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GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW GC STUDIOS FACILITIES IN Q1 2012

— Highland Park, Illinois, and Tucson, Arizona, are the latest Guitar Center stores to expand operations with embedded lessons facilities —

Westlake Village, CA (April 18, 2012) – In the first quarter of 2012, Guitar Center expanded operations at two of its stores – Highland Park, Illinois, and Tucson, Arizona – by adding Guitar Center Studios, an in-house, state-of-the-art lesson facility, which will create unrivaled opportunities for area musicians of all ages and skill levels. Guitar Center Studios provides music lessons from beginner to advanced featuring certified instructors teaching world-class curriculum as well as one-on-one courses on Pro Tools, Logic Pro and GarageBand. Guitar Center Studios is now the most modern and affordable lessons facility in the area.

“The opening of our new GC Studios at our Highland Park and Tucson stores is an important moment for musicians in these areas,” commented Gene Joly, Guitar Center Executive VP of Stores. “As arts programs are consistently being downsized at schools across the country, we feel it’s important to create these opportunities for the next generation of musicians. Many of our recent store openings over the last year-plus have featured GC Studios, and those facilities have been a huge success across the board. We look forward to serving the music communities of these areas in this increased capacity.”
Guitar Center Highland Park is open seven days a week. Store hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Guitar Center Tucson is open seven days a week. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Guitar Center Studios hours at both locations follow the same schedule as their respective stores.

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EAW® KF740 Line Array Shines at ACM Experience at the Mandalay Bay Resort Leading Up to the 47th Annual ACM Awards

Las Vegas-based H.A.S. Productions outfits the stage at Mandalay Bay with their newly-acquired EAW® KF740 inventory

Whitinsville, MA, USA, April 17, 2012 – In the several days leading up to the 47th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards, which took place on Sunday, April 1, 2012, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the city was host to dozens of other events held in conjunction with the Awards. Outside the Mandalay Bay resort, thousands of eager country fans (up to 10,000 at any given time) gathered on Friday, March 30, up through the start of the awards on Sunday, to witness “The ACM Experience,” a stage of performances and other special events. Outfitting this stage was Vegas-based H.A.S. Productions, Inc., an independently-owned and -operated full-service production company. For the gig, H.A.S. selected a system including KF740 Line Array Modules and SB2001 Large Format Subwoofers from loudspeaker manufacturer Eastern Acoustic Works® (EAW®). H.A.S. chose the KF740 rig for its power and versatility, things that cannot be taken for granted at a live event of this magnitude.

Over the event’s three days, such talent graced the stage as J.T. Hodges, Craig Morgan, Eli Young Band, ACM Duo of the Year winners Thompson Square, John Rich and Steel Magnolia. The system for the event consisted of 24 KF740s and 12 SB2001s, powered by Powersoft K20, K10 and K6 power amplifiers. Front fill was augmented by two EAW KF200NT Small Format Array Loudspeakers. Processing was handled by EAW’s UX8800 Digital Signal Processor connected to the proprietary U-Net network, allowing for very simple system configuration with other U-Net enabled products.

The KF740/SB2001 rig is a relatively new acquisition for H.A.S. Productions, and it has already been put to great use elsewhere besides the ACM Experiences; recent jobs include concerts for Dwight Yoakam and Big & Rich, as well as the National Finals Rodeo at Las Vegas’ Cox Pavilion. Company principal Larry Hall stated, “Once we heard the KF740 system, we realized that it was the perfect rig to go along with our business model. We took initial delivery in November 2011 of 24 KF740 and 12 SB2001s, and we’re planning to augment that with an additional 16 KF740’s and eight SB2001 subs in the near future. As soon as we made the move to EAW, we began liquidating our other inventory to become primarily an EAW house.”

Hall sums up why he and the team at H.A.S. are impressed by the KF740: “It provides the sound of a full-size P.A. with the physical dimensions of a mid-sized system. The fact that we can put an arena system on a 24-foot truck and still meet weight at a weigh station was a pretty big deal for us. At 105 pounds per module, the KF740 offers audio quality that surpasses anything else in its class. It’s convenient to rig, convenient to transport, and the bottom line is, it sounds incredibly stellar, with an amazing full-range punch. This is the system for us, and as we expand our inventory, we are excited about the prospect of using these modules for years to come.”

