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Americus, Georgia’s Central Baptist Church Gets a Total Audio Makeover with the Help of GC Pro

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— GC Pro Account Manager Brad Lyons and GC Pro Affiliate Program Member Commercial Sound And Video take Central Baptist Church into the era of contemporary worship with a new sound system includingdigital audio console, in-ear monitoring and upgraded backline —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, November 6, 2014 — The last time the Central Baptist Church of Americus, Georgia, got a new sound system, the church’s music was focused around the traditional elements of choir and organ. Times changed, and so did the church’s style of worship, which has expanded to encompass more contemporary forms of praise and worship music, with electric guitars and drums joining the joyful noise. These changes, however, made the inadequacy of the original sound system readily apparent. “There was more instrumentation and far more low-end signal to the newer music, and that exposed the shortcomings of the old sound system,” says Rodney Powe, the Central Baptist Church’s Worship Leader. “The style of worship and available technology had advanced, and it was just time to move to a new sound system.” That led the church to Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users.

Atlanta-based GC Pro Account Manager Brad Lyons spent time listening to the needs of the church and helped design a completely new sound system, including connecting them with locally based AV systems integrator Commercial Sound And Video, which provided installation services. “We knew it would be a big undertaking, so we were pleased that we had partnered with a company that could handle the entire project, helping us choose products and equipment and directing installation,” says Powe.

And it was a big project. Lyons summarized the situation: “Some areas were too loud, others you could barely hear anything at all, and no bass response,” he says of the sanctuary’s sound system. “On-stage monitoring for the band was a hodge-podge at best. We transformed their entire sound system, customizing it to the unique challenges in their large worship space, but we also re-designed the stage layout and provided a state-of-the-art personal monitoring system for the large praise team and orchestra.”

A new system using four Electro-Voice EVF1152D 15-inch cabinets was flown above the main floor in a 90×60 coverage pattern, and each with an Electro-Voice EVU1082 8-inch downfill cabinet mounted. A total of eight Electro-Voice EVU1082 fill cabinets were placed in the balcony, four per side. A pair of Electro-Voice EVF2151D Dual 15inch subwoofers fills the entire sanctuary with powerful bass. The power amps are Electro-Voice CPS-series power amps, with control using an Electro-Voice DC-ONE system processor. The existing 48-channel analog mixer (with 16-channel auxiliary mixer) was replaced with a 64-channel AVID S3L console with four independent stage boxes. Three racks on-stage and one at the FOH booth completely bypass the original analog patching system, providing a superior upgrade in sound and eliminating cable mess on the stage. The AVID S3L also provides 64-tracks recording to Pro Tools connected via CAT5 to the supplied Apple iMac computer and Glyph hard-drive, designed for playback in virtual sound check mode. This allows them to record rehearsals, then play the tracks back to fine-tune the individual channel settings for a better mix.

“Central Baptist broadcasts live over local radio, and this greatly enhances the quality of mix,” says Nathan Miller, owner and founder of Commercial Sound And Video. “However, they are going to transition into post-production, allowing them to remix the worship services for a more polished sound, something not previously possible for them.”

Lyons added, “With the S3L there is full recall of all settings and scenes. Every Easter they have a big production and this will allow them to have total control of the production.”

Based on Lyons’ design, Commercial Sound And Video installed a PIVITEC 32-input personal monitor system controlled via Apple iPad Minis with a total of nine independent mix stations and the ability to add as many more as they wish. There were many custom touches, with the goal of making the operation as simple as possible. One such feature was a customized patch panel consisting of eight XLR Male and eight SPEAKON connectors that took the guesswork out of connecting a stage monitor into the system.

