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GC Pro Helps Studio Owner and Producer Yaniv Farber Outfit His New Studio Space

— Farber is translating his success in the tile and stone business in Southern California into an expanded professional recording studio enterprise, and GC Pro is there to outfit the new facility from start to finish —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, July 9, 2014 — For over 20 years, Yaniv Farber’s main business has been Sandy Ceramic, Inc., a high-end tile, granite and marble installer in Southern California. But aside from that, Farber’s passion has been music, which he had recorded and edited on small home studio platforms. This year, he decided to make a big move; in a renovated building on his property he created the elegant facility Yaniv’s Studio. And it was outfitted from top to bottom with equipment sourced through Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users.

Products purchased for the studio by Farber through GC Pro include an Avid Pro Tools HDX system, Apogee I/O converters, Tube Tech MP2A dual-channel tube mic pre, Focal SM9 monitors and a microphone collection that includes a pair of AKG C414 XLII’s and a C 451 B 65th Anniversary model; a Blue Bottle Mic; Neumann TLM 49, U 87 AI, TLM 67 and M 147 mics; a Sterling Audio ST6050 Ocean Way Signature Series Microphone; and Sennheiser MD 441 and MD 421-II microphones.

“I decided to go for it,” Farber says, simply and earnestly. “I’m trying to make a business of it.” He has a lot of personal resources: in addition to his experience as a musician, engineer, editor and producer, his time in the construction business included working on other studios as they were being built, which gave him knowledge and insights for his own studio design, which includes a vocal booth and several iso booths. “It’s designed for my work but also to be available for other artists, engineers and producers to work in,” he says. “Most importantly, we can do live sessions here. It’s a great-sounding room to record in.”

What’s also great, Farber adds, was working with GC Pro. “Ziv Gross at GC Pro, he’s my man!” he exclaims, noting that the GC Pro Account Manager helped him choose gear, tweak his acoustical design and assemble some of the systems. “Then there’s the technical support, which is always there. Working with GC Pro has been a great experience.”

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

Photo caption 1: The control room of Yaniv’s Studio, the new facility run by Yaniv Farber in Southern California and outfitted by equipment sourced through GC Pro. Photo courtesy of Yaniv Farber © 2014.

Photo caption 2: The live/tracking room of Yaniv’s Studio, the new facility run by Yaniv Farber in Southern California and outfitted by equipment sourced through GC Pro. Photo courtesy of Yaniv Farber © 2014.

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Focusrite RedNet Systems Chosen for Fifth Third Field, Home of the Dayton Dragons

Two RedNet 2 16-channel A-D/D-A converters and two RedNet 3 32-channel I/O digital interfaces transport audio signals across the production facility’s Dante network at near-zero latency

Los Angeles, CA, July 8, 2014 – Four Focusrite RedNet Dante-enabled multichannel audio interfaces were recently installed as part of a major renovation of the HD video control and broadcast production systems at the 7,800-seat Fifth Third Field, home to the Dayton Dragons Minor League Baseball (MiLB) team. The two RedNet 2 16-channel A-D/D-A and two RedNet 3 32 I/O digital interfaces enable access to and transport of audio signals across the production facility’s Dante network at near-zero latency.

The Dayton Dragons, one of five MiLB teams owned and operated by Mandalay Baseball, is the Single-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds and holder of the record for the longest run of consecutive sold-out games—1,000, as of May 9, 2014—in all North American professional sports. Scott Rohrer, Creative Technologist with Mandalay Creative Services, led the in-house team that designed the new production systems, collaborating with consultants WJHW in Dallas, TX, to generate a Request for Proposal and selecting sports venue specialist integration firm Alpha Video Sports & Entertainment.

“The design team initially considered an analog production structure, but soon realized it would be too complex and proposed a digital network,” says Rohrer, who is responsible for all aspects of the video production control rooms at each of Mandalay Baseball’s five properties. “We paid attention as Dante came onto the market and really started exploding. Out of that came Focusrite with the RedNet boxes,” he says. “We didn’t do any analog routing for this facility; all of the routing is done over the Dante network. It saved us a lot of money up front and gave us the exact same flexibility that we would expect out of a router, with a redundant system.”

