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Audio-Technica Microphones Employed by Recording Veteran Steve Smith on Northwest University’s Concert Choir

— Award-winning engineer chooses AT5040 and AT4047/SV mics for live recording of yearly choral concert, and continues to choose A-T mics in the classroom —

STOW, OH, April 1, 2014 — The Concert Choir at Kirkland, Washington’s Northwest University has a reputation as a premier performance ensemble, demonstrating a wide-ranging musicality on pieces from throughout the choral repertory. And they have an added ace up their sleeve in Steve Smith, an award-winning recording engineer and the Creative Director of Creatio, Northwest University’s innovative music business and recording arts degree tracks. At the Concert Choir’s recent annual concert at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, Smith was tasked with recording and mixing the live performance, and he turned to microphones from Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years. Although the recording will likely be used only for archival purposes and internal circulation rather than commercial release, Smith did not take any shortcuts, carefully miking the 100+ member choir, nine-piece brass ensemble and grand piano and mixing a stereo recording any classical label would be happy to release.

For the recording, Smith used five AT5040 Studio Vocal Microphones on the choir and one on the piano. Two AT4047/SV Cardioid Condenser Microphones were used on the brass ensemble. “I love the AT5040,” Smith states. “It’s super high quality. I’d put it up against anything. The AT5040 is extraordinarily transparent and beautiful-sounding.” And Smith’s AT4047/SV’s only scratch the surface of Creatio’s microphone arsenal, which includes nearly 40 A-T microphones.

Creatio is the only four-year accredited school in the Pacific Northwest to offer in-depth training in the recording arts and music industry business. Smith’s long list of credits includes achievements in recording engineering and producing, recording studio design and construction, motion picture and video game soundtrack recording, live sound installation and implementation, and audio production technology education curriculum – not to mention projects from such legends as Stevie Wonder, Garth Brooks, DC Talk, Donna Summer, Van Halen and countless others. As Creatio’s Creative Director, Director of the Recording Arts Technology Program, Chief Engineer of Creatio Studios and a principal instructor, Smith makes it a point of pride to go out of his way to impart his students with practical knowledge and nuanced listening skills. “I believe very strongly that educational institutions and music technology programs have an added importance in this day in age,” he muses. “People used to go to music stores to learn and listen – to A-B mics and signal processors and whatnot – but that is happening less frequently these days. Educational institutions are now the place where students learn both the formal science and art of recording, and that practical, real-world perspective. And we feel lucky that Audio-Technica places such a high level of importance on these programs as well.”

Smith continues, “In my classes, we compare microphone models and techniques with meticulous listening tests, and it’s great when a student can make a connection with a microphone. Our mic arsenal is deep and diverse, and Audio-Technica microphones continually impress the students. I have always loved them too. They are very consistent from mic to mic, with great quality control. I feel privileged to share microphones from Audio-Technica with tomorrow’s best engineers, who will be putting A-T mics to use for years to come.”

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

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Wavelengths Pro Audio Chooses Racks from Lowell Manufacturing

— Massachusetts pro audio retailer, integrator and full-service music store finds that its work takes it into every major vertical including recording studios, houses of worship, corporate environments and education spaces, and in all of them equipment racks from Lowell are the key to successful systems designs —

PACIFIC, MO, March 31, 2014 — When Alan Redstone, who directs System Design & Engineering at Leominster, Massachusetts-based Wavelengths Pro Audio, LLC, takes on a project, he knows that the AV systems racks are a key foundational component in the design. So whether the firm is working on a recording studio project, a corporate boardroom design, a renovation of a college sports facility, a first-responder training facility or any of the other widely varied spaces that this pro audio retailer and integrator works in, Redstone chooses racks, power and cable management from Lowell Manufacturing Company, a leading U.S. manufacturer of professional AV Products. Recent projects involving Lowell racks include Doyle Field in Leominster and Becker College in nearby Leicester. Doyle Field, which was a large-scale renovation of a local football field, used a pair of LWR-3523 Lowell racks, one for amplifiers and the other to house processing equipment. Both were secured with the optional LFD-35 solid front door with keyed lock, preventing unauthorized access to the equipment. The swing-out racks were also secured to their backboxes with keyed locks. At Becker College, where Redstone employed Lowell’s LWR-1223 rack with LFD-12FV fully vented front door, electronics and DSP were also protected via a secure Lowell door lock.

