Mix News for January 2003

Jan 22, 2003 12:00 PM

IMAX to Install iZ Technology Playback

IMAX Corporation and iZ Technology announced that IMAX will incorporate iZ Technology's playback engine in its next-generation audio-playback systems for distribution by IMAX to theaters worldwide.

"The IMAX Experience is unlike any other theatrical motion-picture experience in the world. It is the world's most immersive movie experience, and part of what makes it so unique is the exhilarating sound provided by state-of-the-art sound systems coupled with our giant screens," commented Jerry Sokol, IMAX Corporation's director of technology. "The RADAR System has the proven reliability and exceptional sound quality required to blend perfectly with our existing technologies and to provide theater-goers with the quality of performance IMAX patrons have come to expect."

"You couldn't find a better fit," said Barry Henderson, president and CEO at iZ Technology. "Our passion is and always has been high-performance, high-reliability audio recording and playback. Having RADAR technology as part of the IMAX Experience is very exciting for us as a company."

For more, visit IMAX online at www.imax.com; check out iZ Technology's RADAR system at www.recordingtheworld.com.

CreamWare to Host Geoff Downes at Winter NAMM

Visitors to the CreamWare booth at Winter NAMM 2003 in Anaheim, Calif., can check out live performances by keyboardist Geoff Downes (founding member/composer/keyboardist of rock band ASIA), who will be playing on the company's new Noah hardware synthesizer.

Downes will perform every few hours, Thursday through Sunday, at booth #6900 in Hall A.

Noah was announced at the 2002 Musikmesse Show and is now almost ready for shipping. Based on software plug-in technology, Noah offers increased flexibility and new features, including extensive integration with audio computers via editing software and a USB interface (for audio and MIDI), as well as the ability to serve as an effects processor for external signal sources. The following instruments are included with Noah: Minimax (an accurate reproduction of the Moog Minimoog), B-2003 (model of a drawbar organ in the tradition of the Hammond B3), Vectron Player (vector synthesis), Lightwave (wavetable synthesizer with 128 waveforms, two integrated filters and a flexible modulation matrix) and six-string (produces string instrument sounds). As a special offer until June 30, 2003, Sequential Circuit's Pro-One is included for free.

In addition to this standard version, a Noah EX Version with double the power for the synthesis engine is available. This extension can also be added to the standard version. Noah EX can play up to four instruments simultaneously, while the standard version can play two.

Noah will be available in April 2003; editing software for the Mac is projected to be available in the middle of 2003. Projected list price for the standard version is $2,075; the EX Version is listed at $2,525.

For more, visit CreamWare online at www.creamware.com.

Sennheiser Upgrades Evolution 609

At Winter NAMM 2003 (January 16 to 19, 2003), Sennheiser Electronic (Old Lyme, Conn.; booth #6555) will introduce one of the first instrument mic upgrades in the Evolution Wired Mic Series, the E 609 Silver. Building on the Evolution 609 and MD 409 dynamic microphones, Sennheiser re-engineered the E 609's capsule for a punchier sound with more clarity.

Sporting the same silver front grille, the E 609 Silver's tonal character has been tailored to more closely match the MD 409's; physical construction and side-address configuration remain the same, as well. Frequency response is 40-18k Hz, sensitivity is 1.5 mV/Pa and nominal impedance is 350 ohms.

The E 609 Silver will be available in February 2003, with an MSRP of $199.95.

While checking out the new mic at the Winter NAMM show, be sure to catch two of the country's top drum 'n' bass turntablists, DJ Siren and Danny tha Wildchild, who will be performing and putting Sennheiser's HD 280 Professional dynamic stereo headphones to the test.

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

Free Version of Sonomic Online Library with Ableton Live Purchase

Ableton (www.ableton.com) and Sonomic (www.sonomic.com) announced the bundling of the Sonomic Online Library Card with Ableton's Live 2 audio software for Mac OS 9/OS X and Windows.

Sonomic's Library Card will allow Live users to search, audition and download 10 samples or five sound effects from the Sonomic Online Library. Currently hosting 200,000 sounds, the Sonomic Online Library features current collections from Zero G, Sound Ideas, Sampleheads, Q Up Arts, BBC, Universal SoundBank and many more. Downloadable in .WAV and .AIFF formats, Sonomic's sounds can be instantly stretched, warped and mangled in Live 2; Live 2 is currently shipping with the Online Library Card enclosed in the box.

Mackie Announces D8B Version 5.0

Mackie Designs (Woodinville, Wash.) announced a major software upgrade for its Digital 8·Bus (D8B) recording console with the release of Version 5.0. Version 5.0 includes a completely updated graphical user interface (GUI) for improved navigation, a HUI emulation layer, surround monitoring control, as well as many new features.

"Version 5.0 is the direct result of our listening to D8B users and providing them with real-world features and functionality that will improve their overall productivity and efficiency," commented Keith Olsen, corporate director, global recording market and product development at Mackie Designs. "The HUI capabilities, for example, were implemented specifically for artists and engineers that are interfacing more and more with desktop systems, but still require the sound quality, routing and I/O capabilities of a high-end mixer."

New with 5.0 include: a HUI (Human User Interface) layer allows the D8B to function as a high-quality, automated control surface with I/O for popular DAW platforms; updated dynamics algorithms improve channel-processing performance; new production tools, which include onscreen help, as well as track sheets and channel notes, can be exported as html files for sharing session information with other users; independent surround-monitoring level controls and on-surface surround monitor control; a completely updated GUI (graphical user interface) provides new views for all EQ and dynamics in a graphical format, along with complete metering control; and new plug-in-chaining capability permits "daisy-chaining" of up to four plug-ins for one send, which allows users to double, triple or quadruple the number of plug-ins assigned to one input.

Version 5.0 began shipping with all new D8B consoles on December 16, 2002, and is currently available as a download from www.mackie.com for $299. Version 5.0 is a free upgrade to anyone who purchased a D8B after November 15, 2002.

45th Grammy Awards Nominees

Nominees listed for the 45th Annual Grammy Awards were taken from the Grammy Website, www.grammy.com. What follows are select excerpts. A complete list of the nominees can be found at the Grammy Website.

Record of the Year

• "A Thousand Miles" by Vanessa Carlton. Ron Fair, producer; Tal Herzberg, Jack Joseph Puig and Michael C. Ross, engineer/mixers.

• "Without Me" by Eminem. Jeff Bass and Eminem, producers; Steve King, engineer/mixer.

• "Don’t Know Why" by Norah Jones. Norah Jones, Arif Mardin and Jay Newland, producers; Mardin and Newland, engineer/mixers.

• "Dilemma" by Nelly, featuring Kelly Rowland. Bam and Ryan Bowser, producers; Brian Garten, engineer/mixer.

• "How You Remind Me" by Nickelback. Nickelback and Rick Parashar, producers; Joey Moi and Randy Staub, engineer/mixers.

Album of the Year

Home by the Dixie Chicks. Produced by the Dixie Chicks and Lloyd Maines; Gary Paczosa, engineer/mixer; Robert Hadley and Doug Sax, mastering.

The Eminem Show by Eminem. Jeff Bass, Dr. Dre, Eminem and Denaun Porter, producers; Mauricio Iragorri and Steve King, engineer/mixers; Brian Gardner, mastering.

Come Away with Me by Norah Jones. Norah Jones, Arif Mardin, Craig Street and Jay Newland, producers; Mardin, Newland and Husky Huskolds, engineer/mixers; Ted Jensen, mastering.

Nellyville by Nelly. Jason Epperson, Just Blaze, The Neptunes, The Trackboyz, Wally Yaghnam, producers; Steve Eigner, Brian Garten, Russ Giraud, Gimel Keaton, Greg Morgenstein, Matt Still and Rich Travali, engineer/mixers; Herb Powers, mastering.

The Rising by Bruce Springsteen. Brendan O’Brien, producer. Nick Didia and O’Brien, engineer/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering.

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Ask a Woman Who Knows by Natalie Cole. Elliot Scheiner and Al Schmitt, engineers.

C’mon, C’mon by Sheryl Crow. Trina Shoemaker and Eric Tew, engineers.

Come Away With Me by Norah Jones. Arif Mardin, Jay Newland and Husky Huskolds, engineers.

Home by the Dixie Chicks. Gary Paczosa, engineer.

Morning View by Incubus. Mike Einzinger, Dave Holdredge, Scott Litt and Rick Will, engineers.

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

• Dr. Dre, for songs by Eminem. Busta Rhymes, Truth Hurts, Warren G. and Dr. Dre & Snoop Dog.

• Nellee Hooper, for songs by Lamya and No Doubt.

• Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, for songs by Bryan Adams, Yolanda Adams, Boyz II Men, Mariah Carey and Deborah Cox.

