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Industry Leaders Unite to Support The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® GRAMMY® Week Event

Audio Industry Leaders Gather for the Sixth Annual GRAMMY® Week Celebration at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles Honoring Music Producers Quincy Jones and Al Schmitt

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Mar. 4, 2013) — On Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® kicked off GRAMMY® Week with its sixth annual event, “An Evening of Jazz,” honoring 27-time GRAMMY winner and multi-talented music producer Quincy Jones and 18-time GRAMMY-winning engineer and producer Al Schmitt for their commitment to excellence in audio and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music. The event was held at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles. GRAMMY Week culminated with the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.

The event was held with the support of leading companies within the musical instrument and professional audio markets. Premiere sponsors included Astell & Kern (www.astellnkern.com), Avid® (www.avid.com), DTS® (www.dts.com), HARMAN® Professional brands (AKG® Acoustics, JBL® Professional and Lexicon®) (www.harman.com), Iron Mountain (www.ironmountain.com), Louisiana Entertainment Commission (www.louisianaentertainment.gov), Music Marketing (www.musicmarketing.ca), PMC, Ltd. (www.pmc-speakers.com), PreSonus (www.presonus.com), Shure Incorporated (www.shure.com), and Ultimate Ears by Logitech (www.ultimateears.com).

Other sponsors included Argosy® (www.argosyconsole.com), Capital Bauer Insurance (www.capitalbauer.com), Focusrite Novation (www.focusrite.com, www.novationmusic.com), Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro) (www.gcpro.com), Guitar Center www.guitarcenter.com, iZotope (www.izotope.com), Lurssen Mastering (www.lurssenmastering.com), OraStream (www.orastream.com), SoundExchange (www.soundexchange.com), Vintage King (www.vintageking.com) and Westlake Pro (www.westlakepro.com).

Producers & Engineers Wing Senior Executive Director Maureen Droney said, “The evening was a huge success, and once again we take the opportunity to offer a sincere thank you to all of our sponsors. It’s a simple fact that we couldn’t have done it without them. Quincy Jones’s and Al Schmitt’s careers represent powerful moments in music history, and it is especially gratifying that so many leading high quality brands joined together and shared the night with us. We all look forward to next year.”

Representatives from several of the sponsors also weighed in on the evening’s festivities:

David Atkins, President/CEO, Argosy Console, Inc., stated, “We were thrilled and honored to be with so many of our friends and industry heroes and proud to support activities at the P&E Wing event of GRAMMY Week.”

Jim Odom, Co-founder and CSO, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., added, “Supporting The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing is a no-brainer for us at PreSonus; they’re our people! I’m a voting member of the Academy, and with other members of our team in the P&E Wing, we couldn’t imagine a better way to spend an evening during GRAMMY Week than to pay tribute to two of our heroes, Quincy Jones and Al Schmitt.”

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GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW STORE IN LANSING, MI

— 242nd Guitar Center location features on-site lessons and repair services, along with
GC’s vast inventory selection —

Westlake Village, CA (March 1, 2013) – On the evening of Thursday, February 7, 2013, Guitar Center held the grand opening of its new location in Lansing, Michigan, located at 517 Mall Court. Lansing, MI 48912. The Lansing store is Guitar Center’s 242nd retail location. The Lansing location is part of a new wave of Guitar Center retail stores that feature lesson spaces, which allows the brand to offer additional music lessons, special programs and expanded opportunities for local musicians.

Kevin “KZ” Zielinski, Lansing’s new store Manager, stated, “Working with the staff and customers at Guitar Center is just a natural fit for me; I love helping people make music and it’s so rewarding to help each person find the instrument or accessory that will be the source of their next creative inspiration.” With a passion for all things music, Zielinski has been with Guitar Center since 1999 and is certified in multiple departments including accessories, Guitars & Amps, Drums, Live Sound & DJ, Recording & Keys.

