BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC LEADS THE WAY IN GUITAR TECHNOLOGY IN MUSIC EDUCATION
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--Berklee teams with Line 6 to equip classrooms with state-of-the-art guitar recording and performance products--


Agoura Hills, CA—January 19, 2006—Berklee College of Music announced today that it has equipped its guitar classrooms, lesson studios, and labs with guitar technology equipment from prominent studio and live music gear manufacturer, Line 6. The partnership signifies the beginning of a long-term vision focused on the advancement of guitar technology and its role in music education. Line 6 specializes in creating “models” of vintage and modern amplifiers and effects, and their new Variax series emulates classic guitars (electric and acoustic), as well as basses.

Says Line 6 President, Mike Muench, "Through our partnering with Berklee, we can ensure that students have access to state-of-the-art guitar recording and performance products, and Line 6 can learn new ways to apply this technology to music creation from some of the most talented and dedicated musicians in the world. These insights can further fuel our ideas for new products in the future."

Berklee faculty has already begun to see the impact of Line 6 resources in their classes. “The speed with which a wide variety of useful sounds can be achieved has been of great value to the creative process, allowing our students to realize new musical ideas and production possibilities very efficiently,” says Associate Professor of Guitar, Randy Roos. “I can safely say that the folks at Line 6, and their concept of modeling, have changed the landscape of modern recording.”

Berklee also recently announced a partnership license with Propellerhead Software – a company distributed by Line 6 in the U.S. – that brought its Reason software onto all student laptops as well as all lab computers on the Berklee campus.

About Berklee College of Music
Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare its students for careers in music was through the study and practice of contemporary music. For over half a century, the college has evolved constantly to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. With over a dozen performance and non-performance majors, a diverse and talented student body representing 70 plus countries, and a music industry "who’s who" of alumni, Berklee is the world’s premier learning lab for the music of today – and tomorrow.

About Line 6
Incorporated in 1996, Line 6 is a music gear manufacturer dedicated to creating music products to inspire creativity both on the stage and in the studio. Headquartered in Agoura Hills, California, Line 6 currently has a presence in over 60 countries worldwide with offices in California and the United Kingdom. In just under seven years, Line 6 has grown from an original team of 10 to over 200 employees. As the pioneer of digital modeling guitar amplifiers, Line 6 has created award-winning products for guitarists, bass players and engineers, working both on stage and in the studio. For more information visit www.line6.com.
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