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Award-winning firm Eight Inc. hired to design GC’s new flagship store location and redefine retail experience for NY consumers.
Flagship Times Square Store opens Thursday, August 7
Unique state-of-the-art in-store elements include Guitar Center’s The Platinum Club; a Fender-custom shop where craftsmen tailor guitars to unique specifications; a full DJ experiential department; a boutique pedal selection in a stunning 360-degree display; and 28,000 square feet of guitars, drums, keys, DJ, recording, live sound and more
The Roots to celebrate occasion with a special Times Square concert
Grand Opening festivities continue through the weekend with exclusive savings, giveaways, a display featuring Eric Clapton’s iconic “Blackie” Fender Stratocaster and more
Los Angeles, CA (July 23, 2014): Guitar Center has announced the grand opening of the retailer’s brand new store location in world-renowned Times Square, further cementing Guitar Center as the leading force in the industry. The new store is located at 218 W. 44th St. and opens its doors at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 7, 2014. This opening coincides with another milestone for Guitar Center as the retailer celebrates its 50th anniversary year.
Standing as the 262nd store nationwide, Guitar Center Times Square location is housed in what was the original New York Times building, updated with a modern look by award-winning design firm Eight Inc. (Apple, Nike). True to all Guitar Center stores, the Times Square location will foster a hands-on environment in which customers are encouraged to interact with the wide selection of instruments and a dedicated staff of unparalleled experts.
To commemorate such a momentous occasion, Guitar Center will host a Grand Opening Weekend, kicking off on Thursday night with a performance by hip-hop icons and current Tonight Show house band The Roots, across the street from the new store at the Best Buy Theater. Tickets will be given away at New York-based Guitar Center locations in the days leading up to the event. Locations and times can be found at http://guitarcenter.com/timessquare.
Guitar Center Times Square will feature a number of programs such as in-house lesson facility Guitar Center Studios, free Recording Made Easy classes, in-house rental department, a hands-on electronic music department, and onsite guitar repair service GC Garage. Innovative features unique to this location include a Fender custom shop where craftsmen tailor guitars to unique specifications,a boutique pedal selection in a stunning 360-degree display, and The Platinum Club, which showcases top-of-the-line, high-end luxury guitars.
“Joining the caliber of retailers that have established a presence in Times Square over the years is a huge accomplishment and a statement as to how far the brand has come,” says Mike Pratt, Guitar Center CEO. “By opening a Guitar Center in such a visible, high-traffic area as Times Square, we are able to open more eyes to the inherent joy that comes from playing an instrument. The store is amazing, and we can’t wait to share it with our customers. It’s a proud moment for all of us at Guitar Center.”
“Guitar Center is one of the few brands out there working to inspire people to make music. They are able to survive in a culture that supports creativity and musicianship, just like us,” says Questlove. “New York is where I reside and Times Square is the heartbeat of the city, so to have Guitar Center in the center of it all is an exciting moment for New York musicians.”
Additionally, throughout the weekend the Times Square store will feature exclusive savings, gear giveaways and free events. Eric Clapton’s “Blackie” Fender Stratocaster, purchased by Guitar Center for $959,500 at a Christie’s Auction to raise funds for Crossroads Centre Antigua, will be on display all weekend, and Dream Theater’s John Petrucci will be greeting customers in the store on Saturday at 2 p.m.
218 W. 44th Street, New York, NY 10036
Mon-Friday 11:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm – 6:00pm
About The Roots:
Formed in 1987 in Philadelphia, PA, the legendary Roots Crew consists of Black Thought (MC), Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson (drums), Kamal Gray (electronic keyboards), F. Knuckles (percussion), Captain Kirk Douglas (electronic guitar), Damon Bryson (sousaphone) and James Poyser (electronic keyboard). Having previously released twelve projects, The Roots have become one of the best-known and most respected hip-hop acts in the business, winning four GRAMMYs, including “Best R&B Album” for Wake Up!, “Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance” for “Hang in There” (with John Legend) and “Best Group or Duo R&B Vocal Performance” for “Shine.” The ensemble was most recently nominated for “Best Rap Album” for the 2011 release of undun. This brings the band’s GRAMMY nomination count to twelve. Additionally, The Roots have also become the faces of Philly’s “Fourth of July Jam,” an annual concert held during the Fourth of July with the biggest names in music, and “The Roots Picnic,” a yearly star-studded mix of musicians that has become a celebrated institution during awards season. Recently The Roots were named one of the greatest live bands around by Rolling Stone and became the official house band on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, where they currently perform every Monday-Friday. The Roots celebrated the release of their 11th album, then you shoot your cousin, in May 2014.
