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Audio-Technica Offers 3000 Series Wireless Holiday Bundles

— A-T brings special savings for the holidays on their go-to wireless system —

Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 45 years, announces special holiday savings for its 3000 Series wireless systems. These bundles feature a 3000 Series system paired with one of two low-profile A-T Omnidirectional Condenser Headworn Microphones. The Holiday Bundle features A-T’s popular PRO 92cW Omnidirectional Condenser Headworn Microphone, and the Ultimate Holiday Bundle features A-T’s renowned BP892cW MicroSet® Subminiature Omnidirectional Condenser Headworn Microphone. In addition to a condenser headworn microphone, each bundle also includes the 3000 Series receiver and UniPak® transmitter, along with a bonus sleek carrying case and the AT831cW Cardioid Condenser Lavalier Microphone. All of these bundles will be available through December 31, 2011, from authorized Audio-Technica dealers in the U.S. With these bundles, A-T offers users everything they need to get their show on the road for the holiday season.

Holiday Bundles:
3000 Series Holiday Bundle – PRO 92cW
Includes ATW-3110b Wireless System (ATW-R3100b Receiver and ATW-T310b UniPak Transmitter); PRO 92cW Omnidirectional Condenser Headworn Microphone; AT831cW Cardioid Condenser Lavalier Microphone; and ATW-RC1 Carrying Case for 3000 Series Wireless Systems.
3000 Series Holiday Bundle – PRO 92cW-TH
Same as 3000 Series Holiday Bundle – PRO 92cW, but with the headworn microphone in beige color.

Ultimate Holiday Bundles:
3000 Series Ultimate Holiday Bundle – BP892cW
Includes ATW-3110b Wireless System (ATW-R3100b Receiver and ATW-T310b UniPak Transmitter); BP892cW MicroSet Subminiature Omnidirectional Condenser Headworn Microphone; AT831cW Cardioid Condenser Lavalier Microphone; and ATW-RC1 Carrying Case for 3000 Series Wireless Systems.
3000 Series Ultimate Holiday Bundle – BP892cW-TH
Same as 3000 Series Ultimate Holiday Bundle – BP892cW, but with the MicroSet headworn microphone in beige color.

About the 3000 Series Frequency-agile True Diversity UHF Wireless System:
Audio-Technica’s 3000 Series wireless systems offer up to 1001 selectable UHF frequencies and advanced features for clear sound and intuitive operation. Count on simple frequency selection, amazing system reliability and illuminated transmitter screens for clear reads on dark stages. It all adds up to the luxury of rock-solid, richly detailed high-fidelity sound.

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EAW® Loudspeakers Chosen for Diesel Hall Venues in Tirana, Albania

Prosound Shpk, EAW®’s Albanian distributor, celebrates the life of Moray McMillin, who was instrumental in helping make this installation a reality

Loudspeakers from EAW®, a world leader in audio system technology for over 30 years, have been chosen for three venues that together make up the new 13,000-square-foot Diesel Hall complex in Tirana, Albania. Prosound Shpk, EAW’s Albanian distributor, was approached to recommend sound system solutions for the facility’s Botanik restaurant, Champagne Bar and Lounge Bar. As a result of the EAW products’ ability to deliver high-quality audio at a reasonable price point, Diesel Hall owner Ermal Gashi decided to go with Prosound’s recommendations, which included EAW loudspeakers and subwoofers from their SMS and VR series, among others. The system was designed by Jeff Pratt.

The system in the Botanik restaurant includes six EAW SMS5 Surface Mount Loudspeakers in a white finish and two EAW VRS18 High Output Subwoofers; the Champagne Bar features 12 EAW SMS3 Surface Mount Loudspeakers, all in white finish; and the Lounge Bar’s system includes 12 EAW VR62 Compact Full Range Loudspeakers and two VRS18’s. The centerpiece of the complex’s audio is the EAW DX1208 DSP Matrix Mixer, which allows control of input selection and volume in all three zones of the facility. Three EAW UR-1 and three EAW UR-2 real-time universal remotes accompany the DX1208, providing convenient access to the DX1208’s features and functions, including volume level, input muting, priority recall and more.

Kliton Gjika, Owner of Prosound, stated, “When Ermal Gashi contacted us for help on their new systems, I knew immediately the types of loudspeakers and subs that should be involved. I am always eager to recommend EAW units, and Mr. Gashi agreed with us when he experienced the sound and realized what a great value EAW loudspeakers provide. He is especially fond of the DX1208, which allows him to control the sound in all three venues. And of course the sound is just mind-blowing. From the more relaxed vibe of the restaurant and the Champagne Bar, to the thumping beats of the Lounge Bar, EAW loudspeakers have provided Diesel Hall with exactly what it needs.”

