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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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GUITAR CENTER ANNOUNCES THE OPENING OF 250TH STORE

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

ANNOUNCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

Guitar Center has opened its 250th store location in the U.S.
GC Garage service will provide a much-needed range of musical instrument repair services
GC Studios, first-ever GC lessons facility in Waco to support local music scene, is at the store, located at 4314 W. Waco Dr. Waco, TX 76710

(Los Angeles, CA) – Guitar Center, the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ and lighting equipment, marked a major milestone in its corporate growth on Thursday, July 11, 2013, with the grand opening of its 250th location, in Waco, Texas. The opening of Guitar Center’s 250th store emphasizes the company’s ongoing plans for growth and long-term expansion while assuring customers throughout the country that they will get the widest selection of musical instruments and professional audio products at the best possible prices sold by an experienced and knowledgeable sales staff.

The store, located at 4314 W. Waco Dr. Waco, TX 76710, 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.

WACO STORE LOCATION BACKGROUNDER:

Vast Product Selection and Low Prices – Guitar Center Waco brings an unprecedented selection of products to Waco, 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 Waco 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 and Logic Pro and GarageBand.
Guitar Center Garage – Guitar Center Waco 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 Waco: Additional In-Store Programs and Opportunities Include:

Guitar Center’s “Endless Aisle” – Waco 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 Waco 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 Waco store, Guitar Center offers year-round programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight promising undiscovered talent. Waco 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 Waco Store and Studio Hours
Mon-Fri: 11 AM-8 PM
Sat: 10 AM-7 PM
Sun: 12 PM-6 PM

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Vincent Casamatta Chooses Waves SoundGrid® for High-Profile FOH Gigs

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, July 29, 2013 — Waves Audio is seeing a growing number of young cutting-edge live engineers turn to WavesLive tools, including front-of-house engineer Vincent Casamatta (OK GO, They Might Be Giants) currently on the road with AWOLNATION.

He notes, “Using WavesLive tools is a central part of what it takes to provide studio-quality mixes with consistency every night. I look at digital mixing environments, like DiGiCo, as a blank slate, and using Waves adds the color and punch to my mixes. The workflow is as simple as it gets. I spend nearly the whole show tweaking the Waves rack on my screen. Most importantly, it has the exact same feel and sound of Waves that we use in the studio, so it blurs the line with respect to what you can achieve in the studio versus live.” By employing WavesLive tools, Casamatta helps these artists achieve the level of polish attained in the recording studio.

His go-to plugins are C4 Multiband on guitar, which provides him a “super-simple way to mellow out too much bite”; SSL G-Channel into L1 and L2 Ultramaximizers and shaped with a PuigTec EQP-1A for the drum buss; LoAir on synth low-end for sub-harmonics to “tighten up the whole mix”; DeEsser on main vocals; CLA-2A on backing vocals; and H-Comp on the snare buss.

Vincent Casamatta 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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Lowell Manufacturing Offers New Wall-Mount and Rackmount Shelves

— Lowell continues to expand its product range with new solutions for contractors and system integrators —

PACIFIC, MO, July 29, 2013 — Lowell Manufacturing Company, a U.S. manufacturer of professional A/V products, has introduced a light-duty, wall-mount shelf (WSL-1814), and two new rackmount shelves (SLS and KS Series).

WSL-1814 Light Duty Wall Shelf
The WSL-1814 steel wall-mount shelf is an economical option for light-duty settings (up to 40 lbs.). It’s ideal for in-closet wiring applications. The WSL-1814 is made in the USA from a single piece of 100% certified 16-gauge U.S. steel that’s been formed and bolted. It features mounting holes on 16-inch stud centers and has two obround holes in the rear for cable routing. Bottom vents include provisions to mount an optional single fan kit (FW1-KIT, ordered separately) if active thermal management is desired. It sports a smooth black powder epoxy finish.

KS Series Knockdown Utility Shelves
The KS Series is a ready-to-assemble, steel rackmount shelf for which users order the base and ears separately, enabling them to keep fewer parts on-hand to mix-and-match and assemble the shelf size needed. This allows cost-efficient shipping, storage, and inventory management. Shelf ears are available in heights of 2U, 3U and 4U with 14-inch or 18-inch depth. The vented base is available with 14-, 18- or 21-inch depth. Load capacity is up to 70 lbs., depending on final assembly size.

