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Audio-Technica Unveils AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser Microphone

— USB side-address condenser microphone features high-quality A/D converter, mix control, headphone jack with volume control, and more —

Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is debuting its AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser Microphone. Equipped with a USB output, this microphone is designed for digitally capturing music or any acoustic audio source employing users’ favorite recording software. The AT2020USB+ offers studio-quality articulation and intelligibility perfect for home studio recording, field recording, podcasting and voiceover use.

The AT2020USB+ features a built-in headphone jack with volume control that allows users to directly monitor their microphone signal in real time, and a built-in high-output internal headphone amplifier that delivers superior clarity. The microphone also offers mix control that can blend the microphone’s signal with pre-recorded audio (perfect for DJ/karaoke use). The unit’s cardioid pickup pattern delivers excellent off-axis rejection, while its A/D converter, with a 16-bit 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate, ensures extremely articulate sound reproduction.

The microphone is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP and 2000, and Mac OS X. It is powered from a USB Bus and includes a tripod desk stand, stand mount, USB cable and soft protective carrying pouch.

The AT2020USB+ will be available February 2013 with a U.S. MSRP of $279.00. For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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Aphex® Now Shipping Expanded 500 Series with New Modules

— New Parametric EQ, Optical Compressor and three new Mic Pre units join the acclaimed EX•BB 500™ in the series, forming a comprehensive line of signal processors —

Aphex®, a leader in audio enhancement technology for more than 35 years, is now shipping its new 500 Series modules. The 500 Series now includes six models: J PRE 500 Mic Pre; EQF 500 Parametric Equalizer; DUAL RPA 500 Mic Pre; A PRE 500 Mic Pre; the COMP 500 Optical Compressor; and the acclaimed, previously unveiled EX•BB 500™ Aural Exciter®/Big Bottom® module. All benefit from the portable and convenient 500 Series format and legendary Aphex sound.

The J PRE 500 mic pre is inspired by the flagship Aphex 1788A remote controlled preamp. They both have the same Jensen JT11K8 nickel input Transformer and Aphex patented Mic Limiter technology. Designed to provide no-compromise audio quality in the convenient 500 series format, the J PRE 500 also features a Jensen JT-11DL nickel output-balancing transformer.

The EQF 500 reissue is a modern take on the classic Aphex EQF-2 500 series three-band equalizer, originally introduced in the 1980s. With a Jensen output balancing transformer and 25Hz to 20kHz operation, the EQF 500 is extremely versatile and will make any program material shine while being punchy and quiet.

The DUAL RPA 500 mic pre is a two-channel solid state/tube hybrid preamp. The solid-state front end provides a fast transient response while the tube back end provides warmth and punch. The DUAL RPA 500 also has the Aphex patented Mic Limiter technology for “no second take” recording.

The A PRE 500 mic pre is inspired by the popular Aphex 188 eight-channel preamp. However, the A PRE uses a custom-designed CineMag input transformer and a Jensen JT-11DL nickel output balancing transformer. The A PRE 500 is extremely clear sounding yet musical.

The new COMP 500 module is an optical compressor. It features an electronically balanced input and uses a Jensen JT-11DL nickel output balancing transformer. The optocoupler was specified to be as fast as possible and, is produced exclusively for Aphex. The module features stereo linking, and provides all the transparency of an optical compressor with the flexibility to get aggressive compression when needed.

The EX•BB 500 is a mono, 500 Series module version of the popular Aphex Aural Exciter and Optical Big Bottom processors. Each processor has a dedicated, lighted enable button.

“The expansion of our 500 Series with these five new modules further illustrates Aphex’s commitment to providing a comprehensive range of signal processors,” stated Rick McClendon, Aphex’s General Manager. “The addition of three new mic pre’s, a parametric EQ and an optical compressor, which join our highly successful EX•BB 500 Aural Exciter/Big Bottom module, offers audio professionals a wider palette of processing options.”

Aphex CEO David Wiener was excited to add, “Remember that our Aphex technologies and products have been used by major artists, engineers and producers through popular music history, from Paul McCartney and Pink Floyd, to today’s Grammy®s, Oscar®s, and the upcoming Soul Train Awards. Aphex has had a huge impact and now, with our new 500 Series, we’re making these powerful tools available to pros and the new talent coming into the audio and entertainment industry. It’s really exciting to see our tech become small, portable and accessible to everyone.”

