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Audio-Technica Artist Elite® 5000 Series Wireless System and AEW-T6100 Transmitter Keep Justin Timberlake’s Vocals Clearly Spectacular for His 20/20 Experience World Tour

— FOH mixer Andy Meyer says Timberlake’s vocals through the A-T AEW-T6100 is “like taking the studio out on the road” —

STOW, OH, August 12, 2013 — Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience World Tour is the live iteration of the artist’s sophisticated The 20/20 Experience LP, which debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 earlier this year. The record was Timberlake’s second number-one album and best-selling debut week of his solo career, spawning hit singles including “Suit & Tie” and “Mirrors.” To assure that every bit of that experience translates to the sold-out stadiums and arenas the tour is passing through, front-of-house mixer Andy Meyer chose the Artist Elite® 5000 Series Frequency-agile True Diversity UHF Wireless System paired with an AEW-T6100 transmitter (wireless iteration of the AE6100 Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphone) and AEW-R5200 Receiver from Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years. On tour, these system components are delivering Timberlake’s vocals flawlessly to hundreds of thousands of fans each night in stadiums across the U.S.

“The AE6100, as well as its wireless counterpart, is an amazing-sounding microphone, and it really works for Justin’s vocals,” says Meyer. “The sound quality is superior – it sounds like we’re taking the studio out on the road.” At the same time, he says, the AE6100’s live performance characteristics are equally impressive. “It has great rejection, especially with the kind of volume we’re getting from the crowds on this tour. There’s very little bleed from the stage or the venue that gets in there, which really helps keep Justin’s vocals clean for FOH and Monitors.

Meyer is also using A-T mics in other applications on the tour, including the ATM25/LE (Limited Edition) Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone on toms, and the AE5400 Cardioid Condenser Handheld Microphone – normally a handheld vocal microphone – on the top and bottom of the snare drum. “I’ve been doing that since I was like seven years old,” Meyer jokes. “Seriously, you cannot beat the 5400 in that application, and I keep trying!”

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

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Phenix City First Assembly of God Looks to GC Pro for Products and Support

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, August 12, 2013 — Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, has built a strong relationship with Jonathan “JT” Thornton, the Worship Pastor at Phenix City First Assembly of God, a “lively, upbeat, encouraging, and Spirit-led” church led by Senior Pastor Barry Danner in Phenix City, on the Alabama-Georgia state line. Thornton has been working closely with Brad Lyons, his Account Manager at the GC Pro office in Atlanta. “I need a trusting relationship with someone who can help me take my church forward, Thornton states. “I found that with GC Pro.”

Brad Lyons and his team worked closely with Thornton over the two years he’s been at the First Assembly of God church, helping him choose an entire new PA system for the main sanctuary, new projectors for the space’s video, and even two Yamaha keyboards for the church’s 10-piece praise band. GC Pro sourced a Yamaha LS9 console, an entire JBL VRX line array system, an Ashly Audio NE24.24 8 X 12 processor, Crown XTi power amplifiers and upgrades to the church’s existing Sennheiser evolution wireless microphone system, as well as BenQ SH960 6,000 lumen Projectors, Kramer VP728 Video Scaler/Switcher and Lyntec PDS-10 Power Sequencing system.

Thornton says there are two key principles that guide him: the need to find the equipment that best fits the church’s needs and that also best fits its budgets. “You need to have the quality that stands up over time and that keeps the church’s AV systems current for as long as possible, but I also have to be a steward of the church’s resources, to allow the technology to best further its evangelical goals in the community,” he explains. “To do that, I need a relationship with someone whom I trust who also knows what our goals are, knows the rooms we have to work in and understands our budget concerns.”

The collaboration with GC Pro has been a good one so far, and Thornton says some additional upgrades are under consideration, including possibly adding in-ear monitoring for the sanctuary stage. And through it all, he will turn to GC Pro: “I do have to do my due diligence and check out different options for equipment,” says Thornton. “You can call around and get quotes all day, but ultimately there are certain people you trust, and for me that someone has been Brad.”