About Guitar Center:
Guitar Center is the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards and pro-audio and recording equipment, with more than 262 stores across the U.S. In addition, the Music & Arts division operates more than 100 stores specializing in band instruments for sale and rental, serving teachers, band directors, college professors and students since 1984. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Guitar Center’s historic first-steps to helping people make music. With an unrivaled in-store experience and passionate commitment to making gear easy-to-buy, Guitar Center is all about enabling musicians and non-musicians alike to experience the indescribable joy that comes from playing an instrument. All we sell is the greatest feeling on earth. For more information about Guitar Center, please visit www.guitarcenter.com
Panaray® MA12EX Array tackles three key challenges for outdoor sound in a demanding environment — even audio coverage, minimal impact on sightlines and resistance to cold temperatures — while providing clear, articulate sound
Framingham, Massachusetts, July 23, 2014 – The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is the oldest continuously operating shipyard serving the United States Navy, opened in 1800 during the administration of President John Adams. The facility has birthed and taken care of U.S. Navy vessels that have served in every armed conflict the country has engaged in since the War of 1812. The complex’s main road hosts a memorial to the submarine the USS Squalus, in front of which the entire staff and crew periodically assembles in a huge semicircle for ceremonies such as the Change of Command. As many as 4,000 people can be gathered there to listen to speeches and addresses by naval officers, politicians and other notable leaders. So the need for clear, articulate and reliable sound is critical. In addition, the sound system has to have a low profile to allow clear sightlines for those assembled and to maintain the historical mandates set down by the shipyard. To achieve all this, the solution came in the form of the Panaray® MA12EX Full-Range Modular Line Array from Bose® Professional Systems, installed there last year by Power Sound of New England, a New England-based systems integrator who has been installing sound and video projection systems for over 40 years.
The system comprises 27 Panaray modules configured in nine triple-stack speaker combinations, each mounted to a 16-foot, custom fabricated and removable pole. These were installed late last year. A second phase of the project was completed in April, when eight Panaray MA12EX modules were attached individually to the vertical posts supporting the life rails on the Squalus Memorial, which is the upper deck and conning tower of the submarine USS Squalus. The speakers are zoned so that all can be used to cover the largest events; the set of Panaray MA12EX speakers that cover Workers Park across from the Squalus Memorial have a zone of their own, and the newly installed MA12EX speakers on the Memorial can be used either as a separate subsystem or as part of the larger main system.
The first-phase installation was complex: “Hundreds of feet of home-run cabling were installed underground in one-inch PVC conduit to each speaker location,” explains Troy D. Jennings, Technical Design Specialist and GM for Power Sound of New England. It was also “all hands on deck” at Power Sound of New England to get this project accomplished by the time the weather turned cold enough to freeze the ground, and more importantly to accommodate the shipyard’s annual Christmas concert. The entire staff at Power Sound of New England contributed to the effort and the system was successfully completed on time.
Previous temporary sound systems failed to meet all of the requirements needed in this demanding environment. In the past, says Jennings, “Multiple conventional two-way speaker boxes on stands were used to cover this difficult configuration, and there were always issues with listeners who were close to the speakers getting an earful and those farther away not getting quite enough.” So, for the new, permanently installed sound system design, Power Sound selected the MA12EX loudspeakers. “The advantage of these line-array speakers is that they cover so evenly, not just from side to side but most importantly, up-close and far away,” Jennings explains. “Another advantage of using the Panaray loudspeakers is that their slim-line profile blends so well with the serene environment that they are barely noticeable.”
Finally, when it comes to withstanding the harsh coastal New England weather, the Panaray loudspeaker addresses perhaps the greatest challenge of all. Jennings continues, “Of course, being located on a naval base and close to the ocean, the weather can be very inhospitable, which was another reason that when Power Sound of New England designed this system we chose the Bose MA12EX, as they are built to be nearly impervious to environmental abuse. Even after the severe winter we had here in New England, the Panaray loudspeakers look like they did when they were taken out of the box, and they sound great!”
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, July 23, 2014 — Waves Audio, a leading provider of digital signal processing software and hardware solutions, introduces the Waves SoundGrid® Studio System.
