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Korg Releases Kronos System Version 1.5

— First EXs Expansion Sample Series Library also now available —

MELVILLE, NY, December 1, 2011 — Korg has released System Version 1.5, a free update for their flagship Kronos Music Workstation. Downloadable from Korg’s website, this update offers users access to the first EXs Expansion Sample Series Sound Library, which is also now available.

Kronos Music Workstation System Version 1.5 adds seven new Program Banks with 896 new locations for storing sounds. Version 1.5 also allows users to install additional memory, doubling their available sampling RAM memory to roughly 2 GB, with additional index locations to allow larger sample loads. The convenient connection of USB MIDI controllers – such as Korg’s nanoSERIES2, microKEY and padKONTROL – is also possible with Version 1.5.

Korg is now offering two types of Kronos Sound Libraries. The EXs Expansion Sample Series take advantage of Kronos’ built-in SSD, providing large amounts of PCM data. The KRS Professional Sound Series were created by pro musicians and programmers who are intimately familiar with each of the Kronos sound engines. These libraries contain skillfully crafted programs, combinations, and drum patterns with infectious grooves, all designed to maximize the nine sound engines that power the Kronos.

Now available is the first of the EXs Libraries:

EXs10 Ricky Lawson’s “West Coast” Drums
Content: Approximately 650 MB of PCM samples, 16 Programs, 4 Drumkits
Drummer Ricky Lawson is a founding member of The Yellowjackets, and is known for his playing with internationally famous artists and groups. In addition to Ricky’s drumkits, this collection includes numerous variations of snare drum, providing the exact sounds of his playing. Also included are ambient sounds that add realism and depth, delivering a studio-quality sample set that covers a wide range of genres from pop to many other styles.

In addition, the following KRS Libraries were previously released and remain available:
KRS Professional Sound Series
KRS-01 “Pro Grooves” by David “Fingers” Haynes
Contents: 200 Patterns, 8 Songs
David “Fingers” Haynes is famous as the master of finger drumming. This set includes 200 realistic drum patterns that – unbelievably – he played with his fingers. His grooves are famous from his appearance with top-rated musicians, and are now available as performance-ready backing for your own songs using the Kronos’ RPPR function or Drum Track function.

KRS-02 STR-1/MOD-7 Phase II
Contents: 128 Programs
This library digs deep into the two complex sound engines whose possibilities have never been exhausted. Created largely by legendary sound programmer Katsunori Ujiie, this collection of sounds for the STR-1 and MOD-7 is destined to become a new standard. Classic electric pianos and basses from the MOD-7 and unprecedentedly new synth sounds from the STR-1 reflect his deep sound design talents and skill. Enrich your songs with wondrous sounds reflecting a strange realism.

KRS-03 Nu Electro
Contents: 128 Programs, 120 Patterns, 3 Songs
This is a collection of the “electro sounds” that in recent years have been appearing in a wide range of styles including pop, R&B, and hip-hop. The simple synth sounds valued in electro house and dubstep are also included. In addition, you receive a deep collection of phrase patterns, sure to stimulate your songwriting ideas.

KRS-04 Pro Splits and Layers
Contents: 128 Combinations
Created by some of the best sound designers available, this collection focuses on realtime live performance, providing a great set of split and layer combinations that concentrate on in-demand keyboard sounds such as gorgeous pianos, electric pianos, clavinets, and organs. The splits are ideal for solo performances or for backing a vocalist and the layers are the perfect rich accompaniment for ballads.

All Kronos Libraries can be purchased and downloaded at Korg’s Website. Introductory pricing on the KRS libraries ranges from $19.00 to $49.00; the EXs10 library features an introductory price of $199.00.

