Archive for June, 2014

NEUTRIK USA APPOINTS KUKLINSKI AS APPLICATIONS MANAGER

**** Photo: David Kuklinski ****

Charlotte, NC – June 2014… Neutrik USA, the leading supplier of robust and reliable professional connectivity solutions for audio, video, and data, is pleased to announce the appointment of David Kuklinski to the position of Applications Manager. He will focus on the Broadcast market and new solutions offered by Neutrik and their channel partners. With a background of sales and professional services management in the technology sector, Kuklinski is an ideal fit for this newly created position. Kuklinski will be based out of Neutrik USA’s Charlotte, NC offices. He started on June 2, 2014. more

GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW STORE AND LESSONS STUDIO IN NW TUCSON, ARIZONA

NW Tucson location features on-site lessons, new repair services, and vast inventory selection

ANNOUNCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

Guitar Center has opened its 260th store location in the U.S.
GC Garage service will provide a range of musical instrument repair services
GC Studios, a lessons facility supporting the local music scene, is at the store, located at 3830 W. River RD. Suite 110, Tucson, AZ 85741

(Los Angeles, CA) – Guitar Center, the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ and lighting equipment, opened its 260th location, in NW Tucson, Arizona, on June 5, 2014. The store, located at 3830 W. River RD. Suite 110, Tucson, AZ 85741, 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. This store is the second GC location to serve the Tucson area.

NW TUCSON STORE LOCATION BACKGROUNDER:

Vast Product Selection and Low Prices – Guitar Center NW Tucson brings an unprecedented selection of products to the area, 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 NW Tucson 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, Logic Pro and GarageBand.
Guitar Center Garage – Guitar Center NW Tucson 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 NW Tucson: Additional In-Store Programs and Opportunities Include:

Guitar Center’s “Endless Aisle” – Tucson 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 NW Tucson 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 NW Tucson store, Guitar Center offers year-round programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight promising undiscovered talent. Programs have included Your Next Record, Guitar Center On-Stage, Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter, and Guitar Center’s Drum-Off.

Guitar Center NW Tucson Store and Studio Hours:
Mon-Fri: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sat: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sun: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Alpha Broadcasting Boosts Over-The-Air Efficiency with GatesAir

Flexiva™ solid-state transmitter reduces maintenance and energy use for FM station while improving on-air quality

CINCINNATI, June 5, 2014GatesAir, a global leader in over-the-air broadcast solutions for radio and television, today announced it has improved operational efficiency and on-air signal quality for Alpha Broadcasting’s KUPL-FM with a new high-power Flexiva™ FM transmitter. Alpha Broadcasting selected the Flexiva FAX20 (20kW) transmitter following an evaluation period that included several competitive transmitters, with GatesAir winning on total cost of ownership, performance and exceptional customer service.

Alpha Broadcasting expects an improvement in operating costs based on the efficient Flexiva design, emphasizing high labor savings associated with streamlined maintenance.

“The Flexiva is a forward-looking confluence of innovative design, compact footprint, price point and ease of installation that is ahead of the efficiency curve,” said Michael Everhart, director of engineering at Alpha Broadcasting. “However, we see the maintenance aspect as the biggest benefit for us in terms of operating costs. It’s a lightweight transmitter, and it was very simple to install the power supplies and amplifier modules. That makes for a sensible design that is easy to navigate and maintain over the long run.”

KUPL listeners have enjoyed a “distinct improvement in sound quality” since deploying the transmitter. This is in part due to the integrated Flexiva FAX exciter, which provides a stable and consistent signal and requires virtually no readjusting to maintain premium quality. The FAX exciter also gives the station a clear path to HD Radio™ broadcasting should the station upgrade in the future.

Alpha Broadcasting also emphasizes that the attentive customer service from GatesAir throughout the process, from pre-sales to post-installation support, has enabled a smooth transition.

“GatesAir’s emphasis on customer service is as much a part of our entrepreneurial spirit as our ongoing innovations in highly efficient, complete over-the-air solutions for radio and television broadcasters,” said Rich Redmond, chief product officer, GatesAir. “Our customer-first approach looks beyond delivering products to helping our customers architect complete solutions that reduce operating costs over many years, and create new opportunities to monetize their over-the-air services.”

