Mix News for February 2004

Feb 19, 2004 12:00 PM, by Sarah Benzuly

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News February 1 - 15

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Studer Unveils OnAir 3000 Board
The Studer OnAir 3000 is designed for the mid- to upper-segment of the radio market, including both private and public network broadcast stations. The OnAir 3000 combines Studer's "Touch'n'Action" user interface with a new fan-less DSP processing engine: the S-Core. This third-generation system is also highly flexible and configurable as it is based on a range of individual stand-alone modules, the choice of which may be adapted to each location. The system may also be controlled remotely from a PC or laptop using a network connection if required.

The standard fader module comprises six channel strips and up to eight modules may be fitted, providing a maximum console size of 48 faders. Layout options range from a highly comprehensive, engineer-operated continuity console to a single-fader panel for DJ and newsroom use.

The console offers three main stereo mix buses (PRG A, PRG B and REC), in addition to an audition facility, four stereo aux buses, 16 mix-minus sends configurable as auxes, and three independent studio monitoring/talkback circuits, including two PFL circuits for split desk operation. Individual channels are each equipped with 4-band parametric EQ, full dynamics (limiter, compressor, expander, gate), de-esser, highpass filter and comprehensive input/output routing.

The first Studer OnAir 3000 to be installed is now in service at Radio 24 in Zurich, Switzerland. The 12-fader console is being used for commercial production and will shortly be joined by two more consoles for the on-air studios. Radio 24's newsroom also has been equipped with five 3-fader units, which are networked to the OnAir 3000's central processor, allowing journalists to record and transmit news items directly from their workstations.

Radio 24's technical manager Gerry Borer commented, "We chose to go with Studer again because we have always had a very good relationship with the company. They're located very close to us, so we actually had a little influence in the development of the 3000. I think the overall concept of the desk is very good. It's very flexible, and the way we can monitor all the sources throughout the station and network all the individual units is excellent."

For more information, visit www.studer.ch/products12-onair3000.htm.

Roland Founder Honored at Museum of Making Music Dedication
On January 21, 2004, the Museum of Making Music named its fifth gallery after Roland founder and CEO, Ikutaro Kakehashi. More than 80 of Kakehashi's close friends and colleagues attended the gallery-naming celebration, which took place at the museum's facility in Carlsbad, Calif.

After an unsuspecting Kakehashi was ushered to the location under the impression that he was to attend a private business meeting, Carolyn Grant, executive director of the Museum of Making Music, appeared at the gallery to announce him that the gallery was being named in his honor. Gallery five is now officially called the "Ikutaro Kakehashi/Roland Corporation" gallery. After an official ribbon-cutting ceremony, Roland U.S. president Dennis Houlihan congratulated Kakehashi with a warm speech, and was followed by comments by Larry "Link" Linkin, president of Board of Trustees of the Museum of Making Music, and Joe Lamond, the museum's president and CEO.

Featuring more than 500 vintage instrument exhibits, performances and education outreach programs, the Museum of Making Music highlights the innovators and inventions that shaped popular music.

For more information, visit the museum online at www.museumofmakingmusic.org/. For more information about Roland, visit its Website at www.rolandus.com.

Drums on Demand Releases Volume 2 Loop CD
Drums on Demand's Volume 2 (SRP: $49.95), a companion CD to the company's first volume of live session drummer loops, includes nearly 800 royalty-free loops in 35 Songs Sets comprising several new features, including more loops per Song Set and many longer loops.

Currently available in 24- or 16-bit Acidized .WAV format, Volume 2 also features more odd-time signatures; Song Set bpms ranging from 56 to 200 (specifically created to fill in some gaps on Volume 1); and brushed-based jazz and country Song Sets. Each Song Set includes as many as 36 verse, chorus, fill, bridge, break, intro, ending and other loops, ranging from one to eight measures in length. These loops were tracked into 24-bit Pro Tools with top-of-the-line microphones and mixed down using high-end compression and processing.

Complete Song Set descriptions and MP3 examples are available at www.drumsondemand.com.

M-Audio Ships Evolution X-Session
M-Audio is now shipping its Evolution X-Session (MSRP: $149.95), a USB MIDI control surface specifically designed for computer-based DJs.

X-Session boasts 16 knobs that users can assign to any MIDI parameter in MIDI-compatible music software and hardware, such as volume, panning, effects and synth parameters. The 10 assignable buttons are ideal for triggering loops and effects, or instantly muting and unmuting tracks. The classic 60mm crossfader allows DJs to mix between two assignable audio sources and perform scratches.

X-Session comes bundled with Ableton Live XS and Arturia Storm XS.

For more information, visit www.m-audio.com.

Wi-Fi-Certified Products Announced
The Wi-Fi Alliance announced today that over 1,000 products from over 120 leading manufacturers have received certification since testing began in March 2000. Recent test data released by the Wi-Fi Alliance indicates that wireless LAN interoperability and performance continue to be an issue for products without Wi-Fi certification.

The Wi-Fi Alliance currently performs four independent interoperability certifications including IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g and Wi-Fi Protected Access in addition to a combination of all of these technologies. A searchable database of Wi-Fi Alliance certifications can be found at http://www.wi-fi.org.

Products awarded the Wi-Fi Certified logo have undergone independent testing at one of four labs.

For a list of companies who have earned a Wi-Fi product certification in the past quarter, go to the Wi-Fi Website at http://www.wi-fi.org/certified_products.

