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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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Listen Technologies InfoComm 2014 Press Kit

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Pensado Awards Ceremony Supported by Sponsor Partners

A varied collection of representatives from the recording, M.I. and audio education markets showed support for inaugural awards show, with many in attendance at the ceremony

LOS ANGELES, CA, July 7, 2014 — The Pensado Awards, an award show created by the producers of the acclaimed online video series Pensado’s Place to acknowledge today’s emerging brand of music professional and “recognize the faces behind the sound,” held its inaugural live ceremony on the evening of June 28, 2014, at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California. The ceremony was cited as a huge success, thanks to the many industry sponsors that pledged their support in the weeks and months leading up to the event. Most were also in attendance at the ceremony, a video production of which is currently being prepared for global online streaming beginning July 10, 2014, on the Pensado’s Place YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/PensadosPlace). A final list of the winners will be announced to the public as soon as the broadcast is available online.

The list of sponsors comprises some of the most prominent names in professional audio, M.I. and audio education. Title Sponsors included Audio-Technica, Avid, The Blackbird Academy, Blackout, The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®, Recording Connection, Slate Media Technology, Studio 202 and Vintage King. Supporting Sponsors included Barefoot Sound, Bedrock LA, The EchoBar Recording Studios, Full Sail University®, G-Technology®, Gobbler, Indaba Music, iZotope, Larrabee Studios, McDSP, Mix with the Masters, Morris Light and Sound, Music Connection, PreSonus, Record Plant, SESAC, Studio at The Palms, Ultimate Ears and Universal Audio.

Roxanne Ricks, Artist Relations Manager and Events Specialist, Audio-Technica U.S., stated, “The Pensado Awards was a unique opportunity to show our support for all the people working behind the scenes that sometimes do not get the credit and visibility they deserve. Audio-Technica was proud to support these awards, as well as Pensado’s Place, as Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick have created a singular platform to provide a practical, real-world resource on the evolving craft of recorded music.”

“The Pensado Awards was a truly remarkable evening created by audio gods to honor the audio gods.” Commented Brian Kraft, COO, RRF (The Recording, Radio and Film Connection). “We are honored to be a sponsor.”

In recent years, developments in music and technology have changed the landscape for producers, songwriters, engineers and musicians, encouraging artists and composers of all types to hone their craft. The Pensado Awards acknowledges these talented individuals and their work, with awards in 16 categories. Categories include Game Changer Producer of the Year; Break Thru Songwriter; Spin Doctor DJ Award; Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Film, Television and Gaming; OMG! Mix of the Year; Unique Project Studio; Break Thru Mixer; Best Non-English Song; Tracking Engineer; Pensado Giant Award; Master of Mastering; Live/FOH; AIR Award (Best Assistant, Intern or Runner); Outstanding Brand; Dave Pensado Educator Award; and Herb Trawick Visionary Award. A full list of nominees can be found at http://pensadoawards.com/award_categories.html.

About Pensado’s Place
The hour-long weekly web series Pensado’s Place was created nearly four years ago. Co-hosted by legendary mix engineer Dave Pensado (Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Michael Jackson and more) and show creator Herb Trawick, Pensado’s Place includes interviews with top music industry artists, engineers, producers, mixers, and record executives, as well as in-depth tutorials in production, engineering and mixing. Pensado’s Place has positioned itself as “the most influential show for audio engineers,” mixers and producers (Forbes Magazine) in just three years. Pensado’s Place is more than just a show, as it highlights the very best in the industry of music, gaming, sound identity on film, and audio equipment, with a presence in live events. As a leading educational resource, Pensado’s Place is helping build the next generation of audio greats.

Photo Caption: Assembled sponsors, co-hosts, presenters and others involved in the inaugural Pensado Awards, pictured the evening of the ceremony, June 28, 2014, at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California. Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for The Pensado Awards. © 2014.

