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Audio Engineering Society Educational Foundation Announces the Bruce Swedien Scholarship Fund

— Scholarship to honor Swedien’s career and help carry on his legacy for future generations —

— Swedien family and scholarship organizers reaching out to the audio community seeking contributions for fund —

New York, NY, April 10, 2014 — The Audio Engineering Society Educational Foundation (AESEF) announces the Bruce Swedien Scholarship Fund. This year marks the 80th birthday of legendary producer/engineer Bruce Swedien, whose career in the recording industry spans more than 60 years. The AESEF, working closely with Bruce’s family, is honoring him with a scholarship funded by his colleagues, fans and friends in the business, as a way to say “thank you” for his many gifts and to help aid young recording engineers who believe in putting the “Music First!,” as is Bruce’s mantra.

Since being publicly recognized in 1962 with his first GRAMMY® nomination, for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” Bruce has built a peerless body of work across eras and genres. Bruce went on to record and mix Michael Jackson’s Thriller, the best-selling album in the history of recorded music. Aside from these credits, he is known for his work with Duke Ellington, Burt Bacharach, B.B. King, Jennifer Lopez, Bonnie Raitt, Edgar Winter, Barbra Streisand, Sergio Mendes and many more. Bruce has been nominated for a total of thirteen GRAMMY Awards and won five. He has also been awarded 10 GRAMMY certificates and two ASCAP composer Awards and has been nominated for five TEC Awards. He is being awarded an AES fellowship award this year for his “impact in creating a sonic reference in modern popular music,” while his latest book, The Bruce Swedien Recording Method (Hal Leonard Publishing) inspires the music world.

Those who know Bruce are aware of his ongoing dedication to the craft of recording artistry. In addition to his talents and successes, he continues to be an open book to younger artists – imparting his knowledge and history for the benefit of the entire industry, and supporting initiatives such as the AESEF. And he is also an insatiable learner himself, exchanging ideas with other top audio minds at each year’s AES Conventions and other industry gatherings.

This scholarship honors Swedien’s lifetime of excellence as a producer/engineer, musician, author, educator and mentor for the past six decades while complementing the mission of the Audio Engineering Society Educational Foundation: to support future outstanding audio engineering professionals. Scholarships will be offered annually to graduate students in the recording arts who have a passion for maintaining the highest standards of music recording.

Bob Moses, AES Executive Director, states, “This scholarship is a beautiful way to pass on Bruce’s wisdom and encouragement to the next generation. Somewhere out there is a kid making noise in a basement, destined to receive this scholarship on his way to becoming a recording legend. This is one of the most sacred and meaningful things we get to do at AES, I’m especially grateful to Bruce’s family for working with us to put it together.”

To support the Bruce Swedien Scholarship Fund, please visit http://www.swedienscholarship.org/.

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Guitar Center Announces Improved Capital Structure, Now Poised to Accelerate Growth

Announcement Highlights:

Guitar Center improves capital structure through debt-to-equity exchange between Bain Capital & new partner Ares Management
Transactions reduce debt by approximately $500 million and reduces annual cash interest expense by over $70 million
Guitar Center now positioned to make substantial investments in people, stores and products to scale operations in 2014 and beyond

Guitar Center, the world’s largest retailer of musical instruments and recording equipment, today announced the successful completion of financial transactions that greatly improve the company’s financial position. As a result of these transactions, Guitar Center’s total debt has been reduced by approximately $500 million and annual cash interest expense has been reduced by over $70 million. The improved financial position of the company will enable Guitar Center’s management team to further invest in its people, store base and brands to accelerate growth.

As part of the transactions, affiliates of the Private Equity Group of Ares Management exchanged a portion of their holdings of Guitar Center’s debt into preferred stock and assumed a controlling interest in the company. Affiliates of Bain Capital retained partial ownership of the company, along with representation on the Board of Directors.

