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Bose InfoComm 2012 Press Kit

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Audio-Technica InfoComm Press Kit

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Auralex 2012 InfoComm Press Kit

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Aphex InfoComm 2012 Las Vegas Press Kit

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Aphex® Displays Complete Range of Microphone Preamplifiers at InfoComm 2012

— Aphex® offers sound contractors and integrators microphone preamplifiers for a wide variety of applications, from a single channel with processing to comprehensively featured remote-controllable eight-channel units —

At InfoComm 2012, Aphex® (Booth C11142), the leader in sound enhancement technology, will show its complete range of microphone preamplifiers. Models on display include the versatile Channel; two-channel Model 207D; eight-channel remote controlled Model 188; and flagship eight-channel Model 1788A microphone preamplifiers for applications such as live sound, broadcast and recording.

The Aphex Channel features seven of the company’s renowned processing technologies, five of them patented, laid out in an intuitive, easy-to-use workflow beginning with the company’s patented Reflected Plate Amplifier (RPA) tube preamp. The single-channel 1RU unit additionally offers compression, gating, de-esser, parametric EQ and Aphex’s renowned Aural Exciter for improved detail and intelligibility, as well as Big Bottom bass enhancement. Additional front panel features include comprehensive metering, plus low jitter digital clock.

The two-channel Aphex Model 207D is also built upon the RPA tube mic and instrument preamp, and offers extremely low noise and high gain. The unit offers a rear panel mic input and front panel instrument input per channel, with AES3 and S/PDIF digital output plus Word Clock connections, and supports sampling rates up to 96 kHz. With its patented MicLim limiter preventing unwanted clipping, the Model 207D is the ideal front-end interface to any digital recording system.

The Model 188 is a 1RU rack-mountable chassis housing eight channels of Aphex transformer-coupled mic preamps with eight analog outputs. Two ADAT Optical outputs offer redundancy or may be used together for 2X sampling rates (SMUX). The Model 188 features may be remote controlled via MIDI over Ethernet, by using the optional 5200 interface and the Aphex 1788SW control software (PC/Mac) or by specific Avid control surfaces or Yamaha digital mixers. Alternatively it may be controlled by the 1788A-RC hardware remote.

The 1788A is Aphex’s flagship multi-channel remote-controllable mic preamp, and features eight balanced Jensen® transformer-coupled microphone inputs with two sets of analog outputs for each channel. The Aphex 1788A incorporates MicLim limiting on every channel to prevent input clipping, while the inclusion of LeNA, Aphex’s patented digitally controlled Low Noise Amplifier, allows the input gain to be adjusted in 0.25 dB steps without noise or glitches. The 1788A may be configured with an additional three digital outputs (24-bit AES/EBU and ADAT Optical), extending the versatility of the unit and allowing it to be used as a mic splitter. The 1788A may be remote controlled from Avid and Yamaha consoles using Aphex’s Model 5200 interface. Aphex 1788SW controller software (Win 95/98/2000/XP® or Mac OS X® compatible) displays all parameters, status information and metering for up to 16 units, and allows 20 user definable scenes to be saved, modified and recalled.
“Outside of our reputation for designing and manufacturing high-quality audio products, Aphex has one of the widest ranges of microphone preamplifiers available in the industry today,” stated Aphex Chairman/CEO David Wiener. “Because of the breadth of our product line, there is an Aphex preamplifier to suit every installation situation and client’s budget, all featuring, of course, our legendary Aphex sound.”

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THE RECORDING ACADEMY® PRODUCERS & ENGINEERS WING® AND THE TEXAS CHAPTER HOST “QUALITY AUDIO – THE FUTURE IS NOW,” FEATURING GRAMMY® AWARD-WINNING ENGINEER CHUCK AINLAY

As Part of the Texas Summer Speaker Series, the Event will take place Saturday, June 16, 2012

In its ongoing mission to promote both sound quality and the overall art and craft of recording music, The Recording Academy®’s Producers & Engineers Wing® and Texas Chapter will host “Quality Audio – The Future Is Now,” featuring GRAMMY® award-winning engineer Chuck Ainlay. As part of the GRAMMY GPS: Texas Summer Speaker Series, this event will offer members an up close and personal opportunity with Ainlay, who will discuss the current and future state of audio quality. This series will take place on Saturday, June 16, from 2 – 5 p.m.at the Studio CBC (located behind the Community Church, 2477 North Loop 1604 East in San Antonio, TX).

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.”

“We strive to provide our membership the most up-to-date information on the current state of recording technology,” stated Maureen Droney, Sr. Executive Director of the P&E Wing. “Our session with Chuck Ainlay reinforces the Wing’s position to advocate and educate on how important the role of sound quality is in communicating the artist’s vision in recorded music. Chuck’s passion for this subject along with his extensive and ever-growing discography puts him in the perfect position to share a unique insight on these topics.”

The program will be followed by a catered networking reception providing members the opportunity to continue the conversation. Admission is free for Recording Academy members. RSVP at RSVP_Texas@grammy.com.

