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Audio-Technica Microphones Provide the Right Solution for Fusion Act Snarky Puppy’s Unique Recording Method

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— Blurring the lines between studio albums and live sets, Snarky Puppy’s records are tracked live in a studio or venue with an audience, and Audio-Technica microphones are there to capture every nuance for engineer/mixer Eric Hartman —

STOW, OH, September 18, 2014 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is proud to be a microphone manufacturer of choice for Snarky Puppy, a Brooklyn-based instrumental fusion band led by GRAMMY® Award-winning bassist, composer and producer Michael League. Since joining with the Snarky Puppy crew around 2007, engineer/mixer Eric Hartman has been behind the console for several acclaimed albums from the ensemble, including We Like It Here, which the band released this year. And a key element of these albums’ success has been Hartman’s extensive use of Audio-Technica microphones in the band’s recording process, which generally blurs the lines between live recording and studio production.

“We record live with no overdubs,” states Hartman. “They’ll travel to the recording session, sometimes still writing the songs, and rehearse for a short span of time. Then we will have a number of sets scheduled, two per night for multiple nights, with a live audience in the room, and we will record them all for possible release. They will play a set down, like it’s a concert, and after the four days we may have several cuts to choose from, so Michael League figure out which ones he likes best based on the performance and the video quality, and proceed to the mixing stage from there. No overdubs, and close to no editing, and with an eager live audience and spontaneous antics from the band. We break a lot of rules, and many times I think the records are better because of it.”

Hartman’s arsenal of A-T tools includes the following models: ATM450 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone; ATM350 Cardioid Condenser Clip-On Microphone; ATM250 Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone; ATM650 Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone; AT4050 Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone; AT4060 Cardioid Condenser Tube Microphone; AE3000 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone; AE4100 Cardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphone; AE5100 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone; AE2500 Dual-element Cardioid Instrument Microphone; AT4051b Cardioid Condenser Microphone; and AT4080 Phantom-powered Bidirectional Ribbon Microphone. He has put these microphones to use in dozens of configurations, but a few favorites include using the ATM450 for snare and hi-hat (“It’s really good at taking a ‘snapshot’ of an area,” he remarks); ATM350’s as clip-ons throughout the ensemble; AT4051b’s as drum overheads; AE2500 on kick drum; AT4080 on guitar cabinets and certain horn solos; AE3000 on toms; and ATM250’s on deep snares, organ bottom, and a variety of other uses.

Aside from serving the in-studio audience and the listener at home, the band has to consider a third type of audience: the online viewer. Since these sessions are almost always filmed and end up on YouTube or as video releases, they must be visually pleasing. To add some flash, a decision was made to try out a new set of A-T headphones, the ATH-M50RD Professional Studio Monitor Headphones (red color). Hartman recalls, “They are bright red, and they really popped on camera, adding a very cool aesthetic. And I’m a bit of a headphone snob, and the ATH-M50’s really provide the hi-fi reference that I need in a lot of situations. So they’re what we need sonically, with that extra bit of visual flair. Perfect for this last set of sessions we did.”

“It’s been a great ride so far,” adds Hartman. “I’m glad I answered that call from the band in 2007, because I almost didn’t! I’ve gotten to see this band grow their fanbase and budgets and get better as an ensemble. Sometimes we walk into a situation with very little and just make it work somehow. And A-T products have been a cornerstone of my workflow through it all.”

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

Photo Caption: Snarky Puppy bassist and bandleader Michael League, pictured with Audio-Technica’s AE4100 Cardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphone and ATH-M50RD Professional Studio Monitor Headphones.

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Wharfedale Is Now Shipping Its High-Performance Jade Series Subwoofers In the US

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Two new models combine compact size with remote-control setup options and elegant finishes

Chicago, IL — Sound Solutions, LLC, the exclusive U.S. distributor of Wharfedale loudspeakers and Avid HiFi products, today announced it is now shipping its Jade Series subwoofers in the U.S. The Jade 10 and Jade 8 subwoofers each feature dual drivers for powerful, articulate bass and offer a full range of adjustments via their remote controls to achieve optimum performance in any home theater or stereo music system and room.

