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iZotope Masters Q&A: Charles Deenen Discusses Audio Processing for Video Games

iZotope Masters Q&A Series, Part 1:
Charles Deenen, Master of Audio: Video Games

Deenen Discusses The Evolution of Game Design and How Audio Processing is Better than Ever

Cambridge, MA, November 25, 2013 – Charles Deenen is one of the gaming industry’s preeminent sound designers and mixers, with credits like the Need for Speed series, Fallout, Startrek and his support on Activision’s Call of Duty®: Ghosts. Since writing a sound driver for Commodore PET at the age of 13, he has left his creative fingerprints among top selling games from Electronic Arts, Interplay and Shiny, and other companies. Over the course of his career, Deenen has remained aligned with innovations in audio software, particularly iZotope’s RX, which he has been using for many years. iZotope recently caught up with Deenen, who discussed the role that iZotope’s RX 3 and Insight played in how his design work assisted the studio teams on Call of Duty: Ghosts.

iZotope: What role does audio play in video games?
Charles: Audio connects the real from the unreal. In film, you always start with the real — you see a real image, a real portrayal, a real human. Audio enhances the storytelling and everything else. But in games, audio often serves as the connecting bit that makes the visuals that aren’t photo-realistic (yet) real to the viewer, adding an emotional feel. For example, if you add beautiful audio to Pac-Man, it it becomes a much more emotional experience — all through the use of audio. Try doing the same thing with a movie and it’s a little trickier because you are dealing with a more realistic picture.

iZotope: Why is efficiency important in your work nowadays?

Charles: Efficiency these days is a massive thing. In the old days, people were more reasonable about time frames — you might have three months to mix audio for a game, or six months to mix audio for a movie. But now they know you have this computer in front of you so there is a much greater expectation. When we get our trailers or game cinematics, the amount of time we can actually spend on it has to be the “computer equivalent” of those original three months or six months. So you need tools to speed up your workflow and that’s where tools like RX 3 really help. Also, back in the day, we would have a large staff of editors that would go through the dialogue and remove every little tick by hand. For that, there would be months and months of work involved. If we had RX 3 back in 1991, it would have been like, “here’s a batch file, run it, and come back a day after that.”

iZotope: Which iZotope tools are you currently using?
Charles: I use RX 3 and Insight, mostly. Because we have to deliver mixes in multiple formats at the same time, all my mixes have to adhere to various standards and levels. I have an auxiliary computer running multiple instances of Insight so I can see exactly what my outputs look like for television broadcast, Xbox, YouTube and other mediums. Insight lets me monitor and set the proper levels for each medium quickly and provides a really good overview each time of how far we can push the levels. Since I’ve been using it, it has performed really well.

iZotope: How did your use of RX 3 play a role in supporting development of Call of Duty: Ghosts?
Charles: It was used in the sound design for the movies in game. For example, wanted to present scenes depicting good vs evil. So, when we came in, we were looking to deliver very natural, yet oddball, ways to portray the characters’ good and evil tendencies. I went through all these recordings of thunder, water and other things that felt natural, and then heavily processed them with RX 3 and other tools. Using the Dereverb module in RX 3 Advanced, we would remove extreme broadband noise from these sounds and what was left was the grittiness, the unnatural bit.

iZotope: Did you use RX 3 in the mixing stage?
Charles:
Yes. During mixes, one of the biggest problems typically is noise. Basically, every single sound effect that has a hiss or some other noise gets processed in real time through RX 3: this reduces the noise by anywhere between 3 dB and 8 dB. Take a chopper. What you really want to get is the really heavy blades — the “chug chug chug.” You have to pull out all the stops in order to get those types of sounds to be as clean as possible—to get the essence of the sound, separating everything else. For us, this is how we make our mixes clean and punchy. Without something like RX 3, this would be impossible to do.

