Mar 1, 2001 12:00 PM


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 AT815ST and AT835ST stereo shotgun microphones from Audio-Technica ( are designed to capture high-quality stereo audio in demanding field situations. Requiring 11-52V phantom power, both models feature independent line-cardioid and figure-8 condenser elements. Users can switch between a nonmatrixed M-S mode and two internally matrixed left/right Stereo modes for traditional stereo in either wide or narrow patterns. The AT815ST has a frequency response of 30-20k Hz and a length of 15 inches. The 9.3-inch AT835ST has a frequency response of 40-20k Hz. Both models have switchable LF roll-off (80 Hz, 12 dB/octave) and include foam windscreen, stand clamp and 24-inch stereo cable terminating in two standard-XLR connectors. The AT815ST is $999; the AT835ST is $899.
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The new DUAL 15m3 workstation from Argosy ( is designed specifically for mastering systems. Three eight-rackspace modules positioned above the solid work surface place control and processing equipment within easy reach; other rack sizes are available. Features include a full-length padded armrest, wrap-around design and an internal shelf, while cable grommets keep cabling organized and out of sight. The DUAL 15m3 comes in a standard black or gray finish; options include hand-finished mahogany end panels. The DUAL 15m3 is factory-direct priced at $1,399.95.
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The DIGIspy digital audio transmission analyzer from Schmid Electronic ( is a handheld test unit that analyzes physical transmission quality and checks compliance of the data format against all relevant standards. Levels and test results are displayed on a backlit LCD screen, and a time-stamped error counter enables unattended measurements. The DIGIspy accepts AES/EBU and S/PDIF datastreams and automatically selects the valid signal format. Additional features include peak meters with peak-hold and clipping indicators, vectorscope display to indicate stereo correlation and an adjustable multisource monitor output. The DIGIspy displays sampling frequency and can process CD track and start IDs and Q channel information. Compact and lightweight, the unit runs on batteries or a power supply/charger.
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iZ Technology ( is shipping its RADAR 48 self-contained, 48-track, hard disk-based digital recorder. Featuring the new V-24+ recording engine, RADAR 48 records at sample rates of up to 192 kHz and uses the real-time BeIA software platform. (Software upgrades available at RADAR 48 offers users the ability to control, record and edit 48 tracks of digital audio simultaneously in a single turnkey package. Also from iZ Technology, the RADAR M8 Surround Sound Master Recorder is the world's first 192kHz, 8-track, hard disk-based digital recorder.
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Carvin ( offers the SRS6.5 Studio Reference Monitor, a two-way system that consists of a 6.5-inch woofer and a high-frequency driver vertically oriented in a mag-shielded, vented enclosure. Capable of handling 125 watts continuous, the SRS6.5 features a frequency response of 50-20k Hz (±3 dB) and has a sensitivity of 92.5dB SPL, 1W/1m. A Flat/Contour switch on the front inserts a midrange dip to emulate typical hi-fi speakers. Dimensions are 9.25×4.75×9 inches, and weight is 21 lbs. Price: $279.99/pair.
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Empirical Labs offers the EL7 FATSO (Full Analog Tape Simulator and Optimizer) 2-channel audio processor. Distributed by Wave Distribution (, the EL7 FATSO is a digitally controlled analog device that emulates the sound of tube and Class-A discrete circuit topologies and the effects of magnetic tape mediums. A soft clip feature models the effect of broadband tape saturation, and the unit also offers HF saturation, transformer and tape head emulation functions. Four stereo-linkable compression modes include “classic” knee compression and a range of attack and release times. Additional features include distortion indicators (“0 VU” and “Pinned” LEDs), sidechain access and lockable, calibrated output settings for fast setup. I/Os are balanced XLR, ¼-inch phone and RCA. Price: $2,499.
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Mackie Designs has released Version 3 software for the Mackie D8B digital mixer. Available for download at, the V.3.0 operating system features third-party plug-in support, new surround sound mixing features and innovative networking capabilities, plus many user-requested features.
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Solid State Logic ( intros a special Classic configuration of the famous SL 4000 to include the latest sonic improvements of the G+, combined with a return to the original appearance of the E Series, with its black “Raven” finish. Standard features include moving-fader and VCA-based automation, Total Recall technology, LCR panning, additional aux buses, and sidechain and control linking of multiple outputs. The Classic is available in frame sizes from 48 to 64 channels, with a choice of E or G Series EQ and optional packages to extend multichannel capabilities, and machine control requirements can be tailored to the specific customer needs.


