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brian_tarquin.JPGJESSUP, MARYLAND – FEBRUARY 2012: Evidence that JDK is quickly reaching the forefront of the audio industry, Emmy Award-winner Brian Tarquin has chosen the JDK R20 two-channel mic pre and R22 two-channel, four-band equalizer for one of his newest projects: Guitar Masters, Vol. 5.

“You know, I’ve always been a big fan of the old API stuff, so when I saw that API was putting out the JDK brand I was very intrigued – especially with the R22 compressor,” said Tarquin, who has previously recorded artists such as Steve Vai, Steve Morse, Frank Gambale and Billy Sheehan. “I knew the R22 was based on the original live mixing Paragon console, and then I saw that JDK had the EQs. JDK has some fantastic stuff.”

In his own career as an artist, Tarquin has had more than thirty commercial releases, which include more

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA: For the second year in a row, Ashly’s extremely efficient and powerful KLR-4000 amplifiers powered Community loudspeakers and subwoofers at the 2012 NAMM “Wanna Play?” stage in Anaheim, California. Michael Bell of Bell Event Services handled production at the stage, which featured an inspiring collection of handpicked, up-and-coming artists. The stage takes its name from NAMM’s “Wanna Play?” campaign, which encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to take up a musical instrument and perform. Last year, the “Wanna Play?” stage used a similar Ashly/Community configuration that set off alarms in the parking lot next door!

The Ashly KLR Series amplifiers leverage the company’s decades of experience building reliable, high-performance amplifiers and uses the latest technologies and materials to dramatically increase efficiency, while maintaining sonic purity and decreasing cost. The Ashly KLR Series amplifiers are dual channel, and each of the nineteen KLR-4000s used at the “Wanna Play?” stage delivered 2,000 watts per channel into a two-ohm load.

The “Wanna Play?” stage was located just outside the convention center area, adjacent to the arena fountain. The impressive collection of Community loudspeakers and subwoofers comprised a four-way system and included four Solutions SLS960 bi-amped all horn-loaded array cabinets, four iBOX i215S double-15-inch bass cabinets, eight VLF218 double-18-inch subwoofers, iBOX i2W8′s for front fill, and six channels of M12 stage monitors.

This year was the largest NAMM show in its 110-year history. Registered attendees numbered over 95,000, a six-percent increase over last year. International registration was up 15%. These numbers, along with the 236 new exhibitors, appears to forecast a prosperous 2012.

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO With a greater than thirty-seven year history, Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of quality signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets.

ABOUT COMMUNITY PROFESSIONAL LOUDSPEAKERS Community Professional Loudspeakers has been a leading supplier of professional sound systems since 1968. Headquartered in Chester, Pennsylvania, Community distributes its products to over fifty countries on six continents. Visit for more information.

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DOBBS FERRY, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 2012: For over three decades, Matthew Noble has been at the forefront of pop music as a session guitarist, programmer, songwriter, engineer, and producer. His impeccable ears and knack for spinning irresistible tracks across genres has earned him an engineering client list that includes Rihanna, Diana King, Southside Johnny, and Rod Stewart, among many others. These days, he performs most of his work out of the Loft Studios in Bronxville, New York and in the newly renovated Riverworks Recording in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Recent work with the musical Big River and gospel artist Rell Holland & Experience have put Noble’s new favorite plug-in, Metric Halo’s enduring ChannelStrip, through its paces.

“I tried Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip because some other people that I respect were using it,” explained Noble. “My friend Keith Brown, who is a well-known Nashville songwriter, was working on a project with Billie Decker, who is one of the hottest mix engineers in country music. Keith’s enthusiasm for the plug-in, together with his revelation that Billie uses it ‘all over the place,’ was enough to motivate me to check it out.”

Riverworks Recording boasts a huge, luscious acoustical space, which has changed the way both Noble and the producers and artists he works with approach the recording process. “So much of my work there has involved tracking live instruments, as opposed to the ‘virtual players’ that live inside our modern computers,” he said. “While it’s been a refreshing change, it has also brought with it challenges. For example, getting a great drum sound and a great overall mix with the new expectations for how long things take these days is not easy. ChannelStrip has been very helpful because all the functions that I need to access quickly are all in one plug-in. These include the less ‘sexy’ functions, such as phase reverse and multiple trims, in addition to full-blown and flexible dynamics and equalization. Having everything in one plug-in has greatly improved my workflow.”

