Recording Academy Producers and Engineers Wing Presents Music Production Advocacy Event on Capitol Hill

GRAMMYs on the Hill Event Titled “On The Record” Brings GRAMMY-Winning Producers and Members of Congress Together to Discuss Music Industry Issues

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (July 29, 2011) — On Tuesday, July 26, in a first-of-its-kind event, The Recording Academy® (www.grammy.com) and its Producers & Engineers Wing brought music producers together with Congressional leaders on Capitol Hill for a day that included meetings, a panel discussion and musical demonstrations. The event addressed important industry issues while also providing insight into the essential role that producers and engineers play in the music recording process. The day’s activities were part of The Academy’s DC-based GRAMMYs on the Hill initiative.

The broad-based delegation of producers included Adam Anders (Glee), Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel, Willie Nelson, Suzy Boguss), Scott Hendricks (Blake Shelton, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson), Johnny K. (3 Doors Down, Disturbed, Staind), David Kahne (Bangles, Paul McCartney, Regina Spektor) and Matt Serletic (Santana/Rob Thomas, Matchbox Twenty, Collective Soul) and met with a cross-section of Congressional leadership including Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Rep. Howard Coble (R-N.C.), Chair and Vice Chair, respectively of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet. The group also met with Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.). Discussions focused on intellectual property, performance rights, the economic and cultural importance of music, and the changing landscape of the recording industry. more…

Sennheiser Awards Grand Prize of HearIAm Campaign to Boston-Based ‘String Rock’ Quintet, Darlingside

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Old Lyme, Conn. – August 3, 2011: Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that it has awarded the grand prize of its HearIAm campaign, which began last spring, to Boston-based ‘string rock’ quintet, Darlingside.

As part of the band’s prize package, Darlingside was awarded a showcase opportunity at a major music festival in Austin last March and performed an exclusive showcase for A&R executives at Universal Republic Records’ headquarters in New York in mid-July. Additionally, the band has won $10,000 in premium sound equipment from Sennheiser, a three-song demo deal from ‘the world’s first fan-run label,’ PickTheBand.com and professional mastering of the demo album by Universal Republic. more…

Rick Plushner Appointed to the Position of Vice President, Guitar Center Professional

Coinciding with its 10th anniversary and a record-breaking sales year reflecting ongoing growth and expansion, Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, announces the appointment of Rick Plushner to the position of Vice President, effective immediately.

Plushner joined the Guitar Center organization in September 2005 as General Manager of GC Pro. At that time, the GC Pro division employed 18 staff members. His directive was to grow GC Pro’s sales force and develop the infrastructure to enable GC Pro to work in tandem with Guitar Center stores. Rick was promoted to Director of Sales in 2006 and then Director of the division in 2008. Over the past six years, GC Pro has grown into a profitable division with four times the sales that it had in 2005, as well as a team of 75 employees. more…

Guitar Center Professional’s Sterling Microphone Sweepstakes Giveaway Is Up and Running

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— As part of its ongoing sweepstakes series, GC Pro highlights Sterling’s ST69 microphone, a $1199.00 value —

Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, has launched its latest online sweepstakes at www.gcpro.com. The new contest, featuring a Sterling ST69 Multi-Pattern Tube Condenser Microphone, is now live and will run through September 30, 2011, shortly after which a brand new contest will begin.

Several times a year, GC Pro management selects one particular product from a high-end gear manufacturer to feature on the website and give away as that sweepstakes prize. This latest contest features a Sterling ST69 microphone, a $1199.00 value. The ST69 is an excellent choice for recording engineers and musicians looking for a superior studio microphone. A combination of new and traditional technology, blended with Sterling’s Disk Resonator™ system, yields wide frequency response and quick transient response without sacrificing warmth and tone. It is ideal for capturing the full, detailed sound of vocals, acoustic and electric instruments, and drums. And its precision-machined, brushed stainless-steel finish complements the ST69′s technical brilliance. more…

