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Recording Industry Golf Tournament™ (RIGT) Announces Helicopter Golf Ball Drop

— Annual charity event, to be held at Malibu Golf Club, Monday, June 2, kicks it up a notch with an exciting Helicopter Golf Ball Drop at the conclusion of the tournament —

Los Angeles, CA, May 20, 2014 — The 2014 Recording Industry Golf Tournament™ (RIGT), which will be held Monday, June 2, 2014, at Malibu Golf Club, is adding to the fun and festivities at this annual charity event with a Helicopter Golf Ball Drop at the conclusion of the tournament. This unique event will help to raise additional funds to benefit the music program at A Place Called Home, a dynamic community center and safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth 8-21 years old are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts and well-being. The tournament is again being organized by seasoned event producer Karen Dunn of KMD Productions, with Recording veterans Ed Cherney and Al Schmitt serving as Honorary Co-Chairs.

Anyone can participate in the Helicopter Golf Ball Drop, whether planning on attending the tournament in person or not. Numbered golf balls will be dropped out of a helicopter onto a target (a hole), and the balls that are closest in proximity to the pin win prizes based on their distance from that hole (you do not have to be present to win). RIGT are currently selling the numbered golf balls via the website at: http://lu6717.wix.com/recording-industry. Every person who “buys” a ball (or multiple balls) will be given numbers corresponding back to their purchase so they know where they stand – much like a raffle ticket. A complete list of prizes will be announced shortly.

Dunn has limited availability for sponsors and golfers as the event continues to gain momentum. In addition to the 18 holes of pristine golfing, the day will include a $1 million hole-in-one opportunity, contests for longest drive and longest putt, a “closest to the pin” competition, “funnest hole,” a putting contest, a silent auction and more. Dunn and the Record Plant’s Rose Mann-Cherney will be driving the “world famous tequila cart” to make sure all of the day’s participants are playing their best.

Confirmed sponsors include Audio-Technica, Clyne Media, Dave Collins Mastering, Design FX Audio, GC Pro/Sterling Audio, JBL Professional®, NAMM, PreSonus, The Recording Studio Insurance Program, Record Plant, SAE LA, studioexpresso.com / AlterMedia and TransAudioGroup, with many more to be announced within the week.

More information on the tournament and its participants is available at http://www.recordingindustrygolftournament.com/, or call Karen Dunn at 925-708-0307. Register here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-recording-industry-golf-tournament-tickets-10567095467. “Like” the RIGT on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/2014RecordingIndustryGolfTournament.

Register here for the Helicopter Ball Drop: http://lu6717.wix.com/recording-industry.

About A Place Called Home:
A Place Called Home (www.apch.org) is a dynamic community center and safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth 8-21 years old are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being. APCH provides support and opportunities that increase the likelihood that young people will stay in school, go on to higher education and viable jobs, and make a meaningful difference in their communities and the world. Music and recording are key components of the organization’s program offering, and the APCH youth band performs and records on a regular basis.

About KMD Productions
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, KMD Productions offers full-service event production across the US for businesses and individuals, providing a range of services needed to make events an overwhelming success. KMD Productions can handle all the details of your fundraiser, corporate function or trade show event. Whether you’re looking to launch a new product, get better brand recognition or raise money for your worthwhile charity, KMD Productions has the resources and experience to help you achieve your goals.

Photo Caption: A helicopter performs a golf ball drop at a recent tournament.

Photo Caption 2: A judge compares results for the golf ball drop at a recent tournament.

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On the Eve of Its 40th Anniversary, Aphex® Is Making Bold Moves for the Future

— Historic pro audio brand is adding talent and technology to reinforce focus on new DSP offerings and tech licensing —

BURBANK, CA, May 20, 2014 — Pro audio brand Aphex®, a leader in professional audio technology, is currently in its 40th year of business and plans to celebrate its 40th anniversary in grand style next year. On the way to this exciting milestone, Aphex continues to grow and expand its focus on developing new DSP technologies with the goal of putting these into Aphex Pro and Prosumer products, as well as into a variety of products made by OEM licensees.

