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135th Audio Engineering Society Convention Hits A Five-Year High

— Convention takes a bite out of the Big Apple and reminds the industry that “If It’s About Audio, It’s At AES” —

New York, NY, October 24, 2013 — The 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City) was the place to be if you have anything to do with the audio industry. The exhibit floor, panels and technical sessions were packed all four days, and as AES celebrated its 65th Anniversary, a five-year-high number of 18,453 registrants was tallied.

At show close, AES reported a 16% increase in registration since the last time the convention was in New York two years ago (131st AES) and a staggering 71% increase over last year’s San Francisco event (133rd AES), which unfortunately was plagued by smaller attendance due to Hurricane Sandy.

Convention Committee Chair Jim Anderson and his team created the most ambitious and comprehensive schedule of workshops, panels and technical programs in AES convention history; AES135 will be remembered by those in attendance as an exciting and enlightening experience, and one of the most heavily attended conventions in years. From the opening keynote address on Thursday by Josh McDermott from MIT; and the Heyser Lecture by legendary producer, technologist and multi-GRAMMY® Award winner George Massenburg; to Friday’s lunchtime keynote by multi-GRAMMY Award winner Jimmy Jam; the Project Studio Expo and Knowledge Center; the “Sound For Picture” Deadliest Catch workshop; the GRAMMY SoundTables event honoring the late Phil Ramone; presentations by engineer and Jay-Z collaborator Young Guru; and more, AES135 hit it out of the park for attendees and exhibitors alike.

“I can’t express how thrilled I am with our Convention this year,” stated Bob Moses, Executive Director of the AES. “Our organizing committee really outdid themselves, with over 250 presentations from an astounding 682 leading researchers and practitioners in the field, many of them standing-room only. The convention floor was absolutely packed, and the only complaint I heard was that we ran out of convention programs on the second day because so many people showed up. We took some risks with this show in an attempt to bring in lots of new blood and to maintain our position on the proverbial cutting edge, and the fact that it was such a fantastic success gives us confidence to ratchet it up a few more notches in Los Angeles next year. Actually, why wait for October 2014? – we’ll be back in Berlin in April, and much of what made this show so great will be leveraged to breathe new life into our European convention.”

No matter what sector of the industry you are involved in — recording & production, broadcast & streaming, game audio, live sound, networked audio, sound for picture, post production or system integration — AES135 had it all. The convention received support from over 20 industry sponsors and partners including: Audio Precision, Cerwin-Vega, CharterOak, Focusrite/Novation, Gibson, Hal Leonard, Harman/Soundcraft, iZotope, KRK, NewBay Media, Onkyo, SAE Institute, Sennheiser, Sound On Sound, Sound and Picture, Stanton, Tascam, and THAT Corporation. Additionally several organizations lent their support, including APRS, ASCAP, DTV Audio Group, International Music Festival Conference, Manhattan Producer’s Alliance, The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® and SPARS, as well as leading audio retailers GC Pro and Sweetwater.

The convention garnered praise from exhibitors and attendees alike. Piers Plaskitt, CEO, Solid State Logic, Inc., stated, “We went into the 2013 AES with high expectations, a new console for the live market, a cool summing box for our music professionals and a MADI/Dante bridge for our broadcast customers. We staffed up accordingly, and I’m very pleased to say that we had an extraordinarily busy show that exceeded our projections on every level. We are looking forward to 2014 and the convention’s return to Los Angeles.”

“This AES in NY was the best AES convention in many years,” stated Eric Mayer, President, DPA Inc. “This year the show floor traffic seemed up, our booth attendees were more ‘qualified’ and spirits seemed high. I’m not sure what changes were made, but whatever they were, they were needed and they worked.”

Katy Templeman-Holmes, Sr. Marketing Manager USA, Mixer Group, HARMAN, echoed Mayer’s words: “We had a great show, specifically with the hands-on workshops we hosted. Attendance was stronger than ever and it was a valuable mix of student, new and veteran engineers all looking to learn and experience the available technologies and products. A good show all around.”

“AES NY is always special, as no other show draws such a diverse crowd of key decision leaders in music, post, broadcast and live sound,” stated Phil Wagner, President of Focusrite Novation Inc. “This year’s AES show had our booth and sound demo room packed with potential customers from start to finish. We were proud to sponsor both the Project Studio Expo and Networked Audio Track. We look forward to a strong presence at AES Los Angeles next year.”

