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Initial Sponsors Announced for Inaugural Pensado Awards

Leading manufacturers and organizations pledge their support for new awards show

Additional sponsors to be announced shortly

LOS ANGELES, CA, May 12, 2014 — The first round of sponsors has been announced for the inaugural Pensado Awards, an upcoming award show acknowledging today’s emerging brand of music professional and “recognizing the faces behind the sound.” Created by the producers of the acclaimed online video series Pensado’s Place, the Pensado Awards are set to take place June 28, 2014, at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California, and broadcast online globally one week later. Co-hosting will be producer-engineers Chris Lord-Alge (Muse, Pink, Foo Fighters, Avril Lavigne, Green Day, Daughtry, Paramore, Black Eyed Peas), Marcella Araica (Britney Spears, Madonna, Pink, Duran Duran, Keri Hilson) and Young Guru (Jay Z, Beyonce, Mariah Carey), with additional co-hosts to be announced soon.

The list of title sponsors comprises some of the most prominent names in professional audio, M.I. and audio education, including Audio-Technica, Avid, The Blackbird Academy, Recording Connection, Slate Media Technology and Vintage King. Supporting sponsors include Barefoot Sound, Ideaplex, Indaba Music, iZotope, Morris Light and Sound and Studio 202. Additional sponsors are being added at a rapid rate, and a complete list will be announced soon.

Herb Trawick, the Co-host/Executive Producer and Creator of Pensado’s Place, as well as Manager and Advisor to Co-host Dave Pensado, stated, “We are pleased to have our initial round of sponsors in place. They are all leaders in their fields, and we are honored that they believe in our dream.”

Dave Pensado (Co-host of Pensado’s Place, GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer, Teacher) echoed Trawick’s sentiments: “It is encouraging that so many industry icons that we respect highly have taken a vested interest in the Pensado Awards. We look forward to celebrating with them at the ceremony and beyond!”

In recent years, developments in music and technology have changed the landscape for producers, songwriters, engineers and musicians, encouraging artists and composers of all types to hone their craft. The Pensado Awards acknowledges these talented individuals and their work, with unique categories including OMG! Mix of the Year; Game Changer Producers Award; Songwriters Break Thru Award; Unique Project Studio (Global); Break Thru Mixer Award; Best Non-English Song (Global); Best Tracking Engineer; Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Film, Television & Gaming; Pensado Giant Award (industry legend); Master of Mastering; Live/FOH Award; AIR Award (Best Assistant, Intern or Runner); Outstanding Brand; Spin Doctor DJ Award; Dave Pensado Educators Award; and Herb Trawick Visionary Award.

About Pensado’s Place
The hour-long weekly web series Pensado’s Place was created nearly four years ago. Co-hosted by legendary mix engineer Dave Pensado (Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Michael Jackson and more) and show creator Herb Trawick, the show includes interviews with top music industry artists, engineers, producers, mixers, and record executives, as well as in-depth tutorials in production, engineering and mixing. Pensado’s Place has positioned itself as “the most influential show for audio engineers,” mixers and producers (Forbes Magazine) in just three years. Pensado’s Place is more than just a show, as it highlights the very best in the industry of music, gaming, sound identity on film, and audio equipment, with a presence in live events. As a leading educational resource, Pensado’s Place is helping build the next generation of audio greats.

Opportunities are still available to join the over 100 leading music makers and manufacturers, representatives from 75 countries and over 100 schools who are already active supporters of and participants in the inaugural Pensado Awards. Three sponsorship packages are available. To support the Awards, please visit http://pensadoawards.com/sponsorship_info.html.

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Listen Technologies Introduces New Stationary RF Systems

— Assistive listening systems designed for system integrators, contractors and consultants working with facilities seeking legislative compliance or to meet end-user need —

BLUFFDALE, UTAH, May 12, 2014 — Listen Technologies Corporation, a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of wireless listening solutions, announces its new Stationary RF systems designed as a solution for system integrators, contractors and consultants working with venues seeking assistive listening for either legislative compliance or to meet the personal listening needs of their customers.

