Archive for September 27th, 2012

GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW OCALA, FLORIDA STORE

— 235th Guitar Center location features on-site lessons and repair services, along with
GC’s vast inventory selection —

Westlake Village, CA (September 24, 2012) – On the evening of Thursday, September 20, 2012, Guitar Center held the grand opening of its new location in Ocala, Florida, located at 3920 SW 42nd St #B-2, Ocala, FL 34474-7493. Guitar Center Ocala is Guitar Center’s 235th retail location.

Guitar Center Ocala’s grand opening introduces customers to a vast selection of products and a dedicated staff with unparalleled musical knowledge and experience. To celebrate the store opening, Guitar Center hosted a Grand Opening Weekend celebration featuring exclusive savings, gear giveaways and free events. Guitar Center’s Ocala location features showrooms equipped with the latest products for musicians – from guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards to live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment and more.

The store features Guitar Center Studios, an in-house, state-of-the-art lesson facility, which is already creating unrivalled opportunities for Ocala musicians of all ages and skill levels. Guitar Center Studios provides music lessons from beginner to advanced featuring certified instructors teaching world-class curriculum as well as one-on-one courses on Pro Tools, Logic Pro and GarageBand. Guitar Center Studios will be the most modern lessons facility in the area. Guitar Center Ocala also features GC Garage, Guitar Center’s on-site guitar repair service.

As part of Guitar Center’s initiatives designed to educate and inspire artists nationwide, Guitar Center Ocala will offer unique opportunities for musicians to craft their skills, maintain their instruments and experience many other aspects of the music industry first-hand. Musicians interested in learning about the industry will be able to come to the store to interact with and pick the brains of several industry leaders.

Ocala shoppers are also able to enjoy Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which includes multiple combinations of product options to conveniently choose from. Not only does the “endless aisle” include Ocala inventory, but it also provides easy access to Guitar Center’s $400 million in new and used inventory located in hundreds of stores and warehouses nationwide. Customers have the ability to combine a variety of in-store, online and phone options to purchase music equipment from anywhere they may be, allowing for a personalized and convenient shopping experience.

In addition to special programs at the new Ocala store, Guitar Center offers nationwide programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight the nation’s most promising undiscovered talent. Ocala residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing national events from their hometown:

Guitar Center On-Stage is an annual competition that provides unsigned artists the chance to open for established artists such as Motley Crüe, KISS and Jane’s Addiction.
Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter is an artist discovery program that aims to find the nation’s best unsigned singer-songwriter. Last year’s winner received a career-altering prize package which has included recording 3 songs with accomplished Grammy® Award-winning Producer John Shanks, recording time at Converse Rubber Tracks studio and $10,000 cash.
Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues is a nationwide amateur guitar skills competition with the goal of finding the next great undiscovered blues guitar player. This year’s winner, Daniel “Boscoe” France, performed alongside Grammy Award-winning Producer Pete Anderson at the Grand Finals in LA, and won an incredible prize package valued at over $50,000.
Guitar Center’s Drum-Off, entering its 24th year, is the nationwide search for the next great undiscovered drummer. Drummers from across the nation compete in the world’s largest drum competition, vying for thousands of dollars in prizes and the coveted title of Guitar Center’s Drum-Off Champion. The grand prize package is valued at nearly $50,000.

Guitar Center Ocala is open seven days a week. Store hours are 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday; and 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Sunday.

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YOU’RE INVITED: Antelope Audio to Provide Sneak Preview of World’s First Atomic AD/DA Preamp at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest

Antelope Audio cordially invites you to experience a first hand, sneak preview of its groundbreaking Rubicon: the world’s first atomic AD/DA preamp. Join Antelope Audio each day at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest where we will be conducting live demonstrations of Antelope Audio’s advanced AD/DA and clocking technologies, which are recognized and used extensively throughout the recording, mastering and film production world. In addition to showcasing the Rubicon and conducting private listening sessions of its DACs and clocking technologies, Antelope will have its renowned Zodiac Gold 384 kHz DAC on hand, which has been reviewed favorably in publications like Digital Trends, AV Guide, Stereophile and many others.

