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Bose® Professional Audio Systems’ PowerMatch® PM8500/8500N Configurable Power Amplifier Selected as WFX 2012 New Product Technology Award Winner

Framingham, Massachusetts, September 19, 2012 – Bose® Professional Systems Division is proud to announce that its PowerMatch® PM8500/8500N Configurable Power Amplifier has been selected as the recipient of a WFX 2012 New Product Technology Award, in the category of “Best Amplifier.” Winners were announced on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at the WFX convention in Atlanta.

New Product Technology Awards, presented by Church Production Magazine, Worship Facilities Magazine, and Worship Facility Designer, are the most comprehensive Audio, Video, Lighting, and New Media product awards in the house of worship market. These products are recognized for their innovation and application for churches of all sizes and styles.

Morten Jorgensen, Sr. Manager of the Americas Professional Systems Division, states, “We are extremely honored to be acknowledged by the editors and industry professionals on the selection committee for the WFX New Product Technology Awards. Of course, we don’t design products with awards in mind, but it is nonetheless very satisfying to be recognized by our peers and industry experts for our hard work. When you bring products to market that solve fundamental problems – focusing on things like rugged construction, power, efficiency, sound quality, reliability and connectivity – people cannot help but notice. We are proud of the PM8500/8500N Amplifier, as we are of our entire Professional Systems product line, and again it is an honor to be acknowledged by the WFX Awards.”

The Bose PowerMatch® PM8500 is a highly configurable professional power amplifier delivering concert sound quality for fixed-installation sound reinforcement systems. It allows the user to power speakers from one eight-channel amplifier, or multiple amplifiers networked together, and deliver sound to the main worship center, foyers, lobby areas, cry rooms, and other ancillary areas. Building on the ruggedness proven by 20 years experience building Class D power amplifiers for the automotive market, the PM8500 adds numerous new Bose patented technologies to simultaneously provide class-leading power, efficiency, sound quality and reliability. The PM8500N adds Ethernet connectivity for network control and monitoring of multiple “N” version amplifiers using ControlSpace® Designer. The PowerMatch Amplifier is designed to work with both RoomMatch® array modules and other professional loudspeakers and can allocate its 4000-Watt rated power between two and eight channels, all from a standard wall outlet. The Bose PowerMatch PM8500 Amplifier provides sound designers with unprecedented scalability and configurability for houses of worship and nearly any fixed installation sound system application.

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Waves Unveils NS1 Noise Suppressor Plugin

— The NS1 Noise Suppressor instantly analyzes and adapts to a user’s signal in real time, bringing the foreground into focus as it eliminates unnecessary background noise —

Waves Audio, the industry-leading developer of professional audio digital signal processing technologies, introduces its new NS1 Noise Suppressor. A uniquely intuitive professional noise suppression plugin, Waves’ NS1 Noise Suppressor intelligently differentiates between dialog and unwanted noise. Perfect for post production, broadcast, voiceover, audio forensics and musical applications alike, NS1 instantly analyzes and adapts to a user’s signal in real time, bringing the foreground into focus as it eliminates unnecessary background noise.

Intuitively controlled by a simple single fader, NS1 also features an attenuation meter, which shows users just how much overall energy is being removed from their input signal. NS1 is SoundGrid® and MultiRack Native compatible.

Controls:
Fader determines the amount of noise suppression.
Attenuation Meter displays the amount of overall energy removed from the input signal.

Waves NS1 Noise Suppressor is now available with pricing as follows:
Native – U.S. MSRP $200, with a special introductory price of $99
TDM – U.S. MSRP $300, with a special introductory price of $149

Visit www.waves.com for more information.

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Auralex® Expands Its Range of ProPanels™

— New sizes and fabric options offer latest enhancements to Auralex®’s ProPanels™ line of Fabric Wrapped Acoustical Absorption Panels —

As part of their ongoing commitment to providing system integrators with a wide range of sound absorption products, Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and soon to celebrate its 35th anniversary, is expanding its line of ProPanels™ Fabric Wrapped Acoustical Absorption Panels. Auralex’s ProPanels are fabric-covered absorbers designed to provide an upscale look with the high-performance absorption qualities that reduce unwanted room reflections (slap and flutter echoes, for instance) to improve the listening environment while affording tasteful aesthetics that complement any décor.

