Mix News for December

Dec 16, 2003 12:00 PM, By Sarah Benzuly

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Canadian Theater Installs InnovaSon Console
The Centre in the Square (Kitchener, Ontario) has installed an InnovaSon Sy80 digital live mixing console in its Raffi Armenian Theatre. The first of its type to be installed in Canada, the Sy80 console will be used to mix a wide variety of performances.

The console was selected to replace a vintage analog console at the theater for a combination of reasons, as chief engineer Bob Luffman explained: "The space occupied by the console is in the midst of the seating, which is at a premium. The Sy80 has a much smaller footprint and for many events has freed up a number of seats for paying customers. The physical compactness is also important, as I need access to console functions without a lot of physical movement that might distract patrons around me. We regularly put on shows with a rock band backed by an orchestra and need the full 80 inputs. The auditorium's sound system is designed for zone coverage, which requires a console with a large matrix output capability. Also, the versatility of the console is important to us because we do so many different forms of entertainment.

"The learning curve was very quick and the digital console can do so many more things than an analog console," he continued. "'Expanded Faders' is a fantastic design implementation. For large shows, the whole mic layout is within my immediate reach. Things like 'Copy/Paste1 'OverRAM' and working offline are other great features that save a lot of time. A lot of the local shows we do have the same basic setups from year to year, so the time saved in being able to recall shows is invaluable. By setting up templates to cover many different situations, it is very quick and easy to organize an event."

The Sy80 was installed by Sennheiser Canada, which already sold more than 20 InnovaSon digital consoles in the country. "We are very excited about the prospects for the Sy80," reported Marc Vincent, VP sales and marketing for Sennheiser Canada. "Four years' worth of market feedback has been incorporated into the new console, but what's so great is that the Sy80 retains the simplicity and ease of use of the earlier consoles despite the increased feature set. We are at the dawn of the digital console revolution in live sound but things are really starting to accelerate now and the Sy80 is set to do extremely well."

The theater/auditorium is home to the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, whose 52-member orchestra presents 70 concerts each season. All 2,047 seats enjoy clear unobstructed views of the stage and the acoustics can be adjusted according to the type of production being staged. The theater is designed to handle Wagner's Ring Cycle (140-piece orchestra plus chorus) and a variety of other events from rock to Broadway shows to one-man stand-up shows. Recent shows include a Saturday Night Fever musical, David Copperfield's magic act and an evening with Eric Idle of Monty Python.

For more information, visit InnovaSon's distributor, Sennheiser, at www.sennheiserusa.com.

Stardraw.com Launches New Website
Software providers Stardraw.com launched its brand-new Website, www.stardraw.com, which boasts a re-worked navigational structure, back-end enhancements and new capabilities and scalability to the many new Web services that are part of Stardraw.com's ongoing strategy.

CEO David Snipp outlined the key back-end improvements: "Stardraw.com is a highly complex site that delivers huge amounts of information to thousands of people every day, so efficiency and reliability are top priorities for us. To this end, we have made a significant investment in new hardware to run the site and established new racks of dedicated servers in both Seattle and London offering replicated services. For the end-user, this means 24/7 uptime and optimized global access times. We have also implemented SQL Server 2000 databases across multiple dedicated machines to support Stardraw applications. This has huge strategic implications, but for right now, it means faster data access, scalability, faster data transmission over increased bandwidth and improved fault tolerance. We've also improved the LiveUpdate process whereby users of our shrink-wrapped applications install all-new monthly program updates. In this enhancement, new compression techniques mean faster download and installation. We've also enhanced fault-tolerance offering improved error handling and also greater portability with improved platform support and browser independence."

Cerwin-Vega! Opens China Office
Cerwin-Vega! has opened an office in the Dongguan, Guangdon region of China. Headed by industry veteran Jason Echols, the new office will serve as the Asian component of the new Cerwin-Vega! infrastructure being built.

By opening a regional office, Cerwin-Vega! can assess local manufacturing capabilities, place quality control staff at all of its vendors to ensure that quality standards are met, optimize logistics processes so that product reaches the U.S. headquarters and international customers in a timely and cost-effective manner possible and provide an Asian base of operations to implement a regional sales and marketing strategy.

For more information, visit www.cerwin-vega.com.

WCPO Cincinnati Orders Second Euphonix System 5
WCPO-TV9 in Cincinnati, Ohio, an ABC affiliate station, has purchased its second Euphonix System 5-B digital broadcast console in less than two years.

Joe Martinelli, director of engineering, said, "We have always been very impressed with the 32-fader System 5-B that we purchased nearly two years ago. After doing a comprehensive review of the consoles that were on the market, the System 5-B stayed at the top of our list. We've really appreciated how dependable our first System 5-B has been and the customer support that we've received with it. In addition, the console is very easy to use: Switching operators is not a challenge."

The newly purchased 24-fader System 5-B will be used in the television's production studio B for broadcasting programs such as Sports of all Sorts, Around the House and Hot Seat.

For more information, visit Euphonix at www.euphonix.com.

TerraSonde Launches New Interactive Website
TerraSonde's new corporate Website, www.terrasonde.com, features drop-down menus, an interactive user support forum, news and information, online product registration, online unlock code request form and an expanded section on the Institute for Audio Excellence (TerraSonde and Auralex's virtual audio training facility).

"We want to provide prospective users and current end-users a wealth of information about our Toolboxes, but also general audio and acoustics as well. Our plans are to continue to develop our Website into a robust audio-focused information portal," said Patrick O'Neal, director of marketing and sales at TerraSonde.

Mississippi World Trade Center Honors Hartley Peavey
The Mississippi World Trade Center honored Hartley Peavey, founder and CEO of Peavey Electronics Corporation, with its Guy Tozzoli "Peace Through Trade" Distinguished Leadership Award at its annual meeting in Jackson, Miss.

