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Forensic Audio Expert Phil Manchester Continues to Rely on Tools from Waves Audio for High-Profile Consulting Work

— Working with Stroz Friedberg, LLC, Manchester uses Waves Audio plugins to provide analysis and intelligence for high-profile case —

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, November 22, 2013 — Waves Audio Forensic Audio Expert Phil Manchester is no stranger to highly sensitive audio investigations, as illustrated by his considerable experience within counterterrorism, national security and serious criminal investigation.

Recently, Manchester’s company Aperio Audio received an approach of a different kind than what they had become accustomed to, he explains. “Back in the early part of 2011, I was formally approached by Stroz Friedberg, LLC, a USA-based team of global leaders in investigation, intelligence and risk management.” Founded by the former head of the FBI’s Cybercrime Department, Stroz Friedberg is a collection of the brightest minds in the fields of digital forensics, investigations, forensic accounting, incident response, security, compliance, data discovery, intelligence and due diligence. They specialize in handling cybersecurity incidents across the globe, operating from offices in New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

These cybersecurity experts explained to Manchester that they had been searching for some considerable time to find a highly trained and experienced audio expert with the correct security credentials and an appropriate background in covert and sensitive intelligence – crucially, an expert whose passion would deliver results at the highest levels of forensic investigation. Despite having offices and contacts around the world in every sector of digital forensics, Stroz Friedberg’s search had proved futile. Their search continued and led them to the U.K. and specifically to Waves’ forensics expert Phil Manchester. Officials from Stroz Friedberg detailed their exact requirements: to work on the largest multi-thread audio investigation in history, with evidence and intelligence spanning in excess of twenty years, involving potentially illegal voice recordings for a high-profile media organization and their subsequent review as part of an employment tribunal.

Manchester was identified by Stroz Friedberg as the only expert in the world that could be trusted to conduct the task, and he went on to provide independent consultancy to the investigation for nearly two years, reliant upon his craft and that of his trusted signal processing tools from Waves.

Some of the tools utilized for this investigation can be found within the Phil Manchester / Waves Audio Forensics Package, which Manchester personally worked on with Waves. This bundle contains nine audio plugins chosen especially for their precision in covert audio investigation: W43 Noise Reduction Plugin, X-Noise, X-Crackle, X-Hum, X-Click, C1 Compressor/Expander, Q10 Paragraphic Equalizer, PAZ Frequency Analyzer and L1 Ultramaximizer.

Manchester explains that one day he may be in a position to publicly comment on exactly how Waves tools provided him with the arsenal to deliver results in this complicated investigation and others, but without further elaboration possible, he notes that Waves processing technologies are without a doubt providing him with the finest tools available to allow him to continue as a world-leading expert.

Phil Manchester / Waves Audio Forensics Package is available with a U.S. MSRP of $700.

For detailed product information, visit http://www.waves.com/bundles/forensics-package. Visit www.waves.com for more information.

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Bose® L1® Systems Used in the REVERB Eco-Village as Part of the “Last Summer on Earth” Tour

Framingham, Massachusetts, November 21, 2013 – Based in Portland, Maine, REVERB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 2004 by environmentalist Lauren Sullivan and her musician husband, Adam Gardner of Guster. REVERB provides comprehensive, custom greening programs for music tours while conducting grassroots outreach and education with fans around the globe. In addition to their greening work with bands and artists, REVERB also works to move forward the sustainable practices of music industry leaders, including venues, record labels, and radio stations. On a recent package tour featuring Barenaked Ladies, Guster and Ben Folds Five, REVERB created an Eco-Village that helped raise awareness for their greening efforts and engaged fans to participate in local and global environmental causes. The Village included a solar-powered stage that featured special “pop-up” performances by select members of the bands with sound provided exclusively by L1® Systems from Bose® Professional Systems.

Craig Jackson, Product Line Manager, Portable Systems, Bose Professional, stated, “Adam Gardner approached us and explained the side stage – the REVERB ‘pop-up stage,’ as they call it – and asked if we would be interested in being involved. We decided to support the event, because it is such a worthwhile cause. The interesting thing about the pop-up stage is that you have these gigantic rock stars, who are used to playing for thousands on the main stage, playing acoustically in a much more intimate setting. They play songs that aren’t in their main sets – cover songs, deep cuts and other fun things. It’s very off-the-cuff and informal, and the hardcore fans just love it. It’s a fantastic way for REVERB to spread their message and give the fans a treat in the process. And the bands sound great through the L1 modules. We love that they are playing through our gear, and the response we have gotten from the artists and the fans has been nothing but positive.”