Guitar Center Lansing: What Musicians Will Find In-Store

Guitar Center Studios – Deeply vested in expanding and enhancing the Lansing music scene, Guitar Center Lansing also brings Guitar Center Studios to the new location. The fully-equipped, in-house lesson space is giving Lansing 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.
Vast Product Selection and Low Prices – Guitar Center Lansing brings an unprecedented selection of products to Lansing, 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 Garage – Guitar Center Lansing 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 Lansing: Additional In-Store Programs and Opportunities Include:

Guitar Center’s “Endless Aisle” – Lansing 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 Lansing 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.
Music Mentor Series – Available at all Guitar Center locations, the Music Mentor Series offers educational courses on Wednesdays and Saturdays every week and touch topics such as Understanding DJ Gear and Stompbox Signal Flow to Hardware and Cosmetic Upgrades for Guitars.

In addition to special programs at the new Lansing store, Guitar Center offers year-round programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight promising undiscovered talent. Lansing 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, Guitar Center’s Drum-Off.

Guitar Center Lansing Store and Studio Hours

Mon-Fri: 11:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

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GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW STORE IN CHICO, CA

— 241st Guitar Center location features on-site lessons and repair services, along with GC’s
vast inventory selection—

Westlake Village, CA (February 27, 2013) – On the evening of Thursday, January 17, 2013, Guitar Center held the grand opening of its new location in Chico, California, located at 2027 Martin Luther King, Jr. Pkwy. Chico, CA 95928. The Chico store is Guitar Center’s 241st retail location. The Chico location is part of a new wave of Guitar Center retail stores that feature lesson spaces, which allows the brand to offer additional music lessons, special programs and expanded opportunities for local musicians.

“Everyone at Guitar Center Chico shares an enthusiasm for making music and helping our customers do the same,” says Chad Cox, Chico General Manager, Chico resident and avid guitarist. Cox, who has been with Guitar Center since 2007, brings a passion for matching the right product with right customer every time. “Personally, the guitars I’ve purchased at Guitar Center have played a pivotal role in the evolution of my music, and now as manager I have the chance to guide other musicians in Chico towards the instruments and accessories they’ll need to elevate their craft too – it’s really exciting!” Cox continued.

Guitar Center Chico: What Musicians Will Find In-Store

Guitar Center Studios – Deeply vested in expanding and enhancing the Chico music scene, Guitar Center Chico also brings Guitar Center Studios to the new location. The fully-equipped, in-house lesson space is giving Chico 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.
Vast Product Selection and Low Prices – Guitar Center Chico brings an unprecedented selection of products to Chico, 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 Garage – Guitar Center Chico 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 Chico: Additional In-Store Programs and Opportunities Include:

Guitar Center’s “Endless Aisle” – Chico 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 Chico 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.
Music Mentor Series – Available at all Guitar Center locations, the Music Mentor Series offers educational courses on Wednesdays and Saturdays every week and touch topics such as Understanding DJ Gear and Stompbox Signal Flow to Hardware and Cosmetic Upgrades for Guitars.

In addition to special programs at the new Chico store, Guitar Center offers year-round programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight promising undiscovered talent. Chico 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, Guitar Center’s Drum-Off.

Guitar Center Chico Store and Studio Hours

Mon-Fri: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 6:00pm

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Auralex® Now Shipping Studiofoam T™ Acoustic Absorption Panels

— Studiofoam T™ eliminates standing waves and flutter echo —

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, FEBRUARY 27, 2013 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, is now shipping its new Studiofoam T™ Acoustic Absorption Panels. Auralex’s latest Studiofoam™ profile, Studiofoam T provides the absorption performance that Studiofoam is famous for with a more contemporary look. Studiofoam T eliminates standing waves and flutter echo while reducing unwanted reflections. The unique 2″ profile is available in a 2′ x 2′ or 2′ x 4′ format and can be mixed with other Auralex Studiofoam profiles, making possible a wide variety of aesthetic designs.

The new panels’ unique design features a repeating T profile pattern, making them appropriate for a variety of professional and residential applications. The panels are available in three popular colors and are made from Auralex’s long-lasting, melamine-free formula, which won’t crumble with age. The Auralex Studiofoam T was developed out of Auralex’s clients’ desire to have a price-conscious Studiofoam solution with a completely unique and modern aesthetic. This upscale design offers increased low-frequency absorption and a tasteful, seamless appearance.

