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Equator Offers Direct Sale of Q8 for $499 Ea

New Distribution Model Provides Dramatic User Savings
Equator Q8 Reference Monitors

Equator Q8 Monitor

San Diego, California February, 2012 …. Equator Audio Research, recognized globally as a leading manufacturer of highly accurate studio reference monitors for mission critical recording applications has announced a new pricing and distribution model for the Q8, digitally-controlled, bi-amplified, coaxial designed reference monitor.

Measuring 13in x 13in x 13in and featuring an 8” woofer coupled with a high-powered 1” compression horn driver, the Q8 delivers the power and accuracy of Equator’s larger Q Series models in a more compact form factor. A two-way active system, the Q8 enclosure is constructed of 13-ply Baltic birch, heavily braced for cabinet rigidity. It features 800w of peak power (400 watts continuous), Max SPL 110 dB, Frequency response of 38Hz-22kHz.
All Equator monitors feature a Zero-Point Reference™ coaxial design with Digitally-Controlled Transducers™. A CPU resides inside each monitor to handle such tasks as matching the transducers and incorporating the crossover.

The Q Series monitors use DSP technology for room optimization as well. Included MAC/PC software enables the engineer to manually compensate for acoustic anomalies in addition to issues created by placement/boundary and secondary reflections within the listening environment. Along with the environmental compensation, the software provides control over the monitors, including equalization, mute, solo and phase.

Equator Audio has experienced a dramatic upswing in internet activity and internet sales. With the introduction of the D5 (a new small coaxial monitor sold direct for $299 per pair) the online sales model has proven to be quite effective. Requests for an 8” version of the D5 have been pouring in. Equator is able to address those requests through the rechanneling of the existing Q8. The Q8, through normal sales channels (distributor, rep, and dealer) had previously cost the end user $3000 per pair ($1500 ea). Offering it direct eliminates the middle man and by reducing margins Equator is able to deliver this highly developed, feature laden product for $499 each. The big winner here is the end-user who will be to able to purchase a high-quality product for a price well below its normal market value.

The Q8s are available directly from the Equator online store.

About Equator Audio Research

Equator Audio Research is committed to delivering studio reference monitor solutions that overcome the myriad of challenges faced in today’s production environment. From our phase and time accurate coaxial designs to our matched transducer manufacturing to our sophisticated Q Series Room Analysis and compensation software; our products meticulously provide solutions to existing sonic obstacles. Equator products are used daily in mission-critical applications at many of the world’s finest recording studios. For additional information on all Equator Audio products, visit the company online at

Equator Q8 Reference Monitors

Anthony Wilkins Appointed as RTW’S International Sales Manager

Wilkins’ Extensive Experience in Broadcast and Pro Audio Sales will Bring Continuous Development of RTW’s Presence in the US and International Markets

COLOGNE, GERMANY, 2 February 2012 — RTW, a leading manufacturer and distributor of professional audio metering and control devices for studio recording and radio and TV broadcast applications, , has appointed Anthony Wilkins as the company’s new International Sales Manager. Wilkins is an English native speaker and has lived and worked in Great Britain, Switzerland, Germany and Ireland. His main role will be to control and coordinate RTW’s international sales from the corporate headquarters at Cologne.

Wilkins has more than 25 years of experience in the Pro Audio industry and is currently completing his MBA. He has previously worked for Sony, Analog Devices, DTS and most recently for Linear Acoustic. He is also a member of the EBU P/Loud group, which is in charge of developing the R128 loudness standard; the AES and the IEEE.

“We are very glad that Anthony Wilkins has joined our team and proud to have gained a sales expert with an in-depth understanding of the international broadcast and pro-audio markets,” says Mahmoud Chatah, RTW director of marketing and sales. “Wilkins will significantly increase our brand visibility in the international key markets. In taking over those critical tasks, he will allow me to focus on strategic alignment of RTW’s marketing.”

“I am determined to strengthen RTW’s global sales with effective measures and extensive travel,” adds Wilkins. “Further development of the important US market is my primary objective.”

About RTW
RTW, based in Cologne (Germany), has more than 40 years of experience in designing, producing, and marketing advanced recording-studio systems. The company focuses its business on peak meters and audio vectorscopes that are in use in the leading recording studios as well as by radio and TV broadcasters worldwide. The current product portfolio includes the TouchMonitor range, a new series of tools for visual signal analysis, loudness metering, and more. TouchMonitors combine highest flexibility and modularity with an intuitive user interface and touchscreen-based multichannel-analysis features, integrating exceptional surround-signal visualization using the unique and groundbreaking Surround Sound Analyzer. In June 2008, RTW was certified for the internationally accepted DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 quality-management standard.

For more information, visit or, or call +49 221 709130.

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Singer-Songwriter Amber Rubarth Returns to Studio b.

— After a successful songwriting retreat with the Courtyard Hounds, the launch of a new album that includes duets with Jason Mraz and Jason Reeves and an appearance at Carnegie Hall, the New York-based singer/songwriter is back at Studio b. for Valentine’s Day —

SANTA ROSA BEACH, February 2, 2012 — Bring your honey to a romantic evening of the pitch-perfect sultry sound of Amber Rubarth, whose recent album, A Common Case of Disappearing, debuted in early October 2011 at #13 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter charts. Of her performances, The Boston Globe wrote, “You will leave with a crush on her.” Amber’s lyrics, sometimes quirky but always on the mark, coupled with a voice that ranges from crisp and sweet to melancholic and sensual, makes Valentine’s Day the perfect evening for an intimate concert with Rubarth. While The New York Times may have described her as an “Up-and-coming singer-songwriter,” anyone who has seen and heard Amber perform knows that she has arrived.

The Valentine’s Day evening will feature an intimate concert with limited seating, handmade chocolates by visiting Studio b. chef Jason Palin, owner of Gourmet Gusto, and Champagne, wine and beer. Tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Amber Rubarth first came to Studio b. when she wrote and performed with Emily Robison and Martie Maguire of the Courtyard Hounds last year when the band chose the salon-style venue for its songwriting retreat. Steve Springer, a Studio b. member and the owner of Target Capital Management, was bowled over by the evening. He said, “Amber’s voice is spellbinding, and the lyrics are dead-on about life and love. The evening reminded me of concerts at Joe’s Pub in New York, which is where I moved from two years ago.”

For further information about an evening with Amber Rubarth or Studio b., contact: (214) 415-0476 or e-mail .

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