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Ethan Mates Upgrades His Personal Studio with SSL Matrix

“Bottom line is, I can get stuff out of my room now that’s big-studio quality…that, to me, is the biggest thing”

LOS ANGELES – Solid State Logic is proud to announce that mixer, engineer and producer Ethan Mates has entrusted the SSL Matrix to deliver big-room results in his newly relocated purpose-built private studio. Mates has been using SSL equipment since the early 1990s, when he meticulously sliced and diced composite vocals in 4000G+ rooms for the biggest pop divas of our time, under the tutelage of Ric Wake in New York. A few decades and a cross-country trek to Los Angeles later, he’s had the pleasure of recording and mixing for acts like Tupac Shakur, Korn, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stone Temple Pilots, The Doors and many more. Threading much of this, Mates has also been an indispensable production member of nu-metal/rapcore outfit Linkin Park. For the group’s sixth studio album, The Hunting Party (2014, Warner Bros/Machine Shop), Mates recorded much of the material at Larrabee’s new Studio 4 on its classic 4000G, with Andy Wallace handling mix duties in their 9080K room. Meanwhile, Mates was looking for just the right console to tie his home facility together. He chose the SSL Matrix SuperAnalogue™ console to deliver the classic analogue SSL sound and flexibility he’d come to demand.

“I’ve always had some kind of studio at home, but I’ve never really mixed there – just tons of editing, production, programming, and writing for film and things like that,” says Mates. “I didn’t want to be completely in-the-box anymore. In searching for my console, I knew I wanted to have an SSL stereo bus, so that I would be summing through an SSL. That was imperative to me. Matrix just seemed like the obvious choice. The first couple of projects I mixed on the Matrix were smaller, more organic sounding, and I ended up taking it as a challenge to mix them the way that I used to do — rough mixes and just mixed it all by hand. I’m still learning things like A-FADA mode, but it was a really cool experiment…and a lot of fun. I really like having the routing capabilities of Matrix and the dedicated tactile monitor section. The big green button for flipping between analogue and Pro Tools® control is awesome. It makes a huge difference to my hybrid workflow! Plus, I totally love having 40 inputs on mix down, should I need them, and I have the Matrix effects returns all filled up with Pro Tools outputs. So, it’s just a really nice package for what I need.”

Mates recalls the first time hearing Matrix summing in action, saying it took him back to the 9K series. “You know, how SSLs have that familiar kind of mid-range area. Well, I just put up some stuff through the 2-mix, that I knew what it sounds like at the studio and was like, yeah, this sounds like SSL, this sounds totally familiar to me. Nothing exaggerated and nothing new, just familiar. I totally feel like I’m working on an SSL console with Matrix. The summing just lends this beautiful, collective, cohesive distortion. You know, one of my main problems – and that of all engineers, I think – inside the box has not always been the sound of individual channels, but rather summing through master faders. That’s when things start to fold and not be as big and cool anymore. The more you can spread out the mix and have it in the analogue domain, just so that it has that extra headroom to breathe, the better. With Matrix, that classic clean wide-open SSL sweet spot is clearly there. That’s the key to the whole thing for me.”

With a regained trust in his private studio, Mates views Matrix as both a wise music choice and great business decision. “I’d say maybe one out of every six clients that I have has the budget for me to sit in a huge room for $1,200 a day mixing,” he adds. “It’s just reality. So, if I’m not going to be in a huge studio, or I don’t want to pay $2,000 a month in air conditioning and electrical bills to have a G in my room, this to me is the best possible solution. Even if I’m just doing rough mixes or programming and I need to send somebody something, just being able to have the kind of quality that translates to other SSL studios all the time – it’s very important. So much of having skills as a mixer, producer or whatever is about having a foundation that you can work off, where there are just certain things that you know are right and sound right! When you’re mixing in-the-box, you’re constantly second-guessing your decisions. Having something like Matrix, where it sounds immediately familiar and I know how hard I can hit the bus and I know what the gain staging is going to be like, it just really makes you feel at ease and not have to worry about it at all.”

More about Ethan Mates: www.ethanmates.com

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast, live and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

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Professional Wireless Systems Sets the Stage with Wireless Equipment Package and Frequency Coordination Services for Univision’s Premios Juventud

MIAMI, FL, JULY 23, 2014 – When the world’s biggest Spanish-speaking celebrities gathered in Miami for the 10th annual Premios Juventud awards show on July 17 at the BankUnited Center, Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) was once again backstage with a custom RF entertainment and intercom package to manage frequency coordination for the festivities.

