Robbie Robertson and Geoff Emerick to Be Honored Musician and composer Robbie Robertson will be awarded the Les Paul Award, and engineer and producer
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Sep 1, 2002 12:00 PM

Robbie Robertson and Geoff Emerick to Be Honored Musician and composer Robbie Robertson will be awarded the Les Paul Award, and engineer and producer Geoff Emerick will be inducted into the TEC Awards Hall of Fame at the 18th annual Technical Excellence and Creativity Awards on October 7 in Los Angeles. The TEC Awards Hall of Fame was created in 1988 to honor individuals whose careers have best exemplified the spirit of technical innovation and creative excellence in professional audio. The Les Paul Award recognizes musical artists whose body of work has epitomized the creative application of audio technology. Proceeds of the TEC Awards are donated to organizations working to promote hearing safety in the music environment and to scholarships for students of the audio arts and sciences.

Win a Mic at AKG's Web Site

AKG Acoustics U.S.'s Internet-based promotion will reward certain visitors to with Emotion II Series D 880 microphones and AKG wall posters. People who register on the site will have the chance to win one of two D 880 microphones or one of three posters that AKG is giving away every week through June 2003. Everyone who registers will receive a free AKG sticker.

MCSi Sees 20 Percent Growth in Second Quarter

MCSi reported $0.17 earnings per share (basic and diluted) from continuing operations on sales of $123.5 million for the second quarter, which ended June 30, 2002. Revenues from discontinued operations were $40.5 million; total sales, including discontinued operations, were $164 million.

Electronic House Expo Needs Presenters

Electronic House Events and Education is seeking qualified presenters for its conference, Electronic House Expo, which is scheduled for March 1, 2003, in Orlando, Florida. The conference will feature educational seminars and workshops. Presenters are needed in the following categories: dealer management and operations, distributed audio, high-end custom installation, home automation, home networking, home theater and video, and security.

Turbosound Taps Sennheiser to Distribute

Turbosound has selected Sennheiser as its exclusive distributor for the United States. The distribution agreement also covers selected Latin American countries, including Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. Turbosound's Paul Giansante has been appointed Turbosound product manager at Sennheiser. He will be responsible for all aspects of the Turbosound brand's sales and marketing in the United States.

Sonance Sponsors Training Program

Sonance is sponsoring Media Dynamics' training programs, so home-electronics system installers in training will get a chance to practice on Sonance architectural audio products. Sonance has donated an assortment of products, ranging from high-fidelity in-wall and in-ceiling loudspeakers to volume controls for Media Dynamics' training programs. The 11,000-square-foot facility in Toronto features a built-in house structure.

Dukane Increases Lamp Life

The Dukane overhead projector Sunsplash model line has been improved to provide models with a lamp life of 250 hours, compared with 150 hours on the previous version. The company says users will experience lower operating costs and less inconvenience owing to dealing with the lamp. The improvements were made possible by the addition of an electronic regulation element on the Sunsplash 3,000- and 4,000-lumen overhead projectors.

Crown Celebrates 55th Anniversary

Crown International began in 1947 and is now celebrating its 55th year of manufacturing amplifiers, mics, and systems control products. Crown was founded by Clarence C. Moore and was originally called International Radio and Electronics Corp. The company was acquired by Harman International in March 2000 and remains in its original town of Elkhart, Indiana.

Randall Technology Adds Joiner

Randall Technology Consulting of Angleton, Texas, recently hired David Joiner and changed the company name to Randall-Joiner Consulting. Joiner is a past president of the National Council of Acoustical Consultants and serves on the engineering steering committee for a U.S. university. Randall-Joiner Consulting is a multidisciplined consulting and design firm that works with architects, engineers, and facility planners to assist with the integration of telecommunications, networked audiovisual systems, and acoustics.

TerraSonde Offers Extended Warranties

Audio Toolbox maker TerraSonde has started an extended-warranty program for its Audio Toolbox Plus and Digital Audio Toolbox. The extended warranty adds three years to the standard warranty, and the deluxe extended warranty adds four years to the standard warranty. The extended warranty costs $185 for the Audio Toolbox Plus and $265 for the Digital Audio Toolbox. The deluxe extended warranty costs $400 and $625 for the Plus and Digital, respectively.

