Mix News for January 2004

Feb 3, 2004 12:00 PM, By Sarah Benzuly

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McConnon founds MTECH; Signs Steinberg/Pinnacle
Brian McConnon, former marketing manager for Steinberg Media Technologies, recently announced the founding of mtech marketing communications, a public relations and marketing firm for MI, pro audio and consumer technology companies.

At the 2004 NAMM convention, McConnon is representing his inaugural client, Steinberg, which was recently acquired by Pinnacle Systems Inc.

For more information, visit www.mtechmarketing.com.

Sound Physics Labs Inc./ServoDrive Announces Licensing Agreement with Yorkville Sound
Sound Physics Labs Inc./ServoDrive (Glenview, Ill.) recently announced a licensing agreement with Yorkville Sound (Toronto). The agreement allows Yorkville the use of Sound Physics Labs' patented Unity Summation Aperture Horn Technology and the name Unity in conjunction with Yorkville's new Unity family of products.

Yorkville recently debuted the U15, a full-range enclosure design that combines Unity Summation Aperture Horn Technology with a next-generation 15-inch neodymium woofer. The U15 provides high/mid-frequency distribution from the 60-degree by 60-degree; horn assembly that produces frequencies from 300 Hz to 20 kHz. Unity horn technology combines a single 1.75-inch diaphragm compression driver with three 5-inch ceramic magnet midrange drivers on a single highly efficient conical horn. All four-component drivers are mounted in a Unity horn measure and act like a single point source.

For more information, visit Sound Physics Labs/ServoDrive at www.servodrive.com or www.soundphysics.com or Yorkville Sound at www.yorkville.com.

PowerFX Announces Miracle Beats Sample CD/VST

PowerFX recently announced Miracle Beats, a sample CD and VST instrument (VSTi) combination that includes LoopMorph technology and contains more than 500 beats and a unique VST instrument interface.

The Miracle Beats VST Instrument can rearrange, split, morph and turn the 500 loops into an infinite number of possibilities within any VST host application. Other features include the ability to autostretch loops to any bpm, preview loops in synch with host software, work with more than 5,000 individual samples and change tempo without altering pitch. There is real-time pitch control on every drum element, real-time envelope control and real-time reverse on every drum element and "RMS Level" features to match loops' dynamic level.

Sound processing includes 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 96 kHz and 192 kHz and internal 32-bit resolution.

Miracle Beats is available for $99/U.S. at the PowerFX Website, www.powerfx.com.

Apple Introduces Logic Pro 6, Express 6, New Synth Software
Apple introduced Logic Pro 6 for professional musicians, Logic Express 6 for students and educators and a variety of software instruments to be included in future versions of Logic Pro.

Logic Pro 6 includes Logic Platinum and the entire line of 53 audio DSP plug-ins and software instruments. The "recording studio in a box" also includes the ability to create 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound, support for up to 128 audio tracks, virtually unlimited input channels and a sample rate of up to 192k.

Equipped with a basic set of production tools, Logic Express 6 includes over 28 effect plug-ins and sample-based software instruments, support for up to 48 audio tracks, 12 input channels and a sample rate of up to 96k. Everything learned in Logic Express 6 is directly transferable to Logic Pro 6.

In conjunction with the new Logic products, Apple also introduced Sculpture, a new component-modeling based synthesizer, and UltraBeat, a percussion synthesizer that provides multiple synthesis techniques for generating a wide variety of electronic or acoustic drum sounds. Apple also demonstrated Guitar Amp, a full-featured guitar amplifier simulator, and support for enhanced Apple Loops, the powerful open-standard file format for real-time matching of audio loops and sound effects.

Logic Pro 6 and Logic Express 6 will be available in March through Authorized Apple Resellers for a suggested retail price of $999 (U.S.) and $299 (U.S.), respectively. Logic Pro 6 requires Mac OS X, version 10.2 or higher, Mac OS 9.1 or higher, a Macintosh computer with a 300 MHz or faster PowerPC G3, G4 or G5 processor, 256MB of RAM and 350MB of available disk space for installation. Logic Express 6 requires Mac OS X, version 10.2 or higher, Mac OS 9.1 or higher, a Macintosh computer with a 250 MHz or faster PowerPC G3, G4 or G5 processor, 128MB of RAM and 100MB of available disk space for installation. More information on Logic Pro 6 and Logic Express 6 can be found at www.apple.com/software/pro/logic.

Digidesign Acquires Bomb Factory Digital's Assets
Digidesign, a division of Avid Technology Inc., announced that it has acquired the assets of Bomb Factory Digital Inc., a manufacturer of real-time audio DSP effects for the Digidesign Pro Tools platform. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. In the near future, Digidesign expects to announce its plans for deploying the Bomb Factory assets across the Pro Tools product line.

"Our acquisition of Bomb Factory underscores Digidesign's commitment to deliver the most powerful creative options available to Pro Tools customers," said David Lebolt, Avid VP and Digidesign general manager. "By providing these classic processing plug-ins, as well as continuing to work closely with our thriving third-party community, we will offer our users tremendous variety and unrivaled audio processing quality. Pro Tools customers will benefit from the continued availability and support of these high-quality plug-ins as our platform grows and evolves."

Bomb Factory co-founder and president Erik Gavriluk commented, "My partner, Dave Amels, and I are proud of the great digital audio processing products we've created for the Pro Tools community, and we're especially pleased that these products will now be even more closely linked with the world's preeminent provider of digital audio equipment to audio engineers everywhere, from high-end professionals to home studio buffs."

Visit www.digidesign.com for more information, including the complete list of the Bomb Factory plug-ins and their compatibility with Pro Tools systems.

Cakewalk Releases Free 3.1 Update for SONAR Producer, Studio Editions
Cakewalk released the 3.1 update for SONAR 3, which provides enhancements including multiprocessor optimization, support for all sample rates, high-quality file import/export audio conversion using Windowed Sinc resampler, adjustable EQ plot resolutions, missing plug-in protection, StudioMix control surface plug-in and a revised Play List view. The update also addresses a number of minor bugs discovered after SONAR 3 began shipping.

Other features include increased tempo range (maximum tempo has been increased to 1,000 bpm); a Reset All Meters command that clears meter clips and resets numeric peak values in all views simultaneously for all meters; a "Fit Tracks to Window" and "Fit Project to Window" commands that now work in the Bus pane when it is the active view; all toolbars can now be shown/hidden via key bindings; and control surfaces can now be assigned to control channel EQs (Producer Edition only).

The SONAR 3.1 update is available now. Registered SONAR 3 users can download the update for free at www.cakewalk.com. SONAR 3 Producer Edition has a MSRP of $719 and SONAR Studio Edition is $479.