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

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Waves Audio Plugins and MaxxBCL Hardware Utilized at Montreux Jazz Festival

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, August 9, 2013 — Held each July in Switzerland, the Montreux Jazz Festival is one of the world’s most famous annual music festivals, hosting top talent in jazz, blues, rock, pop, world music and more. This year’s festival was bigger than ever, and world-class sound was the rule, thanks to expert sound engineers, great equipment and digital signal processing from Waves Audio. DiGiCo consoles, coupled with Waves plugins and Waves MaxxBCL hardware, provided the ultimate sonic experience for the audience and indispensible solutions for resident and visiting live engineers.

Bernard Natier worked as resident front-of-house engineer at the festival’s Stravinsky Hall venue. He recalls, “The Waves MaxxBCL was connected permanently to the FOH feeds in Stravinsky Hall. The visiting engineers had an excellent experience with it. MaxxBCL proved itself in keeping control of the overall level and dynamics. The ‘low end’ management was effectively very soft, efficient and discrete. As mastering tools for live situations, Waves tools are top!”

Jose Gaudin served as FOH at the Jazz LAB venue. He added, “I absolutely love SoundGrid’s capability to work in real time and add plugins on the fly with no audio interruption. There are a lot of great Waves plugins like the C4 Multiband Compressor and the C6 Multiband Compressor that make it easy to achieve the sound you want. InPhase is a great tool that gives the touring engineer much more control than polarity or delay. And Waves H-Comp Hybrid Compressor and H-Delay Hybrid Delay are very innovative.”

Visit www.waves.com and www.waveslive.com for more information.

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Waves Audio Introduces MultiRack Version 9.5

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, August 8, 2013 — Waves Audio’s MultiRack software has grown into the industry’s leading live sound plugin host. Waves now kicks things up a notch with the introduction of MultiRack Version 9.5.

MultiRack 9.5 includes a variety of new features to enhance the user experience and workflow – for instance, an improved, streamlined graphic interface; the capability to record to two computers simultaneously; 1000 snapshot support for DiGiCo consoles; and best of all, the ability to run Waves Signature Series plugins, from Chris Lord-Alge, Tony Maserati, Jack Joseph Puig, Eddie Kramer and Manny Marroquin, on any MultiRack Native or SoundGrid system.*

MultiRack 9.5 Features:

Improved, more responsive GUI
Record to two computers simultaneously
Load up to 1000 snapshots
Run Waves Signature Series plugins
Support for the upcoming DiGiGrid MGO & MGB MADI-to-SoundGrid interfaces
Waves OneKnob Wetter and Q-Clone plugins now MultiRack compatible
Chris Lord-Alge, Tony Maserati, Jack Joseph Puig and Eddie Kramer* Signature Series plugins added to SoundGrid Pro and SoundGrid Pro SD7 bundles

*Manny Marroquin Signature Series and Eddie Kramer Guitar Channel plugins not yet SoundGrid-compatible

Visit www.waves.com for more information.

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Lowell Manufacturing Names River City Sales New Residential Sales Rep for “MINK” Territory

— St. Louis-based firm will handle Lowell’s residential business for Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska,
Kansas and Southern Illinois —

PACIFIC, MO, August 7, 2013 — Lowell Manufacturing Company, a U.S. manufacturer of professional A/V products for over 65 years, has named a new residential sales rep for the “MINK” territory consisting of Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Southern Illinois. St. Louis-based River City Sales, Inc. will serve this territory, representing Lowell’s entire product line to the residential market. The announcement was made by Tom Lowell, Lowell Manufacturing Residential Sales Manager, and reflects the Lowell company’s ongoing expansion into the residential arena. The Lowell account will be handled by Brett Phelps, Outside Sales, with support from other River City personnel, including Gary Cooley (Administration), Terri Herring (Customer Service & Support), Ray Smith (Outside Sales Home Audio) and Calvin Cooper (River City Distribution).

“We are pleased to add River City Sales to our team of residential manufacturer’s representatives,” stated Tom Lowell. “They have a proven track record of excellence, and we are proud to be among the list of brands they service. We look forward to seeing all the great things that will come from us working together.”

Brett Phelps stated, “Being a product made in the St. Louis area means a lot in this economy. Coupling that with the quality of Lowell products and their outstanding reputation for customer service, we are very excited to represent Lowell and welcome them to the River City Sales family of products.”

