Mix News for February 2004

Mar 4, 2004 12:00 PM, by Sarah Benzuly


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News February 16 - 28

(see news February 1 - 15)

Pinewood & Shepperton Studios Upgrades AMS Neve DFC
Pinewood & Shepperton Studios are upgrading the 56-fader, two-position AMS Neve DFC in Theater 1 to a 68-fader, three-position console. The upgrade will also include additional processing to add more power to the console.

Expansion of the DFC puts the studios on par with the major film facilities in the United States and is one of three DFC facilities in Europe.

Head of post-production at Pinewood & Shepperton Studios, Graham Hartstone, stated, "The original installation allowed for expansion. This is the second time we have upgraded the console since its purchase in 2001. On both occasions, we have been very impressed by how simple the process has been. We have significantly increased the number of channels, and the expansion of the console surface has proved equally as straightforward."

Pinewood Shepperton continues to attract the world's most talented film mixers including John Heywood, Gary Summers and Randy Thom, and projects such as Die Another Day, Tomb Raider 2: Lara Croft, Cradle of Life, Blackball, Cody Banks II and Jonny English. Upcoming projects include Thunderbirds, Phantom of the Opera and Harry Potter II.

For more information on the console, visit AMS Neve at www.ams-neve.com. For more information about Pinewood & Shepperton Studios, visit www.pinewood-studios.co.uk/.

Gateway Mastering and DVD Installs Grace m906 System
Music mastering and DVD-authoring facility Gateway Mastering and DVD (Portland, ME) has purchased the newly released Grace Design m906 5.1 reference monitoring system. The unit was installed in Gateway;s DVD authoring suite where it will be used as the primary surround monitoring controller for DVD-Audio, DVD-Video and SACD work. The system is also sourced from a Pro Tools|HD digital audio workstation.

The m906 has an MSRP of $5,995 (USD) and is now shipping. The unit is a stand-alone, high-fidelity, 5.1 surround monitoring system designed for professional audio applications. The system comprises three main components: a 2U, 19-inch rackmount I/O and processing mainframe, remote-control unit and an external half-rack linear power supply. Multiple analog and digital inputs are provided for both 5.1 and stereo sources. Digital formats include AES3, ADAT, S/PDIF and optical, and incorporates Grace;s latest-generation, ultralow-distortion 24-bit, 192kHz D/A converter technology. Two 5.1 control room outputs and up to three stereo pair outputs are provided with individual channel solo/mute capability.

Comprehensive system calibration tools allow users to fine tune input levels, individual interchannel balance and control room output levels. Other features include a built-in reference headphone amplifier with two headphone outputs and a talkback mic input with an associated TB switch for communicating with talent in the studio. Control room and headphone output levels are controlled via a pair of stepped rotary encoders, each with a 100dB level range adjustable in 0.5dB steps. Two large seven-segment blue LED shows output levels.

"We're doing a lot of final quality-control work in the DVD suite, which demands a monitoring system that's both highly accurate and detailed. We also run quite a number of source machines from DVD and SACD decks to Pro Tools, and the m906 easily accommodates them all. It also just sounds great!" explained Brian Lee, lead designer/DVD authoring engineer at Gateway.

For more information, visit www.gracedesign.com. Gateway Mastering and DVD's Website is located at www.gatewaymastering.com.

Jazz Is New on Campus At Lincoln Center
Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) announced that it is seeking an operator/tenant of the recording studio housed in its new facility, Frederick P. Rose Hall (FPRH). Opened October 18, 2004, the 100,000-square-foot FPRH is the first performing-arts facility built specifically for jazz, and marks the first extension of the Lincoln Center campus in 10 years. In addition to jazz, FRPH will also accommodate other forms of performing arts, such as opera, dance, orchestral music and film.

Located in the new Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, JALC's $128 million facility will have three major venues utilizing recording services: Rose Theater (1,000-plus capacity), The Allen Room (500-plus capacity) and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola (140 capacity), in addition to the interactive Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame and the Irene Diamond Education Center, which houses the recording studio, the Louis Armstrong Classroom and The Edward John Noble Foundation Studio.

JALC's new recording facilities are being designed and completed by Sound of Jazz (SOJ), a partnership JALC formed including specialists from Artec Consultants Inc. and The Walters-Storyk Design Group. Along with FPRH's world-renowned architect Rafael Viñoly, JALC has acquired the widest range of acoustical, electro-acoustical and theatrical design skills available.