Concurrently with the partial debt-to-equity exchange, Guitar Center completed a refinancing of its remaining indebtedness with proceeds from new senior secured notes, senior unsecured notes, and a new revolving credit facility. Aside from carrying a lower interest burden, the company’s new debt structure provides for substantially more flexibility and improved credit terms over the next five years.

“This new capital structure is the culmination of a lot of hard work over the last year. Further, it marks a significant moment for Guitar Center as we strengthen our company and welcome Ares Management and its retail expertise alongside that of Bain Capital. We now have the necessary resources to expand our footprint and to invest in our people, stores and product assortment. Guitar Center is well positioned to expand our multi-channel offering nationally and to significantly accelerate growth through new services and a strong focus on improving our customer experience. We believe that 2014 is going to be a landmark year of exciting change for Guitar Center and our valued vendor partners.” – Mike Pratt – CEO, Guitar Center

“These transactions significantly enhance Guitar Center’s financial position. On a cash flow basis, we expect to save more than $70 million a year in cash interest expense. In addition, the removal of the restrictive term loan covenant and extension of the maturity dates of our facilities provides us with financial flexibility to execute our strategic plan and to grow the business.” – Tim Martin, Chief Financial Officer, Guitar Center

Proskauer Rose LLP acted as legal advisor to Ares. Kirkland & Ellis LLP acted as legal advisor to Bain Capital and to Guitar Center. BofA Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank Securities, J.P. Morgan and RBC Capital Markets acted as joint bookrunners on the new Secured and Unsecured Notes. Wells Fargo Capital Finance and Bank of America Merrill Lynch acted as joint lead arrangers on the new revolving credit facility.

About Guitar Center

Guitar Center is the largest retailer of musical instruments and related products. We operate Guitar Center and Music & Arts retail stores across the United States. We also are the largest direct response retailer of musical instruments and related products through our subsidiaries Musician’s Friend, Inc., Music123, Inc., Woodwind & Brasswind, Inc., and their catalogs and websites. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Guitar Center’s historic first-steps to helping people make music. Guitar Center is all about enabling musicians and non-musicians alike to experience the almost indescribable joy that comes from playing an instrument. All we sell is the greatest feeling on earth.

About Ares Management

Ares Management LLC is a leading global alternative asset manager with approximately $74 billion of assets under management and approximately 700 employees in over 15 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Ares Management’s Private Equity Group has approximately $10 billion of assets under management, targeting investments in high-quality franchises across multiple industries, including current retail and consumer investments in 99¢ Only Stores LLC, Floor and Decor Outlets of America, Inc., National Bedding Company LLC (Serta), The Neiman Marcus Group LLC, Simmons Bedding Company and Smart & Final Holdings, Inc. For more information visit: www.aresmgmt.com

About Bain Capital Private Equity

Founded in 1984, Bain Capital one of the world’s foremost privately-held alternative investment firms, with more than $70 billion of assets under management. With deep experience investing in and building businesses around the world, the firm has made private equity, growth, and venture capital investments in more than 450 companies, across a variety of industries including consumer/retail, financial services and institutions, healthcare, industrials, and technology, media and telecommunications. Bain Capital has offices in Boston, New York, Chicago, Palo Alto, London, Munich, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Mumbai and Sydney. For more information please visit http://www.baincapitalprivateequity.com/.

For more information about Guitar Center, please visit http://gc.guitarcenter.com/pressroom/

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Audio-Technica Hosts Livestreamed “Ask Me Anything” and Educational Mic Presentation Events at NAB 2014

STOW, OH, March 31, 2014 — Following successful booth events at other recent trade shows, Audio-Technica(Booth C1720), a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is hosting 15 Livestream events at its booth at NAB 2014.