RealNetworks Licenses New Coding Technologies
RealNetworks Inc. announced the licensing and incorporation of Coding Technologies' MPEG-4 AAC/aacPlus!" technology and software within RealNetworks' commercial media creation and consumer software player products. As a result, high-fidelity digital audio can be created in RealNetworks' RealAudio 10 format by using the newest version of its media-encoding software product, RealProducer 10. Additionally, third-party encoding products that incorporate RealNetworks' Helix Producer SDK can produce content in RealAudio 10. By acquiring an additional license from Coding Technologies, these third-party products can also produce content in MPEG-4 AAC and aacPlus.

By combining RealAudio 10 and RealNetworks' Helix DRM, a leading digital rights-management platform, digital music can be securely and legally downloaded to RealPlayer 10 and transferred from the RealPlayer to a growing collection of consumer devices enabled to play back industry-leading MPEG-4 AAC.

For more information, go to the RealNetworks Website, at www.realnetworks.com.

Channels Opt to Broadcast in Dolby Digital 5.1
Four more channels have announced that they will be delivering high-quality Dolby Digital 5.1 sound to their viewers to complement their HD programming. Bravo HD+, Cinemax HD, The Movie Channel HD and Spice HD all use Dolby Digital broadcasting equipment.

Bravo HD began broadcasting in Dolby Digital 5.1 last year and will feature series such as The West Wing and the 2004 Summer Olympics, as well as arts and entertainment, including Cirque du Soleil's Varekai, Image Entertainment's Music in High Places concert specials, Mozart: Così fan Tutte, and Santana and Branford Marsalis in concert in Dolby Digital 5.1.

Cinemax HD began broadcasting in Dolby Digital 5.1 on November 12, 2003. Content presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 includes feature films such as Catch Me If You Can, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Antwone Fisher, Road to Perdition, Old School, Solaris and Ghost Ship. The Movie Channel HD and Spice HD launched services on December 1; both will present original programming in Dolby Digital 5.1. Spice HD will offer more than 1,200 hours of native HD programming.

For more information, please go to www.dolby.com.

New Turbosound Series Through Sennheiser, Musicians' Friend
Sennheiser Electronic Corporation announced an exclusive sales agreement for the Turbosound TXD Series with Guitar Center and Musicians' Friend. Introduced in early 2003, the TXD Series was designed for use in various venues, including clubs, restaurants and live performance venues.

The TXD Series comprises eight units with the TXD-12M two-way floor monitor, the ultracompact TXD-081 passive 8-inch two-way and the TXD-252 (a 2x15-inch trapezoidal combo). All units feature Turbosound's proprietary two-stage, frequency driver reliability in addition to high-grade crossover components.

Sennheiser distributes all of Turbosound products in the U.S. market, including the QLight Series, TQ-300 Series, and the Flashlight and Floodlight systems. For more information about Turbosound or Sennheiser, go to their Websites at www.sennheiserusa.com or www.turbosound.com.

Osceola Recording Has a Roomful of Blues
Grammy-nominated Roomful of Blues chose Raleigh, N.C.-based Osceola Recording Studios to record That's Right! (Alligator Records). The album was nominated this year for Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year and marks the group's 17th release.

Osceola's Ian Schreier tracked the entire band live through a Sony 3056 console to a Studer A800 analog 2-inch tape recorder, then mixed the album in Pro Tools.

For more information, visit www.osceolastudios.com.

Video Symphony Receives National Accreditation
Currently celebrating its 10th anniversary, Video Symphony, a Burbank, Calif.-based TV and film college and career center specializing in audio editing, video editing and 3-D/visual effects production for feature films, TV shows and DVDs, has been awarded National Accreditation by Washington, D.C.'s ACCET (The Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training).

Video Symphony's National Accreditation is the culmination of an 18-month process. Video Symphony's COO Andy Webb and VP/controller Paula Thomas spearheaded the process, working closely with ACCET to provide the extensive data necessary. VS had to show compliance with more than 30 standards of performance tests in the broad categories of instructors, curricula, satisfactory academic progress, and completion of students, student placement, facility and equipment, management and financial stability.

Visit www.videosymphony.com for more information.

Engineer Rob Griffin Learns About "Precision"
Grammy Award–winning engineer Rob Griffin, a specialist in acoustic instrumentation, is now using the True Systems Precision 8 mic pre-amps to record such clients as Wayne Shorter, guitarist Michael Hedges, Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker and Roy Hargrove. Griffin is currently working on a new live Shorter record, recorded (with the P8s) at such prestigious venues as Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and Vienna's Konzerthaus.

For recording Wayne's quartet, Griffin has two Precision 8 units in two rack spaces for a total of 16 channels. He records to a Tascam MX-2424 at 24-bit directly connected to the P8s. "I use them as the front end—like a mic splitter—for the concert's whole sound system," Griffin says. "The MX-2424 connects with DB25 connectors and the other XLR outputs go directly to the monitor and FOH mixer at line-level. It's incredible the difference in quality of the whole sound system by putting this level of mic preamps on the front end."

The True Systems Precision 8 has eight channels of transformerless mic preamps each with five-segment level indicators and a selectable peak-hold feature. Two channels are fitted with direct instrument inputs while channels one and two also function as a dedicated M/S (mid/side) stereo pair with the touch of a button. Designed for use with today's modular digital multi-track units and hard disc recording systems, the Precision 8 connects to TASCAM or Mackie digital products via a DB25 connector.