The new tenant will assist JALC in its mission to integrate live music, recording, audio-for-video and asset management with state-of-the-art audio standards. The operator/tenant will install all necessary professional audio equipment and provide experienced staffing. The operator/tenant will participate in all recording done on-site, working with JALC to record and archive a significant percentage of FPRH's jazz performances and periodic JALC education programs. The estimated gross revenue of the recording facility is projected to be in excess of $1 million annually.

JALC will choose the recording studio operator/tenant from all qualified candidates, both domestic and international, in April 2004.

For more information, contact Chris Stone, World Studio Group (for Jazz at Lincoln Center) at 323/465-7697, rosehallrfp@jazzatlincolncenter.org or visit www.jazzatlincolncenter.org/rosehallrfp.

Grammy Gear, Artists Unveiled
The 46th Annual Grammy Awards broadcast, held February 8, 2004, will be remembered for highlighting some of the industry's most notable musicians, as well as for some unfortunate mid-show production glitches. Audio patching difficulties aside, the event's gear was both functional, even innovative, and helped to earn a positive overall response from this year's Grammy audience.

Among the manufacturers at the show this year were Lexicon, ADAM Audio, Audio-Technica, Sennheiser and Neumann. This was the second year in a row that the Lexicon Pro 960L Multi-Channel Digital Effects System was used for the Grammys, handling up to eight channels of discrete digital audio simultaneously. CBS distributed HDTV's 1,080 lines of picture resolution and 5.1 channels of CD-quality surround sound in a number of major markets on its High-Definition Television Network.

The HDTV/5.1 broadcast was mixed and monitored by a combination of top-tier professionals, including award-winning location recording specialists Effanel Music. The 5.1 mix was supervised by Phil Ramone, chairman of the Recording Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing, advisory council member Hank Neuberger and Murray Allen for Cossette Productions.

Effanel president Randy Ezratty was the official 5.1 sound designer, and music mixers included John Harris and Jay Vicari. Effanel Music used an AMS-Neve Capricorn digital console that allowed the audio teams to generate both a purpose-built stereo mix and a separate 5.1 mix simultaneously. Ezratty added other mono and stereo elements and "sweetened" the audio using the Lexicon 960L.

In addition, Ezratty purchased a 5.1 system comprising five ADAM Audio S2-A two-way active near-field monitors, along with a Sub-P powered subwoofer. The system was installed in one of Effanel's mobile facilities at the Staples Center, and was used by Ezratty to monitor and mix the 5.1 feed. Says Ezratty, "“There were a lot of golden ears at the Grammys, and the ADAMs blew us all away!" The S2-A houses ADAM's A.R.T. folded-ribbon tweeter and a 7.25-inch Hexacone woofer, along with dual 150W discrete amplifiers. The Sub-P contains an 11-inch woofer and is powered by a 200W amplifier.

The Audio-Technica Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF Wireless System was used for front-line vocals for The Beatles Tribute, which featured Vince Gill, Dave Matthews and Sting; and for Alicia Keys; the Foo Fighters; George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic with members of OutKast and Earth, Wind & Fire; Robert Randolph & The Family Band; Sean Paul; and the Black Eyed Peas. In addition, three Audio-Technica AT4050s were used for vocals on the Warren Zevon Tribute that featured Jackson Browne, Dwight Yoakam, Billy Bob Thornton, The Eagles' Timothy B. Schmit, Jorge Calderón, and Zevon's children, Jordan and Arial.

This year's multiple Grammy-winner and standout performer, Beyoncé, took home five trophies and used a satin-nickel finish Sennheiser SKM 5000-N with Neumann KK 105-S capsule. The singer ties Alicia Keys, Norah Jones and Lauryn Hill for the most Grammys won by a female artist. Coincidently, all five-time Grammy female artists used either Sennheiser or Neumann microphones during their Grammy performances: Alicia Keys (SK 5012), Norah Jones (KMS 105) and Lauren Hill (SKM 5000).

Celine Dion remained poised when an audio patching problem threatened to spoil her tribute to Luther Vandross. Dion has been using an SKM 5000 wireless for nearly a decade, but used the KK 105-S capsule delivered her rendition of "Dance With My Father."

Other performers who used a Neumann KMS 150 vocal mic onstage included Sting, the White Stripes and Sarah McLachlan.

For more information about this year's Grammy Awards, go to www.grammy.com. To check out more about Sennheiser, click on www.sennheiserusa.com; ADAM Audio information can be found at www.adam-audio.com.

