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Carl Tatz Design Hosts Blackbird Academy Event at The Blue Grotto

- Carl Tatz, the 2014 TEC Award-winning studio designer and creator of the acclaimed PhantomFocus™ System, gives a studio monitoring tutorial for Blackbird Academy students at Sean and
Anelda Spence’s Blue Grotto Sound -

Nashville, TN: Recently, students of Nashville’s prestigious Blackbird Academy (along with Instructor and Co-Director of Education Mark Rubel) attended an exclusive event at Blue Grotto Sound focusing on studio monitoring hosted by Carl Tatz of Carl Tatz Design LLC, the TEC Award-winning studio designer and monitoring visionary and creator of the acclaimed PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™).

The event was split into two segments, the first being a lecture demonstrating little known problems and solutions of studio near-field monitoring, and the second for the attendees to personally experience Carl Tatz Design’s PhantomFocus System in the Blue Grotto control room.

The two segments were carefully coordinated into multiple small groups so that each of the students would have an ample amount of time to be exposed to the PhantomFocus System. Rubel comments, “Carl gave an interesting and in-depth presentation on a variety of acoustical design topics relative to studio monitoring, followed by the opportunity for the students to bask in the brilliant sound of the PhantomFocus System in the Blue Grotto control room. They talked about it for days after. Thank you Carl!”

“It’s very gratifying to be able to share this unique experienced-based knowledge with the students who can put some of its elements to use, with or without the PFS,” comments Tatz. “Mark Rubel is a born teacher, and his knowledge of music, paired with his recording chops and overall passion for his job, makes him the type of instructor that can change a receptive student’s life. He knew instantly upon hearing the PFS that the Blackbird Academy students needed to experience this unprecedented mix tool for themselves in person, because words in a classroom could never begin to give the full picture.”

States Blackbird Academy student Brandon Schnierer, “Carl’s brilliantly simple explanation of his PhantomFocus System makes sense on paper, but the proof is in your ears: articulate, extended and balanced. The PhantomFocus System is like prescription lenses for your ears.”

As well, artist/producer and engineering student Jeff Todd (who also performs as rock artist Meadows Fortune) explains, “The PhantomFocus System is easily the best listening experience that I have had in any control room. The stereo imaging is phenomenal, and it honestly feels like a live band is at your fingertips! It brings music back to life.”

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Registration Now Open for 136th Audio Engineering Society International Convention in Berlin

— FREE “Exhibits-Plus” Badge and premium “All Access” Badge registration is now online for AES136 Convention —

New York, NY, March 6, 2014 — The Audio Engineering Society has opened registration for the 136th AES International Convention, to be held in Berlin, Germany, on April 26 – 29, 2014, at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center. Headed by the AES 136th Convention co-chairs Sascha Spors and Umberto Zanghieri, the convention is set to be the premier European gathering of audio industry professionals. Over 100 Tutorials, Workshops, Engineering Briefs and Paper Sessions have been announced that will cover a wide range of topics relevant to the professional audio industry, with further detailed session and event information coming soon. Attendees are encouraged to visit the AES136 Registration Page to pre-register for their FREE “Exhibits-Plus” Badge, or opt for the premium “All Access” Badge, as well as to find further details on hotels and special events.

Following the success of the Project Studio Expo (PSE) at recent previous conventions, the PSE will be making its European debut at AES136, and a special Technology Showcase will also provide participating companies with a chance to interface directly with interested end users and customers at this year’s exhibition. Additionally, the Technical Program for the 136th Berlin Convention is shaping up to be one of the most diverse to be presented by the Audio Engineering Society. Paper Sessions will include subjects such as acoustics, networked audio, multi-channel systems, mobile audio, and in-depth studies into aspects of microphone and loudspeaker design. Other popular Workshop and Tutorial Sessions will bring panels of experts together to discuss a range of practical application topics, such as Audio Forensics, Film Soundtrack Loudness, microphone technique and 3-D audio in automotive applications. The convention will also host a series of student-related events and opportunities, as well as a meeting of the AES Standards Committee, Awards, Special Events, and offsite Technical Tours to audio facilities of interest in the area.

