HEADLINES
Hal Leonard to Distribute Apogee Pro Audio Interfaces

Recent talks between Hal Leonard Corporation and Apogee Electronics, an industry leader in digital audio recording technology, have culminated in a new distribution deal for the MI and pro audio channels in the US and Canada. Apogee director of worldwide sales Jeremy Stappard reached the agreement with Brad Smith, senior sales and marketing manager for Hal Leonard.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California – where they proudly design and engineer their products – Apogee has been defining the art of digital audio since 1985. The company continues to innovate with technologies and products that push the envelope, inspire competitors, and lead the studio-quality home recording revolution.

SKB Announces New Canadian Partnership

SKB Corporation has welcomed SF Marketing Inc. (SFM) Dorval, Quebec, as their new Canadian distributor of SKB cases.  SFM has been providing professional quality products and services to the live entertainment and audio visual industries in Canada since 1978. High-profile brands worldwide have come to trust SFM as their sales, marketing, distribution, and service arm in the Canadian marketplace.

"Everyone at SFM is excited and delighted about our new partnership with SKB to bring the best cases in the world to our customers," says SFM's vice president of sales John Warwick. "SKB is both a legend and an innovator in the case business and we are proud to be associated with such an iconic brand ".

Paul McCartney Adopts Avid Everywhere for Historic “Out There” Tour

Avid® announced that music legend Paul McCartney has embraced Avid Everywhere™ to support his “Out There” tour. Industry-standard Avid VENUE live sound and Pro Tools® audio production solutions, from the Avid Artist Suite, powered by the Avid MediaCentral Platform, are being used to mix and record his concerts, delivering a faster, more efficient and tightly-integrated workflow, as well as world-class sound for the 59-show tour. The high point of McCartney’s tour was a historic performance at San Francisco’s legendary stadium, Candlestick Park—where The Beatles’ last public concert took place 48 years ago. McCartney’s most recent performance was also the stadium’s last show before shutting down after 54 years of hosting live acts and serving as home field to the city's sports teams.

SSL Duality At Legendary Robert Lang Studios In Seattle

Robert Lang Studios is a two-room facility serving the Seattle and North Western U.S. creative community with a storied history as a creative space for groups, such as Nirvana, the Dave Mathews Band and legendary producers Butch Vig and John Goodmanson. As part of its ongoing commercial development and delivery of advanced education in collaboration with local colleges, the facility has upgraded one of its control rooms with an SSL Duality console.

Kidzrock Fills Education Gap

Rock band programs for teens and pre-teens have been popping up all over the country ever since the release of the movie School of Rock in 2002.  Music studio owners are having great success with these popular programs, but are turning away customers that are too young for rock band and too old for parent-child classes. In 2010 St. Louis Missouri Rock School owner, Dave Simon, filled this education gap by creating an innovative rock band program called Kidzrock that allows kids as young as four to perform and sing in a real rock band.

Trade Regrets: Stanley Jay

On Wednesday, October 22, MMR was inundated with emails from individuals sharing the sad news that noted guitar/fretted instrument expert and dealer Stanley Jay had passed away.

In 1971, along with his good friend Hap Kuffner, Jay opened a guitar shop on Staten Island in New York: Mandolin Brothers. In the subsequent years, Mandolin Brothers Ltd. established itself as a mecca for fretted instrument players and collectors, fielding an impressive array of acoustic, archtop, solidbody electric, and classical guitars, as well as banjos, mandolins, resonators, basses, ukes, amps, and more. On the day of his passing, October 22, the following was posted on Madolin Brothers' website: "In memoriam of our beloved founder, Stanley Jay, Mandolin Brothers will be closed Thursday, October 23rd and Friday, October 24th, 2014."

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GEAR OF THE WEEK
Carl Fischer 2014-2015 String Orchestra Catalog

The new Carl Fischer Music 2014-0215 String Orchestra features 35 new titles, including a variety of music for all levels featuring some of the best known names in string orchestra writing, such as Alan Lee Silva, Keiko Yamada, Sean O'Loughlin, Joseph Compello, Doris Gazda, Matt Turner, George Sweet, Bill Calhoun, Yukiko Nishimura, Kevin Mixon, Deborah Baker Monday, David Hinds, and Larry Clark, along with new composer James Meredith.

CHAUVET DJ Introduces EZgobo

Now DJs and mobile entertainers can add the visual excitement and impact of gobos to any event even when power outlets aren’t readily accessible, thanks to the new EZgobo projector from CHAUVET DJ. Battery powered and wireless, the new LED product brings an unprecedented level of mobility to gobo projection.

 “Gobos are an important part of a mobile entertainer’s show, adding an extra element of personality and fun to any performance,” said Allan Reiss, senior product Manager for CHAUVET DJ. “One of the really nice things about the EZgobo is that it gives you the flexibility to use gobos anywhere. It’s compact, so it’s great for tight spaces; it’s got a magnetic base so it can be attached to most metal surfaces, plus it has a scissor clip with an eye loop for easy attachment to ceilings --  and since it’s a wireless battery-powered product you don’t have to worry about the availability of nearby power outlets.”

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