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The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Announces Sponsors for GRAMMY® Week Event “An Evening Of Jazz” Honoring Multiple GRAMMY Award Recipients Quincy Jones and Al Schmitt

Audio Industry Leaders Support the Sixth Annual P&E Wing GRAMMY® Week Celebration at The Village Recording Studios in West Los Angeles

Annual Gathering Recognizes Achievements and Contributions of the Music Industry’s Production Community

The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® will celebrate its sixth annual GRAMMY® Week event, titled “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 and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music. The invitation-only event will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles. GRAMMY Week culminates with the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, airing live on the CBS Television Network, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Premiere sponsors of the event from the Professional Audio and Musical Instrument market sectors include industry leaders Avid®, HARMAN® Professional brands (AKG® Acoustics, JBL® Professional and Lexicon®), iriver, Iron Mountain, Music Marketing, PMC, Ltd., Presonus, Shure Incorporated, and Ultimate Ears by Logitech. Additional sponsors will be announced soon.

“The Producers & Engineers Wing provides a voice for the producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals who work, often behind the scenes, in the recording field,” states Maureen Droney, Senior Executive Director of the P&E Wing. “This year’s honorees, Quincy Jones and Al Schmitt, are legendary in the music industry for their commitment to excellence, and we are very proud to be able to celebrate their achievements. The contributions of our sponsor partners, all of whom support the art and craft of recorded music and are dedicated to excellence in their areas of expertise, make it possible to produce this event. Thanks to them, we are again looking forward to presenting the kick-off evening for another exceptional GRAMMY Week.”

For updates and breaking news, please visit www.grammy.com, and The Recording Academy®’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys, www.facebook.com/thegrammys.

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Auralex® Helps Producer Glenn Rosenstein Control Sound for the Best-Selling Advent at Ephesus Album by the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles

— Producer Glenn Rosenstein faced a critical noise transmission issue when he went on location to the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles priory to record Advent at Ephesus, and Auralex® Acoustics had the exact isolation solution, allowing a perfectly noise-free recording —

Advent at Ephesus has become a true phenomenon – the recording by the Benedictine sisters of the Mary, Queen of Apostles priory – has reached number one on both the Billboard and Barnes & Noble Classical music charts and number four on the Amazon chart. These flawless recordings of traditional chants and carols, which were made at the Catholic sisters’ monastery near St. Joseph, Missouri, by Producer Glenn Rosenstein and engineered by David Schober, presented a unique acoustical challenge – one that was easily overcome thanks to a unique product from Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and currently celebrating its 35th anniversary.

Rosenstein realized that the sisters’ remote abbey would have noise transmission issues as vibrations traveled through the wooden floors and into the microphone stands he was using to hold carefully matched pairs of Sony, Neumann and Miktek microphones. To solve the problem, Rosenstein looked to Auralex’s ISO Series™(Instant Sound Optimizers) PlatFeet II microphone stand isolation pads. The PlatFeet II are the most effective tool to “float” a microphone stand, improving clarity while reducing feedback and preventing structure-borne vibrations before they transfer to the microphone.

“I like to look for projects that are outside of my box,” says Rosenstein, whose eclectic range of work has earned him three GRAMMY® Awards, five GRAMMY nominations and both an OSCAR® and a Golden Globe award for production, engineering and mixing for artists including U2, Madonna, Talking Heads, Livingston Taylor, Ziggy Marley, James Taylor, Carly Simon and more.

Eric Smith, Auralex’s Founder & President, had stopped by Rosenstein’s Nashville recording studio several months before he was called to work on the Benedictines of Mary project. He was intrigued by the challenges of the project and proceeded to show Rosenstein Auralex’s recently expanded line of acoustical control products, including the new PlatFeet II.

“The priory is an incredible building and has a great natural sound, but I knew immediately that those Auralex pads were what I would need to make sure the microphones were completely isolated,” Rosenstein explains. “And that’s exactly what they did – the sound was recorded flawlessly, no mechanical noise at all through the microphone stands. These are products that are simple yet effective, and that I’ll be using again on projects in the future.”