Neutrik Donates Products to Theater

Neutrik has donated its products to help upgrade the Chicago Street Theatre, a community theater group serving northwest Indiana. “As with all groups like ours, an extremely tight budget is the way of life,” says Paul Braun, the theater's director of sound. “When we first purchased the building, there was an old stage snake left behind that needed serious repair. We received some donated cable, so I started investigating which connectors to employ. I read a lot about touring pros who were using Neutrik and raving about how the connectors are indestructible and easy to put together. So I decided to call Neutrik.”

ACE Employees Ace Exam

ACE Audiovisual has been notified by the ICIA that it has qualified as an ICIA Certified Member Company. To qualify, ACE needed at least 50 percent of sales or technical staff, or 20 employees, to pass the CTS exam.

Massachusetts Senate Bill 2375 Defeated

Following efforts of many Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) member companies, Massachusetts Senate Bill 2375 has been defeated. Senate Bill 2375's licensing requirements would have put restrictions on residential custom-installation companies and exempted large companies and special-interest groups.

SMPC Calls for Papers

The biennial meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC) will be held June 16 through 19, 2003, at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The society invites proposal submissions for papers to be presented at the meeting. SMPC members hope to further the scientific and scholarly understanding of music from a broad range of disciplines, including music theory, psychology, psychophysics, linguistics, neurology, neurophysiology, ethology, ethnomusicology, artificial intelligence, computer technology, physics, and engineering. Authors can submit abstracts online at the SMPC Web site (

Stardraw Announces Affiliate Program

Design and documentation software company has announced the launch of its affiliate program. The program is free to join and open to everyone. People register to become an affiliate, and then Stardraw supplies a link that is unique to each affiliate to place on his or her Web site. Any customers who follow the link will be identified and logged, and any purchases they make will be attributed to the affiliate's account. Commissions will then be paid on a quarterly basis.

Shure Creates New Division

Shure has reorganized the company's customer service and support functions into a new corporate division called Global Support Services. That division is dedicated to enhancing and expanding Shure's service around the world. Effectively centralizing all United States departments that interface directly with global channel partners, dealers, and product end-users, the new division will be directed by Jim Furst.

XTA Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

XTA Electronics was created ten years ago with its initial products: the RT1 Analyzer, the DS400 distribution system, and the GQ600 graphic equalizer. XTA is a British manufacturer of signal-processing equipment for the live sound, permanent installation, broadcasting, and recording markets.

ICIA Certifies Da-Lite

Da-Lite Screen Company has achieved ICIA's professional certification designation: Certified Technology Specialist. Da-Lite is headquartered in Warsaw, Indiana, and manufactures projection screens and other audiovisual products.

Blonder Tongue Announces Stock-Repurchase Program

Blonder Tongue Laboratories' board of directors authorized a stock-repurchase program, and the company plans to acquire as much as $300,000 of its outstanding common stock. The company, which manufactures electronics and systems equipment for the franchised and private cable television industries, says the share purchases may be made in the open market or through block trades, in all cases, consistent with Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 10b-18.

Companies Offer Expansion Card Options

Manufacturers are launching expansion boards to use with the open-architecture expansion slot on Pioneer Electronics' PureVision plasma displays. The third-party manufacturers' mountable expansion boards will increase the capabilities of the plasma displays with new technologies. Aurora Multimedia, Altinex, VideoWalls USA, and Adtec are among the manufacturers developing the expansion boards that should be available this year.

Klipsch Sponsors Film Fest

Klipsch will be a sponsor of the Midwest's Heartland Film Festival. The company's sponsorship has led to the creation of two new Truly Moving Sound awards at the festival. The new awards will recognize excellence in sound — one for an independent film and one for a national theatrically released film. For more information, go to

Middle Atlantic Racks Earn UL Certification

Middle Atlantic Products' DWR and SR series of wallmount rack systems have been certified Underwriters Laboratories (UL) under Standard 1678 in the United States and Canada. “UL certification is an important feature, offering users the added assurance that the equipment they're working with meets a very rigid, highly respected set of standards,” says Mark Tracy, director of marketing for Middle Atlantic.

Ambient Audio Emerges from Sequerra Audio

Sequerra Audio Labs has been dissolved so that its two principals, Mark Conese and Dick Sequerra, can pursue other professional interests. Conese's new company, Ambient Audio Labs, will continue to market the 1070-A microphone preamp. Ambient Audio Labs is based in Stamford, Connecticut.

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