Archive for August 5th, 2013

Sennheiser’s RF Wireless Sound Academy Seminar Comes to New York City August 13th

New York City — August 5, 2013 — Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that it will be offering its highly regarded RF Wireless Sound Academy Seminar in New York City on Monday, August 13th in mid-town Manhattan. The seminar costs $199 and includes continental breakfast, full lunch, workshop materials, and a $50 rebate coupon good towards Sennheiser and Neumann products. Participants who complete the seminar will earn 6 RU CTS credits.

This single-day workshop is designed to teach attendees how to plan for trouble-free operation of multi-channel wireless microphones and wireless personal monitoring systems in even the toughest environments. Topics will include:

• Tips and tricks to maximize reliability
• Reserving TV channels for events on the new FCC spectrum database system
• Best practices for system planning and frequency coordination
• Working with wireless monitoring systems
• New developments in digital RF systems

The event will feature experts in the field including host and presenter Joe Ciaudelli, Uwe Sattler of Sennheiser, Broadway RF and audio engineer, Andrew Funk and Henry Cohen, senior RF engineer at CP Communications specializing in FCC compliance. Following are details on the event and how to register:

• Where: Musicians Union Local 802, 322 W 48th St., New York City
• When: Tuesday, August 13th 2013 between 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
• Cost/registration: $199 per participant. Complete registration details, bios of guest speakers and more information at http://www.sennheiserusa.com/RFseminar.

Sennheiser
Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the scientific and engineering award of the academy of motion picture arts and sciences. For more information, please visit www.sennheiserusa.com.

AES’s First Conference Focusing on Audio Education Draws Attendees from All Over the Globe

— The Audio Engineering Society’s first conference dedicated specifically to audio education focused on teaching methods, instructional resources, learning outcomes, technical operations, industry relations, and related topics impacting all aspects of professional audio education —

— Event was held July 25-27, 2013, at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee —

New York, NY, August 1, 2013 — The Audio Engineering Society (AES) recently wrapped its 50th International Conference, its first dedicated specifically to audio education. The conference took place July 25-27, 2013, at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where more than 140 educators and industry representatives met to exchange ideas and experiences. Attendance far surpassed the organizers’ initial expectations, with attendees traveling to Murfreesboro from twenty-five U.S. states and twelve countries, including Korea, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. The event also for the first time included a significant focus on live sound as a component of a pro audio education curriculum, a fact underscored by the event’s keynote address delivered by Bob McCarthy, Senior Education Consultant at Meyer Sound, who gave an informative and entertaining presentation on the history of the live sound industry.

The three-day conference focused on teaching methods, instructional resources, learning outcomes, technical operations, industry relations and related topics that impact the theoretical and practical aspects of professional audio education. Conference co-chairs Michael Fleming and Bill Crabtree organized a number of after-hours events in Murfreesboro and nearby Nashville, including an opening-day banquet dinner, a studio crawl with behind-the-scenes tours at Ocean Way Studios and historic RCA Studio B, a reception at the former RCA Studio A (now operating as Ben’s Studio, owned by Ben Folds) and a Lower Broadway honky-tonk outing.

Michael Fleming stated, “Our goals with this conference were to stimulate dialogue among members of the audio teaching community and between the pro-audio industry and academia, so that there might be a greater sense of understanding and confidence in our respective missions. In many ways, the profession of teaching professional audio from an academic and practical point of view is very young, and we think this conference was a giant step toward helping establishing a sense of community, as well as shared standards and awareness of the different directions and emphases these programs can have. Clearly there are three sets of beneficiaries from this work: audio students, audio faculty and our peers in industry.”

The conference’s experts addressed attendees through paper presentations, workshops and discussions. The published conference proceedings contain over 30 peer-reviewed papers, including historical perspectives, survey instruments, case-studies and recommendations for educational resource management and development. In addition, eight workshops and tutorials touched on topics including pedagogy; instructional resources; internships; critical-listening and ear-training; partnerships with industry and professional organizations; learning outcomes and academic standards, accreditation and program administration.