• Arif Mardin, for Norah Jones’ Come Away With Me

• Rick Rubin, for work with Johnny Cash and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

• "He Loves Me" by Jill Scott. Your Friends From San Francisco, remixers.

• "Hella Good" by No Doubt. Roger Sanchez, remixer.

• "Lost Love" by Rinocerose. Felix Da Housecat, remixer.

• "What About Us" by Brandy. Steve "Silk" Hurley, remixer.

• "Work It Out" by Beyonce Knowles. Maurice Joshua, remixer.

Best Engineered Album, Classical

• Chadwick: Orchestral Works. John Newton, engineer.

• Orff: Carmina Burana. Jack Renner engineer.

• Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances; Vocalise. Keith O. Johnson, engineer.

• Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11. Tony Faulkner, engineer.

• Vaughn Williams: A Seas Symphony (No. 1). Michael Bishop, engineer.

Producer of the Year, Classical

• Andrew Cornall, for albums of music by Camilo, Mahler, Moussorgsky and Rossini.

• Manfred Eicher, for albums of music by Berio, Karaaindrou, Pärt, Silvestrov and others.

• James Mallinson, for albums of music by Elgar, Mozart, Reger and Shostakovich.

• Robert Woods for A Celtic Spectacular, the Latin Angeles Guitar Quartet, Scary Music and The Sound of Glory.

• Robina Young for albums of music by Bach, Brahms, Handel and Medelsossohn.

Best Classical Album

Beethoven: String Quartets by the Takacs Quartet. Andrew Keener, producer.

Bel Canto: Bellini, Rossini, Donizetti et al. by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Erik Smith, producer.

Mahler: Symphony No. 6 by the San Francisco Symphony. Andrea Neubronner, producer.

Pärt: Orient and Occident by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Manfred Eicher, producer.

Vaughan Williams: A Seas Symphony (No. 1) by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Thomas C. Moore, producer.

PrimeSounds Unleashes "Methods of Mayhem"

PrimeSounds has introduced Methods of Mayhem 2, the sequel to its Methods of Mayhem CD.

Included in the new release are over a thousand drum and noise loops; 300 drum sounds; more than 270 guitar and bass riffs; eerie soundscapes and background noises; sound effects; and more.

Methods of Mayhem 2 consists of two audio CDs, .WAV and REX2 files and are delivered in an exclusive designed DVD box with a paper slipcase over it.

Listen to an MP3 demo of Mayhem 2: Methods Demo MP3.

Deepsky Remixes With Mackie UAD-1

Jason Blum and J. Scott Giaquinta, the duo that comprises Deepsky, recently remixed David Bowie's single, "I Took a Trip on a Gemini Spaceship" from his 2002 album, Heathen, as well as Madonna's "Die Another Day" single from the James Bond movie of the same name.

Since acquiring the UAD-1, the pair has found it an intricate part of their production process. On vocals, they rely on the LA-2A to--as Giaquinta puts it--"make big sounds bigger." Blum adds, "There's really no other compression we've used in the digital realm that can 'glue' sounds together so well. It's one of those transparent effects that you can hear, like a really high-end reverb. It almost isn't there, but because of that, it makes the material sound so much better. Just using the LA-2A on things like vocals and lead sounds makes them smooth and present. You can really turn them up in the mix, and yet they don't sound brash or upfront."

According to Deepsky, they appreciate the advantages of achieving a vintage analog sound through DSP processing. "They're really so much like the original pieces of hardware; it's almost unthinkable that they would be able to sell this card for $700 where you can run 15 or 20 of these 1176s side by side," Blum said. "You can't get that many units in a room without raising the temperature to like 150 degrees." Adds Giaquinta, "The guy that designed those algorithms must feel like a stud."

Deepsky used the Mackie UAD-1 and its plug-ins on both remixes, employing the 1176 and LA-2A for bus compression; the Nigel amp modeler was also used on guitars in the Bowie mix. "It's some of the best-sounding digital distortion that I've ever heard," said Giaquinta.

Deepsky is at work on another studio album, this time around with more song-based compositions and organic instrumentation.

For more information on Deepsky, check out their Website at www.deepsky.net. For more information on the Mackie UAD-1 Powered Plug-Ins, see www.mackie.com or www.uaudio.com.

Mackie Hires Ken Berger

Mackie Designs (Woodinville, Wash.) announced that Ken Berger has joined the company as senior VP of marketing; in this role, he will have global responsibility for marketing initiatives for all Mackie Designs' brands, including EAW and RCF.

Most recently, Berger was the founder and CEO at Pro Sound Web, an online community for professional audio, lighting and entertainment technologies. Prior to that, Berger was the co-founder and president of EAW; Mackie purchased EAW in 2000.

"There is no person better suited to direct our marketing efforts," commented Mackie president and CEO Jamie Engen. "Ken not only has a wealth of industry experience and knowledge, but a distinguished record of launching and growing successful professional audio companies. He is a proven executive and we are confident in his ability to guide our many marketing resources around the world."

For more, visit Mackie online at www.mackie.com.

St. Olaf College Installs SymNet

St. Olaf College (Minnetonka, Minn.) recently installed a Symetrix SymNet Audio Matrix, a modular audio mixing, routing and processing system that gives the center a high degree of automation and flexibility to deliver diverse sound simultaneously to several different zones of the complex.

American Pro Audio, a Symetrix dealer in Minnetonka, Minn., identified the school's new $12 million Tostrud Center as an ideal candidate for its first commercial installation of SymNet. Owner Lee Windsperger said SymNet gave the school an opportunity to save a substantial sum of money on additional audio gear, as well as the chance to gain easy control over and

flexibility with audio delivery to a large, multi-zoned facility.

"SymNet replaces a lot of external boxes that they might have had to otherwise buy, such as an equalizer for each of the different zones and maybe compressors, as well," said Windsperger. "With the 8-input and 8-output unit, the area gets central control over all of the audio sources, plus an adaptive remote-control [ARC] box in each of four zones, which is connected to the SymNet control unit by Cat5 cable. Plus, the whole system can be set up and the parameters changed with a laptop computer."

With SymNet, audio can be tailored to each of four zones in the complex: the main entryway area, a fitness area, a weight room and a running track. The current audio sources are three Denon TU-1500 tuners (one each for the entryway, weight room and both the track and fitness areas) and two Denon DN600F CD players, one each for the weight and exercise rooms. The units are housed along with the SymNet hardware and three Electro-Voice CPS 2T amplifiers in a rack in a closet area off the fitness room.

American Pro Audio also specified Electro-Voice speakers for the complex. A total of 70 Evid 3.2T speakers are mounted on the walls around the track area, while six Evid 6.2T speakers are mounted in the entryway area and four each are in the weight room and exercise room.

Roger Fette, owner of Fette Electronics, Faribault, Minn., who installed the system, said SymNet was definitely the right solution for the school's needs. "I really pushed hard for it because everything ties back to the central closet. They had multiple sources with preset volume and paging capabilities. It would have been a lot harder to configure if it were a mechanical analog system. This way, they get a lot better audio quality and control with less possibility of picking up environmental noise, as well."

For more, visit Symetrix online at www.symetrixaudio.com.

Skywalker Sound Goes 5.1 With Model Two Converters

Skywalker Sound (Marin County, Calif.) has added two more Pacific Microsonics Model Two audio converters; the studio now has three units that synchronize to make an ideal 5.1 surround (6-channel) system for music recording and scoring. Through an exclusive agreement with Microsoft, which acquired the design from Pacific Microsonics, the Model Two is now manufactured, sold and serviced by Euphonix.

"Almost all 2-channel projects that we have done at Skywalker over the past four years have been put through the Model Two," said Leslie Ann Jones, director of music recording and scoring at Skywalker Sound. "I've always preferred the sound and audio quality of the Model Two and made a point of using it as often as possible. It captures both the most natural and pristine digital sound I've ever heard."

The Model Two HDCD Processor is a stand-alone hardware unit, ideal for ultrahigh-quality DVD, DVD-Audio and CD mastering, as well as tracking and mixing. The Model Two features two channels of HDCD A/D conversion, D/A conversion and digital processing at a wide variety of sampling rates and word lengths up to 24-bit, 192 kHz. The Model Two is designed for surround sound, with a Master mode that allows three Model Two units to run from a single precision clock for the ultimate 6-channel, 5.1 surround system.

Skywalker Sound Scoring also employs the Euphonix R-1 digital 48-track recorder, and the facility owns a Euphonix System 5 digital console that is used for film dubbing, music recording and mixing.

Visit Euphonix on the Web at www.euphonix.com.

Turner Classic Movie Winner Receives Korg Triton

As first-prize winner of the third-annual Turner Classic Movies Young Film Composers competition, Timothy Smith received a Korg TRITON Music Workstation. Presented by Turner Classic Movies, Film Music, MP3.com and sponsored in part by Korg and Guitar Center, the competition offered a grand prize of $5,000 and a first prize of the Korg TRITON Music Workstation.