In other company news, Cakewalk announced the free 1.5 update for the Project5 soft synth workstation. Project5 offers a complete suite of synthesizers, samplers, sequencers, audio and MIDI effects, and audio looping tools in an integrated studio environment.

Project5 1.5 highlights include P-SEQ updated with Centralized Step-Sequencer mode, which expands on features that were previously exclusive to the SYNCHRON32 MFX plug-in bundled with Project5. This enhancement features global step resolution; new note attributes including tie, legato, flam and gate; fast and intuitive mouse-driven control; transparent overlay of automation over note data; and Loop Record modes.

Also new to the update is Track Patches, in which users can save a track's instrument, effects chain and plug-ins' respective settings as a single preset. Users can then load all settings by clicking on the patch name. These files appear as additional insert options in the plug-in insertion menu in Project5. Users can create and organize their patch menus based on instrument type rather than manufacturer, such as by basses, leads, pads, kits, etc. Additionally, because the patch file is portable, users can easily share files via e-mail or through the Project5 online community (www.Project5.com).

The Resource Browser provides a custom tree view that accesses Project5 patterns and .WAV files existing anywhere on the user's system. The Resource Browser can also be conveniently docked to the side of the application, allowing users to expand or hide it as needed. Features include multiple shortcuts, providing quick access to files that exist on other hard drives or a network; dedicated start/stop preview control to audition each media file and/or multiple files simultaneously from multiple directories before import into a project; preview all files in sync with project tempo; and preview patterns with patched synth of your choice.

Also new is extended track control functionality, which allows users to easily bypass unused synth outputs in a project, significantly reducing CPU load.

The Project5 1.5 update will be available free for download to registered Project5 users January 30, 2004, at www.cakewalk.com. Project5 has a MSRP of $429.

Propellerhead Software Opens Up REX2 File Format
Propellerhead Software announced that it has opened the REX2 sample data format to allow file playback by any third-party applications. REX2 is a flexible file format for sampled grooves that is created by Propellerheads' ReCycle application.

To create REX2 files, ReCycle 2.1 slices up samples into rhythmic segments, making the loop tempo-independent. A user can edit its components freely to rebuild the loop, and the timing information in the recording can be applied to other sequenced elements of the music.

In the past, developers such as Steinberg and Emagic applied for and obtained a license to support REX playback in their applications. Now as an open format, any manufacturer can support REX playback in their applications. Third-party manufacturers are encouraged to download REX2 developer documentation. Implementing the Propellerheads REX2 file format in other applications or hardware is free of charge. Further information about the REX2 file format is available at www.propellerheads.se/developer/.

Winter NAMM: TL Audio Ivory 5060 Preset Valve Compressor
TL Audio showed its new 5060 Preset Valve Compressor, the latest addition to the Ivory 2 Series, at Winter NAMM 2004. The 5060 couples a dual-channel compressor with a high-quality discrete mic preamp, plus stereo line and instrument inputs. The compressor stage features a selection of 15 vocal, instrument and mix presets, plus a Manual mode that provides access to fully variable control of threshold, ratio, attack/release, gain makeup and soft/hard-knee modes.

The 5060 can be operated in mono or linked stereo modes. The preamp stage offers a total gain range of 100 dB, with 48-volt phantom power and a 90Hz low-cut filter. A single illuminated VU meter monitors the output level or the compressor gain reduction for both channels, with drive and peak LEDs providing a visual indication of valve drive and clipping, respectively. Both balanced and unbalanced line outputs are provided, which can be used simultaneously.

A "Fat EQ" contour switch is provided in the output stage, which provides a subtle lift to the low- and high-frequency response of the 5060, while dipping the midrange. This adds extra weight and presence to the signal without affecting the overall output level. The optional DO-2 digital output card allows 24-bit A/D conversion via a coaxial S/PDIF output, with selectable 44.1- or 48kHz sample rates and an external word clock connection.

The gain control element of the 5060 compressor stage is based around a special transconductance amplifier, which avoids the use of VCAs and helps contribute to the smooth, open sound of the unit, along with the dual triode 12AX7 valve stage that lies at the heart of each channel signal path.

For more information, visit www.tlaudio.co.uk/tlaudio/docs/products/5060.htm.

Gefen Offers New HDTV Cables for Hi-Def Systems
New convergent cabling from Gefen supports long- and short-distance HDTV (high-definition television) resolutions by combining fiber optics and DDC signals into a single cable with DVI connectors. Because video and control signals are combined, the cabling enables extension of high-definition signals for televisions, projectors and even DVI-equipped computers. Fiber-optic components ensure the integrity of the visual data throughout transmission, guaranteeing high-definition resolutions up to 1,920x1,200. HDTV Extreme Cables are currently available in precut lengths of 33, 66, 100, 166 and 300 feet. They require a 1.5-inch clearance in conduit, and range in price from $609 to $2,349. Custom lengths are also available.

For those working with the new HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface), Gefen provides a 6-foot DVI-to-HDMI cable to connect a DVI display to a HDMI source or vice versa. More information is available online at www.gefen.com.

"Charlie" Introduced at Winter NAMM
Ultimate Sound Bank introduced "Charlie," an all-organ virtual instrument designed to bring the sounds of the classic electric organs to the composer's desktop. Powered by USB's UVI-Engine, Charlie's 3GB sample library delivers authentic organ sounds and CPU efficiency. Charlie will be distributed in North America by ILIO Entertainments and was unveiled at Winter NAMM 2004.

Charlie's 3 GB of samples were recorded using premium gear at a world-class studio. All of the samples are available with and without a rotating speaker effect, allowing the user flexibility without the need for a sampler. Hundreds of drawbar combinations are provided along with real-time crossfade control between presets and speaker effects. Charlie offers extended parameters, including percussion, classic synth controls and reverb, to allow each preset to be adapted to any user's individual needs. The product's full MachFive compatibility provides users of MOTU's virtual sampler with direct access to the library. All user-edited parameters can be saved with each project for creativity and efficiency.

Charlie retails for $299, and is available for the PC (VSTi), Mac OS 9 (MAS, RTAS and VST) and Mac OS X (MAS, RTAS, AudioUnits and VST).

For more information, visit distributor ILIO at www.ilio.com.

Deadman Comes In First at 2004 IMWS Showcase
Deadman was one of six finalists competing before a panel of 12 judges, including representatives from Billboard Magazine, MTV, Universal, ASCAP and TAXI. More than 1,700 unsigned bands and independent artists submitted entries for the Southwest region of the IMWS. The other finalists included 40-Watt Hype (Fresno, Calif.), Beth Waters (Albany, Calif.), the Amanda Poets Band (Oakland, Calif.), Fono (San Diego, Calif.) and the Mos Generator (Port Orchard, Wash.).