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Bose® RoomMatch® Asymmetrical Array Module Loudspeakers Chosen for First Baptist Church in Lawton, Oklahoma

Recently-introduced asymmetrical modules offer exactly the solution needed for the church, where long-throw capability and wide horizontal dispersion were both critical factors in the sound system design

Framingham, Massachusetts, June 30, 2014 – In the process of replacing the sound and broadcast video systems at the First Baptist Church in Lawton, Oklahoma, leading AV integrator and systems designer FBP Systems (a subsidiary of the Morse Group family of companies) looked to Bose® Professional Systems and its recently introduced RoomMatch® asymmetrical array module loudspeakers to solve the church’s unique audio challenges. With a large balcony that completely wraps around the sides and back of a 1,000-seat sanctuary, this church required a sound system that was able to throw sound clearly and intelligibly over a long distance, and at the same time cover a very wide area. A typical line array wouldn’t be able to fulfill all of these requirements without numerous adjacent hangs and then would still run the risk of interference between arrays. Fortunately, by installing the RoomMatch asymmetrical array module, First Baptist Church got the sound it needed in time for Christmas services.

The depth and width of the sanctuary interior posed a significant challenge when it came to coverage. Mark LaBouff, National Sales Manager, and Robert Coggins, Senior Engineer, both at FBP Systems (which has offices in Las Vegas, Nevada, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Elgin, Illinois) were aware that the RoomMatch asymmetrical speaker design had just become available in October. “The RoomMatch modules offer amazing engineering, and we knew that it would form the basis of our design response to this church’s sound system needs,” explains Coggins.

But he was also aware that in using an L-C-R three-array design, which this situation called for, the arrays closest to the building’s side walls risked becoming reflective surfaces that would splatter the sound and interfere with the intelligibility of the overall system. The Bose RoomMatch asymmetrical array modules addressed that problem by reducing side-wall reflections, which helps improve consistency of sound quality, seat-to-seat, without the need for “yaw-in” array aiming.

The system, as designed and installed, consists of a center array using one RM7020, two RM9020 and one RM12040 modules, as well as two RMS215 subwoofer modules. The left and right arrays, which use the asymmetrical array modules, are made up of RM283505, RM286010 and RM286020 modules (one apiece) on the left side, and RM352805, RM602810, and RM602820 modules (also one apiece) on the right. The entire system is powered using six Bose PowerMatch® PM8500N amplifiers and is managed using Dante™ from a Yamaha mixer to a Bose ControlSpace® ESP-00 engineered sound processor. Four ESP Link® I/O cards link to the PowerMatch amplifiers. FBP Systems also upgraded the video production suite to full HD and utilizes a Broadcast Pix Mica switcher as the heart of the system.

“The system is designed to keep energy off of the side walls yet still project it well into the seating areas on the floor and in the balcony,” LaBouff explains. “And the way we’ve configured the arrays using the RoomMatch asymmetrical array modules, we achieve that with a seamlessness that we couldn’t have gotten with any other system or product.”

Coggins notes that he talked with Bose engineers about the idea of reversing the left and right arrays in the design, and they encouraged it, which he says shows the robustness of the Bose product designs and the willingness of their engineers to help users innovate on their own. And both Coggins and LaBouff point out that the First Baptist Church installation is the first U.S. project to incorporate the new asymmetrical array modules and the first use of Bose products on a Dante network. “Bose keeps coming up with great products that let us serve our customers better,” says LaBouff. “The RoomMatch asymmetrical array modules came along just in time.”

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Listen Technologies Receives 2014 InfoComm Best Of Show Award from Sound & Video Contractor, AV Technology and Pro Sound News Magazines

BLUFFDALE, UT, June 30, 2014 — Listen Technologies Corporation, a leading designer, manufacturer, and distributor of assistive listening products, is proud to announce that it has received a 2014 InfoComm Best Of Show Award for its iDSP (Intelligent Digital Signal Processing) products from New Bay Media publications Sound & Video Contractor, AV Technology and Pro Sound News. The announcement was made on Friday, June 20, the final day of InfoComm 2014.

