Audio-Technica Kicks Off “50 Years of Passionate Listening” Anniversary Celebration with Special Gala Event at NAMM Show

STOW, OH, January 27, 2012 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology, is this year marking “50 Years of Passionate Listening” with its yearlong 50th Anniversary Celebration. The anniversary year officially kicked off in the U.S. with a special gala event during the 2012 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. The party took place at Disney California Adventure Park on the evening of Thursday, January 19, 2012. A-T’s 700-plus special guests included musicians (including several Audio-Technica endorsers), recording arts professionals, dealers, distributors, customers and members of the press. Key personnel from Audio-Technica Japan (the parent company of A-T U.S. and the other A-T companies worldwide) were also in attendance, including Audio-Technica Corporation President Kazuo Matsushita.

The evening kicked off with a cocktail hour, followed by a Japanese Taiko drum performance and welcoming comments by Kazuo Matsushita. Audio-Technica U.S. President and CEO Philip Cajka then led a traditional sake barrel-breaking ceremony and toast. Sharing in the toast were onstage guests Ed Cherney (producer/engineer), Alan Parsons (artist/producer/engineer), and personnel from two of A-T’s first professional products dealers Skip Maggiora (Founder, Skip’s Music), and Jonathan and Susan Lipp (Owners, Full Compass Systems). The event then featured an all-star music revue produced by legendary GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer/producer Phil Ramone. The concert was hosted by emcee Dave Koz with the Gregg Field Big Band and featured guest performers Nikki Yanofsky, Mindi Abair, Siedah Garrett, Monica Mancini, Arturo Sandoval, Jim Brickman, BeBe Winans and Patti Austin. The night’s performances were a roaring success, with those in attendance applauding the show’s finale with a standing ovation while confetti filled the room to cap the celebration.

“This event is the kick-off of a year-long celebration of Audio-Technica’s ‘50 years of passionate listening,’ said Phil Cajka. “A-T’s ongoing commitment to the pursuit of worldwide audio excellence and innovation has changed the course of music history. We are so honored to be able to share this evening with A-T staff, artists, journalists and business associates – the extended A-T family, who has contributed so much to Audio-Technica’s success over the past 50 years.”

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

Sennheiser Opens its Technology and Innovation Center in San Francisco: “The Future Made Right Here”

San Francisco, January 26, 2012: For more than 60 years, Sennheiser has stood for the highest quality audio products across all areas of sound recording, transmission and reproduction. This month, the company announces the official opening of its San Francisco- based research lab: SFTC (Technology and Innovation California). The opening ceremony was attended by more then 100 guests from the audio community in the Bay Area. The new research facility — which relocated from Palo Alto in November 2011, is focused on improving the customer experience through digital signal processing (DSP) technologies and combining this with Sennheiser’s world-renowned expertise in electro-acoustics and wireless transmission.

As a research hub for Sennheiser, whose slogan is “The Future Made Right Here,” SFTC creates knowledge in selected areas of DSP and facilitates knowledge transfer to Sennheiser’s product teams around the world. Many of these ideas and technologies are then adopted and integrated into Sennheiser’s consumer, professional or installed sound divisions.

“The Sennheiser culture has always been rooted in innovation and exploring what may be possible in the future,” commented Daniel Sennheiser, president strategy and finance, Sennheiser. “Our new facility in San Francisco leverages an extensive ecosystem of talents that includes not only our own visionary thinkers and researchers, but world renowned academic institutions and corporations. In this environment, our engineers are free to experiment and play with technology and processes that may eventually find its way into various consumer, pro and installed sound applications.”

“Concept Tahoe”
After it finishes developing and testing a concept, Sennheiser may choose to introduce a prototype model to test its market value and gauge end-user interest.

For example, last year at the prolight+sound and NAMM trade shows, Sennheiser unveiled a project that was under development at its SFTC research laboratory: “Concept Tahoe.”

This wireless microphone prototype — which drew a lot of attention by trade show attendees — is not only able to function as a high quality, professional wireless microphone, but also as an effects and processing controller — providing an unprecedented level of creative options to DJs and performers. This functionality is facilitated by the transmission of control data to a receiver, which can control any number of effects or plug-ins in real time using the MIDI protocol. The microphone can also be transformed into a tambourine or a shaker at the press of a button. By using an accelerometer and a rotation sensor, it measures how quickly it is moving and at what angle in space it is currently located. This prototype was demonstrated during the SFTC opening event, and showcased by beatboxer entertainers Butterscotch and Eklips.