For additional information on the Audio Engineering Society and its conventions, conferences and technological outreach, visit http://www.aes.org.

Photo Caption 1: The 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City) saw five-year-high registration numbers. Photos courtesy of Audio Engineering Society. © 2013

Photo Caption 2: Attendees flock to the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention on the opening day of exhibits, Friday, October 18, 2013. Photos courtesy of Audio Engineering Society. © 2013

Photo Caption 3: The aisles on the exhibition floor at the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention were filled with wall-to-wall attendees. Photos courtesy of Audio Engineering Society. © 2013

For additional photos from the 135th AES Convention, please visit http://clynemedia.com/AES/AES135/photos/.

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Bose® RoomMatch® Asymmetrical Array Module Loudspeaker Selected as WFX 2013 New Product Technology Award Winner

Framingham, Massachusetts, October 23, 2013 – Bose® Professional Systems Division is proud to announce that its RoomMatch® Asymmetrical Array Module Loudspeakers have been selected as the recipient of a WFX 2013 New Product Technology Award, in the category of “Best Large-Format Loudspeaker.” Winners were announced on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, at the Worship Facilities Conference & Expo (WFX) Dallas.

New Product Technology Awards, presented by Church Production Magazine, Worship Facilities Magazine, and Worship Facility Designer, are the most comprehensive Audio, Video, Lighting, and New Media product awards in the house of worship market. These products are recognized for their innovation and application for churches of all sizes and styles.

Morten Jorgensen, Sr. Manager of the Americas Professional Systems Division, states, “It is a true honor to be recognized once again by the selection committee for the WFX New Product Technology Awards. It is gratifying to be recognized by our peers and industry experts for our hard work. When you listen to your customers and end users and create market-driven products that solve fundamental problems, people cannot help but notice. We are proud of the RoomMatch Asymmetrical models, as we are of our entire Professional Systems product line, and again it is an honor to be acknowledged by the WFX Awards.”

About Bose’s RoomMatch Asymmetrical Array Module Loudspeakers
Bose recently introduced these 22 new RoomMatch models with horizontally asymmetrical coverage patterns. Building upon the innovative designs pioneered by the Bose engineering team, with the addition of these asymmetrical array modules, the RoomMatch series now includes 42 unique coverage patterns providing system designers with unprecedented coverage control and scalability. The asymmetrical pattern modules improve sound quality in many room shapes by reducing side-wall reflections, which helps improve consistency of sound quality, seat-to-seat, without the need for “yaw in” array aiming. The asymmetrical pattern modules also improve stereo soundstage effects when used either in left/right pairs or in L/C/R array configurations. The modules feature the industry’s only large-format asymmetrical waveguides, with pattern control down to 800 Hz, which improve vocal clarity by reducing room reflections in the critical 1-4 kHz vocal intelligibility range. All RoomMatch full-range modules utilize six Bose EMB2 extended–midrange compression drivers with 2-inch voice coils for the high frequencies and dual Bose LF10 high-excursion, 10-inch woofers with 3-inch voice coils for the low frequencies. RoomMatch full-range array modules feature a frequency response of 60-16k Hz (+/- 3 db) with long-term continuous power handling of 500 W and peak handling of 2000 W.

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Waves Audio 2013 AES Convention Press Kit

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Genelec 2013 AES Convention Press Kit

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Focusrite 2013 AES Convention Press Kit

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Audio-Technica 2013 AES Convention Press Kit

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Genelec Debuts G Two Active Loudspeaker

NATICK, MA, October 10, 2013 — Genelec is debuting its new G Two Active Loudspeaker, part of the new Genelec G Series of Active Loudspeakers. Offering an exceptional home audio solution, the G Two (Woofer 4″ + Tweeter 3/4″) joins three other models in the series: G One (Woofer 3″ + Tweeter 3/4″), G Three (Woofer 5″ + Tweeter 3/4″) and G Four (Woofer 6.5″ + Tweeter 3/4″); as well as the complementary F One (6″ active) and F Two (8″ active) subwoofers. The G Series and F Series models are designed to be used together or separately. The G Two and its brethren feature elegant industrial design by award-winning designer Harri Koskinen and Genelec’s R&D team.

