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New Initiative Will Enhance Fans’ Music Discovery by Ensuring All Music Creators Are Credited for Their Work on Digitally Released Recordings
Honorary Ambassadors T Bone Burnett, Lamont Dozier, Sheila E, Skylar Grey, Jimmy Jam, RedOne, and Don Was to Help Generate Dialogue and Support for this Important Issue, with an Online Petition Available at www.givefansthecredit.com
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (August 23, 2012) — The Recording Academy® (www.grammy.com), the organization internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards®, is launching “Give Fans The Credit” — a new campaign that will help enhance fans’ discovery of new music by ensuring all music creators are credited for their work on digitally released recordings. Honorary Ambassadors who will help further awareness of this important initiative include: 12-time GRAMMY®-winning producer T Bone Burnett; GRAMMY-winning songwriter Lamont Dozier; singer/songwriter/percussionist Sheila E; singer/songwriter Skylar Grey; five-time GRAMMY-winning producer/songwriter Jimmy Jam; two-time GRAMMY-winning producer/songwriter RedOne; and three-time GRAMMY-winning producer Don Was. Additionally, an online petition for fans to sign and further information is available at www.givefansthecredit.com. For updates and breaking news, please visit www.grammy.com and The Recording Academy’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys, www.facebook.com/thegrammys.
“The staggering pace of digital innovation gives consumers access to more and more information, but in this case — digitally released music without liner notes — the music fan is getting less information,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “We can watch movies online with the credits included, and the same should be true for digitally released recordings. If music devices can access millions of tracks in the cloud, we’re confident we can find a way to acknowledge those who created the tracks here on Earth.”
Songwriters, non-featured performers, producers and engineers make significant contributions to recordings, but as liner notes are becoming less common, these creators rarely receive credit on digital music devices. Currently, the only credits consumers are generally able to see are the song title, album, and artist; but music fans should have access to additional information: the songwriter who composed the work, the producers and engineers who shaped the sound, and the musicians who brought the song to life.
The “Give Fans The Credit” campaign will address this issue on several fronts. First, music fans who want information about their favorite tracks can sign the petition at www.givefansthecredit.com. Second, the campaign ambassadors and other leaders at The Recording Academy will begin a series of discussions with digital music services to brainstorm ways to deliver more robust crediting information on digital music platforms. At the same time, The Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing® will continue its efforts to ensure accurate data is contained within the music files.
“By engaging consumers and the industry in this effort, we seek to give music fans the rich information and content they desire,” said Daryl Friedman, Chief Advocacy & Industry Relations Officer for The Recording Academy. “Discovery is a key part of today’s digital music services. By knowing who wrote, produced and played on the tracks, consumers will be able to discover even more great music. This will give both creators and fans the credit they deserve.”
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like “The GRAMMYs” on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs’ social communities on YouTube, Tumblr, Foursquare, GetGlue, and Instagram.
— Multimedia notebooks now feature studio-quality sound enhancement by Waves MaxxAudio —
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, August 15, 2012 — The Consumer Electronics Division of Waves, the industry leader in professional audio digital signal processing and recipient of a Technical GRAMMY® award, is proud to see its MaxxAudio technologies employed on new ASUS N Series notebook computers. This line of premium portable PCs will now have the audio experience to match, as the same award-winning Waves processors that are utilized to improve sound quality in the creation of the world’s most popular music, television, gaming, movies, and multimedia titles are now available for studio-quality sound at home, in the office or on the go. A major point of focus for ASUS is its unwavering dedication to customer satisfaction with every product. This commitment holds true with the new N Series of multimedia notebooks, which deliver ASUS SonicMaster Premium audio technology to ensure the utmost sound quality. It uses enhanced hardware alongside professional Waves MaxxAudio processing tools, further enhancing audio capabilities and taking sound experiences to the next level. In terms of aesthetics, an elegant ripple-effect speaker mesh conveys the flow of lifelike, high-quality sound, emphasizing the elegant design and powerful technology offered by the new ASUS N Series to consumers worldwide.
“We are pleased to be working with ASUS on their new product line,” stated Tomer Elbaz, General Manager of the Waves Consumer Electronics Division. “The new N Series models truly live up to the ASUS reputation as a trailblazer in the new digital era, and we are proud that Waves MaxxAudio technology can help take their audio to the next level.”