Aphex is in the midst of expanding into critical markets beyond Pro Audio to augment its business and offerings, with technology geared to Assistive Listening; Speech Recognition; and Prosumer Recording, Podcasting, Telecommunication and Automotive Infotainment.

Since purchasing Aphex in 2010, parent company DWV Entertainment has made dramatic changes to expand the Aphex brand and its pro products. Starting with a major facility change (moving into a stand-alone building in Burbank) and revising its entire manufacturing and production process, as well as creating digital code of the legendary Aural Exciter®, Aphex is leveraging its capabilities and technology roadmap to take the company into the future, with additional audio enhancement products and DSP code that can impact products in a much broader range of key applications. Adding extraordinary talent to its DSP and USB engineering team, Aphex now has the tools in place to excite the world for another 40 years.

Aphex continues to grow its pro audio product line with a wide assortment of 500 Series and USB products, and now, with added emphasis on new technology development and licensing, Aphex will be able to achieve even greater goals.

Evidence of this future-focused growth plan is the recent addition of Rob Barrett as Director of Digital Business Development. Rob’s software and development skills, honed working with Apple, Ford, Motorola and Google, give laser-like focus to Aphex’s roadmap of new and advanced audio and hearing product development.

DWV Entertainment and Aphex Chairman David Wiener stated, “Aphex has a legendary presence in the pro audio and music world. Now it’s time to share our ability to improve sound with more people who can benefit from improved listening experiences. It’s very exciting to see the evolution and expansion of Aphex into the markets we all live our daily lives in. Everyone needs better sound, and not just in the studio and on stage. We truly want to make your world sound better!” Wiener added, “With Rob leading our expansion into licensing, and our new DSP and USB engineering team, our future is grounded in producing timely technologies for pros, consumers, and commercial and military applications.”

“We continue to look for exceptional talent for arenas we are moving into, including the large market expansion with automotive infotainment systems. Our business association with Ferrari and preliminary meetings confirm Aphex tech has wide ranging applications for this important segment of the audio and communications market,” stated David Wiener, in response to questions about the obvious connections DWV Entertainment has with the automotive industry.

Plans for Aphex’s 40th anniversary event will be announced later this year.

For more information please visit http://www.aphex.com.

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Lisa Loeb Added as Co-Host for Pensado Awards

Acclaimed singer-songwriter joins previously announced co-hosts Chris Lord-Alge, Marcella Araica and Young Guru

LOS ANGELES, CA, May 19, 2014 — Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb has been announced as an additional co-host for the inaugural Pensado Awards, an award show acknowledging today’s emerging brand of music professional and “recognizing the faces behind the sound.” Loeb joins the following previously announced co-hosts: producer-engineers Chris Lord-Alge (Muse, Pink, Foo Fighters, Avril Lavigne, Green Day, Daughtry, Paramore, Black Eyed Peas), Marcella Araica (Britney Spears, Madonna, Pink, Duran Duran, Keri Hilson) and Young Guru (Jay Z, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey). Created by the producers of the acclaimed online video series Pensado’s Place, the Pensado Awards are set to take place June 28, 2014, at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California, and broadcast online globally one week later.

GRAMMY®-nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb burst onto the national scene in 1994 with her platinum-selling number-one hit song “Stay (I Missed You)” from the film Reality Bites. Since then, she has enjoyed a successful career encompassing music, film, television, voice-over work and children’s recordings. In addition to raising two children, her current endeavors include The Lisa Loeb Eyewear Collection (in partnership with Classique Eyewear); her second children’s book Lisa Loeb’s Songs for Moving and Shaking; her latest pop-rock studio album No Fairy Tale; a headline-making viral performance on HBO’s new hit series Last Week Tonight with John Oliver; and a busy spring and summer national tour. For more information, please visit http://www.lisaloeb.com/.