The Jade 10 features dual 10-inch woofers and a built-in 500-watt amplifier, and the Jade 8 has dual 8-inch woofers and a built-in 350-watt amplifier. The subwoofers employ a dual-woofer arrangement in which the high-excursion, long-throw woofers are mounted opposite each other and mechanically reinforce each other’s motion, yielding powerful, articulate low-frequency response to 30Hz with greater output and efficiency. Like every Wharfedale loudspeaker, Jade Series subwoofers are designed and built completely in-house, from their drivers and internal amplifiers to their beautifully finished enclosures, available in Rosewood Cherry, Vintage Cherry and Black Oak veneer to complement Wharfedale’s Jade Series loudspeakers and any home décor.

Wharfedale’s Jade Series subwoofers make it easy to dial in the best-possible performance in any home theater or music system, thanks to their supplied remote control that enables adjustment from the listening position or anywhere in the room. A dimmable front-panel LED screen facilitates precise tailoring of volume, continuously variable low-pass crossover point, crossover slope and phase to enable perfect integration with the main speakers and the acoustics of the listening room. Stereo and mono (LFE) line in and speaker-level inputs are provided. In addition, the Jade 10 and Jade 8 offer a choice of modes for either maximum dynamics during movie viewing and music playback, or to adjust the subwoofers’ response for lower-volume late night listening.

The Wharfedale Jade 10 and Jade 8 subwoofers are currently available at suggested retail prices of $1,599 and $1,199 respectively.

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AES to Unveil Its Inaugural “Raw Tracks” Series at 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention

— New series will offer an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the making of various recordings by influential artists spanning decades and genres —

New York, NY, September 16, 2014 — The Audio Engineering Society (AES) is pleased to debut their new “Raw Tracks” series as part of this year’s Recording and Production Track at the upcoming 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, taking place October 9-12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This new series features top-name producers and engineers who will discuss and deconstruct influential, classic recordings from some of music’s most highly regarded artists. Attendees can learn firsthand about details of the sessions — the gear that was used, recording technique, and other insightful production information.

Sessions in the new series include:
Recording & Production: RP1 – Raw Tracks: Fleetwood Mac — A Master Class presented by Ken Caillat about the recording of a classic song from the hit album, Rumours.

Recording & Production: RP2 – Raw Tracks: David Bowie — A track-by-track Master Class featuring a classic David Bowie recording, presented by Ken Scott.

Recording & Production: RP3 – Raw Tracks: Pet Sounds — A Master Class by three-time GRAMMY®-winner Mark Linett about two songs – “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “God Only Knows” – from the Beach Boys’ seminal album Pet Sounds.

Recording & Production: RP7 – Raw Tracks: Red Hot Chili Peppers — A Master Class featuring Andrew Scheps that explores the classic song “Pink As a Floyd.”

“We are pleased to be able to offer this new ‘behind-the-scenes’ track featuring the names behind the hits. Attendees are in for a truly unique experience – when it comes to learning about how the biggest hits came to life in the studio, there’s nothing like hearing it directly from those who were there,” said Bob Moses, AES Executive Director.

For further information about the Raw Tracks series, and for FREE Exhibits-Plus badges (pre-registration required), premium All Access badges, Hotel and Technical Program information, and more visit http://www.aes.org/events/137/.

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Waves Audio Has Active Presence at A3E Conference

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— Multi-GRAMMY® Award-winner Jack Joseph Puig, Director of Creative Innovation for Waves Audio’s Consumer Division, to participate in multiple A3E events —

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, September 22, 2014 — Waves Audio, a leading provider of digital signal processing software and hardware solutions, is gearing up for a strong showing at the A3E Conference, September 23 and 24 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts. The A3E will feature participating companies, vendors and cutting-edge apps, software, hardware, instruments and audio products that are radically changing digital studios, production and performance and unleashing the creative process like never before.