The new systems available in a range of configurations, offer a competitive price point to installers and high quality sound (with 20 dB less hiss than competitive products from other brands), and are backed by an extensive warranty and Listen Technologies’ acclaimed customer service/support. All systems include all necessary components for assistive listening and legislative compliance. Other features include:

SQ™ Super Quiet Companding Switch, providing highest audio quality available (20 dB less hiss than any competitor) when enabled. SQ can be disabled for compatibility with other assistive listening equipment.
57 channels offering maximum flexibility, with capabilities for language interpretation and assurance in finding a clear channel.
Look & Listen™ display on select receivers (Premier and Ultimate systems), allowing intuitive use, managing and programming.
Options for applications ranging from simple use in smaller venues to professional installation in larger venues and longer range of up to 3,000 ft.

“We specifically designed the new Stationary RF systems to provide the easiest way for integrators, contractors and consultants to get the exact right solution for their customers,” stated Russ Gentner, Listen Technologies CEO. “From simple low-cost systems to more advanced feature systems, these systems cover it all, at an unbeatable price point and engineered to best meet the wide range of needs for venues and end users.”

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AES Showcases Latest Audio Innovations and Best Practices at 136th International Convention in Berlin

— Successful Technical Program and Exhibition draw high attendance and positive response from attendees and exhibitors alike —

—AES Executive Director Bob Moses announces next European AES Convention will take place in Warsaw, Poland (Spring 2015) —

New York, NY, May 12, 2014 — The 136th Audio Engineering Society Convention, which took place April 26 – 29, 2014 at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center in Berlin, Germany, celebrated four days of the best professional audio has to offer. Featuring a highly-successful mix of Technical Program events, manufacturer exhibitions, Project Studio Expo presentations and more, AES136 enjoyed increased attendance and interaction among an enthusiastic gathering of personalities from every aspect of audio engineering and related industries.

The 1,259 attendees of the 136th Convention – over twice the attendance of Rome, the year before – were presented with opportunities ranging from over 100 Papers and Engineering Briefs, dedicated Workshops and Panels on topics of interest, and Tutorials presenting important audio fundamentals. Additionally, top manufacturers showed their latest offerings and next-generation technologies in the exhibits hall.

Prominent industry figures offered their take on the convention:

Chas Rowden, EMEA Sales Manager for exhibitor Calrec Audio Ltd., stated, “After several years of absence from AES European events, it was a pleasure for Calrec Audio to exhibit at AES136 convention in Berlin. The AES has a new energy and focus that we as a manufacturing company found invigorating, with exiting new ideas and opportunities revealed each day of the show. Best of all, it was a pure audio industry occasion! Looking forward to Warsaw in 2015!”

Kerstin Mischke, EVE Audio GmbH’s Sales and Marketing Manager, offered: “We were very excited when we became aware that AES would return to our hometown Berlin after ten years of absence. Soon it became very clear that we did not want to miss the show. We looked for opportunities not only to exhibit but also to contribute. With assistance from AES representatives, EVE Audio became part of the technical program. We offered tours in which participants could visit our acoustic lab with its anechoic and reverberation chambers – all available tickets for both tours were sold out within a very short time. We can conclude that AES136 convention in Berlin was a very good show for us. Interest in our products in general was great, our tours were highly welcomed, and the overall atmosphere at the show and industry feedback have been very positive. We definitely would love to see AES returning more regularly to Berlin, because this town is a real hot spot when it comes to music, musicians and audio – and a great place to be.“

AES Executive Director Bob Moses added, “I’m really excited about the growth of the convention here in Berlin, and about the amazing people who keep the AES community enthralled and inspired year after year. From our mold-breaking Keynote speaker, Wieslaw Woszczyk, to the standing-room-only Heyser Memorial lecture given by Dietrich Schüller, to the first European edition of the Project Studio Expo, which drew in a packed room of up-and-coming audio engineers, and literally dozens of others that participate and move our industry forward in real-time at these events, we can truly call this year’s program a success. We thank everyone who came out to participate, our sponsors, and our co-chairs Sascha Spors and Umberto Zanghieri for putting on a fantastic event.”