Lyons adds, “Although the PIVITEC in-ear system was an amazing upgrade for the worship band, we still needed to provide traditional monitors to the choir, instruments, lead vocals and other musicians. Typically I would have to go find a speaker, a power amp and the cables, route a channel out of the console into the amp, connect a speaker cable to the speaker, and so forth. But here I designed the panel to take any confusion or error out of the situation. The process is simple really — I designed eight specific outputs from the VENUE S3L console for MONITOR MIX OUTPUTS, labeled MONITOR 1 through MONITOR 8. Patching into any of the XLR Inputs of the panel fed directly to a specific amplifier channel on the Electro-Voice CPS8.5 power amp (eight channels at 500-watts power per channel), and that speaker output then fed back to the SPEAKON out below the XLR connector. Powe and his team can simply plug in a speaker cable to the desired speaker, and voila!”

“Another thing that makes GC Pro so unique is their access to Guitar Center’s entire inventory,” states Rodney Powe. “We invested in four Radial JDImk3 direct boxes (keyboards) and two RED DI instrument pre-amps from A-Designs for the guitars. But with the new DP7 microphone package from Audix, our drums sound better than ever, because each drum is individually mic’d, plus a pair of overheads which we didn’t have before. And with that combined with our 32-channel PIVITEC personal monitoring system, our musicians can hear everything. This is one of the many reasons that our leadership at Central Baptist Church chose the design from GC Pro, because it was more than just upgrading speakers – it was a full solutions systems approach.”

The result was a total success. “We are getting lots of positive comments on the way our music sounds now, and we have GC Pro to thank for that,” says Powe, who adds that GC Pro continues to support them, with Brad Lyons calling recently with a free software upgrade for the Avid console. “They were there for us during a complicated upgrade, and they continue to be there for us. It’s great working with them.”

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

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Bose® RoomMatch® System Used by Foreigner at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City

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Rock legends expand their relationship with Bose® Professional with new RoomMatch® system, installed for a special concert of fan favorites and deep cuts from the classic 1981 album 4

Framingham, Massachusetts, November 6, 2014 – Rock legends Foreigner recently staged a special concert event at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey. As a special treat for fans, the band focused on both classic singles and deeper cuts from the classic 1981 album 4 – the original home of “Juke Box Hero,” “Urgent,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You” and other fan favorites. They even pulled out special acoustic arrangements of well-known concert staples to give the fans something distinct. For the audio system, the band, its management and audio team turned to a trusted name: Bose® Professional.

The band currently uses Bose L1® Model II systems with B2 bass modules and T1 ToneMatch® engine for their VIP performances, but for this event, they used a custom-installed system consisting of two six-module RoomMatch Progressive Directivity Arrays with six RMS218 subwoofers. The system was powered with PowerMatch® amplifiers and employed Dante™ networking to pass audio between stage left and right amplifier locations. Brian Simon, FOH Audio Engineer for the band, had taken part in a RoomMatch system demo several months ago, and thought this performance and venue in particular would be a golden opportunity to put such a system to good use.

“Bose is a name we trust in the Foreigner organization, based on our experiences in the past,” stated Brian Simon. “After the RoomMatch demo, I was curiously awaiting a chance to mix the band on a RoomMatch system in the right venue. In fact, I wanted an opportunity to ‘push’ the system with higher SPL’s. I was not disappointed; the system performed very well in the room and provided the audience an all-around balanced sound in every seat. I was impressed.”

Phil Carson, Foreigner Manager, stated, “We did not know exactly what to expect with a RoomMatch system, but I do know our expectations were high. We have used Bose products at our VIP events with excellent results. The band and our FOH Audio Engineer were extremely happy with the sound of the system, and the bottom line is that the audience really loved the sound that night. We always knew the system would deliver, and in fact it exceeded our expectations.”

Founding member and lead guitarist Mick Jones agrees: “Bose continues to impress. The Borgata show was all about the fans; we’ve put on some great-sounding shows recently, but it was extra-important to us that the sound for this one would be impeccable. We’ve used the L1 system for our VIP events to achieve a close, intimate environment – the RoomMatch system did something similar, but on a much larger, more powerful scale. Everyone was thrilled – the band, our engineers, the fans, and everyone else. Thank you to Bose for a magical night.”

