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Korg Ships Handheld MR-2, the Latest Addition to DSD Recorder Lineup

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— New recorder features X-Y stereo microphone capsule and SD/HDSD card storage —

Korg is now shipping the latest model in its MR Series of DSD digital recorders – the MR-2 High Resolution Mobile Recorder. With many new and requested features, the MR-2 is a true workhorse.

As with all of Korg’s MR Series recorders, the MR-2 records in the ultra-high fidelity DSD format, using a 2.8 MHz sampling rate, which captures every sonic detail while preserving the ambience of the original recording location. Using the included AudioGate software, this original datastream recording can be re-purposed into nearly any audio format with minimal fidelity loss. For job-specific recording, the MR-2 can also record in any of the popular multi-bit formats, from MP2 and MP3 up to 24-bit/192 kHz files. more

Bad Acoustics Ignored with the PhantomFocus System

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— Turnkey Monitor Tuning Protocol Provides World Class Performance Even in Nightmare Acoustic Environments —

Nashville, TN: Continuing the trend of the engineer / producer / musician / songwriter needing his or her own studio, Nashville’s Kyle Lee (Michael W. Smith, TobyMac) accepted an invitation to become part of a larger studio complex that housed several other artists, engineers and producers. The space he was given was a former overdub booth that would be his control room. The list of egregious acoustic anomalies included a small lopsided cone-shaped room; a commercial dropped ceiling; and only high frequency absorption with a little foam in two corners. “No matter what positioning I tried with the speakers, the center imaging was vague and I just couldn’t find any low end,� says Lee, “even though my monitors were spec’ed to go down to 45Hz. I used a small subwoofer and that just confused the issue, adding a one-note bass quality to the sound.�

Enter Carl Tatz Design (CTD) and the PhantomFocus™ System monitor tuning enhancement protocol that was able to essentially ignore the room problems. “I love tough rooms like this because the transformation is so dramatic,� explains Tatz. more

Renowned Peabody Conservatory Chooses Genelec 8260A and 8250A Active Monitors to Tame Challenging Surround Control Room

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— Multi-purpose control room at the world-famous Peabody Conservatory had been plagued by uneven sonic response, but the 8260A’s ability to calibrate itself to accommodate any room design proved to be the perfect solution —

Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Conservatory, which has educated some of the world’s finest musicians and whose curriculum also has an extensive professional audio training component, recently purchased and installed an entire new 5.1 surround monitoring system from Genelec, the pioneer in Active Monitoring technology for three decades.

The new system consists of an L-C-R array of three Genelec 8260A Tri-Amplified DSP Monitors, and a rear pair of 8250A Bi-Amplified DSP Monitors. Both models feature Genelec’s proprietary AutoCal™ automated calibration, Genelec Loudspeaker Manager (GLM™) control network, advanced Genelec Directivity Control Waveguide™ (DCW™) and MDE™ (Minimum Diffraction Enclosure™). All five monitors are mounted on stands surrounding more

Guitar Center, Inc. Announces Executive Succession Plan

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, August 24, 2010 — Guitar Center, Inc. announced a management succession plan to be implemented during the fourth quarter of 2010. Under this plan, Greg Trojan, presently President and Chief Operating Officer, will assume the position of Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Trojan will also remain a member of Guitar Center’s Board of Directors. Marty Albertson, presently Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, will step down as Chief Executive Officer but will remain as non-executive Chairman of the Board.

Marty Albertson said, “I am thrilled to take on the role of non-executive Chairman. This will allow me to pursue many other interests and still contribute to Guitar Center in a strategic capacity. Guitar Center has a tremendous culture and exciting future, and I intend to stay involved in the company.� more

Guitar Center Professional Appoints Industry Veteran Jerry Antonelli as Account Manager, Sherman Oaks, CA

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— Former Territory Sales Manager for Digidesign in Southern California will address the needs of the recording and post production community, thereby expanding GC Pro’s presence in those market sectors —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, August 16, 2010 — Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, has appointed industry veteran Jerry Antonelli as a GC Pro Account Manager, based in the company’s Sherman Oaks location. In his new position, Antonelli will draw on his three decades of experience in the professional audio market to help GC Pro expand its presence in the studio/recording and post production market sectors. The announcement was made by GC Pro Director, Rick Plushner and further underscores GC Pro’s ongoing commitment to the continuing growth of GC Pro as a turnkey supplier for professional end users. more

Waves Audio Introduces W43 Noise Reduciton Plugin

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— Affordable and easy-to-use, W43 is inspired by the classic Cat. 43 hardware noise reduction tool —

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, August 16, 2010 — Waves Audio, a leading provider of digital signal processing solutions, unveils the third processor in the Waves Post Production line, the W43 Noise Reduction Plugin. Inspired by the classic, long-out-of-production Cat. 43 hardware noise reduction tool, Waves’ new W43 builds upon the legacy of this hard-to-find unit that has been a post production favorite for decades. Ambient noise like hiss, hum, traffic noise, wind and air conditioning can all wreak havoc on a dialogue track, but with the Waves W43 plugin, they’re a thing of the past. The W43 delivers high-quality, minimal artifact multiband noise reduction like the original hardware, while adding all the advantages of software.

