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Christie Lights Up University of Waterloo’s New Campus With Tallest Christie MicroTiles Installation in the World

Christie® visual technology solutions are playing a key role in visualizing the University of Waterloo’s mission to intersect technology, business and art under the Faculty of Arts programs – a first in Canada – at its new Stratford, Ontario campus.
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Christie’s world-leading digital projection and display technologies are omnipresent on the new Stratford campus – a campus designed to create the next generation of digital media graduates, jobs, content and companies. With innovative solutions that meet the needs of this campus, Christie products will unleash the creative minds of university students and establish an incubator that affords leading researchers and businesses the opportunity to drive new ideas for commercialization.

Christie MicroTiles Light Up the University of Waterloo's Stratford Campus


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“Christie’s technology will showcase our students’ content work, highlight creativity and provide a unique canvas for complex and detailed digital media research, visualization and commercialization,” said Ginny Dybenko, executive director of the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus.
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Christie MicroTiles – A Towering Presence
As the atrium’s commanding centerpiece, the built-in 5 units wide by 30 units high (6.5 feet wide by 30 feet high), digital video wall incorporates 150 award-winning Christie® MicroTiles®. These eye-catching, digital building blocks enable architects and integrators to incorporate stunning video into their designs and builds. Combining the strengths of both DLP® and LED technology, MicroTiles can reproduce 115 percent of the NTSC color gamut, exceeding typical LCD flat panels by more than 50 percent. Each display unit automatically detects its neighbours, and self-calibrates for color and brightness to optimize the overall presentation. To keep the massive three-storey installation secured to the wall, rp Visuals Solutions, working with Christie’s Research and Innovation group designed and installed a rear-mounting bracket with steel-support beams. Toronto’s Westbury National Show Systems project managed the installation on behalf of the University of Waterloo.
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“Digital media technologies in the classroom give university students access to technologies that are rapidly evolving in today’s business economy. The shaping and spacing of the global digital economy begins where students can practice, develop and innovate firsthand and where researchers can generate and drive innovative ideas,” said Dr. Paul Salvini, chief technology officer at Christie, about the company’s contribution of visual digital technology to the university campus.
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Christie Solutions Powering and Managing Christie MicroTiles behind the scenes
In addition to the Christie MicroTiles in the atrium, several other Christie products make up the technology mix on campus. The Christie-designed media management system, which when used with the Christie Spyder X20 video processor allows students to switch from multiple zones of high-resolution and low-resolution content simultaneously, or to drive the entire wall with uniform resolution and portray dramatic three-storey tall images. The students also have a range of options for publishing content onto the canvas. Christie Jumpstart content management software makes it easy to put stunning, high resolution content onto a multi-display or large tiled digital canvas. With its simple interface, even students at the beginner level can use it. This combination of powerful processing capabilities and simple content management software will help the students to stretch the capabilities of what is currently possible.
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55” flat panels create PIE concept for control room environment
The Christie PIE (Personal Immersive Environment) concept at the Stratford Campus features a four-panel arrangement using Christie FHD551-X HD LCD 55” flat panels in portrait mode for a roughly 90 degree field of view (FOV). The PIE is currently being used to monitor and program the content that is featured on the showpiece digital wall. Easily flipped into landscape to suit the user’s needs, it is a low-cost faceted display system that is perfect for control room environments.
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Christie in the classrooms and on-foot
Six Christie LWU505 3LCD projectors, with premium features, high resolution in a widescreen format are ceiling mounted at the Stratford Campus. The LWU505 is compact, full featured making it a perfect presentation devise. Stratford Campus incorporated the Christie LW401 for its low maintenance and low cost of ownership to be used in mobile situations due to is portable design, making it easy to bring presentations from classroom to classroom. With the projector’s various options of wireless capability, PC-Less presentation via USB port or content delivery when installed on a network. It also provides a crucial feature of displaying campus wide notifications when integrated to the network.
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Christie’s Dave Muscat, senior director of sales for Canada, who participated in the opening of the campus, recalls people’s reaction to the brilliant fireworks on the three-storey wall when they were illuminated for the first time during the opening celebration. “It was a very magical moment for me to see our MicroTiles in a higher education setting and knowing that Christie’s products will make a difference in advancing students’ and researchers’ knowledge of digital media. Christie looks forward to working with the students to develop new ways of collaborating with the facility in content creation and design,” Muscat added.