For more information on True Systems, distributed by Neumann, visit www.neumannusa.com.

Cakewalk Announces New Plug-Ins, Editions of Home Studio Software
Cakewalk announced the development of Soundstage and fx:verb plug-ins for the Roland V-Studio Platform via the VS8F Plug-in Effect Expansion Board.

As previously announced, Roland opened up its successful V-Studio platform to outside plug-in developers. Industry developers joining Cakewalk in the initial plug-in offerings include Antares, IK Multimedia, Massenburg Labs, McDSP Sound Toys, TC Electronics and Universal Audio.

In other Cakewalk news, the company recently localized French and German language versions of the Home Studio 2004 and Home Studio 2004 XL software.

Based on Cakewalk's SONAR audio and MIDI technology, the localized versions of Home Studio 2004 provide amateur musicians and those getting started with PC-based recording with a features such as unlimited audio and MIDI tracks; 24-bit/96kHz recording support, Cakewalk VST Adapter; audio loop construction tools; hundreds of MBs of ACID-format audio loops; real-time effects; multiport Drum Grid editing; ReWire 2.0 support for integration with Project5, Reason, Rebirth soft synth studios; ASIO and WDM hardware support; DXi 2.0 support for multi-out synths and automation from synth interface; easier DXi synth integration with Synth Rack; Edirol Virtual Sound Canvas DXi 2.0 and Audio Simulation DreamStation DXi 2.0 soft synths; and improved file management (per-project audio files, intelligent file naming).

Home Studio 2004 XL, the premium-edition of Home Studio 2004, also includes the DYAD DXi (expressive SF2 sample player with a full CD of compatible Sound Font sample banks) and additional audio effects, including SpectraFX (multi-effects processor); Audio FX 1 Dynamics Processing Suite, which includes compressor/gate, expander/gate and limiter; and Audio FX 2 Analog Suite, which includes amp simulation and analog tape simulation.

For localized pricing and availability visit: www.edirol.de (Germany, Switzerland, Austria), www.edirol.fr (France), www.roland.be (Belgium) or www.thinkware.com (Canada).

Puerto Rico Tu Universo Television Orders Three Euphonix Max Air Consoles
Tu Universo Television (TUTV), one of two educational broadcasting networks in Puerto Rico, upgraded its main broadcast and production facilities with three Euphonix Max Air Consoles. The consoles will be installed in the summer of 2004 in TUTV Studios in San Juan. TUTV is planning to use the consoles for all its productions and news.

Director of engineering, Jorge Gonzalez said, "The Euphonix Max Air digital console was evaluated as part of a public bid. What distinguished Max Air from the rest of the consoles was its advanced design, reliability and value. Ergonomically, it was created for fast access and control. When it came to dependability, the software and hardware design of Max Air focuses on system and power supply redundancy, which makes us feel comfortable in critical live on-air situations. And lastly, Max Air fit the needs of our budget. Max Air in not only high performing but also cost-effective."

Euphonix VP sales Southern region, Mike Franklin, added, "Since its introduction into the broadcast market, Max Air has become increasingly popular. There is no doubt about it, we not only have a high-performing console to offer to stations that want to go to digital, but one that can work with their budget as well. It's not uncommon for us to receive multiple orders such as this one. Tu Universo Television is a very highly regarded station in Puerto Rico and we are honored to receive their order."

For more information about Tu Universo Television, visit www.tutv.puertorico.pr. For more information on the Euphonix Max Air, visit www.euphonix.com/broadcast/products/max_air/max_air.htm.

Play-It Productions Acquires DIGI-ROM
Underscoring the continuing expansion of her CD/DVD replication cassette/VHS duplication and graphic design facility, Play-It Productions' principal Tony Tyler announced the acquisition of DIGI-ROM, a leading full-service, New York City-based CD/DVD production company.

"Both our companies entered the optical media field in 1993, and each has grown exponentially over the past 10 years," Tyler said. "Last fall, DIGI-ROM founder Harry Hirsch contacted me about a project and we established an immediate rapport. My acquisition proposal was motivated by conversations about our long-term goals. I had been exploring options for growing my business, and acquiring this well-established synergistic company presented a perfect solution."

Under the terms of the agreement, the DIGI-ROM staff and its full complement of audio mastering and replication, CD-ROM programming, DVD authoring and related interactive design technology will move to the recently expanded Play-It Productions complex at 259 West 30th St. in Manhattan. Hirsch, a veteran studio owner/designer, recording/mastering engineer and former NARAS New York Chapter VP and national trustee, has been named Play-It Productions' VP of technical services, where he will be involved in all aspects of production, post-production and client services.

In a related announcement, Play-It Productions is introducing a newly designed and built 5.1-ready mastering, digital editing and archival restoration suite, including overdub/voice-over and booth. The studio is equipped with Pro Tools, a SADiE 24/96 DAW, a Cedar System and a wealth of digital and analog gear. "This studio is an important step in our plan to provide our clients with complete pre- and post-production services in a single comfortable and convenient environment," Tyler said.

"From our earliest conversations, Tony Tyler and I found we had very much in common," Hirsch remarked. "While both our companies matured along similar lines, we had virtually no cross-over client conflicts. Augmenting the Play-It staff with the DIGI-ROM team and bringing our duplication and multimedia technology online in this handsome new facility provides our clients with many economic and logistical advantages. These include faster turnaround, the elimination of redundancy in virtually all departments and, perhaps most importantly, enhanced personal service. Tony Tyler is a highly motivated and energetic business woman," Hirsch said. "Her client skills and technical savvy enabled her to build a very successful business, and I am delighted to be working with her."