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

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Audio-Technica Honors On the Road Marketing with President’s Award

STOW, OH, August 7, 2013 — Audio-Technica, a leading manufacturer of wired and wireless microphones, headphones and accessory products for over 50 years, is pleased to announce that Nyack, New York-based On the Road Marketing has been presented with A-T’s prestigious President’s Award, for their work representing Audio-Technica U.S. On the Road Marketing’s Principal Doug Brown accepted the award, which recognizes a leading manufacturer’s representative for outstanding commitment and dedication during the Audio-Technica 2012/2013 fiscal year. The award was presented by Philip Cajka, Audio-Technica U.S. President and C.E.O., and Michael Edwards, A-T V.P. Professional Products. Also representing On the Road Marketing were Justin Walker, Chris Grajewski, Jon Stafford and Jason Longobardo. On the Road’s Frank Portalatin was absent. The A-T President’s Award was presented at a ceremony during the 2013 InfoComm Expo on June 12 in Orlando, Florida.

Phil Cajka commented, “On the Road Marketing has been awarded this honor for their continued dedication to sales, customer care and the marketing of the A-T brand. Their team has a vast base of knowledge and experience in the audio industry. We are proud to give them this honor, and extremely grateful for their hard work and continued service.”

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

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Photo Caption: Pictured L-R: On the Road Marketing’s Justin Walker, Sales, and Chris Grajewski, Sales; Michael Edwards, Audio-Technica V.P. Professional Products; On the Road’s Doug Brown, Principal; Philip Cajka, A-T U.S. President and C.E.O.; and On the Road’s Jon Stafford, Sales, and Jason Longobardo, Sales. Photo by Corey Walthall, Clyne Media Inc.

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51st International AES Conference to Focus on Loudspeakers and Headphones

— The Audio Engineering Society offers first conference emphasizing loudspeaker and headphone technology and design —

— AES continues to reaffirm its position as the preeminent global resource for the exchange and dissemination of information in the audio community —

New York, NY, August 6, 2013 — Following the highly successful 50th International Conference in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, which focused on audio education, the Audio Engineering Society (AES) will hold its 51st International Conference in Helsinki, Finland, August 21-24, 2013. The conference will feature a first-ever program dedicated to Loudspeakers and Headphones and the technologies associated with their design and performance. This event will bring together top names in the industry for four days of in-depth programs, sessions and tutorials, kicking-off with the keynote address given by Genelec Founder and Chairman Ilpo Martikainen on the evolution and history of the loudspeaker as we know it today.

Driven by today’s changing landscape of portable audio devices, advances in digital signal processing and improved measurement technology, both miniature transducers, as well as full range systems, are seeing the benefits of the latest research and advances in speaker design and manufacturing technology. This AES Conference, chaired by Juha Backman (Nokia Corporation), will feature presentations by key industry professionals including Sennheiser’s Axel Grell speaking on the topic “Headphones – From Alexander Graham Bell to a Mass Phenomenon,” and Linkwitz Lab’s Siegfried Linkwitz addressing his mission of “Finding the Prototype for Stereo Loudspeakers.” Additional tutorials on a wide range of related topics will be presented by Wolfgang Klippel (Klippel GmbH), Peter Larsen (LOUDSOFT), John Richards (Oxford Digital), Simon Woollard (Prism Sound), Lars Risbo (Texas Instruments), and Anthony Waldron (Audio EMC). These will cover topics ranging from loudspeaker data, design and optimization, to loudspeaker analysis and powered amplification.

Additional program topics, registration and travel information may be found at http://www.aes.org/conferences/51/.

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Raleigh-Based Post Pro Looks to GC Pro for Neve Genesys Console

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, August 5, 2013 — Matt Horton’s Raleigh, North Carolina-based facility Post Pro is a primer on what it takes to keep a commercial studio facility afloat and successful in an uncertain economy and in a secondary market. The most recent location opened last December, but Horton has done business in two other locations over the last two decades. Horton chose early on to diversify his services; he’s hosted recording, mixing and mastering sessions for a range of well-known artists including Matchbox Twenty, Big Daddy Kane, Evanescence, Swizz Beatz and Julio Iglesias, as well as audio post work for corporate clients like Winnow Creative and Brazilian filmmakers. Horton has also been overseeing a transfer of original two-track masters from legendary art rockers Devo. Horton notes, “The way we’ve made it work is to be able to do it all, a bit of everything that the client could need,” from basic tracks to mixing, mastering and video post, to CD and DVD duplication and even audio restoration and forensics services. With the opening of the new complex, Horton sourced a Neve Genesys console through Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users.

