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— 231st Guitar Center location features on-site lessons and repair services, along with GC’s vast inventory selection —
Westlake Village, CA (July 25, 2012) – On the evening of Thursday, July 12, 2012, Guitar Center held the grand opening of its new location in San Mateo, California, located at 53A W. Hillsdale Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94403. Guitar Center San Mateo is Guitar Center’s 231st retail location.
Guitar Center San Mateo’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 also included a free performance, in addition to ongoing workshops throughout the next two months.
Guitar Center’s newest San Mateo 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 San Mateo 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 San Mateo 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 San Mateo is offering 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.
San Mateo 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 San Mateo inventory, but it also provides easy access to $400 million in new and used inventory located in hundreds of 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 San Mateo store, Guitar Center offers nationwide programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight the nation’s most promising undiscovered talent. San Mateo 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 that aims to find the nation’s best unsigned singer-songwriter. The winner receives a career-altering prize package including 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. This year’s winner, Jonathon “Boogie” Long, performed alongside GRAMMY-winning guitarist Warren Haynes at the Grand Finals in LA, and won an incredible prize package 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 San Mateo is open seven days a week. Store hours are 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Saturday; and 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday.
— Piazzini acts as a resource for fellow live engineers, demonstrating Waves plugins and
converting the unconverted —
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, July 24, 2012 — Spain-based live engineer Fabrizio Piazzini, a veteran of concert tours and venues throughout Europe, has recently been appointed as a Live Product Specialist for Waves Audio, the industry-leading developer of professional audio digital signal processing technologies. Piazzini’s credits include such acts as Patrick Wolf, Tindersticks, Delorentos, Kula Shaker, Amy MacDonald and many others. In his new capacity, Piazzini will communicate with other live sound engineers across the continent, demonstrating Waves plugins and typical workflows. “They become engrossed. Once they see how they can integrate plugins in their live workflow, they are hooked. It’s a simple job, really!” he notes.
Piazzini is currently finishing off a stint of promotional gigs with Amy MacDonald, where he has been using a Waves MultiRack Native setup, as most of the gigs are on analog consoles. He executes all vocal processing on his laptop, using the following Waves plugins: C6 Multiband Compressor, SSL G-Channel, Doubler and IR1 Parametric Convolution Reverb.
As Piazzini notes, the biggest challenge in spreading the word to live engineers is breaking them of old perceptions. “It can be hard to get rid of the stigma that plugins are only for the studio. The paradigm is shifting, and consistency can be achieved with different platforms – you can take presets across different sessions and different desks very easily. Once I can communicate these concepts to engineers, they are on board, and once they see what we can do with Waves plugins in a live setting, they can’t wait to get out there and do it themselves. I am proud to be an ambassador for Waves, and I look forward to continuing in my new capacity as Waves Live Product Specialist.”
“Waves is delighted to have Fabrizio Piazzini onboard as a Live Product Specialist,” said Mick Olesh, Waves Senior Vice President. “His vast experience and expertise are true assets to the company, and we look forward to his spreading the word and educating the live sound community about our technologies.”
Visit www.waves.com and www.waveslive.com for more information.
STOW, OH, July 24, 2012 — Audio-Technica is pleased to announce that Wadsworth, Ohio-based Online Marketing has been presented with A-T’s prestigious President’s Award, for their work representing Audio-Technica in Indiana and Kentucky. Additionally, the firm sells Audio-Technica professional products to retailers and sound contractors in Ohio, Michigan, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Online Marketing Sales Associate Steve Grigdesby accepted the award, which recognizes a leading manufacturer’s representative for outstanding commitment and dedication during the Audio-Technica 2011/2012 fiscal year. The award was presented by Philip Cajka, Audio-Technica U.S. President and C.E.O., and Michael Edwards, A-T V.P. Professional Products. Also in attendance were Brian Strong, A-T Territory Manager, Professional Products; David Marsh, A-T Director of Sales & Marketing, Installed Sound & Broadcast; along with Online Marketing personnel Mike Wuellner, Principal; and Jon Johnson, Sales. The A-T President’s Award was presented at a ceremony during the 2012 InfoComm Expo on June 13th in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Michael Edwards commented, “Online Marketing has been presented with this honor for their strong dedication to sales performance, customer care and the marketing of the A-T brand. The Online Marketing team has a vast base of knowledge and experience, in addition to their fierce work ethic. We are proud to give them this honor, and extremely grateful for their continued service.”
