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UK-Based Theater Sound Designer Richard Brooker Relies On Waves Audio

— For the new musicals I Dreamed a Dream (based on the life of Susan Boyle) and an adaptation of The Bodyguard, Waves tools play an important role in Brooker’s sound design —

KNOXVILLE, TN, July 5, 2012 — Richard Brooker has a long history as an acclaimed sound designer on some of the industry’s biggest theatrical performances, including such credits as Jesus Christ Superstar, Never Forget, The Sound of Music, Cabaret, Chess, Daddy Cool and many more. He has witnessed his job evolve as audience expectations and the theaters themselves have changed, and recently he has come to rely on tools from Waves Audio, the industry-leading developer of professional audio digital signal processing technologies, for both live situations and his personal studio. His use of Waves features prominently in the sound design for the new stage musical I Dreamed a Dream (based on the real-life story of opera crossover superstar Susan Boyle) and the upcoming The Bodyguard (an adaptation of the award-winning Whitney Houston/Kevin Costner film). For I Dreamed a Dream, Brooker’s console of choice is a DiGiCo SD8 powered by the fully-integrated Waves SoundGrid® platform for real-time processing; for The Bodyguard, he is using a DiGiCo SD7 with SoundGrid.

“I began working with Waves tools at home in the studio on my Pro Tools rig,” notes Brooker. “I love them, and they are always a part of building my mix. They are unbelievably well-thought-through products, with something available for whatever you want to do. And of course they are great sounding plugins too, which is probably the most important issue.”

Brooker reflects on the difference between using Waves for theater versus a rock performance, as well as the shifting dynamics of the audience’s relationship to a show: “In theater, the sound design should support the storyline, the emotional journey of the characters and the score itself. We must draw the audience in during the dialogue, in order that they can commit to the show emotionally. And we have to push them back into their seats and overwhelm them in the big numbers. Traditionally, sound designers have taken a ‘less-is-more’ approach in musical theater. That is still partially the case, but we have seen the role of the sound designer evolve moving into the current era. Audiences today tend to be a bit more demanding of things like a fully-produced sound, a surround-sound layout and special effects. It is a challenge, but Waves tools have helped me make those transitions. As intense as it can be, I love my job and it’s tremendous fun. The addition of Waves to live consoles is like opening up an Aladdin’s cave for me.”

Brooker’s favorite Waves plugins include the Renaissance Compressor, Renaissance Reverb, Bass Rider, SSL G-Equalizer and SSL G-Master Buss Compressor. He also uses the CLA (Chris Lord-Alge) Artist Signature Collection in his recording studio. He is also fond of the IR1 Parametric Convolution Reverb, as well as the One Knob Phatter and One Knob Wetter. His go-to “problem-solver” is the Renaissance Compressor. “It is transparent even when working really hard,” he notes.

The new Susan Boyle musical has presented some unique challenges, as Brooker points out. “This is a tricky show. There is a range of intensity. All of the show is amplified using lavalier microphones and wireless transmitters, with miniature DPA mics hidden in the actors’ hair or wigs. After the show is done, we present them with a full-on concert-style, epic set of numbers. Susan will personally make an appearance at some, singing into a handheld unit. That portion is really a great big sound, so we need to be set up for a range of dynamics. The Renaissance Compressor is perfect to place Susan just where she needs to be in the mix. To the audience, it is imperceptible, but they would certainly notice if it weren’t there. Then, the band sound is shaped by the Renaissance Reverb and SSL Buss Compressor, with a little bit of the SSL G-Equalizer for good measure. I am a DiGiCo man through and through, currently using the SD8 and SD7, and the Waves plugins enhance what is already an amazing sounding console. DiGiCo and Waves are the perfect combination.”

Visit www.waves.com and www.waveslive.com for more information.

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Lowell Introduces Rackmount Fan Panels with Built-in Thermostat

— Lowell adds new built-in thermostat option for 19-inch panels with whisper-quiet or turbo fans —

PACIFIC, MO, July 5, 2012 — Lowell Manufacturing Company recently introduced a new built-in thermostat option for 19-inch panels with whisper-quiet or turbo fans. This thermostat is actually built right into the cord, activating and deactivating fans when ambient temperatures reach pre-set points. The thermostat automatically turns fans on when the ambient temperature hits 86?F (30?C), and off when the temperature is 72?F (22?C). This power-saving feature ensures efficient fan operation, while saving rack space. The bright green cord highlights the energy-savings benefit to customers.