"This award has a special meaning," said Liles Williams, former Mississippi World Trade Center president and current Board treasurer. "It was created to honor a company or leader who best demonstrates the goals of the World Trade Center: promoting peace and stability through international commerce. Hartley Peavey keeps raising the bar for international companies, and he is a constant role model for Mississippi entrepreneurs."

"I appreciate this recognition," said Peavey, "but I only started this company. All of this certainly was not just my doing, so on behalf on everyone at Peavey Electronics, I thank you for this award. When I started this company 38 years ago, people said, 'Hartley, you're crazy.' Maybe they were right. If someone told me we would be putting audio systems in Heathrow Airport's new terminal in London or in the Sydney Opera House, I would've thought they were crazy, too, but that's exactly what we've done."

Peavey and keynote speaker James Bagley, chairman and CEO of Lam Research Corporation, also addressed specific problems facing Mississippi and the United States, including the growing trade deficit with overseas nations and the exporting of American manufacturing jobs. "The challenge has been significant in the past, but it will be even greater in the future," said Peavey. "Today, our competitors are China and Indonesia. We're not just competing with companies, but with countries. It's a battle we can win. There's an old song that goes, 'You can make it if you try.' Peavey Electronics is an example of the truth of those words."

For more, visit www.peavey.com.

Final Winners Announced for BLUE Silly Songwriting Contest
Dr. Demento has chosen the top three winners of BLUE Microphones' Silly Summer Songfest.

Winning first price was Tex Brasher from Silver City, N.M., with his "Wanda the Dancing Cook." Brashear won a BLUE Baby Bottle microphone with pop and shockmount and a Blueberry mic cable. Stephanie Szostek from Westminster, Colo., took home second price for her "Pizza of Love." She received a BLUE Ball mic and Blueberry mic cable. Winning third price for his "One Blue-Eyed Diner," Kent Ippolito from Fredericksburg, Virg., received three BLUE Blueberry mic cables.

BLUE announced that it will be posting online downloads of the Top 10 finalists' works, as well as limited-edition CDs available from BLUE retailers.

For more information, visit www.bluemic.com.

Lexicon Pro Ships Omega Desktop Recording Studio
Lexicon Pro, a Harman International company, announced that it is shipping its Omega Desktop Recording Studio. Omega Studio is an integrated computer recording system that includes the Omega 8x4x2 USB I/O mixer, ProTracks Plus!" 32-track recording software, BIAS Deck SE and Lexicon's reverb plug-in Pantheon.

The Omega 8x4x2 USB I/O mixer is based on a mixer paradigm and includes input, output and mixing functions that support a variety of tracking/monitoring applications while requiring no additional mixing hardware. The Omega I/O mixer provides eight inputs that are assignable in pairs to any of four simultaneous record channels featuring ultratransparent, high-resolution analog-to-digital converters. Two of the inputs feature extremely low-noise dbx mic preamps with 48-volt phantom power and TRS insert points. Four TRS active balanced line inputs accept up to +22dBu signals to allow interfacing to either unbalanced or professional high-output level balanced equipment. Included is an S/PDIF input combined with an additional DAC for zero latency, and direct monitoring of the S/PDIF source to allow simultaneous tracking of analog and digital sources. A high-impedance instrument input is accessible on the front panel.

The Omega I/O mixer provides a peak indicator for each analog input and an assignable bargraph meter for signal level monitoring. By monitoring the signal at the A/D converters, it avoids the problems with software-only level monitoring that can miss clipping. The Omega I/O mixer also includes a fully opto-isolated MIDI input to ensure that there is no annoying ground loop hum or MIDI talk-through noise. MIDI output syncs to USB frame rate.

ProTracks Plus is a 32-track recording suite that includes all the modules to track, edit, process, sequence and mix. It also includes nonlinear editing, plug-in support and acidized looping features, as well as a full-featured MIDI sequencer with event editing, automation features and soft synth support.

Omega Studio (street price: $349.99) is now available.

For more information, visit www.lexiconpro.com.

Steinberg Neundo Helps Out on Fuel Album
Post-grunge rockers Fuel have just released their latest CD, Natural Selection, and relied on Steinberg's Nuendo as a hard disk recorder for overdubs, as well as for all editing, comping and submixing.

"Pretty much every song had at least 100 tracks, all recorded at 24-bit/96k resolution," said editor Fred Maher. "Nuendo was unquestionably the only DAW out there that could handle a project like this, and it ran flawlessly from start to finish." Producer Michael Beinhorn concurred: "It's the most flexible DAW system I've encountered for doing digital recording and editing.

"For a DAW-based system, Nuendo's audio engine seems to be the best that I've heard; it's really outstanding," continued Beinhorn. "Michael and [engineer] Frank [Filipetti] are famous for being extremely picky about sound quality," added Maher, "and about the effect of editing and processing on their tracks. When they were first auditioning Nuendo during the making of Korn's Untouchables CD, as a test they had me take some multitrack files and do random editing—just cut them to ribbons—then piece them back together again using crossfades.

"Crossfading is something that different DAWs handle in different ways," Maher continued, "but the way that Nuendo does it is superior. The drums on the Fuel album, for example, occupied at least 20 tracks, with both close mics and multiple pairs of room mics: close room mics, far room mics, pairs of overheads, pairs of mics behind the drummer. It was something that could have been a phase nightmare if everything wasn't handled totally coherently by the editing process. When I finished the test edits, we did extensive A/B blind listening of both the edited files and the original source tracks, and we could not tell the difference at all pre- and post-editing. That was my moment of truth regarding the sound quality of Nuendo."

