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Music Legend Quincy Jones Partners With HARMAN, Unveils Signature Line Of AKG Headphones

HARMAN International Industries Incorporated (NYSE: HAR), today announced the arrival of the Quincy Jones Signature Line by AKG. The premium headphone collection represents a momentous partnership between AKG and one of the most accomplished musicians of the 20th century – Quincy Jones.

Musician, artist, humanitarian – Quincy Jones is an American icon. His productions, which include the best-selling album (Thriller) and single (“We Are the World?) of all time, have garnered him an unprecedented 79 GRAMMY® nominations and 27 GRAMMY awards, more than any other living artist. His list of notable achievements is unrivaled in the music industry. The list of legendary and contemporary artists with whom he has worked includes Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, Michael Jackson, Ludacris, Paul McCartney, Frank Sinatra and Usher, among many others.

“Music is so much more than notes on a sheet of paper,? Jones said. “When it’s more

JBL Professional Debuts VERTEC Subcompact Suspension Accessories At Winter NAMM

At Winter NAMM, JBL Professional is introducing the latest suspension hardware accessories for its VERTEC® subcompact line arrays. The VERTEC hardware enables quick assembly of variable curvature vertical or modular constant-curvature horizontal line arrays. In addition to the standard VT4886-AF array frame for suspending up to 24 boxes, along with the VT4886-UB and –UB1 for supporting smaller groups of speakers, the line of equipment now includes the VT4886-SF Short Frame, the VT4886-HB Horizontal Bar, and VT4886-DF88 and VT4886-DF89 Downfill Frames.

The VERTEC Subcompact System is specifically designed to be one of the most versatile tools in a portable sound rental company’s inventory. Application flexibility also ensures VT4886 and VT4883 elements provide effective sound design tools for performance audio facility system designers.

“Since its launch a year ago, the VT4886 has quickly become known as an all-purpose type of loudspeaker with many different uses, from single standalone fill more

Crown Audio Enhances Class-Leading Value and Performance, With XTi 2 Series Amplifiers For Portable PA

Resetting the standards for portable sound amplification, Crown Audio today introduced the XTi 2 Series of amplifiers. Offering increased control, an enhanced feature set and a sleeker design, the XTi 2 Series amplifiers bring together features and performance never before available in an amplifier designed for portable PA applications. Providing a complete suite of integrated speaker processing, the new XTi amplifiers eliminate the need for external crossovers, limiters, and EQs, immediately saving rack space and money.

The XTi 2 features enhanced control with Crown’s revolutionary PeakX Plus™ limiters. The limiters are derived from the same framework as those found in I-Tech HD and the new XLS DriveCore Series amplifiers allowing users to manipulate threshold, attack and release times. A new and improved subharmonic synthesizer offers more accurate control over which frequencies are targeted and can be tailored for a specific system or room setup.

Offering increased more

AKG’s Perception iPad App Opens Product Line To Intricate, Interactive And Informative Demonstrations

Building on the success of AKG’s highly acclaimed Perception series, the Vienna, Austria-based company is introducing its first application exclusively for the Apple iPad, at Winter NAMM. The AKG Perception iPad App is the ultimate guide for all musicians, producers and engineers interested in the technical prowess that is AKG Perception, which includes a full range of headphones and microphones for live stage and studio, as well as wireless microphone applications.

Fully integrated with Facebook and Twitter, the iPad application offers a comprehensive and interactive guide for musicians, performers and producers, answering all questions concerning the Perception line. A visual tour through the entire line provides detailed descriptions and specifications, including a function to match the optimal audio equipment for any live sound or recording setting.

A thorough magazine-style database showcases the entire range of AKG Perception, with complete information on product descriptions, applications and accessories, with high-resolution more

DigiTech Introduces Limited Edition Eternal Descent Lyra Multi-Effects Pedal

– DigiTech and the Creators of the Popular Comic Book/Music Series Team Up to Bring the Sounds of Eternal Descent Main Character Lyra to Life —

Eternal Descent is a comic book and music series unlike any other – and so is the new Eternal Descent Lyra, a limited edition multi-effects pedal that brings the sound of the globally popular series to guitarists everywhere.

