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GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW SAN MATEO, CALIFORNIA STORE

— 231st Guitar Center location features on-site lessons and repair services, along with GC’s vast inventory selection —

Westlake Village, CA (July 25, 2012) – On the evening of Thursday, July 12, 2012, Guitar Center held the grand opening of its new location in San Mateo, California, located at 53A W. Hillsdale Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94403. Guitar Center San Mateo is Guitar Center’s 231st retail location.

Guitar Center San Mateo’s grand opening introduced customers to a vast selection of products and a dedicated staff with unparalleled musical knowledge and experience. To celebrate the store opening, Guitar Center hosted a Grand Opening Weekend celebration featuring exclusive savings, gear giveaways and free events catered to local musicians. The grand opening events also included a free performance, in addition to ongoing workshops throughout the next two months.

Guitar Center’s newest San Mateo location features showrooms equipped with the latest products for musicians – from guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards to live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment. The new store features Guitar Center Studios, an in-house, state-of-the-art lesson facility, which is creating unrivalled opportunities for San Mateo musicians of all ages and skill levels. Guitar Center Studios provides music lessons from beginner to advanced featuring certified instructors teaching world-class curriculum as well as one-on-one courses on Pro Tools, Logic Pro and GarageBand. Guitar Center Studios is now the most modern and affordable lessons facility in the area. Guitar Center San Mateo also features GC Garage, Guitar Center’s on-site guitar repair service.

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

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

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

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

Guitar Center San Mateo is open seven days a week. Store hours are 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Saturday; and 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday.

Audio-Technica Honors Online Marketing with President’s Award

STOW, OH, July 24, 2012 — Audio-Technica is pleased to announce that Wadsworth, Ohio-based Online Marketing has been presented with A-T’s prestigious President’s Award, for their work representing Audio-Technica in Indiana and Kentucky. Additionally, the firm sells Audio-Technica professional products to retailers and sound contractors in Ohio, Michigan, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Online Marketing Sales Associate Steve Grigdesby accepted the award, which recognizes a leading manufacturer’s representative for outstanding commitment and dedication during the Audio-Technica 2011/2012 fiscal year. The award was presented by Philip Cajka, Audio-Technica U.S. President and C.E.O., and Michael Edwards, A-T V.P. Professional Products. Also in attendance were Brian Strong, A-T Territory Manager, Professional Products; David Marsh, A-T Director of Sales & Marketing, Installed Sound & Broadcast; along with Online Marketing personnel Mike Wuellner, Principal; and Jon Johnson, Sales. The A-T President’s Award was presented at a ceremony during the 2012 InfoComm Expo on June 13th in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Michael Edwards commented, “Online Marketing has been presented with this honor for their strong dedication to sales performance, customer care and the marketing of the A-T brand. The Online Marketing team has a vast base of knowledge and experience, in addition to their fierce work ethic. We are proud to give them this honor, and extremely grateful for their continued service.”

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

AES Launches New Project Studio Expo At 133rd Convention

Sound On Sound and Craig Anderton Collaborate on Full Program of Training Clinics to Complement Project Studio Exhibition

SAN FRANCISCO: The 133rd AES Convention will herald the introduction of the Project Studio Expo, featuring practical training and an exhibit area focused on leading edge project studio technology. Developed in partnership with Sound On Sound and Craig Anderton, the Project Studio Expo (PSE) brings the latest recording techniques, best practices, and practical tips from leaders in the recording business. “I think we can safely say this two-day event will be a highlight of the convention,” states AES Executive Director Bob Moses. “It builds on AES’s long history of leadership in the recording industry, and addresses issues of deep importance to people working in small studios. Based on early feedback from industry pros, I’m confident we have hit a home run with this event.”