For more information on Nuendo, visit www.steinberg.net.

Griffin Church Receives New Sound System
Recently, Griffin First Assembly of God moved into a new facility located near the Atlanta airport. Television Production Service (TPS), a local professional lighting company, implemented lighting systems for the new church, while members of Griffin's technical ministry installed the video systems. dB Acoustics & Sound Inc. (Gainesville, Ga.) oversaw acoustics and the design and installation of the new audio systems.

dB Acoustics & Sound's president Mike Hedden specified an exploded mono loudspeaker design. The center cluster is comprises four SPL-td1s by Sound Physics Labs supplemented by two SPL-td1 subwoofers. The left and right cluster each feature an SPL-trik loudspeaker covering the extreme edges of the seating area, and an SPL B-DEAP subwoofer for the low end. "The SPL B-DEAP subwoofers are truly amazing!" Hedden said. "I am not aware of any other subwoofer system that can supply 118 dB at 30 Hz uniformly across a room that seats over 3,000 people—with only two cabinets!"

Hedden, who has dubbed Griffin First Assembly of God the "biggest room on the south side of Atlanta," is relying on SPL loudspeakers on an increasing basis. "The ratio between performance and the amount of signal processing is unparalleled, and the arrayability is off the scale," he said, noting that the speakers are designed with room aesthetics in mind. "I want to have similar frequency response throughout the auditorium, and still for the amount of horsepower they put out, they are extremely unobtrusive. Griffin's space is a very performance-oriented room with black ceilings and catwalks, but we still didn't want to forget about the aesthetics. These speakers just disappear."

Additional equipment included two Yamaha 01V96 audio consoles linked together at front of house. Monitoring is achieved through Aviom personal monitoring systems.

For more information, visit dB Acoustics at www.dbasi.com or Sound Physics Labs at www.soundphysics.com.

Future Sonics Reduces Price on EM3
Future Sonics has lowered the price on its universal-fit Future Sonics Ears!" model EM3 from $198 MSRP to $159 MSRP. If purchased before January 30, 2004, the price is $99 when bought through the Future Sonics Online Store at www.futuresonics.com.

Future Sonics has also extended the "Dare to Compare" program, where if a user purchases a set of Future Sonics Ears model EM3 and performs a own side-by-side comparison with other brands, if the EM3 does not outperform, then the company will take them back within 30 days of original purchase date. (This offer is subject to a 15-percent restocking fee.)

Moog Calendar Marks 50 Years of Innovation
Moog Music announces its 2004 calendar, which celebrates 50 years of music technology.

The full color, 12x12-inch hanging wall calendar features 12 months of current and vintage Moog photos, chronicling 50 years of the man and his instruments. It is available from www.moogmusic.com.

DMT Rentals Supplies Gear for 'Peter Pan' Sessions
DMT Rentals supplied an array of high-precision converters to scoring engineer Shawn Murphyfor use during the recording of James Newton Howard's score to Peter Pan, which is scheduled for release within the U.S. this coming Christmas.

Equipment rented from DMT for the project included 32 channels of Pacific Microsonics Model Two 192kHz AD/DA converters; 64 channels of Genex GXA8 and GXD8 192kHz converters, and 24 channels of dB Technologies M.AD824 and M.DA824 96kHz converters.

For more information, visit DMT Rentals online at www.dmtrentals.com.

Sennheiser Mics Used at CMA Awards
At the 37th Annual CMA Awards, held November 5, 2003, at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, all but two of the vocal microphones featured in 21 live performances were Sennheiser's, as were all of the wireless lavalier mics. Among those performing at the show were Alison Krause, Patty Loveless, Martina McBride, George Strait and Darrel Worley, all of whom were mixed through an ATI Paragon PII Production console.

"There were 14 Sennheisers," said production mixer Pat Baltzell, whose Sherman Oaks, Calif.-based Baltzell Audio has also been involved with the annual Academy Awards broadcast for many years and such televised events as the opening and closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympic Games in 2002. "This is the only music award show that I've seen where the majority of the wireless microphones were one brand. And we ended up using all of them."

Sennheiser 5000 Series wireless handheld vocal microphones and Neumann KK 105-S capsules for the telecast were supplied by Kevin Sanford's Wireless First. Jeff Drigette, based out of the company's Boston office, was on hand to set up and maintain the RF systems, which included Sennheiser EM 3032 receivers and MKE 2 lavalier microphones and SK 5012 miniature beltpacks. Head broadcast mixer Mark Repp specified the Sennheisers for the show.

The three-hour music awards show, telecast live on CBS, was the first outing for the custom-manufactured, 64-input ATI Paragon II. The mixing console was commissioned by Gaylord Entertainment Center, owner and operator of the venue, to replace an 11-year-old ATI P40 desk.

"I told them that I would like to have the new console that was scheduled to be put in place in time for the CMAs," said Baltzell, who was the sound designer of the installed loudspeaker system in the hall. "So they went ahead and expedited the shipping and installation. It performed just fine and the EQ worked great. I was basically doing the live-to-track performances. I also did all the production mixing, all the dialog—such as the awards, the podiums, the lavs, the videotape inserts—all the housekeeping stuff of an awards show."

For more information on Sennheiser's mics, visit www.sennheiserusa.com. For more information on the board, visit www.audiotoys.com.

TerraTec Producer Now Shipping SINE SLM Series
TerraTec Producer is now shipping the SINE line's second offering: a trio of stereo line mixers. Housed in compact enclosures, the three new rack mixers cater to keyboardists seeking to premix their instruments onstage, guitarists who want to mix their effectors and recordists looking for an ancillary mixer to lighten their main mixing console's load.