The G Two active two-way loudspeaker combines an organic, rounded form with powerful and precise sound reproduction. The gently curving design is not chosen for good looks alone. Sharp edges or corners on a loudspeaker enclosure cause acoustic reflections that interfere with the direct sound. This harmful interference – diffraction – is dramatically reduced by the smooth, curved design of the G Series, audible in the excellent resolution and solid sound imaging of the products. Blending seamlessly to the enclosure shape, the proprietary Directivity Control Waveguide™ (DCW™) formed around the high-frequency driver is designed to match the frequency response and directivity characteristics of the two drivers. This results in a smooth frequency response on- and off-axis and controlled directivity maximizing the direct sound aimed to the listening area.

G Two Specifications:

Maximum sound pressure: 96 dB per loudspeaker @ 1 m
Frequency response: 65 – 21000 Hz (-3 dB)
Drivers: Bass 4″ + Treble 0.75″ metal dome + DCW
Amplifier power: Bass 20 W + Treble 20 W
Dimensions: H x W x D: 9.53″ x 5.94″ x 5.59″ with Iso-Pod™ (242 x 151 x 142 mm)
Weight: 8.16″ (3.7 kg)

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

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Vintage King Nashville Receives 2013 TEC Award Nomination with Its Carl Tatz Design Showroom Studio

- Vintage King Nashville sets a new benchmark for a pro audio showroom by implementing the Carl Tatz Design MixRoom™ concept in its new facility

Nashville, TN: The revolutionary MixRoom™ concept, which pairs the Carl Tatz Signature Series™ acoustic modules by Auralex with the unrivaled accuracy of the PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) monitor tuning protocol, has garnered its second consecutive TEC Award nomination for the new Vintage King Nashville control room/show room installation.

“We’re delighted to have been selected by Vintage King Nashville to design and implement one of our MixRooms in their new facility and honored to receive our second nomination from the TEC Award foundation,” states Carl Tatz, principal of the Carl Tatz Design (CTD) firm and creator of the PhantomFocus System.

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Enhance the Convention Experience with Free “AES Mobile Convention – AES New York 2013” Mobile App

— App for handheld devices provides several tools to help navigate the 135th AES Convention —

New York, NY, October 14, 2013 — The sheer number of events and exhibitors at the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City) can be daunting, but the free “AES Mobile Convention – AES New York 2013” app is here to help.

Available for iOS devices iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, as well as Android devices, the app provides the following tools to enhance your event experience:

The Dashboard keeps you organized with up-to-the-minute Exhibitor, Speaker, and Event information
My Schedule organizes your schedule with one click
Alerts allow you to receive important real-time communications from the AES
Keep up with industry news on LinkedIn and Facebook groups
Built-in Twitter feed to follow and join in on the show chatter
Rate the sessions you attend and comment on them, too
Interactively locate Companies you want to visit on the Floor Plan Map
Connect with your colleagues using the Friends feature

To download it for free today, please visit http://www.aes.org/mobile/. For further information on the 135th AES International Convention, and to register for your free Exhibits-Plus badge or the premium All-Access badge, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/.

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GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW STORE AND LESSONS STUDIO IN OCEAN, NEW JERSEY

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

ANNOUNCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

Guitar Center has opened its 253rd 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 Ocean to support local music scene, is at the store, located at 2323 New Jersey 66, Ocean, NJ 07712

(Los Angeles, CA) – Guitar Center, the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ and lighting equipment, opened its 253rd location, in Ocean, New Jersey, on September 26, 2013. The store, located at 2323 New Jersey 66, Ocean, NJ 07712, 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.

OCEAN STORE LOCATION BACKGROUNDER:

Vast Product Selection and Low Prices – Guitar Center Ocean brings an unprecedented selection of products to Ocean, 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 Ocean 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 Ocean 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 Ocean: Additional In-Store Programs and Opportunities Include:

Guitar Center’s “Endless Aisle” – Ocean 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 Ocean 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 Ocean store, Guitar Center offers year-round programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight promising undiscovered talent. Ocean 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 Ocean Store and Studio Hours
Mon-Sat: 10 AM-8 PM
Sun: 11 AM-6 PM

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