Call for Submissions: Disc Makers' Independent Music World Series-Midwest Seeks Talent
Independent CD manufacturer Disc Makers is set to kick off this year's Independent Music World Series, a showcase for independent musicians based in the Midwest. The showcase finals will be held at the Elbo Room in Chicago on May 13, 2004, and will feature the top six acts as selected by Billboard magazine. The finalist will receive $35,000 in music gear and prizes.

The competition is open to all musicians not currently signed to a major record label and to all genres of music. To be eligible for the Midwest showcase, at least one bandmember must reside in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota or Wisconsin. Submissions must be postmarked by March 11, 2004. Each artist who submits an entry (with $20 entry fee) will receive a free copy of Billboard's Musician's Guide to Touring and Promotion and Electronic Musician magazine. Artists who submit their entry online will be automatically entered to win a Fender Stratocaster guitar.

Independent A&R company TAXI (www.taxi.com) will select 100 semi-finalists, and the six performing finalists will then be chosen by Billboard magazine for the Elbo Room showcase.

For more information on Disc Makers Independent Music World Series, visit www.discmakers.com/imws or call 888/800-5796.

New Wizoo Book Provides Sonar Mixing, Mastering Tips
Wizoo Publishing GmbH recently issued Sonar 3: Mixing & Mastering, a new book by Craig Anderton that aims to help readers improve their arranging, mixing and mastering skills using the features in Sonar 3. The new tome also gives a basic overview of sound engineering, as well as advanced tips and tricks for emerging engineers to get the better results from their music productions.

Sonar 3: Mixing & Mastering also includes a CD-ROM featuring various audio examples and other educational tools. The book is available at www.wizoo.com and major music and book retailers for $50.

Dutch Broadcaster Purchases Allen & Heath ML Live Sound Console
Allen & Heath's Dutch distributor, TM Audio, has provided a 40-channel ML5000 to one of Holland's biggest commercial broadcasters, RTL4, to cover all live elements of the popular Barend & Van Dorp talk show, a weekday broadcast that features performances from local Dutch talent and well-known artists such as Norah Jones, Tindersticks, Stereophonics, 16 Down and Peter Frampton.

RTL4 provides monitor mixes for visiting artists and bands and front-of-house mixing for the studio, according to RTL Netherlands head of sound Eric Bergsma.

For more information, please visit www.allen-heath.com.

Mercedes Takes Sennheiser for a Ride
Sennheiser recently teamed up with Mercedes, announcing a deal to supply DaimlerChrysler with rear-seat entertainment headphones for the Mercedes Benz S- and E-Class automobiles. Designated as the PX 200 Mercedes Benz Headphones, the units will be sold as an accessory for the optional DVD Rear-Seat Entertainment (RSE) systems.

Modifications to the ultra-lightweight PX 200 include an in-line volume control, "Mercedes Benz" and "Sennheiser" logos on the headband and a soft-pouch carrying case.

This is the second business deal struck by Sennheiser with an automobile manufacturer. The company also supplies a slightly modified version of the collapsible PXC 250 headphones with proprietary NoiseGard!" active noise compensation to Volkswagen for use with its RSE Package in the new Phaeton Sedan and Touareg Sport Utility Vehicle.

For more information, visit www.sennheiserusa.com.

The Sound Guy Announces RTAS Upgrade Path, Limited-Offer Discount on Fxpansion
The Sound Guy Inc. has announced an RTAS upgrade path for SFX Machine RT, courtesy of FXpansion Audio UK. For a limited time, new purchasers of SFX Machine RT will receive a third discount on FXpansion's VST-to-RTAS Adapter.

With a new purchase of SFX Machine RT for US $99, users will receive an offer for a third discount from FXpansion on purchases of the VS-to-RTAS Adapter (normally priced at $99).

SFX Machine RT is an audio multi-effects plug-in, available in AudioUnit format for Mac OS X and VST format for Mac OS 8/9/X and Windows. With the purchase of the VST-to-RTAS Adapter, Pro Tools 6 LE and TDM owners will now have access to this technology on Mac OS X and Windows XP.

The SFX Machine has been used in numerous commercial music recordings, video games, television productions and feature films. The RT version adds real-time processing while retaining ease of use, enabling sound designers to rapidly audition and customize the presets.

SFX Machine RT comes with hundreds of effects, including conventional effects like choruses and flangers, as well as a wide variety of unique effects. Many of the presets include a pitch tracker or envelope follower, allowing the effect to respond intelligently to the input.

A Randomize button makes it easy to explore the range of possibilities contained within each preset. The plug-in also allows automated parameter control via a simple "MIDI Learn" interface.

For more information, visit the Website at www.sfxmachine.com.