Herb Trawick, the Co-host/Executive Producer and Creator of Pensado’s Place, as well as Manager and Advisor to Co-host Dave Pensado, stated, “Lisa Loeb is an iconic presence in the music industry for two decades now. She is a masterful songwriter and has a prolific discography of well-crafted records. We are excited for her to be a part of this night and join Chris, Marcella and Young Guru as our co-host dream team.”

Dave Pensado (Co-host of Pensado’s Place, GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer, Teacher) stated, “The Pensado Awards started as a dream we had, and we cannot wait for it to finally come to fruition. Lisa, Chris, Marcella and Young Guru are the perfect ambassadors for this event, and we’re proud to have them aboard.”

“Throughout my career making music, I’ve been lucky to work with some of the best music professionals in the studio, on stage, and elsewhere,” stated Loeb. “The Pensado Awards is an important time to recognize those people who really help get the music out there properly. We focus on the faces of the music, but the folks behind the scene are not acknowledged often enough. I look forward to joining some talented people that I really respect at the ceremony on June 28th.”

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 unique categories including OMG! Mix of the Year; Game Changer Producers Award; Songwriters Break Thru Award; Unique Project Studio (Global); Break Thru Mixer Award; Best Non-English Song (Global); Best Tracking Engineer; Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Film, Television & Gaming; Pensado Giant Award (industry legend); Master of Mastering; Live/FOH Award; AIR Award (Best Assistant, Intern or Runner); Outstanding Brand; Spin Doctor DJ Award; Dave Pensado Educators Award; and Herb Trawick Visionary Award.

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.

Opportunities are still available to join the over 100 leading music makers and manufacturers, representatives from 75 countries and over 100 schools who are already active supporters of and participants in the inaugural Pensado Awards. Three sponsorship packages are available. To support the Awards, please visit http://pensadoawards.com/sponsorship_info.html.

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Initial Sponsors Announced for Inaugural Pensado Awards

Leading manufacturers and organizations pledge their support for new awards show

Additional sponsors to be announced shortly

LOS ANGELES, CA, May 12, 2014 — The first round of sponsors has been announced for the inaugural Pensado Awards, an upcoming award show acknowledging today’s emerging brand of music professional and “recognizing the faces behind the sound.” Created by the producers of the acclaimed online video series Pensado’s Place, the Pensado Awards are set to take place June 28, 2014, at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California, and broadcast online globally one week later. Co-hosting will be producer-engineers Chris Lord-Alge (Muse, Pink, Foo Fighters, Avril Lavigne, Green Day, Daughtry, Paramore, Black Eyed Peas), Marcella Araica (Britney Spears, Madonna, Pink, Duran Duran, Keri Hilson) and Young Guru (Jay Z, Beyonce, Mariah Carey), with additional co-hosts to be announced soon.

The list of title sponsors comprises some of the most prominent names in professional audio, M.I. and audio education, including Audio-Technica, Avid, The Blackbird Academy, Recording Connection, Slate Media Technology and Vintage King. Supporting sponsors include Barefoot Sound, Ideaplex, Indaba Music, iZotope, Morris Light and Sound and Studio 202. Additional sponsors are being added at a rapid rate, and a complete list will be announced soon.

Herb Trawick, the Co-host/Executive Producer and Creator of Pensado’s Place, as well as Manager and Advisor to Co-host Dave Pensado, stated, “We are pleased to have our initial round of sponsors in place. They are all leaders in their fields, and we are honored that they believe in our dream.”

Dave Pensado (Co-host of Pensado’s Place, GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer, Teacher) echoed Trawick’s sentiments: “It is encouraging that so many industry icons that we respect highly have taken a vested interest in the Pensado Awards. We look forward to celebrating with them at the ceremony and beyond!”

