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EAW® Names Scott Pizzo North American Sales Manager, East

Pizzo Returns to the Company and Will Help EAW Focus on Sales and Continued Growth

Whitinsville, MA, USA, January 24, 2012 – EAW®, a world leader in audio system technology for over 30 years, announces the appointment of Scott Pizzo to the position of North American Sales Manager, Eastern Region. Pizzo was previously part of the EAW team from 2003 through 2008, serving as U.S. Sales Director among other positions. The announcement was made by Jeff Rocha, EAW President, and reflects EAW’s ongoing emphasis on strengthening its sales channels and enhancing its customer relations.

Rocha states, “Re-hiring Scott is a critical step in strategically growing our internal capabilities. He brings tremendous experience and strong connections to dealers and end users. Plus, he’s intimately familiar with the EAW product line, so he can hit the ground running. Having Scott here in the home office will help us keep the sales perspective front-and-center.”

In his new capacity, Pizzo will focus on sales in the eastern half of North America, allowing Kurt Metzler, EAW’s existing North American Sales Manager to focus on the West. As EAW has positioned each sales resource closer to the customers they serve so they can deliver faster, more direct service, Pizzo and Metzler will manage the total North American territory cooperatively.

“Our business is complex to the point that an installation might be specified in one territory, awarded to a contractor in another and installed in a third,” Rocha said. “It just makes sense for Scott and Kurt to collaborate in driving our North American growth in 2012 and beyond.”

Before rejoining EAW, Pizzo served as Eastern U.S. Regional Sales Manager at Renkus-Heinz from 2008 through 2011. Prior to joining EAW for the first time in 2003, he worked as Product Specialist / Technical Sales at Lexicon Professional. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music in music performance with an emphasis in recording and production technology from University of Lowell (now UMass Lowell). His experience spans both the studio world and event production, and in his free time, he does freelance event production for local-area organizations and businesses.

Pizzo states, “EAW is like home to me. I was an EAW owner before I was an employee, having purchased an FR253HR in 1996 or so. I am looking forward to reconnecting with customers and building EAW to the greatness it deserves, because EAW is the best. It’s good to be home.”

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

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Guitar Center, the Nation’s Largest Instrument Retailer, Opens Its 221st Store with New Location in Round Rock, Texas

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

— Store features on-site lessons and guitar repair services —

On September 29, 2011, Guitar Center opened its newest retail location in Round Rock, Texas, located at 2200 South IH-35, Suite B4. The store’s opening delivered vast product selection, along with the unparalleled knowledge and experience of GC’s dedicated staff. Guitar Center Round Rock also features Guitar Center Studios, an embedded lesson and rehearsal facility, and is the only Austin-area Guitar Center with a Guitar Center Studios. To celebrate the opening, Guitar Center hosted a Grand Opening Weekend featuring exclusive savings, gear giveaways and free events tailored to local musicians.

GC Round Rock features well-equipped showrooms with the latest products for the musician, from guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards to live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment. In addition to special Grand Opening Weekend programming, early shoppers also enjoyed exclusive savings throughout opening weekend with deals that included guitar and drum essentials.

Gene Joly, Guitar Center Executive VP of Stores, stated, “The Austin area is one of the key music centers in the country, and adding another store helps us to better serve the musicians and engineers in this burgeoning market. As with our other new stores opened in 2011, the Round Rock location reflects a number of new design and merchandising principles. For instance, GC Round Rock features Guitar Center Studios lessons/rehearsal spaces, GC Garage repairs facility and an open layout that yields a streamlined traffic flow and more room for customers to test drive products in a comfortable environment.”

Guitar Center’s plans for the Round Rock location go well beyond offering the biggest selection at the best prices. The store includes Guitar Center Studios, an in-house, state-of-the-art lesson and rehearsal facility, which will create unrivaled opportunities for Round Rock musicians of all ages and skill levels. Guitar Center Studios provides music lessons from beginner to advanced featuring certified instructors providing world-class curriculum, as well as one-on-one Pro Tools, Logic Pro and GarageBand courses. Rehearsal spaces are fully equipped with the latest backline gear, and musicians will have access to a digital recording of their rehearsal sessions. Guitar Center Studios is by all accounts the most modern and affordable lessons and rehearsals facility in the city.

The store also features GC Garage, offering on-site guitar repair services. Staffed with a certified repair technician, GC Garage can handle any repair from restring and basic instrument maintenance to headstock and structural repair.

