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Bose® RoomMatch® System Solves Two Problems for Winnipeg’s Rowandale Baptist Church

Speech intelligibility and the sound quality of louder worship music were problems at opposite ends of the aural spectrum, but the Bose® RoomMatch® system addressed both of them, offering articulate speech and full-range audio for the music

Framingham, Massachusetts, November 25, 2013 – Rowandale Baptist Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where an average of 220 worshipers assemble each Sunday, faced the same issues that confront many churches as they aspire to have their message delivered clearly and articulately, while presenting music that is powerfully performed and inspiring. Unfortunately, in many of the acoustical environments typical of houses of worship, getting a single sound system to address both needs can be difficult. Rowandale Baptist Church found its answer with a RoomMatch® system from Bose® Professional Systems. Installed earlier this year by audio systems specialist Sound Art in Winnipeg, the new system consists of a center-hung cluster comprising one RM7020 module atop a RM12040 module, plus one RM9040 module used as a balcony delay speaker and a pair of MB24 modular subwoofers (chosen in place of the RoomMatch RMS215 subwoofer due to space issues), all powered by Bose PowerMatch® PM8500 and PM8500N amplifiers. From the moment it was first turned on, the RoomMatch system delivered everything the church was looking for: clean, articulate and powerful sound that evenly covered the entire worship space.

“The church, which had had some experience with the brand in the past, actually contacted Bose Professional Systems directly, and Bose then asked John [Loewen, head of Sound Art’s sales and installation division] and I to take a look at it,” recalls Ian Skrabek, Project Manager at Sound Art for this installation. “Like many churches, they were looking for a way to make speech clearer and get it to cover the interior of the church more evenly. At the same time, their worship music performances had become increasingly louder and more powerful – a new youth service to be held twice a month would include a full band playing contemporary-style music. Specifically for this service they were concerned about meeting high volume and bass requirements. They needed a sound system that could handle that with full-range sound and do so without any distortion.”

Skrabek felt confident that they could successfully address both issues with technology from Bose. Skrabek and Loewen chose RoomMatch array modules for their ability to handle high SPL levels in a more compact form factor, as well as their wide selection of coverage patterns to choose from and their smooth natural sound. “One of the really remarkable things about the RoomMatch systems is how few modules you actually need to cover a space,” marvels Skrabek. Two modules essentially gave us four zones of coverage, which distributes the sound very evenly.”

Furthermore, the PowerMatch amplifiers can be networked or not, depending upon the needs of the project. Sound Art used a PowerMatch PM8500N amplifier, networking the RoomMatch center cluster and balcony delay speakers together, while separately powering the MB24 subwoofers, which are soffited beneath the stage, with a PM8500 amplifier. “The PowerMatch amps are able to deliver an incredible amount of power from a standard 15-amp AC outlet, and all system processing was done with the DSP in the PowerMatch amps,” Skrabek notes. “The church was extremely happy with the outcome. The resulting sound coverage from the RoomMatch modules is very consistent everywhere in the room and balcony. The sound system is now capable of accurately reproducing the most delicate sounds right up to concert-volume sound with thunderous bass. They got everything they were looking to achieve.”

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Forensic Audio Expert Phil Manchester Continues to Rely on Tools from Waves Audio for High-Profile Consulting Work

— Working with Stroz Friedberg, LLC, Manchester uses Waves Audio plugins to provide analysis and intelligence for high-profile case —

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, November 22, 2013 — Waves Audio Forensic Audio Expert Phil Manchester is no stranger to highly sensitive audio investigations, as illustrated by his considerable experience within counterterrorism, national security and serious criminal investigation.