Whisper fans (Model Series FW):
Each fan has a 4.7″ diameter, 50 cfm airflow rating, 28 dB noise rating, and requires 5.5 Watts of power. Includes fan guards and power cord. Whisper fans are available in two formats: 19-inch E.I.A. Fan Panels, 3U (with 2 or 3 fans) or 7U (with 4 fans); as well as a single fan kit for spot cooling.

Turbo fans (Model Series FT):
The single 10″ diameter fan (19″ E.I.A. 7U panel) has 550 cfm airflow rating and 50.8 dB noise rating, requiring 61 Watts of power. The package includes front/rear fan guards and cord.

For more information, please visit www.lowellmfg.com or e-mail Lowell at sales@lowellmfg.com.

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Bose® Expands RoomMatch™ Array Module Loudspeakers with Five New Coverage Patterns

Framingham, Massachusetts, July 5, 2012 – Bose® Professional Systems Division has expanded the range of available coverage patterns for the RoomMatch™ array module loudspeakers with five new patterns. Building upon the innovative designs launched in May of 2011, the RoomMatch series now includes 20 unique coverage patterns, which provide system designers with unprecedented coverage control and scalability for venues including houses of worship, auditoriums, performing arts centers and sports arenas.

The five new coverage patterns include 120°x5°, 120°x10°, 90°x 5°, 55°x 40°, and 55°x 60° (horizontal x vertical) and are fully compatible with the complete line of installation accessories for the RoomMatch series. Additionally, Bose Modeler® and ControlSpace® Designer™ software have been updated to include directivity and EQ settings for the new modules.

“The RoomMatch series of loudspeakers represented a new approach for the industry that let sound system designers meet the acoustic challenges of any fixed-installation sound system without compromising audio performance. When we launched these products we were dedicated to providing our customers with products that provide consistent response regardless of the room configuration.

The addition of these new patterns one year later represents our commitment to the industry and provides our customers with even more flexibility,” said Akira Mochimaru, General Manager, Bose Professional Systems Division.

Availability
The new RoomMatch modules and Modeler and ControlSpace Designer software updates will be available through authorized Bose dealers beginning July 2012. For more information please visit http://pro.Bose.com .

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Zeehi Declares Independence for Digital Mixing Console Users, Announcing July Fourth as the Go-Live Date of CueCast Console File Conversion Service

— Mixing console users enjoy a new independence with revolutionary online service that converts show files between mixing console formats —

BOULDER, COLORADO, July 2, 2012 — Zeehi, an entertainment technology company dedicated to developing solutions to improve the workflow of global entertainment production professionals everywhere, announces that July Fourth is the Go-Live date for their CueCast Digital Mixing Console User File Conversion Service. The announcement was made by Danny Abelson, Zeehi Co-Founder. CueCast provides front-of-house and monitor engineers, sound reinforcement companies, broadcasters, performing arts facilities and production managers the ability to quickly and easily convert “show files” that contain user settings between different digital audio mixing console formats.

“We’re calling this Fourth of July ‘Show File Independence Day,’” noted Abelson. “For the first time ever, operators of digital audio mixing consoles can transfer their user settings between mixing consoles, offering a degree of independence never before available but always desired by the community. We just couldn’t resist using the holiday as the official launch date. We’re passionate about providing solutions to the user community, and our team has toiled for over a year to develop a service intended to help mixers everywhere enjoy more flexibility and independence.”

This initial release of CueCast converts the most commonly used features and functions stored in show files, including bussing, sub-group assigns, control group assigns, routing, labeling, mutes and mute groups, EQ and dynamic in/out settings, aux. send on/off/and assigns, and effects and matrix on/off and assigns. The current iteration of CueCast supports file conversion between the Avid Venue, DiGiCo SD8 and SD10 and Yamaha PM5D platforms. Future releases will support additional console formats, and will provide conversion of variable settings, snapshots, and many other features.

The web-based service solves a fundamental challenge: how to take user settings from one mixing console to another without the time-consuming headache of entering those settings manually, according to Abelson, a thirty year veteran of the pro audio community. “We first announced CueCast at the InfoComm show in Las Vegas last month. Everyone we demoed for lauded our innovation.” Abelson noted. “We promised a release date in early July, and we’re meeting that commitment. We have been extensive in our pre-release testing, with additional Beta testing performed by a number of experienced outside engineers. Fortunately that process has been going well, to the point where we feel we are ready to offer CueCast to the user community.”