The19-inch mixers offer a signal-to-noise ratio of >97 dB and frequency response ranging from 20 to 20k Hz, ensuring incoming signals are routed through with no signal loss. The SLM 82 sports eight input channels (or four stereo pairs), a master volume control and a balance knob for each channel's pair of inputs. In addition, the SLE 82 offers an effects loop with a stereo return whose level may be adjusted for each channel using a rotary knob. The SINE SLM 162 offers eight stereo channels with a total of 16 inputs and two outputs.

Now available, the mixers have an MSRP of $129 (SINE SLM 82), $159 (SINE SLE 82) and $189 (SINE SLM 162).

For more, visit TerraTec Producer online at www.terratec.com.


New DVD Production, Post House Opens
Cloud Nineteen (West Los Angeles) is a new full-service DVD production and post-production studio that specializes in four primary service areas: DVD design and authoring, motion graphics and compositing, sound design and music composition, and editing and finishing. In addition, the company will also offer DVD packaging design and duplication services. President/founder Scott Boutté will also be the company's DVD executive producer.

Cloud Nineteen's initial clients include DEJ Productions Inc., First Look Media Inc. and Velocity Home Entertainment. The new company is also currently in discussions with several home entertainment divisions of major studios and with leading home entertainment distributors to provide future DVD production and post-production services.

In addition to Boutté, Cloud Nineteen's other principals are Michael Tucker, sound producer, and Andrea Morin, executive producer. "We have established Cloud Nineteen as a full-service, one-stop-shop DVD production studio that is capable of providing state-of-the-art service for any DVD-related need," said Boutté. "My partners Michael and Andrea are brilliant production and post-production executives, and I am confident that, together, our new company will quickly become a 'player' in the DVD arena."

Cloud Nineteen's suites are state-of-the-art and are equipped with Phillips 42-inch HD Plasma Cinema Displays for client viewing. The DVD Suite offers two Sonic DVD Creator workstations, Sony Digital and Analog VTRs, and has digital routing and signal patching capabilities. The 5.1 surround sound Audio Suite offers Digidesign's Pro Tools, along with many other music production tools. The Audio Suite also has a 4x8-foot recording booth with a Phillips HD flat panel to accommodate ADR, original voice-over recordings, commentary tracks and single-instrument recording sessions. The Editorial Suite is equipped with two Final Cut Pro 4 workstations using AJA's new I /O box that allows for 10-bit uncompressed SD video capture, along with Sony DigiBeta and Beta SP decks for finishing.

The company is located at 3767 Overland Ave., Ste. 104, Los Angeles, CA 90034; 310/839-5400. For more information, visit www.cloud19.com.

Production Duo Relies on GML Gear for Hit Records
Producer Cory Rooney and engineer Peter Wade's recent projects this year have included Jennifer Lopez, Mark Anthony, Toni Braxton, Tamar Braxton (Toni Braxton's younger sister) and Tarralyn Ramsey at their Pool House Studios in Long Island, N.Y.

"I've used all the GML gear for years now going back to my stint at Sony's studios," Wade said. "I always find one or two 8200 EQs or 8300 pre's in the great studios in L.A. and New York. When we designed Mark Anthony's personal studio, we installed both the GML 8304 4-channel mic preamp and GML 8200 equalizer. Both saw heavy use for vocals, drums and all percussion on his last salsa CD. I love them; it's quite possibly the most powerful parametric EQ and best-sounding unit in the world. We use it on everything, but mostly we reserve it for mixdown—for the final lead or background vocal EQ or across the mix bus when printing. I keep it patched on an insert in Pro Tools always ready to go. For recording, I do a lot of stereo miking of guitars. There is something about the 8200: It adds the proper amount of life to anything.

"For recording at the Pool House," Wade continued, "I've been using either the Universal Audio 2-610 tube mic preamp or my Vintech X81 modules, which both have EQs. Sometimes I leave them flat and experiment with the 8200 to carve out whatever frequencies I need to dump or boost. I wish I had an entire desk of 8200s. It's such a great workhorse. You can set up powerful notches or set it for a really broad boosting! For Tamar Braxton, I started vocals with a Neumann U87 and the 8200 helped tremendously with the sound of those vocals. The shelf knob on the right side—20kHz boost—it'll bring anything into focus!"

On Jennifer Lopez's album, This Is Me Then, with Bruce Swedien, Wade used the 8200 to track all of the MIDI instruments at the Hit Factory in New York. "We were holed up in Studio 2 for almost a year," Wade said. "Having the 8200 around was amazing to make synths and drum machines sound 'bangin,' and if need be to make them more pleasing. The 8200 makes it easy to clean up grimy-sounding samples or synths. My sounds had to blend with the great live sounds Bruce got on musicians like drummer Omar Hakim and bass player Verdine White. Really what I like about the 8200 is that I know what I can get out of it and I can get what I need—fast! There are a lot of other boxes I could use but they're just not as fast and don't sound as good."

For more information on GML, visit www.georgemassenburg.com or its distributor, Transamerica Audio Group, at www.transaudiogroup.com.


Penn & Teller Composer Upgrades Studio to Digital Gear
For Emmy Award-nominated composer Gary Stockdale, working on Penn & Teller's Bulls--t! TV show is an exercise in every musical genre, "from Mozart to '60s porno music" that calls for a large number of cues, changes in mix configurations and a combination of new and vintage gear.

"Penn & Teller never go for the easy trick," said Stockdale, who has been associated with the duo for more than 15 years. "For this show, most of the scoring is done in post-production. Since it's documentary-format, they'll shoot a bunch of footage and edit it down, and then I'll write the type of music that best helps get the message across. As the composer, I'm simply adding an extra level of editorializing to the show."