Indeed, in a rare joint statement co-signed by Sound On Sound Editorial Director Dave Lockwood and Editor Paul White; Craig Anderton, Executive Editor, Electronic Musician and Editor in Chief, Harmony Central; Frank Wells, Editor, Pro Sound News and the AES Daily; Sarah Jones, Editor, Electronic Musician; Tom Kenny, Editor, Mix; Strother Bullins, Pro Audio Review; Recording Magazine Editor, Lorenz Rycher and Associate Editor Mike Metlay; and Tape Op Editor/ Founder, Larry Crane, and Publisher John Baccigaluppi, these industry leaders stated: “We strongly support AES in striking out in this new direction. We believe that in the years to come, the Project Studio Expo will continue to grow, and in the process, enhance the overall Convention.”

Scheduled for Oct. 27-28 at SF’s Moscone Center, the PSE will feature in depth Clinics and Q&A sessions with noted leaders:

DAY ONE: Saturday, Oct. 27

* It Won’t Sound Right If You Don’t Hear It Right: Studio Acoustics – Presenter, Hugh Robjohns
* Total Tracking: Get It Right At Source – Choosing & Recording Your Sound Source*- Presenter, Hugh Robjohns
* Mixing Secrets: Production Tricks To Use With Any DAW – Presenter, Mike Senior
* Master Your Tracks: DIY Results to Compete With The Pros*- Presenter, Craig Anderton
* You Ask, We Answer: Q&A session Moderator Hugh Robjohns; Panel, Paul White, Mike Senior & Guests tba
* Take Your Studio On Stage: Live Performance With Laptops, Looping Pedals & Other Studio Tech – Presenter, Craig Anderton

*Repeated on Sunday

DAY TWO: Sunday, Oct. 28

* Keeping The Human Element In The Digital Age: Ways To Keep Music Sounding Alive And Interesting – Presenter, Craig Anderton
* Total Tracking: Get it Right At Source – Choosing & Recording Your Sound Source – Presenter, Hugh Robjohns
* Mixing Secrets: Production Tricks To Use With Any DAW – Presenter, Mike Senior
* Master Your Tracks: DIY Results to Compete With The Pros – Presenter, Craig Anderton
* Make Music With Your iPad: Hot Apps, Great Gadgets & All Things IOS – Presenter, Mike Metlay
* Ask The Editors: Q&A Session – Moderator: Hugh Robjohns; Panel to include Paul White, Sarah Jones, Frank Wells, Strother Bullins, Lorenz Rychner, Larry Crane and Tom Kenny

“AES has always been the place where the recording industry came to share the latest techniques and connect with colleagues from around the world,” Bob Moses said. “In past years the business was built on a number of large studios and an entirely different workflow than today. The Project Studio Expo brings the AES into alignment with the reality of today’s industry, and addresses the latest techniques, best practices, and workflow. Anyone doing professional work in a small studio should come to listen, learn, and connect with their peers and mentors.”

The 133rd AES Convention Project Studio Expo is open to the public. Other AES Convention Technical Program events may require separate paid registration. For additional information visit: www.aes.org/ProjectStudioExpo

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES 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. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

WTLW-TV Modernizes With Myers

WESTERN OHIO’S CHRISTIAN TELEVISION INSTALLS PROTRACK TV FOR SALES & TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT

Northampton, MA – Myers Information Systems – a long-standing developer of broadcast traffic, business, and content management software – today announced a successful integration of the company’s flagship ProTrack TV product for Lima, OH-based Christian broadcaster WTLW-TV. The Myers suite also provides support to the West Ohio Sports Net (WOSN), an affiliated community outreach sports channel.

“Our previous traffic software was installed in 1992,” said WTLW/WOSN traffic manager Kelli Getz. “We needed to upgrade [and] researched several companies, finally narrowing it down to Myers and one other. After going through the ProTrack demo, we felt Myers was the right one for our needs, not only because of their software – including the daily server back-up option so we can remain operational in the event of a catastrophe – but also Myers’ reliability and 24-hour tech support.” On-site training meant extra long days for station staff, “but it was well worth it … all our questions were answered and the material was presented in an understandable manner; with ProTrack, we’ll get better, more timely sales reports so our people can use their time more effectively.”