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

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Audio-Technica Mics Chosen for the 15th Consecutive Year at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

— Audio-Technica continues to be the microphone of choice at the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony—

STOW, OH, April 17, 2012 — For the 15th year in a row, a broad range of Audio-Technica microphones was selected to outfit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. A-T supplied over 50 mics to capture the audio for the 27th annual induction ceremony, which took place at the historic Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 14, 2012. Inductees included Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donovan, Laura Nyro, The Small Faces/Faces, Beastie Boys, The Crickets, The Famous Flames, The Midnighters, The Comets, The Blue Caps and The Miracles. Freddie King received the Early Influence distinction. Non-performing honorees included Don Kirshner, Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd and Glyn Johns. The show will be broadcast on HBO on Saturday, May 5, 2012.

Audio-Technica’s acclaimed Artist Elite® 5000 Series UHF Wireless System was used with the AEW-T5400 handheld microphone/transmitter for frontline vocals on performances by Sara Bareilles, Joe Bonamassa, Donovan, Dusty Hill, Kid Rock, Freddie King, Ledisi, Darlene Love, Travie McCoy, John Mellencamp and house bandleader Paul Shaffer.

The backline mic complement of A-T wired microphones included AE2500 Dual-element Instrument Microphone; AE3000 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone; ATM450 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone; AT4050ST Stereo Condenser Microphone; AT4080 Phantom-Powered Bidirectional Ribbon Microphone; AE5400 Cardioid Condenser Handheld Microphone; and AT4054 Handheld Cardioid Condenser Microphone.

The technical staff for the induction ceremony was made up of professional audio industry veterans. Remote recording specialists M3 (Music Mix Mobile), the company responsible for both recording the program and mixing the show for broadcast, used its Eclipse remote truck with John Harris as Audio Coordinator and Music Mixer, mixing the event’s audio onsite and assigning all the inputs and microphones for the event. Joel Singer served as Audio Truck Engineer-in-Charge. The P.A. was provided by New York-based Firehouse Productions. Dave Natale served as Front-of-House Mixer, and Firehouse Productions’ Simon Welch was Monitor Mixer.

John Harris stated, “With such a varied performance roster, we need a selection of wireless and wired microphones that are able to perform flawlessly and capture audio consistently and clearly act after act. Once again, like for many of the high-profile broadcast music events that we mix, we turned to Audio-Technica. No matter the event, I know that there will be an A-T microphone, either wireless or wired, that will allow us to capture the true essence of an artist’s performance.”

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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NSCA & Listen Technologies to Present Webinar on Regulatory Changes Affecting Assistive Listening Devices

To educate audio-visual systems designers and contractors about the Department of Justice’s regulatory changes within the American with Disabilities Act related to assistive listening devices NSCA will offer a free webinar on April 25, 2012.
Bluffdale, Utah, USA — Listen Technologies Corporation is pleased to announce the NSCA webinar “Assistive Listening Devices and Regulatory Changes with the Americans with Disabilities Act.”

In 2010 the Department of Justice amended the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for assistive listening and other AV systems. The new requirements went into full effect on March 12, 2012.

NSCA has partnered with Listen Technologies to present the details of what the new requirements will mean to the audio-visual industry. Cory Schaeffer, Co-Founder & Vice President of Sales Worldwide and Sean Kala Hew-Len; Wireless Listening Specialist; from Listen Technologies will present on important topics such as:

• What changed?
• Impact of changes on your projects and customers
• Understand the math associated with the changes
• Who enforces the ADA law?
• What are considered to be public facilities?
• Compliance issues

A brief Q&A will end this informative webinar. The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, April 25 at 2:00 p.m. EST and is free. To register for the webinar go to:
http://www.nsca.org/Home/TrainingCertification/ADAWebinarRegistration/tabid/1161/Default.aspx

“This changes the specification for all audio systems, and assistive listening is now required for all public venues that offer sound reinforcement of any kind,” noted Cory Schaeffer, VP of Sales Worldwide at Listen Technologies. “We know there are still a lot of questions about what went into effect on March 15 and we hope this webinar will help AV system designers and contractors understand what has changed.”