The Ant Farm Names Doug Brandt CEO


Los Angeles, CA – The Ant Farm, a leading entertainment-advertising agency, today announced the appointment of Doug Brandt to Chief Executive Officer/Creative Director, effective January 1, 2013.

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New Art Miami Welcomes International Editor Pablo Plant to its Roster

Pablo Plant, editor


New Art Miami recently signed award-winning international editor Pablo Plant to the one-stop editorial, VFX, color grading and audio house’s diverse roster of talent. Plant, whose work has received accolades from major festivals from Cannes to FIAP – has brought his original point of view, fresh artistic sensibility and wit to a long-roster of high-profile global spots. New Art Miami is a seamless full-service postproduction company with a diverse Hispanic and general market client-base in commercial, network and emerging media. The addition of Plant will facilitate the company’s global positioning in Central and South America markets, as well expand the scope of its Hispanic work in the US.

 

Born in Madrid, Pablo’s roots were planted in both Spain and England, allowing him to branch out as an artist and broaden his perspective as he absorbed the cultures and the subtleties of a wide range of aesthetic sensibilities.

 

Early in his editing career he began working on high-profile campaigns in Spain, Germany, France, The United States, UK, Italy, Asia and Mexico – for a prestigious roster of brands that includes BMW, Mercedes, VW, Peugeot, Infiniti, Lexus, Opel, Kia, Renault, Iberia, Movistar, Vodafone, Coca Cola Cornetto, and Siemens.

 

Pablo Plant’s impressive body of work has earned him international recognition as he garnered a steady flow of accolades, including Cannes Gold Lion Award for ‘NIKE Manifestacion,’ the Silver Lion for ‘Die Welt Architec,’ a Bronze Lion for ‘Greenpeace-Salva,’? FIAP Gold award for ‘Coca Cola-Gurú,’ Silvers for ‘Coca Cola-Pisquedelic Sally,’ ‘Aquafina-Choque’ and ‘Coca Cola-Despedido.’

 

“Pablo’s work speaks for itself,” says New Art Miami president/CEO, Demetrio Bilbatua. “His reel showcases the kind of diversity, skill, wry wit and unique artistic perspective that has universal global appeal, and his reel (https://vimeo.com/54631937) is already eliciting an overwhelming response.”

 

Plant developed an appreciation of diverse cultures early in life. His childhood, growing up in the fast-paced city of Madrid, was tempered by spending every summer with his mother, a Brit, working on his grandfather’s farm is the English countryside.

 

In 1989 his father, film editor Pablo G. del Amo, a former member of the Hollywood Academy, gave Pablo the opportunity to work with his editing crew on the feature film “Ay Carmela” as second assistant editor.

 

“That early exposure to process of filmmaking gave me a creative outlet that sparked my passion for the craft of editing,” says Plant. “It also led to unique opportunities to learn my craft and hone my skills working alongside some of Spain’s most important film directors, such as Carlos Saura, Fernando Fernán Gómez, Bigas Luna and Pilar Miró.”

 

In 1996 Plant edited a number of short films and music videos, and cut his first feature film, “Solo Se Muere Dos Veces.” The following year he began editing commercials for Sebastien Grousset in Tesauro Madrid, and discovered that he really enjoyed the challenge of telling a story in short-form. Once he moved to the spot arena he found his calling, and never looked back.

 

“My mantra is ‘keep it simple,’ – and I thrive on the complexities and challenges of the creative process that goes into crafting of a minimalistic story that maximizes the impact of a brand’s message.”

