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Audio-Technica Mics Capture Sound for Vice Presidential Debate

STOW, OH, October 12, 2012 — Audio-Technica, currently celebrating “50 Years of Passionate Listening,” supplied microphones used on both candidates and the moderator at the 2012 Vice Presidential debate October 11 at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

Products used included A-T’s Engineered Sound® ES935ML6 MicroLine® Condenser Gooseneck Microphones on Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan. Two AT898cW Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Lavalier Microphones with 5000 Series wireless were used for moderator Martha Raddatz. Audio-Technica’s BP4071 Line + Gradient Condenser Microphones were used for room ambience. Backup mics at the event included AT898cW wireless lavaliers and AEW-T5400 handheld transmitters with 5000 Series wireless for the candidates, and AT898 wired lavalier mics for Raddatz.

Larry Estrin, of Best Audio in Studio City, CA, serves as Audio and Production Communications Director for the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) and has chosen to use Audio-Technica microphones at these landmark events. A leading audio resource for high-profile broadcast events, Audio-Technica has provided a host of microphones from their comprehensive product line to pick up crisp, intelligible audio and cover the diverse needs of each debate.

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

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GC Pro Opens New State-of-the-Art Recording/Listening Space at Hollywood Location

— New facility features a Neve Genesys console, Ocean Way monitors and more —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, October 11, 2012 — Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, announces that it has opened a new custom recording/listening demo facility at the Hollywood Guitar Center location on Sunset Boulevard, which also houses GC Pro’s home offices. Open to the public, GC Pro affiliate partners and manufacturers alike, the facility is equipped with some of the most sought-after gear from GC Pro’s extensive inventory, including a Neve Genesys console and custom Ocean Way monitors tuned by creator Allen Sides himself – both products distributed in the U.S. exclusively by GC Pro. Additionally, the facility features studio monitors from companies like Genelec, ADAM, Focal and others – all high-end monitoring options – along with custom-designed photo-embedded acoustic treatment from Auralex (who also worked with GC Pro to tune the room), and racks and racks of outboard gear both vintage and new. The sound quality in the room is superb, and the gear provides the full range of options for today’s producer, engineer, artist or musician. This state-of-the-art recording/listening studio also features a signature look different from any other facility in the GC Pro organization.

“This new facility opens up a number of opportunities for GC Pro, for both demonstrating music and recording it,” stated GC Pro Vice President Rick Plushner. “The Hollywood location also houses our custom-built live sound stage, which is used to tape our acclaimed GC Sessions video series, and with the addition of the recording room, a fully-integrated facility is emerging – bridging the worlds of live sound, recording and AV production. The patch bays have been fully customized, designed by the Malvicino Design Group (one of our GC Pro Affiliates), and we can now fully track GC Sessions performances and other events, with the full arsenal of modern studio wizardry at our fingertips, including editing, effects and overdubs. We are raising the bar for what we can accomplish production-wise, and we will be passing that content onto the audio community at large.”

Other different kinds of programs based on the room are in the works, to further expand GC Pro’s reach and offer enrichment sessions/classes for the audio community. Manufacturer/vendors will be invited to participate in demonstrations, providing expert perspective – presentations that will be taped and posted on GC Pro’s website.

Allen Sides, GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer, producer and mixer who founded Ocean Way Recording, stated, “It’s great to have a room where you can actually hear what gear sounds like. We were excited to be involved with the acoustics and design of this great space, and to also provide a set of our new Ocean Way AS1 monitors. Critical listening is the only way to judge what gear sounds like, and in most retail environments you haven’t a clue until you get it home. This is a wonderful addition to GC Pro Hollywood.”

David Fischer, CEO of Auralex, added, “We are thrilled to have been chosen as the acoustical treatment of choice for GC Pro’s new high-tech facility. This state-of-the-art facility is an exciting development for GC Pro, and our involvement continues to strengthen the long-term relationship between Auralex and GC Pro.”

