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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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AES’s First Conference Focusing on Audio Education Draws Attendees from All Over the Globe

— The Audio Engineering Society’s first conference dedicated specifically to audio education focused on teaching methods, instructional resources, learning outcomes, technical operations, industry relations, and related topics impacting all aspects of professional audio education —

— Event was held July 25-27, 2013, at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee —

New York, NY, August 1, 2013 — The Audio Engineering Society (AES) recently wrapped its 50th International Conference, its first dedicated specifically to audio education. The conference took place July 25-27, 2013, at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where more than 140 educators and industry representatives met to exchange ideas and experiences. Attendance far surpassed the organizers’ initial expectations, with attendees traveling to Murfreesboro from twenty-five U.S. states and twelve countries, including Korea, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. The event also for the first time included a significant focus on live sound as a component of a pro audio education curriculum, a fact underscored by the event’s keynote address delivered by Bob McCarthy, Senior Education Consultant at Meyer Sound, who gave an informative and entertaining presentation on the history of the live sound industry.

The three-day conference focused on teaching methods, instructional resources, learning outcomes, technical operations, industry relations and related topics that impact the theoretical and practical aspects of professional audio education. Conference co-chairs Michael Fleming and Bill Crabtree organized a number of after-hours events in Murfreesboro and nearby Nashville, including an opening-day banquet dinner, a studio crawl with behind-the-scenes tours at Ocean Way Studios and historic RCA Studio B, a reception at the former RCA Studio A (now operating as Ben’s Studio, owned by Ben Folds) and a Lower Broadway honky-tonk outing.

Michael Fleming stated, “Our goals with this conference were to stimulate dialogue among members of the audio teaching community and between the pro-audio industry and academia, so that there might be a greater sense of understanding and confidence in our respective missions. In many ways, the profession of teaching professional audio from an academic and practical point of view is very young, and we think this conference was a giant step toward helping establishing a sense of community, as well as shared standards and awareness of the different directions and emphases these programs can have. Clearly there are three sets of beneficiaries from this work: audio students, audio faculty and our peers in industry.”

The conference’s experts addressed attendees through paper presentations, workshops and discussions. The published conference proceedings contain over 30 peer-reviewed papers, including historical perspectives, survey instruments, case-studies and recommendations for educational resource management and development. In addition, eight workshops and tutorials touched on topics including pedagogy; instructional resources; internships; critical-listening and ear-training; partnerships with industry and professional organizations; learning outcomes and academic standards, accreditation and program administration.

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Bose® Professional Systems Division Invites Users to “Meet Your Match”

Framingham, Massachusetts, August 1, 2013 – Bose® Professional Systems Division’s RoomMatch® loudspeakers and PowerMatch® amplifiers have been forming the backbone of a growing number of audio systems nationwide. On its website, Bose is offering several informative videos spotlighting individual products, technologies, and the latest installations.

Please visit www.bose.com/meetyourmatch to stream the videos and “Meet Your Match”!

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Waves Audio Introduces SoundGrid® Extreme DSP Server

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, July 31, 2013 — Waves Audio announces SoundGrid® Extreme, the latest iteration of its SoundGrid protocol for live applications. The most powerful SoundGrid DSP Server ever, Waves SoundGrid Extreme is ready to tackle the heaviest processing challenges. SoundGrid Extreme boasts some very impressive benchmarks, running over 500 instances of Waves stereo SSL E-Channel or C4 Multiband Compressor plugins, with latency as low as 0.8 milliseconds. Featuring an Intel® i7 Extreme microprocessor which delivers over 40% more power than the SGS Server One, the Extreme DSP Server is housed in a rugged road-ready 2U chassis.

SoundGrid gives users the ability to run large numbers of Waves’ acclaimed audio processors using standard PCs via Ethernet, far surpassing the specs of dedicated DSP-based platforms. SoundGrid offers super low latency performance, which means users can take advantage of even more audio processors and CPU-intensive processors than ever before. Waves is leveraging the recent advances in both Ethernet and CPU technologies to provide better, more cost-effective performance for the pro audio and live sound markets.

SoundGrid Extreme Benchmarks:

Latency (roundtrip total)
40* samples / 0.83 ms
80* samples / 0.83ms
SSL E-Channel Stereo
512 instances @ 48kHz
288 instances @ 96kHz
IR-Live
30 instances @ 48kHz
18 instances @ 96kHz
L3 Multimaximizer
158 instances @ 48kHz
64 instances @ 96kHz
C4 Multiband Compressor Stereo
512 instances @ 48kHz
288 instances @ 96kHz

SoundGrid Extreme is currently available with a U.S. MSRP of $2490.00. Please visit www.waves.com and www.waveslive.com for more information.

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Bose® Introduces New Line of ControlSpace® ESP Engineered Sound Processors

Three models offer high-quality analog and digital audio with advanced open-architecture processing, control and networking options – all in one rack-space

Framingham, Massachusetts, July 30, 2013 – The new line of ControlSpace® ESP engineered sound processors from Bose® Professional Systems Division consists of three models of networkable digital signal processors, each configured, controlled, and monitored using Bose’s acclaimed ControlSpace Designer™ software. With over 115 dB dynamic range and ultra-low noise/distortion, single-rack ControlSpace ESP engineered sound processors deliver studio-quality analog and digital audio to the installed sound marketplace.

The Bose ControlSpace ESP-880 (a fixed 8×8 analog I/O configuration), ESP-1240 (12×4 analog I/O) and ESP-4120 (4×12 analog I/O) engineered sound processors all include a rear-panel expansion slot that accommodates optional networking cards including Dante™ and AVB network audio. Networking cards support combined audio and control connectivity with third-party products, other Bose ESP processors, and Bose PowerMatch® amplifiers. In addition, an integrated ESPLink optical output provides low latency, uncompressed 48 kHz audio to same-rack Bose PowerMatch amplifiers.