KS Series Features:

Unassembled 16-gauge steel utility shelf
Order ears and base separately
Made in USA
Optional Accessories:
Single fan FW1-KIT or FW1-KITT or power strip ACS-1505-SW
Top clamping bracket (see specs)

SLS Steel Rackmount Shelf
Lowell Model SLS is a 19-inch E.I.A. steel rackmount shelf that slides out and latches in both open and closed positions to avoid unwanted movement or closure while working on equipment. The shelf’s full extension is 14”, while the shelf area measures 17.5” wide x 14.625” deep. The shelf is slightly more than 1U panel space, measuring 2.5” high. It sports a black semi-gloss enamel finish.

SLS Features:

Rackmount shelf slides forward to access contents
Latches in closed and open positions to avoid accidental closure while working on equipment.
Measures 17.5”W x 14.625”D
Slightly more than 1U panel space (2.5”H)
16-gauge CRS
Weighs approximately 13 lbs.
50 lbs. load capacity
Black semi-gloss enamel finish

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

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Recording Industry Golf Tournament (RIGT) Hailed as a Success

— Thousands of dollars raised for charity A Place Called Home —

Los Angeles CA, August 1, 2013 — The 2013 Recording Industry Golf Tournament (RIGT) was held Monday, June 24, 2013, at Malibu Country Club. The event was organized by seasoned event producer Karen Dunn of KMD Productions and benefited 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. GRAMMY®-winning recording veterans Ed Cherney and Al Schmitt served as Honorary Co-Chairs for the afternoon’s festivities.

Honorary co-chair Al Schmitt stated, “It was a distinct honor to serve as co-chair for the RIGT. My colleagues in the industry work very hard most of the time, so it is fun to spend a day unwinding on the links. Karen Dunn put together a fantastic tournament with a great atmosphere, and it was all a very rewarding experience.”

Sponsors included Blue Sky, Avid, GC Pro, Sterling Audio, Dave Collins Mastering, Design FX Audio, JBL Professional, Lurssen Mastering, Ocean Way Studios, PreSonus, Record Plant, SAE Los Angeles, Shure, Sound Design Corporation, TransAudio Group, Clyne Media Inc., Vintage King Audio and Westlake Recording Studios. A Harley-Davidson motorcycle hole-in-one prize was provided by Bartels Harley-Davidson in Marina Del Rey.

Bryan Bradley, JBL President, noted, “JBL is proud to have been a sponsor of the RIGT. In addition to supporting a great cause in A Place Called Home, we had the opportunity to spend time with our friends and associates in the industry and interact in a laid-back environment. Karen put together an excellent event, and we’re looking forward to next year’s tournament.”

Approximately 100 players made the rounds following the day’s registration time, which included a putting contest, massages, coffee, Bloody Mary’s, mimosas, muffins, and a selection of swag. After 18 holes, 1st place was awarded to the team from Sybersound Records Inc. (Steve Graham, Gary Sexton, Wayne Lura, Rob Bourque); 2nd place was Westlake Recording Studios (Steve Burdick, Chris Clark, Ryan Anderson, Chris Spilfogel); and 3rd place went to GC Pro / Sterling Audio Team #1 (Mike Pendleton, Matt Speitel, Bill Hall, Ryan Hall). Spilfogel of the Westlake team also got the chance at the $1 million shootout but unfortunately did not make a winning shot. A special tequila cart proved to be very popular, as was the Mexican dinner buffet offered during the afternoon reception. Also featured during the reception was a live musical performance from 29 Live, a group of children from the A Place Called Home program.

“We were all extremely pleased with how the day’s activities played out,” stated event organizer Karen Dunn. “A great time was had by all, and we raised money for an important cause. We cannot wait for the next tournament, in June 2014.”

For more information about the tournament, visit http://recordingindustrygolftournament.webs.com/ or call Karen Dunn at 925-708-0307.

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 wide 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.

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Photo Caption 1: Leading members of the professional audio/recording community came out to support the Recording Industry Golf Tournament, which benefited L.A.-based charity A Place Called Home. Held on June 24, 2013, at the Malibu Country Club, the event raised thousands of dollars for the charity. Photo © 2013 Paul Lester Photography.

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Photo Caption 2: The winning team, Sybersound Records Inc., at the Recording Industry Golf Tournament, which benefited L.A.-based charity A Place Called Home. The event was held on June 24, 2013, at the Malibu Country Club. Photo © 2013 Paul Lester Photography.

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Photo Caption 3: Honorary co-chairs Ed Cherney (left) and Al Schmitt (right) at Recording Industry Golf Tournament, which benefited L.A.-based charity A Place Called Home. The event was held on June 24, 2013, at the Malibu Country Club. Photo © 2013 Paul Lester Photography.