Presented by Univision, Premios Juventud (Youth Awards) is an awards show that nominates Spanish-speaking celebrities to celebrate their artistic achievements in 27 unique categories within the areas of film, music, sports, fashion and pop culture. In an interesting twist, the awards show asks the public to nominate their favorite singers, athletes and actors for award consideration and to then subsequently choose the winners through an online voting portal. Past winners include high-profile pop culture celebrities such as Shakira, Daddy Yankee, Antonio Banderas and Jennifer Lopez.

PWS has been providing equipment and handling wireless frequency coordination for the show since its inception in 2004. PWS managed a total of 130 frequencies for the main stage performances this year. In order to ensure that there were no signal interference issues, PWS utilized a wireless package from Sennheiser, which included 3732-II receivers with 5200-II handhelds and 5212-II belt packs. The crew also utilized a Shure Axient® Wireless Management Network along with Shure PSM1000 in-ear monitors. PWS primarily selected the Shure Axient for the show’s artist presenters, as it is a comprehensive, innovative and fail-safe system with highly advanced planning, setup and control capabilities that make it a dependable product capable of combating any unforeseen challenges with ease. In addition, Univision supplied 20 Shure UHF-Rs to complement the Shure Axient system as well as eight PSM 1000 in-ear monitors.

“One of the biggest challenges we face when providing wireless for an event of this caliber is managing last-minute equipment changes, as many artists bring in their own mics and transmitters for the show,” says Evan Hall, PWS lead RF coordinator. “This is one of the primary reasons why we choose to rely on the Sennheiser 3732-II receivers and Shure Axient Wireless Management Network, because they are the only two products currently on the market that offer the entire spectrum range. With Sennheiser and Shure, we know that our crew will be adequately prepared to handle any artist equipment accommodations that may arise without repatching the entire system.”

PWS also supplied and deployed a number of Telex BTR-800s for its wireless communications as well as a majority of its own equipment, including a combination of its Domed and Helical Antennas, DB Series – Multicouplers, as well as GX-8 Combiners for intercom, IFB and in-ear monitors. “We used 11 Telex systems, which presented quite a challenge, as it comprised more than half of our available spectrum,” adds Hall. “For this type of high-profile awards show, the wireless intercom system has to work on stage and off. We efficiently managed the large number of intercoms, along with all the other wireless equipment, with PWS’ GX-8s and DB-IC Multicouplers.”

Tying everything together, PWS managed the show’s frequencies with its own Intermodulation Analysis Software System (IAS). PWS’ IAS software cuts down on setup time by combining a database of wireless performance equipment and access to local television frequencies in use, allowing the RF technician the ability to simply enter the current zip code and, in a matter of moments, inventory the entire list of equipment and frequencies in-use. “IAS is the building block to all of the productions that PWS works on, as it helps us to quickly choose the clear frequencies for each specific wireless system and tuning range,” adds Hall. “The PWS team once again did an amazing job; the show looked and sounded great.”

For more information about Professional Wireless Systems, visit http://www.professionalwireless.com.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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Sound Devices 970 Takes a Ride with Renowned Audio Mixer for New Semi-Animated Children’s Series

Digital Recorder Gives Richard Lightstone 64-Track Dante™ and MADI-Equipped Multi-Track Audio Capabilities

LOS ANGELES, JULY 23, 2014 – When Sound Mixer Richard Lightstone was looking to upgrade his audio cart with a Dante™-compatible digital recorder for Disney XD’s semi-animated children’s program Kirby Buckets, he turned to Sound Devices’ new 970. The Sound Devices 970, the company’s first-ever audio-only rack-mounted solution, boasts an impressive 64 channels of Dante and MADI.

As an industry veteran, Lightstone has long been aware of Sound Devices and its storied name in the industry. “I certainly know the Sound Devices reputation with their earlier products,” he says. “I had originally looked at their Video Devices PIX line and was considering it, but once I heard about the 970, which was strictly devoted to audio, I jumped at the chance to get a hold of it. The great advantage of using the 970 with Dante is that I can remove a huge amount of cable from my sound cart. Also, the sheer capacity of the 970 in terms of its high track count really made it stand out from the other products I looked at for this project.”

