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Pensado Awards Unveils Megaphone Statuette

New awards show previews the award trophy in advance of June 28 ceremony

LOS ANGELES, CA, June 10, 2014 — Pensado Awards, an upcoming award show acknowledging today’s emerging brand of music professional and “recognizing the faces behind the sound,” has unveiled its award statuette – custom-designed as a gold-plated megaphone. Created by the producers of the acclaimed online video series Pensado’s Place, the Pensado Awards are set to take place June 28, 2014, at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California, and broadcast online globally one week later. Co-hosting will be singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb along with producer-engineers Chris Lord-Alge (Muse, Pink, Foo Fighters, Avril Lavigne, Green Day, Daughtry, Paramore, Black Eyed Peas), Marcella Araica (Britney Spears, Madonna, Pink, Duran Duran, Keri Hilson) and Young Guru (Jay Z, Beyonce, Mariah Carey).

Herb Trawick, the Co-host/Executive Producer and Creator of Pensado’s Place, as well as Manager and Advisor to Co-host Dave Pensado, stated, “When we were trying to decide on a trophy design, we wanted to create something unique and memorable that encompassed audio in general and captured the spirit and lightheartedness of Pensado’s Place. Then one night it came to me: A megaphone – a tool for public address, or ‘P.A.’ – struck me as the perfect symbol for these awards, as most audio is made for the public in one way or another. Also, I have been calling the Pensado Awards ‘P.A.’ since day one, so it ties in very nicely across our whole concept.”

Dave Pensado (Co-host of Pensado’s Place, GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer, Teacher) added: “We wanted our awards statuette to be something that both pros and non-pros could relate to, and I think the megaphone is iconic to everybody in some way. We look forward to distributing these handsome trophies to our award winners on June 28.”

In recent years, developments in music and technology have changed the landscape for producers, songwriters, engineers and musicians, encouraging artists and composers of all types to hone their craft. The Pensado Awards acknowledges these talented individuals and their work, with unique categories including OMG! Mix of the Year; Game Changer Producers Award; Songwriters Break Thru Award; Unique Project Studio (Global); Break Thru Mixer Award; Best Non-English Song (Global); Best Tracking Engineer; Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Film, Television & Gaming; Pensado Giant Award (industry legend); Master of Mastering; Live/FOH Award; AIR Award (Best Assistant, Intern or Runner); Outstanding Brand; Spin Doctor DJ Award; Dave Pensado Educators Award; and Herb Trawick Visionary Award.

About Pensado’s Place
The hour-long weekly web series Pensado’s Place was created nearly four years ago. Co-hosted by legendary mix engineer Dave Pensado (Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Michael Jackson and more) and show creator Herb Trawick, Pensado’s Place includes interviews with top music industry artists, engineers, producers, mixers, and record executives, as well as in-depth tutorials in production, engineering and mixing. Pensado’s Place has positioned itself as “the most influential show for audio engineers,” mixers and producers (Forbes Magazine) in just three years. Pensado’s Place is more than just a show, as it highlights the very best in the industry of music, gaming, sound identity on film, and audio equipment, with a presence in live events. As a leading educational resource, Pensado’s Place is helping build the next generation of audio greats.

Opportunities are still available to join the over 100 leading music makers and manufacturers, representatives from 75 countries and over 100 schools who are already active supporters of and participants in the inaugural Pensado Awards. Three sponsorship packages are available. To support the Awards, please visit http://pensadoawards.com/sponsorship_info.html.

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

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

ANNOUNCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

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

(Los Angeles, CA) – Guitar Center, the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ and lighting equipment, opened its 260th location, in NW Tucson, Arizona, on June 5, 2014. The store, located at 3830 W. River RD. Suite 110, Tucson, AZ 85741, is also part of a new wave of Guitar Center retail stores that feature lesson spaces, which allows GC to offer additional music lessons, special programs and expanded opportunities for local musicians. This store is the second GC location to serve the Tucson area.

