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Gibson Brands Announces 2014 Gibson “Win a Studio” Video Contests

Prizes include Gibson Guitar, KRK, TASCAM and Stanton Products

NASHVILLE, APRIL 30, 2014 — In celebration of its 120 years of innovation, Gibson Brands is hosting the 2014 Gibson “Win a Studio” Video Contests, with monthly drawings for which the first prize winners receive everything they need for a full home recording setup. Included among this gear are some of the company’s most popular recording pieces, such as KRK Systems’ ROKIT 5 Studio Monitors and 10s Powered Subwoofer; TASCAM’s TM-PC1 Condenser Microphone, US-366 USB 2.0 Audio Interface and TH-MX2 Professional Headphones; and Stanton’s DJC.4 Virtual DJ Digital Workstation; among others. At the end of the contest, which concludes November 30, one Grand Prize winner will be chosen to win a Gibson Double Diamond Guitar.

To enter, contestants must create an original 30-second to 15-minute video that highlights the Gibson Brands product that is the focus of each specific contest, such as March’s Gibson Min-ETune and April’s KRK ROKIT challenges. The featured products will be posted online on the Gibson “Win a Studio” Contest page at the start of each new month and contestants will have two months from that date to submit their video. To be considered, participants must upload their video to their personal YouTube channel with a title that mentions the product, followed by the words “Gibson Studio Giveaway.” The video description must include the following tags: Gibson Win A Studio Contest, Gibson Brands, Inc. and the month of the contest to which it applies. Videos must then be submitted to the specific contest entry page located online at the link above by the end of the two month submission deadline. By entering, a contestant attests that they are the sole owner of all copyrighted materials contained in the video. Winners will be announced one month after individual contest submission deadlines. The grand prize winner will be announced on December 31.

In the monthly contest prize pack are the KRK ROKIT 5 Studio Monitors, which feature lightweight yellow composite woofers that achieve outstanding dynamics. These monitors not only meet the highest sonic standards, but deliver the versatility needed by all users to take their mixes to the next level—regardless of musical style. The unique tuning process used on the ROKITS treats the woofer, cabinet, and port as a single, integrated whole, which provides extreme vocal clarity with extended bass response.

A perfect complement to the ROKITs, the KRK 10s Powered Subwoofer is designed to extend the low-frequency performance of the monitors to ensure ideal engineered sound. It features a great-looking curved cabinet and a yellow glass-aramid composite woofer, which both echo the style of the ROKITS. Combined with a front-firing bass port, the woofer provides an accurate and powerful low-end punch, while a high-powered amplifier and active crossovers offer smooth and precise sound reproduction.

With the TASCAM TM-PC1 Condenser Microphone, engineers can capture every detail of their vocals and acoustic instruments. A one-inch gold-sputtered diaphragm, switchable pad and roll-off make the microphone versatile enough for any recording application. The mic includes a shock mount, pop filter and desktop stand to start recording right out of the box.

Perfect for use with the condenser mic, TASCAM’s US-366 USB 2.0 Audio Interface features high-quality HDDA mic preamps with a wide frequency response (from 10Hz to 68kHz). Up to 192kHz/24bit recording yields low noise and low distortion, and an on-board DSP Mixer provides zero-latency headphone mixes with effects. The US-366 includes two XLR mic inputs with +48V phantom power, two TRS inputs and additional line level and digital I/O for maximum flexibility and the best possible sound.

A great addition to any studio, the TASCAM TH-MX2 Professional Headphones are tailored for mixing and feature a powerful bass response that adds energy to the audio and brilliant mids that round out a mix. Its closed-back isolation offers a clean sound with rich bass response and crisp highs. The foldable design makes it easy to transport, while the circumaural ear cuffs and flexible headband provide comfort for hours of use.

Stanton’s DJC.4 Virtual DJ Digital Workstation is a DJ controller and audio interface, bundled with an enhanced four-deck version of Virtual DJ LE, allowing users to scratch and mix up to four desk of audio while also controlling video. An integrated four-channel audio interface can be integrated with analog turntables or CD decks for added performance, while the large touch-sensitive jog wheels make for an extremely tight scratch and pitch bend control. Additionally, its setup couldn’t be simpler; plug in the included USB cable, start up Virtual DJ LE and the user is on their way.

Additional prizes in the studio prize package include a 2014 Gibson LPM Guitar, an Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Guitar, an Epiphone Thunderbird Guitar, Onkyo Trainer Headphones, a Gibson Memory Cable and the studio version of Cakewalk’s Sonar software.

About KRK Systems
Over the past two decades, KRK Systems has become synonymous with quality design and unparalleled performance in the world of studio monitors, subwoofers and headphones. And because KRK has remained true to its mission of providing accurate and reliable studio monitors, as well as developed products that fit its customer’s needs like a glove, the company occupies the industry’s #1 position for studio monitors. With four series of monitoring systems (both passive and active, in a variety of sizes), KRK offers products that meet the diverse needs of home studios, professional studios, and audiophiles. For more information, visit us at www.krksys.com.

