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Cerwin-Vega! Announces the P-Series P1000X Powered Loudspeaker at Musikmesse/Prolight + Sound 2014

Company Also Presenting its New XD Series Options

FRANKFURT, 12 MARCH, 2014 — Cerwin-Vega!, part of Gibson Brands Inc., is pleased to unveil its new P1000X 10-inch Powered Loudspeaker, the latest ¬ addition to its critically-acclaimed P-Series Line, at Musikmesse/Prolight + Sound 2014 (Hall 5.1, Stand A82). A more compact version of the original P1500X Loudspeaker, the P1000X is suited for a variety of sound reinforcement applications, from live concerts to public speaking. The company is also featuring the newest additions to its popular XD Powered Desktop Speaker Series, which comprises the XD4 and XD5 Speakers and accompanying XD8s Subwoofer.
Featuring many of the same controls as its predecessor, the P1000X Powered Loudspeaker is a two-way, bi-amped, full-range bass-reflex speaker that employs a 10-inch woofer and high-frequency compression driver. Powered by a custom 1000W Class-D amp, the P1000X has a proprietary hemi-conical horn that provides enhanced sound clarity 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.
The P1000X is a versatile product that can be used as a single speaker for a small venue, set in pairs for a larger venue needing more coverage and SPL, or side mounted as a floor monitor. Its lightweight, robust polymer enclosure includes a¬ a self-tightening pole cup, as well as comfortable ergonomic handles. These features provide users with versatility, comfort and ease of setup. Built-in rigging points and a remote volume port make the P1000X ideal for suspended installation.
Extending the successful XD Desktop Powered Speaker Series are the new four-inch XD4 and five-inch XD5 ¬ desktop speakers and eight-inch XD8s powered subwoofer, which feature optimized frequency response, overall clarity, low distortion and the company’s trademark bass performance. Each XD Series member is matched with low distortion, high output amplifiers and soft-dome tweeters for the best possible sound.

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 offers an extended bass response, high SPL and an optimally designed port for proper low frequency phase alignment and minimal port turbulence. ¬The XD8 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. Designed in 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 additional information on all Cerwin-Vega! products, please visit us online at www.cerwin-vega.com.

About Gibson Brands
Gibson Brands Inc. is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. The Gibson Les Paul Guitar is the bestselling guitar of all time and is a tribute to the late, famed musician of the same name. Collectively, the Gibson Robot Guitar, Gibson Dark Fire, Gibson Dusk Tiger and the Gibson Firebird X represent the biggest advances in electric guitar design in more than 75 years. Through the Gibson Foundation, Gibson Guitar Corp. has become equally known for its philanthropic efforts on behalf of music, education, health, and human services. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, MI, and headquartered in Nashville, TN, since 1984, Gibson Brands Inc’s family of brands includes Epiphone, Dobro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Maestro, Oberheim, Baldwin, Sunshine Piano, Take Anywhere Technology, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, Wurlitzer, Cakewalk and Gibson Pro Audio. Visit Gibson’s website at www.gibson.com. Follow Gibson Guitar at www.twitter.com/gibsonguitar and www.facebook.com/gibsonguitar.

Yamaha Renowned Digital Console Legacy Continues With QL Series

BUENA PARK, Calif.—The Yamaha CL Series of digital consoles raised the bar in live digital mixing to an unprecedented level of refinement with evolved sound quality, operability, and functionality, while maintaining the traditional values that have made Yamaha digital mixers industry standards. Today, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. announces the worldwide launch of the QL Series inheriting CL features such as all-in-one mixing, processing, and routing capability for small to medium scale live tour sound, house of worship installations, corporate A/V, and speech applications.

As with the CL Series, the Yamaha QL Series includes circuitry and components that have been designed and selected with the utmost care, achieving outstanding audio purity from input to output. With a solid, sonic foundation it is possible to take full advantage of built-in premium internal processors such as legendary Yamaha VCM technology and the Portico 5033/5043 created in cooperation with Rupert Neve Designs to shape and create as required. For a wide range of speech applications, built-in Dan Dugan Sound Design automatic mixing provides optimum channel balance while allowing the mix engineer to concentrate fully on the overall sound.