For his audio recording needs, Lightstone networks the 970 with his Yamaha O1V96 via Dante, which allows him to record up to 16 channels. “I’m recording an average of about eight tracks a day on this project and have even gone up to 13 on a couple of episodes,” he notes. “The 970 can handle this and so much more. While I’ll probably never get to the 64-channel max on this particular project, it’s great to know I can, if needed. Also, as this is a kids’ show, we only have the child actors for a short amount of time each day of shooting, so having the ability to have as many ISO tracks as possible is a real benefit.”

Lightstone’s cart also includes two Lectrosonics Venue wireless racks and a range of microphones, including Schoeps CMIT5U shotgun microphones, COS-11D lavalier mics and the DPA d:screet™ 4071 and 4081 microphones.

He simultaneously records to both an SSD and CF card which are mounted via the Sound Devices PIX-CADDY and PIX-CADDY CF respectively. As with the majority of TV programming today, Kirby Buckets is shot in HD. This requires Lightstone to hand over the CF card at the end of each session to the digital technician for transfer onto the master hard drives that go to editorial. The 970’s simultaneous multi-drive feature is a significant benefit in terms of streamlining on-set workflow, while being able to continue to record throughout the transfer process.

“I also have the benefit of Sound Devices’ excellent customer service,” concludes Lightstone. “They are quick to address any potential issues and their software updates are easy to download. They really work well with their users to make sure that they are at the cutting edge of current technology. They really understand the marketplace, and consistently build top-of-the-line gear.”

Sound Devices’ 970 records 64 channels of monophonic or polyphonic 24-bit WAV files from any of its 144 available inputs. Inputs available include 64 channels of Ethernet-based Dante, 64 channels of optical or coaxial MADI, eight channels of line-level analog and eight channels of AES digital. The half-rack, 2U device simplifies any application requiring high-quality, high-track-count audio recording, including drama and reality production, and live concert recording. The 970 records to any of four attached drives, which include two front-panel drive bays and two rear-panel e-SATA connected drives. Material can be recorded to multiple drives simultaneously or sequentially. With its built-in, rock-steady Ambient Recording Lockit time-code technology, the 970 is well-suited to operate as a master clock.

The Sound Devices 970 features an embedded Web-based control panel for machine transport and setup control over Ethernet-based networks, as well as file transfer over the data network with SMB. File metadata editing of scene name, take name, notes, track names, and reel folders can be done during, before and after recording across all drives. In addition to RS-422 and GPIO control, the unit also acts as a bridge between analog, AES digital, MADI and Dante interfaces. Sound Devices 970 is designed with a large five-inch screen for metering of up to 64 tracks and fast and intuitive menu control. It also features the Sound Devices proprietary PowerSafe and FileSafe technologies.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Video Devices, a brand of Sound Devices, produces digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events and mobile production. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices and Video Devices websites, www.sounddevices.com; www.videodevices.com.

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Masque Sound Custom Audio Solutions Take the Stage at New York City’s Famed Public Theater

NEW YORK, JULY 21, 2014 – As the curtain rose on the 2014 summer season of The Public Theater’s free Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, was once again on-hand to offer its support to one of New York City’s most beloved traditions, providing custom audio equipment packages for this year’s lineup, as well as for The Public’s array of other shows and events hosted throughout the year.

The Public Theater, the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare, the classics, musicals, contemporary and experimental pieces in equal measure, boasts several expansive venues, including its landmark downtown home on Astor Place, which houses five theaters plus Joe’s Pub; the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, home to its beloved, free Shakespeare in the Park; and the Mobile Unit, which tours Shakespearean productions for underserved audiences throughout New York City’s five boroughs.

Recently named Audio Supervisor of the famed establishment, Corrine Livingston manages upwards of 20 plus shows and productions throughout The Public Theater’s different venues in a given year, including Shakespeare in the Park. In order to ensure that each show provides audiences with the clear, dynamic audio that they have come to expect, Livingston relies exclusively on Masque Sound’s custom audio equipment packages to meet The Public Theater’s vast sound requirements.

