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— Studios with Digidesign D-Command and Tascam DM3200 consoles give
Korean R&B phenomenon J.Y.Park a foothold in the U.S.
as he expands his international music empire —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, April 11, 2008 — When J.Y.Park (aka Park Jin-young), one of Asia’s leading music icons, decided to bring his JYP Entertainment company to the U.S. market last year, he called upon Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, to help him design and outfit his unique recording facility. Park, South Korea’s most successful music artist and producer, and one of the most successful throughout Asia, has produced 24 number-one singles and 18 number-one albums in his career, including the 2002 World Cup Official Album. And Park comes to the U.S. with two heavy-hitting singles projects already released: Will Smith’s “I Wish I Made That” and Mase’s “The Love You Need.” GC Pro was able to provide Park with two state-of-the-art studios, where he is currently working on projects with artists including Lil’ Kim, Outkast, Hillary Duff, Lil Jon, Tyrese and 3LW.

“J.Y.Park is an incredible talent and he will make a significant impact on the music industry in the U.S.,” says PK Pandey, New England Account Manager at GC Pro, who handled the entire project with the Walters-Storyk Design Group (the acoustical design firm responsible for the design of Park’s Studio). Like most of the large and complex projects that GC Pro undertakes for clients, this one came about because of GC Pro’s extensive relationships throughout the music community. Pandey’s long-time relationship with Woo Rhee, JYP Entertainment’s Chief Engineer, brought him together with Park. “GC Pro provided a turnkey studio and continue to provide support, service and training,” says Pandey. The facility is extensive. The lower level consists of office, dance rehearsal and audition areas. Upstairs, Studio A’s control room features a Digidesign 24-fader D-Command console and a ProTools HD system. Other gear includes Grace preamps, Radial direct boxes, Telefunken ELAM251 microphones, Bryston amplifiers and custom-built main monitors, designed by Pandey and WSDG, outfitted with TAD Components. Studio B offers a Tascam DM3200 Console, Digidesign ProTools HD, and a large array of outboard gear. Pandey and GC Pro didn’t stop there, though. They provided custom-designed balanced power systems for the whole facility to ensure clean power with power backup systems in place, as well as a customized SNS RAID file sharing network designed and integrated by Pandey’s team, which is also providing ongoing support and training.

“J.Y.Park’s talents needed a partner that could match his vision,” says Pandey. “GC Pro is the only organization that that could provide the range of equipment and technology that he needed, as well as the design knowledge and the ability to provide ongoing support and training.”

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About Guitar Center Professional/Guitar Center
Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro) 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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