Tyler sees a growing market for Play-It Productions. In addition to traditional independent artists and record labels, she (like DIGI-ROM) has been serving a growing roster of corporate, automotive, pharmaceutical, government, educational and advertising agency clients. "We are confident that duplication and production needs for CD, CD-R, DVD and other established and emerging formats will continue to grow," she said. "By providing our clients with a complete menu of recording, mixing, mastering, interactive design, DVD authoring [with video compression], digital editing, archival restoration, graphic design and replication capabilities, we can meet all their needs for efficient and cost-effective production. We will continue to enhance our services with meaningful new technology as it develops," Tyler concluded. "That is another reason we are pleased that Harry Hirsch will play a daily role in the company. His experience is an invaluable asset."

For more information about Play-It Productions, visit www.play-itproductions.net.

Stanton Launches FinalScratch Version 1.5
Stanton has released FinalScratch Version 1.5. Powered by Traktor, this new version runs natively on the Windows XP platform (without Linux) and on Mac OS X 10.3 Panther. Version 1.5 also features a high-quality Key Correct function to maintain the pitch when changing tempo, the ability to fully resize the user interface and better overall performance.

According to the company, moving completely to Windows XP brings many advantages such as low-latency drivers, the ability to hot-swap the Scratch Amp without restarting the application, and reliable, software-enhanced detection of the Scratch Amp. Users also gain full support of network and FireWire drives; faster performance when searching, analyzing and browsing; and full save and write operations. To transition from Linux to Windows XP, Tracktor can import tracks, playlists and collection data from the Linux partition. (Linux is no longer supported from V. 1.5 forward.)

The new Key Correct function allows DJs to change the tempo of tracks without affecting pitch. Three types of Master Tempo modes are provided—low, medium and high-quality—allowing users to select a mode suitable to the resources of their computer. These high-quality, real-time, time-stretching algorithms are the same used in Native Instruments' full version of Traktor.

FinalScratch V. 1.5 will be available as a software upgrade for Final Scratch users and can be downloaded this month at www.finalscratch.com for $49 ($69 plus shipping for a CD). Users who purchased Final Scratch V. 1.1 after January 1, 2004, can download the update free for a limited time or get the CD by paying a nominal shipping charge.

Sennheiser Celebrates Sixth Annual Dealer Appreciation Party
At Winter NAMM, Sennheiser Electronics Corporation hosted a celebratory concert event for its Sixth Annual Dealer Appreciation Party at the Grove of Anaheim on Thursday, January 15. The party was the culmination of the official Evolution G2 champagne trade show booth launch earlier in the day.

The company-sponsored event featured performances by guitar-driven pop/rock quartet Vertical Horizon, John Jorgenson and Friends, and DJ Puzzle. The sound system comprised a Turbosound speaker system and InnovaSon digital console. Evolution wired and wireless and Neumann mics were at every stage position for all three acts.

Vertical Horizon brought their melodies and vocal harmonies to their fans through their KMS 105 vocal microphones. As users of wireless monitors, Vertical Horizon found the KMS 105s ability to reject feedback a real plus.

For more information, visit Sennheiser online at www.sennheiserusa.com.

Monowave II Released By Soundart, Maddox
Soundart, in partnership with Paul Maddox, announced the release of MonoWave II Version 1.20, the lo-fi mono-synth soundskin for Chameleon. With this release, MonoWave II becomes Open Source; Chameleon coders can join the public project by downloading the code and making their own modifications.

Maddox took the monosynth DSP code bundled free with the Chameleon Software Development Kit and expanded it to create MonoWave II. Many modifications have been added to turn it into a distinctive virtual analog monosynth with a number of unique features and modulation capabilities.

Main features include 5-input mixer, three oscillators, noise and external input for filtering; 4-pole 24dB resonating filter with the unique option to "sweep" between 4-pole, bandpass and 1-pole modes seamlessly; three assignable real-time controllers with Show function to remind users of assignment parameters; full MIDI CC control of every parameter; 128-patch memory; stereo delay line; two LFOs with 64 classic and complex waveforms; three ADSR envelope generators; three oscillators, each with 256 waveforms and a De-Res function for lo-fi sound; and unique routing modulation capabilities such as velocity to Osc waveform, or EG to Resonance, for highly expressive sounds.

The Chameleon is housed in a 1U rack and uses the same Motorola DSP processing power. Other features include 2x 24-bit I/O AD/DA converters and MIDI I/O. End-users load soundskins like MonoWave II via MIDI.

The MonoWave II skin is available now as a free download for Chameleon users on the company's Website, www.soundart-hot.com/english/users1_8.htm.

SIRIUS Radio Sponsor, Broadcaster of Davis' Pre-Grammy Bash
SIRIUS Satellite Radio, the commercial-free music and sports broadcasting company, announced that it is the official radio broadcaster and a co-sponsor of Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party, which will take place at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills.

The Clive Davis pre-Grammy celebration comprises interviews with celebrities and performing artists, and will be broadcast live on SIRIUS Hits 1.

In recent years, performers at Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party have included Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Carlos Santana, Wyclef Jean, P. Diddy, Busta Rhymes, Tony Bennett, Rod Stewart, Justin Timberlake and many more.