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 unique categories including OMG! Mix of the Year; Game Changer Producers Award; Songwriters Break Thru Award; Unique Project Studio (Global); Break Thru Mixer Award; Best Non-English Song (Global); Best Tracking Engineer; Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Film, Television & Gaming; Pensado Giant Award (industry legend); Master of Mastering; Live/FOH Award; AIR Award (Best Assistant, Intern or Runner); Outstanding Brand; Spin Doctor DJ Award; Dave Pensado Educators Award; and Herb Trawick Visionary Award.

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, the show 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.

Opportunities are still available to join the over 100 leading music makers and manufacturers, representatives from 75 countries and over 100 schools who are already active supporters of and participants in the inaugural Pensado Awards. Three sponsorship packages are available. To support the Awards, please visit http://pensadoawards.com/sponsorship_info.html.

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Listen Technologies Introduces New Stationary RF Systems

— Assistive listening systems designed for system integrators, contractors and consultants working with facilities seeking legislative compliance or to meet end-user need —

BLUFFDALE, UTAH, May 12, 2014 — Listen Technologies Corporation, a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of wireless listening solutions, announces its new Stationary RF systems designed as a solution for system integrators, contractors and consultants working with venues seeking assistive listening for either legislative compliance or to meet the personal listening needs of their customers.

The new systems available in a range of configurations, offer a competitive price point to installers and high quality sound (with 20 dB less hiss than competitive products from other brands), and are backed by an extensive warranty and Listen Technologies’ acclaimed customer service/support. All systems include all necessary components for assistive listening and legislative compliance. Other features include:

SQ™ Super Quiet Companding Switch, providing highest audio quality available (20 dB less hiss than any competitor) when enabled. SQ can be disabled for compatibility with other assistive listening equipment.
57 channels offering maximum flexibility, with capabilities for language interpretation and assurance in finding a clear channel.
Look & Listen™ display on select receivers (Premier and Ultimate systems), allowing intuitive use, managing and programming.
Options for applications ranging from simple use in smaller venues to professional installation in larger venues and longer range of up to 3,000 ft.

“We specifically designed the new Stationary RF systems to provide the easiest way for integrators, contractors and consultants to get the exact right solution for their customers,” stated Russ Gentner, Listen Technologies CEO. “From simple low-cost systems to more advanced feature systems, these systems cover it all, at an unbeatable price point and engineered to best meet the wide range of needs for venues and end users.”

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AES Showcases Latest Audio Innovations and Best Practices at 136th International Convention in Berlin

— Successful Technical Program and Exhibition draw high attendance and positive response from attendees and exhibitors alike —

—AES Executive Director Bob Moses announces next European AES Convention will take place in Warsaw, Poland (Spring 2015) —

New York, NY, May 12, 2014 — The 136th Audio Engineering Society Convention, which took place April 26 – 29, 2014 at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center in Berlin, Germany, celebrated four days of the best professional audio has to offer. Featuring a highly-successful mix of Technical Program events, manufacturer exhibitions, Project Studio Expo presentations and more, AES136 enjoyed increased attendance and interaction among an enthusiastic gathering of personalities from every aspect of audio engineering and related industries.

The 1,259 attendees of the 136th Convention – over twice the attendance of Rome, the year before – were presented with opportunities ranging from over 100 Papers and Engineering Briefs, dedicated Workshops and Panels on topics of interest, and Tutorials presenting important audio fundamentals. Additionally, top manufacturers showed their latest offerings and next-generation technologies in the exhibits hall.

Prominent industry figures offered their take on the convention:

Chas Rowden, EMEA Sales Manager for exhibitor Calrec Audio Ltd., stated, “After several years of absence from AES European events, it was a pleasure for Calrec Audio to exhibit at AES136 convention in Berlin. The AES has a new energy and focus that we as a manufacturing company found invigorating, with exiting new ideas and opportunities revealed each day of the show. Best of all, it was a pure audio industry occasion! Looking forward to Warsaw in 2015!”

