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Seattle, WA – September 2014…Internationally renown B-boy crew Massive Monkees have enjoyed worldwide breakdancing success for well over a decade. Their notable global wins include the 2004 International World B-Boy Championships in London, and in 2012, they became the first American dance crew to win Korea’s famed R-16 breakdance competition. In honor of their accomplishments and their ongoing community service, in 2004 former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels proclaimed April 26 as Massive Monkees Day, with the city hosting an annual celebration of the date.
This year marked the group’s 15th anniversary, and the 28-member dance crew threw a “massive” street party to commemorate the milestone. The after party, held at Seattle’s ultra-hip Gallery 2312, was attended by many of the world’s top breakdancers, who flew in from around the globe to celebrate. Also in attendance were celebrity DJs including Crazy Legs from New York’s legendary Rock Steady Crew, rising star DJ Lean Rock, and Rock Steady Crew B-girl and DJ Kaotic Blaze.
“It’s one of dance music’s highest profile events,” observes Massive Monkees producer Benito Ybarra. “Gallery 2312 was really a great venue for this event. It’s one of the city’s hot spots.”
Recently, Gallery 2312 replaced its old sound system with new Mackie SRM650 loudspeakers. With its application-specific speaker modes and 1600W of High-Definition sound, Mackie’s SRM650 loudspeakers provide Gallery 2312 owner Jonathan Moore with the power and sonic flexibility required for the multi-purpose venue.
“Good sound is a big part of the events and programs we hold at 2312,” says Moore. “Whether it’s a party with a DJ, a gallery opening, or whatever, music is always a critical part of the celebration. To have great sounding, reliable gear like Mackie SRM speakers is a great fit for us.”
Ybarra adds, “I call on Mackie for sound at these kind of events because their stuff sounds fantastic. Massive Monkees have been working with Mackie for years, and we’re definitely as supportive of them as they are of us.”
Mackie’s local Seattle base is also an asset, says Moore. “”It is always a plus to be able to work with folks that are accessible and can stop by and check things out as opposed to dealing with brands that might be not even have a rep in the northwest, or whose HQ is somewhere around the world,” he says. “We definitely have a shared sensibility and a common understanding.”
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Encino, CA – September, 2014… The Bob Moog Foundation will be hosting a very special benefit event on October 4, 2014. The Ignite Gala, held at Michael Boddicker’s residence in Encino, CA, will benefit the Foundation’s hallmark education initiative, Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool.
The event promises to be a spectacular evening celebrating Bob Moog’s enduring legacy and the power of music as an inspirational, cultural force. Entertainment will be provided by a stellar band including CJ Vanston (Prince, Tina Turner, Toto, Joe Cocker, Spinal Tap) and Steve Porcaro (Toto) on keyboards, Leland Sklar (James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Toto) on bass, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan) on guitar, Joe Pusateri (John Lee Hooker, John Entwistle, the Muppets “Animal”) on drums, and Rob Giles (Circa Zero, The Rescues) on vocals, as well as other surprise guests.
In addition to an intimate candlelight dinner, the event will also feature a silent auction of fabulous offerings including various instruments (signed and unsigned), travel opportunities and other valuable services. Donors thus far include Dave Smith Instruments, Yamaha, Line 6, Synthogy, Sennheiser, PreSonus, JBL Professional, Blue, Novation, and Shure, with other donors still being added.
Visitors will also be invited to take in the exclusive Innovator’s Corner, where new inventions in music technology will be revealed, and to view some classic Moog and other synthesizers from Michael Boddicker’s private collection.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Bob Moog Foundation’s hallmark educational initiative, Dr. Bob’s Soundschool, a10-week experiential curriculum teaching children about the science of sound through the magic of music. Now in its fourth year, Dr. Bob’s Soundschool currently serves more than 1,000 second-grade students in 55 classrooms. Visitors to the Ignite Gala will be helping to support the Foundation’s plans to expand the program nationwide, including new initiatives in Southern California.
“It is a tremendous honor for me and the band to pay tribute to Bob Moog’s pioneering legacy by performing at this event for the Bob Moog Foundation,” stated musical director CJ Vanston. “This is a way for us to give back to a man whose innovations have brought so much to contemporary music.”
“We’ve had interest from all over the country about Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool,” remarked Michelle Moog-Koussa, Executive Director of the Bob Moog Foundation. “It’s an innovative, STEAM-based curriculum that resonates with teachers and school districts who recognize the importance integrating arts and science education. Through Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool, we inspire children to think more creatively by offering them multi-sensory approaches to scientific discovery. We are creating tomorrow’s innovators and problem solvers.”
