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THE RECORDING ACADEMY® PRODUCERS & ENGINEERS WING® FOCUSES ON RECORDED SOUND QUALITY AND ADVOCACY FOR MUSIC MAKERS

Over the course of the past decade, The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® has illuminated those who labor behind the scenes to create music by highlighting their achievements and educating about best practices. The P&E Wing provides a forum where all recording professionals — from producers, engineers and studio personnel to retailers, manufacturers and educators — can work together to preserve and grow their industry. Now, as both the music industry and consumers are rediscovering the value of high fidelity recordings, the Wing has taken a leading position with a revitalized effort to advocate and educate about the important role sound quality and audio professionals play in communicating the emotional and artistic intent of recorded music. As part of this effort:

*At the 131st AES Convention the P&E Wing will present a second iteration of GRAMMY SoundTables® “Sonic Imprints: Songs that Changed My Life” on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 2:30 p.m. at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Exploring music that has inspired and shaped influential careers, and moderated by GRAMMY®-winning engineer Chris Lord-Alge, the panel will feature a diverse, New York-centric group of panelists including producers/engineers Ken “Duro” Ifill, Steve Lillywhite, Ann Mincieli, Phil Ramone and Al Schmitt.

*In July, in a first-of-its-kind event, the P&E Wing brought music producers together in Washington, D.C. with Congressional leaders, including the Chair and Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, for meetings, a panel discussion and musical demonstrations. The event addressed pressing industry issues and provided insight into the essential role that producers and engineers play in the music recording process.

* A new version of the influential, committee-created white paper “Delivery Recommendations for Master Recordings” will be released in October reflecting current recommended best practices for master media delivery and storage, along with guidelines for delivery of audio mix stems and recording personnel credits.

*The establishment of a working council of audio manufacturers, retailers, and other related entities with a stake in the future of high quality audio and a goal of working together to grow the professional audio industry. This group will hold its fourth meeting during the 131st AES Convention.

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Audio-Technica Names Doug Swan Director of Sales, MI/Pro Audio

Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 45 years, has announced the appointment of Doug Swan to the position of Director of Sales, MI/Pro Audio. Michael Edwards, Vice President Professional Markets, made the announcement and indicated that Swan’s appointment will serve to propel A-T toward continued growth in the Musical Instrument and Professional Audio market sectors.

In his new position, Swan will be responsible for the overall management of the MI and Pro Audio channel within Audio-Technica. He will focus on driving sales for A-T U.S. and its dealer network by working closely with A-T’s internal sales force and their accounts, as well A-T’s independent manufacturer’s representatives. Additionally, he will be developing new sales programs that will allow all dealers to grow and maintain even more profitability.

With an impressive background in music and business, Doug is a very experienced MI and Pro Audio industry professional who has lived in California and Florida for most of his adult life. In addition to managing his own rep firm, his previous positions have included sales and marketing responsibilities for Sennheiser USA and the Roland Systems Group.

“Doug is an industry veteran who has a rich history in both MI and Pro Audio,” stated Michael Edwards. “His extensive background in music, business and retail sales makes him uniquely qualified not only to lead our sales team, but also to work closely with and reinforce our unparalleled commitment to our dealers and end users. We welcome Doug to the Audio-Technica family, and I look forward to working with him.”

Please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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Audio-Technica Promotes David Marsh to Director of Sales and Marketing, Installed Sound & Broadcast

Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 45 years, has promoted David Marsh to the position of Director of Sales and Marketing, Installed Sound & Broadcast. Marsh’s appointment was announced by Michael Edwards, Vice President Professional Markets. In his new role, David Marsh will be responsible for managing and directing all sales and marketing activities within the Installed Sound and Broadcast markets.

Marsh has been with Audio-Technica since 2000, when he joined the company in the position of Customer Support representative. Over the past decade with Audio-Technica, Marsh was promoted to A-T’s Assistant Regional Manager and then on to Territory Manager, a position he held until his latest promotion. Marsh will help to identify emerging market dynamics and trends, while continuing to address the needs of contractors, consultants and end users, concerning the increasingly intricate requirements of complex installations and challenging applications.

“David has done an outstanding job in his past positions with Audio-Technica,” said Michael Edwards. “I’m confident that he will continue to thrive in this new leadership role.”