About TASCAM
TASCAM is part of the pro audio and home recording division of TEAC Corporation. TASCAM will continue to be instrumental in revolutionizing professional and home recording by offering the highest quality products at the best value to their customers. For more information, visit www.tascam.com

About Stanton
Stanton is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of professional audio products for DJs. Founded in 1946 by Walter O. Stanton, the inventor of an easily replaceable phonograph stylus, Stanton has grown from being one of the first American companies to make and sell magnetic cartridges to offering a complete line of DJ products, which include turntables, high-performance cartridges, CD players, DJ mixers, accessories and digital controllers. With over 50 years of innovation, Stanton is the name DJs trust. For additional information, visit the company online at www.stantondj.com.

About Gibson Brands
Gibson Brands Inc. is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. The Gibson Les Paul Guitar is the bestselling guitar of all time and is a tribute to the late, famed musician of the same name. Collectively, the Gibson Robot Guitar, Gibson Dark Fire, Gibson Dusk Tiger and the Gibson Firebird X represent the biggest advances in electric guitar design in more than 75 years. Through the Gibson Foundation, Gibson Guitar Corp. has become equally known for its philanthropic efforts on behalf of music, education, health, and human services. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, MI, and headquartered in Nashville, TN, since 1984, Gibson Brands Inc’s family of brands includes Epiphone, Dobro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Maestro, Oberheim, Baldwin, Sunshine Piano, Take Anywhere Technology, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, Wurlitzer, Cakewalk and Gibson Pro Audio. Visit Gibson’s website at www.gibson.com. Follow Gibson Guitar at www.twitter.com/gibsonguitar and www.facebook.com/gibsonguitar.

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DPA Microphones d:vote™ 4099 Adds More Bravura to Break of Reality Performances


Company’s renowned Instrument Microphone provides quartet with quality audio and ease of use on tour

NEW YORK, APRIL 29, 2014 – When a group of cellists decided to blend their classical music skills with their love of rock ‘n’ roll, the result was a cello-rock band known as Break of Reality. Comprised of three cellists and a percussionist, the group has been performing for more than a decade. During that time, the quartet has experimented with a series of audio setups, including both pickups and microphones, but continuously fell short of finding an ideal audio solution. That is, until they discovered DPA Microphones’ d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphone and its clip for the cello.

As the quartet takes to the road, the members praise their recently purchased d:vote 4099 setup for creating a new sense of comfort that previously did not exist when miking the cellos. The group has tested a variety of audio amplification setups, which evolved from an early dependence on pickups, and they say they can already recognize many benefits of the DPA mics, including a pristine natural sound and the unique mounting solution.

“We love the d:vote, I don’t know any other microphone of its kind that is designed specifically for the cello and that makes it a lot easier to work with,” shares Patrick Laird, cellist and Break of Reality co-founder. “Before we switched to DPA, we went through every type of pickup and eventually we got sick of the lack of a real cello sound. After that, we moved to a microphone system that had clip-on mics, but they weren’t specialized for string instruments like the d:vote 4099. With the old mics, we created a cable tie system to hold the mic securely to the instrument, because if we didn’t, the mic would occasionally fall off. We don’t have any of these problems with the d:vote 4099.

“We were very limited with our setup,” he continues. “If we had two back-to-back gigs in different places, we would have to cut off our whole cable tie system and take the microphones off. Now, the d:vote actually can fit inside the cases while still mounted to the cello, which provides a quick and simple setup. The mics have a great sound, too. The frequency response is much more balanced than anything we’ve used before, so it requires a lot less treatment in the venue.”

Now avid users, the quartet has familiarized themselves with DPA’s reputation for providing a highly durable and pristine sounding microphone. Plus, the d:vote 4099, designed with the touring musician in mind, can easily be unclipped and repositioned on the instrument, without any cable ties or other obstructions. This creates an effortless solution for the group. The accurate natural sound, balanced EQs and functionality of the microphone will come in handy as Break of Reality goes on tour through May.

“What’s especially cool about the mics is that we’re going to be using them in all types of venues on this tour, and that’s a big thing for us,” shares Laird. “Previously, when we performed at nice venues, we placed higher quality mics in front of the instruments to produce a better sound. When we played rock clubs, we had to go back to using pickups because our mics had feedback issues. But all that is behind us now. The d:vote is so versatile that we can use it as a professional microphone in 15,000-seat performing arts center auditoriums or for a simple amplification setup in small rock clubs.

“People in the industry, sound men, engineers, they have always told us we should really consider DPA Microphones,” he adds. “We didn’t make the switch for a while because of the cost of changing over our whole setup. But, we finally decided to make the move to DPA Microphones and we couldn’t be happier. They’re awesome, we love them.”