The competition was conceived three years ago, as TCM was searching for composers to create music for the 200-plus silent films in the channel’s archives. This year’s competition attracted over 400 entries. Contestants went to TCM’s Website (www.turnerclassicmovies.com) and downloaded one of four 90-second video clips. They created a score for the clip, and then uploaded their score via www.mp3.com. Judges narrowed the entries first to 20 contenders, then to the top 10, from which Smith was selected. His score was for the movie Nosferatu.

"I’m really happy with all the functions and features of the TRITON," commented prize winner Smith. "About 12 years ago, when I first started to get into keyboards, a friend of mine had a Korg, and I was really impressed with its sounds and arpeggiator. Currently, I’m working as a composer for short films, along with commercial work, and I know the TRITON will help me further my art."

For more information, visit www.korg.com.

Sonic Foundry Hosts Composition Competition

Sonic Foundry announced an online collaboration with noted avant garde composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, who has provided original sound samples and instructions to create variations of his SAGITTARIUS composition on Sonic Foundry's www.ACIDPlanet.com for the Stockhausen Composition event.

The event closes on May 25, 2003. The winner of the composition entries will be selected by Professor Stockhausen and receive a suite of Sonic Foundry software and a limited-edition SAGITTARIUS music box. More

information can be found at AcidPlanet's Website.

Peter Kehoe to Head Euphonix Eastern Sales

Euphonix (Palo Alto, Calif.) announced that industry vet Peter Kehoe has been appointed director of sales, Eastern region. Kehoe will be located in the company's New York office.

During Kehoe's 25-year career in pro audio, he was a chief technical engineer at The Hit Factory (New York) and held regional and sales management positions for Studer, AMS Neve and Euphonix. Kehoe was also a consultant for AT&T's Digital Mixer Core project and most recently founded a professional audio sales and consulting company.

"I'm excited about all the opportunity for Euphonix in the Eastern region," Kehoe commented. "The broadcast industry is really ready for the new Max Air broadcast console, and the high-end post-production market has already endorsed System 5 as 'the best.' I've always admired Euphonix, and they certainly have made a giant technological leap recently with its digital console offerings. After 15 years of great Euphonix consoles, I'm looking forward to help continue its industry leadership in large-format console systems."

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

Settlement to Begin on Alleged Overpriced CDs

If you purchased a prerecorded music product (i.e., CD, cassette, vinyl album) during the period of January 1, 1995, through December 22, 2000, you may be eligible to file a claim to receive between $5 and $20 compensation in a current lawsuit underway in the United States District Court for the District of Maine.

The plaintiffs allege that the defendants (the Big Five labels and their respective distributors, as well as retailers MTS, Tower Records, Musicland Stores and Trans World Entertainment) "conspired to illegally raise the prices of prerecorded music product by implementing Minimum Advertised Price policies, in violation of state and federal laws," according to the plaintiff's Website, www.musiccdsettlement.com. The defendants have agreed upon a settlement that is a combination of cash and noncash considerations.

A fairness hearing will be held on May 22, 2003, at 10 a.m. in Portland, Maine, to determine if this settlement should be approved, claims dismissed, application of counsel fees and reimbursement of costs, as well as a plan of distribution.

If you are eligible and would like to file a claim, visit www.musiccdsettlement.com. No receipt is necessary when filing a claim. If the settlement results in payments of less than $5 per person, then the proceeds will go to charity.

Rane "Pro Audio Reference" Now Available

Rane's Pro Audio Reference is now available for the first time in printed-book form; the 320-page book also comes with a CD-ROM (Mac, PC).

The Pro Audio Reference provides an extensive audio glossary, 30 popular technical tutorials (i.e., "RaneNotes") and a summary of the International System of Untis names, symbols and prefixes for decimal and binary numbers. More than just a dictionary, the book also contains abbreviations, acronyms, anecdotes, biographies, definitions, examples, and much more.

Pro Audio Reference retails for $34.95 and can be ordered direct from Rane's online store at www.rane.com/ranestore.html.

Propellerhead, Digidesign Announce ReWire2 for Pro Tools

Propellerhead Software (booth #6704) and Digidesign (booth #6606, Hall A) announced today a strategic relationship that will result in the development of ReWire2 for Digidesign Pro Tools systems. ReWire is a cross-application technology to transfer both MIDI and audio seamlessly between Propellerheads' Reason and ReBirth applications and Pro Tools.

When a connection is established, all Reason sampler, synth, drum machine and Dr Rex outputs are connected automatically to Pro Tools; the user can then apply the mixer facilities and effects in Pro Tools to those outputs or record them onto hard disk tracks. ReWire is also a virtual bi-directional MIDI cable that seamlessly links devices in Reason to Pro Tools. Recording and playback is as integrated as any plug-in architecture by selecting a ReWire 2 device such as a Reason synth from an output list.

"Digidesign is excited to work with Propellerhead to deliver close integration between Pro Tools and ReWire (which brings us integration with the Propellerhead's flagship application Reason). Our customers have given us a tremendous amount of feedback that suggests that this feature set will be widely used and enjoyed by our growing population of creative, music and MIDI-oriented users," said Dave Lebolt, general manager of Digidesign.

According to Ernst Nathorst-Böös, managing director of Propellerhead Software, "This option has been more of the most requested features by our user base so we are very excited to announce it."

For more, visit www.propellerheads.se or www.digidesign.com.

Geoff Emerick, Shure to Receive 2003 Technical Grammy Awards

Grammy-winning engineer Geoff Emerick and audio equipment manufacturer Shure Incorporated have been named the recipients of the 2003 Technical Grammy Award. The Technical Grammy Award is presented to individuals and/or companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field.

Formal acknowledgment of the Technical Grammys will be made on February 22 at an event surrounding the 45th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, which will be held at New York's Madison Square Garden on February 23. This year, the Academy, CBS and Cossette Productions are breaking new ground by providing the Grammy Awards in High-Definition TV and 5.1 surround sound.

"The creative fearlessness of Geoff Emerick and the immeasurable contribution that Shure Incorporated has made to the world of audio are the achievements of true visionaries," said Producer & Engineers Wing director Leslie Lewis. "Emerick's groundbreaking and skillful techniques continue to inspire generations, and Shure's audio equipment consistently sets the standard for excellence. The world would have sounded very different without the contributions of our honorees."

The first Technical Grammy was awarded in 1994; past winners include Robert Moog, Apple Computer, Les Paul, Digidesign's Pro Tools, Dr. Thomas Stockham Jr., Ray Dolby, Rupert Neve, George Massenburg, Sony/Philips, Georg Neumann GmbH, Bill Putnam and AMS Neve.

For more information about the P&E Wing, please visit www.grammy.com/pe_wing. For more information on the Grammy Awards, please visit www.grammy.com.

AES L.A. Meeting to Center on High-Def Audio

On January 28, 2003, the AES L.A. Section will be holding its

next meeting, spotlighting advances in high-definition audio, taking a detailed look at current and future developments in 24/96 PCM-based converters, recorders and workstations, in addition to DSD-based systems that are being used on an increasing number of rock, jazz and classical music sessions.

Moderated by Mel Lambert, creative director of Media & Marketing, the panel will comprise representatives from a number of companies offering high-resolution conversion, recording and editing systems, including Apogee Electronics, Digidesign, Genex Audio, SADiE, Sony and others. Scheduled participants include Roger Robindore, manager of quality insurance, Apogee Electronics; Scott Wood, senior product manager, Post-Production, Digidesign; Kevin Brown, president, Genex Audio Inc.; Gary Rosen, VP, SADiE Inc, America; and Lon Neumann, Western manager of field operations, Sony Super Audio Compact Disc Project.

An extended question and answer session will allow audience members to quiz these individuals on the state-of-the-art in high-definition audio solutions.

For more, point your browser to www.aes.org/sections/la/.

Jim Young to Teach TEF Level II Church Sound Workshop

Gold Line (West Redding, Conn.), manufacturers of the TEF20 analysis system, has announced that Jim Young has been named as senior instructor for the 2003 TEF Level II Church Sound Workshop, which will be held in North Miami, Fla., on February 9 through 12, 2003.

Young is president of Current Design Consulting, a firm that specializes in church design and evaluation. He will be assisted by Don Washburn, who is co-sponsoring the event and who has served as senior instructor for the Level I TEF Training Programs, and by Steve McManus, director of TEF engineering at Gold Line.

Space for the program is limited. For more information, contact Gold Line at 203/938-2588 or go online at www.goldline.com.

Delicate Productions Provides Sound for "James Bond"

Live sound production company Delicate Productions (Camarillo, Calif.) was called upon to provide the audio playback system for the recent gala invitation-only charity premiere organized by MGM at the Shrine Auditorium for Die Another Day, the latest movie in the James Bond franchise.