Since meeting the duo in 1989, Stockdale has written and performed original music for their NBC TV special, Don't Try This at Home, the Broadway show Penn & Teller Rot In Hell, the ABC prime-time special Home Invasions, their current exclusive engagement at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, and the television variety series, Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular, which earned Stockdale his first two Emmy nominations for his work as composer, music director and bandleader. Although his composition tools include a number of vintage keyboards and effects, he has transitioned to computer-based recording and scoring, with some recent acquisitions that include a Yamaha 02R96 digital mixing console and a hard disk recording system.

"Though the object of our show is to point out scams wherever they exist, there's no B.S. with the 02R96," Stockdale said. "It's a great tool. Going to hard drive video and adding the 02R96 has really simplified things. The weak link in my digital audio chain was working with an analog mixer, as well as locking up a VTR with my sequencer by SMPTE. My engineer, Bob Kearney, would say, 'Get hard drive video! Are you crazy?' We both agreed that the old mixer wasn't giving us enough 'punch.' Bob had been working around L.A. on digital boards, specifically 02Rs, where you could save mixes, so he was a big influence in my getting the 02R96. There's something to be said for analog, but it all gets heard in digital eventually, especially with TV production. I really like the fact that with the 02R96, you can instantly save any setup that you're working on and download or upload it; that's especially helpful for someone like me when I'm doing a lot of different cues.

"We're using our Apogee Rosetta AD/DA converters less now that we have the 02R96, and we're also using the console's onboard effects. We're running everything off word clock from the Rosettas and everything seems to be working perfectly; there were no sync problems when the board was installed. The MOTU audio system/Digital Performer combo is my main hard disk recording system, and there are a number of different digital sources like SPDIF and AES going right into the 02R96—almost all the connections are Lightpipe, and it handles everything smoothly. The sonic quality has definitely increased. Everything seems bigger and crisper-sounding."

Stockdale's facility in Los Angeles includes a live room and an electronics room housing two Tascam Gigastudios that are plugged directly into the 02R96, plus various Mac G Series computers, Genelec 1029A near-field monitors and a 1091A subwoofer. "Besides all the different plug-ins I have," he said, "I also use a lot of more 'vintage' gear. Since we're using a Gigastudio and plug-ins, we've been able to sell off lot of chip-based synths, since everything is being duplicated so well on the computers these days. Most of my keyboard modules are now in the Mac, but I have an 88-key Fender Rhodes.

"Even though Penn & Teller are called 'magicians,' the truth is, they were drawn together by their mutual hatred of magic," Stockdale concluded, "so there has always been an element of seriousness and some very strong artistic and intellectual concepts behind their work. As a result, I've never had to write music to fill time while people pull rabbits out of their hats. They always have ideas that are well thought-out and play against expectations, which is also good for music. The best scores are those that are a little bit surprising and take you into an area that you weren't expecting. They've always kept me challenged, and as a result, I've written some of my best stuff for them."

For more information on the Yamaha 02R96, visit www.yamaha.com/proaudio. For more information on Stockdale, visit www.stockdalesound.com.

Soundart, Spin Audio Release New Reverb Soundskin for Chameleon
Soundart and Spin Audio have released a dedicated reverb soundskin for the Chameleon: RoomVerb M1. With this skin loaded, the Chameleon rack becomes a high-quality true stereo reverb unit for use onstage or in the studio.

Features include acoustic space sizes range from small bath rooms to large halls room/hall/plate simulation; diffuse control for simulation of irregular room shapes; separate mix and predelay control of early and late reflections; relative L/R shift control; reverb tails up to 20 seconds; reverb tail modulation; comprehensive tone control system that includes separate 2-band shelving equalizers for early and late reflections; 2-band frequency-dependant decay filters; detailed level meters; and 42 ready-to-use presets with a total of 128 user-preset locations.

RoomVerb M1 is currently in beta use with a full version to follow shortly. The full version will include many more features such as bypass and system lock, input clip meters and 100 presets crafted by pro studio engineers. All Chameleon users can download the new skin free at www.soundart-hot.com/english/users1_9.htm.

In other company news, Soundart has finished up an extensive update to its Website, www.soundart-hot.com. The redesigned site offers brand-new areas such as demos and tips and tricks, which are hints written by the Soundart team and other pro users.

The navigation has been also enhanced, including the ability to download all of the latest soundskins for the Chameleon DSP rack unit from the front page, either individually or together as the "fullpack." There are also minute-long audio tours of all the soundskins on one page. The company has also updated its Soundart Chameleon community, with interviews with pro musicians, engineers, educators and DSP developers who work with the Chameleon.

Digidesign Announces Blue, Focusrite Bundle
Digidesign, the North American distributor for Focusrite products, and BLUE Microphones have teamed up to develop three bundles that feature Focusrite Platinum Series models and the new Bluebird microphone specifically developed by BLUE for Digidesign.

The VoiceMaster Pro Pak features the VoiceMaster Pro channel strip mated to the Bluebird microphone and its accessories; the Focusrite 24-bit/96kHz A/D card is also included in this bundle. The VoiceMaster Pro features a Class-A mic pre, instrument level input, a latency-free monitoring section for seamless connectivity to DAWs, an Opto-Expander, an Opto-Compressor, a Tube Sound Circuit, a unique vintage harmonics circuit and more. This bundle will have a special price of $1,299 U.S.

The TwinTrak Pro Pak will also be included with a Bluebird microphone, the BLUE BirdNest pop filter, the BirdCage shockmount and a premium Blueberry cable. The dual-channel TwinTrak Pro features a Class A-mic pre, instrument level input, a stereo, latency-free monitoring section, built in D/A, a stereo/mono Opto-Compressor, a unique "scoop" EQ and the availability of Focusrite's 24-bit/96kHz A/D card option. The TwinTrak Pro Pak will have a special price of $1,099.