Building on their ongoing initiatives designed to educate and inspire artists nationwide, Guitar Center in Round Rock will offer unique opportunities for musicians to craft their skills, maintain their instruments and experience many aspects of the music industry first hand. Musicians interested in learning the many facets of home recording were invited to participate in a free workshop with Avid, the makers of popular recording software Pro Tools, held on Saturday, October 1, at 1 pm. They were also able to interact with and hear firsthand from accomplished drummer Jeff Friedl (A Perfect Circle / Ashes Divide / Puscifer / Devo) and respected heavy metal and Guitar Hero lead guitarist Marcus Henderson as they shared their experiences and insights during special Guitar Center Sessions events (Friedl on Friday, September 30, at 7 pm and Henderson on Sunday, October 2, at 5 pm). On grand opening night, hard rock band Lyman and Elvis impersonator Terry Buchwald both performed.

Round Rock shoppers are able to enjoy Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” with multiple combinations of shopping options to conveniently choose from – not only the Round Rock inventory, but also the over $400 million in gear Guitar Center has to offer nationwide. Consumers can combine a myriad number of in-store, online and phone options to purchase music equipment from anywhere, allowing for a completely personalized and endlessly convenient shopping experience for every customer.

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

• Your Next Record gives artists a chance to record with some of the top recording artists in the country, including legendary guitarist Slash, country superstar Keith Urban, and rock icon Travis Barker.

• Guitar Center On-Stage gives undiscovered bands the opportunity to compete against their peers for a chance to share a stage with their idols. The most recent On-Stage competition features Jane’s Addiction. For more information, please visit http://gc.guitarcenter.com/onstage/.

• Guitar Center’s Drum-Off and King of the Blues are national competitions that highlight local talent from across the country, giving them widespread exposure and the chance to win incredible prize packages.

Guitar Center Round Rock is open seven days a week. Store hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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GUITAR CENTER, THE NATION’S LARGEST INSTRUMENT RETAILER, OPENS NEW SUPERSTORE IN WILMINGTON, DELAWARE

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

On June 16, 2011, Guitar Center opened its latest retail location in Wilmington, Delaware. The store’s opening delivers vast product selection to the region, along with the unparalleled knowledge and experience of its dedicated staff. To celebrate the opening, Guitar Center hosted a Grand Opening Weekend featuring exclusive savings, gear giveaways and free events tailored to local musicians. The opening of the Wilmington, Delaware store marks Guitar Center’s fifth store opening in 2011 and further underscores Guitar Center’s ongoing expansion nationwide.

Located at 5141 Brandywine Parkway, Wilmington, Delaware 19803 (a no sales tax zone), the retailer’s newest location features well-equipped showrooms with the latest products for the musician, from guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards to live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment. In addition to special Grand Opening Weekend programming, early shoppers also enjoyed exclusive savings throughout opening weekend, with deals that included guitar and drum essentials at up to 88% off list price.

The store also features GC Garage, offering on-site guitar repair services. Throughout opening weekend, musicians were able to test drive the Garage for free, with any guitar purchased at Guitar Center Wilmington Grand Opening night getting a free, 22-point personalized set-up.

Building on their ongoing initiatives designed to educate and inspire artists nationwide, Guitar Center in Wilmington offers unique opportunities for musicians to craft their skills, maintain their instruments and experience many aspects of the music industry first-hand. Musicians interested in learning the many facets of home recording were invited to participate in a free workshop with Avid, the makers of popular recording software Pro Tools, on Saturday, June 18, at 1:00 p.m. They were also able to interact with and pick the brain of metal gods Derek Roddy and Marcus Henderson as they shared their experiences and insights during special Guitar Center Sessions events. Opening night also featured a performance from IKE.

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

• Your Next Record gives artists a chance to record with some of the top recording artists in the country, including legendary guitarist Slash, country superstar Keith Urban, and rock icon Travis Barker.

• Guitar Center On-Stage gives undiscovered bands the opportunity to compete against their peers for a chance to share a stage with their idols. The most recent On-Stage competition features Jane’s Addiction, for more info go to http://gc.guitarcenter.com/onstage/.

• Guitar Center’s Drum-Off and King of the Blues are national competitions that highlight local talent from across the country, giving them widespread exposure and the chance to win incredible prize packages.

Guitar Center Wilmington is open seven days a week. Store hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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GUITAR CENTER, THE NATION’S LARGEST INSTRUMENT RETAILER, OPENS NEW SUPERSTORE IN STEVENSON RANCH, CALIFORNIA

— Stevenson Ranch’s Guitar Center Studios features on-site lessons and guitar repair services—

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

On April 28, 2011, Guitar Center opened a new retail location at 24961 Pico Canyon Road in Stevenson Ranch, Calif., 91381. The Stevenson Ranch location marks the fourth Guitar Center store to open this year, and Guitar Center’s 218th store in operation. The store features well-equipped showrooms with the latest products for the musician, from guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards to pro-audio and recording equipment. The store’s opening brought unprecedented product selection and opportunities to musicians in the area, along with the unparalleled knowledge and experience of its dedicated staff. The Stevenson Ranch location also features Guitar Center Studios, the retailer’s cutting-edge embedded lesson facility. The retailer kicked off its Grand Opening Thursday night and celebrated its newest location throughout the weekend, with deals that included guitar and drum essentials at up to 89% off list price, and by offering free events such as a workshop with Avid (the makers of popular recording software Pro Tools), all tailored to local musicians.