Composer Schwartz Uses Yamaha's 02R96
David Schwartz is a composer with a reputation for delivering a unique brand of quirky, original music while remaining true to the needs and demands of the projects he scores.

Schwartz recently upgraded his workspace with two new Yamaha 02R96 digital mixing consoles just in time for his latest project—scoring and writing original music for a critically acclaimed Fox television series, Arrested Development. Schwartz previously owned four original Yamaha 02Rs.

For more information about Yamaha's 02R96, visit www.yamaha.com/proaudio.

Songstress Badu Behind a Brauner Mic
Erykah Badu is riding high with four Grammy nominations from her hit album, Worldwide Underground, in the categories of Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best Urban/Alternative Performance, Best R&B Song and Best R&B Album. Her recording engineer, Tom Soares (New Kids on the Block, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige), captures the gamut of Badu's performance styles, which are reputed to test any microphone and recording chain, if not the patience of most recording engineers.

To complement Badu's voice, Soares uses the Brauner VM1 Klaus Heyne-edition mic. The VM1 KHE is handmade in Germany and then shipped to Heyne's own German Masterworks in Oregon for final pair matching, tuning and adjustments. The VM1 KHE builds upon the VM1's "spare-no-expense" philosophy with insight and expertise collected over decades of Heyne's detailed hands-on work restoring and improving classic microphones for clients such as A&M, Record Plant, LucasFilm and Disney. Among many improvements are shortened electrical pathways, hand-selected Telefunken or Siemens EF806 tubes and other components, and special attention to the acoustical construction.

For more information about the Brauner VM1, go to distributor Transamerica Audio Group's Website, www.transaudiogroup.com.

Engineer John Saylor Gets Comfortable in “'The Parlor'
The Parlor studio, located on Music Row in Nashville, announced the addition of studio engineer John Saylor, who brought his Pro Tools|HD to the studio's B room for mixing and editing purposes.

The Parlor's main room has also upgraded to Pro Tools 192|HD. In addition to the new workstation, the facility's primary tracking room contains four isolation booths, a Formula Sound Q-8 system and a 7-foot Yamaha grand piano.

Visit www.bestbuiltsongs.com for more info.

Wizoo Sound Releases Electric Basses for HALion, EXS24
HALion and EXS24 owners can now add two legendary electric basses—Musicman Stingray and Fender Precision—to their virtual instrument arsenal courtesy of Wizoo Sound Design GmbH.

Sampled chromatically, these virtual instruments offer a wide variety of techniques and playing styles, including two positions with three to six velocity zones, dead notes and harmonics, as well as half-tone and whole-tone slide-ups, slide-downs, hammer-ons and pull-offs. Even incidental noises produced by frets, hands and slides are captured for utmost authenticity. All packages feature an array of programs with playing options such as MIDI key triggers, pedal switches and construction kits.

Seven variations of the virtual basses are available, including a 300- to 500MB XXL version.

For more information, demos and to order, go to www.wizoosounds.com.

Neptunes, Others Celebrate Grammy Wins
Hot production team The Neptunes and producer/engineer Nigel Godrich were just a few from the recording community to take home trophies from last night's 46th Annual Grammy Awards, held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

In addition to such high-profile winners, the night honored "unsung heroes," many of them announced prior to the CBS broadcast. For example, Malcolm Harper, owner of Reelsound Recording Co. in Buda, Texas, reported that a project he recorded by Bishop T.D. Jakes and the Potter's House Mass Choir won a Grammy for Best Gospel Choir or Chorus Album,” marking Harper's third win and seventh nomination.

The notable “Record of the Year Award went to Coldplay's Clocks, produced by the band and Ken Nelson and engineered by Nelson and Mark Phythian. Album of the Year went to OutKast's self-produced Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, engineered by Vincent Alexander, Chris Carmouche, Terrence Cash, Kevin "KD" Davis, Reggie Dozier, John Frye, Robert Hannon, Padraic Kernin, Moka Nagatani, Pete Novak, Brian Paturalski, Neal Pogue, Dexter Simmons, Matt Still and Darrell Thorpe. Brian Gardner and Bernie Grundman mastered. The Neptunes took home the Producer of the Year Award for their work with Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake, among others, while Godrich took home the Best Engineered Album/Non-Classical for Radiohead's latest, Hail to the Thief.

Other notable winners include remixer Maurice Joshua, who earned “Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical for the Beyonce single "Crazy in Love (Maurice's Soul Mix)"; Best Engineered Album, Classical went to Richard King and Todd Whitelock for Yo-Yo Ma's Obrigado Brazil; Steven Epstein took home the trophy for Producer of the Year, Classical; and the prestigious Song of the Year Award went to "Dance With My Father," written by Richard Marx and Luther Vandross.

For a full list of Grammy winners, visit www.grammy.com/awards/grammy/46winners.aspx.

Ray Kimber Incorporates Genex Into “'IsoMike' DSD Recordings
Genex Audio recently supplied a pair of GX9000 8-track multiformat digital systems to producer Ray Kimber for a series of sessions at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. He recorded the 20-member WSU Chamber Choir, faculty, students and guests in several musical settings using his proprietary, four-mic, four-baffle "IsoMike" array.

Sessions were captured in Direct Stream Digital/DSD mode to four tracks on the Genex GX9000. The sessions also incorporated custom Millennia Media preamplifiers. Kimber, also the president of Kimber Kable, a company that specializes in the design and innovation of high-performance interconnect and loudspeaker cables, will continue to experiment with the "IsoMike" array, using various mic positions and recording to the Genex GX9000.

