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Guitar Center Opens New Superstore inLouisville, KY, With Grand Opening Weekend Celebration

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— Live music events and special savings mark the opening of GC Louisville Superstore —

— Store features nation’s first on-site Guitar Center Studios, a cutting-edge studio and resource for musicians of all abilities—

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, February 7, 2011 — At 7:00 p.m. on January 27, 2011, Guitar Center launched a new retail location at 4600 Shelbyville Road in Louisville, Kentucky, kicking off a weekend-long grand opening celebration. The 17,500-square-foot superstore’s opening has brought unprecedented product selection and opportunities to artists in the area, along with the unparalleled knowledge and experience of the store’s dedicated staff. Guitar Center Louisville also features GC Studios, the retailer’s first embedded lesson and rehearsal facility. To celebrate the opening, the Grand Opening Weekend featured exclusive savings, including guitar and drum essentials at up to 89% off list price, gear giveaways and free events tailored to local musicians.

Guitar Center’s plans for the Louisville location go well beyond offering the biggest selection at the best prices. For the first time in Guitar Center history, the Louisville location features an in-house, state-of-the-art lesson and rehearsal facility called Guitar Center Studios, which will create unrivaled opportunities for Louisville musicians of all ages and skill levels. Guitar Center Studios will provide music lessons for all skill levels, from beginner to advanced, featuring certified instructors providing a world-class curriculum, as well as one-on-one Pro Tools, Logic Pro and GarageBand courses. Rehearsal spaces will be fully equipped with the latest backline gear, and musicians will have access to a digital recording of their rehearsal sessions. Guitar Center Studios will serve the Louisville area as the most modern and affordable lessons and rehearsals facility in the city. The store also features GC Garage, offering on-site guitar repair services. more

Waves Now Shipping V8 (Version 8) Plugins

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KNOXVILLE, TN, January 27, 2011 — Waves Audio, a leading provider of digital signal processing solutions, is now shipping V8, the new version of Waves plugins.

One of Version 8’s most exciting highlights is that several classic plugins will be getting facelifts: L1 Ultramaximizer, S1 Stereo Imager, DeEsser, TrueVerb, Q10 Equalizer, C1 Compressor/Expander and AudioTrack will all feature a fresher, more up-to-date look. Version 8 also adds Waves V-Series plugins to selected Waves bundles, bringing the modeled sounds of the vintage 1066, 1073, 1081 and 2254 hardware units to more users than ever.

V8 also delivers an improved preset management system with in-host integration, multi-level Undo and easier navigation. In addition, presets created by Waves Artists like Dave Pensado, Ross Hogarth, Mike Hedges and Steve Lillywhite come pre-loaded into the plugins, for the ultimate in convenience. more

The Recording Academy Producers and Engineers Wing Announces Sponsors for “Shaken Rattled and Rolled” Grammy Week Event Honoring Legendary Producer T Bone Burnett

Audio Industry Leaders Support the Fourth Annual GRAMMY® Week Gala
at The Village Recording Studios in Los Angeles

The P&E Wing’s Annual Gathering Recognizes Achievements and Contributions
of the Music Industry’s Production Community

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Feb. 1, 2011) — The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing will celebrate its 10th Anniversary with a GRAMMY Week event titled “Shaken Rattled & Rolled” honoring legendary producer T Bone Burnett for his commitment to excellence and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music. GRAMMY-winning artists Elton John and Leon Russell will serve as honorary event co-chairs at the event to be held on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at The Village Recording Studios in Los Angeles. GRAMMY Week culminates with the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, airing live on the CBS Television Network, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

The event is being held with the support of leading companies within the Musical Instrument and Professional Audio markets. Presenting sponsors are The Village Studios, West L.A. Music and Westlake Professional Sales. Co-sponsors include such leading professional audio manufacturers/institutions and other corporate support as Harman International brands AKG Acoustics, JBL, and Lexicon; Honda Acura; ELS; Avid; Music Marketing; Shure Incorporated; Iron Mountain; Korg USA; PMC; Prism Sound; Mix Magazine; and Pro Sound News. Additional sponsors will be announced soon. more

Sound Devices CL-9 Controller Earns Nomination for Cinema Auadio Society’s Technical Achievement Award

sound-devicescl-9-and-788t.jpgREEDSBURG, WI, FEBRUARY 7, 2011 — Sound Devices’ CL-9 Controller, the latest accessory for Sound Devices best-selling 788T Digital Recorder, has been nominated for a Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Technical Achievement Award in the production category. With the addition of the CL-9, the already powerful 788T becomes a complete mixing/recording system.

