Mix News for August 2003

Aug 25, 2003 12:00 PM, By Sarah Benzuly


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MusicNow Launches Co-Branded Digital Music Channels
FullAudio, developer of the MusicNow online music service, launched its co-branded digital music channels, which offer self-contained music showcases from top names in music. Kicking off the program are "The Blue Note Channel From MusicNow," which already debuted, and "The Soul of Quincy Jones," which will be available later this year.

On "The Blue Note" channel, listeners will be able to stream, download (in high-quality Windows Media 9 Series format) and burn jazz, hard bop and other styles. Classic Blue Note recording artists include Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon and Sonny Clark; contemporary Blue Note artists include Kurt Elling, Norah Jones and Jason Moran. On "The Soul of Quincy Jones," listeners can tap into Jones' jazz and bossa nova recordings and the entire catalogs of artists who have worked with Jones, including Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon and Michael Jackson.

"Music is a form of expression, mirroring the freedom and exploration made possible by the Internet," said Jones. "Online music channels like the ones on MusicNow will help artists reach a broader group of music enthusiasts and spur musical innovation."

"This initiative with FullAudio is a brand-new online experience showcasing artists and music from a label known for innovation and artistic excellence," said Jeff Zakin, new-media manager for Blue Note Records.

MusicNow offers 40 channels of music programming and content from all five major labels, as well as independent labels Koch and Sanctuary. For more, visit MusicNow at www.musicnow.com.

CEA: DVD-A, SACD Sales Up From Last Year
Current sales of DVD players capable of playing high-resolution audio formats have risen, compared to 2002, according to figures released by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

"Historically, there is a similarity between the introduction of high-res audio and that of the compact disc. Each product—CD, DVD, DVD-Audio and SACD—met the 250,000-units shipped mark by the third year," said Sean Wargo, senior industry analyst for the CEA. "The audio industry tends to cycle through periods of growth as each new and improved technology is introduced: Witness the move from turntables to tape to CDs and now to music DVDs."

According to CEA market research, manufacturers shipped 148,000 DVD-A and 100,000 SACD players to retailers through May of this year.

"If DVD-A and SACD players are going to truly mimic history, we could see the majority of consumers enjoying high-res audio by the year 2015, with an even more rapid acceptance of the new audio technologies across the next decade and really driving growth in the audio market," added Wargo.

For more industry market research, visit CEA online at www.ce.org.

Mitch Bainwol to Head RIAA
The RIAA named GOP political veteran Mitch Bainwol as its chairman and chief executive, beginning September 1, 2003.

Bainwol, who recently opened his own consulting firm, was briefly the Chief of Staff to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and before that, he was the executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which raises money to get Senate Republicans elected. He also was Chief of Staff to former U.S. Sen. Connie Mack, R-Fla., for almost a decade.

Cary Sherman, president and general counsel of the RIAA, and member of the search committee, said, "Mitch's strong background and experience will be a real asset to the RIAA. We welcome him to the RIAA and look forward to working with him on the important issues facing our industry at this crucial time."

"Mitch brings to the RIAA the consummate insider's understanding of political nuance in Washington," said Roger Ames, chairman and chief executive of Warner Music Group, in a statement. "I'm confident he has the ability to clearly communicate the issues and challenges the music industry faces and to partner effectively with the computer, consumer electronics and music publishing businesses to help us address those issues in all appropriate forums."

Stated Bainwol, "I'm delighted to take on this role. It is an honor to be associated with such a talented and creative group. I am especially pleased to be working in partnership with Cary Sherman, and look forward to tapping into his expertise about the music business. What could be more rewarding than helping to promote two great American traditions: music and property rights?"

For more, visit the RIAA online at www.riaa.com.

Furman Sound Introduces New Pro Plugs
Furman Sound's new Pro Plugs product line consists of ruggedly designed and constructed power-surge strips and blocks and extension cords.

Pro Plugs feature EMI/RFI filtering to eliminate distortion and hum for external devices and higher Joules ratings for greater protection and longer life. Circuit breakers protect against overloads, and lighted on/off switches make the Pro Plugs power-surge strips and blocks easy to find on dark stages and in recording studios. Additionally, Pro Plugs feature extended-length power cords for greater flexibility and the product colors; all Furman Sound Pro Plugs are UL/CUL approved.

The complete Pro Plugs product line consists of four models, each with extended-length cords, and three, four (quad box) or six outlets per device, all encased in rugged metal or plastic housings. The fifth Pro Plugs power-surge strip/block is a three-outlet Laptop Travel Surge Tap with retractable phone cable.

U.S. list prices range from $20 to $49 per device. Also available is a 25-foot 16AWGx3C heavy-duty power cord with a three-prong grounded male wall plug and three females outlets, at $15 U.S. list.

For more, visit www.furmansound.com.

Edirol Announces New Keyboards
Edirol announced a new addition to its line of PCR keyboards: The new PCR-80 (SRP: $395) offers all of the features common to the PCR-30 and the PCR-50, but offers 61 full-size, velocity-sensitive keys. Like the smaller PCR keyboards, the PCR-80 can be powered over USB and offers 27 assignable controls that can control any MIDI message.

This keyboard offers 16 onboard memory locations to store different control arrangements and comes with a software editor (Mac/PC) to creating custom control maps. Other features include: 34 controls of various types (knobs, sliders, buttons, wheel) of which 27 are fully assignable; eight rotary knobs, eight sliders, nine buttons and two pedal inputs; high-quality key action and velocity sensitivity; multi-MIDI functions through note keys; MIDI interface (In/Out) and USB interface; USB bus powered; V-Link enabled; memory presets for Cubase, Digital Performer, Pro Tools LE, Sonar and more; and general MIDI 2 and blank cut-out template to overlay over controls. PCR-80 also offers V-Link, a new feature from Edirol and Roland that provides for real-time performance control over digital video and allows the user to trigger clips, perform video effects and transitions in real-time when connected with the Edirol DV-7PR (sold separately).