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Slang Musicgroup Looks to Guitar Center Professional for Products and Support as They Upgrade Their Production Studio

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, December 1, 2011 — Vince Lawrence has packed more into three decades in the music business than some achieve in a lifetime, initially as an artist, entrepreneur and innovator who helped introduce house music worldwide, then as a composer, producer and remixer who has come to effortlessly straddle the worlds of music and brand marketing. Lawrence’s Slang Musicgroup recently turned to Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, as they were upgrading the company’s production studio. Chicago-based Dan Scalpone, GC Pro Regional Manager, South Central U.S., was Lawrence’s primary contact on the project.

A studio owner for many years, Lawrence, founder and CEO of Slang Musicgroup and a Chicago resident since birth, has amassed an extensive collection of recording hardware and instruments, but with so much now being produced in the box, the facility’s main computer needed an upgrade. “We wanted to take advantage of some more horsepower in other programs that we were using outside of Pro Tools,” he says. “Since we were making the upgrade we said, what else could we do at the same time, since we were going to take some time off? So we also took the opportunity to isolate some of the noisier equipment.”

Scalpone, another longtime resident of Chicago, spearheaded the project for GC Pro. “I gave Vince all the options, and we sat down with the Avid product specialist and had some good meetings and demonstrations to narrow down what he needed. He wanted to update his Apple OS to Leopard, and naturally he had to upgrade Pro Tools, and he wanted to upgrade his computer. He bought a 12-core Mac and a bunch of hard drives with a Magma chassis. He also got some extra RAM, plus the additional cards for Pro Tools.”

Having access to the fastest computer available and 30 GB of RAM is critical for a studio that runs so many software instruments, not to mention the various applications, such as Logic and Reason, preferred by the team’s composers, according to Lawrence. “We got Vienna Ensemble to use as a bridge so that we could load the other synths into different RAM or even different computers that are elsewhere on our network, so we could maximize our composition palette. We wanted to have as many different things running virtually as possible,” he explains.

Slang Musicgroup works on many different types of projects, including remixing; music for advertising; music licensing for commercials, web, games and other purposes; original music production; artist development; and studio rental to outside engineers and artists. Current remix projects include songs by R. Kelly and Wiz Khalifa, reports Lawrence, also noting that Canadian artist Mira Black, young four-piece Mindless Behavior, and rapper Jim Jones, working with local artist YP, have all visited recently. The Slang Music Group team also wrote the theme for TV’s “Dr. Oz” and works closely with McDonalds, a client for many years, on music-related initiatives.

In addition to the upgrade to Pro Tools 9, and shortly to Pro Tools 10, new software at the studio also includes Native Instruments Komplete & Maschine, Spectrasonics’ Omnisphere and Arturia’s collection of VST instruments. “Plus a few other interesting synth goodies that I’ll keep to myself for the moment,” laughs Lawrence. With the installation of Apple’s Leopard OS, he upgraded the studio’s Waves plug-ins (Mercury bundle) and added the Abbey Road Studios bundle. The processing plug-in collection was further expanded with iZotope’s Stutter Edit, Elysia’s mpressor and the SPL Tube Vitalizer. The upgrade included a single item of outboard processing hardware, an API 2500 stereo compressor.

With producers and musicians all working in the facility’s large control room, noise was an issue, so Lawrence also purchased a 20-unit IsoBox rack from Sound Construction. “Lowering the noise floor while keeping critical gear in the room was one of his objectives,” reports Scalpone.

Slang Music Group is also working with several artists on Atlantic Records, says Lawrence. Somehow the team has also found time to create a five-CD set of loops and one-shot samples, Chicago Fire, for Sony Creative Software’s Acid application. “It’s a good basic toolkit for anybody who wants to make good sounding house music and electro,” he says.

There is no denying that Slang Music Group is busy: “Our posted hours are 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. Not that I’m here for all of them,” Lawrence acknowledges, “but we’re willing to book a session between those hours. We really want to help out as much as we can, so there’s a pile of stuff going on around here.”