“By moving the location of the SFTC to the Bay Area, our team — and by extension the entire Sennheiser organization — is able to leverage our proximity to the technology industry’s leading innovators, product designers and thought leaders. These include other multi-national companies as well as a unique network of start-ups and highly regarded institutions such as UC Berkeley and Stanford University,” commented Veronique Larcher, director of research, North America, for Sennheiser. “At SFTC, our researchers have access to an enormous pool of talent and imagination; risk taking and the cross-fertilization of ideas is strongly encouraged.”

Sennheiser launched its SFTC in 2006 and since then, its research and development work have been manifested in Sennheiser’s groundbreaking products — including the IS-ADN conference system.

Jampro Acquires Alan Dick Broadcast Ltd

COMBINED COMPANY OFFERS UNPARALLELED RANGE OF SERVICE, SOLUTIONS AND DELIVERY OPTIONS

Sacramento, CA — JAMPRO Antennas, Inc., the oldest broadcast antenna company in North America, has acquired the Alan Dick Broadcast (ADBL) Division of ADC UK Ltd. Located in the UK,ADBL is one of the oldest names in Europe for broadcast antennas, combiners / filters, towers and broadcast infrastructure service . Alex Perchevitch, Jampro’s president, made the announcement from headquarters in Sacramento, CA.

The acquisition combines two industry leaders, both accomplished in the development and implementation of exceptional engineering solutions, to form a powerful, global organization poised to address the growing global need for digital TV (DTV) products. Founded in 1954, Jampro – an early and key player in the emergence of digital TV – has grown to become one of the largest international suppliers of radio and TV antennas and associated radio frequency (RF) equipment, transmission line and components. Based in Cheltenham, UK, ADBL has served as a major provider of communications infrastructures in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for over three decades.

Jampro is known for its pioneering in antenna technology, combiners / filters, towers, and RF components that address nearly every application in the broadcast industry. The Company has installed thousands of broadcast systems since its inception in 1954, each designed and built to address the specifications of the end-user. Winner of multiple Queens Awards for industry, Alan Dick offers a high-quality portfolio of station equipment, towers, and antennas derived from extraordinary and innovative engineering solutions. ADBL’s credits include supplying a large number of broadband multi-channel systems to the BBC – Arqiva for the UK DSO (Digital Switch Over). The systems were installed on large face towers resulting in a successful solution for an exceptionally difficult and challenging application.

“ADBL is a true pioneer in the world-wide broadcast industry bringing numerous innovations to market ahead of their time,” commented Perchevitch. “Our united efforts and product lines will benefit our customers with stronger R&D across all ranges, improved delivery capabilities, and reduced shipping costs. We couldn’t be happier to welcome the entire staff into the Jampro family and look forward to a successful future filled with expanded opportunities for our combined client base.”

Added Rob Fisher, CEO of ADC UK “Alan Dick has been a major player in the worldwide broadcast market for several decades and has built up an enviable reputation for the quality and robustness of its products and services. I am pleased that Jampro will take the Alan Dick broadcast products into its portfolio and continue to market them as apart of an expanded Jampro offering. Jampro will work closely with a number of Alan Dick companies, including Alan Dick Middle East, to ensure that their local product and service capabilities can be combined with the expanded Jampro offering to provide an outstanding turnkey solution for broadcast customers.”

ADBL will remain in the UK and operate as a division of Jampro Antennas with the same management, engineering and production staffs.
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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.

Additional information on JAMPRO can be obtained at www.jampro.com.

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

ADBL Contact: Barry Sugden
+44 1242 537734 • barry.sugden@alandick.com

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

Sound Devices to Expand Operations with Purchase of New Facility

REEDSBURG, WI, JANUARY 25, 2012 — Sound Devices, makers of production sound and video products for field production, announce the purchase of a new facility for its U.S. headquarters in Reedsburg, WI. The company is expected to relocate and settle into the 27,000-square-foot facility in the first half of 2012, where it will continue to manufacture audio mixers and recorders, and video recorders for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news, and acoustical test and measurement applications.