Also new from Edirol in keyboard world, the new PCR-A30 (SRP: $39) is a USB bus-powered MIDI keyboard and audio interface that takes off on the PCR-30 USB MIDI keyboard, but adds: 2x1/4-inch phone input; stereo RCA output; 1/4-inch TRS headphone out; direct monitoring; optical S/PDIF out; 24-bit/96kHz; built-in monitor speakers; and ASIO and WDM support.

Visit www.edirol.com for more information.

Stephen Krause Uses Eventide Gear on New Movie
Eventide's Eclipse signal processor was recently used by film music recording mixer Stephen Krause (Basic, Clockstoppers, Moonlight Mile) for the film score for Cold Creek Manor, the new Mike Figgis film to be released in the fall of 2003. Krause was recording in Capitol Studios in Los Angeles and mixed in his own studio, Banana Hill.

"The Eclipse is wonderful," Krause revealed. "The quality of the sound is significantly better than the H3000. The delays and pitch change are smooth and natural. My favorite program so far is 'delays+Verb.' I have been using this on acoustic instruments that needed to be very ambient: strings, voice and harp. The harp especially turned out well." Krause also used the new Clockworks Legacy plug-ins for the Pro Tools TDM system. "I am mainly using the H949. I generally just use modulating delay plugs to pull things into the surrounds," said Krause. "I have replaced them with dual H949s assigned to the rear surrounds with random pitch change and slightly different delays to the two sides. The harmonizing in the 949s adds a lot more depth and character to the effect than what I was previously able to achieve."

For Krause, this was the first orchestral film he recorded that was done without analog tape or a SCSI drive. "It was all FireWire," Krause said, "recorded right through Apogee converters to Pro Tools|HD and out to analog EQ if I needed it. And it was mixed in Pro Tools where I used the H949 plug-in."

For more, visit Eventide online at www.eventide.com.

Nathaniel Kunkel Records Sting
Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Stephen Jarvis Audio Consulting supplied a large amount of GML devices to engineer Nathaniel Kunkel of Studio Without Walls for one of his recent remotes: To coincide with his first studio album in four years, entitled Sacred Love, Sting filmed a performance at the historic Mayan Theater in downtown L.A. that will be released as a limited-edition DVD-V package promoting the CD, scheduled in stores September 23, 2003.

"I recorded everything onstage through 36 channels of GML mic pre," said Kunkel. "The three main vocals—Sting, Joy and Mary J. Blige—were recorded entirely through GML 2020s. I powered all of [the equipment] with Jarvis' GML HRT console power supplies, which is what allows me to go into that situation and not have to deal with a whole bunch of those little external power supplies everywhere. It's key: I can't imagine having to do that kind of load-in and load-out and get that kind of reliability without a large supply system." Kunkel is mixing the performance audio for the DVD release in 5.1 at Sting's Malibu home using his portable system. GML processing is typically featured in all of his mixes, said Kunkel. "I use the same 2020s that I used tracking for my vocal inserts in Pro Tools when I mix. I mix on a Sony DMX-R100, so I like to take care of all of my inserts in Pro Tools, then at the end of the mix, I can easily print what that insert was. It almost always is a GML 2020."

According to Jarvis, "Kunkel acquired much of the same taste that George [Massenburg] imparted to him, with regard to quality of sound and technical excellence. Nathaniel has built an unbelievably flexible system here. It has been moving around a lot, and the results have been sonically stunning. He is using the best gear and the infrastructure is solid as a rock; better than most studios, to be honest. I anticipate we will be seeing a lot of projects allocating their budgets this way in the future. It just makes too much sense not to."

For more info on the gear, visit www.georgemassenburg.com.

Ableton Releases Live 2.1
Ableton has released Live 2.1, a free update to the sequencing instrument. Live 2.1 brings full ReWire support to Windows, Mac OS 9/OS X. The software update is now available as a free download for registered Live 2 users from www.ableton.com.

New features include: seamless integration with Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Digital Performer and Reason; multichannel audio input and output support for the entire range of Digidesign's audio hardware via Direct I/O; on the Macintosh, Live 2.1 supports samples in Sound Designer II format; under OS X, Live's user interface has been optimized for better performance; and a PDF version of the updated Live Owner's Manual in English, French and German is included with the software.

Audio-Technica Honors Leading Reps
Audio-Technica's annual awards dinner and ceremony was held at this year's Summer NAMM Show. Sales, Signal Marketing was named the company's Rep of the Year. Additionally, United Sales Associates received Audio-Technica President's Award for outstanding commitment and dedication.

Steve Trump and Ron Mileur, principals of Signal Marketing (Salt Lake City), accepted the award for Professional Products Rep of the Year; Signal Marketing covers the sales territory encompassing the Rocky Mountain region.

High Pont, N.C.-based United Sales Associates' principals, Ed Rider and Wendel Hartman, were presented with the Audio-Technica President's Award for showing outstanding commitment and dedication in their territory; the company is responsible for the Southeast region and Florida.

Commenting on the awards presentation, A-T VP of sales Marc Lee Shannon said, "Signal Marketing addressed the changes in their territory, realigned resources internally and through a well-implemented plan, pioneered new Audio-Technica products in the marketplace. United Sales Associates made an enormous contribution to the bottom line, and in fact contributed the strongest profit dollars of any rep firm in 2003."

Gamble Brothers Win Disc Makers IMWS
The Gamble Brothers Band won the Disc Makers Independent Music World Series (IMWS) Southeast finals held in Nashville. As the grand-prize winner, the Gamble Brothers took home over $35,000 in prizes, including recording gear, instruments, CD manufacturing services, DJ equipment and more.

"This is awesome," said Al Gamble. "Everyone played great tonight, and we are truly honored to be selected from such a talented group of musicians. We cannot thank Disc Makers enough for this amazing opportunity."