About GatesAir
GatesAir, Inc. provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content. With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.
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GUITAR CENTER ANNOUNCES JIMMY PAGE “NUMBER TWO” GIBSON LES PAUL CHARITY AUCTIONS

Proceeds from the auction of these highly sought-after guitars will benefit Little Kids Rock and USO charities

ANNOUNCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

Two rare limited-edition guitars, both individually numbered, signed and played by Jimmy Page, to be offered in GC’s first-ever online charity auctions
Auctions to take place Thursday, June 19, 2014, 4PM PDT, through Sunday, June 29, 2014, 4PM PDT
Proceeds from the auctions will benefit the Little Kids Rock and USO charities

Los Angeles, CA (June 3, 2014): Guitar Center, the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ and lighting equipment, announces its first-ever online charity auctions, of two custom Jimmy Page “Number Two” Gibson Les Paul guitars. Proceeds from the auctions will benefit the Little Kids Rock and USO charities. The auctions will take place on eBay (www.ebay.com/jimmypagelespaul) starting Thursday, June 19, 2014, 4PM PDT, through Sunday, June 29, 2014, 4PM PDT. The minimum bid is $20,000 for each guitar, and each comes with a certificate of authenticity.

“Number Two” is a 1959 Les Paul, one of Jimmy Page’s prized guitars, obtained in the early 1970s and used consistently by Page ever since. He had the electronics altered to get the widest possible range of sounds from two humbucker pickups, and had the neck shaved to match his “Number One” Les Paul. Four years ago, Gibson Custom painstakingly recreated “Number Two” in an extremely limited run. These guitars were built to Page’s exact specifications, faithfully replicating the iconic aged flame maple top, faded “Page Burst 2” finish, and even the dings, dents and wear marks. Only 25 of these Aged and Signed guitars were released worldwide, and all 25 of them were individually played, signed and numbered by Jimmy Page. Jimmy kept #1 for himself and the remaining 24 guitars instantly became highly valued collector’s items. After half a decade, Guitar Center is opening the vault and offering #2 and #5 in this special charity auction.

THE STORY AND GUITAR FEATURES
The Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul was recreated with intense, millimeter-by-millimeter examination of Page’s original guitar, inside and out. The process of getting it right involved the production of a number of hand-built prototypes, each of which was checked and critiqued in detail by Page himself. Approval of the final iteration was only offered after the legendary artist had intricately examined and extensively played this last prototype in his London home—after which it was given the thumbs-up, worthy of being the template for the Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul. Only 325 examples were produced in total: 100 aged by vintage-reproduction master Tom Murphy; 25 more aged by Tom Murphy and signed by Jimmy Page; and 200 finished to Gibson’s VOS specs.

Body
Crafted from a uniquely figured two-piece Eastern maple top attached to a one-piece, solid, lightweight, genuine mahogany back, the Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul follows the body lines and dimensions of the original ’59 Les Paul Standard.

Neck and Headstock
The neck of the Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul is constructed from one piece, quarter-sawn, lightweight mahogany for improved strength and resonance. The luthiers in Gibson’s Custom Shop carefully match the grains and weights of these guitars’ bodies and necks to optimize tone and sustain.

Hardware
The Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul is equipped with top of the line hardware. From the Grover tuners to the stopbar tailpiece to the period-correct “antique bell” truss rod cover, it retains and replicates every bit of its predecessor’s strength.

Electronics
On this Les Paul, each of the controls’ potentiometers has been replaced with a push-pull pot for individual pickup switching functions, while two miniature push-pull DPDT switches have been mounted under the pickguard to provide additional universal switching functions. Note: due to trademark issues and per Jimmy’s directive, the bobbins on the Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul reissue are black instead of crème.

Photo Caption 1: Jimmy Page (photo by Ross Halfin).

Photo Caption 2: Two Jimmy Page “Number Two” Gibson Les Paul Guitars, being auctioned by Guitar Center to benefit Little Kids Rock and USO.

Blend and TwoDots Launch Remix Contest

Winning remix of TwoDots theme song to be included on official soundtrack album

NYC (June 2, 2014) – Blend (http://blend.io), an online network where musicians share and collaborate on tracks, announces the opportunity to remix the theme song of TwoDots, the sequel to the very popular and Webby Award winning Dots game, which launched last year to over 20 million downloads. TwoDots was released last week and became the #1 app in over 30 countries by the second day. The app is currently featured in over 100 countries.

