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Sound Investment: New ''Virtual Acoustic Environment(TM)'' Enhances Music Practice and Assessment; Helps Create an Integrated Learning Environment for Music.

OWATONNA, Minn. -- Wenger Corp. developed its new Virtual Acoustic Environment(TM) practice room -- or VAE(TM) -- as the next generation of teaching/practice tools for music education, building on Wenger's revolutionary V-Room(R) Practice system. The VAE features record/playback capabilities; improved simulations of nine virtual acoustical environments; and an enhanced, user-friendly control panel.

With the VAE, Wenger now exclusively offers an integrated learning environment for music - featuring a built-in recording/listening environment, active acoustics for "virtual reality" simulations and guaranteed sound isolation.

With the integrated digital record/playback capability, teachers can easily evaluate an individual student's instrumental or vocal performance, following the assessment strategy outlined in the National Standards for Music Education, which recommends audiotaping or videotaping students in grades 5-12 twice each semester. Students also have the opportunity for self-critique. The VAE records up to nine sessions with a 60-minute total recording time. Audio transfer of audition or competition recordings is possible through the built-in USB connection in standard stereo .wav format (44.1 kHz, 16-bit). Accompaniment music may also be transferred to the VAE via the USB connection.

By selecting from the nine active-acoustic settings, musicians can learn how to optimize their performance in different environments. Benefits include accelerated development of critical listening skills; improved articulation, dynamics and timing; and a more enjoyable practice session. When practice is fun, students will practice longer. VAE settings include Baroque room, recital halls, auditoriums, cathedral and arena.

Developed in partnership with Lexicon Professional, a leader in audio signal processing, the VAE improves upon the performance of Wenger's V-Room system. Using Lexicon's patented technology, the VAE offers more realistic acoustical simulations, such as enhanced early reflections. These reflections contribute to the sensation of being enveloped - or surrounded - by the sound, and enable musicians to hear themselves in a particular space more accurately.

The VAE features easy, intuitive operation, including visual feedback from an LED display and backlit, 18-button control panel. The optional foot control provides convenient, hands-free playback and recording.

The new VAE is covered by a five-year warranty. For information about this technology or any of Wenger's products, contact: Wenger Corp., P.O. Box 448, 555 Park Drive, Owatonna, MN 55060; (800) 326-8373. Outside the U.S., call (507) 455-4100. For an online demonstration of VAE technology and more information, please visit www.wengercorp.com/VAE.

Wenger Corporation, founded in 1946, provides innovative, high-quality solutions for customers across a wide variety of markets: elementary, secondary and higher education; performing arts centers; theatres; places of worship; parks and recreation; rental; and athletics. Along with superior customer service, Wenger delivers outstanding long-term value with a beautiful blend of form and function.

In addition to its headquarters in Owatonna, Minn., Wenger has facilities in Canada, Europe and China, along with international distributors.

Salt Lake City-based Lexicon Pro (www.lexiconpro.com) designs, manufactures, and markets signal-processing equipment for recording studios, sound system engineers, and professional musicians. Lexicon Pro is a subsidiary of Harman International Industries.
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