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GC Pro Puts Together the Perfect Package for Students at the Pennsylvania Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences

— An Apple MacBook Pro laptop computer, Avid Digidesign Pro Tools LE recording software and an M-Audio MIDI controller get students off to a flying start —

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WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, January 11, 2010 — The Pennsylvania Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the only privately licensed professional audio education facility in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, now supplies its students with a personal recording suite of advanced recording tools assembled and supplied by Guitar Center Professional, (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users. The toolset consists of an Apple MacBook Pro® laptop computer already loaded with Avid Digidesign Pro Tools LE recording software and an M-Audio MIDI controller/interface. The Academy is able to include this suite of recording tools in its current tuition, thanks to discounts provided by GC Pro as part of its efforts to encourage education in the recording arts. The laptop, software and controller package became available to all incoming students as of October 2009, and has also been made available to recent graduates of the Academy’s degree programs.

“This has been a fantastic program for our students,” exclaims Paul Chiacchierini, Vice President of Music operations at the Pennsylvania Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, which is based at both the 4,000-square-foot Racetrack Sound Studios in Gettysburg and at a new 6,500-square-foot facility in Philadelphia. Chiacchierini, who works with colleagues Sal Chandon, the school’s Director, and Chief Engineer Shane Moore, says that over a dozen of the student recording packages have been given out so far, reflecting the Academy’s intensive student-to-teacher ratio of 8:1. “We like to keep the class sizes small, so that every student receives as much attention as they need,” he explains. “But even with two studios in each location, not everyone can get lab time exactly when they want it. So this package literally lets them do their lab work whenever it suits them best.” more

The Recording Academy Producers and Engineers Wing Celebrates the Music of Island Records for its 2010 Grammy Week Event

“Catch a Fire” Celebrates the Music of Island Records and Its Founder Chris Blackwell

The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Will Hold Its Third Annual GRAMMY® Week Event at the Legendary Village Recording Studios

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Jan. 8, 2010) — The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® will hold its third annual GRAMMY® Week event at the Village Recording Studios in West Los Angeles. Set for Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, days before the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, this event honors excellence in music and audio, and the professionals who work behind the scenes to create great recordings.

As part of 2010 GRAMMY Week, the P&E Wing will be celebrating the music of Island Records and its founder Chris Blackwell, whose vision and commitment brought to the world the music of artists such as Desmond Dekker and the Aces, Nick Drake, Melissa Etheridge, Grace Jones, Bob Marley, Roxy Music, Cat Stevens, Toots and the Maytals, U2 and Steve Winwood. The special guest DJ for the evening will be Jason Bentley, producer/remixer/sound supervisor, and music director of KCRW radio. more

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Mike Baker Named President of Middle Atlantic Products

baker.jpgFairfield, NJ––Middle Atlantic Products has promoted Mike Baker to be its new President. Company founder Bob Schluter will continue as Chief Engineer and CEO. These changes are the latest steps to ensure that the company continues to respond ever more effectively to customer and marketplace needs.

Baker has served as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing and CFO for the last five years, and has been with Middle Atlantic since 2001. Prior to joining the company, Baker served in various financial and operational leadership positions in the manufacturing industry. more

Ethiopia’s Radio Fana Installs NETIA Radio-Assist for End-to-End Management of Entire Broadcast Content Workflow

CLARET, France — Jan. 7, 2010 — NETIA today announced that Radio Fana, Ethiopia’s first national commercial broadcaster and multilingual radio station, has selected NETIA’s Radio-Assist digital audio software suite. Radio-Assist will enable Radio Fana to automate and streamline its entire content workflow from production to broadcast, including ingest, scheduling, editing, transmission, and archiving. This project is being conducted in collaboration with Fortune Enterprise Plc. in Addis Ababa and Radio Fana will represent NETIA’s first installation in Ethiopia.

“Radio-Assist will integrate very well into our existing environment, and it will provide access to a robust set of tools for managing every aspect of our operation efficiently and cost-effectively,” said Mulugeta Mahari, technical director for Radio Fana. more

AES NY Section Celebrates 75th Anniversary of 1st FM Radio Demo

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Tuesday January 12, 2010 Hearst Corp. Tower 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

NEW YORK: On Tuesday evening, January 12, the AES New York Section will host a special event commemorating the 75th Anniversary of FM Broadcasting. Moderated by David Bialik- DKB Associates, and featuring a panel of broadcast community leaders including Steve Hemphill – Solid Electronics Laboratories
Herb Squire – DSI RF Systems Inc. and Scott Fybush – Northeast Radio Watch, the event will celebrate Major Edward Armstrong’s pioneering first public demonstration of FM broadcasting. more

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Symetrix Now Shipping Airtools Multiband Processor 2m

at_multiband_2m.JPGSEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JANUARY 2010: Symetrix, a leading provider of audio processing solutions for the commercial, broadcast, and pro audio markets, announces the availability of the AirTools Multiband Processor 2m, which marshals the power and innovation of the company’s DSP solutions to meet the very specific needs of broadcast professionals. The inclusion and easy configuration of every necessary DSP module optimizes broadcast audio for dramatic improvements in tone, intelligibility, and intensity. The Multiband Processor 2m hardware implementation is robust, allowing for multiple audio connections across all of the most widely-used interconnect protocols, with minimum latency, wide dynamic range, and extremely low distortion.

Easily-configurable floating-point DSP modules include: programmable filters, phase rotator, de-esser, downward expander, broadband automatic gain control (AGC), eight-band parametric equalizer, four-way programmable crossover, four-band multiband compressor and limiter, stereo image enhancer, acoustic environment simulator, clipper, and alignment delay, among others. Inputs and outputs consist of dual-balanced analog lines or AES3 digital lines configurable for stereo, mono, MS encode, or MS decode operating modes. Word clock input, Ethernet, RS-485, and user-configurable audio input failover complete the back panel array. more

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