Eric Smith added, “I was very eager to show Glenn our new acoustic isolation offerings. I knew he would appreciate what they can accomplish and immediately put them to good use. I am not surprised that his work on such a unique project – the Advent at Ephesus album – has turned into such a phenomenon, and I am thrilled that Auralex could help solve the recording’s special challenges.”

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

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Aphex® Model 188 and 1788A Mic Pre’s Shape the Sound of 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief

— Longtime Aphex® users Music Mix Mobile (M3) choose Aphex as the backbone of the audio system at all-star benefit —

The 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief raised in excess of $30 million, according to its non-profit charity organizer, the Robin Hood Foundation, and delivered more than three hours of music by some of the biggest names in the business to a global television and streaming audience of two billion. Every single note of music performed onstage at New York’s Madison Square Garden passed through Aphex® Model 188 and 1788A eight-channel remote controlled microphone preamplifiers, provided by Music Mix Mobile (M3), the New Jersey/California-based remote recording, mixing and production company that supplied the music mixing trucks and expertise for the 12-12-12 event.

The 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief featured musical talent from both sides of the Atlantic, including Paul McCartney (who performed a tune with the surviving members of a reformed Nirvana), Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Bon Jovi, Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, The Who, Kanye West, Billy Joel, Chris Martin with surprise guest Michael Stipe, and Alicia Keys. Celebrity announcers included Kristen Stewart, Billy Crystal, Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon, among others.

According to Pete Gary, Engineer-in-Charge, M3 fielded two trucks: “Voyager”, based on the East Coast, and California-based “Horizon”. Music mixers John Harris and Bob Clearmountain mixed alternate performances throughout the evening, aided by Jay Vicari, who mixed Billy Joel and Bon Jovi. M3 partner Mitch Maketansky was audio coordinator for the event, which was delivered to the audience at the Garden by Red Hook, NY-based Firehouse Productions and in the U.S. was broadcast over 37 television networks, live streamed from numerous web sites and simulcast into movie theaters nationwide.

“Every input that you heard on the show hit an Aphex,” stated Harris. Gary added, “Voyager had 120 channels of Aphex 188 mic pre’s, and Horizon was running 112 channels of 1788As. Our main infrastructure for the show was built around Aphex. They’re reliable and they’re clean. We didn’t want the sound to be drastically different between acts and trucks, and they don’t color the sound too much, unlike other mic pre’s, so you can do a lot with that front end. The Aphex pre’s made everything easy — like always!” says Gary, noting that M3 originally adopted the Model 188 in time for the 2009 GRAMMY® Awards broadcast, shortly after it was introduced.

At Madison Square Garden, artists were set up on a rotating turntable divided into stages A and B, alternating from one performance to the next. “We had two guys per stage dialing all of the mic pre levels independently, storing them, and making sure the recalls came back exactly as saved,” Gary continues. “When the table would turn for the next performance, we would flip over to the other truck.”

Harris observes that the recall abilities of both models of Aphex preamp were critical to the delivery of a consistent mix throughout the evening. “Over the days of soundcheck and rehearsal, once we got all the mic gains set perfectly we were able to store settings in the units. Each time the stage turned around we would hit the recall button and—boom—all the settings come back exactly the way they were stored at rehearsal. We were on the air in seconds with the exact same settings that we had from days before.” Harris further notes that every signal not only passed through an Aphex mic preamp but also through each unit’s A-to-D converters.

Gary elaborates, “All of the inputs from the stage were fed via analog splits and fanned out to our Aphex racks. We then changed the Aphex Toslink into a MADI stream and transmitted everything over fiber to the trucks. It’s the absolutely cleanest signal path that we could produce to get to the trucks 1,500 feet away, five floors down and out on Eighth Avenue. The networking protocol made it super easy to integrate into our systems and network the entire infrastructure together. On one network, from one master computer, I could view the entire network of mic pre’s from the truck, because of their TCP/IP addressing.”

Aphex CEO, David Wiener, was on hand, both in the M3 mobile studios and backstage lending support. “John, Joel, Mitch and the rest of the M3 crew did a fantastic job as usual. Their talent and mobile technology is really impressive – that’s why they do all the big jobs – and it’s a real compliment that Aphex is the backbone of so many of these major events and broadcasts.”