With the help of fan donations through the group’s Kickstarter campaign, the quartet is putting on a Music Education Tour, at which they will perform free concerts and host workshops at 10 school districts across the U.S. These performances will be held in conjunction with their regular tour schedule, in support of their latest album, TEN. In addition, 100 percent of the money raised at each performance will be donated to each school’s music programs. The overall goal is to collect more than $50,000 in support of music education. For its role in the campaign, DPA Microphones is donating additional d:vote 4099s, to be used as prizes on tour.

Formed in 2004 by Laird and percussionist, Ivan Trevino, who met at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, Break of Reality also features cellists Laura Metcalf and Adrian Daurov. Since its founding, the group has self-produced three records, with a forthcoming album appropriately named TEN, to celebrate a decade of success, released on March 25, 2014.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

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CCI Solutions Joins Roster of SSL Live Console Partners

“The new SSL Live is one of the most powerful, intuitive consoles on the market and it sounds incredible”

OLYMPIA, WA – Solid State Logic is pleased to announce the appointment of sound and video technology experts, CCI Solutions, to its U.S. Live console partner network. Based in Olympia, WA, CCI has 35 years experience designing and implementing ProAV systems in houses of worship, corporate, government and public facilities.

Pictured left to right: Rick Boring, Todd Gathany, Mark Pearson, Duke DeJong, Ron Simonson, Joe Brannberg, Greg Hearns and Joe Norwood

“CCI Solutions has always been known for providing exceptional quality and high performance designs and those are exactly the qualities that SSL is also known for around the world,” says Ron Simonson, President and CEO of CCI Solutions. “We’re extremely proud to partner with SSL to represent the SSL Live console to our clients, prospective users and dealers throughout the U.S. We’re putting an extraordinary amount of time and resources into supporting these world-class consoles for the long-term, including sponsoring a U.S. demo tour of the SSL Live console, which is currently underway.”

“Designing great audio systems has always been a key part of the CCI Solutions DNA so we couldn’t be more excited about joining the SSL family,” adds Duke DeJong, Church Relations Director for CCI Solutions. “The new SSL Live is one of the most powerful, intuitive consoles on the market and it sounds incredible. We know the SSL Live will become a top choice for audio engineers everywhere, and we’re excited to be able to bring it to them.”

“CCI Solution’s experience and success with design and complete system integration across the country is clear evidence that this is an ideal company to promote the SSL Live,” says Jay Easley, SSL’s Vice President of Live Consoles in the Americas. “We are very proud to be partnered with Ron and his team of experts. We look forward to a successful alliance with CCI.”

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Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast, live and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

Sound Devices Latest Video and Audio Recorders Now Shipping

PIX 270i, PIX 250i and 970 Now Available

REEDSBURG, WI, APRIL 28, 2014 – Having first made their official debut at this year’s NAB Show, Sound Devices, specialists in audio and video products for production, announces its PIX 270i, PIX 250i and 970 are now shipping. After a successful launch only a few weeks ago, these rack-mounted products are now available through the Sound Devices network of authorized resellers and distributors.

PIX 270i and PIX 250i seamlessly replace tape- and disc-based video decks for a complete offering that addresses a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports and events and mobile production. The PIX 270i and PIX 250i recorders offer significant advantages and time-savings to production workflows, providing tapeless, file-based recording and playback. The units record edit-ready Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD files and allow simultaneous multiple-drive recording, giving production staff peace of mind with their rock-solid redundancy and backup capabilities (four drives for PIX 270i and two drives for PIX 250i). Additionally, file transfer and machine control is available over gigabit Ethernet. Their extensive audio capabilities, including 64 channels of both MADI audio and Dante audio-over-Ethernet for PIX 270i, and PIX 250i’s 16 tracks of audio, make each unit a comprehensive, cost-effective replacement for complex video servers and an effective tool for high-performance video production.

Sound Devices 970 is the company’s first-ever dedicated audio-only rack-mounted recorder, which boasts an impressive 64 channels of recording from Dante and MADI sources. The half-rack, 2U device simplifies any application requiring high-quality, high-track-count audio recording, including drama and reality production, and live concert recording. The 970 records 64 channels of monophonic or polyphonic 24-bit WAV files from any of its 144 available inputs. Inputs available include 64 channels of Ethernet-based Dante, 64 channels of optical or coaxial MADI, eight channels of line-level analog and eight channels of AES digital.

The 970 is a powerful tool for professionals who require a significant number of audio channels. Any input can be assigned to any track. In addition, 32-track recording at 96 kHz is supported. The 970 records to any of four attached drives, which include two front-panel drive bays and two rear-panel e-SATA connected drives. Material can be recorded to multiple drives simultaneously or sequentially. This eliminates time-consuming post-record copying and allows for continuous long-form, high-track count recordings.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

Masque Sound Captures Vision of Duality for Contemporary New Broadway Musical, If/Then

Custom Audio Solution Provides Flexibility for Original Concept Play

NEW YORK, APRIL 28, 2014 – When the eagerly awaited new musical If/Then arrived on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, was on-hand to provide Tony Award®-winning Sound Designer Brian Ronan with the custom audio gear needed to bring his vision to the stage.