Jeff Yang, Marketing Director of the ASUS System Business Group, added, “As audio is becoming increasingly important in computing, we felt it important to work with Waves, the proven leader in the professional audio recording industry, for our new N Series. Now customers are able to get larger than life, immersive sound from their notebooks at home or on the go.”
For more information, please visit www.maxx.com.
— 233rd Guitar Center location features on-site lessons and repair services, along with GC’s vast inventory selection —
Westlake Village, CA (August 21, 2012) – On the evening of Thursday, August 9, 2012, Guitar Center held the grand opening of its new location in College Station, Texas, located at 1003 Harvey Rd. Ste 100, College Station, TX 77840-3752. Guitar Center College Station is Guitar Center’s 233rd retail location.
Guitar Center College Station’s grand opening introduced customers to a vast selection of products and a dedicated staff with unparalleled musical knowledge and experience. To celebrate the store opening, Guitar Center hosted a Grand Opening Weekend celebration featuring exclusive savings, gear giveaways and free events catered to local musicians. The grand opening events will also include a free performance and workshops throughout the next two months.
Guitar Center’s newest College Station location features showrooms equipped with the latest products for musicians — from guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards to live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment. The new store features Guitar Center Studios, an in-house, state-of-the-art lesson facility, which is creating unrivalled opportunities for area musicians of all ages and skill levels. Guitar Center Studios provides music lessons from beginner to advanced featuring certified instructors teaching world-class curriculum as well as one-on-one courses on Pro Tools, Logic Pro and GarageBand. Guitar Center Studios is now the most modern and affordable lessons facility in the area. Guitar Center College Station also features GC Garage, Guitar Center’s on site guitar repair service.
As part of Guitar Center’s initiatives designed to educate and inspire artists nationwide, Guitar Center College Station will offer unique opportunities for musicians to craft their skills, maintain their instruments and experience many other aspects of the music industry first-hand. Musicians interested in learning about the industry will be able to come to the store to interact with and pick the brains of several industry leaders. College Station shoppers are also able to enjoy Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which includes multiple combinations of product options to conveniently choose from. Not only does the “endless aisle” include the College Station store’s extensive inventory, but it also provides easy access to $400 million in new and used inventory located in hundreds of GC stores and warehouses across the nation. Customers have the ability to combine a myriad of in-store, online and phone options to purchase music equipment from anywhere they may be, allowing for a personalized and convenient shopping experience.
In addition to special programs at the new College Station store, Guitar Center offers nationwide programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight the nation’s most promising undiscovered talent. College Station residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing national events from their hometown:
Guitar Center On-Stage is an annual competition that provides unsigned artists the chance to open for established artists such as Motley Crüe, KISS and Jane’s Addiction.
Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter is an artist discovery program which aims to find the nation’s best unsigned singer-songwriter. Last year’s winner received a career-altering prize package which has included recording 3 songs with accomplished GRAMMY® Award-winning Producer John Shanks, recording time at Converse Rubber Tracks studio and $10,000 cash.
Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues is a nationwide amateur guitar skills competition with the goal of finding the next great undiscovered blues guitar player and The grand prize package is valued at over $50,000.
Guitar Center’s Drum-Off, entering its 24th year, is the nationwide search for the next great undiscovered drummer. Drummers from across the nation compete in the world’s largest drum competition, vying for thousands of dollars in prizes and the coveted title of Guitar Center’s Drum-Off Champion. The grand prize package is valued at nearly $50,000.
Guitar Center College Station is open seven days a week. Store hours are 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Friday; 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturday; and 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday.
Monday, August 27: Guitar Workshop with Dave Elitch (Drummer for The Mars Volta, Daughters of Mara) (7:00pm)
STOW, OH, August 16, 2012 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology currently celebrating “50 Years of Passionate Listening,” was proud to recently host A-T endorser Jim Brickman as he recorded segments for his radio show Your Weekend with Jim Brickman, currently celebrating its 15th year as a syndicated hit, at Audio-Technica’s studio at their Stow, Ohio headquarters on August 3, 2012. A-T products used during the session included the AT4047/SV Cardioid Condenser Microphones and ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones.