ProPanels meet the Class A fire rating and are available in a choice of 12 standard color/fabric options. ProPanels standard sizes include: 2′x2′, 2′x4′, 4′x8′ and 4′x4′ wall panels (with beveled or straight edges) and 2′x4′ corner panel (with reverse-mitered edge). The 2′x2′ and 2′x4′ wall panels are available in 1″ and 2″ thicknesses; the 4′x8′ and 4′x4′ wall panels and 2′x4′ corner panel are available in 2″ thicknesses only. Additionally, Auralex offers a wide variety of installation hardware: flat Impaling Clips (standard with all ProPanels orders); and Z-Clips, Cloud Anchors and Snap-On Anchors (available upon request).

For more specialized needs, Auralex offers its Custom ProPanels, which can be customized with regard to shape, size and thickness, to serve the diverse demands of today’s integrator. Additionally, Custom ProPanels are available in a wide variety of custom fabrics.

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

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GC Pro Lends a Hand to Stonehand Studio

— New music facility in northern Kentucky aims for an organic sound with carefully chosen technology, sourced and installed by GC Pro —

When Chris Jones does something, he doesn’t do it halfway. The engineer/producer is about to open his own music studio in Florence, Kentucky, near Cincinnati, and he spent considerable time and effort researching how to achieve what he wanted in the way of sound. Jones’ wish list was long and detailed, but it was just what Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, loves to do: help audio professionals bring their visions to life.

Stonehand Studio, which will open in the fall of 2012, is conceived by Jones as a natural-sounding space where acoustics and technology combine to create a wholly organic ambient environment for music recording. “I want it to be a place where people will enjoy taking their time, choosing microphones and picking mic placements to get exactly the sounds they’re looking for,” he explains. Stonehand’s equipment list was put together to help achieve what the studio’s acoustics will bring about naturally, and Jones has a clear rationale behind each piece. For instance, he says he selected the Vintech 473 4-channel mic preamplifier because it approximates the sound of vintage Neve pre amps, and the API 3124+ 4-channel mic pre for what it brings to drums, guitar amps and vocals. Jones researched these and other specific pieces of gear, looking for the combinations that would give him the kind of sonic sensibilities he wanted, but he also consulted with the GC Pro office in Cincinnati, where Account Manager Jim Kinney helped Jones narrow his choices, sourced products and helped him get competitive prices.

And when the time came, they also helped commission the studio, too. Marcin Nowak with GC Pro Technical Services handled the Pro Tools 10 software and Universal Audio Nevana software installations, PCIE card installation, Apogee Symphony installation, RAM upgrades and Apple Mac Pro computer set-up and registrations. GC Pro’s Pres Maxson was invaluable behind the scenes, making sure all the pieces were ordered correctly and arrived on time.

“GC Pro has an awesome team mentality, and it really shows when we get to work on a project,” says Kinney. “Chris was willing to do whatever he could to get the highest performance for his budget from every aspect of the gear. He had clear goals for himself and wanted expert help getting there. We spent a lot of time discussing many options and he seemed to value my input and considered my advice in his equipment decisions.” Jones agrees. “When I started researching, I talked to a number of retailers, including GC Pro,” he says. “But as it went along and the project grew, I found myself talking more and more to Jim at GC Pro. He was always on the job, always there when we had a question, and he always had an answer – they were very, very knowledgeable. GC Pro understood what I was going for, what I was trying to achieve, where I wanted to go with the studio. Those guys have been there themselves, so they know how to help me get where I want to go.”

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

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Aphex® Exciter Keeps the Music Moving for Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers

— Franchisees of the fast-growing pizza chain now have the power of the Aphex® Exciter available to them via approved AV systems integration vendor FirstComm, for which the Exciter has become a crucial component for achieving great sound cost-effectively —

— Aphex®’s Exciter offers a cost-effective solution to maximize Mellow Mushroom’s audio —

Aphex®, a leader in audio enhancement technology for over 35 years, is proud to see its Exciter becoming the key processing component in the sound package put together by FirstComm, the approved-vendor AV systems integrator for Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers, the fast-growing Atlanta-based pizza restaurant brand that now has over 120 locations nationwide. Two Mellow Mushroom locations in the Charlotte, North Carolina area have recently had sound systems featuring the Aphex Exciter installed; three more, in Pooler, Georgia; Spring, Texas; and Decatur, Alabama, are scheduled to be the next stores that will feature the Exciter’s unique DSP capabilities. Each Mellow Mushroom franchise is individually owned, and each franchisee develops its own theme for the store, such as the “Magic Carpet Ride” and “Woodstock” motifs found at the Charlotte area stores. What the Aphex Exciter will assure is that its stores will have consistently great sound, all the time.