The Gamble Brothers Band were one of six finalists competing before a panel of 12 judges, including representatives from Capitol Records, ASCAP, Billboard magazine, Shure Microphones, Dual Tone Records, Americana Entertainment, 102.9 The Buzz and The Nashville Scene.Over 1,200 unsigned bands and independent artists submitted entries for the Southeast region of the IMWS.The other finalists included Chef Chris and His Nairobi Trio (Sarasota, Fla.), Dean Fields (Nashville), Jag Star (Knoxville, Tenn.), the Smartest Monkeys (Nashville) and Wisedumb (Atlanta).

"Disc Makers is all about helping indie artists succeed, and the IMWS is just one of the great things we do to help these artists get to the next level," said Tony van Veen, VP of sales and marketing at Disc Makers.

For more information on the Independent Music World Series, visit www.discmakers.com/imws. For more on the Gamble Brothers, visit www.gamblebrothersband.com.

Underdog Entertainment to Install SSL Board in New Facility
Underdog Entertainment (L.A.) is set to launch its new recording facility with the installation of a Solid State Logic C200 Digital Console. The facility is a re-model of the original Tracken Place, with the C200 housed in the main recording and mix room.

Harvey Mason Jr., who is one-half of the Underdog production team, said, "We have been working together for the past three years and in this new space for about six months to bring it up to speed with our vision for the future. We really got hooked on SSL's digital console power with the MT and we are expecting the new C200 to arrive this month."

The client list for Underdog Entertainment includes Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Toni Braxton, Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, the American Idol kids, Faith Evans, Tyrese and Brian McKnight, to name a few.

"We needed a console that would address the 96k bandwidth of the Pro Tools|HD system and that console is the C200," said Dave Russell, engineer/mixer for Underdog Entertainment. "We not only need the higher resolution, but, because we are always working on multiple projects at a time, we needed a console with a complete recall/automation system. We basically needed to upgrade from our existing MT for the main studio."

"We really like that the C200 retains the look and feel of a traditional console," added Mason. "We like that the console gives us this incredible power in a compact design so the console isn't stretched across the entire building."

"The C200 was designed with this type of music studio in mind," said Phil Wagner, senior VP at Solid State Logic. "We're pleased that Underdog Entertainment has chosen the C200. This installation is the first in a series for U.S. music production facilities."

For more on the console, visit www.solid-state-logic.com.

Joe Jorgensen, 1937-2003
On Wednesday, July 23, 2003, the recording industry lost Joe Jorgensen, one of its finest engineers.

Born in Gentofte, Denmark, Jorgensen immigrated to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, with his family in 1951, bringing with him a zest for music and a talent for technology. During his late teens, he landed his first job editing programs at New York's WOR Radio in 1957. In 1960, he met legendary engineer/producer Phil Ramone and joined A&R Recording Studios as one of that studio's first staff engineers.

Working with many of the industry's finest composers, arrangers, musicians and artists, Jorgensen developed a recording style that attracted many clients. In 1966, Jorgensen met Mediasound founder Harry Hirsch and joined his staff, recording albums for Frank Sinatra, Englebert Humperdinck and many other major artists including Maynard Ferguson's Gold LP, Conquistador. The celebrated studio became a magnet for young engineers like Michael DeLugg and Bob Clearmountain.

One of the first engineers to go independent, in 1977, Jorgensen began an exclusive relationship with Bob James' Tappan Zee label. For over 14 years, this partnership produced an impressive roster of top jazz and rock albums, including Kenny Loggins' platinum Nightwatch and such Gold One on One and Bob James & David Sanborn's Grammy-winning Gold Double Vision LP.

In 1989, Jorgensen began a new stage of his career with the formation of Soundshine Inc., a company that specialized in the design and installation of innovative professional audio systems for theme parks, houses of worship, schools and commercial facilities.

Jorgensen is survived by his wife of 37 years, Gunvor "Kiki" Jorgensen, his son Mikael, a recording engineer with SomaStudios in Chicago, and his daughter Dania.

Richard Marx Produces Emerson Drive
Richard Marx has just finished producing for the country band Emerson Drive, including the single, "Fall Into Me," with engineer Davide Cole.

All of the vocals, guitars and keyboards for the new album (which will be released later this year) were tracked at Renegade Studios, a 5,000-foot facility that Marx built several years ago on his 5.5-acre Chicago lakeside property. Marx relied on a Mackie HUI, which he uses as a front end to his Pro Tools|HD system.

Emerson Drive's Danik Dupelle plays guitar and sings high harmonies. Tracking his vocals at Renegade Studios was a bit of a challenge, according to Marx. "Danik, like all of the guys in the band, is a phenomenal musician. He's also a very good singer, but he's got a very bright voice that tends to sound a little brittle. We've got to be very careful with the signal path when we track his parts. We experimented with Avalon and Manley before deciding to bring him into Pro Tools with the Daking mic pre. I'm not sure I can give you a precise explanation as to why, but the Daking just gave us a warmer sound than the others we played around with. As a producer, you're using your ears to answer questions most of the time: Why choose that amp head or one plug-in reverb instead of another? At any given moment, you go with what sounds best."

While producing other bands, Marx is also working on his own work; in fact, Marx said that he is about 80% done on his new solo album. "I'm really excited about this project, for several reasons. For one thing, it reunites me with Bruce Lundvall, who signed me to my first deal. Bruce is the president of EMI and Blue Note, and the new record will be released on EMI. I'd describe the style as being somewhere between Coldplay and Avril Lavigne. It's edgier than my last several albums. I tend to write in a style that reflects whatever's on my CD player at that time. I love Coldplay, and the sounds on Avril's record are fantastic. Of course, all of the melodies are mine, and hopefully, there's a constant in what I bring to my performances that my fans will want to share."