“We are honored to once again be nominated for a CAS Award.� says Sound Devices Managing Director Jon Tatooles. “Through innovative accessories and our constant firmware updates, Sound Devices is able to offer new and existing 7-Series recorder customers great features and functionality. The CL-9 is the perfect complement to the 788T as it enables the recorder to become a complete mixer/recorder product for critical sound-for-picture and music productions.� more

Sonnox Warms February With Special 30% Discount Promo

sonnox-broadcast_300.jpgBroadcast, Post & Restore Bundles Offered at Reduced Price Thru Feb. 28

OXFORD, UK: Released to highly favorable reviews in late 2010, Sonnox Broadcast and Post Bundles have quickly become post and broadcast production tools of choice, with the award-winning Restore Suite (included in the Post bundle) being put to work on such high-profile projects as The First 48 and The Sound of Music 50th Anniversary DVD, Blu-ray editions. more

KAVX-FM Switches on New Harris Transmitter

KAVX-FM, serving the Lufkin/Nacogdoches region of eastern Texas and western Louisiana, has turned on a new Harris HPX20 tube transmitter capable of simultaneous HD Radio and FM transmission. KAVX Chief Engineer Tim Swanson in front of Harris HPX20 Transmitter

KAVX is a non-profit organization operating under the Lufkin Educational Broadcasting Foundation. The HPX20 is currently transmitting at 9.5kW TPO (FM-only), and operates at an efficient 23kW ERP from a height of 723 feet above ground level.
Though transmitting in FM only at this time, the station required a new transmitter with HD Radio-capability to replace an analog-only QEI model. Harris installed a FlexStar HDX-FM digital exciter in the transmitter, providing an easy upgrade path to HD Radio when the station is ready. more

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Genelec 8260A Receives Technical Excellence and Creativity (TEC) Award

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— Active monitor pioneer continues to earn accolades —

NATICK, MA, January 21, 2011 — Genelec, the pioneer in Active Monitoring technology for three decades, is proud to announce that its 8260A Tri-Amplified DSP Monitoring System has received a Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement in the Studio Monitor Technology category. The 26th annual TEC Awards were presented Saturday, January 15, 2011, at the Winter NAMM Convention in Anaheim, California.

“It is a tremendous honor that our 8260A has been selected by industry professionals for outstanding technical achievement,� stated Will Eggleston, Genelec USA Marketing Director. “It is great to receive recognition from our peers for our hard work, dedication and innovation, and all at Genelec in Finland and here in the U.S.A. are very proud to accept this award.�

Founded in 1985, the Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards is the foremost program recognizing the achievements of audio professionals. Presented annually by the TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio, the TEC Awards recognizes the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games, and other media. TEC Awards nominations are made by a panel of industry professionals and voted upon by members of various professional organizations and audio industry websites. more

Northwest College Leans On WSDG For Studio Design

POWELL, WYO: An enthusiastic AES member, Robert Rumbolz has always made a point of attending Broadcast Facility Design Panels chaired by John Storyk at recent Conventions. In 2009 as he was reviewing plans for a teaching/recording studio for the Music Department of Northwest College in Powell, Wyo., where he serves as Music Dept. Coordinator and Director of Music Technology, Rumbolz visited the Walters-Storyk Design Group AES Booth at the Javits Center. In a meeting with WSDG principal architect/acoustician John Storyk, he sought an opinion on drawings prepared by CTA, a local (Billings, Montana) architectural firm.

A fervent supporter of pro audio education, designer of many teaching facilities around the country, and a frequent lecturer on studio design and acoustics, Storyk’s initial take on the plans revealed some design issues. A discussion with Rumbolz led to WSDG coming on board as a design consultant on the project. more

Airtools Voice Processor 2X Adds New Preset Features

2xglamour.JPGSEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JANUARY 2011: Heir to the Symetrix legacy of industry-leading voice processors for broadcast, the AirTools Voice Processor 2x implements a feature-rich DSP set that optimizes the sound of on-air voice talent. Latest in the long list of features that makes the Voice Processor 2x easy to incorporate in any studio situation is that now users can import or export specific presets without disturbing any other existing settings.

“Station managers can move the entire device file of one AirTools Voice Processor 2x to another unit, but more specific transfers involving individual presets were not yet possible,” said Mark Ullrich, senior technical sales engineer at Symetrix. “There may be situations where voice talent moves among various studios. With this latest software release, station managers can copy individual presets from one unit and move them to other units without overwriting other device file settings such as dynamic processing or EQ. This adds one more convenience to a device that is already very flexible.” more

Metric Halo and Pro Tools 9 – Together at Last

mh_black.JPGHOPEWELL JUNCTION, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 2010: With the introduction of Pro Tools 9, Metric Halo’s entire line of high-end audio interfaces is not only compatible with the ubiquitous software platform, but fully-integrated as well, providing hardware configuration that is both accessed and saved within the Pro Tools environment. Renowned among audio professionals who demand transparent mic preamps, transcendent AD and DA conversion, and organic DSP, the Metric Halo interfaces are available in a range of I/O counts, feature sets, and price points. In addition, they are also arguably the most stable interfaces available, winning the trust of users who rely on them in live situations.

“Of course, Metric Halo was ready for Pro Tools 9 on day one,” said Allen Rowand, Metric Halo’s field operative, “All of our products feature fully supported low-latency CoreAudio drivers and an RTAS version of the unique ConsoleConnect plugin.” ConsoleConnect provides direct access to Metric Halo’s MIO Console from within Pro Tools, allowing users to control the Metric Halo hardware, mixer, plugins, and monitor controller without leaving the Pro Tools environment. Even better, ConsoleConnect stores and recalls a complete hardware configuration state with the Pro Tools session. No other third-party interface on the market does that. more

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