If/Then, which began previews on March 5, 2014 and officially opened on March 30, 2014, follows two distinct storylines in the life of 40-year-old Elizabeth (played by Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel), a city planner who moves back to New York to restart her life in the city of infinite possibilities. When Elizabeth’s carefully designed plans collide with the whims of fate, her life splits into two parallel paths. If/Then follows both stories simultaneously as this modern woman faces the intersection of choice and chance. Directed by Michael Greif, the musical features book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and theatrical score by Tom Kitt.

If/Then made its pre-Broadway debut last fall at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. where Ronan first collaborated with Masque Sound for the show. Although the venue has changed, Ronan’s goal to support the duality of the main character remains the same. “In addition to providing a memorable sonic experience for every seat in the theatre, my goal in designing the sound was to provide a defining quality that separates the parallel lives of the two different people played by the same actress,” says Ronan. “In order to accomplish this, my Associate Sound Designer Cody Spencer and I set up different feelings for the various songs sung by the two different characters. This show is a unique, original concept, and Masque Sound was very supportive in providing me the equipment we needed to be successful. In addition, we have David Dignazio, one of the best sound mixers, who is rocking it every night.”

Ronan’s biggest challenge in designing the sound for the Broadway run was initially the size of the set itself. “If/Then requires a very wide physical opening and our challenge centered in getting positions for the loudspeakers that allowed us to get good coverage throughout the theater,” adds Ronan. “We spent a great deal of time talking with Masque Sound about what the show would require, and they were able to supply what we needed.”

At the heart of the custom audio package, Masque Sound provided a DiGiCo SD7T digital console, which is Ronan’s console of choice. “I really like using the SDT7,” Ronan says. “The software and architecture is a hold-over from the old Cadac board and it is very reliable. I also find the SD7T to be very user friendly; and I really enjoy the flexibility it provides, especially on a new show where you have to be ready to make changes on the fly.”

Masque Sound also supplied a selection of speakers, including L-Acoustics V-DOSC for the center array to cover the orchestra and mezzanine. Mini Arrays were used for the mezzanine and front and back balconies, as well as a series of d&b audiotechnik E8s, E3s and Meyer Sound UPA and UPJs. The subwoofers include d&b audiotechnik B2s and dV-Subs from L-Acoustics. Masque Sound also provided a wireless package featuring Sennheiser 5212s for the 40 channels of wireless and DPA 4061 microphones.

Another important component to the custom equipment solution that Masque Sound provided, and one that Ronan feels is key to the show’s success, is the video distribution package. “An important factor and large part of the budget that falls under the umbrella of sound is the show’s utility closed circuit video,” adds Ronan. “Issues such as conductor monitoring backstage, so that the off stage performer can see, to switching up, to upgrading to HD video so that our stage manager can get a better shot of the stage when he is up in the wings calling the show, are all part of the sound equipment package. It’s not the sexy part, but it’s something we have to take care of and supply, and Masque Sound had to do a lot of work to make sure that we had all the latest and greatest video technology. Masque Sound has always been a great shop to work with. They are extremely supportive and once again did a wonderful job.”

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

Masque Sound’s Custom Audio Package Shines with Shimmering Splendor for Broadway’s New Musical Comedy, Aladdin

NEW YORK, APRIL 24, 2014 — When the highly anticipated Disney musical Aladdin was brought to theatrical life at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre on March 20th, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, supplied a custom audio equipment package to support Sound Designer Ken Travis’ creation.

Aladdin’s journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world full of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. It is an unforgettable experience that includes all the cherished songs from the Academy Award®-winning score, along with additional tunes written and produced specifically for the Broadway production.

Travis’ objective in the design was to create a big cinematic sound. “With the show featuring the mystical genie and all of his wild antics, we really wanted the sound to be magical so we needed an extremely flexible sound system,” says Travis. “The audio for Aladdin has the feel of an old-fashioned Broadway musical, featuring a big brass band in the pit with lots of over-the-top elements.”

Travis and his team, which consisted of Alex Hawthorn, associate sound designer; Lucas Indelicato, production audio head; and Gabe Wood, front of house mixer, chose several of the specific products throughout the design process, as the sound requirements of the production evolved and the different audio elements started to piece themselves together.

“What we were trying to accomplish in the sound design for Aladdin had never been done on this scale before,” he says. “In collaboration with Masque Sound, we implemented the TiMax Soundhub2 control software from Out Board. Basically, it allows us to control each speaker individually, so that we can send sound to any speaker in the house. In addition, we designated 200 channels of amplification around the audience so that we could program anything to go anywhere at any time. This incredible technology allowed us to really immerse the audience in the show as they felt the sound move around them. Gary Stocker from Masque Sound and the crew at Out Board started from scratch and spent weeks working until everything was ironed out. A lot of collaboration was involved as we worked it through its paces, and it was worth it, as the final result is quite amazing.”