“Lowell racks are versatile for us,” says Redstone. “The wall racks are just perfect for remotely mounting everything. You can get them out of the way, they work every time, and they’re not weighing a thousand pounds. And again, with all the different fasteners that they give you with it, it makes it much easier to deal with, which is especially important when we’re in the field.”

As an example, Redstone cites the reversible design of Lowell’s hinged wall racks. “Many times we’ve gotten to a site where HVAC or another contractor has unexpectedly put something in our way, and we had to rethink it,” he explains. “But because of Lowell already thinking ahead with their ‘ambidextrous’ design, that job is made a lot easier for us onsite, because we can have the whole front swing out left or right, as needed. Any problems on site cost time and money, and we often have to eat it as the integrator because we’ve signed off on a budget and a quote. But Lowell saves us money by solving problems for us on the job.”

Citing an installation at Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts, that uses Lowell LWR-3523 racks with LFD-35FV fully vented steel doors in a theater used for both performances and teaching theater arts, Redstone notes that Lowell’s LWTCR-3R tilt open recessed wall rack allowed access to CD/DVD and local inputs. These racks are the only ones of their kind. “I don’t know how else we would have come up with it,” he says. “That’s another reason why I tend to design systems with Lowell in mind. They make some unique items that work.”

Redstone further notes Lowell’s comprehensiveness: “You can add on all the accessories that you need, like shelving, rack blanks, and wire management. It’s really a complete package. For the integrator it makes it easy to one-stop shop. And the quality of the manufacturing is superior – we have never had a rack that got to us that was damaged during transportation or didn’t work or that had an issue with any way of the manufacturing process.”

Finally, Redstone appreciates Lowell’s cost effectiveness. “Lowell products are right within the budgets for most of our projects – educational institutions, colleges, schools – which all tend to be pretty tight fiscally. Lowell helps us build a better project in so many ways while at the same time saving us and our clients money. That’s a great partner to have.”

For more information, please visit www.lowellmfg.com or e-mail Lowell at sales@lowellmfg.com.

Photo caption 1: A Lowell LWR-1223 rack with LFD-12FV fully vented front door, installed at Becker College by Alan Redstone of Wavelengths Pro Audio, LLC.

Photo caption 2: A Lowell LWTCR-3R tilt open recessed wall rack, installed in a theater used for both performances and teaching theater arts at Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts, by Alan Redstone of Wavelengths Pro Audio, LLC.

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Audio-Technica Hosts Livestreamed “Ask Me Anything” and Educational Mic Presentation Events at NAB 2014

STOW, OH, March 31, 2014 — Following successful booth events at other recent trade shows, Audio-Technica(Booth C1720), a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is hosting 15 Livestream events at its booth at NAB 2014.

Some of the industry’s top audio experts will converge on the Audio-Technica booth on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during the show. In the morning, get answers to YOUR questions during 30-minute, Q&A-style “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) forums. Then in the afternoon, attend A-T’s popular educational Mic Presentations. All sessions will be livestreamed at www.livestream.com (free registration) and viewable at http://www.audio-technica.com/NAB2014 during and after the NAB show.

“Ask Me Anything” questions are fed to the presenters through a moderator during a 30-minute Q&A session. Questions can be submitted by individuals present at NAB booth C1720, online at Livestream.com, and via Twitter #ATliveNAB.

The session schedule is listed below, and additional details are available at the Audio-Technica booth or at www.audio-technica.com/NAB2014. (Note: this schedule is subject to change; updates will be made on this link.)

