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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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Genelec Winter NAMM 2013 Press Kit

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Audio-Technica Winter NAMM 2013 Press Kit

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Auralex Winter NAMM 2013 Press Kit

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Aphex Winter NAMM Press Kit

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GC Pro Expands Relationship with Focusrite, Becomes Certified U.S. Dealer for RedNet Professional Audio Networking System

— New RedNet system is based on Gigabit Ethernet switches and Cat-6 cabling —

— GC Pro’s sales team is “uniquely qualified to reach the markets that are appropriate for RedNet,” according to Focusrite Novation President Phil Wagner —

Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, announces an expanded relationship with Focusrite, a London-based developer of professional audio tools. Under the new relationship, GC Pro will now be a Certified U.S. Dealer for Focusrite’s RedNet Professional Audio Networking System, which is currently available. End users who are interested in Focusrite RedNet will now be able to obtain the system by contacting a GC Pro Account Manager or by visiting one of GC Pro’s 43 locations.

Phil Wagner, President, Focusrite Novation Inc., stated, “We have had RedNet in development for some time now, and we’re proud to bring it to market with GC Pro’s help. The RedNet professional audio networking system provides solutions that were otherwise not possible. The system is based on off-the-shelf managed Gigabit Ethernet switches and Cat-6 cabling, and products include: RedNet 1 – eight-channel AD/DA; RedNet 2 – 16-channel AD/DA; RedNet 3 – 32 channel digital I/O; RedNet 4 – eight-channel remote gain control Mic Pre; RedNet 5 – 32 channel HD Bridge for ProTools HD; RedNet 6 is a newly-announced 64 channel MADI bridge; and RedNet PCIe – 128 channel I/O for native applications.”

GC Pro Vice President Rick Plushner stated, “I’ve been monitoring the development of Focusrite’s RedNet technology for several years and we are most excited to be representing this cutting edge product. Our New York, Nashville and Hollywood offices will be equipped with demo systems while our entire nationwide staff will be trained to consult our client base on implementation within the recording process.”

Wagner added, “Focusrite chose GC Pro to sell RedNet in the U.S. based on their experience and the quality of their sales team. They have the ability to reach the markets that are appropriate for RedNet – recording, post-production, live sound and house-of-worship with our Dante-compatible, audio-over-IP-based solutions.”

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

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