“We are extremely pleased to welcome WTLW and WOSN to our growing client family,” said Crist Myers, company CEO and president. “ProTrack’s features and functionality are well suited to manage broadcast content and business workflows, whether for a public, religious or commercial station.”

Myers’ highly regarded flagship suite, ProTrack, is available in both radio and television editions. It offers comprehensive scheduling and business management for individual, multichannel and multi-station facilities. Actively used by more than 226 media outlets, supporting more than 1,300 channels, ProTrack provides a high-level of structure and scalability, without sacrificing flexibility, for today’s rapidly evolving media environments.

ABOUT MYERS INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Myers Information Systems, Inc. has been developing broadcast management software since 1989. The Company provides technology and services for television, radio and other digital media providers designed to improve every aspect of their operations, from contracting to invoicing, media management to scheduling, and from trafficking to reconciliation. For more information, please visit: www.myersinfosys.com

ABOUT WTLW and WOSN
On-air since 1982, Lima, OH-based WTLW exists to affect a Christian influence on society through a well-rounded selection of programs. WOSN, a community outreach of WTLW launched in 2010, is a regional sports network dedicated to encouraging the spiritual, physical and character development of student athletes. For further information, please visit: www.wtlw.com and www.wosn.tv

Myers Information Systems contact: Crist Myers
+1-413-585-9820 / sales@myersinfosys.com

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

Middle Atlantic Names Vergano VP of Human Resources

Fairfield, NJ––Middle Atlantic Products has appointed Peter Vergano as Vice President of Human Resources, reporting to President Mike Baker. In this newly created post, Vergano will oversee all elements of HR as the company continues to grow since joining the Legrand North America organization.

Vergano joins Middle Atlantic after nearly seven years at Samsung Electronics, most recently as a Senior HR Business Partner Leader in the company’s Ridgefield Park facilities. He graduated from West Virginia University with a BS in Business Administration and also earned an MBA from Centenary College.

Asked about Vergano’s appointment, Mike Baker stated, “We are entering a new phase of very aggressive growth and opportunity for Middle Atlantic. Our continued investment in people, both those who are already here and the new positions we are creating, will ultimately determine our long-term success. Peter’s hiring reflects our commitment to grow our business to more fully support our customers with application-specific products befitting any size project or budget.”

The company has recently appointed several key personnel to sustain this commitment, including two new Regional Sales Managers, a Power Products Application Engineer, and a Furniture Design Engineer.

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Waves Audio Joins the AVnu Alliance

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, July 16, 2012 — Waves Audio, the industry-leading developer of professional audio digital signal processing technologies, has announced that it has become a new member of the AVnu Alliance, an industry forum dedicated to the advancement and certification of Audio/Video Bridging (AVB) devices. As part of this relationship, Waves will be a presence at AVnu events and will encourage industry adoption of AVnu’s standards campaigns. By associating with AVnu, Waves is joining such leaders as Avid™, Cisco™, Dolby®, Gibson®, GM™, Harman, Intel®, Meyer Sound®, Sennheiser, Texas Instruments, Yamaha and many more.

AVnu promotes the adoption of the IEEE 802.1 Audio/Video Bridging (AVB), and the related IEEE 1722 and IEEE 1733, standards over various networking link-layers. The organization works to create compliance test procedures and processes that ensure AVB interoperability of networked A/V devices, helping to provide the highest quality streaming A/V experience. The Alliance will promote awareness of the benefits of AVB technologies and is collaborating with other organizations and entities to make use of this work in their respective efforts to provide a better end-user A/V experience. The Alliance is focused on applications of these technologies in the Automotive, Professional and Consumer Electronics markets.

Specifically, Waves is planning to collaborate with AVnu in the following ways: by having a strong presence at industry trade shows; by participating in AVnu’s flagship “Plug Fest” events; by encouraging AVB adoption by crossing platform boundaries (when Waves SoundGrid technology runs AVB, it is immediately available to all SoundGrid users); and more.