Features:

Eliminates standing waves and flutter echo
Reduces unwanted reflections
Decreases slap-back and room ring
Tames full-frequency bandwidth
Available colors: charcoal, burgundy & purple
Unique aesthetic at home in residential settings
Easy installation using Foamtak™ spray adhesive, Tubetak Pro™ liquid adhesive or E-Z Stick Pro™ Tabs
Proprietary Auralex formula that lasts and lasts

For more information, please visit www.auralex.com.

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The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Contributes to a World-Class Recording Facility for New Metro Nashville Public Schools Music Education Initiative

Music Makes Us provides students at Nashville’s Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School with a student-run record label mentored by Warner Music Nashville and a complete world-class recording studio designed, equipped and guided by the efforts of members of the P&E Wing

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2013) — In a bold move that will expand the boundaries of music education in public schools to include the business of music, sound production, recording technology, and the aesthetics of a well-crafted performance, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) Director Jesse Register, and John Esposito, president/CEO of Warner Music Nashville, have announced the creation of a student-run record label to be a key component of Music Makes Us, the new music education initiative at MNPS. The project will be centered around a state-of-the-art recording studio at Nashville’s Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School that is designed, equipped and will be guided by the efforts of members of The Recording Academy®’s Producers & Engineers Wing®. Members of the Pearl-Cohn Subcommittee of the P&E Wing, including Subcommittee Chair Jeff Balding, Nashville P&E Wing Co-Chairs Chuck Ainlay and Justin Niebank, Steve Durr, Ben Fowler, Julian King, Nick Palladino, and Terry Palmer, all contributed their collective knowledge, wisdom and passion to the project, which will feature a 32-channel API 1608 console in the main control room and two post/editing suites equipped with SSL Nucleus DAW controllers. Additionally, the project will feature products from Audio-Technica, Fredenstein Professional Audio, the HARMAN® Professional brands (AKG® Acoustics, JBL® Professional and Lexicon®) and Shure. The recording studio is scheduled to open mid-April.

“When we were approached with this project, we were delighted,” recalls Chuck Ainlay, GRAMMY® Award-winning producer/engineer for artists including Mark Knopfler, Miranda Lambert, George Strait, and Peter Frampton. “But we also realized that the recording studio aspect would need more than just equipment — it would need a solid acoustical design and a layout that would work well for students and teachers as well as for artists and engineers.”

Ainlay says they turned to award-winning recording studio designer Steve Durr, also a Nashville resident, whose portfolio includes studios for Austin City Limits, the Black Keys, Mark Ronson, Lenny Kravitz, and Zac Brown. Durr laid out the acoustical and ergometric designs, which are being constructed at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School.

“I tried to achieve a design that would allow students to experience recording music with both machines and people,” Durr explains, citing the large control room that will allow several students and teachers to work comfortably using drum machines, digital samplers and synthesizers as well as the recording equipment, and the sizable tracking room where they will be able to capture great recordings of live musicians playing in ensemble. “What I hope this ultimately accomplishes is that kids will now be able to learn about making music in an environment that was designed around great sound. Kids who have been brought up on MP3s can experience what music can really sound like. That can change their lives.”

Balding says the members of the P&E Wing pooled their relationships with major professional audio manufacturers to gain support for the project. In the process, they’ve discovered members of the Pearl-Cohn faculty who have worked in the music industry and are well acquainted with the technology of music recording.

“It’s great to see the whole community come together over this — teachers, artists, engineers, producers,” says Balding, who has multiple GRAMMY nominations and is currently working with Ronnie Dunn, Thompson Square and Don Henley. “I believe in pouring our experience into the generation coming after us. If we can take our ceiling and make that their floor, it will allow them to take our industry to a much higher level, and that’s exciting to me.”

Ainlay agrees, adding, “It’s very satisfying to watch this all come together. I really do feel that in addition to introducing these kids to how music is recorded, we’re also raising their expectations about the quality of music, and that can have tremendous implications for the music industry for years to come.”

About Music Makes Us
Music Makes Us promotes, supports and advances student engagement and achievement through robust, high-quality music education with both a traditional music curriculum as well as a contemporary curriculum track that uses new technologies and reflects a diverse musical landscape. A public/private partnership among Metro Nashville Public Schools, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, and music industry and community leaders in Nashville, Music Makes Us is committed to becoming a worldwide leader in music education, bringing the resources of the Nashville music community together to enable participation and foster student success for all of its 81,000 students. For more information, please contact Director Laurie T. Schell at laurie.schell@mnps.org.