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Genelec Home Audio Unveils G Five Active Loudspeaker

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NATICK, MA — Genelec Home Audio is unveiling its new G Five Active Loudspeaker, the flagship model in the Genelec G Series of Active Loudspeakers for home audio. Despite its relatively small size, the G Five brings out a level of performance comparable to much larger loudspeakers. Its bass reproduction goes lower than what most subwoofers can do, providing at the same time extremely high sound pressure with very low distortion. Thanks to its large waveguide, the Genelec G Five reproduces all the nuances and dynamics of the audio material with incomparable fidelity. As featured in all Genelec G Series, the G Five provides acoustical response adjustments to allow correct setup and acoustical calibration to the room it is placed in. The G Five can even be placed in an acoustically challenging room and provide an amazing listening experience.

The G Five (Woofer 8″ + Tweeter 1″) joins four other models in the G Series: G One (Woofer 3″ + Tweeter 3/4″), G Two (Woofer 4″ + Tweeter 3/4″) and G Three (Woofer 5″ + Tweeter 3/4″) and G Four (Woofer 6.5″ + Tweeter 3/4″); as well as the complementary F One (6.5″ active) and F Two (8″ active) subwoofers. The G Five and its brethren feature elegant industrial design by award-winning designer Harri Koskinen and Genelec’s R&D team. Designed to be used together or separately, G Series models and the complementary F Series subwoofers offer an exceptional home audio solution.

The G Five active two-way loudspeaker combines an organic, rounded form with powerful and precise sound reproduction. The gently curving design is not chosen for good looks alone. Sharp edges or corners on a loudspeaker enclosure cause acoustic reflections that interfere with the direct sound. This harmful interference – diffraction – is dramatically reduced by the smooth, curved design of the G Series, audible in the excellent resolution and solid sound imaging of the products. Blending seamlessly to the enclosure shape, the proprietary Directivity Control Waveguide™ (DCW™) formed around the high-frequency driver is designed to match the frequency response and directivity characteristics of the two drivers. This results in a smooth frequency response on- and off-axis and controlled directivity maximizing the direct sound aimed to the listening area.

G Five Specifications:

Maximum sound pressure: 110 dB per loudspeaker @ 1 m
Frequency response: 35 Hz – 21 kHz (-3 dB)
Drivers: Bass 8″ + Treble 1″ metal dome + DCW
Amplifier power: Bass 150 W + Treble 120 W
Dimensions: H x W x D: 17.8125″ x 11.25″ x 10.9375″ with Iso-Pod™ (452 x 286 x 278 mm)
Weight: 28 lb (12.7 kg)

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

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Audio-Technica Offers Dante™ Network Microphone Desk Stand

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— Audio-Technica’s ATND8677 Microphone Desk Stand with Dante network output transmits audio and control data together over the Dante™ network protocol —

STOW, OH, October 30, 2014 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, offers its new ATND8677 Microphone Desk Stand with Dante™ Network Output. The ATND8677 Microphone Desk Stand fits gooseneck microphones with standard XLRM-type outputs, offering installers previously unavailable simplicity in adding gooseneck microphones to Dante audio networks. The new ATND8677 joins the ATND971 Network Boundary Microphone, launched earlier in the year – the world’s first two such products to offer Dante network functionality in this manner.

Removing the need for a separate standalone Dante audio interface, while adding a useful integrated switch with indicator functionality, the ATND8677 connects directly to the audio network via standard RJ-45 connector and structured cabling, allowing for flexibility in installation and quick re-locations.

Audio-Technica has been working closely with industry leading DSP manufacturers such as Biamp® and Symetrix™ to ensure complete GPIO-Over Dante Enabled Control software integration for simple, flexible operation without the need for analog audio and control cabling.

The sturdy metal base features a 3-pin XLRF-type in and Dante network output, a capacitive switch with a green/red LED light switch surround, switchable gain (+30dB/+40dB/+50dB), phantom power and selectable toggle/momentary switch operation. Features UniGuard® RFI-shielding technology and UniSteep® low-cut filter.

Now with two groundbreaking network microphone products launched during 2014, Audio-Technica is demonstrating its commitment to both the network audio segment in general and the Dante communications protocol.

