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THE RECORDING ACADEMY® PRODUCERS & ENGINEERS WING® FOCUSES ON RECORDED SOUND QUALITY AND ADVOCACY FOR MUSIC MAKERS

Over the course of the past decade, The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® has illuminated those who labor behind the scenes to create music by highlighting their achievements and educating about best practices. The P&E Wing provides a forum where all recording professionals — from producers, engineers and studio personnel to retailers, manufacturers and educators — can work together to preserve and grow their industry. Now, as both the music industry and consumers are rediscovering the value of high fidelity recordings, the Wing has taken a leading position with a revitalized effort to advocate and educate about the important role sound quality and audio professionals play in communicating the emotional and artistic intent of recorded music. As part of this effort:

*At the 131st AES Convention the P&E Wing will present a second iteration of GRAMMY SoundTables® “Sonic Imprints: Songs that Changed My Life” on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 2:30 p.m. at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Exploring music that has inspired and shaped influential careers, and moderated by GRAMMY®-winning engineer Chris Lord-Alge, the panel will feature a diverse, New York-centric group of panelists including producers/engineers Ken “Duro” Ifill, Steve Lillywhite, Ann Mincieli, Phil Ramone and Al Schmitt.

*In July, in a first-of-its-kind event, the P&E Wing brought music producers together in Washington, D.C. with Congressional leaders, including the Chair and Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, for meetings, a panel discussion and musical demonstrations. The event addressed pressing industry issues and provided insight into the essential role that producers and engineers play in the music recording process.

* A new version of the influential, committee-created white paper “Delivery Recommendations for Master Recordings” will be released in October reflecting current recommended best practices for master media delivery and storage, along with guidelines for delivery of audio mix stems and recording personnel credits.

*The establishment of a working council of audio manufacturers, retailers, and other related entities with a stake in the future of high quality audio and a goal of working together to grow the professional audio industry. This group will hold its fourth meeting during the 131st AES Convention.

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Audio-Technica Names Doug Swan Director of Sales, MI/Pro Audio

Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 45 years, has announced the appointment of Doug Swan to the position of Director of Sales, MI/Pro Audio. Michael Edwards, Vice President Professional Markets, made the announcement and indicated that Swan’s appointment will serve to propel A-T toward continued growth in the Musical Instrument and Professional Audio market sectors.

In his new position, Swan will be responsible for the overall management of the MI and Pro Audio channel within Audio-Technica. He will focus on driving sales for A-T U.S. and its dealer network by working closely with A-T’s internal sales force and their accounts, as well A-T’s independent manufacturer’s representatives. Additionally, he will be developing new sales programs that will allow all dealers to grow and maintain even more profitability.

With an impressive background in music and business, Doug is a very experienced MI and Pro Audio industry professional who has lived in California and Florida for most of his adult life. In addition to managing his own rep firm, his previous positions have included sales and marketing responsibilities for Sennheiser USA and the Roland Systems Group.

“Doug is an industry veteran who has a rich history in both MI and Pro Audio,” stated Michael Edwards. “His extensive background in music, business and retail sales makes him uniquely qualified not only to lead our sales team, but also to work closely with and reinforce our unparalleled commitment to our dealers and end users. We welcome Doug to the Audio-Technica family, and I look forward to working with him.”

Please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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Audio-Technica Promotes David Marsh to Director of Sales and Marketing, Installed Sound & Broadcast

Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 45 years, has promoted David Marsh to the position of Director of Sales and Marketing, Installed Sound & Broadcast. Marsh’s appointment was announced by Michael Edwards, Vice President Professional Markets. In his new role, David Marsh will be responsible for managing and directing all sales and marketing activities within the Installed Sound and Broadcast markets.

Marsh has been with Audio-Technica since 2000, when he joined the company in the position of Customer Support representative. Over the past decade with Audio-Technica, Marsh was promoted to A-T’s Assistant Regional Manager and then on to Territory Manager, a position he held until his latest promotion. Marsh will help to identify emerging market dynamics and trends, while continuing to address the needs of contractors, consultants and end users, concerning the increasingly intricate requirements of complex installations and challenging applications.

“David has done an outstanding job in his past positions with Audio-Technica,” said Michael Edwards. “I’m confident that he will continue to thrive in this new leadership role.”