Because it can do so much, Noble often puts Metric Halo’s well-crafted presets to use. “The ChannelStrip presets are a great starting point. They’re especially useful in a time crunch, when the client is breathing down your neck. The acoustic guitar and drum presets are often spot on, right out of the gate. When I tweak, the informative GUI lets me know exactly what I’m doing.” Of course, the best GUI in the world is useless if the algorithms behind it don’t cut the mustard. It’s here that Noble finds it really shines. “ChannelStrip has a great sound,” he said. “Like an SSL, it can be very aggressive and not at all subtle. Despite all its flexibility and sonic muscle, it has remarkably low CPU drain, which means I can use it whenever I need it.”

Noble’s introduction to Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip came back to him in an interesting way. “Last week, a New York client of mine wanted to make a few changes on a song that he had recorded recently in Nashville,” he explained. “I opened the session and saw ‘Dekerator’ on it. Then I knew Billie Decker had performed the original mix. A moment later, the mix window opened and there was the ChannelStrip plug-in – all over the place!”

ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware.

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Beth Nielsen Chapman To Cap Nashville Recording Workshop + Expo

Earlybird Deadline Extended Through February 17

NASHVILLE: AES Nashville has announced the capstone session of the Nashville Recording Workshop + Expo 2012 will feature internationally acclaimed singer/ songwriter/recording artist Beth Nielsen Chapman. Chapman’s session will follow the creative process from start to finish on a select track from her 2007 release, Prism. Where the first NRW+E Progression Of a Project session (with keynote speaker, Keb Mo’ and his engineer, John Schirmer) will focus on the development of a tune entirely within a personal production space, Chapman’s session will begin from a similar starting point then follow the project through tracking, mixing and mastering, illuminating the production elements added at each stage by a number of professional participants including tracking engineer Trina Shoemaker and mix engineer David Leonard.

The Nashville Recording Workshop +Expo offers a compelling two-day recording workshop and gear exposition focused on getting the most from your personal studio recording environment. AES Nashville, in conjunction with Audio Engineering Society, Inc. in New York, is presenting this industry event on March 2 & 3, 2012 at the Rocketown event center at 601 4th Ave. South. NRW+E presenters include leading producers, engineers, acousticians, songwriters, and musicians sharing their professional techniques and knowledge in a program designed to boost creativity and the technical prowess of recording musicians, songwriters laying down demos, and professional engineers working in personal production spaces. Additional breakout sessions will include tracks covering business and legal issues, and essential info on studio infrastructure.

Chapman’s decade-spanning career includes not only her own body of work as a solo artist, but also a huge body of songwriting credits including tunes for artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Bette Midler, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, The Indigo Girls, Michael McDonald, Amy Grant, Keb Mo’, Roberta Flack, Waylon Jennings, Faith Hill (including “This Kiss,” a Grammy nominee, and ASCAP’s 1999 Song Of The Year) and Willie Nelson. Chapman was the recipient of the Nashville NAMMY award for Songwriter of the Year in 1999. Additionally, her work has been featured in numerous network television productions and in major motion pictures.

The Prism 2-CD set, to be featured at NRW+E, was a ten-year labor of love that resulted in a two-disc collection of songs in 9 languages each focused on a path to faith. Beth also teaches workshops internationally on songwriting and creativity and serves on the Honorary Board of Healthy Child Healthy World (

“Early Bird” registration for AES members and members of participating professional songwriter, performance, musician and engineering organizations is $79, non-members is $99, student members is $39, and non-member students is $59. Early registration has been extended through February 17, 2012. Full program listings, information on registering and on booking an exhibition are online.


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Auralex Helps Increase Speech Intelligibility at New Life Community Church

OXNARD, CA, FEBRUARY 8, 2012 – Auralex Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, is a critical element in the overall sound design at New Life Community Church in Oxnard, California. The church features custom Auralex ELiTE ProPanels and ProBaffles to help absorb additional sound energy and add aesthetic visual appeal throughout its cavernous interior, with the main goal of making speech intelligibility clearer and only slightly secondary goal of better music clarity

Richard Rutherford of Rutherford Design was posed to re-purpose the 50,000 square foot industrial space, which would be the new home for New Life Community Church. Since Rutherford was involved in the design process, before the walls were even up. This enabled him to suggest some basic acoustical layouts throughout the space to help with speech intelligibility. The two main walls are not parallel and the entrance hallway and doorways are slightly offset, even though they look symmetrical. Also, the rear main wall is not a straight line; it actually curves. These small architectural details, in terms of non-parallel walls and entrances, naturally help to redirect reflections and sound energy.

