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Veteran Guitarist Johnny A. Assembles Gear for His Dream Studio with the Help of GC Pro

— Working with GC Pro Senior Account Manager PK Pandey, Johnny A. finds the right gear for his unique
production style, resulting in his acclaimed Driven LP —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, March 17, 2014 — Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, has been working with veteran guitarist Johnny A. on his personal recording space, resulting in a custom studio suited to his unique production style and a new LP, Driven (set for pre-release on March 18 on Aglaophone Records), which he describes as his “dream album.” Seasoned as a producer, composer and instrumentalist, the Boston-area musician had not been comfortable taking on engineering duties by himself on previous projects, but he was determined to push himself to new levels for this album, and with the right combination of gear and hard work, he found new legs as an engineer.

Johnny A.’s resume includes time with Derek & the Dominos keyboardist Bobby Whitlock, CCR drummer Doug Clifford, Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band and others, as well as a reputation for nuanced compositions, masterful playing and studio perfectionism (and a Gibson custom Johnny A. signature model to boot). Naturally, the bar was already high when he decided to outfit his studio and make a new album. His production techniques have evolved over the course of his years collaborating and producing his own and other’s records; he records his guitars direct, an approach that sets him apart from other guitarists and producers. And with the new project, he became comfortable as an engineer and mixer, adding those important skills to his already-impressive toolbox.

Working with GC Pro Senior Account Manager PK Pandey (based at GC Pro’s Boston office), Johnny A. set out to acquire a new console and a full complement of analog gear. Johnny A. recalls, “I had known PK for years, and over the course of this project, we got closer and closer, and now we’re like brothers. He was well aware of my production techniques, of recording mostly direct, and I asked for his recommendations on analog gear – good, better and best. He knew all the right tools for the job here, and unsurprisingly, we went with ‘best’ in every case!” The gear that they decided on included an SSL AWS 948 console, multiple Apogee Symphony systems, two Neve 1081A EQ’s, two Vintech X73 preamps, an SSL XLogic stereo compressor, a GML 8200 EQ, a pair of Universal Audio LA-3A Classic Audio Levelers, an Isochrone master clock from Antelope Audio, four Distressors, various items from Retro and Mercury Recording, a John Hardy Twin Servo preamp, a Logic setup and Addictive Drums software from XLN Audio.

Pandey remarked, “This has been an almost-three-year adventure, working with Johnny A. on getting his workflow right for this album. And with the AWS 948 console, everything turned out much wider, deeper, higher and warmer than it would have been otherwise. He recorded all the guitars and did the drum programming himself, along with all the production and mixing. He told me it’s his dream album, and I’m so proud to have had a part in getting him the right tools to bring his artist’s vision to fruition.”

Johnny A. is extremely satisfied with the result: “I guess I was a bit naïve in the beginning, thinking I could take on this whole album myself, but we made it happen. It was a daunting experience, but I’m blown away at the finished product. I expected it to live up to my expectations, but I didn’t expect it to exceed them so thoroughly. And I have to give thanks to PK and GC Pro for helping to bring this record to life. What a ride!”

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

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WavesLive Continues Master Class Series with Las Vegas Event

— Upcoming Live Mixing Workshop with Ken “Pooch” Van Druten, Peter Keppler and Jim Ebdon to be held Sunday, April 6, at the Cirque du Soleil’s Resident Shows Division —

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, March 17, 2014 — Waves Audio, the world’s leading provider of DSP audio solutions for the professional, live sound, broadcast and consumer electronics markets, is continuing its new WavesLive Master Class workshop series with an upcoming event in Las Vegas. The event, being held Sunday, April 6, will feature a mixing workshop with leading live mixing engineers Ken “Pooch” Van Druten (Linkin Park, Alter Bridge), Peter Keppler (Katy Perry, David Byrne, St. Vincent) and Jim Ebdon (Maroon 5, Aerosmith), who will demonstrate how they use Waves plugins in their live mixing.

Where:
Cirque du Soleil
Resident Shows Division
1151 Grier Drive, Suite C
Las Vegas, NV 89119

When:
Sunday, April 6, 2014
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Sign up today: http://waveslive-lv2014.eventbrite.com

Waves Product Specialist Luke Smith and WavesLive Marketing Manager Noam Raz will also be on hand to provide in-depth information on plugins and new technologies and to show how Waves plugins can be integrated into live mixing consoles. The presentation will be followed by an open Q&A session. Attendees will have the opportunity to do some hands-on mixing using the various consoles and plugins.