NW TUCSON STORE LOCATION BACKGROUNDER:

Vast Product Selection and Low Prices – Guitar Center NW Tucson brings an unprecedented selection of products to the area, all backed by Guitar Center’s guarantee and available at attractive prices. The store features the latest in guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards, as well as live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment.
Guitar Center Studios – Deeply vested in expanding and enhancing the local music scene, Guitar Center NW Tucson also brings Guitar Center Studios to the new location. The fully-equipped, in-house lesson space is giving area residents of all ages and skill levels access to affordable music lessons. Sourcing locally trained store employees as certified instructors, courses will be offered on guitar, bass, keys and drums, as well as vocals and recording techniques using Pro Tools, Logic Pro and GarageBand.
Guitar Center Garage – Guitar Center NW Tucson includes GC Garage, the store’s on-site guitar repair service, offering a host of services, including electronics repair, hardware customization, fretwork, structural repairs, cosmetic enhancements, setup and maintenances.

Guitar Center NW Tucson: Additional In-Store Programs and Opportunities Include:

Guitar Center’s “Endless Aisle” – Tucson customers can now shop from Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which extends the in-store inventory to over $400 million in new and used products from across the nation. Shoppers will be able to purchase in-store, online and via phone, with the option to have products shipped to their home or to the store for convenient pick up.
At: Guitar Center Programs – Throughout the calendar year, Guitar Center NW Tucson will host an array of free events, such as artist workshops, lessons, product launches and performances, as a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to educating and assisting unsigned artists. These programs aim to provide musicians with the opportunities and exposure essential to achieving their music goals.
Recording Made Easy – Available at all Guitar Center locations, the Recording Made Easy program is a four-week, user-friendly series of weekly classes occurring Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

In addition to special programs at the new NW Tucson store, Guitar Center offers year-round programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight promising undiscovered talent. Programs have included Your Next Record, Guitar Center On-Stage, Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter, and Guitar Center’s Drum-Off.

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

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GUITAR CENTER ANNOUNCES JIMMY PAGE “NUMBER TWO” GIBSON LES PAUL CHARITY AUCTIONS

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

ANNOUNCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Recording Industry Golf Tournament™ (RIGT) Announces Updated List of Sponsor Partners

— Annual charity event to be held at Malibu Country Club on Monday, June 2 —

— Hyundai Motor America offers special opportunities for tournament participants —

Los Angeles, CA, May 27, 2014 — The 2014 Recording Industry Golf Tournament™ (RIGT) has announced additional sponsors for the event, which will be held Monday, June 2, 2014, at Malibu Golf Club (12:00 noon shotgun start). The event is again being organized by seasoned event producer Karen Dunn of KMD Productions and will benefit the music program at A Place Called Home, a dynamic community center and safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth 8-21 years old are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being. Recording veterans Ed Cherney and Al Schmitt will return as Honorary Co-Chairs for the afternoon’s festivities.

Newly announced sponsors include Audio Engineering Society (AES), Avid, Bob Hodas Acoustic Analysis, Full Sail University, Universal Mastering, Vintage King Audio and Westlake Recording Studios. These names join previously announced sponsors Audio-Technica, Clyne Media, Dave Collins Mastering, Design FX Audio, GC Pro/Sterling Audio, JBL Professional®, NAMM, PreSonus, The Recording Studio Insurance Program, Record Plant, SAE LA, studioexpresso.com / AlterMedia and TransAudioGroup.

Additionally, Hyundai Motor America is working closely with KMD Productions to offer a series of special opportunities to tournament participants. Some of these include a hole-in-one opportunity for an all-new 2015 Hyundai Genesis; prizes for other Par 3’s (e.g. Travis Mathew Apparel, Fairmont golf vacation); prizes for longest drive and closest to the pin ($150 value for each); premium giveaways (Sleeve of Titleist Pro V1) at registration area; test drive Incentive offer for Taylor Made wedge ($100 value); and a full expense paid trip for two winners to attend Hyundai Invitational National Final in Las Vegas at Cascata. In addition, Hyundai Motor America is making a contribution to the tournament’s charitable endeavors.

