Archive for December 31st, 2010

KORG USA TO DISTRIBUTE ELEMENTS LINE OF INNOVATIVE MODULAR AUDIO SOUND REINFORCEMENT PRODUCTS FROM HK AUDIO

— Established German brand makes U.S. debut with exclusive distribution by Korg USA —

MELVILLE, NY, December 23, 2010 — Korg USA, exclusive U.S. distributor of Korg, Lâg and VOX products, announces a new entry into its line of premium M.I. and Professional Audio brands. As of January 2011, the company will take on exclusive U.S. distribution for the Elements line of HK Audio products. With global headquarters and engineering based in Germany, HK Audio has been bringing to market high quality and environmentally responsible sound reinforcement systems for over 20 years. Their Elements line of portable audio products will be debuted in the U.S. by Korg USA at the 2011 Winter NAMM trade show.

Korg USA President Joe Castronovo noted, “In line with Korg USA’s longstanding reputation as a brand builder, we welcome the opportunity to develop the HK brand in the U.S. HK is a high-quality more

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WAVES AUDIO TO RECEIVE TECHNICAL GRAMMY® AWARD

— Company acknowledged for its contribution of outstanding technical excellence to the recording field —

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, December 23, 2010 — Waves Audio was informed that it will be presented with a prestigious Technical GRAMMY® Award during the GRAMMY Week celebration in February 2011. The news was made public as part of The Recording Academy® announcing its Special Merit Awards recipients, with Waves Audio as a Technical GRAMMY Award® honoree. A special invitation-only ceremony will be held during GRAMMY Week on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, and a formal acknowledgment will be made during the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, which will be held at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011. With this presentation of the Technical GRAMMY®, Waves joins a prestigious list of previous recipients which includes such well-known names as Apple Computer, Inc., Sony/Philips, Shure Incorporated and Yamaha Corporation.

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KORG ADDS MIDI CONTROL TO TOP-SELLING iMS-20 APP FOR iPAD®

Korg’s top-selling iMS-20 app for iPad has just been enhanced. Version 1.1 adds MIDI control capabilities by using the Apple Core MIDI features found in iOS 4.2, via the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit. Users can now play the MS-20 Synth and tweak the onscreen knobs (*1) using external MIDI devices(*2). Users who also own an MS-20 Controller (bundled with the original Korg Legacy Collection software) can use it for patching cables. The six-part Drum Machine can receive different MIDI notes per part.

iMS-20 is a complete music production app for iPad, consisting of a faithful recreation of the legendary Korg MS-20 analog synthesizer with patching capabilities, a 16-step analog sequencer based on Korg’s SQ-10, a six-part drum machine with dedicated pads, a seven-channel mixer with 14 types of effects and Korg’s Kaoss Pad technology. Users can share their songs online via the SoundCloud network.
The Korg iMS-20 for more

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DENON DJ LAUNCHES DN-MC6000 MIXER/CONTROLLER WITH EVENT AT SKY ULTRA LOUNGE IN OAK BROOK, ILLINOIS

— Event included special live performance by Public Enemy’s DJ Johnny Juice and Chicagoland-based B96-FM’s DJ Flipside, and featured product giveaways and more —

Denon DJ, a leading manufacturer of premium-grade DJ equipment, recently launched the new DN-MC6000 Mixer and MIDI Controller with a special event at SKY Ultra Lounge in Oak Brook, Illinois. The launch, held on December 1, 2010, was open to the public and attendees included DJs, leading music industry journalists and personnel from Denon DJ. The evening featured live performances by Chicagoland-based B96-FM’s DJ Flipside and Public Enemy’s DJ Johnny Juice, both using the DN-S3700 featuring HYBRID MODE, in addition to live musicians performing music from the HALO video game franchise. Throughout the night, attendees were encouraged to take a test-drive of the DN-MC6000, which received rave reviews from all who used it. The three-hour event was streamed live online, and viewers from around the more

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GUITAR CENTER PROFESSIONAL LAUNCHES NEW SECTION OF WEBSITE

— New dedicated section highlights amazing deals on unique high-end audio gear —

Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, has gone live with a new section of its website titled “GC Pro Clearance,� (http://gcpro.com/clearance/), which makes available to customers some amazing deals on unique high-end audio gear. This section is updated on a regular basis and provides further discounts on a wide selection of professional audio products and accessories.