Audio-Technica NAB Event Schedule, Booth C1720:

Monday, April 7, 2014

10:00 a.m. Ask Me Anything with Dennis Baxter – EMMY® Award-winning sports and Olympic sound designer
11:00 a.m. Ask Me Anything with Michael Abbott – TV audio mixer & producer; work includes GRAMMY® and CMA Award shows
1:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Fred Ginsburg, C.A.S. (Cinema Audio Society) – “Rigging Lavalier Microphones for Film/Video Production”
2:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Robert Bigelow, Audio mixer/sound editor for film and TV; recent projects include NCIS New Orleans, Star-Crossed and Treme – “Mid-Side/Stereo Miking Demystified”
3:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Dennis Baxter – “Sports Miking Techniques”

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

10:00 a.m. Ask Me Anything with Maureen Droney – Senior Executive Director, The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®
11:00 a.m. Ask Me Anything with Lenise Bent – Audio mixer/engineer & producer for music and film, including DreamWorks productions
1:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Fred Ginsburg – “Selection and Use of Boom Microphones”
2:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Robert Bigelow – “Recording Live Music for Broadcast”
3:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Fred Ginsburg – “When and How to Use Planted Microphones”

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

10:00 a.m. Ask Me Anything with Larry Estrin – Audio technology innovator, Founder of BEST Audio; work includes presidential debates, the Super Bowl, Olympics and Disney
11:00 a.m. Ask Me Anything with Robert Bigelow
1:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Steve Savanyu – “Microphone Techniques for Digital SLR Cameras”
2:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Fred Ginsburg – “Intro to Multi-track Location Dialogue Recording”
3:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Fred Ginsburg – “Advanced Workflow for Multi-track Location Dialogue Recording”

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

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Limited RSVP Slots Still Available for WavesLive Master Class Las Vegas Event

— Upcoming Live Mixing Workshop with Ken “Pooch” Van Druten, Peter Keppler and Jim Ebdon to be held Sunday, April 6, at the Cirque du Soleil’s Resident Shows Division —

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, March 27, 2014 — Waves Audio, the world’s leading provider of DSP audio solutions for the professional, live sound, broadcast and consumer electronics markets, is continuing its new WavesLive Master Class workshop series with an upcoming event in Las Vegas. The event, being held Sunday, April 6, will feature a mixing workshop with leading live mixing engineers Ken “Pooch” Van Druten (Linkin Park, Alter Bridge), Peter Keppler (Katy Perry, David Byrne, St. Vincent) and Jim Ebdon (Maroon 5, Aerosmith), who will demonstrate how they use Waves plugins in their live mixing.

Where:
Cirque du Soleil
Resident Shows Division
1151 Grier Drive, Suite C
Las Vegas, NV 89119

When:
Sunday, April 6, 2014
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Sign up today: http://waveslive-lv2014.eventbrite.com

Waves Product Specialist Luke Smith and WavesLive Marketing Manager Noam Raz will also be on hand to provide in-depth information on plugins and new technologies and to show how Waves plugins can be integrated into live mixing consoles. The presentation will be followed by an open Q&A session. Attendees will have the opportunity to do some hands-on mixing using the various consoles and plugins.

Waves EVP of Sales & Marketing Mick Olesh says: “WavesLive is proud to sponsor this event. For participants, this is a great opportunity to experience the world of live mixing with plugins and receive tips and tricks directly from mixing legends Pooch, Jim and Peter.”

Ken “Pooch” Van Druten adds, “This Waves event is not to be missed. Jim Ebdon is one of the finest live sound engineers in the industry. I can’t wait to pick his brain about how he works and what plugin choices he makes. Peter Keppler, also joining us at the Waves event, is a monster engineer with great talent. I intend to discover his secrets – especially how he makes Katy Perry destroy the competition with Waves plugins!”

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

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Audio Engineering Society Releases Program and Event Details for 136th International Convention in Berlin

— FREE “Exhibits-Plus” Badge and premium “All Access” Badges are now available for AES136 Berlin Convention —

New York, NY, March 26, 2014 — The Audio Engineering Society has just announced details on the Technical Program for the 136th Audio Engineering Society International Convention, being held in Berlin, Germany, on April 26 – 29, 2014, at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center. Offering a diverse range of engaging Tutorials, Workshops, Technical Papers, Engineering Briefs, and industry Exhibits spread over four days, AES136 will also see the European debut of the Project Studio Expo (PSE), as well as special events and presentations featuring leading engineers, producers and luminaries of the audio industry. Additional information on programs, presenters, and registration is available on the AES136 Convention web page at http://www.aes.org/events/136/.