“With all of the logistics, managing and planning that goes into running all of these venues and associated shows, knowing that Masque Sound is providing all of our audio equipment is one less thing I have to worry about,” says Livingston. “I am always looking for ways to take our productions to the next level and build upon the wonderful work my predecessors have created. With Masque Sound’s extensive inventory and expert team, I am afforded the opportunity to do so.”

Shakespeare in the Park moved to its permanent home at the Delacorte Theater in 1962, and, since then, over five million New York natives and visitors alike have enjoyed free Shakespeare performances each summer season. The majestic, open-air theater has a seating capacity of 1,800, and each season, more than 100,000 people attend performances produced by The Public Theater. Since Shakespeare in the Park’s inception, more than 150 productions have been presented for free at the venue.

“Masque Sound has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with The Public Theater, especially the Delacorte and its summer productions of free Shakespeare in the Park,” says Stephanie Hansen, vice president and general manager, Masque Sound. “Having served as the Delacorte’s audio equipment provider since its first production, which took place more than 50 years ago, is quite an accomplishment and something we take great pride in. With the support of Corrine and everyone at The Public Theater, we look forward to continuing to provide our custom audio solutions to The Public Theater’s multitude of productions in the years to come.”

This summer’s free Shakespeare in the Park performances include Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Jack O’Brien, which ran from June 3 to July 6 and King Lear, directed by Daniel Sullivan, which is slated to open on July 22 and conclude on August 17. All performances begin at 8pm. For more information on The Public’s free Shakespeare in the Park, as well as the full line-up of events produced by The Public Theater, visit http://www.publictheater.org/.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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World Cup Concert in Rio Scores Big with DPA Microphones

Renowned classical musicians helped close FIFA games during finale performance with assistance from d:dicate™ Recording Mics

RIO DE JANEIRO, JULY 18, 2014 – When Spanish tenor and conductor Plácido Domingo took to the stage for the Concert in Rio, honoring the close of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, television audiences received a crystal clear sound thanks to DPA Microphones’ d:dicate™ Recording Microphones. Performing at the HSBC Arena Stage in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, July 11, Domingo was accompanied by Puerto Rican soprano Ana María Martínez, Chinese pianist Lang Lang and the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra.

With the entire world watching, Grammy® Award-winner Jesse Lewis, audio producer for the live international broadcast of the concert, knew he needed reliable microphones for the broadcast of the performance, which was aired live from the massive arena. He turned to DPA Microphones for its range of d:dicate mics, including the 4006 Omnidirectional, 4011 Cardioid and 4041 Large Diaphragm solutions.

“For a venue of that size, we had a tremendous need for an overhead microphone that was able to reach deep into the orchestra and pull out the really important details of the instruments,” says Lewis. “In this case, it was the DPA 4006 and 4041. The sound of the live broadcast depended greatly on the special sound those mics provide. Additionally, I have relied on the d:dicate 4011 for years as my preferred mic for acoustic piano recording. That’s why I selected a stereo pair on podium stands, accompanied by a pair of the d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Mics, for Lang Lang’s piano, and I’m happy I did, because the sound was very big and beautiful.”

Working alongside the concert’s live sound engineer Jerry Eade, who used his own collection of microphones, Lewis also faced the challenge of combating PA and monitor bleed with the live broadcast. “We needed a microphone that would keep the music and the atmosphere, but would reduce the negative effects from being on the wrong side of the PA system,” he explains. “Being omnidirectional, the DPA 4041 has unique characteristics, both on and off axis, that helped us do exactly what we wanted – more music and less PA bleed. It really couldn’t have been a more perfect setup. Despite using a PA system, we were able to achieve the exact sound we strive for in a pure acoustic situation.”

According to Lewis, the concert’s producer Bernhard Fleischer was ecstatic with the sound that they achieved. “The DPA mics hanging over the orchestra were the most crucial ingredient for this production,” adds Lewis. “They ensured that we conveyed the music in a powerful way to the broadcast audiences around the world.”