Please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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Remote Digital Media Chooses Audio-Technica Microphones and Wireless Systems to Capture the Audio on Food Network® Programs and Beyond

— RDM’s Kevin Hartmann says that A-T’s BP896 MicroPoint™ Subminiature Omnidirectional Condenser Lavalier Microphone is the smallest and the best-sounding lav he’s ever used—

— A-T’s dual-channel 1800 Series wireless system provides total redundancy on
remote shoots for celeb chef Rachel Ray’s regular forays into the field —

If high-definition broadcast video has made the offerings on The Food Network® look good enough to reach in and sample, Remote Digital Media (RDM) makes certain that the sound is equally enticing. RDM is an EMMY Award®- and Telly Award®-winning audio and video remote company based in Woodstock, New York, that handles audio for several of the network’s most popular programs, including Next Great Baker and Rachel Ray. To get great sound, RDM uses microphones and wireless systems from Audio-Technica on all of its shoots. For instance, RDM has used the Audio-Technica dual-receiver Artist Elite® 5000 Series frequency-agile True Diversity UHF wireless system all nine seasons of reality show Chopped. On Rachel Ray, RDM employs the A-T 1800 Series Camera-mount Dual-channel UHF wireless system as well as the ATR5200 Monophone/Dynamic Boom Microphone Combination Headset. Many shows will also benefit from the Audio-Technica BP4071 Line + Gradient Condenser shotgun microphone for audience and ambience capture, which allows RDM to create a “seamless transition” between onstage and offstage audio.

Kevin Hartmann, one of two owners of RDM, is also its Head of Audio. (Sandor Bondorowsky is Hartmann’s partner and oversees the company’s video operations.) “These shows are about food, but they are actually reality shows, and you have to approach the audio that way,” explains Hartmann, who also uses A-T microphones and wireless systems on other projects, including audio for numerous MTV music shoots and for Inside the Actors Studio, whose host, James Lipton, he says, is a huge fan of Audio-Technica’s BP896 MicroPoint lavalier. “The MicroPoint is the tiniest lav I’ve ever seen, and on reality shows, the key is the ability to be able to completely hide the microphone yet still get great sound and a reliable signal. The MicroPoint does all of that and does it better than any other lav out there,” Hartmann adds. Bakers’ white tunics, he notes, offer the perfect opportunity to keep lavaliers well hidden.

Hartmann says that A-T’s system designs are what put it out in front of the pack. “People think that RF performance is all about power, but the fact is that it’s really about tuning – the ability to understand the environment you’re working within in terrestrial TV and build your RF system around that. The A-T systems give me a high degree of control over my RF.”

Hartmann uses the 1800 Series camera-mount wireless system because it gives him ENG-quality audio when doing remotes for celebrity chef and host Rachel Ray. “I’ve been using that and the 5000 Series Wireless on her remotes since the show began six years ago,” he says. “The sound quality and reliability are the best. In fact, one of the main reasons I’m drawn to Audio-Technica equipment is that it’s so reasonably priced – nothing in its price point can touch its performance, and it actually sounds better than microphones costing far more money. It’s just very, very good, reliable equipment.”

Please visit www.audio-technica.com for more information.

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Blackstar Amplification Expands HT Venue Series with HT Club 50H Head and Limited Edition Bundle Package in the U.S.

— 50-Watt head is available alone or with matching 4 x 12 HTV-412A cabinet —

Blackstar Amplification is expanding its popular HT Venue Series of combo tube amplifiers to include the HT Club 50H head, available alone or with the matching HTV-412A cabinet as a specially priced, limited-run bundle (HT50STACK) in the U.S. The HT Club 50H provides 50 Watts of power, and is based on the features of Blackstar’s popular HT Club 40 Combo amp.

Offering two channels and four modes, the HT Club 50 Head is ideal for creating a full or half stack for club-sized venues. The preamp stage offers 2 x ECC83/12AX7 vacuum tubes. The 50-Watt EL34-driven power amp has amazing punch and dynamics that easily cut through in any band situation. The matching HTV-412A cabinet features four Celestion 12” speakers.

Each channel features an independent Voice switch that greatly enhances the tonal versatility. The Clean channel provides Boutique or Modern voicings; the Overdrive channel offers a choice between Classic and Modern. The three-band EQ is augmented by the Infinite Shape Feature (ISF), which works with the EQ to provide infinite new tone-shaping control. Equipped with digital reverb (including a Dark/Bright switch), emulated output and an effects loop, the HT Club 50H is designed to be a solid and flexible tube head for nearly any gigging situation. A 2-way footswitch is included.

Pricing is as follows:

HTCLUB50H 50 Watt Venue Series Head U.S. MSRP $879.99
HTV-412A 4×12 angled Cabinet U.S. MSRP $749.99

Authorized Blackstar Dealers in the U.S. will be offering the HT50STACK at a special introductory price of $999.99 for a limited time.

For more information, please visit www.blackstaramps.com.

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AVI-SPL Joins GovComm 2011

Leading audio video communications provider AVI-SPL is headed to GovComm 2011 November 1-2, 2011 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. AVI-SPL’s Mike Brandofino, vice president of video conferencing and unified communications, will lead a presentation on understanding unified communications and will be moderating the panel discussion on cloud computing.