Recently, Manchester’s company Aperio Audio received an approach of a different kind than what they had become accustomed to, he explains. “Back in the early part of 2011, I was formally approached by Stroz Friedberg, LLC, a USA-based team of global leaders in investigation, intelligence and risk management.” Founded by the former head of the FBI’s Cybercrime Department, Stroz Friedberg is a collection of the brightest minds in the fields of digital forensics, investigations, forensic accounting, incident response, security, compliance, data discovery, intelligence and due diligence. They specialize in handling cybersecurity incidents across the globe, operating from offices in New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

These cybersecurity experts explained to Manchester that they had been searching for some considerable time to find a highly trained and experienced audio expert with the correct security credentials and an appropriate background in covert and sensitive intelligence – crucially, an expert whose passion would deliver results at the highest levels of forensic investigation. Despite having offices and contacts around the world in every sector of digital forensics, Stroz Friedberg’s search had proved futile. Their search continued and led them to the U.K. and specifically to Waves’ forensics expert Phil Manchester. Officials from Stroz Friedberg detailed their exact requirements: to work on the largest multi-thread audio investigation in history, with evidence and intelligence spanning in excess of twenty years, involving potentially illegal voice recordings for a high-profile media organization and their subsequent review as part of an employment tribunal.

Manchester was identified by Stroz Friedberg as the only expert in the world that could be trusted to conduct the task, and he went on to provide independent consultancy to the investigation for nearly two years, reliant upon his craft and that of his trusted signal processing tools from Waves.

Some of the tools utilized for this investigation can be found within the Phil Manchester / Waves Audio Forensics Package, which Manchester personally worked on with Waves. This bundle contains nine audio plugins chosen especially for their precision in covert audio investigation: W43 Noise Reduction Plugin, X-Noise, X-Crackle, X-Hum, X-Click, C1 Compressor/Expander, Q10 Paragraphic Equalizer, PAZ Frequency Analyzer and L1 Ultramaximizer.

Manchester explains that one day he may be in a position to publicly comment on exactly how Waves tools provided him with the arsenal to deliver results in this complicated investigation and others, but without further elaboration possible, he notes that Waves processing technologies are without a doubt providing him with the finest tools available to allow him to continue as a world-leading expert.

Phil Manchester / Waves Audio Forensics Package is available with a U.S. MSRP of $700.

For detailed product information, visit http://www.waves.com/bundles/forensics-package. Visit www.waves.com for more information.

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Bose® L1® Systems Used in the REVERB Eco-Village as Part of the “Last Summer on Earth” Tour

Framingham, Massachusetts, November 21, 2013 – Based in Portland, Maine, REVERB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 2004 by environmentalist Lauren Sullivan and her musician husband, Adam Gardner of Guster. REVERB provides comprehensive, custom greening programs for music tours while conducting grassroots outreach and education with fans around the globe. In addition to their greening work with bands and artists, REVERB also works to move forward the sustainable practices of music industry leaders, including venues, record labels, and radio stations. On a recent package tour featuring Barenaked Ladies, Guster and Ben Folds Five, REVERB created an Eco-Village that helped raise awareness for their greening efforts and engaged fans to participate in local and global environmental causes. The Village included a solar-powered stage that featured special “pop-up” performances by select members of the bands with sound provided exclusively by L1® Systems from Bose® Professional Systems.

Craig Jackson, Product Line Manager, Portable Systems, Bose Professional, stated, “Adam Gardner approached us and explained the side stage – the REVERB ‘pop-up stage,’ as they call it – and asked if we would be interested in being involved. We decided to support the event, because it is such a worthwhile cause. The interesting thing about the pop-up stage is that you have these gigantic rock stars, who are used to playing for thousands on the main stage, playing acoustically in a much more intimate setting. They play songs that aren’t in their main sets – cover songs, deep cuts and other fun things. It’s very off-the-cuff and informal, and the hardcore fans just love it. It’s a fantastic way for REVERB to spread their message and give the fans a treat in the process. And the bands sound great through the L1 modules. We love that they are playing through our gear, and the response we have gotten from the artists and the fans has been nothing but positive.”

Adam Gardner, co-founder of REVERB and member of Guster, stated, “We came out every night on the REVERB pop-up stage and performed on the L1 systems. I was amazed at how natural they sounded for both vocals and acoustic guitars and so were all of the other musicians! We loved it! The crew loved the fast setup and tear down and most importantly the fans loved the sound!”

