Guitar Center, Inc. Announces Executive Succession Plan

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

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

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

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

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

Waves Audio Introduces W43 Noise Reduciton Plugin

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

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

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

Eastwest Releases the Dark Side Virtual Instrument

40 gig collection of virtual instruments, some dark and eerie, and many which have been purposely—and skillfully!—mangled, distorted, or effected out of all recognition

Hollywood, CA – EASTWEST, an industry leader in virtual software instruments has released THE DARK SIDE, created and produced by Doug Rogers and David Fridmann, THE DARK SIDE is the first of its kind: an unconventional, hip and exciting collection of virtual instruments, some dark and eerie, and some which have been purposely—and skillfully!—mangled, distorted, or effected out of all recognition.

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THE DARK SIDE provides inspiration for all composers and artists that are looking for unique instruments, designed to work for everything from alternative to symphonic rock, and of course, film, TV, and game music production. more…

Renegade Media Group Provides Top Content For Your Music Productions

From Usher, The Killers, Beyonce, and Jay Sean; top producers offer content used in today’s top music through new sample library company

New York City (August 12, 2010) – Renegade Media Group, a new sample library company founded by producers Bobbybass and Josh Harris, offer top-quality music content for royalty-free use in Dance, Electronic, Urban, or any music production. With major label and TV credits to their name, the pair uses many of their own RMG products in their work with today’s hottest artists.

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“We felt that too many sample libraries on the market ‘miss the mark’ when it comes to content that meets the sonic needs of today’s music producers,” said Harris. “We use the products that we sell in our own productions, and founded RMG because we felt that we could provide better content. Better content translates into better productions.’ more…

129th AES Convention Tech Tours Tap Into SF’s Audio Diversity

Innovative “Double Header” Tour Concept Will Offer Three 2-4-1 Packages

SAN FRANCISCO: World-renown for its beauty, hospitality and fine dining, San Francisco also boasts an exceedingly diverse pro audio community. 129th AES Convention Technical Tour Co-Chairs Jessica Livingston and Jeff McKnight have mined this rich vein of audio assets to coordinate a unique series of behind-the-scenes visits to well and little-known gems. While times and dates yet to be finalized, an advance look at of some of these extraordinary options is sure to pique Convention visitor interest.

Convention Co-Chair Valerie Tyler reports that “SF’s extensive Tech Tour opportunities, coupled with the coincidentally close proximity of six sites inspired Livingston and McKnight to provide visitors with a pair of two for one opportunities. To the best of our knowledge this is the first time we have been able to offer package tours,” Tyler says.

The initial 129th AES Convention Tech Tour Schedule includes: more…

AX Series Monitors Brings Acclaimed X-ART Technology To Broadcast

a3x.jpgHicksville, NY––The new AX-Series monitors from ADAM Audio feature the company’s highly acclaimed X-ART tweeter and newly redesigned woofers, amplifiers and speaker cabinets to ensure superior performance in a range of broadcast applications.

Following ADAM’s award-winning SX-Series monitors, the new AX Series includes four high performance systems, ranging from the ultra-compact and fully professional A3X, to the high performance A5X, A7X and A8X systems, all at more accessible prices.

The efficient X-ART tweeter handles higher SPLs while providing an expansive frequency response up to 50kHz. All AX-Series woofers and amplifiers now feature larger voice-coils and more powerful amplifiers for greater linear excursion and more output. The redesigned cabinets all feature twin bass reflex ports. more…

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

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

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

Mixed In Key Announces First iPhone App: DJ Tempo

Find the Tempo/BPM of your favorite music with your iPhone or iPod touch

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Miami Beach, Florida (August 3, 2010) – Mixed In Key, makers of award-winning Harmonic Mixing software used by world-renowned DJs, announces DJ Tempo, their first app for iPhone OS. This new app takes advantage of the same tempo-detection algorithm of their flagship product to enable fans to quickly find the tempo of music played around them.

“DJ Tempo is the easiest way to discover the tempo of music playing in clubs and on the radioâ€?, said Yakov Vorobyev, Founder of Mixed In Key. “If you’ve ever wanted to see how the DJ progresses throughout the night, use this app.â€? more…

Transaudio Group Now Shipping Compact 3-way ATC SCM25A Pro Monitors

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA: TransAudio Group, the U.S. distributor for ATC (Acoustic Transducer Company) audio reference speakers, is now shipping the U.K. manufacturer’s first ever compact active three-way studio control monitor – the SCM25A Pro. Designed for positioning on a meter bridge, or rack-mountable for broadcast applications, the ATC SCM25A Pro offers very high-performance in the most compact possible form factor.

The drive units all use large diameter, under-hung voice coils for excellent dynamic range and linearity. The mid-range is ATCs world-renowned soft dome and the bass driver is a hand-built, in-house, using a carbon-paper cone with high excursion capability. On-board amplification features the company’s class A/B Mosfet output stage delivering 150W to the bass driver, 60W to the mid and 25W to the high frequency driver. All three stages are fed by 4th order critically damped crossover filters with phase compensation. The unit’s ported enclosure measures 10.4 inches (264 mm) (H) x 16.9 inches (430 mm) (W) x 16 inches (408 mm) (D). more…

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