Additional information on the 136th AES International Convention in Berlin is now available on the AES136 home page at http://www.aes.org/events/136/.
For further details on the AES136 Technical Program: http://www.aes.org/events/136/program/
Online Registration: http://www.aes.org/events/136/registration/
Hotel and Venue Information: http://www.aes.org/events/136/attendees/hotel/

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Legendary Rocker Kip Winger Chooses Bose® L1® Systems

Bose® L1® Model II systems used by the multi-talented Kip Winger for his live acoustic shows and as studio monitors in his Nashville home setup

Framingham, Massachusetts, March 5, 2014 – Multi-platinum recording artist Kip Winger has always had serious musical chops, as he demonstrated during his first high-profile gig, playing bass with Alice Cooper, and for six years fronting the glam-metal band Winger. But aside from occasional shows with the reformed Winger band, his fans most frequently see him at his solo acoustic shows, at which he often performs using an L1® Model II portable loudspeaker system, B2 bass module and T1 ToneMatch® audio engine from Bose® Professional Systems. Winger generally takes only a single L1 system on the road for his solo acoustic shows. But he actually has two complete systems because he is also uniquely using a stereo L1 rig as studio monitors at his private home-based facility in Nashville.

Winger has long used Bose QC®15 headphones during the final stage of mixing. “The last three records I’ve made, I’ll mix my album and then the final thing I do is listen in those headphones. You can go out and buy all kinds of reference monitors, but so far as I can tell these headphones are incredible in terms of just referencing a mix. If it’s spanking in those headphones then I know I got it right,” he says.

Back in the day Winger was also lead singer with The Alan Parsons Live Project and also played with artists such as Bob Dylan, Roger Daltrey, Mark Farner and Neal Schon. Following his hard-rocking days, Winger studied hard and grew into a respected classical music composer whose works have been performed by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and the San Francisco Ballet.

After making friends with Bose personnel, he tried the L1 system and was blown away, he says. “I write a lot of classical music, so I wanted these for monitoring and for composing. I’ve got really good monitoring systems, extremely expensive stuff, but I prefer the Bose L1 system. It’s just a clear, spatially correct, musical monitoring system.”

Winger, who has had his score for choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s Ghosts programmed into the San Francisco Ballet’s repertory for the past four years, says, “You can’t touch the Bose L1 systems for classical music—nothing comes close.” Next up is a metal album with the reformed Winger lineup. “We’ll see how that goes; I’m sure the system is going to be great because the frequency response is so accurate.”

On his solo acoustic shows, Winger typically travels light, carrying a single L1 Model II and a B2 Bass module and setting the system up behind him so that it serves as both a PA and monitor system. “It’s really clean, it’s super-loud and it doesn’t hurt your ears because there’s no distortion. And one unit is completely adequate for filling a 200- or 300-seat room. It’s a great system.”

He continues, “It’s everything that you miss from a live PA; it sounds like a record. My acoustic thing is more like a rock thing. I don’t use loops or anything, it’s just me and a guitar, but it takes a lot of bass to drive it. I’ll use a lot of low end—when I hit the guitar it’s like a kick drum. This system is the best full-range system for a small acoustic show that I have seen, by far.”

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Audio-Technica Microphones Used for SXSWfm, the Online Radio Portal for the South By Southwest Festival

— Online radio station covering Austin-based South By Southwest (SXSW), one of the world’s leading music and media events, looks to Audio-Technica products to capture in-the-field interviews and live in-studio performances —

STOW, OH, March 4, 2014 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is proud to have its microphones and headphones used by SXSWfm, the dedicated online radio portal of the South By Southwest (SXSW) festival, which takes place each year in Austin, Texas. This year’s festival, which will be held March 7-16, will encompass film, media, technology, and of course music, with over 1700 showcasing artists playing live. The channel is now live at www.sxswfm.com and currently features artists that have showcased during the SXSW’s 27-year history and all other aspects of the festival.

“The goal of the channel is to reflect the wide spectrum of sounds you can hear when you attend the SXSW Music Festival,” stated Kevin Connor, SXSWfm Programming Manager. “It’s all kinds of music from all over the world. As the SXSW 2014 season progresses, we will be introducing you to the artists who will be joining us in Austin in March for five nights of showcases on more than 100 stages.”

Currently, the station’s DJ’s and content creators have been using the AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphones, ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones and AT8035 Shotgun Microphones. “We’ve had a great experience with the Audio Technica gear we’ve been using here at SXSWfm,” notes Connor. “The ATH-M50 headphones are dependable, accurate and comfortable over the course of a long day of listening to SXSW artists and producing our station elements. The AT8035 is not only a great shotgun mic in the field for interviews, but it has also become our go-to mic in our confined voiceover space.”