Produced by Disc Makers, a CD manufacturer for independent musicians, the IMWS is a live music showcase series that gives musicians the opportunity to make valuable industry contacts and compete for more than $35,000 in recording gear, instruments, CD manufacturing services, DJ equipment and more. Judged by music industry executives, media and celebrities, and features live performances from the six finalists, the showcases are held in each of four regions throughout the country (Southwest, Midwest, Southeast and Northeast). The competition is open to musicians of all genres not currently signed to a major record label. Professional music screeners from TAXI selected 100 semi-finalists from the entries and the editors of Billboard Magazine chose the six finalists.

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

National Mobile Television Hires President Shaw
Venue Services Group (VSG), a national systems integration firm that provides engineering, design and installation of television facilities, has introduced sports television executive Dave Shaw as the company's new president. Shaw brings an industry-wide reputation for technological innovation and operational excellence including development of HDTV to VSG's integration firm, a subsidiary of National Mobile Television.

Prior to joining VSG, Shaw spent 23 years at the Madison Square Garden Network (MSG). He worked his way through company ranks, culminating in his most recent position as the network's senior VP of technical operations. While at MSG, Shaw oversaw the television integration of the recently renovated Radio City Music Hall, providing a modernized HDTV-ready cabling facility to the landmark. He also was responsible for the HD cabling integration of MSG, Yankee Stadium, Shea Stadium, Continental Arena and Nassau Coliseum. Shaw was the television liaison for many events at Madison Square Garden, including the NBA Finals, NHL Stanley Cup Finals, NBA All-Star Game, WNBA All-Star Game, The Grammy Awards and World Cup Hockey.

For more information on NMT, visit www.nmtv.com or call 800/242-0642.

MSPE Announces Golden Reel Nominees
The Motion Pictures Sound Editors organization announced nominees for the 51st Annual MSPE Golden Reel Awards, to be held February 28, 2004, at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

The nominees include:

"Sound Effects Editing in a Feature Film (Domestic)"

The Italian Job

Kill Bill, Vol. 1

The Last Samurai

Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World

The Matrix Reloaded

Open Range

Pirates of the Caribbean

Seabiscuit

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

"Music Editing in a Feature Film"

Cold Mountain

Gods and Generals

Jeepers Creepers II

Kill Bill, Vol. 1

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Pirates of the Caribbean

Something's Gotta Give

Underworld

"Dialog Editing in a Feature Film"

2 Fast 2 Furious

Dreamcatcher

The Last Samurai

Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World

Mystic River

Pirates of the Caribbean

Seabiscuit

X2

"Music Editing in a Musical Feature"

The Company

The Fighting Temptations

A Mighty Wind

School of Rock

"Sound Editing in an Animated Feature"

Brother Bear

Finding Nemo

Jungle Book 2

Millennium Actress

Rugrats Go Wild

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

The Triplets of Belleville

"Sound Effects Editing In Episodic TV"

"Alias"

"Carnivale"

"CSI: Crime Scene Investigations"

"CSI: Miami"

"ER"

"Smallville"

"Third Watch"

"Without a Trace"

"Music Editing in Episodic TV"

"American Dreams"

"Queer as Folk"

"Scrubs"

"Sex and the City"

"Watching Ellie"

For a full list of nominees, visit www.mspe.org.

Daking Offers New 4-Channel Mic Pre
The new Daking Mic-Pre IV offers four channels of Class-A preamplifiers in a single-rackspace unit with outboard power supply. The unit is configured for four microphone inputs or four line inputs from XLR/TRS Neutrik combo jacks on the back, plus four line inputs (+10 to -50) or 1/4-inch Hi-z instrument inputs on the front.

Used stand-alone or in conjunction with a console, each input offers continuously variable gain control using Daking's signature aluminum knobs, a 20-segment LED level meter with +24dB peak indicator, switchable mic/line or Hi-z instrument, switchable +48V phantom power, switchable input phase and switchable 20dB pad.

The Daking Mic-Pre IV is housed in an all stainless-steel enclosure with an outboard DC power supply in a separate housing. The internal components include gold bifurcated contacts on all relay switching, and the universal power supply can operate at any voltage for use worldwide.

The Daking Mic-Pre IV has a MSRP of $2,895 and can be ordered directly from www.transaudioelite.com.

NARAS Gets "Up Close and Personal With Jimmy Jam"
Grammy" Award-winning producer Jimmy Jam spoke to a sold-out audience recently during an event held by the Recording Academy's San Francisco Chapter.

Interviewed by KBLX 102.9 program director Kevin Brown, Jam talked openly about everything from his musical childhood, his tenure as keyboardist for funk/R&B band The Time and his 30-year friendship and 20-plus-year music and business partnership with Terry Lewis. He also discussed the opening of Flyte Tyme West, the duo's new Los Angeles-based production facility and their gradual shift from 2-inch analog tape to Pro Tools|HD. In regards to hard disk recording, Jam championed NARAS' Producers and Engineers Wing for establishing guidelines for Pro Tools session interchange and standards for digital master delivery.

For more information, visit www.grammy.com or www.flytetyme.com.

PreSonus Announces the Release of FIREPOD
At Winter NAMM 2004, PreSonus Audio Electronics Inc. displayed the new FIREPOD!", a complete 24-bit/96kHz recording studio that sells for under $700. The system includes eight Class-A PreSonus mic pre's, S/PDIF and MIDI inputs and outputs, and Cubase SE recording software. The system is compatible with Windows XP and Mac OS X, and with both ASIO- and WDM-based applications, including Cubase SX, Nuendo, Deck, Peak and Logic software. An additional FireWire allows users to daisy-chain multiple FIREPODs together to create additional 24-bit/96k audio channels.

The interface features a headphone output on the front panel, as well as a mix knob to balance monitoring levels between mixed input and main output signals. A level potentiometer on the front panel controls the input level of each preamplifier. Inputs 1 and 2 of the FIREPOD can switch between microphone and instrument level, while inputs 3 through 8 can switch between microphone and line input. Phantom power (+48V) is available on every channel (in groups of four), and dual-input Neutrik connectors are used for all eight inputs.

The FIREPOD is also equipped with eight balanced TRS line outputs and two balanced TRS main outputs.

For more information, visit www.presonus.com.

1394 Trade Association Completes Wireless Spec
The 1394 Trade Association's Wireless Working Group announced that the specification for wireless 1394 applications is functionally complete and ready for a ballot. Formal approval of the new Protocol Adaptation Layer (PAL) standard will move consumers one significant step closer to controlling home networks, HDTVs and other advanced electronics systems wirelessly.

The Wireless Working Group, chaired by Peter Johansson of Congruent Software Inc., has developed the PAL between the IEEE 802.15.3 MAC and applications developed for wired IEEE 1394. The PAL also adapts the IEEE P1394.1 bridging specification to wireless use. The result is a "wireless FireWire" capability that can be implemented with any standard or nonstandard physical layer, including as yet nonstandardized Ultra Wideband PHYs.