“There are a few key spots still available for players who want to join us for this great event,” stated Dunn. “I am looking forward to another great tournament that benefits a very worthy cause. See you on June second!”

In addition to the 18 holes of pristine golfing, the day will include a $1 million hole-in-one opportunity, contests for longest drive and longest putt, a “closest to the pin” competition, “funnest hole,” a putting contest, a helicopter ball drop, a silent auction and more. Dunn and the Record Plant’s Rose Mann-Cherney will be driving the “world famous tequila cart” to make sure all of the day’s participants are playing their best.

More information on the tournament and its participants is available at http://www.recordingindustrygolftournament.com/, or call Karen Dunn at 925-708-0307. Register here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-recording-industry-golf-tournament-tickets-10567095467. “Like” the RIGT on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/2014RecordingIndustryGolfTournament.

Register here for the Helicopter Ball Drop: http://lu6717.wix.com/recording-industry.

About A Place Called Home:
A Place Called Home (www.apch.org) is a dynamic community center and safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth 8-21 years old are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being. APCH provides support and opportunities that increase the likelihood that young people will stay in school, go on to higher education and viable jobs, and make a meaningful difference in their communities and the world. Music and recording are key components of the organization’s program offering, and the APCH youth band performs and records on a regular basis.

About KMD Productions
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, KMD Productions offers full-service event production across the US for businesses and individuals, providing a range of services needed to make events an overwhelming success. KMD Productions can handle all the details of your fundraiser, corporate function or trade show event. Whether you’re looking to launch a new product, get better brand recognition or raise money for your worthwhile charity, KMD Productions has the resources and experience to help you achieve your goals.

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Additional Sponsors Announced for Inaugural Pensado Awards

Growing list of manufacturers and organizations pledge their support for new awards show

LOS ANGELES, CA, May 27, 2014 — Pensado Awards, an upcoming award show acknowledging today’s emerging brand of music professional and “recognizing the faces behind the sound,” is pleased to announce additional sponsor partners in advance of the award ceremony next month. Created by the producers of the acclaimed online video series Pensado’s Place, the Pensado Awards are set to take place June 28, 2014, at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California, and broadcast online globally one week later.

The list of sponsors comprises some of the most prominent names in professional audio, M.I. and audio education. Newly announced Title Sponsors include Blackout and The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®, with the following newly added Supporting Sponsors: Bedrock LA, The EchoBar Recording Studios, Full Sail University®, G-Technology®, Gobbler, Larrabee Studios, Record Plant, Studio at The Palms and Ultimate Ears. These names join the following previously-announced Title Sponsors: Audio-Technica, Avid, The Blackbird Academy, Recording Connection, Slate Media Technology and Vintage King, as well as the following previously-announced Supporting Sponsors: Barefoot Sound, Indaba Music, iZotope, Morris Light and Sound and Studio 202. Additional sponsors are being added at a rapid rate, and a complete list will be announced in the weeks leading up to the ceremony.

Co-hosting will be singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb along with producer-engineers Chris Lord-Alge (Muse, Pink, Foo Fighters, Avril Lavigne, Green Day, Daughtry, Paramore, Black Eyed Peas), Marcella Araica (Britney Spears, Madonna, Pink, Duran Duran, Keri Hilson) and Young Guru (Jay Z, Beyonce, Mariah Carey).

Herb Trawick, the Co-host/Executive Producer and Creator of Pensado’s Place, as well as Manager and Advisor to Co-host Dave Pensado, stated, “We continue to add title and supporting sponsors, and they are all stellar examples of the type of organizations that we are proud to be associated with. We thank them each for their support.”

Dave Pensado (Co-host of Pensado’s Place, GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer, Teacher) echoed Trawick’s sentiments: “As leaders in their respective fields – whether manufacturers, vendors, services, recording facilities, educational institutions, industry associations, etc. – these names represent the lifeblood that runs through the recording industry every day. We could not put on the Pensado Awards without them, much less continue in our day-to-day activities as recording professionals. We are proud they have decided to take part in the Pensado Awards and what the show honors in our community.”

