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  • Yamaha Commercial Audio to Hold Las Vegas Open House

    FOH Staff | News | June 28, 2007

    LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world, will be the setting forYamaha Commercial Audio Systems Inc.’s open house to be held for members of the local professional audio community. The event will be Tuesday/Wednesday, July 10–11, 2007, at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel, Crown Room. 

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  • Guitar Center Inc. to Be Acquired by Bain Capital

    FOH Staff | News | June 27, 2007WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA — Guitar Center, Inc. today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by affiliates of Bain Capital Partners, LLC, a global private investment firm. The total transaction value, including assumed debt, is approximately $2.1 billion.

    FOH editor Bill Evans commented, “Unlike some other acquisitions recently announced, this does not appear to be a typical Wall Street grab and dash but rather a way to allow the chain to continue to grow without the often unrealistic expectations shareholders can make of a public company. In recent years, GC has grown from the 50 range to more than 200 stores currently and is expected to have well over 300 by next year." Read More...
  • Audio-Technica SpectraPulse Ultra Wideband Wireless Microphone System

    FOH Staff | News | June 27, 2007

    Audio-Technica U.S., Inc. introduced its SpectraPulse Ultra Wideband (UWB) wireless microphone system at InfoComm 07.  Although you won't be using this any time soon, a live event version is being worked on; however, there’s no word on when it will be available.

    SpectraPulse is designed to deliver clear, intelligible audio without the performance and set-up issues associated with conventional wireless systems. In addition, it is designed to provide high security levels and to be used in conferences or boardrooms, corporate events/meetings, courtrooms and other contractor/system integrator applications in the business, government and commercial markets.

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  • Event Production Directory Now Online at EPDweb.com

    FOH Staff | News | June 27, 2007

    LAS VEGAS — Timeless Communications, publishers of PLSN and FOH magazines, has made their Event Production Directory, the most widely distributed production directory of its kind, available online at www.EPDweb.com. The Web version of the ultimate production guide contains all the information found in the print version, along with several enhancements made possible by the power of the Web.

    “It’s a quantum leap forward,” said Terry Lowe, publisher of the Directory. “The EPD has instantly become the industry’s preeminent search engine. All the information in the EPD is now online, and fully-searchable — not just by company, but by city, state or even a specific piece of gear.

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  • Petrol Introduces Sound Knapsack

    FOH Staff | News | June 27, 2007

    Petrol, a Vitec Group brand, introduces the Sound Knapsack. The Knapsack has three cushioned compartments designed for maximum storage and equipment protection. The main chamber comes complete with 8 removable pouches connected with hook and loop material for holding earphones, batteries, microphone, wireless systems, spare connectors, or tools in a special pouch. Windows of tough, transparent vinyl enable easy identification of contents. The knapsack’s padded rear section is large enough to contain a laptop computer with up to a 17.5-inch screen. A front organizer section is designed for stashing personal items such as keys, wallet, notebook, or pens, while keeping them close at hand.

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  • Historic Downtown L.A. Cathedral Among the Steel and Concrete with Shure

    FOH Staff | News | June 27, 2007
    LOS ANGELES — The historic downtown Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels has chosen AMT Systems Inc. and Shure to help it overcome the audio problems it faces due to its location within the steel and concrete canyons of downtown L.A.  Bill Lightner, AMT V.P. of sales, chose Shure’s UHF-R wireless systems to meet the challenge. 
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  • Gwen Stefani Tours with Midas XL4

    FOH Staff | News | June 27, 2007

    LOS ANGELES — Gwen Stefani’s “The Sweet Escape” world tour is underway, relying upon the performance of Midas consoles for her performances. Stefani’s FOH Engineer Michelle Sabolchick and Monitor Engineer Jon Schimke are Midas XL4 fans who enjoy the hands-on responsiveness of an analog mix, along with the sound of Midas Preamps and EQs. The Heritage 3000 is handling sidecar duties at FOH. The PA is supplied and supervised by Sound Image.

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  • C.B.I. Releases New Microphone Cable

    FOH Staff | News | June 26, 2007C.B.I. has released the Ultimate Shield microphone cable, featuring the MOGAMI 2534 Neglex Quad cable, which has been engineered for use where intense RFI interference is a problem. The cable is completed by Neutrik EMC XLR connectors, which are designed to provide a continuous RF shield connection from the cable to the chassis connector housing […] Read More...
  • Symetrix Deuce 722

    FOH Staff | News | June 20, 2007

    The latest product in the new Integrator Series is the Deuce 722, designed to solve numerous everyday audio processing problems for integrators. The Deuce 722’s toolset is designed to be applied to a variety of applications such as live sound speaker management, voice processing for public address, headphone processing and line sweetening for broadcast, nightclub system protection, and retail paging over background music or ambient noise compensation.

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  • New Tony Awards for Sound

    FOH Staff | News | June 20, 2007NEW YORK — On June 19, the Tony Awards Administration Committee voted to add two new competitive categories for future Tony Awards ceremonies. The newly announced categories for which the upcoming 2007–2008 season’s productions will be eligible are Best Sound Design of a Play and Best Sound Design of a Musical. This is the first time the Tonys have recognized sound design along with the other production elements in the competitive categories. Read More...
  • Cal State Fullerton Sounds Great with EAW

    FOH Staff | News | June 15, 2007

    FULLERTON, CA — The 800-seat Meng Concert Hall at the new Performing Arts Center at California State University, Fullerton, features a sound reinforcement system designed by Multi-Media Consulting Inc. (MMC) of Los Angeles, incorporating EAW AX Series loudspeakers and SB Series subwoofers. MMC Founding Principal Rick Wells took the lead role in the system design process for Meng Concert Hall, specifying three sets of dual EAW AX366 loudspeakers to provide coverage throughout the room.

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  • VENUE by Digidesign Hits Major Sales Milestone

    FOH Staff | News | June 15, 2007

    DALY CITY, CA — This spring, VENUE system sales hit an all-time high of 500 worldwide. Since its introduction in Spring 2005, the Digidesign VENUE live sound environment has become one of the most in-demand digital consoles available. Today, VENUE systems can be found on international tours, in fixed installations for theatre and houses of worship and in TV and radio broadcast environments. “The 500 mark is an amazing milestone for us to reach in such a short span of time,” says Robert Scovill, Market Manager for Digidesign’s Live Sound Products. “It’s just so rewarding to see mixers, systems integrators and even PA companies genuinely excited by what VENUE brings to their efforts."

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