“When Yamaha learned about my process, they thought it would be good for us to get together, states Dan Dugan. We collaborated on making a plug-in card that would go into Yamaha mixing boards, and it has been very successful. Then we decided to go one step further and build Dugan automatic mixing right into the new Yamaha QL. I am very excited about giving more Yamaha customers the opportunity to use my auto mixing.”

Significant features include port to port routing via built-in R Series input/outputs that can patch any input port to any output port so the QL console can function as a remote I/O device for any other QL or CL, touch and turn knob operation, and direct file compatibility between the new QL and CL Series Digital Consoles (no need for Console File Converter to exchange files). Yamaha QL consoles feature large touch-panel displays that make up a remarkably smooth, efficient control interface. In addition to ample analog input and output capacity, the QL Series features the same onboard Dante audio networking protocol that provides broad connectivity in CL consoles.

“The new QL Series brings the powerful features and quality of the CL Series to smaller applications along with additional enhancements not typically found in digital mixers in this price range,” states Marc Lopez, marketing manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “These new enhancements will enable the engineer to use a sophisticated system that improves the overall operating experience.”

Remote control via an iPad with Yamaha StageMix as well as online/offline QL Editor Software for MAC and PC computers adds even more refinement to an already state-of-the-art operating environment. Yamaha QL 1 and QL5 consoles feature 16/32 built-in Mic/Line Analog Inputs, 18/34 faders, 8/16 built-in Analog Outputs, 32/64 + 8 Stereo input mixing channels capability, and 16 Mix + 8 Matrix (or 24 mix total) + Stereo + Mono Outputs. The built-in Dante interface (Daisy-chain or Redundant modes) provides a 64×64 matrix for the QL5 and 32×32 for the QL1. All consoles feature two MY Card Slots, 8-space Premium Rack, 8-space GEQ Rack, 8-space Effects Rack, and one license of Dante Virtual Soundcard is included.

Yamaha QL consoles are compatible with Nuendo Live (sold separately) and feature Nuendo Live Control, MIDI/GPI Control Ports, and two-track direct to USB and multi-track recording playback capabilities. The QL1 is also rack mountable (RK1 rack mount kit sold separately).

The Yamaha QL Series will be available in early April 2014 at an MSRP of $8,499 for the QL1 and $16,499 for the QL5.

For more information on the Yamaha QL Series, visit www.yamahaca.com.
To witness the new QL in action, visit Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. at NAB 2014 in Las Vegas at booth #C2143.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

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Yamaha CL V2.0 Available in May

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. has announced Version 2.0 of the Yamaha CL Series of digital audio consoles being introduced today at PL+S in Frankfurt. This major update includes enhancements for sound reinforcement applications as well as mix-minus capabilities for the broadcast market, broadening the range of applications where CL Series performance can be advantageous. Another significant enhancement in V2.0 is discovery and head amp control for the compact QL Series consoles, also launched today, that inherits CL Series features and performance. A QL console can function as both monitor mixer and I/O rack, for example, while a front-of-house CL console can remotely control the head amp gain of the QL console’s I/O.

New features in CL V2.0 include DCA Roll-Out: Channels assigned to DCA groups can be instantly called up to the console faders for enhanced operational flexibility; output DCA enables the Stereo/Mono bus masters, Mix bus masters, and Matrix bus masters to be assigned to DCA groups. Mix Minus, an important feature in broadcast applications is now provided; with one simple operation the signal from a particular channel can be removed from a specified bus.

“CL V2.0 not only adds features that are also included in new the QL Series launched today, but provides additional support for our core sound reinforcement customers with features that were only previously available on PM digital mixers,” states Marc Lopez, marketing manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “Future plans include built-in Dugan automatic mixing similar to the new QL Series and additional support for broadcast applications in the CL Series. We will continue to keep a close eye on the market in order to provide features and performance that will maximize our customers’ investment in CL.”

With Read Only Scene Memory, it is now possible to create read-only scene memories. A new Daisy Chain Insert feature allows two devices to be inserted into one channel or bus for enhanced processing freedom. A GR Meter (dynamics meter) Option within the Channel Name Display will show the Dynamics 1 and Dynamics 2 gain reduction meters in the channel name display.