The record label, to be operated by students at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, will be managed through a strategic alliance with Warner Music Nashville. It will operate identically to a corporate music label by signing, recording and promoting student artists from across the school district. A Pearl-Cohn student will be named to head the record label each year.

Metro Schools students will audition for placement on the record label, which will include different music genres. Any revenue generated by the record label through the sale of songs will go to Music Makes Us to further invest in music education.

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Auralex® Now Shipping Carl Tatz Signature Series™

— Since its introduction in 2012, the series has already been employed by such venues as Middle Tennessee State University Studios D and E control rooms, Grammy® winner Bob Bullock’s personal mix room in Nashville, Avid training center GO Media and 2012 TEC Award™-nominated MontAnna Mix Room —

Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, is now shipping products from its Carl Tatz Signature Series™, developed with Carl Tatz, the award-winning studio designer/acoustician and owner of Carl Tatz Design. Working closely with Carl Tatz, Auralex now offers audio professionals a turnkey acoustical treatment system that emulates the look and performance of Tatz’s custom-designed control rooms.

Tatz and Auralex’s R&D department co-developed the series, which is a collection of fabric-wrapped fiberglass acoustic panels hand-selected by Tatz. Designed for the high-end personal or commercial control room, the new series consists of six custom-built panels available in 32 color options and combines Tatz’s expertise with Auralex’s well-established manufacturing and distribution chains to bring this new line to the masses. Tatz, a Nashville, Tennessee-based acoustician and former recording studio owner who received a Grammy® nomination for his production of Jack Jones’ Tribute to Tony Bennett LP, is a renowned figure in the audio industry with extensive experience in studio design and acoustics.

The series has proven to be a hit since its introduction in 2012. Tatz recently helped design Multi-Platinum, Grammy Award–winning engineer/producer Bob Bullock’s new personal mix room in Nashville, featuring a Carl Tatz Design PhantomFocus™ System monitor tuning protocol, as well as Auralex Carl Tatz Signature Series acoustical treatment. The series has also recently been employed for the renovation of Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) Studios D and E control rooms, as well as GO Media in Olympia, Washington, Avid’s premiere Pacific Northwest Pro School Training Center and most recently, a 2012 TEC Award™ nomination for his studio design of the MontAnna Mix Room.

“We have been honored to work with Carl Tatz, one of the top studio designers in the industry, on this exciting Auralex offering,” says Eric Smith, founder and president of Auralex Acoustics. “This series is the perfect combination of Carl’s design experience with Auralex’s expertise and commitment to providing high-quality and innovative acoustical products. Now virtually any room can benefit from the same aesthetic and sound control enjoyed by top hit makers worldwide.”

“I am excited to have had the opportunity to partner with Auralex on this series of high-end acoustical products,” says Tatz. “When you think of acoustical treatment, you think of Auralex, and I am glad we are able to offer the market a turnkey solution that can improve any acoustic environment.”

These custom-built panels are available in 32 rich fabrics to complement any decor or to create a completely unique look. Auralex’s Carl Tatz Signature Series includes:

? CTD Attenuation Cloud™ – Consists of two or more 2’x4’x2” decorative, fabric-wrapped Class A absorptive fiberglass CTD ProPanels™ mounted together. The Cloud is specifically designed to be hung over the mix position for an improved soundstage and can be configured in 4’x4’, 4’x6’, 4’x8’ and 6’x8’ sizes depending upon room size and application.

? CTD Corner Trap™ – 2’x4’x2” CTD ProPanels™ with beveled edges and proprietary mounting hardware are used to bridge across the corners of the room to provide low-frequency control.

? CTD Acoustic Lens™ – Designed for side-wall applications, the 5’x4”x8” or 5’x2”x8” lens columns feature both absorptive and redirective facets that provide low- and mid-band frequency absorption, enhancing aural spatiality while controlling reflections to the right and left sides of the mix position.

