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Bose® Professional Systems Division to Host RoomMatch® Regional Demos

Framingham, Massachusetts, August 19, 2013 – As a resource for system integrators, contractors and front-of-house engineers, Bose® Professional Systems Division will be hosting demonstrations of their RoomMatch® loudspeaker systems in live venues for the U.S., Canadian and Latin markets. Users have requested to audition RoomMatch systems in real-world situations, and Bose has responded with this series of exclusive regional demos showcasing RoomMatch loudspeakers, along with PowerMatch® amplifiers and ControlSpace® digital signal processing.

The following events are slated so far, with more to be added:

Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center — Broken Arrow, OK (Tulsa area) — TBD
Centro Cristiano Calacoaya HOW — Mexico City, Mexico — Aug 26th
Vida Abundante HOW — San José, Costa Rica — TBD
Pike Performing Arts Center — Indianapolis, IN — Sept 12th
WestGate Church — San Jose, CA — Sept 19th
Coast Hills HOW — Alisa Viejo, CA (near Laguna) — TBD

Please RSVP to lauren_handley@bose.com to reserve your seat and receive emails with the final details for the event you plan to attend.

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Photo Caption 1: The auditorium at the Pike Performing Arts Center (PPAC) in the Indianapolis area, where Bose® Professional Systems Division will be hosting a demonstration of its RoomMatch® loudspeaker systems.

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Photo Caption 2: WestGate Church, in San Jose, California, where Bose® Professional Systems Division will be hosting a demonstration of its RoomMatch® loudspeaker systems the week of September 16.

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GUITAR CENTER OPENS STORE IN MESA, ARIZONA

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

ANNOUNCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

Guitar Center has opened its 251st store location in the U.S.
Customers can take a “virtual tour” of the store online
GC Garage service will provide a much-needed range of musical instrument repair services
GC Studios, first-ever GC lessons facility in Mesa to support local music scene, is at the store, located at 1652 S. Val Vista Dr., Mesa, AZ 85204

(Los Angeles, CA) – Guitar Center, the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ and lighting equipment, opened its 251st location, in Mesa, Arizona, on August 1, 2013. The store, located at 1652 S. Val Vista Dr., Mesa, AZ 85204, is also part of a new wave of Guitar Center retail stores that feature lesson spaces, which allows GC to offer additional music lessons, special programs and expanded opportunities for local musicians.

In a first for Guitar Center, customers can preview the Mesa store with an online “virtual tour.” To view, click on Mesa’s Google listing page at https://plus.google.com/108704360942360682486/about?gl=us&hl=en, then click “See Inside” near the page’s bottom right. Use your keyboard’s arrows to navigate through the store.

MESA STORE LOCATION BACKGROUNDER:

Vast Product Selection and Low Prices – Guitar Center Mesa brings an unprecedented selection of products to Mesa, all backed by Guitar Center’s guarantee and available at attractive prices. The store features the latest in guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards, as well as live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment.
Guitar Center Studios – Deeply vested in expanding and enhancing the local music scene, Guitar Center Mesa also brings Guitar Center Studios to the new location.. The fully-equipped, in-house lesson space is giving area residents of all ages and skill levels access to affordable music lessons. Sourcing locally trained store employees as certified instructors, courses will be offered on guitar, bass, keys and drums, as well as vocals and recording techniques using Pro Tools, Logic Pro and GarageBand.
Guitar Center Garage – Guitar Center Mesa includes GC Garage, the store’s on-site guitar repair service, offering a host of services, including electronics repair, hardware customization, fretwork, structural repairs, cosmetic enhancements, setup and maintenances.

Guitar Center Mesa: Additional In-Store Programs and Opportunities Include:

Guitar Center’s “Endless Aisle” – Mesa customers can now shop from Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which extends the in-store inventory to over $400 million in new and used products from across the nation. Shoppers will be able to purchase in-store, online and via phone, with the option to have products shipped to their home or to the store for convenient pick up.
At: Guitar Center Programs – Throughout the calendar year, Guitar Center Mesa will host an array of free events, such as artist workshops, lessons, product launches and performances, as a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to educating and assisting unsigned artists. These programs aim to provide musicians with the opportunities and exposure essential to achieving their music goals.
Recording Made Easy – Available at all Guitar Center locations, the Recording Made Easy program is a four-week, user-friendly series of weekly classes occurring Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

In addition to special programs at the new Mesa store, Guitar Center offers year-round programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight promising undiscovered talent. Mesa residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing events from their hometown. Programs have included Your Next Record, Guitar Center On-Stage, Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter, Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues and Guitar Center’s Drum-Off.

Guitar Center Mesa Store and Studio Hours
Mon-Sat: 10 AM-8 PM
Sun: 11 AM-6 PM

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Peter Keppler Uses Waves Plugins on David Byrne/St. Vincent and upcoming Katy Perry Tours

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, August 13, 2013 — Waves Audio is seeing leading cutting-edge live engineers turn to WavesLive tools, including Peter Keppler, an in-demand front-of-house, broadcast and post-production mixing engineer (David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails, Rufus Wainwright, David Byrne/St. Vincent, Katy Perry). On David Byrne and St. Vincent’s 2012 tour, Keppler used a WavesLive SoundGrid® system with a DiGiCo SD10 console, and he plans on using a similar rig on their 2013 tour. On tour with Katy Perry in 2014, he will use a SoundGrid system with DiGiCo SD7.

