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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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Blackstar Announces Saturday Shred-Fest Dates for October

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— Consumer demo events at select dealers will include giveaways and drawings —

MELVILLE, NY, October 6, 2011 — Blackstar Amplification will be sponsoring Saturday Shred-Fest events at select Blackstar dealers during the month of October. These events invite customers into the store to try a Blackstar amplifier for themselves.

All guitarists who test-drive a Blackstar amplifier during one of the in-store events will receive a free Blackstar tee shirt (while supplies last). In addition, these customers can also enter to win a Blackstar HT-1 practice/recording amp that has been signed by Gus G., the renowned guitarist for both Ozzy Osbourne and the band Firewind.

The Saturday Shred-Fest Events will be held each Saturday in October at the following authorized Blackstar dealers:

Willis Music- Florence, KY
Alpha Music Inc- Virginia Beach, VA
Easy Music- Honolulu, HI
Dave Phillips Music & Sound- more

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Audio-Technica Products Used for 2011 Sundance Institute Filmmakers Lab

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STOW, OH, October 6, 2011 — A variety of microphones and wireless systems from Audio-Technica, a world leader in transducer technology, were used at the 2011 Sundance Institute Filmmakers Lab, held at Robert Redford’s residence in Sundance, Utah. The month-long series of workshops included the three-week Directors Lab, followed by a weeklong Screenwriters Lab.

Audio-Technica microphones were used on the event’s sound stages for several weeks. Ian Calderon, Sundance Institute Senior Advisor, Digital Initiatives, said, “Each year a variety of leading technology companies offer us the opportunity to use their products at our Filmmakers Lab. Our visiting artists, technicians and creative advisors have come to expect that they will be using world class video and audio resources as they work on their scenes from their original screenplays. This year, we were delighted to have Audio-Technica participate. Sound quality is as important as picture quality, more

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VOX Amplification’s New AC15C2 “Twin? from AC Custom Series Now Shipping

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— AC15C2 is a Custom Series AC15 with two 12? Celestion Greenback Speakers —

MELVILLE, NY, October 5, 2011 — VOX Amplification is now shipping the AC15C2 “Twin? combo amp from its popular AC Custom Series of tube amplifiers. This enhanced version of the AC15C1 adds a second speaker, providing two 12? Celestion Greenbacks. The AC15C2 “Twin? also features the larger spring reverb tank found in the AC30C2.

The AC15C2 “Twin? offers both Normal and Top Boost channels, tremolo, spring reverb, an effects loop, and footswitching capabilities. The tube amp design uses three 12AX7 dual triode vacuum tubes in the pre-amp section, and two EL84 pentode tubes in the power stage.

Each channel is equipped with its own Volume control, and the Top Boost channel offers highly interactive Treble and Bass tone controls. Both channels rely on the Tone Cut and Volume more

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Genelec Monitors Chosen for Sound System at New York’s Pony Bar

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— After their initial sound system just couldn’t cut it, the owners installed six Genelec monitors with a matching subwoofer, and the bar’s regulars noticed the difference immediately —

NATICK, MA, October 5, 2011 — It’s to be expected that a bar might be serious about the drinks that it serves, but The Pony Bar, located at 10th Avenue and 45th Street in Manhattan’s famed Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, takes the quality of its sound system no less seriously. The Pony Bar, which offers some of America’s finest craft brews, also provides beer aficionados with a nightly music soundtrack from artists such as Neil Young, Grateful Dead, Phish and Wilco played back though six Genelec 8030A Bi-Amplified Monitor Speakers and a 7050A Active Subwoofer.

Dan McLaughlin, who opened The Pony Bar with a business partner in mid-April 2009, more

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Guitar Center Professional Helps Outfit Converse’s New Rubber Tracks Recording Studio Facility

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— Brooklyn recording studio and live venue turned to GC Pro for products and technical expertise —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, October 5, 2011 — Converse Inc. recently opened the doors to its new Brooklyn-based recording studio and live performance venue facility, Converse Rubber Tracks. A community-based studio designed to generate interest in recording among young and aspiring artists, the facility is fully outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and instruments sourced by Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users. GC Pro also provided their technical expertise and consulted on the studio’s wish list to make sure the studio would be equipped with the right high-end recording equipment and gear, to make Rubber Tracks a true resource and opportunity for emerging musical acts. Account Manager Billy Walker from Nashville’s GC Pro location worked more

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VOX Offers “Annual Fan Fest? Rebates to Consumers

— Company offers cash rebates on Valvetronix VT+ Series amps and Joe Satriani Pedal Series—

MELVILLE, NY, October 4, 2011 — VOX Amplification has announced a new fall rebate promotion on their popular Valvetronix VT+ Series modeling amplifiers and the entire line of VOX/Joe Satriani signature pedals. The mail-in rebate period runs from October 1, 2011, through December 31, 2011, and applies to new products purchased by U.S. residents from an authorized VOX dealer in the USA. Full details and a downloadable rebate coupon can be found at www.voxamps.com/us/promo.
Cash rebates are available on the following products:

VT120+ Valvetronix modeling amp with 30 Watt Reserve $50 Rebate
VT80+ Valvetronix modeling amp with 40 Watt Reserve $50 Rebate
VT40+ Valvetronix modeling amp with 20 Watt Reserve $25 Rebate
VT20+ Valvetronix modeling amp with 10 Watt Reserve $25 Rebate
Satchurator Joe Satriani Signature Distortion Pedal $30 Rebate
Time Machine more

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Lâg Guitars Announces October Guitar-a-Week Giveaway

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MELVILLE, NY, October 4, 2011 — Lâg Guitars will be giving away a free Lâg T66D Tramontane Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar every week during the month of October. Promotion and registration for the free giveaway will take place online at the Lag USA Website (http://usa.lagguitars.com/promotions). The giveaway will also be shared via Lâg’s social network sites. Offer open to U.S. residents over 18 years of age. Please visit the site for complete details.

The Lâg T66D Tramontane Dreadnought model is defined by its eye-catching gloss finish, black accents, and spruce top. The precision tuners are offset by satin black tulip buttons; the compensated saddle and nut are both black graphite, with distinctive black binding and rosette design.

Based in southern France, Lâg has been making quality guitars for over 25 years, under the guidance of master luthier Michel Lâg Chavarria.

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New Lower Price Announced on Korg’s MR-2 DSD Recorder

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MELVILLE, NY, October 3, 2011 — Korg announces lower pricing on the latest addition to its popular MR Series of DSD digital recorders, the MR-2 High Resolution Mobile Recorder. The new pricing represents an average savings to consumers of $200.

As with all of Korg’s MR recorders, the MR-2 records in the ultra-high fidelity DSD format, with a sampling rate of 2.8 MHz, capturing every sonic detail while preserving the ambience of the original recording location. For job-specific recording, the MR-2 can also record in any of the popular multi-bit formats, from MP2 and MP3 up to 24-bit/192 kHz.

Hand-held, portable and easy to operate, the MR-2 features a highly visible 128 x 128-pixel liquid crystal display. The noiseless backlight provides great visibility, even in dim locations. Both battery (AA x 2) and USB power sources allow the MR-2 to be used almost more

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