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

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The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing® and HARMAN® Professional Host “Listen Up” at Nashville’s Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School

HARMAN® Professional Brands and P&E Wing Leadership Host Series of Workshops for Pearl-Cohn Students and Evening Social Mixer for P&E Wing Membership

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (March 4, 2014) — On Thursday, February 13, 2014, leading members of The Recording Academy® Nashville Chapter Producers & Engineers Wing® committee, along with representatives from the HARMAN® Professional brands AKG®, JBL® and Lexicon®, hosted “Listen Up,” a series of seminars and workshops at Nashville’s Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School. The event was aimed at the school’s students, who benefit from a world-class on-campus recording studio, opened nearly one year ago and developed by members of the P&E Wing and others as part of Nashville’s “Music Makes Us” educational initiative. The student events were followed by a P&E Wing membership event and social mixer that evening.

Pictured L-R: Top Row: Sam Lorber, Instructional Designer, Pearl-Cohn; Nick Palladino, P&E Wing Sub-Committee member and Owner, NPALL Audio; Jeff Balding, The Recording Academy® Nashville Chapter President; Julian King, P&E Wing Nashville Chapter Committee Co-Chair; Shannon Sanders, P&E Wing Nashville Chapter Committee Co-Chair; and Ben Fowler, P&E Wing Sub-Committee member and producer/engineer. Bottom Row: Joseph Wagoner, Product Manager, AKG; Laurie Schell, Music Makes Us, Metro Nashville Public Schools; Peter Chaikin, Senior Manager Recording and Broadcast Marketing, JBL Professional; Lisa Harless, The Recording Academy Nashville Chapter Secretary; and Chuck Ainlay, P&E Wing Committee Chairman and producer/engineer. Photograph courtesy of The Recording Academy®/Clyne Media, Inc. © 2014

About The Recording Academy: Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like “The GRAMMYs” on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs’ social communities on Foursquare, GetGlue, Google +, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and YouTube.

About The Producers & Engineers Wing: Currently more than 6,500 professionals comprise The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, which was established for producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals in the recording field. This organized voice for the recording community addresses issues that affect the craft of recorded music, including the development and implementation of new technologies, technical guidelines and recommendations, and archiving and preservation initiatives. For more information, please visit www.producersandengineers.com.

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Waves Audio MetaFilter Plugin Now Available

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, March 3, 2014 — Waves Audio announces the availability of MetaFilter, a versatile sound-shaping filter plugin. Designed around a multimode filter with extensive modulation options and powered by Waves’ Virtual Voltage technology, Waves MetaFilter has everything users need in a sound-shaping filter. The versatile MetaFilter creative effects unit provides all the warmth, depth and fatness of classic analog filters, with the modern control and endless flexibility distinctive of Waves tools.

MetaFilter lets you individually modulate the filter’s cutoff, resonance and delay time using three separate modulators—a 16-step sequencer, an LFO, and an envelope follower with a sidechaining option—making it easy to achieve effects such as filter sweeping, tremolo, auto wah, rhythmic gating, ducking, and hypnotic modulating delays with saturation buildups.

With intuitive controls that are inviting and enjoyable to use, you can effortlessly customize and program your own presets. Thanks to its easy-to-use MIDI Learn capabilities, MetaFilter can be controlled from any MIDI control device—a great advantage for live DJ performances. Moreover, when MetaFilter is connected to a MIDI keyboard, the keyboard can actually be utilized for playing the filter cutoff.

Whether you’re creating rhythmic loops and tracks from sound bites, adding a subtle effect to a guitar part, or simply mangling a vocal track just for the fun of it, MetaFilter’s versatility and endless possibilities make it the ultimate tool for creating and producing innovative, eccentric and cutting-edge music in the studio and on stage.

MetaFilter features:

Three separate modulators: 16-step sequencer, LFO, and envelope follower with sidechaining option
“Fat” analog sound quality
Intuitive MIDI Learn
Fully modulatable analog delay
Powered by Virtual Voltage technology
Endless sound-shaping possibilities

Waves MetaFilter is now available with a U.S. MSRP of $200 (Native), with a special introductory price of $99 (Native). Visit http://www.waves.com/plugins/metafilter for more information. Official product video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMW_GcqAfZY.