New customers will be provided with a 30-day no-risk free trial opportunity to try out the new service. Users will be credited with two free conversions when they sign up, valid for 30 days from sign up. Abelson continued, “We want everyone to feel comfortable with file conversion. CueCast is breaking new ground, and engineers will not believe how cool it is until they try it. Seeing their settings instantly load on a different desk, and the time it saves them compared to manual entry, is going to makes us a lot of friends. We anticipate that there will be a few bugs along the way. This is a very complicated process. As in all new software applications, the users will need a bit of patience, and we will need them to tell us if we have something wrong. By providing our initial users with two free conversions, we feel we can give our customers the opportunity to try us out, with no risk, and feel confident in the conversions before committing to purchases. We’re confident the flexibility and independence CueCast provides engineers will become a welcome and relied-upon solution.”

“Thanks to the console expertise and software savvy of our development team, converting the user data is reliable and takes just three easy steps,” notes Abelson. “Simply upload your file to our secure site – www.cuecast.com – specify the format you need, and download the converted file for installation in the new console. If you like, we’ll store your files on our secure cloud for safekeeping. CueCast technology supports files from 24 to 96 inputs, and the Beta release supports file conversion between the Avid Venue, DiGiCo SD8 and SD10 and Yamaha PM5D platforms. Soon you can expect us to add many other formats and features to the service.”

Information on CueCast can be found at cuecast.com.

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GC Pro Again Helps Outfit the “Hay Bale Studio” at Bonnaroo 2012

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, July 2, 2012 — For the eleventh year in a row, tens of thousands of excited music fans descended upon Manchester, Tennessee, for the Bonnaroo Music and Arts festival, held June 7-10, 2012. Bonnaroo 2012 was filled with memorable moments from its dozens of performing acts, including Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish, Skrillex, Dispatch, The Roots and many more. Backstage, several of the festival’s acts were asked to lay down tracks in a purpose-built recording studio, outfitted with the help of Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users. The recorded tracks were mixed and mastered immediately and transferred to the radio tent next door for broadcast on radio stations nationwide.

The studio, appropriately dubbed “Hay Bale Studio” after the dozens of hay bales positioned on the exterior for sound rejection, was again operated by Nashville’s The Toy Box Studio, and Toy Box’s producer/recording engineer Lij was at the helm for the sessions. The whole backstage studio/radio area was overseen by Asheville, North Carolina-based Music Allies. In the weeks leading up to the festival, the studio’s gear equipment list was compiled by Lij, his assistant engineers, and GC Pro’s Nashville-based Senior Account Manager Chad Evans, who was also on site along with other GC Pro personnel.

Among the gear supplied by GC Pro were Burl converters, Slate Pro Audio Dragon compressors and Fox Mic Pre’s, an Avid HD Native system and microphones from Royer, Mojave and Shure, among other equipment. All in all, 40 of the festival’s artists recorded nearly 100 tracks in the studio, including The Alabama Shakes, Feist, Young the Giant, Umphrey’s McGee, Two Door Cinema Club and many more. The schedule for each session was fast-paced, leaving room for a quick setup and soundcheck leading up to first-take recordings of three songs, before each act was guided to the interview booth, also in the “Hay Bale Studio” trailer, to make room for the next act in the tracking room. Within an hour, the performances had been mixed down to two tracks and prepped for broadcast from the radio tent next door. Approximately 45 radio stations nationwide featured these “Bonnaroo sessions” over the weekend. The multi-tracked sessions were also preserved and archived, as in past years.

“We had a fantastic session this year!” notes Lij. “40 bands and 94 songs recorded, mixed, mastered, and already aired on the radio thanks to GC Pro. We had such great support from Chad, and are eternally grateful!”

Evans stated, “This is our fourth year helping sponsor the studio at Bonnaroo. The festivals just keep getting better. We have developed a great partnership with Lij and crew, and we’re proud to contribute. We are eager for next year and beyond, because Bonnaroo is so vital for the music industry and emerging acts.”

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

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Auralex® Displays UtiliTek™ Sound Absorbent Panels

— Based on Auralex®’s popular ProPanel series, UtiliTek™ panels offer contractors and system integrators a cost-effective solution in acoustical control —

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, July 2, 2012 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and soon to celebrate its 35th anniversary, unveils its UtiliTek™ sound absorbers. Designed based on input from leading contractors and system integrators, the UtiliTek panels are similar in function, performance and design to Auralex’s acclaimed ProPanel series, but at an even more attractive price point that still yields top-notch aesthetics and performance. UtiliTek panels are fabric covered, acoustically absorptive panels designed to reduce unwanted room reflections and reverberation, providing a more accurate and articulate listening experience. UtiliTek panels are highly effective and lightweight, are composed of Class A fire-rated materials and feature a recycled absorbent core.