Mackie, Emagic to Combine Control Surfaces
Mackie Designs and Emagic Software and Hardware GmbH announced an agreement to merge their audio control surface technologies. Under the terms of this agreement, future Mackie-engineered control surfaces will include the combined functionality of both Logic Control and Mackie Control, as well as Mackie's HUI protocol.

Beginning this month, Mackie and Emagic will also release an upgrade that will allow both Mackie Control and Logic Control owners to take full advantage of the combined functionality.

"Logic users represent one of the largest, most affluent creative communities in audio recording," commented Chris Adam, managing director of Emagic GmbH. "By merging the Mackie and Emagic control surface technologies, we will be providing current and future Emagic customers with the most versatile and powerful control surface platform in the world. It's a logical evolution and fantastic opportunity for our customers."

"The Mackie Control/Logic Control platform has become one of the most widely used dedicated control surface platforms to date: nearly 8,000 combined users worldwide," commented Jamie Engen, president and CEO at Mackie Designs. "This sharing of technology means that users on both sides will benefit from a truly universal platform that supports all major DAWs."

For more, visit Mackie online at www.mackie.com or visit Emagic at www.emagic.de.

AKG Introduces TriPower Series
AKG Acoustics' new TriPower Series microphones offers a choice of either wired or wireless operation with the same microphone.

The D 3700M and D 3800M uses AKG's patented Varimotion System, which allows the transducer's response to be fine-tuned as the diaphragm is molded. The top-of-the-line C 5900M has excellent articulation, but without the "reach" that can cause audio problems on live stages. The spring steel-wire mesh cap with integrated foam screen provides rugged durability and reliable control of wind noise, and the mechanical system is very strong and can handle lots of abuse. They also have a new look and feel with ergonomic triangular handles.

The D 3700M is a dynamic cardioid and the D 3800M is a dynamic supercardioid for use on loud stages and adds a humbucking coil for freedom from electrical interference; the C 5900M is a condenser supercardioid with the clarity of a condenser and features a low-frequency roll-off and -6dB pads. All TriPower models are shipped in a metal hard-shell road case and come with the new SA 61 unbreakable stand clamp.

An option for the new TriPower Line is the AKG TM 40 UHF plug-in transmitter. The TM 40 connects quickly and easily to the D 3700M, D 3800M and C 5900M, allowing each microphone to be switched from wired to wireless. The TM 40 is compatible with AKG's WMS40 UHF receivers.

The list price of the AKG D 3700M is $195; the same model with a switch is $210. The list price of the AKG D 3800M is $252; the switched version is $266. The AKG C 5900M has a list price of $398. All TriPower models come with a two-year parts-and-labor warranty from AKG.

For more, visit AKG online at www.akgusa.com.

M-Audio Ships Transit USB
M-Audio has begun shipping the new Transit USB, a high-resolution mobile audio upgrade. Transit USB brings 24-bit/96kHz recording and playback to any USB-compatible computer. USB bus-powered design allows users to play and record virtually anywhere a laptop can go.

Transit USB's 1/8-inch stereo analog/optical digital input and TOSlink optical digital output allow for a variety of convenient functions, including recording from stereo mics and transferring audio between the computer and other digital devices such as MiniDisc and DAT. The digital output also provides AC3 and DTS passthrough from the computer to an external decoder such as a surround receiver. A 1/8-inch stereo output accommodates line-levels for a stereo receiver or powered monitors, as well as stereo headphones for mobile use. The package also includes drivers for Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP, Mac OS 9 and OS X, as well as a convenient male-3.5mm-to-female TOSlink adapter.

Transit USB is now shipping at an MSRP of $129.95. For more, visit www.m-audio.com.

Inter-M Announces New Amplifiers
Capable of accepting up to five inputs, the new A-120 (shown) and A-60 amplifiers from Inter-M Americas are designed for use in P.A. systems, are rated at 60 and 120 watts, respectively, and are operable at various output levels ranging from four ohms on up to 100V.

Both amplifiers offer three mic inputs and a pair of aux inputs. With the first mic channel given priority to override all other input, all microphone inputs feature high sensitivity (-60 dB) and balanced, 600-ohm impedance. Conversely, the aux inputs are unbalanced and post a sensitivity rated at -10 dB/10k ohms. Also featured, both bass and treble tone controls are provided on the front panel of both models. Now shipping, the A-120 has a SRP of $390, while the A-60 lists for $342.

For more, visit www.inter-m.net.

Pro Tools 6.1 Now Shipping
Digidesign's Pro Tools 6.1 software is now shipping and adds these new features:

Along with a new look for the Mix, Edit and Transport windows, Pro Tools 6.1 software brings to XP the DigiBase file-management utility, enhanced MIDI functionality (including high-resolution groove templates), additional Beat Detective features, new import session options, plug-in functionality enhancements, MachineControl option additions, a host of new enhancements to Pro Tools LE and much more.

Pro Tools 6.1 adds AVoption|XL support for record and playback of all Avid JFIF video resolutions from 35:1 up to 1:1 uncompressed on Windows XP- and Mac OS X-based Pro Tools|HD systems and Mac OS X-based Pro Tools|24 MIX systems. Users can exchange video projects with Avid workstations via Advanced Authoring Format (AAF). In addition, OMF video metadata is now displayed within the DigiBase browsers. The new DV Toolkit ($795) for Pro Tools is an optional cross-platform bundle that adds desktop post-production functionality to a user's Pro Tools LE system. Features include time code for Pro Tools LE, DigiTranslator 2.0 option for full AAF/OMF import/export, Digidesign's AudioSuite DINR noise reduction plug-in and Synchro Arts VocALign Project for dialog replacement.

Lastly, Pro Tools 6.1 now supports Propellerhead Software's ReWire technology. Interfacing via an RTAS plug-in for both TDM- and LE-based Pro Tools systems, ReWire provides real-time audio and MIDI streaming between applications supporting ReWire, with sample-accurate synchronization and common transport functionality.

For system requirements, visit www.digidesign.com.

