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GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW STORE AND LESSONS STUDIO IN ATHENS, GEORGIA

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

ANNOUNCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

Guitar Center has opened its 255th store location in the U.S.
GC Garage service will provide a much-needed range of musical instrument repair services
GC Studios, first-ever GC lessons facility in Athens to support local music scene, is at the store, located at 1791 Oconee Connector, Suite 450 Athens, GA 30606

(Los Angeles, CA) – Guitar Center, the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ and lighting equipment, opened its 255th location, in Athens, Georgia, on November 7, 2013. The store, located at 1791 Oconee Connector, Suite 450 Athens, GA 30606, 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.

A virtual tour of the store is available online here and on the Athens store page at http://stores.guitarcenter.com/Athens.

ATHENS STORE LOCATION BACKGROUNDER:

Vast Product Selection and Low Prices – Guitar Center Athens brings an unprecedented selection of products to Athens, 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 Athens 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 Athens 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 Athens: Additional In-Store Programs and Opportunities Include:

Guitar Center’s “Endless Aisle” – Athens 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 Athens 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 Athens store, Guitar Center offers year-round programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight promising undiscovered talent. Athens residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing events from their hometown. Programs have included Your Next Record, Guitar Center On-Stage, Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter, Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues and Guitar Center’s Drum-Off.

Guitar Center Athens Store and Studio Hours
Mon-Fri: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sat: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sun: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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Paul Friedman Joins BMG-Hudson Sales & Marketing

— Company positions itself for next phase of growth with Friedman’s appointment —

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, November 12, 2013— BMG-Hudson Sales & Marketing, a leading independent manufacturer’s rep firm specializing in the commercial audio/system integration, professional audio, MI/DJ and live sound markets, is pleased to announce the appointment of industry veteran Paul Friedman to the position of Sales & Marketing/Key Account Manager for the A/V, System Integration and Theater market sectors. The announcement was made by BMG-Hudson principals Bruce Garry and Mike Phillips and further underscores the company’s ongoing growth and expansion.
In his new position, Paul Friedman will work closely with Garry and Phillips, concentrating his efforts on expanding and strengthening relationships with consultants, A/V integrators and installed sound personnel.

With extensive experience in the audio industry, Friedman began his career as National Sales Manager for GLI Integrated Sound. He then held the position of National Sales Manager for Numark Electronics and then went on to found his own rep firm MetroNorth Marketing. He most recently held the position of Territory Manager for NFS Communications.

“Paul has a rich history in the industry and we are pleased to have him join the BMG-Hudson group,” stated Garry and Phillips. “His extensive background in the A/V, contracting and Pro Audio markets makes him uniquely qualified to help us grow our company as part of a long-term strategic business plan.”

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

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

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, November 7, 2013 – Eric Smith, Founder and President of Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments, is continuing to share his knowledge far and wide, 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 recently had the opportunity to speak to faculty and students at Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles and the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences in Gilbert, AZ 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 and entrepreneurship. 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.

Barry Rudolph, Instructor at Musician’s Institute, recalled the response to Smith’s presentation there: “What a fantastic and generous lecture Auralex President Eric Smith recently gave to the audio engineering students here at Musicians Institute in Hollywood. Our new Studio F was filled to capacity throughout the afternoon with a continuous stream of students enjoying his insightful and practical suggestions for improving the sound of their own project/home studios using various Auralex acoustic treatment products. Eric’s anecdotal yet analytical tutorial style explains with clarity, precision and humor. The students loved it!”

Smith was also a featured panelist at the recent PotLuckCon 2013 Audio Conference. Eric participated in a panel discussion along with studio designers/acousticians Mark Genfan and Carl Tatz and noted journalist/music technology specialist Mitch Gallagher. The topic of the well-attended panel discussion was “Practical Acoustics Workshop,” and the panel was moderated by Alex Maiolo.

“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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Audio Engineering Society Welcomes New President Dr. Sean Olive

— Noted audio researcher, educator and recording engineer/producer assumes role of President,
taking over from Frank Wells —

— Olive’s expertise and experience will help frame and strengthen the direction of AES leading into the 137th Convention in Los Angeles and beyond —

New York, NY, November 6, 2013 — Following closely on the heels of the 135th Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention, held Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City, which was hailed as one of the AES’s biggest successes in recent memory, the AES welcomes Dr. Sean Olive as its new President, taking over from outgoing President Frank Wells. Currently serving as Director, Acoustic Research, HARMAN International, Olive is based in Northridge, California, placing him in an ideal location to guide the AES into the 137th Convention, which will take place in Los Angeles in the fall of 2014.