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Bose® RoomMatch® and PowerMatch® Components Provide Versatile Sound for Mount Aloysius College’s New Convocation Center

Multi-use facility is set to host everything from collegiate basketball to graduation ceremonies, and Bose® RoomMatch® loudspeaker modules assure that the sound is powerful and accurate

Framingham, Massachusetts, February 28, 2014 – Recently, The Sextant Group, a national independent technology consulting firm specializing in the planning and design of learning, communications and entertainment facilities and systems, was contracted to specify a sound system for the new Convocation Center at Mount Aloysius College in central Pennsylvania. The Sextant Group selected an option that was new for them: a RoomMatch® sound system from Bose® Professional Systems.

The system consists of 17 RoomMatch loudspeakers divided into one five-speaker array (RM5505, RM7010, RM9010, RM9020, and RM12040 modules) that covers the main floor, and six separate two-module RM7040/RM9020 arrays covering the bleacher seating on both sides of the floor. The speaker arrays are all powered by five PowerMatch® PM8500N amplifiers and were installed by the Pittsburgh office of Cleveland, Ohio-based SoundCom Systems.

The school’s new Convocation Center is a hub of campus life, featuring a basketball court, fitness center, distance-learning classroom, dance studio and other amenities. The 2,500-seat basketball court also doubles as an event space, used for ceremonies such as graduations and other applications. The space is highly configurable – the bleachers can be rolled in and out and are divided into six different areas. Courts and gymnasiums are notoriously difficult spaces in terms of acoustics, so The Sextant Group wanted to go the extra mile in terms of the sound quality and versatility of the system – that’s where the RoomMatch system came in.

“We wanted this space to be able to develop a lot of energy and keep it tightly focused on the seating areas,” explains Mark Gillis, Principal Consultant at The Sextant Group. “We wanted the sound to really have an impact, to help events here really generate a high level of excitement.”

“In addition to making the right decisions in terms of acoustical treatment, we wanted a system that would allow us to very precisely aim the sound and keep it over the seating areas, but at the same time we also wanted to give the school a full-range sound system that works well for music as well as speech,” says Joe Hammett, Systems Designer at The Sextant Group. “Too often, good sound is value-engineered out of spaces like this, with the PA really just suitable for the narrow range of the voice. This system needed to also cover music, which adds to the experience, and keep the sound where we needed it. The RoomMatch system was definitely the right choice.”

The result has been extremely satisfying. In fact, The Sextant Group is in the process of specifying a Bose RoomMatch system for another college multi-use center, this one seating 5,000. “Mount Aloysius now has sound that matches what schools in the top-tier divisions and even major-league arenas have,” says Gillis. “Music and speech both sound great, and the intensity of the sound makes a huge difference in the energy of the place. The RoomMatch system really was able to do it all.”

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Top Songwriting Venue The Listening Room Cafe Upgrades Its Sound with Bose® RoomMatch® Loudspeakers

Nashville venue will debut Bose® RoomMatch® system at March 1st anniversary event

Framingham, Massachusetts, February 26, 2014 – Since its founding in Franklin, TN, in 2006, The Listening Room Cafe has become a Nashville institution, moving to Music City’s Cummins Station in 2008 and its new home downtown in early 2013 – nearly one year ago to the day. Owner Chris Blair, a singer-songwriter himself, has maintained his original intention: to offer Nashville songwriters a venue with the sound and atmosphere he felt they deserved. The new space’s audio recently got even better with the installation of a new RoomMatch® loudspeaker system from Bose® Professional Systems. The installation coincides with the one-year anniversary at the new location. To celebrate the occasion (and the new system), The Listening Room will be hosting an all-day event on Saturday, March 1, 2014 – known as the “Bose Party & Birthday Bash.” The event will feature hit songwriters and top talents throughout the day and is open to the public. The Listening Room Cafe is located at 217 2nd Ave S, Nashville, TN.

The sound system is flexible; with the flip of a switch it can accommodate full band stage performances or intimate acoustic “in-the-round” performances. The full system consists of the following Bose components: two RM7020 modules, two RM12040 modules, ten RMU208 modules, one RMS218 subwoofer module and one Panaray® MB12-III modular bass loudspeaker, all powered by three PowerMatch® PM8500N amplifiers and a single PM4500N amplifier, with processing handled by a ControlSpace® ESP-4120 Engineered Sound Processor and CC-64 Control Center.