Fits & Starts on Seminar Tour
AES sections and audio students of all ages came out to hear the Fits & Starts Productions' surround sound seminar featuring engineers and surround authorities, part of its national tour.

Fits & Starts Productions conducts these free seminars for university students and audio professionals with equipment from corporate sponsors, including DTS (Digital Theater Systems), MaxVision, Steinberg North America, SRS Labs and Tannoy.

Tannoy is supplying seven of its WideBand Ellipse eight high-resolution monitors, all laser-aligned by Sokol in surround configuration. A Tannoy PS 350B amplified subwoofer supplies LF support. During a tour stop in Nashville, the Tannoys were positioned in the 975-seat Massey auditorium to create a "virtual room" within a room (as Sokol put it) by isolating the center seating section.

Sokol introduced the new Ellipse monitors by explaining that they are capable of full-bandwidth playback, flat out to 54 kHz, for today's high-resolution formats, DSD and DVD-Audio. He also explained that these high-res monitors realize benefits within the traditional frequency range of 20 to 20k Hz.

"When you extend the bandwidth of any part of the recording/playback chain, you reduce in-band phase error," he said. By moving either the CD's lowpass up (by using an SACD or DVD-A source) or the loudspeakers' lowpass frequency (by using wideband-capable loudspeakers), sound will be improved. It's not about actually hearing information above 20 kHz, Sokol explained, so much as it's about the energy in-band at 20 to 20 kHz sounding better due to less phase error.

The Fits & Starts' format for these seminars is informal, with frequent Q&A sessions. The purpose is to share audio knowledge with seminar attendees so that they can create their own music or sound FX projects. "Rather than telling seminar participants how we create 5.1 music,' Sokol said, "we show them how they can do it with affordable equipment and the latest technology."

And the seminar tours always have new techniques and audio toys to show. A technique the Fits & Starts tours has been using for at least three years never fails to impress its knowledgeable seminar attendees: triggering surround audio through the PowerPoint presentation. And Sokol explains how to do it.

A current toy is a new use for an iPOD: Sokol converts standard MP3 stereo files to SRS Circle Surround–encoded files and transfers them to the iPOD. The iPOD has a transmitter (an "iTrip" from Griffin Technology), allowing it to play through a surround sound receiver: a Marantz SR9300 in the rack. The Circle Surround–encoded files, decoded by the receiver, play through five Tannoy Ellipse 8 monitors.

The annual Fits & Starts regional tours run from September 2003 through April 2004, and comprises six seminars in each region for a total of 36 cities each year. The current Southeastern tour continues with stops at Full Sail (Winter Park, Fla.), January 26; University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL (Gusman Concert Hall), Jan.uary 27; and Appalachian State University, Boone, NC (Farthing Auditorium), January 29. The lower Midwest-Texas region tour begins on February 17 in St. Louis.

Soundart Releases Enhancements
Soundart announced its latest full soundskin for the Chameleon. The Beta version of Amp-o-Matic was released in January 2003, and it has been brought up-to-date with Version 1.0.

Amp-o-Matic V. 1.0 is available now as a free download for Chameleon users on its Website, www.soundart-hot.com/english/users1_6.htm.

This complete overhaul of Amp-o-Matic boasts a wide range of new effects and mixing options. Two guitar pedal effects emulations have been packed before the amp modeler, and three stereo effect slots afterward, with total control over the flow of sound around the system.

With Amp-o-Matic loaded, guitarists and keyboardists can get a fat, crunchy and fuzzy wah-wah sound on one song, and switch to a completely different setup for the next. Routing and mixing systems are very flexible and have been specifically designed to simply performance. Features such as pre-defined routing options are offered, as well as a "Quick Mixer," which allows the user to balance all of the effects on one screen.

All of the modules in the soundskin are easily switchable on/off. Amp-o-Matic can be used just as a cabinet or a preamp simulator, or as a multi-effect box, with all the other modules switched off.

For more highlights and unit specs, visit Soundart's Website at www.soundart-hot.com/english/users1_6.htm.

InnovaSon Sy80 Handles BBC's ‘'Top of the Pops'
When the BBC decided to revamp Top of the Pops, it committed itself to live broadcast and live performances. The new InnovaSon Sy80 digital console was chosen to handle the highly demanding job of mixing sound for the audience P.A. system, plus foldback for the performing artists.

Live studio sound is handled by SSE. Mixer Chris Trimby, permanently assigned to the show, explained, "Now that it is live-to-air, the show has changed completely. Previously, we would record one band and then stop, setup and record the next. Now, of course, we have to go directly from one to the next. This meant that we needed more inputs and outputs, because we don't have time to patch, and that's one of the main reasons we decided to use the InnovaSon Sy80."