The CL V2.0 update will be available for download from the Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems web site in May and is free of charge. For more information on the Yamaha V2.0, visit www.yamahaca.com or stop by Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems at NAB 2014 in Las Vegas, booth #C2143.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

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New Software Release For SSL Sigma Featured At Prolight + Sound 2014

Update adds Open Sound Control (OSC) to enhance iPad/iPhone controllability

Solid State Logic, the world’s leading manufacturer of digitally controlled analogue devices, are pleased to announce the first major update for Sigma at Prolight + Sound 2014 (Hall 8, L80). The new software will be a free upgrade for Sigma, SSL’s unique Remote Controlled Analogue Summing unit, and enables all features of Sigma to be controlled from an iPad or iPhone via Open Sound Control (OSC). OSC is a protocol that allows fast, accurate and flexible communication amongst devices, making it an ideal addition to Sigma’s already extensive feature set.

“We’re providing two Touch OSC templates (courtesy of the Hexler TouchOSC app) that allow the user to take complete control of their Sigma conveniently via their iPad/iPhone,” says Andy Jackson, Product Manager. “The TouchOSC templates are highly responsive and make remote control of Sigma a slick and enjoyable interaction. You can control anything from the monitor control, to channel set up and even the analogue ‘fader’ gains of Sigma over OSC. This opens up some really interesting possibilities, not least, using Sigma as a standalone analogue mixer. As a company, SSL has always supported the potential of open control standards that allow interoperability across products, something which is the very essence of OSC. As such, we’re publishing our OSC message specification, so that users can customize and make their own templates if they wish”.

The Sigma update is due for release in early April 2014 and will be a free download via the SSL website.

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.

Solid State Logic Announces V2 Software with Powerful New Features for SSL Live Console

New release adds more than 25 new features, including Offline Setup, new Effects, Powerful Output Matrix Processing and so much more

FRANKFURT, GERMANY – Solid State Logic, the world’s leading manufacturer of tools for creative audio professionals, is proud to announce the imminent release of new V2 software for the SSL Live console at Prolight + Sound 2014 (Hall 8, Stand L80). The SSL Live, the company’s first-ever dedicated live sound console, has been extremely well received by the live sound production community since its announcement at last year’s Frankfurt show. Positive response has continued to grow as users report that sonic quality is inspiring, the creative user experience is excellent and reliability and stability is well beyond expectation. The release of new V2 software for the console introduces a substantial collection of significant new features. The release, coming a mere six months after the first units rolled off the production line, demonstrates the rapid pace of ongoing development at SSL and proves the company’s well-founded reputation for listening to customer feedback and developing new and exciting functionality that moves beyond industry expectations.

Within the Version 2 software release there are more than 25 new feature additions to the SSL Live console, covering enhancements to the Output Matrix, Effects Rack, User Interface, Routing, Solo System and Focus Channel as well as the introduction of a comprehensive Offline Setup application. The new software, due for public release in April 2014, will become standard on all new consoles and is available for free to all existing owners.

New feature highlights:
PC Offline Software
The SSL Live PC Offline Software allows engineers to create, setup and edit all aspects of a Live Showfile from the comfort of their own laptop, making creation or editing of Show and Preset files simple and efficient. The user is presented with the same menus, screens and options as the full console software, creating a familiar user environment, enabling them to configure a Showfile from scratch or load one of the SSL Template files and edit it to their own requirements. All aspects of the Console Configuration can be edited, giving the user full control over the power of the Live’s Tempest processing engine. Full access to stage box setup and routing is provided. Along with naming, colouring and the unique Eyeconix channel identification tools. The layout of Fader Tile layers and banks can also be configured and accessed from the software. As well as control over mix bus routing, pre/post feed point sourcing and all other audio related channel parameters. In addition, the Automation system is fully accessible so that scenes, automation filters and input/output actions can be created, edited and updated. This also includes Group modes, scene re-numbering, etc. Once a Show file has been created or edited, it can be saved and exported to a USB key and then imported into the Live console ready for use.