Pricing:
J PRE 500 $749 U.S. MSRP
EQF 500 $629 U.S. MSRP
DUAL RPA 500 $999 U.S. MSRP
A PRE 500 $699 U.S. MSRP
COMP 500 $629 U.S. MSRP
EX•BB 500 $299 U.S. MSRP

For more information please visit http://www.aphex.com.

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Genelec Inc. Appoints Paul Stewart Territory Manager – East Coast

— Genelec veteran will assume greater sales responsibilities as Genelec prepares for strong 2013 —

Genelec Inc., the U.S. subsidiary and distributor for Genelec Active Monitors, announces the appointment of Paul Stewart to the position of Territory Manager – East Coast. Stewart, who has been with Genelec since 2006 and previously served as Product Specialist, will assume greater sales responsibilities in the eastern U.S. as Genelec prepares for a strong 2013 with new product introductions and continued sales initiatives. The announcement was made by Lisa Kaufmann, Genelec Inc. Managing Director.

A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Stewart draws on more than 15 years of experience in professional audio sales to high-end production facilities and individual artists around the globe. Prior to joining Genelec, as a project consultant, he provided design expertise from equipment specification to layout and system integration. Paul has designed and installed numerous wiring systems in recording studios as well as home theater and multi-media rooms. He will continue to employ his extensive contacts with major studios, engineers, producers, artists and record companies nationwide to further strengthen Genelec’s network of business partners.

Kaufmann noted, “For the last several years, Paul has been an asset and resource for Genelec, and we are very proud to see him assume his new role in the organization. We have big plans for 2013, and with Paul’s help, we will have the tools in place to serve our customers in the best way possible.”

For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com/.

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Auralex® Now Shipping HoverMat™ Isolation Platform

— The HoverMat™ isolates a drum kit from the floor or a hollow stage, reducing coloration from floor resonance and improving sound isolation —

Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, is now shipping its HoverMat™ Isolation Platform. The HoverMat is a sturdy, slip-resistant drummers’ mat that improves acoustical isolation and clarifies drum tone. Like Auralex’s critically acclaimed HoverDeck™ Isolation Riser, the HoverMat isolates a drum set from the floor or a hollow stage, reducing coloration from floor resonance by decoupling the drum kit, thereby resulting in a tighter, more pure sound for both studio and live applications. The HoverMat and HoverDeck can also be used in combination for extra isolation.

The HoverMat comes as a 4′x6′ section of Auralex’s acclaimed sound-deadening SheetBlok™ sound barrier material, covered with charcoal gray Ozite-type, commercial-grade, road-ready carpet, and is ideal for musicians on the go, worship groups, live performance venues, or anywhere a drum kit needs additional isolation.

The result is a tighter, more focused and pure drum sound night-in and night-out. The HoverMat can be rolled up after any performance or session, and the included heavy-duty cinch sack makes transport a breeze.

Features and Highlights:

6’ width x 4’ depth; ¼” thickness
Non-slip surface holds drums and hardware in place
Provides acoustical isolation
Weighs 28 lbs – cinch sack with shoulder strap included
Great for drummers and keyboard players alike
Fabricated with industry-leading Auralex SheetBlok™

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

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Bose® RoomMatch® Sound System Chosen for University of Rhode Island’s Edwards Auditorium

A range of Bose RoomMatch® modules, powered by Bose PowerMatch® PM8500 power amplifiers, provide URI’s Edwards Auditorium with a flexible, clear-sounding audio reinforcement solution

The historic 920-seat Edwards Hall Auditorium on University of Rhode Island’s Kingston Campus recently upgraded its sound system with a selection of products from Bose® Professional Systems Division. The system was spec’d and installed by Sudbury, Massachusetts-based Adtech Systems. Adtech’s Senior Design Engineer Charlie Crane served as Lead on the project. The final system consists of two L/R clusters consisting of two RoomMatch® RM12060, two RM9020, two RM7010 array modules, and two RMS215 subwoofers, all powered by four PowerMatch® PM8500 configurable professional power amplifiers.