TOTP used to employ up to five stages to record the show, but the new streamlined live show uses two and occasionally three. In the new configuration, the Sy80 offers a number of benefits to the show's producers: Turn-around time is accelerated, only one console is required, at just 1.65 meters wide a great deal of space is saved, configuration and routing is simplified and there is no danger of running out of channels.

Since the all-new TOTP went live toward the end of 2003, live acts have included Starsailor, Kings of Leon, Black Eyed Peas, Busted, Matt Goss, Graham Lyle, Will Young and Alicia Keys.

Peter Eggleston Named Director of Sales and Marketing at Sonic Network
Sonic Network Inc., a provider of mobile audio and wavetable technology for MIDI synthesis, announced that Peter Eggleston will join the company as director of sales and marketing, heading up marketing, OEM sales and channel development.

Most recently a sales leader with Plexus, a software company recently acquired by BancTec Inc., Eggleston's strong background includes tenures at Amerinex Applied Imaging, now merged with Northampton-based Millimetrix, Avco Research Laboratories and Kodak Research Laboratories.

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

Backbeat Books Issues Jim Marshall Biography
Backbeat Books recently issued Jim Marshall: The Father of Loud, the authorized biography of Marshall Amplification company founder Jim Marshall. Written by Rich Maloof, the book pays homage to the company's rich heritage, chronicles its contributions to the world of rock and encourages readers to pursue their own musical ambitions.

A recent book signing held at Guitar Center's Hollywood store, home of the famous Hollywood RockWalk® where Marshall was an inaugural inductee in 1985, brought in such supporters as Slash (who wrote the book's forward), Kerry King (Slayer), Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains) and John 5 (Marilyn Manson), who were on hand to autograph copies of the book. In addition, an ultrarare, purple Marshall 1959SLPX head with matching 1960TV cabinet was given away in a drawing.

For more information, visit www.marshallamps.com.

ACM Launches Online Voting with Broadjam Inc.
Broadjam Inc. has been selected to create and implement a new online voting mechanism for the Academy of Country Music (ACM) to be launched in time for this year's ACM Awards, airing on CBS May 26, 2004.

Using Broadjam technology, ACM members will cast votes online via a secure third-party site on the Internet. Members will be able to stream instantly and listen to nominees' music during the final rounds of polling in several categories, including Song of the Year and Video of the Year.

Broadjam has been using a secure combination of streaming and online voting successfully for more than three years on its music industry Website, www.broadjam.com, a global community of independent musicians.

DARP Productions Stays Lucid
Whether on the road or in the studio, Rick Sheppard, longtime chief engineer and programmer for producer Dallas Austin and DARP Productions, regularly chooses Lucid Audio for the company's AD/DA conversion needs.

DARP Studios, an expansive Atlanta-based facility boasting two SSL consoles, a Sony Oxford and several writing/production suites, contains two Lucid SSG192 Studio Sync Generators, two AESx4 AES/EBU Distribution Amps, three CLKx6 Audio Clock Distribution Amps, six ADA 8824 8-channel AD/DA units, a pair of SRC9624 sample rate converters, and a few DA 9624 and AD 9624s stereo D/A and A/D converters. Sheppard also recently added a GENx6 word/super clock to the Lucid rack.

Austin and Sheppard travel with about 55 road cases of MIDI, computers and recording gear. Their production style requires that all MIDI instruments, as well as a large GigaStudio rig, run virtually until the end of the project when all of those sounds are finalized and actually recorded. Lucid gear and Emagic's Logic Audio software running on Digidesign's Pro Tools process cards all come into play.

"Realistically, since we need to be portable for traveling and also work on so many different songs/projects at the same time, the idea of setting up and recalling the console and song every time we change is ludicrous," said Austin. "Both Dallas and I each use a DA 9624 [DAC] fed from the AESx4 distribution amp. That unit gets an AES/EBU stereo pair digitally from one of the ADA 8824s. We both have our own headphone and speaker level controls using these boxes. I mix internally and monitor through this same path."

Austin, whose credit list includes work with ABC (Another Bad Creation), BoyzII Men, TLC, Pink, Madonna and Michael Jackson, to name a few, most recently wrapped up a few tracks for Janet Jackson's forthcoming album, Damita Jo, and is currently working on a solo project for No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani and new tracks for Latina sensation Shakira.