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GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW STORE AND LESSONS STUDIO IN ATHENS, GEORGIA

Athens location features on-site lessons, new repair services, and vast inventory selection

ANNOUNCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

Guitar Center has opened its 255th store location in the U.S.
GC Garage service will provide a much-needed range of musical instrument repair services
GC Studios, first-ever GC lessons facility in Athens to support local music scene, is at the store, located at 1791 Oconee Connector, Suite 450 Athens, GA 30606

(Los Angeles, CA) – Guitar Center, the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ and lighting equipment, opened its 255th location, in Athens, Georgia, on November 7, 2013. The store, located at 1791 Oconee Connector, Suite 450 Athens, GA 30606, is also part of a new wave of Guitar Center retail stores that feature lesson spaces, which allows GC to offer additional music lessons, special programs and expanded opportunities for local musicians.

A virtual tour of the store is available online here and on the Athens store page at http://stores.guitarcenter.com/Athens.

ATHENS STORE LOCATION BACKGROUNDER:

Vast Product Selection and Low Prices – Guitar Center Athens brings an unprecedented selection of products to Athens, all backed by Guitar Center’s guarantee and available at attractive prices. The store features the latest in guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards, as well as live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment.
Guitar Center Studios – Deeply vested in expanding and enhancing the local music scene, Guitar Center Athens also brings Guitar Center Studios to the new location. The fully-equipped, in-house lesson space is giving area residents of all ages and skill levels access to affordable music lessons. Sourcing locally trained store employees as certified instructors, courses will be offered on guitar, bass, keys and drums, as well as vocals and recording techniques using Pro Tools, Logic Pro and GarageBand.
Guitar Center Garage – Guitar Center Athens includes GC Garage, the store’s on-site guitar repair service, offering a host of services, including electronics repair, hardware customization, fretwork, structural repairs, cosmetic enhancements, setup and maintenances.

Guitar Center Athens: Additional In-Store Programs and Opportunities Include:

Guitar Center’s “Endless Aisle” – Athens customers can now shop from Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which extends the in-store inventory to over $400 million in new and used products from across the nation. Shoppers will be able to purchase in-store, online and via phone, with the option to have products shipped to their home or to the store for convenient pick up.
At: Guitar Center Programs – Throughout the calendar year, Guitar Center Athens will host an array of free events, such as artist workshops, lessons, product launches and performances, as a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to educating and assisting unsigned artists. These programs aim to provide musicians with the opportunities and exposure essential to achieving their music goals.
Recording Made Easy – Available at all Guitar Center locations, the Recording Made Easy program is a four-week, user-friendly series of weekly classes occurring Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

In addition to special programs at the new Athens store, Guitar Center offers year-round programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight promising undiscovered talent. Athens residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing events from their hometown. Programs have included Your Next Record, Guitar Center On-Stage, Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter, Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues and Guitar Center’s Drum-Off.

Guitar Center Athens Store and Studio Hours
Mon-Fri: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sat: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sun: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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Frank Filipetti Uses Audio-Technica AT5040 Vocal Microphone to Capture the Essence of Motown for the Motown The Musical Cast Album

— Well known for his GRAMMY® Award-winning work on cast albums as well as for his time spent with artists including Foreigner, James Taylor and Barbra Streisand, Filipetti’s tool kit is filled with A-T microphones including the new AT5040 —

STOW, OH, November 20, 2013 — When the cast album for the Broadway hit show Motown The Musical was ready to be made, the show’s producers called on multiple GRAMMY® Award-winner Frank Filipetti to co-produce, record, edit and mix the album. In turn, Filipetti called on the new AT5040 Cardioid Condenser Studio Vocal Microphone from Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, to capture the full range of one of America’s most iconic music eras and sounds. Motown The Musical officially opened earlier this year at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and features timeless hit songs such as “What’s Going On,” “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” “Baby I Need Your Loving,” “My Girl,” “Dancing In the Street” and “I Heard It Through The Grapevine.”

Filipetti recorded the album at Right Track Studios in Manhattan, and along with Co-Producer Ethan Popp (Musical Director for Motown The Musical) and Executive Producer Harry Weinger, he edited and mixed it at his own The Living Room Studios in West Nyack, New York (all in close collaboration with Motown Records Founder and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Berry Gordy). Filipetti, who has earned GRAMMY Awards for his Broadway cast album work for shows including The Book of Mormon, Spamalot and Wicked, worked with Gordy, Popp and Weinger to choose from among the 72 songs in the show for the cast album, which also includes four new songs composed by Gordy. All of this music showed off the range and performance of A-T microphones.

