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FOH Engineer Greg Nelson Chooses Waves for Pearl Jam

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Top FOH engineer Greg Nelson (Pearl Jam, Incubus) chooses to use Waves Audio plugins and Waves MultiRack SoundGrid when touring with Pearl Jam.

Nelson recalls, “I started using Waves in 2002 while mixing some live bootlegs for Incubus. I think it was just the Waves L1 Ultramaximizer and the Waves C4 Multiband Compressor on the master to smooth out the mix a bit. They sounded better than anything else around at the time and I loved using them. I was so excited when they were made available for use in a live environment.”

Describing his current setup on the road with Pearl Jam, Nelson says, “I am mixing Pearl Jam on a DiGiCo SD5 with Waves MultiRack SoundGrid and the Waves Server One. My favorite Waves plugins when working with Pearl Jam are the MV2 for kick and especially snare; the H-Comp Hybrid Compressor for vocals; the C6 Multiband Compressor for vocals and slight master bus tuning; and the CLA-3A Compressor/Limiter for guitars. I also use the Waves API 550 EQ, which works great on anything! On the master busses, I just use the Renaissance Compressor for some slight compression (a ratio of 1.8), and just a taste of the C6 again to smooth things out. I am a big believer in letting your live mix have dynamics and letting everything breathe. On my rec bus I do a bit of mastering with a Waves L2 Ultramaximizer, a C6, a Waves Q10 Equalizer (still great after all these years) and a bit of Waves S1 Stereo Imager just to widen the mix a bit, as I don’t do too much hard panning in arena shows.”

“Waves just makes the SD5 so much better,” Nelson adds. “Waves plugins run so seamlessly that I often forget they’re not just part of the console!”

For more information, please visit www.waveslive.com.

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GC Pro Unveils Spanish-Language Microsite

— Featuring many of the same resources as its English-language counterpart, GC Pro’s new Spanish page is geared toward the growing Latino audio community —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA — Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, announces a new Spanish-language microsite at GCPro.com. Intended to serve the U.S.’s growing Latino audio community, the new section of the site will be updated regularly and will offer the same types of resources as its English-language counterpart: GC Pro installation profiles, account manager contact information, product spotlights and more. The microsite is accessible by clicking on “GC Pro en Español” on the right-hand side of the English-language main page.

Derek Snyder, GC Pro Director, Western Region, notes, “A cool feature of the site allows Spanish speakers to either chat live with one of our GC Pro call center associates or be connected to six regionally positioned account managers who are fluent in both the Spanish language and the unique needs of Latin American music professionals.”

“In an effort to better serve Spanish-speaking producers, engineers, artists, studio owners and GC Pro affiliates, we have introduced this new section of our site,” stated Rick Plushner, GC Pro Vice President. “We are a strong supporter of all types and traditions of music-making, and the Latin music scene in the U.S. has grown from a niche market to a mainstream juggernaut. We have built a firm relationship with this community – for instance, GC Pro was a proud sponsor of the recent ‘En La Mezcla’ Latin GRAMMY® Week P&E Wing event at Studio at the Palms in Las Vegas – and we look forward to continuing to serve this community for years to come – on our site, in our physical GC Pro locations and in the field.”

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

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Waves Audio and DiGiCo Are Now Shipping DiGiGrid IOS

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Waves Audio and DiGiCo expand their DiGiGrid line of advanced audio interfaces with DiGiGrid IOS, an audio interface with a built-in SoundGrid® DSP server for plugin processing. DiGiGrid IOS features eight mic/line inputs with broadcast/studio-quality preamps, eight line outputs, two headphone outputs, and MIDI, S/PDIF and AES ins and outs.

DiGiGrid IOS is the most comprehensive all-in-one solution for native DAW users (Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Ableton, Pro Tools Native, etc.), and is ideal for both professional and personal production studios. It brings more power to users’ plugins and provides advanced networking, faster workflow and award-winning DiGiCo preamps.

DiGiGrid IOS comes with the complete SoundGrid Studio System software (the SoundGrid Studio Application, StudioRack, and the eMotion ST mixer). Used in combination with this software, DiGiGrid IOS lets users mix and monitor in real time using hundreds of their favorite SoundGrid-compatible Waves and third-party plugins, with super-low latency of only 0.8 milliseconds.

Need more I/Os? A single Cat 5e or Cat 6 Ethernet cable is all you need to connect additional SoundGrid components to your network via the built-in network switch.