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Sound Devices Teams Up with Habitat for Humanity for Deconstruction Project at New Facility

REEDSBURG, WI, APRIL 19, 2012 — Sound Devices (2012 NAB Booth C2546), experts in portable audio and video products for field production, recently relocated and settled into its new 27,000-square-foot U.S. headquarters in Reedsburg, WI. As part of the move, the company made its renovation a community project by donating the front portion of the building to the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

“The front section of the building was isolated from the rest of the facility, so it was originally in our plans to tear it down,” says Jon Tatooles, managing director of Sound Devices. “However, when I learned that Habitat for Humanity participates in deconstruction projects, it made sense to donate the material and divert it from a local landfill. The volunteers on site were really amazing throughout this venture and we are happy to help others in need.”

After hearing about Habitat for Humanity’s deconstruction projects through a business associate who sits on the board of directors for the Dane County Habitat branch, Sound Devices coordinated the project with the local Sauk and Columbia County affiliate. Bruce Koch, deconstruction and ReStore (Habitat’s ReStore resale outlets sell reusable and surplus building materials to the public) coordinator for the affiliate, conducted an initial visual inspection of the facility in order to determine the types and quantity of materials that were salvageable. Once the project was green lighted, volunteers worked meticulously to deconstruct the entire building over the course of seven days.

Habitat for Humanity is an international organization with local affiliates across the globe that builds housing for low-income working families. The materials collected at the Sound Devices project totaled more than six 30-yard dumpsters of either usable, re-sellable or recyclable materials, including approximately 33 40-foot trusses, 200 2x6s, 80 sheets of 4×8 plywood, 200 studs, siding, insulation, piping, wiring, doors, the furnace and air conditioners. The re-sellable items will be sold in Habitat’s ReStore in nearby Baraboo. The money raised will help Habitat build new houses and pay for overhead expenses at the ReStore.

“For a company like Sound Devices to think outside the box and let us come in to their facility to help others is amazing,” says Koch. “Wonderful things happen when a low-income family has its own home—the children flourish and the parents can better provide—it’s really a great thing to see firsthand. At Habitat, we strive to do everything we can to further that cause. When a local company like Sound Devices can see that vision with us, we’re all happy and everyone benefits.”

Sound Devices’ new facility is located at E7556 State Road 23/33 in Reedsburg.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. The thirteen-year old company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

Graham Blyth To Present AES 132nd Convention Heyser Lecture

In Pursuit of Elegant Simplicity: Life, Luck, and Learning in Music and Audio

BUDAPEST: Graham Blyth, internationally recognized Organist and accomplished professional audio equipment designer, will present the Audio Engineering Society’s Richard C. Heyser Lecture on Friday, April 27, 7:00PM – 9:PM at the Budapest Congress & World Trade Center. After successful conventions in London, Paris, Munich, Amsterdam and other major cities throughout Europe, the 132nd marks the first AES Convention to be held in Budapest.

A prime example of the AES ‘Listen, Learn, Connect’ initiative, Blyth’s Heyser lecture will describe his journey from audio design engineer to developer of Soundcraft Mixing consoles, with a special focus on his approach to mic preamp design. Blyth will also address the importance of the analog engineer in a mostly digital world and, the technical and musical challenges associated with designing high-quality digital classical organs.

As co-founder with Phil Dudderidge of UK-based Soundcraft, designers and manufacturers of highly regarded audio mixing consoles, Mr. Blyth has served as Technical Director of the firm since its inception in 1973. Harman bought the company in 1988, and it continues to maintain an outstanding position in a corporate family that includes JBL, DBX, Lexicon, AKG and Studer.

In addition to his technical virtuosity, Mr. Blyth is an esteemed concert artist who has performed in such celebrated venues as NYC’s St. Thomas Church; the Cathedral of Our Lady of Los Angeles; Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, and many of Europe’s most renowned cathedrals. In 1995 he built the Challow Park Recital Hall, a unique 80-seat auditorium with completely variable acoustics. In 2003 he founded the Veritas Organ Company to address the new generation of digital classical organs. Mr. Blyth is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the Audio Engineering Society.

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Photo: Celebrated Organist and accomplished professional audio equipment designer, Graham Blyth will present the AES Richard C. Heyser Lecture on April 27 in Budapest.

The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. With over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East, the organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

132nd AES Convention – Budapest Congress & World Trade Center – Apr. 26-29, 2012

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PESA Demonstrates 3G-SDI Fiber Routing Switcher with New MFP Technology from Advanced Fiber Products at NAB 2012

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and build manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, today announced a new concept in fiber optic backplane design that uses MiniCube™ Miniature Form Pluggable (MFP) transmitter technology from Advanced Fiber Products, LLC. Introduced as the world’s first 3G-SDI MFP fiber routing switcher, the MFP option backplane for PESA’s Jaguar 3 64×64 series will be on display at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth SL9615), which runs through April 19 in Las Vegas, Nev.