Olive’s experience is wide-ranging; his education includes a B. Mus. from University of Toronto, a M. Mus. in sound recording from McGill University and a PhD in sound reproduction from McGill. He served as an audio research scientist for the National Research Council of Canada for several years, before joining the HARMAN team in 1993. He has stayed active in academia, teaching classes at UCLA on occasion, and has been involved in various aspects of the AES’s technical committees and research initiatives. He displays an unwavering passion for audio and the AES organization, and his unique perspective as a musician, educator, recording engineer/producer, audio researcher and consumer places him in an ideal position to guide the course of the society through the next year and help plot that course for coming years.

One set of goals embraced by Olive is to continue diversifying the scope of the AES and its membership. As he points out, “The recording industry has been at times resistant to change, and we are still feeling the effects of the failure to fully embrace digital technology. The ways that consumers are experiencing music are evolving at a rapid rate, with audio as a mobile experience now being much more common than a living room with a hi-fi system. Headphone sales are through the roof, and the AES has a chance to help improve the consistency and quality of the mobile experience. As our membership continues to move toward this world, along with the worlds of film, sound contracting, live sound, automotive audio and gaming, we need to further explore these avenues in order to better serve our members. There is also huge room for AES member expansion into the so-called ‘BRIC’ countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China – and we plan to increase our outreach in those regions. The AES has a tremendous leadership role and a strong membership base, and I look forward to leveraging these assets to assist in the ongoing transition to the AES of the 21st century.”

For further information on the Audio Engineering Society and upcoming events, please visit http://www.aes.org/.

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Lowell Manufacturing Adds Deep Profiles to Wall-Mount Rack Series

— New 28- and 32-inch-deep racks for LWR Series —

PACIFIC, MO, October 28, 2013 — Lowell Manufacturing Company, a U.S. manufacturer of professional A/V products for more than 65 years, has expanded its LWR Series of wall-mount racks to include two deep profiles—28” and 32”—for applications requiring greater depth for electronics and accompanying cables and wiring. These deeper-profile wall racks feature the time-saving sectional design that allows the backbox to be sent to the job site while the cabinet (mounting section) is filled at the shop.

LWR Series Features:

Heavy duty, swing-open, sectional rack (load capacity to 300 lbs.)
Backbox: 10” square opening in rear, removable knockout panels, lacing points, and provisions to attach board-mounted accessories. Two side locks keyed differently than (optional) front door.
Cabinet (mounting section): 1-pr. adjustable mounting rails, integral rails in top and bottom, vented sides, and knockouts.
Four depths: 19”, 23”, 28”, 32” (varied heights)
Made in USA with 100% certified US steel

For more information, please visit www.lowellmfg.com or e-mail Lowell at sales@lowellmfg.com.

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135th Audio Engineering Society Convention Hits A Five-Year High

— Convention takes a bite out of the Big Apple and reminds the industry that “If It’s About Audio, It’s At AES” —

New York, NY, October 24, 2013 — The 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City) was the place to be if you have anything to do with the audio industry. The exhibit floor, panels and technical sessions were packed all four days, and as AES celebrated its 65th Anniversary, a five-year-high number of 18,453 registrants was tallied.

At show close, AES reported a 16% increase in registration since the last time the convention was in New York two years ago (131st AES) and a staggering 71% increase over last year’s San Francisco event (133rd AES), which unfortunately was plagued by smaller attendance due to Hurricane Sandy.

Convention Committee Chair Jim Anderson and his team created the most ambitious and comprehensive schedule of workshops, panels and technical programs in AES convention history; AES135 will be remembered by those in attendance as an exciting and enlightening experience, and one of the most heavily attended conventions in years. From the opening keynote address on Thursday by Josh McDermott from MIT; and the Heyser Lecture by legendary producer, technologist and multi-GRAMMY® Award winner George Massenburg; to Friday’s lunchtime keynote by multi-GRAMMY Award winner Jimmy Jam; the Project Studio Expo and Knowledge Center; the “Sound For Picture” Deadliest Catch workshop; the GRAMMY SoundTables event honoring the late Phil Ramone; presentations by engineer and Jay-Z collaborator Young Guru; and more, AES135 hit it out of the park for attendees and exhibitors alike.

“I can’t express how thrilled I am with our Convention this year,” stated Bob Moses, Executive Director of the AES. “Our organizing committee really outdid themselves, with over 250 presentations from an astounding 682 leading researchers and practitioners in the field, many of them standing-room only. The convention floor was absolutely packed, and the only complaint I heard was that we ran out of convention programs on the second day because so many people showed up. We took some risks with this show in an attempt to bring in lots of new blood and to maintain our position on the proverbial cutting edge, and the fact that it was such a fantastic success gives us confidence to ratchet it up a few more notches in Los Angeles next year. Actually, why wait for October 2014? – we’ll be back in Berlin in April, and much of what made this show so great will be leveraged to breathe new life into our European convention.”