Engineer/system designer Lyle Dick, in coordination with contractor Boston Sound & Light, assembled and installed the sound system for the 4,000-seat auditorium around an InnovaSon Grand Live fully digital mixing console. For this premiere, the movie's soundtrack was presented in Dolby Digital Surround-EX format.

"This system was only the main channels and one set of backups," Dick said. "We had six channels from the booth, plus a feed from the red carpet." Audio from the temporary projection booth, constructed on the balcony of the venue, was fed via an InnovaSon Stage Box through a pair of coaxial cables to the FOH position.

"We took the left-right surround feed and did a direct patch out of the console into the Dolby box and brought that mix back for the EX [rear-surround] channel," Dick continued. "We setup two scenes so that if one projector went down, we could switch scenes and then pull the left and right surround from the other projector and patch those into the Dolby box.

"We fed the digital AES outputs of the InnovaSon directly into the digital inputs of the BSS Soundweb. So we remained digital from the Stage Box all the way to the amplifiers, because we used the Soundwebs as crossovers. There was no analog anywhere apart for some intercom." XLR cables fed the outputs of the console to the BSS Soundweb at the FOH, and then RJ45 cable linked the processors located at each amplifier rack, which powered a multichannel system comprised of Martin Audio, Adamson and Apogee speaker systems.

"It was pretty straight-ahead, but it was definitely a first for us, doing digital to digital," Dick concluded. "That was a nice experiment and it worked great: lots of headroom, and nice and clean."

For more, visit InnovaSon online at www.innovason.com.

Mackie Releases Plug-In for Soundscape

Mackie Designs Inc. (Woodinville, Wash.) announced the release of a new third-party plug-in, Saturated Fat, for the Mackie Soundscape 32 digital audio workstation.

Developed by Canadian-based software company, Acuma Labs, Saturated Fat is a mono plug-in that employs a new proprietary technology to achieve warm, natural-sounding, tube (saturated) distortion and cabinet modeling. Users can choose from over 40 preset distortion types or select from an array of factory presets.

Users can build custom distortions that can be saved and recalled as a user preset. Presets are built by combining the Cabinet Modeler, selecting from a list of small, medium, large, acoustic and bass amps, with the Drive Level and the onboard 7-band EQ. Users can plug any instrument into the Soundscape system and start playing.

Saturated Fat (MSRP $199) is available worldwide through authorized Mackie dealers. For a dealer near you, visit Mackie online at www.mackie.com.

Seminars, Papers Highlighted for AES Europe Show

The European AES Convention, taking place March 22 to 25, 2003, in Amsterdam, will include new events that will appeal to exhibitors, engineers and scientists, as well as members of the recording, broadcasting and sound reinforcement communities.

New to the AES convention program are the Exhibitor Seminars, which link the exhibition with the convention program. This new addition provides participating manufacturers with an opportunity to present comprehensive product introductions and give visitors a chance to explore recent product developments in full detail.

The Papers program includes 120 papers to be presented in 13 sessions, as well as 50 Posters. Because engineers and developers can demonstrate their latest work with a more practical view than in a normal paper session, many recognized authors have opted to participate in a poster rather than paper.

Workshops at the 114th Convention will present current technologies in a more practical and interactive way. Discussions between the panelists and the audience provide real-world solutions to everyday practical problems. A new workshop, "The Value of Information," will focus on generating new income streams for producers. The workshops program spans the spectrum of audio topics, including surround sound, PCM vs. DSD coding, MPEG-4 audio development and a host of others.

Being introduced to the AES convention program is the Tutorial Seminar, in which the principles of audio will be explained in regard to subjects including digital audio, room acoustics, audio level measurements and the set up of a 5.1 playback system. These seminars offer essential information about the most important topics of today's audio technology and are intended both as an introduction to, and refresher course of these topics for people from all backgrounds in pro audio.

Additional information on the 114th Convention, including program details, and registration and hotel information will be available shortly at www.aes.org.

Georgetown Masters Adds SADiE 24/96 System

Nashville-based Georgetown Masters has purchased and installed a 24-bit SADiE 24/96 digital audio workstation system.

The SADiE system came to Georgetown Masters as a result of the experiences of Andrew Mendelson, the facility’s VP and chief engineer. Mendelson spent three years at Telarc Records, where he worked on SADiE workstations and over 20 SACD releases before joining Georgetown Masters. "The SADiE is simply the best-sounding and most flexible system on the market today," remarked Mendelson. "I knew it would bring those same qualities to Georgetown Masters, and it has."

The SADiE 24/96 has been used on projects for Emmy Lou Harris, Michael W. Smith, Los Tigres Del Norte and emerging country musician Joey Martin, produced by Paul Worley. In addition, Georgetown Masters is using the SADiE 24/96 on new surround and stereo versions of a classic performance by Frank Sinatra and the Count Basie Orchestra—with musical director Quincy Jones—recorded at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas in 1968. The SADiE system will also provide the platform for stereo and multichannel DSD mastering to support the growing number of SACD recordings Georgetown Masters is doing, when a planned DSD upgrade is completed in 2003. The SADiE will also help the facility launch new services that will benefit its clients in other ways, such as the pending transfer of DDP data images between Georgetown Masters and the Bertelsmann-owned Sonopress disc replication facility in Weaverville, N.C.

"We’re installing DSL now, and with the SADiE, we’ll be able to send DDP images to the plant virtually, without using physical media," Mendelson explained. "That will speed up the process, in response to the demand for faster turn-around times by labels, but without any compromise in sonic quality. We expect that the SADiE workstation will eventually become the exclusive platform we use here at Georgetown Masters."

Visit SADiE online at www.sadie.com. Check out Georgetown Masters online at www.georgetownmasters.com.

Pacifique Recording Installs Second SSL Console

Pacifique Recording Studios (North Hollywood) has installed its second 96-channel Solid State Logic XL 9000 K Series SuperAnalogue console in Studio East. The second XL, as specified by owners Joe, Ken and Vic Deranteriasian, will address the overwhelming demand for XL studio time created by the initial XL installation in Pacifique’s Studio West.

"The power of the XL, the sound quality, the automation and surround sound capabilities have really turned everyone on their ears to the point where we felt compelled to put in the second one," said Ken Deranteriasian. "Pacifique prides itself on having all of the latest and greatest technology available to our clients. We have invested in remodeling both of our control rooms and our lounges."

Producer/engineer Dexter Simmons has recently used Pacifique’s original XL, along with Brad Gilderman, DJ Quick and Jean-Marie Horvat.

"Our clients love every aspect of the console," stated Ken. "They feel that the sound is more open, the EQs are more powerful, the computer offers incredible speed and the automated panning facilities, even for stereo mixes, are excellent."

According to Joe Deranteriasian, "Leading mixers recognize the significance of working on a large-format console because it gives them more power and enhances their creativity. Other platforms, like computer-based mixers, can only imitate the essence of mixing on a large console. For our clients, the mixing experience cannot be duplicated on anything less than an XL, and that is why we bought our second one."

"The internal surround sound mixing capabilities are a big plus," Vic explained. "As surround mixing becomes the norm, the XL gives us capacity to address this market. Also, we worked closely with SSL engineers to integrate our 50-inch plasma display and the Pro Tools computer to be able to switch Pro Tools, the DK audio scope and the SSL computer seamlessly throughout the studio. This capability allows us to quickly view different aspects of a session and still remain focused on the music."

Visit Pacifique online at www.pacifiquestudios.com or SSL at www.solid-state-logic.com.

Newark to Distribute Molex Products

Newark Electronics, a global catalog distributor owned by Premier Farnell, plc., is the new North American distributor of Molex's full line of products in North America.

According to Molex director of distribution Eric Sussman, "In partnering with Newark, a well-established name in the electronics industry, we will be able to reach new customers and new markets. We are very enthusiastic about working with the Newark team."

To find a distributor near you, visit Newark Electronics online at www.newark.com. Visit Molex online at www.molex.com.

TC Works Announces Spark XL 2.7 CD Burning

Next month, Spark XL 2.7 from TC Works will include direct CD burning from within Spark XL's Play List. Track indexes can be activated or deactivated per region, so that several regions can be used to create one track without rendering.

"Direct CD burning has been the Number One request from our users," said Ralf Schluenzen, CEO of TC Works. "We are thrilled to offer this feature on Mac OS X now, with seamless integration into the Play List."

Spark XL 2.7 will be the first version to exclusively support OS X; Mac OS 9 support is no longer available. Apple AudioUnit Plug-In support will be part of a free maintenance release later this spring.

Spark XL 2.6 users can update to Version 2.7 free on the company's Website, www.tcworks.de.

