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Bose® PowerMatch™ 8500/8500N Configurable Power Amplifier Selected for Large-Scale Installation at The Villages Golf Community in Central Florida

The Villages and other projects benefit from the Bose PowerMatch PM8500’s Class-D efficiency and up to 4 kW of pure, clean power

Framingham, Massachusetts, October 18, 2012 – Some projects are inarguably massive. They cover an enormous amount of ground and need the power to deliver music and other critical audio across areas measured in acres instead of square feet. That’s why AV systems integrators are turning to the PowerMatch™ PM8500 from Bose Professional Systems Division . Such is the case with a recent audio systems project where power, reliability and sound quality are critical across very large amounts of space, and the Bose PowerMatch amplifier is proving to be the best choice.

The Villages is a master-planned retirement community located in central Florida about midway between Ocala and Orlando, with a population of over 90,000 residents living on over 26,000 acres. With a focus on golf – boasting 504 holes, on both executive and championship courses, including courses designed by Arnold Palmer and Nancy Lopez. Installing landscape sound for The Villages is a big job – the new downtown area, Brownwood, has 240 light poles, each will have Bose® DS 40SE full-range, surface-mount loudspeakers mounted to them. All of these will be powered by just six Bose PowerMatch™ PM8500/8500N amplifiers, covering an area up to a half-mile in all directions from the town’s central square. In addition to the PowerMatch PM8500, the area also includes Bose Panaray® MA12EX full-range modular line array loudspeakers and MB24 modular bass loudspeakers for the town square’s live stage for music performances, as well as 12 Bose ControlSpace® ESP-88/ESP-00 engineered sound processors, digital signal processors to control audio throughout The Villages. Going forward, Bose PowerMatch amplifiers will also be used in a forthcoming movie theater in the downtown area and other applications.

“There’s really no place like it on the planet,” says Steve Brown, Eastern Regional Business Manager, Bose Professional Systems. “And just as The Villages are all about quality of life, they are a whole community built around Bose audio because Bose is all about quality of sound. The Villages are about great golf as far as the eye can see and great sound as far as the ear can hear. It’s an amazing project, and the Bose PowerMatch offers them the ability to power a huge amount of sound over an enormous amount of space and do it cost effectively.”

The Bose PowerMatch PM8500/8500N is a configurable professional power amplifier delivering concert sound quality for fixed installation sound reinforcement systems. Building on the ruggedness proven by 20 years of experience building Class-D power amplifiers for the automotive market, the PM8500/8500N adds numerous new Bose patented technologies to simultaneously provide class-leading power, efficiency, sound quality and reliability.

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A-List Retailers At The Santa Monica Place Mall Get Top-Flight Sound And Staging Through GC Pro

— Upscale mall adds live music and event capability with technology supplied by GC Pro —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, October 17, 2012 — The Santa Monica Place has the stores, the views, the food and the fresh, open-air design – a shopping and dining destination that’s just right for this iconic beach city. Included are a custom-designed Bloomingdale’s made for the beach-chic lifestyle, a brand new Nordstrom, and a collection of A-list retail names, topped by a rooftop Dining Deck with six chef-driven restaurants and gorgeous views of the city, the mountains and the Pacific. And now Santa Monica Place has one more aspect that will draw and entertain shoppers: A new stage with an extensive sound system and lighting truss, all supplied by Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users.

GC Pro provided just about everything that Santa Monica Place needed to make its atrium into a performance venue. That included a JBL VRX line array system with 12 VRX932 enclosures and two MRX518S single-18 subwoofers and an MRX528S dual-18 subwoofer, four Crown XTi power amplifiers, a Soundcraft Vi1 console, AKG IVM4500 in-ear monitoring systems and dbx DriveRack® 4800 system processor. The Global Truss 24′ x 16′ stage and truss system has its own runway for fashion shows, with a Lex Pagoda power distribution system. A Telex BTR-24 multichannel radio communications system with eight headsets and beltpacks keeps everyone in the loop.

The entire collection of equipment, including the stage, is designed to be stored when not in use and set up as needed. This, says GC Pro Account Manager Josh Dawkins, who specified the products and handled the sale, gives the mall’s operation management more flexibility and offers them the opportunity to recoup some of the capital cost of the equipment through rentals. “They can rent the space and the sound system as a package, which makes it very attractive to potential users,” he says.

Dawkins says that HARMAN’s sales representatives were very helpful in choosing which systems and products best fit the needs of the mall’s management. “That’s one of the things that GC Pro brings to customers like this,” says Dawkins. “We have such depth of resources throughout the pro audio, lighting, video and staging industries that we can count on being able to access all of the expertise that the brands we represent can offer. That’s something that a commercial client like Santa Monica Place really appreciated.”