GUITAR CENTER ANNOUNCES NEW VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNICATIONS AND CORPORATE AFFAIRS

Milestone Appointment of Christopher Ian Bennett comes as part of Guitar Center’s new communications strategy and media policy

ANNOUNCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

Christopher Ian Bennett named as first Vice President, Communications & Corporate Affairs in company history. Brings more than 15 years experience in Corporate Communications to GC.
Guitar Center is breaking away from previous media strategy and introducing a more press-friendly policy this fall.
Additionally, Bennett’s previous experience in Government Relations, Corporate Social Responsibility and Investor Relations will compliment the development of a new corporate affairs division.

(Los Angeles, CA) – Guitar Center, the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ and lighting equipment, has appointed Christopher Ian Bennett to the newly created position of Vice President, Communications and Corporate Affairs. This announcement comes as part of a new set of initiatives at GC, which includes a formalized and dedicated communications/corporate affairs department. In his previous role, Bennett led Best Buy Canada’s Corporate Communications department under Mike Pratt, now Guitar Center’s new Chief Executive Officer. A graduate of a Performing Arts School in Canada, Bennett’s passion for music and new media make him the ideal candidate to lead the new communications strategy for Guitar Center.

In his new role, Bennett will be responsible for the overall internal and external communications strategy of the entire GC organization and affiliated brands, working to drive a clear and singular message. Working closely with GC’s current PR agency partners, Clyne Media and Filter Creative, Bennett will be the new spokesperson for the organization and will play a more active role in communicating directly with the media than ever before.

“The Guitar Center story is an extraordinary one that fuses an iconic success history in retail with an exciting vision for its future leading the MI industry. We have a great opportunity in front of us to work more closely with the press through a more transparent and open level of communication with them,” stated Christopher Bennett, Vice President, Communications & Corporate Affairs.

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About Christopher Bennett
To review Christopher’s career bio and communications background, please visit his LinkedIn profile page online: www.linkedin.com/in/christopherianbennett – media@guitarcenter.com

GUITAR CENTER ANNOUNCES THE OPENING OF 250TH STORE

New Waco, Texas location features on-site lessons, new repair services, and vast inventory selection

ANNOUNCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

Guitar Center has opened its 250th store location in the U.S.
GC Garage service will provide a much-needed range of musical instrument repair services
GC Studios, first-ever GC lessons facility in Waco to support local music scene, is at the store, located at 4314 W. Waco Dr. Waco, TX 76710

(Los Angeles, CA) – Guitar Center, the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ and lighting equipment, marked a major milestone in its corporate growth on Thursday, July 11, 2013, with the grand opening of its 250th location, in Waco, Texas. The opening of Guitar Center’s 250th store emphasizes the company’s ongoing plans for growth and long-term expansion while assuring customers throughout the country that they will get the widest selection of musical instruments and professional audio products at the best possible prices sold by an experienced and knowledgeable sales staff.

The store, located at 4314 W. Waco Dr. Waco, TX 76710, is also part of a new wave of Guitar Center retail stores that feature lesson spaces, which allows GC to offer additional music lessons, special programs and expanded opportunities for local musicians.

WACO STORE LOCATION BACKGROUNDER:

Vast Product Selection and Low Prices – Guitar Center Waco brings an unprecedented selection of products to Waco, all backed by Guitar Center’s guarantee and available at attractive prices. The store features the latest in guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards, as well as live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment.
Guitar Center Studios – Deeply vested in expanding and enhancing the local music scene, Guitar Center Waco also brings Guitar Center Studios to the new location. The fully-equipped, in-house lesson space is giving area residents of all ages and skill levels access to affordable music lessons. Sourcing locally trained store employees as certified instructors, courses will be offered on guitar, bass, keys and drums, as well as vocals and recording techniques using Pro Tools and Logic Pro and GarageBand.
Guitar Center Garage – Guitar Center Waco includes GC Garage, the store’s on-site guitar repair service, offering a host of services, including electronics repair, hardware customization, fretwork, structural repairs, cosmetic enhancements, setup and maintenances.