Toy Specialists to Host ADL 670 Demos

Soon after taking delivery of an ADL 670 compressor, the Toy Specialists at Scharff Weisberg (New York City) invited a few of its top clients to come in and compare it with the Fairchild 670, which the product is based on. The demo was so successful that Toy Specialists is planning on hosting similar demos on a regular basis.

"We were delighted to host this important event and appreciate being able to help introduce high-end products to the industry and our clients. Anthony De Maria's products are indicative of the king of cutting-edge stuff we have at Toy. It was also helpful to have such great feedback from clients like Niko Bolas, who is very well-regarded within the industry," said Toy Specialists Bill Tesar.

For the next product demo, contact Toy Specialists at 212/333-2206 or online at www.toyspecialists.com.

New Gibson, Baldwin, Grammy High School Jazz Ensembles

Gibson Guitar and Baldwin Piano have teamed up with the Grammy Foundation to sponsor the 2003 Gibson/Baldwin Grammy High School Jazz Ensembles, which identifies, selects and rewards the accomplishments of talented high school musicians.

Students throughout North America submit their applications and tapes for consideration. The International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) membership committee conducts the first round of screenings, and a Grammy Foundation blue ribbon committee reviews the finalists. The 24 talented student musicians who will comprise the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy High School Jazz Ensembles will be announced at the January IAJE Convention in Toronto.

The students selected to the Ensembles will gather in New York City on February 17 through 24, 2003, to participate in events surrounding the 45th Annual Grammy Awards, as well as perform at renowned jazz clubs around New York City and at Grammy-related events. As part of this exciting educational program, many students will be awarded college scholarships.

"As part of Gibson and Baldwin's commitment to music education, we tell students about the many rewards of playing music, and the Grammy High School Jazz Ensembles program shows them just how rewarding music can be," commented Henry Juszkiewicz, chairman and CEO of Gibson and Baldwin. "They get to play in a group with the best high school musicians in the country, they perform at famous jazz clubs and they get to go to the Grammy Awards in New York. It's an experience of a lifetime for a young musician."

"We thank Gibson and Baldwin for their ongoing support of the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation through their generous sponsorship of the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy High School Jazz Ensembles," said Academy president Neil Portnow. "As a musical icon, we applaud their commitment to give back to the music community by providing aspiring young music professionals an opportunity to realize their dreams of performing live music as a viable career choice."

For more information about the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy High School Jazz Ensembles, visit www.grammy.com.

Mix News for January 20-31

Digigram Group Agrees to Management Buyout

The Digigram Group (Montbonnot, France) has agreed to a management buyout led by top management from Digigram and Audemat-Aztec. The management group, as well as venture capital company Perfectis Private Equity and the Digigram co-founders, will create a new private holding company, Audiendis, which will control three companies: Digigram, Audemat-Aztec and Digigram subsidiary InnovaSon.

Three professional audio veterans lead the management buyout: Digigram managing director Philippe Delacroix and Audemat-Aztec managers Daniel Werbrouck and Bruno Rost. Delacroix, Werbrouck and Rost will make up the new executive board of directors for Audiendis, whereby Delacroix will become managing director of Audiendis, Werbrouck as product director and Rost in charge of special duties for the board.

Digigram founders and current majority shareholders, Philippe Girard-Buttoz and Marian Marinescu, will retire from operational tasks, but will maintain a minority investment in Audiendis; Girard-Buttoz will become chairman of the Audiendis supervisory board.

"'The new capital distribution won't affect the internal organization of Digigram, Audemat-Aztec or InnovaSon. Sales and distribution networks will work in the exact manner as before, so our customers and partners won't notice the difference,"' said Delacroix. "'The advent of Audiendis will give the three companies the flexibility and autonomy that is necessary to meet objectives in their respective markets."'

Audemat-Aztec was formed on January 1, 2003, in a merger between Audemat and Digigram subsidiary Aztec Radiomedia and is led by Rost as managing director.

The new board of directors should hold approximately 20% of Audiendis' shares, with Perfectis (60%) and the Digigram co-founders (20%) maintaining the rest of the shares. According to the agreement signed, Audiendis will launch a tender offer on the publicly traded remaining shares for Digigram.

For more, visit Digigram online at www.digigram.com, Audemat-Aztec (www.audemat-aztec.com) or Perfectis Private Equity (www.perfectis.fr).

Cakewalk Launches Project5

At Winter NAMM, Cakewalk announced Project5, a software synthesizer workstation that offers a flexible, expandable studio environment with integrated instruments and tools.

Electronic musicians can experiment, create and perform music using integrated sequencers, software synths, samplers, audio and MIDI effects, audio-looping tools--all integrated in one workstation. In addition, Project5 provides advanced capabilities for synth layering, real-time pattern genesis and triggering, and a seamless live performance audio engine.

Project5 users can customize and expand their studio with additional plug-ins, and it supports any Windows-compatible audio hardware.

Key features include: studio-quality instruments and effects; pattern-based sequencers and processors; ACID-compatible audio-looping tools; real-time, live performance features; open environment (ASIO, DX, DXi, MFX, ReWire client, WDM, VST, VSTi); and more.

Registered Sonar 2.x customers will be eligible for a special introductory offer upon its release. Project5 will be shipping in March 2003.

In other Cakewalk news, Sonar 2.2 update will be available to registered Sonar 2.x users for free. Sonar will now include support for ASIO-compatible audio hardware including the RME audio cards; the Creative Labs Audigy; and Digidesign's 001, 002, Mbox,and Pro Tools|HD products. In addition, Sonar 2.2 will allow for better ReWire and Reason support.

The Sonar 2.2 update will be available on February 1, 2003.

For more, visit Cakewalk online at www.cakewalk.com.

Universal Audio Debuts TDM Software Plug-In for Digidesign Pro Tools|HD

Universal Audio debuted TDM versions of its popular Powered Plug-Ins for Digidesign Pro Tools|HD at Winter NAMM; the 1176LN and LA-2A are the first plugs-in available for TDM, along with the Pultec EQ and the new high-end Cambridge EQ.

Universal Audio TDM HD plug-ins will begin shipping through Universal Audio dealers and distributors worldwide in February 2003. The MSRP for 1176LN, LA-2A, Pultec and Cambridge will be $395. Universal Audio will also offer three bundles: both compressors in a bundle with an MSRP of $695; both EQs in a bundle with an MSRP of $695; and all four plug-ins in a "'Studio Bundle"' with an MSRP of $1,295, all of which will ship in February.

Universal Audio also announced three new versions of its Smartcode Pro TDM plug-ins, all of which are also compatible with Digidesign's Pro Tools|HD format. The Surround Encoders for DTS and Dolby DVD have been upgraded along with the DTS CD version. All existing users of these plug-ins will be able to upgrade for a $99 charge.

SmartCode Pro DTS-DVD (MSRP $1,495), SmartCode Pro DTS-CD (MSRP $495) and SmartCode Dolby (MSRP $795) are now available from Universal Audio-authorized dealers and distributors. Registered owners of the existing Kind of Loud SmartCode TDM encoders will be able to upgrade to the new HD-compatible Universal Audio version for $99.

The company has also begun shipping its new 6176 channel strip, which combines Universal Audio's 2-610 microphone/instrument preamplifier and the 1176LN compressor into a single "'channel strip"' product.

The 6176 features several improvements over the stand-alone 2-610 mic preamp and 1176LN compressor, including a 15dB pad for the mic pre and "'split and join"' modes, which allow the preamp and compressor sections to be used in series like a typical channel strip product, or separately via separate inputs and outputs on the back panel.

The 6176, a single, horizontal rackmount unit, has a suggested U.S. retail price of $2,495, and is now available from Universal Audio dealers worldwide.

For more news from Winter NAMM, visit Universal Audio online at www.uaudio.com.

Asset-Management Awards Go to Spielberg, CNN

The 2nd Annual Entertainment Asset Management (EAM) Conference in New York City announced that its First Pioneer Awards will go to Steven Spielberg's Shoah Visual History Foundation for the system it uses to archive more than 120,000 hours of footage and testimony from World War II Holocaust survivors and to Gordon Castle, senior VP of CNN technology, for his work on implementing the complex system at the news giant. The EAM Awards will be presented during a ceremony at the Bel Age Hotel in West Hollywood on January 21 at 7 p.m. during the 2nd Annual Entertainment Asset Management Conference.

The EAM Pioneer Awards was created to recognize the achievements of individuals, organizations and manufacturers who have made significant contributions to the development and deployment of entertainment asset-management strategies and systems. The awards are decided on by a judging panel of trade journalists and industry professionals.

The Shoah Visual History Foundation has taken on the monumental ongoing task of preserving the stories of more than 300,000 World War II Holocaust survivors. What began as a project to record a riveting oral history on videotape has evolved into a more permanent record by digitizing more than 120,000 hours of video and storing it in a readily accessible digital archive. Steven Spielberg launched Shoah in 1994 shortly after he finished filming Schindler's List. The project has received $15 million in donations to set up the 400TB digital library. To date, Shoah has taken the testimonies of 50,000 Holocaust survivors and put nearly half into its 400TB digital archive.