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

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Former Bedroom Hatches World Class Control Room at The Nest

— Producer/Engineer Ryan McFadden transforms an unused bedroom into a stunning personal mix facility with the help of Carl Tatz Design and The PhantomFocus™ System —

Nashville, TN: “What’s really crazy is that, in this little bedroom studio, I now have one of the best monitoring systems in the world – it’s nuts. I have trouble believing it myself until every time I sit down in front of it – it hits me all over again,” waxes The Nest studio owner Ryan McFadden about his new PhantomFocus™ System (PFS).

“It’s a funny thing,” explains studio designer, Carl Tatz, principal of Carl Tatz Design LLC (CTD), “and I think it has to do with the fact that our aural memory is our shortest, but the same thing happens to me and that is that every time I sit down and listen to one of my systems it’s like I have forgotten how incredible it is. I have a repetition of the wow experience. This is probably why it is so difficult to explain in words to someone about how amazing the PFS performs without it sounding like hyperbole – you just have to experience it for yourself.”

Tired of suffering with inaccurate mixes, wasted time and loss of bookings in his bedroom control room, Nashville engineer/producer Ryan McFadden called on personal studio designer guru Carl Tatz to orchestrate a dramatic transformation from a bedroom of acoustic squalor into a control room of acoustic nirvana with CTD’s proprietary acoustic modules and the acclaimed PhantomFocus System monitor tuning protocol.

McFadden had a tight budget to work with but knew that the PhantomFocus System had to be the centerpiece based on the expert advice of teachers and friends, articles he read and ultimately his own PFS demo experience. What really helped his cost was the fact that he was not concerned about isolating the control room from the rest of the house and only required some extra glass in one window to the outside. This way the budget could be used primarily for the CTD acoustic modules and some custom application treatments along with the PFS.

McFadden goes on to say that since completing his CTD mix room, mixes happen much more quickly and are far more enjoyable, and his bookings have greatly increased. He notes that it is the best professional decision he has made.

Video URL: http://youtu.be/9ReNCAEWc5s

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Genelec Is the Go-To Sound System for Danny McDonald and His New York City Bars and Restaurants

— Longtime Genelec user McDonald opens The Growler Bites and Brews, which again features Genelec Active Monitors as its sound system —

NATICK, MA, November 17, 2011 — Danny McDonald, owner and co-owner of numerous bars, pubs and restaurants in Lower Manhattan, has opened a new establishment, The Growler Bites and Brews, that features a sound system comprising Genelec 8030A Bi-Amplified Monitors. McDonald has relied on the Genelec brand since installing his first system in 2000, and he is currently planning another large installation of the monitor speakers at New York’s historic Pier A.

The Growler Bites and Brews bar and restaurant is located in the Financial District on Stone Street, which is often referred to as Lower Manhattan’s restaurant row and is the location of several of McDonald’s other establishments. The new eatery is named after the traditional half-gallon jugs used to transport beer and sports a decidedly doggy theme, even offering a corral for its four-legged patrons while their owners chow down on organic hotdogs, microbrews and other fare. The Genelec speakers for this newest install were purchased from Guitar Center.

McDonald initially installed Genelec 1030A speakers eleven years ago at Puck Fair, an Irish pub on Lafayette Street. “There are 36 1030A’s there,” he reports, noting that he installed additional Genelec speakers at his oldest bar, Swift, at around the same time. “Then I built Ulysses Folk House in 2003; there are probably 40 in that spot, including the subs and speakers that we’ve added since. Then we put them in Harry’s Café and Harry’s Steak at One Hanover Square. Those are effectively two restaurants; there are 48 Genelec speakers in there. Next we built Gold Street – which is now called Harry’s Italian – in the Two Gold Street building, and put 40-odd in there.” Additional Genelec monitors are installed at the Vintry Wine & Whiskey bar, also on Stone Street, and the Bathtub Gin Speakeasy at 18th Street and Ninth Avenue.

