Shure Incorporated Mourns the Passing of Their Chairman, Mrs. Rose L. Shure
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:54:45 -0500
Shure Incorporated announced on January 25 with great sadness the passing of their beloved Chairman, Rose L. Shure. Mrs. Shure passed away peacefully at her home.
For more than 60 years, Mrs. Shure has served as an inspiration to all Shure Associates, past and present. She was a role model for Shure’s Core Values and basic principles, created by her husband and Company founder, Sidney N. Shure, that have guided the Company.
The welfare of Shure and its Associates was her highest priority. Business integrity, respect, and fair treatment for all were her motivators. She provided a work environment that inspired creativity, fostered pride in making products of the highest quality, and encouraged all Shure Associates to reach their personal potential.
Sandy LaMantia, Shure’s Chief Executive Officer stated, “We have had the privilege of working with a truly extraordinary woman. Our Company and many charitable and cultural organizations have benefited from her thoughtfulness and generosity. I am confident that the legacy left to us by Mr. and Mrs. Shure will continue to endure in our hearts and in our minds. That is exactly the way Mr. and Mrs. Shure would want it to be.”
Sennheiser, Neumann Recognized by NAMM for Outstanding Technical Achievement
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 17:15:50 -0500
Premium audio brands Sennheiser and Neumann were recognized by the NAMM Foundation with Outstanding Technical Achievement awards in the categories of ‘Microphones – Recording’ and ‘Wireless Technology’ during a ceremony at the Anaheim Hilton on the evening of January 23. Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Neumann.Berlin and Director Audio Recording at Sennheiser, accepted the award for U 47 fet in the ‘Microphones – Recording’ category, and Jürgen Kockmann, Sennheiser Project Manager for evolution wireless D1, accepted the award for the ew D1 in the ‘Wireless Technology’ category.
Additionally, the Neumann KM 84 small-diaphragm microphone was inducted into the NAMM TECnology Hall of Fame. The TECnology Hall of Fame was established in 2004 to honor and recognize audio products and innovations that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of audio technology. Inductees to the TECnology Hall of Fame are chosen by a panel of more than 50 recognized audio experts, including authors, educators, engineers, facility owners, and other professionals. Products or innovations must be at least 10 years old to be considered for induction.
“We are grateful to the NAMM Foundation for this recognition, and to our industry peers who selected the Neumann U 47 fet in a highly competitive category,” says Wolfgang Fraissinet. “The successful relaunch of this iconic microphone required not only a unified vision among our entire team, but relentless attention to detail and execution since it was built according to the original schematics and specifications.
“We also thank the NAMM Foundation for inducting the venerable KM 84 into the TECnology Hall of Fame,” he continues. “This microphone joins five other Neumann and Sennheiser products that have received such a distinction, and is indeed a great honor.”
The evolution wireless D1, which received an Outstanding Technical Achievement award, was launched last year at NAMM 2015, combining both ease of use and digital audio quality for a wide range of users.
“The Sennheiser evolution wireless D1 puts best-in-class wireless audio quality in the hands of a vast user base, while offering unprecedented flexibility and ease of use,” says Jürgen Kockmann. “Speaking on behalf of the entire organization, we would like to thank the TEC Foundation for recognizing this innovation, which was a genuine team effort across the entire company.”
Since the TEC Foundation was established in 1990, Sennheiser and Neumann have been presented with a cumulative total of 23 Outstanding Technical Achievement awards as well as having six products represented in the TECnology Hall of Fame, including the KM 84 microphone, inducted this year.
The Bottom Line on HDR
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 17:23:23 -0500
Like many other innovations, high-dynamic-range (HDR) imaging can bring benefits but will require work to implement. And then there’s the bottom line. HDR’s biggest benefit is that it offers the greatest perceptual image improvement per bit. Different researchers have independently verified the improvement, and it theoretically requires no increase in bitrate whatsoever. In practice, to allow both standard-dynamic-range (SDR) TVs and HDR TVs to be accommodated with the same signal (and because not everyone keeps the appropriate amount of noise), the bitrate might increase a small amount — perhaps 20%. That’s the good news.
Getting everyone to agree on how HDR images should be converted to video signals, how those signals should be encoded for transmission, and how SDR and HDR TV sets should deal with the a single transmission are among the issues being worked out. They’ll be discussed at next month’s HPA Tech Retreat in Palm Springs.
Click here to read a quick primer on the bottom line concerning the move to HDR.
Avid Codecs Enhance RED’s DSMC2 Line of Professional Cameras
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 15:22:15 -0500
Avid DNxHR and Avid DNxHD recording formats will soon be coming to RED’s DSMC2 line of professional cameras, which includes WEAPON, SCARLET-W, and RED RAVEN. This addition brings yet another workflow option to professionals shooting on this latest generation of RED cameras. RED Digital CinemaAvid DNxHR and Avid DNxHD are able to reduce storage and bandwidth requirements, and Avid DNxHD has been accepted by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers as the foundation format for the VC-3 standard. Additionally, these formats offer smooth direct-to-edit experiences for professionals looking to keep the highest image quality possible, while leveraging the investments they’ve made in Avid in-house production systems.
“We give shooters yet another extremely popular format option by getting Avid natively part of our camera workflow,” says Jarred Land, President of RED Digital Cinema. “With the ability to shoot REDCODE RAW simultaneously alongside Avid DNxHR and Avid DNxHD, they are getting the best of two worlds from both the acquisition and post perspectives. This collaboration between RED and Avid is going to be music to the ears for a lot of the industry, and I could not be happier.”
“For years, people have been shooting on RED and then editing within Avid software solutions,” says Louis Hernandez, Jr, CEO of Avid Technology. “Now, with Avid codecs being an in-camera tool within RED’s cameras, it ensures that the mutual customers of both RED and Avid have a much more seamless integration for their projects. And that is something we are all very excited about here at Avid.”
The Avid DNxHR and Avid DNxHD formats will be added to the recording capability that RED’s DSMC2 cameras currently offer via REDCODE RAW and Apple ProRes formats. Avid DNxHR and Avid DNxHD will be made available via a free firmware upgrade in mid-2016.
Consumers Optimistic About Overall Economy in January
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 17:12:46 -0500
Consumer confidence toward the overall economy increased in January, while sentiment toward tech spending decreased slightly this month, according to the latest data released today by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).
The CTA Index of Consumer Expectations (ICE), which measures consumer sentiment about the U.S. economy as a whole, increased 6.5 points in January to reach 175.2.
“Despite a slowdown in momentum at the close of 2015, consumer confidence toward the overall economy jumped in January,” said Shawn DuBravac, Ph.D., chief economist, Consumer Technology Association. “Lower gasoline prices and greater confidence in employement are likely the cause of the rebound from December.”
The CTA Index of Consumer Technology Expectations (ICTE), which measures consumer expectations about technology spending, decreased 0.3 points to 87.9 in January.
“Consistent with what we have seen before in the month of January coming off the holiday season, consumer sentiment toward tech spending is down very slightly,” said DuBravac.