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WORXAUDIO TECHNOLOGIES DEBUTS M80X3-P LINE ARRAY

m80×3p_lo.JPGGreensboro, NC – September 2008… WorxAudio Technologies, a leading manufacturer of loudspeaker systems for the pro touring and install markets, proudly introduces the M80X3-P Line Array. A new addition to WorxAudio Technologies’ TrueLine™ Series, the new M80X3-P is a two-way, high efficiency, ultra compact, line array loudspeaker system designed for the most natural sounding reproduction of speech and music program material. This exceptional new loudspeaker system excels at a wide variety of sound reinforcement applications, including performance venues and clubs, houses of worship, theaters, cabarets, as well as meeting and presentation facilities. more

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DIGIDESIGN ANNOUCES PRO TOOLS MANIA: A ONE-DAY-ONLY SALES EVENT AT PARTICIPATING DEALERS

Daly City, CA — Digidesign today announced Pro Tools Mania, a special one-day-only event taking place this Saturday, September 13, 2008. Hosted by participating dealers across the United States, Pro Tools Mania will feature incentive programs on Pro Tools LE systems and peripherals, as well as promotional giveaways, contests, educational seminars, and other special events.

As part of Pro Tools Mania festivities, the first 20 people to purchase an Mbox® 2 Pro, Mbox® 2 Pro Factory, 003 Rack, 003® Rack Factory, or 003 Factory at any participating dealer on September 13 will receive a free copy of Transfuser™ (normally $295 USD), Digidesign’s exciting new loop production virtual instrument. Participating Pro Tools Mania dealers will be offering other special incentives as well. In addition, local Digidesign representatives will be on hand at select locations to offer tips, give out free prizes, and more.

The top choice among artists of all levels, Pro Tools LE systems offer the ultimate, affordable way to compose, record, edit, and mix audio using a powerful personal studio based around the world’s most widely-used digital audio software. Pro Tools LE systems are turnkey solutions that combine Pro Tools LE software with a family of versatile, dependable hardware interfaces, ranging from the award-winning Mbox® 2 family to the acclaimed 003® Rack and 003® Factory. Each system also includes a full complement of professional sound processing plug-ins and virtual instruments, making it a complete package for music creation and sound production right out of the box.

Pro Tools LE systems also offer session compatibility with Pro Tools|HD® systems, the industry standard in professional recording and post-production studios worldwide. And because Digidesign offers the industry’s most attractive hardware exchange programs, allowing users to move up to other Pro Tools LE or Pro Tools|HD systems as their needs grow, Pro Tools Mania is a great opportunity for new users to get started making music, with powerful, professional-grade tools and workflows that will serve them now and in the future.

For information on participating dealer locations, visit the Digidesign website at www.digidesign.com/protoolsmania.

About Digidesign
Digidesign is a worldwide leading manufacturer of digital audio production systems and the winner of the 2001 Technical Grammy® Award and 2003 Oscar® statuette representing the Academy Scientific and Technical Award for the design, development, and implementation of the Pro Tools® digital audio workstation. Digidesign provides the professional music, film, video, multimedia, and radio broadcast industries with tools for digital recording, MIDI sequencing, editing, signal processing, and surround mixing. Digidesign products are marketed in more than 40 countries worldwide through a distribution network of value-added dealers, distributors, and OEM relationships. Digidesign is a part of Avid Technology, Inc. For more information, visit www.digidesign.com.

About Avid Technology, Inc.
Avid (Nasdaq: AVID) is a worldwide leader in tools for film, video, audio, 3D animation, gaming and broadcast professionals – as well as for home audio and video enthusiasts. Avid professional and consumer brands include Avid, Digidesign, M-Audio, Pinnacle Systems, Sibelius, Softimage and Sundance Digital. The vast majority of primetime television shows, feature films, commercials and chart-topping music hits are made using one or more Avid products. Whether used by seasoned professionals or beginning students, Avid’s products and services enable customers to work more efficiently, productively and creatively. Avid received an Oscar statuette representing the 1998 Scientific and Technical Award for the concept, design, and engineering of the Avid® Film Composer® system for motion picture editing. For more information about the company’s Oscar, Grammy and Emmy® award-winning products and services, visit www.avid.com.

