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Nathaniel Kunkel’s Studio Without Walls Delivers Award-Winning Projects with HARMAN’s JBL LSR Studio Monitors

NORTHRIDGE, California – Nathaniel Kunkel has a unique take on recording and mixing: instead of making the artist come to the recording studio, he can bring the studio to the artist. Kunkel’s Studio Without Walls is based on a transportable production system that allows him to capture performances and produce records wherever the artist feels most comfortable and creative. And, Kunkel notes, it wouldn’t be possible without HARMAN’s JBL LSR Series studio monitors.

Kunkel has earned GRAMMY(r) Awards for his work with B.B. King and Robin Williams, and received an Emmy(r) for “A&E In Concert: Sting: Sacred Love.” Other recent projects include mixes for The Police, Carole King, Darlingside, and the recent tribute album Listen to Me: Buddy Holly-produced by Peter Asher and featuring performances by Brian Wilson, Stevie Nicks, Ringo Starr, Zooey Deschanel, Cobra Starship, Lyle Lovett, Linda Ronstadt and many others.

“The JBL LSR studio monitors are absolutely unique in their ability to give me good mixes and accurate sound wherever I go,” said Kunkel. “Although there are other speakers that I like, the LSR monitors are the only ones that give me consistent and repeatable results regardless of the room I use them in. When I do a mix in one room using LSR, I know it’s going to translate well when I listen to the mix in another environment.”

Depending on the project, Kunkel uses the JBL LSR6300 or LSR4300 Series monitors for Studio Without Walls. “The RMC [Room Mode Correction] is invaluable in that it compensates for the peaks in a room’s low-frequency response and the differences in bass when speakers are placed closer to or farther away from the rear wall,” he said. “With this feature, I know I’m hearing accurate bass no matter where I take the speakers.”

“I know that when I’m recording and mixing on the LSR’s I’m not missing something that will be a surprise when I get into another room,” Kunkel added. “In fact, setup of the LSR4300?s is ridiculously easy. I just plug the calibration microphone into one of the speakers, push a button and the system does the rest. What could otherwise take hours takes seconds. I’ll always set the speakers up for midfield listening if room allows. I try and avoid the console surface reflections as much as possible.”

In addition, Kunkel noted the LSR monitors provide remarkably high output even though they’re compact. “When I have to carry a full surround sound speaker setup to a client, that becomes an important consideration,” Kunkel said.

For more information on Studio Without Walls, please visit www.studiowithoutwalls.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG(r), Harman Kardon(r), Infinity(r), JBL(r), Lexicon(r) and Mark Levinson(r). The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012.

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Renowned Psy-Trance Group Infected Mushroom Takes Music to the Next Level with SmithsonMartin Emulator

HOLLYWOOD, June 28, 2012— Multi-touch software developer SmithsonMartin Inc., announced that renowned Israeli trance band Infected Mushroom is using Emulator DVS to enhance the stage performance of the band’s current world tour.

Infected Mushroom has been pushing the edge of electronic psychedelic trance music since the duo emerged on the electronic music scene with its ground-breaking 1999 album, The Gathering. Known for its combination of analogue and digital instruments and vocals in the evolving psy-trance sub-genre, the group recently turned to SmithsonMartin’s Emulator DVS to makes its live show more technically and visually stunning.

The Emulator DVS, which was introduced in November 2011 as the next generation of DJ systems, provides a multi-touch MIDI control interface on a huge transparent screen to artists. For electronic artists, the software and technology offers the ability to customize the multi-touch layout of the screen so it fits to the artist, rather than forcing the artist to conform to it.

“In the beginning, we thought it might just look cool, but it’s actually useful,” said Erez Eisen, one-half of Infected Mushroom. “This is obviously the only product that does and looks something like that.”

With a futuristic stage design by Vita Motus supported by 3D visuals by another company using Emulator, V-Squared Labs, Infected Mushroom found Emulator DVS fit right into the atmosphere they were trying to create while also offering a unique control experience provided by no other system. Reliable and flexible in its design and application delivery, Emulator Modular has transformed electronic music and provided Infected Mushroom with a system that has prompted spectacular reviews from audience members and critics alike.

“It’s open. You can do whatever you need. If you need the basic stuff for DJ-ing, it has presets ready, which is great. If you want to go beyond that and do crazy controlling, you design your own interface. It’s simple with drag-and-drop,” said Eisen, who is planning on adding two more Emulator DVS units to his repertoire for studio recording purposes.

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In the future, Infected Mushroom plans to expand on its use of the Emulator DVS platform for modular synths and to continue using it to enhance the futuristic multimedia atmosphere of its live shows.

“It’s not just beauty. It’s a really, really powerful tool,” Eisen said. “I learned the tool in two days while I was doing other things. I don’t know how I didn’t have it before.”