No matter what sector of the industry you are involved in — recording & production, broadcast & streaming, game audio, live sound, networked audio, sound for picture, post production or system integration — AES135 had it all. The convention received support from over 20 industry sponsors and partners including: Audio Precision, Cerwin-Vega, CharterOak, Focusrite/Novation, Gibson, Hal Leonard, Harman/Soundcraft, iZotope, KRK, NewBay Media, Onkyo, SAE Institute, Sennheiser, Sound On Sound, Sound and Picture, Stanton, Tascam, and THAT Corporation. Additionally several organizations lent their support, including APRS, ASCAP, DTV Audio Group, International Music Festival Conference, Manhattan Producer’s Alliance, The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® and SPARS, as well as leading audio retailers GC Pro and Sweetwater.

The convention garnered praise from exhibitors and attendees alike. Piers Plaskitt, CEO, Solid State Logic, Inc., stated, “We went into the 2013 AES with high expectations, a new console for the live market, a cool summing box for our music professionals and a MADI/Dante bridge for our broadcast customers. We staffed up accordingly, and I’m very pleased to say that we had an extraordinarily busy show that exceeded our projections on every level. We are looking forward to 2014 and the convention’s return to Los Angeles.”

“This AES in NY was the best AES convention in many years,” stated Eric Mayer, President, DPA Inc. “This year the show floor traffic seemed up, our booth attendees were more ‘qualified’ and spirits seemed high. I’m not sure what changes were made, but whatever they were, they were needed and they worked.”

Katy Templeman-Holmes, Sr. Marketing Manager USA, Mixer Group, HARMAN, echoed Mayer’s words: “We had a great show, specifically with the hands-on workshops we hosted. Attendance was stronger than ever and it was a valuable mix of student, new and veteran engineers all looking to learn and experience the available technologies and products. A good show all around.”

“AES NY is always special, as no other show draws such a diverse crowd of key decision leaders in music, post, broadcast and live sound,” stated Phil Wagner, President of Focusrite Novation Inc. “This year’s AES show had our booth and sound demo room packed with potential customers from start to finish. We were proud to sponsor both the Project Studio Expo and Networked Audio Track. We look forward to a strong presence at AES Los Angeles next year.”

For additional information on the Audio Engineering Society and its conventions, conferences and technological outreach, visit http://www.aes.org.

Photo Caption 1: The 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City) saw five-year-high registration numbers. Photos courtesy of Audio Engineering Society. © 2013

Photo Caption 2: Attendees flock to the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention on the opening day of exhibits, Friday, October 18, 2013. Photos courtesy of Audio Engineering Society. © 2013

Photo Caption 3: The aisles on the exhibition floor at the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention were filled with wall-to-wall attendees. Photos courtesy of Audio Engineering Society. © 2013

For additional photos from the 135th AES Convention, please visit http://clynemedia.com/AES/AES135/photos/.

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Genelec 2013 AES Convention Press Kit

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or visit http://clynemedia.com/genelec/AES_2013/index.html

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Audio-Technica 2013 AES Convention Press Kit

Please click the graphic below to view the Audio-Technica 2013 AES Press Kit

or visit http://clynemedia.com/audiotechnica/AES_2013/index.html

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Jimmy Jam to Give Friday’s Opening Keynote at AES Convention, 11:00 a.m. EDT

— Five-time GRAMMY Award winner Jimmy Jam is a renowned songwriter, record producer, musician, entrepreneur and, with Terry Lewis, part of the most influential and successful writing/producing duo in modern music history —

— Keynote address titled “The Current And Future Direction Of The Recording Process from an Artist, Engineer and Producer’s Perspective” will address the intersection of technology and creativity —

New York, NY, October 17, 2013 — On Friday, October 18, 2013, the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention at the Javits Center in New York City will feature a keynote address by Jimmy Jam, a five-time GRAMMY® Award winner and a renowned songwriter, record producer, musician, entrepreneur and half of the most influential and successful writing/producing duo in modern music history. Taking place at 11:00 a.m. in Room 1E15/16, the presentation will be entitled “The Current And Future Direction Of The Recording Process from an Artist, Engineer and Producer’s Perspective.”

Since forming their company Flyte Tyme Productions in 1982, Jam and partner Terry Lewis have collaborated with such diverse and legendary artists as Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Gwen Stefani, Michael Jackson, Robert Palmer, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, Rod Stewart, Yolanda Adams, Sting, Heather Headley, Usher, Celine Dion, Kanye West, Chaka Khan and Trey Songz, among others. Jimmy and Terry have written and/or produced over 100 albums and singles that have reached gold, platinum, multi-platinum, or diamond status, including 26 No. 1 R&B and 16 No. 1 pop hits, giving the pair more Billboard No. 1′s than any other duo in chart history.