"Wireless FireWire is going to be ready to go in 2004, and early," said James Snider, executive director of the 1394 Trade Association. "The new wireless 1394 specification is an excellent product developed by a very dedicated group of Trade Association leaders in a remarkably short period of time. The group adapted the 1394 and P1394.1 bridging standards to the high-bandwidth wireless network connectivity enabled by 802.15.3, and assured the quality of service required for exciting new products that will let consumers wirelessly manage digital televisions, audio/visual equipment and home networks."

According to Johansson, the Working Group determined that the IEEE 1394 infrastructure can be easily adapted to IEEE 802.15.3, incorporating the significant amount of existing middleware required to enable multimedia applications such as audio and video streaming. An important section in the PAL specification describes how to construct IEEE P1394.1 bridges that incorporate a wired IEEE 1394 node on one side and a wireless IEEE 802.15.3 device on the other. "This means the wireless devices are now 'bridge-aware,' so they can be integrated easily and quickly into home networks, allowing users to add wireless controls just as they now use remote controls with their televisions and other consumer electronics equipment," he said.

The IEEE 802.15.3 Wireless Personal Area Network standard is designed to connect more than 200 wireless devices. Although the existing standard 2.4GHz PHY is limited to a maximum data rate of 55M bits/second, work is underway to standardize a UWB PHY with a range of data rates between 110 and 480M bits/second. These higher UWB PHY data rates will allow multiple wireless devices to exchange multimedia content such as video, audio and digital images.

For more information, visit the 1394 Trade Association at www.1394ta.org.

Digidesign Distributing Wave Diamond Bundle Abroad
Digidesign is now the exclusive distributor of Waves' Diamond Bundle in Asia, parts of Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

The Diamond Bundle, comprising Waves' Platinum, Restoration and Transform bundles, offers 35 processors, including a multifaceted array of tools for tracking, mixing, mastering, creative sound design and audio restoration.

The Waves Diamond Bundle is available for Pro Tools TDM systems running on Windows XP, or Mac OS X or 9.x. For more information on Waves plug-ins, visit www.waves.com. For more information on Digidesign, visit www.digidesign.com.

Transamerica Broken Into
On Christmas Eve (December 24, 2003), thieves broke into the facilities at Transamerica Audio Group in Las Vegas and stole a number of items from the company's audio inventory. Worse yet, the criminals also took the wrapped Christmas presents that company owner Brad Lunde had bought for his children and kept hidden at the warehouse.

Anyone with any knowledge of the stolen items should call 702/365-5155 or e-mail president@transaudiogroup.com. The missing items and serial numbers are included below.

One APEX PE 133 lx30-band very high-precision graphic EQ with three individual parametric EQs variable from 18 Hz to 20 kHz. Serial Number: 509501240

Two APEX PE 232 2x30-band very high-precision graphic EQ with four individual on/off parametric EQs (two per channel) variable from 18 Hz to 20 kHz. Serial Numbers: 209601519,160201685

One pair of ATC 10 ASL 5-inch active two-way studio monitors. Serial Numbers: 401-402

One pair of ATC SCM 12 Pro Studio Monitors. Serial Numbers: 5-6

One pair of ATC TI6 pair 6.5-inch active dance two-way studio monitors. Serial Numbers: 3174-3175

One pair of ATC 20ASL pair 6.5-inch active two-way studio monitors. Serial Numbers: 560-561

Two Brauner Phantom-C Condenser Microphones. Serial Numbers: 195-196

One Brauner Valvet System with PSV power supply, SMV shock-mount. Serial Number: 72

One Brauner CI-7.5M mic cable and FCV carry case

One Daking FET Compressor Daking superfast compressor in one 19-inch rackmount unit (91579A). Serial Number: 1487

One Daking PS-4 power supply 48-volt power supply outlets for four modules. Serial Number: 442

hree SoundField SPS451 B Format input 5.1 decoder for use with Mark V and ST250. Supplied with 1 S451CC and 1 S45ICH surround mic pattern card. 1U, variable L/R angle and SR/LR angle. Serial Numbers: 108, 136, 154

One SoundField SPS422 Stereo Output SoundField Mic with 1U Controller with MSA-245, stand adaptor, NN2884 20m cable. Serial Number: C600/718

Two SoundField MK V B Format SoundField Reference Mic with 2U controller, with HW2909 shockmount, 490-090 leather case, 762-001 windshield and NN2884 20m cable. Serial Numbers: C976-173, 1011W106

One SoundField ST250 Portable SoundField Mic with DC power controller, MSA-245 stand adaptor, 762-001 windshield, NN2884 5m cable and aluminum carry case. Serial Number: w91-ST1005

Three Drawmer DC2476 24/96k Digital Stereo Mastering Processors. Serial Numbers: 217, 443, 346

Four Drawmer DL241 1/4-inch compressor/limiter/gates. Serial Numbers: 7808, 7809,7810, 7811

Two Drawmer DL241 XLR-XLR compressor/limiter/gates. Serial Numbers: 5318, 5319

Four Drawmer DS201 2-channel gates. Serial Numbers: 24327, 24328, 24329, 24356

One Soundelux U99 Studio Tube Microphone; variable pattern, on power supply. Includes cable, shock-mount and carry case. Serial Number: 1607

Two Soundelux ELUX251 Studio Tube Microphone; cardioid, omni, figure-8 capabilities. Includes cable, shock-mount and carry case. Serial Numbers: 263, 260

One Soundelux E47 new large-diaphragm tube microphone. Serial Number: 228

One Soundelux U195 studio FET microphone; cardioid-only. Includes shock-mount and wood storage box. Serial Number: 1685

One pair of Klein and Hummel 0104 active two-way studio monitor. Serial number unknown

Three Klein and Hummel 0198 three-way active mastering monitors. Pair Serial Numbers: 12120-12121; 1 Serial Number: unknown

One GML 2032 prototype. No serial number

PMC Upgrades BB5 Monitor Series, XB3 Sub
PMC has upgraded its flagship BB5 Series monitor series and XB3 sub with a new version of its 15-inch radial driver.

Rear venting of the magnet now complements the cooling effects of the radial fins, while power compression effects are further ameliorated by the circulation of air throughout the core via apertures at the rear of the magnet assembly. Improved venting provides for reductions in overall distortion and greater linearity. The construction of the driver has been improved with a new alloy casting.

In other company news, Gosh! Studios in Vienna has upgraded its Studio A monitoring by installing PMC BB5 monitors and Bryston 7B monobloc amplification, which were supplied by PMC Austrian distributor AviTech.