The ATND8677 will be available November 2014 with a U.S. MSRP of $598.00.

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

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Listen Technologies Wireless Digital Conferencing System Chosen for Board Room at Natural History Museum of Utah

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BLUFFDALE, UT, October 30, 2014 — The Natural History Museum of Utah has selected a Wireless Digital Conferencing System from Listen Technologies Corporation, a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of assistive listening products for over 16 years, for its Swaner Forum – a multi-use space used for board meetings, presentations and other events. The Natural History Museum of Utah, located at the Rio Tinto Center in Salt Lake City, faced several challenges when selecting a conference system for the space: the room is approximately 2,000 square feet in area, so a wireless system was preferred; the space is frequently used for multiple purposes, and a system had to be easy to quickly set up and take down; and board members often travel, and with everybody spread out in a larger room, a centralized speaker would not provide the necessary clarity if somebody participated via telephone. To meet these challenges, the museum purchased a multi-unit Televic conference system from Listen Technologies authorized dealer Avidex that could be distributed throughout the room and support localized conversation.

The system components include one WCAP-C1 wireless digital conference access point and power supply; one WC-CD-C wireless digital conferencing chairman unit with microphone and battery pack; 11 WC-DD-C wireless digital conferencing delegate units, each with microphone and battery pack; and two WC-CHT charging trays for six battery packs each.

According to Chris Eisenberg, the Museum’s Director of Philanthropy, “The Swaner Forum is a large space with beautiful views. We did the research, and it seemed like this Televic system from Listen was the best solution. Sometimes our board members are out of town but need to be part of the meeting, so we’ll patch a conference call into the system. The person on the conference call can hear everybody talking in the room, and everybody in the room can hear the person on the conference call. It’s a much more elegant solution than just putting a speaker phone in the middle of the room — and the wireless aspect allows us to easily move units where they’re most needed.”

Additionally, Listen has provided solutions for the Museum’s annual fundraiser, held in its soaring grand lobby, The Canyon. Working closely with Listen and other partners, the Museum’s team combined video mapping on the Canyon walls, a closed-captioning service performing live transcriptions during the event, traditional powered speakers along the edge of the space, and wireless conference units from Listen at many of the tables. “From our use of the Listen system, it occurred to us that they can be helpful with sound reinforcement during our annual fundraising gala. The resulting system provided attendees with an enhanced audio experience. Everyone was very happy with the results.”

Eisenberg added that he and his colleagues have also appreciated the assistance they’ve received with the system, “The support locally has been great from both the reseller that we purchased through as well as directly from Listen Technologies. They have been incredibly helpful to us.”

Established in 1963, the Natural History Museum of Utah cares for over 1.2 million objects and offers innovative exhibitions and educational programs to thousands of residents and visitors each year, including traveling and permanent exhibits, special events and other programs. The Museum also offers a variety of outreach programs to communities and schools throughout Utah, reaching every school district in the state annually. The Museum has an active research program with more than 30 scientists and 10 field expeditions each year.

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The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Has Strong Showing at 137th AES Convention in Los Angeles

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (October 30, 2014) — The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® had a strong showing at the recent 137th AES Convention (Thursday, Oct. 9 through Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center), along with related events outside the convention campus. The P&E Wing’s involvement spanned lectures, keynotes, a cocktail mixer and award presentation, and a manufacturer’s event, among other activities.

Highlights included:

The keynote on Friday, Oct. 10 was presented by Neil Portnow, President/CEO The Recording Academy, The GRAMMY Foundation®, and MusiCares®.

The GRAMMY SoundTables®, presented by the P&E Wing was held on Saturday, Oct. 11. This year’s event, titled “Songs That Move The Needle,” featured multi-talented production professionals Alex Da Kid, No I.D., Michael Brauer, Niko Bolas and Don Was, sharing their unique experiences in the art of music making. GRAMMY® Award-winning producer/engineer Ed Cherney acted as moderator. The panel’s five multitalented, cross-genre hit makers debated the who, what, when, where and why of songs that have left an indelible imprint.

