Mix News for July 2003

Jul 23, 2003 12:00 PM, Sarah Benzuly


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TerraTec Producer PHASE 26 USB Available in July
TerraTec Producer announced the shipping of the second TerraTec Producer product: PHASE 26 USB, which will be available beginning July 2003. The PHASE 26 USB is an external studio interface that features TerraTec's audio technology in 24-bit, 96kHz resolution.

Geared toward mobile recording for all Windows notebooks or Apple PowerBooks furnished with USB ports, PHASE 26 USB features two analog inputs and six 5.1 surround outputs, a MIDI interface, a microphone input and an amplified headphones output, as well as the TerraTec Phono Preamp, which is designed to accept turntables with no further amplification required.

Other features include optical and a coaxial digital S/PDIF port, high-quality converters with resolutions ranging up to 24 bits/96 kHz, and a dynamic range exceeding 106 dB. The PHASE 26 USB can be operated with or without a power unit. It can also be switched on and off on-the-fly while the system is running. Latency is extremely low due to generic drivers for Windows XP and Mac OS X.

For more, visit www.terratec.com.

PG Music Releases New MasterClass Programs
PG Music Inc. has released three new volumes in its MasterClass music instruction series: The Guitar MasterClass Volume 2: Advanced/Intermediate, The Guitar MasterClass Volume 3: Intermediate and The Blues Piano MasterClass Volume 1. Each volume is available for use with the Windows operating system.

These new volumes integrate interactive audio lessons with onscreen MIDI display, notation and video, allowing the student to see and hear exactly what the instructor is playing. Lessons include verbal instructions, with related MIDI and audio exercises, exercise tips and practice tracks. All are linked to powerful multimedia features.

The Guitar MasterClass Volume 2: Advanced Beginner is a continuation from Volume 1 of this series with instructor, guitarist Oliver Gannon. Topics covered include typical chords and chord progressions for the key being discussed; new chord variations; strumming and fingerpicking patterns; scale fingerings and exercises; and practice tunes with chords and melody. Also discussed are song structure, chord types, developing speed and technique, the blues, using a capo, playing in minor keys and more.

The Guitar MasterClass Volume 3: Intermediate describes transposable Barre chords, transposable scales and transposable melodies. Each lesson focuses on a specific key. Other topics include reading rhythms and syncopations, the cycle of 4ths, simple chord substitution, chord types, new strumming techniques, octaves, adding single string effects such as vibrato, string-bending and sliding, hammer-on and pull-offs, string-damping with the right hand, amplifiers and electronic effects.

The Blues Piano MasterClass Volume 1: Beginner is designed to illustrate basic skills to the beginner blues pianist. Master pianist Miles Black guides the student through the fundamentals of the blues with 20 lessons dealing with blues History, basic blues form, simple chord construction and improvisation of a simple blues melody over a few basic blues styles.

Each volume is available for $29. More information can be found at www.pgmusic.com.

London Facility Installs SSL Board
The Hospital, a new facility for music, art and film professionals, will incorporate two Solid State Logic digital consoles into the first phase of its studio plans.

Founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and under the creative direction of Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics, the 60,000-square-foot facility is based in the former St. Paul's hospital in Covent Garden, close to many of the UK's top post-production and independent film and TV production companies. The first phase of the project, which is scheduled to open in July 2003, includes a ground-floor television studio linked to a state-of-the-art audio control room. This will enable the studio to be used simultaneously for music recording and HD television production. An SSL Aysis Air console will be installed in the TV sound control room, while the music control room will feature a 48-fader, 96-channel SSL MT Plus console.

"We are delighted to be working with The Hospital group as a part of this exciting and adventurous project," said Niall Feldman, director of product marketing for SSL. "SSL's MT Plus and Aysis Air are an ideal pairing for the scope and variety of creative work that The Hospital is being designed for."

Future developments at The Hospital will include a members club, restaurant, art gallery and services apartments. There are also plans to build more music recording and mixing studios, although details of equipment and a time frame for opening have yet to be announced.

For more on SSL consoles, visit www.solid-state-logic.com.

Mackie Names New CFO
Jamie Engen, president and CEO of Mackie Designs Inc. appointed Tim O'Neil as CFO.