Some of the industry’s top audio experts will converge on the Audio-Technica booth on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during the show. In the morning, get answers to YOUR questions during 30-minute, Q&A-style “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) forums. Then in the afternoon, attend A-T’s popular educational Mic Presentations. All sessions will be livestreamed at www.livestream.com (free registration) and viewable at http://www.audio-technica.com/NAB2014 during and after the NAB show.

“Ask Me Anything” questions are fed to the presenters through a moderator during a 30-minute Q&A session. Questions can be submitted by individuals present at NAB booth C1720, online at Livestream.com, and via Twitter #ATliveNAB.

The session schedule is listed below, and additional details are available at the Audio-Technica booth or at www.audio-technica.com/NAB2014. (Note: this schedule is subject to change; updates will be made on this link.)

Audio-Technica NAB Event Schedule, Booth C1720:

Monday, April 7, 2014

10:00 a.m. Ask Me Anything with Dennis Baxter – EMMY® Award-winning sports and Olympic sound designer
11:00 a.m. Ask Me Anything with Michael Abbott – TV audio mixer & producer; work includes GRAMMY® and CMA Award shows
1:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Fred Ginsburg, C.A.S. (Cinema Audio Society) – “Rigging Lavalier Microphones for Film/Video Production”
2:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Robert Bigelow, Audio mixer/sound editor for film and TV; recent projects include NCIS New Orleans, Star-Crossed and Treme – “Mid-Side/Stereo Miking Demystified”
3:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Dennis Baxter – “Sports Miking Techniques”

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

10:00 a.m. Ask Me Anything with Maureen Droney – Senior Executive Director, The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®
11:00 a.m. Ask Me Anything with Lenise Bent – Audio mixer/engineer & producer for music and film, including DreamWorks productions
1:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Fred Ginsburg – “Selection and Use of Boom Microphones”
2:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Robert Bigelow – “Recording Live Music for Broadcast”
3:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Fred Ginsburg – “When and How to Use Planted Microphones”

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

10:00 a.m. Ask Me Anything with Larry Estrin – Audio technology innovator, Founder of BEST Audio; work includes presidential debates, the Super Bowl, Olympics and Disney
11:00 a.m. Ask Me Anything with Robert Bigelow
1:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Steve Savanyu – “Microphone Techniques for Digital SLR Cameras”
2:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Fred Ginsburg – “Intro to Multi-track Location Dialogue Recording”
3:30 p.m. Mic Presentation with Fred Ginsburg – “Advanced Workflow for Multi-track Location Dialogue Recording”

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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Audio Engineering Society Releases Program and Event Details for 136th International Convention in Berlin

— FREE “Exhibits-Plus” Badge and premium “All Access” Badges are now available for AES136 Berlin Convention —

New York, NY, March 26, 2014 — The Audio Engineering Society has just announced details on the Technical Program for the 136th Audio Engineering Society International Convention, being held in Berlin, Germany, on April 26 – 29, 2014, at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center. Offering a diverse range of engaging Tutorials, Workshops, Technical Papers, Engineering Briefs, and industry Exhibits spread over four days, AES136 will also see the European debut of the Project Studio Expo (PSE), as well as special events and presentations featuring leading engineers, producers and luminaries of the audio industry. Additional information on programs, presenters, and registration is available on the AES136 Convention web page at http://www.aes.org/events/136/.

Engineering Briefs
AES136 will feature over 25 Engineering Briefs covering diverse topics of audio engineering, including presentations such as: Remixing a Historic Film in HOA 3-D Audio; New Studio Strategies in Music Production — The Disappearing Gap between Engineer and Producer; An Approach to Bass Enhancement in Portable Computers Employing Smart Virtual Bass Synthesis Algorithms; Metadata, Tagging; and Multitrack: The Future of Music Formatting, among others.

Paper Sessions
As the chief goal of the Audio Engineering Society, audio research and applied techniques remain the top priority at the Berlin Convention, which will feature over 75 paper presentations within the topics of Recording, Audio Education, Signal Processing, Room Acoustics, Applications in Audio, Perception, Spatial Audio, Transducers, Network Audio and Forensics.

