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AES 55th International Conference to Focus On Spatial Audio – Recording, Reproduction and Perception

New York, NY, July 10, 2014 — The AES 55th International Conference, focusing on Spatial Audio, is set to take place August 27-29, 2014, at the Helsinki Music Centre in Helsinki, Finland. Registration is open for this multi-day conference, which will bring together researchers and practitioners from all aspects of spatial audio, including recording and reproduction, perception, transmission, coding and more. Dedicated workshops will give a cutting-edge view of the practical implementation of spatial audio in applications such as broadcasting, game audio and the recording industry. Conference chairperson for this event is Lauri Savioja, along with Technical Program chair Ville Pulkki, Paper chair Tapio Lokki, and Workshop chairs Kalev Tiits and Florian Camerer. Conference sponsors are Aalto University, Genelec, Neumann, Nokia and the Sibelius Academy.

Spatial Audio – one of the largest research topics in the field of audio – has taken on ever-increasing importance and interest for both the professional and consumer audio markets. The 55th Conference will address the fundamental production and reproduction issues of multichannel audio systems, as well as techniques for creating and controlling multidirectional perceptions through headphones and loudspeakers.

The conference kicks off on Wednesday with an opening presentation titled “The Adventure of Spatial Sound Reproduction” given by chairperson Sascha Spors, which will be followed by three days of workshops, posters, papers and tutorials on Spatial Audio-related topics. Each day will offer up a variety of events on spatial sound techniques, engineering and psychoacoustics. Topics will include Sound Field Capture with Microphone Arrays and Proximity Microphones; Decoding of High Order Ambisonics; Sound Field Reproduction of Vibroacoustic Models; Immersive Multi-party Conferencing Systems; Evaluation of Sound Field Synthesis Techniques; and more. Additional events include a pre-conference tutorial entitled “Psychoacoustics and Technologies of Spatial Sound” given by Ville Pulkki and other spatial audio demonstrations at Aalto University, as well as a Thursday evening AES banquet in downtown Helsinki.

“Spatial Audio and its realized potentials have become hot topics at our conventions and conferences for several years now, and continue to grow,” states AES Executive Director Bob Moses. “With the increased challenges and opportunities brought about with ever-changing immersive audio products and entertainment, we continue to explore and set the standards, through conferences such as these, that will dictate production rules of audio perception for future generations. We are very excited to see what comes out of this conference as we look forward.”

For program details, registration, and travel information, visit http://www.aes.org/conferences/55/.

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Audio-Technica Unveils Blog Space at blog.audio-technica.com

— Informative blog features tips on practical, real-world miking and recording techniques,along with artist interviews and more —

STOW, OH, July 7, 2014 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, recently unveiled a blog, known as “Where It’s A-T,” at http://blog.audio-technica.com. With regularly updated content, the blog features artist interviews, guest blogger entries, helpful hints and tricks direct from top audio professionals, product spotlights and more. Topics of discussion have included feedback elimination, drum miking/recording, tips for choosing a HOW contractor, miking a guitar speaker, recording an upright bass, recaps of industry events, A-T rebates and many others.

Guest bloggers have included producer/mixer/engineer Ryan Hewitt (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sheryl Crow, Blink-182) and Steve Lagudi (Testament, Exodus, Ill Nino), and interview subjects have included James Garcia (The Nerds), Frank Filipetti (Foreigner, James Taylor, Barbra Streisand), Richard Chycki (Dream Theater, Rush, Aerosmith), Joel Singer (award-winning engineer/mixer, co-founder and chief engineer of Music Mix Mobile) Jimmy Douglass (Pharrell, Justin Timberlake) and other industry leaders.

Please check the blog regularly for new features every week.

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

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Pensado Awards Ceremony Supported by Sponsor Partners

A varied collection of representatives from the recording, M.I. and audio education markets showed support for inaugural awards show, with many in attendance at the ceremony

LOS ANGELES, CA, July 7, 2014 — The Pensado Awards, an award show created by the producers of the acclaimed online video series Pensado’s Place to acknowledge today’s emerging brand of music professional and “recognize the faces behind the sound,” held its inaugural live ceremony on the evening of June 28, 2014, at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California. The ceremony was cited as a huge success, thanks to the many industry sponsors that pledged their support in the weeks and months leading up to the event. Most were also in attendance at the ceremony, a video production of which is currently being prepared for global online streaming beginning July 10, 2014, on the Pensado’s Place YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/PensadosPlace). A final list of the winners will be announced to the public as soon as the broadcast is available online.