The last bundle is the TrakMaster Pak, featuring the TrakMaster Channel Strip, with the aforementioned BLUE components. The TrakMaster features a Class-A mic pre, instrument level input, an Opto-Compressor, a voice/instrument EQ and the availability of Focusrite's 24-bit/96kHz A/D card option. The TrakMaster Pak will retail for $1,335 U.S. but will sell for $899.

Digidesign's strategic alliance manager, Dino Virella, stated, "These three bundles are the next step as Digidesign and Focusrite's relationship with the creative minds at BLUE evolves. When I approached BLUE about making us a versatile, great-sounding and visually unique mic, they responded, and the Bluebird far exceeds anything I ever dreamed of. This really makes the process of buying a premium front-end/microphone combo a snap for our dealers and customers. They have told us that they really appreciate this. These Focusrite bundles are only the start. We intend on developing some very unique and compelling Bluebird and Digidesign product bundles in the near future."

"We are extremely proud of how Bluebird turned out," stated BLUE's president Skipper Wise. "We listened very carefully to Digidesign's input and together with our creative engineering team, have developed a microphone that will be a very nice addition to anyone's recording arsenal."

For more information, visit Digidesign online at www.digidesign.com.

James R. Bonfiglio Named President, CEO for Furman Sound
Furman Sound has appointed James R. Bonfiglio as the company's president and CEO. Bonfiglio recently held positions as president and CEO with Home America, an independent appliance and electronic retail operation in the Southwest; Texscan Corp., an Arizona-based manufacturer of cable television equipment; and senior-management positions with Rockwell International, Cenco Inc., and The Gillette Company, Paper Mate division.

In other company news, next year, Furman Sound will celebrate its 30-year anniversary. Furman Sound's VP of sales and marketing, Joe Desmond, stated, "Over the past 12 months, Furman Sound has implemented more improvements to company operations than possibly any other manufacturer in the pro audio industry. The addition of high-profile influential sales reps, an aggressive advertising and marketing communications program, and superior order processing and same-day shipping of core products has made Furman Sound integral to the dealer's profit center. Furman Sound's elevated brand stature has also allowed the company to expand distribution into Europe and other parts of the world faster than projected.

"The addition of James R. Bonfiglio as president/CEO of Furman Sound marks an exciting new phase in our company's history," he continued. "With his vast experience in guiding and developing companies to their full potential, James' vision and entrepreneurial management style is perfectly suited to continually position Furman Sound as an industry leader in new and existing markets while dramatically improving sales."

"I am very excited about joining Furman Sound," Bonfiglio said. "Over the years, Furman Sound has continued to expand its distribution, consumer and product base while remaining profitable. I look forward to contributing to, as well as improving existing, and developing new, processes as Furman Sound extends its vision into the future."

Bonfiglio can be reached via his e-mail address, JimB@furmansound.com. For more information, visit Furman Sound online at www.furmansound.com.

Soundmirror Uses Genex Hard Disk System for SACD Releases
Genex Audio recently supplied a GX9048 48-track Multiformat Digital System to Soundmirror, a fully digital recording and post-production company that specializes in acoustic music and sound-for-picture. Soundmirror owner/producer John Newton has been busy during the past several months using the GX9048 to record a series of Klezmer Music (Jewish music from the Warsaw Ghetto) and two orchestral works by John Corigliano, Second Symphony and The Red Violin.

All recordings were made in Direct Stream Digital format and edited on Soundmirror's Merging Technologies Pyramix Digital Audio Workstation entirely within the DSD domain. The resultant material is destined for stereo and multichannel Super Audio Compact Disc (SACD) release. "I have been using Genex recorders since the GX8000 and GX8500 [MO-based systems]," Newton said. "Although for opera and jazz, I normally record 24 or 32 tracks, the 48-channel format will give me room to grow.

"Normally, I use a Studer Model 961 or 922 analog mixer and Millennia Media Model HU3D preamplifiers," Newton continued. "For the Klezmer recordings, I used 16 microphones routed to 16 tracks of Genex DSD, while for the Corigliano sessions, I used just eight channels, including one for the solo violin." The resultant tapes were edited in the UK on a SADiE DSD-format Digital Audio Workstation.

For more information about Soundmirror, call Newton at 617/522-1412 or e-mail him at john@soundmirror.com. For more information about Genex Audio, visit www.genexaudio.com.

Cycling '74 Debuts Audio Source Libraries
Cycling '74's new Cycles series of audio source libraries offers sound effects, ambient sound, rhythmic loops and incidental music for use by musicians, sound designers and media producers. The company tapped sound library pioneer Ron MacLeod, creator of the Poke in the Ear libraries, to produce and curate the Cycles series. With this new series, MacLeod produced a continuing series of "inspirational" sonic collections and used Cycling '74's Max/MSP, Pluggo and Radial.

The first volume in the series, "Sustained Encounters," comprises long, evolving environments and unfolding atmospheres. The Cycles series of releases are packaged as a dual-disc release created with a high-capacity DVD-ROM, as well as a standard audio CD for easy auditioning. "Sustained Encounters'" 24-bit/48kHz .WAV files are prepared for ease of use in film, DV and multimedia productions, and 44.1kHz versions are included for direct compatibility with music composition tools. This release also includes a sampling of 5.1 multichannel pieces. The files are looped end to end for laying down beds imported directly to DAW, playback in loop sequencers or manipulation by any sampler.

"Sustained Encounters" will be available in Q1 2004 for a MSRP $99. For more information, visit Cycling '74 at www.cycling74.com.