Manhattan Center Studios Scores with Elliot Goldenthal
Oscar-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal recently used Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom to record the score for the upcoming Sony Pictures film, S.W.A.T., with a 92-piece orchestra.

Goldenthal and music producer Teese Gohl worked with a team of about 20 people, including seven Manhattan Center Studios' engineers and assistants.

The entire scoring process from pre-recording to mixing covered a span of 22 days and occupied two studios. For five days, engineer Joel Iwataki recorded the orchestra using two Pro Tools|HD systems in Studio 7, while Stephen McLaughlin created the 5.1 mix in Studio 4.

"It was good to have film scoring back in New York and at the Manhattan Center," said studio sales manager Richie Clarke.

For more information, visit www.mcstudios.com.

Edirol Now Shipping UA-1000
Now shipping, Edirol's UA-1000 is a multi-port, high-speed USB (USB 2.0) audio recording interface that delivers audio through 10 separate channels on a wide variety of connections, offering high-quality microphone preamps using premium analog components, including XLR/TRS combo jacks, hi-Z guitar, S/PDIF, 8-channel ADAT, MIDI and inserts for effect send/return.

The high-speed USB 2.0 supports 480Mbps transfer speed, allowing the UA-1000 to offer 10 In/10 Out, 24bit/96Khz full-duplex performance via hassle-free USB connection. Other features include 4x front-mounted XLR/TRS combo jacks with phantom power; ASIO 2.0 and WDM drivers; zero latency direct monitoring; and comes in a blue 1U metal rackmount case.

Visit www.edirol.com for more information.

Alpha-Core Offers Expanded Flat Magnet Wire Program
Alpha-Core Inc. (Bridgeport, Conn.) extends its Flat Magnet Wire range to include wire sizes from 30 AWG to 9 AWG (0.25 mm to 3.0 mm).

The Flat Magnet Wire program comes in five standard ratios of thickness to width: 1:2, 1:2.5, 1:3, 1:3.5 and 1:4. All sizes are available on two spool sizes, 10-pound spools that measure 6x4 inches height or 20-pound spools that measure 6x8 inches; 20AWG and heavier wire gauges are also supplied on 80-pound spools with dimensions 12x8 inches.

Along with extending the range of wire sizes, the new FLEX SYSTEM allows customers to select the required cross sectional area in square mm or square mils, or in terms of wire resistance—ohms/1,000 feet or ohms/kilometer—plus the desired target width or thickness. The FLEX SYSTEM is offered at no additional cost.

The wire is produced from standard round pre-insulated magnet wire that is flattened using special equipment developed in-house with patents pending for the process. The process involves a single-step deformation of the round wire between mirror polished work surfaces. Because of only negligible stretching of the wire, the cross-sectional area is the same before and after the process. Therefore, the insulation is stressed only in one direction, and the resistance and wire gauge remain largely unchanged. Two types of insulation of the wire are available from stock.

For more information, visit www.alphacore.com.

AKG Introduces New Studio Headphones
AKG Acoustics' new K 171 and K 271studio headphones incorporate the company's Varimotion XXL transducers to deliver pristine sonic definition, wide frequency response and lifelike dynamics; the K 171 and K 271 recently began shipping.

Pictured, the K 171 Studio ($199 list) combines the acoustic isolation of a closed-back design with the lightweight and comfort of supra-aural headphones. It has a frequency range of 18 to 26,000 Hz and weighs only 7.1 ounces without a cable. The K 171 Studio has a detachable 10-foot input cable with a screw-on gold-plated mini to 1/4-inch jack. Its low impedance and high sensitivity provides 10 to 12 dB more output than the "classic" AKG 141 Monitor.

The K 271 Studio ($249 list) combines the benefits of AKG's circumaural "around-the-ear" design for extreme comfort with a closed-back design for maximum isolation from ambient noise. The addition of a switch in the headband mutes audio as soon as the headphones are taken off. The K 271 Studio has a frequency range of 16 to 28,000 Hz and weighs 8.5 ounces without a cable. Its detachable cable is 10 feet in length, and the screw-on adapter has a gold-plated mini to 1/4-inch jack.

Both models feature advanced ergonomic design, AKG's patented gimbal ear cup suspension and leatherette headbands to conform to the size and shape of the user's head.

For more, visit www.akgusa.com.

M-Audio Acquires Evolution Electronics
M-Audio has acquired Evolution Electronics Ltd., a UK-based manufacturer of USB MIDI keyboards and controllers; the acquisition includes all Evolution products, software and intellectual property rights, along with all other assets and liabilities of the company in exchange for an undisclosed sum.

According to Tim Ryan, CEO of M-Audio, "We are very excited about bringing M-Audio and Evolution capabilities together. It is clear to us that this joining of forces will make a sum greater than the parts."

"We're honored to join the M-Audio family," said Evolution founder Richard Watts, "and are looking forward to extending our reach and vision to a new level." Watts, who built the company during the past 20 years, will continue to be involved within the enlarged group. Niels Larsen is now acting as general manager of Evolution.

For more, visit M-Audio at www.m-audio.com.

Metallica's Latest Album Used SNS A/V SAN
Metallica's digital audio engineer Mike Gillies, who has been using the A/V SAN for about three years, described what he believes to be "a first" in the recording process: "For the St. Anger [Metallica's latest album] sessions, not one bandmember showed up to the studio with a single riff or lyric written. They would jam out for hours, sometimes for eight- to nine-hour sessions, and anytime anyone had an instrument in their hands, I recorded it. Then we went through and found the little bits that we liked, looped them and that's how the songs were written. This just isn't the way records are made, and there is no way this could be done before the Fibre Channel technology of the A/V SAN."

The A/V SAN system uses the Fibre Channel communications protocol to achieve extremely high transfer rates and is capable of eliminating almost all hard drive and I/O-related PCI bus errors.