iZotope: How do you deal with audio that comes in from multiple sources on a project?
Charles:
I use iZotope Ozone 5 Matching EQ quite a lot. For example, we supported some of the dialogue in Call of Duty: Ghosts, which was recorded over multiple days, in multiple sessions with many different people when it came to the foreign languages. We had finished the original English mix and then had to match all these different languages to capture the vibe of the original English one. In order to do that, the starting point was matching the EQ with Ozone 5’s Matching EQ feature. Then we applied these EQ levels to the takes in foreign languages. When we do trailers and different dialog comes in at the last minute, it can be from any source — including phones. That happens quite a bit, and my main starting point is the Matching EQ to quickly match one to the other.

iZotope: When have you had to fix audio that was recorded less than perfectly?
Charles:
On a different project, a crew had gone overseas to shoot interviews. They came back and realized that the audio had all this massive background noise and hissing. Had it not been for RX 3 to remove the noise and reverb, they would have had to go back and re-shoot everything. It would have been over the top and cost-prohibitive, if not impossible, because all of the audio had been captured at a “once a year” event. Afterwards, somebody asked me how I got the dialog to sound so crisp and intelligible, and a lot of credit went to RX3.

About the iZotope Masters Q&A Series
The iZotope Masters Q&A Series will profile masters of various audio professions including audio for video games, broadcast, film composition, and more. Stay tuned for more interviews with Audio Masters through 2013.

About iZotope RX 3
RX 3 is an industry-leading audio repair solution for audio engineers, post production professionals, broadcasters, podcasters, archivists, forensic specialists, videographers and more. Work up to six times faster than before thanks to processing enhancements and a redesigned user interface. Remove or reduce reverb, clean up dialogue on the fly, recall session details with the new RX Document format, and much more with the new RX 3.
For more information on RX 3 and RX 3 Advanced, please visit: http://www.izotope.com/rx3

About iZotope, Inc

iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite, RX®.
For more information on iZotope products, please visit www.izotope.com

ACTIVISION, CALL OF DUTY, and CALL OF DUTY GHOSTS are trademarks of Activision Publishing, Inc.

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iZotope Offers Iris Freebies, Discount in November

Iris Cookbook, Synths Sound Library, and 30% off through November 21.

iZotope Inc., Cambridge, MA (November 18, 2013) - iZotope Inc. has released several freebies for Iris users this month. iZotope has created the Iris Cookbook, designed to help make the most out of Iris, a new free Iris Synths sound library with throwbacks to classic synth sounds, and a site-wide sale on all things Iris through November 21, 2013.

New Free Iris Cookbook
In addition to offering over 30% off Iris products, iZotope has also put forth its first-ever Iris Cookbook. The Cookbook, complete with downloadable sample presets and companion videos, is designed to help you explore some of the musical possibilities Iris has to offer, from spectral selections to special effects.

Download the free Iris Cookbook and the follow-along Iris Cookbook presets.
Watch the Iris Cookbook companion videos for Designing ‘Phat’ Synth Sounds and Creating Synths from Machinery.

New Free Sound Library: Synths
Adding to the comprehensive collection of Sound Libraries for Iris, Synths aims to please those looking for classic synthesizer sounds – for free. Lovingly recorded by GForce software, Synths brings legendary favorites like the ARP 2500, EMS VCS3, the Korg PS3100, the Yamaha CS-80, and the Logan String Melody into the spotlight, mixing and matching their harmonics to create a broad array of “hybrid” instruments that reimagine your synth possibilities.
Download Synths for free

To start finding music in everything, visit www.izotope.com/iris.

About iZotope, Inc.
iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony.

For more information on iZotope products, please visit www.izotope.com.

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Win a FREE Complete Composers Collection 2!

“Like” EASTWEST Sounds on Facebook to enter

Hollywood, CA (November 8, 2013) – EastWest is offering the chance to win a free Complete Composers Collection 2 through November 17. To enter, simply “like” EASTWEST on Facebook and answer one question on the entry form for a chance to win aComplete Composers Collection 2 with your choice of 7 licenses from the 20 options on the included hard drive.