WHAT: Antelope Audio AD/DA and clocking demonstrations at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest
WHERE: Denver Marriott Tech Center, Marriott Tower Level 10, Room 1022
WHEN: October 12th through 14th, 2012 between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
RSVP HERE

Experience “True to Life” Analog to Digital Conversion
The 10 MHz Rubidium atomic clock, coupled with Antelope Audio’s proprietary clocking technology achieves at breakthrough in jitter management, providing listeners with unprecedented sound quality. The transformer-based, ultra low noise, discrete JFET phono preamp, together with the ultra-high 384 kHz sample rate A/D conversion and USB recording capability provide users with the sublime experience of digitizing their favoriate tracks, keeping the depth and warmth of the original analog recordings.

Zodiac Gold USB DAC with 384 kHz Audio Capability
Antelope’s Oven Controlled Oscillator and 64-bit clocking technology help audiophiles experience a new level of detail, sound clarity and warmth. The DAC features a plug and play USB interface that connects seamlessly to an iPad, Mac, PC, or just about any other digital media source. The 384 kHz audio capability dramatically improves the listening experience on both loudspeakers and headphones.

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The Recording Academy® Atlanta Chapter Hosts Super Producer Panel At GRAMMY® GPS: A Road Map For Today’s Music Pro

On Saturday, Sept. 8, The Recording Academy® Atlanta Chapter, in association with the Producers & Engineers Wing®, held GRAMMY® GPS: A Road Map For Today’s Music Pro at the W Hotel in the stylish Buckhead district of Atlanta. Nearly 300 musicians, students, producers, engineers and other music industry professionals assembled to attend multiple educational sessions which covered topics such as basic entertainment law and vocal health, as well as, for students, an introduction to GRAMMY U, internships, networking, and more.

A highlight of the all-day conference was the Super Producer Panel with a stellar lineup featuring Bryan-Michael Cox (Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson), Steve Lillywhite (Dave Matthews Band, the Pogues, U2), Brendan O’Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Rage Against The Machine, Pearl Jam), Justin “Just Blaze” Smith (Drake, Eminem, Jay-Z) and moderator Butch Walker (Pink, Katy Perry, Weezer). The group offered nonstop, lively opinions on topics including what defines a producer, how the industry has changed and how they are adapting, different aspects of the production process (business, sonic, artistic and aesthetic) and the increasingly important relationship between recordmakers and devoted fans. In a final summary of what it takes to succeed today, Walker offered, “You’ve just got to work harder to put more ‘good’ on your album.”

The day ended with a presentation of “Here There & Everywhere: My Life Recording The Music Of The Beatles” by legendary engineer Geoff Emerick (the Beatles’ Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Magical Mystery Tour and Abbey Road, along with work for other key artists) and author Howard Massey. The duo took a delighted and appreciative audience on an audiovisual journey behind the scenes into the creative and technical processes of this remarkable engineer that led to some of the greatest music of the last 40 years.

“We had an amazing assemblage of talent here today in Atlanta,” stated P&E Wing Senior Executive Director Maureen Droney. “The producers and engineers who participated all showed the passion for their work that was the uniting theme of the entire day — they all recognize the realities of our changing industry and continue to seek to elevate their profession.”

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Neumann KH 120 Studio Monitors Deliver Superior Midrange and Truthful Response for Classical Music Producer Leszek Wojcik

Since the early 1970s, Leszek Wojcik has been recording exquisite classical music performances at top venues including Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, The Rose Theater and Carnegie Hall, where he is employed as recording studio manager. Wojcik, who is also a highly sought after freelance classical recording professional, recently acquired a pair of Neumann KH 120 monitors.

