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ERIK ZOBLER AND GEORGE DUKE CHOOSE KORG MR SERIES MR-2000S DSD RECORDER

— Keyboard great George Duke and long-time engineer Erik Zobler choose the Korg MR-2000S Studio Recorder for printing high-resolution digital masters —

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MELVILLE, NY, August 18, 2009 — GRAMMY® winning engineer Erik Zobler first teamed up with musician George Duke thirty years ago for the latter’s Brazilian Love Affair album. Both men are known for their critical, demanding ears, so Korg was honored when Zobler recently added the MR-2000S DSD 1-bit Studio Recorder to the gear setup at Duke’s Studio. As Zobler notes, “I have always liked the DSD format. Even the early versions of DSD sounded more ‘analog-y,’ if you will. Since I normally work ‘outside the box,’ summing in the analog world, I am always on the lookout for the best device to capture the sound coming off the mixer. I must say that the Korg MR-2000S is the more

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GUITAR CENTER PROFESSIONAL LAUNCHES SWEEPSTAKES AT GCPRO.COM

— Giveaway will feature products from high-technology manufacturers —

— Inaugural contest highlights Solid State Logic XLogic Alpha Channel analogue processor, a $995.00 value —

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WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, August 18, 2009 — Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, announces the launch of its new online sweepstakes at www.gcpro.com. Several times a year, GC Pro management will select one particular product from a high-end gear manufacturer to feature on the website and give away as that sweepstakes prize.

To enter the contest, users simply go to gcpro.com and click on the “Sweepstakes� tab. There, entrants will complete and submit a short entry form. The winner will then be selected at random. Complete rules can be found at gcpro.com.

“This sweepstakes is a way for us to feature more

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MANTRA DESIGN TAKES VIEWERS ON A HISTORIC LAP WITH INDY 500 CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OPENING TEASE

mantra-design-indy-500-screen-capture.jpgNEW YORK, NY, ─ As part of its three-year Centennial Era celebration, ABC knew it wanted to open its live 2009 Indianapolis 500 broadcast with a teaser that would do the past 97 years of racing justice. ABC commissioned Mantra Design, an award winning creative content design and visual effects boutique, to create an official “2009 Indianapolis 500 Opening Tease� that would incorporate memorable scenes in Indy 500 history, from its humble beginnings as a brick track to its modern day reputation as one of the most significant racing events in the world. Mantra Design was tapped to provide pre-production, production and post-production services for the piece, with 3D and digital effects work. more

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Electro-Voice PL Series mics on the Warped Tour

warped_tour_2009_001.jpgPL Series microphones from Electro-Voice got the punk rock seal of approval on this year’s Warped Tour, drafted for duty alongside the heavy-duty EV sound systems deployed annually for the tour’s Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands and Hurley Stages.

The PL80 was used as a main vocal mic on both stages, joining the standard-issue EV N/DYM, RE, and Cobalt series models used for backing vocals, instrument, and drum mic’ing. The PL mics impressed acts and engineers alike with their rugged reliability and sonic finesse – taking a licking a keeping on ticking is a prerequisite for any gear on this tour.

Every band that takes the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands Stage gives it their ‘A’ game, and every year Electro-Voice ensures they make a suitably supersonic impact, with a road-proven PA built around X-Array more

WAVES MASTERS ON TOUR PRESENTS “THE EDDIE KRAMER EXPERIENCE�

— Legendary producer/engineer will tour in support of the new Waves plug-in bundle, The Eddie Kramer Collection —

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, August 18, 2009 — Waves Audio announces “The Eddie Kramer Experience,� the newest events in its ongoing Waves Masters on Tour series. It will feature legendary producer/engineer Eddie Kramer, along with Waves Product Specialists, in events discussing, demonstrating and celebrating Waves’ powerful new plug-in bundle, The Eddie Kramer Collection. Kramer will be discussing recording techniques, vintage analog gear and today’s plug-in models, as well as sharing anecdotes from his four decades in the industry and answering questions about classic analog gear and the new digital emulations. The tour will take Kramer to several cities across the U.S. and Europe throughout the coming months. Latest tour date updates and news are available online at http://www.waves.com/content.aspx?id=9114.

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WAVES UNVEILS THE EDDIE KRAMER COLLECTION

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— Legendary producer/engineer collaborates with Waves to create five Application-Specific Audio Plug-ins —

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, August 18, 2009 — Waves Audio announces the latest entry in the Waves Signature Series, The Eddie Kramer Collection. These five application-specific plug-ins, with dedicated tools for guitar, drums, vocals, bass and effects, are the result of close collaboration between Waves’ R&D team and legendary producer/engineer Eddie Kramer. Over the course of a production and engineering career that spans more than four decades, Eddie Kramer was the man behind the board for some of the biggest names in music history, including Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, The Beatles, David Bowie and many more. Now, with the Waves Eddie Kramer Collection, producers and engineers around the world have access more

SOUND DEVICES INTRODUCES 788T-SSD DIGITAL RECORDER AT IBC 2009

Sound Devices - 788T-SSDAMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS — Sound Devices introduces its 788T-SSD Digital Recorder, a new model of its popular 788T recorder, at IBC 2009 (Stand 8.E72). Based on the 788T, the 788T-SSD includes a factory-supplied 256 GB solid-state hard drive, which allows for superior performance in the field. The new model features enhanced data storage and transfer speed while improving its durability to be nearly impervious to shock.

Sound Devices introduced solid-state recording with CompactFlash cards for the 7-Series recorders in 2004 and the feature is available in all Sound Devices 7-Series recorders. The inclusion of an internal 256 GB solid-state drive (SSD) in the 788T-SSD gives it the ability to record over 60 hours of uncompressed, 24-bit, eight-track audio to solid-state medium, providing users with the best in audio quality, durability and extended record time. more

MATT PESKIE JOINS MASQUE SOUND

matt-peskie-masque-sound.JPGEAST RUTHERFORD, NJ: Matt Peskie, a multi-faceted audio industry professional with extensive technical, production and touring experience, has joined the Masque Sound sales team with a focus on installations and production. In making the announcement, company co-principal Geoff Shearing said, “Matt Peskie brings a unique combination of skills to this new position. In addition to his hands-on knowledge of tour management, FOH and monitor mixing, he is detail-oriented and has strong communication and interpersonal skills. We expect him to play a meaningful role both in the trenches on installations, and in bringing the Masque Sound message to prospective clients.”

Peskie served as Monitor Engineer with Avril Lavigne’s Under My Skin tour, Production Manager for Jars of Clay, Monitor Engineer for Guster and as Tour Manager, FOH Engineer and Monitor Tech for many other notable artists. “Masque Sound is on top of their game, more

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Memphis’ Ardent Studios Mourn Loss of Jim Dickinson

Studio Founder John Fry Recalls His Touch of Greatness
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Pictured at Ardent Studios 40th Anniversary in 2006 are (L-R) studio founder John Fry and Memphis music legend Jim Dickinson. Photo by David Goggin.

Ardent Studios founder John Fry and the extended family of musicians who were touched by the power of Jim Dickinson mourn the loss of a man who had much to do with shaping the “Memphis Sound.” Dickinson, whose career spanned more than four decades, died Saturday, August 15, at 67 in Memphis, Tennessee. The Memphis native and longtime Mississippi resident had been in failing health for the past few months and was recuperating from heart surgery.

John Fry recollects the influence of Jim Dickinson on Memphis and Ardent Studios, “Our friendship and professional relationship spanned 45 years. Jim was the first independent record producer more

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