 

An amateur musician himself, Pablo’s first job was as lighting and sound technician for a theatre in Madrid, followed by stints as a lighting designer for several dance and theatre companies in Spain. He then went on to edit music and sound for a number of films, commercials and documentary films before honing in on cutting spots and visual content.

 

“Music remains a strong, driving force of the editorial process for me,” notes Plant. “If music lives inside your soul, it can’t help but influences your work and brings another dimension to it.”

 

Regarding his new position at New Art Miami, Plant says, “I enjoy new challenges and collaborating with inspired talent to create a final product that is greater than the sum of its parts. New Art Miami has put together a talented team of editors, VFX artist, colorist and mixers, and provides the kind of creative environment that support innovation – and pushing the envelope. Thanks to today’s digital age creativity no longer has boundaries – and I look forward to working on a mix of projects for Innovative agencies and brands based around the world – from Argentina, Spain and London – to Miami and New York.”

 

”Pablo Plant is truly a world-class editor, and his addition to our multi-talented team of editors, VFX artists, colorists and mixers positions New Art Miami to not only attract a more diverse mix of higher-end work in the US Hispanic and general markets, but also to build a client-base in Central and South America, as well as Europe, says Demetrio Bilbatua, president and CEO of New Art Miami. “His level of talent and international reputation with top production company and agencies worldwide enables us to raise New Art Miami’s creative bar locally, as well as globally.”

 

“I’m always looking for creative talent to complement our team editors,” adds Bilbatua. “Pablo is an extraordinary multi-dimensional talent who brings a level of emotion and power to his editing that makes him a perfect fit the New Art Miami team.

 

About New Art Miami: New Art Miami is a creative on-stop editorial, VFX, 3D animation, color grading, finishing and audio boutique with an award-winning roster of editors. Its diverse talent offers advertising agencies and content creators in the multicultural, international and US arenas the ability to connect with a wide range of cultures and styles. For more information about Pablo Plant contact us at info@newartmiami.com.

GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW STORE IN MIDLOTHIAN, VIRGINIA

— 239th Guitar Center location features on-site lessons and repair services, along with GC’s vast inventory selection —

Westlake Village, CA (December 11, 2012) – On the evening of Thursday, November 29, 2012, Guitar Center held the grand opening of its new location in Midlothian, Virginia, located at 13357 Rittenhouse Dr., 23112. The Midlothian store is Guitar Center’s 239th retail location and the sixth in Virginia, as well as the first Virginia store to offer Guitar Center Studios. Local musician and Guitar Center veteran Curtis Marion serves as the store manager.

Guitar Center Midlothian’s grand opening introduces 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. Guitar Center’s Midlothian 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 and more.

The store features Guitar Center Studios, an in-house, state-of-the-art lesson facility, which is already creating unrivalled opportunities for area 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 will be the most modern lessons facility in the area. Guitar Center Midlothian 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 Midlothian will offer 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.

Midlothian 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 Midlothian’s inventory, but it also provides easy access to Guitar Center’s $400 million in new and used inventory located in hundreds of GC stores and warehouses nationwide. Customers have the ability to combine a variety 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 Midlothian store, Guitar Center offers nationwide programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight the nation’s most promising undiscovered talent. Midlothian 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. Last year’s winner received a career-altering prize package which has included 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, Daniel “Boscoe” France, performed alongside Grammy Award-winning Producer Pete Anderson 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 Midlothian is open seven days a week. Store hours are 11:00 am – 8:00 pm Monday-Thursday; 10:00 am – 9:00 pm Friday; 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Saturday; and 11:00 pm – 8:00 pm Sunday.