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EASTWEST PREMIERES LATEST BEST SERVICE LIBRARY: XSAMPLE CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

HOLLYWOOD, SEPTEMBER 10, 2008 — EASTWEST, exclusive U.S. distributor of Best Service products, presents Xsample Chamber Ensemble, a new virtual instrument library of high-quality solo instruments for chamber music and chamber orchestra. This collection breathes new life into solo instruments with thousands of combinations of orchestration styles for a more lively and diversified sound. more

CLEAR-COM MAKES LIVE COMMUNICATIONS A SNAP AT PLASA 2008

LONDON, UK, September 10, 2008—Clear-Com® Communication Systems, a brand of The Vitec Group, showcased the next generation in wireless and wired communication solutions for the live performance industry at PLASA 2008. Among the featured products on display were Clear-Com Concert™ Version 2.0 (standalone model), FreeSpeak® (formerly FreeSpeak10) Version 2.0, V-Series Desktop, Clear-Com Encore™ and Easi-PiCo. more

RF CENTRAL MICROWAVE TECHNOLOGY TRANSMITS BROADCAST SOLUTIONS AT IBC 2008

The Netherlands, Amsterdam, September 10, 2008 – RF Central, a leading digital microwave technology provider, is showing great presence at this year’s IBC 2008 (Stand 1.A30), offering broadcasters solutions for transmission and reception. Among its many products being exhibited are its new RFX-PRX-II portable handheld COFDM monitor/receiver, its RMR-X6-II six-way COFDM diversity receiver and the NLL-II 5.8 GHz portable digital microwave link. more

ULTIMATE HIP HOP FESTIVAL USES YAMAHA PM5D CONSOLES

billy-flores-rock-the-bells-yamaha-pm5dweb.jpgBUENA PARK, Calif.─Few events can claim to both capture and define a movement, yet this is precisely what the Rock the Bells Festival has done since its inception in 2003. Rock the Bells is more than a music festival; it has become a genuine rite of passage for thousands of core, social, conscious, and independent Hip Hop enthusiasts.

A premiere music experience, the festival was established as a forum of unparalleled diversity and excellence uniting the biggest names involved with urban culture. This year, the festival took place in 20 different venues across the U.S. featuring performances by Nas, Mos Def, De La Soul, Method Man, A Tribe Called Quest and many more, with special guest performances by Black Eyed Peas in Los Angeles and Jay-Z in New York.

The tour has been using two Yamaha PM5D digital audio consoles. “We have about 12 headlining acts on the same stage during the festival, so it is paramount for me to be able to store all the acts and pull them up on the fly,� states Billy Flores, sound crew chief and front of house engineer. With the exception of A Tribe Called Quest who is using a PM5000, all acts were mixed on PM5Ds at front of house and monitors.

�Without the PM5D, mixing the shows would not be nearly the ultimate experience it has been for me this summer,� adds Flores. “Since we are doing the tour ‘festival-style,’ no one sound checks and most of the artists don’t even arrive on site until 1:00 pm or so. The grounds open up at 11:00 am to about 10-15 thousand concertgoers so with the settings stored on a 5D card, I’m up and running in no time.�

Flores first began using a PM5D with Black Eyed Peas back in 2004. “It’s so easy to navigate around this desk because the layout is user friendly, and at the touch of a button you can select effects, compression, noise gates, dynamics, whatever,� notes Flores. “With the latest 5D version, you have an expanded effects library to play with as well as newly added dynamics.�

For more information on the Yamaha PM5D, visit Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems on the web at www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. offers a complete line of integrated professional audio products for the commercial recording, production, broadcast, live sound, and sound reinforcement markets. The company has a dedicated dealer network, intensive field training, and 24-7 tech support in the U.S. and Canada.

Andre’ Cholmondeley Adds To Multi-Faceted Guitar Sound With Eventide Timefactor Stompbox

The TimeFactor lets me do things during performances that I wouldn’t be able to do unless I had both hands free, and then some.�
– Andre’ Cholmondeley, guitarist

Andre’ Cholmondeley, best known as a guitarist for Zappa-repertoire band Project/Object, has distinguished himself by his uniquely versatile approach to the instrument. As such, Cholmondeley regards technology as a very crucial extension of his guitar. This attitude led Cholmondeley to the Eventide TimeFactor stompbox, which he has incorporated into his sound for the studio and on the road. As guitar-tech for experimental guitar icon Adrian Belew, and formerly Al DiMeola, Cholmondeley has worked with most of the top delay and effects devices available.