UtiliTek is available in four thicknesses and two edge profiles. The beveled-edge style is available in 2′x2′x1″, 2′x4′x1″ and 2′x4′x2″ sizes. The square-edge style is available in a 2′x4′x3″ size that is perfect for corner mounting between two walls or across wall/ceiling junctures for moderate low-frequency control.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to the sound contracting/fixed installation market sectors, we wanted to offer solutions for contractors working with the tighter budgets that are common in today’s economy,” stated Eric Smith, Auralex Founder and President. “UtiliTek panels can be employed in a wide variety of installations, including clubs, live performance venues, restaurants/bars, houses of worship, corporate, municipal and residential installations.”

UtiliTek will be available July 2012. For more information, please visit www.auralex.com.

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Audio-Technica Offers “Get Your Own Mic” Rebates

— Rebates on select A-T’s professional handheld vocal microphones run from July 1 through December 31, 2012 —

STOW, OH, July 2, 2012 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology currently celebrating “50 Years of Passionate Listening,” is offering rebates on select Artist Elite, Artist Series and 20 Series handheld vocal microphones from July 1 through December 31, 2012. Launched as part of its “Get Your Own Mic” campaign, the rebates will further empower singers to embrace Audio-Technica quality (and hygiene) with new microphones. All customers who purchase any of these handheld vocal microphones from an authorized U.S. A-T dealer during the rebate period will be eligible for either a $10, $20 or $30 rebate.

As A-T points out with their “Get Your Own Mic” videos, grunge is more than just a genre. Any singer knows, grunge (along with dirt, grime and sludge) is what happens to a vocal microphone, especially when it’s shared among different performers. With these new rebates and the clever, humorous “Get Your Own Mic” videos available at A-T’s YouTube channel, the company urges singers to “share music, not microbes.”

The promotions include a $10 rebate on A-T’s ATM510 and ATM410 Cardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphones and the AT2010 Cardioid Condenser Handheld Microphone; a $20 rebate on AE6100, ATM610 and ATM610a Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphones, the AE4100 Cardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphone and the ATM710 Cardioid Condenser Handheld Microphone; and a $30 rebate on AE5400 and AE3300 Cardioid Condenser Handheld Microphones.

Visit Audio-Technica.com or “Get Your Own Mic” page for more detailed rebate information.

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Audio-Technica Names Ark Productions & Marketing as Its Rep of the Year

STOW, OH, June 28, 2012 — Audio-Technica, a leading manufacturer of wired and wireless microphones, headphones and accessory products, has recognized Pine City, New York-based Ark Productions & Marketing as its Rep of the Year for the 2011/2012 fiscal year. The award was presented to Ark principal Tim Chamberlain by Philip Cajka, Audio-Technica U.S. President and CEO, and Michael Edwards, A-T V.P. Professional Products. Also in attendance were John Cheese, A-T Territory Manager, Professional Products; Doug Swan, A-T Director of Sales & Marketing, MI/PRO Audio; and David Marsh, A-T Director of Sales & Marketing, Installed Sound & Broadcast. Ark Productions & Marketing sells Audio-Technica’s complete line of professional audio products in upstate New York.

Audio-Technica held the awards ceremony to honor its dedicated force of manufacturer’s representatives during the InfoComm Expo on June 13, 2012, at the prestigious Wynn Las Vegas. The A-T Rep of the Year recipient was congratulated for outstanding sales performance and bestowed with Audio-Technica’s beloved Samurai doll award. Ark Productions & Marketing was acknowledged for its consistent success in the areas of sales, marketing and customer service.

Michael Edwards said, “Ark Productions & Marketing is keenly dedicated to their customers and the brands they represent, which are among the best in the marketplace. We are extremely proud to have them take the top award in the fiscal year of 2012, and we look forward to their continued service to the A-T brand.”

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

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Auralex® Introduces SheetBlok-AF™ Sound Isolation Barrier Material

— Designed with contractors and system integrators in mind, SheetBlok-AF™ is a finish-grade isolation product more effective than solid lead at stopping the transmission of sound —

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, JUNE 28, 2012 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and soon to celebrate its 35th anniversary, introduces its new SheetBlok-AF™ Sound Isolation Barrier material. Based on the company’s popular SheetBlok™ construction-grade sound barrier product, SheetBlok-AF is a thin, dense isolator with a Class A fire-rated PVC laminate on its surface for a finished look. It is intended as a solution for improved sound isolation between adjacent spaces in the retrofit market where aesthetic appearance is important, but invasive construction and demolition are impossible. With an STC rating of 27 or greater, SheetBlok-AF is at least 6dB more effective than solid lead at stopping the transmission of sound. It acts as a thin, dense sound barrier layer in wall, ceiling and floor systems and is most effective when used as one component of a multi-layered construction scheme, as described in Auralex’s widely respected Acoustics101™ publication.