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Eric Smith, Founder and President of Auralex® Acoustics, Shares His Knowledge Through Lectures and Speaking Engagements Nationwide

— Ongoing series of events sees Smith traveling to schools and conferences far and wide to educate and entertain students, faculty and industry veterans alike —

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, December 6, 2012 – Eric Smith, Founder and President of Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, has had a busy travel itinerary lately, as he has been a featured guest lecturer at a number of colleges and universities across the country. A highly-sought-after speaker, Smith has had the opportunity to speak to faculty and students at The New England Institute of Art; Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU); Nashville’s Belmont University, International Academy of Design and Technology, The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville, SAE and Dark Horse Institute; and others, with more such engagements planned indefinitely.

Smith, throughout his career, has been a strong advocate of education, and he has guest-lectured at high schools and colleges throughout the country on the subjects of acoustics, broadcasting, entrepreneurship and business ethics. Smith brings a wealth of personal experience, technical knowledge and a sense of humor to all of his presentations, which focus on basic acoustic theories, sound control issues and solutions, product design strategies, the challenges of a start-up company and what it takes to be successful in business.

During his recent travels, Smith was also the featured guest on the online webcast, The East West AUDIO Body Shop, hosted by studio designer George Whittam and voice talent/studio consultant Dan Lenard. Smith fielded numerous questions involving studio acoustic design and sound control issues, and the initial webcast was streamed by visitors from around the world and then downloaded or streamed by thousands more online. In addition to this interview, Smith has participated in streaming interviews with a number of schools around the country, most recently with a marketing class at Middle Tennessee State University.

Smith was also a featured panelist at the recent PotLuckCon 2012 Audio Conference. Eric participated in a panel discussion along with studio designers/acousticians Chris Pelonis, Wes Lachot, Carl Tatz and Larry Swist. The topic of the well-attended panel discussion was “Studio Acoustics: Design and Monitoring,” and the panel was moderated by engineer/producer and pro audio journalist Russ Long.

David Fischer, Auralex CEO, stated, “Everyone at Auralex is very proud that Eric Smith is able to impart his extensive knowledge and expertise to the wider audio community. Public speaking is really a strong suit of his, and he very much enjoys the opportunity to speak to students – the producers, engineers and studio designers of the future – and share his real-world experiences as a way of giving back to the industry that has given him so much.”

“This series of events has been very fruitful,” stated Eric Smith. “I love getting the opportunity to promote good sound and good listening environments to current and future engineers and members of the audio community. When I see tomorrow’s audio professionals asking great questions and paying close attention, I know that the industry is in great hands. I am lucky that I can make an impact on these minds in the process, and I look forward to participating at more of these events in the near future.”

For more information, please visit www.auralex.com.

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Hear Holiday Music the Way It was Meant to Sound with Audio Xciter™ App

— Aphex cures technology’s tin ear with iOS and Android app —

BURBANK, CA, December 6, 2012 — Listening to Holiday music on your mobile device just got better. Hear Bing Crosby and Eartha Kitt the way they were meant to sound with the Audio Xciter™ app – free to demo and now only $0.99 for unlimited play. Aphex, a leader in audio enhancement technology for more than 35 years, today released Audio Xciter app for Android devices (previously only available for iOS). Audio Xciter is the only music player app that dynamically improves the sonic quality of music, audio books and podcasts on mobile devices through its patented Aphex DSP.

Since 1975, legendary musicians from Paul McCartney to Led Zeppelin as well as today’s top artists including Flo Rida, Bruno Mars and Rihanna have relied on the technology behind Audio Xciter for audio mastering. This technology now allows music lovers to experience the detail and richness of an artist’s original sound created in-studio on their mobile devices.

The patented Aphex technology behind Audio Xciter restores missing harmonics to music and voice. Unlike EQ apps, which typically add gain and distortion, Audio Xciter is gain-neutral, resulting in increased brightness, clarity, spaciousness and presence.