First, the convention will feature an interactive Waves/DiGiGrid kiosk with Waves plugins and virtual instruments available for demo. A Waves DiGiGrid DLS Pro Tools I/O with SoundGrid® DSP server, DiGiGrid DLI Audio Interface for Pro Tools Systems, and DiGiGrid IOS High-Definition I/O with SoundGrid DSP Server will be displayed:
• DiGiGrid DLS is an all-in-one processing and networking hub that enhances a Pro Tools system. With its built-in SoundGrid DSP server, network switch, and two DigiLink ports providing as many as 64 digital inputs and outputs, DiGiGrid DLS allows you to take full advantage of your existing Pro Tools system.
• DiGiGrid DLI is a networking hub that bridges Pro Tools and SoundGrid. With two DigiLink ports giving you as many as 64 digital inputs and outputs, DiGiGrid DLI helps you get the most out of your existing Pro Tools system. Add a SoundGrid DSP server to your DLI, you will enjoy unequaled processing power, more options for recording, monitoring and mixing in real time.
• DiGiGrid IOS is a comprehensive audio interface with a built-in SoundGrid DSP server that adds more plugin processing power to your system. Ideal for professional and personal production environments alike, IOS is the all-in-one solution for Native DAW users (Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Ableton, Pro Tools Native, etc.). Together with the SoundGrid Studio System, IOS enables you to mix and monitor in real time using hundreds of SoundGrid-compatible Waves and third-party plugins.

Waves personnel will also be on-site at the kiosk to demo and answer questions on Waves’ acclaimed audio plugins for the pro audio sector and MaxxAudio® technologies – premium embedded audio solutions for computers, tablets and mobile applications.

Further, multi-GRAMMY® winning producer/engineer Jack Joseph Puig (Florence + the Machine, Lady Gaga, U2, others), who also serves as Director of Creative Innovation for Waves Audio’s consumer division, is participating in two lectures:
• A3E Keynote 3 – “The Future of Mobile Music Technology”
Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 9:45AM-10:45AM
• Lecture – “New Development Opportunities – The Developer’s Lounge”
Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 11:00AM-12:00PM
As an inventor and technologist, Puig relies on vintage hardware and cutting edge software to create complex aural tapestries that capture the essence of the recording artists’ vision. His extensive relationships with top artists and industry figures, as well as his role with Waves and his history as a record company executive and developer of talent/A&R, give him a unique perspective on the nexus between the entertainment world, technology and the consumer electronics market sector.

“The Future of Mobile Music Technology” keynote will also feature Doug Peeler, Audio Architecture and Strategy, Dell/End User Computer CTO Group – a longtime associate and supporter of Waves Audio. Additionally, Dell and Waves will be participating in the convention’s “Developers Lounge,” with a Dell laptop demonstrating Waves’ MaxxAudio technologies.

Puig will also be appearing with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus at the convention. On Tuesday from 3:30-5:00PM, he will be on the bus meeting with and mentoring current students from Berklee College of Music; this session will be live-streamed and aired both at the A3E convention and on Berklee’s campus. Separately during the convention (time TBA), Puig will be mentoring the winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest – an award that will be announced at the show.

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

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Pensado’s Place and Vintage King Announce Sponsors as They Prepare for Gear Expo in Nashville

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Leading manufacturers, organizations and audio educators pledge their support for the second annual Gear Expo

FREE event to be held in the Berry Hill neighborhood of Nashville at Vintage King Audio on
Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

LOS ANGELES, CA, September 16, 2014 — On Saturday, September 27 (10am-4:00pm), the Berry Hill neighborhood of Nashville will be the place to be if you have anything to do with professional audio, home recording or simply making music. Gear Expo 2014 – a creation of Pensado’s Place, the acclaimed weekly educational web series, in conjunction with Vintage King Audio, a leader in professional audio sales, studio consulting, and comprehensive gear servicing – is the second annual event, affectionately known as “Nashville’s Pro Audio Block Party.” Simply put, Gear Expo 2014 is one of the biggest gear and music-making expos in America. Attendees will once again be able to demo gear, talk directly with manufacturer reps, watch live interviews, mingle with celebrity guests, ride the Gear Expo tour bus, win prizes, enjoy local food trucks and meet Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick of Pensado’s Place.

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, Chandler Limited, Rupert Neve Designs, M1 Distribution, sE Electronics, Genelec, Gobbler, iZotope, Moog, Neumann, Triad-Orbit, Recording Connection, Electric Thunder Studios, G-Technology, Slate Media Technology, Studio 202, Ultimate Ears, Vintage King, and The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®.