About Jim Brickman
Jim Brickman has revolutionized the sound of solo piano with his pop-style instrumentals and star-studded vocal collaborations. A native of Cleveland, Jim Brickman began playing piano at the age of five and studied music at the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music. Since the release of his debut album No Words in 1994, Jim Brickman’s romantic piano sound has made him the best-selling solo piano artist of our time. He has established a reputation for his collaborations with many gifted musical artists: Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Kenny Loggins, Michael W. Smith, Carly Simon, Herb Alpert, Collin Raye, Michael Bolton, Donny Osmond, and Olivia Newton-John. His signature style has brought him six Gold and Platinum albums, 30 charted adult radio hits, and two GRAMMY® nominations. He recently tied for most Number One albums on Billboard’s New Age chart, and he currently holds four of its Top 10 spots. Catch Jim Brickman On A Winter’s Night touring this holiday season. For a complete list of tour dates and details visit jimbrickman.com.
— Based on Auralex®’s popular ProPanel series, UtiliTek™ panels offer contractors and system integrators a cost-effective solution in acoustical control —
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, August 13, 2012 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and soon to celebrate its 35th anniversary, is now shipping its UtiliTek™ sound absorbers. Designed based on input from leading contractors and system integrators, the UtiliTek panels are similar in function, performance and design to Auralex’s acclaimed ProPanel series, but at an even more attractive price point that still yields top-notch aesthetics and performance. UtiliTek panels are fabric covered, acoustically absorptive panels designed to reduce unwanted room reflections and reverberation, providing a more accurate and articulate listening experience. UtiliTek panels are highly effective and lightweight, are composed of Class A fire-rated materials and feature a recycled absorbent core.
UtiliTek is available in four thicknesses and two edge profiles. The beveled-edge style is available in 2′x2′x1″, 2′x4′x1″ and 2′x4′x2″ sizes. The square-edge style is available in a 2′x4′x3″ size that is perfect for corner mounting between two walls or across wall/ceiling junctures for moderate low-frequency control.
“As part of our ongoing commitment to the sound contracting/fixed installation market sectors, we wanted to offer solutions for contractors working with the tighter budgets that are common in today’s economy,” stated Eric Smith, Auralex Founder and President. “UtiliTek panels can be employed in a wide variety of installations, including clubs, live performance venues, restaurants/bars, houses of worship, corporate, municipal and residential installations.”
For more information, please visit www.auralex.com.
— More portable, less expensive and lighter than Auralex®’s acclaimed HoverDeck™, the HoverMat™ isolates a drum set from the floor or a hollow stage, reducing coloration from floor resonance and improving sound isolation —
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, August 9, 2012 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and soon to celebrate its 35th anniversary, is now shipping its new HoverMat™ Isolation Platform. Like Auralex’s critically acclaimed HoverDeck™, the HoverMat isolates a drum set from the floor or a hollow stage, reducing coloration from floor resonance by decoupling the drum kit, thereby resulting in a tighter, more pure sound for both studio and live applications. The HoverMat differs from the HoverDeck by offering a solution that is more portable, lighter and easier to set up & tear down (it simply rolls up) and at a lower price point than the popular HoverDeck. The HoverMat takes up less cubic space than a similarly-sized HoverDeck setup.
The HoverMat comes as a 4′x6′ section of Auralex’s sound-deadening SheetBlok™ sound barrier material, covered with charcoal gray Ozite-type, commercial-grade, road-ready carpet, and is ideal for musicians on the go, worship groups, live performance venues, or anywhere a drum kit needs additional isolation.
For more information, please visit www.auralex.com.
— New app allows users to correctly configure and match the angling of stereo or surround-sound speaker systems —
NATICK, MA, August 8, 2012 — Genelec, the world’s longstanding pioneer in active monitoring, is proud to present the SpeakerAngle app for iOS devices, the first digital tool which allows anyone to correctly set and match the angling (“toe-in”) of both stereo and 7.1 surround sound speakers, helping to ensure optimum audio fidelity. Easy and intuitive to use, SpeakerAngle was co-developed by Genelec and AudioApps (a new mobile apps company) and is compatible with iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later and iPhone Touch 4th Generation and later. SpeakerAngle is available now at the iTunes App Store (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/speakerangle/id549033688?ls=1&mt=8), at a price of just 99 cents.