O'Neil brings nearly 20 years of financial-management experience to Mackie. He most recently served as CFO of Redmond, Wash.-based Trendwest Resorts. From 1988 to 1998, O'Neil worked for Bank One Corporation (Detroit), where he served as VP of corporate banking and, later, director of loan syndications.

O'Neil will be based out of Mackie's headquarters in Woodinville, Wash. For more, visit www.mackie.com.

AES Nashville Elects New Officers
The AES Nashville has elected new officers and committee members for the 2003 through 2004 season. Here are the results:

Chairman: Mike Poston
Vice Chairman: Tracy Samczyk
Secretary: Tom Edwards
Treasurer: Steve Goostree

Frank Wells, Bil VornDick, Michael Davis, Gary Oldenbroek, Norm Stannard, David Streit, Jim Kaiser, Randy Poole, David Henson, John Jaszcz, Kerry Kopp, Cosette Collier, Ed Simonton, Dr. Wesley Bulla, Doug Mitchell and Tracy Martinson.

For more, visit www.aes.org/sections/nashville/.

Television New Zealand Installs Euphonix Console
Television New Zealand (TVNZ) in Wellington, New Zealand, recently installed a Euphonix Max Air Digital Audio Console. This is the second Max Air audio console for TVNZ; the first was installed earlier this year into a remote truck belonging to its OB division, Moving Pictures.

Sound supervisor, Andrew Stewart, who is responsible for in-house and involved in outside broadcast audio for the National Broadcaster's Avalon Studios, said that the move into digital audio for TVNZ in Wellington was made much easier due to Max Air's Touchscreen feature. "Instant affinity resulted as there was no need to break concentration and revert to a keyboard to key in commands. It was brilliant: simply touch and it happens."

The Max Air has been used on live broadcasts of the Sunday morning Networked program, "What Now." "The SnapShot Recall easily saves us 45 minutes prior to the show going live to air," said Stewart. "Simply bring up last week's setup and off you go: No worries or concerns that something might be forgotten or left out. It helps to get the program off to a really great start."

For more on the Max Air, visit Euphonix online at www.euphonix.com.

Ultimate Sound Bank Launches New Web site
Ultimate Sound Bank, in partnership with its North American distributor ILIO, has launched its all-new Web site for its Soundscan product line at www.soundscan2.com. The new site allows users to demo and purchase products from the recently updated Soundscan Version 2 series.

New to the site is a searchable catalog containing the complete array of Soundscan products. Each product page offers volume descriptions, demos and product pricing, and a secured server allows for safe and easy shopping online.

West L.A. Music Donates Guitars to Operation Lend-a-Hand
West L.A. Music has donated two autographed Fender guitars to Operation: Lend-a-Hand. The guitars will be auctioned by radio morning-show host Mark and Brian to raise money for the spouses and children of Southern California's service men and women involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom. All proceeds go to military families based in Southern California.

The guitars were signed at Mark and Brian's 2002 annual Christmas Show, held at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles. West L.A. Music's drum manager Glenn Noyes and VP Rick Waite arranged to have the guitars signed by Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, solo artist and former Van Halen front man, Traffic guitarist Dave Mason, actor/director Garry Marshall, singer/songwriter Joan Osborne and country legend Dwight Yoakam.

For more information on West L.A. Music, visit www.westlamusic.com. For more information about Operation Lend-a-Hand, visit www.955KLOS.com.

Disc Makers to Unveil MacElite
Disc Makers will unveil its new line of Macintosh OS X-compatible CD- and DVD-duplication and printing systems at the MacWorld CreativePro Conference and Expo in New York this July.

The MacElites feature an easy-to-use interface that allows users to design disc label artwork, copy CDs and DVDs, and archive images of frequently copied titles to their hard drive. The systems include a 2400-dpi inkjet disc printer, and are available in configurations ranging from one to four CD-R or DVD-R drives. Depending on the model selected, the MacElite comes equipped with a 125 or 200 disc-input capacity.

MacElite duplicators connect to a G4 Mac through FireWire and can be field-upgraded to additional or faster drives. Prices for the one-drive MacElite1 start at $3,990. All MacElite systems come with a three-year warranty on the robotics and one year on the drives and other components. MacElite owners also have access to Disc Makers' free lifetime tech support.

Learn more at www.discmakers.com/MacElite.