“Once again, Dave and I, along with Vintage King, are raising the bar and bringing to Nashville the biggest, blow-the-doors-off, pro audio block party that Music City has ever seen,” stated Herb Trawick, Gear Expo Executive Producer and Co-host/Executive Producer/Creator of Pensado’s Place. “Of course we could not hold such an event without the help and support of our loyal sponsors, each of which is a leader in their field, and together we are going to have a blast while providing hands-on educational information and demonstrations that you cannot find any where else.”

The celebration will have in attendance special guests, including John McBride (Martina McBride, Blackbird), Jacquire King (Kings Of Leon, Tom Waits), Ryan Hewitt (Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Avett Brothers), Chuck Ainlay (Miranda Lambert, George Strait, Mark Knopfler), Kuk Harrell (Rihanna, Beyoncé), Leslie Braithwaite (Pharrell Williams, Jay Z), Justin Niebank (Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow), Vance Powell (Jack White, Beck) and many more.

The official “Pensado/Vintage King Gear Expo Tour Bus” will be taking visitors back and forth to the legendary Blackbird Studio all day long. As one of Vintage King’s biggest supporters, Blackbird has hosted historic sessions with artists such as Neil Young, the White Stripes, Bruce Springsteen and more. Giving guests another opportunity to check out new and vintage gear hard at work, partygoers will be able to see John and Martina McBride’s studio in all its glory.

The Gear Expo staff includes:
• Dave Pensado — Co-host of Pensado’s Place, GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer, Teacher
• Herb Trawick — Gear Expo Executive Producer and Co-host/Executive Producer/Creator of Pensado’s Place
• Shevy Shovlin — Gear Expo Producer and Chief Marketing Partner and Sales, Advertising for Headroom for Days
• Chad Evans — Gear Expo Co-Producer and Vintage King Nashville national sales rep
• Stephanie “Spitfire” Willis — Gear Expo Co-Producer

For more information, visit: http://gearexponashville.com/

Pensado Vintage King Gear Expo Nashville 2014
Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 2826 Dogwood Place, Nashville, TN 37204

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, Pensado’s Place 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. http://www.pensadosplace.tv/

ABOUT VINTAGE KING AUDIO
Vintage King Audio is a leader in professional audio sales, studio consulting, and comprehensive gear servicing. No matter the scope of a client’s needs or goals — from selecting a new microphone to designing a studio from the ground up — Vintage King distinguishes itself with standard-setting customer service, which begins with the company’s knowledgeable, industry-experienced staff. For more information, visit: http://www.vintageking.com/about-us

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GC Pro Chosen to Design Extensive A/V Setup at New Flagship Guitar Center Store in Manhattan’s Times Square

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— Guitar Center looks in-house to its professional division, who helped design and install the A/V complement for the new superstore, with the help of GC Pro Affiliate Program member Malvicino Design Group —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA — Guitar Center recently opened the doors on its new flagship location in New York City’s Times Square with a star-studded opening weekend and a level of spectacle right at home in what is arguably Manhattan’s busiest and most conspicuous district. Guitar Center’s 262nd retail location is an ultra-modern musical instrument and technology center covering over 28,000 square feet. In-store elements include Guitar Center’s Platinum Club (showcasing high-end luxury guitars, along with a live performance venue and control room); a Fender custom shop where unique guitars are featured; a full DJ experience department; a boutique pedal selection in a stunning 360-degree display; and 28,000 square feet of guitars, drums, keys, DJ, recording, live sound and more. The store also now serves as the permanent home to two legendary pieces of rock history: Eric Clapton’s iconic “Blackie” Fender Stratocaster and ES-335.

For the complicated task of helping design, manage and install the A/V components to meet the needs of such a technology-specific space, Guitar Center sought an organization with the right expertise to get the job done, on budget and on time – luckily, they had one in-house: Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users. Throughout the project, GC Pro worked with Affiliate Program member Horacio Malvicino and his firm Malvicino Design Group, who designed and installed the detailed A/V setup.

