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Mother Church of Country Music Relies On Carl Tatz Design PhantomFocus™ System and Dynaudio M1s With Bryston 4B SST2 Amplification for Control Room Monitoring

— Ryman Auditorium Chooses Carl Tatz Design’s Highly Praised Monitor Tuning Enhancement Protocol For Critical Broadcast And Concert Recording Events —

Nashville, TN: As one of the more iconic venues in the world, the Ryman Auditorium stays consistently booked with concert acts ranging from the Grand Old Opry broadcasts to top-name acts in multiple genres from pop to country to jazz to stand-up comedy. “After auditioning a Carl Tatz Design (CTD) PhantomFocus™ System at one of the Rascal Flatts studios that Carl designed, Steve Gibson [musical director for the Grand Old Opry] and I agreed that no speaker choice or acoustic design alone was going to deliver that kind of performance, so it was a no-brainer decision for us to go with the PFS for the Ryman control room,? says Ryman chief broadcast engineer King Williams. “We also specified the Dynaudio M1, Bryston 4B combination that we heard.? House more

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AUDIO-TECHNICA UNVEILS SPECTRAPULSE® MTU301 BODY-PACK TRANSMITTER

— New mtu301 allows users to walk freely throughout the SpectraPulse® coverage area, expanding flexibility for presenters —

— Ideal for fixed installation, rental staging and corporate/boardroom applications, SpectraPulse offers secure wireless operation free from RF competition, frequency coordination and “white space? issues —

Audio-Technica unveils its SpectraPulse® mtu301 Body-Pack Transmitter. The mtu301 allows presenters the flexibility to clearly transmit audio as they move throughout the entire SpectraPulse coverage area. By simply plugging in a lavalier or headworn microphone to the mtu301, users can now be free to untether an onstage performance, leave a podium or walk away from a conference table, further expanding the performance for Audio-Technica’s award-winning SpectraPulse Ultra Wideband (UWB) wireless microphone system. A completely new application of UWB technology, SpectraPulse offers secure wireless operation for the installed sound market, free from RF competition, frequency coordination and “white space? issues.

The mtu301 joins the more

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AUDIO-TECHNICA UNVEILS BP893 HEADWORN MicroEarset MICROPHONE

— The BP893 is ideal for theater, house-of-worship and broadcast use —

Audio-Technica unveils its BP893 MicroEarset Omnidirectional Condenser Headworn Microphone. With its ergonomically molded earpiece and unobtrusive one-inch boom, the BP893 offers inconspicuous placement along with clear, consistent voice pickup. Its extended frequency response provides natural sound reproduction, and its lightweight low-profile design and ease of use make the microphone ideal for use in theatrical performances, houses of worship and broadcast studios.

The BP893 is positioned unobtrusively over either ear. Its omnidirectional miniature condenser capsule offers outstanding pickup tailored for crystal-clear vocal reproduction, similar to that of a high-quality lavalier microphone. The mic is also ideal for use in violin pickup – violinists should simply wear the BP893 over the ear as usual, and there is no need for clamps on the violin.

The microphone includes a 55-inch (1.4-meter) permanently attached miniature cable. Its free end more

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AUDIO-TECHNICA PROVIDES MICROPHONE SOLUTIONS FOR 2010 CMA AWARDS

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— Leading music mixers and award-winning performers again pick A-T for sound quality and reliability —

Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 45 years, is celebrating its 17th year of supporting the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards by providing an extensive selection of vocal and instrument microphones for its annual awards show. The 44th Annual CMA Awards aired live in 5.1-channel surround sound Wednesday, November 10, on the ABC Television Network from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, and featured over 200 Audio-Technica microphones, including an impressive array of hard-wired mics and Artist Elite® 5000 Series UHF Wireless Systems. Audio-Technica was chosen to provide its clear and consistent quality for this star-studded live broadcast, for performers ranging from some of country music’s biggest stars to pop and rock acts on show-stopping collaborations.

The CMA Awards presentation is recognized as Country more

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Flaming Lips Employ EAW® MicroWedge MW15 and MicroSub Stage Monitors, in Custom Bright Orange Finish

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When a band tours with a stage show that routinely features confetti cannons, dozens of people dressed as furry animals, a man-sized plastic bubble and other giant props, it should come as no surprise that some of its audio equipment is a little out of the ordinary. For the band’s latest tour, psychedelic rock band the Flaming Lips requested a monitor speaker system that included ten EAW® MicroWedge Series MW15 Stage Monitors and two MicroSub Stage Monitors custom-finished in bright orange, allowing them to fit in perfectly with the onstage mayhem.