The list of sponsors comprises some of the most prominent names in professional audio, M.I. and audio education. Title Sponsors included Audio-Technica, Avid, The Blackbird Academy, Blackout, The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®, Recording Connection, Slate Media Technology, Studio 202 and Vintage King. Supporting Sponsors included Barefoot Sound, Bedrock LA, The EchoBar Recording Studios, Full Sail University®, G-Technology®, Gobbler, Indaba Music, iZotope, Larrabee Studios, McDSP, Mix with the Masters, Morris Light and Sound, Music Connection, PreSonus, Record Plant, SESAC, Studio at The Palms, Ultimate Ears and Universal Audio.

Roxanne Ricks, Artist Relations Manager and Events Specialist, Audio-Technica U.S., stated, “The Pensado Awards was a unique opportunity to show our support for all the people working behind the scenes that sometimes do not get the credit and visibility they deserve. Audio-Technica was proud to support these awards, as well as Pensado’s Place, as Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick have created a singular platform to provide a practical, real-world resource on the evolving craft of recorded music.”

“The Pensado Awards was a truly remarkable evening created by audio gods to honor the audio gods.” Commented Brian Kraft, COO, RRF (The Recording, Radio and Film Connection). “We are honored to be a sponsor.”

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 awards in 16 categories. Categories include Game Changer Producer of the Year; Break Thru Songwriter; Spin Doctor DJ Award; Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Film, Television and Gaming; OMG! Mix of the Year; Unique Project Studio; Break Thru Mixer; Best Non-English Song; Tracking Engineer; Pensado Giant Award; Master of Mastering; Live/FOH; AIR Award (Best Assistant, Intern or Runner); Outstanding Brand; Dave Pensado Educator Award; and Herb Trawick Visionary Award. A full list of nominees can be found at http://pensadoawards.com/award_categories.html.

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.

Photo Caption: Assembled sponsors, co-hosts, presenters and others involved in the inaugural Pensado Awards, pictured the evening of the ceremony, June 28, 2014, at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California. Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for The Pensado Awards. © 2014.

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Pensado Awards Live Ceremony a Massive Success

Standing-room-only crowd packs the Fairmont Miramar ballroom for industry celebration, which will be available for online viewing July 10

LOS ANGELES, CA, June 30, 2014 — The Pensado Awards, an award show created by the producers of the acclaimed online video series Pensado’s Place to acknowledge today’s emerging brand of music professional and “recognize the faces behind the sound,” held its inaugural live ceremony on the evening of June 28, 2014, at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California. A video production of the event is currently being prepared for global online streaming beginning July 10, 2014, on the Pensado’s Place YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/PensadosPlace). Winners will be announced to the public as soon as the broadcast is available online.

The ceremony hosted a standing-room-only crowd of over 600 recording industry figures – some as proud nominees, some as presenters, some there to simply be a part of the evening – including Martina McBride, Neil Young, Rami Jaffee, Manny Marroquin, Jack Joseph Puig, Ron Fair and many more. A special highlight was a taped tribute to the winner of the Pensado Giant Award from Sir Paul McCartney. Co-hosts included 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, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey).

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 awards in 16 categories. Categories include Game Changer Producer of the Year; Break Thru Songwriter; Spin Doctor DJ Award; Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Film, Television and Gaming; OMG! Mix of the Year; Unique Project Studio; Break Thru Mixer; Best Non-English Song; Tracking Engineer; Pensado Giant Award; Master of Mastering; Live/FOH; AIR Award (Best Assistant, Intern or Runner); Outstanding Brand; Dave Pensado Educator Award; and Herb Trawick Visionary Award. A full list of nominees can be found at http://pensadoawards.com/award_categories.html.

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 so very proud of the results of our inaugural Pensado Awards. We thank everyone involved for all their hard work in making our dream a reality. It was an amazing event, and we feel truly embraced by the recording industry. I don’t want to spoil too much of the fun – let’s just say that viewers at home are in for a real treat when the broadcast is made available online on July 10.”