The new section of the site features a streamlined interface and straightforward navigation, with the ability for customers to search for products by: Keyword; Category; Price Range; Zip Code; Miles from Zip Code; National Search; Just Added; and Image. “The new clearance section is seamlessly integrated into the site’s main pages and offers our customers the latest news on items that are competitively priced for more

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GUITAR CENTER PROFESSIONAL MAKES SURE THAT ANARCHY RULES FOR PRODUCER BOB EZRIN

— Legendary producer and now co-owner of Anarchy Studios finds that moving from Los Angeles to Nashville was seamless because GC Pro has him covered in both cities —

Bob Ezrin has had a lot of continuity in his career. The producer for artists including Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd, KISS and Peter Gabriel, Ezrin – an inductee to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame perhaps best known as co-producer of Pink Floyd’s iconic LP The Wall – continues to work with many of those same artists today, including last year’s Scratch My Back with Gabriel, and extending his long relationship with Cooper through Welcome 2 My Nightmare: The Shriekquel, currently in production. So it’s not surprising that Ezrin has relied on Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, to keep him at the cutting edge more

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Barcelona’s BAM Festival Stages Rock to EAW® and Lab.gruppen Sound Systems

The BAM (Barcelona Acciò Musical) Festival, which runs concurrently with the Spanish city’s traditional La Mercè celebrations, attracted 120,000 music fans last year to a jam-packed schedule of free, mostly open-air concerts throughout the downtown area. This year’s 18th annual BAM Festival included a host of European and American rock, hip-hop and dance artists, such as Goldfrapp, OK Go, Anti-Pop Consortium, Belle & Sebastian and El Guincho, and featured substantial Lab.gruppen-powered EAW® P.A. systems on the MTV-BAM and Electro-BAM stages at the Parc del Fòrum.

For the MTV-BAM stage (larger of the two), production sound company FOCUS, S.A., a renowned sound company based in Barcelona, supplied an EAW speaker system comprising twelve KF760 Long-Throw Line Array Modules, four KF730 Compact Line Array Modules and eight SB730 Compact Line Array Subwoofers per side, all under the control of UX8800 Digital Signal Processors. Focus S.A., with over 20 years experience designing, more

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EAW® KF740 Line Array Module Makes German Debut at “Canto General� Oratorio Performance in Berlin

The new EAW® KF740 Three-Way Full-Range Line Array module recently made its German debut at a historic concert in Berlin that featured one of the best-known oratory works by world-renowned Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis. Berlin-based Hacksound Veranstaltungstechnik provided the multi-zone P.A. system, comprising all EAW speakers powered by Lab.gruppen amplification, for the performance of “Canto General� at the Max Schmeling Hall on November 13, 2010.

Hacksound supplied a main left/right flown system composed of nine KF740 speakers plus two KF730 Compact Line Array Modules, for down fill, per side. A dozen additional KF730 speakers, in two hangs of six, provided out fill to the audience on either side of the stage. Five more KF730s were positioned to provide front fill. Three hangs each of six KF730 speakers, plus a pair of SB730 Compact Line Array Subwoofers, were employed for left, center and right delay. Lab.gruppen amplifiers supplied power to more

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AUDIO-TECHNICA BOLSTERS ITS COMMITMENT TO WIRELESS MICROPHONE DEVELOPMENT WITH NEW TECHNICA FUKUI FACILITY

— Located in Echizen City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, Technica Fukui is a state-of-the-art facility with an emphasis on wireless technology, research and product testing —

Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 45 years, recently opened the doors on a new facility, Technica Fukui. Located in Echizen City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, Technica Fukui integrates the three pre-existing A-T Fukuoka branches into one location, consolidating and streamlining design efforts with increased collaboration among A-T’s global design teams. The new facility is equipped with a dedicated acoustic lab and an advanced-design anechoic chamber specially designed for audio testing. An emphasis has been placed on further advancing wireless technologies with research and product development.

Technica Fukui is designed to streamline Audio-Technica’s product development process with emphasis on innovation, accuracy and efficiency. Investments in cutting-edge wireless communication measurement tools will allow A-T to create wireless products for both professional more

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Guitarcenter.com Launches Internationally with FiftyOne

Online Consumers in more than 90 Countries Worldwide can now Shop the Brand

Guitar Center, the largest domestic retailer of musical instruments and equipment, announced today it is now selling online, through its website at guitarcenter.com, to more than 90 countries worldwide. To facilitate this global online expansion, Guitar Center has partnered with FiftyOne, the leading provider of international e-commerce services and infrastructure to United States retailers with global ambition.

Guitar Center is using the FiftyOne platform to extend its e-commerce operations into more than 90 countries and to accept payment in 42 currencies, with all applicable taxes, duties, and shipping costs included in full.

“We are thrilled to have been able to extend the Guitar Center brand to consumers worldwide,� said Richie Pidanick, Vice President at Guitar Center. “We carry one of the world’s largest available selections of guitars, amplifiers, percussion, keyboards, pro audio and recording more

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