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Rush Guitarist Alex Lifeson Uses Audio-Technica’s AT4080 Ribbon Microphone to Record Music for Upcoming Film The Double

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— Lifeson and engineer Richard Chycki pick the AT4080 for its warm ribbon sound and rugged construction —

The Double, an upcoming spy thriller starring Richard Gere and Topher Grace, is set to be released on September 23, 2011, and the film’s score features the playing of Alex Lifeson, guitarist for legendary progressive rockers Rush. For recording his parts, Lifeson and engineer Richard Chycki used the AT4080 Phantom-powered Bidirectional Ribbon Microphone from Audio-Technica, worldwide leader in high-performance microphones, wireless systems, headphones and other professional-caliber audio equipment.

Chycki, Studio Engineer for Rush, Aerosmith, Mick Jagger, Pink and more, stated, “Alex wrote some really interesting guitar pieces and added his touch to a number of existing feature pieces in the movie, in addition to writing and performing the composition for the closing credits. I’ve always been a fan of ribbon mics on guitars, but usually more

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Mixer/Producer John O’Mahony Looks to Guitar Center Professional for Neve Genesys Mixing Console

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— O’Mahony makes the move to Genesys console for his room at the legendary Electric Lady Studios —

— GC Pro is the exclusive U.S. sales channel for the Genesys —

Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, has supplied GRAMMY®-nominated mixer and producer John O’Mahony with a 16-channel AMS Neve Genesys mixing console outfitted with Encore fader automation. O’Mahony, who works out of his own room at the legendary Electric Lady Studios in New York, is known for his work with artists such as Coldplay, Metric, Alberta Cross, Kashmir and The Cribs. GC Pro is the exclusive U.S. sales channel for the innovative Genesys, a custom-crafted, expandable analog recording console that incorporates digital workstation control.

“When I set about building a smaller setup for myself and owning my more

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The Richards Group’s Outpost Post Production Division Uses Genelec 5.1 Surround 8250A DSP System for Their New Audio Mix-to-Picture Studio

— Genelec’s acclaimed DSP system allows audio engineers to refocus the system instantly to create a sweet spot anywhere in the room to accommodate clients and producers —

The Richards Group, a multi-platform advertising creative agency in Dallas that has done award-winning commercial work for clients including Chic-Fil-A, Amstel Light, Motel 6 and Bridgestone for television, radio, print and interactive formats, has put the finishing touches on its newly opened audio mix-to-picture facility: a Genelec 5.1-surround 8250A Bi-Amplified DSP monitoring system including the Genelec 7271A Active Subwoofer. The Genelec system was sold by Spunky Brunone of Irving, Texas-based The Audio DAWg, Inc. The new studio, designed by noted facility designer Russ Berger and part of The Richards Group’s Richards Outpost Post Production division, opened in late March and also features an Avid Pro Tools HD|3 digital recording system and 24-fader Avid D-Command digital mix console. Since then, the studio more

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Covington Associates and CRX Partners Join Forces to Serve the Media Technology Market Sector

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— Industry Veterans Partner to Offer Financing and Mergers & Acquisitions Services for Audio & Video Industries —

Covington Associates and CRX Partners announce they have joined forces to provide comprehensive financing and M&A advisory services to media technology companies in the audio & video professional, consumer, broadcast, internet and related sectors. The principal members include Covington Associates’ core Digital Media team members Ethan Jacks and John Bowen, as well as Roland MacBeth and Courtney Spencer, Managing Partners of CRX Partners.

The Covington/CRX team collectively brings a proven track record and extensive expertise in the broadcast, pro/commercial audio & video, MI, and consumer/residential AV sectors. The team provides strong guidance for businesses looking for financing or considering M&A options throughout the planning, execution and closing stages based on a thorough understanding of the strengths and synergies of sellers and potential buyers, and strong more

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The New Control Room at Central Arizona College’s Recording Engineering Program Gets a Lift with Genelec 8260A 3-Way Monitors

— Genelec’s acclaimed proprietary GLM™ and AutoCal™ technology let the control room be
used as a teaching environment, as students and instructors can move around the room and don’t have to stay locked to the traditional sweet spot —

NATICK, MA, August 23, 2011 — Genelec Active DSP Monitors continuously demonstrate how they help make professional audio environments flexible and sound better, and that is exactly what a new pair of Genelec 8260A Tri-Amplified DSP monitors have done for the recently expanded Entertainment Industry Technology A.A.S. degree program at Central Arizona College in Coolidge, Arizona. The Signal Peak campus, one of ten locations in the Pinal County Community College District, has a new control room – the facility’s third – that will be used as a teaching environment for the school’s recording engineering program, and monitoring environment that can accommodate as many as 15 students and allow instructors to more