SheetBlok-AF has been designed with consideration for the contractor/system integrator who is doing either retrofit or new construction. SheetBlok-AF can be implemented in offices, apartments, studios, home theaters and anywhere an increase in sound isolation is desired. No wall construction (or reconstruction) is necessary, and SheetBlok-AF is fully paintable to coordinate with any decor.

SheetBlok-AF will be supplied in 4’x10’ sheets that can be trimmed to fit with a utility knife or metal shears. It is affixed with trowel-applied adhesive, which allows proper positioning and alignment during installation. With careful installation techniques, a virtually seamless appearance will result.

SheetBlok-AF will be available July 2012. For more information, please visit www.auralex.com.

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GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW DANBURY, CONNECTICUT STORE

— 229th Guitar Center location features on-site lessons and repair services, along with
GC’s vast inventory selection —

Westlake Village, CA (June 27, 2012) – On the evening of Thursday, June 14, 2012, Guitar Center held the grand opening of its new location in Danbury, Connecticut, located at 15 Backus Avenue, Danbury, CT 06810. Guitar Center Danbury is Guitar Center’s 229th retail location.

Guitar Center Danbury’s grand opening introduced customers to a vast selection of products and a dedicated staff with unparalleled musical knowledge and experience. To celebrate the store opening, Guitar Center hosted a Grand Opening Weekend celebration featuring exclusive savings, gear giveaways and free events catered to local musicians. The grand opening events will also include workshops throughout the first two months of the store’s operation.

Guitar Center’s newest Danbury location features showrooms for customers equipped with the latest products for musicians – from guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards to live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment. The new store features Guitar Center Studios, an in-house, state-of-the-art lesson facility, which is creating unrivalled opportunities for Danbury musicians of all ages and skill levels. Guitar Center Studios provides music lessons from beginner to advanced featuring certified instructors teaching world-class curriculum as well as one-on-one courses on Pro Tools, Logic Pro and GarageBand. Guitar Center Studios is now the most modern and affordable lessons facility in the area. Guitar Center Danbury also features GC Garage, Guitar Center’s on site guitar repair service.

As part of Guitar Center’s initiatives designed to educate and inspire artists nationwide, Guitar Center Danbury is offering unique opportunities for musicians to craft their skills, maintain their instruments and experience many other aspects of the music industry first-hand. Musicians interested in learning about the industry are able to come to the store to interact with and pick the brains of several industry leaders.

Danbury shoppers are also able to enjoy Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which includes multiple combinations of product options to conveniently choose from. Not only does the “endless aisle” include Danbury inventory, but it also provides easy access to $400 million in new and used inventory located in hundreds of stores and warehouses across the nation. Customers have the ability to combine a myriad of in-store, online and phone options to purchase music equipment from anywhere they may be, allowing for a personalized and convenient shopping experience.

Free Recording Made Easy classes are conducted every Saturday from 10:00 to 11:00 am for anyone who wants to make the exciting journey into recording their music.

In addition to special programs at the new Danbury store, Guitar Center offers nationwide programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight the nation’s most promising undiscovered talent. Danbury residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing national events from their hometown:

• Guitar Center On-Stage is an annual competition that provides unsigned artists the chance to open for established artists such as Motley Crue, KISS and Jane’s Addiction.

• Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter is an artist discovery program which aims to find the nation’s best unsigned singer-songwriter. The winner receives a career-altering prize package including recording 3 songs with accomplished GRAMMY® Award-winning Producer John Shanks, recording time at Converse Rubber Tracks studio and $10,000 cash.

• Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues is a nationwide amateur guitar skills competition with the goal of finding the next great undiscovered blues guitar player. This year’s winner, Jonathon “Boogie” Long, performed alongside GRAMMY-winning guitarist Warren Haynes at the Grand Finals in LA, and won an incredible prize package valued at over $50,000.

• Guitar Center’s Drum-Off, entering its 24th year, is the nationwide search for the next great undiscovered drummer. Drummers from across the nation compete in the world’s largest drum competition, vying for thousands of dollars in prizes and the coveted title of Guitar Center’s Drum-Off Champion. The grand prize package is valued at nearly $50,000.

Guitar Center Danbury is open seven days a week. Store hours are 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Saturday; and 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday.

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