and Sascha Spors (Professor – University of Rostock), Facilities Co-Chairs Marcello Mannini (Sound Engineer, Skeldon Società Cooperativa) and Layan Thornton (Lecturer – Abbey Road Institute, Paris; Senior Member – AES European Convention TPVR Team) and, as Advisor, Umberto Zanghieri (R&D Manager – Z Division, RCF). “This outstanding committee is developing four full days of content that will educate and enlighten convention attendees,” states Pinto. “For audio professionals looking to advance their knowledge and skills, for students and all others interested in the audio sciences and arts, AES Milan is an essential event.”

“AES Milan is offering Workshops and Tutorials from across the broad range of audio engineering specialties,” elaborates Piotrowska. Sessions will include 3D Audio, Sound Reinforcement, Sound for Cinema, Sound for VR, Multichannel Audio, Recording and Production and Room Acoustics. “Convention attendees can share and expand their audio knowledge from the fundamentals through to the latest technologies,” she furthers. “New media – AR and VR, game sound, immersive audio, mobile platforms – will be the focus of numerous sessions and panels, including the experience of 3D audio through a high-order ambisonics system with dance and electronica musical playback, among other genres – as well as the presentation of spatial audio production techniques used such as B-format processing and spatial microphone capture. The AES Milan technical program will cover the application of technology – such as live sound system optimization and mixing – as well as present panels and presentations focusing on the latest in topics such as audio processing and portable streaming audio.”

A mainstay of AES Conventions are Paper and Poster sessions, presenting the results of scholarly and commercial research covering all aspects of audio technology and including human perception of sound. Pulkki and Spors are heading the team of peer reviewers busy vetting the bountiful submissions for AES Milan 2018.

Students are also a major part of all AES Conventions. AES Milan is no exception, with student-oriented educational sessions and events that include student recording and design competitions, mentoring and a career and school fair.

The four-day technical program at AES Milan will run May 23 through 26, with the exposition taking place May 24 through 26. The technical program sessions include over 160 research paper presentations, covering the latest in audio research, technologies and techniques aimed at educating audio professionals and students, alike, while exemplifying the Convention theme: “The Power of Sound.”

The companion exposition will showcase leading manufacturers with the latest gear on-hand for demonstration and evaluation, along with educational presentations and panels taking place on the show floor. The expo will also feature dedicated demo rooms and other unique listening experiences, complementing the full schedule of special events and social opportunities going on throughout the show.

Make plans to join the AES in Milan and follow us online at for the latest details about the technical program, exhibitors, registration, housing and more. For information on AES Milan Convention discounts, AES E-Library research archive access, special student and education events, visit .

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Brooklyn, NY – Pro Sound Effects®, the next level sound effects library company, has launched the VR Field Recording Giveaway! Featuring a prize bundle totaling over $3,500 in state-of-the-art audio tools, the giveaway provides a full workflow for recording immersive spatial audio perfect for use in VR projects.

The prize bundle for the VR Field Recording Giveaway includes:

  • Sennheiser AMBEO VR Mic ($1,650)
  • Zoom F8 MultiTrack Field Recorder ($999)
  • BaseHead 4.x Ultra – SFX Database Software ($549)
  • Urban Ambisonics Bundle SFX Library ($360)

The Sennheiser AMBEO VR mic is an innovative, rugged and portable Ambisonic microphone allowing you to capture immersive spatial audio from a single point. Create fully spherical Ambisonics recordings as simply as any stereo recording to use in virtual reality and 360 video applications. And with Zoom’s recent Firmware 4.0 update to support Ambisonics formats, the Zoom F8 multi-track field recorder is the ideal companion for the AMBEO mic.

Complete your spatial audio creation workflow with BaseHead 4.x Ultra SFX Database Software to quickly and intuitively catalog, organize, and search recordings by keyword to drop directly into projects. Pro Sound Effects is also including their Urban Ambisonics Bundle to inspire and build the foundation for your own professional Ambisonics sound library.

“In the growing landscape of 3D audio, we want our users to have access to the best resources available,” says Douglas Price, President of Pro Sound Effects. “That’s why we’re excited to give away these cutting edge products to boost your VR audio workflow – from inspiration to capture and retrieval.”

The giveaway is open now through Thursday, March 8th. Entrants can increase their chances of winning by gaining three extra entries for each referral. Winners will be selected and announced on Monday, March 12th.

Where to enter:

Who should enter?

Sound professionals throughout film, television, game audio, and broadcast will find great use in the flexibility of the Ambisonics format. Sound artists, sound designers, sound editors, and audio engineers with an interest in VR, 3D audio, 360 video and beyond are especially encouraged to enter. Entry is simple with the response of an audio-related qualifying question.

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