The Complete Composers Collection 2 is perfect for music, film, TV, and game composers. 20 award-winning virtual instruments that cover virtually every musical genre, including:

- The Hollywood Gold series with Strings, Brass and Woodwinds
- The Dark Side
- Ministry of Rock 2
- Spaces
- uantum Leap Solo Violin

Each of these virtual instruments is a veritable masterpiece with truly authentic sounds. With Complete Composers Collection 2, any musician has access to the instruments and articulations used by some of the most successful composers in the world. The massive library comes on a 1TB pocket-size “Plug n’ Play” external hard drive. All samples are installed for quick and easy access. Every instrument included is powered by EASTWEST’s PLAY 4 software, and is now fully compatible with ProTools 11 supporting AAX, plus most other popular hosts (see compatibility chart).

For complete details and to enter visit http://www.soundsonline.com/CCC2-Giveaway

About EASTWEST

EASTWEST (www. soundsonline.com) has been dedicated to perpetual innovation and uncompromising quality of Sample Libraries and Virtual Instruments for 25 years, setting the industry standard as the most critically acclaimed soundware developer. More about EASTWEST at soundsonline.com and soundsonline-europe.com, on Facebook and Twitter.

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iZotope Releases Audio Repair with RX 3: Tools, Tips and Techniques

Online Guide Details Strategies for Overcoming Common Audio Repair Problems

Cambridge, MA – November 5, 2013 – iZotope Inc., a leading audio technology company, announced the release of its new digital guide entitled Audio Repair with RX 3: Tools, Tips, and Techniques. The reference guide, available free of charge in the iTunes store and through iZotope’s website, provides invaluable information for audio editors repairing or restoring audio.

Audio Repair with RX 3 outlines the most common types of audio problems in recordings and covers the fundamental concepts of audio repair, while providing helpful tips from professionals for salvaging previously unusable audio. Geared toward helping users approach audio restoration based on their specific goals, readers can navigate through a wealth of tips and techniques from professionals including Emmy award-winning sound mixer Bill Jackson, Pro Tools Expert deputy editor Mike Thornton, and others.

For RX 3 users, audio repair techniques using iZotope’s new RX 3 audio restoration software are also included as subtopics throughout the guide.

Key Features:
Through the 100+ pages of the guide, readers are provided with valuable information on how to:

- Identify the basics of audio repair and restoration, and understand the tools of the trade.
- Learn the use of a spectrogram to identify audio problems.
- Expand efficiency in denoising, including reducing broadband noise, hum and tonal noise, and dialog denoising.
- Removing intermittent noises and gaps, clicks and pops, clipping, and reverb.
- Learn techniques of efficiently exporting and delivering audio.
- Discover tips from award-winning industry leaders, including timesaving advice and guidance through specific modules and plug-ins.

For more information about “Audio Repair with RX 3”, visit www.izotope.com.
For more information about iZotope RX 3, visit http://www.izotope.com/rx.

Pricing and Links to Download
Audio Repair with RX 3: Tools, Tips and Techniques, is free of charge, and is accessible through PDF by clicking here.
The eBook version can be downloaded via iTunes for iPhone and iPad by clicking here.
Users can also download follow-along audio examples here from the iZotope website.

About iZotope, Inc.
iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite, RX®.
For more information on iZotope products, please visit www.izotope.com.

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Hal Leonard Publishes Power Tools for Cubase 7

Master Steinberg’s powerful multi-platform audio production software

Montclair, NJ (October 25, 2013)Hal Leonard Books, the musician’s best source of books on the music business, audio technology, instrument history, and more, is now shipping Power Tools for Cubase 7 by Matthew Loel T. Hepworth.

Cubase is a program that transforms your computer into a complete recording studio, providing every button, knob, switch, and fader found in a hardware-based studio, plus a few extra controls that don’t normally exist in that realm. Cubase 7 offers practically unlimited tracks for musicians, producers, and music enthusiasts alike, limited only by the power of the host computer. With so many options, the processes of composing, recording, editing, mixing, and mastering can be challenging, but Power Tools for Cubase 7 will help the reader easily and efficiently take advantage of all that creative power and flexibility.