Wojcik had been using a competitor’s pair of monitors, but ‘never really fell in love with them.’ He decided to switch to the Neumann KH 120s after one of his classical recording colleagues, Mateusz Zechowski, recommended them, citing their outstanding transparency and natural sound. Since then, they have become a foundational element of his control room and he’s never looked back.

“It took me about 15 seconds to make the decision to switch to the Neumann KH 120s,” Wojcik says. “The midrange is fantastic. It’s very truthful and flat, which is critical in recording classical music. For me, the midrange is the single most important part of a monitor’s sound, because most of the compositions in Western music were written for this range.”

Wojcik, who has a master’s degree in Tonmeister Studies from Chopin Music Academy and who lectures on “Aesthetics of Recording” at New York University, is well versed in both the theory and practice of audio recording and draws from over three decades of experience: “I come from the school that encourages making your decisions based on listening,” says Wojcik. “No two situations are the same in classical music recording so you have to keep searching for the perfect sound and you do this by listening. For this reason, the main component of the control room are the monitors, and the Neumann KH 120s are a great tool.”

Wojcik’s first field test of the KH 120 came during the recording of a performance of an orchestra from Qatar at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York City. Wojcik set up his Neumann KH 120s in an alcove adjacent to the hall where he monitored the recording and also sent out a stereo broadcast mix for television. While he was monitoring at low levels, he says that the KH 120s performed admirably, providing a dynamic sound that simplified his job.

For Wojcik, having the right mix of tools is an absolute prerequisite to creating the vibrant recordings he has become known for in the industry. “I’m sure that the chisel and the hammer that Michelangelo used to create his statues were the highest possible quality of the time, and for me, the Neumann KH 120 is a wonderful tool to have — it’s like Michelangelo’s chisel,” Wojcik said.

In addition to the Neumann KH 120 monitors, Wojcik relies heavily on other Neumann and Sennheiser equipment such as Neumann KM series microphones, Sennheiser MKH series microphones — including the Sennheiser multi-pattern MKH 8000 which he uses on the ‘most demanding’ instruments — and a pair of classic Sennheiser HD 580 headphones.

“The basic premise of classical music recording is concert realism,” Wojcik concludes. “The recording should reflect the concert sound. If you go to the ideal concert hall, sit in the ideal seat in the ideal distance from the performance, this is how you should expect to hear a well made recording. Your skill and your choice of tools is immensely important. In my work as a recording recording professional, the Neumann KH 120s are a very important tool for me.”

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Leszek Wojcik recording on location with his Neumann KH 120 monitors at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York City.

AES Launches Mobile APP For SF Convention

Provides Universal Convention Details + Total Connectivity

SAN FRANCISCO: The 133rd AES Mobile Convention will empower exhibitors and attendees with virtually unlimited connectivity and flexibility. Coordinated by AES CIO Steve Johnson, this ‘must have’ App delivers instant access to every aspect of the event, from fast breaking program updates to comprehensive details on technical programs, tours and special events. The App also features a user-friendly option for locating exhibitors on the show floor, even when Internet access isn’t available.

“Another new feature is clickable presenter names, enabling rapid access to background credits for every session participant. Changes for the exhibition are even more dramatic,” Johnson says. “The App provides detailed information on each exhibitor, and accelerates downloading of brochures, videos and news releases. Another new button jumps users directly to specific booth locations on the show floor map. It also provides convention news bulletins, a Twitter feed following the #AESorg hashtag, and much more,” Johnson adds.

The AES 133rd Mobile Convention is available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android. Blackberry and other Smartphone users can utilize a mobile web version optimized for those devices. The app is available immediately, and can be downloaded free from the AES website.

In addition, the AES has developed a wide range of Exhibitor opportunities designed to help their companies stand out from the crowd. Options range from uploading logos and brochures, to banner ads and video presentations. More information can be found on the San Francisco exhibitor website.

Photo: The 133rd AES Mobile Convention App

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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