On Motown The Musical, Filipetti used the new AT5040 for the first time. “I placed it in the vocal booth with Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Berry Gordy in the show, and it instantly sounded fantastic,” Filipetti recalls. “The vocals just came alive. When Bryan Terrell Clark, who plays Marvin Gaye in the show, heard it, he said he just had to sing through it, too. This was the greatest test you could put a vocal microphone through – in front of the best singers on Broadway – and the AT5040 held up to the high expectations of the users!”

In addition to the AT5040, Filipetti also used other A-T microphones on the recording. These included the AE5100 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone on the snare drum and the AE2500 Dual-element Cardioid Instrument Microphone on the kick, as well as the ATM350 Cardioid Condenser Clip-On Microphone on toms. The AT4047/SV Cardioid Condenser Microphone has become Filipetti’s Swiss Army knife, used on everything from vocals to strings to horns. “It’s really my go-to microphone for just about everything,” he says. “The music in Motown The Musical is so much a part of the American music songbook that it demands the absolute best when it comes to what we use to record it. And Audio-Technica microphones are always at the top of that list.”

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

Photo caption: Foreground: Multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning producer, engineer and mixer Frank Filipetti. Background: Music Supervisor, Arranger, and 2013 Tony Award Nominee Ethan Popp.

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GC Pro Helps Dave & Buster’s with State-of-the-Art Lighting Systems for Locations in Dallas, Boise, Boston and Oklahoma

— Dave & Buster’s approached GC Pro to provide new lighting technologies and products for existing and newly opened stores —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, November 18, 2013 — Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, has recently supplied lighting components for several existing and newly opened locations of Dave & Buster’s, a leading chain of restaurants/entertainment centers. Each Dave & Buster’s has a full-service restaurant and a video arcade, and the company has nearly 70 locations across the United States and one in Canada. GC Pro was chosen to supply key lighting systems for upgrades to existing Dave & Buster’s store locations in Oklahoma City and Boston, and to newly opened stores in Dallas and Boise, Idaho. In addition, Small Pocket Poets, a member of GC Pro’s Affiliates Program, which matches client projects with the best Audio/Video/Lighting systems integrators in their areas, has also been involved in several of these installations, specifically those in Dallas and Oklahoma City. GC Pro’s national presence, deep knowledge base, extensive inventory and access to virtually any type of AVL products and systems made, and service/support infrastructure made GC Pro the perfect solution for Dave & Buster’s need to upgrade its lighting systems. Recent installations of lighting at D&B stores include the following equipment:

• Boston
6 American DJ Vizi Spot 5R Moving Heads
6 Elation EWDMX Wireless DMX Receivers
1 Elation EWDMX Wireless DMX Transmitter
1 Elation Compu Show Software

• Oklahoma City
3 American DJ Vizi Spot 5R Moving Heads
3 Elation EWDMX Wireless DMX Receivers
1 Elation EWDMX Wireless DMX Transmitter
1 Elation Compu Show Software

• Boise
6 American DJ Vizi Spot 5R Moving Heads
6 Elation EWDMX Wireless DMX Receivers
1 Elation EWDMX Wireless DMX Transmitter
1 Elation Compu Show Software
2 Tempest Lighting Twister All Weather fixture Enclosure

• Dallas
8 American DJ Vizi Spot 5R Moving Heads
8 Elation EWDMX Wireless DMX Receivers
1 Elation EWDMX Wireless DMX Transmitter
1 Elation Compu Show Software
3 Tempest Lighting Twister All Weather fixture Enclosure

In addition, GC Pro will provide these and other lighting products, including the Elation Platinum Spot LED PRO II Moving Head and Elation Art SSC Solid-State Lighting Controller, as well as installation and integration services, for forthcoming Dave & Buster’s locations to be announced.