SIRIUS Reports 100,000 Listeners
SIRIUS announced that it has crossed the 100,000 subscriber mark this month. At the close of business on June 20, 2003, SIRIUS had 100,233 subscribers on its nationwide service of 60 commercial-free music streams and 40-plus streams of news, sports and entertainment.

"This is an important milestone for SIRIUS, which underscores the growing interest in our service as the premium provider of nationwide satellite radio entertainment," said Joseph P. Clayton, president and CEO of SIRIUS. "We're seeing consumer and industry support building both in our numbers and in recent reviews touting our superior programming."

For more, visit SIRIUS online at www.SIRIUS.com.

Sennheiser Offers MD 421 Special-Edition Mic
Sennheiser USA has introduced the MD 421 Special-Edition microphone to commemorate the 90th birthday of Sennheiser founder, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Fritz Sennheiser. The new MD 421 Special Edition utilizes the large-diaphragm, dynamic element of the original microphone, which handled high sound-pressure levels.

The new commemorative edition recaptures the performance of the original 1960s design and will be limited to just 990 production units. Each limited-edition microphone features gold-plated hardware, comes with a velour-lined wood jewelers box and a desk stand, as well as a numbered certificate of authentication personally signed by Prof. Dr. Jörg Sennheiser.

The MD 421 Special Edition offers a highly directional cardioid pickup pattern for effective feedback rejection and features the versatile five-position bass roll-off switch and hum-compensating coil of the original.

Find out more at www.sennheiserusa.com.

EMI Publishing Installs Second VTC Console
EMI Publishing, in the heart of London's West End, has recently installed a 48-channel TL Audio VTC console in Studio A, which accompanies an existing 32-channel VTC that has been in Studio B for the past three years.

Studio A, which runs both Logic 5 and an Otari MTR90 analog machine, is used solely for EMI's signed artists. The newly installed VTC has been busy recording Beverley Knight, So Solid Crew and, most recently, Madness. Studio B's VTC was employed on Starsailor's debut album, with the first single "Fever" and a number of B sides recorded solely on the mixer.

Studio manager Mark Aubrey said, "We've been very impressed with the VTC console in Studio B, and were getting such good results that it seemed logical to upgrade Studio A to a VTC as well. The console has such a 'true' sound, and the mic preamps are fantastic, we very rarely have to employ any external preamps or EQ. It's simply a very solid piece of kit and does exactly what it says on the tin."

Visit TL Audio on the Web at http://www.tlaudio.co.uk/.

Gefen Offers New Extension Solutions
Gefen's ex-tend-it CAT5-7000 and CAT5-8000 are easy-to-use KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) extension solutions that are designed to provide an effective method of extending computer peripherals for remote operation anywhere within a 330, 450 or 600-foot distance from the computer. Remote multimedia-presentation ability is also delivered with upgraded Category-5 cables that bundle video signals.

The CAT5-7000 extends two analog monitors, any USB peripheral, PS/2 keyboard/mouse, RS-232 touch screen and two audio outputs/one audio input up to 330 feet from the computer. It comes with sender and receiver units, as well as cables to connect to monitors, peripherals, keyboard/mouse and audio. The sender sits with the computer while the receiver sits with the remote workstation; both units are connected by up to four Category-5 cables that are sold separately. The CAT5-8000 extends three monitors in addition to USB, RS-232 and audio. Monitor extensions can reach distances of 600 feet, while USB peripherals can go to 450 feet.

Both the CAT5-7000 and CAT5-8000 are compatible with cross-platform computers using USB and RS-232 peripherals, and support all types of CRT and LCD analog monitors. Both are available online at www.gefen.com for $1,495. Free technical telephone support is included in the price and is provided during normal business hours for the lifetime of the product.

Sigma Electronics Redesigns Web site
Sigma Electronics has redesigned its Web site (www.sigmaelectronics.com), providing a more user-friendly and comprehensive online resource. The new site features complete product catalogs and an in-depth explanation of Digital Audio Time Code (DATC), Sigma Electronics' new technology that provides solutions to the timing, mixing and synchronizing challenges inherent in the delivery of digital audio. The new site also allows end-users to order and purchase Sigma products online.