Cloud Computing
November 1, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Moderator: Mike Brandofino
This panel discussion will help attendees understand the definition of cloud computing, issues related to security, and the benefits and tradeoffs of collaboration solutions in the cloud in order to achieve ubiquitous service and a real return on investment (ROI).

Understanding Unified Communications & Collaborative Conferencing
November 1, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Speakers: IMCCA Government SIG Chair: Ken Scatturo, AVI-SPL: Mike Brandofino, KBZ: Brian Ricca Compunetix: Jerry Pompa
This session will provide an overview of unified communications and collaborative conferencing: What are they? What technologies are under the umbrella? How is security handled? How is interoperability with existing video deployments addressed? What are the pros and cons of an “all-in-one” approach versus a “best-in-breed” approach? How are end users deploying the technologies? What lessons have been learned?

AVI-SPL is exhibiting at booth # 271 at the show.

To learn more about GovComm 2011 and to register, visit http://www.govcommshow.org.

About AVI-SPL AVI-SPL is a global leader in audio video communications technology, providing comprehensive solutions and services for professional AV installation, telepresence and video conferencing, digital media systems, control rooms and network operations centers, hotel rental services, event staging and production. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., AVI-SPL has highly-trained and certified system engineers throughout 32 U.S. offices and an international network of solution providers in 30 countries. Please visit www.avispl.com for more information or connect with AVI-SPL On Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn

Manos Backline Purchases HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1™ Digital Console to Satisfy Small-Format Requirements

ATHENS, Greece — Public address equipment may form only a subsidiary part of Manos Backline Services’ equipment inventory, but recently the company invested in a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi1™ digital console, placing the order with HARMAN’s Greece distributor, Bon Studio.

“We have a small PA system consisting of JBL SRX Series loudspeakers, as we are 75 percent focused on backline,” says the company’s co-owner, Stamos Vasilakis. “However, for the 25 percent PA dry hire we always try to keep up with the latest quality gear available, as it’s an expanding part of our business.

“The market needed a good quality small format digital mixer at an affordable rental price, and the Soundcraft Vi1 was the perfect product for our clients’ needs. I firmly believe that in times of crisis this product will prove itself a winner.”

Despite the bias towards backline, Manos has invested heavily in digital desks, including the Soundcraft Vi6. Feature wise, Vasilakis knows precisely what he is looking for: “Ease of use and the best possible pre-amps,” he states unequivocally. “I needed a product that would enable an engineer who had never used it before to mix within 30 minutes maximum from setup—and the Vi1 fitted the bill. It is important to have everything in front of you and not be digging through layers or pages to find what you need. That’s why Soundcraft is one of my favourite interfaces—and the Vi1’s pre-amps are an absolute bargain. The mixer sounds fresh, crisp and all the instruments have clarity and ‘body’ in the mix.”

Having experienced almost all the available mixers in the Greek market, Vasilakis’ decision to back Soundcraft was based not only on the above attributes, but the increasing demand for this platform, and the Vistonics II interface, in the local market.

“The interface really is that easy to use,” he says. “Furthermore, the 24 outputs are a big plus for a small format mixer when your band uses in-ear monitors or if you want to record from the direct outs. The user pages are a great-looking and useful function as well.

“As for demand, in our business you have to go with the flow. If we see an increasing demand on a product we just buy it—and that’s what happened with the Vi Series — regardless of the fact that I also happen to think it’s a great mixer.”

And the feedback from Vasilakis’ clients matches his own conclusion. “People love it! To be honest, I think I should buy another for next summer—it’s so affordable that even low-budget tours can deal with it.”

For more information on Manos Backline Services, please visit www.backline.gr

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.8 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2011.

Peavey Impulse 12D Combines ‘Cutting-Edge Technology’ & ‘Legendary Peavey Durability’

High power, pristine clarity and light weight come together in the Peavey® Impulse® 12D, a portable, powered loudspeaker enclosure that combines Peavey’s revolutionary IPR™ amplifier technology with a true ribbon driver. Pro Audio Review magazine put the groundbreaking Impulse 12D to the test for its October 2011 issue.

“In the [Impulse] 12D, Peavey has done a fantastic job combining legendary Peavey durability; classic touches such as the Black Widow woofer; cutting-edge IPR amp technology, and the uniqueness of the ribbon driver,” wrote Joshua D. Garber. more

Firehouse Productions Delivers Dynamic Sound With HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays For iHeartRadio Event

Firehouse Productions supplied a JBL VERTEC line array system for the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.