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Focusrite RedNet System Simplifies Connectivity for Southwestern College’s Center for Recording Arts & Technology

Immersive audio arts program adds two RedNet 5 HD interfaces for Pro Tools® and three RedNet 2 16-channel analog interfaces

Los Angeles, CA, July 30, 2013 – The Recording Arts & Technology program at Southwestern College in the San Diego California suburb of Chula Vista is one of the nation’s top audio programs. Begun in May 2008, under the direction of Professor Jay Henry, a two-time Grammy® award nominee for his engineering and production skills, the Recording Arts & Technology program prepares students for careers in the entertainment industries of music, television and film, utilizing state-of-the-art music studios and labs for a hands-on learning experience that emphasizes fundamental recording technique and knowledge. Henry entered the music industry decades ago, and has experienced the huge changes in the music recording industry; he has kept his educational program flexible to adapt to the changes yet to come. That’s why he was excited to discover Focusrite’s RedNet networked audio I/O technology. In recent weeks, Prof. Henry directed the purchase of two RedNet 5 HD interfaces for his Pro Tools|HD systems coupled with three RedNet 2 16-channel analog I/O interfaces for his main recording and satellite mixing rooms. Once these units are installed, the two studios at the core of the Recording Arts and Technology program will be able to be completely networked, allowing seamless access of audio between rooms and giving students and faculty a high degree of flexibility in how those facilities are used.

“We’ve kept this program at the cutting edge since it began, and we’ve been waiting for a networked solution like RedNet to come along for a while,” explains Henry, whose professional and personal affinity for Focusrite products goes way back through his relationship with long-time colleague and current Focusrite Novation Inc. President Phil Wagner. “Phil and I go way back, and we understand how you need to both address the cutting edge of technology and also make sure that the sound is always the first consideration. I get that with the Focusrite RedNet system – we get seamless connectivity and the built-in Dante networking, and of course great sound at the same time. Focusrite has never let me down, and it’s going to be a great benefit for our students and teachers here too, as RedNet represents the future for recording and interconnectivity.”

Henry added, “The best thing sonically about RedNet is the detail and width of the stereo image, which is a direct result of RedNet’s next generation A/D – D/A design and analog circuitry. RedNet sounds more open; it’s like taking the roof off your mix.“

RedNet is Focusrite’s flagship range of modular Ethernet-networked audio interfaces that harnesses the power of Audinate’s tried and tested Dante digital audio networking system to bring studio quality sound to any modern audio application.

RedNet 5 connects your RedNet system to Pro Tools|HD via a standard DigiLink or Mini DigiLink cable. Up to six units can be connected to one Pro Tools HDX system, supporting up to 192 channels at 96 kHz or 96 channels at 192 kHz. Pro Tools|HD Native and Pro Tools|HD are also supported. RedNet 5 is interoperable with other Pro Tools® interfaces and features extremely low latency.

RedNet 2 adds 16 analog channels in and out to your RedNet network and can be located anywhere you can run an Ethernet cable. Featuring Focusrite’s precision 24-bit A-D and D-A conversion for superb audio performance, it delivers 119 dB dynamic range at sample rates up to 192 kHz. The rear panel includes standard DB25 connectors for analogue patchbay or breakout cable interfacing.

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Photo Caption: The Recording Arts and Technology program at Southwestern College recently installed two RedNet 5 HD interfaces for Pro Tools and three RedNet 2 16-channel analog interfaces from Focusrite. Pictured is two-time GRAMMY® nominee, professor Jay Henry, with his rack featuring Focusrite gear.

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Wolfson and Waves Audio Partner to Bring Exceptional Sound Quality to Mobile Devices Using MaxxAudio® Technologies

Edinburgh, UK, July 26, 2013 – Wolfson Microelectronics plc, a global leader in the design and development of mixed-signal semiconductor devices and audio solutions for consumer electronics products, and Waves Audio, a world-leading developer of software-based audio signal processing tools, have today announced a partnership to join forces and help bring exceptional audio quality and extended playback time to laptops, tablets and mobile devices.

The partnership integrates Waves MaxxAudio® Mobile sound processing tools, which are based on the same professional tools used in recording studios the world over, onto Wolfson’s advanced WM0011 audio digital signal processor (DSP) to achieve high quality music playback; rich, clear audio that matches the 1080p graphics when watching movies; and dramatically enhanced audio performance from the small speakers of a portable device, while preserving battery life.