MFP technology establishes a new approach to LC-type fiber connectivity. Traditional Small Form Pluggable (SFP) modules use right-angle card cages that take up valuable board space during the design process. With MFP modules, both vertical and right-angle pluggable cages are available, resulting in a 50 percent smaller footprint. With vertical mount cages, hot pluggable fiber connections can be loaded in the same backplane space as a standard BNC port, which simplifies product packaging and increases product performance.

Offering up to 64×64 high-speed fiber optic ports, PESA’s Jaguar 3 is the first routing switcher to incorporate MFP technology. With its unique backplane design, the Jaguar 3 can offer fiber and coax connections in the same chassis. Two shared backplanes allow I/O ports in groups of 32.

“Our MFP video transceiver works with existing infrastructures, but it uses about half the space and up to 40 percent less power than traditional video optical transceivers,” explained Mark Benton, general manager, Advanced Fiber Products. “As a result, it helps to create a very dense backplane offering pluggable modules, such as what you can find on the Jaguar 3. PESA has shown a lot of interest in this technology, and we appreciate working with them on this first MiniCube video router application.”

The Jaguar 3 can route all SMPTE and ITU standard serial digital video signals, plus it supports embedded audio and other ancillary data for SDI, HD-SDI, and DVB/ASI broadcast sources. For digital cinema, the Jaguar can easily be configured to support SMPTE S372 for dual-link HD-SDI. With the MFP optional fiber backplane, HD signals can be transmitted up to 10Km.

Although the 2 RU Jaguar 3 is small in size, it is big on performance. Data rates from 50 Mbps up to 3 Gbps are supported. All inputs are auto-equalized, while outputs are auto-sensed and re-clocked to the appropriate transport stream. For non-standard formats, re-clockers can be bypassed to allow any data rate up to 3 Gbps. Two independent reference inputs allow easy selection of sync using either black burst or tri-level sync source. The compact frame design features front load, hot-swappable card sets and includes slots for optional redundant power supply/control modules. The routing switcher frame can be configured to support a variety of control interfaces, including Ethernet, RS-232, or PESA’s PERC2000 control system.

The Jaguar 3 includes PESA’s user-friendly CATTRAX software, which provides a simple interface for diagnostics, setup, and switching. With CATTRAX, multiple users can operate the Jaguar control system from anywhere on the network. For pushbutton control, the Jaguar offers three styles of local or remote panels.

“Advanced Fiber Products has pioneered the next-generation fiber solution for flexible switching systems,” said Dan Holland, PESA vice president of product marketing. “The new MFP concept capitalizes on a miniature form factor technology that allows PESA to deliver the best possible video performance for fiber optic routing. As a result, long distance routing for high-end, high-speed video distribution is available in a more compact solutionfor military, government, production facilities, and sporting venues.”

About Advanced Fiber Products

Advanced Fiber Products, Ltd. (AFP) is a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of optical and optoelectronic and specialized products for telecom, enterprise, industrial, military and broadcast markets. The company headquartered at Haverhill, near Cambridge in the United Kingdom has developed a wide variety of novel and secure connectivity products, both fiber and copper for use in sensitive and adverse operating environments

Advanced Fiber Products, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of AFP, Ltd., designs, develops and manufactures HD/3G-SDI active video distance extending fiber optic products and multi-signal products for fixed and portable broadcast applications as well as oil and gas exploration and military applications. AFP, LLC is located near Chicago, Illinois in the United States.

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products – from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders – each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation; and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.

All products mentioned herein are trademarked property of their respective owners.

ALTINEX ANNOUNCES TP115-120 / TP115-121 COMPACT VIDEO TWISTED PAIR TRANSMITTER / RECEIVER

* Photo: TP115-120 and TP115-121 Transmitter and Receiver *

Brea, CA – April 2012… Altinex, the leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the availability of the TP115-120 and TP115-121 Compact Video Twisted Pair (TP) Transmitter and Receiver. The TP115-120 / TP115-121 represent an excellent choice for integrators and AV technology managers looking for a means of distributing computer and HDTV video signals over extended distances to reach the presentation display or projector. more

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