Attendance to the event is limited, and tickets may be ordered online at www.bit.ly/IgniteGalaTix
About the Bob Moog Foundation - The Bob Moog Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Asheville, North Carolina. Our mission is to ignite creativity through the intersection of music, science and innovation. The Bob Moog Foundation was founded to honor the legacy of Bob Moog by inspiring people of all ages through the genius of Bob’s legendary work in providing innovative musical instruments to musicians, giving them a new voice for creativity. The Foundation provides much-needed innovative and effective educational opportunities to today’s youth – tomorrow’s generation of creative thinkers and problem solvers.
The Bob Moog Foundation is not affiliated with Moog Music.
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— Multi-GRAMMY® Award-winner Jack Joseph Puig, Director of Creative Innovation for Waves Audio’s Consumer Division, to participate in multiple A3E events —
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, September 22, 2014 — Waves Audio, a leading provider of digital signal processing software and hardware solutions, is gearing up for a strong showing at the A3E Conference, September 23 and 24 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts. The A3E will feature participating companies, vendors and cutting-edge apps, software, hardware, instruments and audio products that are radically changing digital studios, production and performance and unleashing the creative process like never before.
First, the convention will feature an interactive Waves/DiGiGrid kiosk with Waves plugins and virtual instruments available for demo. A Waves DiGiGrid DLS Pro Tools I/O with SoundGrid® DSP server, DiGiGrid DLI Audio Interface for Pro Tools Systems, and DiGiGrid IOS High-Definition I/O with SoundGrid DSP Server will be displayed:
• DiGiGrid DLS is an all-in-one processing and networking hub that enhances a Pro Tools system. With its built-in SoundGrid DSP server, network switch, and two DigiLink ports providing as many as 64 digital inputs and outputs, DiGiGrid DLS allows you to take full advantage of your existing Pro Tools system.
• DiGiGrid DLI is a networking hub that bridges Pro Tools and SoundGrid. With two DigiLink ports giving you as many as 64 digital inputs and outputs, DiGiGrid DLI helps you get the most out of your existing Pro Tools system. Add a SoundGrid DSP server to your DLI, you will enjoy unequaled processing power, more options for recording, monitoring and mixing in real time.
• DiGiGrid IOS is a comprehensive audio interface with a built-in SoundGrid DSP server that adds more plugin processing power to your system. Ideal for professional and personal production environments alike, IOS is the all-in-one solution for Native DAW users (Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Ableton, Pro Tools Native, etc.). Together with the SoundGrid Studio System, IOS enables you to mix and monitor in real time using hundreds of SoundGrid-compatible Waves and third-party plugins.
Waves personnel will also be on-site at the kiosk to demo and answer questions on Waves’ acclaimed audio plugins for the pro audio sector and MaxxAudio® technologies – premium embedded audio solutions for computers, tablets and mobile applications.
Further, multi-GRAMMY® winning producer/engineer Jack Joseph Puig (Florence + the Machine, Lady Gaga, U2, others), who also serves as Director of Creative Innovation for Waves Audio’s consumer division, is participating in two lectures:
• A3E Keynote 3 – “The Future of Mobile Music Technology”
Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 9:45AM-10:45AM
• Lecture – “New Development Opportunities – The Developer’s Lounge”
Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 11:00AM-12:00PM
As an inventor and technologist, Puig relies on vintage hardware and cutting edge software to create complex aural tapestries that capture the essence of the recording artists’ vision. His extensive relationships with top artists and industry figures, as well as his role with Waves and his history as a record company executive and developer of talent/A&R, give him a unique perspective on the nexus between the entertainment world, technology and the consumer electronics market sector.
“The Future of Mobile Music Technology” keynote will also feature Doug Peeler, Audio Architecture and Strategy, Dell/End User Computer CTO Group – a longtime associate and supporter of Waves Audio. Additionally, Dell and Waves will be participating in the convention’s “Developers Lounge,” with a Dell laptop demonstrating Waves’ MaxxAudio technologies.
Puig will also be appearing with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus at the convention. On Tuesday from 3:30-5:00PM, he will be on the bus meeting with and mentoring current students from Berklee College of Music; this session will be live-streamed and aired both at the A3E convention and on Berklee’s campus. Separately during the convention (time TBA), Puig will be mentoring the winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest – an award that will be announced at the show.
Visit http://www.waves.com/ for more information.
