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Solotech Acquires Specs Audio MONTREAL — Solotech has acquired Specs Audio, a privately held AV systems in-tegrator that is active in both sales and rent-als. Based in Gatineau, Quebec, Specs Audio adds to Solotech’s expanding number of regional offices and expands its logistical resources in the greater Ottawa area. “Specs Audio is a dynamic company, and we are pleased to add their team of tal-ented individuals to help contribute to Solo-tech’s growth in the Canadian market,” said Solotech president Denis Lefrançois. “Specs Audio will continue to operate as a distinct entity in order to continue to serve its loyal customers and to meet its contractual obli-gations.” “We are very pleased to join Solotech in their continued development and to contribute to the incredible success story that Solotech has become,” said Specs Au-dio president Claude Régim-bald. “We will now have ac-cess to addi-tional resources to allow us to From left, Claude Régimbald improve our and Denis Lefrançois customer service and technological infra-structure.” Solotech will operate its Gatineau sales and integration office from the same loca-tion as Specs Audio, giving the company sales offices in both the Ottawa and Kings-ton areas. PEOPLE. PRODUCTION. GEAR. GIGS. FEBRUARY 2012 Vol. 10 No.05 110th NAMM Show Sets New Record with 95,709 Attendees Waves Audio Version 9 Gains 64-bit Support and Loses the iLok ANAHEIM, CA — Waves Audio, a top de-veloper of professional audio digital signal processing technologies and the recipient of a Technical Grammy Award, unveiled the new Version 9 (V9) of Waves plugins. V9 marks the introduction of Waves’ new easy-to-use authorization system, Waves License Center, which eliminates use of the iLok. Waves License Center offers users authorization activation straight to their computer or any USB flash drive; easy license management; license mobility via USB flash drive or users’ License Cloud; and one-click license recovery in the case of lost or damaged devices. One of Version 9’s most highly antici-pated features is 64-bit operating system support, allowing Waves users to unleash the power of massive amounts of RAM memory in the DAW hosts of their choice. In addition, V9 offers faster scanning, faster loading and faster processing times. Waves V9 will be available Q1 2012. House of Worship Installation Showcase ANAHEIM, CA — The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) drew a record-set-ting 95,709 registered attendees to its 110 th annual show, a six percent increase from last year. International registration rose 15 percent from last year, to 11,981. The association reported an increase in exhibitor numbers as well, with the 1,441 exhibitors at this year’s show including 236 newcomers. If the crowds came to see new gear, they didn’t leave disappointed, either. For Mark Frink’s Winter NAMM 2012 Show Report, turn to pages 14, 16 and 18. Audio Logic worked to solve the acoustic dilemma at St. Paul’s UMC in Cedar Rapids, IA using xA-Series loudspeakers from d&b audiotechnik. That’s just one of more than a dozen case studies where designers and in-stallers relied on new technology to overcome H.O.W. challenges. For more, turn to pages 22, 24, 26, 28 and 46. Tech Previews 30 TEC Awards Laud Production Teams, Gear Manufacturers ANAHEIM, CA — Production teams for Rob-ert Plant, Adele, Roger Waters as well as the movie Inception and TV’s Saturday Night Live were among those honored at the 27th Annual Technical Steve Vai won the Les Paul Excellence & Cre-award and shredded afterwards ativity Awards, with Clair gaining special recognition for its support of Roger Waters’ The Wall Live tour. The gala, held concurrently with the 2012 Winter NAMM show, also paid tribute to gear manufacturers including Avid, Eventide, Lab.gruppen, Meyer Sound Labs, Radial Engineering and Shure. Technical Achievement category winners included Avid’s Pro Tools 9 (Workstation Technol-ogy), VENUE 2.9 (Sound Reinforcement Console) and Pro Tools | HD Native (Computer Audio Hard-ware); Shure’s Beta 181 (Microphone /Sound Re-inforcement) and PGX Digital Wireless (Wireless Technology); Genelec’s 1238CF (Studio Monitor); Meyer Sound Lab’s MINA (Sound Reinforcement Loudspeaker) and Radial Engineering’s WR8 Workhorse (Signal Processing/Software). Winners in this year’s new Technical Achieve-ment categories were Eventide’s Space (Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects Technology) and Lab.gruppen’s PLM 20000Q (Amplification Hardware/Studio & Sound Reinforcement). In addition to 27 awards for Outstanding Technical and Creative Achievement, the Les Paul Award was presented to guitarist, composer and producer Steve Vai. JBL’s revolutionary new D2 Dual Driver powers the new VTX line array series. Also, on page 32, DiGiCo celebrates milestones with SD Series upgrades. Buyers Guide 37 run of multi-core between a digital con-sole and the mics on stage . Digital snakes can replace a long, heavy www.ProAudioSpace.com/join

Solotech Acquires Specs Audio

MONTREAL — Solotech has acquired Specs Audio, a privately held AV systems integrator that is active in both sales and rentals. Based in Gatineau, Quebec, Specs Audio adds to Solotech’s expanding number of regional offices and expands its logistical resources in the greater Ottawa area.