Adam Gardner, co-founder of REVERB and member of Guster, stated, “We came out every night on the REVERB pop-up stage and performed on the L1 systems. I was amazed at how natural they sounded for both vocals and acoustic guitars and so were all of the other musicians! We loved it! The crew loved the fast setup and tear down and most importantly the fans loved the sound!”

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GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW STORE AND LESSONS STUDIO IN ATHENS, GEORGIA

Athens location features on-site lessons, new repair services, and vast inventory selection

ANNOUNCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

Guitar Center has opened its 255th 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 Athens to support local music scene, is at the store, located at 1791 Oconee Connector, Suite 450 Athens, GA 30606

(Los Angeles, CA) – Guitar Center, the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ and lighting equipment, opened its 255th location, in Athens, Georgia, on November 7, 2013. The store, located at 1791 Oconee Connector, Suite 450 Athens, GA 30606, 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.

A virtual tour of the store is available online here and on the Athens store page at http://stores.guitarcenter.com/Athens.

ATHENS STORE LOCATION BACKGROUNDER:

Vast Product Selection and Low Prices – Guitar Center Athens brings an unprecedented selection of products to Athens, 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 Athens 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, Logic Pro and GarageBand.
Guitar Center Garage – Guitar Center Athens 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 Athens: Additional In-Store Programs and Opportunities Include:

Guitar Center’s “Endless Aisle” – Athens 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 Athens 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 Athens store, Guitar Center offers year-round programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight promising undiscovered talent. Athens 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 Athens Store and Studio Hours
Mon-Fri: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sat: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sun: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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Frank Filipetti Uses Audio-Technica AT5040 Vocal Microphone to Capture the Essence of Motown for the Motown The Musical Cast Album

— Well known for his GRAMMY® Award-winning work on cast albums as well as for his time spent with artists including Foreigner, James Taylor and Barbra Streisand, Filipetti’s tool kit is filled with A-T microphones including the new AT5040 —

STOW, OH, November 20, 2013 — When the cast album for the Broadway hit show Motown The Musical was ready to be made, the show’s producers called on multiple GRAMMY® Award-winner Frank Filipetti to co-produce, record, edit and mix the album. In turn, Filipetti called on the new AT5040 Cardioid Condenser Studio Vocal Microphone from Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, to capture the full range of one of America’s most iconic music eras and sounds. Motown The Musical officially opened earlier this year at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and features timeless hit songs such as “What’s Going On,” “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” “Baby I Need Your Loving,” “My Girl,” “Dancing In the Street” and “I Heard It Through The Grapevine.”

Filipetti recorded the album at Right Track Studios in Manhattan, and along with Co-Producer Ethan Popp (Musical Director for Motown The Musical) and Executive Producer Harry Weinger, he edited and mixed it at his own The Living Room Studios in West Nyack, New York (all in close collaboration with Motown Records Founder and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Berry Gordy). Filipetti, who has earned GRAMMY Awards for his Broadway cast album work for shows including The Book of Mormon, Spamalot and Wicked, worked with Gordy, Popp and Weinger to choose from among the 72 songs in the show for the cast album, which also includes four new songs composed by Gordy. All of this music showed off the range and performance of A-T microphones.

On Motown The Musical, Filipetti used the new AT5040 for the first time. “I placed it in the vocal booth with Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Berry Gordy in the show, and it instantly sounded fantastic,” Filipetti recalls. “The vocals just came alive. When Bryan Terrell Clark, who plays Marvin Gaye in the show, heard it, he said he just had to sing through it, too. This was the greatest test you could put a vocal microphone through – in front of the best singers on Broadway – and the AT5040 held up to the high expectations of the users!”

