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DENON DJ NOW SHIPPING THE DN-SC2000 CONTROLLER

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Denon DJ, a leading manufacturer of premium-grade DJ equipment, is now shipping its DN-SC2000 Controller. The unit is an affordable, compact, professional-grade, solid steel MIDI controller designed for the home DJ or party laptop DJ on the go. Used together with the DJ’s favorite mixer and PC software of choice, the DN-SC2000 offers party and bedroom DJs a compact, portable, user-friendly control solution. A two-layer system, the unit can control two decks at once (with visible deck color change), or be paired with another DN-SC2000 unit to control four decks.

The DN-SC2000 is optimized for TRAKTOR® Pro users and natively supported by Virtual DJ. The unit connects with the user’s PC or Mac® via a USB 2.0 interface. The DN-SC2000 includes many advanced functions, including MIDI-mapable capability, auto loop function, a wide range of effects, rugged pitch slider, pitch lock, automatic beat sync, durable more

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KORG RELEASES FREE MEXICAN/SOUTH AMERICAN STYLES DOWNLOADS FOR Pa SERIES PRODUCTS

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— Styles collection includes popular styles never before available for any arranger keyboard —

Korg has made available a free set of Mexican/South American Styles for the Pa500, Pa588, Pa800 and Pa2XPro Professional Arranger keyboards that are devoted to the needs of musicians performing Latin music. Programmed by musicians who are immersed in these genres, this collection of 32 Styles includes a variety of Mariachi, Banda, Norteño with Cumbias, Polkas and Waltzes, as well as popular music styles that never have been included on any arranger, like Bolero Ranchero and Merequetengue.

Available for free download, Mexican/South American Styles deliver the most authentic and performance-ready backing parts ever released for this growing group of musicians. Please visit www.korg.com for more info, or click to download here: PC/MAC:Soundware:Mex_SamStyles.zip.

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DENON DJ NOW SHIPPING THE DN-X600 2-CHANNEL DIGITAL MIXER

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— Company ships new 2-channel digital mixer with built in DJ Digital Effector, MIDI 8-channel input and output audio system interface via USB B terminal, allowing the DJ to control turntables, digital media turntables, effects and much more—

Denon DJ, a leading manufacturer of premium-grade DJ equipment, is now shipping the DN-X600 2-Channel Digital Mixer, featuring MIDI interface and an internal soundcard. This versatile mixing solution is designed for all types of DJs, as it features software compatibility as well as full functionality for non-software DJs. The unit also acts as an interface, making it an ideal mixer for mobile DJs, party DJs, non-performing “bedroom� DJ hobbyists and more.

The DN-X600 features a 24-bit 96kHz USB 2.0 Audio Interface (sound card) with 4 in / 4 out (stereo) channels. Internal 32-bit Floating DSP Processing and 32-bit DAC Output ensure the best possible sound. more

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AUDIO-TECHNICA MOURNS THE LOSS OF KEN REICHEL

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Audio-Technica mourns the passing of Ken Reichel, former Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Audio-Technica U.S. Ken passed away October 15, 2010, at his home in Richmond, Virginia. A fixture in the professional audio industry, having first played key roles for other microphone manufacturers, Ken joined Audio-Technica in May 1982, and he served the company in various leadership capacities through his retirement in June of 2000.

Audio-Technica U.S. experienced strong growth under Ken’s management. He drove market development and promotion for many innovative products, notably UniPoint® installed-sound microphones and A-T’s 40 Series studio microphones. He was also a strong force behind A-T entering the wireless microphone category and the company’s longstanding relationship with the Olympics.

“Ken valued strong personal relationships based on mutual respect and commitment,� said Phil Cajka, Audio-Technica U.S. President/CEO. Cajka continued, “He had a powerful combination of technical understanding more

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AUDIO-TECHNICA SPONSORS THE ART AND SCIENCE OF SOUND RECORDING DVD SERIES BY ALAN PARSONS

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— Legendary producer/engineer and longtime Audio-Technica user’s new informative series prominently features A-T microphones —

Audio-Technica, a world leader for microphone solutions for over 45 years, is proud to be a sponsor of the Art and Science of Sound Recording DVD series by legendary producer/engineer Alan Parsons. After almost two years in production, this highly anticipated series of training videos covers all aspects of sound recording, in 24 programs identified by topic. The complete series, hosted by Parsons and narrated by actor and musician Billy Bob Thornton, was recently released as a three-disc set; the individual programs are currently available for download at www.artandscienceofsound.com. In the “Microphones� section, several Audio-Technica microphones are prominently featured and identified by Parsons as he discusses and demonstrates various aspects of the recording process.

