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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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WAVES AUDIO TO RECEIVE TECHNICAL GRAMMY® AWARD

— Company acknowledged for its contribution of outstanding technical excellence to the recording field —

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, December 23, 2010 — Waves Audio was informed that it will be presented with a prestigious Technical GRAMMY® Award during the GRAMMY Week celebration in February 2011. The news was made public as part of The Recording Academy® announcing its Special Merit Awards recipients, with Waves Audio as a Technical GRAMMY Award® honoree. A special invitation-only ceremony will be held during GRAMMY Week on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, and a formal acknowledgment will be made during the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, which will be held at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011. With this presentation of the Technical GRAMMY®, Waves joins a prestigious list of previous recipients which includes such well-known names as Apple Computer, Inc., Sony/Philips, Shure Incorporated and Yamaha Corporation.

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ARTIST/PRODUCER/ENGINEER BUTCH WALKER GOES BACK TO HIS ANALOG TAPE ROOTS WITH ENDLESS ANALOG’S CLASP®

butch walker — Butch Walker adds CLASP® to his Santa Monica studio, allowing him to record using analog tape while enjoying the convenience and efficiency of digital workflow —

As a songwriter, musician/artist, producer and engineer, the Georgia-born Butch Walker has carved out a unique niche and has firmly established himself as a tour-de-force in the music industry. Walker has penned numerous hits for artists like Avril Lavigne, Sevendust and Fall Out Boy. As a producer/engineer, he is credited with works by Katy Perry, Pink and Weezer, as well as being Rolling Stone’s 2005 producer of the year. And as a musician/artist, he has received critical acclaim for his work with Marvelous 3, his DVD Live at Budokan, his studio records The Rise and Fall of Butch Walker and The Lets-Go-Out Tonights and Sycamore Meadows. more

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ROLLING THUNDER STUDIOS GOES FOR GENELEC 5.1 MONITORING

rolling thunder — Genelec 8240A monitors and a 7270A subwoofer give this Midwestern music recording, post production and mastering facility the most precise monitoring possible —

At a time when independent music production has become intensely localized, regional recording studios have taken on a greater role in the evolution of the music industry. Rolling Thunder Studios in Traverse City, Michigan, understands that – it’s the creative and production home for numerous local artists for everything from their demos to their LPs and their mastering needs. And now Rolling Thunder’s clients will experience a new dimension to their music thanks to the recently installed 5.1 monitoring system from Genelec, the world leader in active monitoring technology. more

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XANTECH OFFERS AWARD-WINNING BDXTT STEREO BLUETOOTH® RECEIVER

bdxtt — Xantech BDXTT provides a wireless connection between Bluetooth®-enabled audio sources and any single- or multi-zone audio system —

— BDXTT has been selected as a CustomRetailer EXC!TE Award winner —

Xantech, a leader in the field of audio/video remote control and distribution for 40 years, offers the new award-winning Xantech BDXTT Stereo Bluetooth® Receiver. The Xantech BDXTT provides a wireless connection between any A2DP Stereo Bluetooth-enabled audio source and any single or multi-zone audio system. The BDXTT has also been honored by CustomRetailer Magazine’s EXC!TE Awards as one of the best products available to the custom electronics industry this year. more

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