Additionally, AES Executive Director Bob Moses made the announcement that next year’s European AES Convention will take place in Warsaw, Poland (Spring 2015), taking advantage of its burgeoning audio industry and growing base of audio engineers, producers and music aficionados.

For news on the recent AES136 Convention in Berlin, Germany visit http://www.aes.org/events/136/.

Photo Caption: AES Executive Director Bob Moses welcomes attendees to the Opening Ceremonies of the 136th AES International Convention, held April 26 – 29, 2014 at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center in Berlin, Germany.

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AES Nashville Section Presents Awards at Eleventh Annual Spring Mixer

— Belmont trio takes Golden Mixer trophy —

New York, NY, May 7, 2014 — The Nashville Section of the AES held its eleventh annual “Spring Mixer” on April 10, 2014. First-place-winning team Belmont University took home the coveted “Top Mixer” perpetual trophy that will be proudly displayed until next year – Belmont’s fifth win over the eleven-year history of the event. All area schools with audio recording programs were invited to participate. Participating teams were from The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville (Darrius Porter, Ryan Van Guilder, and Zach Helsinger), Belmont University (Anthony Dipiazza, Joey Doyscher, and Patrick Anderson), The Blackbird Academy (Jeff Todd, Brandon Schnierer, and Michael Freeman), Middle Tennessee State University (Charlie Garcia, Frank Gerdts, Luke Lasater), Nashville State Technical Community College (Gregory J. Bergeron, Destine Kaine Ellis, and Justin M. Osborne), and the SAE Institute-Nashville (Jeremy Moulder and Dalton VanVolkenburgh). Second place went to School of Audio Engineering Institute-Nashville, and third place was secured by The Blackbird Academy.

Each team was given identical raw original studio tracks recorded in a Nashville studio, identical mixing environments, and eight hours to create a stereo mix and complete the session documentation per guidelines from the AES and The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®. Entering the competition, the students were only informed of the judging criteria and what equipment they would be using. The mixing was done over a two-day period in six identical Pro Tools HD mixing rooms in CMT’s audio post rooms in Nashville. The students were informed as to which version of Pro Tools to expect, which plug-ins would be available on those systems, and the studio monitors that would be supplied.

The final mix created by each team used tracks from a recording session of “Takin’ It Slow” by Canadian country artist Bobby Wills. The producer, Michael Pyle, spoke to the students via a video chat before the session and made them aware of the sound he was going for on the finished mixes. Rules prohibited any additional outside materials, re-recording of any new material outside of the given tracks, or any outside assistance.

The competition was judged by a panel of six industry judges: Producer/Recording Engineer Neil Cappellino, Recording Engineer Bob Clark, Mastering Engineer John Mayfield, Producer/Mixing Engineer Steve Marcantonio, Recording/Mixing Engineer Randy Poole and Recording/Mixing Engineer David Schober. The judging was based on aesthetic elements such as the fidelity, imaging, width/depth, dynamic range, mix balance, preparation for mastering and documentation-completion of page 5 of AES/P&E Wing Session Documentation. Held at the W.O Smith Music School, the evening was moderated by AES Nashville Committee Member/Recording Engineer Jill Courtney, and she awarded the winning teams their prizes.

AES Chairman Kerry Kopp stated, “The AES Nashville Section’s Spring Mixer is an event which we always greet with anticipation. This year’s event was one of the best in recent memory, with superlative judges who offered extremely beneficial mix evaluations. I believe each student that participated in this year’s event now has a much clearer vision of what they may experience when they enter the hyper-competitive environment of the technical side of today’s music business. Congratulations to the all of the teams that participated and benefited from this year’s event, with special accolades for the winning team from Belmont University!”

“It was a pleasure to participate in the judging of this event,” said Steve Marcantonio. “I enjoyed hearing the varied approaches to the mix from these eager, young minds, and they were receptive and positive when given creative input.”