Power Tools for Cubase 7 was written with the new user in mind. First, you’ll learn the process of installation and proper studio configuration. Then, you’ll learn the foundations of rudimentary Cubase operations; how to avoid common mistakes; how to properly record and edit MIDI instrument and audio tracks, and how to use techniques that produce smoothly polished and powerful results. Finally, you’ll learn how to add mastering treatments for a professional-sounding, competitive, punchy, shiny, and loud mix!

The included DVD-ROM contains valuable supporting material and actual Cubase session files that add to the in-depth learning experience provided by Power Tools for Cubase 7.

About the Author
Matthew Loel T. Hepworth has been teaching music technology since 1984 and is the author of many how-to videos as well as other books on music and audio software. He consults on, records, mixes, and masters audio projects for many clients, including Air Supply, Devil Driver, Foothill Drive, Gene Swift, the Jonni Lightfoot Band, the Red Rock Hot Club, Supersofar, and many others. The son of two educators, he has the unique ability to thoughtfully teach people how to use complex music products and software. Hepworth plays a variety of instruments, including bass guitar, guitar, and the very unusual Theremin. He also provides video services to various dance companies and corporate clients and uses a 48-input mobile recording system to capture live concert performances into Cubase. He regularly travels the world to consult with recording studios and he frequently provides technical support for motion picture and photographic production teams.

Power Tools for Cubase 7
$39.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00333397
ISBN: 9781458413680
Width: 7.5″ Length: 9.0″ 328 pages, DVD-ROM included

More information at www.halleonardbooks.com

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Hal Leonard Publishes Beyond Mastering

“This is the perfect trail guide for musicians, engineers and anyone else interested in how the universe of sound operates.” – Jovino Santos Neto, Brazilian American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger

Montclair, NJ (October 22, 2013) – Hal Leonard, the musician’s best source of books on the music business, audio technology, instrument history and more, releases Beyond Mastering, the highly anticipated second book by mastering engineer Steve Turnidge.

In his first book, Desktop Mastering, Turnidge gave readers a tour of his unique approach to mastering, all the while providing glimpses of his mind-set and resulting workflow. Now, in Beyond Mastering, he unveils the physics and philosophy that drives the mastering engineer. He has found parallels between mastering music and mastering life, and he helps the reader to find the internal state required to achieve happiness and success.

Beyond Mastering is full of guiding principles gained from Turnidge’s 25-plus years in art and technology. He expresses universal truths with a mix of anecdotes, analogies and metaphors, and reveals ways to truly enjoy work and be more productive when fully integrating your profession into the rest of your life.

The book is written for the audio enthusiast who wants to get a better handle on deeper aspects of the art and craft of mastering. It is also for people who enjoy reading philosophical ideas that extend beyond routine education, and for those who want to better understand the world of audio, frequency, and amplitude.

“Although it can seem impossible at times, we can make peace with the demands of making a living and our passion. We can make a life that includes everything we really need. For those who are paying attention to the doors that are opening, rather than the one that just closed, the book may be the way in.” – Frank Sheldon, Guitar Craft

“Steve was the first person to ever do mastering for me on my songs, and let me witness firsthand what his process could do to fix a multitude of sins on the original recordings… In this latest book, Beyond Mastering, the deeper part of Steve Turnidge’s mind comes out and shows incredible insight gleaned from this lifetime living inside of creative music and technology (technology that he not only owns and uses, but also has designed, invented, and sold around the world).” – Gordon Raphael, producer (The Strokes)

About the Author
Steve Turnidge is a noted mastering engineer at UltraViolet Studios with vast professional experience, a history of service in the international audio community, an entrepreneurial outlook that utilizes all available levels of technology, an intellect that finds incredible keys to universal truths and insights, and scores of albums and thousands of licensed music tracks to his credit. Turnidge also has an electronics background as a designer for Rane Corporation, and he currently designs and fabricates modular hardware synthesizers at Synthwerks, as well as guitar pedals for Pigtronix.