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K-array Ensures Graduation Message to San Diego Bernardo Heights Middle School Students is Heard Loud and Clear

San Diego, Calif. – June 28, 2012 — The K-array KR400S ultra-light powered speaker system provided a clear and superb listening experience for faculty, staff, students, friends and family at the San Diego Bernardo Heights Middle School graduation ceremony in mid-June.

Paul Svenson, owner of San Diego-based audio/video specialist PSAudioVideo, consulted with Sennheiser Area Sales Manager John R. Borja to outfit the outdoor ceremony with a single KR400S speaker, as well as Sennheiser ew 100 G3 wireless transmitters and receivers. Svenson ran the microphones directly into a PreSonus digital mixer, which was then connected to the K-array KR 400S.

“In previous years, people on the periphery of the 1,200-person crowd complained about not being able to hear very well, but this year, we received compliments,” said Svenson, who has been the school’s trusted provider of audio solutions for more than a half-dozen graduations in recent years. “I believe this was due to the effective sound dispersion characteristics of the K-array KR400S.”

Svenson adopted the KR400S after using a pair of the speakers to provide audio for an indoor concert for 3,000 people. The compact speakers were able to deliver so much power that Svenson immediately added them to his audio toolbox and now uses them for indoor and outdoor events.

For the graduation, Svenson set up only one KR400S, which he says provided more than enough coverage for entire area — including the 80-foot wide stage, the gallery of graduates, seating for family and friends, and standing room. Svenson said the KR400S not only provided high-quality sound to the entire graduation ceremony, but could also be heard across the parking lot to the local high school.

The KR400s cast a wide dispersion without any appreciable drop-off, giving Svenson a long throw to hit the very back row of people and the standing room only section, which he has not been able to achieve with other speakers.

In addition to the speeches given by graduates and faculty, the graduates and their families were also treated to the vocal harmonies of the school’s 250-singer choir, for which Svenson used three ew 100 G3 Sennheiser wireless microphones on the soloists, among other microphones.

“The K-array KR400S has surprised me time and again for its ability to throw long distances while still maintaining a consistently high sound quality,” Svenson said. “The choir leader was also very impressed with the speaker’s ability to cast a wide dispersion while retaining the sharpness needed in a vocalist microphone.”

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D.A.S. EXPANDS OPTIONS ON AERO AND CONVERT SERIES PRODUCTS

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Valencia, Spain – June 2012 … Leading Spanish manufacturer D.A.S. Audio, announces the introduction of a white paint finish for a variety of their most popular products. The white color option will facilitate the integration of the D.A.S. systems in the décor of permanent installations such as houses of worship, auditoriums and multipurpose venues. more

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ASHLY’S PEMA COMBO DSP/AMP IMPROVES THE LOFTY ATMOSPHERE AT CALIFORNIA COUNTRY CLUB

buttecreek_exterior.JPGCHICO, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 2012: Nestled amid meticulously manicured grounds, the stately clubhouse of Butte Creek Country Club (BCCC) in Chico, California is – in addition to the ideal place to relax after a round of golf – a fabulous setting for weddings, fundraisers, and other events. However, until local integration firm Tolar AVL installed a sophisticated Ashly Pema 8250.70 Protea(tm) DSP Matrix Amplifier with Ashly neWR-5 remote wall panels, the clubhouse’s single-source sound reinforcement system was a source of frustration for BCCC management and staff.

“BCCC operates a very high-end facility, and required a sound system to match,” said Chuck Mahar, sales director and project manager with Tolar AVL. “The previous system included a large rack of amplifiers stacked with 70-volt transformers. There was a complete lack of DSP or equalization that meant that the entire clubhouse had to commit to the more

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MAC MAN AND METRIC HALO FAN: JOEL LONKY

joel_lonky.JPGSAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA – JUNE 2012: For over twenty years, Joel Lonky has been touring with many of the music industry’s most amazing luminaries. He is currently hired as production manager for The Goo Goo Dolls and as FOH engineer for Rob Zombie, Billy Idol, and Diddy. His past credits include FOH tours with Rage Against the Machine, Third Eye Blind, Maroon 5, Weird Al Yankovic, Anthrax, Guns & Roses, LL Cool J, Korn, Cypress Hill, and many others. Lonky recently upgraded from a well-known sound analysis software platform to Metric Halo’s SpectraFoo Complete. He now uses SpectraFoo before every show in order to guarantee that his mix will translate for the swarming sea of fans who are ready to participate, body and soul, with the music they have come to see live.

