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Backbeat Books Publishes Beating Songwriter’s Block

Montclair, NJ (March 10, 2014) – Writing music gives musicians a kind of pleasure that simply playing it cannot. Songwriters experience a deep sense of satisfaction and pride when they create original songs. However, many will eventually get to a point of frustration where writing songs has gone from being a love to being an aggravation: songwriter’s block. This phenomenon is a well-known problem among all musicians. Some talk about it, others don’t, but it’s there, and it can be devastating.

Gary Ewer, the author of Beating Songwriter’s Block, has seen top-level musicians suffer from writer’s block, and the utter lack of confidence that it brings to the afflicted. This has led him to explore the subject further, and he has identified several possible causes and levels of severity. He developed a winning strategy outlined in Beating Songwriter’s Block that will lead the songwriter back to writing confidently and successfully once again.

“I have two intentions with this book: to cure the writer’s block you’re experiencing right now, and to make sure it never comes back,” Ewer says.

Research shows that a fear of failure is the ultimate cause of most blocks. Fear sets in when numerous attempts to write music fail. But what causes those failures? The evidence is clear that if songwriters are waiting for inspiration to get back to writing songs, they’re wasting time and possibly missing the cause of their block.

Chapter by chapter, this book addresses likely causes of songwriter’s block and presents solutions to each scenario, both for hobbyists and professional songwriters alike. It helps the reader develop a songwriting schedule, set songwriting targets that make sense, and deal with debilitating fear. And, very importantly, it helps the reader more fully understand the nature of good music by showing what each section of a song is meant to do, from intro to outro. Included are songwriting exercises that will help break the melody and lyric logjam.

About the Author:
Gary Ewer is a composer, arranger, and music educator who has worked with bands, choirs, and orchestras from his base in Nova Scotia, Canada. He has also built up a considerable online following through his acclaimed songwriting blog, garyewer.wordpress.com , and a range of e-books.

Beating Songwriter’s Block
$24.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00333749
ISBN: 9781617131028
Width: 10.0″, Length: 6.5″, 160 pages

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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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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.

The Water’s Edge Reincarnated After Super Storm Sandy

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Hurricane Sandy couldn’t have struck this regionally known restaurant/bar/catering facility on the Barnegat Bay at a more inopportune time. The Ziegler family had just purchased the Water’s Edge in Berkeley Twp, New Jersey weeks before when Sandy made its mark on the Jersey Shore. Unfortunately, the structure took a huge hit and the new owners had to rebuild from the ground up.

Calling on the services of Boulevard Pro of Ridgefield Park, N.J., Water’s Edge co-owner Dave Ziegler, requested a completely designed audio/video system solution. “We believe in the Yamaha CIS (Commercial Installation Solutions) Series complete system solution approach, and that is how I presented the new system recommendation to our client,” states James Cioffi, co-owner, Boulevard Pro. “Our experience and reputation combined with the Yamaha support network secured our involvement on this project.” Boulevard also recommended and installed POS, CCTV and DTV systems.

The Water’s Edge venue consists of three large indoor catering spaces including the restaurant, and is used for wedding and large events. An 8,000 sq. ft. outdoor space houses the Tiki Bar and Edge Live, which when weather permits, features live music. Patrons arrive all summer long by land and by sea.

“Our major challenge in designing and installing the new system was time itself! says Ziegler. We had to have a functional Tiki Bar for the summer or we risked losing our loyal customers. Our other major challenge was complying with the sound ordinance and containing the sound within the four wind-break glass walls that surrounded the Tiki Bar that literally sit on top of the water. With the help of Boulevard Pro, we were able to design several zones throughout the Tiki Bar to manage the sound levels out of respect for our neighbors. James Cioffi was one of my most patient vendors, able to do all of this with NO structure in place, plotting zones on our ever changing architectural drawings, and continually modifying the design until we had a final set of drawings.”

The indoor space is outfitted with a Yamaha CIS MTX3 audio processor, two DCP1VS keypads, and 48 Yamaha VXC4W ceiling speakers. The system controls eight audio zones and is using all 12 of the MTX3 inputs. “THE MTX3 is super powerful and sounds great,” says Cioffi. The Yamaha keypads are located in the head end interior location of the space and in the outdoor bar/lounge area, controlled completely via iPad/iPhone. The waterfront bar/lounge system consists of a Yamaha LS9-16 digital audio console, Yamaha TX4n amplifier, Yamaha DXR 12×2 monitors, and IF2112M95 speakers. The Yamaha StageMix App on the LS9 runs live entertainment via an iPad. “The entire venue is beautiful and really impressive, and the Yamaha system is working great,” Cioffi exclaims.