The control room is divided into two areas, each with separate crews, that generate separate productions from shared resources. One area produces HD feeds to the stadium’s video scoreboard, closed circuit televisions and in-suite monitors, while the other produces streaming games for MiLB.TV and also delivers 25 home game productions a year to local CBS affiliate WHIO-TV. The four RedNet multichannel audio interfaces are integrated into a Dante network that interconnects a Soundcraft mixing console in each control room area, a Sound Devices A/V recorder and other equipment, while providing access to and from the control room’s HD video decks and servers.

“Even though we have a few digital recorders that take embedded audio, we still use the Dante system to feed the embedders and route audio that way,” says Rohrer. “Almost every source in the room can be isolated for recording. All of the replay highlights and master records are multitracked, and that gets provided to Creative Services, which does all of the promotional material for the Dragons. The flexibility of having all of those iso’d tracks is huge when they are putting together promos, highlights and other packages.”

“The ability to route audio and access just one channel or a group of channels anywhere on the Dante network offers a flexibility that cannot be achieved over MADI or some alternative digital transports,” he says. “Any network drop in the entire facility can be a mixing position, a contribution location, anything. We can play back audio from any computer on the network. It’s ridiculous how flexible it makes the system, putting everything on Ethernet connections.”

About Mandalay Baseball Properties
Mandalay Baseball Properties (MBP) owns and operates the Dayton Dragons, Single-A Midwest League affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds; Pennsylvania’s Erie SeaWolves, Double-A Eastern League affiliate of the Detroit Tigers; the Frisco RoughRiders, Double-A Texas League affiliate of the Texas Rangers; the Oklahoma City RedHawks, Triple-A Pacific Coast League affiliate of the Houston Astros; and, in partnership with the New York Yankees, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, Triple-A International League affiliate of the New York Yankees, also in Pennsylvania.

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Introducing G3 from Listen Technologies, Powered by Televic

BLUFFDALE, UT, July 8, 2014 — Listen Technologies Corporation, a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of assistive listening products for over 15 years, announces G3, the third generation of Confidea® Wireless Conferencing, and a continuation of Listen Technologies’ ongoing partnership with Televic. G3 offers more available frequencies for improved global communication compared to other wireless conferencing solutions. An intuitive user interface, upgraded battery technology, and built-in AES encryption for meeting confidentiality make G3 a comprehensive solution for contractors and system integrators’ clientele.

The G3 system integrates a new wireless engine that evolves conferencing communication. G3 allows:

More available frequencies in various countries for better global communication.
A simplified button layout with a more intuitive user interface.
Improved chairman control.
Better battery technology (Lithium-ion), and an engine that is less power-hungry.
Built-in AES encryption, ensuring security.

Controls and Features

Built-in high quality loudspeaker which is automatically muted when the microphone is active, to prevent acoustic feedback.
Microphone On/Off or request-to-speak button with two signaling LEDs.
Two headphone outputs.
One headphone volume adjustment.
The chairman version (CD) comes with a priority and next-in-line button.

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Chicagoland’s New Wire Club Distinguishes Itself with Great Sound Thanks to Bose® RoomMatch® Loudspeakers

RoomMatch® arrays provide great sound in a compact form factor ideal for the 400-seat venue

Framingham, Massachusetts, July 7, 2014 – The Roosevelt Road area of Chicago suburb, Berwyn, has its share of up-and-coming music clubs, including recent addition, Wire, which opened last fall in the former Oakwyn Theater. Built in 1934 and formerly a mid-century movie house and Teamsters union hall, the 10,000-square-foot space has been completely renovated with an expansive rebuild to house the 400-seat club as well as a mezzanine level with offices, recording studio and VIP area. Further setting Wire apart from the other venues in the area is a RoomMatch® loudspeaker system from Bose® Professional Systems.

Installed by regional professional audio integrator TC Furlong, Inc., the system is composed of four RM9020 modules, two RM12020 modules, two RM7010 modules and two RMS218 subwoofers. These are powered by four Bose PowerMatch® PM8500N networked amplifiers and managed by the Bose ControlSpace® ESP-00 engineered sound processor, using four ESP Link I/O cards.

“Roosevelt Road is becoming a real destination for live music in the area,” observes Brian O’Connell, TC Furlong Sales Manager and the Project Manager for the installation at Wire. “But the club had some very specific requirements. In addition to demanding great sound, we wanted to fly the speakers to keep the sightlines as unobstructed as possible. The RoomMatch speakers are the only ones that could give us the sound we needed in the right profile.”