“In this era of HD video and 4G download speeds, I’m amazed that smart phones and tablets still deliver compressed audio that sounds flat and boring. The quality of music downloads and streams has not improved in more than a decade. Consumers have been fooled into buying music that’s only good enough, not great,” said David Wiener, CEO of Aphex and founder of DWV Entertainment, Aphex’s parent company. “Audio Xciter turns compressed audio into a new listening experience by exposing the ‘quality gap’ – now vocals are clear and airy, the bass hits harder and you’ll hear instruments and voices appear that were previously buried in the mix.”

A free demo of Audio Xciter is available through iTunes for iOS and Google Play and Amazon for Android devices. An upgrade provides unlimited use (only $0.99 through the end of the year, $2.99 thereafter) and the professional Audio Xciter Studio ($4.99, regularly $7.99) allows users to fine-tune the Xciter DSP settings for a truly custom experience.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Audio Xciter goes to Respect the Music, Aphex’s nonprofit foundation supporting musical education in schools.

Additional information including demo videos and screenshots are available at http://AudioXciterApp.com.

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Leading Artists, Engineers and Producers Choose Auralex® ProPAD™ Monitor Isolation Pad

— ProPAD™ is designed for decoupling monitors and reducing structural vibrations —

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, December 5, 2012 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, is proud that its ProPAD™ Monitor Isolation Pad, the latest product in its ISO (Instant Sound Optimizer) line, has been chosen by leading artists, engineers and producers as a vital piece of their recording setup. ProPAD provides superior isolation from the vibrations and resonant energy created by studio monitors, preventing this energy from being transmitted into the supporting furniture, which would greatly color the monitors’ sound and degrade their imaging.

Guitarist/multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Adrian Belew is noted for his work with Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Talking Heads and King Crimson, as well as his acclaimed solo career. He is blown away by the difference the ProPADs make in his monitor setup. “Once you listen to your monitors on the Auralex ProPADs, you won’t want to hear them any other way. They’re the best I’ve heard,” he states.

Producer/engineer Russ Long, whose credits include Wilco, Dolly Parton, Steven Curtis Chapman, etc., is also impressed by the contrast between his monitors with and without ProPADs: “After making records in my studio for nearly 20 years, I added ProPADs to my configuration, and my monitoring became more accurate than ever.”

Mixer/engineer/producer Peter Moshay has worked with such acts as Hall & Oates, Mariah Carey and Sean Lennon, and currently he serves as house engineer for Daryl Hall’s Live at Daryl’s House program. He states, “I never thought my monitors could sound better until I tried ProPADs. I’ll never be without them.”

Producer/mixer/engineer/songwriter Glenn Rosenstein’s CV features many of music history’s heavy hitters: Madonna, U2, Talking Heads, Ziggy Marley, etc. He adds, “The Auralex ProPADs are unlike any other professional monitor isolators I’ve used. No harmonic resonance … and no sonic artifacts!”

Paul Umbach’s tenure in the pop world has led him to a stint as a key producer at Jive Records, where he worked with superstars Britney Spears and ‘N Sync, to name a few. He has also collaborated with acclaimed singer-songwriter Matt White. He is similarly impressed with his ProPADs: “The new Auralex ProPADs are amazing. It’s like somebody pressed the clarity button.”

The ProPAD is sold in stereo pairs and is designed to work with nearfield monitors employing up to 8″ woofers. ProPAD’s updated design features a 0.75″ layer of laminated black MDF covered with a thick layer of Auralex’s proprietary IsoPuck™ isolation material, which is made of recycled rubber. Six stick-on feet, also made from IsoPuck material, are supplied for flat or angled applications. The ProPAD is the perfect solution for decoupling monitors and reducing structural vibration in all manner of sound-critical spaces, including recording studios, post-production/edit suites, mobile recording facilities, hi-fi listening rooms, home theaters or anywhere a monitor/speaker isolation platform is needed to improve sonic purity.

For more information, please visit www.auralex.com.

