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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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EAW® Loudspeakers Chosen for Diesel Hall Venues in Tirana, Albania

Prosound Shpk, EAW®’s Albanian distributor, celebrates the life of Moray McMillin, who was instrumental in helping make this installation a reality

Loudspeakers from EAW®, a world leader in audio system technology for over 30 years, have been chosen for three venues that together make up the new 13,000-square-foot Diesel Hall complex in Tirana, Albania. Prosound Shpk, EAW’s Albanian distributor, was approached to recommend sound system solutions for the facility’s Botanik restaurant, Champagne Bar and Lounge Bar. As a result of the EAW products’ ability to deliver high-quality audio at a reasonable price point, Diesel Hall owner Ermal Gashi decided to go with Prosound’s recommendations, which included EAW loudspeakers and subwoofers from their SMS and VR series, among others. The system was designed by Jeff Pratt.
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Korg Offers $500.00 Rebate on Popular SV-1 Stage Piano

— Mail-in rebate available for both 73-key and 88-key SV-1 models —

Korg USA is offering a $500.00 mail-in rebate on both the 73-key and 88-key models of their SV-1 (Stage Vintage) Piano. The mail-in rebate period runs from November 1, 2011, through January 15, 2012, and applies to new Korg SV-1s purchased by US residents from an authorized Korg dealer in the USA. Full details and a downloadable rebate coupon can be found at www.korg.com/promo.

With piano as its primary focus, the SV-1 is available with either 73 or 88 piano-style keys, using Korg’s top-of-the-line RH3 Graded Hammer Action. The SV-1 also features the sound of a Japanese grand piano in addition to the traditional grand piano of German manufacture. Beyond piano, the SV-1 contains highly authentic electric pianos sounds; transistor, tube, and tonewheel organ sounds; plus a variety of equally authentic vintage keyboard sounds that remain popular in today’s music. In total, the SV-1 contains 36 sounds, with additional Sound Packs available for download at www.korg.com/sv1.

In addition, the SV-1 features five powerful onboard effects sections to provide the same authentic vintage feel as the sounds themselves. Chief among these is the amplifier modeling section, which employs a vacuum tube to recreate both the amplifiers and speaker cabinets used in conjunction with the original instruments. The SV-1 carries the Stage Vintage theme in its look and feel, as well as its sound. The front panel features only single-function knobs, a power switch, and eight car radio-style “Favorites” buttons.
Focused on creating a realistic piano performance in a live environment, the SV-1 features stereo balanced XLR outputs for direct connection to a sound system, traditional quarter-inch outputs for a stage amplifier, and connections for a damper pedal, an assignable pedal (commonly used for expression or wah), and an assignable footswitch (commonly used to control rotary speaker simulation speed). An optional matching stand and rolling soft case are available.

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Genelec Research and Development Manager, Dr. Aki V. Mäkivirta, Appointed As a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society

Genelec is pleased to announce that Dr. Aki V. Mäkivirta, Research and Development Manager at the company, has achieved the distinction of becoming a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society (AES). The Society’s Fellowship Award is given to a member who has rendered conspicuous service or is recognized as having made a valuable contribution to the advancement in, or dissemination of, knowledge of audio engineering or in the promotion of its application in practice.

“It is a great honor to receive this award,” says Dr. Mäkivirta. “I have worked in audio research for many years, so it is gratifying to have that work recognized by my peers. Over the years we have produced some great products, and I am proud to have played a part in that success.”

Aki V. Mäkivirta was born in 1960 in Tyrvää, Finland. He received Master of Science, Licentiate of Science, and Doctor of Science degrees from Tampere University of Technology in 1985, 1989 and 1992, respectively, and a degree in pedagogy from Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences in 2005.

Dr. Mäkivirta joined the Biomedical Engineering Laboratory at the Research Centre of Finland in 1986. In 1990 he joined Nokia Research Centre to develop advanced digital audio processing methods for television products. He came to Genelec in 1995 to develop the DSP monitoring loudspeaker system concept and products. This product family can be found at http://www.genelec.com/dsp-products/, and the newest additions to this family include 8260A Tri-Amplified DSP Monitoring System and 1238CF Tri-Amplified DSP Monitoring System. As a Technology Manager, he is now responsible for working to create innovative solutions to audio reproduction problems.

Dr. Mäkivirta has published numerous conference papers, journal articles, and book chapters. He holds several patents related to audio technology. He has been teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in technology, including courses in electroacoustics and digital signal processing.

Dr. Mäkivirta has been an AES member since 1994. He has contributed to the activities of the AES in conferences and conventions, and as a member of the Finnish AES Section. He is also an Associate Editor for the Journal of AES.

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

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Guitar Center Professional Has Strong Showing at AES 2011

— With new product launches and high-profile booth attendees, GC Pro was present in full force at this year’s convention —

Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, again had a strong showing at this year’s AES convention, which took place October 21-23, 2011, at the Javits Center in New York City. GC Pro has been celebrating its 10th anniversary throughout 2011 as the organization continues to grow, and AES was the perfect opportunity to highlight the new and exciting things that they have to offer.

At the booth, GC Pro showcased some of the products that they exclusively distribute in the U.S., such as the Neve Genesys Console, which sports new enhanced functionality and many new features; the new Ocean Way HR-3 High Resolution Reference Monitor System, which provides virtually unlimited dynamic range while maintaining absolutely matched uniform frequency response between channels; and the new Sterling Audio ST6050 Ocean Way Signature Series Microphone, a limited-edition Class-A FET studio mic.

GC Pro’s booth also served as a meeting place for some of the show’s most notable attendees, among them Germano Studios’ Troy Germano, Ocean Way Recording’s Allen Sides and legendary producer/engineer Alan Parsons.

Richard Ash, GC Pro Business Development Manager for the Eastern Region, noted, “As GC Pro has grown rapidly over the past few years, so have our relationships with the leading figures in our industry. We are proud that they choose GC Pro as their supplier partner, and we are thrilled to have such incredibly influential and discerning minds spend their time at our booth, interacting with each other and the GC Pro team. But aside from the more notable names, we had all manner of talented and rising producers, engineers, studio owners, artists, bloggers, students and gear addicts here at the booth. They are the future leaders in our industry, and as such they are incredibly important to its vitality and success. As GC pro continues to grow, part of our mission is to ensure that these young professionals have all the tools at their disposal to grow with us, and move our industry forward. I think I can speak for everyone here that the mix of people who passed through our booth was a truly special thing, and that the future certainly looks bright.”

GC Pro Vice President Rick Plushner stated, “What can I say? It’s AES – it’s always a highlight of our year, and this was a particularly great show for everyone. With the economy the way it is, early buzz was saying that this show was going to be relatively quiet. But that’s not what we saw – rather, we saw an industry excited about growing, changing and re-imagining itself. Attendance was far higher than expected, and I think we can be extremely optimistic about that. Passion always wins, and the passion for audio on display at this year’s show – not only at the vendors’ booths, but also on the faces of everyone in the Javits Center – was simply inspiring. And GC Pro is poised to be an outlet for that passion. If AES is the organization through which the audio industry learns and grows, we want GC Pro to be the place where it gets its tools. I am very excited as GC Pro moves into its second decade, and we look forward to next year’s AES to again celebrate the state of the industry.”

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

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