DiGiGrid IOS features:

8 mic/line inputs, 8 line outputs, 2 headphone outputs
Built-in SoundGrid DSP server
ASIO/Core Audio-compliant audio interface
Software-controlled award-winning preamps
MIDI, S/PDIF, and AES/EBU inputs and outputs
Connects via a single Ethernet cable (Cat 5e/Cat 6)
Quick-view front panel metering and status indicators
High-definition ADC/DAC conversion

Video: http://youtu.be/AY799qgoDEY

To learn more, please visit http://www.waves.com/hardware/digigrid-ios#introducing-digigrid-ios-iox-ioc.

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“Introduction to AV Networking” Session Set for Wednesday, December 17, in Los Angeles

This free session, focusing on hand-on workshops using Dante™ technology, will offer attendees a Dante Virtual Soundcard license and three InfoComm Renewal Units

Industry event receives support from leading audio companies Audinate®, Bose® Professional, Attero Tech®, Audio-Technica, Digital Audio Labs, Shure®, and Focusrite®

Framingham, MA – Audinate® and Bose® Professional are gearing up for their next session of the AV Networking Roadshow – focusing on Dante™ technology – taking place at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, December 17, 9:00AM-4:30PM. The event, titled “Introduction to AV Networking,” is a free, one-day session sponsored by Bose Professional and Audinate, with support from Attero Tech®, Audio-Technica, Digital Audio Labs, Shure® and Focusrite®. The session continues the AV Networking Roadshow series, which has so far included events in Dubai and New York City.

Dante, created by Audinate, is the leading audio-over-IP networking solution. It offers virtually perfect synchronization, ultra-low deterministic latency and plug-and-play configuration management. Dante’s real-time streaming is suitable for live broadcast, commercial installation, live sound, public address, intercoms and transportation communications deployments.

Intended for AV and IT professionals who have a novice or intermediate understanding of AV networking, these sessions expose attendees to the current state of audio networking and control for AV systems, emerging technologies and trends in AV networking. The instructor-led training uses a variety of components from Bose and other participating manufacturers, and provides an opportunity to learn audio networking theory, design and implementation through interactive, hands-on sessions using Dante audio networking technology.

Presenters include Bernie Farkus of Audinate and Darryl Bryans and Trevor Donarski of Bose Corporation. The session is eligible for three Renewal Units for InfoComm certification holders.

Attention will be paid to the following topics:
• Connecting devices and routing audio over a Dante™ network
• Network switch configuration for various applications
• Working with IT managers to define network requirements
• Basic network troubleshooting

This is an all-day session with lunch provided, and does not require a fee to attend. Immediately following the session will be a reception hosted by the sponsors, providing the opportunity to ask additional questions and network. All participants will also receive a free Dante Virtual Soundcard license for attending. It is limited to 80 attendees, and you can register for the course at the following link: http://bit.ly/1FJK5YP

Darryl Bryans, Product Line Manager, DSP, Bose Professional, stated, “The AV Networking Roadshow is a great way to quickly come up to speed on the latest information regarding audio networking and to get some hands-on experience using Dante audio networking technology and a variety of products. We’re pleased to be working together with Audinate and the other participating manufacturers to offer these sessions. By the end of the day, participants should be able to confidently implement and install a Dante enabled system.” ”

As the market leader in media networking, Audinate believes that one of the ways people can fully appreciate just how easy Dante is to install, integrate and use is to support our OEM partners in educating their customers,” says Ervin Grinberg, Director of Marketing, Audinate. “Dante is the most requested networking technology, and we are pleased to showcase the benefits regionally to present this hands-on, comprehensive, well thought-out program.”

Future AV Networking Roadshow events are being scheduled for Chicago, Germany, Japan and the U.K.

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Waves Audio to Present Waves SoundGrid® at the Resolution Magazine Audio Networking Forum

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TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — Waves Audio, a leading provider of digital signal processing software and hardware solutions, is presenting Waves SoundGrid® at the Resolution Magazine Audio Networking Forum, taking place on 12 December 2014 at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London, UK. The Audio Networking Forum brings together technology experts, operators and industry professionals involved in audio networking for broadcast, post-production, live sound and music production. Each year, the Forum serves as an essential crash course on the capabilities of audio networking today.