To provide Travis with the flexibility and dynamic sound he was after, Masque Sound supplied a Studer Vista 5 digital mixing console. “The Vista 5 is extremely transparent, reliable, easy to program and sounds amazing,” adds Travis. “I laid out my hit list for the crew at Studer and they nailed it.”

Masque Sound also provided an extensive PA for Aladdin, which was comprised entirely of d&b audiotechnik speakers. The new V-series comprised the mains, and the hundreds of surround speakers were a combination of E6s and E5s. Because Travis wanted to be able to immerse the audience and have incredible control, he created rings of speakers that wrapped around the audience. On the mezzanine and orchestra levels, there are inner rings of surround speakers. This allows the sound levels to remain consistent and evenly distributed keeping the audience from hearing the audio from a specific direction or speaker location. In addition, delayed rings provide audience members with an ambient feel, so that they are comfortably enveloped and immersed in the sound.

“There is some really subtle stuff like dripping water in a dungeon or the spooky voice in Jafar’s Lair, and as you are sitting in the audience, it is actually moving around you slowly, so you can never be entirely sure as to where the voice is coming from,” adds Travis. “When Jafar gets angry and yells, we send an immense amount of energy to an entire ring of subwoofers that circle the house, which causes the floor to start vibrating. Audience members feel the pressure of the multitude of sound waves beating at them, but it’s never too over-encompassing, because it’s not one speaker blasting but a combination of 60 speakers.”

The subwoofers include a pair of D&B J-INFRAs in the box seats to really get the room shaking, as well as B2s for the orchestra and mezzanine levels. The band system is made up of a series of V-subs, with six of them located on a truss over the audience. As an additional element to the intricate sound design setup, Travis utilizes a TiMax Tracker system to image the vocals to the actors.

The 40 channels of wireless included in the equipment package are from Sennheiser, along with DPA 4061 microphones. One of the interesting aspects of the sound design is rooted in the microphone package. Some characters wear three microphones during the show. For instance, since Aladdin takes his turban on and off in the middle of a song, there is a microphone built into his turban. This also helps to ensure that the sound emitting from the microphone on his forehead is never masked by the turban. The genie’s mics are built into his prosthetic beard. Travis wanted to ensure that the audience never sees a microphone on the genie.

“The producers were wonderful in providing me and my team with every tool we needed to be successful, and Masque Sound was great in providing us with all of the gear necessary to bring our vision to life,” says Travis. “Masque Sound is really a wonderful shop to work with. They made a really big investment in this musical and had to buy a lot of gear for us. I have enjoyed a long relationship with Masque Sound and it felt really good that they trusted the fact that we were going for it. I hope they are as proud of this as I am.”

Directed by Tony Award®-winning director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw, Aladdin features a book by Chad Beguelin, music by Alan Menkin and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. The show stars Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), Jonathan Freeman (Jafar), James Monroe Iglehart (Genie) and Courtney Reed (Jasmine).

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

DJ Young 1 and Stanton Had Everyone Hoppin’ At the 136th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll

WASHINGTON D.C., APRIL 23, 2014 — 11-year-old DJ sensation DJ Young 1 was among the celebrities and performers who appeared at the 136th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday, April 21. When she wasn’t rubbing elbows with the likes of actor Jim Carrey, pop rock group R5, TV host Dr. Oz and singer Arianna Grande, DJ Young 1 was using Stanton’s STR8.150 turntables and M.203 Mixer for two 20-minute performances. Featuring a mix of classic and modern hits, DJ Young 1’s laid down the beats for a live crowd of more than 30,000 people assembled on the South Lawn of the White House, as well as all the viewers who tuned in to the live stream online or through the network morning shows covering the event.

A traditional turntabilist who is inspired by many genres, including old school hip-hop, top 40 pop, reggae, electro/club and house music, DJ Young 1 put on quite a show and got people dancing, which was a perfect showcase for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative. In support of Obama’s healthy living practices, the theme of this year’s Easter Egg Roll, “Hop Into Healthy, Swing Into Shape,” promotes the education of families on smart ways to incorporate healthy eating and exercise choices into their daily routine.

“I had so much fun performing at the White House Easter Egg Roll and I’m so grateful to Mrs. Obama for inviting me to join her for this famous and prestigious event!,” says DJ Young 1, the youngest-ever graduate of Jam Master Jay’s Scratch DJ Academy in Los Angeles. “To make sure everything was in place before sound check, Gibson’s DC showroom sent the Stanton STR8.150 and M.203 Mixer over to the White House ahead of the event. It was perfect, I had all of the gear that I’m used to performing with right at my fingertips, and I didn’t have to worry about getting it there!”