Waves EVP of Sales & Marketing Mick Olesh says: “WavesLive is proud to sponsor this event. For participants, this is a great opportunity to experience the world of live mixing with plugins and receive tips and tricks directly from mixing legends Pooch, Jim and Peter.”

Ken “Pooch” Van Druten adds, “This Waves event is not to be missed. Jim Ebdon is one of the finest live sound engineers in the industry. I can’t wait to pick his brain about how he works and what plugin choices he makes. Peter Keppler, also joining us at the Waves event, is a monster engineer with great talent. I intend to discover his secrets – especially how he makes Katy Perry destroy the competition with Waves plugins!”

Visit http://www.waveslive.com for more information.

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GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW STORE AND LESSONS STUDIO IN COOL SPRINGS, TENNESSEE

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

ANNOUNCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

Guitar Center has opened its 259th store location in the U.S.
GC Garage service will provide a range of musical instrument repair services
GC Studios, first-ever GC lessons facility in the Nashville area to support local music scene, is at the store, located at 8105 Moores Ln, Suite #1400, Brentwood, TN 37027

(Los Angeles, CA) – Guitar Center, the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ and lighting equipment, opened its 259th location, in the Cool Springs district of Brentwood, Tennessee (a suburb of Nashville), on March 13, 2014. The store, located at 8105 Moores Ln, Suite #1400, Brentwood, TN 37027, 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. The 12,000-square-foot store, the second GC location to serve the thriving Nashville-area music community, is conveniently located near Brentwood, Franklin and Cool Springs – all areas of residence for many of Music City’s top musicians, songwriters, producers and engineers.

COOL SPRINGS STORE LOCATION BACKGROUNDER:

Vast Product Selection and Low Prices – Guitar Center Cool Springs brings an unprecedented selection of products to Cool Springs, 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 Cool Springs 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 Cool Springs 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 Cool Springs: Additional In-Store Programs and Opportunities Include:

Guitar Center’s “Endless Aisle” – Cool Springs 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 Cool Springs 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 Cool Springs store, Guitar Center offers year-round programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight promising undiscovered talent. Cool Springs 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, and Guitar Center’s Drum-Off.

Guitar Center Cool Springs Store and Studio Hours:
Mon-Fri: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sat: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM (GC Studios closes at 8:00 PM Saturday)
Sun: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

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Bose® RoomMatch® and PowerMatch® Components Chosen for Saint Louis University’s New Center for Global Citizenship

RoomMatch® loudspeakers and PowerMatch® amplifiers are more than up to the challenge to create the right system for an acoustically challenging space

Framingham, Massachusetts, March 13, 2014 – Saint Louis University’s newly opened Center for Global Citizenship is both a practical initiative to bring several campus services under a single roof, and a strongly symbolic move that represents the school’s commitment to its internationally diverse student body, drawn from 101 nations around the world. When this wide-ranging group assembles in the new Center, it needs powerful and highly intelligible sound, and that’s exactly what is provided by RoomMatch® loudspeakers and PowerMatch® amplifiers from Bose® Professional Systems. TSI Technology Solutions, a division of TSI Global, the integrator used by the University to design and install the Center’s AV systems, assembled a system consisting of six RoomMatch loudspeakers (three RM9020 and three RM9010 modules) and two RMS215 subwoofers, all powered by three Bose PowerMatch PM8500N amplifiers.

The Center for Global Citizenship is built into the former West Pine Gym on the SLU Frost campus. It brings together the Office of International Services, the International Studies Program and the English as a Second Language Program, which had all been previously separated on the Frost Campus. Its mission, which University President Emeritus Lawrence Biondi, S.J., stated, is “to make a world of difference, not just here at home, but also around the globe. This project demonstrates our commitment to international education and is a clear sign that SLU truly has become a global university.” To accomplish their mission effectively, the Center needed a quality sound system that would provide even, consistent coverage throughout the large space and also offer a high degree of intelligibility, difficult in what was once a basketball court. That’s where TSI turned to Bose Professional Systems.

“This is a space that can seat up to a thousand people, so the sound has to have sufficient coverage, and it also has to be completely understandable to everyone listening,” explains Paul Murdick, President of TSI. “It’s a highly reverberant space and due to several considerations, including the fact that the building has historical significance whose integrity we had to maintain, it would have been difficult, if not impossible, to address the acoustics with treatment alone,” he says. “We needed a great sound system that can achieve excellent intelligibility in any environment, and that’s what the RoomMatch system can do.”