Effects
The Version 2 release brings a selection of new effects that introduce additional sonic options and ways to maximise the processing power of the Tempest platform. New effects include four EQ types (the super flexible G-Flex EQ; which comes in 8, 16, 24 and 32 filter versions, a new, smooth Contour EQ, 1 and 2 band Dynamic EQ and a 4+2 Band Parametric), four new Delay effects (Tape Echo, Ping Pong, a new Short Delay and new Multi-Tap delays), ‘Guitar Cabinet’ and ‘Bass Cabinet’ emulations and five Reverbs (Ambient, Cathedral, Stadium, Recording Room and Tight ER). These new reverbs increase usability and make reverb set up much easier whilst retaining the supreme audio quality of the ER Verb from Version 1 Live software. A new Phase Scope Tool has also been added. With All-Pass Filters available on all processed paths, the addition of a Phase Scope to the Effects Rack allows the operator to use them more effectively and speed up their setup. Version 2 also includes a number of enhancements to the SSL Effects Rack itself, to streamline effect browsing, naming and routing.

Matrix Outputs
Matrix Outputs now have EQ, All-pass filters and delay processing available. All 36 Matrix Output paths now have available High and Low Pass Filters, a 4-band parametric equaliser, two seconds of delay and our unique All Pass Filters. This is in addition to the two inserts that can be used with both the internal Effects Rack and external processing. As with all the other path types within the Tempest engine, the processing order can also be changed by the operator to customise the signal flow for their requirements on a Matrix-by-Matrix basis.

New Control Surface Functions
A ‘Swap Button’ has been enabled on the console’s Fader Tiles and allows the user to assign any bank of a Fader Tile to the Swap button. Once assigned, the operator uses the Swap function like a ‘Home’ button, letting them jump back to their preferred Fader Bank at any time with one button press. As with the console’s Flip Function, Swap can be used independently per tile or globally if Swap is pressed and held down. With up to 75 banks of faders available, this function adds flexibility and speeds up access no matter how many banks the user has available. A new ‘Focus Channel Lock’ function allows the user to assign a path permanently to the Focus Fader and the Channel Control Tile. Perfect for that important channel that you always need to have control of.

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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DiGiCo Announces 2014 Masters Series Tour Dates

Digital console maker publicizes first five locations of this year’s hands-on training sessions

ATLANTA, Georgia — Having been the digital mixing console choice for many of the world’s top tours and festivals, DiGiCo is certainly no stranger to life on the road. Now, however, the manufacturer is once again poised to take the spotlight on a trek of its very own — the DiGiCo Masters Series Training Tour.

Presented in conjunction with Group One Limited, DiGiCo’s US distributor, the single-day course is designed to provide attendees with plenty of hands-on console time — including multi-track playback to the desk and the ability to mix down to headphones — allowing them to put into practice what they’ve learned throughout the day.

“The idea behind these one-day trainings is to not only give those that attend a great introduction into the DiGiCo mixing environment but also make sure they understand the ins and outs of system configuration and operation,” says Ryan Shelton, sales and support specialist and instructor for Group One. “This is a great opportunity for those interested in what DiGiCo has to offer as a mixing platform as well as those who are familiar with DiGiCo but may simply want to brush up on what’s new.”

DiGiCo’s first two training tour dates of 2014 will take place in Atlanta on March 19 and 20, followed over the next couple of months with stops in St. Louis (April 22, 23), Chicago (April 29, 30), Phoenix (May 13, 14) and Denver (May 20, 21). Additional cities and dates will be announced soon.

Although there is no cost to attend the DiGiCo Masters Series training sessions, reservations are limited to ensure that all attendees are able to spend sufficient time on the desks. Complimentary lunch will also be provided. For more information and to reserve a seat for one of the upcoming dates, please visit DiGiCo’s Masters Series Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/digicomastersseries

Jeff Powell Records You Me & Apollo at Ardent in Memphis

Started as a Single Then Moved to an Entire Album

Pictured in the Ardent Studios atrium are (L-R) Lucas Peterson, assistant engineer; Tyler Kellogg, drums; Morgan Travis, guitar; Brent Cowles, lead vocals, guitar; Jeff Powell, producer, engineer; Dave Cole, bass; and Jonathan Alonzo, guitar, vocals.