“Guitar Center management asked to have GC Pro involved in order to ensure a proper customer experience from an audio-visual point of view,” stated GC Pro Vice President Rick Plushner. “We were honored and excited to be asked. Times Square is the crossroads of the world, where people from all over the planet come to visit and shop. Horacio came in early on in the project and knew exactly what we were trying to accomplish, and he designed the backbone and the technology infrastructure in a superb way.”

A multi-screen Panasonic video display graces the outside of the building on 44th St., composed of screens sourced through GC Pro. Upon entering, visitors begin to descend an escalator, immersed in the sights and sounds of an excited crowd waiting for their star to take the stage. A complement of QSC speakers and a Q-Sys system, along with a massive LED display screen, helped create this effect. “It’s as if you’re a rock star coming into a stadium to perform, and so we were asked to help create that experience,” stated Plushner.

Within the store is the Platinum Club, which features a live stage and full control room for multi-track A/V recording and production. GC Pro furnished an Avid S3L console and JBL monitors/loudspeakers for the live space, with an Avid S6 console in the control room. “There’s a whole host of digital and analog outboard gear in there as well, with proper monitoring,” added Plushner. “It’s a real control room to do proper recording, and we’re excited about what opportunities that’s going to bring for the company.”

Malvicino stated, “I’ve been lucky to work with GC Pro on several major design and installation jobs over the years, and it has been a great experience for me personally and professionally. This Times Square GC project presented some new opportunities and challenges, and I’m proud to have been able to help bring make their vision a reality.”

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

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Singer-Songwriter Jeff Campbell Uses Bose® L1® Model II System for a Variety of Performance Venues

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Whether for solo or full-band performances, Campbell’s L1 system offers the versatility, sound quality, reliability and portability that he needs on the road

Framingham, Massachusetts – San Francisco-based singer-songwriter Jeff Campbell has been playing hundreds of shows a year in dozens of cities and continues to build a loyal following through his energetic performances. Recently selected as the winner of Guitar Center’s National Singer Songwriter 2 Competition out of over 13,000 entrants, Campbell was given the chance to record a five-song EP with GRAMMY®-winning producer John Shanks and perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “I’ve been lucky, and I’m doing well,” states Campbell. “In between my larger gigs, a lot of my shows are smaller, more intimate affairs – cafes, coffee houses, house concerts, corporate events and the like. And I need to schlep a guitar and a sound system to these venues.” For his P.A. needs, he has found the right solution in the L1® Model II system from Bose® Professional Systems. Campbell has been all over the country with his L1 system, playing both solo and full-band shows to the delight of his growing fan base.

“I had been using P.A.’s that I was piecing together myself, but commonly had feedback problems,” he recalls. “I acquired a Bose L1 model II system with the ToneMatch® audio engine and B2 bass module, and all of a sudden everything was different – I was performing more confidently, and things just sounded great.”

Campbell is a fan of the system’s small profile and portability. “In terms of touring, I’m able to fit all of the Bose components, plus my other gear, in my trunk,” he notes. “So now when I’m on the road I have my trusted sound system, for all of my smaller gigs. If I’m by myself, I can carry the whole thing in two trips, because it’s compact and super light.”

“And, of course, the sound,” he adds. “I’ve never had so much positive audience response than after I started using the L1 system. Often fans will come up after the show and say something like, ‘I could hear everything, but it wasn’t too loud,’ which I think is a great compliment. And the L1 system acts as my monitor too, so I’m hearing exactly what the audience is hearing. Every time I use it, I get somebody coming up to tell me how great it sounds, and my band notices that we don’t get any feedback issues happening. The other thing is the pre-amps in the ToneMatch engine are so good. I use passive pickups in my acoustic guitars, and I’m able to just plug in and go, with no outboard preamp, and it sounds incredible. It’s just seamless. It’s taken so much of the stress and pressure out of my smaller gigs, and added so much positivity. We can focus more on the performance. It’s a really brilliant machine. I’m lucky to have it.”

For more information on Campbell, including upcoming live dates, please visit www.jeffcampbellmusic.com.

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Balanced Audio Technology: Luxuriate In Ultra-High-End Holiday Listening

WILMINGTON, Delaware — High-end audio bridges the gap between merely listening to reproduced sound and being immersed in an astonishingly realistic representation of the musical experience. Balanced Audio Technology (BAT) is dedicated to creating ultimate-performance vacuum tube and solid-state audio components that combine the best of both time-tested and modern design approaches with heirloom-quality construction.