“I first learned of SpectraFoo in 1997, when I was more

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LECTROSONICS WIRELESS GOES ALONG FOR THE RIDE ON “SHOP ANGELS”

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Nashville, TN – June 2012… Take four beautiful women and combine them with their love of the outdoors and travel and you get Shop Angels. This outdoor adventure travel show slated to begin airing in the first quarter of 2013 is currently in production. From their hands-on approach to prepping their ATV’s (all-terrain vehicles) to exploring the great outdoors, the cameras follow the action—and to ensure broadcast quality audio through it all, Digital Hybrid Wireless® microphone technology from Rio Rancho, NM-based Lectrosonics is on the scene. more

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A Brief History of Lowell Manufacturing

— A retrospective look at Lowell Manufacturing’s 65 years of innovation —

PACIFIC, MO, June 26, 2012 — Lowell Manufacturing Company was founded in 1947 by Ben and Dorothy Lowell at a time of flourishing entrepreneurship in the post-war United States. The idea of sound from the ceiling was a novel idea then, and Mr. Lowell was awarded the first design patents for spun aluminum baffles that formed the nucleus of his product line. In the early years, Lowell Manufacturing occupied the second floor of a modest two story brick building in the city of St. Louis. The company remained in this location until 1954 when a move was made to a new facility in Maplewood, Missouri, providing the additional room to expand the manufacturing area and to house a growing product line. The 1950s saw many new design patents awarded to the company, and the introduction in 1958 of a new line of electronic equipment cabinets under the brand name Lowell Metal Works.

In 1960 the company expanded again, adding a new building to manufacture prototypes and custom metal products. In January of 1961, Lowell introduced the world’s first plastic molded speaker grille to supplement its line of metal baffles and enclosures. Two additional design patents for speaker baffles were also awarded during the decade of the 1960s.

During the 1970s and 1980s the company further expanded the audio product line, increasing its offering of backboxes for example, to include large cubic volume enclosures for use in convention centers, airports and performing arts centers. During this time, and in response to the growing popularity of sound masking systems in open office environments, Lowell was in a unique position as a manufacturer of backboxes and grilles to package these components into sound masking speakers for ceiling plenum areas. In August of 1977, John Lowell, current President and CEO, joined the company in the sales and marketing department, eventually becoming sales manager in 1985. In May of 1980, Wilhelm R. Lowell joined the company in sales, eventually moving into operations and new product development.

In 1992, Lowell again expanded its manufacturing facility into a new state-of-the-art building in Pacific, Missouri, 40 miles southwest of St. Louis, housing advanced fabrication and powder coat painting equipment capable of producing a level of quality never before seen in the industry, which is the hallmark of the company today. These advances led to the introduction of a new line of equipment racks, cabinets and rack accessories that continues to expand into new market opportunities. A design patent for a key-actuated volume control was awarded in October of 1991.

In the first decade of the new millennium, Lowell engineers designed a wide array of AC products ranging from advanced surge suppression and remote power control to power sequencing, along with its latest creation of Powerstac, a modular power product with a vast library of power modules designed and built to consultant or customer specifications. In October 2006, Lowell was granted a design patent, one of three it would eventually earn, for its Lay-In Tile Speaker System. In September of 2008, Tom Lowell joined his other two brothers in the company, bringing with him a background in distribution sales. In November of 2010, Lowell was awarded a patent for its Universal Horn Speaker.

For 65 years Lowell Manufacturing Company has gained a reputation for premium quality products that offer labor saving solutions for their customers. The three Lowell brothers continue to add their mark to the rich history and legacy of the company founded by their parents, manufacturing products in the USA, and supporting the American worker.

For more information, please visit www.lowellmfg.com or e-mail Lowell at sales@lowellmfg.com.

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Lowell Manufacturing Celebrates 65th Anniversary

— Missouri-based, family-owned manufacturer of rack, power and audio products takes a look back, reflecting on their six-and-a-half-decade history —

PACIFIC, MO, June 26, 2012 — Throughout 2012, Lowell Manufacturing Company will be celebrating its 65th anniversary as a U.S. manufacturer of AV and related products. As the company marks its six-and-a-half decades in the industry, those involved are taking the opportunity to look back, reflecting on how Lowell’s founding principles resonate today more than ever, and how those ideals and business practices will guide the company into the next generation.

The company was founded in 1947 by Ben Lowell along with his wife Dorothy, the parents of current company President/CEO John Lowell and his siblings, including Residential Sales Manager Tom Lowell, and Operations Manager Wilhelm Lowell. John reflects on his early years: “As a child, I vividly remember company picnics at the plant with my six brothers and sisters and all the Lowell employees. My father always tried to create a family atmosphere around the company, as we continue to do today. As we have grown in the industry over the last 65 years, we have never lost track of what it means to be a family-owned and -operated company. There are the principles under which my parents started the business, and they have served us well. Close personal relationships with business partners and a company atmosphere that remains focused yet friendly – the value of these things cannot be overstated.”