In the app, dedicated onscreen speaker icons move as the actual speaker is rotated, while number boxes below each speaker icon continuously display the angle of the speaker. The number boxes also change color to let users know when their speaker is angled within industry recommendations, and when it is angled to the same degree as the other one in the pair (i.e. left and right in stereo systems; front left / front right, rear left / rear right and side left / side right in 7.1 surround systems). Detailed information screens provide a tutorial on speaker angling, as well as step-by-step instructions for using SpeakerAngle.
“The new Genelec SpeakerAngle app is a convenient and intuitive way to quickly set and confirm the angle of your speakers in your listening environment,” stated Will Eggleston, Genelec USA Marketing Director. “This is a perfect tool for home theater owners, recording engineers, system installers and anyone else working to get optimum sound from any loudspeaker system. The possibilities are exciting, and we look forward to audio enthusiasts everywhere putting it to good use.”
To use SpeakerAngle, simply select the desired mode of operation (Stereo or Surround), then place your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch on top of the speaker your want to angle. Set the speaker so that it is facing straight towards you, then touch the corresponding speaker icon so that it lights up. Next, touch the icon’s number box to let SpeakerAngle know that the selected speaker is currently at “zero-axis.” Now physically rotate the speaker inwards (that is, towards the listening position). The selected speaker icon will move accordingly, and the number box below it will display the degree to which the speaker is angled. When the speaker is angled within the industry recommendation of 20 degrees to 45 degrees, the number box changes color, from red to green. When you touch the speaker icon once again (or select any other speaker icon), the number box changes color to orange, and “freezes” the currently displayed angle. Next, touch the paired speaker icon (for example, the right speaker in a stereo system if you have just angled the left speaker). Pick up your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and place it on top of that speaker, then touch the number box below the speaker icon. Physically rotate the speaker inwards until the number box changes color to yellow, indicating that this speaker is now angled to the same degree as the first one. To continue experimenting with different speaker angles, you can start from scratch at any time by pressing SpeakerAngle’s RESET button.
For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com/.
STOW, OH, August 8, 2012 — Audio-Technica U.S. announces the appointment of Javier Tiburcio as Training & Sales Support Specialist for the territories of Mexico and Central America. He will be responsible for providing product training and sales support to Audio-Technica distributors and customers in Mexico, Central America and South America, as he works as part of the team to grow the A-T brand and increase sales within these regions. The announcement was made by Philip Cajka, Audio-Technica U.S. President and CEO, and reflects A-T’s commitment to ongoing growth in the Latin American market.
Tiburcio has extensive and broad experience in microphone sales and training. A native of Acapulco, he has lived and worked his entire career in Mexico, and will continue to be based there. His previous positions at Hermes Music and Grupo Imis have included sales and marketing responsibilities for the A-T brand in Mexico.
An experienced musician and audio engineer, Tiburcio studied music at the School of SUTUM, and digital audio and audio for broadcasting at CECAT, gaining expertise in microphone placement for live sound and recording. He has visited music industry dealers throughout Mexico and conducted clinics and training seminars at a variety of music expos with musicians like Moderatto Drummer Elohim Corona.
“Javier is a tremendous asset for us to expand our sales and training strategies in Mexico, Central America and South America,” said Cajka. “He comes to Audio-Technica with a wealth of experience, and we look forward to all of the great things we can accomplish together.”
For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (August 7, 2012) — As part of its ongoing mission to promote both the highest sound quality and the overall art and craft of recorded music, The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® has been particularly visible lately, hosting several events highlighting industry leaders and sharing their thoughts on the current state of recorded music sound quality and its related issues and challenges.
On June 16, in San Antonio, the P&E Wing and The Recording Academy Texas Chapter hosted “Quality Audio – The Future Is Now,” featuring GRAMMY® award-winning engineer Chuck Ainlay (Miranda Lambert, Mark Knopfler, Lionel Richie). As part of the GRAMMY GPS: Texas Summer Speaker Series, this event offered members an up-close-and-personal opportunity with Ainlay, who discussed the current and future state of audio quality. Recently, Ainlay opined on the state of high-resolution audio in today’s music industry: “Mastered for iTunes, HD Tracks and premier headphones are all new consumer indications that there is a demand for high-resolution audio. We have to stop thinking that just because people have been listening on ear buds to low-res downloads, that is the way it will always be. The music we record today must exceed the resolution of tomorrow.”
