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Blackstar Amplification Expands HT Venue Series with HT Club 50H Head and Limited Edition Bundle Package in the U.S.

— 50-Watt head is available alone or with matching 4 x 12 HTV-412A cabinet —

Blackstar Amplification is expanding its popular HT Venue Series of combo tube amplifiers to include the HT Club 50H head, available alone or with the matching HTV-412A cabinet as a specially priced, limited-run bundle (HT50STACK) in the U.S. The HT Club 50H provides 50 Watts of power, and is based on the features of Blackstar’s popular HT Club 40 Combo amp.

Offering two channels and four modes, the HT Club 50 Head is ideal for creating a full or half stack for club-sized venues. The preamp stage offers 2 x ECC83/12AX7 vacuum tubes. The 50-Watt EL34-driven power amp has amazing punch and dynamics that easily cut through in any band situation. The matching HTV-412A cabinet features four Celestion 12” speakers.

Each channel features an independent Voice switch that greatly enhances the tonal versatility. The Clean channel provides Boutique or Modern voicings; the Overdrive channel offers a choice between Classic and Modern. The three-band EQ is augmented by the Infinite Shape Feature (ISF), which works with the EQ to provide infinite new tone-shaping control. Equipped with digital reverb (including a Dark/Bright switch), emulated output and an effects loop, the HT Club 50H is designed to be a solid and flexible tube head for nearly any gigging situation. A 2-way footswitch is included.

Pricing is as follows:

HTCLUB50H 50 Watt Venue Series Head U.S. MSRP $879.99
HTV-412A 4×12 angled Cabinet U.S. MSRP $749.99

Authorized Blackstar Dealers in the U.S. will be offering the HT50STACK at a special introductory price of $999.99 for a limited time.

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

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THE RECORDING ACADEMY® PRODUCERS & ENGINEERS WING® PRESENTED GRAMMY SOUNDTABLES® AT THE 131ST AES CONVENTION

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (October 25, 2011) — At the 131st Audio Engineering Society Convention in New York City, The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® presented GRAMMY SoundTables® on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. The event, titled “Sonic Imprints: Songs that Changed My Life,” explored music that inspired and shaped the careers of recording industry influencers. Songs chosen by panelists and played for the audience ranged from U2′s “Vertigo” to Alicia Keys’ “Superwoman” to Henry Mancini’s “Peter Gunn.” Moderated by GRAMMY®-winning engineer Chris Lord-Alge, the panel featured a diverse group of GRAMMY-winning producers and engineers who shared personal stories behind the songs, discussed engineering techniques, and highlighted the varying textures of the works that inspired them.


Photo Caption: Pictured L-R: Panelist Al Schmitt, P&E Wing Sr. Executive Director Maureen Droney, moderator Chris Lord-Alge, panelists Phil Ramone, Ken “Duro” Ifill, Steve Lillywhite and Ann Mincieli. Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy®/Wireimage.com © 2011 Photographed by: Gary Gershoff

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THE RECORDING ACADEMY® PRODUCERS & ENGINEERS WING®, APRS AND SPARS HELD IN THE MIX® AT AES 2011

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (October 25, 2011) — On Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®, APRS and SPARS presented In The Mix® at AES, bringing producers, engineers and industry professionals together for a cocktail reception and awards presentation. Celebrating excellence in professional audio, APRS recognized GRAMMY®-winning producers Steve Lillywhite and Geoff Emerick with the Sound Fellowship Award and SPARS honored Joe Tarsia with the Legacy Award. The event, hosted by Recording Academy P&E Wing Sr. Executive Director Maureen Droney, was held in conjunction with the 131st AES Convention.


Photo Caption: Pictured L-R: GRAMMY®-winning engineer George Massenburg, GRAMMY-winning producer/engineer Elliot Scheiner, producer/engineer/mixer, founder of Sigma Sound Studios and SPARS Legacy Award recipient Joe Tarsia and GRAMMY-winning producer/engineer Al Schmitt. Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy®/Wireimage.com© 2011 Photographed by: Gary Gershoff

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THE RECORDING ACADEMY® PRODUCERS & ENGINEERS WING® HOSTED FOURTH MANUFACTURER BREAKFAST AT AES 2011

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (October 25, 2011) — The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Manufacturer Breakfast was held on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, during the 131st Audio Engineering Society Convention. This group of industry leaders — dedicated to the advancement of sound quality and to the overall growth of the professional audio industry — met to share ideas and discuss issues with the goal of raising awareness about the importance of high-quality audio and the professionals who create it. Members of this meeting included GRAMMY®-winning producers, engineers, audio professionals and top pro-audio manufacturers.