About Chuck Ainlay:
Multiple GRAMMY and ACM Award-winning producer/engineer Chuck Ainlay is one of Nashville’s top recording engineers and a leading pioneer in the world of surround sound. Currently a member of The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing Steering Committee, he has recorded and mixed more than 200 albums, including work with legendary country music artists Chet Atkins, the Dixie Chicks, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Miranda Lambert, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, George Strait, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, and Lee Ann Womack. In addition, Ainlay has placed his distinctive production and engineering stamp on projects with mainstream pop artists such as Mark Knopfler, James Taylor, Peter Frampton, Lionel Richie, Melissa Etheridge, Everclear, Chuck Leavell and Sheryl Crow, earning him widespread international recognition. His work in 5.1 mixing has resulted in ground-breaking projects such as the 25th anniversary surround remix of Peter Frampton’s Frampton Comes Alive and the GRAMMY-winning 20th anniversary surround remix of Dire Straits’ Brothers In Arms.

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Music Mix Mobile (M3) Chooses Aphex® Model 188 Microphone Preamp for High-Profile Television Programs and Broadcast Events

— Aphex® 188 mic preamps that combine high efficiency with great sound for a variety of M3’s projects —

Music Mix Mobile (M3), a New Jersey/California-based remote recording, mixing and production company, are one of the most in-demand audio teams in the country, and their services have helped several television programs and large-scale events broadcast the highest quality audio. Such programs include The GRAMMY®s, The Latin GRAMMY®s, VH1 Storytellers, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’s live broadcast from the University of North Carolina, and the 2012 concert event commemorating the bestowing of The Gershwin Prize, among many others. A key part of M3’s signal chain is the Aphex® Model 188 Microphone Preamp, included as part of their recording and post-production infrastructure.

“The Aphex 188 is crucial to making the signal chain work efficiently and effectively,” states Joel Singer, Chief Engineer for M3. “We chose the Aphex 188 because it solves so many of the challenges that come with working on complex music programs in remote broadcast situations,” he says. “We can get 96 channels of microphones into a single 24-space rack, and that saves us critical space and weight. We can control the mic-pre’s remotely, which increases efficiency, and they have digital outputs, which further reduces space that would otherwise have been taken up with A-to-D converters. And the 188 sounds fantastic – they’re incredibly clear sounding and very musical. Combine that with all of the operational efficiencies they offer and the amount of functionality you get for the price and you see that they’re the best choice for this kind of work. That’s also why we have another 128 channels of Aphex 188s for our West Coast office. It’s a great device.”

The Aphex Model 188 provides eight high-quality Aphex transformer-coupled mic preamps in a 1U rack-mount chassis. Like the popular Aphex 1788A, all settings of the Model 188 can be remote controlled via Ethernet or MIDI, using the 1788A-RC remote or the 1788SW control software (PC and Mac). It can also be controlled via the Aphex 5200 interface from an Avid Pro Tools or Yamaha control surface. The Model 188 has an eight channel analog output as well as two ADAT Optical outputs, each carrying eight channels of audio. The two outputs can be used for redundant operation, or in combination for 2X sampling rates (SMUX).

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GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW NORTH PORTLAND, OREGON STORE

— 228th Guitar Center location features on-site lessons and repair services, along with GC’s vast inventory selection —

Westlake Village, CA (June 4, 2012) – On the evening of Thursday, May 24, 2012, Guitar Center held the grand opening of its new location in North Portland, Oregon, located at 1147 Hayden Meadows Dr., Portland, OR 97217-7547. Guitar Center North Portland is Guitar Center’s 228th retail location.

Guitar Center North Portland’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. Special workshops will continue throughout the first 3 months.

Guitar Center’s newest North Portland location features showrooms for customers equipped with the latest products – from guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards to live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment. The store also features Guitar Center Studios, an in-house, state-of-the-art lesson facility, which is already creating unrivalled opportunities for North Portland musicians of all ages and skill levels. Guitar Center Studios will provide 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 North Portland also features GC Garage, Guitar Center’s on-site guitar repair service. Musicians were able to try out the GC Garage for free on Grand Opening night, and with a guitar purchase, customers also received a free, 22-point personalized set-up.

As part of Guitar Center’s ongoing initiatives designed to educate and inspire artists nationwide, Guitar Center North Portland offers 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. North Portland 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 isle” include North Portland 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. Free Recording Made Easy classes are conducted every Saturday from 10:00 to 11:00 am for anyone who wants to make the exciting journey into recording their music.

In addition to special programs at the new North Portland store, Guitar Center offers nationwide programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight the nation’s most promising undiscovered talent. North Portland 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 Crue, 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. 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. The grand finale took place in Los Angeles on Feb. 18.

• 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 North Portland 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. – 8:00 p.m. Sunday.

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THE RECORDING ACADEMY® PRODUCERS & ENGINEERS WING® PRODUCES SPRING EVENTS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES

P&E Wing Continues Its Mission to Highlight Sound Quality and the Art and Craft of Recording

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (May 30, 2012) — As part of its ongoing mission to promote both sound quality and the overall art and craft of recording music, the Producers & Engineers Wing® of The Recording Academy® staged a series of events this spring that brought experts in music production to audiences in key markets including Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. These unique events are part of a longstanding commitment to share the invaluable experience of leading record producers, engineers, mixers and other audio professionals with the P&E Wing’s growing constituency throughout the U.S.