There were also some reflection issues off the sides of brick-faced interior walls. The application of the Bose Modeler® sound system software quickly determined precisely the right RoomMatch loudspeaker configuration with exactly the right dispersion and coverage patterns for this room. “It sounds more like a concert hall than a club,” says O’Connell, who adds that while this was TC Furlong’s first RoomMatch system installation, it certainly won’t be its last. “This system sounds fantastic, to us and to the club’s owners and everyone who’s been there.”

Chris Neville, Managing Partner at Wire, stated, “Our partnership is made up entirely of musicians, and as such, great sound in our venue was our number-one priority. After looking at several options, the Bose RoomMatch system clearly stood out as the most flexible system out there, as well as offering the best clarity. Bose has been fantastic to work with too – they had their engineers working with us right up until we opened to make sure that the system met and exceeded our needs. The response has been unanimous among the musicians and patrons alike – this is the best sounding live venue system in the city!” Fellow Managing Partner Paul Bolger added, “The vocal intelligibility and even coverage are unparalleled!”

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Live Broadcast Engineer John Perez Chooses Waves MultiRack, the Waves Dugan Automixer and Waves plugins for Jimmy Kimmel Live

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, July 7, 2014 — Live broadcast engineer John Perez (NFL On Fox, Fox College Football, The Academy Awards, Dr. Phil, The Doctors, An Inconvenient Truth, It Might Get Loud) chooses the Waves Dugan Automixer, MultiRack, and other assorted Waves products for Jimmy Kimmel Live.

On the Dugan Automixer, Perez notes, “That product has been great to have here at Jimmy Kimmel Live. We have a unique room in the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood that presents many audio challenges. We have a very loud house PA combined with a low ceiling, a raging house band and hard surfaces that make mixing multiple lavalier microphones a pain in the neck. Before I started using the Waves Dugan Automixer, I would typically have to clamp down really hard on the dialogue buss, using Waves WNS Noise Suppressor, in order to take the roominess and hollowness out of the room; then I would have to bounce around on the faders to keep it as clean as possible. If we had a bunch of people talking out there, it could be a mess. Also, Jimmy would talk to various characters on the shows that were far away from him, and it could get roomy very quickly. But as soon as I plugged in the Waves Dugan Automixer, it worked perfectly. Very intuitive and almost no setup required.”

He elaborates on the signal chain: “From my Calrec console I just go 64 channels of MADI in and out to my processing system, which is Waves MultiRack Native, running on a MacBook Pro, SSL MADI Extreme (interface) and Magma PCIe to a Thunderbolt chassis. With Waves MultiRack I just insert my Waves rack with a Dugan Automixer at the end of the chain on each of the lavalier channels – and that’s about it. The beauty is that since the Dugan Automixer runs automatically at the end of each aforementioned rack, I can process the mics first with other Waves plugins if needed.

Perez also uses a selection of Waves plugins nightly. He remarks: “I used a wide selection Waves plugins extensively back in my recording studio days, and I’ve adapted them to broadcast television. My must-have plugins are the L2 Ultramaximizer, SSL G-Master Buss Compressor, WNS Noise Suppressor, PAZ Analyzer and the Dugan Automixer. L2 is used on the master buss. On the show, I use the L2 differently than if I were mixing a record. The network has strict level limits, so the L2 keeps me safe without affecting the sound. SSL G Comp goes across the master buss as well.”

Perez has found the use of MultiRack to be very beneficial: “Before I got into MultiRack, I was inserting Waves plugins on my shows by using DAWs like Pro Tools or Logic, and for a long time I wanted something simpler that is just an effects processor. I’m very happy with the way it all works. I get to use my favorite plugins!”

Visit http://www.waveslive.com for more information.

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Audio-Technica Unveils Blog Space at blog.audio-technica.com

— Informative blog features tips on practical, real-world miking and recording techniques,along with artist interviews and more —

STOW, OH, July 7, 2014 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, recently unveiled a blog, known as “Where It’s A-T,” at http://blog.audio-technica.com. With regularly updated content, the blog features artist interviews, guest blogger entries, helpful hints and tricks direct from top audio professionals, product spotlights and more. Topics of discussion have included feedback elimination, drum miking/recording, tips for choosing a HOW contractor, miking a guitar speaker, recording an upright bass, recaps of industry events, A-T rebates and many others.