Project Studio Expo
The Project Studio Expo, a well-attended hit of recent AES Conventions, offers a venue for specialized discussions on some of the most timely and relevant areas of interest facing today’s recordist. These comprehensive presentations cover topics of note for engineers (whether in a home studio or top commercial facility), such as 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 offers a unique, new opportunity for attendees to interact with working industry professionals and to further their knowledge in order to get the most out of their recording experiences. Admission is included with both free “Exhibits-Plus” and premium “All Access” registration options.

Tutorials
A selection of in-depth Tutorials will also take place over the convention’s four days, offering analysis of topics including Tuning Your Studio – Acoustic Analysis of Small Rooms for Music; Dither and Noise Shaping in Digital Audio: Hows and Whys; Audio Forensics — What’s It All About; and The Drum Kit: What a Recordist Ought to Know.

Workshops
Another popular series of events is the audio Workshops that focus on areas of creative and technical applications and concerns. This year’s Workshops will include, among others, Practical Techniques for Recording Ambience in Surround; Speech Intelligibility; Myth-Busting Microphone Specifications; Applications for Object-Based Audio; and Implementing New Cinema Calibration Standards.

For more information on AES136 technical program, presenters, and registration visit the AES136 Convention web page at http://www.aes.org/events/136/.

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The Audio Engineering Society Appoints Graham Kirk as International Sales Manager

– Organization expands its marketing efforts with addition of Kirk to business development team –

New York, NY, March 11, 2014 — As part of its newly focused business and marketing efforts, the Audio Engineering Society has appointed industry executive Graham Kirk to the position of International Sales Manager. The announcement was made by Bob Moses, AES Executive Director, and further underscores the AES’s bolstered business development campaign, which began with the 135th AES Convention in New York, resulting in record attendance, this past fall. In his new position, Kirk will spearhead sales for AES exhibition partners and sponsors, as well as work closely with Moses and Steve Green, AES Business Development Manager.

Leveraging his experience in the music and professional audio industries, Kirk has previously managed sales and marketing efforts for Audio Media magazine and as the European Sales Director for the NewBay Media Group. Further, Kirk will be at the upcoming Musikmesse 2014 International Music Fair (March 12 – 15) to meet with exhibitors and potential participants about partner and sponsorship opportunities at the upcoming 136th AES Convention in Berlin and the 137th Convention in Los Angeles.

“We are very excited to have Graham on board as we continue to gain momentum for our two International Conventions coming up this year, in both Berlin and L.A.,” states Bob Moses. “We have worked hard to provide new opportunities for both attendees and exhibitors at our upcoming events and we feel that Graham has an excellent background and skill set to help maximize these efforts and to help the AES grow as the number-one professional and educational resource for the industry.”

Exhibitors and potential sponsors are encouraged to contact Graham Kirk to discuss exhibition and advertising opportunities for upcoming conventions, newsletters and more, at graham.kirk@aes.org or via phone at: +44 (0) 787-246-1938 or +1 212-661-8528 ext. 114.

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Registration Now Open for 136th Audio Engineering Society International Convention in Berlin

— FREE “Exhibits-Plus” Badge and premium “All Access” Badge registration is now online for AES136 Convention —

New York, NY, March 6, 2014 — The Audio Engineering Society has opened registration for the 136th AES International Convention, to be held in Berlin, Germany, on April 26 – 29, 2014, at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center. Headed by the AES 136th Convention co-chairs Sascha Spors and Umberto Zanghieri, the convention is set to be the premier European gathering of audio industry professionals. Over 100 Tutorials, Workshops, Engineering Briefs and Paper Sessions have been announced that will cover a wide range of topics relevant to the professional audio industry, with further detailed session and event information coming soon. Attendees are encouraged to visit the AES136 Registration Page to pre-register for their FREE “Exhibits-Plus” Badge, or opt for the premium “All Access” Badge, as well as to find further details on hotels and special events.