“AVnu Alliance is pleased to announce Waves as a member,” said Lee Minich, marketing chair for the AVnu Alliance. “Waves’ hardware and software signal processing spans the studio, live sound and broadcast markets, all of which will benefit from the adoption of standards-based, truly interoperable networked audio solutions.”

“We at Waves strongly support AVnu’s goals to provide the practical means to identify equipment conformity and test interoperability, and to educate our customers as to the values and benefits of AVB-based networked systems,” stated Gilad Keren, Waves CEO and Co-Founder. “Waves is dedicated to non-proprietary and standardized interoperability between systems, allowing our customers the freedom to use their plugin products anywhere and everywhere.”

Visit www.waves.com and www.waveslive.com for more information.

Aphex® Introduces HeadPod 4™

BURBANK, CA, July 18, 2012— Aphex®, the leader in sound enhancement technology, has introduced HeadPod 4™, a compact, portable headphone amplifier capable of driving four separate stereo outputs with individual level controls from the selected input source. HeadPod 4 combines four independent Aphex stereo amplifiers and high quality converters in a rugged metal case and offers ultra low distortion and wide frequency response with headroom to spare.

Headphone amp designs built on a single channel of amplification suffer from degraded sound quality and volume levels when multiple, mismatched headphone loads are connected. HeadPod 4 overcomes the limitations of typical headphone amps through the use of four completely independent stereo amplifier channels that ensure minimum distortion and crosstalk regardless of the headphone loads connected, resulting in consistent volume levels, crystal clear audio and no clipping.

Top panel controls include a separate level control for each of the outputs together with a master level control, and an input source selector. The rear of the unit houses a pair of balanced quarter-inch jacks, a single stereo headphone extension input and a digital S/PDIF connection.

HeadPod 4 is suitable for a variety of applications, including desktop audio production, recording and broadcast studios, language labs, quality assurance listening stations, rehearsal and tuition rooms, and live sound venues such as houses of worship and schools.

Waves Audio Unveils Live Console Functionality for Version 9 Plugins

—V9 functionality expands to include compatibility with Yamaha, Allen & Heath, DiGiCo, Venue and MultiRack Native hardware —

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, July 11, 2012 — Waves Audio, the industry-leading developer of professional audio digital signal processing technologies, has expanded the capabilities of its acclaimed V9 (Version 9), and it is now available for live use with Yamaha, Allen & Heath, DiGiCo, Venue and MultiRack Native. Featuring 64-bit support, faster scanning, faster loading, and faster processing, Waves Version 9 opens up new dimensions of high performance plugin power.

One of Version 9’s most highly anticipated features is 64-bit operating system support. Now Waves users can unleash the power of massive amounts of RAM memory in the DAW hosts of their choice. V9 also marks the introduction of Waves’ new easy-to-use authorization system, Waves License Center, which eliminates use of the iLok, ushering in an era of simplicity, flexibility, mobility and security. Waves License Center offers users authorization activation straight to their computer or any USB flash drive; easy license management; license mobility via USB flash drive or users’ License Cloud; and one-click license recovery in the case of lost or damaged devices. V9 also allows users to run V8 and V9 plugins side-by-side. New features for live use include 64-bit support and hard drive or USB flash drive activation for Yamaha and Allen & Heath consoles as well as MultiRack Native. No D-Show enabler is needed for Venue consoles.

With new V9 plugins added to Waves’ Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Horizon, SoundGrid pro and Live bundles, there’s never been a better time for users to renew their Waves Update Plan coverage. New plugins in Horizon: Kramer Master Tape; PIE Compressor; HLS Channel; Bass Rider; CLA Guitars; Maserati Drums; OneKnob Filter; and OneKnob Driver. New plugins in Diamond: GTR3 Software; OneKnob Filter; and OneKnob Driver. New plugins in Platinum: GTR3 Software and OneKnob Driver. New plugins in Gold: GTR3 Software. New in SG Pro – NLS Non-Linear Summer. New in Live Bundle – GTR3 and compatible version of PuigTec EQs for Venue.