Lending perfectly to DJ Young 1’s musical style, the Stanton STR8.150 is a back-to-basics, no nonsense turntable that has everything professional DJs need, and nothing they don’t. Featuring a skip-proof, straight tone arm, the STR8.150 offers durable construction designed to minimize feedback, an industry-leading torque motor and an ultra-stable platter that ensured that DJ Young 1 didn’t miss a beat. It also boasts a 50 percent pitch adjustment, S/PDIF digital outputs and functions such as key correction and reverse.

A two-channel performance mixer, the M.203 has a clean and intuitive layout that was designed by working DJs to be perfect for everyone from amateurs to professionals. Featuring a full rotary three-band EQ per channel, the mixer also has a rugged alpha crossfader with an ultra-accurate FET-isolated “cut” setting. It has a high-quality design and rugged steel chassis, giving it a professional look and feel at an affordable price point.

A Stanton endorsed artist, DJ Young 1’s musical influence dates back to her mom, Ellen, playing jazz and old school hip-hop throughout her pregnancy. Music continues to be not only a great source of energy, but also a relaxing ritual for the duo. DJ Young 1 credits Charlie Parker, The Ohio Players, Grandmaster Flash, Jam Master Jay and Run D.M.C. for her talent an inspiration.

“With a musical style that’s reminiscent of my own childhood, DJ Young 1 was certainly a hit at the White House Easter Egg Roll,” says friend, mentor and fellow Stanton endorsed artist, DJ Spark. “It’s really awesome to see her talents getting recognition on such a national level. We couldn’t be more proud of DJ Young 1 for this event and all of her accomplishments!”

DJ Young 1 is quickly becoming a rising star and has already made several high-profile appearances, including the San Francisco Supper Club; Pride Celebrations in Los Angeles and Oakland, California; the Washington D.C. and Los Angeles Human Rights Campaign Galas; The Grammy® Awards Gifting Suite; and a spotlight on the Queen Latifah Show. She’s also made cameo appearances in music videos, Tonight by Jessica Sanchez featuring Ne-Yo and Cravin by MC Lyte, and competed on the NBC reality competition America’s Got Talent.

About the White House Easter Egg Roll
To learn more about the Easter Egg Roll visit www.WhiteHouse.gov/EasterEggRoll. You can also join the conversation online using the hashtag #EasterEggRoll and get the latest updates by visiting Let’s Move! on Twitter and Facebook. The event was streamed live on the White House Website and was covered live by morning news and talk shows on all major networks.

About Stanton
Stanton, part of the Gibson Pro Audio division, is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of professional audio products for DJs. Founded in 1946 by Walter O. Stanton, the inventor of an easily replaceable phonograph stylus, Stanton has grown from being one of the first American companies to make and sell magnetic cartridges to offering a complete line of DJ products, which include turntables, high-performance cartridges, CD players, DJ mixers, accessories and digital controllers. With over 50 years of innovation, Stanton is the name DJs trust. For additional information, visit the company online at www.stantondj.com.

About Gibson Brands
Gibson Brands Inc. is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. The Gibson Les Paul Guitar is the bestselling guitar of all time and is a tribute to the late, famed musician of the same name. Collectively, the Gibson Robot Guitar, Gibson Dark Fire, Gibson Dusk Tiger and the Gibson Firebird X represent the biggest advances in electric guitar design in more than 75 years. Through the Gibson Foundation, Gibson Guitar Corp. has become equally known for its philanthropic efforts on behalf of music, education, health, and human services. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, MI, and headquartered in Nashville, TN, since 1984, Gibson Brands Inc’s family of brands includes Epiphone, Dobro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Maestro, Oberheim, Baldwin, Sunshine Piano, Take Anywhere Technology, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, Wurlitzer, Cakewalk and Gibson Pro Audio. Visit Gibson’s website at www.gibson.com. Follow Gibson Guitar at www.twitter.com/gibsonguitar and www.facebook.com/gibsonguitar.

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Stanton Artist DJ Young 1 to Perform at 136th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll

WASHINGTON D.C., APRIL 17, 2014Stanton, part of Gibson Brands, Inc., is excited to announce that DJ Young 1 will perform during the 136th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday, April 21. This year’s theme, “Hop Into Healthy, Swing Into Shape,” promotes the education of families on smart ways to incorporate healthy eating and exercise choices into their daily routine. For her part, 11-year-old DJ sensation, DJ Young 1, will spin two 20-minute sessions, using Stanton’s STR8.150 turntable and M.203 Mixer, with a mixture of classic and modern hits to get attendees and TV viewers “hopping” from their seats.

More than 30,000 people will assemble on the South Lawn of the White House to join in the fun. The event will feature live music, sports, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling. A traditional turntabilist who is inspired by many genres, including old school hip-hop, top 40 pop, reggae, electro/club and house music, DJ Young 1 is sure to put on quite a show and is calling on fans of all ages to join her in supporting First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative.