Crane points out the unique challenges of tackling the project in such a space: “The room was originally built as a library and converted into an auditorium much later, so they’ve always struggled with good sound quality in there. The university’s architect was working with administration, and they were primarily concerned with the room’s acoustics. But more accurately, they simply had a problem of coverage – the existing system was not covering every seat. They wanted a new system that would not only cover the room and increase speech intelligibility for lectures, demonstrations and other different things that you would expect in a large auditorium at a college, but they also wanted it to be able to accommodate high-energy music. With these concerns of coverage and versatility of use in mind, it was not hard for us to decide on a Bose RoomMatch system.”

The coverage patterns available with RoomMatch loudspeakers makes designing a new system completely customizable to the space. Crane continues: “The room has a very deep balcony with seating underneath, but with the progressive nature of the RoomMatch arrays, we could throw sound deep into the balcony without blowing the people out of their seats right in the front of the room. We chose the cabinets with the right coverage patterns – a combination of 120×60, 90×20, and 70×10 degrees – and we ended up with a great front-to-back coverage ratio. The client is more than thrilled – they now love the room. RoomMatch offers incredible sound quality and pattern control… Just awesome.”

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Audio-Technica Expands Sponsorship Role for the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

— Already a longtime microphone sponsor, A-T is now also headphone sponsor for non-profit mobile studio —

Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, has expanded its role as sponsor of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile recording and multimedia studio. For several years, A-T has served as the Bus’s microphone sponsor, and they now also serve as headphone sponsor, supplying ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones and ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones to be used by the Bus’s patrons.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus travels around the U.S. throughout the year. Outfitted with traditional musical instruments as well as high-tech professional audio and video gear, the Bus has provided free hands-on programs since 1998 for hundreds of high schools, colleges, Boys and Girls Clubs, music festivals, concerts, conferences and community organizations.

Jeff Sobel, John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Chief Engineer, stated, “The Lennon Bus demands a lot from its equipment. The ATH-M50’s have exceptional accuracy for critical listening and the power and isolation needed for tracking. But equally important: they’re built tough. Each year we record over a thousand enthusiastic kids and host thousands more in our public hands-on demo tents, and Audio-Technica’s are the only headphones that have endured this daily abuse without failing.”

“It was an easy decision to expand our commitment to the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and Songwriting Contest,” said Gary Boss, Audio-Technica Marketing Director. “It has been extremely rewarding to work with them, as A-T shares the Bus’s goal of getting more young people involved in making music.”

ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
Audio-Technica’s flagship ATH-M50 professional studio monitor headphones (MSRP US $199.00) provide an exceptionally natural response for professional monitoring and mixing. The headphones feature a closed-back, collapsible design with 45 mm neodymium drivers, circumaural ear pieces (180° swivel) and luxuriously padded ear cushions. Color options: black with coiled cable (ATH-M50); black with straight cable (ATH-M50s); white with coiled cable (ATH-M50WH).

ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones
Audio-Technica’s ATH-M40fs precision studiophones (MSRP US $150.00) offer a flat, extended frequency response for professional studio monitoring. Superior components provide very high SPL capabilities while maintaining exceptional clarity of sound. Exterior design features include sturdy strain-relief cable and comfortable circumaural earpieces that can be rotated 180° for one-ear monitoring.

About the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus (www.lennonbus.org)
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile Pro Audio and HD video recording facility that provides hands-on experiences for students of all ages. In its 16th year of touring, the venture is proud of its fully professional bus and its studios, which boast the latest audio and video technology, gear and products. The concept began as an offshoot of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, which is dedicated to providing opportunities for both professional and amateur songwriters around the world. The Bus travels across the U.S. and Canada year-round, providing free tours and workshops at schools, retailers, festivals, on tours with headlining artists, and at major industry conferences. The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is made possible by an agreement with Yoko Ono Lennon.

For more information, please visit www.lennonbus.org, www.jlsc.com and www.audio-technica.com.