Waves Audio Introduces Updated SoundGrid for DiGiCo Consoles

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KNOXVILLE, TN, July 26, 2011 — Waves Audio, the industry-leading developer of professional audio digital signal processing technologies and the recipient of a 2011 Technical GRAMMY® Award, announces updated SoundGrid capability for consoles from DiGiCo, the renowned U.K.-based manufacturer of some of the world’s most popular, successful and groundbreaking digital mixing consoles. The update, SoundGrid Version 2, features dual engine support for DiGiCo SD7 consoles running Waves V8 plugins. more…

Jünger Audio Expands *AP Family of Audio Processors with Two New Additions for IBC 2011

Audio Loudness and dynamics specialist Jünger Audio is using the IBC platform to launch two powerful new additions to its range of LEVEL MAGIC™ processors. These new units form part of an expanding family of products that began with the launch of the Award-winning T*AP TV Audio Processor at NAB 2010.

The first unit, the D*AP LM2, is a two-channel Digital Audio Processor incorporating Version II of Jünger Audio’s renowned LEVEL MAGIC™ algorithm, which is compliant with all current broadcast audio loudness recommendations including ITU, EBU R128 and ATSC A/85.

Designed as a successor to Jünger Audio’s groundbreaking D06 unit, the D*AP LM2 offers a powerful combination of dynamics and loudness control, making it suitable for a wide range of applications including television, radio, music production and PA. more…

AES Executive Director Roger Furness To Step Down

Search Committee To Be Formed

NEW YORK: Jim Kaiser, President of the Audio Engineering Society has announced that Roger Furness, AES Executive Director since 1994, will step down from his position at the end of 2011. An AES member since 1975, Mr. Furness has served as Section Chair, Vice President AES Europe and as AES President. To ensure continuity in all aspects of the AES organization, the Executive Committee has asked him to remain as Executive Director Emeritus throughout 2012.

“My seventeen years as AES Executive Director have been an exhilarating and deeply gratifying experience,” Furness said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with Convention Committees on nearly 40 major events in the United States and throughout Europe. I have also been privileged to work with AES members around the world on hundreds of Conferences, Workshops and internal events. I take great pride in these accomplishments and in having guided the AES through the particularly difficult times experienced by the entire professional audio industry over the past decade. I look forward to continuing to contribute my time and energy to this indispensable organization in future years.” more…

AES 131st Convention – Broadcast/Streaming Program: An Assembly Of Destination Events

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NEW YORK: 131st AES Convention Chair Jim Anderson reports that Broadcast & Streaming Sessions Chair, David Bialik has developed a wide-ranging program of must-attend events. “Significant technical and sociological changes which impacted the broadcast industry over the past decade have affected every corner of the pro audio industry,” Anderson remarked. “In his 25th turn as Broadcast/Streaming Chair, David Bialik continues to deliver ‘destination’ sessions of real consequence to our attendees. more…

Prism Media Products Ltd Is Presented With A Queen’s Award for Enterprise

On Friday, 15 July 2011, Prism Media Products Limited, whose brands include Prism Sound, SADiE and Imerge, was presented with its Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of International Trade. The presentation was made by Mr. Hugh Duberly, Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, and took place at the company’s headquarters in Stretham. Also present were Jim Paice, MP for South East Cambridgeshire and Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire County Council.
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Graham Boswell, Sales Director of Prism Media Products Limited, expressed his thanks to everyone in the company, saying: “This Award would not have been possible without the hard work and effort put in by our staff and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them. I’m really proud of them all.” more…

Prism Sound Announces A Prestigious Order For Its New SADiE 6 Software

Following a comprehensive review of a range of potential solutions for craft editing, the BBC has renewed its commitment to SADiE by placing an order for 50 licenses for the recently released SADiE 6 editing software. These will be installed at BBC North and will be in use by August, 2011.
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The broadcaster is streamlining the range of tools that it will support internally for its radio programme makers and has selected SADiE as the standard “Craft Editor” for audio to complement its radio production and playout automation systems.

SADiE is already well established at the Corporation, which has many hundreds of SADiE installations. Key to this success is the unique approach that SADiE has to audio editing and productivity, tailored to high-end radio production workflow. The new SADiE 6 software will primarily be used as a software-only application on the broadcaster’s desktop, but it can also be installed on existing SADiE 5 hardware as an upgrade. more…

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