For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.
— Aphex® Xciter Pedal takes the legendary processing power of Aphex’s Aural Exciter® and Big Bottom® technologies and uses them to bring out natural tones and define the sound so it never gets lost in the live mix —
BURBANK, CA, July 24, 2012 — With the use of full rock-band instrumentation in contemporary worship becoming the norm, so has the seemingly never-ending struggle for acoustic instruments to keep up with the rest of the band when it comes to volume. Andrew Groover, lead singer and acoustic guitarist for the McKendree United Methodist Church’s Praise Team in Lawrenceville, Georgia, knows that feeling: “It was always hard to get the acoustic guitar to sit right in the mix, either because it wasn’t loud enough or because you begin to lose some of its tone as you push it up in the mix, and the volunteers who run the mix often don’t know how best to present an acoustic guitar in the PA system,” he explains. Those days are over since eight months ago, when Groover began using the Aphex® Xciter Pedal, which brings the power of Aphex’s legendary Aural Exciter® and Big Bottom® technologies to the stage.
Noting that the McKendree Church’s PA system and FOH console are adequate but older and not state-of-the-art, the Acoustic Guitar Xciter setting on the Aphex Xciter Pedal essentially lets him easily enhance the system for his instrument without adding noise or additional gain to the PA: “The Xciter Pedal lets me dial in what I need to pull the natural tone of my guitars out and get them into the PA,” he says, referring to the two Taylor acoustics – 414 and T5 – that he plays at Sunday services. “It brings out the color and the richness of the guitars’ own sound and lets me get it intact through the PA. It allows it to stand out in the overall mix.”
Groover says a friend turned him onto the Aphex Xciter Pedal, and ever since it’s been an integral part of his guitar setup on stage. “I’m pretty neurotic about how my guitar sounds – I used to spend half of the rehearsal time trying to get it just right,” he says. “The Acoustic Xciter setting gives me the ability to find the sound I want quickly. It’s a great plug-and-play box. I’m not competing with the rest of the band anymore. I’m right where I need to be.”
About the Aphex Xciter
Aphex Xciter pedals are designed to deliver the sonic enhancement the Aural Exciter has been justifiably famous for, taking it out of the studio and onto the stage.
• The Acoustic Guitar Xciter setting is designed for any acoustic instrument with active or passive pickups. Voicing is clean and open, articulation is clear and crisp, and musicality is dramatically improved.
• The Bass Guitar Xciter setting is ideal for any electric or acoustic/electric bass with piezo or magnetic pickups, whether active or passive. Deep tones ring truer, tone is more sustained, slaps and pops cut through without overpowering.
•The Electric Guitar Xciter setting is designed with electric guitar in mind, and works with any axe outfitted with magnetic coil pickups. It increases tonal range and expression, whether running clean or overdriven, adding power and attack without increasing output level.
Legendary musicians such as Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Led Zeppelin have relied on the Aphex technology behind the Xciter pedal for years and used to rent Aphex products for thousands of dollars for audio mastering.
For more information, please visit www.aphex.com.
Framingham, Massachusetts, July 18, 2012 – Products from the Bose® Professional Systems Division are becoming the systems of choice for leading designers, system integrators and contractors. From houses of worship and educational facilities to theaters and other fixed-installation projects, these audio professionals have been responding overwhelmingly positively, and specifying and installing systems using Bose’s RoomMatch™ array module loudspeakers and PowerMatch™ configurable power amplifiers, and employing Bose’s proprietary Modeler® sound system design software to aid in the design process.
RoomMatch loudspeakers deliver concert-quality sound for fixed installations in almost any room size, shape, acoustic requirement or budget. Using proprietary technologies, RoomMatch modules form a new class of progressive directivity arrays that allow designers to tailor the sound coverage of arrays to that of the audience area, while delivering seamless audio quality, with consistent front-to-back and side-to-side tonal ßbalance. The PowerMatch PM8500 is a configurable professional power amplifier delivering concert sound quality for fixed-installation sound reinforcement systems. Both of these product groups were developed with close input from top minds in the industry, as well as customers in the field. So far, the industry response has been very positive.