"We heard the product in another studio and were very impressed and excited by them," said studio co-owner Stephan Kolber; Harald Sulzbacher is the other co-owner. "We subsequently tested them alongside almost all the currently available main monitoring systems in Studio A and came to the conclusion that the PMC system was the best one for our usage."

Founded in 1996, Gosh! relocated to new spacious facilities in 2001, with three production/control rooms, including Studio A, the 45-square-meter main mix room, tied to a 60-square-meter live recording room. The studio services commercial clients and provides in-house writing and production facilities for Gosh!'s own commercials and music production company. Recording media and production platforms include Studer analog multitrack, Pro Tools 24, MOTU, Digital Performer and Digidesign systems.

For more information about PMC, visit www.pmcloudspeaker.com.

A Closer Look at Closer Look Recording
Tyler Owen opened Closer Look Recording in Cleveland 15 years ago with the goal to make it a world-class recording facility that would attract nationally known artists. He also wanted to make the same facility available to local bands and musicians at reasonable rates. Now, after five years at the studio's current location, Owen has taken the next step toward those goals by adding an SSL console that is—at 72 channels and 19 feet long—the largest of its kind in the Midwest.

Owen opened Closer Look's "B" room shortly after the "A" room was completed in the new location. He has a SSL console in one room and a Neve console in the other, reflecting the industry standard to record onto a Neve board and mix onto an SSL. In addition to recording and production, the studio also offers studio musicians the ability to master and duplicate CDs.

Owen wants to help the rich pool of musical talent in Cleveland compete on a national level, and so keeps his rate as low as possible. He's worked with such acts as The O-Jay's, Eightball, Pully, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and the James Gang, which has helped Owen attract local standouts such as Michael Stanley, Tony Lang, Joe Rohan, Robin Stone, Will Bowen, Alexis Antes and several Christian artists who are now charting on national radio.

For more information, please visit call 216/361-3011. For more information on the SSL board, visit www.solid-state-logic.com.

New Model in Lynx's AES16 Line
Responding to customer requests for sample rate conversion, Lynx Studio Technology has added the AES16-SRC to its line of AES16 192kHz AES/EBU interfaces. The AES16-SRC, with eight channels of sample rate conversion, has a suggested retail price of $995.

The AES16 began shipping in late 2003 and has been widely accepted as the digital standard for 24-bit/192kHz AES/EBU digital audio. Early adopters for the AES16 include name producers and engineers, mastering houses, major recording studios and major manufacturers of digital mixers and converters.

The AES16-SRC offers eight channels of mastering-quality sample rate conversion to accommodate facilities running multiple sample rates or signals not locked to "house sync." Offering conversion ratios up to 8:1, the AES16-SRC's sample rate converters have a dynamic range of 142 dB. The AES16-SRC also has the capability to maintain phase between multiple-rated converted inputs using its matched phase control.

All features of the AES16, including SynchroLock!" jitter reduction, intuitive software control and compatibility with Windows and Macintosh computers, are also included with the AES16-SRC. Two model CBL-AES1604 cables are also included for ease of interface using the XLR connectors for audio and BNC for word clock I/O.

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

Now Shipping: Aviom's Euroblock Modules
Aviom Inc. (West Chester, Penn.) announced that Euroblock versions of the AN-16/i Input Module and the AN-16/o Output Module are now available and shipping. The Euroblock versions complement the company's existing line of digital distributed audio network products. The Euroblock versions of the AN Series products are fully compatible with their TRS-equipped counterparts and the AN-16SB System Bridge. The TRS and Euroblock product variations can be mixed and matched as needed when creating and installing a system.

Euroblock connectors are a type of terminal block connector favored by system installers and integrators for their ease of use. Each of the AN Series products contains 16 Euroblock connectors on the rear panel. The two-part plug-and-socket design of the Euroblock connector simplifies wiring and installation. No soldering is necessary; wire is inserted into slots in a Euroblock plug connector and tightened in place with a screwdriver. The plug snaps into place into one of the 16 sockets on the rear panel. Each AN Series Euroblock unit comes with everything needed to install the product.

Aviom's AN Series of distributed audio network products are designed to work together to create a powerful digital audio distribution system, one that can function as a digital snake and as an infinitely expandable audio splitter. The system is capable of transferring high-quality 24-bit audio digitally over inexpensive, industry-standard Category-5 cables. As with all the company's existing products, Aviom's proprietary A-Net Protocol ensures that there is less than 1 millisecond of latency from analog input to analog output. The A-16SB, AN-16/i and AN-16/o are compatible with Aviom s existing product line, which includes the modular A-16 Personal Monitor Mixing System.

Aviom's distributed audio network is a flexible modular system that allows the user to build unidirectional or bi-directional configurations to suit most audio distribution needs. Any combination of up to four AN-16/i and/or four AN-16/o units (with TRS or Euroblock connectors) can be used. A maximum of 64 channels of audio can be distributed. The system is capable of creating digital snakes in the following configurations: 16x0, 32x0, 48x0, 64x0, 16x16, 32x16, 48x16 and 32x32. To create a splitter, users must add an additional output module to any existing AN-16/o Output Module installed in the system. An infinite number of signal splits can be achieved by using this method.

When coupled to the two-part A-16SB System Bridge, any of the AN-16/i and AN-16/o multichannel configurations can transfer data bidirectionally over a single Cat-5 cable. This innovation alone can replace thousands of dollars of expensive and unwieldy analog cabling in fixed or mobile applications. Cable lengths between each A-Net system component can be up to 500 feet long. The A-16SB System Bridge combines up to four A-Net signals at one end of the system, and then separates them into separate A-Net streams at the other end.

The AN-16/i-EB Input Module is a single-rackspace unit that serves as the A/D input for the digital snake. It converts 16 line-level analog audio channels into uncompressed, full-bandwidth digital data transmitted via the company's proprietary A-Net protocol. The AN-16/i-EB can also be used as an input module when using the company's personal monitor mixing system.

On the front panel, the AN-16/i-EB has a four-position gain switch (+22, +4, 0 and -10dB), stereo channel link switches, and signal present and clip LEDs. The rear panel of the AN-16/i has a row of 16 Euroblock jacks for analog audio input that can also be used as an audio thru. For system network connections, there is an A-Net out jack and an A-Net expansion jack.

The AN-16/o-EB Output Module is a 1U rackmount D/A converter. It has 16 Euroblock line-level output jacks on its rear panel. Also on the rear panel is a set of three network connectors for A-Net In, A-Net Out and A-Net Expansion. On the front panel, the AN-16/o has a two-position level switch (+4 and -10 dB) along with signal present and clip LEDs.

The AN-16/o-EB Output Module can also be integrated into existing A-16 personal monitor mixing systems to provide 16 discrete line-level outputs for recording, broadcast, effects or other mixing purposes. Any number of AN-16/o or AN-16/o-EB Output Modules can be connected to a system as needed.

