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FUJINON’S Flexible 85-300MM Cabrio Wins Cine Gear Expo Award

The high-quality, lightweight lens awarded within best camera technology category

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division has received a 2013 Cine Gear Expo Technical Award for its PL 85-300mm (model ZK3.5×85) Cabrio lens. Selected at the show by a panel of industry experts, the lens was recognized as the best new product in the camera technology category.

Introduced late last year, the high-performance FUJINON PL 85-300 zoom lens was designed using the latest optical simulation technology, offering exceptional optical performance in both the center of the image and in the corners of the frame. The PL 85-300’s longer lens makes it ideal for professional cinematographers and videographers. The PL 85-300 offers a focal length of 85-220mm at T2.9 and 300mm at T4.0, with 200-degree focus rotation.

“It’s an honor for the PL 85-300 Cabrio to be recognized by Cine Gear Expo as the best in new camera technology,” said Thom Calabro, director, Marketing and Product Development, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division. “We pride ourselves on creating only the highest quality optics. Whether you are from a film or video background, the Premier PL Cabrio lenses offer uncompromising quality and an unprecedented level of flexibility to meet the unique demands of high-end productions.”

The lightweight, versatile FUJINON PL 85-300 lens features an exclusive detachable servo drive unit, making it ideal for use as a standard PL lens or as an ENG-style lens. The digital servo’s 16-bit encoding assures operators that all lens data output is extremely accurate. The lens is equipped with flange focal distance adjustment, self-aligning servo drive, a macro function for extreme close-up focus, and coverage of a 31.5mm diagonal sensor. PL 85-300 can be controlled using cinema industry standard wireless controllers, as well as existing FUJINON wired and wireless units.

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 10 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2012, and in the year ended March 31, 2013, had global revenues of $26.7 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visitwww.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 83 yen to the dollar.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

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Waves MaxxAudio® Technologies Featured in Musicsoft Arts Audiophile App for iPad

— iPad Music player app offers superior sound enhancement by Waves MaxxAudio® —

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, August 1, 2013 — Musicsoft Arts recently introduced the Audiophile Music Player iPad app, a virtual high-fidelity stereo system with superior sound performance, thanks to MaxxAudio® technology by Waves, the leading developer of DSP technologies for pro audio, consumer electronics and live sound, and the recipient of a Technical GRAMMY® Award. Audiophile brings out the best sound from users’ systems, whether at home or on the go. MaxxAudio leverages Waves professional audio technologies – utilized worldwide to improve sound quality in the creation of the world’s most popular music, movie soundtracks and video games – for use in consumer electronics, including PCs, mobile devices, wireless speaker systems and more.

Musicsoft Arts worked closely with Waves to employ its Software Developer Kit (SDK) within the Audiophile app. This latest offering in the line of popular MusicSoft Arts music apps utilizes MaxxAudio as its DSP engine, allowing unprecedented real-time processing and control for the user. The MaxxAudio SDK, which is available to developers, provides custom settings to match the speakers or headset being used, and further allows users to customize their sound using individual parameter adjustments within the Maxx module of the app.

Audiophile features an optimized display for both portrait (vertical) and landscape (horizontal) iPad orientations, along with full integration with iPad’s built-in music control features. Users also have access to a free limited test-drive of MaxxAudio and Waves EQ, Audiophile’s premium sound-enhancing features. Audiophile’s seamless interface allows for complete control over playlist and sound, allowing users to play songs from their own music collections as well as from cloud-based sources.

Audiophile is fully connected to the cloud, allowing mobile music fans to discover great songs from a variety of Internet music sources, add them to their Audiophile Playlist, and boost the Bass and Loudness of cloud music with MaxxAudio, Audiophile’s audio enhancement features.

“Waves MaxxAudio helps make Audiophile the best-sounding iPad music player available in the App Store,” stated Aviv Eyal, Founder of Musicsoft Arts, “As music lovers, it was a natural choice for us to utilize Waves professional DSP within Audiophile. This enabled us to offer mobile music fans the highest standards of sound-quality in an affordable and easy-to-use App.”