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

Howard Johnson Records at Cups 'N Strings
Legendary funk/soul singer Howard Johnson recently mastered a new album titled Soul Japan Presents Family Snapshots at Cups 'N Strings Studio in Santa Monica, Calif. Musicians of the project include Johnson, Dave Cochran, Portrait, Regis Branson and Ed Johnson.

For facility info, visit www.cupsnstrings.com.

Brauner, Soundelux, Daking Chosen for Von Schweikert Speaker Test
Loudspeaker designer Albert Von Schweikert tested his Von Schweikert Audio $100,000-plus VR11-XTC home theater speakers recently by reproducing a 3-D soundstage and using equipment from Soundelux, Brauner and Daking.

The "experiment" took place daily in front of live audiences in the Chateaux Ballroom of the San Remo Hotel during the recent 2004 CES Show in Las Vegas.

Female vocal group the Misty River Band provided music for the demo, singing and playing fiddle, accordion, upright bass and acoustic guitar between the two 7-foot-tall, 800-pound Von Schweikert loudspeakers.

Todd Peterson from Transamerica Audio Group notes, "The mics we used were the Soundelux ifet7 on accordion, Soundelux E47 on Dana's vocal, Soundelux E49 on Chris's vocal and violin, Soundelux ELUX 251 on upright bass, Brauner Valvet Voice on Laura's vocal, Valvet Voice on Carol's vocal, and Brauner Phantom C on Carol's Guitar."

All mics were connected to a Geoffrey Daking 16-channel mixing console using custom Zero-Crystal cables made by Acoustic Zen. The board's output was fed to Ed Meitner's EMM Labs' A/D converters and then on to a Sony DSD stereo recording system. Engineer Chris Huston mixed the tracks for a "mirror-image sound recording."

The Von Schweikert speakers, used only for playback, contained four rear-mounted 15-inch woofers connected to built-in 2,000-watt amplifiers. Mounted up front were eight 9-inch woofers, two 7-inch midrange drivers and four tweeters.

The XTC Model used for the demo comes with electronic crossovers and five separate stereo amplifiers for the two towers.

For more information, visit www.transaudiogroup.com.

Lauri Pausini Finds Her Voice with SSL Logic MT
Italian vocalist Laura Pausini is working on a new album in her new studio—Oliveta Recording Studio (ORS) in Castelbolognese, Northern Italy—which she's equipped with a Solid State Logic MT Plus digital console. Giulio Antognini serves as Pausini's in-house engineer.

The semi-private facility also includes a second smaller studio taht, like the main room, contains a Pro Tools|HD3 workstation, Quested monitoring set up in surround configuration (7.1 in the main room) and outboard gear from GML, NEVE, Lexicon, TC Electronic, Universal Audio, Focusrite, Avalon and Tube-Tech.

With album sales of more than 20 million worldwide, Pausini is regarded as one of Italy's most important recording artists. Her forthcoming album was recorded in both Italian and Spanish, and is slated for worldwide release this spring.

For more information on the SSL MT Plus, please visit www.solidstatelogic.com.

Musician's Friend Named "Product Catalog Dealer of the Year"
Sennheiser Electronics Corporation named online/catalog music gear retailer Musician's Friend its "2003 MI Product Catalog Dealer of the Year" at the recent NAMM Convention in Anaheim, Calif.

Musician's Friend was founded in 1983 by Robert and Donna Eastman. The company offers 36,000 products through its Website and mail-order catalogs, selling everything from musical instruments to amps to recording, mixing and DJ equipment.

For more information, visit www.musiciansfriend.com. For more information on Sennheiser, visit www.sennheiserusa.com.

Wizoo Adds Two New Kits to Drum Library
Wizoo's online sample shop Wizoosounds.com has added two top-drawer, professional MasterDrums Series kits to its drum library: Starclassic and the Trixon retro kit.

MasterDrums' approach to mapping reportedly goes far beyond the GM standard. Every drum instrument is available as an independent program offering a wide variety of different samples, providing greater authenticity and ease of use.

Starclassic (420 MB) and Trixon are priced at 29.95 euros each.

KFMB Charges Ahead With Zephyr Xport
Midwest Television's 760/KFMB, home station for San Diego Chargers football, now relies on Zephyr Xport, the portable codec that connects to any POTS or ISDN phone line, to deliver its 15kHz broadcast audio.

Zephyr Xport combines state-of-the-art aacPlus™ audio coding with a unique DSP-based modem architecture for solid connections and 15kHz audio using a standard analog (POTS) phone line. aacPlus has been chosen by XM Satellite Radio and Digital Radio Mondiale to ensure the highest possible audio quality over low-bit transmission paths. An ISDN option can be ordered at time of purchase or added later. ISDN-equipped units can use either low-delay MPEG AAC (MP4) or G.722 coding for connectivity to a wide variety of third-party ISDN codecs. Xport also contains a built-in mixer with mic and line inputs and selectable dynamics processing by Omnia Audio.