Waves W43 offers easy-to-use four-band noise suppression controlled by four faders, a global threshold and an “engage� button. The W43’s workflow approach and interface will be very familiar to engineers who perform noise reduction using the Cat. 43. Both PC- and Mac®-compatible, W43 supports multiple simultaneous instances and features true Pro Tools integration, full recall, zero latency, full automation, up to 24-bit, 192kHz resolution, and support for TDM, RTAS, Audio Suite, VST and AU. Also, no degradation of sound resulting from I/O conversion occurs. more

Renowned Mastering Engineer Bob Katz Chooses Genelc 8260A Tri-Amplified DSP Monitoring System

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— Genelec 8260A’s with AutoCal™ automated calibration system and Genelec Loudspeaker Manager (GLM) control network give Katz a transparent sound that he describes as “the best Genelecs ever� —

NATICK, MA, August 3, 2010 — Audio mastering engineer, author, teacher, inventor and audiophile Bob Katz’s resume reads like a who’s-who of the music industry. Over the course of his career, Katz has worked with a multitude of artists in literally every genre of music, including country artists Marley’s Ghost, jazz clarinetists Eddie Daniels and Allan Vaché, Latin Jazz performers Paquito D’Rivera and Tito Puente, heavy metal bands Necrophagist and Motorpsycho, progressive rock performers Sean Malone and Triggering Myth, indie rock performer Susanna, world music artists The Bombay Dub Orchestra and Sinéad O’Connor, big band Mexican composer Armando Manzanero, salsa performers Rubén Blades and Héctor Lavoe and more. Katz has also recorded and/or mastered three GRAMMY-winning albums and several other GRAMMY-nominated recordings. When it came time for Katz to re-evaluate his monitors in his Digital Domain studios mix room, as he needed a higher degree of accuracy compared to the “audiophileâ€? speakers he was using, Katz found exactly what he was looking for in the award-winning Genelec 8260A Tri-Amplified DSP Monitoring System. more

Audio-Technica Honors Ark Productions and Marketing with President’s Award

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STOW, OH, July 22, 2010 — Audio-Technica is pleased to announce that Pine City, New York-based Ark Productions & Marketing has been presented with A-T’s prestigious President’s Award. The award was presented by Marc Lee Shannon, Audio-Technica Vice President, Sales, and John Cheese, Territory Manager, Professional Products, to Ark Productions Principal Tim Chamberlain. The coveted A-T President’s Award was presented at a ceremony during this year’s InfoComm Expo on June 9th in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Tim Chamberlain, Ark Productions & Marketing principal, accepted the President’s Award, which recognizes a leading manufacturer’s representative for outstanding commitment and dedication during the Audio-Technica 2009/2010 fiscal year. The firm sells Audio-Technica professional products to retailers and sound contractors in upstate New York. more

Guitar Center Professional Appoints Doug Simpson to Spearhead New Dedicated Entertainment/Hospitality Industry Sales and Support Arm in Las Vegas

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— Industry veteran Doug Simpson will address and support the audio/video needs of the Las Vegas hotel, club and recording studio sectors —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, July 22, 2010 — Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, has appointed industry veteran Doug Simpson to spearhead a new sales initiative specifically geared toward providing the Las Vegas market with special access to all of GC Pro’s services, with a particular focus on the hotel/hospitality industry. The announcement was made by GC Pro Director Rick Plushner, and represents the division’s ongoing commitment to the continuing growth of GC Pro as a turnkey supplier for professional end users. more

Harman Professional Group Expands Role with Recording Academy Producers and Engineers Wing

HPro’s AKG Acoustics, JBL Professional and Lexicon named official 2010 P&E Wing Sponsors

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (July 20, 2010) — The Producers & Engineers Wing® of The Recording Academy® announces a sponsorship agreement with the Harman Professional Group (HPro)’s leading audio brands AKG® Acoustics, JBL Professional and Lexicon. As official P&E Wing sponsors, AKG Acoustics, JBL Professional and Lexicon will participate in a variety of activities throughout the year, including being the title sponsor of high-profile regional Academy Chapter events, having a presence on the P&E Wing section of the recently launched GRAMMY365 member Web site and serving as a participating member of the P&E Wing Manufacturers Council.

“We are very pleased that Harman has chosen to have AKG, JBL and Lexicon work closely with The Producers & Engineers Wing this coming year,” stated Maureen Droney. “JBL Professional has partnered successfully with the P&E Wing for the last few years and, together with AKG and Lexicon, shares the P&E Wing’s vision of capturing and delivering the highest quality audio. We look forward to this extended partnership and to having key individuals from the Harman family of products interact and exchange ideas with our membership.” more

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