“This move is part of Sound Devices’ continued commitment to our customers, our community and to the marketplace,” says Jon Tatooles, managing director, Sound Devices. “It gives us the necessary room to grow, and to have all departments, including engineering, manufacturing, and sales, under one (much larger) roof. We look forward to continued success in our new home this year and beyond.”

Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the new facility will enable Sound Devices to continue its focus on designing and building new, innovative field-production products.

In addition to the improvements to logistics and operations, the newly renovated facility, which sits on 27 wooded acres, can accommodate training meetings for its sales representatives and distributors. It also has space for permanent product setups to assist in product training.

Sound Devices new facility is located at 7556 State Highway 23/33 in Reedsburg.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital recorders, portable video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering and acoustical test and measurement applications. The thirteen-year old company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

Guitar Center, the Nation’s Largest Instrument Retailer, Opens Its 221st Store with New Location in Round Rock, Texas

— Company opens its seventh store in 2011 with special savings and events —

— Store features on-site lessons and guitar repair services —

On September 29, 2011, Guitar Center opened its newest retail location in Round Rock, Texas, located at 2200 South IH-35, Suite B4. The store’s opening delivered vast product selection, along with the unparalleled knowledge and experience of GC’s dedicated staff. Guitar Center Round Rock also features Guitar Center Studios, an embedded lesson and rehearsal facility, and is the only Austin-area Guitar Center with a Guitar Center Studios. To celebrate the opening, Guitar Center hosted a Grand Opening Weekend featuring exclusive savings, gear giveaways and free events tailored to local musicians.

GC Round Rock features well-equipped showrooms with the latest products for the musician, from guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards to live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment. In addition to special Grand Opening Weekend programming, early shoppers also enjoyed exclusive savings throughout opening weekend with deals that included guitar and drum essentials.

Gene Joly, Guitar Center Executive VP of Stores, stated, “The Austin area is one of the key music centers in the country, and adding another store helps us to better serve the musicians and engineers in this burgeoning market. As with our other new stores opened in 2011, the Round Rock location reflects a number of new design and merchandising principles. For instance, GC Round Rock features Guitar Center Studios lessons/rehearsal spaces, GC Garage repairs facility and an open layout that yields a streamlined traffic flow and more room for customers to test drive products in a comfortable environment.”

Guitar Center’s plans for the Round Rock location go well beyond offering the biggest selection at the best prices. The store includes Guitar Center Studios, an in-house, state-of-the-art lesson and rehearsal facility, which will create unrivaled opportunities for Round Rock musicians of all ages and skill levels. Guitar Center Studios provides music lessons from beginner to advanced featuring certified instructors providing world-class curriculum, as well as one-on-one Pro Tools, Logic Pro and GarageBand courses. Rehearsal spaces are fully equipped with the latest backline gear, and musicians will have access to a digital recording of their rehearsal sessions. Guitar Center Studios is by all accounts the most modern and affordable lessons and rehearsals facility in the city.

The store also features GC Garage, offering on-site guitar repair services. Staffed with a certified repair technician, GC Garage can handle any repair from restring and basic instrument maintenance to headstock and structural repair.

Building on their ongoing initiatives designed to educate and inspire artists nationwide, Guitar Center in Round Rock will offer unique opportunities for musicians to craft their skills, maintain their instruments and experience many aspects of the music industry first hand. Musicians interested in learning the many facets of home recording were invited to participate in a free workshop with Avid, the makers of popular recording software Pro Tools, held on Saturday, October 1, at 1 pm. They were also able to interact with and hear firsthand from accomplished drummer Jeff Friedl (A Perfect Circle / Ashes Divide / Puscifer / Devo) and respected heavy metal and Guitar Hero lead guitarist Marcus Henderson as they shared their experiences and insights during special Guitar Center Sessions events (Friedl on Friday, September 30, at 7 pm and Henderson on Sunday, October 2, at 5 pm). On grand opening night, hard rock band Lyman and Elvis impersonator Terry Buchwald both performed.

Round Rock shoppers are able to enjoy Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” with multiple combinations of shopping options to conveniently choose from – not only the Round Rock inventory, but also the over $400 million in gear Guitar Center has to offer nationwide. Consumers can combine a myriad number of in-store, online and phone options to purchase music equipment from anywhere, allowing for a completely personalized and endlessly convenient shopping experience for every customer.

