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Ocean Way Impact Monitor System

Robert Clyne
Clyne Media, Inc.
Tel: 615.662.1616

Rick Plushner
Guitar Center Professional
Tel: (818) 735-8800 x2238



— New high-resolution reference monitors debut at AES —

127th 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 dispersion
- Bass horn has a 36Hz cutoff with a 120-degree by 40-degree dispersion
- Crossover point 650Hz and 18dB per octave
Component description:
- 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
Weight: 250lbs
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.

About 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.

About 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 www.gcpro.com.

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.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Robert Clyne, Clyne Media, Inc. at (615) 662-1616

Guitar Center Professional is exhibiting at booth 719 during the 127th AES Convention in New York, NY.

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