Integrator Ron Simonson, President and CEO of Olympia, Washington-based CCI Solutions, stated, “The innovative part of RoomMatch is this ability to select different boxes that have horizontal coverage angles and vertical coverage angles that can be designed in combination with one another to produce a custom solution for each room that we’re designing. And so far, every project that we’ve done, we’ve matched RoomMatch speakers with PowerMatch amplifiers.”
Progressive Electronics Inc., a design and integration firm based in Raytown, Missouri, recently upgraded the sound reinforcement system at World Revival Church in Kansas City with a state-of-the-art RoomMatch array. Systems Design and Sales principal Steven Brown noted, “Bose is able to ‘paint’ the space, keeping all the direct energy on the floor and on the seats but off the walls so that it doesn’t take away from the clarity and intelligibility. I think a RoomMatch system is able to provide sound that’s natural and true to the source. The isolation that the loudspeakers provide onstage allows you to take care of the musicians and presenters in a unique way so that they can have the tools they need to present well.”
After listening to a demo, Nashville, Tennessee-based Steven Durr, Principal at Steven Durr Designs, added, “The RoomMatch speakers were so beautiful in the vocal range, and the intelligibility was gorgeous from the front of the room to the back. And the PowerMatch amplifier is really spectacular, and it’s really going to change the way that people do things.”
Ken Dickensheets, CTO/Principal Consultant, Dickensheets Design Associates, Austin, Texas, reflects on a recent installation at the 1,800-seat Interstake auditorium at the Oakland California LDS (Mormon) Temple: “The room is acoustically difficult. The overriding consideration was speech intelligibility with the added need for excellent musical quality. When we looked at other speaker systems we could address some of the issues but not all of them; this one addressed all of the issues. And the estimates for this system came in below comparable systems, so we had a lower cost and higher performance.”
Morten Jorgensen, Sr. Manager of the Americas Professional Systems Division, states, “We are very excited about the progress we have made over the past five years. We believe we are bringing legitimate products to fruition for the installed market that solve fundamental problems that the industry has struggled with for years. At the same time we are heavily focused on providing best-in-class sales, engineering, and after-installation support to our key partners. We trust this recipe will make us a reliable, go-to partner for consultants and integrators who strive for delivering unique, high-quality experiences to their customers.
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, July 16, 2012 — Waves Audio, the industry-leading developer of professional audio digital signal processing technologies, has announced that it has become a new member of the AVnu Alliance, an industry forum dedicated to the advancement and certification of Audio/Video Bridging (AVB) devices. As part of this relationship, Waves will be a presence at AVnu events and will encourage industry adoption of AVnu’s standards campaigns. By associating with AVnu, Waves is joining such leaders as Avid™, Cisco™, Dolby®, Gibson®, GM™, Harman, Intel®, Meyer Sound®, Sennheiser, Texas Instruments, Yamaha and many more.
AVnu promotes the adoption of the IEEE 802.1 Audio/Video Bridging (AVB), and the related IEEE 1722 and IEEE 1733, standards over various networking link-layers. The organization works to create compliance test procedures and processes that ensure AVB interoperability of networked A/V devices, helping to provide the highest quality streaming A/V experience. The Alliance will promote awareness of the benefits of AVB technologies and is collaborating with other organizations and entities to make use of this work in their respective efforts to provide a better end-user A/V experience. The Alliance is focused on applications of these technologies in the Automotive, Professional and Consumer Electronics markets.
Specifically, Waves is planning to collaborate with AVnu in the following ways: by having a strong presence at industry trade shows; by participating in AVnu’s flagship “Plug Fest” events; by encouraging AVB adoption by crossing platform boundaries (when Waves SoundGrid technology runs AVB, it is immediately available to all SoundGrid users); and more.
“AVnu Alliance is pleased to announce Waves as a member,” said Lee Minich, marketing chair for the AVnu Alliance. “Waves’ hardware and software signal processing spans the studio, live sound and broadcast markets, all of which will benefit from the adoption of standards-based, truly interoperable networked audio solutions.”
“We at Waves strongly support AVnu’s goals to provide the practical means to identify equipment conformity and test interoperability, and to educate our customers as to the values and benefits of AVB-based networked systems,” stated Gilad Keren, Waves CEO and Co-Founder. “Waves is dedicated to non-proprietary and standardized interoperability between systems, allowing our customers the freedom to use their plugin products anywhere and everywhere.”