The SoundGrid Studio System is a real-time processing and networking platform that allows users’ DAWs to offload their plugin processing, streamlines and maximizes performance with lightning-fast real-time processing and low-latency monitoring, and integrates seamlessly with all DAWs and SoundGrid-compatible I/Os. This serves any setup, from a single DAW with one SoundGrid I/O, to an entire network of host computers, I/Os, and SoundGrid DSP servers. With its real-time processing and low-latency monitoring, the SoundGrid Studio System can run a nearly unlimited number of plugins, allowing users to track and rehearse with near-zero latency. The SoundGrid Studio System enables users to connect all components through a centralized hub, as well as to connect multiple DAWs using the SoundGrid ASIO/Core Audio driver. It is also compliant with SoundGrid-compatible Waves and third-party plugins and comes with a line of powerful DSP servers that provide unequaled offload capabilities.
The SoundGrid Studio System includes the SoundGrid Studio Application, which manages the SoundGrid network on a host computer; the eMotion ST mixer, which runs plugins in real time for recording, mixing, and low-latency monitoring while tracking or rehearsing; and StudioRack, which runs plugin chains, saves and loads their presets, and offloads their processing to a SoundGrid DSP server. A SoundGrid ASIO/Core Audio driver connects any DAW to the SoundGrid network as a software I/O.
The SoundGrid Studio System and DiGiGrid:
Combined with DiGiGrid I/Os, the SoundGrid Studio System enables users to process plugins in real time, monitor and network with near-zero latency, take advantage of old DigiLink interfaces, and expand their studio by connecting everything and everyone through one central I/O.
Pricing and availability notes:
All DiGiGrid I/O interfaces come with the complete SoundGrid Studio System software. Current owners of DiGiGrid MGB and MGO units can receive the complete SoundGrid Studio System software free of charge. DiGiGrid IOS comes with a $500 (U.S.) voucher for Waves SoundGrid plugins (valid 60 days from licensing; applicable toward non-discounted SoundGrid products).
StudioRack Native is free for Waves plugin owners covered by the Waves Update Plan.
Non-WUP owners: StudioRack SoundGrid + eMotion ST mixer is sold for a U.S. MSRP of $450.
Visit http://www.waves.com for more information.
View product videos here:
1. Allocating IOs in the SoundGrid Studio Network: http://youtu.be/z8QuKJLDj1Q
2. Move Entire Plugin Chain Presets between DAWs with StudioRack: http://youtu.be/DPOL5piVISM
3. eMotion ST Mixer Quick Tour: http://youtu.be/3Habz4308BQ
4. Introduction to the SoundGrid Studio System: http://youtu.be/9OlSAlWxzd0
5. Introducing StudioRack Plugin Chainer: http://youtu.be/lkCPbNtZepI
Hopedale, MA, July 21, 2014 — When students go back to school, they’ll need to study hard – but when they take a break from all the hard work, what better way to unwind than to listen to music? This fall, Wharfedale offers a superb-sounding, affordable alternative to low-fi listening – the rave-reviewed Diamond Series 10.1 and Diamond 10.2 compact loudspeakers.
Whether they want to listen to their favorite playlists or are part of the growing number of vinyl enthusiasts enjoying the inviting sound of records and turntables, students will appreciate the clarity and presence the Wharfedale Diamond Series brings to music listening.
Wharfedale is Britain’s most famous speaker brand – and with good reason. The Diamond 10.1 and 10.2 (SRP: $349 per pair and $449 per pair respectively) are designed to reproduce music with detailed, dynamic and spacious sound. They employ premium components including a woven Kevlar cone woofer (a material not usually found in speakers at these price points), and a neodymium-magnet soft-dome tweeter with a specially designed diffusion grid for smooth high-frequency response.
The attractively curved and contoured cabinets are built from four layers of materials, bonded together to create acoustically optimized enclosures. Measuring just 11.7″ x 7.7″ x 11″ with a 5-inch woofer and 1-inch tweeter, the Diamond 10.1 is ideal in dorm rooms and places where space is at a premium. The 14.3″ x 8.8″ x 11.85″ Diamond 10.2 features a 6-1/2-inch woofer and 1-inch tweeter for extended bass and greater output.
Unlike most speakers, the Diamond 10 Series is designed and built by Wharfedale completely in-house, from their drivers and internal components to their striking cabinets available in Black, Cherry and Rosewood finishes, a perfect addition to a dorm room, apartment or anywhere students want to enjoy their music.
In addition to the 10.1 and 10.2, the Diamond 10 Series includes a complete lineup of floorstanding towers, center channel speakers, surround speakers, subwoofers and other models for home theater and music listening.
