Jul 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Mel Lambert



Education Guide

Mix is gearing up to present its longstanding annual Audio Education Guide in its November 2014 issue. Want to have your school listed in the directory, or do you need to update your current directory listing? Add an image, program description, or a logo to your listing! Get your school in the Mix Education Guide 2014.

The Paris Expo in Porte de Versailles was a perfect setting for an AES show. Attendance was quoted at 5,000 β€” excellent for a European gathering. Here are a few products that caught our eye.

The DFC PS/1 PowerStation from AMS-Neve ( is a single-operator, lower-cost version of the DFC Gemini console for predub/prelay and print mastering. Stagetec's ( Nexus and Aurus consoles offer a new high-density I/O frame that accommodates sub-modules for analog, AES/MADI-format digital and fiber-optic connections. Lawo's ( much-anticipated mc290 digital console has a new GUI and user interface. It's aimed at no-fail applications, such as remotes, live performance and on-air.

Apple's ( Logic Pro DAW is now fully Euphonix ( EuCon β€” compliant, directly controllable under this flexible command protocol from surfaces such as the MC Media Controller. A EuCon Hybrid Option can control multiple DAWs from System 5.

Neumann ( expanded its Solution-D digital mic line with small-diaphragm models based on its popular 180 Series. The new modular mics have interchangeable omni, cardioid and supercardioid capsules.

Universal Audio's ( collaboration with AMS-Neve offers UAD-1 DSP emulations of classic Neve hardware, such as the 1073 and 1073SE EQs. Coming soon are plug-ins of the Neve 33609 bus compressor and 1081 parametric. The Model 10500 digital monitor from RTW ( provides a high-res audio vectorscope, peak-reading meters and status monitoring on a built-in LCD. Julyah Communications ( expanded its Centauri II system (now with connectivity of audio codecs to a standard VoIP topology) and the MERK II portable audio gateway codec.

Best of show? Nahimic, A-Volute's ( 3-D sound recording/playback system, uses a real-time spatializing engine, generating a 3-D space map, and then places individual sources anywhere within that environment. A six-transducer headphone re-creates the soundfield.

During their joint keynote address, composer/vocalist Emile Simon and her engineer/technologist (and IRCAM instructor) Cyrille Brissot demonstrated BRAAH, a vocal effects controller worn on the singer's arm, and CADRE, a laser controller responding to the location of objects placed within its beams. The potential of computer-controlled instruments is virtually limitless, Brissot argued: β€œAny object can be a computer interface.”

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