“I’m so glad that Mrs. Obama has invited me to join her for this famous and prestigious event!,” says DJ Young 1, the youngest-ever graduate of Jam Master Jay’s Scratch DJ Academy in Los Angeles. “With all of this great Stanton gear at my fingertips, my mom and I always have impromptu dance sessions, whether we’re at home or on the road. We’re excited to show other families that there’s no better way to exercise than to get off the couch and party with family and friends. It’s great for you, and you won’t even realize you’re exercising!”

A Stanton endorsed artist, DJ Young 1’s musical influence dates back to her mom, Ellen, playing jazz and old school hip-hop throughout her pregnancy. Music continues to be not only a great source of energy, but also a relaxing ritual for the duo. DJ Young 1 credits Charlie Parker, The Ohio Players, Grandmaster Flash, Jam Master Jay and Run D.M.C. for her talent an inspiration.

“With a musical style that’s reminiscent of my own childhood, I know that DJ Young 1 will definitely be a hit at the White House Easter Egg Roll,” says friend, mentor and fellow Stanton endorsed artist, DJ Spark. “It’s really awesome to see her talents getting recognition on such a national level. We couldn’t be more proud of DJ Young 1 for this event and all of her accomplishments!”

DJ Young 1 is quickly becoming a rising star and has already made several high-profile appearances, including the San Francisco Supper Club; Pride Celebrations in Los Angeles and Oakland, California; the Washington D.C. and Los Angeles Human Rights Campaign Galas; The Grammy® Awards Gifting Suite; and a spotlight on the Queen Latifah Show. She’s also made cameo appearances in music videos, Tonight by Jessica Sanchez featuring Ne-Yo and Cravin by MC Lyte, and competed on the NBC reality competition America’s Got Talent. Despite all of her early fame, DJ Young 1’s mom continues to be in awe of each of her daughter’s accomplishments.

“What are the odds of this?!,” exclaims Ellen, an elementary school principal and avid supporter of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, regarding the White House Easter Egg Roll. “She’s excited and I’m just so speechless! I couldn’t be more proud of her! We’re very keen on eating healthy and staying fit, so we’re glad we can help share our favorite way of exercising with the Obamas and other families around the country.”

As a token of thanks from the First Lady, DJ Young 1 will take home a Souvenir White House Easter egg. An annual keepsake since 1981, when President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan hosted a hunt for wooden eggs that bore the signatures of famous people, the Souvenir egg tradition continues this year with four colorful eggs and the official First Dog’s egg, which features First Dog’s Bo and Sunny. These collector’s eggs are available to view or purchase at easter.nationalparks.org.

About the White House Easter Egg Roll
To learn more about the Easter Egg Roll visit www.WhiteHouse.gov/EasterEggRoll. Tune in for live streams from the South Lawn on April 21, 2014 on WhiteHouse.gov/live. You can also join the conversation online using the hashtag #EasterEggRoll and get the latest updates by visiting Let’s Move! on Twitter and Facebook.

About Stanton
Stanton, part of the Gibson Pro Audio division, is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of professional audio products for DJs. Founded in 1946 by Walter O. Stanton, the inventor of an easily replaceable phonograph stylus, Stanton has grown from being one of the first American companies to make and sell magnetic cartridges to offering a complete line of DJ products, which include turntables, high-performance cartridges, CD players, DJ mixers, accessories and digital controllers. With over 50 years of innovation, Stanton is the name DJs trust. For additional information, visit the company online at www.stantondj.com.

About Gibson Brands
Gibson Brands Inc. is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. The Gibson Les Paul Guitar is the bestselling guitar of all time and is a tribute to the late, famed musician of the same name. Collectively, the Gibson Robot Guitar, Gibson Dark Fire, Gibson Dusk Tiger and the Gibson Firebird X represent the biggest advances in electric guitar design in more than 75 years. Through the Gibson Foundation, Gibson Guitar Corp. has become equally known for its philanthropic efforts on behalf of music, education, health, and human services. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, MI, and headquartered in Nashville, TN, since 1984, Gibson Brands Inc’s family of brands includes Epiphone, Dobro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Maestro, Oberheim, Baldwin, Sunshine Piano, Take Anywhere Technology, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, Wurlitzer, Cakewalk and Gibson Pro Audio. Visit Gibson’s website at www.gibson.com. Follow Gibson Guitar at www.twitter.com/gibsonguitar and www.facebook.com/gibsonguitar.

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Masque Sound Takes Lincoln Center Theater Audiences on a Sonic Tour of New York City in Moss Hart’s Autobiographical Play, Act One

NEW YORK, APRIL 16, 2014 – Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, returned to the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center to support Sound Designer Dan Moses Schreier with a dynamic custom audio equipment package for Lincoln Center Theater’s newest production, Act One.

In Act One, James Lapine directs his own adaptation of Moss Hart’s classic autobiography, which chronicles the legendary playwright and theater director’s struggle to escape poverty and forge a career in theater. This led to his collaboration with George S. Kaufman, and culminated in his first great success, Once in a Lifetime.