For more information in the U.S. on the complete range of Wharfedale loudspeakers, please visit www.wharfedaleusa.com
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, July 22, 2014 — New York City has lots of recording studios — the Williamsburg district of Brooklyn alone reportedly has 60 or more. But Mitch Cox hadn’t found one that catered to heavy metal and hard rock the way the aspiring record producer and entrepreneur wanted to, so he set out to build one. “When you’re designing a studio for maximum flexibility, to try to please everyone, you make design and equipment choices based on that, and those are inevitably compromises,” says Cox, “In this studio [Conclave Studios], we made design and equipment choices around the classic metal sounds.” Assisting Cox in his vision has been Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users. Conclave Studios came about around a meeting between Cox and Milo Pullman, a GC Pro Account Manager working out of Guitar Center’s Union Square store location. After listening to Cox’s vision for his studio and his business, Pullman suggested a meeting with Horacio Malvicino, a noted recording studio designer and a GC Pro Affiliate Program member. Within a matter of weeks, what had been Cox’s vision suddenly had a team to build it. After several months of searching, they found a former recording studio on the far edge of Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, in a massive, glass-walled building overlooking the Hudson River.
Horacio Malvicino – whose Malvicino Design Group has done nearly two dozen studio designs as an Affiliate of GC Pro, including Live’s new Think Loud residential facility in York, Pennsylvania, the newly completed Seven Pillars near Abilene, Texas, and Noisematch Studios in Miami, saw Conclave Studios as a unique task – “It’s always a challenge designing a facility in a big city, where isolation and sound control are critical. Especially,” he adds, “if you’re talking about heavy metal music.” The overarching lesson that Malvicino took away from his research comes down to a single word: diffusion. Custom-made diffusors line the wall and ceiling of the 22×14-foot recording room, which also features acoustical clouds suspended from the ceiling with absorptive inserts, controlling flutter reflections between the floor and ceiling; the room also has reversible panels that have absorptive material on one side and reflective surfaces on the others, providing variable acoustics that let the room’s inherent reverb time vary between 0.7 and 0.95 seconds. (Not a huge range, says Malvicino, but enough for the type of music the room is intended for.)
As Malvicino worked on the studio’s design, he also consulted with Cox, Lagudi and Pullman on what technologies to include in the studio. While there’s gear in there that any recording pro would appreciate – including Focusrite and Midas mic preamps, dbx and Empirical Labs compressors, and a microphone closet filled with names like Sennheiser, AKG, Neumann and Audio-Technica – there’s plenty of digital real estate, too, including an Avid Pro Tools HD Native system and plug-ins from Waves, Antares, Sonnox and Metric-Halo. And although they looked at vintage consoles, the team decided on something more modern for the 23×18-foot control room: a 24-channel Neve Genesys desk with 1073 pre-amps, 1084 EQs and Encore automation with Total Recall. Monitoring is handled by two Genelec 1037C Tri-amplified Monitors for mains and Yamaha NS10′s for nearfields.
Cox, who is driven and was tracking within days after the facility’s completion, cites the studio’s dbx and Empirical Labs compressors, which he says give metal and hard rock drums and guitars their edge. Conclave Studios offers Cox’s interpretation of a metalhead’s dream signal chain, starting with a Peavey 6505 amp head through a Mesa Boogie 4×12 cabinet. But he’s not dogmatic about it. “We just want to become the center of metal here,” he states. “It’s not about making money; it’s about the music, so we’re here to accommodate whatever these artists need and what best suits their sound.”
Cox appreciates the input he’s gotten from Pullman and GC Pro. “They’re exceptionally knowledgeable and flexible, but what I especially like is that they stay with you,” he says. “They understand that the process of building a studio from the ground up is a long-term relationship and requires patience. If someone’s just trying to sell you a product, that’s not going to work. So much of this was working through all the details and nuances of the design. That’s what Milo and Horacio did.”
For more information, please visit www.gcpro.com.
Photo Caption: As part of his Moonshine Jungle Tour 2014, GRAMMY®-winning singer-songwriter and producer Bruno Mars recently performed on stage at Wireless Festival in Finsbury Park on July 6, 2014, in London, United Kingdom, using the Audio-Technica Artist Elite® 5000 Series with AEW-T6100a Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphone/Transmitter. More information at http://www.brunomars.com/. Photo by Joseph Okpako/Redferns via Getty Images. (This photo is the property of Joseph Okpako/Redferns via Getty Images and may be used by the press only for the purpose of one-time reproduction. Unauthorized use, alteration or reproduction of this photograph is strictly prohibited.)