Kerstin Mischke, EVE Audio GmbH’s Sales and Marketing Manager, offered: “We were very excited when we became aware that AES would return to our hometown Berlin after ten years of absence. Soon it became very clear that we did not want to miss the show. We looked for opportunities not only to exhibit but also to contribute. With assistance from AES representatives, EVE Audio became part of the technical program. We offered tours in which participants could visit our acoustic lab with its anechoic and reverberation chambers – all available tickets for both tours were sold out within a very short time. We can conclude that AES136 convention in Berlin was a very good show for us. Interest in our products in general was great, our tours were highly welcomed, and the overall atmosphere at the show and industry feedback have been very positive. We definitely would love to see AES returning more regularly to Berlin, because this town is a real hot spot when it comes to music, musicians and audio – and a great place to be.“

AES Executive Director Bob Moses added, “I’m really excited about the growth of the convention here in Berlin, and about the amazing people who keep the AES community enthralled and inspired year after year. From our mold-breaking Keynote speaker, Wieslaw Woszczyk, to the standing-room-only Heyser Memorial lecture given by Dietrich Schüller, to the first European edition of the Project Studio Expo, which drew in a packed room of up-and-coming audio engineers, and literally dozens of others that participate and move our industry forward in real-time at these events, we can truly call this year’s program a success. We thank everyone who came out to participate, our sponsors, and our co-chairs Sascha Spors and Umberto Zanghieri for putting on a fantastic event.”

Additionally, AES Executive Director Bob Moses made the announcement that next year’s European AES Convention will take place in Warsaw, Poland (Spring 2015), taking advantage of its burgeoning audio industry and growing base of audio engineers, producers and music aficionados.

For news on the recent AES136 Convention in Berlin, Germany visit http://www.aes.org/events/136/.

Photo Caption: AES Executive Director Bob Moses welcomes attendees to the Opening Ceremonies of the 136th AES International Convention, held April 26 – 29, 2014 at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center in Berlin, Germany.

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AES Nashville Section Presents Awards at Eleventh Annual Spring Mixer

— Belmont trio takes Golden Mixer trophy —

New York, NY, May 7, 2014 — The Nashville Section of the AES held its eleventh annual “Spring Mixer” on April 10, 2014. First-place-winning team Belmont University took home the coveted “Top Mixer” perpetual trophy that will be proudly displayed until next year – Belmont’s fifth win over the eleven-year history of the event. All area schools with audio recording programs were invited to participate. Participating teams were from The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville (Darrius Porter, Ryan Van Guilder, and Zach Helsinger), Belmont University (Anthony Dipiazza, Joey Doyscher, and Patrick Anderson), The Blackbird Academy (Jeff Todd, Brandon Schnierer, and Michael Freeman), Middle Tennessee State University (Charlie Garcia, Frank Gerdts, Luke Lasater), Nashville State Technical Community College (Gregory J. Bergeron, Destine Kaine Ellis, and Justin M. Osborne), and the SAE Institute-Nashville (Jeremy Moulder and Dalton VanVolkenburgh). Second place went to School of Audio Engineering Institute-Nashville, and third place was secured by The Blackbird Academy.

Each team was given identical raw original studio tracks recorded in a Nashville studio, identical mixing environments, and eight hours to create a stereo mix and complete the session documentation per guidelines from the AES and The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®. Entering the competition, the students were only informed of the judging criteria and what equipment they would be using. The mixing was done over a two-day period in six identical Pro Tools HD mixing rooms in CMT’s audio post rooms in Nashville. The students were informed as to which version of Pro Tools to expect, which plug-ins would be available on those systems, and the studio monitors that would be supplied.

The final mix created by each team used tracks from a recording session of “Takin’ It Slow” by Canadian country artist Bobby Wills. The producer, Michael Pyle, spoke to the students via a video chat before the session and made them aware of the sound he was going for on the finished mixes. Rules prohibited any additional outside materials, re-recording of any new material outside of the given tracks, or any outside assistance.