Chicago, IL––SES (Special Event Services) set up what President Jim Brammer terms as “the largest outdoor MLA system deployed in North America thus far” for a sold-out Zac Brown concert at Wrigley Field of 40,000.
The event also marked Zac Brown Band’s first as a solo headliner in a major league ballpark, having shared staging earlier this summer with Billy Joel at Boston’s Fenway Park. Both shows were part of the band’s successful “Great American Road Trip” tour that runs until the middle of October.
The massive Martin Audio MLA system consisted of 170 enclosures: A Main Hang of 22 MLA over 2 MLD per side; 24 MLA Compact per side for Outfill; 8 flown MLX subs per side and 24 MLX in 12 stacks of two across the entire downstage area; 4 MLA Compact in a straight array per side for Off Left/Right front fill; 6 W8LMD across the downstage edge for Lip Fill, and 24 MLA for delays.
Asked about the event, Brammer responds, “The challenge with Wrigley and most ballparks is getting sound up under the overhangs in the upper deck. We were able to solve that with a delay system that consisted of four SES audio carts, each with six MLA, arrayed at home plate, first and third base near the seats.”
In terms of audio quality, “the show was off-the-charts good,” Jim adds. “Everyone was extremely pleased and we had visiting major league ballparks to look at the MLA setup and see if they might be able to use it, and they were very happy with the way it sounded.
Tour Veteran Warren Cracknell from the SES Nashville office summed it up with one word, ”Outstanding!”
When asked what he thought, FOH Engineer/Production Manager Eric Roderick said, “It was Bad to the Bone!”
For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.
About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.
On October 1 and 2, 2014, veteran FOH engineer Jim Yakabuski will join Meyer Sound instructor Buford Jones as a special guest in the newest sessions of the company’s Mixing Workshop webinar series.
The interviews will cover Yakabuski’s long mixing career working with artists from Matchbox Twenty to Journey. He will also share how technology advancements like linear sound systems and plugins are creating new opportunities for FOH engineers as well as practical tips for aspiring audio practitioners.
The Mixing Workshop is free of charge and is conducted at four different times:
October 1 (Wednesday)
7AM PDT/2PM UTC
9AM PDT/4PM UTC
October 2 (Thursday)
7AM PDT/2PM UTC
9AM PDT/4PM UTC
Sign up here.
As part of Meyer Sound’s worldwide education program, Buford Jones brings his lessons from almost four decades of mixing career to his online Mixing Workshop and hands-on sessions around the world. Jones’s illustrious mixing credits include Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Prince, and David Bowie.
LAKE FOREST, Ill.—TC Furlong, Inc. will host a Digital Console Expo on Tuesday, October 21 between 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Manufacturers include Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Avid, Midas, DigiCo, SSL Live, Soundcraft, Allen & Heath, Mackie, PreSonus, QSC, and several more. The companies will exhibit their latest digital consoles, and manufacturer staff will be on hand to answer questions.
The event is free of charge and will be held at the Moody Church, 1635 N LaSalle Street, Room 107, in Chicago. Food and beverages will be provided along with a raffle for prizes as well as giveaways.
Registration is required as space is limited. To register, visit www.tcfurlong.com/dce.
The Moody Church is easily accessible by public transportation, and there are several pay lots as well as limited street parking in the area.
This is the third Digital Console Expo presented by TC Furlong Inc. TC Furlong is a Chicago-area live sound rental and sales company that has been in business for 41 years.
For more information, visit www.tcfurlong.com/dce or call 888-823-8756.
Multi-award winning artist endorses collaboration and shares project files from the album Innocents on premier online network
NYC (September 18, 2014) – Project files for Moby’s single “The Last Day”, from his latest album Innocents, are now available exclusively on Blend in Ableton Live and Avid Pro Tools formats for music producers to re-interpret and remix the song on the online collaboration platform at http://blend.io.
Moby is a phenomenon in electronic music. He has remained innovative and relevant through fads and trends, and today – once again – proves to be one step ahead by fully embracing technology through online collaboration. He appreciates and encourages input from musicians all over the world, which is why he made the stems of “The Last Day” available for Blend members to remix.
“When people try to control content in the digital world, there’s something about that that seems kind of depressing to me,” read a quote by the artist in an article on CDM. “The most interesting results happen when there is no control. I love the democratic anarchy of the online world.”
Moby’s album Innocents, recorded in his apartment and produced by Grammy-winner Mark ‘Spike’ Stent was released last October and features collaborations on 7 of the album’s 12 tracks. He now invites music producers on Blend to download “The Last Day” project files, deconstruct it and make their own versions of it.