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Audio-Technica Continues Its Support and Sponsorship of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

— A-T extends relationship with three-year commitment to non-profit music education organization —

Audio-Technica, worldwide leader in high-performance microphones, wireless systems, headphones and other professional-caliber audio equipment, has recently once again renewed its sponsorship of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile recording and multimedia studio. As part of its ongoing commitment, Audio-Technica will continue to serve as the official microphone provider of the Tour Bus, supplying a complete line of A-T microphone products for use on the Bus itself (including 40 Series, Artist Elite®, Audio-Technica Wireless and other key A-T products and accessories). In addition, A-T will be contributing to the prize packages of the related John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus travels around the U.S. throughout the year. Outfitted with traditional musical instruments as well as high-tech professional audio and video gear, the Bus has provided free hands-on programs more

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KORG WAVEDRUM: THE PERFECT ADDITION TO ANY PERSONAL OR COMMERCIAL RECORDING STUDIO

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— Versatile, space-saving percussion instrument offers a variety of sounds —

An all-in-one compact, portable electronic instrument, Korg’s Wavedrum Dynamic Percussion Synthesizer offers a unique palette of percussive and pitched sounds that can make it an essential tool at any music production facility. With a design that’s well-suited for use in a professional recording studio’s drum booth or control room, as well as a home studio, the Wavedrum is playable by itself or as part of a larger drum kit or percussion setup. The award-winning second-generation Wavedrum incorporates everything from traditional pop and rock drum sounds through ethnic hand and tuned percussion, as well as exotic stringed instruments, to otherworldly textures and effects, putting endless creative possibilities at the fingertips of artists, producers or engineers. The Wavedrum is also particularly useful for jingle houses and sound effects designers looking to embellish their tracks with more

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Compact and Powerful EAW® QX Series Loudspeakers Provide Great Sound as President Obama Addresses the 2011 Graduating Class of the United States Coast Guard Academy

A center cluster of two QX Series speakers formed the core of the audio system for the newly renovated Leamy Hall at the Academy, with EAW® KF394 Three-Way Full-Range speakers on the sides of the stage and augmented by EAW SB250z subwoofers and EAW JFX88 compact multi-use loudspeakers

Whitinsville, MA, USA, August 10, 2011 – As President Barack Obama recently addressed U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduates from the stage at the Academy’s Leamy Hall, he encouraged the 229 newly commissioned Coast Guard officers to continue their pursuit of service. Every word was heard loud and clear, thanks to a new audio system with loudspeakers from EAW®, installed as part of a complete interior renovation of the stately hall, home to the 45-member Coast Guard Band.

Akustiks, LLC., the acoustical consultant on the project, chose EAW’s new QX Series speakers for the main L-C-R system. Two QX596 compact enclosures more

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EAW® Loudspeakers Provide Great Sound for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Keynote Address to the Graduating Class of Spelman College

EAW®’s KF740 Line Array and SB1000z Subwoofers, deployed by AEE Productions, filled the room at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta with clear, articulate sound

On Sunday, May 15, 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered the keynote graduation address to the 2011 class of Spelman College. The graduation event took place at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The Convention Center hall is huge, approximately 200 feet wide by 420 feet deep and able to hold in excess of 10,000 people. Still, the sound that filled the room that day was both clear and articulate, thanks to the use of EAW® loudspeaker systems.

The P.A. system, provided by Atlanta-based AEE Productions, utilized 16 EAW KF740 Three-Way Full Range Line Array Loudspeakers flown in two line arrays on either side of the 60-foot-wide stage. Another 16 EAW SB1000z Large Format Subwoofers were set up and stacked more

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HK Audio Offers Contractors and System Integrators Free “Configurator? App for Elements Line of Modular Sound Reinforcement Products

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— New App, available from Apple’s App Store, helps audio professionals decide on the ideal HK Elements system configuration based on performance type, venue and crowd size —

––Tutorial features and dealer locator also included ––

MELVILLE, NY, August 9, 2011 — As part of its ongoing efforts to streamline the system configuration process for contractors and system integrators, HK Audio offers a “Configurator? iPad®/iPhone/iPod touch App for its Elements line of modular sound reinforcement. The new App helps these audio professionals put together the ideal HK Elements system based on application. Systems range from 150-Watt configurations for speaking engagements, up to a full 3,600-Watt stereo system for live performance. The Elements range offers clients of contractors and system integrators a compact sound reinforcement solution with outstanding speech intelligibility and transparent sound quality for houses of worship, theaters, live more

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