MSRPs include:AN-16/i-EB Input Module, $999.95; AN-16/o-EB Output Module, $999.95; AN-16/i Input Module, $899.95; AN-16/o Output Module, $899.95; and A-16SB System Bridge, $249.95. For more information, visit www.aviom.com.

Synthogy Announces Ivory
Synthogy, an all-new audio software company dedicated to producing virtual instrument products with flexibility and realism, unveiled "Ivory," its first virtual instrument product at Winter NAMM 2004. Ivory is available for AudioUnits, VST and RTAS for both PC and Mac OS X. The product will ship in the first quarter of 2004 and carries an MSRP of $349.

Custom-built by Synthogy and produced by pre-eminent piano sound designer Joe Ierardi, Ivory features more than 3,500 samples designed to faithfully re-create every nuance of the grand piano.

Ivory features Synthogy's proprietary 32-bit sample playback and DSP engine, which was specifically built from the ground up to bring out the resonance, response and character of three of the world's finest concert grands: the German Steinway D 9-foot Concert Grand, Bösendorfer 290 Imperial Grand and Yamaha C7 Grand. The product features more 20 Gigabytes of new samples, which were brought to life in the finest studios and concert halls. All 88 keys of each piano were individually sampled in up to eight dynamic levels, including the extended low octave on the Bösendorfer, providing the user with total control over the nuance of each note.

Ivory includes a host of features designed to ensure the integrity of the sound. Synthogy's "Sympathetic String Resonance" digital signal processing provides realistic damper pedal response, and the package also includes release and soft pedal samples. Ivory features an array of high-quality digital effects, including ambience, chorus and EQ, along with fully customizable user controls for timbre, stereo width and perspective, velocity response, mechanical key noise, tuning and more. Each 32-bit sample features full sustain without looping, and Synthogy's unique "sample interpolation" technology allows for ultrasmooth velocity and note transitions. Finally, each of the three pianos can be installed independently to save space on hard drives.

For more information, please reference Ilio's Website at www.ilio.com.

New Book/DVD Teaches Final Cut Pro 4 Basics
Final Cut Pro 4 Editing Essentials, a new book and companion DVD by Tom Wolsky, claims to help readers master the craft of editing by providing firsthand experience with the art and technique of editing. Eight tutorial lessons cover editing essentials such as capturing material, organizing it, editing, adding transitions, basic titling and sound techniques, and outputting from the application.

Readers can also learn how the new editing paradigm in Version 4 can affect workflow, and hone their craft by learning how to properly set up their system, get material into FCP, edit to build and trim a sequence of shots, create and use transitions and more. Final Cut Pro 4 Editing Essentials sells for $29.95 through www.cmpbooks.com.

Roland Debuts VS8F-3 V-Studio Expansion Card
Roland has opened up its V-Studio platform to outside plug-in developers via the VS8F-3 Plug-In Effect Expansion Board, which gives V-Studio users access to both Roland plug-ins and optional third-party plug-ins. Products from Antares, Cakewalk, IK Multimedia, Massenburg, McDSP, Sound Toys, TC Electronics and Universal Audio are currently compatible with the VS8F-3.

The expansion board will be available immediately for the VS-2480 Series, VS-2400CD and the new VS-2000CD. Support for the VS-1680, VS-1880 and VS-1824 is planned for April 2004.

The VS8F-3 contains 56-bit processing and sampling rates up to 96 kHz, depending on the V-Studio hosting the board. Each VS8F-3 can run two plug-ins. Roland includes five high-quality plug-ins with each board: a Mastering Tool Kit, Stereo Reverb, Pre-Amp Modeler, Vocal Channel Strip and Tempo Mapping Effect.

For more information, visit www.RolandUS.com.

Mackie Distributes Tracktion to Interface With Control Universal
Mackie announced the completion of an agreement with UK-based Raw Material Software, in which Mackie will assume worldwide distribution and marketing efforts for Tracktion!" software, a new audio/MIDI workstation.

Mackie also announced plans to release an update in early 2004 that will allow Tracktion to interface with Mackie Control Universal.

Tracktion is compatible with Windows 98, 2000, ME and XP, as well as Mac OS X 10.2 and above. The 24-bit, 96k Spike Powered Recording system is the first Mackie product to incorporate Tracktion, with more to follow. Free demo versions of Tracktion are currently available at www.mackie.com, and the item will be available for purchase through the site in February. Tracktion with Mackie Control Universal support will be available by the end of March 2004.

Tascam Announces 2488 24-Track, GigaStudio 3.0 Update
Tascam recently announced the 2488, a 24-track recording workstation that sells for less than $1,500. The 2488 records 24 tracks of audio at 24-bit resolution, with 250 virtual tracks and editing and looping functions. Its 36 mixer inputs mix 24 playback tracks, eight analog inputs, a 64-voice MIDI tone generator and stereo effects processor.

Three-band EQ is provided for all 24 channels, plus the eight inputs and tone generator channel. Three aux sends—one for each mixer channel except for the effects return—send to a loop effect with effects like reverb and delay or external devices. Up to eight dynamics processors can be utilized while recording or mixing, and an additional stereo compressor is dedicated to the stereo output. The 2488 can also master and burn a CD using a built-in CD-RW drive, or transfer tracks to a computer using a high-speed USB 2.0 connection.

Tascam's 2488 was developed using Analog Devices' SHARC ADSP-21161N processor, which adds powerful multi-effects, dynamics processing and stereo compression to the Portastudio's robust functionality.

Tascam also announced three new versions of GigaStudio 3.0: Orchestra, Ensemble and Solo. The new versions offer up to unlimited polyphony, 96kHz/24-bit sample support, ReWire support, VST FX and GigaPiano 2, and real-time convolution.

For more information, visit www.tascam.com.

Edirol Unveils New FireWire Audio Interface
Edirol announced the FA-101, a 10-input/10-output FireWire bus-powered audio interface offering two premium mic preamps with phantom power, six dedicated TRS balanced inputs and eight dedicated TRS balanced outputs. This half-rack unit has a front-mounted optical S/PDIF input and output and rear-accessible MIDI input and output.

The FA-101 offers simultaneous 10 inputs and 10 outputs at up to 24-bit/96kHz audio quality on both PC (ASIO 2.0, WDM) and Mac (CoreAudio), and is capable of running completely from the power of the FireWire bus. In addition, it supports stereo in and out at 24-bit/192 kHz. The FA-101 can also be powered by the included DC adapter with 4-pin FireWire ports.

The FA-101's control panel routes various inputs and computer signals to different tracks and outputs

"This FireWire product along with our high-speed USB2 interface sets Edirol apart as the first company offering products using both high-speed serial interfaces," commented John Broadhead, lead product manager for Edirol North America. "A customer can now focus on features such as sound quality rather than first letting the type of interface dictate a direction."