The Mix @ AES 2014, a cocktail reception co-presented by the UK-based Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS) and the P&E Wing, on Friday, Oct. 10, at United Recording (formerly known as Ocean Way Recording Studios). Sponsors included AKG®, dbx®, JBL Professional®, Lexicon®, Focusrite Novation, GC Pro, iZotope, Record Plant and cocktails courtesy of VEEV Spirits. In a special ceremony, BJ Ramone accepted the APRS Sound Fellowship on behalf of his father, the late, legendary producer/engineer Phil Ramone. The presentation was made by Phil Dudderidge (Focusrite) and the citation was given by Peter Filleul (APRS).

A Hi-Res Audio Production Workshop, co-sponsored by the P&E Wing along with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group on Friday, Oct. 10.The event was moderated by GRAMMY®-winning engineer and director of music recording & scoring at Skywalker Sound Leslie Ann Jones, with panelists Chuck Ainlay (Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert); producer and Chief Creative Officer of Concord Music Group John Burk; Bob Clearmountain (Bruce Springsteen, Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi) and Ryan Ulyate (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Electric Light Orchestra, the Traveling Wilburys). These top professionals discussed the music creation process and shared their practices for recording, mixing and mastering in high resolution.

High Resolution Audio—Super Session (Friday, Oct. 10), moderated by P&E Wing Managing Director Maureen Droney, and part of the Convention’s High Resolution Audio (HRA) program. Panelists included Bruce Botnick (Music producer, recording and mastering engineer, VP Content Acquisition for Pono Music), George Massenburg (Producer/engineer/inventor, McGill University), Andrew Scheps (Producer/engineer/mixer) and Bill Schnee (Producer/engineer, Schnee Studio), who explored the most challenging issues facing the recording industry today concerning the adoption of high resolution audio.

The P&E Wing Manufacturer Council Breakfast, held on Saturday, Oct. 11. At their biannual meeting, this group of industry leaders — who are dedicated to the advancement of sound quality and to the overall growth of the professional audio industry — shared ideas and discussed issues of interest to all parties in attendance, with the goal of raising awareness about the importance of high-quality audio, legislative wireless white space and broadband issues, music streaming bit rates and other related topics. The following manufacturers, organizations and publications participated: AKG®, Audio Engineering Society (AES), Audio-Technica, Auralex, Avid, DBX, Electronic Musician, Focusrite Novation, Fraunhofer, GC Pro, Genelec, Iron Mountain, iZotope, JBL®, Lexicon®, Manley, M-Audio, Merging Technologies, Mix Magazine/New Bay Media, Music Marketing/Melodyne, Music Producers Guild (MPG), Presonus, Prism Audio, Pro Sound News, Radial Engineering, Royer, Shure, Sonnox Ltd., Solid State Logic, Universal Music Group, Waves Audio and Westlake Pro.

The P&E Wing ReCharge Lounge. Located in the Demo Room Concourse, the ReCharge Lounge was open to all AES badge-holders and featured charging stations for attendees’ devices, bottled water and snacks, and comfortable seating away from the convention’s crowded exhibit floor.

Maureen Droney, Managing Director of the P&E Wing, stated, “We are always excited to participate in the annual Audio Engineering Society convention in the U.S. We have many of the same values as the AES – for instance, high-resolution audio and advocacy for producers and engineers – and it is wonderful to be given a forum to share our perspectives with the wider audio community at this yearly gathering.”

Photo Caption 1: The Mix @ AES 2014 reception was hosted by UK-based Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS) and The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® at United Recording on Friday, October 10, 2014. Pictured L-R: Producer/Engineer and P&E Wing Co-Chair Chuck Ainlay; Managing Director, P&E Wing Maureen Droney; Studio Manager, United Recording Rob Goodchild; Producer/Engineer BJ Ramone; Executive Director [Emeritus], APRS Peter Filleul; and Producer/Engineer and P&E Wing Co-Chair Mike Clink. Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy®.