Engineering Briefs
AES136 will feature over 25 Engineering Briefs covering diverse topics of audio engineering, including presentations such as: Remixing a Historic Film in HOA 3-D Audio; New Studio Strategies in Music Production — The Disappearing Gap between Engineer and Producer; An Approach to Bass Enhancement in Portable Computers Employing Smart Virtual Bass Synthesis Algorithms; Metadata, Tagging; and Multitrack: The Future of Music Formatting, among others.

Paper Sessions
As the chief goal of the Audio Engineering Society, audio research and applied techniques remain the top priority at the Berlin Convention, which will feature over 75 paper presentations within the topics of Recording, Audio Education, Signal Processing, Room Acoustics, Applications in Audio, Perception, Spatial Audio, Transducers, Network Audio and Forensics.

Project Studio Expo
The Project Studio Expo, a well-attended hit of recent AES Conventions, offers a venue for specialized discussions on some of the most timely and relevant areas of interest facing today’s recordist. These comprehensive presentations cover topics of note for engineers (whether in a home studio or top commercial facility), such as Basic Microphone Technology; Professional Mixes from Your Project Studio – Common Mistakes, Immediate Solutions; Electronic Dance Music: Live Performance Mixing Techniques; The Business of Being in the Music Business; How Did They Get that Sound?; Advanced Vocal Editing; Mastering Engineering – The Link to Your Audience; and more. Hosted by notable industry engineers, educators, journalists and sponsors, the Project Studio Expo offers a unique, new opportunity for attendees to interact with working industry professionals and to further their knowledge in order to get the most out of their recording experiences. Admission is included with both free “Exhibits-Plus” and premium “All Access” registration options.

Tutorials
A selection of in-depth Tutorials will also take place over the convention’s four days, offering analysis of topics including Tuning Your Studio – Acoustic Analysis of Small Rooms for Music; Dither and Noise Shaping in Digital Audio: Hows and Whys; Audio Forensics — What’s It All About; and The Drum Kit: What a Recordist Ought to Know.

Workshops
Another popular series of events is the audio Workshops that focus on areas of creative and technical applications and concerns. This year’s Workshops will include, among others, Practical Techniques for Recording Ambience in Surround; Speech Intelligibility; Myth-Busting Microphone Specifications; Applications for Object-Based Audio; and Implementing New Cinema Calibration Standards.

For more information on AES136 technical program, presenters, and registration visit the AES136 Convention web page at http://www.aes.org/events/136/.

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Bose® RoomMatch® System Chosen for Legacy United Methodist Church in Bismarck, North Dakota

New worship space for longtime area congregation features state-of-the-art sound thanks to Bose® RoomMatch® arrays

Framingham, Massachusetts, March 25, 2014 – Legacy United Methodist Church in Bismarck, North Dakota, opened the doors on its new worship space in late fall 2013, just in time for the holiday season. Featuring contemporary worship and music styles, the church hosts several services each weekend to a large and vibrant congregation. The challenges selecting a sound system were familiar: vocal intelligibility from the pastor and the musicians, a well-balanced sound mix for music, a versatile system for a number of applications, even coverage for the space, and so on. Bismarck-based A/V firm Dakota Sound Systems, Inc., installed a system consisting of RoomMatch® loudspeakers from Bose® Professional Systems, and it has already proven to be the perfect fit for the church, with rave reviews from the congregation and the church’s pastoral staff alike.

“This project was several years in the making,” notes Jay Griffin, Vice President and Co-Owner of Dakota Sound Systems. “Originally, the plan was different, and we had an entirely separate system specified. The project was shelved for a time and reworked, and when we revisited things, the church made it clear that they wanted the best and latest system. This was the perfect opportunity to install our first RoomMatch system. We put together a model of the system for the decision-makers at the church, and it was clear that this would be the right fit for the space and the church’s worship needs.”

The final system consists of the following Bose products: a middle array of RoomMatch RM12040 and RM9020 modules (one unit each), with two RM9060 modules, one on either side of the center array. Processing is handled by a Bose ControlSpace® ESP-00 Series II engineered sound processor, and a Bose PowerMatch® PM8500 power amplifier handles amplification for the system (an additional PM4250 amplifier powers a separate system in the church’s fellowship area).