Performing for his sixth World Cup concert, Domingo presented a program of arias, Spanish zarzuelas and Broadway hits in addition to traditional Brazilian songs and sambas. Led by American-born pianist and conductor Eugene Kohn for the Concert in Rio, the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1940 and was the first touring orchestra from Brazil. The Latin Grammy Winner for Best Classical Album in 2001, Martínez regularly performs alongside Domingo as well as singer Andrea Bocelli while Lang Lang, who is considered one of the most sensational artists in classical music, was a child prodigy who began playing the piano at the age of three.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

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Stanton SCS.4DJ USB Mixstation with Version 5.0 Software on Display at Summer NAMM 2014

NASHVILLE, JULY 17, 2014 – Stanton®, a Gibson Brands, is presenting the SCS.4DJ USB Mixstation with Version 5.0 software at Summer NAMM 2014 (Booth 825). The SCS.4DJ USB Mixstation continues to set standards as the first fully integrated solution that provides the functionality and performance demanded by today’s DJs and performers, without the need for a laptop. Now enhanced with Version 5.0 software, this fresh approach means a DJ can simply plug in a storage device and start mixing using the built-in decks, mixer and high-resolution color display.

Offered as a free download from the Stanton website,V5’s new features include enhanced analysis, time-rift mode, new effects, FLAC support and a host of improvements, from an increased library size, which can now support up to 50,000 tracks loaded via an attached USB drive, and improved response times for large collections when navigating, browsing, searching and sorting. Version 5.0 users will also experience an enhanced browser window layout showing current song selection and the total size of the collection. Version 5.0 also offers updated analyzing code for more accurate beat grids and BPM values. New synchronization options include Continuous Sync, Pitch and Beat Position while an improved looping performance provides tighter and longer synchronization. Additional effects include High-Pass Filter, Low-Pass Filter, Band-Pass Filter, Phaser and Tape Delay.

The now included Time Rift Mode is a creative option that allows users to enter a mode where they can scratch, seek, use hot cues, loop and then resume playing in SYNC with another deck and never miss a beat. With the new Manual Loop In and Out button functionality, users can store loops with the tracks, which can then be recalled on reload.

In addition to this latest technology, Stanton will also be showcasing its DJC.4 Virtual Digital Workstation, a DJ controller audio interface with an enhanced four-deck version of Virtual DJ LE.

About Stanton
Stanton, part of the Gibson Pro Audio division, is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of professional audio products for DJs. Founded in 1946 by Walter O. Stanton, the inventor of an easily replaceable phonograph stylus, Stanton has grown from being one of the first American companies to make and sell magnetic cartridges to offering a complete line of DJ products including turntables, high-performance cartridges, CD players, DJ mixers, accessories and digital controllers. With over 50 years of innovation, Stanton is the name DJs trust. For additional information, visit www.stantondj.com.

About Gibson Brands
Gibson Brands, one of the fastest-growing companies globally, was founded in 1894 and is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Gibson Brands has a portfolio of over a hundred well-recognized brand names for musical instruments, consumer electronics, and professional audio. In addition to the number one guitar brand, Gibson, other instrument brands include Epiphone, Dobro, Valley Arts, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Slingerland, Maestro, Baldwin, Hamilton, Chickering and Wurlitzer. Professional audio brands include KRK Systems, TASCAM, Cerwin-Vega, Stanton and Cakewalk and continue Gibson’s tradition of quality in their respective markets; while consumer electronics brands comprise Onkyo, Integra, TEAC and Esoteric.

Gibson Brands expanded further into the consumer market with the acquisition of Philips’ Home Entertainment business—inventors of the cassette tape, as well as the CD, DVD, MP3, and MP4 formats. It shows the same leadership in technological innovation for the benefit of our customers under the Philips and Fidelio brand names.

A global company, Gibson Brands has manufacturing, marketing and research and development centers throughout the world. All Gibson Brands are dedicated to innovation, prestige, and improving their customers’ quality of life. Visit Gibson’s website at www.gibson.com. Follow Gibson Guitar at www.twitter.com/gibsonguitar and www.facebook.com/gibsonguitar.

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Cerwin-Vega! Highlights Expanded Offerings for Popular XD Series and P-Series Lines at Summer NAMM 2014

NASHVILLE, JULY 17, 2014 – Cerwin-Vega!, a Gibson Brand, is presenting its new P1000X 10-inch Powered Loudspeaker, the latest ¬addition to its critically-acclaimed P-Series Powered Loudspeaker Line at Summer NAMM 2014 (Booth 825). Also on display will be the XD4 and XD5 Speakers and XD8s Subwoofer, the newly expanded offerings for the company’s XD Powered Desktop Speaker Series.