Photo Caption: Representatives from companies including API, Audio-Technica, Avid, Focusrite Novation Inc., Fraunhofer IIS, Harman Professional’s AKG and JBL, Manley Labs, Music Marketing, PMC, Prism Media Products, Radial Engineering, Royer, Sennheiser, Shure, Sonnox, SSL, Waves Audio, and Yamaha joined members of the P&E Wing Advisory Council and Editors from Mix Magazine and Pro Sound News. Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy®/Wireimage.com © 2011 Photographed by: Gary Gershoff

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THE RECORDING ACADEMY® PRODUCERS & ENGINEERS WING® PRESENTS GRAMMY SOUNDTABLES® AT THE 131ST AES CONVENTION

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Diverse Group of High-Profile Producers and Engineers Will Gather to Dissect the Songs That Have Made an Indelible Impact on Their Careers

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (October 13, 2011) — The GRAMMY SoundTables® at this year’s 131st AES Convention will be presented on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at Room 1E 15 and 16 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Back by popular demand, the P&E Wing will present a second iteration of “Sonic Imprints: Songs that Changed My Life” that will explore the sounds that have inspired and shaped careers of influencers in the field. Moderated by GRAMMY®-winning engineer Chris Lord-Alge, the panel will feature a New York-centric, diverse group of panelists including GRAMMY-winning engineers Ken “Duro” Ifill, Steve Lillywhite, Ann Mincieli, Phil Ramone and Al Schmitt, with more to be announced shortly.

Chris Lord-Alge is one of the more

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VOX Amplification Now Shipping VTX150 Neodymium from Its Valvetronix Line

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— Flagship VOX modeling amplifier includes extras —

MELVILLE, NY, October 11, 2011 — VOX Amplification is now shipping the new Valvetronix Pro VTX150 Neodymium, expanding its popular Valvetronix series of modeling amplifiers. This combo amp features 150 Watts of power into a 12? Celestion VOX NeoDog speaker.

At the heart of every Valvetronix amp is the “Valve Reactor? circuit. First introduced in 2001, the Valve Reactor circuit uses a real vacuum tube to provide all Valvetronix amps with true tube tone. For the VTX150 Neodymium, the Valve Reactor circuit has been enhanced, using an EL84 tube in place of the traditional 12AX7 tube to create a sonic signature.

The VTX150 Neodymium boasts 44 amp models – the most in any Valvetronix amp. For each of these 44 amp models, the VTX150 Neodymium provides three variations – Basic, Effect and Song – more

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Korg Ships New Wavedrum Mini

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— Company expands line with self-contained, go-anywhere dynamic percussion synthesizer—

MELVILLE, NY, October 11, 2011 — Korg is now shipping the Wavedrum Mini, which borrows technology from the popular Wavedrum series. Completely self-contained, the Wavedrum Mini provides a playable pad, speaker, sounds, effects, patterns and a loop recorder, as well as a Sensor Clip to transform any object into a second sound source.

The Wavedrum Mini offers 100 professionally programmed and ready-to-play sounds, from acoustic-emulating drum and percussion to cutting-edge sounds possible only on a synthesizer. Bass, tuned percussion and stringed instruments are also included, allowing both rhythmic and melodic performances.

Sounds can be easily and expressively triggered from Wavedrum Mini’s pad. Additional sounds can be accessed at the same time by attaching the Sensor Clip to a table top, cup, a user’s foot or any object, transforming the object into more

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Selena Gomez Is Now an Audio-Technica Endorser

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— The singer, actress and entrepreneur has been an A-T fan from the start and now uses the Audio-Technica AEW-T3300a handheld transmitter with the A-T 5000 Series UHF Wireless System —

STOW, OH, October 11, 2011 — Selena Gomez has accomplished an enormous amount for a 19-year-old, and her career is still on the rise. She has achieved television and film stardom, and she is the lead singer and founder of the pop band Selena Gomez & The Scene, which has released three successful studio albums: Kiss & Tell, featuring the hit single “Naturally?; A Year Without Rain; and the latest, When The Sun Goes Down, which features the lead-off single “Who Says.? And when Selena sings, she chooses to use microphones from Audio-Technica, for which she is now an endorser. The performer is now using the A-T 5000 Series Frequency-agile True Diversity UHF more

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Blackstar Amplification Presents Encore “Blackstar Blitz? Events at Premier Dealers Throughout U.S.

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— Back by popular demand, “Blitz? events offer prizes, hands-on demos and more —

MELVILLE, NY, October 11, 2011 — Blackstar Amplification is bringing back their special “Blackstar Blitz? events at premier dealers across the United States, in response to requests for additional dates and locations. Guitarists and amp aficionados alike will be able to hear Blackstar’s tube, high-gain British amps and the HT tube-driven pedals in all their glory. From the bone-crushing Series One and hand-wired Artisan Series, to the affordable HT Venue Series and HT-1 and HT-5 practice amps, Blackstar lets players realize “the sound in their head.?

Blackstar product experts will be on hand at each event to perform demos and help attendees create their own signature sound – inspired by sounds from USA to the U.K. and anywhere in between – using Blackstar’s proprietary ISF (Infinite Shape more

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Aerosmith and Producer Jack Douglas Use Endless Analog’s CLASP™ on Sessions for Upcoming Album

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— Aerosmith’s new album, the first in eight years, will feature a rich analog sound made possible with the use of CLASP™ (Closed Loop Analog Signal Processor) —

NASHVILLE, TN, October 6, 2011 — Excitement among fans is electric at the news that Aerosmith is hard at work on their 14th studio album, set to be released in May 2012. It is a testament to the band’s legacy as one of the greatest bands in the world that each new Aerosmith album release is still such a huge event. Fans have been clamoring for a new set of material since 2001’s Just Push Play and 2004’s bluesy covers album Honkin’ on Bobo, and the sessions for the new record are rendering something very special – something that producer Jack Douglas is calling “raw? and “nasty.? Aerosmith’s decision to again collaborate with Douglas, who helmed more

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