PRO ANNOUNCES NEW OCEAN WAY
IMPACT MONITOR SYSTEM
— New high-resolution reference monitors debut at AES —
AES CONVENTION, NEW YORK, NY, October 9, 2009
— GC Pro,
the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs
of professional users, is pleased to announce the introduction of
the new Ocean Way Impact Monitor System. In some circles of the audiophile
community, the words “professional monitor” have a somewhat
negative connotation. The Ocean Way Impact Monitor System bridges
the gap, as it’s designed as a high-definition reference point
to sonically judge and decide intricate musical balances for final
mixes without the loud and harsh characteristics and lack of depth
of field found in most professional monitors.
Designed by Allen Sides, the GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer, producer
and mixer who founded Ocean Way Recording, the Impact system is the
culmination of almost 40 years of his experience designing high resolution
studio speaker systems for his many studios, as well as a wide variety
of commercial installations, including George Lucas’ Skywalker
Ranch scoring stage; Trevor Horn’s Sarm Studios in London; and
Walt Disney’s Hollywood Records, as well as private installations
for musical artists like Gwen Stefani, David Grohl and Beck.
Impact’s unique 120-degree dispersion, coupled with having identical
flare rates on both HF and LF horns, allows for a very wide listening
window eliminating the narrow “sweet spot” effect. The
Impact also produces extended and detailed low end to 36Hz. A pair
of Impact speakers is extremely accurate, delivering, within 1db,
1k to 18k frequency response with exceptionally wide bandwidth. The
system encompasses low distortion drivers and a bi-amplified, equalized
electronic package second to none. This allows absolute symmetry in
regards to stereo imaging.
Ocean Way Impact monitors will reveal subtleties and nuances in recordings
and mixes that may have never been heard before on traditional monitors
and provide dynamics not thought possible. From a recording engineer’s
standpoint, these are invaluable assets allowing for the most accurate
playback of recordings and mixes, and from the audiophile’s
standpoint, their best recordings will sound simply exceptional.
The Ocean Way Impact Monitor System specifications are impressive:
- Frequency response ±2dB, 36Hz to 18kHz
- Symmetry between channels ± 0.5dB, 1k to 18kHz
- Maximum SPL – Over 110dB at 6 feet, 36Hz to 18kHz
- Maximum Power Handling Capacity:
High Frequency Driver Max 50 Watts
continuous 650 Hz and up
(Note: 1 Watt in at 1k measured at
3 feet produces 106 dB)
Bass Woofer max 400 Watts continuous
- High Frequency horn has a 400Hz cutoff with 120-degree by 40-degree
- Bass horn has a 36Hz cutoff with a 120-degree by 40-degree dispersion
- Crossover point 650Hz and 18dB per octave
- High Frequency driver has an 18,000 gauss magnetic structure and
titanium diaphragm with aluminum voice coil, 1-inch throat
- Bass woofer is 15-inch and has an 11,000 gauss magnetic structure
with an aluminum voice coil
Dimensions: 36" wide x 27" deep x 44" high
The Ocean Way Impact Monitor System is now available from Guitar Center
Professional with a U.S. MSRP of $38,000.
Ocean Way Recording and Allen Sides
Allen Sides, the GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer, producer and mixer
who founded Ocean Way Recording, developed these renowned speaker
systems. His studios and his Ocean Way Monitoring Systems have since
helped artists like The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Eminem, Janet
Jackson and Radiohead, to name a few, create milestone music recordings.
Through an exclusive arrangement with GC Pro, the famed Ocean Way
Monitoring Systems can now be custom tailored and installed in commercial
recording facilities, private studios, home theaters and a variety
of other critical listening environments.
Mr. Sides designed, built and owns Ocean Way Studios Hollywood, Ocean
Way Studios Nashville, Ocean Way Studio St. Barth’s at Eden
Rock and Record One Studios Sherman Oaks. Together, these constitute
the most award-winning and successful music studios in the world.
Mr. Sides has also personally recorded over 500 albums, many of which
have become audiophile classics. Albums recorded in Mr. Sides’
studios have sold in excess of 1 billion copies. Mr. Sides brings
a new dimension and understanding to what is possible in high-end
speaker design, and the Impact is the realization of this experience.
Guitar Center Professional/Guitar Center
Guitar Center Professional is the outside sales division of Guitar
Center that focuses on the needs of professional users. Its clientele
includes recording studios, audio engineers, producers, recording
and touring musicians, live sound venues, post production facilities
and more. Emphasizing extraordinary individualized service via local
account managers, GC Pro offers expert consultation and a comprehensive
selection of the world’s finest equipment for music and audio
professionals. More information on GC Pro can be found by visiting
Guitar Center is the leading United States retailer of guitars, amplifiers,
percussion instruments, keyboards and pro-audio and recording equipment.
Our retail store subsidiary presently operates more than 200 Guitar
Center stores across the U.S. In addition, our Music & Arts division
operates more than 100 stores specializing in band instruments for
sale and rental, serving teachers, band directors, college professors
and students. We are also the largest direct response retailer of
musical instruments in the United States through our wholly owned
subsidiary, Musician’s Friend, Inc., and its catalog and Web
site, www.musiciansfriend.com. More information on Guitar Center can
be found by visiting the Company’s Web site at www.guitarcenter.com.
The Guitar Center logo is a registered trademark of Guitar Center,
Inc. Other brand or product names may be trademarks of the respective
companies with which they are associated.
MEDIA CONTACT: Robert Clyne, Clyne Media,
Inc. at (615) 662-1616
Center Professional is exhibiting at booth 719 during the 127th AES
Convention in New York, NY.