TSI utilized Bose Modeler® software to design the PA system around the room’s architecture, producing both an accurate predictive layout of coverage patterns that saw RoomMatch enclosures suspended from three hangpoints above and following the curve of the stage. A center cluster included an RM9010 and an RM9020 module, and the left and right clusters each included, RM9010 and RM9020 modules and an RMS215 subwoofer. “This customer is very visually oriented,” says Murdick. “Thanks to the Modeler software, they were able to see exactly what the system was going to look like once it was installed. That’s a feature that clients find very reassuring – it helps us meet customer expectations, and it really helps keep up a high level of communication between us. Every guideline was met – this package of technologies from Bose takes us from design to execution flawlessly every step of the way.

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Wharfedale Loudspeakers to Be Featured in Atocha Design’s Exhibit at 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show

Chicago, IL, March 13, 2014 — Sound Solutions, LLC, the exclusive U.S. distributor of Wharfedale loudspeakers and Avid HiFi products, will have its Wharfedale Jade 1 loudspeakers on exhibit in the Atocha Design booth at the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show, taking place at Pier 94 in Manhattan on March 20 – 23, 2014. The show will feature the latest furniture, accessories, lighting, art, building products and more.

Atocha Design furniture is created for the lifetime record album enthusiast and collector. Their record cabinets, record stands and other furniture are impeccably crafted from elegantly beautiful, sustainable materials and are available in a variety of woods and styles. The company will be premiering its new Atocha Design Speaker Stands with the Wharfedale Jade 1 bookshelf speakers in Booth M44 in the show’s MADE galleries, which will showcase some of the world’s most talented artists and designers. The Jade 1 will be on demonstration as part of a high-end music system using record albums for music playback.

Wharfedale’s Jade 1 loudspeakers (SRP: $1,199 per pair) combine stunning, meticulously crafted enclosures and furniture-grade construction/finishes with the company’s latest acoustic engineering and materials technologies to deliver exceptional musical realism. The curved and contoured enclosures are constructed from Crystalam, developed by Wharfedale engineers and formed from laminated wood and composites to reduce enclosure vibration to a minimum. The midrange drivers and woofers are constructed using Acufiber, a material that combines the responsiveness of glass and carbon fiber with a self-damping woven matrix for maximum sonic purity and resolution of fine musical detail. The Jade 1’s aluminum-dome tweeter extends beyond the range of human hearing, enabling extraordinary musical detail and high-frequency smoothness. Jade Series loudspeakers are available in Black Oak, Vintage Cherry, Rosewood and Piano Black.

The Atocha Design Speaker Stand is made of solid American FSC-certified walnut with mortise and tenon joinery. It is striking, sculptural and angular in appearance and unlike traditional speaker stands. It can serve as a companion piece to Atocha Design furniture or an appealing addition to an existing home audio system. Pricing starts at $1,500 per pair in two standard finish options.

“We are proud to be featured in Atocha Design’s exhibit at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show,” said Walter Schofield, Sound Solutions V.P., Sales and Marketing. “Wharfedale’s Jade Series loudspeakers are designed to fit beautifully into any home and décor and provide outstanding musical enjoyment, and we are excited at the opportunity to showcase the Jade 1 to an audience of discriminating design enthusiasts.”

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SM Pro Audio Announces uMiX, a Series of Wi-Fi Remote Controllable Digital Mixers

— uMiX is a range of fully-featured remote controllable digital mixers; rack-mountable or as a stage box, uMiX is a portable road-ready mixing solution —

— The uMiX family includes the uMiX mini (8ch), uMiX 12 (12ch), uMiX 16 (16ch) and uMiX 24 (24ch), offering a digital mixer for a wide range of applications —

MUSIKMESSE, FRANKFURT, GERMANY, March 12, 2014 — SM Pro Audio (Hall 5.1 Stand B86), a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of innovative, solution-oriented audio products, announces its uMiX family of Wi-Fi remote controllable digital mixers. The uMiX family includes the uMiX mini (8ch), uMiX 12 (12ch), uMiX 16 (16ch) and uMiX 24 (24ch). Delivering the benefits of digital mixing, uMiX models feature a pristine 56-bit double precision audio signal path with detailed Parametric EQ, Dynamics, and digital FX available on all channels. All uMiX models include an on-board secure Wi-Fi and Ethernet router and remote microphone preamps, providing a truly out-of-the-box remote mixing solution.