Of course, the Flaming Lips, who formed in Oklahoma in 1983, were looking for more than just cosmetics. EAW’s compact, low-profile MicroWedges have become a popular choice among top touring artists for a variety of reasons, including clear and consistent sound quality, high power handling, exceptional gain before feedback, portability and durability. more

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WWE, World Wrestling Entertainment, Selects Carl Tatz Design’s Dual PhantomFocus™ System to Tune Studio Monitors

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— Dynaudio C4s and Yamaha NS10s Enhanced in a Dual PhantomFocus™ System Where Both Nearfields and Mains Share the Same Frequency Response Curve —

Stamford, CT: “It’s as advertised,? says James Johnson, musical director and chief engineer at the sprawling WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) complex, of the Carl Tatz Design (CTD) Dual PhantomFocus™ System that was implemented at the main studio. Carl Tatz was highly recommended and then hired to “bump up? the lackluster performance of the main monitors in this beautiful facility. Johnson was then informed by CTD that he could have a Dual PFS that would allow his NS10’s to have the same frequency response as the mains yet retain the intimacy of a near field system while sharing the same subwoofer system. While many speaker companies now offer “click-and-play? room correction software with their monitors to address an obvious need to more

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DENON® PROFESSIONAL NOW SHIPPING THE DN-F650R FROM ITS NEW LINE OF SOLID-STATE AUDIO RECORDERS

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— Company unveils intuitive, state-of-the-art, digitally-based audio recording solutions for contractors, consultants and system integrators —

Denon® Professional, a leader in digital recording and playback solutions for the fixed installation and education market sectors, is now shipping its DN-F650R Solid-state Audio Recorder. The new recorder further emphasizes the continued growth of Denon Professional, as well as the company’s commitment to providing consultants and contractors with digitally-based, solid media products that feature no moving parts, with high reliability and maintenance-free operation under the most challenging conditions.

The DN-F650R Solid-state Audio Recorder takes audio recording to new levels by implementing stable and reliable solid-state media technology as the source medium. This product is able to record and read MP3 files and uncompressed WAV files to and from SD or SDHC cards and USB drives as well, which utilize technology that is far more stable and more

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AUDIO-TECHNICA MOURNS THE LOSS OF KEN REICHEL

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Audio-Technica mourns the passing of Ken Reichel, former Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Audio-Technica U.S. Ken passed away October 15, 2010, at his home in Richmond, Virginia. A fixture in the professional audio industry, having first played key roles for other microphone manufacturers, Ken joined Audio-Technica in May 1982, and he served the company in various leadership capacities through his retirement in June of 2000.

Audio-Technica U.S. experienced strong growth under Ken’s management. He drove market development and promotion for many innovative products, notably UniPoint® installed-sound microphones and A-T’s 40 Series studio microphones. He was also a strong force behind A-T entering the wireless microphone category and the company’s longstanding relationship with the Olympics.

“Ken valued strong personal relationships based on mutual respect and commitment,? said Phil Cajka, Audio-Technica U.S. President/CEO. Cajka continued, “He had a powerful combination of technical understanding more

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PhantomFocus™ of the Opry

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— The Grand Ole Opry House Installs Carl Tatz Design’s PhantomFocus™ System Using Genelec 8050A Monitors —

— Iconic Country Music Venue Comes Back Strong After Nashville Flood, Receiving Praise From FOH and Broadcast Engineers for Dramatic Tuned Monitor System —

Recently, the legendary Nashville venue the Grand Ole Opry House upgraded its control room sound with the installation of a PhantomFocus™ System (http://www.carltatzdesign.com/phantomFocus-system.html) from Carl Tatz Design (CTD). Grand Ole Opry Head of Music Operations Steve Gibson contacted CTD to correct a control room window resonance problem that they were experiencing, and Gibson requested the implementation of a PhantomFocus™ System using their existing Genelec 8050A monitors.

“The thing that is the most fun for me is how the center ‘channel’ feels like a physical presence; as well, I know that our mixes are translating much better out of the building more

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WHARFEDALE OFFERS ITS ACHROMATIC SERIES HIGH-PERFORMANCE LOUDSPEAKERS

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— Elegant, Slim-Design Home Theater and Stereo Models Are Ideal for Custom Installation —

Sound Import, LLC, the exclusive U.S. distributor for the Wharfedale brand of dynamic loudspeakers, is offering Wharfedale’s Achromatic Series loudspeakers, which combine striking, slim design with custom-installation-friendly features and newly developed drivers that are engineered to deliver superlative sound.

The Achromatic lineup includes two wall-mountable left/right/surround speakers (models WA-S1 and WA-S2); two wall-mountable center-channel speakers (WA-C2 and WA-C4); two floorstanding towers (the WA-T4 and WA-T8) and two powered subwoofers (models WA-8SB and WA-12SB). The loudspeakers are available individually, or as part of the Micro, Basik, Supro, L/C/R or Ultimo system packages for smaller, mid-sized and larger rooms. Prices range from $169 to $599 for individual speaker pairs and from $699 to $1,699 for system packages.

Achromatic Series loudspeakers are sleek and elegant, making them ideal for custom-installation, architectural more

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