"This will give an idea of how much data we're talking about," Gillies continued. "Just the cross-fades alone on some sessions were 12 to 13 Gigabytes, and all told, we totaled over 2.5 Terabytes and more than 1 million files. I never lost a single bit of data, no drive ever went down and I never had one DAE error. We even found the finite end of Pro Tools, which stopped at about 13 hours on a 44.1kHz, 24-bit session. One of the most powerful pieces of recording software quit before the A/V SAN."

Gillies, who has been working with Metallica since their 1996 album Load, not only ended up with songs that had an incredible amount of edits across every track, but he also accrued every bit of a year's worth of recording, all sitting on the same edit template as the final mix. The A/V SAN is currently out on the band's Summer Sanitarium tour. "I find that most pieces of gear that are so high-tech and efficient tend to be a bit finicky and delicate," Gillies continued. "But not the SNS drive, and I have really abused it. The A/V SAN is out in the summer heat, right next to flashpots and other pyrotechnics on top of a shaky, rattling stage. Combine that with dust, smoke and the rigors of traveling from city to city, and I'm really astounded that I've never had so much as a hiccup out of it."

According to Gillies, the unit is out on tour so that he could quickly turn over live tracks to radio stations that wanted cuts from the festival shows. As opposed to renting several expensive 8-track tape machines that require synching and archiving large amounts of tape, Gillies could run 48 tracks directly into the A/V SAN, where he can quickly recall a given song and prepare it for radio airplay.

"This had to be 100 percent reliable," he continued. "You simply can't have a hard drive drop in a live recording situation. You can't have the band play anything again live, so your system has to be able to handle long, 48-track programs, which I knew the A/V SAN could."

For more, visit www.studionetworksolutions.com.

Howard P. House, 1908-2003
Howard Payne House, M.D., founder of the House Ear Institute (HEI) and pioneering ear specialist, died from heart failure at St. Vincent Medical Center; he was 95 years old. House established HEI in 1946 as a research facility dedicated to the advancement of hearing research and practiced otology at the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles. During his 64-year medical career, House treated thousands of patients, including some of Hollywood's brightest stars including Howard Hughes, Bob and Dolores Hope, Nanette Fabray, Phyllis Diller, Florence Henderson and former President Ronald Reagan.

"It is an overwhelming loss for many who found in him a mentor to guide them in their clinical and applied research," said James D. Boswell, CEO of the House Ear Institute. "By establishing an international ear research and education center, Howard provided thousands of ear specialists around the world with the opportunity to attend unique surgical courses and benefit from the Institute's research achievements."

"Dr. Howard House is an outstanding example of what has made America great," read a tribute written by former President Ronald Reagan. "Our country is so full of wonderful men and women who, like him, through diligent effort and creative drive, have made a tremendous difference in our world and brought to pass amazing scientific discoveries that have helped countless people everywhere."

A graduate of University of Southern California Medical School, House perfected the wire loop technique to replace the stapes bone of the middle ear and developed procedures to reconstruct middle ear parts. Under his leadership, HEI was the first to adapt movie cameras and accessories for use with a surgical microscope to create professional, medical training films. In 1947, he was appointed chairman of the Subcommittee on Noise and directed the national study on industrial noise that set the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) hearing-conservation standards in use today. House was head of the Department of Otolaryngology at University of Southern California School of Medicine from 1952 to 1961 and served on the faculty as clinical professor of otology.

House is survived by his sons, Kenneth M. House, M.D.; John W. House, M.D.; daughter Carolyn Helmuth; brothers William F. House, M.D. (pioneer of neurotology and the cochlear implant) and James House, D.D.S.; and nine grandchildren. A memorial service for House is planned, but no details are available at this time. Memorials may be made to further the research and education that was House's work. Contributions can be made to the Howard P. House, M.D., Endowment Fund at the House Ear Institute, Development Office, 2100 West Third St., Fifth Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90057-1922.

For more, visit www.hei.org.

Chase Productions Remasters Roy Orbison
To present Roy Orbison's vintage performances in 5.1 multichannel stereo, Cass Paley, producer/project coordinator for Barbara Orbison Productions, selected Burbank-based Chace Productions to create the new DVD release, Roy Orbison'Greatest Hits. Chace is well known for its feature film sound restoration work and its proprietary, Chace Digital Stereo (CDS) process, which converts mono or stereo into 5.1 or 6.1 multichannel sound.

"Time was a critical factor for the Orbison project because we didn't have a lot of it," recalls Paley. "But from the start, both Barbara and I were determined to present fans of Roy's music with an intimate experience that also maximized the capabilities of multichannel stereo and the DVD format. The restoration, remastering and mixing capabilities of Chace Productions, combined with the dedication of its staff to meet the deadline, gave me complete confidence. Once the project began, the meticulous attention to detail and philosophy of staying true to the original artistic vision of Orbison's music became quickly apparent."

While the DVD features some of Orbison's earliest broadcast and live performances, the anthology boasts superb 5.1 mixes from the recently released Austin City Limits and Black and White Nights DVDs, which were engineered by Elliot Scheiner. The premium fidelity of these tracks posed a serious challenge to the Chace restoration/remastering team. During the initial selection and audio evaluation phase of the project, Chace senior restoration engineer James Young helped establish the sonic road map and restoration aesthetic. According to Young, "The sources for this project varied widely in format: from mono to 5.1, in concert location and in time, spanning several decades of recording technology. Each performance is unique in the combination of musicians, the style of the mix and overall fidelity. The goal for this DVD presentation was to retain the charm of the original performances and enhance the sonic presentation for a contemporary listening experience."