The competition was judged by a panel of six industry judges: Producer/Recording Engineer Neil Cappellino, Recording Engineer Bob Clark, Mastering Engineer John Mayfield, Producer/Mixing Engineer Steve Marcantonio, Recording/Mixing Engineer Randy Poole and Recording/Mixing Engineer David Schober. The judging was based on aesthetic elements such as the fidelity, imaging, width/depth, dynamic range, mix balance, preparation for mastering and documentation-completion of page 5 of AES/P&E Wing Session Documentation. Held at the W.O Smith Music School, the evening was moderated by AES Nashville Committee Member/Recording Engineer Jill Courtney, and she awarded the winning teams their prizes.

AES Chairman Kerry Kopp stated, “The AES Nashville Section’s Spring Mixer is an event which we always greet with anticipation. This year’s event was one of the best in recent memory, with superlative judges who offered extremely beneficial mix evaluations. I believe each student that participated in this year’s event now has a much clearer vision of what they may experience when they enter the hyper-competitive environment of the technical side of today’s music business. Congratulations to the all of the teams that participated and benefited from this year’s event, with special accolades for the winning team from Belmont University!”

“It was a pleasure to participate in the judging of this event,” said Steve Marcantonio. “I enjoyed hearing the varied approaches to the mix from these eager, young minds, and they were receptive and positive when given creative input.”

Sponsorship of the 2014 Spring Mixer competition, including prizes for the top teams and their schools were from MikTek (PM9, C1 and CV3 mics); Softube (Tech Classic Channel Bundle); Asterope (guitar and XLR cables); FabFilter (creative bundle); Cascade/Corner Music (BE Fathead Ribbon mic); Mayfield Mastering (mastered mixes and consulting time); and Iron Mountain (t-shirts). The sound system for the judging was provided by Blackbird Studio, and live sound mixing and coordination was provided by CMT’s Director of Engineering Tom Edwards and live sound engineer Garry Farris.

Visit the AES Nashville Chapter online at http://www.aesnashville.org.

Photo Caption 1: The 2014 AES Nashville Section Spring Mixer team from Belmont, who was awarded the first-place Golden Mixer trophy at this year’s event.

Photo Caption 2: All participants from the 2014 AES Nashville Section Spring Mixer, including competitors and judges.

Photo Caption 3: A selection of prizes from the 2014 AES Nashville Section Spring Mixer.

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Bose® Hosts RoomMatch® Demo Series in Nashville

At the legendary studio space formerly known as RCA Studio A, some of the Southeast’s leading engineers, system integrators, entertainers and more gathered to experience the RoomMatch® system live and in person

Framingham, Massachusetts, May 7, 2014 – Recently in Nashville, Tennessee, Bose® Professional Systems held a three-day series of events demonstrating its RoomMatch® modules. Presented in collaboration with studio designer/system integrator Steve Durr, these educational sessions were held at Ben’s Studio, the historic Music Row studio space formerly known as RCA Studio A and now operated by singer-songwriter and producer Ben Folds. The demonstrations featured in-depth discussions of RoomMatch systems – including product philosophy, design parameters and technical specifications – and attendees were encouraged to move freely throughout the venue to experience the RoomMatch system’s highly specific and precise coverage patterns during live performance and playback of contrasting tracks selected by Durr to highlight the system’s range.

A special highlight of this series was the evening of the second day, which featured a live performance from a group of Nashville-based musicians assembled as The Cunningham Willis Consortium (mixed by Durr) attended by leading engineers, system integrators, entertainers, management, press and more. The group was able to demonstrate the system’s range with a wide variety of musical styles, including rock, R&B, gospel, folk and more, with a number of different singers sharing lead vocals while Durr mixed as front-of-house engineer.

For these demos, the following RoomMatch modules were hung above the stage at Ben’s Studio: two RM7010’s, two RM9010’s, two RM9020’s, two RM12020’s and two RMS218 subs. Six RMU208 modules were used as floor monitors for the band. Five Bose PowerMatch® PM8500N amps provided amplification for the system. Processing was handled by a Bose ControlSpace® ESP-88 engineered sound processor and CC-64 Control Center.