Popular Colorado band You Me & Apollo first visited Ardent Studios in Memphis to cut a two-song single with renowned producer/engineer Jeff Powell, but the results inspired them to return to record their new full length album.

Powell, who started out at Ardent 25 years ago answering phones, is now a successful independent producer/engineer and considers Ardent his home base. One of Powell’s specialties at Ardent is recording, mixing and mastering two songs in one day and also providing lacquer masters for the 7″ single.

“I just spent a 10-day run at Ardent with You Me & Apollo,” remarked Powell. “It all started with my one-day singles offer. if a band really has their act together, they can walk out at the end of the day with a two-song digital master and the lacquers for a seven inch.”

The group You Me & Apollo began with the musical exploration of Colorado-born Brent Cowles. His first EP, “How To Swim, How to Rot,” was released while he was attending school in Arizona. The band’s debut LP, “Cards With Cheats,” was a celebration of doo-wop, soul, blues, and alt-country. The band spent the following year touring nationally, supporting acts such as ZZ Ward, Third Eye Blind, Aaron Freeman (of Ween), and Dashboard Confessional. Following the success of the single recorded at Ardent, “I Don’t Want To Be Loved” and B-side “Finding Peace,” the band recently returned to record their forthcoming as-yet-untitled album, due out in May.

“Our experience with Jeff is hard to put into words,” commented Cowles. “We felt as a band that musically he brought out the best in us and we were just blown away when we finished the album.”

Jeff Powell’s enviable credit roster includes Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Tonic, Big Star, The Bottle Rockets, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Primal Scream, Lucinda Williams, Ryan Adams, and The Afghan Whigs. His early years at Ardent landed him sessions working elbow-to-elbow with producer/engineer legends such as Jim Gaines, Glyn Johns, Rob Fraboni, John Hampton, Joe Hardy and Jim Dickinson. Getting the call to work with legendary Tom Dowd certainly was a career highlight.

“I got to do six records with Tom Dowd,” Powell recalls. “He put me in the engineer seat for my first major label record all those years ago after having me assist several engineers on a couple of projects with Leonard Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers. He gave me my big break, really. Most of my recording is done at Ardent, so that’s my family. I love those guys and I love the studio. ”

In addition to working on numerous Gold and Platinum records, as well as six Grammy-winning projects, Powell currently chairs the P&E Wing for the Memphis Chapter of NARAS, and has been honored as a Legendary Producer of Memphis at the annual Blues Ball. Powell also been an Adjunct Professor, overseeing senior projects at the University of Memphis Recording Program.

ABOUT ARDENT STUDIOS
Ardent Studios officially got its start in 1966, when the operation moved from John Fry’s home studio to a commercial space on National Street in Memphis. From there it was only a matter of time until nearly every artist on the Stax Records roster made their way through the doors. Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers, Sam & Dave, and Booker T & The MGs all made hit records at Ardent. The success continued through the 70′s, 80′s and 90′s into the new millennium with hits for Big Star, ZZ Top, The Replacements, Joe Cocker, REM, Soundgarden, Gin Blossoms, The White Stripes, and many more. For nearly five decades, Ardent has stayed at the cutting edge of recording technology, and currently features four full service studios with top of the line digital and analog capabilities, able to handle any and all recording needs.

Learn more at: http://www.ardentstudios.com

Stanton to Host Several Performances at Gibson Brands’ Stand at Musikmesse 2014

Appearances to Feature a Large Cerwin-Vega! P-Series Loudspeaker System

FRANKFURT, 10 MARCH, 2014 — Stanton®, part of Gibson Brands, Inc., is hosting several exclusive musical performances at Musikmesse 2014. The company’s current lineup includes DJ Spark, DJ Nena Chula, Alexander Sonnenfeld, Hix Boson and DJ Mad Vibes, who will all perform using Stanton Turntables. There will also be presentations and performances from other Gibson Brands, which will all take place on stage at the company stand (Hall 5.1 at Stand A82). For all appearances and presentations, attendees will have the chance to experience firsthand the power and punch of the Cerwin-Vega! P-Series Loudspeakers, which will be arranged in flyovers and stacks throughout the stand.Stanton_Musikmesse 2014_Performances Flyer