Slated for release in August, the P-Series P1000X is a versatile workhorse that can serve as a single speaker for a small venue, be daisy-chained for larger venues needing more coverage and SPL or be side-mounted as a floor monitor. Featuring the same controls as the acclaimed P1500X, the P1000X Powered Loudspeaker is a two-way, bi-amped, full-range bass-reflex speaker with a 10-inch woofer and high-frequency compression driver. Powered by a custom efficient 1000W Class-D amp, the P1000X has a proprietary hemi-conical horn that provides enhanced sound clarity and superb dispersion over an even and wide coverage area.

A built-in mixer with multiple channels and I/O connections allows for simple and fast setup, while enhanced EQ, VEGA BASS boost and high-pass filter controls enable exact tuning and exceptional performance for any event. Its lightweight, robust polymer enclosure includes a self-tightening pole cup, as well as comfortable ergonomic handles. Built-in rigging points and a remote volume port make the P1000X ideal for suspended installation.

Showgoers can also experience the stunning audio performance of the Cerwin-Vega! XD Series, which continues to support the company’s legacy of superior bass response and sonic clarity. Key design elements of the XD3, XD4 and XD5 powered desktop speakers and XD8s powered subwoofer, include optimized frequency response, overall transparency, low distortion and the company’s trademark bass performance. Each XD Series speaker features high output amplifiers, soft-dome tweeters and innovative enclosure design for superior sound, while the XD8s sub offers additional bass extension.

Equipped with metal covers, the XD4 features a 3/4-inch tweeter while the XD5 utilizes a one-inch tweeter. Unlike other desktop speaker systems, the Cerwin-Vega! XD Series is built with solid MDF wood enclosures, allowing it to deliver the same sound quality as home speaker systems. All speakers in the series come equipped with Cerwin-Vega!’s signature VEGA BASS Boost Switch, which engages an enhanced bass EQ circuit. The efficient XD8s also has, high SPL and an optimally designed port for proper low frequency phase alignment and minimal port turbulence. It ships with a Remote Control, which includes a subwoofer mute button and adjusts the overall system volume when using the accompanying XD Series speakers.

About Cerwin-Vega!
Cerwin-Vega!, part of the Gibson Pro Audio division, is a leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of loudspeakers for the home and professional audio markets. Dedicated to the pursuit of dynamic, accurate sound reproduction since 1954, Cerwin-Vega! products are distributed throughout the world via a network of distributors and dealers in more than 75 countries. For more information, visit www.cerwin-vega.com.

About Gibson Brands
Gibson Brands, one of the fastest-growing companies globally, was founded in 1894 and is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Gibson Brands has a portfolio of over a hundred well-recognized brand names for musical instruments, consumer electronics, and professional audio. In addition to the number one guitar brand, Gibson, other instrument brands include Epiphone, Dobro, Valley Arts, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Slingerland, Maestro, Baldwin, Hamilton, Chickering and Wurlitzer. Professional audio brands include KRK Systems, TASCAM, Cerwin-Vega, Stanton and Cakewalk and continue Gibson’s tradition of quality in their respective markets; while consumer electronics brands comprise Onkyo, Integra, TEAC and Esoteric.

Gibson Brands expanded further into the consumer market with the acquisition of Philips’ Home Entertainment business—inventors of the cassette tape, as well as the CD, DVD, MP3, and MP4 formats. It shows the same leadership in technological innovation for the benefit of our customers under the Philips and Fidelio brand names.
A global company, Gibson Brands has manufacturing, marketing and research and development centers throughout the world. All Gibson Brands are dedicated to innovation, prestige, and improving their customers’ quality of life. Visit Gibson’s website at www.gibson.com. Follow Gibson Guitar at www.twitter.com/gibsonguitar and www.facebook.com/gibsonguitar.

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KRK Systems’ ROKIT G3 Makes Summer NAMM 2014 Debut

NASHVILLE, JULY 16, 2014 – KRK Systems, a Gibson Brand, is presenting its new ROKIT Generation 3 Studio Monitor Series (ROKIT G3) for the first time at Summer NAMM 2014 (Booth 825). Drawing on its experience in designing monitoring solutions for professional recording studios, KRK Systems brings high quality sound to music fans, emerging recording artists and professionals with the ROKIT G3. Available with five-inch, six-inch, or eight-inch drivers, this line of two-way active monitors features multiple innovations that elevate KRK’s legendary performance and further refine the company’s design philosophy: deliver transparent, balanced spectral response, with ultra-low distortion and superior imaging.