For more information on Genex, visit www.genex.com. To find out more about Kimber Kable, visit www.kimber.com.

Sennheiser Awards Highway Marketing
Sennheiser presented the 2003 Rep of the Year Award and Award for Most Improved Territory to Highway Marketing (Dallas), whose territory includes Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana for the past 11 years. This is the first year that the same Sennheiser rep organization has won both of these awards in the same year; Highway Marketing has won these awards separately in the past.

Highway Marketing principal Steve Simmons commented, "We're working with a great product line that's backed by a sales team that is easy to work with and responsive to our needs. Add on SECs customer support and our business operates really smoothly."

"It isn't easy to win both of these awards in one year," said Scott Schumer, Sennheiser's VP of sales. "Highway Marketing obviously has the motivation and determination to make it happen. We congratulate their efforts."

Visit Sennheiser online at www.sennheiserusa.com and Highway Marketing at www.highwaymarketing.com/.

NTI Announces Class-1 Measurement Microphone
The M2010 measurement microphone from NTI is now available. With a measurement range from 24 to 150dB SPL, the omnidirectional M2010 microphone is suited for industrial and acoustical test requirements.

The mic features a two-stage design, compact size, balanced XLR output and operates from 10-volt to 48V phantom power. The design uses an impedance converter and preamplifier at the connector side; the connection cable between the cartridge and the preamp is detachable.

Each mic is supplied with an individual calibration certificate and serial number, windscreen and microphone stand.

For more information, click here.

Edirol Site Adds Images, Launches Contest
For the past two years, Edirol's content Website, www.EdirolExtra.com, offered a few thousand purchasable MIDI files and now offers image and photo content in support of the new Photo Presenter, the P-1.

The P-1 Photo Presenter allows the triggering of still images via the 5.7-inch color LCD touchscreen, V-LINK-capable device or MIDI controller.

To encourage visitors, every image submitted/accepted will qualify the submitter to be entered to win one of three P-1s ($1,675 SRP/each), which will be awarded in June 2004. All images submitted will be freely shared. Categories such as CG, abstract, stop-motion sequences and standard nature, still-life groupings are encouraged. Contest details at www.EdirolExtra.com.

Moog Issues minimoog Voyager Anniversary Edition
Since 2002, Moog Music has been producing the minimoog Voyager, an all-analog performance synthesizer incorporating many functions of the original minimoog synthesizer with new features. Moog Music celebrates the 50th year of Bob Moog's contributions with the minimoog Voyager Anniversary Edition, featuring a black cabinet front panel, electric-blue back-lit legends, and pitch and mod wheels.

The Anniversary Edition comes loaded with presets from Printz Board, James Lumb, Don Preston, Fred Wreck, Patrick Moraz, Charlie Clouser, Darrell Diaz, Keith Emerson, Herbie Hancock, Chad Hugo, Geoffrey Keezer, Frank Lucas, Jamie Muhoberac, Bernie Worrell, Roger Manning Jr. and Bob Moog.

The Anniversary Edition will sell for $3,295 and is expected to ship this month.

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Now Shipping: Eventide Reverb and Octavox Harmonizer
Eventide announced that they have begun shipping its new Reverb and Octavox!" Harmonizer® diatonic pitch-shifter plug-ins for Pro Tools for Mac Version 5.1.3 or greater. The launch of the two plug-ins follows the release of Clockworks Legacy!" plug-ins and are available from authorized Eventide software dealers.

Octavox ($595) was created based on the multivoice pitch shifter from Orville and allows users to create stacked harmonies and wide choirs locked to the tempo of the session. The graphical user interface contains everything needed to load, edit and save a preset, gives access to the pitch-shifting capabilities and provides control of the pitch and delays using the Notation Grid!".

The Notation Grid presents pitches on a traditional music staff with a quantized beat grid superimposed for placing notes over time. While the standard Pro Tools Save and Recall features are supported, Eventide's Snapshot feature provides capture or recall parameter settings via mouse, and can be used to instantly rearrange the entire sequence. Instrument presets configure the pitch-recognition parameters to be optimized for a given instrument. A randomizer is included, which can be used to simulate the natural character of eight individual sound sources or for more exotic applications.

The Eventide Reverb plug-in ($695) uses reverb algorithms from the Orville, including halls, chambers, plates, rooms, ambience and lo-fi effects. Each reverb type offers 3-band stereo parametric equalization both before and after the reverb, reverb contour for built-in tone shaping, a pair of delay lines with filters and a compressor.

The graphical user interface of Reverb features all of the tools in a single window. Like Octavox, Reverb includes the Snapshot function, providing an intuitive way to capture or recall parameter settings via mouse.

Hardware control of the Eventide Reverb and Octavox plug-ins includes support for the Digidesign ProControl and Control24, and the Mackie HUI.

For more information, visit Eventide on their Website at www.eventide.com.

Open Forum With Apple Emagic in Los Angeles Announced
On Thursday, February 26th 2004 at 7:30 p.m., RSPE Audio Solutions and Pro Tools users will be getting together with Apple Emagic for an evening of discussion in Los Angeles. The evening will include an overview and training session on the new combined Logic Pro package and integrating Logic Pro and Pro Tools.