Jimmy Jam’s AES Keynote address will focus on the current and future direction of the recording process from various perspectives. As a songwriter, artist, producer and engineer, Jimmy is uniquely qualified to give a bird’s-eye view of how each of these “personalities” interact and contribute to the overall final product, and along the way, how technology has evolved and what it has meant to his craft.

“Of course it all starts with a great song, but then, it’s important to consider how and what technology should be used to capture that creativity,” stated Jam. “It’s that intersection between the technology and creativity that I have always looked at every day throughout my career. Ultimately, it’s my job as a artist/producer to have those two elements meet and not crash – And that’s when you’re using the available technology to capture the artist in their purest form.”

For further information on the 135th AES International Convention, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/.

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135th Audio Engineering Society Convention Opening Ceremonies Includes Presentation of Annual AES Awards

— AES Awards to honor individuals of distinction in the AES organization and the wider art
and science of audio engineering —

New York, NY, October 16, 2013 — The opening ceremonies of the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Thursday, October 17, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, in Room 1E15/16 at the Javits Center in New York City) features the presentation of this year’s AES Awards, along with remarks from AES Executive Director Bob Moses, AES President Frank Wells, and AES 135th Convention Chair Jim Anderson, as well as a keynote address from noted audio researcher Josh McDermott. The award ceremony will be hosted by Jim Kaiser, AES Awards Committee Chair.

The awards include the following:

The GOLD MEDAL AWARD, given in recognition of outstanding achievements, sustained over a period of years, in the field of audio engineering, is being presented to:

FLOYD TOOLE in recognition for outstanding contributions to theory, practice, and international standards in the area of subjective and objective evaluation of loudspeakers in rooms.
RUDOLPH VAN GELDER in recognition for creating the legendary sound of jazz during six outstanding decades of recording.

The SILVER MEDAL AWARD, given in recognition of outstanding development or achievement in the field of audio engineering, is being presented to:

LAURENCE FINCHAM in recognition for a sustained series of significant contributions to electroacoustics and signal processing in the area of domestic sound reproduction.

The BOARD OF GOVERNORS AWARD, given for outstanding contributions to the Audio Engineering Society, is being presented to:

WILLIAM CRABTREE in recognition of co-chairing the 50th International AES Conference “Audio Education” in Murfreesboro, TN, USA, on July 25–27, 2013.
MICHAEL FLEMING in recognition of co-chairing the 50th International AES Conference “Audio Education” in Murfreesboro, TN, USA, on July 25–27, 2013.
JANOS GYORI in recognition of his chairing the 132nd International AES Convention in Budapest, Hungary, on April 26–29, 2012.
MICHAEL KELLY in recognition of his chairing the 49th International AES Conference “Audio for Games” in London, UK, on February 6–8, 2013.
JIM MCTIGUE in recognition of co-chairing the 133rd International AES Convention in San Francisco, CA, USA, on October 26–29, 2012.
JAN ABILDGAARD PEDERSEN in recognition of his chairing the 48th International AES Conference “Automotive Audio” in Munich, Germany, on September 21–23, 2012.
VALERIE TYLER in recognition of co-chairing the 133rd International AES Convention in San Francisco, CA, USA, on October 26–29, 2012.
UMBERTO ZANGHIERI in recognition of his chairing the 134th International AES Convention in Rome, Italy, on May 4–7, 2013.

The FELLOWSHIP AWARD, given to a member who has rendered conspicuous service, or is recognized to have made a valuable contribution to the advancement in or dissemination of knowledge of audio engineering or in the promotion of its application in practice, is being presented to:

THERESA LEONARD for her professional achievements and dedication to the Audio Engineering Society and to its education initiatives.
JOEL A. LEWITZ For contributions to the design of electroacoustics systems in architectural spaces, teaching and mentoring within the industry, and long association with the AES.
TIMOTHY SHUTTLEWORTH for significant contributions to digital audio product design and many years of service to the AES.

The CITATION AWARD, given in recognition of services or accomplishments that do not fit into any of the above categories, is being presented to:

BOZENA KOSTEK in recognition for her outstanding efforts as Editor to improve the quality, responsiveness, and impact of the Journal of the AES.

The HONORARY MEMBER designation, given to persons of outstanding repute and eminence in the science of audio engineering or its allied arts, is being given to:

RONALD E. UHLIG in recognition of his pioneering engineering achievements to enhance the film sound experience for the audience, including the development of international standard setting technology that allowed stereo variable area soundtracks to replace monaural film sound, and later, the development of digital data read/write capability for 35mm digital audio.

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