Horacio Malvicino of the Malvicino Design Group noted, “Installation of the new audio demo room at GC Pro was handled with the same approach we take with a regular studio installation. The console is fully wired to a total of four Audio Accessories TT 96 point patch bays, which allow access to all of the console features. We also added a sixteen-tie line panel in the control room to allow for quick interface of external gear, as well as a sixteen-input mic panel with Ethercon ports to interface a multi fold-back system.”

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

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Audio-Technica Mics Hit the Road with Barbra Streisand

STOW, OH, October 10, 2012 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology currently celebrating “50 Years of Passionate Listening,” is proud to be the vocal microphone of choice for legendary performer Barbra Streisand on her current “Back to Brooklyn” North American tour, spanning the U.S. and Canada. Streisand opened her tour, in support of her new album titled Release Me, at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center on Monday, October 8. Shown is Streisand using the Audio-Technica 5000 Series wireless with AEW-T5400 Cardioid Condenser Handheld Microphone/Transmitter. Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images. (This photo is the property of Jeff Fusco/Getty Images and may be used by the press only for the purpose of one-time reproduction. Unauthorized use, alteration or reproduction of this photograph is strictly prohibited.)

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

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GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE STORE

— 236th Guitar Center location features on-site lessons and repair services, along with GC’s vast inventory selection —

Westlake Village, CA (October 9, 2012) – On the evening of Thursday, September 27, 2012, Guitar Center held the grand opening of its new location in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, located at 1600 Woodbury Ave #24, Portsmouth NH 03801-3250. The Portsmouth store is Guitar Center’s 236th retail location.

Guitar Center Portsmouth’s grand opening introduces customers to a vast selection of products and a dedicated staff with unparalleled musical knowledge and experience. To celebrate the store opening, Guitar Center hosted a Grand Opening Weekend celebration featuring exclusive savings, gear giveaways and free events. Guitar Center’s Portsmouth location features showrooms equipped with the latest products for musicians – from guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards to live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment and more.

The store features Guitar Center Studios, an in-house, state-of-the-art lesson facility, which is already creating unrivalled opportunities for Portsmouth 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 will be the most modern lessons facility in the area. Guitar Center Portsmouth also features GC Garage, Guitar Center’s on-site guitar repair service.

As part of Guitar Center’s initiatives designed to educate and inspire artists nationwide, Guitar Center Portsmouth will offer unique opportunities for musicians to craft their skills, maintain their instruments and experience many other aspects of the music industry first-hand. Musicians interested in learning about the industry will be able to come to the store to interact with and pick the brains of several industry leaders.

Portsmouth shoppers are also able to enjoy Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which includes multiple combinations of product options to conveniently choose from. Not only does the “endless aisle” include Portsmouth inventory, but it also provides easy access to Guitar Center’s $400 million in new and used inventory located in hundreds of GC stores and warehouses nationwide. Customers have the ability to combine a variety of in-store, online and phone options to purchase music equipment from anywhere they may be, allowing for a personalized and convenient shopping experience.

In addition to special programs at the new Portsmouth store, Guitar Center offers nationwide programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight the nation’s most promising undiscovered talent. Portsmouth residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing national events from their hometown:

Guitar Center On-Stage is an annual competition that provides unsigned artists the chance to open for established artists such as Motley Crüe, KISS and Jane’s Addiction.
Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter is an artist discovery program that aims to find the nation’s best unsigned singer-songwriter. Last year’s winner received a career-altering prize package which has included recording 3 songs with accomplished Grammy® Award-winning Producer John Shanks, recording time at Converse Rubber Tracks studio and $10,000 cash.
Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues is a nationwide amateur guitar skills competition with the goal of finding the next great undiscovered blues guitar player. This year’s winner, Daniel “Boscoe” France, performed alongside Grammy Award-winning Producer Pete Anderson at the Grand Finals in LA, and won an incredible prize package valued at over $50,000.
Guitar Center’s Drum-Off, entering its 24th year, is the nationwide search for the next great undiscovered drummer. Drummers from across the nation compete in the world’s largest drum competition, vying for thousands of dollars in prizes and the coveted title of Guitar Center’s Drum-Off Champion. The grand prize package is valued at nearly $50,000.