“Once again, Musicsoft Arts has chosen Waves studio-quality processing technologies to enhance the performance of their iOS music apps,” said Tomer Elbaz, Executive Vice President of Waves Consumer Division. “Their team creates products with dedication and passion, to provide their users with a great sound experience. Integrating MaxxAudio within their apps demonstrates their commitment to deliver outstanding sound performance whether using docking stations, headphones or cloud-based sources. MaxxAudio sound tools give Audiophile’s users the power to truly enjoy music. ”

Get Audiophile for iPad on the iTunes store. For further information on MaxxAudio embedded technologies, please visit www.maxx.com.

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AES’s First Conference Focusing on Audio Education Draws Attendees from All Over the Globe

— The Audio Engineering Society’s first conference dedicated specifically to audio education focused on teaching methods, instructional resources, learning outcomes, technical operations, industry relations, and related topics impacting all aspects of professional audio education —

— Event was held July 25-27, 2013, at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee —

New York, NY, August 1, 2013 — The Audio Engineering Society (AES) recently wrapped its 50th International Conference, its first dedicated specifically to audio education. The conference took place July 25-27, 2013, at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where more than 140 educators and industry representatives met to exchange ideas and experiences. Attendance far surpassed the organizers’ initial expectations, with attendees traveling to Murfreesboro from twenty-five U.S. states and twelve countries, including Korea, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. The event also for the first time included a significant focus on live sound as a component of a pro audio education curriculum, a fact underscored by the event’s keynote address delivered by Bob McCarthy, Senior Education Consultant at Meyer Sound, who gave an informative and entertaining presentation on the history of the live sound industry.

The three-day conference focused on teaching methods, instructional resources, learning outcomes, technical operations, industry relations and related topics that impact the theoretical and practical aspects of professional audio education. Conference co-chairs Michael Fleming and Bill Crabtree organized a number of after-hours events in Murfreesboro and nearby Nashville, including an opening-day banquet dinner, a studio crawl with behind-the-scenes tours at Ocean Way Studios and historic RCA Studio B, a reception at the former RCA Studio A (now operating as Ben’s Studio, owned by Ben Folds) and a Lower Broadway honky-tonk outing.

Michael Fleming stated, “Our goals with this conference were to stimulate dialogue among members of the audio teaching community and between the pro-audio industry and academia, so that there might be a greater sense of understanding and confidence in our respective missions. In many ways, the profession of teaching professional audio from an academic and practical point of view is very young, and we think this conference was a giant step toward helping establishing a sense of community, as well as shared standards and awareness of the different directions and emphases these programs can have. Clearly there are three sets of beneficiaries from this work: audio students, audio faculty and our peers in industry.”

The conference’s experts addressed attendees through paper presentations, workshops and discussions. The published conference proceedings contain over 30 peer-reviewed papers, including historical perspectives, survey instruments, case-studies and recommendations for educational resource management and development. In addition, eight workshops and tutorials touched on topics including pedagogy; instructional resources; internships; critical-listening and ear-training; partnerships with industry and professional organizations; learning outcomes and academic standards, accreditation and program administration.

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Bose® Professional Systems Division Invites Users to “Meet Your Match”

Framingham, Massachusetts, August 1, 2013 – Bose® Professional Systems Division’s RoomMatch® loudspeakers and PowerMatch® amplifiers have been forming the backbone of a growing number of audio systems nationwide. On its website, Bose is offering several informative videos spotlighting individual products, technologies, and the latest installations.

Please visit www.bose.com/meetyourmatch to stream the videos and “Meet Your Match”!

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Waves Audio Introduces SoundGrid® Extreme DSP Server

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, July 31, 2013 — Waves Audio announces SoundGrid® Extreme, the latest iteration of its SoundGrid protocol for live applications. The most powerful SoundGrid DSP Server ever, Waves SoundGrid Extreme is ready to tackle the heaviest processing challenges. SoundGrid Extreme boasts some very impressive benchmarks, running over 500 instances of Waves stereo SSL E-Channel or C4 Multiband Compressor plugins, with latency as low as 0.8 milliseconds. Featuring an Intel® i7 Extreme microprocessor which delivers over 40% more power than the SGS Server One, the Extreme DSP Server is housed in a rugged road-ready 2U chassis.