All ESP processors include control input and output capabilities, as well as built-in RS-232 serial and Ethernet ports, allowing integration with industry-standard control systems. Any of the elegant Bose wall-mounted user interfaces, including the programmable CC-64 and CC-16 controllers and three simplified zone volume interfaces, can be used to control all Bose Professional networked devices.

These three new processors join the newly refreshed ControlSpace ESP-00 Series II engineered sound processor which provides flexible I/O configurability via an 8-slot card frame and a range of analog and digital option cards. Whether fixed or flexible channel I/O is needed for your design, Bose ESP processors provide powerful and creative solutions for nearly any engineered sound application.

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GUITAR CENTER ANNOUNCES NEW VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNICATIONS AND CORPORATE AFFAIRS

Milestone Appointment of Christopher Ian Bennett comes as part of Guitar Center’s new communications strategy and media policy

ANNOUNCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

Christopher Ian Bennett named as first Vice President, Communications & Corporate Affairs in company history. Brings more than 15 years experience in Corporate Communications to GC.
Guitar Center is breaking away from previous media strategy and introducing a more press-friendly policy this fall.
Additionally, Bennett’s previous experience in Government Relations, Corporate Social Responsibility and Investor Relations will compliment the development of a new corporate affairs division.

(Los Angeles, CA) – Guitar Center, the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ and lighting equipment, has appointed Christopher Ian Bennett to the newly created position of Vice President, Communications and Corporate Affairs. This announcement comes as part of a new set of initiatives at GC, which includes a formalized and dedicated communications/corporate affairs department. In his previous role, Bennett led Best Buy Canada’s Corporate Communications department under Mike Pratt, now Guitar Center’s new Chief Executive Officer. A graduate of a Performing Arts School in Canada, Bennett’s passion for music and new media make him the ideal candidate to lead the new communications strategy for Guitar Center.

In his new role, Bennett will be responsible for the overall internal and external communications strategy of the entire GC organization and affiliated brands, working to drive a clear and singular message. Working closely with GC’s current PR agency partners, Clyne Media and Filter Creative, Bennett will be the new spokesperson for the organization and will play a more active role in communicating directly with the media than ever before.

“The Guitar Center story is an extraordinary one that fuses an iconic success history in retail with an exciting vision for its future leading the MI industry. We have a great opportunity in front of us to work more closely with the press through a more transparent and open level of communication with them,” stated Christopher Bennett, Vice President, Communications & Corporate Affairs.

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About Christopher Bennett
To review Christopher’s career bio and communications background, please visit his LinkedIn profile page online: www.linkedin.com/in/christopherianbennett – media@guitarcenter.com

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GC Pro Announces RAVEN MTX Production Console by Slate Pro Audio Now Shipping

— The groundbreaking RAVEN MTX console is now available from the exclusive U.S. dealer, Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro) —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, July 29, 2013 — Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, is pleased to announce that the RAVEN MTX Multi-Touch Production Console by Slate Pro Audio has begun shipping to market. Originally shown at the 133rd AES convention by Slate Pro Audio, the RAVEN MTX has been acclaimed by leading engineers, producers and journalists worldwide as the next-generation audio console.

“We are thrilled that the long-awaited RAVEN MTX Console is now shipping, and we have begun fulfilling our initial orders to our customer base,” stated Rick Plushner, GC Pro Vice President. “In order to support and meet the demand for hands-on demonstrations, GC Pro will have the RAVEN at select GC Pro facilities around the country, including Los Angles, New York, Atlanta, Dallas, Washington D.C., Nashville, Miami and Chicago. For a limited period of time, the Surround version of RAVEN MTX will include the Penteo 3 Touch Stereo-to-5.1 Surround Plug-in, the world’s first multi-touch plug-in for the Raven MTX which transforms any stereo recording, soundtrack, DJ mix or live television broadcast into perfect surround sound. It’s a very comprehensive package for the pro audio and post-production markets.”

“We’re aware The RAVEN marks a significant moment in time and perhaps in audio history,” stated Alex Oana, RAVEN co-creator and product manager. “The sheer size of this realization has been driving us, the Slate Pro Audio development team, since the public’s first reactions to the RAVEN prototype. We fully intend the product we ship to live up to the buzz and most importantly the expectations of our discerning customers, our peers and friends.”

The RAVEN MTX Multi-Touch Production Console is the ultimate centerpiece for the modern studio, combining a state-of-the-art multi-touch display, feature-rich multi-touch DAW control software, and a world-class analog monitor section. The console features a 46-inch touchscreen that provides direct touch access to every aspect of the production process, from recording, editing, plugin control, MIDI composition, and final mixing. The console’s RAVEN MIXER software is a powerful multi-touch mixer that can control all major DAW’s, and the RAVEN TOOLBAR provides intuitive control familiar to slick mobile computing devices. The console facilitates quick navigation through any virtual production environment. Raven’s high-quality digitally-controlled analog monitoring section delivers multiple inputs and outputs, plug-and-play integration with digital audio interfaces and multichannel artist cue mix systems, 7.1 surround capability, and on-board Laptop Reference™ speakers.

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

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Photo Caption: Shown L-R: Derek Snyder, GC Pro Director, Western Region; Steven Slate, co-inventor/CEO, Slate Pro Audio; Alex Oana, co-inventor/V.P. of Creative Operations, Slate Pro Audio; and Rick Plushner, GC Pro Vice President.

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