? CTD Soffit Trap™ – 2”x4’x2’ CTD ProPanels™ with beveled edges and proprietary mounting hardware are used to bridge across the ceiling/wall corners of the room to provide low-frequency control, complementing the Acoustic Lens™ and achieving a harmonized aesthetic with the system’s panel design.

? CTD ProPanel™ – This 2’x4’x2” fabric-wrapped Class A absorptive fiberglass ProPanel™ is effective at controlling critical mid- and high-band frequencies, but with optional mounting methodology can also offer increased low-frequency control. Useful for both walls and ceilings.

? CTD Rear Wall ProPanel™ – This extra-thick 4’x2’x4” panel is installed on the rear wall
to improve low-frequency absorption throughout the room and to control front-to-back
axial mode anomalies that would otherwise degrade accuracy at the mix position.

For more information, please visit www.auralex.com.

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Sixth Annual Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® GRAMMY® Week Event Honors Quincy Jones and Al Schmitt

The event, “An Evening of Jazz,” took place at The Village Recording Studios in West Los Angeles

To kick off GRAMMY® Week, The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® traditionally holds an event the night before rehearsals begin, and this year was no exception. This year’s event, held on Feb. 6, 2013, at the Village Recording Studios in West Los Angeles, honored two people whose creative and engineering contributions to the music industry are among its greatest. Titled “An Evening of Jazz,” the event saw Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow bestow the prestigious President’s Merit Award on GRAMMY winners Quincy Jones and Al Schmitt. P&E Wing Senior Executive Director Maureen Droney and the Village CEO Jeff Greenberg served as the evening’s emcees.

Jones’ discography is nearly without peer in the history of the music industry and includes albums with Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Michael Jackson, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, and Dinah Washington, among others, as well as turns as a film, TV and Broadway producer and label executive. Schmitt has engineered a decades-long string of classic recordings and hits for artists such as Natalie Cole, Cal Tjader, Ike and Tina Turner, Diana Krall, Paul McCartney, Frank Sinatra, and Barbra Streisand, among others, as well as producing albums for Jefferson Airplane, Jackson Browne, Sam Cooke, Neil Young and others. Both Jones and Schmitt continue to make meaningful new works of art. Schmitt’s recent collaborations include projects with Gloria Estefan and McCartney, a nearly finished “duets” album with Paul Anka; and a new LP he’s about to start with Robbie Williams. At the event, Jones introduced two new artists he is working with: 11-year-old piano virtuoso Emily Bear and Blush, an all-female pan-Asian group he is producing and promoting.

Presenters onstage included Portnow, as well as producer and Recording Academy Chair Emeritus Jimmy Jam along with producers/engineers Ed Cherney (a GRAMMY winner), Mike Clink and James McKinney. Among the estimated 700 attendees were Mindi Abair, GRAMMY winners Patti Austin, Anita Baker and George Benson, master bassist Nathan East, GRAMMY winner Siedah Garrett, GRAMMY nominee Ledisi, GRAMMY winners Shelby Lynne and Marcus Miller, GRAMMY winner Arturo Sandoval, GRAMMY winner will.i.am, Recording Academy Chair George J. Flanigen IV and many members of the Producers & Engineers Wing, along with artists, producers, and other prominent music industry figures.

Jones, in his acceptance speech, said, “You have blown me away tonight,” and urged music professionals to travel and experience the world, and to incorporate those experiences into their work to make music a truly global art.

Schmitt was introduced by Portnow as someone “whose character is as stellar as his engineering, and that speaks to the longevity of his career. Giving back to our community is simply part of who Al is.” Schmitt recalled how producer/engineer and P&E Wing Steering Committee member Cherney asked him to be the first to sign on to the nascent Music Producers Guild of America more than a decade ago, the organization that eventually became the foundation of today’s P&E Wing. “I was so honored that Ed would ask me to be the first,” Schmitt said.

The event covered other aspects of the P&E Wing’s mission, including advocacy for the proper crediting of recording professionals. Clink also pointed out the recent establishment of www.qualitysoundmatters.com, a joint effort by the P&E Wing and the Consumer Electronics Association to promote appreciation among consumers for higher sonic quality, and reminded the gathering of the other advocacy work that P&E Wing members have collaborated on, including appearances before sessions of Congress.