The new studio facility consisting of the following spaces: Studio A’s large tracking room and spacious control room, the latter centered around a 24-channel Genesys console with Neve 1073 microphone preamps and Neve 1084 equalizers on each channel and Avid Pro Tools HD and Studer and Tascam analog multitrack recorders; a smaller preproduction studio loaded with over 30 vintage and new hardware synths and drum machines; and the Video Post Suite featuring a Euphonix MC Pro control surface and Blackmagic Design hardware.

Horton notes, “That [Genesys] console is amazing, and having the 1073 microphone preamps on it just takes it to another level,” he says. “You’d actually have to work to make it sound bad. It just sounds great naturally, as soon as you turn it on.”

There’s lots of other gear, esoteric and otherwise, much of it sourced through GC Pro. Horton says they were the only place in the country that could get him the Neve Genesys, which he says he bought before he ever actually heard it. “I’ve worked on a Neve many times and I know what a 1073 sounds like, and it just makes me gush inside,” he notes. “Getting that Neve console was a very happy moment – I was blown away by it. It just sounded like heaven.” Horton says that GC Pro has been a resource for him for most of the years he’s owned Post Pro, and he’ll be back there in the near future to add more Neve 1084 preamp/EQ modules for channels 17-24 on the Genesys.

GC Pro isn’t just a resource when he’s at the studio, though. Horton fondly recalls them being able to deliver a Roland Fantom-G6 workstation keyboard to him while he was on the road with Guns N’ Roses. “I was programming keyboards for them and I called and asked if they could get the workstation to me ASAP,” he recalls. “And it was waiting for me when I got to the hotel. They take care of me in the studio and on the road.”

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

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Bose® RoomMatch® System Chosen for Kansas City’s St. Thomas More Catholic Church

Typical line arrays often don’t work in traditional church environments due to their lack of horizontal dispersion control and their need to be installed in pairs (creating sonic overlap), but the church’s new Bose® RoomMatch® sound system addresses both of those issues elegantly

Framingham, Massachusetts, August 5, 2013 – When Steven Brown, System Design & Sales Engineer at Progressive Electronics in suburban Kansas City, Missouri, saw the interior of St. Thomas More Parish Church, he knew right away that the issues that were prompting the church to search for a new sound system would not be resolved with one of the typical line array systems that have become ubiquitous in many contemporary houses of worship. St. Thomas More is a traditionally designed Catholic Church structure, with tall parallel walls and a high, pointed ceiling. “You need some very special characteristics in a sound system to correctly handle that,” says Brown. And he found them, with a system consisting of RoomMatch® loudspeakers and PowerMatch® amplifiers from Bose® Professional Systems Division.

Brown’s company assembled a single array, hung at the front of the sanctuary directly above the altar, consisting of Bose RM9010, RM9020, RM7005 and RM7010 array module loudspeakers, all powered by a pair of PM8500N PowerMatch amplifiers. Along with six Bose Panaray® MA12 modular line array loudspeakers used as fills around architectural details, the system gave St. Thomas More Parish its first satisfying sound system ever. “In fact,” Brown recalls, “One of the priests told me that this was the first time he’d ever been able to hear a reading clearly in the church.”

Brown says the Bose RoomMatch system fills a significant need in house-of-worship live sound. “Line arrays are fine when it comes to vertical dispersion coverage, which works very well in many contemporary-style churches,” he explains. “But with traditional churches like St. Thomas, what you’re looking for is predictable and definable horizontal sound control, and that’s something that the Bose RoomMatch array modules handle magnificently. A line array system typically needs to be installed in pairs in order to cover a wide space, since they’re designed for vertical dispersion, but that creates sonic overlap and resulting interference that impedes intelligibility. The Bose RoomMatch modules can be configured in a single progressive array, like we did at St. Thomas More, and the result is even coverage across the entire space with minimal excitement off the walls and ceiling.”