“We are proud to say that we are the premier spot on the Barnegat Bay hosting the best entertainment both inside and out, notes Ziegler. Bands and DJ’s couldn’t be happier coming to play at our venue because they no longer have to haul all of their heavy equipment in to play. It’s a win-win situation. When my general manager isn’t around, I like to take this Ferrari of a sound system for a true test drive!”

For more information on The Water’s Edge, visit www.watersedgeonthebay.com.

For more information on Boulevard Pro, visit www.blvdpro.com.

For more information on the Yamaha CIS Series, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID #1: Water’s Edge Lounge
#2: L to R Boulevard’s James Cioffi and Water’s Edge co-owner Dave Ziegler

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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 technica

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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.

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

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TELEFUNKEN Returns to SXSW

Partnering with The Continental Club, Nomad Sound, Jimmy Kimmel Live

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik of South Windsor, CT, will be showing its entire line of microphones again this year at Gear Expo, Booth #209, March 13 – 15 during South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.

TELEFUNKEN also has partnered with The Continental Club in Austin, which will have their entire main stage equipped with a variety of Tfunk mics, including the M80, M81 and M82 dynamics, in addition to DD5 Dynamic Drum sets. http://www.continentalclub.com/Austin.html

TELEFUNKEN also hosts their open SXSW party at the Gallery @ The Continental Club on Thursday, March 13th from 6pm to 8pm with performances by artist Gone By Daylight & others TBA.
http://www.gonebydaylight.com

In addition, TELEFUNKEN has partnered with Austin-based audio specialists Nomad Sound and will provide dynamic microphones for additional outdoor stages throughout the SXSW event.
http://www.nomadsound.net

The Continental Club’s production manager and Nomad Sound’s lead engineer Jamie Wellwarth, commented: “Telefunken has changed the whole sound of the Continental Club. Their M80 and M81 dynamic mics have brought out a clarity to the vocals that we just didn’t have before. We use the M82 on kick drum giving us solid boom and attack. It’s great working with Tfunk, because we are going for the same thing — great sound in a rockin’ nightclub.”

Lastly, TELEFUNKEN microphones will be used for the SXSW tapings of Jimmy Kimmel Live. Audio Engineer Bart Chiate remarked, “The TELEFUNKEN M80_s are my go-to mics for the live performances on JKL. But with the show happening in Austin it wasn’t logistically possible for us to bring our own mics, so we reached out to Tfunk and they fixed us up with all the mics we need for our crew at the festival. It’s gonna be a blast, especially since we know we have the sound totally nailed.”

ABOUT TELEFUNKEN
TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik strives for absolute perfection. By offering historic recreations of classic microphones alongside their own proprietary designs based around the distinctive tube mic sound, TELEFUNKEN has established a product line that expertly combines vintage style and sound with the reliability of a modern-day microphone design. TELEFUNKEN’s commitment to both the sonic excellence and quality of all of their products is rivaled only by their dedication to provide the best possible service to each and every one of their customers.
For more info, visit: http://www.telefunken-elektroakustik.com

CEntrance Debuts ‘MixerFace’ Recording Interface at NAB

Mobile interface for smartphones and tablets to be shown at the Broadcasting Show —

CEntrance 'MixerFace' mobile recording for iPhone/iPad

Chicago, IL – March 04, 2013 – Today CEntrance, a leader in Digital Audio, announced that it will be participating at the 2014 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas, NV. The CEntrance NAB exhibit will be located at booth 2453D. The show runs April 7-10, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

CEntrance will showcase its full line of capture and playback products, including the new MixerFace(r) – a mobile recording interface for iPhones and computers. Combining battery-powered operation with boutique preamps and A/D converters, MixerFace is the perfect production tool for ENG, location recording, VO, guitarists and more.

Featuring two combo XLR and 1/4″ jacks, MixerFace connects professional equipment with smartphones, tablets and laptops. The hand-held device fits under an iPhone and features two studio-grade microphone preamps with line and Hi-Z inputs, studio limiters and rich digital connectivity options, enabling professional-quality location recording.

MixerFace integrates the smart phone into the audio production workflow, making mobile recording easy for the modern, on-the-go broadcaster, musician, or VO artist. The product was successfully funded via a crowd funding campaign, which allowed the user community to contribute suggestions for product design and important feature refinement. MixerFace comes on the heels of CEntrance’s successful “HiFi-M8″ (pronounced HiFi-Mate) portable DAC and headphone amp for the audiophile listening community, which will also be featured in the CEntrance NAB booth.