DJ Spark, who is currently on tour with R&B singer Omarion, will perform at the booth on Wednesday, March 12 at 12 p.m. and Friday, March 14 at 10 a.m.
• Germany’s own DJ Nena Chula, an OnPoint Entertainment artist, is set to perform on Thursday, March 13 at 10 a.m.
• German native Alexander Sonnenfeld, a Qbert Scratch Academy guest professor, is performing on Friday, March 14 at 2 p.m. and Saturday, March 15 at 2 p.m.
Hix Boson, Berlin’s ‘Turntable Entertainer,’ will perform Friday, March 14 at 4 p.m. and Saturday, March 15 at 4 p.m.
• Producer DJ Mad Vibes, a drum and bass DJ, is performing on Saturday, March 15 at 10 a.m.

Additionally, TASCAM is hosting pop/soul artist Laidesoul each day and representatives from Cakewalk will give daily demos of the company’s SONAR X3 Software.

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, which include 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 the company online at www.stantondj.com.

About Gibson Brands
Gibson Brands Inc. is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. The Gibson Les Paul Guitar is the bestselling guitar of all time and is a tribute to the late, famed musician of the same name. Collectively, the Gibson Robot Guitar, Gibson Dark Fire, Gibson Dusk Tiger and the Gibson Firebird X represent the biggest advances in electric guitar design in more than 75 years. Through the Gibson Foundation, Gibson Guitar Corp. has become equally known for its philanthropic efforts on behalf of music, education, health, and human services. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, MI, and headquartered in Nashville, TN, since 1984, Gibson Brands Inc’s family of brands includes Epiphone, Dobro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Maestro, Oberheim, Baldwin, Sunshine Piano, Take Anywhere Technology, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, Wurlitzer, Cakewalk and Gibson Pro Audio. Visit Gibson’s website at www.gibson.com. Follow Gibson Guitar at www.twitter.com/gibsonguitar and www.facebook.com/gibsonguitar.

Masque Sound Has Its Latest Broadway Fling with Romantic Musical, The Bridges Of Madison County

Custom Audio Equipment Package Heats Up the Stage with Passionate Adaptation of Hugely Popular Novel

NEW YORK, MARCH 6, 2014 – Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, provided a custom audio equipment package for the new romantic musical, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. The show officially opened on Thursday, February 20.

Based on James Waller’s best-selling novel, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY tells the story of photographer Robert Kincaid and his life-changing, four-day love affair with Iowa farm wife Francesca Johnson. Developed by a Pulitzer®- and Tony® Award-winning creative team, this new musical captures the lyrical expanse of America’s heartland along with the eternal question, “What if…?” Directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher and book by Marsha Norman, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY features a score by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown and stars four-time Tony Award-nominee Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale.

Sound Designer Jon Weston and Masque Sound began their collaboration on THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY when the musical made its world premiere at the Williamstown Theatre Festival last summer. “I have enjoyed a long relationship with Masque Sound and it’s great to be working with them once again,” says Weston. “They are an excellent sound shop to collaborate with and I can always count on them to provide me with the equipment that I like to use, which in some cases is not that easy to find since I like the characteristics of older gear. I specifically chose an older-era console, speakers and amplifiers for this production.”

Weston’s goal in designing the sound for THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY was to be as sonically transparent as possible. “In order to provide that organic, analog feel for the show, we walked the line of acoustic reinforcement very carefully and discretely, including an all-acoustic orchestra pit,” he adds. “I really wanted the sound to be as real as possible.”

