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GUITAR CENTER, NATION’S LARGEST INSTRUMENT RETAILER, OPENS NEW SUPERSTORE IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, WITH GRAND OPENING WEEKEND CELEBRATION

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— Live music events and special savings mark the opening of GC Louisville Superstore —

— Store features nation’s first on-site Guitar Center Studios, a cutting-edge studio and resource for musicians of all abilities—

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, February 7, 2011 — At 7:00 p.m. on January 27, 2011, Guitar Center launched a new retail location at 4600 Shelbyville Road in Louisville, Kentucky, kicking off a weekend-long grand opening celebration. The 17,500-square-foot superstore’s opening has brought unprecedented product selection and opportunities to artists in the area, along with the unparalleled knowledge and experience of the store’s dedicated staff. Guitar Center Louisville also features GC Studios, the retailer’s first embedded lesson and rehearsal facility. To celebrate the opening, the Grand Opening Weekend featured exclusive savings, including guitar and drum essentials at up to more

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AUDIO-TECHNICA MICS CHOSEN FOR PITTSBURGH’S NEW CLUB AE

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STOW, OH, February 7, 2011 — The Club AE music venue located within the new Stage AE indoor/outdoor concert facility in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will open in early 2011 with a full complement of microphones from Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 45 years. Stage AE, a Joint venture between the Pittsburgh Steelers and PromoWest Productions, is built on Pittsburgh’s North Shore. It was built from the ground up as the city’s largest music club venue and opened on December 3, 2010.

The mic complement for Club AE includes four Audio-Technica AE4100 Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphones; seven ATM650 Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphones; three ATM450 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphones; four ATM350 Cardioid Condenser Clip-On Microphones; one ATM250 Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone; and an ATM250DE Dual-Element Instrument Microphone. According to Stage AE production manager Tim Peffer, “Audio-Technica mics are our go-to mics at more

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COMPLETE PRODUCTION RENTALS CHOOSES AUDIO-TECHNICA FOR THE PASADENA SYMPHONY AND POPS

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STOW, OH, February 3, 2011 — The Pasadena Symphony and POPS is one of the top performing symphonic ensembles in southern California. They offer area residents a full spectrum of live symphonic concerts year-round at the historic Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena and Pasadena Rose bowl grounds, and they make sure every listener hears every note as clearly as possible, thanks to microphones from Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 45 years. Complete Production Rentals, the area’s premier provider of rentals, sales and service of sound and video equipment, uses Audio-Technica microphones nearly exclusively for their work with the Pasadena Symphony and POPS because of A-T’s ability to accurately and consistently convey the nuances of the broad classical and popular music repertoire of the Symphony.

Jack Haffamier, President and Founder of Complete Production Rentals, has specific microphone choices for the entire Symphony. more

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AUDIO-TECHNICA OFFERS THE ATW-CHG2 TWO-BAY RECHARGING STATION FOR NEWLY DESIGNED 2000 SERIES WIRELESS

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STOW, OH, January 31, 2011 — Audio-Technica offers the ATW-CHG2 Two-Bay Recharging Station for its new 2000 Series wireless transmitters. This versatile unit charges ATW-T220a handheld transmitters and/or ATW-T210a UniPak® transmitters (in any combination). Batteries are charged within the transmitters.

The ATW-CHG2 has many protective features to preserve the integrity of the transmitters. A built-in safety feature monitors cell voltage and automatically turns off the unit if problems are detected. The unit will also automatically shut off if damaged or alkaline (non-rechargeable) batteries are installed. Maintenance charging prevents battery self-discharge until the transmitter is removed from the charger. Two AA 2000 mAh Ni-MH rechargeable batteries are included.

Other recent enhancements to the 2000 Series include the addition of a second operating frequency band for more flexibility and increased number of simultaneous usages (Band I: 487.125 to 506.600 MHz). The more

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LOUD Appoints New Pro-Audio Leadership

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Woodinville, Wa. – January 28, 2011 – LOUD Technologies Inc. (“LOUD?) today appointed Jeff Rocha, Vice President and General Manager, EAW and Anthony Taylor, Vice President and Managing Director, Martin Audio. In these newly expanded roles, Rocha and Taylor will assume P&L responsibility for their respective brand, as well as manage all engineering, product development, marketing, manufacturing and sales efforts. In addition, Rocha will lead the EAW design and manufacturing facility in Whitinsville, USA, while Taylor will lead the Martin Audio design and manufacturing facility in High Wycombe, UK.

“EAW and Martin Audio are strong brands with their own unique personalities and reputations for service and innovation,? said Mark Graham, LOUD CEO. “Both Jeff and Anthony are veterans of their brands and have already improved the speed and accuracy of brand-level decision making. This increased autonomy will allow us to more

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WAVES IS NOW SHIPPING V8 (VERSION 8) PLUGINS

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KNOXVILLE, TN, January 27, 2011 — Waves Audio, a leading provider of digital signal processing solutions, is now shipping V8, the new version of Waves plugins.