Visit www.waves.com and www.waveslive.com for more information.
— Partnership with Panasonic System Communications Company of North America will enhance GC Pro’s installation services with expanded multi-media offerings, while providing Panasonic with penetration into additional market sectors —
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, July 16, 2012 — Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, is pleased to announce that it has been appointed as an authorized dealer for Panasonic professional products. The announcement was made by Rick Plushner, GC Pro Vice President, and reflects GC Pro’s ongoing expansion and dedication to providing turnkey solutions. As dealers, GC Pro locations will offer Panasonic professional projectors, cameras, recorders and display products.
Plushner stated, “As GC Pro has grown in scope, particularly with our Affiliate program, the installations projects have become more multimedia in nature, leading us to offer comprehensive turnkey solutions. By partnering with Panasonic, GC Pro is now offering a more complete approach to servicing our clients. We are not getting into the retail video business; rather, the application for these professional products is meant to enhance our installations business for many of our customers in the house-of-worship marketplace, recording and post-production communities, and general business-to-business applications. GC Pro has always offered high-end professional audio products, and now we’re excited to represent the most sought-after brand in the professional video business, rounding out our ability to provide complete cutting-edge installations.”
Bill Brennan, Senior Director, Category Sales, stated, “Panasonic is extremely excited about partnering with GC Pro, and supporting their go-to-market strategy. This relationship offers Panasonic the opportunity to expand our presence in markets that reach beyond our conventional customer base, and to approach clients from a unique perspective. I am extremely impressed with the passion and creativeness of the Senior Management Team and look forward to working and growing business together with GC Pro.”
Stephen Milley, National Sales Manager, Panasonic Professional Video Sales Channel, stated, “As part of Panasonic’s B2B initiative – the Panasonic System Communications Company North America – we are always looking for strategic partners that can integrate all of our various technologies seamlessly and have a client base to whom they can promote this portfolio on a national level. As a key partner, GC Pro is not only closely familiar with these technologies, but they are also able to penetrate market sectors that we are not strongly addressing at this point. This is a win-win situation, as GC Pro can now offer its clientele Panasonic professional broadcast cameras, video displays, projection etc., and Panasonic will grow its presence in new burgeoning markets, like house-of-worship, post-production and the musical entertainment industry, which GC Pro emphasizes as part of their core competency. Many of GC Pro’s customers have expanded their own areas of focus outside of simply audio, and we are proud to be able to partner with GC Pro to offer products to that end.”
Milley added, “Another thing that made GC Pro attractive to us as a strategic partner is that their parent company Guitar Center has a reputable, strong name that has clout in the industry, is financially sound and is a national company. This provides the foundation for GC Pro to grow, and the fact that they have 43 offices nationwide means further support of the Panasonic brand across the nation.”
For more information, please visit www.gcpro.com.
— “The PhantomFocus™ System (PFS) monitor tuning protocol is the holy grail of studio monitoring, period… I’ve never had mixes translate as well as they do from this system, and I feel like I have grown exponentially as a mix engineer since Carl brought his genius to our facility in Ohio.” – Chief Engineer Mark Abrams —
Nashville, TN: Cindy Vaughan, CEO of Vaughan Music Studios (VMS) in Columbus, Ohio, and Chief Engineer Mark Abrams, began their new studio project by driving down to Nashville to experience the PhantomFocus™ System (PFS) at a few of Carl Tatz Design LLC (CTD)’s award-winning studios. As is often the case, CTD’s services were hired on the spot to help VMS design a studio for their beautiful new school that would feature the PFS as a major teaching tool. CTD was able to provide a control room design for this vibrant music school, ensuring the success of the PFS.
“We’re implementing the PFS in more and more educational facilities because the recording department heads realize that there is nothing more important in the recording process than accurate monitoring,” comments CTD principal Carl Tatz. “Students are paying substantial tuition fees for their specialized educations, and they really deserve to experience state-of-the-art monitoring as part of that education, so that they can carry this knowledge into the real world. It doesn’t matter how great or expensive the monitors are; they can never approach the accuracy of the PFS because of the various boundary and modal issues in a control room – no matter how well designed by me or any other designer. What we are doing with the PFS using any brand of monitors is quite revolutionary, and there is nothing offered that compares to it.”