“Our relationship with Dave & Buster’s began in December 2011, when Fred Hennighausen, Dave & Buster’s Director of New Store Openings, and I talked about their ideas for the lighting in their Oklahoma City store, which was about to open at the time,” explains David Almanza, Sales Associate at GC Pro’s office there. “That turned out extremely well, and we next applied those same ideas to their Boston location as well. Since then, we’ve done both interior and exterior lighting for the new Dallas and Boise locations.”

Kyle Bartel, Owner of GC Pro Affiliate Program member Small Pocket Poets, says GC Pro brings all the elements together for Dave & Buster’s, including installation services. ”GC Pro’s amazing depth of inventory and knowledge is a huge plus for companies like Dave & Buster’s,” he says. “But there are also the less obvious things that mean a lot, like GC Pro’s relationships with manufacturers, which leads to up-to-the-minute product knowledge and a deeper level of support.”

Almanza points out that GC Pro and Dave & Buster’s have a lot in common. “GC Pro is a good match for Dave & Buster’s because we have our own locations all over the country, just as D&B does, and we can install, service and maintain anything we sell them. They know there’s always a GC Pro office nearby, so no matter where they are, we are, too.”

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

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Bose® Now Shipping RoomMatch® Utility RMU208 Small-Format Loudspeaker

Company ships new small-format loudspeaker with RoomMatch® mid/high sonic character, perfect for high-quality foreground music, under-balcony, zone fill and vocal-range floor monitor applications

Framingham, Massachusetts, November 13, 2013 – Bose® Professional Systems Division is now shipping the RoomMatch® Utility RMU208 small-format sound-reinforcement loudspeaker. The RMU208 is designed for use in high-quality foreground music, under-balcony, zone fill and vocal-range floor monitor applications in performing arts centers, civic auditoriums, houses of worship, secondary education and college auditoriums, dance clubs, hospitality and more.

The loudspeaker features a single Bose EMB2 compression driver (with 2.0-inch voice coil) to provide mid/high-frequency voicing similar to the RoomMatch full-range array modules. The EMB2 driver features a patented phase plug that lowers distortion and allows the use of a lower crossover frequency to improve vocal sound quality.

Dual Bose LF8 8-inch woofers (with 2.0-inch, extended-excursion voice coils) provide full-range output down to 80 Hz (+/-3 dB), and a 90° x 60° constant-directivity high-frequency horn provides wide, even coverage and may be rotated 90° in the enclosure.

The RMU208’s Quasi-3-way passive crossover with separate filters for each transducer provides uniform frequency and polar response; the 80-16,000 Hz frequency response and 126 dB maximum peak SPL allow for use in high-performance system designs. Long-term continuous power handling is 400W and peak power handling is 1600W.

The enclosure is constructed of baltic birch plywood with a 2-part polyurethane coating to resist scratches and scuffs. The multi-angle cabinet design allows for flexible use in varied applications, and the system includes a U-bracket and four additional M8 threaded inserts on the enclosure’s rear surface provide additional mounting flexibility.

The new RoomMatch® Utility RMU208 small-format loudspeaker can be powered by Bose PowerMatch® amplifiers, or any professional amplifier with the appropriate power rating. The RMU208 loudspeaker is now available through authorized Bose dealers. For more information please visit http://pro.Bose.com.

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Paul Friedman Joins BMG-Hudson Sales & Marketing

— Company positions itself for next phase of growth with Friedman’s appointment —

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, November 12, 2013— BMG-Hudson Sales & Marketing, a leading independent manufacturer’s rep firm specializing in the commercial audio/system integration, professional audio, MI/DJ and live sound markets, is pleased to announce the appointment of industry veteran Paul Friedman to the position of Sales & Marketing/Key Account Manager for the A/V, System Integration and Theater market sectors. The announcement was made by BMG-Hudson principals Bruce Garry and Mike Phillips and further underscores the company’s ongoing growth and expansion.
In his new position, Paul Friedman will work closely with Garry and Phillips, concentrating his efforts on expanding and strengthening relationships with consultants, A/V integrators and installed sound personnel.

With extensive experience in the audio industry, Friedman began his career as National Sales Manager for GLI Integrated Sound. He then held the position of National Sales Manager for Numark Electronics and then went on to found his own rep firm MetroNorth Marketing. He most recently held the position of Territory Manager for NFS Communications.