SoundGrid gives users the ability to run large numbers of Waves’ acclaimed audio processors using standard PCs via Ethernet, far surpassing the specs of dedicated DSP-based platforms. SoundGrid offers super low latency performance, which means users can take advantage of even more audio processors and CPU-intensive processors than ever before. Waves is leveraging the recent advances in both Ethernet and CPU technologies to provide better, more cost-effective performance for the pro audio and live sound markets.

SoundGrid Extreme Benchmarks:

Latency (roundtrip total)
40* samples / 0.83 ms
80* samples / 0.83ms
SSL E-Channel Stereo
512 instances @ 48kHz
288 instances @ 96kHz
IR-Live
30 instances @ 48kHz
18 instances @ 96kHz
L3 Multimaximizer
158 instances @ 48kHz
64 instances @ 96kHz
C4 Multiband Compressor Stereo
512 instances @ 48kHz
288 instances @ 96kHz

SoundGrid Extreme is currently available with a U.S. MSRP of $2490.00. Please visit www.waves.com and www.waveslive.com for more information.

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Bose® Introduces New Line of ControlSpace® ESP Engineered Sound Processors

Three models offer high-quality analog and digital audio with advanced open-architecture processing, control and networking options – all in one rack-space

Framingham, Massachusetts, July 30, 2013 – The new line of ControlSpace® ESP engineered sound processors from Bose® Professional Systems Division consists of three models of networkable digital signal processors, each configured, controlled, and monitored using Bose’s acclaimed ControlSpace Designer™ software. With over 115 dB dynamic range and ultra-low noise/distortion, single-rack ControlSpace ESP engineered sound processors deliver studio-quality analog and digital audio to the installed sound marketplace.

The Bose ControlSpace ESP-880 (a fixed 8×8 analog I/O configuration), ESP-1240 (12×4 analog I/O) and ESP-4120 (4×12 analog I/O) engineered sound processors all include a rear-panel expansion slot that accommodates optional networking cards including Dante™ and AVB network audio. Networking cards support combined audio and control connectivity with third-party products, other Bose ESP processors, and Bose PowerMatch® amplifiers. In addition, an integrated ESPLink optical output provides low latency, uncompressed 48 kHz audio to same-rack Bose PowerMatch amplifiers.

All ESP processors include control input and output capabilities, as well as built-in RS-232 serial and Ethernet ports, allowing integration with industry-standard control systems. Any of the elegant Bose wall-mounted user interfaces, including the programmable CC-64 and CC-16 controllers and three simplified zone volume interfaces, can be used to control all Bose Professional networked devices.

These three new processors join the newly refreshed ControlSpace ESP-00 Series II engineered sound processor which provides flexible I/O configurability via an 8-slot card frame and a range of analog and digital option cards. Whether fixed or flexible channel I/O is needed for your design, Bose ESP processors provide powerful and creative solutions for nearly any engineered sound application.

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GUITAR CENTER ANNOUNCES NEW VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNICATIONS AND CORPORATE AFFAIRS

Milestone Appointment of Christopher Ian Bennett comes as part of Guitar Center’s new communications strategy and media policy

ANNOUNCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

Christopher Ian Bennett named as first Vice President, Communications & Corporate Affairs in company history. Brings more than 15 years experience in Corporate Communications to GC.
Guitar Center is breaking away from previous media strategy and introducing a more press-friendly policy this fall.
Additionally, Bennett’s previous experience in Government Relations, Corporate Social Responsibility and Investor Relations will compliment the development of a new corporate affairs division.

(Los Angeles, CA) – Guitar Center, the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ and lighting equipment, has appointed Christopher Ian Bennett to the newly created position of Vice President, Communications and Corporate Affairs. This announcement comes as part of a new set of initiatives at GC, which includes a formalized and dedicated communications/corporate affairs department. In his previous role, Bennett led Best Buy Canada’s Corporate Communications department under Mike Pratt, now Guitar Center’s new Chief Executive Officer. A graduate of a Performing Arts School in Canada, Bennett’s passion for music and new media make him the ideal candidate to lead the new communications strategy for Guitar Center.