"With the introduction of new technologies designed for the migration to digital television, professionals need access to information about the products and services that can help their business,"” said Joe Wellman, marketing director of Sigma Electronics. "People now view the Internet as one of their primary sources of information, and this new Web site gives us another avenue to interact with the industry and our customers."

Zoe Thrall Serves as AES Convention Committee Chair
The Audio Engineering Society 115th Convention, "The Power of Sound," will take place October 10 to 13, 2003, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Serving as committee chair is Zoe Thrall, general manager of The Hit Factory in New York City and an AES member. Thrall's 22 years in the recording industry includes studio and artist management; engineering, performance and touring credits. In addition to membership to the AES, Thrall is also a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the American Federation of Musicians and is a former director of the Society of Professional Audio Recording Services (SPARS).

The committee members include: Ron Ajemian, industry consultant, volunteers chair; Jim Anderson, engineer/producer, facilities chair; David Baker, engineer/producer, historical chair; Sam Berkow, SIA Acoustics, workshops chair; David Bialik, systems engineering consultant, broadcast events advisor; Jim Johnston, Microsoft Corporation, papers chair; Louis Manno, industry consultant, technical tours chair; William Moylan, University of Massachusetts Lowell, education chair; Lisa Roy, Studio A Consulting, special events advisor; and Bill Siegmund, Digital Island Studios, special events chair.

"We are excited to present this year's program of technical and special events," said Thrall. "Our committee has designed an extraordinarily strong collection of events, drawing from the latest developments in audio technology."

New at the AES Convention will be Exhibitor Seminars. Participating exhibitors will have the opportunity for closer contact with convention visitors and showcase their products in great detail. In addition to the Exhibitor Seminars, the convention program will also include a series of Tutorial Seminars, which include daily lectures in the morning and afternoon on a wide range of topics. A student design competition for audio projects has also been added. Projects for submission can include loudspeaker designs, electronic circuits, audio/music software, microphones, musical instruments or any other item made for use in the audio field. Entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts in design and manufacturing. The application deadline for submissions is September 13, 2003. Details and entry forms can be found at www.aes.org/events/115/. Information on exhibiting at the 115th AES Convention can be found at that site. A calendar of events, online registration, hotel and travel information will be posted shortly.

Kitaro Mixes 5.1 at Ocean Way
Grammy Award-winning Japanese artist Kitaro has completed a 5.1 surround mix of his new album, The Sacred Journey of Ku-kai, at Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood. Combining the location recording of temple bells on the island of Shikoku in Japan with traditional instruments and synthesizers recorded at his studio in Colorado, the new album is scheduled for a fall release on the Domo label.

Danish Broadcasting to Install Two SSL C100 Boards
The Danish Broadcasting Corporation will install two Solid State Logic 24 frame C100 Digital Broadcast Consoles in its Studios 11 and 12, replacing the existing analog consoles.

The facility produces radio and television programming, including news, documentaries and light entertainment. The console upgrades are scheduled to take place throughout 2003, with Studio 11's console due for installation in July and Studio 12's in December. Both studios handle audio production for television.

Peter Riis-Vestergaard, Danish Broadcasting's project manager for Studio 11, recently visited SSL's Oxfordshire premises to run acceptance tests on his C100 and meet the company's engineering team. "The C100 is a fantastic console and we are delighted with our choice," he said. "It will give us much more flexibility than we could ever hope to achieve with analog and will also enable us to work more effectively with the digital material we receive from our servers. One of the biggest advantages we have identified is the console's ability to allow staff to work offline: They will be able to complete large parts of any given project on their own computers before downloading the material to the C100 for final production. This will save everyone an enormous amount of time.

"The desk's configuration is very different to that of an analog console, so it is important that our staff have time to get used to it," Riis-Vestergaard added. "With digital, there are no audio patch panels as everything is configured within the desk's computer. The staff will have to get used to using touch screens and menus, as well as knobs and buttons. Because the C100 is really very simple to operate, we believe they will soon find it much faster and more versatile."

The facility is currently building a brand-new, all-digital broadcasting facility, DR Byen, near Copenhagen, which is scheduled for completion in 2006.

For more information on the C200 boards, visit SSL online at www.solid-state-logic.com.

Firmware Update for RME ADI-648 Released
A free firmware update is now available for RME's MIDI/ADAT converter, the ADI-648.