Guitar Center Waco: Additional In-Store Programs and Opportunities Include:

Guitar Center’s “Endless Aisle” – Waco customers can now shop from Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which extends the in-store inventory to over $400 million in new and used products from across the nation. Shoppers will be able to purchase in-store, online and via phone, with the option to have products shipped to their home or to the store for convenient pick up.
At: Guitar Center Programs – Throughout the calendar year, Guitar Center Waco will host an array of free events, such as artist workshops, lessons, product launches and performances, as a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to educating and assisting unsigned artists. These programs aim to provide musicians with the opportunities and exposure essential to achieving their music goals.
Recording Made Easy – Available at all Guitar Center locations, the Recording Made Easy program is a four-week, user-friendly series of weekly classes occurring Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

In addition to special programs at the new Waco store, Guitar Center offers year-round programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight promising undiscovered talent. Waco residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing events from their hometown. Programs have included Your Next Record, Guitar Center On-Stage, Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter, Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues and Guitar Center’s Drum-Off.

Guitar Center Waco Store and Studio Hours
Mon-Fri: 11 AM-8 PM
Sat: 10 AM-7 PM
Sun: 12 PM-6 PM

Lowell Manufacturing Offers New Wall-Mount and Rackmount Shelves

— Lowell continues to expand its product range with new solutions for contractors and system integrators —

PACIFIC, MO, July 29, 2013 — Lowell Manufacturing Company, a U.S. manufacturer of professional A/V products, has introduced a light-duty, wall-mount shelf (WSL-1814), and two new rackmount shelves (SLS and KS Series).

WSL-1814 Light Duty Wall Shelf
The WSL-1814 steel wall-mount shelf is an economical option for light-duty settings (up to 40 lbs.). It’s ideal for in-closet wiring applications. The WSL-1814 is made in the USA from a single piece of 100% certified 16-gauge U.S. steel that’s been formed and bolted. It features mounting holes on 16-inch stud centers and has two obround holes in the rear for cable routing. Bottom vents include provisions to mount an optional single fan kit (FW1-KIT, ordered separately) if active thermal management is desired. It sports a smooth black powder epoxy finish.

KS Series Knockdown Utility Shelves
The KS Series is a ready-to-assemble, steel rackmount shelf for which users order the base and ears separately, enabling them to keep fewer parts on-hand to mix-and-match and assemble the shelf size needed. This allows cost-efficient shipping, storage, and inventory management. Shelf ears are available in heights of 2U, 3U and 4U with 14-inch or 18-inch depth. The vented base is available with 14-, 18- or 21-inch depth. Load capacity is up to 70 lbs., depending on final assembly size.

KS Series Features:

Unassembled 16-gauge steel utility shelf
Order ears and base separately
Made in USA
Optional Accessories:
Single fan FW1-KIT or FW1-KITT or power strip ACS-1505-SW
Top clamping bracket (see specs)

SLS Steel Rackmount Shelf
Lowell Model SLS is a 19-inch E.I.A. steel rackmount shelf that slides out and latches in both open and closed positions to avoid unwanted movement or closure while working on equipment. The shelf’s full extension is 14”, while the shelf area measures 17.5” wide x 14.625” deep. The shelf is slightly more than 1U panel space, measuring 2.5” high. It sports a black semi-gloss enamel finish.

SLS Features:

Rackmount shelf slides forward to access contents
Latches in closed and open positions to avoid accidental closure while working on equipment.
Measures 17.5”W x 14.625”D
Slightly more than 1U panel space (2.5”H)
16-gauge CRS
Weighs approximately 13 lbs.
50 lbs. load capacity
Black semi-gloss enamel finish

For more information, please visit www.lowellmfg.com or e-mail Lowell at sales@lowellmfg.com.

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