“It is really hard to describe in words how pristine the audio is from a Bose RoomMatch system – you must actually experience it for yourself,” stated Durr. “RoomMatch is the most musical, most enjoyable speaker system that I have worked on, and from my perspective as an engineer and designer, I felt that it was important to let people hear and experience a RoomMatch system for themselves first hand. Our Nashville event clearly let attendees hear what is possible from a PA system if it is designed properly, and Bose totally nailed it with RoomMatch.”

Photo Caption 1: Studio designer/system integrator Steve Durr, at the FOH console for the recent Bose® RoomMatch® demo sessions at Ben’s Studio (formerly RCA Studio A) in Nashville.

Photo Caption 2: A group of Nashville-based musicians assembled as The Cunningham Willis Consortium, who performed live on the evening of the second day of recent Bose® RoomMatch® demo sessions at Ben’s Studio (formerly RCA Studio A) in Nashville.

Photo Caption 3: A recent Bose® RoomMatch® educational session at Ben’s Studio (formerly RCA Studio A) in Nashville, featuring in-depth discussions of RoomMatch systems – including product philosophy, design parameters and technical specifications.

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AES137 Los Angeles Convention Exhibitor Seniority Deadline This Friday, May 9, 2014

New York, NY, May 6, 2014 — The Audio Engineering Society announces that this Friday, May 9, is the deadline to take advantage of special Seniority Booth Placement for the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention in Los Angeles. This opportunity is available exclusively to past exhibitors, and companies are encouraged not to miss priority booth placement for the AES’s first convention in L.A. in 12 years. Recent conventions have shown strong growth and excitement among the AES community, and AES137 in L.A. is not to be missed.

The AES is deep into the planning stages for AES137, which will take place Thursday, October 9, through Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the L.A. Convention Center, located in the heart of the revitalized downtown Los Angeles area known as L.A. Live.

The 137th Convention will celebrate all that is new and important in the field of audio in 2014. We are making this event even bigger and better than the New York convention, as we build our comprehensive schedule of technical sessions, training seminars and special events. For pricing options for exhibition booths and other methods of participating in the 137th Convention visit http://www.aes.org/events/137/exhibitors/

Remember, If It’s About Audio, It Will Be at AES137 in Los Angeles!

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Chris Lord-Alge, Marcella Araica and Young Guru to Co-Host Pensado Awards

Acclaimed producer-engineers are the first co-hosts announced for inaugural awards show

Leading audio manufacturer sponsors to be announced shortly

LOS ANGELES, CA, May 7, 2014 — Three co-hosts have been announced for the inaugural Pensado Awards, an award show acknowledging today’s emerging brand of music professional and “recognizing the faces behind the sound.” Created by the producers of the acclaimed online video series Pensado’s Place, the Pensado Awards are set to take place June 28, 2014, at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California, and broadcast online globally one week later. Co-hosting will be producer-engineers Chris Lord-Alge (Muse, Pink, Foo Fighters, Avril Lavigne, Green Day, Daughtry, Paramore, Black Eyed Peas), Marcella Araica (Britney Spears, Madonna, Pink, Duran Duran, Keri Hilson) and Young Guru (Jay Z, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey), with additional co-hosts to be announced soon.

Herb Trawick, the Co-host/Executive Producer and Creator of Pensado’s Place, as well as Manager and Advisor to Co-host Dave Pensado, stated, “The Pensado Awards have grown from a simple idea to a full-blown production. Our dream is really coming to fruition! We are very excited to have Chris, Marcella and Young Guru on board as co-hosts, with more names to come in the weeks ahead.”

Dave Pensado (Co-host of Pensado’s Place, GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer, Teacher) stated, “We have had so many talented personalities featured on Pensado’s Place, and we are lucky to have these three as our newly-announced co-hosts. Each of them brings a unique perspective to the art of music-making, and together they represent the best of what the recording industry can offer the world.”

