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Forensic Audio Expert Phil Manchester Continues to Rely on Tools from
Waves Audio for High-Profile Consulting Work
— Working with Stroz Friedberg, LLC, Manchester uses Waves Audio plugins to provide
analysis and intelligence for high-profile case —
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, November 22, 2013 — Waves Audio Forensic Audio Expert Phil Manchester is no stranger to highly sensitive audio investigations, as illustrated by his considerable experience within counterterrorism, national security and serious criminal investigation.
Recently, Manchester’s company Aperio Audio received an approach of a different kind than what they had become accustomed to, he explains. “Back in the early part of 2011, I was formally approached by Stroz Friedberg, LLC, a USA-based team of global leaders in investigation, intelligence and risk management.” Founded by the former head of the FBI’s Cybercrime Department, Stroz Friedberg is a collection of the brightest minds in the fields of digital forensics, investigations, forensic accounting, incident response, security, compliance, data discovery, intelligence and due diligence. They specialize in handling cybersecurity incidents across the globe, operating from offices in New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
These cybersecurity experts explained to Manchester that they had been searching for some considerable time to find a highly trained and experienced audio expert with the correct security credentials and an appropriate background in covert and sensitive intelligence – crucially, an expert whose passion would deliver results at the highest levels of forensic investigation. Despite having offices and contacts around the world in every sector of digital forensics, Stroz Friedberg’s search had proved futile. Their search continued and led them to the U.K. and specifically to Waves’ forensics expert Phil Manchester. Officials from Stroz Friedberg detailed their exact requirements: to work on the largest multi-thread audio investigation in history, with evidence and intelligence spanning in excess of twenty years, involving potentially illegal voice recordings for a high-profile media organization and their subsequent review as part of an employment tribunal.
Manchester was identified by Stroz Friedberg as the only expert in the world that could be trusted to conduct the task, and he went on to provide independent consultancy to the investigation for nearly two years, reliant upon his craft and that of his trusted signal processing tools from Waves.
Some of the tools utilized for this investigation can be found within the Phil Manchester / Waves Audio Forensics Package, which Manchester personally worked on with Waves. This bundle contains nine audio plugins chosen especially for their precision in covert audio investigation: W43 Noise Reduction Plugin, X-Noise, X-Crackle, X-Hum, X-Click, C1 Compressor/Expander, Q10 Paragraphic Equalizer, PAZ Frequency Analyzer and L1 Ultramaximizer.
Manchester explains that one day he may be in a position to publicly comment on exactly how Waves tools provided him with the arsenal to deliver results in this complicated investigation and others, but without further elaboration possible, he notes that Waves processing technologies are without a doubt providing him with the finest tools available to allow him to continue as a world-leading expert.
Phil Manchester / Waves Audio Forensics Package is available with a U.S. MSRP of $700.
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About Phil Manchester
Phil Manchester is Waves Audio’s resident Forensic Audio Expert, with in-excess of 20 years technical experience. He is the Director and Owner of Aperio Audio. Manchester holds a Master of Science, First Class Honours with Distinction in Digital Audio Forensics concerning Digital Audio, Speech, Computer Science, Forensic Data Recovery, Cyberaesthetics, Cyberculture and Cybercrime. In 2011 he was invited to lead the audio forensic component of a large-scale research and innovation project by Europe's leading center for research and education in Cybersecurity, Cybercrime and Digital Forensics, involving the “Automated Exploitation of Massive Amounts of Digital Data for Forensic Purposes.”
Manchester was a featured presenter at the 28th Annual NATIA Training Conference and Technology Exhibition, in Tennessee, USA, providing specialist training and forensic expertise concerning speech and critical audio investigation to NATIA’s membership, consisting of intelligence and surveillance experts from the international security and law enforcement communities of the United States, U.K., Canada and the Middle East. In 2010 Manchester was the forensic audio expert in the investigation concerning a foiled plot to bomb multiple U.K. Cities, the London Stock Exchange, the U.S. Embassy and the Mayor of London during the Christmas season. He is the author of “Found Sound,” an introductory forensic article written for Sound On Sound magazine in 2010.
Phil Manchester has contributed to the work of numerous international security, government and law enforcement agencies across the world. His work has been instrumental in the completion of more than 750 major criminal investigations, concerning national security, counterterrorism, murder, kidnap, international drug importation and other serious criminal offenses. For more information visit http://www.aperioaudio.com.
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From its start in the early '90s with the introduction of the Q10 equalizer plugin, Waves, the world’s leading developer of audio DSP solutions for professional, broadcast, and consumer electronics audio markets, has gone on to develop a comprehensive line of over 130 audio plugins including industry standards like the L1 and L2 Ultramaximizers, popular vintage console models, and innovative mixing tools like Vocal Rider and the Artist Signature Series. For its accomplishments, in 2011 Waves received a Technical GRAMMY® award, and the Q10 was selected as an inductee into the TECnology Hall of Fame. Waves technologies are now used to improve sound quality in virtually every sector of the audio market, from recording, mixing, mastering and post-production to broadcast, live sound, and consumer electronics. Waves has over 20 years of expertise in the development of psycho-acoustic signal processing algorithms that leverage knowledge on the human perception of hearing to radically improve perceived sound quality. Waves’ award-winning processors are utilized to improve sound quality in the creation of hit records, major motion pictures, and top-selling video games worldwide. Waves offers computer software solutions, as well as hardware-plus-software solutions, for the professional and broadcast markets. Under its Maxx brand, Waves offers semiconductor and licensable algorithms for consumer electronics applications. Waves Maxx technologies dramatically enhance audio performance and are used by industry leaders such as Dell, ASUS, JVC and many others.
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