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WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, June 30, 2011 —   For the tenth year in a row, well over 60,000 excited music fans   descended upon Manchester, Tennessee, for the Bonnaroo Music and Arts   festival, held June 9-12, 2011. Celebrating its tenth anniversary this   year, Bonnaroo 2011 was filled with memorable moments from its dozens of   performing acts, including Eminem, Arcade Fire, My Morning Jacket, The   Black Keys, Widespread Panic and many more. Backstage, many of the   festival’s acts were asked to lay down tracks in a purpose-built   recording studio, outfitted with the help of  Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on   the needs of professional users. The recorded tracks were mixed and   mastered immediately and transferred to the radio tent next door for   broadcast on radio stations nationwide.


The  studio, appropriately dubbed “Hay Bale Studio”  after the dozens of hay  bales positioned on the exterior for sound  rejection, was again  operated by Nashville’s  The Toy Box Studio,   and Toy Box’s producer/recording engineer Lij was at the helm for the   sessions. The whole backstage studio/radio area was overseen by   Asheville, North Carolina-based  Music Allies.   In the weeks leading up to the festival, the studio’s gear equipment   list was compiled by Lij, his assistant engineers, and GC Pro’s   Nashville-based Account Manager Chad Evans, who was also on site along   with other GC Pro personnel.

Among  the gear supplied by GC Pro were a Solid State  Logic AWS 948  Superanalogue Console (courtesy of Fadi Hayek and SSL); a  Pro Tools HD3  system with Apogee Symphony Converters; a full complement  of  microphones from Shure, Mojave and Royer Labs; monitors from ADAM;   Switchcraft Patch Bays; a full cue system; and a backline of instruments   and amps from Fender, Gibson and Nord.
All  in all, over 35 of the festival’s artists recorded  tracks in the  studio, including Ray LaMontagne, Amos Lee, Iron and Wine,  Mumford and  Sons, The Decemberists and many more. The schedule for each  session was  fast-paced, leaving room for a quick setup and soundcheck  leading up  to first-take recordings of three songs, before each act was  guided to  the interview booth, also in the “Hay Bale Studio” trailer, to  make  room for the next act in the tracking room. Within an hour, the   performances had been mixed down to two tracks and prepped for broadcast   from the radio tent next door. Approximately 45 radio stations   nationwide featured these “Bonnaroo sessions” over the weekend. The   multi-tracked sessions were also preserved and archived, as in past   years.

“This  is our third year helping sponsor the studio at  Bonnaroo,” noted  Evans. “This year’s festival was another amazing  experience. We have  developed a great partnership with Lij and crew, and  we’re proud to  contribute. We look forward to continuing to contribute  next year and  beyond, because Bonnaroo is such an important place for  the music  industry and up-and-coming artists.”
For more information, please visit  www.gcpro.com.
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