Paley had the challenging task of determining which broadcasts to excerpt. Consideration had to be given to both the visual content and the underlying audio. One-inch C videotapes from live appearances recorded in Sweden, Australia and the U.S. were auditioned. In several instances, multiple versions of a song were selected for initial restoration work to determine what would be included in the final mix. Chace restoration/mastering engineer Noa Lazerus used Cube-Tec's Audio Cube 5 (AC-5) to perform the meticulous restoration. According to Lazerus, "The version of 'Blue Bayou' that was selected was from a concert in Australia that was almost unusable because of a multiharmonic amplifier hum that changed frequency as Roy moved around the stage. At some points, this hum was actually as loud as Orbison's band. I was able to conform the Audio Cube's de-buzz processors and repair filters to remove nearly all of the hum though remnants that can still be heard in the quiet sections."

While the restoration/remastering work was in progress for the music, CDS programmer David Hunter was busy designing the 5.1 sound design for the mono and stereo sources. Because discrete stems were not available for the vintage material, Hunter designed CDS cues to unlock the inherent reflections that are recorded into mono tracks. The result is a 5.1 CDS presentation that captures a wide variety of performance environments and puts the viewer at the concerts.

The final element for the DVD was an edited interview with Roy Orbison, recorded on location. Chace restoration engineer Blake Teuscher processed these sections using NoNoise to reduce noisy backgrounds and extraneous sounds. The final mix was performed by Chace mixer Greg Faust, Lazerus and Hunter in Chace's THX pm3-certified Mix 1.

For more, visit www.chace.com.

Videosonics Installs Third Neve DFC
London-based film and post-production facility Videosonics has installed its third DFC console, bringing the all-AMS Neve-equipped facility to a total of 20 systems made up of a combination of AMS Neve digital mixing consoles and AudioFile SC hard disk editors.

With more than 17 years of relying on AMS Neve equipment, managing director Dennis Weinrich, commented, "As the leading film mixing console in the world, the DFC is the perfect tool for supporting our mission to provide our clients with the very best. This is our third DFC and it is still the best mixing platform there is. The DFC really is the film standard that everyone seeks to emulate; the DFC features are unbeatable. Now and again, our mixers get sent off to mix on other consoles, but when they do, they can't wait to get back to the DFCs at Videosonics.

"The features on the DFC guarantee endless new creative opportunities for our engineers and therefore our clients," he continued. "And by using the film mixing standard, we are assured automation compatibility with international film facilities, opening up possibilities for sharing work with facilities all over the world. "

After the installation, the DFC was up-and-running, completing the international versions of the French/American production Deadline Beirut. Following this, Videosonics will resume mixing Foyle's War, which was originally started on a Logic 2 and will now be transferred to the DFC.

For more, visit www.ams-neve.com.

Fits & Starts to Begin Fifth Season of Surround Seminars
Fits & Starts Productions has announced the start of its fifth season of nationwide audio seminars, with six regional tours visiting a total of 36 cities. Starting this September, the seminars will demonstrate multichannel surround audio techniques and equipment.

Once again featuring Mike Sokol, this new tour series will provide all levels of audio personnel a chance to dig into multichannel surround audio, especially the encoding processes of DTS and SRS Circle Surround.

Stay tuned to www.ModernRecording.com/seminars/index.shtml for more info on locations, dates and times.

Studio Owner Expands Into Restaurant, Bar Business
Tiny Lights Recording Studio owner Michael Momm, a producer, composer, remixer and DJ who lists MTV Networks, Motown Records and HBO Pictures among his clients, is diversifying into the restaurant and bar business. Momm's Loreley Restaurant, Rheinkeller Lounge and outdoor Biergarten (beer garden) in lower Manhattan is planned to open during Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 4, 2003, one week prior to the 115th AES Convention in New York.

The Loreley Restaurant and Rheinkeller Lounge is located at 7 Rivington St., off Bowery between E. Houston and Delancey Street, just east of SoHo and Little Italy.

Momm established his Tiny Lights multiroom studio operation in Hollywood in 1991, relocating to the SoHo area of Manhattan and constructing an all-digital facility in 1996. Specializing in scoring for film and TV, composition, record production, remixing and editing, Momm's major-label clients include Interscope, Epic, Capitol, MCA-Universal and Atlantic. Operating under the name Foosh, he is also an established DJ with an extensive entertainment industry client list, including Suzanne Vega, Bette Midler, Laurence Fishburne and wife Gina Torres, and choreographer Jane Comfort and Company.

Find out more about the Loreley Restaurant/Rheinkeller Lounge at www.biergartenamerica.com. Visit Tiny Lights Inc. online at www.tinylights.com.

AES L.A. Section Next Meet to Focus on All-Digital Consoles
The AES L.A. Section's August 26 meeting will focus on the genesis and evolution of the heart of the all-digital assignable consoles: the digital processing core that runs the application-specific algorithms and control software to provide the myriad mixing, processing and signal-manipulation functions that define a full-feature recording, broadcast or post-production mixer.

Martin Kloiber, VP of technology at Euphonix, will provide a technical overview of the key parameters involved in digital console designs, and determine the key operational functions that we can expect from large-format offerings. Co-presenter Conrad Cooke, Euphonix DSP architect, will provide an in-depth overview of the technical nature of SHARC DSP engines. The presentation will address: use of dedicated DSP engines in digital mixing consoles, with special reference to Analog Devices' SHARC processor; a proprietary Open Communication Protocol between DSP engine and console surface; and development of a hybrid digital audio system comprising console surface, DSP engine and DAW.

Following the presentation will be a Q&A session. The meeting will be held at the Sportsmen's Lodge, 12825 Ventura Blvd. at Coldwater Canyon in Studio City. The social begins at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:00 p.m. and the meeting to begin at 8:00 p.m. Dinner cost is $20 or $15 if you make a reservation at least 48 hours in advance with section treasurer, Kahne L. Krause, at Kahne.L.Krause@disney.com or 818/754-4753.

AIRR Launches New Line of Mic Stands
AiRR Support, a new division of Network Pro Marketing based in Corona, Calif., introduced a new line of large professional-grade boom microphone stands.