Waves’ main presentation at the 2014 Forum will be delivered by Gil Wasserman, Director of the Live Division at Waves Audio and Senior Product Manager of the SoundGrid project for the past six years. Since joining Waves Audio in 1998, Wasserman has also been product manager for Waves MaxxBCL and other non-plugin Waves products, and has served as Waves’ Marketing Director for two years. In his presentation, “SoundGrid: From the Studio to the Stage and Back Again,” Wasserman will elaborate on how networking is all about increasing efficiencies, saving money and speeding workflows, and will show how SoundGrid is employed regularly at high-profile live music events with project transfers directly to and from the recording studio.

Wasserman says, “Waves is delighted to have this opportunity to convey the benefits of SoundGrid. I will focus on how SoundGrid combines networking with audio processing, demonstrate the ease of SoundGrid’s user-oriented networking, and share user stories.”

To read more, please visit http://www.waves.com/soundgrid-systems.

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Global Harvest Church Gets the Right AV and Lighting Systems with Help from GC Pro

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— GC Pro shows the value of relationships as it helps Global Harvest Church move to its new space with the right technology, installation and service —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA — As churches expand, break off, or move into new spaces, they often need help finding the right mix of AV technology to let them get off the ground as successfully as possible. That’s exactly what Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, was able to do for the new Global Harvest Church, in Carrollton, Texas, earlier this year.

For years, Global Harvest Church shared worship spaces with the New Song Church, also in Carrollton, but more recently members of the existing congregation sought to express their own worship style with their own separate worship facility. New Song Church has been a long-time customer of GC Pro, which had sourced audio and video products for the church in the past. Thus, the founders of Global Harvest Church became familiar with GC Pro’s vast inventory, competitive pricing and extensive knowledge of the entire AV spectrum of technology, and in particular with GC Pro’s Affiliate Program, which pairs clients who need AV installation/integration services with vendors with specific capabilities to fit those needs. In this case, the nascent church’s leadership approached GC Pro’s Dallas office with their plan, and GC Pro stepped up to help them accomplish this smoothly.

Beginning a year ago, GC Pro Senior Account Manager Jeffrey McDaniel began coordinating between the church and Omnicoustics, a local AV integration company that is a member of the GC Pro Affiliates Program. As plans with the new church’s architects began to come together, GC Pro and Omnicoustics owner Adrian Gamez developed AV systems designs that would perfectly integrate into the church’s physical architecture. These include a sound system featuring a DB Technologies DVA T4 powered line array, two DB DVA-S20DP Dual 18-inch powered subwoofers, a Symetrix SymNet® Open Architecture Dante® Scalable DSP processor, and Sennheiser handheld wireless microphone and in-ear monitor systems. Video components include a Blackmagic Designs router and SDI converters and Panasonic cameras, and three Apple iMac Quad Core computers, as well as lighting components from Chauvet.

“We’d had a lot of time to get to know them,” McDaniel says of the founders of the new church. “And they knew us from all the work we had done together at New Song over the years. We knew each other as people as well as professionals, and that makes a huge difference, especially in the house-of-worship category, where trust in who you’re dealing with is everything.”

The choice of Omnicoustics proved to be a good one for the church. Company owner Adrian Gamez recalls that the church, which has a fairly low ceiling, specifically wanted a line array sound system. “That’s usually not a good combination,” says Gamez, who analyzed the space using EASE software and determined that the DB Technologies T4 line array would be a good solution. “GC Pro sourced that for us, as well as all the other equipment and products we needed,” he says. “There’s a good balance between what we do and what GC Pro is best at that really delivers a great end result for the client.”

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

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Audio-Technica Names Millar Electronics New Rep Firm for Southeastern U.S.

STOW, OH — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, appoints Apex, North Carolina-based Millar Electronics as its new manufacturer’s rep firm for the southeastern U.S., including the region encompassing Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
In existence since 1924, Millar Electronics specializes in the pro audio and A/V integration industries. The announcement was made by David Marsh, Audio-Technica Director of Sales, Professional Markets, and signifies A-T’s continued emphasis on growth in all markets, particularly installed sound.

Millar Electronics Principal Herman Civils (Outside Sales, NC/SC Region) will be joined in representing A-T by team members Pete Petty (Outside Sales, NC/TN Region), Bryan Civils (Outside Sales, NC/SC Region), Jerry Silhavy (Outside Sales, GA Region), Jack McGehee (Outside Sales, AL/MS/West TN Region), Linda Crofton (Inside Sales) and John Herr (Product Support). A-T is the latest addition to Millar’s brand roster, which also includes such lauded manufacturers as Community Pro, Fulcrum Acoustic, InFocus, König & Meyer, Lowell Manufacturing and Symetrix.