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Beyond Mastering
$24.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00333850
ISBN: 9781458474513
Width: 5.5″ Length: 7.75″ 262 pages
More information at www.halleonardbooks.com

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“Scary Deals”: Save 60% at Soundsonline.com until 10/31/2013!

Select 3 EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP titles and save 60% off the retail price

Hollywood, CA (October 22, 2013) Soundsonline.com, the industry leader in virtual instruments distribution, is offering Scary Deals this month, which allows musicians to purchase any 3 of the eligible EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP virtual instruments for 60% off the individual retail price.

All eligible titles can now be played with EASTWEST’s newest version of its proprietary software PLAY 4to support Avid’s new AAX format. This will allow Pro Tools 11 users to work with EASTWEST’s virtual instruments in 64-bit, greatly improving performance. PLAY 4 is compatible with all popular hosts (see compatibility chart). PLAY 4 also includes new time-stretch software optimized for loops (with sync to sequencer); offers a new mixer page (with sub-channels for mic positions), background loading, SSL/EW FX suite that includes SSL EQ & Dynamics Channel, SSL Transient Shaper, SSL Stereo Compressor, EASTWEST Expanded Convolution Reverb, and many other new features.

Purchasers can choose any three or more products from EASTWEST’s 20 eligible collections. The 60% discount will be available until October 31, 2013.

For complete promotion details and ordering information, visit http://www.soundsonline.com/Scary-Deals or http://www.soundsonline-europe.com/Scary-Deals for European purchasers. Promotional offers may not be combined.

About EASTWEST
EASTWEST (www.soundsonline.com) has been dedicated to perpetual innovation and uncompromising quality of Sample Libraries and Virtual Instruments for 25 years, setting the industry standard as the most critically acclaimed soundware developer.

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iZotope Releases Nectar 2 Production Suite


Flawless vocal production is just a click away

AES, New York City, (October 18, 2013) - iZotope Inc., a leading audio technology company, has released Nectar® 2 Production Suite. Designed specifically for voice, Nectar 2 harnesses the power of iZotope’s award-winning vocal technologies to quickly and easily treat your voice to sweet results. Whether you’re tracking or mixing, Nectar 2 is designed to deliver professional vocals fast.

“When developing Nectar 2, we focused on adding cutting edge tools like the new Harmony and FX modules, as well as classic tools that have made vocal recordings sound great for decades, like the new EMT 140-modeled plate reverb,” says Brett Bunting, Product Manager at iZotope. “By providing all the tools necessary to create a unique vocal chain, we’re excited to make working with vocals even more inspiring for our users.”

Exclusive to the new Nectar 2 Production Suite, two additional plug-ins are included for perfecting your vocal sound. Pitch correction is simpler than ever with the new Pitch Editor plug-in, and you can remove distracting breaths without tedious, time-consuming editing with the new Breath Control plug-in.

Key Features
Explore eleven powerful tools within Nectar 2: Harmony, Plate Reverb, FX, Pitch, Delay, De-Esser, Saturation, Compressors, Gate, EQ, and Limiter.

- Add impact and space to a vocal track with a new EMT 140-modeled Plate Reverb
- Transform a vocal take into a dynamic, harmonized ensemble of up to twelve voices with a few mouse clicks or by playing your MIDI with the Harmony module.
- Get smooth, pitch-perfect takes quickly with new dedicated Pitch Editor and Breath Control
plug-ins.
- Expand your palette of vocal sound with seven new creative effects in the new FX module.
- Tweak each module’s powerful settings and controls in the Advanced View, or make quick adjustments in the streamlined Overview panel.
- Switch easily between Tracking and Mixing modes to improve vocals at all stages of production.
- Hear instant results with over 150+ new presets inspired by current and classic vocal styles.
For more information about Nectar 2, visit www.izotope.com/nectar.