Eternal Descent is a cross-genre story that blends elements of fantasy, action, music, superhero, gothic, science fiction, supernatural and other elements into an ongoing saga featuring Lyra, the series’ heroine. Lyra is a rock singer who is quick-witted, beautiful, talented, has attitude to spare – and is immersed in a battle with demons both internal and awaiting her at every turn.

Music is integral to Eternal Descent. Created by writer Llexi Leon, the comics revolve around the exploits of Lyra and her more

Music Industry Leaders Turn to NewTek TriCaster for Daily Live Webcasts from NAMM

NewTek, a worldwide leader in video and 3D animation products, today announced that TriCaster will be used to produce and live stream events, demos, announcements, artist interviews, and more – all live and in high definition (HD), from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show, from January 13-16, 2011.

The NewTek TriCaster portable live production system will bring the NAMM experience to thousands of viewers over the Web. More than 200,000 viewers are expected to tune in over the course of the show – both on-site and from remote locations.

TriCaster-powered events include:

–Daily concerts and performances: beginning at 9 AM ET and continuing throughout each day. http://www.namm.org

–NAMM Jam, featuring Megadeth: January 14, 7:00 PM ET, The Grove. Presented by Dean Guitars. http://www.deanguitars.com/namm11.php

–Music Player Network Live Webcast, January 14, 6:00 PM ET http://www.musicplayer.com

–NAMM Live Webcast: January 14-16, more

Sound Devices Upgrades New USBPre 2 Interface with Addition of ASIO Driver

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 13, 2011 — Sound Devices is taking its USBPre 2, an all-new version of its popular USBPre computer audio interface, to the next level by adding Windows OS ASIO drivers along with its built-in, class-compliant drivers. The two-channel USBPre 2 offers professionals a powerful, yet easy-to-use, portable interface to interconnect audio sources to both Mac OS and Windows computers over USB. With the addition of ASIO, the USBPre 2 can now connect to popular DAW software platforms in Windows, such as ProTools 9. more

AVIOM INTRODUCES NEW PRO16 DIGITAL SNAKES AT NAMM 2011

Preconfigured Aviom Digital Snake Systems Simplify Connectivity

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 13, 2011 — Aviom (NAMM Booth 7119, Arena), the exclusive developer of the world’s most powerful audio transport protocol, A-Net®, is introducing prepackaged Pro16® digital snakes in a variety of configurations that are tailored for a range of applications and ensemble sizes. more

AURALEX INTRODUCES NEW SUSTAIN BAMBOO SOUND DIFFUSOR SERIES AT WINTER NAMM 2011

First Line of Acoustical Products Made from 100% Eco-Friendly Bamboo

Auralex Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, continues its long history of environmentally conscious product innovations with the launch of the first line of acoustical products made from 100% Eco-Friendly bamboo, the Sustain Bamboo Sound Diffusor Series, at Winter NAMM 2011 (Booth 6698, Hall A). The new line, which consists of the WavePrism, WaveLens, QuadraTec, Peak Pyramid Diffusor and KeyPacs, retains the longevity and acoustical qualities Auralex is known for with green and acoustical properties of natural bamboo.

Sustain Bamboo Sound Diffusor Series
Sustain Bamboo Sound Diffusor Series

“As a green alternative to traditional hardwood, Auralex’s new Sustain Bamboo Sound Diffusor Series is the perfect addition to any recording/listening space that requires absorption treatment,? says Eric Smith, founder and president more

The RapcoHorizon Company Introduces i-BLOX Smart Phone Interface at Winter NAMM 2011

New iPhone Interface Becomes Latest Addition to the Company’s BLOX Product Line

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 13, 2011 ― The RapcoHorizon Company, a leading manufacturer of audio/video interfacing and cable equipment, is introducing its new i-BLOX Smart Phone Interface at Winter NAMM 2011 (Booth 4568, Hall C). The i-BLOX serves as an audio interface that connects an instrument to an iPhone amplifier as well as mobile recording applications. more

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