CNN's Gordon Castle--who is responsible for the analysis, acquisition and implementation of the technology that CNN employs for the gathering, production and distribution of news--is a leading executive behind the creation of an all-digital production environment at CNN. This multi-year, multimillion dollar digital project is a cornerstone of CNN's technology plan. Castle initiated the planning for the CNN project in 1997, recognizing early on the inherent value of the preservation of important news footage of national and international interest; the system was up and running in 1999.

Mackie Announces Sun Capital Investment

Mackie Designs (Woodinville, Wash.) announced that it has agreed to an equity investment by an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, a Boca Raton, Fla.,-based private investment firm.

Under the proposed transaction, Sun Capital would acquire approximately 9.8 million shares of Mackie common stock, or approximately 65% of Mackie's total common stock outstanding, through the purchase of approximately 7.4 million outstanding shares from selling shareholders and approximately 2.4 million newly issued shares--for a total of approximately $10 million in cash.

The proposed transaction is subject to certain conditions, including Mackie's ability to refinance its current debt, Sun Capital's approval of additional information to be provided by Mackie and other customary terms and conditions. Mackie also plans to voluntarily file to delist from Nasdaq National Market effective as of the closing, and intends to be approved for trading on the OTC Bulleting Board.

According to Mackie CEO Jamie Engen, the transaction is expected to close by the first week of February; upon closing Mackie will receive $6.4 million in capital. Engen also said that although company founder Greg Mackie is selling a portion of his shares, he will remain a shareholder and will be on an exclusive consulting agreement with Mackie.

"'We are focused on reducing costs and increasing productivity throughout the organization, including the rationalization of Mackie's global manufacturing operations, R&D and product lines,"' said Engen. "'We are making progress in these efforts and welcome the involvement of Sun Capital as an active partner in the next phase of our growth."'

Matt Ward New President at Universal Audio

Universal Audio appointed industry veteran Matt Ward as its new president; Ward joined the company in January 2002 as a VP of sales and marketing.

Prior to joining Universal Audio, Ward was director of Internet business at Liquid Audio, where he headed up the company's efforts to promote its online music-distribution technology to musicians and independent record labels. He also worked as a DAW product manager for Studer and Otari before joining E-mu Systems in 1994, where he presided over the launch of the Emulator IV and ESI-32 samplers and Darwin disc recorders.

"'Matt has the tenacity and vision to help Universal Audio advance and move to the next level,"' said Universal Audio CES Bill Putnam Jr. "'The immense popularity of our hardware the UAD-1 needs a real experienced individual to guide an expansion in our manufacturing and distribution channels."'

For more, visit Universal Audio at www.uaudio.com.

Shure, Rock Hall Team Up

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has named Shure (Evanston, Ill.) as its official microphone for three years; as an official supplier, Shure wil donate wired and wireless microphone systems, PSM personal in-ear monitor systems, phono cartridges, mixers and other audio electronics. Additionally, the two companies plan to work together on educational programming to inform music fans about the important of hearing conservation.

"'We genuinely appreciate Shure's support because we stage a lot of live shows at the Rock Hall and Shure is the industry-standard for microphones, with a strong legacy in the rock world,"' said Rock Hall president and CEO Terry Stewart. "'Beyond the audio, we are pleased to be able to join Shure to advance the cause of hearing conservation through our educational programs."'

For more, visit Shure online at www.shure.com or the Rock Hall at www.rockhall.com.

Phunk Junkeez Rely on Cool Edit Pro

When the Phunk Junkeez release their next album Rock-It Science this coming March, the Arizona-based rap/rock band will count Syntrillium Software's Cool Edit Pro as a key production element. The band took particular advantage of th PC-based software's loop library and effects functions to produce the album.

"'We are not studio wizs,"' explained the band's bassist Jim Woodling, aka Jumbo. "'We needed software that was both easy-to-use and affordable, and Cool Edit Pro fit the bill."' Jumbo said that the band used many of Syntrillium's loops (www.loopology.com), sampling them into their drum machine and putting them through a number of effects to create new loops.

"'Cool Edit Pro let me accomplish in an hour what I paid a guy for five hours of editing studio time with the last album,"' Jumbo continued. "'As an independent band, the quicker and more efficiently you can get something done, the more it benefits your cause."'

Cool Edit Pro can be found online at www.cooleditpro.com. Check out Phunk Junkeez at www.phunkjunkeez.com.

Megatrax Scores "'30 Seconds to Fame"'

Megatrax Music composers/partners JC Dwyer and Ron Mendelsohn have announced the company's first TV main title theme-music project; the duo recently scored the main title theme to the new FOX TV show, 30 Seconds to Fame, produced by Joe Revello and Michael Binko.

In addition, Megatrax is providing the show with a steady supply of high-quality library and custom music tracks. 30 Seconds to Fame is expected to become a mid-season 2003 replacement series.

For more, visit www.megatrax.com.

Euphonix System 5 Supports Victoria's Secret TV Broadcast

The audio expertise from New York's ADI Group and the Euphonix System 5 digital console at FOH were recently on hand to provide sound reinforcement for Victoria's Secret "'Fashion Show"' TV broadcast. Brian Ruggles served as FOH engineer.

Victoria's Secret "'Fashion Show"' not only included top supermodels on the runway, but also musical entertainment from Marc Anthony, Destiny's Child and Phil Collins, as well as the host's comments, rock band Sugar Ray's singer Mark McGrath.

"'The flexibility of the Euphonix System 5 is why I chose to use it on the Victoria's Secret event,"' said David Shapiro, ADI's project manager for the event. "'It has everything, including great sound, it integrates seamlessly with Pro Tools and live sound systems, and it's so easy to operate. A multifaceted show like this has so many live audio cues; to get great sound with as few moves as possible is the trick. The System 5 shines when it comes to setups and snapshots. We had everything very well-planned out. I've successfully used the System 5 on other events, and it worked equally well on the Victoria's Secret show."'

Ruggles is well-known in rock circles for his FOH mixing for Billy Joel, and is a close New York associate of ADI and Shapiro. Ruggles was assisted by FOH playback engineer Erich Bechtel, and Randy Hansen was the sound designer, with Duncan Edwards co-designing.

Find out more about the System 5 at www.euphonix.com.

Bassist Brian Bromberg Keeps Busy

Premier bassist Brian Bromberg purchased Tannoy System 15 DMTIIs from Westlake Audio for several projects.

One of Brian's most recent projects was the tribute album, Jaco (A440 Music Group), on which Bromberg played five-string bass, acoustic bass, fretless bass, acoustic piccolo bass and fretted bass on this tribute to Jaco Pastorius. I'm in the middle of several projects at once, said Bromberg, which include producing tracks for Jennifer York (KTLA's Channel 5's top-flight airborne traffic reporter); working on some new tunes for sax-player Everette Harp for a spring 2003 release; producing a CD for guitarist/USC music professor Richard Smith; and starting production on a release by saxophone/flautist Nelson Rangell for the A440 Music Group.

Soundcraft Rolls Out MH3

British console manufacturer Soundcraft has launched the second in its new range of multipurpose live performance mixers, the MH3. The desk's design follows that of Soundcraft's MH4 and brings the benefits of dual-mode operation to a lower price point.

Available in 24, 32, 40, 48 and 56 mono channel-frame sizes, all with an additional four stereo channels as standard, the MH3 features eight groups, 12 auxiliary buses, the same new mic amp and EQ designs as the MH4, eight VCA and eight mute groups with snapshot automation, true LCR panning and outputs, and an integral 12x4 matrix.

The mode in use is determined by the output controls; there are a dozen fader-controlled outputs and eight rotary-controlled outputs. In FOH mode (groups under fader control), there are 12 mono auxes, four of which can be paired as two stereo sends, and eight individually assignable group buses, which have the ability to be panned over pairs of groups. Groups 1 through 8 are under fader control (as are auxes 9 through 12), with a auxes 1 through 8 under rotary control. In Monitor mode (assignable for each output from 1 through 8), all 12 auxes become monitor sends under fader control, with the group buses available on rotary controls.

Each output section also features a stereo FX return with 3-band EQ, with routing to the main mix outputs or to whichever signal is under fader control. For example, a stereo reverb FX can be applied to a stereo in-ear monitor feed. Alternatively, the EQ can be switched into the output fader path where it can be used to provide additional sweetening on in-ear feeds or subgroups.

The integral matrix has four outputs with input feeds coming from the eight group buses; L, R and C mix outputs; and an external line input. The matrix can be expanded to 12x8 by using an optional module, which also has four mono inputs and would replace an eight-way mono input section. Each mono input module features 4-band EQ with two parametric mid sections and swept high and low sections.