“The annual P&E Wing event continues to be the signature moment of the year for the professionals who set the stage for music artists.” said Droney. “It’s meant to honor the incredible work and talent of audio professionals and, with the launch of the new Quality Sound Matters initiative, to act as a guiding light for the direction of the quality of sound.”

Premiere sponsors of the event included Astell & Kern, Avid, DTS, HARMAN® Professional brands (AKG® Acoustics, JBL® Professional and Lexicon®), Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, Louisiana Entertainment Commission, Music Marketing, PMC Ltd., PreSonus, Shure Incorporated and Ultimate Ears by Logitech, with additional participation by a wide array of other leading audio brands.

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Audio-Technica Introduces ATH-M50RD Limited-Edition Red Professional Studio Monitor Headphones

— Stylish red version of Audio-Technica’s popular ATH-M50 headphones offers exceptional audio quality for professional monitoring, mixing, listening and DJ use —

Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, introduces its ATH-M50RD Professional Studio Monitor Headphones, a stylish red limited-edition version of A-T’s flagship ATH-M50 headphones. Based on input from end users looking for an alternative to the ATH-M50’s existing color schemes, the ATH-M50RD headphones offer the exact same comfort and superior audio quality for professional monitoring and mixing as their standard counterparts.

Gary Boss, Audio-Technica U.S. Marketing Director, stated, “We decided to inject some color into the studio with the limited-edition ATH-M50RD. Discerning engineers and musicians can add a little fun to their sessions while maintaining the audio quality they have come to expect from our original M50’s.”

The ATH-M50RD Professional Studio Monitor Headphones will be available March 2013 with a U.S. MSRP of $209.00.

About ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
Embodying the company’s latest transducer technology, the ATH-M50 headphones offer the highest level of sonic accuracy. The ATH-M50’s innovative design was engineered to provide hours of maximum comfort in applications ranging from broadcast to studio/recording uses. The ATH-M50 headphones feature an efficient collapsible design ideal for easy portability and convenient storage. Employing Audio-Technica’s proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers with neodymium magnet systems and CCAW voice coils, the ATH-M50 headphones have exceptional power handling and very high SPL capabilities while delivering clear, natural, accurate sound with impactful bass and high-frequency extension. The headphones also feature a closed-back cushioned earcup, providing exceptional clarity and superior isolation in high-volume listening situations. In addition, the circumaural earpieces swivel a full 180 degrees for easy one-ear monitoring. The ATH-M50 has a lightweight and adjustable cushioned headband for maximum listening comfort. An OFC litz wire cable at the left earpiece terminates to a gold-plated 1/8″ connector with included professional screw-on 1/4″ adapter. The ATH-M50RD joins the current line-up of ATH-M50 in black and ATH-M50WH in white.

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

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Aphex® Deepens Its Relationship with the Music Industry Recording Arts (MIRA) Program at St. Petersburg College

— Leading audio processing product developer and innovative pro audio and music industry education center have a shared vision of how technology and academia can work together to the enhanced benefit of the school, the students and the quality of sound —

Aphex®, a leader in audio enhancement technology for more than 35 years, has deepened its unique relationship with the Music Industry Recording Arts (MIRA) program at St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, Florida. The MIRA program, which was launched four years ago with a dozen students and offers an accredited Associate of Science degree in a well-integrated curriculum of audio sciences and business acumen, now has between 250 and 300 students per semester in the program, and plans to launch a four-year Bachelor of Applied Science degree program in 2014. For the last two years, the MIRA program has collaborated closely with Aphex, using products including the Aural Exciter®, 500 Series EQ, Aphex Channel, Aphex Dominator II and Compellor® processors, as well as the HeadPod 4™ headphone amplifier, all integrated into MIRA’s pro audio curriculum. As new products become available, Aphex shares them with MIRA, providing the program’s students with state-of-the-art technology that offers them access to equipment identical to that being used in commercial facilities. At the same time, the faculty and students of MIRA regularly provide insightful feedback into how those products perform under the singular pressures of an academic environment. It’s a relationship from which everyone benefits, most of all the students.