With thousands of new product introductions at InfoComm 2014, more than 37,000 attendees, 218 new exhibitors and nearly 200 award nominations, NewBay Media’s “Best Of Show” program helps separate the good from the great. AV Technology’s awards specifically recognize technological innovation that benefits tech managers and end users. The “Best of Show” Awards are judged by an anonymous panel of six AV/IT technology managers, AV systems integrators, and industry experts from submitted nominations. Awards criteria include ease of installation, ease of maintenance, anticipated reliable performance, richness of the feature set, relevance in the marketplace, value proposition/ROI, network friendliness, and versatility.

“To be recognized by such an esteemed group of industry experts and peers is the highest compliment one can receive,” stated Russ Gentner, Listen CEO. “InfoComm 2014 was a great show for Listen Technologies and the addition of this award is the icing on the cake.”

“We congratulate Listen Technologies on this award. We are impressed with not only the integrity of their mission but the scope and diversity of their sound solutions,” said Margot Douaihy, editor of AV Technology, EDUwire, & Tech Manager Today. “Our Best in Show judges voted in favor of the Listen Technologies iDSP RF receiver for myriad reasons: its focus on the fine details and nuances that make a great user experience; quality performance; and a surprisingly compact form-factor. Even inventory management and battery management — pain points for most tech managers & venue managers — were considered in the iDSP RF’s final design.”

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Bose® L1® Model II System Chosen for Acclaimed Vocal Duo Joey+Rory

Academy of Country Music’s 2010 “Top New Vocal Duo” award winners take their Bose® L1® Model II loudspeaker system with B2 Bass subwoofers to their Middle Tennessee farm, where it becomes the house PA and monitor system for the duo’s The Joey+Rory Show on RFD-TV

Framingham, Massachusetts, June 26, 2014 – Critically acclaimed vocal duo Joey+Rory have done it all. Rory Feek has written four number-one country hits, among them “Some Beach,” recorded by Blake Shelton, and “A Little More Country Than That,” recorded by Easton Corbin, and has had dozens of other songs recorded by some of the biggest artists in country music. He and his wife, Joey, are road warriors and regulars on the Grand Ole Opry, where they’ve performed over 40 times. While they garnered the Academy of Country Music® “Top New Vocal Duo” award in 2010, have their own television show on RFD-TV, and a radio program on Nashville’s WSM, Joey still finds time to work at their family-owned café while Rory handles farm chores. To make the most out of busy lives and careers, they know they have to choose the right tools, and one of their most important pieces is the L1® Model II system with B2 Bass modules from Bose® Professional Systems.

After deciding to embark on a performing career in 2008, Joey+Rory got to work making records and hitting the road. In 2011, Rory encountered the Bose L1 sound system being used by a colleague and he asked to borrow it for a few dates on the road. Both he and Joey quickly realized how the Bose L1 system could make their lives easier, by functioning as a combination PA and monitoring system. The highly portable L1 system fit nicely in the cargo bay of their bus. Once they had acquired their own pair of L1 Model 1S systems and two B1 Bass modules, the systems also served as the main PA and monitoring system for the filming of their popular television program. The Joey+Rory Show is filmed in a converted barn right on their Tennessee farm. Joey and Rory soon realized that this barn/studio would also make a great concert hall, and with the help of the L1 system, Joey+Rory now perform sold-out “Farmhouse Concerts” in this intimate 300-seat venue. In 2013, they upgraded to a pair of L1 Model II systems with B2 Bass modules.

“We can use the Bose PA anywhere, in almost any sized room, so it’s a very effective choice for us,” says Rory. “We’ve used it in pretty big halls where it’s both the PA and the monitor system, and we also use it in the café, which seats 60 people, for really intimate songwriter performances. The L1 system keeps the vocal out in front and it makes the live performance sound like the way you recorded it.”

The Bose L1 system has become so deeply enmeshed in Joey+Rory’s lives that it was also the PA used at the reception for their daughter’s wedding. “It’s just a great sound system – reliable, portable, easy to use and great sounding,” he says. “I guess you could say it’s part of the family now.”

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