In recent years, developments in music and technology have changed the landscape for producers, songwriters, engineers and musicians, encouraging artists and composers of all types to hone their craft. The Pensado Awards acknowledges these talented individuals and their work, with unique categories including OMG! Mix of the Year; Game Changer Producers Award; Songwriters Break Thru Award; Unique Project Studio (Global); Break Thru Mixer Award; Best Non-English Song (Global); Best Tracking Engineer; Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Film, Television & Gaming; Pensado Giant Award (industry legend); Master of Mastering; Live/FOH Award; AIR Award (Best Assistant, Intern or Runner); Outstanding Brand; Spin Doctor DJ Award; Dave Pensado Educators Award; and Herb Trawick Visionary Award.

About Pensado’s Place
The hour-long weekly web series Pensado’s Place was created nearly four years ago. Co-hosted by legendary mix engineer Dave Pensado (Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Michael Jackson and more) and show creator Herb Trawick, Pensado’s Place includes interviews with top music industry artists, engineers, producers, mixers, and record executives, as well as in-depth tutorials in production, engineering and mixing. Pensado’s Place has positioned itself as “the most influential show for audio engineers,” mixers and producers (Forbes Magazine) in just three years. Pensado’s Place is more than just a show, as it highlights the very best in the industry of music, gaming, sound identity on film, and audio equipment, with a presence in live events. As a leading educational resource, Pensado’s Place is helping build the next generation of audio greats.

Opportunities are still available to join the over 100 leading music makers and manufacturers, representatives from 75 countries and over 100 schools who are already active supporters of and participants in the inaugural Pensado Awards. Three sponsorship packages are available. To support the Awards, please visit http://pensadoawards.com/sponsorship_info.html.

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Recording Industry Golf Tournament™ (RIGT) Announces Helicopter Golf Ball Drop

— Annual charity event, to be held at Malibu Golf Club, Monday, June 2, kicks it up a notch with an exciting Helicopter Golf Ball Drop at the conclusion of the tournament —

Los Angeles, CA, May 20, 2014 — The 2014 Recording Industry Golf Tournament™ (RIGT), which will be held Monday, June 2, 2014, at Malibu Golf Club, is adding to the fun and festivities at this annual charity event with a Helicopter Golf Ball Drop at the conclusion of the tournament. This unique event will help to raise additional funds to benefit the music program at A Place Called Home, a dynamic community center and safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth 8-21 years old are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts and well-being. The tournament is again being organized by seasoned event producer Karen Dunn of KMD Productions, with Recording veterans Ed Cherney and Al Schmitt serving as Honorary Co-Chairs.

Anyone can participate in the Helicopter Golf Ball Drop, whether planning on attending the tournament in person or not. Numbered golf balls will be dropped out of a helicopter onto a target (a hole), and the balls that are closest in proximity to the pin win prizes based on their distance from that hole (you do not have to be present to win). RIGT are currently selling the numbered golf balls via the website at: http://lu6717.wix.com/recording-industry. Every person who “buys” a ball (or multiple balls) will be given numbers corresponding back to their purchase so they know where they stand – much like a raffle ticket. A complete list of prizes will be announced shortly.

Dunn has limited availability for sponsors and golfers as the event continues to gain momentum. In addition to the 18 holes of pristine golfing, the day will include a $1 million hole-in-one opportunity, contests for longest drive and longest putt, a “closest to the pin” competition, “funnest hole,” a putting contest, a silent auction and more. Dunn and the Record Plant’s Rose Mann-Cherney will be driving the “world famous tequila cart” to make sure all of the day’s participants are playing their best.

Confirmed sponsors include Audio-Technica, Clyne Media, Dave Collins Mastering, Design FX Audio, GC Pro/Sterling Audio, JBL Professional®, NAMM, PreSonus, The Recording Studio Insurance Program, Record Plant, SAE LA, studioexpresso.com / AlterMedia and TransAudioGroup, with many more to be announced within the week.