The AiRR mic stand includes several new features. A traditional three-wheel tripod base make it ideal for studio use (including recording applications such as drums, background vocals, string sections, brass sections, orchestral recording, lead vocal recording and location recording, as well as variety of broadcast applications), but the wheels are removable allowing adaptability for any location recording, indoors or outdoors. In addition, telescopic adjustable locking legs can conform to any uneven surface, with sturdy rubber feet fitted to each for additional stability.

To ensure additional sturdiness, each AiRR stand includes a sandbag to add extra weight to the center of gravity of the tripod. It also features fast locking and unlocking of the boom angle. Also, a metal crank allows for quick and accurate height adjustments.

The AiRR mic stand comes in three different model sizes: the AiRR 100, AiRR 200 and the AiRR 300, available in boom configurations. The AiRR 100 is a large boom stand with a 5-foot base and 7.5-foot-long boom arm, measuring 12.5 feet fully extended. The AiRR 200 is a larger boom stand with a 6-foot base and 8-foot-long boom arm, measuring 13 feet fully extended. The AiRR 300 is the largest boom stand offered, with a 6-foot base and an 8-foot-long boom arm, measuring 14 feet fully extended.

MSRPs: AiRR 100, $335; AiRR 200, $395; AiRR 300, $449.

For further information, visit www.networkpromktg.com.

Martin Audio Announces Management Buyout
The directors of Martin Audio and TC Group announce that on August 13, 2003, the management team of Martin Audio purchased the company from the TC Group. The management buyout was supported by ISIS Equity Partners plc and The Royal Bank of Scotland.

David Bissett-Powell, managing director of Martin Audio, stated: "The management of Martin Audio has long aspired to independence and are pleased that under the TC Group, we have had the opportunity to attain this goal. Having established strong links within the group, we will continue to work closely with Lab Gruppen and other group companies and expect new co-operation with TC Applied Technologies regarding digital power, processing and networking."

The CEO of TC Group, Anders Fauerskov, said, "Since the acquisition of TGI plc by TC Martin Audio has been a well-managed and strong performer, we wish the management all the best in the future. We expect the TC Group and Martin Audio will continue working closely together on products and technologies."

Following the transaction, TC Group will consist of Tannoy, Lab Gruppen, Goodmans Loudspeakers, TC Electronic, TC Works, TC Applied Technologies and TC Helicon.

For more, visit Martin Audio online at www.martin-audio.com.

Ashly Protea Series, VCM-88 Now AMX NetLinx-Compatible
Ashly Audio's Protea Series digital processors and the VCM-88 are now AMX NetLinx-compatible. NetLinx modules for the 4.24C digital crossover/ EQ/system processor; 4.24D distribution system processor; 4.24G, 4.24GS and 2.24GS graphic EQ/system processor; 4.24PS and 2.24PS parametric EQ/system processor; and the VCM-88 VCA matrixing level controller are now available for download from the AMX Website, www.amx.com.

Jim Stachowski, director of marketing for Ashly Audio, stated, "Our dealers, integrators and installers demanded our products to be AMX-controllable and we responded to their needs. By making our digital processors part of the Inconcert Program, our customers can now benefit from the ease of use and time-saving features made available from AMX with one-touch control automation."

RS232 is used as the control method for operating the processors. Functions controlled for all Protea products include preset/scene recall, all level controls and muting. VCM-88 functions controlled include individual level control of channels 1 through 8, master level and muting. The system installer simply uploads the code block into the AMX NetLinx controller for one-touch A/V control automation.

For more, visit Ashly Audio online at www.ashly.com.

Sony DMX-R100 Surpasses 2,000-Unit Mark
Sony Electronics announced that its DMX-R100 digital mixing console has surpassed the 2,000-units sold worldwide mark since its introduction in October 2000.

"The DMX-R100 has opened a whole new world of sound and flexibility," said Peter Moshay, owner of A-Pawling Studio, located just outside of New York City. The Grammy-nominated producer, mixer and engineer has worked on more than 60 projects with the digital mixer, including numerous Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum albums for such recording artists as Hall & Oates, Mariah Carey, Fishbone and Greg Brown. Moshay says that the Sony digital mixer allows him to achieve an incredible intimacy with his client's material. "The functionality is a stand-out, but the sound is what really sold me," Moshay said. "It is a pleasure to work with this console on a daily basis."

Broadcasters are also adopting the DMX-R100 as a production platform; more than 75 units shipped this spring. For example, the Sinclair Broadcast Group recently decided to standardize with the DMX-R100 for its NewsCentral corporate news production initiative. "The NewsCentral project is an aggressive, crucial, high-profile initiative," said Norman Stein, Sinclair's director of operations. "The DMX-R100 was selected because of its ease of operation and simplicity of integration in the news production environment." Ten units will soon be in service in the initial NewsCentral build-out, distributed throughout the company's 62 stations in 39 markets, according to Stein.

"Our DMX-R100 digital mixer has enjoyed critical success from the start because of its full range of features and superb sonic performance," said Paul Foschino, senior national marketing manager for professional audio at Sony Electronics. "The proof of its excellence is the way it is being embraced across the board. Combined with our ongoing development based on feedback from the field, we've surpassed our goal of creating an essential tool for achieving excellence in almost any production application." Recent additions to the DMX-R100 include the MADI option board, the SIU-100 System Interface Unit and the release of Version 2.22 software.

For more, visit Sony Pro Audio online at www.sony.com/proaudio.

Harcourt Drops in at the Village
While on his solo tour of the U.S., Ed Harcourt recently dropped in at The Village and sang several of his indie-pop-tinged tunes to his own piano accompaniment for a live broadcast of Los Angeles radio station KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic program. The Village session was engineered by Jason Wormer and assisted by Greg Imler.

Also in at The Village doing a gig for Morning Becomes Eclectic, Grandaddy performed in support of their brand-new release on V2, entitled Sumday; this session was engineered by Village veteran Jason Wormer and assisted by Andy Brohard.

For more session news from The Village, visit www.villagestudios.com.

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