“I am very proud of where we have come in the last several years,” stated Blair. “Our new location downtown has been an incredible move and we are so excited for everything that is happening in Nashville right now. The birthday bash is to celebrate that anniversary and to offer a full day of great music and food/drink specials so everyone can come hang with us all day long. The awesome plus to the day is that we also get to celebrate our new Bose system. I have always loved the sound of Bose, and we used their L1® portable systems at the old Cummins Station location. The new RoomMatch system can handle the full band drive or acoustic performances with complete clarity. It’s something you truly have to hear for yourself, and we invite everyone to come do just that while we celebrate all day long on Saturday, March 1st.”

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Focusrite Holds Day of RedNet Showcases at Vintage King Audio Nashville MixRoom™

Nashville audio community attends demos of Focusrite’s range of modular Ethernet-networked audio interfaces

Los Angeles, CA, February 25, 2014 – On Thursday, February 20, 2014, leading audio manufacturer Focusrite showcased its acclaimed RedNet range of products at the Vintage King Audio Nashville MixRoom™ (which employs the Carl Tatz Design™ MixRoom concept), a recent recipient of a TEC Award for outstanding creative achievement in the Studio Design Project category. Highly regarded by the Vintage King staff, the RedNet units, based around the industry-standard low-latency Dante® audio networking system, are now a permanent component of Vintage King Nashville’s audio setup and will be the subject of ongoing demonstrations.

Demos took place throughout the afternoon, followed by an evening social mixer. Demonstrating RedNet’s exceptional-sounding audiophile design, attendees were able to experience firsthand how RedNet can enhance their production workflow. RedNet Product Specialist Ted White, Focusrite President Phil Wagner and Vintage King staff were on hand throughout the day.

Chad Evans, Vintage King Nashville Sales Rep, stated, “Vintage King Nashville is very excited about the overwhelming turnout for our RedNet demo event. The Nashville audio community came out in full force and was treated to a hands-on demo of the latest in RedNet’s cutting-edge technology. We thank Focusrite personnel for making the trip, and we look forward to working with them on a continuing basis.”

Phil Wagner stated, “This event was a huge success. Based on our highly successful RedNet event at Vintage King Audio Los Angeles last fall, we decided to expand our reach to Nashville with a similar showcase. With the thriving audio production community in Nashville, we look forward to an ongoing relationship with Nashville’s top talents – the seeds of which were planted at this event.”

Photo Caption 1: Pictured L-R: Chad Evans, Vintage King Nashville Sales Rep; Sarah Miller, Vintage King Nashville Events Coordinator; Mark Ellis, Vintage King Nashville Sales Support Specialist; Ted White, Focusrite RedNet Product Specialist; and Phil Wagner, Focusrite President.

Photo Caption 2: Leading members of Nashville’s audio community gathered at Vintage King Audio Nashville for a showcase of Focusrite’s RedNet range of products on February 20, 2014.

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Carl Tatz Design Propels Fly By West to New Heights

- Nashville engineer/producer Derek West chooses Carl Tatz Design a second time to create his stunning new personal studio -

Nashville, TN: Having moved his family into a more spacious home in a bucolic country setting outside of metro Nashville, engineer/producer Derek West once again chose Carl Tatz Design LLC, the TEC Award-winning studio designer, to create this new ambitious personal studio, known as “Fly By West.” This very unique facility was retrofitted into a large unused boat garage with unusually high ceilings.

Where West’s former studio consisted of a compact control room and booth, the new studio features a full-sized custom application of the CTD MixRoom™ concept, which pairs the Carl Tatz Signature Series™ acoustic modules by Auralex® with the unrivaled accuracy and performance of the PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) monitor tuning protocol.

The Fly By West tracking room’s multi-angled twenty-foot high knotty pine, tongue-in-groove ceilings are shared with a multi-purpose loft that is reached via a wrought iron spiral staircase. The loft area can be used by out-of-town clients for stay-over projects and offers great acoustic variety when tracking. The uniquely positioned overdub booths at the control room’s rear attest to West’s preferred M.O.

“The work that Carl did this time to create our new studio can be best described as transformational. With his design expertise we were able to take an old boat garage and transform it into a space that combines acoustic recording excellence, creative design, functional workflow, and of course, with the PhantomFocus System, a control room that competes sonically with any in the world,” states Fly By West owner Derek West. “I could not be happier with the studio – and the responses I get from client after client are not only complimentary about the space and sound, but more importantly, they tell us that ‘this is a space that I want to work in again.’”

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