Photo Caption 2: Representatives from leading manufacturers, organizations and publications, along with members of the P&E Wing Advisory Council, at the P&E Wing Manufacturer Council Breakfast during the 137th AES Convention in Los Angeles. Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy®/Clyne Media Inc. © 2014 Photographed by: Corey Walthall, Clyne Media, Inc.

Photo Caption 3: Pictured L-R: Ed Cherney, Alex Da Kid, No I.D., Niko Bolas, Michael Brauer and Don Was, pictured at the GRAMMY SoundTables® event “Songs That Move The Needle” on Oct. 11 at AES137 in Los Angeles. Photo Courtesy of Maury Phillips/WireImage/The Recording Academy®. © 2014. Photographed by: Maury Phillips.

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Auralex® Introduces V2 Upgrades to Its GRAMMA® Acoustic Isolation Platform Line

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— Designed to acoustically isolate bass rigs, guitar amps, monitors, subwoofers and speaker cabinets on stage or in the studio, these models allow the true sound to come through by negating resonance artifacts —

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, October 29, 2014 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments, announces a V2 upgrade to its GRAMMA® (Gig and Recording, Amp and Monitor Modulation Attenuator) line of Acoustic Isolation Platforms, which are designed to isolate bass rigs, guitar amps, monitors and subwoofers on stage and in the studio. Like their V1 predecessors, these patented isolation platforms feature an Ozite® covering over an inert structural layer that floats on a 1” pad of acclaimed Auralex Platfoam™. These carefully engineered solutions allow the true sound of an amp or speaker to come through by negating resonance artifacts. V2 upgrades include a lower profile for increased stability, even better mid- and low-frequency definition and a new easy-to-grab handle. The GRAMMA V2 line is part of Auralex’s acclaimed ISO Series™ (instant sound optimizer), specifically engineered to address problems associated with individual sound sources.

The GRAMMA V2 line includes three models:

BabyGRAMMA® V2
The BabyGRAMMA V2 Amplifier Isolation Platform, designed for compact guitar, bass and keyboard amplifiers. It measures 15″ W x 15″ D x 1.75″ H. Weight limit: 200lbs.

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The GRAMMA V2 is designed for mid-sized amps and speaker cabinets. It measures 23″ W x 15″ D x 1.75″ H. Weight limit: 300lbs.

GreatGRAMMA® V2
The GreatGRAMMA V2 is almost 30% bigger to float large speaker cabinets, accommodating 4×12″, 4×15″ or 4×18″ rigs. It measures 30″ W x 19″ D x 1.75″ H. Weight limit: 300lbs.

“Based on feedback from leading artists and engineers, GRAMMA V2 represents the next generation of isolation products for studio and live performance,” stated Eric Smith, Founder and President, Auralex. “With its new lower-profile design and its ability to provide improved mid- and low-frequency definition, GRAMMA V2 is sure to find its home in the arsenal of live and studio musicians far and wide.”

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

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The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Announces Eighth Annual GRAMMY® Week Celebration Honoring Nile Rodgers

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Annual Celebration Will Highlight Sound Quality and Pay Homage to MusicalIcon at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles on February 3, 2015

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Oct. 29, 2014) — The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® will celebrate its eighth annual GRAMMY® Week event honoring three-time GRAMMY winner Nile Rodgers for his commitment to excellence and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music. Michael Ostin and Cameron Strang will serve as honorary event co-chairs at the event to be held on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles. GRAMMY Week culminates with the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards®on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, airing live on the CBS Television Network, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. For updates and breaking news, please visit www.grammy.com, and The Recording Academy®’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook.

“Our Producers & Engineers Wing members are passionate about sound quality, the importance of music creators, and most of all, the integrity of recorded music,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “This year, it is with great pride that we honor a musical icon who is the epitome of everything the P&E Wing represents. Nile Rodgers is not only a revered member of the music community but also a founding member of the Wing and we look forward to celebrating his astonishing career, which continues to reach new musical heights and inspire generations.”