Guitar Center’s plans for the Stevenson Ranch location go well beyond offering the biggest selection at the best prices. Furthering the retailer’s mission to support and foster local musical talent, the location features Guitar Center Studios, an in-house, state-of-the-art lessons facility, which will create unrivalled opportunities for 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, and will be the most modern and affordable lessons facility in the area.

The store also features GC Garage, offering on-site guitar repair services. Throughout opening weekend, musicians were able to test drive the Garage for free, with any guitar purchased at Guitar Center Stevenson Ranch Grand Opening night getting a free, 22-point personalized set-up (strings and parts not included).

Building on their ongoing initiatives designed to educate and inspire artists nationwide, Guitar Center in Stevenson Ranch will offer unique opportunities for musicians to craft their skills, maintain their instruments and experience many aspects of the music industry first hand.

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

Your Next Record gives artists a chance to record with some of the top recording artists in the country, including legendary guitarist Slash, country superstar Keith Urban, and rock icon Travis Barker.
Guitar Center On-Stage gives undiscovered bands the opportunity to compete against their peers for a chance to share a stage with their idols.
Guitar Center’s Drum-Off and King of the Blues are national competitions that highlight local talent from across the country, giving them widespread exposure and the chance to win incredible prize packages.

Guitar Center Stevenson Ranch is open seven days a week. Store hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Waves Announces Increased Popularity of SoundGrid® On DiGiCo SD7 and SD10 Consoles in the U.S.

— DiGiCo’s U.S. distributor, Group One Limited, reports that virtually all SD7 and SD10
consoles sold in the U.S. are equipped with Waves SoundGrid® —

KNOXVILLE, TN, January 23, 2012 — Waves Audio, the industry-leading developer of professional audio digital signal processing technologies and the recipient of a Technical GRAMMY® Award, is proud to be in an ongoing strategic alliance with DiGiCo, whose SD Series consoles – SD7 and SD10 – are virtually all shipping with Waves SoundGrid® in the U.S. In fact, DiGiCo’s U.S. distributor, Group One Limited, notes that almost all DiGiCo SD Series consoles are specified with Waves SoundGrid. The SoundGrid platform gives DiGiCo users access to Waves’ award-winning reverbs, equalizers, compressors, limiters, delays and more, directly from their consoles. In 2010, Waves formed the strategic alliance with DiGiCo, the renowned U.K.-based manufacturer of some of the world’s most popular, successful and groundbreaking digital mixing consoles.

Perfect for front-of-house, monitor, broadcast, and theater applications alike, SoundGrid gives users instant access to the industry’s leading audio processors, directly from the industry’s leading consoles. And to make things even simpler, Waves SoundGrid-compatible plugins come pre-loaded into DiGiCo consoles, eliminating the need to install.

Jack Kelly, Founder and President at Group One, DiGiCo’s U.S. distributor, stated, “The integration of Waves plugins into DiGiCo SD Series consoles gives live engineers the ability to really use their artistry – for example, to make changes on-the-fly without a break in the audio, shaping the sound for each and every act or different performance in the moment. We have also found that engineers who have been using the system love the 15-inch touch screen, which they can use for complete control of the Waves platform, versus using a keyboard and mouse. Waves SoundGrid opens a world of opportunity for live engineers working on DiGiCo SD Series consoles.”

“Waves is pleased that more and more live engineers are utilizing the SoundGrid platform on DiGiCo SD Series consoles,” said Mick Olesh, senior vice president of Waves Audio. “Now that most SD7 and SD10 consoles are shipping fully loaded with SoundGrid, it will be easier than ever to bring Waves studio-quality audio processing to the stage.”

For more information, please visit www.waveslive.com or www.waves.com.