Dave Pensado (Co-host of Pensado’s Place, GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer, Teacher) added, “As a natural outgrowth of Pensado’s Place, the Pensado Awards were intended to honor today’s essential and up-and-coming figures in the art of record-making, and by all accounts the event exceeded our expectations. We hope viewers will enjoy the broadcast as much as we enjoyed the live ceremony.”

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.

Photo Caption 1: L-R: Pensado Awards founders Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick, pictured at the live ceremony on June 28, 2014, at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California. Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for The Pensado Awards. © 2014.

Photo Caption 2: L-R: Pensado Awards Co-Hosts Young Guru, Lisa Loeb, Marcella Araica and Chris Lord-Alge, pictured at the live ceremony on June 28, 2014, at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California. Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for The Pensado Awards. © 2014.

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Pensado Awards Announces Presenters

Industry luminaries to present awards at live ceremony June 28, followed by global online broadcast in the coming weeks

LOS ANGELES, CA, June 27, 2014 — The Pensado Awards, an award show acknowledging today’s emerging brand of music professional and “recognizing the faces behind the sound,” has announced its presenters. Created by the producers of the acclaimed online video series Pensado’s Place, the Pensado Awards are set to take place tomorrow, June 28, 2014, at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California, and broadcast online globally in the coming weeks. Presenters will include such acclaimed industry figures as producer/engineer/mixer Andrew Scheps and production duo Da Internz (presenting Game Changer Producer); country superstar Martina McBride (presenting the AIR Award for Best Assistant, Intern or Runner); singer-songwriter legend Neil Young and producer/engineer Niko Bolas (presenting Pensado Giant Award); mix engineer Manny Marroquin (presenting Best Brand); veteran A&R executive and producer Ron Fair and engineer/producer Jack Joseph Puig (presenting OMG! Mix of the Year); producer/engineers Ross Hogarth and Csaba Petocz (presenting Master of Mastering); Pensado’s Place co-hosts Herb Trawick and Dave Pensado (presenting the night’s final awards); and many more.

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, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey).

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 awards in 16 categories. Categories include Game Changer Producer of the Year; Break Thru Songwriter; Spin Doctor DJ Award; Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Film, Television and Gaming; OMG! Mix of the Year; Unique Project Studio; Break Thru Mixer; Best Non-English Song; Tracking Engineer; Pensado Giant Award; Master of Mastering; Live/FOH; AIR Award (Best Assistant, Intern or Runner); Outstanding Brand; Dave Pensado Educator Award; and Herb Trawick Visionary Award. A full list of nominees can be found at http://pensadoawards.com/award_categories.html.

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, “The awards ceremony is fast approaching, and we are proud to announce a few of the evening’s presenters. They represent a cross-section of our industry, and we thank them for their involvement.”

Dave Pensado (Co-host of Pensado’s Place, GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer, Teacher) added: “I consider many of these presenters personal friends, and it will be great to see them ‘pass the torch,’ in a way, to our award winners tomorrow night at the ceremony.”

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.

Photo Caption: L-R: Pensado Awards co-hosts Chris Lord-Alge, Marcella Araica, Young Guru and Lisa Loeb.

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Recording Industry Golf Tournament™ (RIGT) Once Again a Hit!

— Annual charity event held at Malibu Country Club raises thousands of dollars for charity A Place Called Home —

Los Angeles CA, June 26, 2014— The 2014 Recording Industry Golf Tournament™ (RIGT) was held on June 2, 2014, at the Malibu Golf Club, and once again the Los Angeles recording community rose to the occasion, making the RIGT a huge success. The event was organized by seasoned event producer Karen Dunn of KMD Productions and benefited 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. GRAMMY®-winning recording veterans Ed Cherney and Al Schmitt once again served as Honorary Co-Chairs for the afternoon’s festivities.