Today, the Lowell headquarters is located in Pacific, Missouri, about 40 miles southwest of St. Louis. Their core team of employees continues to serve the company with dedication and enthusiasm, and many of the team have been with Lowell for 20+ years. Engineering, metal fabrication, welding, paint and assembly are all located at the Pacific facility. Because the company’s products fall into three major categories (rack, power and audio), its engineering department includes mechanical, audio and electrical engineers.

John Lowell continues, “Our philosophy is – and has always been – to listen to what customers want, to do the job right by designing value-driven products of exceptional quality, and to build them in America, outsourcing as little as possible. Our goal is to provide real value by designing products that install quickly, minimize installation time and contribute to the project’s bottom line.”

John Lowell reflects, “When you provide service that goes the extra step, offering things like custom design and engineering from the ground up, consultants and integrators respond to it in a very positive way. Also, the fact that we use as close to 100 percent American materials as possible in manufacturing, and comply with and support initiatives such as ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act), BAA (Buy American Act) and TAA (Trade Agreements Act) is something we are very proud of. Very few companies can make those claims. Looking ahead, we are going to continue what we’ve been doing for 65 years – to design and build products that save time and labor in the field and provide real value to customers. And to keep building them in the U.S.A. to support the American worker.”

For more information, please visit www.lowellmfg.com or e-mail Lowell at sales@lowellmfg.com.

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Auralex® Acoustics Sets Its Sights On Continued Expansion

— Led by company Founder/President Eric Smith, Auralex Acoustics continues to expand and position itself for ongoing growth in the coming years —

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, June 26, 2012 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and soon to celebrate its 35th anniversary, continues to thrive due to a leadership vision that incorporates flexibility and an intuitive understanding of the markets it serves. With solid business practices stressing the ongoing development of market-driven products, enhanced customer service and the ability to embrace change, this philosophy continues to be the cornerstone of Auralex’s business for over three decades. Despite the constant technological and business challenges in the markets that Auralex serves, the company continued to experience ongoing growth in 2011 with a continued growth path in Q1 of 2012.

Under the direction of company founder and president Eric Smith, a new long-term comprehensive business plan was instituted that addresses brand positioning, domestic and international sales channels, manufacturing, marketing and customer service. Eight months after its implementation, this multi-pronged strategic plan is proving to be a winner, with much more to come and already unfolding.

One of the first steps was the appointment last year of David Fischer to the position of Auralex CEO. Coming to Auralex from multiple sizable and well-known global organizations, Fischer brings a strong history of exceeding business objectives and growth targets to his role at Auralex. Working closely with Eric Smith, Fischer has been instrumental in implementing the long-term strategic business plan that is driving the company’s worldwide growth and expansion.

On the domestic front, having moved into a new office complex last year that houses enhanced distribution operations and warehousing, as well as ergonomically designed office space, the company continues to drive and focus on existing markets with better penetration but also has refocused key sales personnel and is in the process of augmenting the sales team. With this move, in addition to allowing its sales force to concentrate on the Auralex brand, the company will be better equipped to gather market feedback so future product introductions and enhancements draw not only on engineering developments, but also market-driven factors. The new structure will help position Auralex’s distinctive brand identity to its global dealer and distributor network, but also reinforce the brand in the minds of customers.

The company is also expanding its international sales channels with additional distribution and sales forces, with a dedicated effort in Europe, the Middle East, Asia/Pacific and Latin America. This will facilitate more direct contact with key accounts and participation in overseas trade shows. In addition, as part of an overall operations upgrade, a new Director of Operations has been appointed and a new distribution workflow has been implemented, providing an even quicker turnaround time for customer orders.

From a product standpoint, Auralex continues to design and manufacture market-driven products providing innovative sound control solutions for the various markets it serves. At InfoComm 2012, the company is launching several solutions for contractors and system integrators, including the QuadFusor™ Sound Diffusor, a versatile and affordable Class A diffusor that mates four of Auralex’s MiniFusors™ in a 2-foot-by-2-foot array that is perfect for ceiling or wall mounting; the SheetBlok-AF™, which is a finish-grade isolation product that requires no messy construction and is perfect for retrofit applications; and UtiliTek™ sound absorbers, which are based on Auralex’s popular ProPanel™ series, but offer contractors and system integrators a great-looking yet more cost-effective solution in acoustical control.

Commenting on the long-term goals Eric Smith stated, “We have begun implementing the next phase of our plan, which focuses on such vital aspects as enhanced distribution, brand positioning, domestic and international sales, customer service, and product development as well as overall marketing strategies to grow market awareness for the Auralex brand. What we’ve implemented thus far has been exciting, but the best is yet to come.”

For more information, please visit www.auralex.com.

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