More information on the tournament and its participants is available at http://www.recordingindustrygolftournament.com/, or call Karen Dunn at 925-708-0307. Register here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-recording-industry-golf-tournament-tickets-10567095467. “Like” the RIGT on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/2014RecordingIndustryGolfTournament.

Register here for the Helicopter Ball Drop: http://lu6717.wix.com/recording-industry.

About A Place Called Home:
A Place Called Home (www.apch.org) is a dynamic community center and safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth 8-21 years old are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being. APCH provides support and opportunities that increase the likelihood that young people will stay in school, go on to higher education and viable jobs, and make a meaningful difference in their communities and the world. Music and recording are key components of the organization’s program offering, and the APCH youth band performs and records on a regular basis.

About KMD Productions
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, KMD Productions offers full-service event production across the US for businesses and individuals, providing a range of services needed to make events an overwhelming success. KMD Productions can handle all the details of your fundraiser, corporate function or trade show event. Whether you’re looking to launch a new product, get better brand recognition or raise money for your worthwhile charity, KMD Productions has the resources and experience to help you achieve your goals.

Photo Caption 1: A helicopter performs a golf ball drop at a recent tournament.

Photo Caption 2: A judge compares results for the golf ball drop at a recent tournament.

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On the Eve of Its 40th Anniversary, Aphex® Is Making Bold Moves for the Future

— Historic pro audio brand is adding talent and technology to reinforce focus on new DSP offerings and tech licensing —

BURBANK, CA, May 20, 2014 — Pro audio brand Aphex®, a leader in professional audio technology, is currently in its 40th year of business and plans to celebrate its 40th anniversary in grand style next year. On the way to this exciting milestone, Aphex continues to grow and expand its focus on developing new DSP technologies with the goal of putting these into Aphex Pro and Prosumer products, as well as into a variety of products made by OEM licensees.

Aphex is in the midst of expanding into critical markets beyond Pro Audio to augment its business and offerings, with technology geared to Assistive Listening; Speech Recognition; and Prosumer Recording, Podcasting, Telecommunication and Automotive Infotainment.

Since purchasing Aphex in 2010, parent company DWV Entertainment has made dramatic changes to expand the Aphex brand and its pro products. Starting with a major facility change (moving into a stand-alone building in Burbank) and revising its entire manufacturing and production process, as well as creating digital code of the legendary Aural Exciter®, Aphex is leveraging its capabilities and technology roadmap to take the company into the future, with additional audio enhancement products and DSP code that can impact products in a much broader range of key applications. Adding extraordinary talent to its DSP and USB engineering team, Aphex now has the tools in place to excite the world for another 40 years.

Aphex continues to grow its pro audio product line with a wide assortment of 500 Series and USB products, and now, with added emphasis on new technology development and licensing, Aphex will be able to achieve even greater goals.

Evidence of this future-focused growth plan is the recent addition of Rob Barrett as Director of Digital Business Development. Rob’s software and development skills, honed working with Apple, Ford, Motorola and Google, give laser-like focus to Aphex’s roadmap of new and advanced audio and hearing product development.

DWV Entertainment and Aphex Chairman David Wiener stated, “Aphex has a legendary presence in the pro audio and music world. Now it’s time to share our ability to improve sound with more people who can benefit from improved listening experiences. It’s very exciting to see the evolution and expansion of Aphex into the markets we all live our daily lives in. Everyone needs better sound, and not just in the studio and on stage. We truly want to make your world sound better!” Wiener added, “With Rob leading our expansion into licensing, and our new DSP and USB engineering team, our future is grounded in producing timely technologies for pros, consumers, and commercial and military applications.”

“We continue to look for exceptional talent for arenas we are moving into, including the large market expansion with automotive infotainment systems. Our business association with Ferrari and preliminary meetings confirm Aphex tech has wide ranging applications for this important segment of the audio and communications market,” stated David Wiener, in response to questions about the obvious connections DWV Entertainment has with the automotive industry.