For listeners seeking the very best, there is no more rewarding gift than hearing music in the home in all its depth, richness and emotional involvement.

Whether it’s a studio apartment with skyline views or an expansive home with minimalist décor, even the most uncluttered living space should breathe with the life of exquisite music. The VK-3000SE integrated amplifier serves as the heart of a truly superlative music system. It combines a vacuum-tube preamplifier and 150 watt-per-channel solid-state stereo amplifier in one simple to use, exceptional-sounding component. Like all BAT products, the VK-3000SE employs balanced circuit topology, which amplifies musical signals while blocking unwanted electronic noise, to ensure total signal purity.

The VK-3000SE incorporates a host of design innovations including the 6H30 vacuum tube, which was first discovered by BAT as unparalleled for use in audio applications; a symmetrical output stage that uses ultra-fast bipolar transistors; an optional phono module to accommodate a turntable; and numerous additional enhancements. Even its remote control is machined from a single block of aluminum. The VK-3000SE is available in black or two-tone silver/ black finish. (SRP: $7,995; $8,995 with phono stage)

The REX II Reference Linestage Preamplifier represents the pinnacle of Balanced Audio Technology’s purist approach to building the ultimate audio control center. It employs fully balanced circuitry and only a single Unistage™ gain stage to provide an unrestricted signal path with extraordinary sonic purity. BAT’s approach to two-chassis design is unique in the world of high-end audio. Briefly, a power supply has a positive and negative phase. Without getting overly technical, the positive side generates less electronic noise than the negative side. The REX II places the negative side of the power supply away from the signal tubes, resulting in ultra-quiet operation where music emerges from a “black” background of utter silence.

(A detailed technical explanation of this and other Balanced Audio Technology design and engineering attributes is available on the BAT website at: http://balanced.com/BAT-Architecture.)

The preamplifier incorporates the 6H30 vacuum tube and custom-designed amorphous core output transformers rather than conventional output capacitors; and again, without getting too technical, these amorphous core transformers give this preamp the sonic transparency and dynamic shadings that set new standards in these categories.

Additional refinements include BAT SUPER-PAK custom oil capacitors, a proprietary electronic shunt volume control with 140 steps of 0.5dB resolution and additional refinements to deliver a level of transparency, dynamic scale and musical texture that is simply beguiling. (SRP: $25,000)

The REX Power II Mono Power Amplifier is designed to be nothing less than an all-out effort to redefine the state of the art in audio power amplification. It features a fully symmetrical design from input to output with high current, all-triode vacuum tube, zero-feedback topology. Think of it as two single-ended amplifiers per channel with their signals summed at the output transformer, a configuration that enables the use of a wide-bandwidth output transformer with vanishingly low distortion.

Like all Balanced Audio Technology audio components, the REX II Power Amplifier is built to the highest standards in every respect. To name just one example, it employs custom oil capacitors in the power supply section for increased energy storage, yielding effortless dynamic capability and superb fidelity to music’s finest textures. High 160-watt power output, extended frequency response and stunning musical realism all meet in the REX Power II. (SRP: $39,800 for monoblocks; also available in 80-watt-per-channel stereo configuration at $19,900)

One listen and your musical outlook will be forever transformed. Balanced Audio Technology components are proudly handcrafted in the United States of America.

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Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® to Give Friday’s Opening Keynote at AES137 Convention

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New York, NY, September 15, 2014 — On Friday, October 10, 2014, the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles will feature a keynote address by Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® (internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards®), which includes The Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing® (P&E Wing), composed of more than 5,500 producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related music recording industry professionals. Taking place from 12 – 1 p.m. in Special Events Room #403, Portnow’s presentation will discuss how The Academy and its P&E Wing — via education and dialog — address the challenges and opportunities currently facing recording professionals, as well as targeted advocacy initiatives The Academy is developing to address some of these concerns.