“As we continue to pursue growth in all areas, the installed sound market has grown into a major point of focus for our company,” stated David Marsh. “We have been a leader in product introductions for this sector, with innovations including UniPoint and our Engineered Sound® Series, and the first wired Dante™ boundary microphone, as examples, so we need to make certain that we are partnered with the best rep firms with roots in both installed sound and retail. Millar Electronics embodies this trait, and we look forward to a fruitful relationship with their team.”

Herman Civils added, “Millar Electronics is proud to add Audio-Technica to the roster of brands we represent. We like to partner with the best the industry has to offer, and Audo-Technica’s reputation speaks for itself. We believe that collaboration and support flowing between manufacturer, rep and vendor are critical for the success of all three, and we look forward to fostering this line of communication moving forward.”

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State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia, Updates Audio Systems with the Help of GC Pro

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WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA — The nearly century-old venue State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia, opened its doors in 1936 but closed down in 1988. Luckily, it later underwent a multi-million-dollar restoration and renovation that both buffed up its Art Deco design elements and added modern sound and lights with a 20-foot video screen, turning it into one of the leading live music venues in the region, sporting a wide-open dance floor and 200 seats in the restored balconies. The State Theatre just got another upgrade, this one to its audio and lighting systems, with all components sourced through Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users.

The new audio and lighting components include an RCF dual-hang line array sound system, managed by a dbx DriveRack 4800 speaker processor and mixed through an Avid SC48 VENUE digital FOH console. There is also a new High End Systems Road Hog 4 lighting control console and 16 new Chauvet LED and PAR lighting fixtures. All of these components were installed by Koko Brothers Entertainment, a proud member of the GC Pro Affiliate Program.

“That’s one of the things we love about working with GC Pro — any product we think we might need on a job, GC Pro will always be able to get it for us,” says Angelo Kokkinakos, who with his brother Lou owns and operates Koko Brothers Entertainment. The Baltimore-based firm is one of an elite group of approved vendors in the GC Pro Affiliate Program, which includes a growing number of award-winning companies and individuals who specialize in key areas of professional audio systems design, integration and installation.

“There were a couple of challenges,” says Angelo Kokkinakos. “It’s an old, landmarked building, so there’s not much you can do from an acoustics point of view, because the historical nature of the interior must be maintained. The owner” — Thomas Carter, who with a partner bought the State Theatre and brought it back to life — “wanted better sound. What had been in there was a ground-stacked system, which was good, but the coverage was uneven; it needed a number of under-balcony fills to make it work. Working with Jonah [Joffe, GC Pro Account Manager based at the Washington, D.C.-area office], we determined that a flown line array would be the best choice.”

“When we explored the different options and prices [for the P.A. system], the RCF came up as the right solution for the job,” says Angelo. “And once we had it installed, it really exceeded our high expectations. And that’s what I mean about working with GC Pro: whatever we might ask for, they’ll always tell us, ‘No problem! We can get that!’ And if something comes up in the middle of the project, like it did here when we discovered that the crawl space between the FOH position and the stage was longer than the snake we had specified, no problem — GC Pro and Whirlwind worked together to get us the items we needed to modify the snake.”

On working with GC Pro, Angelo notes, ““It’s a great partnership,” says Angelo Kokkinakos. “Every project has turned out exactly the way it’s supposed to. Clients love that!”

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

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GC Pro Appoints Adam Riley Marketing Manager

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— Newly created position further emphasizes ongoing expansion of GC Pro —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA — Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, announces the appointment of Adam Riley to the newly created position of Marketing Manager, GC Pro. The announcement was made by GC Pro Vice President Rick Plushner and reflects the division’s ongoing growth and expansion within the Professional Audio, Live Sound, House-Of-Worship, Education and Installed Sound market sectors.

In his new position, Riley will be responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive marketing plan to increase overall brand visibility by utilizing new, progressive marketing tools with a special focus on web, print, social media and event-based initiatives.