Sponsors included Audio Engineering Society (AES), Audio-Technica, Design FX Audio, GC Pro/Sterling Audio, Vintage King Audio, Bob Hodas Acoustic Analysis, Avid, Dave Collins Mastering, Clyne Media, NAMM, JBL Professional®, PreSonus, The Recording Studio Insurance Program, The Record Plant, SAE LA, Full Sail University, Universal Mastering, Westlake Recording Studios, studioexpresso.com / AlterMedia and TransAudioGroup. Additionally, Hyundai Motor America worked closely with KMD Productions to offer a series of special opportunities to tournament participants.

Approximately 100 players made the rounds following the day’s registration time, which included a putting contest, a longest drive of a marshmallow, Hole-in-One opportunities, a Million Dollar Shootout, circus entertainment, coffee, Bloody Mary’s, Tequila golf cart, mimosas, and amazing food at the 19th Hole. After 18 holes, the following winners were announced:

• 1st Place, Team – 14A Jonathan Hodge, Larry Butler, Ernie Williams, Morie Roberts
• 2nd Place, Team -10B Greg Dalton, James Arceneaux, Mike Brown, Jason Seymour
• 3rd Place, Team – 8A Jason Bellamy, Adam Maples, Vinny Capuano, Mike Metz

Contest winners included
• Closest to Pin # 15: Gary Lux
• Longest Drive #10: Scott Pregerson
• Longest Drive #13: Chandu Arachi
• Longest Putt # 17: Jason Bellamy

“We were all extremely pleased with the day’s events and how many people turned out to support A Place Called Home,” stated event organizer Karen Dunn. “Once again the L.A. recording community took time out of their busy schedules to support a great cause. We are all looking forward to next year’s tournament which will be bigger and better!”

For more information about the tournament, visit http://www.recordingindustrygolftournament.com/, or call Karen Dunn at 925-708-0307.

Photo Caption 1: The collected participants in the 2014 Recording Industry Golf Tournament. Photo credit: Paul Lester.

Photo Caption 2: Event organizer Karen Dunn (center), with event co-chairs Ed Cherney (left) and Al Schmitt (right). Photo credit: Paul Lester.

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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The Audio Engineering Society Comes to Los Angeles for 137th International AES Convention

— AES137 to feature busy itinerary of numerous track sessions, including Recording and Production, the Project Studio Expo, Networked Audio, and more —

— Taking place in the revitalized L.A. Live district, AES137 will be the focal point for all things audio —

New York, NY, June 12, 2014 — The AES 137th International Convention is gearing up to take place October 9-12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, located in the revitalized L.A. Live district. Returning to Los Angeles after nearly 12 years, the AES Convention will bring together the world’s largest gathering of audio professionals for four days of the best of what the industry has to offer. Attendees will be able to take advantage of opportunities to hear from top audio industry figures while also sharing in the latest research and technology information through informative papers, tutorials, workshops and special events.

No matter what sector of the industry you are involved in — recording and production, broadcast and streaming, game audio, live sound, post-production, and more — AES137 will have something for everyone. Of special focus this year will be Networked Audio and its integration into our standard workflow, with particular attention to standards such as AES67, MADI, and other networking protocols that the AES has played a large part in shaping. From creating such standards, to maximizing playback potential of the final product, the Audio Engineering Society is the place to connect with the people and technologies on the leading edge of professional audio.

As a recent addition to AES conventions, the popular Project Studio Expo (PSE) presented by Sound On Sound magazine, serves as a venue for focusing on some of the most timely and relevant areas of interest facing today’s personal and project studio users. These comprehensive presentations cover topics of importance for all engineers, producers and recording enthusiasts, without leaving the exhibits showcase area. This fourth edition of the PSE will feature two new and unique presentations: “The Five Most Common Project Studio Recording Mistakes,” presented by Mike Senior of Cambridge Music Technology; and “Project Studio Design,” with acclaimed studio designer John Storyk of the Walters-Storyk Design Group. Both programs will give personal insight into practical project studio issues, from initial design to avoiding common mistakes in workflow and technology.

Visit the AES137 home page for future updates on registration, programs, and special events at http://www.aes.org/events/137/.

About the Audio Engineering Society
The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 and now counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. Currently, its members are affiliated with more than 75 AES professional sections and more than 95 AES student sections around the world. Section activities may include guest speakers, technical tours, demonstrations and social functions. Through local AES section events, members experience valuable opportunities for professional networking and personal growth. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org.

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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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