NATICK, MA, July 21, 2014 — Genelec, the world’s pioneer in active monitoring, is now shipping its 1237A and 1238A Three-way Smart Active Monitors™ (SAM™).
The 1237A and 1238A are three-way SAM monitors featuring on-board intelligence that allows them to automatically adapt to their environment by tuning the frequency response to compensate for acoustical room influences, as well as achieve perfect alignment of levels and distance compensation at the listening position. Both models can be either freestanding or flush-mounted. The flush versions benefit from a powerful new RAM L rack-mount amplifier that can also be removed from the loudspeaker cabinet when the monitor is flush mounted.
These models are based on the highly successful and much respected 1037A and 1038A. They share the same DCW™ (Directivity Control Waveguide™) technology and cabinet design, with the addition of Genelec DSP to allow compatibility with all standard AES/EBU digital audio formats as well as traditional analog signals.
The 1237A and 1238A also feature Genelec’s ISS™ (Intelligent Signal-Sensing technology), which was developed to meet EU ErP Directives and the company’s own wider sustainability commitments. ISS minimizes energy waste and significantly reduces power consumption when items are left in standby mode by monitoring input connectors to detect if the monitor or loudspeaker is in use. If the audio input is large enough, the product will quickly come out of the stand-by mode and continue to function. However, if the ISS circuit is not finding any audio on the input for a (user definable) period of time, ISS automatically puts the loudspeaker amplifier to a low-power sleep state where the loudspeaker will consume less than 0.5 watts of power.
The 1237A features a 12″ (300mm) bass driver, 5″ (130mm) Genelec midrange driver and a 1” (25mm) metal dome tweeter, where the mid- and the high-frequency drivers are mounted in Genelec’s proprietary Directivity Control Waveguide (DCW), which allows the system to reproduce flat frequency response both on and off its acoustical axis, thereby allowing for a wider sweet spot. Each one of the system’s drive units has its own amplifier module – 500W for the bass driver, 250W for the mid range and 200W for the high range. Frequency response runs from 37Hz up to 20 kHz +/- 2.5dB. In real life studio conditions a pair of 1237As can produce peak levels of 122dB SPL at 2 m distance.
The 1238A features a 15″ (380mm) bass driver, 5″ (130mm) Genelec midrange driver and a 1″ (25mm) metal dome tweeter, where the mid- and the high-frequency drivers are mounted in Genelec’s proprietary Directivity Control Waveguide (DCW). The woofer amplifier is 500W, midrange amplifier is 250W and tweeter amplifier is 200W. Frequency response runs from 35Hz up to 21kHz +/- 2.5dB. In real life studio conditions a pair of 1238As can produce peak levels of 124dB at 2 m distance.
U.S. MSRP Pricing:
1237A – $7,595.00
1238A – $10,900.00
For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com/.
— Workshops, papers, networked audio sessions and others will offer discussions on the latest developments in recording, live sound, broadcast and streaming, gaming audio and much more —
New York, NY, July 21, 2014 — The preliminary Technical Program is now online for the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, which will take place Thursday, October 9, through Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. AES137 is gearing up to be bigger and better than ever before, with top professionals and audio enthusiasts in attendance for three days of exhibits and four days of content tailored to those in the fields of recording, broadcast and streaming, live sound, audio for gaming, mixing and mastering, system integration and more. Taking place in the heart of the revitalized L.A. Live entertainment district in downtown L.A., AES137 will feature a comprehensive Technical Program that includes Paper Sessions, Workshops, Special Events, Student & Career Development Events, Network Audio Sessions, Broadcast & Streaming Media Sessions, Product Design Sessions, Historical Events and Standards Committee meetings.
The itinerary of Workshops is growing, with more presenters and topics being added by the week. More than a dozen Workshops are currently confirmed, with sessions including “21st Century Vinyl,” “Using AES67 Networking,” “Analog Tape in a Digital World,” “State of Digital Distribution,” “The End Is Near! The Pressing Need to Preserve Historic Analog Sound Recordings: An Overview of Strategies and Best Practices” and more. Additionally, several dozen Paper presentations are already scheduled, grouped by topics including Spatial Audio; Transducers; Room Acoustics; Cinema Sound, Recording & Production; Perception; Education; Signal Processing; Applications in Audio; and Audio Signal Processing.