With so much production equipment on the deck and a constant stream of backline gear being staged for each performance, the compact size of the Aphex Model 188s, at just a single rack space per eight channels, was also beneficial, according to Harris. “As well as being so great sounding, the 188s are so small that we were able to get all 120 channels into just one corner of monitorworld there on the floor of the Garden. Sometimes it can be important to get everything into a small footprint.”

More importantly, concludes Harris, “The Aphex mic pre’s have always been 100 percent dependable. You’ve got to have that on a show where you’re broadcasting to two billion people. Aphex is the sound of 12-12-12!”

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Waves Audio Announces AAX Native Support

NAMM SHOW, ANAHEIM, CA, January 24, 2013 — In response to user requests, Waves Audio (booth 6824) announces support for the AAX Native plugin platform. Waves has always strived to support as many plugin platforms as possible, including VST, RTAS, TDM, AudioUnits and others. With this new development, Waves plugins now support the AAX platform, used by Avid HDX systems.

“AAX Native support has been a frequent suggestion from users,” Gilad Keren, Waves CEO and co-founder. “We are happy to respond to market demand with this new compatibility.”

Ed Gray, Director of Partnering Programs for Avid remarks, “Waves’ arrival onto the AAX platform with its AAX Native plug-ins is great news for our mutual users of Pro Tools 10 and Pro Tools HDX. The range and quality of processors offered by Waves remains superior, and AAX compatibility will make Waves plug-ins an obvious addition to new and upgraded Pro Tools systems. We are grateful for this support.”

Visit www.waves.com for more information.

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Waves Audio Introduces GEQ Graphic Equalizer Plugin

NAMM SHOW, ANAHEIM, CA, January 24, 2013 — Waves Audio (booth 6824) introduces its GEQ graphic equalizer plugin. Developed primarily for live users (but sure to find a home in the studio as well), GEQ features selectable cut and boost at 1/3 octave intervals, using two unique filter types.

GEQ Features

Classic component with proportional Q
Modern component with independent non-interactive filter types
30 ISO bands
6 dB, 12 dB, 18 dB selectable cut & boost
Independent HPF, LPF and a parametric bell per side
Zero latency
2 input RTA with external input options
RTA input difference mode with auto-suggest function
Link L/R
Touch Support with Fader Draw functionality

The GEQ Graphic Equalizer Plugin will be available soon with U.S. MSRP TBA. Visit www.waves.com and www.waveslive.com for more information.

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Alan Parsons Hosts Recording Master Classes in Vegas and Nashville in February

Legendary producer continues workshop series with new events

Santa Cruz, Calif. Dateline Jan 10, 2013: Alan Parsons announces two new Master Class Training Sessions to be held at top studios in Las Vegas (Studio At The Palms on Feb 1st and 2nd) and Nashville (Ocean Way on Feb 11th and 12th).

In keeping with the tradition of these popular training workshops—previous events have been held in Los Angeles, Toronto, Bogota, and Buenos Aires—Alan Parsons has given each event its own unique theme: Vegas is titled “Iconic Instrumentals” and looks at the creation of music suitable for live music productions or international sporting events. The Vegas event also features a special section on Surround 5.1 mixing, for which Alan is rightly renowned, and for which he was GRAMMY®-Nominated in 2007.

The Nashville event is titled “The Art Of The Song” and takes Alan back to his roots working with some of the greatest pop songwriters of the twentieth century: The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and of course his own acclaimed recording career with The Alan Parsons Project.

Both events offer a “life-changing” (as one recent attendee put it) chance to make a new record in a great studio with an award-winning recording professional, looking at everything from mic’ing techniques and studio etiquette to processing and mixing.

Tickets are offered at the Platinum level—actually working with Alan in the control room—and the Gold “Video Village,” where blow-by-blow live video is fed to Attendees seated in the studio green room. All ticket holders get Q&A time and the chance to mingle with Alan during breaks and at the Champagne Reception at the end of Day 1.