For smaller rooms, such as the Vintry bar, a smaller speaker may be appropriate, he comments. “You can change the scale of the Genelec speakers to fit the restaurant environment, of course, and the sound will still be consistent. But I generally go with the medium range, the 8030A or the older 1030A, which is what I have in a lot of the places. They have punch and volume, and tremendous headroom. I always try and make it so that a customer is never further than eight feet from a Genelec speaker.”

McDonald’s next project will be the 30,000-plus-square-foot Pier A complex, a multi-million-dollar renovation project that will house a mix of casual and fine dining restaurants. “We’ll be using Genelecs there, too,” he says.

At some of the locations, in addition to handling background music, the Genelec monitors supplement a PA system on the nights that live bands are featured, and are also used during poetry readings and book launches. “Talk about surround sound!” says McDonald. “When you have that many speakers, you immerse the audience.”

As McDonald observes, the aggressive mid-range of many PA-type speakers forces people to talk louder, which can lead to the staff raising the music levels, and a vicious circle can set in. “I grew up bartending in the city of New York and I was perplexed by why places were using PA systems that were designed to overcome conversation. In a friendly bar or restaurant the last thing you want to feel is that aggression, and these Genelec studio monitors completely overcome that. It makes for a much more peaceful spot. So I was looking for systems that almost promoted conversation. I came up with a term ten years ago – I call it ‘choreographed conversation.’ These Genelecs have been able to promote that.”

Indeed, because Genelec monitors are self-powered, McDonald can quickly and easily tailor the environment in each establishment. “I had an elderly couple in the other day for a lobster dinner. They thought they were in a busy environment that they thought was too loud. I just turned off the Genelec at their table, and they decided to hang out. When you’re managing a room that’s a great thing to be able to do.”

As for maintenance, he continues, “It’s very, very easy when you can just Allen-key a speaker down off an omni-mount, unplug the XLR and, if you have speakers on standby, which I always do, correct a problem – which happens very rarely. I’ve got many speakers that are still operating ten years later, and that’s ten years of having never been turned off. It just amazes me.”

As it turns out, McDonald’s pioneering use of Genelec speakers in Manhattan’s eating and drinking establishments started something of a trend. “I sing Genelec’s praises all over the place. In fact, I know that there have been an awful lot of Genelecs sold on account of the fact that they’re in my places – they’re in half the other Irish pubs as well!”

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

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Lowell Manufacturing Appoints Clyne Media to Lead Marketing and Public Relations Initiatives

— Missouri-based pro AV manufacturer looks to increase awareness by teaming with Nashville/New York-based Clyne Media, Inc. —

PACIFIC, MO, November 16, 2011 — Lowell Manufacturing Company, a Pacific, Missouri-based manufacturer of professional AV Products, announces the appointment of Nashville- and New York-based Clyne Media, Inc. to handle its marketing and public relations initiatives. The announcement was made by John J. Lowell, Lowell Manufacturing President, and marks the launch of a new dedicated marketing program further expanding Lowell’s profile in the industry.

Lowell engineers and produces a wide range of rack, power and audio products that provide exceptional performance in professional systems integration.

“We are thrilled to be working with Clyne Media as our PR team,” stated John J. Lowell. “Robert Clyne has rightly earned his reputation as one of the most knowledgeable figures in AV marketing and press relations. He and his team have the experience and expertise to spearhead our media efforts and new initiatives. Clyne Media will be helping us increase brand awareness and market share as we move into our 65th anniversary year and beyond.”

Clyne Media is one of the nation’s premier specialized marketing communications/media relations agencies, serving the needs of leaders in the high-technology electronics and entertainment market sector and related industries. The company will pursue new editorial opportunities on behalf of Lowell and help focus public relations efforts with industry editors and independent journalists worldwide.

Agency President/CEO Robert Clyne will handle the account management, while dedicated company staff will cover media relations, technical writing, editing and other initiatives.