The church’s Worship Pastor Dan Weigel, who leads music ministry, stated, “We are thrilled with this system. I cannot say enough good things about the coverage of the space, the speech intelligibility, and the smooth, balanced sound. We had a complication with some rafters potentially getting in the way of the dispersion, but Dakota Sound personnel were able to quickly compensate using Bose Modeler® software. Everything is now dialed in perfectly, and it offers us exactly what we need for our style of music and worship. And moving forward, it is versatile enough to handle just about anything we could throw at it, application-wise.”

Griffin continues, “I had not personally been present at the RoomMatch training sessions, so it was unclear to me exactly what this system would be like in comparison to the system we originally specified. Now that I have experienced the system, I can confidently state that it offers great speech intelligibility, but it can be a smack-you-in-the-face music system too. It covers the whole gamut. And it fills the space really well. We’re happy with the way it turned out, and comments from the church have all been positive. It’s an amazing group of products.”

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Philadelphia-Based ShootersINC Streamlines Workflow with the Slate RAVEN MTX, Sourced Through GC Pro

— Integrated production company now runs an all-RAVEN facility —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, March 20, 2014 — Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, is proud to be the exclusive U.S. dealer of the RAVEN MTX Multi-Touch Production Console by Slate Pro Audio. By getting the RAVEN MTX into the hands of top pros, GC Pro is helping leading facilities move to their next generation workflow – a recent prime example of which is the Philadelphia-based integrated production company ShootersINC.

Bob Schachner, the senior audio designer at ShootersINC, has worked on most of the company’s iconic content, from prime-time spots for clients including A&E, Lexus, The Weinstein Company, and Scripps Networks Interactive, to the original content they’ve been helping develop, such as the Food Network’s hit Restaurant: Impossible. After keeping his Avid Pro Control working in one of Shooters’ three audio control rooms for nearly a decade after Avid announced it would discontinue the platform, he knew he had to move on. In doing so, he faced the same dilemma every working professional does when their most familiar tools approach obsolescence: finding new ones that are compatible with all of their other systems but that also manage to let them manage their workflow just as they had before. Schachner says he found that in the Slate Digital RAVEN MTX console, the third of which was installed at Shooters in November.

He and Brad Petrella, manager of engineering services at Shooters, had been on the lookout for a good replacement platform that would work for Schachner and Shooters’ other audio engineers. Then, last year, Schachner says he saw a video of the RAVEN MTX and was intrigued by its interface: a 46-inch LED backlit touch-sensitive display with 1920 X 1080 HD resolution and integrated compatibility with the HD3 Pro Tools systems Shooters uses. “Steven Slate had a good reputation for his plugins; I liked the way he made his graphical user interfaces for them,” says Schachner. “So we went to a demo of the RAVEN at GC Pro and thought it had the potential to do what I needed it to do.”

Schachner was curious whether the console, which had been aimed at the music production market, would meet his workflow needs in audio post. He was not disappointed: “I live in the edit window in post, not on the faders and knobs,” he explains. “So the transition to the touchscreen was perfect. On a touchscreen work surface, there’s nothing that I lose and I gain this huge screen, which makes everything on it easy to see and access. I found myself transitioning from the trackball to the touchscreen quickly – the RAVEN was installed on a Monday, I was working on it by Tuesday and was fully up to speed on it by Wednesday. There wasn’t any slowdown in the workflow.”

Within a month of the first console being installed, the entire facility had RAVEN MTX workstations in all three control rooms, and everyone was conversant with the RAVEN’s operation. “One of our guys is in a band and his engineer did some overdubs,” Schachner recalls. “I loaded his work into the system and gave him a quick two-minute tutorial on it. He had no problem with it at all. Basically, if you can work Pro Tools, the RAVEN MTX is going to be very familiar to you.”

“What we like about the RAVEN MTX is that it doesn’t demand that you learn it – it accommodates how you work, for instance, by letting you get started quickly and then allowing you to learn different shortcuts and other things at your own pace, as you need them,” observes Brad Petrella.

In the space of barely two months, Schachner says the RAVEN MTX has changed his work patterns for the better. “When you have faders, you’re constantly reaching all over the board, and that causes your head to be constantly moving, which affects your ability to monitor accurately,” he explains. “With the touchscreen in the center, I find that monitoring is much easier since I don’t have to move as much. Plus, with the Pro Tools screen on the console display and so much easier to see, I can see the waveforms better; I can read the plugins easier. Pro Tools is part of the console now. I feel more connected to the entire process. You don’t realize that that’s happening until it hits you. This is a great way to work.”