“In a house of worship, I’m concerned more with the peripheral seats and the back half of the room,” says Rutherford. “To communicate with those people intimately, the spoken word in this kind of environment needs a high level of intelligibility. In a space like this, regardless of the budget or loudness of the audio system, if you have a six-, seven- or eight-second overall reverb time, there’s just no way it’s going to be intelligible.”

Rutherford installed 51 custom ELiTE ProPanels (4ft x 8ft x 2in) on the walls around the 900-seat sanctuary worship area. ELiTE ProPanels are fabric-covered, acoustic-absorptive panels designed to absorb slap and flutter echoes, providing a more pleasing and accurate listening environment. Rutherford also specified 21 custom ProBaffles (4ft x 20ft x 2in), which were mounted above the light fixture’s line of sight and hang from the ceiling. ProBaffles are absorptive panels wrapped in a lightweight material and designed to be hung vertically from the ceilings in commercial facilities. The panels have a fiberglass core and carry a Class-A fire rating. The edges and corners are square and non-hardened.

“The layout of the ceiling gave us an opportunity to do a fairly symmetrical array of hanging flags to baffle the low-mid frequencies getting toward the back of the room,” continues Rutherford. “After the installation of the Auralex products, the room now sits at about a second-and-a-half reverb, and it sounds great, regardless of where you are sitting in the sanctuary.”

The installation also features several L-ACOUSTICS loudspeakers, Allen & Health front-of-house monitor/mix equipment, as well as several video and lighting products rounding out the acoustic treatment from Auralex for a multi-faceted, complete audio/video system.

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About Auralex Acoustics, Inc.
Located in Indianapolis, Auralex Acoustics was founded in 1977 with a mission to provide top-performing acoustical treatment products at the best value. Since then, thousands of satisfied Auralex customers have experienced improved acoustics, expert advice and exceptional customer service. Auralex products enjoy widespread use among prominent artists, producers, engineers, corporations, celebrities and government agencies.

Auralex Acoustics has become the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions and continues to enjoy rapid growth through an international network of authorized dealers. Visit the Auralex Web site at Auralex can be reached via email at or by calling 1-800-959-3343.

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Van Halen Masters “A Different Kind of Truth” at Bernie Grundman’s

Engineer Ross Hogarth Oversees Immense Much-Anticipated Project

Pictured enjoying Danesi espressos at Bernie Grundman Mastering are (L-R) Van Halen recording engineer/mixer Ross Hogarth and mastering engineer Bernie Grundman. Photo by David Goggin.

Recording engineer/mixer Ross Hogarth joined mastering engineer Bernie Grundman and his assistant Joe Bozzi for extended sessions at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood to finalize Van Halen’s new album, “A Different Kind of Truth.” Recorded at Henson Studios and recorded / mixed at 5150 Studios, this marks the band’s first album in 14 years.

Hogarth began working on the project more than a year ago, and once material was recorded and mixed, stepped into Bernie Grundman Mastering to work on the final touches of equalization, sequencing, and preparation for release on CD, vinyl, and various digital release formats. A much sought after producer as well as engineer, Hogarth has worked with such artists as REM, Ziggy Marley, Keb Mo, Jewel, Melissa Etheridge, John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, and Motley Crüe.

The new album is the first full length Van Halen album since 1998′s “Van Halen III” and the first new music from the band since the three new songs included on 2004′s “Best of Both Worlds” compilation. It will also be the first Van Halen album to feature Eddie’s son, Wolfgang Van Halen, on the bass in place of Michael Anthony.

Van Halen’s current lineup is David Lee Roth, lead vocals; Eddie Van Halen, lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals; Alex Van Halen, drums; and Wolfgang Van Halen, bass, backing vocals.

The band has racked up sales of over 56 million albums in the United States alone and is one of five rock bands that have had two albums sell more than 10 million copies in the U.S.

Van Halen’s new album from Interscope Records release date February 7, 2012. “Tattoo” is the first single.

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Peavey Announces New Lower Price on Award-Winning ReValver MKIII.V Modeling Software

Award-winning software now just $199.99 U.S. MSRP

Musical-instrument retailers across North America voted Peavey® ReValver® MK III.V professional amplifier modeling software the Best New Software/Multimedia of 2011 in the annual Music & Sound Awards, presented by the Music & Sound Retailer. Peavey ReValver is a revolutionary amplifier modeling software that captures the true characteristics of vacuum tubes while allowing users unprecedented control over their tonality, configuration, tube types, and gain structures. more

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Peavey IPR 3000 Power Amplifier Voted Best New Power Amp

Musical-instrument retailers across North America voted the Peavey® IPR™ 3000 power amplifier the Best New Power Amp of 2011 in the annual Music & Sound Awards, presented by the Music & Sound Retailer. The IPR 3000 utilizes advanced technology that increases output power, reliability and thermal efficiency while yielding the highest audio resolution possible with dramatically light weight.