Gjika and the rest of the EAW community in Albania have also joined the industry in mourning the loss of EAW’s Moray McMillin, and the completion of the audio system at the Diesel Hall complex gave Gjika the opportunity to reflect on McMillin’s contributions to this project: “When we were getting the DX1208 set up, we had a few questions, and we called Moray McMillin, EAW Application Support Group Representative for the EMEA region. He helped us out right away, and he was a real class act, as he always was. We were devastated to hear of his untimely passing a few weeks ago. We dedicate this installation to him and his memory, and we will continue to remember him fondly.”

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TORONTO, CANADA–NOVEMBER 2011: Since breaking into the music scene in 2002, Juno Award-winning composer/producer Ian Nieman has created an array of hits and remixes for the likes of Mariah Carey, LeAnn Rimes, Nelly Furtado and Jason Derulo – all with the help of his API equipment. Now the owner of a new API 1608 console, Nieman plans to continue making even more Billboard-worthy tracks at his Canadian studio.

“I have always been a fan of API products and of their punchy sound,” said Nieman, “which lends itself well to the electronic-based music that I do. I have owned 550As, 560s, 525s, 205Ls, 225Ls and, of course, my 7800/8200 summing mixer. When I was in the market for a new console I naturally had to see what was available at API. After doing a lot of research online and consulting with Mike Nehra at Vintage King, I found the 1608 to be the obvious winner.”

Nieman offers both music production and artist development through his company, Nieman Music, which he officially created in 2004. After gaining popularity from working on several high-profile projects, including the award-winning theme song and music for Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Nieman built a commercial studio in 2010.

“For years I was working with a Pro Tools HD setup with an API 7800/8200,” he said. “It sounded great, but I felt that I needed a large, centerpiece console to make my workflow easier. The fact that I could drop in the existing API 500 series modules I already owned was awesome. I also wanted my console to have 32 channels, so being able to add the expander was great, too.”

After acquiring his 1608, Nieman’s first project was to remix a Blush track featuring Snoop Dogg called “Undivided,” which recently peaked at number three on the Billboard Club Chart. He said that during the process he immediately noticed the console’s “open sound.”

“I heard a dimension and depth that I hadn’t quite been getting before I had the desk,” Nieman said. “It is amazing to say the least what the 1608 is adding to my final product.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 40 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series and 1608 recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

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Hal Leonard Books Publishes The Hammond Organ

Montclair, N.J. – Hal Leonard Books, the musician’s best source of books on the music business, audio technology, instrument history, and more, has published The Hammond Organ ($29.99), by Scott Faragher. With a foreword written by Al Kooper, the book covers virtually everything one could want to know about the Hammond Organ, from it’s technical components to it’s history and the players who gave it it’s place in the development of American music.

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Lake Processing Added to Yamaha Digital Products

BUENA PARK, Calif.—In conjunction with the official InterBee Show announcement today by Yamaha Corporation Japan, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. announces the development of the MY8-LAKE processing card, designed exclusively for Yamaha digital products. The new card, to be distributed worldwide by Yamaha, adds cutting edge Lake® Technology to PM5D, PM5D-RH, M7CL, LS9, DM2000, DM1000, 02R96, and 01V96 digital consoles, as well as DSP5D Expander, DME24N/64N processors, and TXn power amplifiers.

The new MY8-LAKE includes Lake Processing features such as Mesa EQ, Ideal Graphic EQ, Linear-Phase Crossover, and other intuitive, sonic tuning elements found in the DSP expansion card. The processing power of this compact card offers up to 8 inputs/8 outputs in Mesa mode (system EQ), 4 inputs/12 outputs in Contour mode (crossover), or combinations of the above to suit the application. Flexible I/O configuration via the console’s insert points and the card’s AES/EBU connectors along with the ability to run at 96, 88.2, 48, or 44.1 kHz, makes it easy to integrate Lake Processing into any live sound system. Multiple cards can be utilized in Yamaha products that support multiple card slots.

“The addition of the MY8-LAKE processing card adds unprecedented sonic potential and versatility to Yamaha digital products,” states Marc Lopez, Marketing Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “The new card’s leading edge Lake Processing technology will further expand upon our direction to offer complete systems solutions to our customers.”

Lake Controller software installed on a compatible Windows PC allows precision control of the MY8-LAKE as well as other Lake devices in the system, while close compatibility with Smaart sound system measurement software contributes to smooth, efficient speaker system tuning. Over 1,000 speaker presets are accessible for optimum performance in any environment.

“We are delighted to be able to provide Lake Processing as an integrated part of Yamaha digital product performance, and excited by the potential of this partnership with Yamaha to deliver the unique benefits of Lake processing technology to a wider customer base,” states Jon Alkhagen, Managing Director of Lab.gruppen and Lake. “The development of the MY8-LAKE further reinforces our credentials as a leader in digital audio processing and provides significant flexibility and benefits to both our existing users and those looking to integrate Lake into their systems.”