The FA-101 lists for $695 and will be available in April 2004. For more information, visit www.edirol.com/products/info/fa101.html.

TerraTec to Market All Waldorf Products
Effective immediately, TerraTec Producer, TerraTec Electronic GmbH's division for professional audio production solutions, has extended its product range by forging an alliance with Waldorf AG, in which all upcoming Waldorf products will be marketed exclusively by TerraTec.

Heiko Meertz, general manager of TerraTec Electronic GmbH, said, "We're aiming to bundle the benefits of the two partners by converging Waldorf's excellence in sound generation with TerraTec's ability to incorporate this expertise in computer application. First, we'll focus on developing products in a joint effort to bridge the gap between two worlds that to date have been disparate."

According to Wolfgang Düren, CEO of Waldorf AG, "We are delighted that the alliance with TerraTec will enable us to deliver Waldorf products and know-how to a much larger user group. We also perceive this partnership as the challenge of uniting worlds and achieving optimum results."

For more information, visit Waldorf at www.waldorf-ag.com or TerraTec at www.terratec.com.

Orban Releases MPEG-4 aacPlus Streaming Audio Encoder
Orban announced the immediate availability of Opticodec-PC, an MPEG-4 aacPlus!" encoding software that provides high-quality streaming audio. The software lets streaming providers supply content encoded with the Coding Technologies aacPlus codec; broadcast streams encoded with Opticodec-PC can be experienced through the new RealPlayer 10 and can automatically list themselves on www.opticodec.net, an upcoming new directory service for Opticodec-PC streams.

Orban's Optimod-PC 1100, a professional PCI sound card designed for streaming media, provides "genuine radio" audio processing for Internet broadcasters. With three onboard DSPs providing equalization, AGC, multiband compression and look-ahead limiting, Optimod-PC 1100, when combined with aacPlus encoding technology, delivers a polished and produced stream.

Opticodec-PC is available for Microsoft Windows 2000/XP and supplies streams compatible with the free Darwin Streaming Server, which is available for multiple platforms including Linux, Windows and Macintosh. Opticodec-PC is available in two versions: LE and PE. Opticodec-PC LE is compatible with all quality sound cards and encodes a single stream at bit rates between 8 and 32 kbps. Opticodec-PC PE is offered solely in a premium package coupled with an Optimod-PC and can encode multiple simultaneous streams at bit rates from 8 to 320 kbps. Both products are available immediately to beta customers.

Opticodec-PC LE retails for $99. The Opticodec-PC PE has a suggested retail price of $495 or with an Optimod-PC sound card for $1,995.

For more information, visit www.orban.com or Coding Technologies at www.codingtechnologies.com.

Winter NAMM: Arturia minimoog V
Arturia introduced the minimoog V, a faithful reproduction of Bob Moog's original Minimoog. Offering all the features of the original, the software version also brings polyphony, MIDI management and presets, as well as new functions such as a modulation matrix, LFO, arpeggiator, chorus and delay.

Arturia used its TAE® proprietary technology for emulating analog circuits to offer high-quality sound, including sharp filters, aliasing-free oscillators and soft-clipping limitation. The minimoog V also comes with hundreds of presets made by some of the most talented Minimoog users.

Original features include three oscillators offering multiple waveforms (the third oscillator can modulate either the first two oscillators or the filter); one mixer with a built-in overload circuit; one 24dB/octave resonant filter; two ADSR envelope generators; one external audio input; and one external oscillator and filter modulation input. New features include one modulation matrix offering up to six different connections between 12 sources and 32 destinations, one LFO that can be synchronized on the tempo of the host sequencer, one arpeggiator that can also be synchronized in the same way; one three-mode chorus; one stereo delay to be synchronized via MIDI and the possibility to synchronize Osc2 on Osc1.

Arturia estimates the minimoog V's release date will be the end of February to early March 2004.

For more information, visit www.arturia.com/en/comingsoon.html.

Now Available: ConcreteFX Software's "Digital"
ConcreteFX Software announces the release of Digital, its PC VSTi phase-shaping synthesis, which uses phase distortion, waveshaping and frequency modulation to re-create the sound of classic '80s synthesizers.

Digital is available for $65 from Paypal and Shareit Digital, and comes with 160 presets and manual in pdf format.

Digital features include four operators, which can be arranged in 15 different ways. These arrangements include all four-op FM arrangements and ring modulation algorithms. Each operator comprises a phase distorter, wave-shaper and a multimode filter. Depending on the chosen algorithm, operators can also be frequency-modulated by input from other operators, and also has self-feedback.

Other features include phase distortion, in which each operator can change waveshapes to re-create the sound of Casio CZ synths; 19 waves including all FM- and CZ-type waves. (Multimode waves are also available, which use two waves appended together.); each operator has a 12/24 low- and high-passband reject and ring mod or comb filters; eight envelopes, step sequences, LFOs and four key splits. (Envelope can have up to 32 stages, each stage having variable slopes. Each envelope has a user-definable loop and release points for complex patterns.); a modulation matrix allows the user to modulate all of the controls using envelopes, LFOs, step sequences, key splits, MIDI controls, velocity, note played and in/out volume; and effects such as cross delay/reverb, chorus/flanger/phaser, 3-band equalizer and distortion effects.

For more information, go to the ConcreteFX Software Website at www.concretefx.com.

Translation Now Part of Sonic Studio's Sonic Magic
Sonic Magic is a stand-alone Macintosh utility that allows bi-directional translation among Sonic Studio HD, Pro Tools 5 and AES31 formats. A cost-reduced, custom version of Media Magic by Dark Matter Digital, Sonic Magic not only converts the source sound files, but also re-creates the entire EDL, defining region boundaries and placing them at the proper locations on the timeline. Sonic Magic also builds approximations of the project's crossfades.

A free trial version of Sonic Magic is available for download. The trial contains the entire feature set and will not time out. However, there will be silence inserted every six seconds on converted projects. Once it is purchased, users will be given a serial number and directed to Dark Matter's registration page for an unlock code.

For more information, go to the Sonic Studio Website at www.sonicstudio.com.

Available Soon: Melodyne uno Editor
At the Winter NAMM show, Celemony Software GmbH presented the audio editing software Melodyne uno for Windows and Mac OS X. This smaller version of Melodyne operates like a sample editor, and is a tool for pitch correction, vocal production and the editing of melodies.

The application operates without arrange levels. Complex processes such as note recognition operate smoothly in the background out of the user's sight. Like a sample editor, it permits editing of the pitch, tempo, phrasing, formants and timing of monophonic audio files. Parameters can be varied over a wide range and with good sound quality. Melodyne uno is designed to preserve the original phrasing, and can handle all commonly encountered audio formats, integrating smoothly into all conventional MIDI/audio sequencers.