Waves V9 is now available. Visit www.waves.com and www.waveslive.com for more information.

Batwing Antennas From Alan Dick Broadcast Will Keep Legacy UHF Radio Services On-Air

Gloucestershire, United Kingdom – Alan Dick Broadcast, Ltd (ADBL) — a leading supplier of broadcast systems for digital and analog audio / video for radio and television transmission — today announced a sizeable purchase award to provide replacement antenna panels to Arqiva, a major supplier of communications infrastructure and media services to the broadcast, satellite and mobile communications markets.

ABDL will furnish a number of Batwing panels to replace legacy antennas originally installed in the 1970s. The panels, developed by ADBL in 2008, are fully compatible replacements for the original units and comply with BBC performance and technical standards formulated in 1970. Two panel sizes – the larger operating from 470 through 580 MHz and the smaller from 615 to 850 MHz – will be supplied, each having three variants with differing beam tilts. Some 1,000 antennas of this type remain operational around the UK.

“We sincerely appreciate Arqiva’s confidence in our products and engineering,” said Barry Sugden, director of Alan Dick Broadcast. “Our staff is extremely pleased to have a role in assuring the viability of these valuable radio services for many years to come.”

About Alan Dick Broadcast
UK-based Alan Dick Broadcast (ADBL) is a long-established global leader in the manufacture of antennas, combiners / filters, towers and broadcast infrastructure services for digital and analogue video and audio systems. Our portfolio starts at concept and runs through planning site development, station equipment, towers, antennas, and a full implementation and testing service. Additional information about ADBL may be obtained at: www.alandickbroadcast.com

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ABDL contact: Sonia Del Castillo
+1-916-383-1177
sonia.delcastillo@alandickbroadcast.com

ADBL contact: Barry Sugden
+44 1242 820975 / +44 1242 820972
barry.sugden@alandickbroadcast.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener • +1-845-512-8283
harriet@desertmooncomm.com

Jampro Antennas Improves Coverage for TV Azteca in Monterrey, Mexico

Sacramento, CA – Jampro Antennas, Inc. — a world leader in the manufacture and design of radio frequency components and antennas for radio and television transmission — today announced the successful commissioning of a digital television transmission antenna system for XHWX-TV in Monterrey, Nuevo Léon, México. The station, broadcasting on analog channel 4 and digital channel 39, is an affiliate of the TV Azteca Trece network and produces regional news, programming and advertisements.

The recent installation employed Jampro’s elliptically polarized JCPD EPOL panel array for VHF Band I. The new transmission system, has significantly improved the station’s coverage. Jampro provided a turnkey solution, including the antenna, patch panel, power splitter, transmission and rigid lines, and on-site commissioning.

“Our solution was tailored to provide optimum signal strength and long-term reliability in Monterrey’s high desert climate,” said Alex Perchevitch, president of Jampro. “We are very pleased to continue our relationship with TV Azteca by welcoming their affiliate into our growing family of satisfied users.”

About Jampro
Jampro Antennas Inc., established to answer the need for quality broadcast systems at a reasonable price, is a leading supplier of antennas, combiners & filters and RF components for every application in the broadcast industry. Reputed for innovation and customization, Jampro builds each system to the specifications of the individual broadcaster. From the first system delivered in 1954 to those installed today, the Company is committed to consistent performance and quality founded on solid engineering. Today, over 15,000 broadcasters worldwide benefit from the quality and performance provided by Jampro systems. For additional JAMPRO information, please visit: www.jampro.com.

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Jampro contact: Sonia Del Castillo
916-383-1177 • Sonia@jampro.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener • 845-512-8283
harriet@desertmooncomm.com

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