“Paul has a rich history in the industry and we are pleased to have him join the BMG-Hudson group,” stated Garry and Phillips. “His extensive background in the A/V, contracting and Pro Audio markets makes him uniquely qualified to help us grow our company as part of a long-term strategic business plan.”

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Auralex® HoverMat™ Goes on Tour and in the Studio with Drummer Rich Redmond

— Auralex®’s HoverMat™ slip-resistant drum mat keeps Rich Redmond’s kit sounding clean and tight, whether he’s in the studio or on the road with Jason Aldean and other major artists, or doing one of his CRASH Course For Success inspirational events —

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, November 12, 2013 – Whether in his current main gig as studio and live drummer for Jason Aldean, or in his CRASH Course For Success inspirational events, where he’s inspiring a new generation of artists, drummer Rich Redmond relies on the HoverMat™ slip-resistant drummer’s mat from Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments.

Redmond (who has also recorded and performed with Kelly Clarkson, Lit, Jewel, Joe Perry, Bryan Adams, Thompson Square and many more) is a thinking man’s drummer: he’ll do 80 shows a year on the road with Aldean and in between will host his unique CRASH Course For Success inspirational events and other sessions, such as his recent inaugural “Drummer’s Weekend” workshop. For the CRASH concept – Commitment, Relationships, Attitude, Skill, and Hunger – Redmond brings in guest clinicians from current top tours and sessions to teach and serve on a Pro Panel and answer questions about building a successful career, including recording hit songs, working with top artists, and playing to tens of thousands of fans each night. But whatever he’s doing when it comes to drums and drumming, Redmond is doing it atop an Auralex HoverMat, which improves acoustical isolation and clarifies the drum’s tone. Fabricated with industry-leading Auralex SheetBlok™ Sound Barrier, the HoverMat allows for high-performance decoupling from hollow stages and floors, optimizing the sound of drums by minimizing resonance from the surface on which the kit is resting. The result is a tighter, purer, more focused drum sound.

“I take my HoverMat on the road and into sessions, and engineers love it,” says Redmond. “Jason’s FOH mixer says it sounds great on stage and through the PA system. It really isolates the kit from the floor and keeps the sound tighter. I also use the HoverMat when I’m doing my CRASH Courses, which we’ve done for audiences ranging from school kids to Fortune 500 companies. In fact, Auralex has sent over extra HoverMats for some of those so that our guest clinicians and attendees can see how good it can make a drum kit sound.”

Redmond points out that the HoverMat can be also rolled up after any performance or session, and the included heavy-duty cinch sack makes transport a breeze. “I pretty much take it everywhere,” he says. “It’s portable and affordable!”

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

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Audio-Technica Celebrates 20 Years of Providing Microphone Solutions for CMA Awards

— For the 47th annual event, which aired live on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, leading music mixers and award-winning performers again picked A-T for sound quality and reliability —

STOW, OH, November 8, 2013 — Audio-Technica, a world leader in transducer technology, is celebrating its 20th 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 47th Annual CMA Awards aired live in 5.1-channel surround sound Wednesday, November 6, 2013, on the ABC Television Network from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, and featured over 150 Audio-Technica microphones, including an impressive array of hard-wired mics and Artist Elite® 5000 Series UHF Wireless Systems. Audio-Technica microphones were chosen for their ability to provide clear and consistent audio quality for live broadcast.

The CMA Awards presentation is recognized as Country Music’s Biggest Night™ and represents the pinnacle of achievement for those involved in country music. Once again, Audio-Technica microphones were featured for their accurate and reliable sound reproduction — characteristics that have dictated A-T’s long-standing presence with country music artists.

The team of industry veterans responsible for the audio at this year’s CMA’s again included a who’s-who of broadcast audio. The audio was supervised by award-winning audio producers Tom Davis and Paul Sandweiss; ATK/Audiotek provided the sound system with FOH (front-of-house) mixers Patrick Baltzell and Rick Shimer; the broadcast music mix was handled by New Jersey/California-based M3’s (Music Mix Mobile’s) John Harris and Jay Vicari. Stage monitoring was handled by Tom Pesa and Jason Spence.