Sponsorship of the 2014 Spring Mixer competition, including prizes for the top teams and their schools were from MikTek (PM9, C1 and CV3 mics); Softube (Tech Classic Channel Bundle); Asterope (guitar and XLR cables); FabFilter (creative bundle); Cascade/Corner Music (BE Fathead Ribbon mic); Mayfield Mastering (mastered mixes and consulting time); and Iron Mountain (t-shirts). The sound system for the judging was provided by Blackbird Studio, and live sound mixing and coordination was provided by CMT’s Director of Engineering Tom Edwards and live sound engineer Garry Farris.

Visit the AES Nashville Chapter online at http://www.aesnashville.org.

Photo Caption 1: The 2014 AES Nashville Section Spring Mixer team from Belmont, who was awarded the first-place Golden Mixer trophy at this year’s event.

Photo Caption 2: All participants from the 2014 AES Nashville Section Spring Mixer, including competitors and judges.

Photo Caption 3: A selection of prizes from the 2014 AES Nashville Section Spring Mixer.

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Bose® Hosts RoomMatch® Demo Series in Nashville

At the legendary studio space formerly known as RCA Studio A, some of the Southeast’s leading engineers, system integrators, entertainers and more gathered to experience the RoomMatch® system live and in person

Framingham, Massachusetts, May 7, 2014 – Recently in Nashville, Tennessee, Bose® Professional Systems held a three-day series of events demonstrating its RoomMatch® modules. Presented in collaboration with studio designer/system integrator Steve Durr, these educational sessions were held at Ben’s Studio, the historic Music Row studio space formerly known as RCA Studio A and now operated by singer-songwriter and producer Ben Folds. The demonstrations featured in-depth discussions of RoomMatch systems – including product philosophy, design parameters and technical specifications – and attendees were encouraged to move freely throughout the venue to experience the RoomMatch system’s highly specific and precise coverage patterns during live performance and playback of contrasting tracks selected by Durr to highlight the system’s range.

A special highlight of this series was the evening of the second day, which featured a live performance from a group of Nashville-based musicians assembled as The Cunningham Willis Consortium (mixed by Durr) attended by leading engineers, system integrators, entertainers, management, press and more. The group was able to demonstrate the system’s range with a wide variety of musical styles, including rock, R&B, gospel, folk and more, with a number of different singers sharing lead vocals while Durr mixed as front-of-house engineer.

For these demos, the following RoomMatch modules were hung above the stage at Ben’s Studio: two RM7010’s, two RM9010’s, two RM9020’s, two RM12020’s and two RMS218 subs. Six RMU208 modules were used as floor monitors for the band. Five Bose PowerMatch® PM8500N amps provided amplification for the system. Processing was handled by a Bose ControlSpace® ESP-88 engineered sound processor and CC-64 Control Center.

“It is really hard to describe in words how pristine the audio is from a Bose RoomMatch system – you must actually experience it for yourself,” stated Durr. “RoomMatch is the most musical, most enjoyable speaker system that I have worked on, and from my perspective as an engineer and designer, I felt that it was important to let people hear and experience a RoomMatch system for themselves first hand. Our Nashville event clearly let attendees hear what is possible from a PA system if it is designed properly, and Bose totally nailed it with RoomMatch.”

Photo Caption 1: Studio designer/system integrator Steve Durr, at the FOH console for the recent Bose® RoomMatch® demo sessions at Ben’s Studio (formerly RCA Studio A) in Nashville.

Photo Caption 2: A group of Nashville-based musicians assembled as The Cunningham Willis Consortium, who performed live on the evening of the second day of recent Bose® RoomMatch® demo sessions at Ben’s Studio (formerly RCA Studio A) in Nashville.

Photo Caption 3: A recent Bose® RoomMatch® educational session at Ben’s Studio (formerly RCA Studio A) in Nashville, featuring in-depth discussions of RoomMatch systems – including product philosophy, design parameters and technical specifications.