Mike Schoen, National Accounts Sales Manager, Harman Professional Group, stated, “We are very pleased that GC Pro chose a wide selection of Harman Professional products for the Santa Monica Place Mall. Working closely with Josh Dawkins, we were able to put together a comprehensive package that suited the venue’s needs.”

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

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Audio-Technica Mics Continue to Capture Sound for Presidential Debate Series at October 16th Town Hall Event

STOW, OH, October 17, 2012 — Audio-Technica, currently celebrating “50 Years of Passionate Listening,” supplied microphones used on both candidates, the moderator and audience participants at the third debate in the 2012 presidential campaign on October 16 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Larry Estrin, of Best Audio in Studio City, CA, who serves as Audio and Production Communications Director for the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), chose A-T for each of the four debates in the series. 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.

Products used included A-T’s 5000 Series wireless with AEW-T5400a condenser handheld transmitters and AEW-R5200 receivers for President Obama and Governor Romney (allowing the candidates to freely roam while answering the evening’s questions); AT898cW Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Lavalier Microphones with AEW-T1000a body packs (doubled for redundancy) for moderator Candy Crowley; AE6100 Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld (wired) microphones, connected to Audio-Technica’s AT-MX351a SmartMixer® Five-Channel Mixers, for audience members asking questions of the candidates; and BP4071 Line + Gradient Condenser Microphones for room ambience. Candidate backup mics, required for redundancy, were additional AT898cW units with AEW-T1000 body packs and AEW-R5200 receivers.

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

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M3 (Music Mix Mobile) Partners Again with Waves Audio to Make Barbra Streisand’s Return to Brooklyn Even More Memorable

— The legendary diva returns to her Brooklyn roots with two shows at the new Barclay’s Arena with long-time engineer and mixer David Reitzas working in the Music Mix Mobile Eclipse remote truck and relying on plugins from Waves Audio to assure a great recorded result —

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, October 15, 2012 — Barbra Streisand has come home to Brooklyn – the legendary diva is the second artist to headline at the newly opened Barclay’s Arena in the borough’s Prospect Heights neighborhood, barely a mile from where she grew up, in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. And these two highly anticipated shows, on Oct. 11 and 13, were recorded by M3 (Music Mix Mobile), a New Jersey/California-based remote-facilities company combining the talents of award-winning production professionals and state-of-the-art audio solutions. M3 had its East Coast-based Eclipse remote truck on site at the Barclay’s Arena for rehearsals and for both evenings’ performances, which were recorded by Streisand’s long-time engineer, GRAMMY® and EMMY® award winner David Reitzas, noted also for his work with artists including Madonna, Seal, Andrea Bocelli and Guns N’ Roses. There was also another collaborator on this momentous project: processing plugins from Waves Audio, a leading provider of audio DSP solutions for professional, broadcast, and consumer electronics audio markets.

Reitzas utilized M3’s extensive array of Waves plugins, including the Renaissance Vox, the Renaissance Axx, the Renaissance Compressor, the MV2 Dynamics Processor, TrueVerb and the H-Delay. Waves plugins were applied to many of the 190 inputs that Streisand’s orchestra, band and 60-member choir required on Barclay’s stage to thrill those filling the new Arena’s 19,000 seats.

“This is an amazing show by an amazing artist,” states Joel Singer, Engineer-In-Charge at M3, which was also on hand to record select shows on Streisand’s 2007 tour. “Ms. Streisand is using all live musicians – there will not be one single tape track at these performances. And we’ll be using Waves plugins on many of the inputs, from the 18 vocal microphones we’ll have on the choir to the string and horn sections. It will be processed by Waves, because Waves is that good.”

Asked why M3 has been so committed to Waves over the years, Singer replies, “Because Waves understands the comfort zone we all look for when we embark on a high-profile audio project like this. We know what we want things to sound like and Waves gets us there. You know when you walk into a control rooms and see certain things, like a familiar set of monitors, that you’ll be in your comfort zone and will be able to do your best work. That’s what Waves does for us.”

Visit www.waves.com for more information.

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GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW WILLISTON, VERMONT STORE

— 237th Guitar Center location features on-site lessons and repair services, along with GC’s vast inventory selection —

Westlake Village, CA (October 15, 2012) – On the evening of Thursday, October 11, 2012, Guitar Center held the grand opening of its new location in Williston, Vermont, located at 21A Hawthorne St., Williston, VT 05495. The Williston store is Guitar Center’s 237th retail location.

Guitar Center Williston’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 Williston 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 Williston 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 Williston 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 Williston 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.

Williston 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 Williston 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 Williston store, Guitar Center offers nationwide programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight the nation’s most promising undiscovered talent. Williston 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 Williston 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. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday.

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