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

Photo Caption: Bob Schachner, the senior audio designer at ShootersINC (foreground), and Brad Petrella, manager of engineering services (background), pictured with one of their new RAVEN MTX Multi-Touch Production Consoles by Slate Pro Audio, sourced through GC Pro.

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Waves Audio Provides MaxxAudio® Mobile Technology for Oppo’s Next-Generation Find 7 Smartphone Devices

— Innovative China-based smartphone manufacturer announces that professional audio enhancements from Waves are employed in flagship smartphone lineup —

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, March 19, 2014 — Waves Audio, the world-leading developer of audio DSP technologies and a recipient of a Technical GRAMMY® Award, continues its expansion into the international mobile device market, integrating its MaxxAudio® Mobile technologies in the latest smartphone from acclaimed China-based manufacturer Oppo Electronics. By using MaxxAudio, the new Oppo Find 7 devices offer professional-quality sound and performance for audio and communications applications ranging from streaming audio to gaming content and online video clips. Developed to fully utilize the latest in bandwidth data and communications technologies, MaxxAudio on the Find 7 realizes Oppo’s innovative vision for sound experiences on mobile devices by bringing forward a natural sound quality across all audio content and by providing Oppo users the power to customize their sound with professional technologies.

Oppo officially announced its new Find 7 smartphone at a press conference held on March 19, 2014, in Beijing, China. Representatives of Waves Audio were invited on stage, presenting an overview of MaxxAudio Mobile’s powerful processing, with specific references to its roots in recording and media production and its profound advantages for the Find 7 smartphone and its end-users.

“Oppo are always after the most innovative technologies and exceptional sound quality. We have found the best of both in Waves”. Stated Tony Chen, CEO Oppo Electronics “Using MaxxAudio, which is powered by the same professional technologies used by the world’s leading studios and artists, we can now provide high-quality natural sound performance and extended user controls for a premium mobile audio experience on Find 7.”

“Working with Waves, Oppo is setting a new standard of superior audio performance in mobile devices, effectively revolutionizing the Chinese mobile market,” stated Tomer Elbaz, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Waves’ Consumer Division. “Waves MaxxAudio Mobile technologies are instrumental in the performance of these devices. Oppo shares the same passion for high quality audio as Waves, and together, with the introduction of the Find 7, we have set a new benchmark for consumers to expect in future mobile devices.”

Developed over more than 20 years in the professional recording studio and entertainment audio production industries, Waves Audio processing is used in the creation of the world’s most popular music, movie soundtracks, and video games around the world. Leveraging both its professional audio experience and its popular suite of MaxxAudio Mobile audio technologies, Waves is able to adapt professional sound reproduction techniques into consumer products which often suffer from audio quality limitations often inherent in audio file content delivery and physical product design.

For information on MaxxAudio Mobile and other embedded DSP technologies, please visit www.maxx.com. For the latest Chinese-language news on the launch of Oppo Find 7, visit http://world.kankanews.com/device/2014-03-19/4159359.shtml.

Photo caption 1: The Waves MaxxAudio® GUI on the new Oppo Find 7 smartphone.

Photo caption 2: The Waves MaxxAudio® GUI on the new Oppo Find 7 smartphone.

Photo caption 3: Jack Joseph Puig, multi-GRAMMY® Award-winning producer/mixer and Waves Director of Creative Innovation, appears at a press conference on March 19, 2014, in Beijing, China, to help announce the Oppo Find 7 smartphone, which features Waves MaxxAudio® Mobile technologies.

Photo caption 4: Jack Joseph Puig, multi-GRAMMY® Award-winning producer/mixer and Waves Director of Creative Innovation, appears at a press conference on March 19, 2014, in Beijing, China, to help announce the Oppo Find 7 smartphone, which features Waves MaxxAudio® Mobile technologies.