“Music is a big part of the Mellow Mushroom brand,” says Jacob Fuerstman, Director of Operations for FirstComm, which started in 2003 as a sub-contractor for the Muzak Corporation and has grown into a full-service commercial low-voltage systems designer and integrator with a specialty in designing and installing high-performance but cost-effective audio systems for restaurants. “Our mission has been to develop great sound systems for restaurants that don’t break the bank, and the systems we’ve been using for Mellow Mushroom locations do exactly that, thanks in large part to the Aphex Exciter. We’ve found that with the Exciter products we can add a lot of performance to systems through its DSP, giving the systems a rich, full sound without having to employ other kinds of DSP that would be overkill and too costly for most restaurants. The Exciter is virtually invisible as a line item because it’s so reasonably priced, but it makes a significant difference in the audio quality of the sound system. In the world of commercial installs, there’s no other product that gives you this kind of performance boost for such a low cost.”

As an approved vendor, FirstComm has found that Mellow Mushroom clients have responded very positively to both the upgrade in audio and the financial savings. “They especially like the ‘perceived loudness’ feature of the Aphex Exciter, which lets the music fill the restaurant with more impact, without getting too loud to talk over,” Fuerstman explains. “We’ve made the Aphex Exciter a standard part of the package we provide for their restaurants, as well as for other food service clients, such as the Cinebarre movie theaters in Charlotte, which also use the Exciter to enhance its system. Future projects will include Aphex Exciter retrofits to existing restaurants. “The Exciter is a great retrofit product because of its price point,” he says. “It increases the performance of the sound system so much, for such a small amount of money, it’s foolish not to use it. There’s nothing out there that can give you this kind of bang for the buck.”

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

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GC Pro Outfits New Auditorium at Mother of Perpetual Help Parish Church in Garland, Texas

— GC Pro’s unmatched inventory translates into a full sound system design adapted exactly for the customer’s needs, and installation from one of GC Pro’s Affiliate Program integrator partners results in another successful project —

Mother of Perpetual Help Parish Church in Garland, Texas, serves the vibrant Vietnamese Catholic community in the Dallas and Ft. Worth areas. The church recently constructed a new auditorium with a multi-purpose mission: as a place to hold conferences and seminars, and as the venue for the elaborate wedding ceremonies and receptions that are part of Vietnamese culture. And all of these applications would require sound that could accommodate the full frequency range of music and the high intelligibility demands of spoken word. That’s why the church turned to Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, to fulfill this multi-part mission. Working with a budget typical for non-profit organizations like houses of worship, the Dallas GC Pro office was able to draw from a wide range of vendors that could not only provide cost-effective equipment and technology solutions but also offer design capability that would assure the system perfectly fit the specific needs of the church. The project also drew upon the deep installation base offered through GC Pro’s acclaimed Affiliate Program of highly qualified AV systems integrators to execute the design.

Kevin Deal, Account Manager at the Dallas GC Pro office, brought an understanding of the church’s needs to the table, as well as a long relationship with Kahn Nguyen, the church’s music consultant, who is responsible for operation and maintenance of the church’s sound systems. “We listened to what they were looking for, and we also were aware that the church was considering other bids,” Deal recalls. “But we knew that we had a much broader range of options we could choose between, from which we could put together a system that would both fit their budget but also perfectly fit the needs of the room and the applications.”

GC Pro presented a solution that used a DAS sound system consisting of 15 DAS Aero 8A Line Array Boxes, 6 DAS Avant 118A Subwoofers and a DAS DSP 4080 Processor. On the stage, eight DAS Avant 112A floor monitors would be managed by DBX 220i loudspeaker processors. Live sound is mixed through an Allen & Heath iLive T112 large-format analog console with an Allen & Heath IDR48 mix rack. Zoned sound is provided through DAS Arctec 26T speakers managed by a DBX ZonePro® 640 and powered by QSC CX108V amplifiers. DAS agreed to provide a detailed design plan for the system that precisely covered the entire auditorium, and it was all expertly installed by GC Pro Affiliate DJ Sound & Lighting.