Pricing & Availability
Nectar 2 Production Suite, featuring the dedicated Pitch Editor and Breath Control plug-ins, will be available for $219 through October 30, 2013 (regular MSRP $299 USD / €185 EURO).
Customers who purchased Nectar after August 1, 2013 will receive an email with a free upgrade to Nectar 2 Production Suite upon release.
Users of Nectar 1 or Nectar Elements can log in to their iZotope accounts at www.izotope.com/myaccount for upgrade information and special upgrade pricing.

Compatibility

Nectar 2 can be used as plug-ins in your favorite host. Supported plug-in formats include 64-bit AAX (Pro Tools 11), RTAS/AudioSuite (Pro Tools 7.4-10), VST, VST 3, and Audio Unit.

About iZotope, Inc.
iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite, RX® For more information on iZotope products, please visit www.izotope.com.

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Hal Leonard Publishes The Invention of the American Guitar

The Pre-Civil War Innovations of C. F. Martin and His Contemporaries edited by Robert Shaw and Peter Szego

Montclair, NJ (October 17, 2013) - In time for C. F. Martin and Co.’s 180th anniversary this October, Hal Leonard Books is publishing Inventing the American Guitar ($50), the first book to describe the early history of American guitar design in detail. With essays by prominent writers and spectacular color photographs of almost fifty guitars, many of which are newly discovered, this book tells the story of how a European instrument was transformed into one with all of the design and construction features that define the iconic American flat-top guitar – all within a mere twenty years.

The person who dominates this history is C. F. Martin Sr., America’s first major guitar maker and the founder of the Martin Guitar Company, which continues to produce outstanding flat-top guitars today. After emigrating from his native Saxony to New York in 1833, Martin quickly established a guitar-making business, producing instruments modeled after those of his mentor, Johann Stauffer of Vienna. By the time he moved his family and business to rural Pennsylvania in 1839, Martin had absorbed and integrated the influence of Spanish guitars he had seen and heard in New York. In Pennsylvania, he evolved further, inventing a uniquely American guitar that was fully developed before the outbreak of the Civil War.Inventing the American Guitar traces Martin’s evolution as a craftsman and entrepreneur and explores the influences and experiments that led to his creation of the American guitar that is recognized and played around the world today.

The book includes fold-out pages of schematic drawings of two early Martin guitars: the Austro-German Style Martin Guitar and the Spanish Style Martin Guitar. An additional forty-five two-page color profiles of important guitars, including detail photos, measurements, and bracing diagrams, fill this beautiful coffee table hardcover. Contributing essayists include David Gansz, an expert on early American guitar maker James Ashborn; Antiques Roadshow appraiser and Martin expert Richard Johnston; luthier and early Martin and Spanish guitar scholar David LaPlante; Arian Sheets, Curator of Stringed Instruments at the National Music Museum, University of South Dakota; and James Westbrook, a scholar of 19th-century European guitar making.

About the editor
PETER SZEGO is a connoisseur, collector, and player of 19th-century American banjos and guitars who headed the team that created the book. He lives in Princeton, NJ and is available for interview.

About Martin Guitar

C.F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) has been creating the finest instruments in the world for 180 years. It continues to innovate, introducing techniques and features that have become industry standards, including X-bracing, the 14-fret guitar and the “Dreadnought” size. One of the world’s leading acoustic instrument makers, Martin guitars are hand-made by skilled craftsmen and women, who use a combination of new design and techniques along with those introduced by the company founder. The company is also known for producing high-quality, popular acoustic guitar strings. These include the Martin SP® LIFESPAN™ line, the fastest-growing treated string in the industry, and the Martin SP line, which uses an industry leading core wire to hold tunings better. Martin guitars and Martin strings are the instruments and strings of choice for musicians around the world, from the icons of rock, country, folk and bluegrass to those just beginning their careers. They can be seen across all segments of pop culture, from television (Glee, Psych, Raising Hope and American Idol) to the movies, on Broadway and in books, online, and gracing the covers of popular magazines on newsstands everywhere. Connect with Martin and Martin Strings on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube and via www.martinguitar.com and www.martinstrings.com.