A highlight of GRAMMY FutureNow, a day-long conference held on June 23 at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, Calif., produced by The Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter, was a presentation led by GRAMMY-winning engineer Andrew Scheps (Adele, Linkin Park, Red Hot Chili Peppers). Titled “Lost in Translation,” the presentation guided the audience through an auditory experience examining the difference between an artist’s mastered track and different consumer formats including vinyl, CD, MP3, AAC and streaming. A breakout session followed during which a standing-room-only crowd got more “ears-on” time with different formats and participated in a question-and-answer session.
On June 27, P&E Wing members and their guests spent a perfect summer evening at the idyllic Conway Recording Studios in Los Angeles for “From Mic To Mix” with Nathaniel Kunkel, presented by Harman brands AKG, JBL and Lexicon. Following an outdoor reception with eco-friendly cocktails by VeeV, guests filled Studio C for welcome remarks by P&E Wing Senior Executive Director Maureen Droney, P&E Wing Co-Chair Mike Clink, Conway Studios Owner Buddy Brundo and JBL’s Director of Marketing, Recording & Broadcast, Peter Chaikin. The main event featured two-time GRAMMY-winning engineer Kunkel manning the board in Studio C’s 5.1 surround-outfitted control room. Attendees observed as he live-mixed two sets by singer/songwriter Elaine Faye, who performed on stage in Studio C’s live room with her five-member band. The live room was also stocked with Aviom listening stations featuring AKG headphones, while Studio B housed Lexicon plug-in demos and offered the opportunity to be interviewed on camera for an upcoming Lexicon documentary.
On July 12 the P&E Wing and The Recording Academy Washington D.C. Chapter presented an evening with George Massenburg at Omega Recording Studios in Rockville, Maryland. Massenburg, the inventor of the parametric equalizer and currently an associate professor of sound recording at Schulich School of Music at McGill University, is a GRAMMY and Technical GRAMMY® Award-winning producer/engineer whose credits include Linda Ronstadt, Earth Wind & Fire and Little Feat. His presentation, titled “Adapting To Sustaining Technology Without Selling Your Soul” delved into the transformative nature of music listening and asserted that the music industry is entering a new period where increased bandwidth and other innovations open the door for new appreciation of excellence in audio.
— Jazz Theater performance venue on the top floor of a historic building in America’s Capital City of Jazz includes a recording studio that uses Genelec DSP monitoring —
NATICK, MA, August 7, 2012 — The Jazz Theater on the top floor of the Old U.S. Mint Building in New Orleans is designed around the music itself: the small (120-seat) rectangular room is intimate and acoustically pristine, fitted with complex movable panels that provide both diffusion and absorption while offering variable acoustics as they slide into place as needed for different types of jazz artists. As part of the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, the Jazz Theater is part of a larger museum that incorporates the State Museum’s already substantial collection of jazz artifacts, a collection that includes sheet music, manuscripts, photographs, records (including what is thought to be the first jazz recording, from 1917) and instruments such as Louis Armstrong’s first cornet.
The theater is a modular 4,000-square-foot performance space with a stage that can be configured multiple ways to accommodate any type of jazz genre. The venue has hosted several great performances since it opened in late 2011, and it’s recorded many of them via its state-of-the-art recording studio at the rear of the space, where reference speakers from Genelec, the world’s longstanding pioneer in active monitoring, serve as the monitor of choice. A pair of Genelec 8240A Bi-Amplified DSP Monitors, featuring Genelec Directivity Control Waveguide™ (DCW™) and the rounded edges and gently curved front and sides of the Minimum Diffraction Enclosure™ (MDE™), provide uncolored and utterly accurate imaging. A Genelec 7270A Active DSP Subwoofer provides additional low end, creating the ultimate stereo-and-sub monitoring system for music as nuanced as jazz.
“The Genelecs work amazingly well in this studio – their imaging and accuracy are the best,” says Sam Brandt, AV Designer on the project and a Senior Consultant with Akustiks, the South Norwalk, Connecticut firm that designed the Jazz Theater’s acoustics and AV systems. Brandt says the Genelec monitors are connected using their onboard AES digital inputs in combination with a digital-thru connection. “The ease of their setup and the way they sound are equally remarkable,” says Brandt. “They are impressive.”
For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com/.
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