Michael Goodman, Managing Director of CEntrance, stated, “Our handheld recording products unlock the recording, editing and production power of the iPhone. Now you can capture, edit and upload the finished audio in minutes. This level of convenience in location recording was previously unavailable.”

“MixerFace shares battery-powered technology with the HiFi-M8 DAC and leverages our experience with small recording devices such as our popular MicPort Pro,” adds Goodman. “Today’s smart phones and tablets have become serious music production tools, and with Mixerface we are adding a professional, mobile audio capture solution.

With its two Neutrik(tm) combo jack inputs, MixerFace features boutique low-noise microphone preamps; independent gain controls with LED level monitoring, switchable 48V phantom power, limiters, and Hi-Z input for electric guitar and bass. MixerFace boasts sophisticated monitoring options, a powerful headphone amp and 24-bit/192kHz converters. Connecting to a laptop, a smart phone, or tablet for recording or playback is MixerFace’s key function. The attractive, handheld, battery-powered device is made from tough, road-worthy extruded aluminum and works for over 6 hours on a single charge.

MixerFace is set for release in May 2014 and will be priced at $599-US. Visit: http://centrance.com/products/mixerface/

About CEntrance, Inc.
Founded in 2000, CEntrance develops innovative audio products and licenses its technology to industry leading brands, such as McIntosh, Playback Designs, Bel Canto, Benchmark, PS Audio, and Lavry. The company’s portable recording and playback solutions have earned rave reviews, industry awards and enthusiastic endorsements from artists such as Harry Shearer, Nathan East and Will Lee, and mastering engineers Bob Katz, Brian Gardner, Tom Jung and sound designer Frank Serafine, among others. CEntrance is headquartered in Chicago and distributes its products worldwide.

CEntrance is expanding its dealer network. To inquire, please call +1 (847) 581-0500 or e-mail sales@centrance.com.

All Trademarks are the property of their respective holders. MicPort(tm), AxePort(tm), DACport(tm), DACmini(tm), MasterClass(tm), Audiophile Desktop(tm), HiFi-M8(tm) and MixerFace(tm) are trademarks or registered trademarks of CEntrance, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple iPhone(r), iPad(r), and iPod(r) are registered trademarks of Apple, Inc.

Penteo 4 Pro Stereo-to-Surround Up-mixer Now Available

AAX64 Support, New Features and a 33% Promotion Discount

Audiotech Digital Ltd has announced the release of the new Penteo 4 Pro plug-in that discretely converts stereo to 5.1, offering exacting control over sound image placement to create high-quality, sonic-free and natural-sounding surround.

Penteo 4 Pro is 100-percent ITU down-mix compatible to the original stereo. The plug-in features an intuitive visual interface modeled after vintage gear, and offers six automated preset modes as well as advanced manual controls for fine-tuning.

Mike Minkler, multiple Oscar-winning re-recording mixer at TODD-SOUNDELUX, explained, “I’ve used Penteo on almost every project for five years now, such as Django Unchained, Twilight Saga, and Inglourious Basterds. The new plug-in really shines. With a flick of a switch I can take a two-channel mix and get a quality 5.1 mix, which is a huge asset in these budget-conscious times, especially when independent films just can’t afford more than a stereo source for me to work with.”

Native AAX64 Support
Penteo 4 Pro now natively supports Avid Audio eXtension (AAX) for true 64 bit processing. As a result, Penteo 4 Pro AAX64 uses 52% less CPU processing power thereby allowing a sound designer more flexibility to simultaneously use more tracks in a mix than ever before.

“Penteo produces such a warm surround mix, and we are thrilled that now Penteo supports Avid’s AAX64 format,” said Ed Gray, Director, Avid Partnering Programs. “Now sound designers will benefit by being able to run more instances and tap all the new features of ProTools 11.”

New Features

* Touch Screen Controls – In addition to mouse operated controls, Penteo 4 Pro is the first up-mixer to support multi-touch controls. Mixing is not a linear, sequential process — Penteo’s unique multi-touch interface allows a sound designer to control more than one Penteo feature at once, thereby creating a natural mixing experience through simple hand contact. Penteo 4 Pro is the world’s first multi-touch plug-in designed for use with the Raven MTX Surround console.

* Pro Tools Automation Keyboard Shortcuts for all parameters – Quickly add and select parameters for automation using standard control/alt/cmd shortcuts.

* Usage Preferences – With choice of circular or vertical knob drag usage options, a sound designer can select the most natural feeling knob movement for mouse or multi-touch.

* New bypass channel routing – Stereo bypass channels now routes to the ProTools channel output standard.