In addition to the AT5040, Filipetti also used other A-T microphones on the recording. These included the AE5100 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone on the snare drum and the AE2500 Dual-element Cardioid Instrument Microphone on the kick, as well as the ATM350 Cardioid Condenser Clip-On Microphone on toms. The AT4047/SV Cardioid Condenser Microphone has become Filipetti’s Swiss Army knife, used on everything from vocals to strings to horns. “It’s really my go-to microphone for just about everything,” he says. “The music in Motown The Musical is so much a part of the American music songbook that it demands the absolute best when it comes to what we use to record it. And Audio-Technica microphones are always at the top of that list.”

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

Photo caption: Foreground: Multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning producer, engineer and mixer Frank Filipetti. Background: Music Supervisor, Arranger, and 2013 Tony Award Nominee Ethan Popp.

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GC Pro Helps Dave & Buster’s with State-of-the-Art Lighting Systems for Locations in Dallas, Boise, Boston and Oklahoma

— Dave & Buster’s approached GC Pro to provide new lighting technologies and products for existing and newly opened stores —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, November 18, 2013 — Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, has recently supplied lighting components for several existing and newly opened locations of Dave & Buster’s, a leading chain of restaurants/entertainment centers. Each Dave & Buster’s has a full-service restaurant and a video arcade, and the company has nearly 70 locations across the United States and one in Canada. GC Pro was chosen to supply key lighting systems for upgrades to existing Dave & Buster’s store locations in Oklahoma City and Boston, and to newly opened stores in Dallas and Boise, Idaho. In addition, Small Pocket Poets, a member of GC Pro’s Affiliates Program, which matches client projects with the best Audio/Video/Lighting systems integrators in their areas, has also been involved in several of these installations, specifically those in Dallas and Oklahoma City. GC Pro’s national presence, deep knowledge base, extensive inventory and access to virtually any type of AVL products and systems made, and service/support infrastructure made GC Pro the perfect solution for Dave & Buster’s need to upgrade its lighting systems. Recent installations of lighting at D&B stores include the following equipment:

• Boston
6 American DJ Vizi Spot 5R Moving Heads
6 Elation EWDMX Wireless DMX Receivers
1 Elation EWDMX Wireless DMX Transmitter
1 Elation Compu Show Software

• Oklahoma City
3 American DJ Vizi Spot 5R Moving Heads
3 Elation EWDMX Wireless DMX Receivers
1 Elation EWDMX Wireless DMX Transmitter
1 Elation Compu Show Software

• Boise
6 American DJ Vizi Spot 5R Moving Heads
6 Elation EWDMX Wireless DMX Receivers
1 Elation EWDMX Wireless DMX Transmitter
1 Elation Compu Show Software
2 Tempest Lighting Twister All Weather fixture Enclosure

• Dallas
8 American DJ Vizi Spot 5R Moving Heads
8 Elation EWDMX Wireless DMX Receivers
1 Elation EWDMX Wireless DMX Transmitter
1 Elation Compu Show Software
3 Tempest Lighting Twister All Weather fixture Enclosure

In addition, GC Pro will provide these and other lighting products, including the Elation Platinum Spot LED PRO II Moving Head and Elation Art SSC Solid-State Lighting Controller, as well as installation and integration services, for forthcoming Dave & Buster’s locations to be announced.

“Our relationship with Dave & Buster’s began in December 2011, when Fred Hennighausen, Dave & Buster’s Director of New Store Openings, and I talked about their ideas for the lighting in their Oklahoma City store, which was about to open at the time,” explains David Almanza, Sales Associate at GC Pro’s office there. “That turned out extremely well, and we next applied those same ideas to their Boston location as well. Since then, we’ve done both interior and exterior lighting for the new Dallas and Boise locations.”

Kyle Bartel, Owner of GC Pro Affiliate Program member Small Pocket Poets, says GC Pro brings all the elements together for Dave & Buster’s, including installation services. ”GC Pro’s amazing depth of inventory and knowledge is a huge plus for companies like Dave & Buster’s,” he says. “But there are also the less obvious things that mean a lot, like GC Pro’s relationships with manufacturers, which leads to up-to-the-minute product knowledge and a deeper level of support.”

Almanza points out that GC Pro and Dave & Buster’s have a lot in common. “GC Pro is a good match for Dave & Buster’s because we have our own locations all over the country, just as D&B does, and we can install, service and maintain anything we sell them. They know there’s always a GC Pro office nearby, so no matter where they are, we are, too.”

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

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