In addition to Project/Object, Cholmondeley is involved in other projects including Delicious (a 3-piece psychedelic instrumental band) and Don Preston, Frank Zappa’s original synthesizer player. While the diversity of Cholmondeley’s numerous projects belies his experimental nature, Cholmondeley has found common technical threads between different musical styles and eras. “Echo and delay have always been major components in modern music,� he said. “All those bands in the 1960s used vintage tape delay and reverb was always a big thing. With the TimeFactor I can recreate that ‘60s, vintage tape delay sound, but I can also find delays heard in today’s music. So this little box actually takes you through the different eras of music, one delay at a time!�

Utilizing the TimeFactor’s stereo input and output, Cholmondeley runs his guitar through two amplifiers. “Since Delicious is a trio, I need to fill up a lot of space and the TimeFactor gives me a real nice wash of sound,� he said.

Additionally, since the TimeFactor stompbox boasts a level of functionality normally only found in rackmount equipment, Cholmondeley can now take studio-quality performance to the road. “I’ve owned every kind of delay pedal, I’ve worked with tape delays in the studio, but the TimeFactor lets me do things during performances that I wouldn’t be able to do unless I had both hands free, and then some,� he said. “The ability to save different delays in patches and store so many different settings is really unique for a pedal.�

Cholmondeley also cites the TimeFactor’s modulation effects (including chorus and light flanging) as unique yet extremely beneficial features of the stompbox. “Nobody has incorporated modulation into a foot pedal to this extent,� he said. “Combine that with the ability to store the delays in so many different combinations, and my live performances have really become 3-dimensional.�

About Eventide Founded in 1971 in New York City, Eventide is a leading developer and manufacturer of digital audio processing products for recording, broadcast, and live performance. Headquartered in Little Ferry, NJ, Eventide invented the H910, the first Harmonizer effects processor in 1975, and introduced the H3000 Ultra-Harmonizer effects processor in 1987. Visit Eventide online at eventide.com.

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JBL VERTEC® Passive and Powered Line Array Loudspeakers Offer Unprecedented Performance and Versatility

As PLASA08 gears up to showcase the latest innovations in audio technology, JBL Professional’s VERTEC® series now offers the most comprehensive set of line array solutions for tour sound and performance-venue applications. With the introduction of the VERTEC VT4889ADP Powered Fullsize Line Array Element and the companion VT4880ADP Ultra Long Excursion Arrayable Subwoofer earlier this year, all size categories in the VERTEC line–compact, midsize and fullsize–are now optionally available with JBL’s DrivePack® electronic modules featuring multiple combinations of Crown amplification, dbx digital signal processing and HiQnetâ„¢ remote control and monitoring.

“From the beginning, the VERTEC series was developed to meet the live sound industry’s need for reduced system size and improved usability, while also striving to provide higher standards of performance,� said David Scheirman, Vice President of Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “The wealth of options offered by the VERTEC lineup ensures that the demands of rental sound companies and their clients will be met regardless of system format requirements.�

Since its introduction, VERTEC has become established as a worldwide industry standard for line array systems, thanks to the series’ optimal combination of high output power, premium fidelity, light weight and easy setup. The VERTEC series offers a comprehensive range of models combining JBL’s legendary sound quality with the most advanced component transducers and enclosure technology available.

Further extending VERTEC’s range of options, each model is now available as an integrally-powered system, using the company’s exclusive JBL DrivePack technology. In addition to onboard amplification, these “DP� versions feature dbx input modules to implement crossovers, equalization, time alignment and protection for the speaker system. The standard DPIP input module features analog audio inputs and sophisticated onboard digital signal processing technology. Precision bandpass limiting, pre-equalization filters and automatic self-test functions ensure optimized performance.

Additionally, the optional DPAN (DrivePack Analog) modules add networking functionality and HiQnet compatibility via Harman’s System Architect software for remote control and monitoring. The optional DPCN (CobraNet™-compatible) input module offers the ability to combine digital audio and control on a single CAT5 cable.

“VERTEC has become the system of choice for the world’s most successful rental sound providers and system integrators, and for many of the most prestigious tours, special events and performance venues around the globe,� Scheirman added. “Spectacular applications like the recent Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony, the world’s largest music festival (Rock In Rio), the current Democratic and Republican National Conventions, and global tours to support leading artists like Nine Inch Nails, Blue Man Group, Rascal Flatts, Bruce Springsteen, Lenny Kravitz, Seal, and Josh Groban all show the diverse range of our customers’ applications with the system. This is, in no small part, a result of JBL’s commitment to providing top-tier international system users and regionally-focused audio professionals alike with a broad range of comprehensive solutions for applications in all sizes and environments.�

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