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

• Your Next Record gives artists a chance to record with some of the top recording artists in the country, including legendary guitarist Slash, country superstar Keith Urban, and rock icon Travis Barker.

• Guitar Center On-Stage gives undiscovered bands the opportunity to compete against their peers for a chance to share a stage with their idols. The most recent On-Stage competition features Jane’s Addiction. For more information, please visit http://gc.guitarcenter.com/onstage/.

• Guitar Center’s Drum-Off and King of the Blues are national competitions that highlight local talent from across the country, giving them widespread exposure and the chance to win incredible prize packages.

Guitar Center Round Rock is open seven days a week. Store hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

GUITAR CENTER, THE NATION’S LARGEST INSTRUMENT RETAILER, OPENS NEW SUPERSTORE IN WILMINGTON, DELAWARE

— Company opens its fifth store in 2011 with special savings and events —

On June 16, 2011, Guitar Center opened its latest retail location in Wilmington, Delaware. The store’s opening delivers vast product selection to the region, along with the unparalleled knowledge and experience of its dedicated staff. To celebrate the opening, Guitar Center hosted a Grand Opening Weekend featuring exclusive savings, gear giveaways and free events tailored to local musicians. The opening of the Wilmington, Delaware store marks Guitar Center’s fifth store opening in 2011 and further underscores Guitar Center’s ongoing expansion nationwide.

Located at 5141 Brandywine Parkway, Wilmington, Delaware 19803 (a no sales tax zone), the retailer’s newest location features well-equipped showrooms with the latest products for the musician, from guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards to live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment. In addition to special Grand Opening Weekend programming, early shoppers also enjoyed exclusive savings throughout opening weekend, with deals that included guitar and drum essentials at up to 88% off list price.

The store also features GC Garage, offering on-site guitar repair services. Throughout opening weekend, musicians were able to test drive the Garage for free, with any guitar purchased at Guitar Center Wilmington Grand Opening night getting a free, 22-point personalized set-up.

Building on their ongoing initiatives designed to educate and inspire artists nationwide, Guitar Center in Wilmington offers unique opportunities for musicians to craft their skills, maintain their instruments and experience many aspects of the music industry first-hand. Musicians interested in learning the many facets of home recording were invited to participate in a free workshop with Avid, the makers of popular recording software Pro Tools, on Saturday, June 18, at 1:00 p.m. They were also able to interact with and pick the brain of metal gods Derek Roddy and Marcus Henderson as they shared their experiences and insights during special Guitar Center Sessions events. Opening night also featured a performance from IKE.

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

• Your Next Record gives artists a chance to record with some of the top recording artists in the country, including legendary guitarist Slash, country superstar Keith Urban, and rock icon Travis Barker.

• Guitar Center On-Stage gives undiscovered bands the opportunity to compete against their peers for a chance to share a stage with their idols. The most recent On-Stage competition features Jane’s Addiction, for more info go to http://gc.guitarcenter.com/onstage/.

• Guitar Center’s Drum-Off and King of the Blues are national competitions that highlight local talent from across the country, giving them widespread exposure and the chance to win incredible prize packages.

Guitar Center Wilmington is open seven days a week. Store hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Waves Announces Increased Popularity of SoundGrid® On DiGiCo SD7 and SD10 Consoles in the U.S.

— DiGiCo’s U.S. distributor, Group One Limited, reports that virtually all SD7 and SD10
consoles sold in the U.S. are equipped with Waves SoundGrid® —

KNOXVILLE, TN, January 23, 2012 — Waves Audio, the industry-leading developer of professional audio digital signal processing technologies and the recipient of a Technical GRAMMY® Award, is proud to be in an ongoing strategic alliance with DiGiCo, whose SD Series consoles – SD7 and SD10 – are virtually all shipping with Waves SoundGrid® in the U.S. In fact, DiGiCo’s U.S. distributor, Group One Limited, notes that almost all DiGiCo SD Series consoles are specified with Waves SoundGrid. The SoundGrid platform gives DiGiCo users access to Waves’ award-winning reverbs, equalizers, compressors, limiters, delays and more, directly from their consoles. In 2010, Waves formed the strategic alliance with DiGiCo, the renowned U.K.-based manufacturer of some of the world’s most popular, successful and groundbreaking digital mixing consoles.