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AES137 Los Angeles Convention Exhibitor Seniority Deadline This Friday, May 9, 2014

New York, NY, May 6, 2014 — The Audio Engineering Society announces that this Friday, May 9, is the deadline to take advantage of special Seniority Booth Placement for the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention in Los Angeles. This opportunity is available exclusively to past exhibitors, and companies are encouraged not to miss priority booth placement for the AES’s first convention in L.A. in 12 years. Recent conventions have shown strong growth and excitement among the AES community, and AES137 in L.A. is not to be missed.

The AES is deep into the planning stages for AES137, which will take place Thursday, October 9, through Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the L.A. Convention Center, located in the heart of the revitalized downtown Los Angeles area known as L.A. Live.

The 137th Convention will celebrate all that is new and important in the field of audio in 2014. We are making this event even bigger and better than the New York convention, as we build our comprehensive schedule of technical sessions, training seminars and special events. For pricing options for exhibition booths and other methods of participating in the 137th Convention visit http://www.aes.org/events/137/exhibitors/

Remember, If It’s About Audio, It Will Be at AES137 in Los Angeles!

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Chris Lord-Alge, Marcella Araica and Young Guru to Co-Host Pensado Awards

Acclaimed producer-engineers are the first co-hosts announced for inaugural awards show

Leading audio manufacturer sponsors to be announced shortly

LOS ANGELES, CA, May 7, 2014 — Three co-hosts have been announced for the inaugural Pensado Awards, an award show acknowledging today’s emerging brand of music professional and “recognizing the faces behind the sound.” Created by the producers of the acclaimed online video series Pensado’s Place, the Pensado Awards are set to take place June 28, 2014, at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California, and broadcast online globally one week later. Co-hosting will be producer-engineers Chris Lord-Alge (Muse, Pink, Foo Fighters, Avril Lavigne, Green Day, Daughtry, Paramore, Black Eyed Peas), Marcella Araica (Britney Spears, Madonna, Pink, Duran Duran, Keri Hilson) and Young Guru (Jay Z, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey), with additional co-hosts to be announced soon.

Herb Trawick, the Co-host/Executive Producer and Creator of Pensado’s Place, as well as Manager and Advisor to Co-host Dave Pensado, stated, “The Pensado Awards have grown from a simple idea to a full-blown production. Our dream is really coming to fruition! We are very excited to have Chris, Marcella and Young Guru on board as co-hosts, with more names to come in the weeks ahead.”

Dave Pensado (Co-host of Pensado’s Place, GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer, Teacher) stated, “We have had so many talented personalities featured on Pensado’s Place, and we are lucky to have these three as our newly-announced co-hosts. Each of them brings a unique perspective to the art of music-making, and together they represent the best of what the recording industry can offer the world.”

Pensado Award categories include OMG! Mix of the Year; Game Changer Producers Award; Songwriters Break Thru Award; Unique Project Studio (Global); Amateurs Best/Mix Recording (Global); Best Non-English Song (Global); Best Tracking Engineer; Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Film, Television & Gaming; Giant Award (industry legend); Master of Mastering; Live/FOH Award; AIR Award (Best Assistant, Intern or Runner); Outstanding Brand; Spin Doctor DJ Award; Dave Pensado Educators Award; and Herb Trawick Visionary Award.

Lord-Alge stated, “Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick are like The Tonight Show of the audio world, bringing the men and women behind the board in front of the camera with the Pensado’s Place program. It’s an honor to be sharing their audience as part of the Pensado Awards, and my co-hosts and I look forward to participating in this special night.”

The Pensado Awards, announced to the industry mid-April, continues to gain momentum with support from leading industry figures and manufacturers. An extensive list of sponsors will be announced in the coming weeks.

About Chris Lord-Alge:
Chris Lord-Alge is a five-time GRAMMY®-winning engineer with a long career including work with some of the biggest and most diverse names in music: from Sugarhill Gang to Sugarland, from Michael Bublé to Green Day, from Tina Turner to Bruce Springsteen, from Muse to Rise Against and many more. He is also a musician, a producer and the creator of essential modeled plug-ins and software for the next generation of audio professionals. With a love for music and a determination that is unstoppable, Lord-Alge has rightly earned his status as one of the today’s top engineering and producing minds.