The ROKIT G3 features a lightweight yellow composite woofer that achieves outstanding dynamics. Many monitor manufacturers compromise the midrange frequencies to hype the bass, but the KRK ROKIT G3’s unique tuning process treats the woofer, cabinet and port as a single, integrated whole that provides extreme vocal clarity with extended bass response.

Furthermore, the ROKIT G3’s enhanced class A/B bi-amplification system has been optimized to maximize headroom without increasing distortion. Unlike monitors that distort at higher SPLs, KRK monitors are engineered to deliver clean, accurate sound at any volume level; the high frequencies are crisp, transparent and free of harshness, which complements the detailed midrange and precise—yet highly satisfying—bass. The upgraded one-inch soft-dome tweeter provides response up to a staggering 35k Hz, while KRK’s optimized, proprietary waveguide technology delivers superior stereo imaging with a wider “sweet spot.”

The company will also highlight its ROKIT 10-3, a three-way mid-field monitor that provides an unsurpassed level of power, performance and accuracy; as well as the 10s, KRK’s 10-inch powered subwoofer that is the perfect complement to the ROKIT series.

About KRK Systems
Over the past two decades, KRK Systems, part of the Gibson Pro Audio division, has become synonymous with quality design and unparalleled performance in the world of studio monitors, subwoofers and headphones. And because KRK has remained true to its mission of providing accurate and reliable studio monitors, as well as developed products that fit its customer’s needs like a glove, the company occupies the industry’s #1 position for studio monitors. With four series of monitoring systems (both passive and active, in a variety of sizes), KRK offers products that meet the diverse needs of home studios, professional studios, and audiophiles. For more information, visit www.krksys.com.

About Gibson Brands
Gibson Brands, one of the fastest-growing companies globally, was founded in 1894 and is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Gibson Brands has a portfolio of over a hundred well-recognized brand names for musical instruments, consumer electronics, and professional audio. In addition to the number one guitar brand, Gibson, other instrument brands include Epiphone, Dobro, Valley Arts, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Slingerland, Maestro, Baldwin, Hamilton, Chickering and Wurlitzer. Professional audio brands include KRK Systems, TASCAM, Cerwin-Vega, Stanton and Cakewalk and continue Gibson’s tradition of quality in their respective markets; while consumer electronics brands comprise Onkyo, Integra, TEAC and Esoteric.

Gibson Brands expanded further into the consumer market with the acquisition of Philips’ Home Entertainment business—inventors of the cassette tape, as well as the CD, DVD, MP3, and MP4 formats. It shows the same leadership in technological innovation for the benefit of our customers under the Philips and Fidelio brand names.

A global company, Gibson Brands has manufacturing, marketing and research and development centers throughout the world. All Gibson Brands are dedicated to innovation, prestige, and improving their customers’ quality of life. Visit Gibson’s website at www.gibson.com. Follow Gibson Guitar at www.twitter.com/gibsonguitar and www.facebook.com/gibsonguitar.

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Sound Devices Goes on Expedition with Veteran Sound Mixer David Ruddick

633 Production Mixer and USBPre 2 Power Through in Even the Most Challenging Conditions

NEW YORK, NY, JULY 15, 2014 – As an expedition-style-documentary sound mixer, David Ruddick has worked in some of Earth’s most extreme environments. From scorching heat to blistering cold, Ruddick knows the importance of having reliable gear on location. That’s why he’s made the Sound Devices 633 Production Mixer the backbone of his compact audio rig.

Weight, battery life and quality are his top priorities, so when Sound Devices introduced the six-input, 10-track 633, Ruddick incorporated the all-in-one recorder/mixer into his audio rig. “I knew the 633 would be a bag-changer for me due to its compact size and functionality,” he says. “When you’re hiking with gear on your back, less is definitely more. The 633 is a pretty amazing tool in a small box.”

Ruddick has already put the 633 through its paces around the world, from the super humid and wet conditions of the Philippines to the icy cold weather of Canada and Utah. In the Philippines, he recorded the Philippine eagle, one of the largest birds of prey in the world, for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, a member-supported unit of Cornell University that studies birds and other wildlife. The super-long battery life of the 633 was crucial to this project, as accessibility to electricity was limited. Not having to constantly worry about battery power gave him the peace of mind needed while working in such a remote location.