“Specs Audio is a dynamic company, and we are pleased to add their team of talented individuals to help contribute to Solotech’s growth in the Canadian market,” said Solotech president Denis Lefrançois. “Specs Audio will continue to operate as a distinct entity in order to continue to serve its loyal customers and to meet its contractual obligations.”

“We are very pleased to join Solotech in their continued development and to contribute to the incredible success story that Solotech has become,” said Specs Audio president Claude Régimbald. “We will now have access to additional resources to allow us to improve our customer service and technological infrastructure.”

Solotech will operate its Gatineau sales and integration office from the same location as Specs Audio, giving the company sales offices in both the Ottawa and Kingston areas.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Solotech+Acquires+Specs+Audio/967553/99548/article.html.

Waves Audio Version 9 Gains 64-bit Support and Loses the iLok

ANAHEIM, CA — Waves Audio, a top developer of professional audio digital signal processing technologies and the recipient of a Technical Grammy Award, unveiled the new Version 9 (V9) of Waves plugins.

V9 marks the introduction of Waves’ new easy-to-use authorization system, Waves License Center, which eliminates use of the iLok. Waves License Center offers users authorization activation straight to their computer or any USB flash drive; easy license management; license mobility via USB flash drive or users’ License Cloud; and one-click license recovery in the case of lost or damaged devices.

One of Version 9’s most highly anticipated features is 64-bit operating system support, allowing Waves users to unleash the power of massive amounts of RAM memory in the DAW hosts of their choice. In addition, V9 offers faster scanning, faster loading and faster processing times. Waves V9 will be available Q1 2012.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Waves+Audio+Version+9+Gains+64-bit+Support+and+Loses+the+iLok/967555/99548/article.html.

TEC Awards Laud Production Teams, Gear Manufacturers

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ANAHEIM, CA — Prod uction teams for Robert Plant, Adele, Roger Waters as well as the movie Inception and TV’s Saturday Night Live were among those honored at the 27th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, with Clair gaining special recognition for its support of Roger Waters’ The Wall Live tour. The gala, held concurrently with the 2012 Winter NAMM show, also paid tribute to gear manufacturers including Avid, Eventide, Lab.gruppen, Meyer Sound Labs, Radial Engineering and Shure.

Technical Achievement category winners included Avid’s Pro Tools 9 (Workstation Technology), VENUE 2.9 (Sound Reinforcement Console) and Pro Tools | HD Native (Computer Audio Hardware); Shure’s Beta 181 (Microphone /Sound Reinforcement) and PGX Digital Wireless (Wireless Technology); Genelec’s 1238CF (Studio Monitor); Meyer Sound Lab’s MINA (Sound Reinforcement Loudspeaker) and Radial Engineering’s WR8 Workhorse (Signal Processing/Software).

Winners in this year’s new Technical Achievement categories were Eventide’s Space (Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects Technology) and Lab.gruppen’s PLM 20000Q (Amplification Hardware/Studio & Sound Reinforcement).

In addition to 27 awards for Outstanding Technical and Creative Achievement, the Les Paul Award was presented to guitarist, composer and producer Steve Vai.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/TEC+Awards+Laud+Production+Teams%2C+Gear+Manufacturers/967556/99548/article.html.

110th NAMM Show Sets New Record with 95,709 Attendees

ANAHEIM, CA — The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) drew a record-setting 95,709 registered attendees to its 110th annual show, a six percent increase from last year. International registration rose 15 percent from last year, to 11,981. The association reported an increase in exhibitor numbers as well, with the 1,441 exhibitors at this year’s show including 236 newcomers. If the crowds came to see new gear, they didn’t leave disappointed, either. For Mark Frink’s Winter NAMM 2012 Show Report, turn to pages 14, 16 and 18.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/110th+NAMM+Show+Sets+New+Record+with+95%2C709+Attendees/967558/99548/article.html.

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