To register for the event on February 26th visit www.protoolsusers.org. If you're not already a member of ProTools Users visit that site to join the Pro Tools and audio community.

As of January 30, 2004, Apple has been taking orders for the new streamlined Emagic product line that was announced at NAMM. The newly released package, Logic Pro 6, includes all of the soft synths and effects plug-ins previously sold separately, including the new Space Designer plug-in. The package also includes the drivers and add-ins, Emagic System bridge and the HD extension required to run Logic Pro on a Pro Tools TDM system, although the Epic TDM plug-ins an the Host TDM Enabler have been discontinued.

Apple has also launched a cut-down version of Emagic Logic Pro called Logic Express, fitting in with the Final Cut Pro/Final Cut Express. Logic Control is now only available as a feature-enhanced Mackie Product, the Mackie Control Universal (also compatible with Pro Tools in HUI mode).

Logic Pro sells for $999 and Logic Express at $299. For existing owners of Logic 5/6—Gold or Platinum—an upgrade to Logic Pro, including all the soft synths and extras, is $199.

First U.S. API Vision Surround Console Sold to mediaHYPERIUM

Award-winning media production and publishing house mediaHYPERIUM has ordered the very first API Vision large-format, analog multichannel, surround mixing console in the United States. Combining extended bandwidth and dynamic range of API's renowned discrete analog signal path with integrated surround sound capabilities, the Vision is suited for a studio such as mediaHYPERIUM, which specializes in Direct Stream Digital (DSD) production for Super Audio CD.

The new API Vision will be the second to be installed worldwide and will replace an API Legacy (reportedly the first ever built ) housed at mediaHYPERIUM. The first Vision was installed at Galaxy Studios in Belgium last year.

Chick Corea's Rendezvous in New York SACD hybrid release, won in the category of Best Jazz Instrumental Solo at this year's Grammy Awards. This release was produced by Herbert Waltl, and edited and mixed at mediaHYPERIUM through the studio's API Legacy console.

For more information, go to www.audiotoys.com.

SSL Wins Technical Grammy
Solid State Logic, manufacturer of professional analog and digital audio consoles for music, broadcast, post-production and film, received the 2004 Technical Grammy Award at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony. The award recognizes SSL for the design and production of industry-defining audio mixing consoles over the years.

"We are delighted to receive this special award," says Colin Pringle, managing director of Solid State Logic. "The Grammy Awards recognize outstanding creative achievement in the music industry. This special Technical Grammy is therefore especially welcome as an acknowledgement of SSL's creative use of technology to aid better music production."

Since the company's founding in 1969, SSL has pioneered advances in console technology; in the late '70s, SSL introduced the SL 4000 console. By combining ergonomics of in-line design with integrated computer automation and Total Recall, the SL 4000 became the standard music production console for the 1980s.

The 1990s saw SSL introduce digital processing technology, with the launch of a range of products that incorporated totally automated control surfaces offering instant recall and complete reset. Midway through the 1990s, SSL launched its next generation console, the SL 9000. This introduced a revolutionary new design of audio circuitry providing new levels of audio quality for music production.

Today, SSL's XL 9000 K Series console provides leading international studios with a SuperAnalogue console for the surround audio formats. Similarly, the C200 console provides a digital console for 5.1 surround production at 96KHz with complete automation and reset of all functions.

For more information about Solid State Logic, go their Website, www.solid-state-logic.com. For more information on this year's Grammy winners, go to www.grammy.com.

TBJ Entertainment Launches Hi-Def DVD Division
TBJ Entertainment Inc., the award-winning, multimedia production company founded by Anthony M. Bongiovi, recently launched a new high-definition DVD production division. The new division's formation coincides with the February 10 release of This Left Feels Right (Island/Def Jam), the DVD concert video shot in Hi-Def from rock band Bon Jovi. The video was produced by TBJ's Bongiovi, brother of Jon Bon Jovi, and recorded in conjunction with TBJ's new production partner company, Big Vision Productions.

In related news, Bongiovi announced that Karl M. Lee has become an in-house producer with TBJ Entertainment.

For more information, please visit www.tbjent.com.

Tascam Announces GigaStudio 3 Upgrade Pricing
Tascam has announced upgrade pricing for the new version of its GigaStudio 3 software sampling workstation. GigaStudio 3 is now available in three versions: GigaStudio 3 Orchestra, GigaStudio 3 Ensemble and GigaStudio 3 Solo. Customers who purchased GigaStudio 160 after January 1, 2004, can upgrade to the flagship Orchestra version for $50.

GigaStudio 3 offers many new features and enhancements, including an expanded DSP Station and updated MIDI controller.

Customers who purchased GigaStudio 2 after January 1, 2004, can upgrade to GS3 for $50 to $375, depending on the version.

For more information, please visit www.tascam.com.

The Hit Factory, Crescent Moon Purchase ATR-102 Analog Decks
The Hit Factory (New York) and Crescent Moon Studios (Miami) have both recently purchased ATR-102 analog mastering recorders in the new 1-inch 2-track format. Both machines were modified and completely remanufactured by Michael Spitz of ATR Services in York, Pa.

With their own in-house machines, both facilities can offer clients immediate availability of "wide-track" analog mixdown—a format that complements high-resolution digital recording systems.

Visit www.atrservice.com for more information.

RTL Belgium Orders Studer OnAir 3000
Bel RTL, one of Belgium's leading French-speaking radio stations, has ordered a Studer OnAir 3000 digital broadcast console for its main on-air studio. The console will be fitted with 30 faders and will handle eight microphone inputs, 40 mono analog line inputs and 32 AES/EBU digital inputs via its integral digital routing system.