Guitar Center Portsmouth is open seven days a week. Store hours are 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturday; and 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday.

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Pro Control Products on Display at Security Canada Central 2012

Pro Control
Security Canada Central 2012
Oct. 24-25 — Toronto
Exhibiting with Sound Developments Ltd., Booth 116

PR Link: www.ingearpr.com/ProControl/SCC2012

Company Quote:

“We are excited to be making our debut at Security Canada Central. As the country’s largest security industry trade show, it will provide a great opportunity not only to meet with our existing dealer network, but to introduce our line of sleek and powerful control solutions to thousands of new North American dealers as well. Visitors to our booth will see how our simplified programming platform and abundant control options — including control on Apple and Android smartphones and tablets — offer a new level of quality and performance at affordable prices.” — Mike Everett, general manager for Pro Control
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PA Plus and HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays Bring Out the Best at the Canadian Country Music Awards

PA Plus deployed a JBL VERTEC line array system for the Canadian Country Music Awards, where FOH engineer Mark Radu relied on JBL HiQnet Performance Manager for system configuration, tuning and control.

NORTHRIDGE, California – North York, Canada-based PA Plus recently provided HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line arrays for the Canadian Country Music Awards. Held at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, highlights for this year’s Awards included Dean Brody earning “Artist of the Year” honors and “Album of the Year” for DIRT, with Taylor Swift winning the CCMA Generation Award.

With 19 live performances over two hours, Mark Radu, Systems Engineer for PA Plus and FOH engineer for the awards show, was challenged with accommodating a large number of artists in a short time span, while adjusting for some other unusual conditions. “This setup was a little different because there were two satellite stages in front of the main stage where presentations and smaller performances took place, so it was a bit complex since we had two completely different zero time reference points,” Radu said. “Independently delaying and processing the main stage and satellite stage inputs provided a seamless, real-time transition between the two.”

PA Plus deployed a system that featured 48 JBL VERTEC VT4889 fullsize line array elements (12 per side for the main PA and 12 per side for outfill), supplemented with 16 VT4880 fullsize arrayable subwoofers. An additional eight SRX712M loudspeakers were used for front fill and a total of 68 Crown I-Tech 5000 HD amplifiers powered the system.

The entire system was configured, tuned and controlled with JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™. “We have used Performance Manager quite a bit but I think this is the biggest event we’ve used it on, and we really stretched the limits this time, using absolutely everything it has to offer,” Radu commented. “Once again, it worked amazingly well for us.”

Prior to setting up the system for the awards, Radu worked with his Performance Manager show file offline. “I was mostly maximizing what I would call the ‘array-specific correction tools’—circuit level gain shading, tapering EQ, etc.,” he said. “I did this in conjunction with the virtual test mics at my disposal in Performance Manager and JBL Line Array Calculator II. I basically tuned the system from my office a week out from the show. Once onsite, seven live test mics confirmed the accuracy of the virtual tuning. It was so on the money it was scary. The entire system was within +/- 1.5dB from the front row to the last seat in the house.”

Radu continued to note three qualities that set Performance Manager apart from the pack: “Firstly, from start to finish, the entire process is all self-contained. Secondly, failure-wise, I’m not tied to a single FOH processor. Worst-case scenario, f my computer dies, the system is still up and running, because Performance Manager is a GUI at the end of the day. Lastly, because everything is happening within the amps, having no more cable runs or additional A/D D/A conversions between my system DSP and amps is a welcome change. I don’t have the 300-foot snake anymore because everything is happening in the amps. I couldn’t have asked for anything more out of the Performance Manager platform and now I’d be hard-pressed to do a show any other way.”

In addition, Radu and PA Plus continue to rely on VERTEC for the most critical and highest-profile events. “It doesn’t matter what genre of music you’re mixing or what volume level the performance is, the VERTEC boxes hit everything,” Radu noted. “It sounds great with country acts, it sounds great with rock and roll acts, and everything in between. It’s the most predictable line array loudspeaker I’ve worked with and, having worked with it so much, I know exactly what to expect every time.”