Zephyr Xstream owners can hear an instant demonstration of Zephyr Xport's superior audio capabilities by connecting to the Zephyr Xport Demonstration line. For instructions and detailed information about Zephyr Xport, please visit www.telos-systems.com/xport/.

XARC Mastering Reports Expanded Website, Client Roster
XARC Mastering, launched two months ago as the "world's first Internet-specific mastering service," reports a steady stream of new business from such clients as Billy Rogers, German trance artists Manuel Schleis and Manuel Reuter, house meisters Righi & Dan, Norweigian band Xploding Plastix and Spanish techno artist/DJ David Martinez (aka, David Martzz).

The company has also revamped its Website to include an extensive glossary of mastering terminology, customer testimonials and a mastering forum. Customers can also download tracks in a simpler, more viewable way and online visitors can hear tracks before and after receiving treatment from XARC Mastering.

XARC Mastering works to provide high-quality time/cost-efficient professional mastering services to clients worldwide, with a full range of services provided via a secure SSL-encrypted connection.

For more information on XARC Mastering please go to www.xarcmastering.com.

Gefen Releases New SDI/DVI Adapter
Gefen, an interconnectivity solutions provider for computer and electronics components, recently released the ex-tend-it SDI-to-DVI adapter. The new adapter enables high-definition serial digital video transmitted through SDI to be converted to DVI (digital visual interface) for output to DVI displays. It works with all SDI and serial digital video sources, which are commonly used in broadcast and post-production, and outputs a DVI signal compatible with LCD monitors, HDTVs (high-definition televisions), video projectors and plasma displays with DVI.

Gefen's SDI-to-DVI adapter, priced at $899 (U.S.), outputs RGB DVI at 1,280x1,024 resolution and supports PAL, NTSC, 720p, 1080p and 1080I formats.

The unit may be ordered online at www.gefen.com.

SonicFruit, "Shake a Leg" Forms Fruit/Shake
Elyse Schiller, founder/composer of Shake-a-Leg Productions, and Kathryn Korniloff, founder/composer of Sonicfruit, joined forces to launch Fruit/Shake, a new creative and production alliance that offers expanded capabilities in original music composition, sound design and audio post services to television networks, TV programs, feature films, corporate videos and multimedia projects.

Schiller and Korniloff made the announcement jointly from their newly acquired studio in Toluca Lake, Calif.

Schiller and Korniloff have also announced the completion of their first major Fruit/Shake project, a music re-branding package for The Game Show Network (GSN), which is set for a March 2004 launch. Santa Monica-based design and branding agency V12 retained Fruit/Shake to contribute a music and sound design package for the GSN project.

For more information, visit www.fruitshakemusic.com.

Hard Rock "Digs" Peavy in Biloxi
Peavey Electronics Corporation founder Hartley Peavey donned a shovel to celebrate the ground-breaking of the new Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Biloxi, Miss. In fact, Peavey Electronics designed the ceremonial shovels specifically for the event using the necks and headstocks of Peavey bass guitars.

Among the 20-odd statewide dignitaries and celebrities in attendance were Chris Henderson and Todd Harrell of Mississippi-based multi-Platinum rock band 3 Doors Down. Bandmate Matt Roberts, who was unable to attend, endorses Peavey 5150 AE and Triple XXX AE guitar amplifiers, both of which backed up the event's live entertainment. The entire event ran through a Peavey sound system.

The $235 million Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Biloxi will include an 11-story, 306-room hotel, a Hard Rock Cafe, Hard Rock Casino and Hard Rock Live performance venue that will feature national touring shows and local music artists.

For more information, visit www.peavey.com.

Hamilton Introduces Mid-Sized Grand Piano
The new Hamilton Grand Model H399 is the newest in a series of instruments that aim to provide concert-level sound and action at a moderate price. The 5-foot, 8-inch grand features a music desk and leg design with historically accurate styling from the Baldwin Hamilton line, as well as high-quality components such as solid-spruce soundboard and ribs, Roslau strings and hard-rock maple bridge and action.

The Hamilton Grand is available in polished mahogany, ebony and satin ebony and is backed by a 10-year warranty on parts and labor.

For info, visit Gibson's Website at www.gibson.com.

PreSonus Eureka Goes Digital With the AD192
PreSonus Audio Electronics Inc. is now shipping the new AD192 optional digital output card for the Eureka™ pro recording channel.