Plans for Aphex’s 40th anniversary event will be announced later this year.

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

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Lisa Loeb Added as Co-Host for Pensado Awards

Acclaimed singer-songwriter joins previously announced co-hosts Chris Lord-Alge, Marcella Araica and Young Guru

LOS ANGELES, CA, May 19, 2014 — Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb has been announced as an additional co-host for the inaugural Pensado Awards, an award show acknowledging today’s emerging brand of music professional and “recognizing the faces behind the sound.” Loeb joins the following previously announced co-hosts: producer-engineers Chris Lord-Alge (Muse, Pink, Foo Fighters, Avril Lavigne, Green Day, Daughtry, Paramore, Black Eyed Peas), Marcella Araica (Britney Spears, Madonna, Pink, Duran Duran, Keri Hilson) and Young Guru (Jay Z, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey). Created by the producers of the acclaimed online video series Pensado’s Place, the Pensado Awards are set to take place June 28, 2014, at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California, and broadcast online globally one week later.

GRAMMY®-nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb burst onto the national scene in 1994 with her platinum-selling number-one hit song “Stay (I Missed You)” from the film Reality Bites. Since then, she has enjoyed a successful career encompassing music, film, television, voice-over work and children’s recordings. In addition to raising two children, her current endeavors include The Lisa Loeb Eyewear Collection (in partnership with Classique Eyewear); her second children’s book Lisa Loeb’s Songs for Moving and Shaking; her latest pop-rock studio album No Fairy Tale; a headline-making viral performance on HBO’s new hit series Last Week Tonight with John Oliver; and a busy spring and summer national tour. For more information, please visit http://www.lisaloeb.com/.

Herb Trawick, the Co-host/Executive Producer and Creator of Pensado’s Place, as well as Manager and Advisor to Co-host Dave Pensado, stated, “Lisa Loeb is an iconic presence in the music industry for two decades now. She is a masterful songwriter and has a prolific discography of well-crafted records. We are excited for her to be a part of this night and join Chris, Marcella and Young Guru as our co-host dream team.”

Dave Pensado (Co-host of Pensado’s Place, GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer, Teacher) stated, “The Pensado Awards started as a dream we had, and we cannot wait for it to finally come to fruition. Lisa, Chris, Marcella and Young Guru are the perfect ambassadors for this event, and we’re proud to have them aboard.”

“Throughout my career making music, I’ve been lucky to work with some of the best music professionals in the studio, on stage, and elsewhere,” stated Loeb. “The Pensado Awards is an important time to recognize those people who really help get the music out there properly. We focus on the faces of the music, but the folks behind the scene are not acknowledged often enough. I look forward to joining some talented people that I really respect at the ceremony on June 28th.”

In recent years, developments in music and technology have changed the landscape for producers, songwriters, engineers and musicians, encouraging artists and composers of all types to hone their craft. The Pensado Awards acknowledges these talented individuals and their work, with unique categories including OMG! Mix of the Year; Game Changer Producers Award; Songwriters Break Thru Award; Unique Project Studio (Global); Break Thru Mixer Award; Best Non-English Song (Global); Best Tracking Engineer; Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Film, Television & Gaming; Pensado Giant Award (industry legend); Master of Mastering; Live/FOH Award; AIR Award (Best Assistant, Intern or Runner); Outstanding Brand; Spin Doctor DJ Award; Dave Pensado Educators Award; and Herb Trawick Visionary Award.

About Pensado’s Place
The hour-long weekly web series Pensado’s Place was created nearly four years ago. Co-hosted by legendary mix engineer Dave Pensado (Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Michael Jackson and more) and show creator Herb Trawick, Pensado’s Place includes interviews with top music industry artists, engineers, producers, mixers, and record executives, as well as in-depth tutorials in production, engineering and mixing. Pensado’s Place has positioned itself as “the most influential show for audio engineers,” mixers and producers (Forbes Magazine) in just three years. Pensado’s Place is more than just a show, as it highlights the very best in the industry of music, gaming, sound identity on film, and audio equipment, with a presence in live events. As a leading educational resource, Pensado’s Place is helping build the next generation of audio greats.