Perfect for front-of-house, monitor, broadcast, and theater applications alike, SoundGrid gives users instant access to the industry’s leading audio processors, directly from the industry’s leading consoles. And to make things even simpler, Waves SoundGrid-compatible plugins come pre-loaded into DiGiCo consoles, eliminating the need to install.

Jack Kelly, Founder and President at Group One, DiGiCo’s U.S. distributor, stated, “The integration of Waves plugins into DiGiCo SD Series consoles gives live engineers the ability to really use their artistry – for example, to make changes on-the-fly without a break in the audio, shaping the sound for each and every act or different performance in the moment. We have also found that engineers who have been using the system love the 15-inch touch screen, which they can use for complete control of the Waves platform, versus using a keyboard and mouse. Waves SoundGrid opens a world of opportunity for live engineers working on DiGiCo SD Series consoles.”

“Waves is pleased that more and more live engineers are utilizing the SoundGrid platform on DiGiCo SD Series consoles,” said Mick Olesh, senior vice president of Waves Audio. “Now that most SD7 and SD10 consoles are shipping fully loaded with SoundGrid, it will be easier than ever to bring Waves studio-quality audio processing to the stage.”

For more information, please visit www.waveslive.com or www.waves.com.

Waves Audio Teams with Musicsoft Arts to Introduce Mashup iPad® App

— Available from the iTunes store, this app serves as a complete mobile DJ booth —

WINTER NAMM SHOW, ANAHEIM, CA, January 19, 2012 — Waves Audio (Booth 6242/Hall A), the industry-leading developer of professional audio digital signal processing technologies and the recipient of a Technical GRAMMY® Award, joins forces with Musicsoft Arts to introduce Mashup, an innovative new iPad® app. Featuring an advanced playback engine and effects controlled by an intuitive interface, Mashup lets users play and mix directly from their iPad music library – plus download exclusive tracks from leading DJs like Junior Sanchez and Kris Menace. Mashup is a complete mobile DJ booth, with studio-quality EQ and analog-style resonant filters, Vinyl Touch glitch-free scratching, and independent time-stretch and pitch-shift for each of its two stereo decks, saving users thousands of dollars in gear.

Users can also take Mashup’s performance to the next level using Waves MaxxAudio enhancement, available at an additional charge. MaxxAudio for Mashup includes MaxxVolume all-in-one dynamics control, which dramatically increases the output levels of headphones and external speakers; MaxxBass psycho-acoustic bass enhancement, which delivers deep, rich lows listeners can really feel; and preset sound modes for earbuds, headphones, docking stations, home stereos and club systems.

Features include:

Dual stereo decks with studio-quality EQ and effects
Independent time-stretch and pitch-shift for each deck
Analog-style resonant high pass/low pass filters with exclusive touch ribbon control
Free downloadable music from top DJs and producers
Vinyl Touch glitch-free scratching
Record stereo mixers, then drag and drop into a computer
Play back any track in a user’s library
Users’ iPhone® or iPad®s can cue the next track over a WiFi or Bluetooth connection

Aviv Eyal, CEO, Musicsoft Arts, stated, “In our efforts to offer DJ’s worldwide the highest quality audio in our applications, we decided to collaborate with Waves on Mashup. Their leading DSP technology was a perfect fit for this app, and it really helped enhance the audio quality, something that DJ’s will surely appreciate.”

“Waves partnered with Musicsoft Arts on the Mashup app to bring DJ’s the maximum audio quality available,” stated Gilad Keren, CEO and co-founder of Waves Audio. “Mashup is not only easy to use, it has a wide array of features, and DJs will be able to hear the difference in audio quality right away.”
The Mashup app from Waves Audio and Musicsoft Arts will be available Q1 2012 from the iTunes store with pricing to be announced. For more information, please visit www.waves.com.

Genelec Winter NAMM 2012 Press Kit

The Genelec Winter NAMM 2012 Press Kit is now available. Please click the link below for press releases and high-res photos:

http://www.clynemedia.com/genelec/WNAMM12/index.html

Waves Audio Winter NAMM 2012 Press Kit

The Waves Winter NAMM 2012 Press Kit is now avaible. Please click link below for press releases and high-res photo files:

http://www.clynemedia.com/waves/WNAMM12/index.html

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