In his new role, Bennett will be responsible for the overall internal and external communications strategy of the entire GC organization and affiliated brands, working to drive a clear and singular message. Working closely with GC’s current PR agency partners, Clyne Media and Filter Creative, Bennett will be the new spokesperson for the organization and will play a more active role in communicating directly with the media than ever before.

“The Guitar Center story is an extraordinary one that fuses an iconic success history in retail with an exciting vision for its future leading the MI industry. We have a great opportunity in front of us to work more closely with the press through a more transparent and open level of communication with them,” stated Christopher Bennett, Vice President, Communications & Corporate Affairs.

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About Christopher Bennett
To review Christopher’s career bio and communications background, please visit his LinkedIn profile page online: www.linkedin.com/in/christopherianbennett – media@guitarcenter.com

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GC Pro Announces RAVEN MTX Production Console by Slate Pro Audio Now Shipping

— The groundbreaking RAVEN MTX console is now available from the exclusive U.S. dealer, Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro) —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, July 29, 2013 — Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, is pleased to announce that the RAVEN MTX Multi-Touch Production Console by Slate Pro Audio has begun shipping to market. Originally shown at the 133rd AES convention by Slate Pro Audio, the RAVEN MTX has been acclaimed by leading engineers, producers and journalists worldwide as the next-generation audio console.

“We are thrilled that the long-awaited RAVEN MTX Console is now shipping, and we have begun fulfilling our initial orders to our customer base,” stated Rick Plushner, GC Pro Vice President. “In order to support and meet the demand for hands-on demonstrations, GC Pro will have the RAVEN at select GC Pro facilities around the country, including Los Angles, New York, Atlanta, Dallas, Washington D.C., Nashville, Miami and Chicago. For a limited period of time, the Surround version of RAVEN MTX will include the Penteo 3 Touch Stereo-to-5.1 Surround Plug-in, the world’s first multi-touch plug-in for the Raven MTX which transforms any stereo recording, soundtrack, DJ mix or live television broadcast into perfect surround sound. It’s a very comprehensive package for the pro audio and post-production markets.”

“We’re aware The RAVEN marks a significant moment in time and perhaps in audio history,” stated Alex Oana, RAVEN co-creator and product manager. “The sheer size of this realization has been driving us, the Slate Pro Audio development team, since the public’s first reactions to the RAVEN prototype. We fully intend the product we ship to live up to the buzz and most importantly the expectations of our discerning customers, our peers and friends.”

The RAVEN MTX Multi-Touch Production Console is the ultimate centerpiece for the modern studio, combining a state-of-the-art multi-touch display, feature-rich multi-touch DAW control software, and a world-class analog monitor section. The console features a 46-inch touchscreen that provides direct touch access to every aspect of the production process, from recording, editing, plugin control, MIDI composition, 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 provides intuitive control familiar to slick mobile computing devices. The console facilitates quick navigation through any virtual production environment. Raven’s high-quality digitally-controlled analog monitoring section delivers multiple inputs and outputs, plug-and-play integration with digital audio interfaces and multichannel artist cue mix systems, 7.1 surround capability, and on-board Laptop Reference™ speakers.

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

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Photo Caption: Shown L-R: Derek Snyder, GC Pro Director, Western Region; Steven Slate, co-inventor/CEO, Slate Pro Audio; Alex Oana, co-inventor/V.P. of Creative Operations, Slate Pro Audio; and Rick Plushner, GC Pro Vice President.

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GUITAR CENTER ANNOUNCES THE OPENING OF 250TH STORE

New Waco, Texas location features on-site lessons, new repair services, and vast inventory selection

ANNOUNCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

Guitar Center has opened its 250th store location in the U.S.
GC Garage service will provide a much-needed range of musical instrument repair services
GC Studios, first-ever GC lessons facility in Waco to support local music scene, is at the store, located at 4314 W. Waco Dr. Waco, TX 76710

(Los Angeles, CA) – Guitar Center, the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ and lighting equipment, marked a major milestone in its corporate growth on Thursday, July 11, 2013, with the grand opening of its 250th location, in Waco, Texas. The opening of Guitar Center’s 250th store emphasizes the company’s ongoing plans for growth and long-term expansion while assuring customers throughout the country that they will get the widest selection of musical instruments and professional audio products at the best possible prices sold by an experienced and knowledgeable sales staff.