The new firmware Version 1.5 adds these features:

SteadyClock is a new clock technology, which will be used in all upcoming products. Previously, the clock section consisted of an analog PLL for external synchronization and several quartz oscillators for internal synchronization. SteadyClock requires only one quartz, using a frequency not equaling digital audio. Latest circuit designs include high-speed digital synthesizer, digital PLL, 200MHz sample rate and analog filtering. SteadyClock offers a highly efficient jitter reduction. For example, an input jitter of 50 ns will be reduced to 3 ns. Additionally, when the external clock source (ADI-648: wordclock, MADI or ADAT) fails, the last valid frequency is held and operation continues. In addition, SteadyClock locks directly within a range of 25 kHz up to 192 kHz (ADI-648 up to 100 kHz).

Firmware version 1.5 now allows accessing the device directly, performing all settings available on the front panel via MIDI. A status request of the current settings can also be done. Windows software can be downloaded for free from the RME Web site, giving complete access to the ADI-648 with a simple mouse click via any MIDI port present in the system. MIDI additionally allows for an indication of the incoming MADI status (56/64-channel mode, 48/96kHz frame). Also included is the combination with the upcoming HDSP MADI card (PCI card), which allows control of the ADI-648 via MADI directly from the computer.

An additional Mute function has been added to the routing matrix of the ADI-648. With this, the 8-channel-based outputs of the matrix can be connected to any MADI or ADAT 8-channel input group, as well as being muted per group.

For more, visit RME online at www.rme-audio.de.

Smart Loops Offers Free Loops
Smart Loops, a developer of ACID-format, loop-based music content and creation tools, announced the availability of its first collection of free loops to the public.

A wide variety of drum, percussion, electric guitar and bass guitar loops may be downloaded by visiting www.smartloops.com/Free/. The loops have been selected from Smart Loops' retail titles Dry Studio Kit, Percussion Kit, Bass Guitars and Electric Guitars. The free loops contain ACID-compatible loops optimized for use in programs that allow users to change the tempo and pitch of their audio, including Cakewalk's Sonar, Home Studio 2002, Project5, Plasma, Music Creator and Guitar Tracks Pro products, as well as all Sonic Foundry ACID programs. Because the files are provided in .WAV format, virtually any PC or Mac music recording or playback software—such as Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic Audio, Phrazer, Unity, Digital Performer, Live and n-Track—can also use the loops.

Free loops are offered in rock, pop, Latin, country, funk, blues and hard rock styles with grooves in both straight and swing feels. Most of the loops are offered in dry, unprocessed form so that users can add effects and customize the grooves to their individual sound. Smart Loops will add more free loops in the future, including selections from upcoming, unreleased titles.

Smart Loops president and founder, Frank Basile, said, "While there are a number of free loops available on the Internet, few are of professional quality. We're proud to offer a selection of free, high-quality Acidized loops on our site. We invite musicians of all levels to use our loops to inspire new songs or breathe life into their existing material."

Mackie Sells D8B Plug-In Online

Mackie Designs Inc. announced that its Digital 8-Bus (D8B) plug-in, Pro Audio Lab, is now available for download from the company's Web site at my.mackie.com/store2/buy_proaudiolab.asp.

Pro Audio Lab, with the special online price of $169, is an audio measurement plug-in for the D8B that offers a broad cross-section of metering tools, including a series of gauging devices. Specifically, Pro Audio Lab provides finely calibrated stereo and mono-level metering that simultaneously displays peak, power, peak RMS, correlation, sum and difference, loudness and VU meters. A stereo X/Y Phase Meter and a Phase Scope offer easy-to-read display graphs.

Steinberg Upgrades Waldorf Edition
Steinberg announced a special upgrade offer for users of Attack, PPG Wave 2.V and D-pole VST plug-ins. A registered owner of one of these products can upgrade to the Waldorf Edition bundle, which contains all three (Windows 200/XP/Mac 0S 9/OS X-compatible), for just $149; valid product registration is required. This is a limited-time offer and runs from until July 31, 2003.