Audio-Technica’s acclaimed Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF Wireless System with the AEW-T6100 Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphone/Transmitter was used for lead vocals by A-T endorser Jason Aldean, who performed “Night Train.” The 5000 Series wireless was also used by Darius Rucker, who performed using the AEW-T5400 Cardioid Condenser Handheld Transmitter. Rucker performed “The Gambler” as part of a Kenny Rogers Tribute and later performed the closing number, “Wagon Wheel.”

The backline mic complement of A-T wired microphones included the AT4080 Phantom-powered Bidirectional Ribbon Microphone on guitars; AT4050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone on guitars and bass; AT4040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone on overheads; AE2500 Dual-Element Cardioid Instrument Microphone on kick drum; AE5100 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone on hi-hat and ride cymbals; AE5400 Cardioid Condenser Microphone on rotary speaker top and AT4050 on rotary speaker bottom; ATM650 Dynamic Instrument Microphone on snare; and ATM350 Cardioid Condenser Clip-On Microphone on toms and strings.

“Audio-Technica supplies an enormous amount of support for us during the CMA’s,” stated Paul Sandweiss, Co-Audio Producer of the 47th Annual CMA Awards. “Their wired and wireless mics sound great, and are consistently reliable — and having representatives from A-T and their gear here at the show makes our lives a whole lot easier!”

“I especially liked using the ATM350 on the string section during the George Jones Tribute,” states Jay Vicari, Co-Music Mixer. “The 350 allowed me to capture the sound of the strings very naturally and because of its size, it was unobtrusive on camera.”

James Stoffo, RF Coordinator/Microphone Tech, echoes Sandweiss’s sentiments: “We have 36 wireless microphones on the show from various manufacturers in a backdrop of 200 radio frequencies that include in-ears, mics and backstage communications. We love the support we receive from Audio-Technica, and we have never had any problems with interference, drifting or audio quality of their wireless systems. The A-T wireless that we have used, not only on this show but others, has been flawless. I’m always happy to see A-T on the show.”

Please visit www.audio-technica.com for more information.

Photo Caption 1: Jason Aldean, performing at the 47th Annual CMA Awards on November 6, 2013, using Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite® 5000 Series UHF Wireless System and AEW-T6100 Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld Transmitter. Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images. (This photo is the property of Larry Busacca/Getty Images and may be used by the press only for the purpose of one-time reproduction. Unauthorized use, alteration or reproduction of this photograph is strictly prohibited.)

Photo Caption 2: Darius Rucker, performing at the 47th Annual CMA Awards on November 6, 2013, using Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite® 5000 Series UHF Wireless System and AEW-T5400 Cardioid Condenser Handheld Transmitter. Photo by Todd Wawrychuk/Getty Images. (This photo is the property of Todd Wawrychuk/Getty Images and may be used by the press only for the purpose of one-time reproduction. Unauthorized use, alteration or reproduction of this photograph is strictly prohibited.)

Photo Caption 3: The audio team from the 47th Annual CMA Awards held an intimate dinner with Audio-Technica at Nashville’s Palm Restaurant during rehearsals. Shown L-R: Seated: Mark Linett (M3 Music Mix Stage Pre Amp Tech), Jay Vicari (Co-Music Mixer) John Harris (Co-Music Mixer), Roxanne Ricks (Audio-Technica Artist Relations Manager and Events Specialist), Joel Singer (M3 Engineer In Charge), Russell Fischer (leading FOH). Top Row: Paul Sandweiss (Co-Audio Producer), Maren Angus (Audio Producers’ Assistant), James Stoffo (RF Coordinator/Microphone Tech), Tom Davis (Co-Audio Producer), Brian Flanzbaum (M3 Music Mix Stage Pre Amp Tech), Max Feldman (M3 Music Remix Assistant), Bob Green (Audio-Technica Director of Digital and Technical Wireless Engineering), Stacey Lee Hempel (Pro Tools Operator) and Russell Long (M3 Music Mix Assistant). Photo by Yu Howe. (This photo is the property of Clyne Media Inc., and may be used by the press only for the purpose of one-time reproduction. Unauthorized use, alteration or reproduction of this photograph is strictly prohibited.)

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