“The Peavey IPR 3000 power amplifier is a very significant development in professional audio technology, providing enormous power, incredible efficiency and light weight at just pennies per watt,” said Hartley Peavey, founder and CEO of Peavey Electronics Corporation. “We’re honored to receive back-to-back recognition for the revolutionary IPR Series power amps in the Music & Sound Awards.” more

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Peavey Impulse 12D Wins MMR Dealers’ Choice Award

Music-product retailers have honored Peavey with the Sound Reinforcement Line of the Year Award in Musical Merchandise Review (MMR) magazine’s annual Dealers’ Choice Awards for the second year in a row. Peavey has won a Dealers’ Choice Award every year since MMR established the award in 1993. more

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Oink Ink Turns 20!

Creative Shop Celebrates Two Decades of Work, Growth

The month of February marks the 20th anniversary of Oink Ink, the New York City-based creative services agency known for producing award-winning radio advertising. Now a bi-coastal company, with an office in Santa Monica, CA, Oink Ink is a national leader in creative radio campaigns and more recently, visual content for television and the web. The boutique agency’s efforts have resulted in hundreds of industry awards over the years and counts among its clients almost every major advertising agency and brand in the U.S.

Dan Price

Brothers Dan Price, Oink’s President and Executive Producer, and Jim Price, Vice President and Creative Director, are established experts in the production, directing, writing, and casting of radio and TV commercials. They have grown the once-tiny shop from a one-room office in their hometown of Philadelphia to one of the largest and most sought-out of its kind. Over the last two decades Oink Ink has worked with agencies which include BBDO, Crispin Porter, JWT, McCann, Ogilvy, Goodby, Saatchi, and Y&R for clients Google, IKEA, CBS, Staples, AT&T, Ford, IBM, Miller Lite—and literally hundreds more. Outside of writing and production, both brothers keep busy with speaking engagements at ad clubs across North America and judging duties for several awards panels. Since 2011 Dan Price has chaired both the One Show and CLIO juries for radio. He’s also been quoted in Larry Oakner’s And Now a Few Laughs from Our Sponsor and interviewed by numerous industry publications.

Jim Price

After establishing itself in the City of Brotherly Love, Oink Ink almost immediately moved to New York City, operating from offices at 39th and Madison. Several years later, in 2001, the company moved to SoHo, establishing its first in-house recording studio, a 10,000 square foot facility that included three audio suites. In 2005 Oink’s west coast operation grew to require its own recording facility, and so the Price brothers built one in Venice, CA. Now, twenty years after recording its first commercial (“I think it was for NYSEG and agency ICE Communications,” recalls Jim Price. “We charged them $800.”), Oink Ink now occupies a brand new studio facility in midtown Manhattan with new oceanfront offices in Santa Monica, California. Even the London International Advertising Awards weighed in on Oink’s coming of age, naming it one of only 5 “Top Radio Production Companies” of the last 20 years.

Beyond the work Oink performs for its clients, the company conducts the popular Dead Radio Contest, now an annual worldwide competition going into its 15th year. It offers advertising copywriters the opportunity to bring back to life radio scripts that were ignored or rejected by a client. “The contest actually started as a way for us to identify good radio writers… which are not easy to find,” says Dan Price. “It eventually became a pretty popular event each year; almost a ‘calling card’ for us.”

Several winning spots have regained the attention of the intended client, and once produced by Oink, even gone on to earn some of the industry’s most coveted awards. Since 1992 Oink Ink has netted a multitude of Radio Mercury Awards, Cannes Lions, One Show Pencils, Clios, London International Awards, and scores of Promax awards.

Oink continues to evolve and grow with the industry. The company’s business model has expanded to include creative for television and new media as well as advertising services for online. Says Jim Price, “Anymore we’re just as busy with these new disciplines as we are with radio. We seem to consistently have our plates full with projects of all sorts, which is really a nice way to work. We’ve been very lucky.”

To mark the shop’s 20 years in business, Oink recently unveiled its brand-new website at The Flash-based site features many pieces of Oink’s work, available for listening or viewing, along with a collection of press and media mentions from many of the publications that have covered Oink’s work and awards over the years, from The New York Times, Adweek and Ad Age to Shoot and Creativity.

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