A musician, composer, arranger and guitarist, Rodgers is one of the most influential music producers in the history of popular music. He began his career as a session guitarist in New York, first toured as a teenager with the “Sesame Street” band, and played with the house band at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater. In 1970 Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards met and formed the Big Apple Band. In 1977 the band changed their name to Chic and subsequently generated chart-topping hits such as “Le Freak,” “I Want Your Love,” “Everybody Dance,” and “Good Times.” Chic’s success soon led to producing opportunities for Rodgers and Edwards, among them albums such as Sister Sledge’s We Are Family and Diana Ross’s Diana.

Following Chic’s dissolution in 1983, Rodgers embarked on a solo production career that launched hits for artists such as David Bowie, INXS, Duran Duran, Madonna, Sheena Easton, Jeff Beck, the Thompson Twins, Mick Jagger, Grace Jones, Cyndi Lauper, Howard Jones, the B-52′s, and Al Jarreau, among others. Rodgers’ work with a variety of popular artists soon led to opportunities to share his distinct sound on film soundtracks such as Alphabet City, Gremlins, Against All Odds, That’s Dancing, White Nights, The Fly, White Hot, and Earth Girls Are Easy, in addition to collaborating with Peter Gabriel on Laurie Anderson’s concert film Home Of The Brave. In 1988 Rodgers composed his first orchestral score for the film Coming To America.

In the ’90s Rodgers produced the Vaughan Brothers Family Style, which was released shortly after the untimely death of guitar virtuoso Stevie Ray Vaughan, along with projects for Bowie, Eric Clapton, the B-52s, David Lee Roth, Ric Ocasek, Dan Reed Network, Cathy Dennis, Patty Griffin, Jimmie Vaughan, and The Stray Cats among others, along with continued soundtrack work on films such as Thelma and Louise, Cool World and Beavis And Butt-Head. In 1992, Rodgers and Edwards revisited Chic’s roots and released a new album, Chic-Ism. In 1996 tragedy struck when, during a series of Chic concerts in Japan, Edwards contracted pneumonia and died, a blow that greatly affected Rodgers. Although devastated by the loss of his longtime musical partner and close friend, Rodgers ultimately regrouped and returned to playing live concerts and composing and producing music for film soundtracks including work on Beverly Hills Cop III, Blue Chips, The Flintstones, and Feeling Minnesota (including a collaboration with Bob Dylan).

In 1998 Rodgers founded the Sumthing Else Music Works record label and Sumthing Distribution, an independent music label distributor. The label focused on a fast-growing new genre: video game soundtracks. Its titles include the complete Halo and Resident Evil franchises including Gears of War and Borderlands. During this time, Rodgers focused on additional soundtrack projects such as Rush Hour 2, Snow Dogs and Semi-Pro. In 2002-2003 he co-produced Astronaut, with the original five members of Duran Duran.

Prompted by the Sept.11 tragedies, Rodgers created the We Are Family Foundation to help promote the healing process and organized a rerecording of “We Are Family,” the GRAMMY Hall of Fame®-inducted song he and Edwards wrote for Sister Sledge. The rerecording was performed by more than 200 musicians, celebrities, and personalities and included a music video filmed by Spike Lee, a documentary filmed by Danny Schechter and a video version for kids that included more than 100 beloved children’s characters. Rodgers has been recognized for his humanitarian efforts as well as music achievements by being honored with innumerable awards, among them The Recording Academy’s NY Chapter’s Heroes Award, induction into the Dance Music Hall of Fame, No. 1 Singles Producer In The World by Billboard, and the Winter Music Conference Lifetime Achievement award.

Rodger’s career has seen a strong resurgence in the electronic dance community through his work with such acts as Avicii, Disclosure and Tensnake. His collaboration with Daft Punk on their album Random Access Memories garnered him three GRAMMY Awards for 2013 including Album Of The Year and Song Of The Year. Rodgers continues to tour worldwide and remains one of the most in-demand producers and artists of his time.