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Genelec Winter NAMM 2012 Press Kit

The Genelec Winter NAMM 2012 Press Kit is now available. Please click the link below for press releases and high-res photos:

http://www.clynemedia.com/genelec/WNAMM12/index.html

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Audio-Technica Winter NAMM 2012 Press Kit

The Audio-Tehcnica Winter NAMM 2012 Press Kit is now avaible. Please click link below for press releases and high-res photo files:

http://clynemedia.com/audiotechnica/WNAMM12/index.html

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Guitar Center Professional Helps Pyramind with Both Sides of Their Unique Business Model

— Pyramind produces professional commercial audio for clients and also offers professional music production training, and GC Pro has been able to provide technology support for both sides of Pyramind’s services —

Pyramind occupies a special space in professional audio: As a commercial audio production and post production facility, it excels as a leading supplier of audio for the video game industry. As such, they are noted for their work with major studios such as Sega, 2K Games, LucasArts, Sony PlayStation and others, producing the scores, voice over and sound design for blockbuster games like Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Kinect Disneyland Adventures, Infamous 2, Iron Man 2, Bioshock 2, the God of War trilogy and dozens more. Pyramind is also a leader in the growing field of pro audio education. Award-winning educators including YouTube Guru David Earl (sfLogicNinja), CSI composer and sound designer Brian Trifon (Trifonic), and G.A.N.G award-winning engineer Steve Heithecker teach Pyramind’s signature “Core” program (devised by Chief Academic Officer Matt Donner), emphasizing the three key disciplines for individual success in any creative field: creativity, technology, and business acumen. Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, has been a vendor partner with Pyramind for over a decade, providing equipment, expertise and services that address Pyramind’s needs in all of their ventures. These include the sales of products such as Genelec Active Monitors, Avid ProTools systems, mic pre’s from Focusrite and Avalon and high-end microphones from over a dozen manufacturers, as well as being an educational partner, providing discounts for Pyramind students and staff and offering advice for students on an array of pro audio topics.

“We’ve been working with [GC Pro Account Manager] Vince Bedford for ten-plus years now, and the service has just been great,” exclaims CEO Greg Gordon. “We’ve had a longstanding relationship with Vince and GC Pro, and they have helped us across the board, from the biggest consoles to the smallest items. We really appreciate how responsive they’ve been in terms of helping out students, not only with educational discounts on equipment but also with advice and input on so many subjects. They treat everyone like a professional, and that means a lot to our students.”

Bedford says the feeling is mutual: “Pyramind is one of the finest music production schools in the country – every teacher there is an author or is a professional producer/engineer working in the field. We’re glad that a school of that caliber feels good enough about GC Pro to send all of their students to us. We are able to provide students with the right tools essential for their education, as well as high-quality information that reinforces their training at Pyramind. We’ve enjoyed supporting them in the past and look forward to continuing to do so in the future.”

Matt Donner, Pyramind’s Chief Academic Officer, says that GC Pro has been a long-time supplier to both of the company’s business lines. “On the training side, we recommend specific computers, keyboards and software – including Pro Tools, Reason, Live and Logic- and our students get great advice along with competitive pricing on all of that from GC Pro,” he says. “On the studio side, GC Pro has provided us with just about everything, including several last-minute needs that GC Pro solved immediately for a vocal session for the Halo soundtrack. Our relationship with them is very strong because they have what we need and they’re there when we need them. Most importantly for the students, they get solid advice, great pricing and solid customer service. In one purchase with GC Pro, they transition from being a hobbyist to becoming a professional. It’s worth its weight in gold.”

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

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Waves Audio Announces Partnership with Nuvoton

— Waves Audio tools will be available on Nuvoton hardware —

The Consumer Electronics Division of Waves, the industry leader in professional audio digital signal processing technologies and recipient of a 2011 Technical GRAMMY® award, announces an ongoing partnership with Nuvoton Technology, a premier developer of consumer electronics and computer ICs. This partnership will enable customers to get acclaimed Waves audio enhancement algorithms on silicon, for a variety of applications including TVs, soundbars, speaker systems, and much more, all at competitive prices with full support worldwide. more

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Guitar Center Professional and 101 Event Productions Handle the Systems Upgrade for the Newly Renovated Valparaiso Memorial Opera House

— New systems and technology provided by GC Pro and designed/specified/installed by GC Pro Affiliate Program member 101 Event Productions will help make the landmark theater building more competitive as an entertainment venue, attracting music, theater and other artists —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, January 11, 2012 — The renovators of the landmark Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso, Indiana, made sure to preserve the integrity of the historic architectural design details during the recently completed restoration. Inside, however, the 364-seat theater has cutting-edge technology, provided by Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users. This upgrade will allow the theater to attract music, theater and other artists that will culturally enrich the entire region. The new systems were designed, specified and installed by 101 Event Productions of Dyer, Indiana, one of the approved vendors in GC Pro’s acclaimed Affiliates Program, which allows GC Pro to offer complete turnkey service nationally, including technology and product advice, design services and installation/integration. more

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