Live From AES Quick Notes From The Floor

New York (October 9, 2009)--There's lots going on and plenty to see at this year's AES Convention; here's just a few tidbits of events, product introductions and more from the show floor.
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New York (October 9, 2009)--There's lots going on and plenty to see at this year's AES Convention; here's just a few tidbits of events, product introductions and more from the show floor.

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Genelec's New 8260A three-way DSP System
Genelec (Booth 254) is introducing its 8260A three-way DSP System which reportedly features advances in coaxial audio driver technology integrated into its enclosure design, while Genelec's proprietary Minimum Diffraction Coaxial Mid/High driver technology aids in the company's effort to improve audio quality in professional active studio monitors.

ACO Pacific, NPC Team For Noise Issues Seminar
ACO Pacific and Noise Pollution Clearinghouse will present two one-hour seminars discussing community and industrial noise issues and how to address them. Les Blomberg of Noise Pollution Clearing house will cover Community and Industrial Noise issues. Noland Lewis of ACO Pacific will discuss the SLARMSolution--an innovative approach to resolving these problems. The NetSLARM will be introduced. This seminar is scheduled in for Friday, October 9, 2-3 p.m., and Saturday, October 10, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Room 1E17 (check the AES schedule for any changes).

Grace Design Debuts m103 Channel Strip
Grace Design (Booth 448) is introducing its m103 channel strip. Designed for audio professionals in the music recording, film scoring, broadcast and fixed installation markets, the m103 brings the sonic performance characteristics of the company’s studio preamp and monitoring products to a channel strip unit.

AlterMedia Intros Studio Suite 9
AlterMedia, Inc. (Booth 449) is setting a shipment date for its Studio Suite 9 studio management software, which offers new modules and features. Altermedia, Inc. will begin shipping the product on October 19. Studio Suite tracks and manages contacts, scheduling, projects, invoicing, library and labels, media assets, equipment and media inventories, communications, maintenance and more. It is a software package that integrates with Pro Tools, Final Cut, QuickBooks, Address Book, iCal, iPhone, etc., and is user-customizable, affordable and networkable across Mac and PC platforms.

Gefen Debuts DisplayPort Solutions
Anyone who wants a plug-and-play method of integrating computer peripherals and extending their high-resolution displays might want to visit Gefen's booth (Booth 632) to explore the company's new DisplayPort solutions. The new products offer ways of integrating different formats, extending high-res displays and accessing multiple computers from the same workstation, allowing users to consolidate equipment costs and increase efficiency. Available in lengths of 75, 100, 150, 210 and 330 feet, the DisplayPort Extreme Extenders come with DisplayPort connectivity on both ends.

BMR Brings On Van Damme Assemblies
Bond Music Research LLC (Booth 321, with Solid State Logic) is introducing Van Damme audio cable assemblies to the North American market. A full range of microphone, instrument, single and multichannel audio interconnect cables are now available through selected Professional Audio Dealers in the U.S. and Canada.

SED Unveils Laser-Accurate Mic Technology
Laser-Accurate microphone transducer technology from Schwartz Engineering & Design (SED; Booth 845), which is being introduced at this year’s AES, revolutionizes the concept of the microphone, according to the company. Instead of the conventional diaphragm whose resonance creates electrical impulses against a coil or a back plate, the Laser-Accurate uses a laminar stream of air in a chamber in which microscopic particles are suspended.

E-Gadd: Earthworks Inks Gadd As Endorser
Earthworks (Booth 422) has signed legendary drummer Steve Gadd as its most recently endorsed touring artist. Among the most accomplished drummers of his generation, Gadd recently completed a European tour drumming for James Taylor. At the start of the tour, front-of-house engineer David Morgan told Gadd about Earthworks' drum mics. Morgan was already a fan of Earthworks PianoMic, calling it "the most beautiful piano system I've ever used."