The store, located at 4314 W. Waco Dr. Waco, TX 76710, is also part of a new wave of Guitar Center retail stores that feature lesson spaces, which allows GC to offer additional music lessons, special programs and expanded opportunities for local musicians.

WACO STORE LOCATION BACKGROUNDER:

Vast Product Selection and Low Prices – Guitar Center Waco brings an unprecedented selection of products to Waco, all backed by Guitar Center’s guarantee and available at attractive prices. The store features the latest in guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards, as well as live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment.
Guitar Center Studios – Deeply vested in expanding and enhancing the local music scene, Guitar Center Waco also brings Guitar Center Studios to the new location. The fully-equipped, in-house lesson space is giving area residents of all ages and skill levels access to affordable music lessons. Sourcing locally trained store employees as certified instructors, courses will be offered on guitar, bass, keys and drums, as well as vocals and recording techniques using Pro Tools and Logic Pro and GarageBand.
Guitar Center Garage – Guitar Center Waco includes GC Garage, the store’s on-site guitar repair service, offering a host of services, including electronics repair, hardware customization, fretwork, structural repairs, cosmetic enhancements, setup and maintenances.

Guitar Center Waco: Additional In-Store Programs and Opportunities Include:

Guitar Center’s “Endless Aisle” – Waco customers can now shop from Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which extends the in-store inventory to over $400 million in new and used products from across the nation. Shoppers will be able to purchase in-store, online and via phone, with the option to have products shipped to their home or to the store for convenient pick up.
At: Guitar Center Programs – Throughout the calendar year, Guitar Center Waco will host an array of free events, such as artist workshops, lessons, product launches and performances, as a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to educating and assisting unsigned artists. These programs aim to provide musicians with the opportunities and exposure essential to achieving their music goals.
Recording Made Easy – Available at all Guitar Center locations, the Recording Made Easy program is a four-week, user-friendly series of weekly classes occurring Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

In addition to special programs at the new Waco store, Guitar Center offers year-round programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight promising undiscovered talent. Waco residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing events from their hometown. Programs have included Your Next Record, Guitar Center On-Stage, Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter, Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues and Guitar Center’s Drum-Off.

Guitar Center Waco Store and Studio Hours
Mon-Fri: 11 AM-8 PM
Sat: 10 AM-7 PM
Sun: 12 PM-6 PM

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Vincent Casamatta Chooses Waves SoundGrid® for High-Profile FOH Gigs

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, July 29, 2013 — Waves Audio is seeing a growing number of young cutting-edge live engineers turn to WavesLive tools, including front-of-house engineer Vincent Casamatta (OK GO, They Might Be Giants) currently on the road with AWOLNATION.

He notes, “Using WavesLive tools is a central part of what it takes to provide studio-quality mixes with consistency every night. I look at digital mixing environments, like DiGiCo, as a blank slate, and using Waves adds the color and punch to my mixes. The workflow is as simple as it gets. I spend nearly the whole show tweaking the Waves rack on my screen. Most importantly, it has the exact same feel and sound of Waves that we use in the studio, so it blurs the line with respect to what you can achieve in the studio versus live.” By employing WavesLive tools, Casamatta helps these artists achieve the level of polish attained in the recording studio.

His go-to plugins are C4 Multiband on guitar, which provides him a “super-simple way to mellow out too much bite”; SSL G-Channel into L1 and L2 Ultramaximizers and shaped with a PuigTec EQP-1A for the drum buss; LoAir on synth low-end for sub-harmonics to “tighten up the whole mix”; DeEsser on main vocals; CLA-2A on backing vocals; and H-Comp on the snare buss.

Vincent Casamatta is part of the growing trend among live sound professionals who are making the move to the next-generation workflow with Waves plugins and WavesLive SoundGrid®. Visit www.waves.com and www.waveslive.com for more information.

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