Chief engineer Mark Abrams goes on to say, “I am able to make mix decisions with more precision in less time. It has literally cut my mix time in half. I never go to the car with the fear of saying ‘where did X go?!’ anymore. It’s all about enjoying the music on the way home now.”
Abrams gleefully recalls, “During a recent open house, we had a line similar to a new roller coaster at an amusement park. Just like a roller coaster, the facial expressions were priceless. Typically within the first five seconds, the listener will turn around with their jaw wide open. I actually had to show one listener that there was not a center speaker placed behind the video monitor!”
Commenting on the student experience, Abrams points out, “As a teaching facility, we benefit greatly from the PFS, as it allows students to hear the changes they make on an EQ or compressor with ease. So many instructional facilities try to teach their students about the sonic subtleties of specific pieces of gear using inadequate monitoring. Our students are knocked out by the incredibly responsive performance of the PFS when they put their hands on the gear and make even the slightest adjustments. They can hear what they are doing, which ultimately leads to a better educational experience.”
BURBANK, CA, July 18, 2012— Aphex®, the leader in sound enhancement technology, has introduced HeadPod 4™, a compact, portable headphone amplifier capable of driving four separate stereo outputs with individual level controls from the selected input source. HeadPod 4 combines four independent Aphex stereo amplifiers and high quality converters in a rugged metal case and offers ultra low distortion and wide frequency response with headroom to spare.
Headphone amp designs built on a single channel of amplification suffer from degraded sound quality and volume levels when multiple, mismatched headphone loads are connected. HeadPod 4 overcomes the limitations of typical headphone amps through the use of four completely independent stereo amplifier channels that ensure minimum distortion and crosstalk regardless of the headphone loads connected, resulting in consistent volume levels, crystal clear audio and no clipping.
Top panel controls include a separate level control for each of the outputs together with a master level control, and an input source selector. The rear of the unit houses a pair of balanced quarter-inch jacks, a single stereo headphone extension input and a digital S/PDIF connection.
HeadPod 4 is suitable for a variety of applications, including desktop audio production, recording and broadcast studios, language labs, quality assurance listening stations, rehearsal and tuition rooms, and live sound venues such as houses of worship and schools.
— As he creates scores for programs like ABC’s Once Upon a Time, Isham looks to GC Pro for products, service and support —
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, July 12, 2012 — Award-winning composer Mark Isham has an impressive list of credits: scores for such films as Crash, A River Runs Through It, The Black Dahlia, Blade and dozens more, as well as TV shows such as Chicago Hope; a number of GRAMMY®-winning solo albums; and a number of other highly regarded collaborative projects. Recently, his focus has been on composing the music for the hit ABC television series Once Upon a Time, a unique recasting of fairy tale conventions in a semi-modern setting. As he composes at his home studio for this project and others, he again and again turns to Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, to source gear and provide ongoing service and support.
“I have had a long relationship with GC Pro,” Isham says. “A lot of my equipment has come through there. The GC Pro branch in Hollywood has been our go-to shop for years. I love working with them, because if I want to try something out, they just get it to us. They have a great department there.”
For each episode of Once Upon a Time, Isham composes in Apple Logic, adapting his established character themes and creating new ones when necessary, and records in Avid Pro Tools. A demo then gets sent to his producer and the show’s creators, who send their comments. Once the material has been approved, the show goes into production, and an orchestrator generates the full scores from Isham’s themes.
As one might expect, the layout and components of Isham’s main writing room have been fine-tuned over the years to be perfectly conducive to creativity and productivity. A Logic/Pro Tools setup faces one wall, and a mixing console faces the opposite wall. He has multiple sets of monitors for a TV-type setup as well as a fuller theater setting. The mixing room features an Avid-Euphonix console, accompanied by a 10-way speaker system with Class A amps. He uses M-Audio digital audio and MIDI solutions, plug-ins from Universal Audio and Tannoy monitors, among other gear.
Southern California-based GC Pro Account Manager Bill Learned has been one of Isham’s main contacts. He states, “Mark is a pleasure to work with. As an artist, musician and composer he stands apart from the herd. He continues to push himself to explore new territory musically and in doing so stays on the cusp of what modern day recording has to offer. We are proud that he chooses to rely on GC Pro for his various needs.”
For more information, please visit www.gcpro.com.
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