The new AD192 Digital option card features word clock I/O, both AES and S/PDIF outputs, 24-bit word length, and sample rates of 44.1k, 48k, 96k and 192k. In addition, both professional and consumer digital formats are supported for further flexibility and compatibility. Balanced TRS line input (right input) is also included so that only one AD192 is needed for using two Eurekas in dual-mono or stereo applications. Suggested retail price is $249.95.

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

Lynx Offers OS X Support For LynxTWO, L22, AES 16 Interfaces
With the recent offering of the Mac OS X CoreAudio driver for the new AES16, Lynx Studio Technology Inc. now offers the latest Macintosh support for all of its 24-bit/196kHz digital audio interfaces.

The company began full OS X support of the LynxTWO and L22 digital audio interfaces in November, and put its new OS X drivers for the AES 16 onto its Website.

Lynx's new OS X CoreAudio drivers give complete software control over every aspect of the AES16 and AES16-SRC, showing complete channel status information for each of the digital inputs and giving control over each of the digital outputs.

All of Lynx's 192kHz interface cards can be used with either the standard PCI interface or the new 3.3V PCI-X interface found in the Macintosh G5 models.

All drivers are available for immediate free download from the Lynx Studio Technology Website, www.lynxstudio.com.

SAE Opens Doors to New York Campus
Following its grand opening during the 2003 AES Convention, SAE Institute recently hosted an industry-wide open house highlighting its New York campus facility located on Herald Square in midtown Manhattan.

The new SAE campus studio and instruction complex houses 33 studios/technology labs/personal workstations, providing an array of studio setups and situations. The complex's main studios offers a Neve 88R and an SSL4000 G+ consoles, respectively, along with an additional Control 24 surround suite with THX-certified monitoring from Blue Sky International. The facility, which is now 50 percent larger than SAE New York's original location, also contains three Pro Tools suites with Macintosh G5s and Mackie HD2 recorders, three isolated MIDI production suites and four audio-enhanced classrooms. The school's wide-ranging audio curriculum covers areas from surround sound and DVD authoring to large-format console studio and mix sessions. The studios' layout and design allow for interactive connectivity between rooms.

For more information, please visit www.sae.edu.

KUTV Installs Euphonix Max Air Console
KUTV2, the station Utah Broadcasters Association named the "best newscast in the market," recently installed a Euphonix Max Air all-digital audio console. The CBS Television Network, owned and operated by CBS Corporation, decided to purchase the console after an onsite station visit by the Euphonix Max Air Broadcast Tour.

KUTV installed the 32-fader Max Air console, which includes 96 channels of processing, in its main studio to be used for broadcasting all news programming.

The Euphonix Max Air Tour is outfitted with a 96-channel Max Air mixing system set up to simulate a local TV station digital audio control room. In each city, the vehicle visits up to five TV stations to allow operators, management and technicians to see the possibilities and powerful features that digital audio and video can bring to local TV operations.

Dedicated to providing a quality news product, KUTV programs nearly 40 hours of local news, sports and information programming weekly. KUTV reaches more than 600,000 viewers weekly.

For more information, visit www.euphonix.com.

Queer Eye Welcomes Evil Twin to 'Fab' Family
Los Angeles-based Evil Twin Productions just completed TV, radio and direct-response spots promoting the popular series, Queer Eye For the Straight Guy. The campaign includes creative spots promoting "The Fab Five's" three new projects: the album and limited-edition CD/DVD, titled What's That Sound: Music From Queer Eye For the Straight Guy, The Soundtrack; and the book, Queer Eye For the Straight Guy: The Fab 5's Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better and Living Better (Crown Publishing).

The soundtrack includes the hit theme "All Things (Just Keep Getting Better)" by Widelife, and additional tracks from Kylie Minogue, Sting, Liz Phair, Elton John and the reunited Duran Duran.

The limited-edition CD/DVD includes the Fab Five's music tips and picks, music videos and more.

The ad campaign, produced by Evil Twin co-founder Harri Mark and VP of production and development Doug Major, began airing nationally in February and includes 5- to 60-second spots featuring The Fab 5 vamping to their theme song. The company used a combination of Avid Symphony, After Effects and Vegas/Sound Forge to produce the spots.

Despite the program's mainstream success, creating a broadcast campaign wasn't easy, according to Mark. "The hardest part of doing a spot for The Fab 5 is the fear that they will show up in the middle of the night and makeover the spot—or at least our wardrobe."

For more information, visit www.eviltwinproductions.com.

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