Preliminary U.S. retail pricing on the line is: 24 mono + 4 stereo channels, $15,495; 32 mono + 4 stereo channels, $18,495; 40 mono + 4 stereo channels, $21,495; 48 mono + 4 stereo channels, $24,495; and 56 mono + 4 stereo channels, $28,995.

"'The success of the MH4 has shown that people really want this multi-mode flexibility, and by bringing out the MH3, we are offering that flexibility to a wider section of the market,"' said Soundcraft product manager Andy Brown.

For more product specs, visit Soundcraft online at www.soundcraft.com.

SLS Loudspeakers Unveils New Line Array at NAMM

Announced at Winter NAMM 2003, SLS Loudspeakers introduced the RLA/2 ribbon line array speaker system designed specifically for small- and medium-size venues.

The RLA/2 ribbon line array system incorporates SLS' latest proprietary ribbon-driver technology with a space-efficient cabinet design. Each cabinet houses two 8-inch, high-powered cone drivers to deliver a bass response down to 70 Hz, and features SLS' PRD1000 proprietary Push-Pull Neodymium Ribbon Driver for accurate high-frequency response out to 20 kHz.

The low-frequency section provides a sensitivity spec of 99 dB (1 watt/1 meter) with a nominal impedance of 8 ohms. The dual 8-inch drivers handle 500 watts (reference IEC 268-5), yielding a continuous SPL of 125 dB with a peak performance rating of 131 dB. The high-frequency section delivers 103 dB (1W/1M) with nominal impedance of 8 ohms. The SLS PRD1000 handles 70 watts RMS with instantaneous peaks of up to 1,000 watts, yielding a sustained sound pressure of 121 dB with 131dB peaks.

The trapezoidal RLA/2 cabinet measures 9.625x28.25x13 (HxWxD) inches and weighs 56 pounds with rigging, and is covered in black NeverMar® coating. Inputs are through two NL-4 speaker connectors.

Visit SLS Loudspeakers online at www.slsloudspeakers.com.

Neumann Solution-D Used on 'Matrix' Sequels

Sound designer and editor Dane Davis and the staff at his Danetracks facility have just begun working on the two sequels to Matrix: Matrix: Reloaded and Matrix: Revolutions. Most recently, Danetracks completed Eminem's 8 Mile, The Good Girl, starring Jennifer Aniston, and Disney's Treasure Planet.

"'We do an enormous amount of sound effects recording, not only real things in the field but also raw material recording,"' said Davis, who has amassed a library of almost 150,000 effects during the past 25 years. To assist him in creating raw material from which he will sculpt the unique sound effects for the Matrix sequels, Davis used Neumann's Solution-D digital microphone system. "'The Solution-D had a clarity about it that is a real breakthrough. There is a lot less other stuff going into the recording, in terms of thermal noise, electronic junk and also just the usual problems that you have between a microphone and the A-to-D converters."'

Davis used the Solution-D to capture metallic, crystalline and aqueous sounds for the two forthcoming Matrix features. Initially, metal swords and sword-like objects were suspended and struck. "'We were interested in the essence of sharp steel. That will all eventually find its way into the sounds of swords being fought with."' Davis also said that the Neumann digital mic was used to record water flowing through a "'Dr. Seuss-looking"' pipe construction. "'It was a very low-level sound, as opposed to the sword sounds, which were very high level and very clangorous. The Solution-D described the sounds beautifully and shone just like we wanted it to. We got an almost crystalline recording of these things. It really captured the liquidity and the metallic aspects that we wanted. We also did glass shattering and breaking.

"'The high-definition sampling rate [of the Solution-D] is a gigantic thing for us,"' Davis continued, "'as we slow things way down and speed them way up and do everything extreme to sounds. It's a very clear sound, and when we slow things down, Solution-D is giving us access to harmonics that are usually removed. It just happens to play into one of our fascinations: Capturing the harmonics of sounds that we don't normally hear."'

For more on the Solution-D, visit Neumann on the Web at www.neumanusa.com. Check out Danetracks at www.danetracks.com.

Neutrik Intros NL4FX Series

Neutrik recently featured the Speakon SPX Series, the next generation of the amplifier/speaker connector, at Winter NAMM 2003. Offering the same reliability of the NL4FC, while offering increased power handling, connection security and flexibility, the NL4FX Series is intended to replace its popular predecessor over the next few years.

The new NL4FX Series connector delivers 50 amps RMS; it is capable of carrying the current load from amplifiers of more than 1,000 watts and is not to be used as a "'mains"' power connector. Another unique design element is that electrical contact is made only after the NL4FX is completely inserted and locked, preventing arcing when disconnected under load.

The one-piece internal chuck accepts cables with outer diameters of 6 to 14 mm (0.24 inches to 0.55 inches). A right-angle version NL4FRX will also be available. Customers can convert an NL4FX to an NL4FRX via an LRX conversion kit. Termination is via screw terminals or by soldering. The inserts accept stranded 6mm/10-AWG wire. Once the connector is assembled, the NL4FX features the same twist-locking system on the current NL4FC.

The NL4FX can be ordered with boots in any of five colors (black, red, yellow, green and white). The right-angle NL4FRX has the same color-coding options by use of a colored collar. Additionally, the NL4FX is compatible with all the current NL4M receptacles and the new NL4MMX adapter.

For more information on the Speakon Series, visit the company's Website at www.neutrikusa.com.

Gold Star Honors Gibbs With Exclusive Photos

The founders of Hollywood's legendary Gold Star Recording Studios will pay a special tribute to the memory of the late Maurice Gibb by posting on their

At the close of Gibb's final session in February 1984, Gibb "'told me about he and his brothers lying in their beds in England, listening to some of Phil Spector's recordings and wondering how he got that sound,"' Gold said. "'He also tried to imagine what the echo chambers might look like. Our hearts go out to Maurice's family, friends and fans. We hope unveiling these happy moments after all these years will provide some measure of comfort and help preserve the memory of a wonderful artist and human being."'

The photo is the first in a series that will be featured in Gold and Ross' upcoming biography of the studio, The Gold Star Album, which will support an upcoming Broadway-style musical celebrating the studio.

Euphonix Dubs 'Adaptation' Soundtrack

Spike Jonze's new movie, Adaptation, recently opened to much praise, including six Golden Globe nominations, including Best Picture. The movie soundtrack was dubbed at Skywalker Sound (Marin County, Calif.).

Re-recording mixer Lora Hirschberg of Skywalker Sound completed the mix on the Euphonix System 5-F digital film console. "'The Euphonix System 5 really came through for me on this very intricate soundtrack,"' said Hirschberg.

In other Euphonix news, the very first Euphonix System 5 digital console manufactured (serial #001), which was installed at One Union Recording Studios in San Francisco over three years ago, has been used on short- and long-format projects for clients that include Pixar, Disney, Publicis, Hal Riney, JWT, and Goodby, Silverstein and Partners.

"'I have a lot of faith in the San Francisco post market,"' said John McGleenan, facility director and co-founder of One Union. "'That's why we've recently expanded our studios. I also have faith in the System 5. Its flexibility for tackling different types of projects and the speed that you can work on it have enabled us to diversify our business and facilitate working with our clients at a higher level."'

The System 5 was recently used to help turn out a host of soundtracks in 5.1. Electronic Arts chose One Union and its System 5 mixing room for several key projects done through OWN&P, San Francisco for Play Station 2. The commercials, shot for cinematic release in the UK, U.S. and France, include a 30-second spot for Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, mixed by One Union senior engineer Vance Walden. Other surround projects have included a mix for the 25th Annual 2002 Mill Valley Film Festival in Marin County, Calif.

"'Our System 5 room has been consistently busy over the past year, even in the aftermath of September 11,"' stated McGleenan. "'The System 5 console excels at surround mixing projects. Clients love the sound while they are working and the end results when the project is completed."'

Over the past year, One Union has added two new studios to their facility, and now occupies the entire fourth floor of a historic waterfront building at One Union Street.

For more on Euphonix, visit www.euphonix.com. Visit One Union Recording Studio at www.oneunionrecording.com.

Audio-Technica Adds to 30 Series

Audio-Technica U.S has added to its 30 Series with the AT3060 phantom-powered tube microphone.

The AT3060 operates on standard 48-volt phantom power, thereby not requiring a separate power supply and cable. The mic also features an all-new, large-diameter diaphragm, cardioid condenser element, delivering high sensitivity and smooth sound with low overall noise levels, while a nickel-plated brass acoustic element baffle provides enhanced element stability and optimizes sensitivity. The tube itself is shockmounted to dampen mechanically induced vibration.

The AT3060 will be available in spring 2003 with an MSRP of $599. For more, visit www.audio-technica.com.