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The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Hosted Annual Manufacturer Council Breakfast at AES 2012

SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (Dec. 3, 2012) — The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Manufacturer Council Breakfast was held on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, during the 133rd AES Convention. At their biannual meeting, the group of industry leaders — who are dedicated to the advancement of sound quality and to the overall growth of the professional audio industry — shared ideas and discussed issues with the goal of raising awareness about the importance of high-quality audio and the professionals who create it, as well as topics of mutual interest to pro audio manufacturers, retailers and the producers and engineers who use their products.

A key topic of conversation was the P&E Wing’s recent partnership with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) in debuting www.qualitysoundmatters.com, an online portal launching in early December 2012, aimed to promote enhanced consumer awareness of higher-quality sound for music.

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Waves Audio Teams with Abbey Road Studios To Unveil REDD Console Plugins

— REDD.17 and REDD.37-.51 plugins truly deliver the enhanced dimension, richness and depth of the original coveted classic consoles —

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, December 3, 2012 — Waves Audio, a leading provider of audio DSP solutions for professional, broadcast, and consumer electronics audio markets, has again teamed with London’s legendary Abbey Road Studios to introduce the new REDD Console plugins. Abbey Road Studios were at the epicenter of a seismic shift that rocked the world of music during the 1960s, and changed the course of popular culture forever. The Beatles, The Hollies, Pink Floyd and countless other luminaries made musical history at Abbey Road Studios, trailblazing a revolution that resonates to this day. And at the heart of it all were REDD consoles, custom-designed, built by and named after Abbey Road Studios’ in-house Record Engineering Development Department (REDD). Renowned for their silky smooth EQ curves, extraordinary warmth and lush stereo imagery, there’s something magical about the REDDs that simply sounds like no other console. Waves meticulously recreated the unique color, character and tonal complexity of the original desks: the REDD.17 still belonging to Abbey Road Studios, and the REDD.37 console now owned by Lenny Kravitz. The result is REDD: an impressive pair of plugins that truly deliver the enhanced dimension, richness and depth of these coveted console classics.

Mirek Stiles – Head of Audio Products, Abbey Road Studios, stated, “Ever since I first heard the word REDD at Abbey Road Studios almost 13 years ago, to me these consoles have had a legendary almost mythical aura around them. Most of the original REDD consoles have been lost over time but by using the few examples left over and studying the original schematics and design notes from the archives I believe Waves and Abbey Road have revived an important part of musical history that will enable producers of all generations to discover and fall in love with the lost sound of REDD.”

Controls:

Amp Type determines the type of amplifier (REDD.37-.51 only).
Channel Select determines the channel configuration.
Bass Lift controls the 9 dB low shelf that compensates for low frequency loss caused by using condenser microphones in a Figure 8 configuration.
EQ Select toggles between Classic and Pop EQ types. The Classic treble EQ features a shelf boost or cut at 10 kHz; Pop EQ is a peak boost centered around 5kHz, with a shelf cut centered at 10 kHz. Both Pop and Classic settings feature a continuous 10 dB of boost or cut at 100 Hz. (REDD.37-.51 only).
Tone High controls high shelf equalization.
Tone Low controls low shelf equalization.
Monitor controls the source of the monitor output.
Spread selects stereo processing mode (Stereo component only).
Drive controls the amount of drive added to the signal. Lower values result in a cleaner sound; higher values result in a more distorted sound.
Analog controls the level of modeled noise and hum.
Output controls the output level of the signal.
VU Meters display output VU readings.

Both REDD.17 and REDD.37-.51 are Native- and SoundGrid®-compatible and are available at a U.S. MSRP of $349.00, with a special introductory price of $199.00.

Visit www.waves.com for more information.

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Stephen Arnold Music Releases ‘The Six Strings of Christmas’ Album Benefiting Little Kids Rock Charity


Virtuoso Guitar Performances of Holiday Classics Help Non-Profit Organization Provide Free Instruments, Music Lessons to Disadvantaged Public Schools


DALLAS, TX – Stephen Arnold Music, has found a meaningful way to give back in 2012: Record an unforgettable new spin on classic holiday songs, then release them as an album where 100% of the proceeds support the nonprofit organization Little Kids Rock(tm).