Following the success of the Project Studio Expo (PSE) at recent previous conventions, the PSE will be making its European debut at AES136, and a special Technology Showcase will also provide participating companies with a chance to interface directly with interested end users and customers at this year’s exhibition. Additionally, the Technical Program for the 136th Berlin Convention is shaping up to be one of the most diverse to be presented by the Audio Engineering Society. Paper Sessions will include subjects such as acoustics, networked audio, multi-channel systems, mobile audio, and in-depth studies into aspects of microphone and loudspeaker design. Other popular Workshop and Tutorial Sessions will bring panels of experts together to discuss a range of practical application topics, such as Audio Forensics, Film Soundtrack Loudness, microphone technique and 3-D audio in automotive applications. The convention will also host a series of student-related events and opportunities, as well as a meeting of the AES Standards Committee, Awards, Special Events, and offsite Technical Tours to audio facilities of interest in the area.

Additional information on the 136th AES International Convention in Berlin is now available on the AES136 home page at http://www.aes.org/events/136/.
For further details on the AES136 Technical Program: http://www.aes.org/events/136/program/
Online Registration: http://www.aes.org/events/136/registration/
Hotel and Venue Information: http://www.aes.org/events/136/attendees/hotel/

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Audio-Technica Microphones Used for SXSWfm, the Online Radio Portal for the South By Southwest Festival

— Online radio station covering Austin-based South By Southwest (SXSW), one of the world’s leading music and media events, looks to Audio-Technica products to capture in-the-field interviews and live in-studio performances —

STOW, OH, March 4, 2014 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is proud to have its microphones and headphones used by SXSWfm, the dedicated online radio portal of the South By Southwest (SXSW) festival, which takes place each year in Austin, Texas. This year’s festival, which will be held March 7-16, will encompass film, media, technology, and of course music, with over 1700 showcasing artists playing live. The channel is now live at www.sxswfm.com and currently features artists that have showcased during the SXSW’s 27-year history and all other aspects of the festival.

“The goal of the channel is to reflect the wide spectrum of sounds you can hear when you attend the SXSW Music Festival,” stated Kevin Connor, SXSWfm Programming Manager. “It’s all kinds of music from all over the world. As the SXSW 2014 season progresses, we will be introducing you to the artists who will be joining us in Austin in March for five nights of showcases on more than 100 stages.”

Currently, the station’s DJ’s and content creators have been using the AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphones, ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones and AT8035 Shotgun Microphones. “We’ve had a great experience with the Audio Technica gear we’ve been using here at SXSWfm,” notes Connor. “The ATH-M50 headphones are dependable, accurate and comfortable over the course of a long day of listening to SXSW artists and producing our station elements. The AT8035 is not only a great shotgun mic in the field for interviews, but it has also become our go-to mic in our confined voiceover space.”

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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Audio-Technica Offers Free “Installed Sound Support” App for iOS Devices

— Easy-to-use mobile app provides a number of essential tools for system integrators, sound contractors and other audio professionals in the field —

STOW, OH, February 10, 2014 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is pleased to announce the availability of its new Installed Sound Support App, featuring a number of helpful tools for system integrators, sound contractors, FOH engineers, musicians and other audio professionals in the field. This easy-to-use app was developed based on direct feedback from working professionals, and includes useful calculators, meters, record-and-playback functions, A-T mic application guide and more. Compatible with Apple iOS devices such as iPads and iPhones running iOS 5.1 or higher, the app is free and can be downloaded by visiting the Apple App Store on an iOS device.

In-app features include the following:

Application guide for Audio-Technica microphones
Wavelength Calculator
Needed Gain Calculator
3:1 Microphone Placement Calculator
RTA & SPL Meter
Frequency Finder for Audio-Technica wireless products
Record and Playback functions for sound system testing

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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