Tascam Offers Rebate, Free Media

Tascam announced at Winter NAMM 2003 that between now and March 31, 2003, it is offering factory-direct rebates and free media with the purchase of select Tascam gear.

New 788 Digital PortaStudio and X-9 Digital DJ Mixer owners can receive a $100 rebate; new US-428 owners a $75 rebate; and new Pocketstudio 5 and US-244 owners a $50 rebate. Customers who purchase a CD-D1x4 CD Duplicator will receive 1,000 pieces of CD-R media free of charge.

To take advantage of these offers, send Tascam a copy of the sales receipt along with the appropriate rebate coupon or free product-offer coupon and the UPC code from the product's packaging. All coupons are available from local authorized Tascam dealers; customers can also download the coupons as PDF files at www.tascam.com.

Edirol Releases Mac OS X Drivers

Edirol (Bellingham, Wash.) released Version 1.0 Mac OS X drivers for several of its USB audio interfaces.

New drivers include: UA-700 24-bit/96kHz audio and MIDI interface with a variety of connections and Roland's COSM microphone and guitar amp modeling; UA-5 24-bit/96kHz USB audio interface with a variety of connections and phantom power; UA-20 24-bit USB audio and MIDI interface; SD-90 USB Studio Sound module with 24-bit audio recording and effect processing features; and SC-D70 USB sound module and audio interface.

These latest devices work under Mac OS X with the following key driver features: compabilitiy with Apple's standards of CoreMIDI and CoreAudio; optimized for Mac OS X V. 10.2; dual-processor support; customizable buffer settings in Systems Preferences; and adjustable recording and playback latency.

For more, visit Edirol online at www.edirol.com.

HSR Studios Mixes Quizno Spot

New York City-based HSR Studios recently finished up the audio mix for Focus, a 30-second spot that kicks off a new campaign for the Quizno's sandwich chain; it debuted during the Super Bowl.

Mixer Steven Rosen utilized a Soundcraft DPC-II digital console and an AVID AudioVision to mix the spot. It was produced by JGF (Hollywood), director Jeff Gorman and DP Bojan Bazelli. Stock music was provided by Kamen Entertainment Group (New York City).

In other HSR Studios news, mixer Bill Higley finished up ADR work for the English-language version of Miramax Film's Pinocchio for actors David Coburn, Harry Murphy and Ray Iannicelli. Assisted by Tom Gehring, Higley relied on Pro Tools to finish the assignment.

For more project news, check HSR Studios out at www.hsrnewyork.com.

TC Works, TC Electronic to Combine Brands

TC Group (Hamburg, Denmark) announced that it has combined the TC Works and TC Electronic brands, all to be marketed under the TC Electronic name.

As a result, PowerCore and future TC Works products will be marketed under TC Electronic, with TC Works maintaining its key role as technology and product-development team. The development and management resources will remain at TC Works' headquarters in Hamburg, while all distribution, support and marketing will be transferred to Denmark, the headquarters of TC Electronic, effective March 1st. As a consequence, distribution in all European countries will be taken over by the local TC Electronic distribution over the year.

Ralf Schluenzen, CEO of TC Works, stated, "'TC Works has always been a TC company, it doesn't really change anything for our customers. But we were taking care of the computer channel on our own. This step will allow us to address market needs much faster and with even more resources. The joined forces allow us to integrate the best of both worlds--hardware and software--and market the products more efficiently. At Frankfurt Messe, we will present the first new product along these lines, and anyone who sees the product will instantly understand our rebranding motivation."'

"'The accelerating convergence of technologies makes it ever more confusing and difficult to separate the hardware and software markets,"' said Anders Fauerskov, Group CEO of parent company TC Group. "'With this step, we want to simplify the message to the market and show TC's dedication to computer-based recording. We will be able to take advantage of the unique software and hardware capabilities within TC, and are looking forward to presenting innovative integrated solutions."

For more, visit www.tcelectronic.com.

Summit Audio Releases New Mic, Line Module
Summit Audio showed its new 2BA-221 Microphone and Line Module at this past Winter NAMM; the tube mic pre amplifier is now shipping.

Offering users continuously variable microphone impedance from 100 ohms to 10k ohms; separate and simultaneous solid-state and tube outputs; and a separately controlled hi-Z/line and microphone inputs for individual mix control, the 2BA-221 is priced at $695. Users can stack inputs linking multiple 2BA-221s to perform as a mixing device. Other features include a polarity switch, internal power supply and three-year warranty.

For more, visit www.summitaudio.com.

Native Instruments, Stanton Magnetics Form Alliance

Native Instruments announced that it has formed a strategic alliance with Stanton Magnetics to provide a new line of products in the growing digital-DJ market.

Stanton Magnetics entered into the DJ market with its Final Scratch system, which lets DJs physically control the playback of digital files such as MP3s and .WAV on a laptop computer using special vinyl records and standard turntables.

Native Instruments developed Traktor DJ Studio, the first software-only DJ'ing system for Mac OS X/OS 9 and Windows.

The first result of the collaborative effort will be Traktor Basic FS, a new version of Final Scratch based on Traktor's playback engine, available on Mac OS X. All users of the current Linux version can update to a Linux version; a Windows version is expected later this year. Features of Traktor Basic FS include enhanced Search function, prelistening directly in the browser and a structured view of the musical archive that can be organized by drag-and-drop. Additionally, a de-emphasis modeling combined with a high-end interpolation algorithm delivers warm, full bass sounds and smooth, realistic scratching.

Traktor Basic FS will be available in the beginning of April 2003. Later this year, the full version of Traktor DJ Studio will also be controllable by the Final Scratch system.

For more, visit any of these Websites: www.stantonmagnetics.com, www.finalscratch.com or www.ni-traktor.com.

Behringer Appoints New CEO

Behringer announced that, effective immediately, Arie Van den Broek resigned from his post as the company's CEO. In his place, Michael Deeb joins the Behringer group of companies, and will be based in Singapore.

According to company founder Uli Behringer, "'For six long years, Van den Broek has put a unique and personal imprint on the development and growth of this company. Behringer's global organization spanning from Asia to Europe, and from Australia to the USA, carries his trademark and signature. We are and will remain very grateful to him indeed. I deeply regret his decision to resign from his position as CEO, but have understanding for his decision to seek a new challenge, and wish him success in his future endeavors.

"'Michael Deeb's wealth of experience, an admirable track record of achievements and international perspective is exactly what Behringer requires to stay on top of the changing needs in our dynamic marketplace,"' Behringer continued.

During his career, Deeb was instrumental in providing both financial and large-scale complex IT fulfillment solutions to many industry leaders, such as CitiBank, Dow Chemical, ICI, British Steel and Ford Motor Company. "'I am very proud to become part of the Behringer family. Building onto the company's remarkable success will be a hard act to follow. But I pretty much relish challenges such as this one,"' Deeb commented. "'I am a passionate guitarist, and to combine my hobby with my professional skills has always been my dream."'

For more, visit www.behringer.com.

O'Henry Outfits New Studio With Lexicon 960L

O'Henry Sound Studios has purchased and installed its third Lexicon 960L Multi-Channel Digital Effects System into the new brand-new, multiconfigurable studio, which opened earlier this year. The first client to use the new studio was producer Dallas Austin.

The new studio also boasts a Pro Tools system and a Yamaha digital console.

Commenting on the Lexicon purchase, owner Hank Sanicola said, "'The 960L offers users a lot of power and a lot of DSP with many effects. That allows us to keep the new studio relatively uncluttered, which helps clients reconfigure it to their specific needs. When we installed our first 960L, we knew people would take time to get used to it, because they were so familiar with the 480L. As it turned out, engineers adapted to the 960L very quickly, and we've found the 960L is even better-sounding: more resolution and depth, and more processing power. Having one in every room pretty quickly became the thing to do."'

Visit O'Henry online at www.ohenrystudios.com. Check out the 960L at www.lexicon.com.

Shure Raises $50k for Hearing Conservation

For the second year, the Shure Musical Roots benefit concert, held at Winter NAMM 2003, generated $50,000 for hearing-conservation charities as part of Shure's Bid for Hearing program. Mark Brunner, Shure's pro products portfolio director, presented the donation to House Ear Institute, H.E.A.R. and HAMF (Hearing Aid Music Foundation).

Featuring Cheap Trick and special guest Wayne Kramer from The MC5, the show played to a packed crowd at the House of Blues Anaheim; also announced at the show was the winner of the Shure Musical Roots contest, Zachary Mechlem from Florence, Ky. Showgoers received a pair of earplugs and were treated to a screening of Listen Smart, the 15-minute, Shure-sponsored educational film by the HAMF.

For more, visit Shure online at www.shure.com. Visit the nonprofit organizations at: House Ear Institute, www.hei.org; H.E.A.R., www.hearnet.com; and HAMF, www.hearingaidmusic.com.

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