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Zeehi’s CueCast Technology Allows User File Conversion Between Mixing Console Platforms

— Revolutionary new file conversion service streamlines workflow for front-of-house and monitor engineers, sound reinforcement companies, broadcasters, performing arts facilities, and production managers —

BOULDER, COLORADO, June 13, 2012 — Danny Abelson, Co-Founder of Zeehi, an entertainment technology company dedicated to developing solutions to improve the workflow of global entertainment production professionals, announces the Beta Release of the CueCast Digital Mixing Console User File Conversion Service. 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 between different digital audio mixing console formats.

The current Beta Release of CueCast converts the most commonly used features and functions 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. Future releases will support additional console platforms, 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. “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 196 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.”

“We are very fortunate in our industry,” continued Abelson. “The manufacturers have designed mixing consoles with remarkable features and sound quality. Unfortunately the formats in which user data is stored in these different platforms are not compatible with one another. Our research with some of the world’s most prestigious sound companies, veteran sound engineers, broadcasters, and leading production managers indicates that this incompatibility results in a significant burden to users. For a variety of reasons engineers often need to transfer those settings to a different brand or model of mixer depending on touring conditions, a venue’s installed equipment, or the availability of a particular console. These users identified a number of different scenarios, including festivals, touring without a console, change of production truck, unexpected equipment loss or failure, or availability where switching consoles is simply a necessity.”

“The opportunities digital has given us have been remarkable, but with these improvements come greater expectations by performers and management for crews to do more in less time. On a surprising number of occasions, digital solutions unintentionally create obstacles for the production team. Our goal is to improve workflow for entertainment industry professionals by streamlining this process, and make changing to another desk fast and easy.”

Information on CueCast can be found at info@zeehi.com

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Aphex® Displays Complete Range of Microphone Preamplifiers at InfoComm 2012

— Aphex® offers sound contractors and integrators microphone preamplifiers for a wide variety of applications, from a single channel with processing to comprehensively featured remote-controllable eight-channel units —

At InfoComm 2012, Aphex® (Booth C11142), the leader in sound enhancement technology, will show its complete range of microphone preamplifiers. Models on display include the versatile Channel; two-channel Model 207D; eight-channel remote controlled Model 188; and flagship eight-channel Model 1788A microphone preamplifiers for applications such as live sound, broadcast and recording.

The Aphex Channel features seven of the company’s renowned processing technologies, five of them patented, laid out in an intuitive, easy-to-use workflow beginning with the company’s patented Reflected Plate Amplifier (RPA) tube preamp. The single-channel 1RU unit additionally offers compression, gating, de-esser, parametric EQ and Aphex’s renowned Aural Exciter for improved detail and intelligibility, as well as Big Bottom bass enhancement. Additional front panel features include comprehensive metering, plus low jitter digital clock.

The two-channel Aphex Model 207D is also built upon the RPA tube mic and instrument preamp, and offers extremely low noise and high gain. The unit offers a rear panel mic input and front panel instrument input per channel, with AES3 and S/PDIF digital output plus Word Clock connections, and supports sampling rates up to 96 kHz. With its patented MicLim limiter preventing unwanted clipping, the Model 207D is the ideal front-end interface to any digital recording system.

The Model 188 is a 1RU rack-mountable chassis housing eight channels of Aphex transformer-coupled mic preamps with eight analog outputs. Two ADAT Optical outputs offer redundancy or may be used together for 2X sampling rates (SMUX). The Model 188 features may be remote controlled via MIDI over Ethernet, by using the optional 5200 interface and the Aphex 1788SW control software (PC/Mac) or by specific Avid control surfaces or Yamaha digital mixers. Alternatively it may be controlled by the 1788A-RC hardware remote.