Attack features 24 sounds available per percussion set, spread over two octaves, powered by two oscillators, each with nine waveforms. PPG Wave 2.V is a reincarnation of a classic '80s synthesizer, resurrected by Waldorf. This software version features virtual wavetable synthesis, synchronized arpeggiator, MIDI control and automation, up to 64-voice polyphony, and is eight-way multitimbral. D-Pole offers five filter types, each able to resonate up to self-oscillation. Users can morph normal drum sample to a slamming dance rhythm by incorporating the LFO or sending the signal through the integrated stereo delay, all of which can be synced to your song tempo.

"This is a great opportunity for Waldorf VST users to upgrade their product to the latest version," said Brian McConnon, Steinberg's U.S. marketing manager, "and at the same time, get more of the same great technology at an incredibly low price."

This special offer can be ordered at www.steinbergusa.net or by calling toll-free at 877/228-9878.

Steven Klein Offers New Sound-Control Device
Steven Klein SCR (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) announced a new product to control sound within a wide range of control room, production facility or monitoring environments. The Saturn Polycylindrical Diffusor can be placed on walls or ceiling and, as its name suggest, re-radiates sound energy through an angle of 120 degrees; a similar flat element re-radiates sound at a much smaller angle of 20 degrees.

"The polycylindrical-shaped diffusor has been used for centuries," said company president Steven Klein, "and is commonly found in acoustic environments and pre-modern recording studios. Recently, polycylindrical diffusors have been overshadowed by more complex costly diffusors, which produce frequency shift. Often what is required is a less-costly, less-'Q'-type diffusion. The Saturn's polycylindrical shape is another valuable tool available to acoustic designers. It is an extremely effective diffusion element, and is easy to install with a dramatic visual impact." Fabricated in a choice of black or white ABS plastic, the unit measures 23.75x23.75x5 inches deep, and can be placed in a ceiling grid or directly onto walls.

For more, visit www.soundcontrolroom.com.

Carillon Announced PC System for Pro Tools|HD
Carillon has developed a Windows-based PC system that is designed for audio to be officially qualified for Pro Tools|HD.

Carillon worked closely with Digidesign during the past few months to optimize the component selection and performance, resulting in a custom spec designed from the ground up for the particular demands of Pro Tools|HD. The model, called the AC-1/HD, features Intel motherboards and processors, and is capable of up to 128 tracks of audio and full Pro Tools functionality. CPU speed, RAM amount and drive sizes can be chosen from a range when ordering.

For current owners of Pro Tools|HD, the AC-1/HD is available as a bare machine (HD Core), or a complete rig can be configured and installed prior to delivery.

For more, visit www.carillonusa.com or www.digidesign.com/compato/hdperfwin.html.

Otari Intros New Digital Audio Console
Otari Corporation has released its new digital console aimed specifically at video-editing applications: the DB-16P.

The DB16P is a compact digital audio mixing console that can be free-standing or rackmounted with the supplied brackets. In addition to offering a wide range of useful functions as a stand-alone mixer, it can be connected to a video-editing system offering a serial port supporting the ESAM II (Editing Suite Audio Mixer) protocol, enabling it to be controlled from the video editor.

Comprehensive built-in AES/EBU digital audio inputs with a range of reference-level settings are provided, retaining the signal in the digital domain. The DB16P can accept two 4-channel VTRs, and a 2-channel source can be switched between a digital input such as CD, MD and DAT, and mic or line-level analog signals input via an optional 24-bit A/D conversion stage. A 4-channel digital master recorder return is also provided.

The DB-16P can be synchronized from many sources, including wordclock with a range of 32 to 96 kHz, video sync (44.1 and 48 kHz) and the console's internal 48kHz sync. Connecting a video signal (at 25, 25.97 or 30 frames) allows the DB-16P's digital signal processors to sync to it. Each of the input channels includes a 3-band, frequency-selectable equalizer and highpass filter, a compressor and a channel fader with 0.1dB resolution. Channel settings can be copied between channels. There are four output channels and these can be linked to allow channel 1's output fader to be used as a group master.

Channel settings can be saved as up to 99 snapshots, which can also be sent via serial link to a PC and saved or edited there, after which they can be recalled into the mixer. In addition, there are three Transition modes that allow manual, semi-automatic or automatic fades and crossfades. In Manual mode, two faders are used for the transition. In semi-automatic or Normal mode, the duration of the transition (up to 3,900 frames; about 130 seconds at 30 fps) and its curve are established, and a crossfade is executed by pressing the Start button. In Automatic mode, durations for the fade-in and fade-out signals are determined along with a suitable transition curve, and the transition is executed according to a trigger signal from the video editor.