• On April 4, GRAMMY SoundTables® brought legendary engineer Al Schmitt to Chicago for an unforgettable night of education, anecdotes and great music with Behind The Glass With Al Schmitt. Moderated by Shure Inc.’s Mark Brunner, the event saw Schmitt provide the enthusiastic audience with priceless insights from his long and storied career, including tips for helping recording artists achieve their best performance and advice on maintaining longevity in a recording career.

• On April 5, the P&E Wing partnered with Musicians Institute in Los Angeles for A Conversation With Don Was. The multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning producer – including Producer Of The Year in 1995 – whose eclectic discography includes the B-52s, Garth Brooks, Bob Dylan, Al Green, Carly Simon, and the Rolling Stones, spoke to a packed house eager to hear his stories and advice. Was reflected on his early days as a session bassist, his struggles with the club circuit, how he learned to trust his instincts as a producer, how he is adapting to his new role as head of famed jazz label Blue Note Records, and finally further delighted the audience by closing with an impromptu acoustic performance.

• Also on April 5, on the other side of the country, Recording Academy Philadelphia Chapter members and Drexel University students gathered at Drexel’s Bossone Research Center for GRAMMY SoundTables: Behind The Glass With Jimmy Douglass And Justin “Just Blaze” Smith. A full house turned out to enjoy the conversation between two of the industry’s most active engineer/producers, moderated by P&E Wing Sr. Executive Director Maureen Droney. Douglass and Smith shared candid observations on the philosophy, psychology and art of record production, then answered questions and mingled with the audience at a post-event reception.

• On April 10, The Recording Academy Nashville Chapter and the P&E Wing hosted GRAMMY U: In The Studio at the legendary Nashville facility previously known as RCA Studio A/Javelina Studios and currently operated by respected recording artist Ben Folds. GRAMMY U® students from schools throughout Nashville got up close and personal as producer/engineer Jon Randall Stewart and the band 18 South recorded two tracks and explained the process. Attendees were able to sit among the musicians in the studio during tracking as band members discussed how studio roles interact throughout the recording process.

“This is just a small sampling of our events during one week,” said Maureen Droney, Sr. Executive Director of the P&E Wing. “P&E Wing membership overall is characterized by the willingness of so many of our members to share their knowledge and experience with others whose passion for music matches their own. It is truly an incredible community: a nationwide network that all year long, month after month, shares information that helps pass the torch forward, all in the interest of creating great music.”

Photo Caption: Recording Academy Philadelphia Chapter members and Drexel University students gathered at Drexel’s Bossone Research Center for GRAMMY SoundTables®: Behind the Glass with Jimmy Douglass and Justin “Just Blaze” Smith. Pictured L-R: Sr. Executive Director, Producers & Engineers Wing Maureen Droney, producer/engineer Jimmy Douglass; producer Just Blaze; producer & Philadelphia Chapter President Ivan Barias, producer Phil Nicolo; engineer Mike Tarsia, Executive Director, The Recording Academy Philadelphia Chapter Mark Schulz, mastering engineer Ryan Schwabe. Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy/Lisa Lake Photo Design/Lisa Lake. Photographed by Lisa Lake. ©2012.

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GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW STORE IN PASADENA, TEXAS

— Pasadena Guitar Center store is the latest location to open as part of GC’s ongoing 2012 expansion —

Westlake Village, CA (May 30, 2012) – On the evening of Thursday, May 10, 2012, Guitar Center held the grand opening of its new location in Pasadena, Texas, located at 5140 Fairmont Pkwy Pasadena, TX 77505. Guitar Center Pasadena is Guitar Center’s 227th retail location.

The Pasadena store opening is part of Guitar Center’s ongoing strategic expansion plan, and the grand opening event introduced customers to a vast selection of products and a dedicated staff with unparalleled musical knowledge and experience. To celebrate this event, 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 live performance on May 10, and free workshops continuing on May 23 and June 1.

Guitar Center’s newest Pasadena 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 also features Guitar Center Studios, an in-house, state-of-the-art lesson facility, which is creating unrivalled opportunities for Pasadena 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 Pasadena also features GC Garage, Guitar Center’s on site guitar repair service. Musicians could try out the GC Garage for free on Grand Opening night. With purchase of a guitar, customers also received a free, 22-point personalized set-up.

As part of Guitar Center’s initiatives designed to educate and inspire artists nationwide, Guitar Center Pasadena offers 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. Pasadena 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 isle” include Pasadena 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. Free Recording Made Easy classes are conducted every Saturday from 10:00 to 11:00 am for anyone who wants to make the exciting journey into recording their music.

Ongoing Guitar Center Initiatives
In addition to special programs at the new Pasadena store, Guitar Center offers nationwide programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight the nation’s most promising undiscovered talent. Pasadena 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 Crue, 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. 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. The grand finale took place in Los Angeles on Feb. 18.

• 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 Pasadena is open seven days a week. Store hours are 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 Friday; 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Saturday; and 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday.

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