Trident Announces LS101 Near-Field Monitor Speaker
Trident Audio introduced the LS101 Near-Field Monitor Speaker, a high-quality monitor featuring two 5-inch low to mid drivers and one 1-inch dome tweeter. The design features a magnetic screen built into the cabinet to shield speaker magnetism from close-proximity computer monitor screens.

The power handling capability of the monitor is 50 watts RMS @ 4 ohms and the dual gold-plated speaker terminals allow for bi-wiring. The frequency response is from 30 to 22k Hz with a very low distortion rating. The cabinets are finished in cherry wood veneer. Measuring 17x12x7 inches and weighing 20 pounds each, the speakers retail at $799 per pair and are available now.

For more information, visit www.oram.co.uk.

Game Composer Duane Decker Relies on Blue Sky Monitoring
This past August, Duane Decker left his position as audio lead for Microsoft Gaming Studio and began his own production company, DDMusic (Seattle), which will allow Decker to focus on his career in game and multimedia audio development and music scoring. As part of the transition, Decker installed a Blue Sky 5.1 Sky System One as his sole monitoring system.

"As soon as I got them into the studio and hooked [them] up, I was simply floored at the sound quality, the transparency and the frequency response," said Decker, who composed the score to Big Huge Game's Rise of Nations. The Rise of Nations' soundtrack was released this past June on producer/artist Nile Rodgers' Sumthing Else Musicworks record label, becoming the first game soundtrack to be released in 5.1 on DVD. Decker also composed, produced, mixed and mastered the musical elements for the game's newest iteration, which will be in stores in March 2004. "The game development industry is now becoming more aware of how much 5.1 sound adds to a game's value and enjoyment. Surround audio for games is now limited to dedicated platforms, such as the Xbox and Playstation 2. But in the future, as PCs get surround capability, we'll see more and more games having multichannel audio as part of the package."

Decker also said that the Blue Sky monitors solved several issues in his transition to freelance. "I knew that I would need more sophisticated monitoring in my own studio, and that the success of my business would be contingent upon proper, accurate monitoring. A startup like mine can't afford to spend $20,000 on monitors, yet I would still need speakers capable of full-range reproduction. The Blue Sky 5.1 system was exactly what I needed: full-frequency playback at a cost-effective price. They sound great, and there's no ear fatigue at all. The Blue Sky speakers were a great way to start the next phase of my professional life."

For more information on the monitors, visit Blue Sky online at www.abluesky.com. For more information on the composer, visit his Website at www.duanedecker.com.

Genex Offers New Accessories for GX9000 Series
Genex Audio announced three new accessories for the GX9000 8-track and GX9048 48-track high-resolution multiformat digital multitrack systems, which both provide 192/24 PCM and Direct Stream Digital capabilities.

The GXR948 Remote Controller (MSRP: $2,500) for the GX9000 and GX9048 allows individual, direct control of up to 48 channels of record-arming and monitoring with no bank switching. The large, ergonomically designed control surface features dedicated buttons for each function, plus dedicated displays for critical parameters, including sample rate and input source. The unit outputs industry-standard P2 control protocol with full "Go To," memory, cycle and related functions, and is similar in layout to the Sony PCM-3348 digital multitrack remote.

The GXPC Edit ($500) is a plug-in waveform editor for Genex' GXR PC control software that enables cut, copy, paste and erase operations on up to 48 channels of audio data. "GXPC Edit is the only cost-effective solution that provides sample-accurate edits across 48 DSD data channels," commented Genex' president Kevin Brown. "And there is no conversion to PCM involved in the editing process." The GUI-based application features an intuitive, user-friendly interface that allows single element or block moves between tracks. Connection to the GX9000 or GX9048 is via a USB 2.0 port. The program is currently Windows XP-compatible; a Macintosh OS X version is under development.

Lastly, the GX9MB Meter Bridge ($1,000) provides up to 48 channels of 24-segment level metering, organized as two rows of 24 channels. The 19-inch 4U chassis features a brushed anodized construction, and can be freestanding, rackmounted or mounted on to the GXR948 remote controller. Features include integral timecode display, recorder status and signal-present LEDs. Meter dynamics, fine-scale calibration and oversensitivity can be controlled remotely from the GXR PC software or the GXR948 remote. A single BNC cable connects to the GX9000 or GX9048, passing control and PPM data. The unit includes a 110 to 240-volt universal power supply.

For more information, visit Genex Audio at www.genexaudio.com.

Roland Announces MC-909 Drop-a-Beat Contest Winners
Roland has announced the winners of its MC-909 Drop-a-Beat Competition, in which more than 100 competitors composed their entries entirely using the MC-909 workstation; winning compositions can be found at www.mc909.com/dab_winners.html.

Winning first place and an Edirol PCR-50 USB/MIDI controller keyboard was Matthew Buri of Lockport, N.Y. "I have been into making electronic dance music now since 1992," Buri said. "For the Roland Drop-a-Beat Competition, I wanted to create strictly a trance track. The MC-909 really shines with all kinds of great drums, bass and synth stacks for this creation."

Taking second place and an SRX expansion board was San Francisco-based Tekrah Davide, aka DJ DROID. "I've been making techno, industrial and hard trance for the last seven years," said Davide. "DJ DROID evolved from the MC-303 to the MC-909. Phat grooves meet 3D sounds."

Third place and an MC-909 Groove Bag went to Ramon Grajales of Mount Freedom, N.J. "I am a trance producer from New Jersey with seven years experience in making music," he said. "Right now, I produce for a hobby and I hope to one day do it for a living. The track produced for this contest is based on progressive trance [Euro-style] and that is my specialty. You'll notice a sample of the trance vocal that comes directly from the MC-909 and I combined that sample with some great effects and was able to capture that raw underground feel."