Deal points out that the competing bid would have used a more expensive system that, based on the church’s budget, would have resulted in some areas insufficiently covered for sound. “The church had given us the CAD drawings of the auditorium and DAS worked from those, so there was a custom system perfectly suited for this project before they had even spent a penny,” Deal says. “That gave the church an enormous amount of confidence and gave us a huge competitive advantage.”

DAS and GC Pro arranged for a DAS systems specialist to fly in to tune the PA system after it was installed, to maximize its performance, at no additional cost to the customer. Kahn Nguyen was more than pleased with the entire project. “Myself and the church have been customers of Guitar Center for a long time, so we knew to expect the utmost from GC Pro,” he says. “And it’s been great so far. Kevin has been very professional and knowledgeable.”

That kind of service – intimate understanding of the needs of a client through patient listening, the ability to source that widely for cost-effective solutions offering both products and services such as design, and the capability to bring installation as part of a turnkey package would be considered above and beyond the call of duty for any other pro audio retailer. But for GC Pro, “’Above and beyond,’” says Deal, “is what we do every day.”

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

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Auralex 2012 CEDIA Press Kit

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Wharfedale 2012 CEDIA Press Kit

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Lowell Manufacturing 2012 CEDIA Press Kit

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GC Pro Helps the Bridgeway Community Church with Its Wireless Systems

— Substantial changes in the ways wireless spectrum is allocated have led to upheaval in how wireless microphone systems are used, and GC Pro helps its clients find their way through the new reality —

The “White Space” issue has changed the way the wireless world works. As a result of the transition to digital broadcasting over the last three years, the region of the RF spectrum where wireless microphones have worked – mostly between the 700 MHz to 800 MHz range (aka the “White Spaces” between analog channels) is no longer available. That’s meant that wireless microphone users have had to replace their systems with new ones that comply with the newly constricted spectra available to them, beginning at 470 MHz up to about 698 MHz, and a small band above 900 MHz. House-of-worship users have been particularly affected, as many churches today rely on wireless audio for everything from worship services to theatrical and music performances. That was the case at the Bridgeway Community Church in Columbia, Maryland, a nondenominational, multicultural house of worship that puts an emphasis on dramatic presentations and music concerts and uses up to 24 channels of wireless for them. So when the new regulations governing the RF spectrum came into being, the church turned to their long-time collaborator for keeping its AV systems working at peak performance: Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users. Working with Mitchell Shaivitz, Account Manager at the GC Pro Baltimore area office, the church’s Technical Director Derwent “D” Williamson was able to source all of the wireless systems and products he needed to keep the church’s productions at the cutting edge of technology and regulation.

“We do a very wide range of performances here,” says Williamson, noting that the church’s location in a suburb of Baltimore means that it has to be acutely aware of changes to frequency allocation rules that particularly affect large urban areas that have a lot of sports, broadcast and entertainment venues that use substantial amounts of RF. “We’ve often had as many as twelve wireless channels going at once on stage, between actors and musicians. We need our wireless to be as reliable as possible.”

In the past, says Williamson, the church has had problems with dropouts, and the arrival of new regulations regarding wireless spectrum allocation meant it was time for an upgrade across the board. Working through GC Pro, the church purchased 14 channels of new Shure ULX-D wireless, including handheld transmitter and bodypacks, plus Shure PSM900 in-ear system and a Shure PA821A 8-channel antenna combiner.

The system was delivered in time for Williamson and his staff of technically astute volunteers to install it for the church’s annual Easter stage event. “We took a bit of a risk in putting such a new system to work on such a high-profile event on short notice,” Williamson says. “But on the other hand, we’ve been customers of GC Pro for seventeen years now, and we know that there’s a level of reliability and trust that would let us feel good about something like that. They helped us decide on what we needed, provided extremely competitive pricing and made sure they were delivered on time,” including most recently a TOA line array system and a Behringer X32 digital mixer for a multi-purpose room. “It’s a great feeling to know you have that kind of support behind you.”

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

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