Special Promotion Pricing
To celebrate Penteo’s AAX release, from March 4 to April 16th, 2014, new purchases of any format of Penteo will receive 33% off the purchase price. Free trials are available here:
http://www.perfectsurround.com/request-a-trial

Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, is the exclusive U.S. distributor of this new plug-in. Penteo 4 Pro will be available beginning March 4, 2014 online at www.GuitarCenter.com, with demos available at multiple GC Pro locations.

About Audiotech Digital Limited (ADL)
Penteo transforms any stereo recording, soundtrack, DJ mix or live television broadcast into perfect 5.1 surround sound. Developed by ADL, Penteo 4 Pro is the warmest and best sounding stereo-to-surround up-mixer, because only Penteo remains faithful to the original stereo mix; no artificial sound manipulation is used. The result is that the Penteo 4 Pro plug-in creates a perfect surround experience for all stereo media with zero sonic artifacts, the most crisp and discrete center-channel available, and only Penteo is 100% ITU down-mix compatible to the original stereo. Through its comprehensive controls, automation settings and advanced low-frequency management, Penteo 4 Pro provides the ultimate mixer experience. Penteo has been used by major studios on hundreds of films, TV shows and music recordings and supports AAX64, RTAS, VST and AU formats. ADL specializes in the development and marketing of high-quality digital audio software applications.

Discover the world of Penteo at http://www.perfectsurround.com

Avid Launches S6 Console at Vintage King LA & Nashville

Two-City National Debut at Vintage King a Huge Success

Pictured at the Avid S6 launch in LA are (L-R) Jeffrey Ehrenberg, Vintage King West Coast Sales Manager; Richard McKernan, Professional Console Sales Manager; Tom Graham, Avid Worldwide Marketing Mgr, Pro Audio; Ozzie Sutherland, Pro Audio Console Specialist; David Casey, Partner Account Manager; and Chris Bolitho, VK Post Sales Manager. Photo by David Goggin.

The simultaneous Los Angeles and Nashville Vintage King “Two-City” launch event for Avid’s highly anticipated all new Avid S6 console was a milestone success, with standing room only for attendees and a live webcast of the presentation.

Leveraging the best of the industry-leading ICON and System 5 product families in a revolutionary new modular design, Avid’s new S6 delivers superior ergonomics and intelligent studio control, providing an intuitive, immersive experience for the modern sound engineer.

Vintage King’s Avid launch events are a great opportunity for audio professionals to hear from Avid applications specialists about this revolutionary console. Built on proven technology and trusted by top audio professionals in the most demanding production environments, the S6 delivers the performance needed to complete projects faster and deliver optimum sounding mixes.

“Vintage King Audio became a full line Avid dealer and added its post division VK Post in 2012,” explained Chris Bolitho, Vintage King Post Sales Manager. “Just over one year later we are incredibly proud to have been awarded Avid’s Pro Audio America Dealer of the year award, and to be partnering with Avid on the first S6 launch event as a partner dealer here in Los Angeles. This product has great cross-discipline appeal, and Vintage King Audio is uniquely placed to provide systems incorporating S6, and all the equipment that will surround it in the studio. Our friends and clients from all walks of professional audio life are here, from Grammy-winning producers, and educators, to Emmy-winning sound designers. Vintage King will be leading the charge on the adoption of the S6.”

“We love the opportunity to get out and meet with mixing’s top pro’s and hear what their challenges are and the key workflows that they need,” added Tom Graham, Avid Worldwide Marketing Mgr, Pro Audio. “The S6 was born out of feedback from Pro’s and specifically designed to meet those needs. The VK events were really well attended and had a ton of excitement about S6. ”

Learn more about the S6 at Vintage King: http://vintageking.com/avid-s6

Watch the presentation here: http://youtu.be/v8a3p5FemD0

Check out photo’s from LA: http://goo.gl/8HI2jd

Check out photo’s from Nashville: http://goo.gl/6KXYNU

ABOUT VINTAGE KING AUDIO
Vintage King Audio is a global leader in professional audio sales, studio consulting, and comprehensive gear servicing. No matter the scope of a client’s needs or goals, from selecting a new microphone to designing a studio from the ground up, Vintage King distinguishes itself with standard-setting customer service, which begins with the company’s knowledgeable, industry-experienced staff. Far surpassing the basic functions of an audio dealer, however, Vintage King Audio values its long-standing partnerships with manufacturers and stays connected with the professional audio community through hosting frequent events, panel discussions, and product launches. For more information, visit: http://www.vintageking.com/about-us

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