One of Version 8’s most exciting highlights is that several classic plugins will be getting facelifts: L1 Ultramaximizer, S1 Stereo Imager, DeEsser, TrueVerb, Q10 Equalizer, C1 Compressor/Expander and AudioTrack will all feature a fresher, more up-to-date look. Version 8 also adds Waves V-Series plugins to selected Waves bundles, bringing the modeled sounds of the vintage 1066, 1073, 1081 and 2254 hardware units to more users than ever.

V8 also delivers an improved preset management system with in-host integration, multi-level Undo and easier navigation. In addition, presets created by Waves Artists like Dave Pensado, Ross Hogarth, Mike Hedges and Steve Lillywhite come pre-loaded into the plugins, for the ultimate in convenience.

Other developments include faster loading more

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XANTECH OFFERS SYSTEM INTEGRATORS ITS FULL RANGE OF RESIDENTIAL SOLUTIONS AT ISE 2011

INTEGRATED SYSTEMS EUROPE, AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS, February 1, 2011 — Xantech (booth 1L90), a leader in the field of audio/video distribution and control for over 40 years, offers system integrators its full range of residential solutions. Highlights on display at ISE 2011 include:

New IR technology and systems — true to its roots, Xantech has reinvented IR for audio/video system control. The new Red/95 and Green/85 series of IR kits and receivers are designed to address fundamental changes in audio/video technology as well as styles of living, through five-way technical superiority and new features. Xantech’s IR leadership just received one of the industry’s highest levels of recognition with the induction of its signature DinkyLink™ IR receiver into CEDIA’s Product Hall of Fame.

BDX TT Bluetooth interface — many people now store and manage their music and media through a smartphone or other handheld device. Getting that music into more

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XANTECH SHOWS AN ARRAY OF SOLUTIONS FOR CONTRACTORS AND SYSTEM INTEGRATORS AT ISE 2011

INTEGRATED SYSTEMS EUROPE, AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS, February 1, 2011 – In keeping with the brand’s reputation for inventing innovative, reliable and cost-effective solutions for challenges and problems in audio, video and control system design, Xantech (booth 1L90) arrives at ISE 2011 in Amsterdam with new and existing products sure to make the top of any contractor or system integrator’s short list of essentials. Highlights include:

WIC1200 Web Intelligent Controller – the WIC1200 Web Intelligent Controller is a stand-alone room controller for networked/web-based control featuring two IR Ports, two Serial ports, two Contact Closure ports and two Digital I/O ports as well as two Ethernet ports (one with POE) for TCP/IP Telnet control with less intrusion into facility IP networks. On its own, the Web Intelligent Controller is an Event-driven component capable of Timed Events, Calendar Events, Telnet and Serial Events and features a full FTP site, Web server and more

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GUITAR CENTER PROFESSIONAL OUTFITS COSTA RICA’S NEW GREEN ROAD STUDIO

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— Studio designer Horacio Malvicino looks to GC Pro for SSL console, Pro Tools system, mics and processors, and, most of all, top-notch service and support —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, January 27, 2011 — Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, recently supplied a complete package of audio equipment to Green Road Studio, a brand new recording facility located in the Central American country of Costa Rica. The new studio, designed by Horacio Malvicino of the Malvicino Design Group, was constructed from eco-friendly materials and features a Solid State Logic Matrix console with an Avid Pro Tools|HD3 system, together with a selection of new and vintage signal processing equipment and microphones.

Managing director and studio engineer Federico Hencker’s plan more

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THE RECORDING ACADEMY® PRODUCERS & ENGINEERS WING® ANNOUNCES SPONSORS FOR “SHAKEN RATTLED & ROLLED” GRAMMY® WEEK EVENT HONORING LEGENDARY PRODUCER T BONE BURNETT

Audio Industry Leaders Support the Fourth Annual GRAMMY® Week Gala
at The Village Recording Studios in Los Angeles

The P&E Wing’s Annual Gathering Recognizes Achievements and Contributions
of the Music Industry’s Production Community

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Feb. 1, 2011) — The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® will celebrate its 10th Anniversary with a GRAMMY® Week event titled “Shaken Rattled & Rolled” honoring legendary producer T Bone Burnett for his commitment to excellence and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music. GRAMMY-winning artists Elton John and Leon Russell will serve as honorary event co-chairs at the event to be held on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at The Village Recording Studios in Los Angeles. GRAMMY Week culminates with the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, airing live on the CBS Television Network, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

The event is being held with more

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