“Alan Parsons’ body of work speaks for itself,� stated Gary Boss, Audio-Technica Marketing more

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KORG WAVEDRUM SCORES WITH PERCUSSION LEGENDS

Korg’s next-generation Wavedrum Dynamic Percussion Synthesizer has been generating buzz in the percussion community for its seamless marriage of traditional percussion sounds and playing techniques with state-of-the-art synthesizer technology. Not surprisingly, several prominent drummers and percussionists are unlocking the Wavedrum’s possibilities. Such artists as Alex Acuña (Weather Report and countless others), Dafnis Prieto (Eddie Palmieri, Michel Camilo, Chucho Valdez), Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson), Robin DiMaggio (Paul Simon, David Bowie), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chickenfoot) and Danny Carey (Tool) have embraced the Wavedrum as an integral part of their percussion setups and musical approaches.

Alex Acuña is a top-call session player. Aside from his notable stint in pioneering fusion group Weather Report, Acuña has worked with a long list of legends: Ella Fitzgerald, Al Jarreau, Chick Corea, Joe Zawinul, Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Blondie and scores of others. Touching on every genre of music, Acuña’s career requires him more

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PhantomFocusâ„¢ of the Opry

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— The Grand Ole Opry House Installs Carl Tatz Design’s PhantomFocus™ System Using Genelec 8050A Monitors —

— Iconic Country Music Venue Comes Back Strong After Nashville Flood, Receiving Praise From FOH and Broadcast Engineers for Dramatic Tuned Monitor System —

Recently, the legendary Nashville venue the Grand Ole Opry House upgraded its control room sound with the installation of a PhantomFocusâ„¢ System (http://www.carltatzdesign.com/phantomFocus-system.html) from Carl Tatz Design (CTD). Grand Ole Opry Head of Music Operations Steve Gibson contacted CTD to correct a control room window resonance problem that they were experiencing, and Gibson requested the implementation of a PhantomFocusâ„¢ System using their existing Genelec 8050A monitors.

“The thing that is the most fun for me is how the center ‘channel’ feels like a physical presence; as well, I know that our mixes are translating much better out of the building more

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KORG OFFERS FREE MICROSAMPLER BONUS SAMPLE PACK

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— Professionally pre-sampled sounds and patterns to inspire and offer instantaneous music-making—

As part of their ongoing customer support, Korg has announced the microSAMPLER Bonus Sample Pack. This expansive collection of professionally sampled sounds is available as a free download to all microSAMPLER users.

The Korg microSAMPLER is a versatile and easy-to-use sampling instrument. Useful for many musical applications, it features five sampling modes to provide the best method of capture for a variety of situations. Unlike other currently available phrase samplers, the microSAMPLER also features 37 Natural Touch mini keys, allowing it to perform as a keyboard instrument as well as a groove creation and remix machine.

The Bonus Sample Pack provides a convenient shortcut for all microSAMPLER users by offering professionally recorded samples organized into fully-finished banks of sounds with sample-based musical patterns, all fully compatible with the microSAMPLER. Included more

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L-ACOUSTICS XT Series Delivers Dramatic Improvement for Hale Centre Theatre

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Hale Centre Theatre’s stage and seating areas

Concentric rings of coaxial 12XT and 8XT greatly enhance venue’s sound quality

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — A quarter of a century ago, Salt Lake City’s Hale Centre Theatre staged its first production in an old lingerie factory for a paid audience of barely two dozen people. Since then, things have certainly changed for the non-profit community theatre, which today stages productions in its 42,000-square-foot West Valley City facility and has welcomed no less than 3.5 million patrons through its doors.

Although the octagonal, 610-seat theatre is state-of-the-art in most respects — including its unique circular moving stage and sophisticated Spiralift system — the sound reinforcement system was deemed in need of an update. Local integrator Poll Sound was brought in to design and install a new system, which is now comprised of L-ACOUSTICS loudspeakers and amplified controllers. more

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QUANTUM LEAP Ministry Of Rock 2 Announced

A modern rock virtual sequel coming 1.11.11

Hollywood, CA – EASTWEST, the industry leader in virtual software instruments, announces QUANTUM LEAP Ministry Of Rock 2, a modern rock toolkit produced by Nick Phoenix, will be released January 11, 2011.

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Ministry Of Rock 2 was put together with one goal in mind: to create a virtual (software) instrument capable of producing sounds that could actually produce a hit record or film score without any live drum, bass, or guitar overdubs. The articulations and programming were all reverse engineered from actual performances. The 57 gigabyte collection features LIVE technology which makes multi-sampled drums sound like a live performance.

“Rock music is always in a state of evolution,� said Phoenix. “Ministry Of Rock 2 will give users the latest software tools to produce finished tracks. Ministry Of Rock 2 takes more

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