2014 AES Educational Foundation Awards

The Educational Foundation of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) has announced the recipients of the 2014 AES Educational Grants for Graduate Studies in Audio Engineering. The announcement was made by Don Puluse, president of the AES Educational Foundation (AESEF), on behalf of the foundation’s Board of Directors.

This year the foundation offers a special scholarship marking Bruce Swedien’s 80th birthday and recognizing over six decades of recording artistry. This scholarship is funded by his colleagues, family, fans, and friends. The scholarship will aid young recording engineers who believe in putting “Music First!” For more information, visit www.swedienscholarship.org.

Flammia to Manage Commercial Channel for PreSonus

PreSonus has announced that Tony Flammia has accepted the position of commercial channel manager. In his new position, Flammia will work closely with PreSonus/WorxAudio Loudspeaker Division managing director Hugh Sarvis on new loudspeaker systems that integrate AVB (Audio Video Bridging) and Dante digital audio networking technologies. In addition, he will train systems integrators to install and use these systems.

Flammia is well suited for his new responsibilities, having spent most of his career as a systems integrator, designing and installing AVL (audio, video, and lighting) systems in churches all over the USA, including many WorxAudio systems. Always on top of the latest technology, he has the distinction of completing the first AFMG FIRmaker beam steering project in the world. A proven businessman and entrepreneur who is intimately familiar with both WorxAudio and PreSonus products and technologies, Flammia founded Creative Sound Solutions of Cape Coral, Florida in June 2007 and turned it into a highly successful systems integration company.

GC Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Linkin Park Concert

Guitar Center has announced that Grammy Award-winning rock band Linkin Park will be performing in Los Angeles at The Wiltern on Friday, October 24th in celebration of the retailers 50th Anniversary. Interested parties can visit gutiarcenter.com/linkinpark to enter for their chance to win a VIP trip for two to Los Angeles, attend a meet & greet with the band, catch the show, and take home a guitar signed by the band, a merch pack, and a $5,000 Guitar Center gift card. Tickets will be given away by KROQ both on air and at select Guitar Center locations in Southern California during the weeks leading up to the event.

ZVEX Runs "Auction for Andy" at Reverb.com

The MI industry mourned this loss of ZVEX Effects' Andrew Richardson last week. In an effort to pay tribute to Richardson, his colleagues have set up an auction through Reverb.com to help fund a memorial fund.  Earthquaker Devices' Julia Robbins distributed the following message:

Trade Regrets: Yoshi Kobayashi
Yoshi Kobayashi, the former Import Manager for Yamaha Corporation of America, passed away on September 13th at the age of 85.
Kobayashi began working for Yamaha in 1958 and was tasked with supervising the import and export of the motorcycle division.  As the musical instrument side of the company grew and expanded into the United States, Yoshi-san was placed in charge and soon created the foundation for the Yamaha distribution plan.  He and his team worked hard to manage the customs rules as well as ensure the products arrived safe and on time.  He retired from the company in 1995.
To view a clip of Yoshi Kobayashi NAMM Oral History interview, click here: https://www.namm.org/library/oral-history/yoshi-kobayashi
Trade Regrets: Ruth Charles

Music retailer, teacher, and philanthropist Ruth J. Charles passed away on September 4. She was 89.

Ruth was born in Birmingham, Michigan, June 26, 1925. In 1947, she and her late husband, Dick, both graduates of Michigan State University, moved to California. In 1950 they founded the Charles Music Store and Studios on Glendale Avenue. From the beginning, it was and remains today a highly successful and respected institution where, in the beginning, Dick concentrated on band instrument sales and Ruth, in addition to running the store, taught piano and organ. Until recently, she continued to teach privately in her home where she has positively impacted the lives of many students, both adults and beginners.

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Leslie ‘G’ Pedal for Guitar

Based on the Digital Leslie circuitry pioneered on Hammond "Sk" Stage Keyboards, the "G" features three classic hot-rodded cabinet styles – Models 122, 147, and 18v (the Leslie model designation of the original vibratone single rotary speaker). New to the "G" Leslie Pedal, are "Dry" and "Wet" controls. Adjustment of the "Wet" determines the volume of the effected sound sent to the output, while the "Dry" permits the straight or unaffected sound of the guitar or instrument attached and blended with the effected tone.

Recording King Torrefied Top RP1-16C Guitars

Recording King’s new line of guitars feature torrefied Adirondack spruce tops, which undergo a specialized heating process in which the wood is heated at a low temperature in an oxygen-free environment. The end result is a lightweight, extra resonant top that produces similar tone to a vintage instrument. The RP1-16C is a 12-fret single 0 cutaway with a dreadnought scale.The RP1-16C works well for fingerstyle players thanks to the cutaway and 1-3/4” nut, delivering even, vintage-style tone everywhere on the fretboard. Inclues lifetime warranty.

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