In addition, the single array of the Bose RoomMatch loudspeakers was also a much better aesthetic fit for St. Thomas’ traditional interior design. Custom-painted to match the Sanctuary walls and ceiling, it became the perfect sound system for this house of worship: heard extremely well and far more attractive than the original wood-grained loudspeaker boxes.

At the Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church in nearby Overland Park, Kansas, where Brown installed a RoomMatch system last year, the pastor there told him that the congregation’s members with hearing problems sent him letters praising the sound quality of the new system. “The same thing is happening at St. Thomas,” says Brown. “Those with hearing issues say that they now can hear the services like never before. The RoomMatch system gets the job done.”

About RoomMatch Array Module Loudspeakers
Introduced in 2011 and recently expanded with several new modules, the Bose RoomMatch series offers a new class of curvilinear array loudspeaker – the progressive directivity array – providing both concert-quality sound for live music and clear vocals for spoken word, with unmatched seat-to-seat tonal balance consistency for installed sound systems. The full-range modules are available in 20 different combinations: horizontal coverage patterns of 55, 70, 90 or 120 degrees, and vertical coverage patterns of 5, 10, 20, 40 or 60 degrees.

The progressive directivity array offers the ability to vary both the horizontal and vertical coverage patterns for each module in the array based on the room dimensions. More precise coverage control helps sound system designers ensure good intelligibility with spoken-word program material, especially in reverberant rooms, as well as the best possible tonal balance throughout the listening area.

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Waves MaxxAudio® Technologies Featured in Musicsoft Arts Audiophile App for iPad

— iPad Music player app offers superior sound enhancement by Waves MaxxAudio® —

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, August 1, 2013 — Musicsoft Arts recently introduced the Audiophile Music Player iPad app, a virtual high-fidelity stereo system with superior sound performance, thanks to MaxxAudio® technology by Waves, the leading developer of DSP technologies for pro audio, consumer electronics and live sound, and the recipient of a Technical GRAMMY® Award. Audiophile brings out the best sound from users’ systems, whether at home or on the go. MaxxAudio leverages Waves professional audio technologies – utilized worldwide to improve sound quality in the creation of the world’s most popular music, movie soundtracks and video games – for use in consumer electronics, including PCs, mobile devices, wireless speaker systems and more.

Musicsoft Arts worked closely with Waves to employ its Software Developer Kit (SDK) within the Audiophile app. This latest offering in the line of popular MusicSoft Arts music apps utilizes MaxxAudio as its DSP engine, allowing unprecedented real-time processing and control for the user. The MaxxAudio SDK, which is available to developers, provides custom settings to match the speakers or headset being used, and further allows users to customize their sound using individual parameter adjustments within the Maxx module of the app.

Audiophile features an optimized display for both portrait (vertical) and landscape (horizontal) iPad orientations, along with full integration with iPad’s built-in music control features. Users also have access to a free limited test-drive of MaxxAudio and Waves EQ, Audiophile’s premium sound-enhancing features. Audiophile’s seamless interface allows for complete control over playlist and sound, allowing users to play songs from their own music collections as well as from cloud-based sources.

Audiophile is fully connected to the cloud, allowing mobile music fans to discover great songs from a variety of Internet music sources, add them to their Audiophile Playlist, and boost the Bass and Loudness of cloud music with MaxxAudio, Audiophile’s audio enhancement features.

“Waves MaxxAudio helps make Audiophile the best-sounding iPad music player available in the App Store,” stated Aviv Eyal, Founder of Musicsoft Arts, “As music lovers, it was a natural choice for us to utilize Waves professional DSP within Audiophile. This enabled us to offer mobile music fans the highest standards of sound-quality in an affordable and easy-to-use App.”

“Once again, Musicsoft Arts has chosen Waves studio-quality processing technologies to enhance the performance of their iOS music apps,” said Tomer Elbaz, Executive Vice President of Waves Consumer Division. “Their team creates products with dedication and passion, to provide their users with a great sound experience. Integrating MaxxAudio within their apps demonstrates their commitment to deliver outstanding sound performance whether using docking stations, headphones or cloud-based sources. MaxxAudio sound tools give Audiophile’s users the power to truly enjoy music. ”

Get Audiophile for iPad on the iTunes store. For further information on MaxxAudio embedded technologies, please visit www.maxx.com.

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