For ticket prices and further details, please visit:

http://www.artandscienceofsound.com/mcts/nashville

http://www.artandscienceofsound.com/mcts/las-vegas

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GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW STORE IN MIDLOTHIAN, VIRGINIA

— 239th Guitar Center location features on-site lessons and repair services, along with GC’s vast inventory selection —

Westlake Village, CA (December 11, 2012) – On the evening of Thursday, November 29, 2012, Guitar Center held the grand opening of its new location in Midlothian, Virginia, located at 13357 Rittenhouse Dr., 23112. The Midlothian store is Guitar Center’s 239th retail location and the sixth in Virginia, as well as the first Virginia store to offer Guitar Center Studios. Local musician and Guitar Center veteran Curtis Marion serves as the store manager.

Guitar Center Midlothian’s grand opening introduces customers to a vast selection of products and a dedicated staff with unparalleled musical knowledge and experience. To celebrate the store opening, Guitar Center hosted a Grand Opening Weekend celebration featuring exclusive savings, gear giveaways and free events. Guitar Center’s Midlothian location features showrooms equipped with the latest products for musicians – from guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards to live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment and more.

The store features Guitar Center Studios, an in-house, state-of-the-art lesson facility, which is already creating unrivalled opportunities for area musicians of all ages and skill levels. Guitar Center Studios provides music lessons from beginner to advanced featuring certified instructors teaching world-class curriculum as well as one-on-one courses on Pro Tools, Logic Pro and GarageBand. Guitar Center Studios will be the most modern lessons facility in the area. Guitar Center Midlothian also features GC Garage, Guitar Center’s on-site guitar repair service.

As part of Guitar Center’s initiatives designed to educate and inspire artists nationwide, Guitar Center Midlothian will offer unique opportunities for musicians to craft their skills, maintain their instruments and experience many other aspects of the music industry first-hand. Musicians interested in learning about the industry will be able to come to the store to interact with and pick the brains of several industry leaders.

Midlothian shoppers are also able to enjoy Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which includes multiple combinations of product options to conveniently choose from. Not only does the “endless aisle” include Midlothian’s inventory, but it also provides easy access to Guitar Center’s $400 million in new and used inventory located in hundreds of GC stores and warehouses nationwide. Customers have the ability to combine a variety of in-store, online and phone options to purchase music equipment from anywhere they may be, allowing for a personalized and convenient shopping experience.

In addition to special programs at the new Midlothian store, Guitar Center offers nationwide programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight the nation’s most promising undiscovered talent. Midlothian residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing national events from their hometown:

Guitar Center On-Stage is an annual competition that provides unsigned artists the chance to open for established artists such as Motley Crüe, KISS and Jane’s Addiction.
Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter is an artist discovery program that aims to find the nation’s best unsigned singer-songwriter. Last year’s winner received a career-altering prize package which has included recording 3 songs with accomplished Grammy® Award-winning Producer John Shanks, recording time at Converse Rubber Tracks studio and $10,000 cash.
Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues is a nationwide amateur guitar skills competition with the goal of finding the next great undiscovered blues guitar player. This year’s winner, Daniel “Boscoe” France, performed alongside Grammy Award-winning Producer Pete Anderson at the Grand Finals in LA, and won an incredible prize package valued at over $50,000.
Guitar Center’s Drum-Off, entering its 24th year, is the nationwide search for the next great undiscovered drummer. Drummers from across the nation compete in the world’s largest drum competition, vying for thousands of dollars in prizes and the coveted title of Guitar Center’s Drum-Off Champion. The grand prize package is valued at nearly $50,000.

Guitar Center Midlothian is open seven days a week. Store hours are 11:00 am – 8:00 pm Monday-Thursday; 10:00 am – 9:00 pm Friday; 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Saturday; and 11:00 pm – 8:00 pm Sunday.

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Eric Smith, Founder and President of Auralex® Acoustics, Shares His Knowledge Through Lectures and Speaking Engagements Nationwide

— Ongoing series of events sees Smith traveling to schools and conferences far and wide to educate and entertain students, faculty and industry veterans alike —

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, December 6, 2012 – Eric Smith, Founder and President of Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, has had a busy travel itinerary lately, as he has been a featured guest lecturer at a number of colleges and universities across the country. A highly-sought-after speaker, Smith has had the opportunity to speak to faculty and students at The New England Institute of Art; Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU); Nashville’s Belmont University, International Academy of Design and Technology, The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville, SAE and Dark Horse Institute; and others, with more such engagements planned indefinitely.