This mutually beneficial association has come about because of the shared vision of Mark Matthews, Lead Instructor of the MIRA program, and Aphex wanting to bring the “real world” of recording and music to students. “At MIRA, we approach learning about audio arts and the music industry in an experiential, hands-on way, and Aphex has been a significant partner in how we go about that,” says Matthews. “That we work so well together stems from the fact that both Robin and I came to where we are now from being musicians and from working in various aspects of the music industry. Our visions of how best to teach about sound and improve sound are very much in synch.”

Aphex COO, Robin Sibucao agrees, adding, “Mark Matthews has the perfect combination of experience, talent and vision to lead their unique MIRA Program. Matthews is pioneering a new educational path to prepare students not only to enter the industry’s workplace but also to grow and sustain within the many segments of the audio industry. We are thrilled that Aphex and MIRA have developed such a great working relationship and that we can be a part of helping the audio professionals of the future in such a powerful program. And as the students learn using our product, Aphex also learns while watching them use those products – we get to see how an entirely new generation of pro audio professionals looks at its tools.”

As the relationship enters its next stage, Sibucao points to MIRA’s new MYRA Radio Network, an internet-based radio station broadcasting from the St. Petersburg/Gibbs campus. The station is a multi-format platform completely managed and programmed by students, who produce their own programs and have complete creative control over the content. The HeadPod 4 is now an integral part of the station’s infrastructure, thanks to its four stereo power amplifiers and switchable multi-source inputs (including SPDIF) that make it a perfect fit for the needs of MIRA’s new broadcast center. The MYRA Radio Network will create another platform in which MIRA’s students and faculty can work together, but it’s also another level in a deepening relationship that’s totally student-focused, says Matthews. “It’s about how best to integrate not only Aphex products, but also all relevant production equipment, into the student workflow at MIRA. From this dialog, a new way of thinking has been developed regarding how educational institutions and manufacturers can work together in a mutually beneficial relationship.”

For more information please visit http://www.aphex.com.

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Auralex® Now Shipping ProPAD™ and ProPAD XL™ Monitor Isolators

— ProPAD™ and ProPAD XL™ are designed for decoupling monitors and reducing structural vibrations —

Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, is now shipping its ProPAD™ and ProPAD XL™ Monitor Isolation Pads from its ISO (Instant Sound Optimizer) line.

The ProPAD is a premium-performance variant on Auralex’s popular MoPAD™. The ProPAD features a durable, three layer highly damped construction with increased durability and structural integrity, and provides superior isolation from the vibrations and resonant energy created by studio monitors. The ProPAD prevents this energy from being transmitted into the supporting furniture, which would greatly color the monitors’ sound and degrade their imaging. The ProPAD is sold in stereo pairs and is designed to work with monitors employing up to 8″ woofers. ProPAD’s updated design features a 0.75″ layer of Melamine-wrapped MDF covered with a thick layer of Auralex’s proprietary IsoPuck™ isolation material, which is made of recycled rubber. Six stick-on feet, also made from IsoPuck material, are supplied for flat or angled applications. The ProPAD is the perfect solution for decoupling monitors and reducing structural vibration in all manner of sound-critical spaces, including recording studios, post-production/edit suites, mobile recording facilities, hi-fi listening rooms, home theaters or anywhere a monitor/speaker isolation platform is needed to improve sonic purity.

The ProPAD XL speaker isolation product is a larger version of the award-winning ProPAD. The XL version is designed to work with horizontally oriented, twin woofer monitors and provides the same isolation qualities found in the popular ProPAD. ProPAD XL is the perfect solution for decoupling monitors and reducing structural vibration from larger format monitor speakers.

Features:

Increased midrange resolution
Deeper, more focused soundstage
Improved low-frequency definition
Angle adjustable to optimize listening axis
Significant reduction of extraneous mechanical resonance

Product Specifications:

Dimensions:
ProPAD – 8” wide x 13” deep x 2.125” thickness
ProPAD XL – 19” wide x 13” long; 2.125” thickness
Construction 3/4” Melamine-wrapped MDF base
Isolation 3/8” ISO-Plate™ slip-resistant top
Includes user-configurable Platfoam™ dual wedge base
Durable Melamine Finish
Slip-resistant ISO-Plate™ Top
Non-metal Construction – No Inherent Resonance

For more information, please visit www.auralex.com.

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