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Additional Sponsors Announced by The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® for GRAMMY® Week Event “An Evening Of Jazz” Honoring Multiple GRAMMY Award Recipients Quincy Jones and Al Schmitt

The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® will celebrate its sixth annual GRAMMY® Week event, titled “An Evening of Jazz,” honoring 27-time GRAMMY® winner and multi-talented music producer Quincy Jones and 18-time GRAMMY-winning engineer and producer Al Schmitt for their commitment to excellence and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music. The invitation-only event will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles. GRAMMY Week culminates with the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, airing live on the CBS Television Network, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Newly announced sponsors of the event from the Professional Audio and Musical Instrument market sectors include the following brands: Argosy® (www.argosyconsole.com), Capital Bauer Insurance (www.capitalbauer.com), DTS® (www.dts.com), Focusrite Novation (www.focusrite.com, www.novationmusic.com), Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro) (www.gcpro.com), Guitar Center www.guitarcenter.com, iZotope (www.izotope.com), Lurssen Mastering (www.lurssenmastering.com), OraStream (www.orastream.com), Sound Exchange (www.soundexchange.com), Vintage King (www.vintageking.com) and Westlake Pro (www.westlakepro.com).

These brands join previously announced sponsors Avid® (www.avid.com), HARMAN® Professional brands (AKG® Acoustics, JBL® Professional and Lexicon®) (www.harman.com), iriver (www.iriver.com), Iron Mountain (www.ironmountain.com), Music Marketing (www.musicmarketing.ca), PMC, Ltd. (www.pmc-speakers.com), Presonus (www.presonus.com), Shure Incorporated (www.shure.com), and Ultimate Ears by Logitech (www.ultimateears.com).

“We could not hold our GRAMMY Week event, ‘An Evening of Jazz,’ without the contributions of our sponsor partners.” states Maureen Droney, Senior Executive Director of the P&E Wing. “The Producers & Engineers Wing provides a voice for the producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals who work, often behind the scenes, in the recording field, and we’re glad our manufacturer partners support our efforts. We are looking forward to another spectacular GRAMMY Week event.”

For updates and breaking news, please visit www.grammy.com, and The Recording Academy®’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys, www.facebook.com/thegrammys.

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Waves Audio IR-Live Now Available

— DSP leader introduces Convolution Reverb for Live Sound —

Waves Audio’s new IR-Live Convolution Reverb, customized for live sound use, is now available. Like its predecessor, the acclaimed IR1, the IR-Live is convolution-based, using sound samples called “impulse responses” (or IRs for short.) Featuring a simple and intuitive interface, IR-Live is compatible with Waves MultiRack Native and SoundGrid® platforms, as well as all of IR1′s acclaimed impulse responses, including those of world famous venues such as Wembley Stadium, CBGB’s and the Grand Ole Opry. In addition, IR-Live includes samples of the world’s best-sounding hardware reverb units.

With IR-Live, FOH/live sound engineers now have virtual access to the magic of convolution-based reverb. Waves’ IR-Live Convolution Reverb is now available with a U.S. MSRP of $250.00 and a special introductory price of $99.00. Visit www.waves.com and www.waveslive.com for more information.

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GC Pro Named Exclusive U.S. Dealer of the RAVEN MTX Production Console by Slate Pro Audio

— GC Pro remains on the cutting edge by offering groundbreaking RAVEN MTX console, which features multi-touchscreen operation including DAW software and digitally controlled analog monitor section —

Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, has been named the exclusive U.S. dealer of the RAVEN MTX Multi-Touch Production Console by Slate Pro Audio. Introduced at the 133rd AES convention in San Francisco, the RAVEN MTX enjoyed an overwhelmingly positive response, as engineers were treated to the unveiling of a truly groundbreaking, next-generation audio console. The RAVEN MTX Multi-Touch Production Console is the ultimate centerpiece for the modern studio, combining a state-of-the-art multi-touch monitor, feature-rich multi-touch DAW control software, and a world-class digitally controlled analog monitor section. The console will be available through GC Pro’s 43 nationwide locations, and eight selected locations will serve as product demo sites for the RAVEN MTX.

“GC Pro always strives to remain on the cutting edge,” stated Rick Plushner, GC Pro Vice President. “As many people know, my career was built on introducing winning, cutting-edge recording and mixing consoles. With just one brief demo of Raven I was convinced this is miles ahead of other manufacturers and is in sync with the needs of today’s marketplace.”