Pensado Award categories include OMG! Mix of the Year; Game Changer Producers Award; Songwriters Break Thru Award; Unique Project Studio (Global); Amateurs Best/Mix Recording (Global); Best Non-English Song (Global); Best Tracking Engineer; Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Film, Television & Gaming; Giant Award (industry legend); Master of Mastering; Live/FOH Award; AIR Award (Best Assistant, Intern or Runner); Outstanding Brand; Spin Doctor DJ Award; Dave Pensado Educators Award; and Herb Trawick Visionary Award.

Lord-Alge stated, “Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick are like The Tonight Show of the audio world, bringing the men and women behind the board in front of the camera with the Pensado’s Place program. It’s an honor to be sharing their audience as part of the Pensado Awards, and my co-hosts and I look forward to participating in this special night.”

The Pensado Awards, announced to the industry mid-April, continues to gain momentum with support from leading industry figures and manufacturers. An extensive list of sponsors will be announced in the coming weeks.

About Chris Lord-Alge:
Chris Lord-Alge is a five-time GRAMMY®-winning engineer with a long career including work with some of the biggest and most diverse names in music: from Sugarhill Gang to Sugarland, from Michael Bublé to Green Day, from Tina Turner to Bruce Springsteen, from Muse to Rise Against and many more. He is also a musician, a producer and the creator of essential modeled plug-ins and software for the next generation of audio professionals. With a love for music and a determination that is unstoppable, Lord-Alge has rightly earned his status as one of the today’s top engineering and producing minds.

About Marcella Araica:
Marcella “Ms. Lago” Araica is one of the most noted females consistently working in the male-dominated field of Music Engineering. Immediately upon graduating from a top recording program, she earned a prestigious internship at The Hit Factory in Miami, Florida. Seeing her dedication and superior skills, super-producer Timbaland placed her in prime position in the studio with Missy Elliott, and Araica has never looked back. Just embarking upon her early 30’s, Marcella has recorded and/or mixed songs for such artists as Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Madonna, Nelly Furtado, Usher, Joe Jonas and Missy Elliot, and collaborated with producers Timbaland, Danja and Polow Da Don. Credited for mixing over one hundred chart-topping tunes, her numerous prestigious accomplishments and coveted partnerships have set an astonishingly high bar in the music industry. She has been honored with two ASCAP (American Society of Composer, Authors, and Publishers) awards for her work on Keri Hilson’s single “Knock You Down,” and P!nk’s song “Sober,” as well as an ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Award.

About Young Guru:
Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton has resoundingly earned his reputation as one of the most renowned recording and mixing engineers in music today and a respected ambassador for hip-hop music and culture. Heralded most for sonically shaping some of Hip-Hop’s brightest talents and revered as “The Sound of New York,” Young Guru has established himself as consistently in-demand: mixing 10 of Jay-Z’s albums, and DJing on Jay-Z’s legendary Carnegie Hall and Barclays Center shows. On several recordings, Jay himself offers verbal acknowledgements of Guru’s importance, an immensely respectful testament to Guru’s exceptional skills behind the boards. Other credits include work with Beyoncé, Rihanna, Ludacris, Ghostface Killah, Freeway, Cam’ron, Redman & Method Man, Mariah Carey, Pete Rock, Fabolous, Talib Kweli, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, T.I. and others. He has also served as an A&R for Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings. Young Guru is now also elevating the discourse of audio engineering philosophy, science and technology, emerging onto the lecture circuit as one of the subject’s most distinguished and dignified speakers.

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, the show 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.

Opportunities are still available to join the over 100 leading music makers and manufacturers, representatives from 75 countries and over 100 schools who are already active supporters of and participants in the inaugural Pensado Awards. Three sponsorship packages are available. To support the Awards, please visit http://pensadoawards.com/sponsorship_info.html.

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