The MY8-LAKE will be available Spring 2012 with a target MSRP of $3,200.

For more information on the Yamaha MY8-LAKE, visit


About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Audio Branding Congress 2011 Announces Official Program And Panel Details

NEW YORK, NY — The Audio Branding Academy has released the final program for this year’s Audio Branding Congress, taking place at Columbia University on November 17, 2011. “Stay Connected, Sound Global,” is this year’s motto, focusing on innovation in mobile media and content.

Gathering a network of experts, professionals, artists, scholars and practitioners within the audio world, the Congress will be an educational day for all attendees. The program will commence with a short prelude followed by keynote speaker Martyn Ware, discussing “The Future of Sonic Branding”. Founding member of seminal bands The Human League and Heaven 17, Ware is currently head of Sonic Experience and co-founder of sound branding agency Sonic ID. The Congress day will also consist of several inspiring and fascinating presentations by industry leaders, six impressive jury-selected award case studies, a thought-provoking panel discussion and the first Audio Branding Award ceremony.

One of Germany’s leading experts on brand strategy Dr. Karsten Kilian, will be moderating the panel discussion themed, “Mobile Audio Branding – Spatial Pollution or Good Vibrations?” at this year’s Congress.

Panel members Tapio Hakanen, Russell Jones, Noel Franus, Josh Rabinowitz, Paul Kalbfleisch and Stephen Dewey will discuss their views on new developments and future prospects of building brands on mobile devices and apps by using sound. Smartphones and other mobile devices have become an essential part of our lives and communication. To what extent are consumers willing to allow brands be part of their mobile life? What are some of the options companies may have to exercise the power of sound and music in building brands on these personal platforms? These are some of the significant issues to be deliberated during an exciting discussion by the expert panelists.

Podcast interviews with speakers and jury members are all available on the ABA website.

The Audio Branding Academy recognizes its congress sponsors, Man Made Music, Pro Sound Effects and iV Audio Branding for their generosity and support.

The 2011 Audio Branding Congress takes place Thursday, November 17, 2011, at Columbia Faculty House at Columbia University in Manhattan, hosted by audio branding company Expansion Team.

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Angels & Airwaves Master “LOVE Part Two” at Bernie Grundman’s

Pictured during sessions at Bernie Grundman Mastering are David Kennedy, guitar; Matt Wachter, bass; Tom DeLonge, vocals/guitar; Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, mastering engineer; and Critter, recording engineer. Photo by David Goggin.

Angels & Airwaves have finalized “LOVE Part Two” at Bernie Grundman’s with mastering engineer Brian “Big Bass” Gardner. The new album is the much anticipated follow-up to 2010′s smash “LOVE Part One” album. Founder Tom DeLonge describes the group as a multimedia art project, incorporating albums, films, live events, and a highly innovative approach to fan-artist interaction.

On hand for the mastering sessions were David Kennedy, guitar; Matt Wachter, bass; Tom DeLonge, vocals/guitar; and Critter, the band’s recording engineer.

For the half-decade of the band’s existence, they have established themselves as very prolific artists, having released three previous studio albums: “We Don’t Need to Whisper “(2006), “I-Empire” (2007), and “LOVE Part One” (2010). The group also filmed the documentary, “Start the Machine” (2008). In 2011, the group released their sci-fi movie “LOVE,” which incorporated music from the band’s albums, and was directed by William Eubank for release in 460 theaters nationwide.

“LOVE Part Two” will be released widely on November 8. Also available will be a box set of the two “LOVE” albums and movie.

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*** Espinosa Paz in concert ***

San Antonio, TX – November 2011… Among the numerous Hispanic artists gaining fame with U.S. audiences, Espinosa Paz certainly ranks high on the list. Well known throughout Mexico for his norteña and banda (brass influenced) musical styles, Paz’ reputation is rapidly expanding on both sides of the U.S. – Mexico border. When touring the United States, Paz relies on his Aero Series 2 loudspeaker systems from Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio for a wide range of performance venues. more

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pigFACTORY Music Signs Phil Collen of Def Leppard to Worldwide Publishing Administration Deal

Los Angeles, CA, Nov. 10, 2011 — Independent music publishing company pigFACTORY Music, whose roster includes recordings and songs recorded by artists such as Jordin Sparks, Fatboy Slim, Iggy Pop, and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, has just signed Phil Collen of Def Leppard to a worldwide publishing administration deal. The announcement was made today by Keatly Haldeman, CEO, pigFACTORY Music. (Please note: Photo Credit for Phil Collen photo Courtesy Helen L. Collen)

The new deal allows pigFACTORY to exclusively administer the publishing for all songs that Phil Collen writes with songwriting partner CJ Vanston. Earlier this year, pigFACTORY signed Vanston, a multi-Grammy Award nominated producer, film composer, keyboard player and songwriter. Among many accomplishments, Vanston produced the music for Spinal Tap and serves as the keyboardist in the band.