Rooted in the company’s years of experience creating sonic branding and original music, The Six Strings of Christmas presents a welcome new way to enjoy 16 essential holiday season tunes. Each track is a virtuoso guitar performance – four, six, eight, and 12-string instruments are all represented – arranged and performed by top studio musicians and talent that work with Stephen Arnold Music throughout the year on their many demanding projects.


The result is a collection of fresh renditions of “Joy to the World”, “Ave Maria,” “Little Drummer Boy,” “O Come Emmanuel,” “The First Noel,” “Auld Lang Syne,” and ten more that are magical to listen to. Recorded at Stephen Arnold Music’s studios in Dallas, TX, each track captures the nuanced performances of some of the world’s top musical craftsmen.


Available on iTunes and CD, The Six Strings of Christmas sells for $9.99, with all proceeds going to Little Kids Rock, a national nonprofit that transforms children’s lives by restoring and revitalizing music education in disadvantaged public schools. Little Kids Rock partners with school districts, training public school teachers in their innovative curriculum, and donating all of the instruments and resources necessary to run full-fledged music programs.


Stephen Arnold Music’s work has been central to the identity of such clients as Nexstar Broadcasting, Fox Business Channel, CNN, The Weather Channel, and a full 35% of all US local TV markets. With The Six Strings of Christmas, the company realized it had an opportunity to make a difference through music.


“We’ve always had a strong belief in the power of music to positively affect the life of a child,” Stephen Arnold, President of Stephen Arnold Music says. “We have the great fortune to work with these amazingly skilled musicians, and after we got to know Little Kids Rock it made perfect sense to put it all together this holiday season.


“Little Kids Rock is an all-volunteer organization that’s very efficiently run – it’s amazing how far they can make a dollar go,” Arnold continues. “By collaborating with them on The Six Strings of Christmas, it’s our hope that underprivileged kids across America will get to experience music as an anchor, and an inspirational force, in their lives.”


With its highly efficient use of funds, Little Kids Rock will be able to make the most of each copy of The Six Strings of Christmas that is sold:


1 CD = One “rock band” lesson for an entire classroom of students
2 CDs = An entire year of music lessons for one student
5 CDs = One brand new acoustic guitar into a classroom
10 CDs = One brand new electric keyboard and amp into a classroom


“Music education is being stripped from our nation’s public schools at an alarming rate due to budget cuts,” Keith Hejna, Communications & Outreach Coordinator for Little Kids Rock says. “It’s up to the adults to stand up for our children’s right to rock this holiday season, and ensure that they receive music education, which is vital to their development as students and human beings.


“Stephen Arnold Music has been a wonderful partner to Little Kids Rock, supporting our mission of not only restoring, but also revitalizing music education for disadvantaged schoolchildren all across the country. Since Stephen Arnold Music is donating 100% of the proceeds of The Six Strings of Christmas, you are actually helping Little Kids Rock bring music into children’s lives just by buying some for yourself.”


“Our future does not lie in our children’s hands,” Little Kids Rock Executive Director, David Wish adds. “Our future lies in our children’s creativity. We appreciate Stephen Arnold Music and all of its supporters and fans for investing in our children, and our future!”


To purchase The Six Strings of Christmas, or to help spread the word, please visit http://www.stephenarnoldmusic.com/thesixstringsofchristmas/


Web Resources:
http://www.stephenarnoldmusic.com

http://www.stephenarnoldmusic.com/thesixstringsofchristmas/

http://littlekidsrock.org/stephenarnold.html

Deck The Halls (featuring Stephen Arnold): http://youtu.be/kTRNJee-JAE
Auld Lang Syne: http://youtu.be/ZMHbDF4y3q4
Ave Maria: http://youtu.be/U9DjhEqeOMM
O Come, O Come Emmanuel: http://youtu.be/yY1LuD_N5P8

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