For more information on PA Plus, please visit www.pa-plus.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 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

HARMAN’s AKG Provides Global Rockstar Song Contest With Studio And Live Sound Prize Packages

Band: Watcha Clan from France / Copyright: Watcha Clan 2012

VIENNA, Austria – With a continued commitment on providing artists around the globe with the finest in recording and live sound equipment, HARMAN’s AKG has partnered with the Global Rockstar Online Song Contest to provide fan-voted favorites a package of legendary AKG microphones and trusted wireless systems. From October through November, independent rock artists from 196 countries can upload their videos to the Global Rockstar Contest, where fans will choose winners and recipients of multiple AKG prize packages.

Global Rockstar was founded for the pure love of song. Creators Christof Straub and Ronny Steibl were searching for a way to showcase music they believed had more potential for international recognition. “As music producers and songwriters we know how important it is for artists to get maximum international visibility. Global Rockstar guarantees this to our winners and will continue to shine the light on lesser-known artists around the globe,” the founders stated.

On January 1, 2013, the votes will be tallied and combined with input from an expert musical jury on wildcard placement. The first place AKG live set contains a C214, a C451 condenser, four D40 dynamic mics, a D112 kickdrum mic and two handheld D7’s. The alternate first prize studio set includes a Perception 820 Tube, C414, two sets of K702 and K240 headphones and a C451.

Global Rockstar also provides AKG prize sets for second and third place.

“AKG is proud to be a part of a program, supporting musicians of all levels of professionalism, with a reach as wide as Global Rockstar,” said Philipp Sonnleitner, Product Marketing Manager, AKG. “With quality and reliability underscoring AKG’s mission to provide the best equipment to artists, the first, second and third prize winners from the Global Rockstar contest will be able to take a sonic step up in their recordings and live performances. We wish all participants good luck as their peers vote for the best original songs in the world!”

For more information about AKG, please visit http://www.akg.com and http://www.youtube.com/AKGacoustics. For more information on the Global Rockstar contest, please visit http://www.global-rockstar.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 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Platinum Tools Hi-Performance Cat5e and Cat6 Modular Plugs Now Shipping

CAMARILLO, Calif., Oct. 15, 2012 – Platinum Tools(R) (www.platinumtools.com), the leader in solutions for the preparation, installation and hand termination of wire and cable, announced their new Hi-Performance Cat5e and Cat6 Standard Modular Plugs are now shipping.

“The Hi-Performance Cat5e plug, with its unique Hi-Lo stagger design, isolates each conductor at the point of termination,” explained John Phillips, Platinum Tools, Inc. product manager. “This allows air, the world’s best insulator, to surround each conductor and thus eliminates NEXT, FEXT and AXT. The end result is performance beyond certification requirements. Plus, the internal conductor channels make for easy prep without the need for liners.” The round-solid three-prong plug is UL rated (RoHS), FCC compliant, utilizes gold-plated contacts (50u), and is also available in round-stranded.

Platinum Tools’ Hi-Performance Cat5e and Cat6 Modular Plugs combine traditional/standard style modular plugs for terminating cables in telephone and data applications. Manufactured to comply with FCC 68 guidelines and UL listed. Multiple position, contact configuration styles and round cable versions are available. Gold-plated contacts provide reliable performance and long life.

For more information on Platinum Tools and its complete product line, please visit www.platinumtools.com, call (800) 749-5783, or email info@platinumtools.com.

About Platinum Tools
Platinum Tools, founded in 1997, was created based upon two very simple objectives. First, develop the absolute best possible solutions for the preparation, installation, and hand termination of wire and cable. Second, implement an operational infrastructure that can deliver these products in an efficient, timely, and high quality manner.

All of our products must absolutely satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…utility of function; quality of function; and economic value. Our people are our company. They, too, must be focused on and work to satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…customer satisfaction; product knowledge and expertise; and willingness to learn and adapt.