Opportunities are still available to join the over 100 leading music makers and manufacturers, representatives from 75 countries and over 100 schools who are already active supporters of and participants in the inaugural Pensado Awards. Three sponsorship packages are available. To support the Awards, please visit http://pensadoawards.com/sponsorship_info.html.

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Initial Sponsors Announced for Inaugural Pensado Awards

Leading manufacturers and organizations pledge their support for new awards show

Additional sponsors to be announced shortly

LOS ANGELES, CA, May 12, 2014 — The first round of sponsors has been announced for the inaugural Pensado Awards, an upcoming award show acknowledging today’s emerging brand of music professional and “recognizing the faces behind the sound.” Created by the producers of the acclaimed online video series Pensado’s Place, the Pensado Awards are set to take place June 28, 2014, at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California, and broadcast online globally one week later. Co-hosting will be producer-engineers Chris Lord-Alge (Muse, Pink, Foo Fighters, Avril Lavigne, Green Day, Daughtry, Paramore, Black Eyed Peas), Marcella Araica (Britney Spears, Madonna, Pink, Duran Duran, Keri Hilson) and Young Guru (Jay Z, Beyonce, Mariah Carey), with additional co-hosts to be announced soon.

The list of title sponsors comprises some of the most prominent names in professional audio, M.I. and audio education, including Audio-Technica, Avid, The Blackbird Academy, Recording Connection, Slate Media Technology and Vintage King. Supporting sponsors include Barefoot Sound, Ideaplex, Indaba Music, iZotope, Morris Light and Sound and Studio 202. Additional sponsors are being added at a rapid rate, and a complete list will be announced soon.

Herb Trawick, the Co-host/Executive Producer and Creator of Pensado’s Place, as well as Manager and Advisor to Co-host Dave Pensado, stated, “We are pleased to have our initial round of sponsors in place. They are all leaders in their fields, and we are honored that they believe in our dream.”

Dave Pensado (Co-host of Pensado’s Place, GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer, Teacher) echoed Trawick’s sentiments: “It is encouraging that so many industry icons that we respect highly have taken a vested interest in the Pensado Awards. We look forward to celebrating with them at the ceremony and beyond!”

In recent years, developments in music and technology have changed the landscape for producers, songwriters, engineers and musicians, encouraging artists and composers of all types to hone their craft. The Pensado Awards acknowledges these talented individuals and their work, with unique categories including OMG! Mix of the Year; Game Changer Producers Award; Songwriters Break Thru Award; Unique Project Studio (Global); Break Thru Mixer Award; Best Non-English Song (Global); Best Tracking Engineer; Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Film, Television & Gaming; Pensado Giant Award (industry legend); Master of Mastering; Live/FOH Award; AIR Award (Best Assistant, Intern or Runner); Outstanding Brand; Spin Doctor DJ Award; Dave Pensado Educators Award; and Herb Trawick Visionary Award.

About Pensado’s Place
The hour-long weekly web series Pensado’s Place was created nearly four years ago. Co-hosted by legendary mix engineer Dave Pensado (Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Michael Jackson and more) and show creator Herb Trawick, the show includes interviews with top music industry artists, engineers, producers, mixers, and record executives, as well as in-depth tutorials in production, engineering and mixing. Pensado’s Place has positioned itself as “the most influential show for audio engineers,” mixers and producers (Forbes Magazine) in just three years. Pensado’s Place is more than just a show, as it highlights the very best in the industry of music, gaming, sound identity on film, and audio equipment, with a presence in live events. As a leading educational resource, Pensado’s Place is helping build the next generation of audio greats.

Opportunities are still available to join the over 100 leading music makers and manufacturers, representatives from 75 countries and over 100 schools who are already active supporters of and participants in the inaugural Pensado Awards. Three sponsorship packages are available. To support the Awards, please visit http://pensadoawards.com/sponsorship_info.html.

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