Plushner continues, “At GC Pro, we carefully monitor customer’s needs and their desires to improve workflow and creativity. It makes sense for us to do business with manufacturers who are driving the narrative while pushing boundaries with forward-thinking technologies. Looking at other market sectors, it is clear to see that touchscreen control is not a passing fad, and that extends to the audio production market. The RAVEN MTX console, with its unique work surface, represents the next generation of recording consoles, and GC Pro is excited to be the exclusive dealer of such an innovative piece of equipment.”

The console features a 46-inch touchscreen that intuitively controls every aspect of the production process, from initial tracking to effects, EQ, and final mixing. The console’s RAVEN MIXER software is a powerful multi-touch mixer that can control all major DAW’s, and the RAVEN TOOLBAR is reminiscent of similar features on current popular computing devices. The console facilitates quick navigation through any virtual production environment. Raven’s high-quality digitally-controlled analog monitoring section allows for plug-and-play integration and features four speaker outs, an eight-channel artist cue mix system, 7.1 surround capability, and on-board Laptop Reference™ speakers, which Slate calls “Betty.”

Steven Slate, CEO, Slate Pro Audio, states, “I’ve worked with GC Pro as a client since 1998, and have always had amazing service, support and advice when purchasing gear for my recording studios. Now, as CEO of Slate Pro Audio, I am happy to be working with GC Pro as the exclusive US dealer of our RAVEN MTX Production Console. Launching the Raven with GC Pro is a natural choice. This is a groundbreaking product that people are going to want to touch, and they’ll be able to do that at many of GC Pro’s 43 locations across the country. Being part of the Guitar Center Professional family instantly connects Slate Pro Audio with clientele ranging from high-end recording to post-production to commercial facilities to houses of worship. GC Pro’s staff of 90 recording experts have the know-how to quickly master this new technology and educate their customers. And how cool is it that you can order a RAVEN from gcpro.com and have it delivered to your door? Every step of the way, GC Pro has shared our vision of the future of this industry – that makes them the ideal partner for the Raven.”

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

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Carl Tatz Design Unveils MixRoom™

– The new Carl Tatz Signature Series™ family of control room acoustic modules by Auralex and the acclaimed PhantomFocus™ System monitor tuning protocol are combined to create the
CTD MixRoom™ -

- MixRoom™ first implemented as turnkey professional mixing suite for legendary
engineer/educator Bob Bullock –

Nashville, TN: “The concept of the MixRoom™ was to emulate the look and performance of my award-winning custom control room designs at a fraction of the cost,” announces studio designer Carl Tatz, principal of Carl Tatz Design LLC (CTD), “and I think we’ve more than succeeded with that.”

The Carl Tatz Signature Series™ family of control room acoustic modules by Auralex® (now featured in a dedicated section on the Auralex website and debuting at the NAMM® Show), combined with the acclaimed PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) studio monitor tuning protocol, according to CTD, renders a mix room, the performance of which is without peer, thereby defining a new generation of performance for the audio professional. The MixRoom can quickly and affordably transform a simple rectangular room into a world-class mixing environment.

“I am blown away with the evolution of Carl’s work in this second room he has designed for me,” quotes multi-Grammy®-winning engineer Bob Bullock. “Carl’s MixRoom™ concept is the future of personal mix rooms. Incredibly accurate and a total pleasure to use, it has reduced my mixing time dramatically, and with today’s reduced budgets that’s a big thing!” Bullock states. “In my career, I have been privileged to work in studios all over the world, but my experience using the MixRoom trumps them all – and at a very affordable cost.”

Ancillary gear for Bob’s MixRoom includes studio furniture by Argosy Console, featuring the PFS-compliant Dual 15-800 work station, two RR-H10-M Rack ‘N Roll equipment modules and SDT3-C-B Directors Table; Dynaudio Professional M1 monitors and Bryston SST 4B Amplification.

“We’re honored to work with Carl Tatz, one of the top studio designers in the industry, on this exciting new Auralex offering. This new series makes Carl’s signature style easy and affordable enough for any serious studio owner. Now virtually any room can benefit from the same aesthetic and sound control enjoyed by top hitmakers like Rascal Flatts and others,” says Eric Smith, founder and president of Auralex Acoustics.

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