Keppler has been using plugins in his shows with VENUE consoles, and now, having switched to Digico, he was able to take his plugins with him to the new platform. Keppler states, “Waves MultiRack SoundGrid with Waves plugins has been vital to my sound and workflow with the DiGiCo desks. My go-to plugins are the Waves C6 Multiband Compressor, CLA-76 and TrueVerb, and of course I use several others as well. Using C6 on vocals works beautifully. I can use much more gentle compression on the channel, because any of the ‘peak-y’ frequencies are taken care of beforehand with C6, and subsequently retain more of the singer’s dynamics. Also, I do some basic EQ with the C6, and that leaves more of the console channel EQ available to me if I need it.”

He continues, “The CLA-76 and PuigTec EQP-1A are both great on acoustic guitar. I use it to make an acoustic much more aggressive for a rock and roll show, so you can really hear and feel it without overtaking the mix. Shorten the attack time and lengthen the release a little, and it will work great for more acoustic-based music, too. It also proves to me that true and accurate modeling of vintage analog gear IS possible! TrueVerb has been a favorite of mine for years. To my ear, it is the best plugin room-style reverb I’ve ever heard. I use it for a short-to-medium room on drums. And with David Byrne and St. Vincent we have eight horn players, and it’s a beautiful complement to their sound.”

He notes a few other favorite Waves plugins: “The other Waves plugins I am using are H-Delay, which I love to make a kind of lo-fi slap echo for vocals, and Doubler, which I’ve been using more as stereo thickener than an actual doubler. In stereo, with just a little pitch and slow modulation on each side, it emulates a Harmonizer-style stereo thickener really well.”

Peter Keppler is part of the growing trend among live sound professionals who are making the move to the next-generation workflow with Waves plugins and WavesLive SoundGrid. Visit www.waves.com and www.waveslive.com for more information.

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Upcoming 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention to Offer Expanded and Highly Focused Broadcast and Streaming Sessions

— New panels for this year’s show reflect key current trends in broadcasting and streaming, including the weather event-inspired “Broadcasting During Disasters” and the future of sound attached to 4K video —

— Topics from previous panels also reflect changes in the industry, such as last year’s examination of the loudness issue for television broadcasting, this year broadened to encompass radio and streaming applications, and the Facility Design rubric looking at new ESPN broadcast facilities in Connecticut and Qatar —

New York, NY, August 13, 2013 — Always at the cutting edge of key trends in broadcast sound and streaming audio, the Broadcast and Streaming Sessions at the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City) will bring an intense focus on key frontiers in professional audio. Reprising his role for the 27th year as Chairman of Broadcast and Streaming Sessions, David Bialik has consistently developed meaningful and significant sessions that draw standing-room-only crowds.

This year’s broadcast/streaming sessions are the most exciting yet, offering a look at the implications of how new technologies will affect broadcast and streaming audio, such as “Audio For 4K TV,” and “Broadcasting During Disasters,” a look at how the close-to-home strike of Hurricane Sandy last year impacted news and other broadcast operations, as well as updated iterations of longstanding issues facing the industry, such as loudness and maintenance.

“As always, what we’re doing is taking key issues and technologies in the broadcast and streaming domains and looking at them closely and intensely, but in a way that’s as relevant and accessible as possible to the greatest number of people,” explains Bialik, who also works as the Project Manager for Streaming Operations at CBS Radio in New York City. “We make a special effort to develop mini-tracks focused on topic-related issues,” he says. “For example, attendees will find groupings of events on Troubleshooting, Audio for TV, and Radio & Streaming, which are virtually crash courses on these issues. We strive to make them interesting and entertaining, but still keeping the information at the highest level. And we strongly emphasize that these events are discussions of technologies and techniques, not sales presentations. The AES Convention continues to serve as an essential destination for the serious audio professional.”

The sessions for this year’s AES Broadcast/Streaming series are a mix of cutting-edge new topics and updated familiar ones. Events include:

“Broadcasting during Disaster” – “How Hurricane Sandy impacted the ability of broadcasters to quickly respond with accurate, timely life-safety information,” says Bialik.
“Is it time to retire the MP3 protocol for Streaming?” — “The MP3 format has been around a long time now,” he says. “The key point we’re going to focus on is, is backwards compatibility holding up future progress?”
“Audio for Mobile TV” and “Streaming and the Mobile Initiative,” which both look at the issues audio faces as it moves into the mobile landscape. “Today, cars are being designed to be compatible with mobile phones, not the other way around,” says Bialik. “The tail is wagging the dog.”
Other sessions include timely and relevant topics, including focuses on “Audio for 4K TV,” “Listener Fatigue and Retention,” “Television Loudness and Metadata,” “HTML5 and Streaming,” “Modern Audio Transportation Techniques for Remote Broadcasts,” “Hardware Troubleshooting Basics,” “Technology and Storytelling: How Can We Best Use The Tools Available To Tell Our Stories,” “Facility Design” and “Loudness Control for Radio and Internet Streaming.”

“This year’s Broadcast/Streaming Sessions will be as good as any that David has assembled in over a quarter century of keeping these topics at the cutting edge, and then some,” observes Bob Moses, Executive Director of the Audio Engineering Society. “Attendees will be drawn to these sessions by their compelling and timely topics and David’s elegant assemblage of technical talent on each carefully thought-out panel, and they will come away with new information about technologies and techniques that will help them take their own careers further.”

For further information on the 135th AES International Convention, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/.

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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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