During the course of his career, Neil Portnow has become a leading figure in the music and recording industry, liaising with music makers, corporate executives, political figures and worldwide brands. He has served as President of The Recording Academy since December 2002, and was named President/CEO in September 2007. As President/CEO, Portnow works closely with The Academy’s Board of Trustees and its Chair, local Academy Chapter boards, as well as The Academy’s senior management team to advance The Academy’s goals and mission — including the creative and strategic vision and operations of The Academy and its related entities (the GRAMMY Awards®, the Producers & Engineers Wing, The Latin Recording Academy®). He also serves as President/CEO of The Academy’s charitable affiliates, MusiCares® and the GRAMMY Foundation®, and he is Chair of the Board of The GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles. He represents The Academy to its constituents, to its partners, and to music fans, and serves as an industry leader on issues relating to the music industry — including participation in national caucuses, conferences, roundtables and keynotes; and key domestic and international industry-related organizations. And in keeping with The Academy’s position as an advocate for its constituents, Portnow develops and manages strategic advocacy positions at the national, state and local levels — both governmental and within music and its related industries.

For information on how you can get your FREE Exhibits-Plus badge (pre-registration required), as well as further Registration, Hotel, and Technical Program information, visit the AES137 webpage at http://www.aes.org/events/137/.

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Sound for Picture Track at the Upcoming 137th AES Convention in Los Angeles Offers Expertise of Film and TV Audio Professionals

— Panels and presentations will focus on the new frontiers of immersive sound and object-based mixing, as well as a session with award-winning women sound mixers of Hollywood —

New York, NY — The 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, set for Thursday, October 9, through Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, will feature a special track, “Sound for Picture,” chaired by acclaimed film sound engineer Brian McCarty (On Golden Pond, The Big Lebowski, Dick Tracy, others). The Sound for Picture Track at past AES Conventions has been both timely – recent events have looked at soundtrack loudness issues – and popular, evidenced by the standing-room-only crowd that audio specialists from the reality show “Deadliest Catch” drew at last year’s New York event. This year’s Sound for Picture track will look deeply into how cinema sound is becoming immersive, with the arrival of object-oriented audio platforms like Dolby’s Atmos®. It will also reflect the widening of the sector’s diversity with a panel featuring award-winning women sound mixers who work at the leading dubbing stages in Hollywood and elsewhere.

Additionally, for the first time, the Sound for Picture track will include workshops on Production Sound recording. This craft, the recording of dialog during the filming, is a specialized type of recording in a high-pressure environment that gives Hollywood productions a higher degree of realism. A workshop featuring the “Superstars of Production Sound Recording” along with a practical Master Class on Production Sound Recording techniques will draw large audiences. Additionally, as part of the AES137 Sound for Picture track, an off-site Tech Tour will feature a hands-on demonstrations and Master Classes on Auro3D Immersive Sound Mixing conducted at The Dub Stage in Burbank by Marti Humphrey and Chris Jacobson.

The full session schedule is set to include:

Sound for Picture Session SP1 Cinema Loudness Subcommittee Test Results and Proposed Solutions
Sound for Picture Session SP2 Music Production for Film—A Master Class
Sound for Picture Session SP3 The Award-Winning Women Sound Mixers of Hollywood
Sound for Picture Session SP4 Cinema Standards Review and the Road to Implementing Changes (A Joint Presentation with the SMPTE)
Sound for Picture Session SP5 Immersive Sound and One-Man Mixing
Sound for Picture Session SP6 World-Class Cinema Sound Mixers Discuss Their Craft
Sound for Picture Session SP7 Superstars of Production Sound Recording
Sound for Picture Session SP8 Recording Production Sound—A Master Class

“The ‘Sound for Picture’ track has been a tremendous success for the AES Conventions – the largest group of working sound engineers around the world are those that do Sound for Picture in one capacity or another,” stated McCarty. These working engineers learn new techniques from their peers at these workshops, which have been given by the top working professionals. The Los Angeles Convention will be no different. And with Hollywood being the home of cinema, we’re presenting a stellar group of Oscar winning professionals to the Convention.”

For information on the Sound for Picture Track and how you can get your FREE Exhibits-Plus badge (pre-registration required) for the AES137 Convention, as well as further Registration, Hotel, and Technical Program information, visit the AES137 webpage at http://www.aes.org/events/137/.

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