Melodyne retails for $150 and will be available in April 2004. For more information, visit www.celemony.com.

Zero-G Releases Leon and Lola
Zero-G announces the release of virtual vocalists synths Leon and Lola, powered by Yamaha Vocaloid® Singing Synthesis Technology. Launched at the Winter NAMM show, they are now available.

The Vocaloid VST/ReWire instrument reads Vocaloid vocal libraries, plays vocal MIDI tracks generated by Vocaloid editor via VST- or ReWire-compatible host sequencers to manipulate voice characteristics.

Vocaloid Leon and Lola feature professional-quality male and female voices in English, offer multiple singing styles including soul and dance music, and vibrato and expression templates templates.

System requirements include Windows XP or Windows 2000; Pentium III, 1 GHz or faster; 512 MB of RAM or more; approximately 700MB hard disk space or more; CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive; SVGA display (1,024x768); sound card with Microsoft DirectSound-compatible driver; and LAN/network card must be installed or a USB network card must be connected to the USB port. Vocaloid Singing Synthesis Technology requires Windows XP/2000 and Plug-In Instrument (VST/ReWire).

For more about Vocaloid Leon, go to www.zero-g.co.uk/index.cfm?articleid=799. For more about Vocaloid Lola, go to www.zero-g.co.uk/index.cfm?articleid=800.

Edirol Announces PCR-1 MIDI Controller/Audio Interface
Edirol recently announced the PCR-1, a new combo device that integrates a USB bus-powered 24-bit/96kHz audio interface into a 25-key MIDI keyboard controller.

The PCR-1 measures 1 and 3/16 inches thick, weighs less than three pounds and offers a wide variety of audio and MIDI features. The 25-key controller offers full 128-step velocity sensitivity and the same control map support as its larger PCR siblings. Controls can be assigned to send any MIDI message. It offers 16 onboard memory locations for saving control maps for software applications.

Audio features include stereo RCA input/outputs and a stereo mini headphone connection, which doubles as an optical digital S/PDIF port.

Additionally, Edirol has devised a new technology known as "S.L.I.M." (Short-stroke Low-profile Impact Mechanism), which allows a compact MIDI keyboard to maintain reasonable playability.

The PCR-1 offers support for Mac and PC with WDM, ASIO and CoreAudio drivers.

The new device lists for $370 and will be available in February 2004.

For more information, visit www.edirol.com.

Tascam Teams With SaneWave to Develop Computer Interface Solutions
Tascam, through its co-development alliance with SaneWave, introduced the new US-2400 plug-and-play universal DAW controller at this year's Winter NAMM show. The US-2400 is a control surface that works in harmony with mouse, monitor and computer, reportedly offering more needed hardware controls. According to Tascam product manager Jim Bailey, the US-2400 "works out of the box without complex computer software installation and configuration."

Tascam also announced Mac OS X 10.3 Panther compatibility for all of its USB and FireWire computer recording products.

The new Panther-ready driver for the FW-1884, Tascam's FireWire control surface and audio/MIDI interface, adds features such as improved audio latency, flexible routing options and SoftLCD computer display. The US-122, US-224 and US-428 have had Panther-compatible drivers since the release of OS 10.3.

In addition to Panther support, FW-1884 driver Version 1.10 is compatible with Mac OS 10.3 and includes a "virtual scribble strip" display via a SoftLCD application, which displays the names of the channels controlled by the FW-1884 and attached FE-8s in a translucent bar on the computer's monitor; direct routing from the eight analog inputs to the eight ADAT outputs; expanded surround control; and three aux sends on all channels (except for the effects return).

Visit www.tascam.com for more information.

Moog Issues MuRF, Etherwave Pro
Moog Music announces the Multiple Resonance Filter Array (MuRF), a new, Bob Moog-designed analog effect that allows users to shape tones and add pulsing, percolating or shimmering rhythmic effects to their tracks.

The latest issue in the company's "Moogerfooger" line features eight resonant, tuned bandpass filters similar to a graphic EQ, each with a slider to control the gain of that frequency band.

A tap-tempo input and wide selection of sequencing patterns are available, with varied sequencing rates. Sequence selection and rate, envelope shape and direct mix may be played in real time. The MuRF features analog audio processing, and wide-ranging player parameters may be controlled from the panel knobs, expression pedals or analog synthesis instruments. The MuRF is housed in a classic "double-wedge" enclosure for desktop or floor use. The MuRF is anticipated to ship by the end of March 2004. MSRP: $435.

In other company news, Moog released the Etherwave Pro, a professional, portable Theremin designed for both stage and studio use. The Etherwave Pro covers up to four octaves above middle C in three panel-selectable pitch registers. Visually, the Etherwave Pro blends futuristic and retro styling with striking vertical lines, nickel-plated and wooden knobs, and a birds-eye maple front panel. A multiposition timbre selector offers a variety of waveforms, including the authentic traditional Theremin tone. In addition, waveform, brightness and filter panel controls enable musicians to balance the timbre to suit their musical requirements.

The Etherwave Pro's antennas conform to the traditional Theremin standard, and both right-handed and left-handed configurations will be available. The Etherwave Pro's control voltage output allows it to interface with the Minimoog Voyager or moogerfoogers effects modules. The Etherwave Pro can interface with the minimoog Voyager and moogerfoogers effects modules. It will sell for around $995 and is expected to ship by the end of the first quarter, 2004.

For more information, visit www.moogmusic.com.

AKG Debuts Sleek New Headphone Models

AKG Acoustics debuted three new headphone models at the 2004 NAMM Convention. The AKG K 71, K 101 and K 301 XTRA models feature high-fidelity sound and lightweight designs at prices that range from $70 to $130.

The semi-open, "feather-weight" K 71 is designed for use with portable audio devices, computers and utility applications. It features a full 20 to 20,000Hz frequency response, low 19-ohm impedance and weighs only 140 grams (five ounces).

The open-back, lightweight K 101 features a new computer-optimized MX20 transducer, has a wide 18 to 22,000Hz frequency response and features high 101dB sensitivity and low 19-ohm impedance for compatibility with low-output audio devices such as portable CD/MP3 players, notebook computers and keyboards. The K 101 weighs in at 160 grams (5.6 ounces).

The new K 301 XTRA features AKG's new VariMotion XXL transducers. The K 301 XTRA delivers a frequency response of 18 Hz to 26 kHz, and has 55-ohm impedance and 102dB sensitivity. The K 301 XTRA allows for deep bass, transparent mids and well-defined highs.

All three new models feature oxygen-free cables and gold-plated plugs with 1/4-inch adaptors for input compatibility. All AKG headphones include a two-year parts-and-labor warranty.

For more information, visit www.akg-acoustics.com.






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