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Spanish Rental Company Fluge Chooses to Equip their Consoles with Waves MultiRack

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, March 18, 2014 — Fluge, a Madrid, Spain-based rental sound company, is the latest high-profile user to equip their consoles with tools from Waves Audio. Fluge supplies professional sound equipment for concert tours, corporate events, musicals, installations and any productions that involve live professional audio. Aside from its headquarters in Madrid, Fluge has domestic branches in Barcelona, Zaragoza, and Valencia and international branches in Shanghai and Panama City. Employing Waves’ MultiRack SoundGrid® and SoundGrid servers, Fluge has supplied Waves-enabled consoles for the musicals Hoy No Me Puedo Levantar and Grease and for artist tours by Melendi (console: DiGiCo D5), Pablo Alborán (Avid D-Show), Alejandro Sanz (DiGiCo SD7), Dani (Yamaha CL-5), and Violetta (DiGiCo SD5).

Fluge’s Technical Director Raúl Méndez says: “In the past few years, Fluge has been investing in Waves tools with the objective of having Waves plugins available for our vast range of Avid Venue consoles. Now, with Waves’ SoundGrid technology and the ability to run Waves plugins in low latency with MultiRack on all consoles, we have decided to equip our stock of Yamaha and DiGiCo consoles with Waves tools as well.”

Mendez adds: “One of the great benefits of using Waves is, without any doubt, the fact that we don’t have to carry heavy FX racks like we used to. Nowadays, for instance, we are replacing the TC6000 system with the Waves IR-Live convolution reverb. It is a great benefit to our operation since it saves space and weight in transit. The great sound and easy solutions Waves Audio supplies are an absolute must for a company like ours.”

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

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Touring Musician and Entrepreneur Jamie Kent Relies on Bose® L1® Systems on the Road

The L1® system helps Kent dial in his band’s sound for venues nationwide, and the support he receives from Bose® staff are the perfect fit for the independent troubadour

Framingham, Massachusetts, March 18, 2014 – Jamie Kent is a cut above the average singer-songwriter. Not merely an acclaimed musical act and creative voice with soulful and rootsy influences, Kent is fiercely independent and entrepreneurial, creating a unique business model (known as “The Collective”) that has helped him build his fanbase from the ground up. He has since expanded “The Collective” concept to “The Collective Music Group,” which sees Kent consulting other artists on how to build their fanbases after Kent’s example. As he tours the country with his band, Kent travels with two L1® Model II systems from Bose® Professional Systems. Relying on the sound of the L1 systems and working with the artist community of fellow Bose L1 users, Kent has been able to advance his career by thrilling audiences with accomplished performances and building strong relationships with other like-minded independent artists.

A few years ago, Kent connected with Matt Szlachetka, the primary guitarist/vocalist for California-based act The Northstar Session. The two bonded over their shared roots (the same hometown in western Massachusetts), and Szlachetka got Kent in touch with Bose and exposed him to the L1 system, which he has used ever since. Immediately, the Bose team welcomed Kent into the fold, forging a close relationship that Kent values to this day. “My Bose people are my close friends, and they would do anything for me,” Kent notes. “The level of support that Bose provides is something that you don’t see from many companies.”

The L1 Model II systems have been a more-than-welcome addition to Kent-and-band’s stage setup. Running through the L1 systems are vocals, keyboards, acoustic guitar, banjo and accordion. For the full band lineup, Kent will use two L1 systems, and shows with a streamlined lineup will usually use a single L1 Compact system. Kent notes, “The sound of the L1 system is just what we need – things sound right and pure, which makes us comfortable on stage. I am admittedly very picky about my vocals, and the L1 system helps me capture an authentic quality when I sing. And we couldn’t believe how light and easy to pack it was – with the amount of gear we have, that was key. Aside from that, what we really appreciate is the automated and customizable settings. Each venue is different, but once we get a sound dialed in, we can call it up and tweak accordingly. The on-board instrument presets on the T1 ToneMatch® audio engine help bring out the natural qualities of each instrument, which we can also alter when we need to. Things started out amazing when we first used the L1 Model II system, and they’ve just gotten better and better as we have homed in on our sound. It’s like traveling with your own sound guy, because the settings are matched to you every night.”

The community of independent artists has helped Kent expand his reach: “The Northstar Session and other artists that we work with are very close – we all support each other and help each other with booking and playing shows,” he states. “It’s a tightly knit community, and it has helped all of us grow in our careers while making good friends and inspiring one another. And Bose is there too, helping us grow in a big way. It’s a great thing to be a part of.”

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