Smith, throughout his career, has been a strong advocate of education, and he has guest-lectured at high schools and colleges throughout the country on the subjects of acoustics, broadcasting, entrepreneurship and business ethics. Smith brings a wealth of personal experience, technical knowledge and a sense of humor to all of his presentations, which focus on basic acoustic theories, sound control issues and solutions, product design strategies, the challenges of a start-up company and what it takes to be successful in business.

During his recent travels, Smith was also the featured guest on the online webcast, The East West AUDIO Body Shop, hosted by studio designer George Whittam and voice talent/studio consultant Dan Lenard. Smith fielded numerous questions involving studio acoustic design and sound control issues, and the initial webcast was streamed by visitors from around the world and then downloaded or streamed by thousands more online. In addition to this interview, Smith has participated in streaming interviews with a number of schools around the country, most recently with a marketing class at Middle Tennessee State University.

Smith was also a featured panelist at the recent PotLuckCon 2012 Audio Conference. Eric participated in a panel discussion along with studio designers/acousticians Chris Pelonis, Wes Lachot, Carl Tatz and Larry Swist. The topic of the well-attended panel discussion was “Studio Acoustics: Design and Monitoring,” and the panel was moderated by engineer/producer and pro audio journalist Russ Long.

David Fischer, Auralex CEO, stated, “Everyone at Auralex is very proud that Eric Smith is able to impart his extensive knowledge and expertise to the wider audio community. Public speaking is really a strong suit of his, and he very much enjoys the opportunity to speak to students – the producers, engineers and studio designers of the future – and share his real-world experiences as a way of giving back to the industry that has given him so much.”

“This series of events has been very fruitful,” stated Eric Smith. “I love getting the opportunity to promote good sound and good listening environments to current and future engineers and members of the audio community. When I see tomorrow’s audio professionals asking great questions and paying close attention, I know that the industry is in great hands. I am lucky that I can make an impact on these minds in the process, and I look forward to participating at more of these events in the near future.”

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

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Hear Holiday Music the Way It was Meant to Sound with Audio Xciter™ App

— Aphex cures technology’s tin ear with iOS and Android app —

BURBANK, CA, December 6, 2012 — Listening to Holiday music on your mobile device just got better. Hear Bing Crosby and Eartha Kitt the way they were meant to sound with the Audio Xciter™ app – free to demo and now only $0.99 for unlimited play. Aphex, a leader in audio enhancement technology for more than 35 years, today released Audio Xciter app for Android devices (previously only available for iOS). Audio Xciter is the only music player app that dynamically improves the sonic quality of music, audio books and podcasts on mobile devices through its patented Aphex DSP.

Since 1975, legendary musicians from Paul McCartney to Led Zeppelin as well as today’s top artists including Flo Rida, Bruno Mars and Rihanna have relied on the technology behind Audio Xciter for audio mastering. This technology now allows music lovers to experience the detail and richness of an artist’s original sound created in-studio on their mobile devices.

The patented Aphex technology behind Audio Xciter restores missing harmonics to music and voice. Unlike EQ apps, which typically add gain and distortion, Audio Xciter is gain-neutral, resulting in increased brightness, clarity, spaciousness and presence.

“In this era of HD video and 4G download speeds, I’m amazed that smart phones and tablets still deliver compressed audio that sounds flat and boring. The quality of music downloads and streams has not improved in more than a decade. Consumers have been fooled into buying music that’s only good enough, not great,” said David Wiener, CEO of Aphex and founder of DWV Entertainment, Aphex’s parent company. “Audio Xciter turns compressed audio into a new listening experience by exposing the ‘quality gap’ – now vocals are clear and airy, the bass hits harder and you’ll hear instruments and voices appear that were previously buried in the mix.”

A free demo of Audio Xciter is available through iTunes for iOS and Google Play and Amazon for Android devices. An upgrade provides unlimited use (only $0.99 through the end of the year, $2.99 thereafter) and the professional Audio Xciter Studio ($4.99, regularly $7.99) allows users to fine-tune the Xciter DSP settings for a truly custom experience.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Audio Xciter goes to Respect the Music, Aphex’s nonprofit foundation supporting musical education in schools.

Additional information including demo videos and screenshots are available at http://AudioXciterApp.com.

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