Schreier’s biggest challenge in designing the sound was dealing with the acoustics of the theater itself. “The Vivian Beaumont Theater is notorious for requiring special acoustic systems, since there is no natural reverb in the room,” says Schreier. “When the theater was constructed it was built with traps all the way around the back wall of the auditorium, which gives the effect of an acoustically dead space. Technologies have evolved so much since the theater opened in 1965, however, that it is now possible to make the room feel alive.”

Part of the aesthetic of Act One is driven by the set design, as it features a three-story structure built on an 80-foot revolving turntable. Each part of the turntable highlights a different New York City locale throughout the play. “It’s very monumental, it’s very theatrical and it’s a very beautiful structure,” adds Schreier. “All of the sound effects were driven by the look and the movement of this turntable, which signifies that specific time period of Moss Hart’s life. In addition, every time it spins, you get a different sonic picture of New York City — sometimes it’s the subway, other times the street or a playground. The idea behind the sound design was to create a sonic version of New York City. With Masque Sound’s help, I think we did a wonderful job.”

Another key component of the sound design was the use of Yamaha’s DME 64 Programmable DSP Engine. “I worked very closely with my Associate Sound Designer Joshua Reid to create nine different zones that all have different timings to help with the architecture of the space,” says Schreier. “Because of the theater’s shape, a third of the audience is always looking at the back of an actor. A big part of the sound design was to compensate for this, which is why we created these different time zones based on the actor’s locations on the set.”

In order to achieve the sound he was looking for, Schreier chose the Yamaha CL-5 digital mixing console. With a three-section fader layout for efficient hands-on control, the CL-5 is an ideal choice for a diverse spectrum of live sound systems, giving Schreier exactly what he needed. He utilized 12 discreet outputs of the console going to various areas of the theater in order to provide real sound effects, such as the sound of the subway moving across the back wall of the theater at the same time as dogs barking upstage. This added real depth and three dimensions to the design.

For his PA, Schreier thought a lot about what speakers would be right for the space. “The Vivian Beaumont Theater seats like a coliseum with a three-quarter fan shape,” he continues. “There was one speaker in particular, the d&b audiotechnik E12-D, that I thought would solve the problem of the theater very elegantly, and it did. The coverage is smooth and it’s amazing how well the speakers work. I think the sound reinforcement part of the design sounds quite fantastic and I really have to thank Masque Sound for that, because they had to purchase this particular model for this production.”

Schreier chose the d&b E12-D for its rotatable horn, as it provides a very wide dispersion. By rotating the horns up and down, he was able to cover the theater almost entirely with one cabinet, thus eliminating the need for an array. Masque Sound also provided d&b Q-subs as well as Meyer Sound M1Ds for the rear orchestra fill and balcony delay ring. In addition, Schreier also utilized the Beaumont Theater’s Qin-house PA system for some of the sound effects when he wanted to envelop the audience.

Act One opened on Thursday, April 17 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. The show features a cast of 22 including Tony nominees Tony Shalhoub and Santino Fontana and Tony Award-winner Andrea Martin. The limited engagement is currently scheduled to run through June 15, 2014.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

Leading Italian Hire Company AGORA Adds SSL Live to its Console Portfolio

“The sound quality reminded me of the high level analogue sound that I was used to”

ROME – AGORA, the leading Italian rental company, has purchased an SSL Live console to support the local and international music, sports and corporate events that it serves. In the nearly 25 years that it has been in business, AGORA has become the standard for the tours of top Italian artists, such as Andrea Bocelli, Laura Pausini, Ligabue and Tiziano Ferro, as well as high-profile international events, such as Carlos Santana, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Elton John, the Live 8 concert and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2006 and 2014 Winter Games in Turin and Sochi.

AGORA’s Live console has already hit the road with one major client, Italian blues singer Mario Biondi, whose front of house engineer, Piefrancesco “Hugo” Tempesta, has been using it on tour for almost two months and has been extremely happy with the results. “Before I decided to use the SSL Live on tour, I did a simple but efficient test,” says Tempesta. “I used one channel and carefully listened to the performance of the mic pre, summing and overall sound quality, which reminded me of the high level analogue sound that I was used to. I had no doubt in my mind that this was the console for me, and I feel very confident in my choice.”

It wasn’t just the sound quality that drew Tempesta to the SSL Live, but also the user-friendly interface, which he says is well-designed and intuitive. Another key feature for him is SSL’s Blacklight II high bandwidth multiplexed MADI, which transports several MADI ports on a single fibre connection.

Wolfgango and Vittorio De Amicis, brothers and co-owners of AGORA added their own comment regarding their addition of SSL Live to their hire portfolio. “AGORA usually invests with major players in the industry and of course SSL is one of them, even if it has just joined the live touring market. We expect that SSL’s reputation will follow the company into the live space and make Live a leading contender in the market.”

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Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast, live and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

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