Propellerhead Releases ReCycle 2.1
Propellerhead Software's ReCycle 2.1 will be a free update for registered users of ReCycle 2.0. The upgrade offers a new suite of tools that include Reason Adapted (a Reason version streamlined for loop composition that includes Dr. REX, REX2 file player, a mixer, effects, the NN-XT sampler and the Reason Sampler) and the Reload utility to import Akai samples. In addition, ReCycle 2.1 is compatible with Mac OS X.

ReCycle prepares drum loops by analyzing and slicing them, and then creates the necessary audio elements and embeds the required sequencer data to the specialized REX file format. The effect of this is that the loop becomes tempo-independent, the user can edit its components freely to "rebuild" the loop and the timing information in the recording can be applied to other sequenced elements of the music. REX files can be played and edited by all major audio sequencers such as Cubase, Logic, Digital Performer and Sonar. In addition, they can also be played back by software sampling applications such as Propellerhead Software Reason, Steinberg Halion, Emagic's EXS24mkII and many more.

For more information about the free download, visit www.propellerheads.se.

Tapeworks Installs Genelec Monitors
Tapeworks Inc., an audio post-production and music recording facilities based in the Northeast, has purchased and installed a pair of Genelec 1037B tri-amplified monitors, which will serve as the main far-field monitoring system for the facility's principal control room, Studio A. The Genelec 1037B monitors, which were purchased from Parsons Audio in Boston this summer, were mounted in fixed soffits. They will complement the studio's near-field monitoring system, which comprises a pair of Genelec 1031A monitors.

According to chief engineer at Tapeworks, Bill Ahearn, the install was prompted by specific recording project: "Scott Childs is a brilliant artist with an amazing acoustic rock sound. The band was also incredible, with great session players like Jeff Pevar on guitar. We especially wanted the new Genelec 1037Bs in here to mix that record. The Genelecs allow us to crank up the level and feel the power of the music, yet still hear the nuances that are part of acoustic recordings."

For more information, visit Genelec online at www.genelec.com.

Sterling Sound Welcomes Leon Zervos
New York City-based Sterling Sound has hired Leon Zervos as senior mastering engineer; Zervos was recently a senior mastering engineer at New York City's Masterdisk.

Zervos began his career in 1982 at EMI Studios in Sydney. By the late 1980s, he had established himself as a top engineer in Australia, mastering hits for artists such as INXS, Crowded House and Midnight Oil. In 1993, Zervos moved to New York City, where worked on such records as Aerosmith's Nine Lives, Avril Lavigne's Let Go, Maroon 5's Songs About Jane and N'Sync's self-titled album. He also mastered numerous surround projects, including Alanis Morissette's Feast on Scraps, Santana's Supernatural and Shaman, and Willie Nelson's Live in Amsterdam.

"Leon has that unique gift of great mastering engineers—the ability to intuit what a client wants to achieve sonically—and the talent and technical expertise to deliver it," said Sterling Sound's president Murat Aktar. "He is also extremely versatile, with Platinum-selling credits in rock, R&B, hip hop, dance, pop, orchestral and Latin."

"The name Sterling Sound is synonymous with mastering excellence," commented Zervos. "When it comes to studios, innovative audio developments and work philosophies, Sterling Sound is not only state-of-the-art, but state-of-the-future."

Zervos will be available for mastering sessions beginning January 15, 2004. For booking info, contact Caryl McGowan at 212/604-9433 or e-mail caryl.mcgowan@sterling-sound.com.

For more information on Sterling Sound, visit www.sterling-sound.com.

Mackie, Universal Audio Announce OS X Compatibility With UAD-1 DSP Card
Mackie and Universal Audio have released beta version 3.3 software with Macintosh OS X support for the Mackie UAD-1 DSP Powered Plug-In card. the public beta release of this software is currently available as a free download for registered UAD-1 owners from both the Mackie and Universal Audio Websites (www.mackie.com/uad-1, www.uaudio.com/PPI/downloads/downloadmacxau.html, respectively). The final version is scheduled for release on December 18, 2003.

"We recognize the importance of the Macintosh platform in music production and have therefore made support for Macintosh OS X our primary focus over the last year," commented Matt Ward, president at Universal Audio. "For this reason, we are very excited to make this beta version available in advance for wider testing among Mac-based UAD-1 users."

Version 3.3 will support OS X on all Mac platforms including G5 processors.

Paul Jacobs Named President of Klipsch Audio Technologies
Klipsch Audio Technologies announced that Paul Jacobs will be promoted to the position of president. According to chairman and owner Fred Klipsch, Jacobs will assume responsibility for all company operations on January 1, 2004.

For the past three years, Jacobs has served as executive VP and COO of the Klipsch Worldwide Products Group. He was responsible for overall direction of the company's sales, marketing, engineering and product development functions, as well as being a critical member of the senior management team. Prior to this, Jacobs progressed through several executive-level positions at Klipsch, including executive VP, company VP and VP of worldwide sales. He first joined Klipsch as a manufacturer's representative in 1991 after having served as sales manager for Lyons & Associates, a consumer electronics rep firm, and regional sales manager for Fretter Appliance.

"I want to thank Paul for his hard work, leadership, commitment and dedication," Klipsch said. "Klipsch has achieved an important leadership position within the consumer electronics industry, which is a great source of pride for all of us. With an awe-inspiring number of new and ground-breaking products on their way, a world-class team assembled to make, market and sell them, and with Paul Jacobs as the president of our organization, the future of Klipsch Audio Technologies has never looked brighter."

For more information, visit Klipsch at www.klipsch.com.






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