Together Collen and Vanston penned the song “It’s All About Believing” on Def Leppard’s recent release “Mirrorball’ and they have an upcoming cut on Risa Hirako’s new album on Avex Records. In addition, Vanston’s song “Telephone” has been released on Japanese superstar TVXQ’s new album “Tone,” which recently sold over 200,000 units in its first week of release.

Said Haldeman, “Phil Collen is a world-class superstar musician and songwriter in every sense of the word. His success with Def Leppard holds him in rarefied air. We are thrilled to be collaborating with him as he and CJ continue to co-write terrific material covered by a variety of artists around the world.”


Influenced by such guitar players as Ritchie Blackmore, Jimi Hendrix and Mick Ronson, Phil Collen developed a flashy, aggressive style of guitar playing at a young age. He joined Def Leppard in 1982, during the group’s “Pyromania” album recording sessions, playing guitar solos on the hits “Photograph,” “Foolin’,” and “Rock of Ages.” “Pyromania” was Def Leppard’s breakthrough album and turned the band into rock superstars virtually overnight. “Pyromania” sold in excess of 10
times platinum.

Def Leppard’s next album “Hysteria” was their best seller to date, with seven singles being released including “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Love Bites.” The album sold over 12-million copies in the U.S. alone, placing Def Leppard in the album sales category at the level as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Eagles and Van Halen. During 1992, the Def Leppard album “Adrenalize” was the top album in the U.S. for a time. Other ‘90s top sellers from the band were “Slang” and “Vault,” Def Leppard’s greatest hits album, which achieved quadruple platinum status.

Expanding their reach, Def Leppard later collaborated with two country superstars: Tim McGraw was featured on their “Sparkle Lounge” single “Nine Lives,” and Taylor Swift teamed with them on CMT’s “Crossroads.” Collen also performs as lead vocalist and lead guitarist with the band Manraze. That band’s debut album “Surreal” was released to rave critical reviews. Manraze has released its second album ‘Punkfunkrootsrock’ earlier this year and contains a Vanston produced track “I, Superbiker.” Collen was the only artist to play twice during 2009’s Download Festival, having performed with both Manraze and Def Leppard.


CJ Vanston is a multi-Grammy Award nominated producer, film composer, keyboard player and songwriter. He has written with songwriters such as Desmond Child, Paul Williams, Barry Mann, Bernie Taupin, Tony Jo White, Kool Kojak, Amy Powers, Michael Jay and Chesney Hawkes, along with a wide range of other co-writers. CJ has attended many writer camps around the world, including Miles Copeland’s Marouatte Castle and Icefusion in Iceland.

CJ has composed music for all four of Christopher Guest’s suite of movies; “Waiting for Guffman,” “Best In Show,” “A Mighty Wind,” and “For Your
Consideration,” in addition to scores for “Almost Heroes,” “Slingshot,” and songs for “Sweet Home Alabama,” and many others. He is also the producer and keyboard player in the legendary group Spinal Tap.


pigFACTORY Music Publishing specializes in the international placement of music in film, television, film trailers, advertising, and videogames, and in the collection of publishing royalties, worldwide. To that end, the company leverages an advanced digital publishing system to proactively exploit its clients’ music catalogues and track music publishing royalties on a global scale. The company represents top songwriters, artists, record producers, labels, and publishers, with a roster of over 250,000 songs, including an extensive selection of classic hits.

pigFACTORY is one of the only highly proactive independent publishers in the international marketplace to affiliate directly with a large number of royalty societies throughout the world. Via its direct memberships and partnerships, and by using state-of-the-art royalty software, pigFACTORY quickly and accurately registers its clients’ song catalogues with the publishing rights societies, and collects ‘at source’ in most major international territories.

The U.S. headquarters of pigFACTORY is 8075 W. Third Street, Suite # 540, Los Angeles, CA, 90048. The phone is 323/653-1200, and the website is


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iZotope Ships Ozone 5 and Ozone 5 Advanced

Cambridge, MA (November 10, 2011) – iZotope, Inc., a leading innovator in digital audio signal processing, announces the release of Ozone 5 and Ozone 5 Advanced. Ozone 5 is an update to iZotope’s critically acclaimed software mastering suite. Ozone 5 Advanced is a professional mastering suite that expands Ozone’s feature set with individual component plug-ins, extended features, and the brand-new Ozone Meter Bridge.

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