Guest bloggers have included producer/mixer/engineer Ryan Hewitt (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sheryl Crow, Blink-182) and Steve Lagudi (Testament, Exodus, Ill Nino), and interview subjects have included James Garcia (The Nerds), Frank Filipetti (Foreigner, James Taylor, Barbra Streisand), Richard Chycki (Dream Theater, Rush, Aerosmith), Joel Singer (award-winning engineer/mixer, co-founder and chief engineer of Music Mix Mobile) Jimmy Douglass (Pharrell, Justin Timberlake) and other industry leaders.

Please check the blog regularly for new features every week.

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

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Composer and Songwriter Heitor Pereira Works with America SCORES Youth Outreach Program, Aided by Gear from GC Pro

— Noted musician makes excellent use of a five-room recording studio, equipped almost completely by GC Pro, to record “World Cup, It’s Time!,” a song he composed with 20 sixth-grade students that is being used to promote America SCORES programs during World Cup events —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, July 2, 2014 — Heitor Pereira knows how to write music. He’s written plenty of it for hit films including Despicable Me and The Smurfs (and both of their sequels), It’s Complicated and others. And the former guitarist for Simply Red has played his axe on the soundtracks to dozens of major films such as The Simpsons Movie, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and Shrek 2. He works out of a five-room studio complex that’s part of noted film composer Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions facility in Los Angeles, and Pereira’s studio has been almost completely outfitted by Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, including a full-blown Avid Pro Tools HDX DAW, multiple Apple Mac computers, keyboards and guitars, and software including Cubase, Logic and dozens of sound libraries. Earlier this year, Pereira focused his talent and technology on a project for America SCORES, a program that serves urban youth in under-resourced public schools, in a partnership with ASCAP’s Songwriter Residency, an annual mentorship program that provides a platform for songwriters to engage and inspire elementary and middle school students around the country. These programs brought Pereira together with 20 sixth-grade students from the Los Angeles area, and they jointly composed “World Cup, It’s Time!” a song being used to promote America SCORES programs during World Cup events in June and July.

“This was an amazing experience,” says Brazilian-born Pereira of his time writing and recording the soccer-themed track. “Ninety percent of the equipment in my studio was purchased through GC Pro and [Account Manager] Derek Snyder there has been an amazing professional resource and has also become a close friend over the years. He was the one who showed me around Los Angeles when I moved here from England, and he’s the person I go to whenever I need anything – literally anything – for my studio. Like everyone at GC Pro, he shows total respect for artistry and musicianship. It’s not just all about the gear — it’s about people and music. They also know that in the film business things can change in an instant — a new part has to be recorded or something has to be remixed, and the deadline is immediate. When that happens and I need anything from a guitar to a mic pre, GC Pro gets it to me quickly.”

Pereira also appreciates what GC Pro has done to support music-based foundations, such as the James Burton Foundation, which supports music education for those in need through guitar donations and music instruction to schools, hospitals and community service organizations. “They do it all and they do it well,” says Pereira. “They’re really a part of my daily life as a musician.”

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

Photo Caption 1: Composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Heitor Pereira, pictured at the control center of his studio space outfitted by GC Pro. Photo courtesy of Heitor Pereira. © 2014.

Photo File 2: HeitorPereira_Kids.JPGPhoto Caption 2: Composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Heitor Pereira, working with children from the America SCORES program, together recording the song “World Cup, It’s Time!,” a song Pereira composed with the children that is being used during World Cup festivities to promote the program’s activities. The project was completed in Pereira’s studio space, which was outfitted by GC Pro. Photo courtesy of Heitor Pereira. © 2014.

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RTI Releases Two-Way Driver for Sonos(R) Audio Devices

New Driver Allows Intuitive Control of Popular Sonos(R) Streaming Audio Systems Directly From RTI Interfaces

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — July 9, 2014 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) today announced the availability of a new two-way driver for use with the Sonos(R) family of wireless music players. Available free of charge to RTI dealers, the driver simplifies the control and feedback of Sonos audio components, providing integrators and end users with an incredibly powerful solution for selecting songs, storing favorites, and adjusting audio settings on up to 16 media players from a single page of an RTI user interface. more

FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS ED CHERNEY HAS USED HIS ATC SCM25As TO MIX EVERYTHING

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 2014: Ed Cherney needs no padding on his resume. A veteran producer and engineer with 35 years logged in the control room, Cherney has worked with the top talent in the industry, including Iggy Pop, Bob Seger, Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Jann Arden, Jackson Browne, Keb’ Mo, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones, to name just a few. His work has earned him six Grammy nominations and three wins, along with seven TEC nominations and five wins. He is a founding member of Producers and Engineers Wing of The Recording Academy and served as the Governor of the L.A. Chapter of The Recording Academy. Until last year, Cherney was also an avid, collector of studio reference monitors, learning to work around the faults of each model before relegating it to the closet when a newer model came through the door. That cycle ended with the arrival of a pair of ATC SCM25A 3-way nearfield monitors. Cherney now uses his ATC SCM25As for almost everything he does because they’re exciting to listen to and because the work he does on them translates flawlessly on any other pro or consumer system.

“I am always looking for speakers because they’re my eyes in the studio, my window to the world,” said Cherney. “I get a lot of inquiries from younger engineers, asking me if I can recommend a good pair of monitors for five-hundred bucks. I can’t. And it’s crazy that they’ll spend thousands on microphones and outboard gear without first giving themselves the one tool they need to actually hear what they’re doing. It’s like an artist buying expensive paints and then turning out the lights. That said I’ve had a hard time finding the ideal speaker at any price. I guess I’m something of a collector now.”

Cherney first heard a pair of ATC SCM25As at a studio in New York, and he liked what he heard. Shortly thereafter, he was working at a studio in his hometown of Chicago that had no good options for monitors. “I spoke to Brad [Lunde] at TransAudio Group [ATC’s U.S. distributor] and he sent out a pair of ATC SCM50ASLs for us to try. They were spectacular as well! We could turn them up loud, and the low end was defined, the midrange was smooth and silky, and the high end was sweet. The sound was thrilling; it could wash over me and punch me in the chest. These were the first mid-size speakers that could give me the experience of the soffit-mounted loudspeakers that the big studios have.”

He continued, “I’ve been dissatisfied with 2-way speakers in the past. The challenge is always to get the right vocal tone and volume, and it often depends on which side of the crossover the vocal is sitting. Sometimes the same singer can be below the crossover in the verse and above it in the chorus. In the past, I always took my mixes around to different systems – different speakers, my house, my car – to make sure the vocals were sitting in the mix correctly. Now that I have the ATC SCM25As, I rarely have to do that anymore. The vocals sit nicely in the midrange driver, and I’m always within a half dB. Every song. For the first time, I really trust the quality of the mixes in the studio. I don’t have to take them out and check them. I nail it and they translate to the rest of the world. That’s a huge improvement.”

Cherney has already used the ATC SCM25As on a number of projects. He produced, recorded, and mixed the main title for the Disney film Planes called “Nothing Can Stop Me Now,” as well as Robben Ford’s Bringing It Back Home and Eric Burdon’s Till Your River Runs Dry. He mixed Love for Levon on DVD, CD, and broadcast using the SCM25As, and he mixed Road to Forever by Don Felder of the Eagles. Currently, he’s working on a debut album from Athena Perez, a rising country artist from Chicago, and a new Bette Midler album.

In addition to how well his mixes translate on the ATC SCM25As, Cherney is also inspired by their clean, fatigue-free volume. “If I’m recording drums, I like to turn it up!” he said. “If the band’s in the control room, I have to turn it up! When I’m doing the final balances, I may be down around 75dB, but getting there, I want to feel it pop, physically! I want to move air in the room! With the 25s, I can. And I can do it all day long and still be as clear-headed and energized at the end of the day as I was at the beginning. My ATC’s make recording and mixing music much more fun.

ABOUT TRANSAUDIO GROUP TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier U.S. importer/distributor and/or U.S. sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm.

www.transaudiogroup.com

(Photo Credit: © 2014 Lynn Fuston)

Biamp Systems’ Tesira(R) SERVER-IO Powers Milwaukee’s ‘Listening to Mitchell’ Art Installation

DSP-enabled soundscape brings interactive public exhibit to life

BEAVERTON, Oregon — July 9, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced that the company will be donating the use of a Tesira(R) SERVER-IO to support the immersive sound installation for the “Listening to Mitchell” art project co-created by Sonja Thomsen and Adam Carr. Arup — an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants, and technical specialists — provided acoustic and audiovisual consulting and design services for the project and produced the 18-channel sound installation. The Tesira SERVER-IO provides the digital signal processing (DSP) behind the acoustically enveloping experience in the storefront sound installation. more

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