As the Producers & Engineers Wing 2015 honoree, Rodgers joins an impressive list of past honorees: Chris Blackwell; T Bone Burnett; Tom Dowd; Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun; Jimmy Iovine; Quincy Jones; Arif Mardin; Al Schmitt; Jerry Wexler; and Neil Young.

Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy® /Wireimage.com © 2014
Photographed by: Dan MacMedan

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Audinate® and Bose® Professional to Sponsor AV Networking Roadshow in New York City

New York City, NY, October 23, 2014 – Continuing a series kicked off at InfoComm MEA in October, Audinate® and Bose® Professional will hold their next session of the AV Networking Roadshow – focusing on Dante™ technology – at the Holiday Inn Midtown – Embassy Ballroom in New York City. The session, titled “Introduction to AV Networking,” is a one-day session on November 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by Bose Professional and Audinate, with support from Attero Tech®, Audio-Technica, and Digital Audio Labs.

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, Audinate, and Darryl Bryans and Trevor Donarski, 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. It is limited to 75 attendees, and you can register for the course by e-mailing Lauren Handley at Bose (lauren_handley@bose.com).

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 in New York City and beyond. 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. Grinberg also adds, “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 Los Angeles, Chicago, Germany, Japan and the U.K.

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Audio Engineering Society Welcomes New President Andres Mayo

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New York, NY — Following the highly-successful 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, which took place Thursday, October 9, 2014, through Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, the AES is pleased to welcome new President Andres Mayo as he takes over the leadership role from Dr. Sean Olive. Mayo currently serves as Owner and Senior Mastering Engineer at Andres Mayo Mastering and Audio Post in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and, as an award-winning producer and engineer, he is set to guide the AES into the coming year and through AES138 in Warsaw, Poland and the Convention’s return to New York City for AES139 in the fall of 2015.

Mayo’s skills in the studio have earned him professional success and renown throughout the industry as an audio engineer and producer. He holds a Master’s degree in Electronics Engineering from the National Technology University (U.T.N.) in Argentina. Since 1991, Mayo has been a pioneer in the art of mastering, working for several facilities in Latin America as well as London, New York and Ludwigsburg, Germany. In 1994 Andres was co-founder of Mr. Master, the first pro mastering facility in Argentina, which later became “Andres Mayo Mastering and Audio Post,” boasting full 5.1 mixing and mastering capabilities. With credits on over 2,000 albums, two GRAMMY® Awards as a producer and six Carlos Gardel Technical Excellence Awards, Mayo continues to set a high standard for the AES and for furthering professional audio advancements around the world.

Additionally, Mayo has served as the AES VP for Latin America for two consecutive terms, co-chairing more than 50 AES events in the region, including the first Latin American Conferences in 2007 (Buenos Aires), 2008 (Mexico) and 2009 (Sao Paulo), as well as the first Latin Producers Panel, in Spanish, at an international AES Convention (AES137). Mayo has also served four years as Chair of the AES Argentina Section and still serves the Society as Vice Chairman of the Technical Committee for Recording Technology and Procedures (TC-RTP). Andres speaks fluent Spanish, English and Portuguese and has been invited as keynote speaker to more than 60 conferences held throughout Latin America, the U.S. and Canada. He has been presented with the AES Board of Governors Award (2009) and the AES Citation Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Latin American Professional Audio Community (2011).

Commenting on the recent AES137 Convention in Los Angeles, California, as well as his new role as President, Mayo states “I strongly feel that the recent L.A. Convention has been a resonant success in all aspects. With over 300 exhibitors and 350+ presentations, workshops, tutorials and papers, not only have we proved that the AES is alive and kicking, but also that there is absolutely no convention in the world that can provide the audience with such a high level of education in all aspects of Professional Audio. My special thanks to our Executive Director Bob Moses, Co-Chairs Michael MacDonald and Valerie Tyler, and an amazing team of over 50 people, for putting together the best AES Convention ever, and I look forward to serving as President as we expand the reach of the AES in the upcoming year.”

For further information on the Audio Engineering Society and upcoming events, please visit http://www.aes.org/.

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