Please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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Remote Digital Media Chooses Audio-Technica Microphones and Wireless Systems to Capture the Audio on Food Network® Programs and Beyond

— RDM’s Kevin Hartmann says that A-T’s BP896 MicroPoint™ Subminiature Omnidirectional Condenser Lavalier Microphone is the smallest and the best-sounding lav he’s ever used—

— A-T’s dual-channel 1800 Series wireless system provides total redundancy on
remote shoots for celeb chef Rachel Ray’s regular forays into the field —

If high-definition broadcast video has made the offerings on The Food Network® look good enough to reach in and sample, Remote Digital Media (RDM) makes certain that the sound is equally enticing. RDM is an EMMY Award®- and Telly Award®-winning audio and video remote company based in Woodstock, New York, that handles audio for several of the network’s most popular programs, including Next Great Baker and Rachel Ray. To get great sound, RDM uses microphones and wireless systems from Audio-Technica on all of its shoots. For instance, RDM has used the Audio-Technica dual-receiver Artist Elite® 5000 Series frequency-agile True Diversity UHF wireless system all nine seasons of reality show Chopped. On Rachel Ray, RDM employs the A-T 1800 Series Camera-mount Dual-channel UHF wireless system as well as the ATR5200 Monophone/Dynamic Boom Microphone Combination Headset. Many shows will also benefit from the Audio-Technica BP4071 Line + Gradient Condenser shotgun microphone for audience and ambience capture, which allows RDM to create a “seamless transition” between onstage and offstage audio.

Kevin Hartmann, one of two owners of RDM, is also its Head of Audio. (Sandor Bondorowsky is Hartmann’s partner and oversees the company’s video operations.) “These shows are about food, but they are actually reality shows, and you have to approach the audio that way,” explains Hartmann, who also uses A-T microphones and wireless systems on other projects, including audio for numerous MTV music shoots and for Inside the Actors Studio, whose host, James Lipton, he says, is a huge fan of Audio-Technica’s BP896 MicroPoint lavalier. “The MicroPoint is the tiniest lav I’ve ever seen, and on reality shows, the key is the ability to be able to completely hide the microphone yet still get great sound and a reliable signal. The MicroPoint does all of that and does it better than any other lav out there,” Hartmann adds. Bakers’ white tunics, he notes, offer the perfect opportunity to keep lavaliers well hidden.

Hartmann says that A-T’s system designs are what put it out in front of the pack. “People think that RF performance is all about power, but the fact is that it’s really about tuning – the ability to understand the environment you’re working within in terrestrial TV and build your RF system around that. The A-T systems give me a high degree of control over my RF.”

Hartmann uses the 1800 Series camera-mount wireless system because it gives him ENG-quality audio when doing remotes for celebrity chef and host Rachel Ray. “I’ve been using that and the 5000 Series Wireless on her remotes since the show began six years ago,” he says. “The sound quality and reliability are the best. In fact, one of the main reasons I’m drawn to Audio-Technica equipment is that it’s so reasonably priced – nothing in its price point can touch its performance, and it actually sounds better than microphones costing far more money. It’s just very, very good, reliable equipment.”

Please visit www.audio-technica.com for more information.

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Blackstar Amplification Expands HT Venue Series with HT Club 50H Head and Limited Edition Bundle Package in the U.S.

— 50-Watt head is available alone or with matching 4 x 12 HTV-412A cabinet —

Blackstar Amplification is expanding its popular HT Venue Series of combo tube amplifiers to include the HT Club 50H head, available alone or with the matching HTV-412A cabinet as a specially priced, limited-run bundle (HT50STACK) in the U.S. The HT Club 50H provides 50 Watts of power, and is based on the features of Blackstar’s popular HT Club 40 Combo amp.

Offering two channels and four modes, the HT Club 50 Head is ideal for creating a full or half stack for club-sized venues. The preamp stage offers 2 x ECC83/12AX7 vacuum tubes. The 50-Watt EL34-driven power amp has amazing punch and dynamics that easily cut through in any band situation. The matching HTV-412A cabinet features four Celestion 12” speakers.

Each channel features an independent Voice switch that greatly enhances the tonal versatility. The Clean channel provides Boutique or Modern voicings; the Overdrive channel offers a choice between Classic and Modern. The three-band EQ is augmented by the Infinite Shape Feature (ISF), which works with the EQ to provide infinite new tone-shaping control. Equipped with digital reverb (including a Dark/Bright switch), emulated output and an effects loop, the HT Club 50H is designed to be a solid and flexible tube head for nearly any gigging situation. A 2-way footswitch is included.

Pricing is as follows:

HTCLUB50H 50 Watt Venue Series Head U.S. MSRP $879.99
HTV-412A 4×12 angled Cabinet U.S. MSRP $749.99

Authorized Blackstar Dealers in the U.S. will be offering the HT50STACK at a special introductory price of $999.99 for a limited time.

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

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THE RECORDING ACADEMY® PRODUCERS & ENGINEERS WING® PRESENTED GRAMMY SOUNDTABLES® AT THE 131ST AES CONVENTION

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (October 25, 2011) — At the 131st Audio Engineering Society Convention in New York City, The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® presented GRAMMY SoundTables® on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. The event, titled “Sonic Imprints: Songs that Changed My Life,” explored music that inspired and shaped the careers of recording industry influencers. Songs chosen by panelists and played for the audience ranged from U2′s “Vertigo” to Alicia Keys’ “Superwoman” to Henry Mancini’s “Peter Gunn.” Moderated by GRAMMY®-winning engineer Chris Lord-Alge, the panel featured a diverse group of GRAMMY-winning producers and engineers who shared personal stories behind the songs, discussed engineering techniques, and highlighted the varying textures of the works that inspired them.