Inspiring an up beat, the TwoDots theme song is a whimsical tune that “Blenders” can remix with their own style and direction with Ableton Live. The audio player is at https://blend.io/embed/538b802715d29dac5d000013.

The contest starts today and the song is now available on the Blend network. Remixes can be completed and entered into the competition until June 13. Blend and TwoDots will then choose the best remix to be included on the official soundtrack album for TwoDots, published by Blend and for sale on June 24.

To enter the contest, music producers need to login at https://blend.io/vip/dots and start remixing.

Blend supports major DAWs, such as Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Logic, FL Studio, Garageband, and more. More DAWs are continuously added, allowing music creators to find, share and collaborate on music projects in their native (source) format. While other networks publish completed music, Blend’s focus is on creating and collaborating while projects are in progress.

About Dots
Dots builds unique games with thoughtful design. The studio’s first game, also known as Dots, garnered a massive and loyal following since its launch in 2013. Five billion games were played in the first year alone, and millions more enjoy the game every day. Dots is available as a free download for iPhone, iPad and Android on the Apple App Store, Google Play, Amazon Appstore, and the Taobao Mobile marketplace. Two Dots is the newest game from the studio available on the Apple App Store. You can learn more about Dots by following @playdots on Twitter, liking www.facebook.com/playdots on Facebook and visiting the Dots website: www.weplaydots.com.

About Blend
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 and FL Studio. For more information and to enter, please visit http://blend.io.

AES136 Berlin Highlights Project Studio Expo and Special Sound for Picture Programming

New York, NY, May 30, 2014 — Celebrating the success of the 136th Audio Engineering Society Convention, which took place April 26 – 29, 2014 at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center in Berlin, Germany, the AES continues to forge new territory with its successful tracks and programs at recent Conventions. Making its European debut was the heavily-attended Project Studio Expo, sponsored by DPA Microphones, as well as an expanded Sound for Picture track, of interest to many of today’s leading professionals. Additional Technical Program events, manufacturer exhibitions, tech tours and more rounded out the Convention, which paved the way for AES138, which will next year be held in Poland (as announced at the Berlin opening ceremonies).

As proven popular at recent AES Conventions in San Francisco and New York City, the Project Studio Expo offered a unique set of presentations appropriate for all levels of today’s home-based and professional studio environments. Programs included Basic Microphone Technology; Professional Mixes from Your Project Studio – Common Mistakes, Immediate Solutions; Electronic Dance Music: Live Performance Mixing Techniques; The Business of Being in the Music Business; How Did They Get that Sound?; Advanced Vocal Editing; Mastering Engineering – The Link to Your Audience and more. Hosted by notable industry engineers, educators, journalists and sponsors, the Project Studio Expo once again offered a unique chance to experience music production with top talent, tools and techniques.

AES136 Berlin also featured an extensive Sound for Picture track, organized by Brian McCarty, chair of the Sound for Digital Cinema and Television Technical Committee. The Convention provided a platform for extensive discussions on the direction and future of immersive sound in cinema, television and video gaming. The attendance by a wide range of leading professionals in these fields, combined with the depth of knowledge contained in the AES membership, showed the advantages of cohesive and science-driven solutions for audio with UHDTV and other new media platforms.

Followup information from the AES 136th International Convention in Berlin can be found on the AES136 web page, including photos and downloadable convention papers from the extensive AES eLibrary.

Photo Caption 1: AES Presenter Stephen Webber, pictured with the crowd at the Project Studio Expo at AES136 in Berlin.

Photo Caption 2: Brian McCarty, chair of the Sound for Digital Cinema and Television Technical Committee at AES136, welcomes attendees to the Sound for Picture track.

Sound Devices Introduces Video Devices

REEDSBURG, WI – Sound Devices, specialists in audio and video production equipment, presents Video Devices, a new brand and identity for its line of video products.

“To reinforce and clarify our audio and video product lines, Sound Devices is focusing its video product efforts into a new brand identity, Video Devices. This new and separate brand will allow us to clearly define and tailor our video product portfolio specifically to video applications and markets,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “While production sound equipment is our foundation and we continue to develop cool new audio gear, video production has become increasingly important for us. The Video Devices brand is a clear message to the industry that we are in this market for the long haul.” more

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