At the heart of the custom audio equipment package Masque Sound provided was the Cadac J-Type analog console, which Weston considers the finest-sounding audio mixing console. Masque Sound’s custom equipment package also included Tannoy 3836 Dual Concentric 15-inch speakers, EAW JF200 and JF60 ultra-compact two-way range speakers, d&b audiotechnik E8 and E12X-Sub loudspeakers, Meyer Sound subwoofers and speaker processors, Yamaha H series power amplifiers alongside d&b audiotechnik power amplifiers, Sennheiser and Shure wireless microphones, XTA Electronics DP428/448 Speaker Management System and a Clear-Com intercom system. In addition, Masque Sound provided frequency coordination for the 24-channels of wireless in-use throughout the show.

“My biggest challenge on this project was finding the equipment I wanted because it’s not stuff that rents all the time and Masque Sound did an incredible job in accommodating my needs,” says Weston. “This was a true collaboration and my team, made up of Head Sound Engineer Jason Strangfeld; Assistant Sound Engineer Sean Luckey; Production Engineer Charlie Grieco; Sound Engineer Michael Eisenberg and Assistant Sound Designer Josh Millican, along with the designers of the other departments, were all on the same page on how we wanted the show to look and feel, and I think we were very successful.”

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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SSL Live Console on the Road with Peter Gabriel’s Back to Front Tour

“I am now at the stage where I am sure I would miss Live if I had to revert to my previous system”

OXFORD, ENGLAND – When the company’s owner mandates the use of its latest technology for its first major tour, you can be sure everyone involved, knowing his perfectionist approach, gives it their full attention and then some. Peter Gabriel’s Back to Front tour made full use of the new SSL Live consoles supplied by Britannia Row Productions for the first part of the tour in Sept/Oct 2013, and will continue to demand perfection from the console when the tour resumes in April 2014. Happily, the hard work paid off and artists, engineers and SSL’s design team were all thrilled with the results – as were audiences across Europe.

Three Live consoles were employed to handle the Back to Front performances. One at front-of-house, one was for the band’s monitors and one was used for Peter Gabriel’s monitoring system. All the consoles performed flawlessly.

“The first thing to say about Live is that it sounds really good and makes mixing live audio very easy,” says Ben Findlay, FOH engineer. “You get lots of separation and clarity. The EQ is musical, never harsh, and the dynamics are transparent even when compressing a signal hard, as you would expect from an SSL console. The mixes come together quickly when starting from scratch. Because the audio is very clearly defined, you have more options regarding relative levels, so elements of a mix that may normally be masked with another console are still clearly audible. This leads to accomplishing the often illusive third dimension to a mix that live engineers strive for — and that is a real sense of depth. The console is also extremely reliable with not so much as a flicker during the whole tour. I am now at the stage where I am sure I would miss Live if I had to revert to my previous system. Live is a great console.”

The Live console was designed to appeal to engineers with a range of operational approaches and can be used very flexibly. The Back to Front shows provided clear evidence as the three highly experienced mixers took advantage of the adaptable bus architecture, processing tools and user interface options to support their personal approach to the differing tasks they were managing.

“Ben and I recorded a multi-track version of the Back to Front show during the U.S. tour in 2012, so we had a ready reference to run through the Live console when it became available before official show rehearsals,” says Richard Chappell, Peter Gabriel’s live show coordinator and personal monitoring and studio engineer. “When we first worked with Live, we realized how very exciting and pioneering this console was. This console sounds great. The first part of the learning curve was the impressive touch screen that allowed each of us to configure the setup the way we wanted to work. The needs of monitoring are, after all, different from FOH. For me, Live is the engineering equivalent of what a musical instrument is to a performer. I can now do what I do better with Live. Secondly, I’ve heard horror stories in the past about other new consoles going out and crashing or not working. With Live, we never lost a show, it always worked.”

“Live is a hybrid console that has a touch screen but it’s also button operated; a real crossover between two ways of working,” says monitor engineer Dee Miller. “For an engineer, it’s a very powerful tool and capable of doing a lot of things. What I’ve had to do is learn how to use the desk to mix the show my way, so Live is a tool for any particular job as opposed to bending a job around a different manufacturer’s tool. It’s got some great features on it and it’s very powerful. Live sounds great, the clarity is extremely good and I would just say that you can hear everything really, really well. From an engineering point of view, I made many performers happy with their monitor mixes using Live.”

Photography: York Tillyer
© 2013 Peter Gabriel Ltd.

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