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Riley has always had a passion for music and arts. He began playing guitar at age nine and went on to perform at live events within the Saint Louis and Midwest region. After graduating college with a degree in art and media design from Jefferson College, Missouri, Riley worked as a multimedia designer and web developer, and eventually moved into the role of Creative Director within the power sports industry. Wanting to further his education and hone his skills in marketing, Riley eventually went back to college to receive a degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications, along with another minor in Interactive media, from Webster University of Saint Louis. During that time he took on the role of Regional Marketing Director, working client-side for the Surdyke Family of Dealerships, a privately owned business within the power sports industry.

Commenting on the appointment, Rick Plushner stated, “Adam is a welcome addition to GC Pro, and his strengths dovetail nicely with the rest of the team. This is an exciting time to be in the business, as the entire marketing paradigm is changing, and we are looking forward to Adam bringing his unique perspective and skill set to our group. His involvement will be extremely beneficial to the long term growth and expansion of GC Pro.”

“My longing to live on the west coast and in an urban environment with a vast amount of culture and creativity have led me to working for GC Pro, and I couldn’t be happier,” stated Adam Riley. “Coming aboard GC Pro was the perfect opportunity to utilize my creative skills, while helping to build the brand and its media communications. I’m looking forward to working with the company as we plot our course to maximize our offerings to the marketplace while assisting our vendors and end users alike.”

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

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GC Pro Provides A/V and Lighting Components for Perry, Georgia’s New Hope Baptist Church

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— GC Pro acts as a one-stop shop for church’s AVL needs, including systems design and integration, readying the facility for a new generation of worshipers —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, — The New Hope Baptist Church of Perry, Georgia, intimately understands the need for AV technology for communicating its message. But like many churches, New Hope needed help figuring out what would best suit its needs. That’s where Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, came into the picture. GC Pro account manager Brad Lyons met with the church’s leaders and offered a turnkey solution that comprehensively addressed audio, video and lighting in a single package.

GC Pro brought in one of its Affiliate Program members, locally-based Commercial Sound and Video, to implement all of these integrated solutions. They included a single-point line JBL VRX932 line array above the church’s front area with JBL CBT70J side-fills on each side. Three JBL PRX718XLF self-powered subwoofers were cut into the stage and installed. The choir monitor is a single JBL CTB70J1 line array cabinet behind the VRX line array. This is all powered by nine Crown XTI2002, XTI4002 and XLS1500 power amps. A new 32-channel Soundcraft Expression console with a 32×8 stage box is connected via CAT5.

“The best feature is we put this on a wireless network, allowing control from the floor and on-stage with an iPad, especially useful considering the booth is a room in the upstairs back corner part of the sanctuary,” explains Lyons. “Another huge feature was being able to program the console and lock-out controls for the volunteer team so that they have perfect sound every week.”

For video, two new Panasonic PTDW640 projectors now illuminate a pair of new 12-foot-wide Da-Lite screens. A newly installed Blackmagic ATEM1/ME video switcher has become the centerpiece of the entire facility. “We re-purposed an old projector and screen to be used as a rear-wall confidence monitor,” Lyons explains. “The Blackmagic allows us to send independent video sources to the two front screens as well as the rear-screen. This has really increased the effectiveness of the church’s video system.” In addition, a new Blonder Tongue QME Modulator allows them to distribute live video and audio to previously installed televisions in the foyer, kitchen, pastor’s office, treasurer’s office, fellowship hall and other overflow areas. A new lighting package consists of two Chauvet Ovation 165w LED fresnels and a Chauvet Ovation 190 ellipsoidal that now provide a dramatic improvement to lighting the pulpit.

What really made the difference for New Hope Baptist Church was how GC Pro was able to offer a comprehensive solutions approach for all of the church’s AVL needs. “The great thing is that Brad [Lyons] speaks their language,” says Nathan Miller, owner of Commercial Sound and Video. “Churches aren’t residential or commercial — they are their own category and have unique needs and requirements. GC Pro understands that, and that’s why they’ve been so successful in this category. We ‘get’ what churches need. And only GC Pro is positioned, through its sales, inventory, sourcing and integration resources, to provide that kind of service.”

Willie Williams, long-time member and project manager for New Hope, went on to say, “We couldn’t be more pleased with the upgrade investment our church has made. In fact, we continue to receive compliments on just how much better everything looks and sounds. There are a few more projects we need to tackle, but we are happy and excited to be working on these projects with both GC Pro and Commercial Sound and Video.”

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

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