“We are very excited to be working with Lowell Manufacturing,” Robert Clyne commented. “Their vast product line and six-and-a-half decades of history speak for themselves, and their principals are focused on the development of market-driven products to serve the AV industry. They are the type of client with whom we are proud to do business, and an excellent addition to our current client roster.”

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THE RECORDING ACADEMY® PRODUCERS & ENGINEERS WING® ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH IRON MOUNTAIN

Iron Mountain’s Entertainment Services Will Provide Expertise on Issues Related to Preserving Music and Protecting Musical Intellectual Property for the Recording Industry

SANTA MONICA, CA, November 15, 2011 — The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® has entered into a partnership with Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM) Entertainment Services, it was recently announced. As an official P&E Wing partner, Iron Mountain will provide title sponsorship of regional Recording Academy Chapter professional development events and will serve as a sustaining member of the P&E Wing Manufacturer’s Council, a diverse array of audio-related companies that function as a creative think-tank to address industry issues, including technical best practices, new technology development, preservation of recording assets and creative rights.
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VOX Amplification Presents “VOX Tone Test” Events

— Free VOX limited-edition T-shirt for testing VOX amps at weekend events —

MELVILLE, NY, November 14, 2011 — VOX Amplification is holding a series of “VOX Tone Test” events at participating dealers in November. Customers who come to an event and try a VOX amp will receive a free VOX limited-edition T-shirt – while supplies last! No purchase is required.
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Audio-Technica Provides Microphone Solutions for 2011 CMA Awards

— Leading music mixers and award-winning performers again pick A-T for sound quality and reliability —

Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 45 years, is celebrating its 18th year of supporting the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards by providing an extensive selection of vocal and instrument microphones for its annual awards show. The 45th Annual CMA Awards aired live in 5.1-channel surround sound Wednesday, November 9, on the ABC Television Network from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, and featured over 200 Audio-Technica microphones, including an impressive array of hard-wired mics and Artist Elite® 5000 Series UHF Wireless Systems. Audio-Technica microphones were chosen for their ability to provide clear and consistent audio quality for this star-studded live broadcast, for performers ranging from some of country music’s biggest stars to pop and rock acts on show-stopping collaborations.
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Guitar Center, The Nation’s Largest Instrument Retailer, Opens Its 222nd Store with New Location In the Houston Area

— Company opens its eighth store in 2011 with special savings and events —

— Guitar Center Sugar Land features on-site lessons and guitar repair services —

On October 27, 2011, Guitar Center opened its newest retail location, at 12790 Fountain Lake Circle, Stafford, Texas (near the city of Sugar Land), in the Houston metro area. The store’s opening delivered vast product selection, along with the unparalleled knowledge and experience of its dedicated staff. Guitar Center Sugar Land also features Guitar Center Studios, an embedded lesson and rehearsal facility. To celebrate the opening, Guitar Center hosted a Grand Opening Weekend featuring exclusive savings, gear giveaways and free events tailored to local musicians.
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Audio-Technica Offers 3000 Series Wireless Holiday Bundles

— A-T brings special savings for the holidays on their go-to wireless system —

Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 45 years, announces special holiday savings for its 3000 Series wireless systems. These bundles feature a 3000 Series system paired with one of two low-profile A-T Omnidirectional Condenser Headworn Microphones. The Holiday Bundle features A-T’s popular PRO 92cW Omnidirectional Condenser Headworn Microphone, and the Ultimate Holiday Bundle features A-T’s renowned BP892cW MicroSet® Subminiature Omnidirectional Condenser Headworn Microphone. In addition to a condenser headworn microphone, each bundle also includes the 3000 Series receiver and UniPak® transmitter, along with a bonus sleek carrying case and the AT831cW Cardioid Condenser Lavalier Microphone. All of these bundles will be available through December 31, 2011, from authorized Audio-Technica dealers in the U.S. With these bundles, A-T offers users everything they need to get their show on the road for the holiday season.
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