NORTHRIDGE, California – Firehouse Productions recently provided sound for some of the biggest names in music at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, sponsored by Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio social media networking outlet. With performances by Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and many others, Firehouse deployed HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line arrays to match the dynamic range of performers in the MGM Grand Arena.

The audio system included two main left-right arrays of 17 JBL VERTEC VT4889 fullsize line array elements each, accompanied by two flown arrays of 12 VT4880A fullsize subwoofers. Side coverage was provided by JBL VT4888 midsize line array elements, and JBL VT4887 compact line array elements provided the front fills. Firehouse also provided two ground-stacked columns of three VT4889 loudspeakers each, on top of three VT4880A fullsize arrayable subwoofers each. Crown I-Tech IT1200HD amplifiers powered the entire system using the new VERTEC V5 DSP settings.

Large events like the iHeartRadio Music Festival pose a variety of unique challenges, particularly when they feature so many different artists. “With a show this size, there are different rehearsals taking place at different times, all with information and settings that need to be conveyed back to the main system,” said Mark Dittmar, Lead Design & Integration Engineer at Firehouse Productions.

With so many variables, the VERTEC line arrays were extremely easy to set up—one of the main reasons why Firehouse continues to rely on VERTEC for major events and a significant factor in the success of the iHeartRadio event. “Everything went as well as we could have hoped, Clear Channel and MGM Grand were happy and we were even five minutes ahead of schedule on every change-over,” Dittmar said. “You can always gauge how a multi-band show is going depending on that; we were always ready to go with no delays, as smooth as could be.”

Dittmar went on to rave about the new V5 presets software upgrade for the VERTEC system. “They are stunning and the high end is much smoother,” he noted. ”The V5 presets solve all kinds of midrange issues, and the low-end response is amazing. The manager of the building even said that you could hear it blasting two blocks away—an impressive volume that had never been reached before. Some acts used the entire system, pushing all the amps to the max level, and even when touching the limit it sounded linear and smooth. It’s always nice when you don’t have to worry about pushing a system too hard and can just let it fly. It’s great to have the performance upgrade without having to buy new equipment. The software upgrade was done in a half-hour and we were ready to go. It’s simply an amazing value to anyone who uses VERTEC.”

For more information on Firehouse Productions, please visit: http://www.firehouseproductions.com

For more information on iHeartRadio, please visit: http://www.iheart.com/

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,500 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.0 billion for twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

HARMAN’s DigiTech® Pedals Deliver the Sonic Goods for Versatile Guitarist Phil X

Photo credit: Suzy Q Williams

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Phil X is one busy guitar player. Equally at home live, in the studio or on YouTube, he has played with scores of top-name artists like Kelly Clarkson, Tommy Lee, Avril Lavigne, Daughtry, Chris Cornell, Tommy Lee, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper and more. Phil X plays in the band The Drills (www.thedrills.com), and his wry humor and no-holds-barred playing style have made him one of the world’s most viewed guitarists via his YouTube demos for guitar dealer Fretted Americana.

Phil X can use any overdrive pedal he pleases – and his mainstay is the DigiTech Bad Monkey. “Whenever I need overdrive, my go to is the Bad Monkey,” Phil notes. “It simply does everything I want an overdrive to do.”
“I have also been recently using the HardWire pedals. The CR-7 Stereo Chorus is amazing, the TR-7 Tremolo/Rotary killer and the RV-7 Reverb is astounding – couldn’t be better.”

“I like DigiTech gear because of the quality, how rugged it is and its affordability,” Phil continued. “It’s valuable to me to be able to tell young guitar players what gear I use, and know they can actually afford it. I constantly get e-mails from kids around the world telling me how much they love the Bad Monkey, and asking me what settings I use.”

Underneath Phil Xs affable demeanor is a musician who takes the tools of his trade very seriously. “I have a pretty crazy ear when it comes to effects. I know exactly what I like and don’t like. The HardWire pedals blew me away when I first heard them. Sometimes I am looking for a piece of gear to be simple and sometimes I want crazy options. The HardWire gear does both. The pedals are simple, yet give me a ton of variety.”

“I’ve also been able to simplify my setup,” Phil continued. “With HardWire, I know I can get everything I need with one chorus pedal, one delay pedal and one reverb pedal along with my Bad Monkey, which reduces the amount of gear that I need to have at all times. In the studio, having access to a lot of sounds is like painting with a bunch of colors and textures to make the mood feel right. It’s the time to experiment and find unique sounds.”
“On stage, it’s a different story,” notes Phil. “There’s no time to experiment with effects settings. Everything has to be ready to go. Live, I know I can just hook my DigiTech pedals up and rely on them, freeing me to devote myself fully to my performance. Ultimately, I want my two hands to be what entertains people.”

For more information on Phil X, please visit: www.philx.tv

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,500 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.0 billion for twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

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