About Marcella Araica:
Marcella “Ms. Lago” Araica is one of the most noted females consistently working in the male-dominated field of Music Engineering. Immediately upon graduating from a top recording program, she earned a prestigious internship at The Hit Factory in Miami, Florida. Seeing her dedication and superior skills, super-producer Timbaland placed her in prime position in the studio with Missy Elliott, and Araica has never looked back. Just embarking upon her early 30’s, Marcella has recorded and/or mixed songs for such artists as Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Madonna, Nelly Furtado, Usher, Joe Jonas and Missy Elliot, and collaborated with producers Timbaland, Danja and Polow Da Don. Credited for mixing over one hundred chart-topping tunes, her numerous prestigious accomplishments and coveted partnerships have set an astonishingly high bar in the music industry. She has been honored with two ASCAP (American Society of Composer, Authors, and Publishers) awards for her work on Keri Hilson’s single “Knock You Down,” and P!nk’s song “Sober,” as well as an ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Award.

About Young Guru:
Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton has resoundingly earned his reputation as one of the most renowned recording and mixing engineers in music today and a respected ambassador for hip-hop music and culture. Heralded most for sonically shaping some of Hip-Hop’s brightest talents and revered as “The Sound of New York,” Young Guru has established himself as consistently in-demand: mixing 10 of Jay-Z’s albums, and DJing on Jay-Z’s legendary Carnegie Hall and Barclays Center shows. On several recordings, Jay himself offers verbal acknowledgements of Guru’s importance, an immensely respectful testament to Guru’s exceptional skills behind the boards. Other credits include work with Beyoncé, Rihanna, Ludacris, Ghostface Killah, Freeway, Cam’ron, Redman & Method Man, Mariah Carey, Pete Rock, Fabolous, Talib Kweli, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, T.I. and others. He has also served as an A&R for Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings. Young Guru is now also elevating the discourse of audio engineering philosophy, science and technology, emerging onto the lecture circuit as one of the subject’s most distinguished and dignified speakers.

About Pensado’s Place
The hour-long weekly web series Pensado’s Place was created nearly four years ago. Co-hosted by legendary mix engineer Dave Pensado (Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Michael Jackson and more) and show creator Herb Trawick, the show includes interviews with top music industry artists, engineers, producers, mixers, and record executives, as well as in-depth tutorials in production, engineering and mixing. Pensado’s Place has positioned itself as “the most influential show for audio engineers,” mixers and producers (Forbes Magazine) in just three years. Pensado’s Place is more than just a show, as it highlights the very best in the industry of music, gaming, sound identity on film, and audio equipment, with a presence in live events. As a leading educational resource, Pensado’s Place is helping build the next generation of audio greats.

Opportunities are still available to join the over 100 leading music makers and manufacturers, representatives from 75 countries and over 100 schools who are already active supporters of and participants in the inaugural Pensado Awards. Three sponsorship packages are available. To support the Awards, please visit http://pensadoawards.com/sponsorship_info.html.

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WavesLive Holds Successful Las Vegas Event, Presenting Master Class Series to Pros Gathered at Cirque du Soleil’s Resident Shows Division Facility

— Live Mixing Workshop with Ken “Pooch” Van Druten, Peter Keppler and Jim Ebdon was held Sunday, April 6 —

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, May 6, 2014 — Waves Audio, the world’s leading provider of DSP audio solutions for the professional, live sound, broadcast and consumer electronics markets, recently held the latest installment of its WavesLive Master Class series at Cirque du Soleil’s Resident Shows Division in Las Vegas the day prior to the start of the 2014 NAB Show.

The event, held Sunday, April 6, featured a mixing workshop with leading live mixing engineers Ken “Pooch” Van Druten (Linkin Park, Alter Bridge), Peter Keppler (Katy Perry, David Byrne, St. Vincent) and Jim Ebdon (Maroon 5, Aerosmith), who demonstrated how they use Waves plugins in their live mixing. Other presenters included Brandon Andreasen (Cirque du Soleil/Michael Jackson ONE™) and WavesLive product specialist Noam Raz.