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133rd AES Convention Papers Sessions Address Essential Issues

Networked Audio To Spatial Auditory Display For Remote Planetary Exploration

SAN FRANCISCO: Within the multi-faceted realm of the AES Convention, Papers represent the highest order of technical knowledge. Papers Co-Chairs Veronique Larcher and Alan Seefeldt have assembled a four-day program of solidly researched presentations designed to share knowledge on both esoteric and widely discussed issues. “Our objective was to develop the most useful, timely, challenging and above all interesting issues to inform and inspire our attendees,” Larcher said.

“The quality and diversity of the submissions we received enabled us to develop multi-faceted sessions covering such essential issues as: Networked Audio, Emerging Audio Technologies and Auditory Perception. A glance at the titles featured in these sessions substantiates their comprehensive intent,” Larcher emphasized. “Attendees should note that all paper presentations are available in print and PDF/CD format, and they will be available in audio format following the Convention.”

AES PAPERS SESSIONS INCLUDE:

Friday, Oct. 26

NETWORKED AUDIO: Chair, Ellen Juhlin, Meyer Sound Labs, Inc., Berkeley, CA
* Audio Latency Masking In Music Telepresence Using Artificial Reverberation
* Service Discovery Using Open Sound Control
* A Unified Low Latency Network Architecture For Multichannel Live Audio

Saturday, Oct. 27

EMERGING AUDIO TECHNOLOGIES: Chair, Agnieszka Roginska, New York University, NYC
* A Method For Enhancement of Background Sounds In Forensic Audio Recordings
* Transient Room Acoustics Using A 2.5 Dimensional Approach
* Multimodal Information Management: Evaluation Of Auditory And Haptic Cues for NextGen Communication Displays
* Prototype Spatial Auditory Display For Remote Planetary Exploration
* The Influence of 2-D & 3-D Video Playback On The Perceived Quality of Spatial Audio Rendering For Headphones
* An Autonomous System For Multitrack Stereo Pan Positioning
* DReaM – A Novel System For Joint Source Separation and Multitrack Coding

AUDITORY PERCEPTION & EVALUATION: Chair, Scott Norcross, Dolby, SF

Saturday, Oct. 27

* Subjective Evaluation of Personalized Equalization Curves In Music
* Thresholds For The Discrimination of Tonal And Narrowband Noise Bursts
* Identification And Evaluation of Target Curves For Headphones
* Consistency Of Balance Preferences In Three Musical Genres
* The Effect of Acoustic Environment On Reverberation Level Preference
* Localization of a Virtual Point Source Within The Listening Area For Wave Field Synthesis

Sunday, Oct. 28

Spatial Audio Over Headphones 5 papers
Signal Processing Fundamentals 7 papers
Analysis and Synthesis of Sound 10 papers

Monday, Oct. 29

Spatial Audio Processing – 8 papers

“The 133rd AES Convention will offer a total of 112 individual presentations,” Papers Co-Chair, Alan Seefeldt reports. “The Preliminary Events Calendar at: http://www.aes.org/events/133/calendar/calendar.cfm provides a wealth of information on individual Papers, including times, comprehensive abstracts and presenter details. Attendees are guaranteed to come away from the 133rd AES Convention with invaluable knowledge,” Seefeldt concludes. “They will also be invigorated by the on-the-ground networking opportunities they’ll encounter,”

Photo: AES Papers Co-Chair Veronique Larcher

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts 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

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ABS Hires Dan Skirpan to Bolster East Coast Presence

SEATAC, WA— Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced it has hired Dan Skirpan, CTS, for audio visual system sales, effective August 6. Based near Pittsburgh, he manages several large clients and is helping to grow the company’s East Coast market presence.

Skirpan has extensive experience in systems integration, and has managed numerous custom HD production studios, classroom technology upgrades, and digital signage installations. In almost nine years with AZCAR, he held a number of positions including senior account manager. Most recently, he served as the key accounts manager for the education market for Digitiz, Inc., a startup AV systems integration company.

“As a certified technology specialist, Dan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to ABS and our customers,” said Mark Siegel, President of ABS. “We are confident he will help ABS become an even bigger force on the East Coast.”

Skirpan can be reached at 724-747-9301 or via e-mail at dskirpan@advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including Fisher Communications, Cowles California Media, Real Networks, Cisco Systems, and Microsoft Studios. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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