Inventing the American Guitar
Hardcover
ISBN 9781458405760
308 pages, 10.5″ x 11″, 4-color, heavily illustrated throughout

Hal Leonard Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group
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Hal Leonard Publishes Down the Rhodes – The Fender Rhodes Story

The Fender Rhodes story told in interviews with the greatest musicians of all times

Montclair, NJ (October 14, 2013)Down the Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story is the first and only book documenting how the Rhodes changed the sound of music and was part of the greatest hits and most influential music ever recorded. Invented by Harold Rhodes as a rehabilitation tool for soldiers in World War II, the Fender Rhodes piano both revolutionized and empowered musicians to explore a new, electric frontier of music.

Through interviews with a remarkable cast of music notables, the book takes an insider’s look into how this electric piano has played an integral role in the creation of a wealth of music, from the 1960s through today. Down the Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story brings together a large collection of prominent artists to talk about their music and experiences with the Fender Rhodes: Michael Bearden, George Benson, Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, D’Angelo, Eumir Deodato, George Duke, Larry Dunn, Donald Fagen, Ronnie Foster, Rodney Franklin, Robert Glasper, Jay Graydon, Dave Grusin, Don Grusin, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Ellis Hall, Herbie Hancock, Lalah Hathaway, Rami Jaffee, Bob James, Quincy Jones, Ramsey Lewis, Jeff Lorber, Robin Lumley, Ray Manzarek, Les McCann, Marcus Miller, Steve Molitz, John Novello, David Paich, Jerry Peters, Greg Phillinganes, James Poyser, Patrice Rushen, Joe Sample, Lenny White, Maurice White, Vince Wilburn Jr., Allee Willis, the CBS musical instruments staff, and others.

A Blu-ray of the documentary film about the Fender Rhodes Electric Piano, on which Down the Rhodes is based, is included with each book. Readers can enjoy rare moments with some of the greatest artists of all times and learn how the Rhodes inspired their music.

The modern-day revival of the instrument’s popularity, the intimate stories, and the never-before-seen photographs of artists and pianos make this book a must-have for anyone interested in keyboards, piano and music history. A special Limited Edition is presented in a beautiful leather case, Down the Rhodes is a definite collector’s item and a wonderful gift. More information at www.HalLeonardBooks.com – including video samples of the movie.

About the authors
Gerald McCauley is from Los Angeles and has an extensive production career, working with many prominent artists and songwriters in the music industry. He worked as A&R Director for Monster Music, where his projects included 3 Doors Down’s concert DVD The Better Life (Rarities Edition), and served as A&R/Production Consultant for the Grammy Award-winning George Benson/Al Jarreau album Givin’ It Up. His debut release, The McCauley Sessions, and his CD/DVD Gerald McCauley’s West Coast All-Stars Live Sessions have become favorites among music lovers worldwide.

Benjamin Bove lives in Los Angeles and is a pianist and television music composer, and the Fender Rhodes piano is essential to his sound. Exposed to the Rhodes at the age of 14, Bove became a resident expert over the next decade, restoring and custom building Fender Rhodes pianos. As a graduate from the State University of New York at Buffalo, he worked in production for E! Entertainment and drew on his experience to produce Down the Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story. Currently working on his debut record, Bove is being lauded as a young force to watch in a new generation of Rhodes pianists.

Down the Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story
$44.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00119290
ISBN: 9781480342422
Width: 10.0″ Length: 10.0″ 288 pages, Blu-ray with documentary included!
More information at www.halleonardbooks.com

Please contact Music Marcom if you’d like to interview the author, print an excerpt or would like to request a review copy of the book:
Music Marcom
Martina McConnon
v: 610-577-4982
e: martina@musicmarcom.com

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