Wolfson’s WM0011 dramatically improves audio playback time by enabling the device to manage all audio processing algorithms efficiently and autonomously, allowing the host processor to ‘sleep’ for up to seven out of eight seconds of audio. The WM0011 provides a rich portfolio of audio processing options that can be integrated into a device with no additional software development.

Waves Audio, a recipient of a technical GRAMMY® award, utilizes their professional audio processing heard on countless hit records, major motion pictures and top-selling video games, on mobile devices in the form of MaxxAudio Mobile, delivering outstanding audio performance whether users are watching a movie, listening to music, playing a game online, or using voice communication, enabling users to hear sound the way it was meant to be heard.

Eddie Sinnott, VP of Portfolio, Strategy and Marketing at Wolfson Microelectronics said: “Waves is globally-renowned for its industry-leading technology in the professional audio market, and we are delighted to partner with them to deliver this exciting new audio solution for portable devices. At Wolfson we are committed to enabling our customers to achieve the highest quality audio in their products, and this partnership helps to bring professional studio-quality audio to portable devices while extending playback time. With audio processing demands continuing to grow, this solution will allow OEMs to further differentiate their products in the market place.”

Tomer Elbaz, EVP of Waves Consumer Electronics Division, stated, “Waves and Wolfson both share passion and dedication for high quality audio. Wolfson’s exceptional audio hardware, together with Waves professional audio software, set new sonic standards for the mobile market. While more and more audio content is being experienced via mobile devices, the inherent physical limitations of these devices present the most arduous engineering challenges. This joint cooperation offers the ultimate mobile sound experience, for the benefit of OEM partners and, most important, their end-users.”

About Wolfson Microelectronics plc:
Wolfson Microelectronics plc is a global leader in the supply of high performance, mixed-signal semiconductor devices and audio solutions to the consumer electronics market. In the home, in the office and on the move, Wolfson’s innovative technology can be found at the heart of many of the world’s leading digital consumer goods, including premier hi-fi equipment, mobile phones, tablet computers, MP3 players, flat panel TVs, digital still cameras and portable navigation devices.

The company’s headquarters is located in Edinburgh, UK. Wolfson’s customers are located worldwide, and so is Wolfson, with design centres, sales offices, applications teams and engineering expertise across Europe, the US, Australia and Asia.

Wolfson Microelectronics plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: WLF.L).

For more information about Wolfson Microelectronics, please visit: http://www.wolfsonmicro.com

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Bose® Professional Systems Brings Framingham, Massachusetts’ Historic Nevins Hall the Great Sound It Had Waited Decades For

1930s-era venue had always presented a challenge for clear, intelligible sound, until Bose® RoomMatch® and PowerMatch® products were installed

Framingham, Massachusetts, July 24, 2013 – Historic Nevins Hall, located in the Memorial Building in downtown Framingham, Massachusetts, was the site for many a big-band concert in the 1930s and 40s, as well as classical concerts, a visit from President Clinton in 1994, and various corporate shows, holiday parties and other events over the course of more than 80 years. What it never managed to achieve, however, was quality sound befitting its wide range of applications. Charles Crane, Sales Engineer with Adtech Systems, an AV systems integrator in nearby Sudbury, says while the venue’s management had tried several times over the decades to add sound systems, none had ever been able to address the hall’s reverberance and architectural nuances. That is, until Adtech brought in RoomMatch® loudspeakers and PowerMatch® amplifiers from Bose® Professional Systems Division. In mid-March, Adtech hung two Bose RoomMatch arrays, each consisting of (in ascending order) two RM12020’s, one RM9020, one RM7010 and one RM5505 loudspeaker, as well as an RMS215 subwoofer at the top of the array. These, along with under-balcony fill speakers, are powered by six Bose PowerMatch PM8500N amplifiers and use a Bose ControlSpace® ESP-88 DSP controller to comprehensively cover Nevins Hall’s 1,700 seats. For the first time, this venerable venue has full-range, articulate, intelligible sound that works for speech and music.

Crane explains that the new system needed to both address the space’s acoustical issues and look forward, as the venue’s management wants the facility to continue to appeal to a wide range of customers, including concert promoters. He states, “The room was always challenging in terms of its acoustics; it took a custom engineered sound system to deal with it, and that was the Bose RoomMatch and PowerMatch system,” he says. “It’s the only solution that could have its arrays perfectly match the coverage patterns needed for this room. What they have now is what I’d call a ‘rider-friendly’ sound system – it’s one that touring music artists will find meets their needs and specifications. The system has made for a very happy customer.”