Installation of the console at the two studios is scheduled for March/April 2004.

Please visit www.studer.ch for more information.

CEA Names 2004 Hall of Fame Inductees
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced the 11 members of the 2004 class of inductees into its Hall of Fame, bringing the total number of Hall of Famers to 86. A panel of 17 industry professionals and media members selected the class based on integrity, character and impact on the CE industry.

The inductees include EMI's Alan Blumlein, Henry Brief of Home Furnishings Daily, Bell Labs' Joel Engel and Richard Frankiel, Robert E. Gerson (TWICE), Ken Kai of Pioneer, Jerry Kalov of Kay Associates/Cobra Electronics, Paul Klipsch of Klipsch Audio Technologies, General Instrument's Dr. Woo Paik, Sony Corp.'s Norio Ohga and Steven Wozniak of Apple Computer.

"The latest class of Hall of Fame inductees represent the best of the best of a dynamic and innovative industry," said Gary Shapiro, CEA president and CEO. "With their unique creativity, persistence and vision, these 11 pioneers have championed the development of new technologies and concepts that have changed for the better the way we all live and work."

For more information on the Hall of Fame and to view a complete list of current members, visit www.CE.org/publications/hall_of_fame.

LOUD Technologies Appoints Sales Rep Audio Geer
LOUD Technologies has appointed Audio Geer (Los Angeles) as its sales representative in Southern California and southern Nevada. In addition to LOUD Technologies' products, Audio Geer will also represent those from Mackie, Tapco, EAW and the new EAW Commercial line.

"They've got a strong reputation for developing innovative customer and dealer training programs, and we're confident that they have the expertise to ensure ongoing growth and superior service throughout the region," commented Larry Bennett, sales manager, national accounts for LOUD Technologies.

Audio Geer can be contacted at 714/960-0600, support@audiogeer.com, www.audiogeer.com For more information about LOUD Technologies, visit www.loudtechinc.com.

Composer Smith Adds Rosendahl Nanosyncs to Arsenal

Stanley A. Smith, a composer, musician and producer with an extensive resume in record production and music for television and film, recently installed Rosendahl's Nanosyncs at his Standard Music Production facility in Universal City, Calif., at the recommendation of several of his colleagues in the business: "My music editor and a lot of other people have been telling me that digital setups work only as well as the clock. They said, 'You'll hear the difference.' I went for it, and there is a difference."

Multi-instrumentalist Smith was formerly a staff writer/producer at TBA Records, where he wrote and produced several contemporary jazz records for artists such as Paul Russo, Alvin Hayes and Frank Potenza. While also having toured with Jeffery Osborne, Cheryl Lynn, Caron Wheeler (Soul II Soul) and others, Stanley shifted his focus from touring and record production and started on the path to the latest phase in his career: composing for film and television.

"It's nice to have everything stabilized on one good clock," continued Smith, "especially for film and TV. I do the Bernie Mac Show [including the recently completed new main title] and when I'm locking to picture, it's really important that all that stuff stays tight. We mixed [the new main title] her and it turned out great—live horns and the whole deal."

Having worked on a wide variety of projects ranging from original cables movies, network television and independent features, including The Line, Catfish in Black Bean Sauce and The Visit, Smith also recently completed his first major studio feature, Ride or Die, starring Duane Martin and Vivica A. Fox, for Sony-Screengems.

For more information, visit Rosendahl's Nanosyncs online at www.rosendahl-studiotechnik.de/nanosyncs.html.

Bluegrass Band Mountain Heart Brings DPA on the Road
In between successful recordings, including the band's latest, No Other Way (Skaggs Family Records), Mountain Heart maintains a heavy touring schedule with performances alongside bluegrass legends like Ricky Skaggs and The Del McCoury Band, and country luminaries like George Jones, Merle Haggard, Brad Paisley and Junior Browne. Onstage, the bandmembers wanted more freedom to move around the stage during instrumentals, but were having a tough time finding microphones that could capture the tonal essence of their acoustic instruments.

Scott Bolen, Mountain Heart's engineer, explained, "A couple of the guys had tried small condensers mounted on the instruments and we didn't like the tone they were getting, especially Adam Steffey, the mandolin player, who's a real purist when it comes to acoustic tone. Plus, I couldn't get the SPL we needed out front without tremendous sacrifices in terms of signal quality because we had to over-equalize. So we researched what mics could let us leave the stands behind, but not the tone. I eventually found out about DPA Microphones from the fiddle player Jimmy Van Cleve, who'd heard about them from someone in Ricky Skaggs' band. He loved the sound of it, but I didn't know if it was going to help me solve my problems out front.

"I contacted DPA and we got 4061 miniature condensers to try at a full rehearsal. The first instrument I put one on was Adam Steffey's mandolin—and he's a real purist who had resisted wireless because of the tonal compromises—and as soon as heard how he sounded, his eyes lit up. And in the rehearsal room, my EQ was flat and it was so loud, I couldn't stand it! It was really impressive. Everybody was amazed to hear the true sound of their instruments at those volumes. Previously, we'd never gotten the tone we wanted live. DPA mics have made a big difference in our performances."

For more information about the mics, visit www.dpamicrophones.com. For more information on Mountain Heart, visit www.mountainheart.com.






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