Contact: Carlton Guc
Phone: 888-267-0859 x87
Date: May 20, 2008


Northfield, Ohio (May 20th, 2008) - Theater sound and lighting industry-acclaimed Stage Research's SFX 6 software has earned Live Design's prestigious Sound Products of the Year award in the software category.

The award was given out at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where the Broadway Sound Master Classes take place. This latest and greatest version of the SR SFX software series hosts a number of new features that won the distinguished judging panel over.

Such features include the ASIO sound playback engine that supports 16-bit or better WAV, MP3 or WMA audio files, cues that output to a true matrix (any number of inputs to any number of outputs) and audio cues that contain mono, stereo and more channels. The ability to drag-and-drop multiple sound files to create a multi-channel, synchronized audio cue from existing mono and stereo sound files also grabbed judges attention.

"I think the improvements are astounding," remarks one judge. "I think the scripting language gives incredible power. If you have actor-specific recordings that need to change according to who is playing that role, you can write four lines of simple code that will ask you who is playing the role, and that will decide which tracks are played in the show. I think the speed at which you can design using it is impressive. Overall, I think it is just well done."

David Johnson, associate publisher and editorial director of Live Design, who'd read the names of the nominees, presented Stage Research with the award.

About SFX

SFX is found at all levels of theater from academics to the pros. Professional theaters use the software to create reliable and enriched soundscapes and it has been employed in many award-winning shows, including several Tony Award winners. The academic stage (elementary education through college) and amateur theater appreciate SFX for the high quality of shows it can create and because it can be easily run by novice operators. Students using SFX get the added benefit of learning the software they will most likely work with when they enter the theatrical job market.

SFX 6 provides features that no other product can. It enables designers to refine and create effects on-site rather than having to shuttle back and forth between a studio and performance space. This affords the freedom to optimize sound designs for the acoustics of the space and other components of the performance. SFX 6ís newly rewritten audio engine frees the need for an OS playback engine for hassle-free mixing and placement of audio. SFX 6 features an intuitive user-interface and can be programmed to run complex events with little or no user input.

About Stage Research

Stage Research is the developer of SFX, Soft Plot, Light Factory, ShowBuilder: Sound Design and other audio and lighting software.

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