The day opened with “Intro to WavesLive,” presented by Mick Olesh, Waves EVP of Sales & Marketing. Van Druten followed, presenting “Mixing Linkin Park/Alter Bridge.” Noam Raz gave the next session, an in-depth overview of WavesLive MultiRack. Andreasen then presented “Running Plugins @ Michael Jackson ONE,” followed by Keppler’s presentation “Mixing Katy Perry.” After lunch, Ebdon held “Mixing Maroon 5,” followed by Van Druten, Ebdon and Keppler joining forces for the panel “Mixing with loudness in mind. A hands-on session for attendees wrapped the day’s events.

Waves EVP of Sales & Marketing Mick Olesh says: “As part of our ongoing series of WavesLive events to help educate sound professionals on the use of plugins for live performance, we were fortunate enough to be able to use Cirque du Soleil’s Resident Shows Division facility for this successful event. For attendees, this was a great opportunity to experience the world of live sound with plugins and receive tips and tricks directly from mixing legends Pooch, Jim and Peter.”

Visit http://www.waveslive.com for more information.

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FOH Engineer Chris Stephens Uses MultiRack SoundGrid® to Run Waves Plugins with SSL Live L500 on Jason Aldean’s Burn It Down Tour

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, May 5, 2014 — Live FOH engineer Chris Stephens (Jason Aldean, Wynonna, Michael McDonald) is part of a growing trend of live audio professionals turning to tools from Waves Audio when working with some of the biggest names in music. Lately, Stephens has been using his Waves plugins and MultiRack SoundGrid® with SSL Live L500 on Jason Aldean’s Burn It Down Tour.

Stephens notes, “I had been using Waves on and off in the studio since V6 [Waves version 6], but in the live setting I’ve been working with Waves since 2010. I started with a couple of plugins on my old VENUE Profile and have slowly expanded over the past four years. My transition into using Waves was slow, picking a plugin here or there to solve a specific problem. Over time, I had changed almost everything in my rack to Waves products. Since switching from the integrated plugin system of Avid VENUE to the standalone system of MultiRack SoundGrid, I have been very impressed with how robust MultiRack SoundGrid is and how easy it is to use.”

About specific Waves problem-solvers, Stephens says, “Jason Aldean’s setup is basically a five-piece rock band – no tracks, just two guitars, steel, bass and drums – so all of those pieces have to fit together perfectly. Waves’ Bass Rider helps me to level out the articulation of some of the more intricate bass parts while keeping the low notes locked in with the kick. Maintaining the relationship between the bass and kick is vital with so little instrumentation. Bass Rider is the perfect tool for achieving a consistent bottom end, which is the foundation of the mix.”

He continues, “C6 Multiband Compressor has become indispensable in my mix. It is the most versatile of the Waves products I use. For Jason’s vocal, I use the low band to compress 250Hz and below when he is at the bottom of his register or talking between songs, and the high-mid band to take a little harshness off of the really high notes. I am also using C6 on the bass with a dynamic EQ band, side-chained off the kick at 55Hz to clear room out of the bass for the transient of the kick drum to poke through. In addition I use the C6 on my L-R matrix out to the PA. I don’t use it every day, but I will use it to clean up the low-mids in a very boomy arena or to soften the highs on a not-so-great festival PA system. I started using InPhase last year and it has completely changed the guitar sounds I am able to get. We are using two mics on the guitar cabinets, a dynamic and a ribbon, and those mics sound best at different distances from the cabinet. This creates a phase difference, which I am able to correct with InPhase. Being able to quickly take a measurement and align those mics is absolutely key. In a live setting where despite our efforts we will never be able to get the mics in the exact same place every day, this is a must-have tool for any source with multiple mics.”