The project is available to be remixed in Ableton Live and in Avid Pro Tools:
The Last Day – Ableton Live by Moby
The Last Day – Pro Tools by Moby
New users can sign up now at this exclusive link: https://blend.io/vip/moby
The Last Day video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5Dpz6w_jz4
Blend was created for musicians to connect and share in-progress tracks and collaborate, or “blend” each other’s works. While other networks focus on publishing completed music, Blend provides a platform for musicians to collaborate directly with each other in their native (source) format, such as Ableton Live, Maschine, Pro Tools, Logic, GarageBand, FL Studio and Reason.
U.S. Audio & Lighting deploys K2 system for large country music events
Justin Moore heard via K2 arrays at Cape Blanco (credit for all photos: Jeremy Polzel)
BROWNSVILLE / SIXES, Oregon — Music festivals have increased in number and diversity in recent years, and regional festivals have enjoyed explosive growth. Two of this season’s most successful regional festivals took place this August in Oregon where the five-year-old BI-MART Willamette Country Music Festival in Brownsville (August 15-17) drew upwards of 25,000 fans who came to hear acts like Blake Shelton, Gary Allen and Eric Church. Regional discount retailer BI-MART also launched a new sister festival in Sixes this year, the Cape Blanco Country Music Festival (August 1-3), which attracted as many as 15,000 to hear Brad Paisley, Eric Church and Justin Moore, among others.
These two festivals represented country music at its best, but what really tied both together – aside from their mutual corporate sponsor – was the sound provided at each site by U.S. Audio & Lighting’s L-ACOUSTICS K2 system. “The music sounded excellent in both places,” says Patrick Coughlin, general manager of U.S. Audio & Lighting North, the Northern California branch of the North Hollywood-based company that has become one of the largest K2 users in the States. more
Old Lyme, CT, September 17, 2014: Sennheiser’s Esfera surround microphone system has been recognized with an IABM Design and Innovation Award. At the awards ceremony held on September 13th during the IBC in Amsterdam, the audio specialist received the award within the Audio category.
“We feel extremely honoured that the IABM’s independent panel of experts has selected Esfera for the Audio award,” said Claus Menke, Head of Portfolio Management Pro for Sennheiser’s Professional Division. “Immersive audio is one of our focus areas, an area which truly creates a difference for the viewers’ TV experience. Esfera makes the lives of broadcast professionals a lot easier. The system enables them to efficiently capture authentic ambience using just two audio channels, and to convert this audio information to 5.1 at any point in the workflow, whether live or in post-production.”
The Esfera surround microphone system:
The Esfera system consists of the SPM 8000 two-channel microphone unit and the SPB 8000 processing unit. The microphone unit features the typical advantages of RF condenser microphones: natural and detailed sound, transparency, ruggedness and high resistance to adverse climatic conditions. The processing unit uses an algorithm perfectly matched to the microphones to generate a 5.1 surround signal with sampling rates of up to 96 kHz. An integrated compressor ensures a broadcast-friendly signal. For ease of operation, the processing unit uses four directly selectable presets. These can be modified via an Ethernet interface to adapt to local conditions, including the settings for the gain of the individual channels, front and surround focus, surround delay, rotation, filters and cut-off frequencies, compressor, make up gain, output gain, limiter and windshield compensation.
About the IABM:
The IABM, is the authoritative voice of the broadcast and media technology supply industry worldwide. Its wide range of services to members encompasses market research and intelligence, training, expert representation at standards bodies and broadcasting unions, executive networking opportunities, and preferential purchasing. A presence at every major broadcast tradeshow, the IABM also provides a valuable channel for communication among broadcast manufacturers, government, and regulatory bodies. Additional IABM activities include awards programs for innovation and scholarships designed to stimulate the development of the broadcast and electronic media industries on an international basis. For more information, please visit www.theiabm.org.
The Sennheiser Group, with its head office in Wedemark (Hanover Region) is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. In 2013 the family company, which was founded in 1945, realised a turnover of around 590 million euros. Sennheiser has more than 2,500 employees worldwide and operates its own factories in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Lichtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. The company Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor speakers) and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres) are also part of the Sennheiser Group. You can find further up-to-date information about Sennheiser online at www.sennheiser.com.
1: Sennheiser’s Claus Menke (l.) accepting the award from Peter White, CEO of IABM
2: Immersive surround sound and workflow efficiency: the Esfera 5.1 surround microphone system, consisting of a two-channel microphone unit and the 5.1 processing unit
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