Photo Caption: Pictured L-R: Panelist Al Schmitt, P&E Wing Sr. Executive Director Maureen Droney, moderator Chris Lord-Alge, panelists Phil Ramone, Ken “Duro” Ifill, Steve Lillywhite and Ann Mincieli. Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy®/Wireimage.com © 2011 Photographed by: Gary Gershoff

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THE RECORDING ACADEMY® PRODUCERS & ENGINEERS WING®, APRS AND SPARS HELD IN THE MIX® AT AES 2011

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (October 25, 2011) — On Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®, APRS and SPARS presented In The Mix® at AES, bringing producers, engineers and industry professionals together for a cocktail reception and awards presentation. Celebrating excellence in professional audio, APRS recognized GRAMMY®-winning producers Steve Lillywhite and Geoff Emerick with the Sound Fellowship Award and SPARS honored Joe Tarsia with the Legacy Award. The event, hosted by Recording Academy P&E Wing Sr. Executive Director Maureen Droney, was held in conjunction with the 131st AES Convention.


Photo Caption: Pictured L-R: GRAMMY®-winning engineer George Massenburg, GRAMMY-winning producer/engineer Elliot Scheiner, producer/engineer/mixer, founder of Sigma Sound Studios and SPARS Legacy Award recipient Joe Tarsia and GRAMMY-winning producer/engineer Al Schmitt. Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy®/Wireimage.com© 2011 Photographed by: Gary Gershoff

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THE RECORDING ACADEMY® PRODUCERS & ENGINEERS WING® HOSTED FOURTH MANUFACTURER BREAKFAST AT AES 2011

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (October 25, 2011) — The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Manufacturer Breakfast was held on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, during the 131st Audio Engineering Society Convention. This group of industry leaders — dedicated to the advancement of sound quality and to the overall growth of the professional audio industry — met to share ideas and discuss issues with the goal of raising awareness about the importance of high-quality audio and the professionals who create it. Members of this meeting included GRAMMY®-winning producers, engineers, audio professionals and top pro-audio manufacturers.

Photo Caption: Representatives from companies including API, Audio-Technica, Avid, Focusrite Novation Inc., Fraunhofer IIS, Harman Professional’s AKG and JBL, Manley Labs, Music Marketing, PMC, Prism Media Products, Radial Engineering, Royer, Sennheiser, Shure, Sonnox, SSL, Waves Audio, and Yamaha joined members of the P&E Wing Advisory Council and Editors from Mix Magazine and Pro Sound News. Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy®/Wireimage.com © 2011 Photographed by: Gary Gershoff

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THE RECORDING ACADEMY® PRODUCERS & ENGINEERS WING® PRESENTS GRAMMY SOUNDTABLES® AT THE 131ST AES CONVENTION

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Diverse Group of High-Profile Producers and Engineers Will Gather to Dissect the Songs That Have Made an Indelible Impact on Their Careers

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (October 13, 2011) — The GRAMMY SoundTables® at this year’s 131st AES Convention will be presented on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at Room 1E 15 and 16 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Back by popular demand, the P&E Wing will present a second iteration of “Sonic Imprints: Songs that Changed My Life” that will explore the sounds that have inspired and shaped careers of influencers in the field. Moderated by GRAMMY®-winning engineer Chris Lord-Alge, the panel will feature a New York-centric, diverse group of panelists including GRAMMY-winning engineers Ken “Duro” Ifill, Steve Lillywhite, Ann Mincieli, Phil Ramone and Al Schmitt, with more to be announced shortly.

Chris Lord-Alge is one of the more

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VOX Amplification Now Shipping VTX150 Neodymium from Its Valvetronix Line

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— Flagship VOX modeling amplifier includes extras —

MELVILLE, NY, October 11, 2011 — VOX Amplification is now shipping the new Valvetronix Pro VTX150 Neodymium, expanding its popular Valvetronix series of modeling amplifiers. This combo amp features 150 Watts of power into a 12� Celestion VOX NeoDog speaker.

At the heart of every Valvetronix amp is the “Valve Reactor� circuit. First introduced in 2001, the Valve Reactor circuit uses a real vacuum tube to provide all Valvetronix amps with true tube tone. For the VTX150 Neodymium, the Valve Reactor circuit has been enhanced, using an EL84 tube in place of the traditional 12AX7 tube to create a sonic signature.

The VTX150 Neodymium boasts 44 amp models – the most in any Valvetronix amp. For each of these 44 amp models, the VTX150 Neodymium provides three variations – Basic, Effect and Song – more

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