Built for both desktop and touch devices, uMiX brings remote access, multi-touch, key commands, and an intuitive GUI with the look and feel of a hardware mixer. All you need is a desktop PC, laptop, tablet or smart phone with a modern web browser (no apps or software downloads). Simply join the uMiX network and take control. uMiX’s extensive mixer functions include Sub Groups, View Groups, Mute Groups, Mute FX, Mute All, Permissions, Channel Safes and more. uMiX stands for “You Mix”. This means everyone in the band can control their own monitor mix. A copy main mix to Aux button makes setting up your personal mix a breeze.

Users can capture every gig with built-in “One Touch” stereo recording to any USB stick/drive (excludes uMiX mini). Simultaneously play back digital media using the integrated digital media player — perfect for remote controlled background music and/or backing tracks. No Docking required.

The uMiX16 and uMiX24 offer additional processing on the master outputs from Waves Audio, leaders in audio processing. Waves MaxxBass and MaxxVolume adds drive, punch and polish to your mix while protecting the PA. Pump up your lows and perform all essential dynamics processing with one convenient tool on your master outputs.

uMiX series features:

Built in router (Wi-Fi and ethernet)
Remote microphone preamps
Wide device support
Scalable – Link 2 x uMiX24 units with one Cat 5 cable for a total of 48 inputs
Optional multi-track recording expansion card is available for the uMiX 16 and 24
One Touch stereo recording. No Dock required
Media Player for background music or backing tracks
Fully featured software interface
HDMI display output

Danny Olesh, SM Pro Audio CEO commented, “uMiX is a really exciting product, not just for SM Pro Audio, but for the industry. uMiX technology breaks new ground in relation to affordability especially considering the on-board remote preamps and built in Wi-Fi router. We are also very proud that the uMiX software works on a range of devices and operating systems maximizing user choice. No downloads, no apps. uMiX is fully remote controllable with all the benefits of digital mixing and delivers a range of large console features at small console prices.”

Projected European street pricing including 19% VAT:
uMiX Mini – €199.99
uMiX 12 – €399.99
uMiX 16 – €699.99
uMiX 24 – €999.99

Projected U.S. MAP pricing:
uMiX Mini – $249.00
uMiX 12 – $499.00
uMiX 16 – $699.00
uMiX 24 – $999.00

Expected availability in-store Q3, 2014.

For more information, please visit http://www.smproaudio.com/umix.

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The Audio Engineering Society Appoints Graham Kirk as International Sales Manager

– Organization expands its marketing efforts with addition of Kirk to business development team –

New York, NY, March 11, 2014 — As part of its newly focused business and marketing efforts, the Audio Engineering Society has appointed industry executive Graham Kirk to the position of International Sales Manager. The announcement was made by Bob Moses, AES Executive Director, and further underscores the AES’s bolstered business development campaign, which began with the 135th AES Convention in New York, resulting in record attendance, this past fall. In his new position, Kirk will spearhead sales for AES exhibition partners and sponsors, as well as work closely with Moses and Steve Green, AES Business Development Manager.

Leveraging his experience in the music and professional audio industries, Kirk has previously managed sales and marketing efforts for Audio Media magazine and as the European Sales Director for the NewBay Media Group. Further, Kirk will be at the upcoming Musikmesse 2014 International Music Fair (March 12 – 15) to meet with exhibitors and potential participants about partner and sponsorship opportunities at the upcoming 136th AES Convention in Berlin and the 137th Convention in Los Angeles.

“We are very excited to have Graham on board as we continue to gain momentum for our two International Conventions coming up this year, in both Berlin and L.A.,” states Bob Moses. “We have worked hard to provide new opportunities for both attendees and exhibitors at our upcoming events and we feel that Graham has an excellent background and skill set to help maximize these efforts and to help the AES grow as the number-one professional and educational resource for the industry.”

Exhibitors and potential sponsors are encouraged to contact Graham Kirk to discuss exhibition and advertising opportunities for upcoming conventions, newsletters and more, at graham.kirk@aes.org or via phone at: +44 (0) 787-246-1938 or +1 212-661-8528 ext. 114.

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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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