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EARS of Chicago Hosts Carl Tatz Event at Soundscape Studios

- Studio designer and PhantomFocus™ System creator Carl Tatz gives near-field monitoring tutorial at Chicago’s Soundscape Studios during Engineering And Recording Society of Chicago (EARS) event -

Nashville, TN: TEC Award-nominated studio designer and PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) creator Carl Tatz, principal of Carl Tatz Design LLC (CTD), recently spoke to an audience of fifty-plus members of the Engineer And Recording Society of Chicago (EARS) at Chicago’s Soundscape Studios about the realities of near-field monitoring. Through graphs, illustrations and ultimately a PFS listening session, Tatz was able to open attendees’ eyes and ears to little-known frequency anomalies inherent in stand- and console-mounted near-field monitors and their solutions through the acclaimed PFS.

“People are still buzzing about the meeting, and lots of questions are flying around. Carl’s presentation was truly informative and eye-opening (or rather ‘ear-opening’). All around just great,” comments EARS co-president, engineer and JoyRide Recording Studio owner Blaise Barton.

Continues EARS co-president Reid Hyams, engineer and principal of X-Art Entertainment, “Carl’s presentation was brilliant – well received and most appreciated by everyone!”

Carl Tatz states, “It’s very gratifying to be able to share this heretofore unavailable knowledge to audio professionals who can take some advantage of it even without the PFS.”

Following the lecture, participants had the unique opportunity to audition the Carl Tatz Design PhantomFocus System in Soundscape’s Studio A control room and experience the information presented in the lecture. Veteran engineer and Urban Guerrilla Engineers principal Danny Leake (Kanye West, Stevie Wonder, Sting) exclaimed, “The PhantomFocus System is extraordinary in its power, accuracy and detail. I had the advantage of hearing Mike’s room before Carl’s PFS….it was night and day. What sounded ‘soft focused’ before was brought into brilliant clarity. I cannot praise the PhantomFocus System enough.”

Engineer and Soundscape Studios owner Michael Kolar sums up his PFS experience: “When you can mix from instinct and taste as opposed to compensating for playback anomalies, the sky is the limit. When it’s right on the PhantomFocus System, it’s right everywhere.”

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Bose® Introduces RoomMatch® Utility RMU208 Small-Format Loudspeaker

The RoomMatch® Utility RMU208 loudspeaker is designed for use in high-quality foreground music, under-balcony, zone fill, and vocal-range floor monitor applications

Framingham, Massachusetts, July 23, 2013 – Bose® Professional Systems Division has expanded its RoomMatch® range of array module loudspeakers with the RoomMatch Utility RMU208 small-format sound-reinforcement loudspeaker. The RMU208 is designed for use in high-quality foreground music, under-balcony, zone fill and vocal-range floor monitor applications in performing arts centers, civic auditoriums, houses of worship, secondary education and college auditoriums, dance clubs, hospitality and more.

The loudspeaker features a single Bose EMB2 compression driver (with 2.0-inch voice coil) to provide mid/high-frequency voicing similar to the RoomMatch full-range array modules. The EMB2 driver features a patented phase plug that lowers distortion and allows the use of a lower crossover frequency to improve vocal sound quality.

Dual Bose LF8 8-inch woofers (with 2.0-inch, extended-excursion voice coils) provide full-range output down to 80 Hz (+/-3 dB), and a 90° x 60° constant-directivity high-frequency horn provides wide, even coverage and may be rotated 90° in the enclosure.

The RMU208’s Quasi-3-way passive crossover with separate filters for each transducer provides uniform frequency and polar response; the 80-16,000 Hz frequency response and 125 dB maximum peak SPL allow for use in high-performance system designs. Long-term continuous power handling is 300W and peak power handling is 1200W.

The enclosure is constructed of baltic birch plywood with a 2-part polyurethane coating to resist scratches and scuffs. The multi-angle cabinet design allows for flexible use in varied applications, and the system includes a U-bracket and four additional M8 threaded inserts on the enclosure’s rear surface provide additional mounting flexibility.

The new RoomMatch Utility RMU208 small-format loudspeakers can be powered by Bose PowerMatch® amplifiers, or any professional amplifier with the appropriate power rating. The RMU208 loudspeaker will be available through authorized Bose dealers beginning in October 2013. For more information please visit http://pro.Bose.com.

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