This year’s Networked Audio track, chaired by noted networked audio engineer Tim Shuttleworth, explores the ever-broadening applications of digital audio on local and wider area networks – of particular interest to recording engineers and studios, FOH/live sound engineers, and contractors and system integrators. From Audio-over-IP used across continents in the broadcast sector, to super-low-latency audio transfer in the studio environment, to low-latency systems for live sound reinforcement in fixed installations and touring systems, the medium of choice is increasingly a high performance Ethernet/TCP/IP network. Workshops and Tutorials will cover the history of audio networking as well as leading-edge developments, with session titles including “Using AES67 Networking — Practical issues in AES67 Deployment”; “Software Tools for Telematic Performances”; “Large Scale AVB Networks/AVDECC Control”; “Implementation of a Large Scale Ethernet AVB Audio Network at ESPN”; and “Using Audio Content Over IP Technology in Public Radio.”
AES Executive Director Bob Moses stated, “We are more excited than ever to be presenting such a wide range of topics at AES137, and we are extremely lucky to be welcoming some of the audio industry’s top innovators to share their expertise with the rest of the AES community. As we say, ‘If It’s About Audio, It’s At AES,’ and that is eminently true for the upcoming convention in L.A. Whatever your specialty, there are sessions tailored to what you do that will feature insights into the latest technologies, industry trends and standards that you will hear about first at the AES convention. You really must not miss this one. See you in L.A. in October!”
Further detailed information on the AES137 Technical Program, visit http://www.aes.org/events/137/program/.
STOW, OH, July 21, 2014 — Audio-Technica, a leading manufacturer of wired and wireless microphones, headphones and accessory products for over 50 years, has recognized Los Alamitos, California-based Alliance Audio Visual Group as its Rep of the Year for the 2013/2014 fiscal year. The award was presented to Alliance’s Matthew Jensen, General Manager and Account Executive. Alliance represents Audio-Technica in the region of Southern California and Nevada.
Audio-Technica held the awards ceremony to honor its dedicated force of manufacturer’s representatives during the InfoComm Expo on June 18, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The A-T Rep of the Year recipient was congratulated for outstanding sales performance and bestowed with Audio-Technica’s beloved Samurai doll award. Alliance Audio Visual Group was acknowledged for its consistent success in the areas of sales, marketing and customer service.
David Marsh, Audio-Technica Director of Sales, Professional Markets said, “We are proud to once again honor Alliance Audio Visual Group as our Rep of the Year. The Alliance team has continually distinguished itself with a high level of service and support. We appreciate the attention and level of service they give to their customers, and their knowledge of the A-T product line.”
For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.
Photo Caption: Pictured L-R: Doug Swan, Audio-Technica National Director of Sales & Marketing, Professional Markets; David Marsh, Audio-Technica Director of Sales, Professional Markets; Vince Mancuso, Audio-Technica National Sales Manager, Professional Markets; Matthew Jensen, Alliance Audio Visual Group General Manager, Account Executive; Jim Chase, Alliance Audio Visual Group Account Executive; Kenny Andrews, Alliance Audio Visual Group Account Executive; Andrew Pernetti, Audio-Technica Sales Manager, Professional Markets; and Philip Cajka, Audio-Technica President & C.E.O. Not available for the photo: Karen Lopez, Alliance Audio Visual Group Office Manager. Photo credit: Corey Walthall, Clyne Media.
BLUFFDALE, UT, July 21, 2014 — Listen Technologies Corporation, a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of assistive listening products, recently saw the installation of several of its infrared solutions at the National Judicial College (NJC) in Reno, Nevada. The infrared assistive listening system installed at NJC has allowed many students with hearing loss and language barriers to practice in the mock courtroom and participate in classes held in the space.
For more than 50 years, the National Judicial College has offered education and training for judges and mediators around the world. The on-campus courtroom is used for classroom activities and mock trials. While providing a place for most of its students to develop professionally, the NJC did not have the technology it needed for students with hearing loss and language barriers to fully participate. Courtroom settings, even mock environments, can be very difficult for people with hearing loss or language barriers. It is also essential that courtrooms offer secure privacy, as the information that is shared must be kept completely confidential. NJC wanted to create a real experience for its mock trial courtroom while providing an assistive listening system that would keep all the information discussed in the space completely confidential.
Infrared assistive listening systems are popular choices for courtrooms, as infrared signals do not go through walls; rather, they stay within the room or space where they are emitted. The NJC opted for a two-channel system from Listen Technologies so that they can use one channel for assistive listening and one channel for language translation. The mock courtroom contains interpretation boxes that are able to transmit translations directly to any attendee who needs the service.
All of this has resulted in a better educational experience for the students. It has also ensured that the college is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for assistive listening.
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