Westlake Audio ( has introduced the Lc3W12V, a three-way passive monitor that can also be bi-amped. Standing 29.5×14.5×15.5 inches (H×W×D) and weighing 102 lbs., the vertically oriented, bass-reflex enclosure has a 12-inch woofer, 6.5-inch mid, 1-inch soft-dome tweeter and extensive electromechanical-acoustical damping. Designed as an alternative to the horizontally oriented Lc3W12, the Lc3W12V has a 40-18k Hz frequency response and is rated at 100/300-watts LF, 100/250 MF and 90/220 HF per IEC 268-5 power handling capacity. Finished in black utility paint, the Lc3W12V has a one-year warranty. Price is $3,799/pair. Westlake has also redesigned the BBSM-5, a two-way, medium-power reference monitor. The redesign includes a reproportioned bass-reflex cabinet and has a frequency response of 55-20k Hz. Price is $2,495/pair.
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Earthworks ( is shipping the 1024 4-channel mic preamp, a high-quality unit featuring flat frequency response (2 Hz to 100 kHz, ±0.2 dB) and unmeasurably low distortion. Each channel in the single-rackspace unit offers a precision input gain control, stepped in 5dB increments over a 55dB range, plus a variable output control with a 20dB range. Toggle switches engage 48V phantom power and reverse polarity for each channel; individual standby switches mute inputs while keeping phantom power active. LEDs indicate phantom power on and overload and clipping conditions. Inputs are balanced XLR; outputs are XLR and TRS. Price: $3,500.
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Tsunami Technologies (, known for its switch-mode power supply power amplifiers, has introduced a conventional power supply-based, 2-channel power amp capable of more than 1,800 watts of power per channel (at two ohms). The new Tsunami HQ 3.4 amplifier features Class-H output amplification and protection against DC, temperature, in-rush current and overcurrent conditions. Price: $1,169.
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Fostex Corporation ( is now shipping its D-2424 24-track, hard disk recorder/editor, which features 32 virtual tracks (for a total of 56 tracks) and records at 24-bit/96kHz resolution. Features include 128× oversampling AD/DA converters, a timecode generator/reader, optional 4.7GB DVD-RAM backup and an 8-channel AES/EBU interface. The removable front panel also serves as a full-function remote. The unit offers unlimited Undo capability, Copy/Paste between programs, a dedicated All Input key and a footswitch for remote Punch In/Out. Sync To Video integrates the D-2424 with video editors that comply with RS-422 P2 protocol. Options include timecode, an 8-channel AES/EBU card and a DVD-RAM drive. Price: $3,995.
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The Ear Q Reference Hearing Analyzer from Ear Q Technologies ( is a system that lets audio pros map and monitor their own hearing characteristics. Most hearing tests only provide data on the 125-8k Hz speech range; Ear Q provides a fast, simplified means of self-assessment over the music range of 60-20k Hz, using the signal-generating capabilities of 16- and 24-bit soundcards. Software allows for saving and displaying multiple test results to monitor changes in hearing acuity, such as Temporary Threshold Shift and impaired Loudness Perception, and level-specific equalization settings based on Etymotic Research's FIG6 algorithms guide the user to compensate for given levels of hearing loss. Designed to interface directly into any PC, each Ear Q Analyzer includes the software package and custom high-isolation headphones with 25 dB of isolation (sufficient enough to make almost any room comply with ANSI standards for audiometric hearing test booths). Price: $149.
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Truth Audio ( offers the TA-1P Near-Field Studio Monitor, a passive two-way design featuring two 5-inch woofers and a single 3-inch cloth-dome dynamic tweeter in a rear-ported cabinet. The mineral-filled polycone woofers feature a 14.6-ounce magnet. Frequency response is 48-20k Hz (±3 dB), and power-handling capability is rated at 165 watts into four ohms. All rear panel connectors are gold-plated. Price: $999/pair.
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Sound Ideas has recently acquired all rights to the following sound collections: Designer Sound Library, a three-CD special effects collection created by sound designers Clive Smith and Jonathan Helfand; the John M. Peters three-CD Science Fiction Sound Effects Library; Jurassic Dinosaurs and Futuristic Creatures, a 665-effects CD also created by John M. Peters; and Wild World of Animals, a 10-CD collection from Hollywood Sound Factory, including over 850 hard-to-get effects. Visit…Amek has released Supertrue 4 V2.2 software for the Amek 9098i master recording console. Newly extended capabilities include additional dynamics, auto save, mute, solo and grouping functions. For more details, visit… Music and More has released a comprehensive line of analog processors and sound generators at prices ranging from $149 (the DI 16 16-channel direct box) to $499 (the SQ 16 Midi Step Sequencer). The eight new products also include the VF 11 11-band True Analog Vocoder, the HP 48 headphone amplifier, the RS 3 mono in/stereo out resonator/filter/flanger/phaser and the Warp 9 analog effects processor. Call 800/732-6982 or visit…Symetrix has redesigned its ambient noise-sensing gain controller, adding refined processing algorithms at a lower cost-per-zone. The 371 SPL Computer continuously monitors ambient noise conditions via an external microphone and adjusts system gain accordingly. Price is $549. Call 425/787-3222 or surf to

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