Summing up his experience using Waves on the Aldean tour, Stephens adds, “I use a DiGiGrid MGO to go in and out of two MADI optical I/O ports on the SSL Live surface. This configuration gives me 64 insert points at 96kHz between the SSL Live and Waves MultiRack SoundGrid. Those plugins run on redundant Waves SoundGrid Extreme servers. The routing options in SSL Live are the most extensive of any console I have ever seen. My MGO box lives in the console case, while my switch and servers are in my processing rack, so the entire system connects with just one Cat 6 cable.”

“We’ve just finished our first run of shows with SSL Live and I can’t say enough about the console and how incredibly excited I am with how we have integrated Waves plugins into the system.”

Visit http://www.waveslive.com for more information.

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Nashville’s The Listening Room Cafe Relies on Bose® RoomMatch® Loudspeakers for Tin Pan South and Beyond

Top songwriting venue recently debuted Bose® RoomMatch® system in time for annual Tin Pan South citywide festival

Framingham, Massachusetts, May 5, 2014 – Nashville’s The Listening Room Cafe moved into its new home downtown in early 2013. Already a Nashville institution, the new location’s size and setup allowed owner Chris Blair to achieve what was always his dream: a songwriter venue with truly great sound. That dream was made reality with the recent installation of a new RoomMatch® loudspeaker system from Bose® Professional Systems, installed earlier this year and featured to its fullest during the city’s annual Tin Pan South festival, which took place March 25-29.

Logan Hanna, the venue’s Lead Audio Engineer who worked closely with Blair to implement the system, stated, “Chris and I have always wanted to have the highest possible fidelity for The Listening Room, and we’ve achieved it with this system in our new location. If you want to be ahead of the game, you really have to be on top of the technology that’s coming out. And Bose has allowed us to be at the forefront. The response from the performers has been great too – I have only heard positive things since we launched the new system. Everybody has been blown away by it.”

The sound system is flexible; with the flip of a switch it can accommodate full band stage performances or intimate acoustic “in-the-round” performances. The full system consists of the following Bose components: two RM7020 modules, two RM12040 modules, ten RMU208 modules, one RMS218 subwoofer module and one Panaray® MB12-III modular bass loudspeaker, all powered by three PowerMatch® PM8500N amplifiers and a single PM4500N amplifier, with processing handled by a ControlSpace® ESP-4120 Engineered Sound Processor and CC-64 Control Center.

All five nights of the festival, The Listening Room was a key venue for Tin Pan South, showcasing award-winning songwriters and artists, who got to experience the system firsthand as performers and audience members.

Artist Craig Campbell, whose notable songs include “Family Man,” “Fish,” “Outta My Head” and “Keep Them Kisses Comin’,” was featured as a performer during a SESAC showcase Wednesday night. He stated, “The sound was crystal clear. As an audience member, I walked around the venue, and the coverage is the same everywhere. It’s remarkable. And as a performer, I could feel the sound, warm and clear, resonating through the whole room. I have known Chris for several years, and I know this has been his dream. The room deserved a system and sound like this.”

GRAMMY®-winning songwriter Josh Osborne, whose work has rendered hits for Kacey Musgraves (who scored a recent ACM win for Album of the Year), Eli Young Band, The Band Perry, Billy Currington, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney and several others, was similarly impressed: “I performed at The Listening Room on Tuesday night of Tin Pan South. The system was amazing. I could hear everything really great on stage. It seemed like the whole room was just full of sound. I had performed there before the new system was installed, and it is a significant upgrade. You can sense a warm, resonant sound going around the whole room. It’s very powerful as a performer and as a listener.”

“I am very proud of where we have come in the last several years,” stated Blair. “Our new location downtown has been an incredible move and we are so excited for everything that is happening in Nashville right now. I have always loved the sound of Bose, and we used their L1® portable systems at the old Cummins Station location. The new RoomMatch system can handle the full band drive or acoustic performances with complete clarity. It’s something you truly have to hear for yourself.”

Photo Caption: Songwriters performing live at Nashville’s The Listening Room Cafe during 2014’s Tin Pan South festival. Pictured L-R: Shane McAnally, Brandy Clark, Josh Osborne. Photo courtesy of The Listening Room. © 2014.

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