The 1788A is Aphex’s flagship multi-channel remote-controllable mic preamp, and features eight balanced Jensen® transformer-coupled microphone inputs with two sets of analog outputs for each channel. The Aphex 1788A incorporates MicLim limiting on every channel to prevent input clipping, while the inclusion of LeNA, Aphex’s patented digitally controlled Low Noise Amplifier, allows the input gain to be adjusted in 0.25 dB steps without noise or glitches. The 1788A may be configured with an additional three digital outputs (24-bit AES/EBU and ADAT Optical), extending the versatility of the unit and allowing it to be used as a mic splitter. The 1788A may be remote controlled from Avid and Yamaha consoles using Aphex’s Model 5200 interface. Aphex 1788SW controller software (Win 95/98/2000/XP® or Mac OS X® compatible) displays all parameters, status information and metering for up to 16 units, and allows 20 user definable scenes to be saved, modified and recalled.
“Outside of our reputation for designing and manufacturing high-quality audio products, Aphex has one of the widest ranges of microphone preamplifiers available in the industry today,” stated Aphex Chairman/CEO David Wiener. “Because of the breadth of our product line, there is an Aphex preamplifier to suit every installation situation and client’s budget, all featuring, of course, our legendary Aphex sound.”

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Music Mix Mobile (M3) Chooses Aphex® Model 188 Microphone Preamp for High-Profile Television Programs and Broadcast Events

— Aphex® 188 mic preamps that combine high efficiency with great sound for a variety of M3’s projects —

Music Mix Mobile (M3), a New Jersey/California-based remote recording, mixing and production company, are one of the most in-demand audio teams in the country, and their services have helped several television programs and large-scale events broadcast the highest quality audio. Such programs include The GRAMMY®s, The Latin GRAMMY®s, VH1 Storytellers, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’s live broadcast from the University of North Carolina, and the 2012 concert event commemorating the bestowing of The Gershwin Prize, among many others. A key part of M3’s signal chain is the Aphex® Model 188 Microphone Preamp, included as part of their recording and post-production infrastructure.

“The Aphex 188 is crucial to making the signal chain work efficiently and effectively,” states Joel Singer, Chief Engineer for M3. “We chose the Aphex 188 because it solves so many of the challenges that come with working on complex music programs in remote broadcast situations,” he says. “We can get 96 channels of microphones into a single 24-space rack, and that saves us critical space and weight. We can control the mic-pre’s remotely, which increases efficiency, and they have digital outputs, which further reduces space that would otherwise have been taken up with A-to-D converters. And the 188 sounds fantastic – they’re incredibly clear sounding and very musical. Combine that with all of the operational efficiencies they offer and the amount of functionality you get for the price and you see that they’re the best choice for this kind of work. That’s also why we have another 128 channels of Aphex 188s for our West Coast office. It’s a great device.”

The Aphex Model 188 provides eight high-quality Aphex transformer-coupled mic preamps in a 1U rack-mount chassis. Like the popular Aphex 1788A, all settings of the Model 188 can be remote controlled via Ethernet or MIDI, using the 1788A-RC remote or the 1788SW control software (PC and Mac). It can also be controlled via the Aphex 5200 interface from an Avid Pro Tools or Yamaha control surface. The Model 188 has an eight channel analog output as well as two ADAT Optical outputs, each carrying eight channels of audio. The two outputs can be used for redundant operation, or in combination for 2X sampling rates (SMUX).

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GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW NORTH PORTLAND, OREGON STORE

— 228th Guitar Center location features on-site lessons and repair services, along with GC’s vast inventory selection —

Westlake Village, CA (June 4, 2012) – On the evening of Thursday, May 24, 2012, Guitar Center held the grand opening of its new location in North Portland, Oregon, located at 1147 Hayden Meadows Dr., Portland, OR 97217-7547. Guitar Center North Portland is Guitar Center’s 228th retail location.

Guitar Center North Portland’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. Special workshops will continue throughout the first 3 months.

Guitar Center’s newest North Portland location features showrooms for customers equipped with the latest products – from guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards to live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment. The store also features Guitar Center Studios, an in-house, state-of-the-art lesson facility, which is already creating unrivalled opportunities for North Portland musicians of all ages and skill levels. Guitar Center Studios will provide 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 North Portland also features GC Garage, Guitar Center’s on-site guitar repair service. Musicians were able to try out the GC Garage for free on Grand Opening night, and with a guitar purchase, customers also received a free, 22-point personalized set-up.

As part of Guitar Center’s ongoing initiatives designed to educate and inspire artists nationwide, Guitar Center North Portland offers 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 will be able to come to the store to interact with and pick the brains of several industry leaders. North Portland 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 isle” include North Portland 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 North Portland store, Guitar Center offers nationwide programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight the nation’s most promising undiscovered talent. North Portland 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. The grand finale took place in Los Angeles on Feb. 18.

• 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 North Portland 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 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sunday.

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