Ruddick then headed to the cold of Canada and Utah to film skiing for the Teton Gravity Research series, Locals. “I literally went from hiking muddy hot trails to snowy mountains,” he notes. “The contrast of these two locations is a true testament to the durability of Sound Devices products. And of course, most importantly, the 633 sounds great. I have used Sound Devices equipment for a long time and its gear has consistently worked well in the harsh environments I have subjected them to; the 633 is yet another great product from the company.”

Ruddick found it easy to transition the 633 into his expedition-ready audio setup, finding it compatible with many of the mainstays of his rig, such as Lectrosonics wireless receivers and Schoeps and Sennheiser shotgun mics. In addition, Ruddick always packs a Sound Devices USBPre 2, a high-resolution, portable hardware interface for Mac- and Windows-based digital audio. He calls upon it for playback from a computer, which is extremely useful while on location. He also employs it to extend the number of preamps on the 633 so that he can capture surround recordings.

The powerful 633 mixer/recorder features six inputs, with three high-bandwidth mic/line XLR inputs complete with phantom power, high-pass filter, input limiter and variable pan. Three additional line-level inputs appear on TA3 (mini-XLR) connectors. All inputs are assignable to any output bus. The 633 also offers 10-track, 24-bit, 48-kHz uncompressed polyphonic or monophonic broadcast WAV file recording (96 kHz for eight tracks, 192 kHz for six tracks) or timecode-stamped MP3 recording to CompactFlash and/or SD cards. All six inputs, plus left/right and aux 1/2, can be recorded to individual tracks.

The 633 offers dual-card slots that record to either one or both cards simultaneously, with the added ability to assign different tracks to each memory card. The 633’s high-accuracy, Ambient-based timecode generator/reader assists in multiple-camera and double-system sound applications. All common production timecode rates and modes are available. Extensive file metadata is supported along with the timecode. The 633 also features a keyboard port for quick and easy metadata entry. Unique to the industry, the 633 is equipped with a four-way power supply and Sound Devices’ proprietary PowerSafe technology.

The two-channel USBPre 2 offers professionals a powerful yet easy-to-use portable interface to interconnect audio sources to both Mac OS and Windows computers over USB. The class-compliant plug-and-play device accepts mic-level, line-level, consumer-line-level and SPDIF-digital (coaxial or TOSLINK) inputs. Its microphone preamplifiers have selectable analog limiters, high-pass filters, 48 V phantom power and high-resolution LED meters. Because the USBPre 2 draws its power solely from the computer’s USB port, no additional power source is required. Sound Devices designed the USBPre 2 for both reference quality input and output. Its balanced XLR outputs offer superior rejection to interference and are switch-selectable between mic or line level. Additionally, a consumer RCA-type output is available for connection to unbalanced inputs. Its headphone amplifier easily drives full-sized headphones with extensive, clean gain.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Video Devices, a brand of Sound Devices, produces digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events and mobile production. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices and Video Devices websites, www.sounddevices.com; www.videodevices.com.

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SSL Live Free Offline Software now Available for Download

New software enables engineers to pre-configure Showfiles offline and is a superb way for anyone to explore and learn the SSL Live console

OXFORD, ENGLAND – Solid State Logic is proud to announce that its Offline Setup software for the SSL Live console is now available for free download. The SSL OffLine Setup Application, or SOLSA, allows creation and editing of Live console Showfiles on a laptop or desktop PC. Almost anything that can be done on a Live console can now be manipulated and configured ‘offline’ when access to a console is not possible.

Software functionality includes console architecture configuration and setup of Fader Tile Layers and Banks. Stageboxes and I/O routing can be assigned along with the creation of scenes and other automation editing. SOLSA also allows you to add effects, manipulate channel processing settings, bus routing and VCA assignments. SOLSA includes the same Help System as the Live console software, offering a built-in user guide with tutorials and reference sections.

SOLSA is intended to enable engineers to configure Showfiles in preparation for shows but it is a fantastic way for anybody to explore and learn about the SSL Live console.

You can download the software at: www.solidstatelogic.com/live

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast, live and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

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