Level indication of the program and bus signals is provided by four 40-segment LED bargraph meters, with peak and clip hold. In addition to the four main outputs, four monitor faders—fed from their own mixer—drive a 24-bit D/A converter to provide a 2-channel monitor output.

For more, visit www.otari.com.

Vienna Symphonic Library Offers Pro Edition
The Vienna Symphonic Library recently announced the August 2003 release of its Pro Edition, which more than doubles the size and dimension of the First Edition.

With nearly 360,000 samples containing over 240 GB of data, the Pro Edition adds completely new instruments and playing techniques, including solo contrabass trombone, solo Wagner tuba, string ensembles con sordino in all articulations (staccato, détaché, pizzicato, tremolo, sforzato, legato, repetitions, more), col legno, sul ponticello, flautando, Bartók (snap) pizzicatos, finger tremolos, flutter tongues for all woodwinds, a second solo flute, drum ensembles and many more.

The Pro Edition is released in 16-bit. However, the Symphonic Cube, the first hard disc edition that is due for release in early 2004, will offer options for all users. All of the samples will be included in both 24-bit and 16-bit resolution.

Owners of the First Edition who have registered their products are eligible to upgrade to the Pro Edition. Detailed information about the First Edition, Pro Edition, and prices and upgrade possibilities can be found on www.vsl.co.at.

Alesis ION Synth Now Shipping
The Alesis ION Synthesizer, a high-resolution, analog-modeling synthesizer, is now shipping. Built on a 500 MIPS processor (500 million instruction per second), the ION offers continuously variable wave shapes, plus sync and FM synthesis. Sixteen filter types are included, along with two LFOs, sample and hold, and arpeggiator, all of which sync to MIDI clock.

The ION has 8-voice polyphony with three oscillators per voice, and is four-part multitimbral. A powerful and intuitive modulation matrix is built in, as well as a 40-band vocoder that does not use up any polyphony. Also featured is an ergonomic user interface with three variably illuminating control wheels and 31 amply spaced control knobs; the knobs are 360-degree potentiometers with 12-bit resolution, yielding 32 times the resolution of a typical MIDI controller. A 160x160 graphic display provides instant visual feedback on the most recent controller in use. The ION keyboard contains 49 velocity-sensitive keys, four analog outputs and two stereo analog inputs (all balanced and using 24-bit conversion), four individual insert effects, stereo master multi-FX processor and an internal universal power supply.

The ION's 512 user-rewritable presets cover a variety of genres, including many new tonalities and classic synth emulations. New sounds will also be available from the Alesis Web site (www.alesis.com), as will a Flash demo of the ION.

M-Audio Ozone Now Shipping
M-Audio has begun shipping its new M-Audio Ozone ($399.99): an all-in-one keyboard, MIDI control surface, mic preamp, USB audio interface and USB MIDI interface. Designed primarily for mobile or desktop use where size and/or weight are an issue, Ozone provides a complete personal mobile studio from input to output when combined with a computer running software like Propellerhead's Reason or Ableton's Live.

Ozone has a 25-note keyboard with full-size keys, as well as familiar pitch and modulation wheels, and eight control knobs that can be assigned to any MIDI parameters in the user's software and hardware rig. In addition to being a MIDI interface for USB computers, Ozone also incorporates the functionality of an audio interface via a USB cable.

Its 24-bit/96kHz audio section is similar to other M-Audio USB audio interfaces. Audio inputs include an XLR microphone input with built-in preamp and phantom power; a balanced 1/4-inch TRS input for guitar, bass and other instruments; and unbalanced 1/4-inch stereo aux inputs for stereo line-level sound sources such as drum machines, synthesizers and CD players, which can be routed to the computer or directly to M-Audio Ozone's audio outputs. The unit also provides for zero-latency direct monitoring of inputs. Unbalanced 1/4-inch outputs route audio from the computer to an external mixer or directly to powered speakers. Ozone also offers a 1/4-inch TRS stereo headphone jack for personal monitoring during a session.

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

ATR Upgrade Boosts Omaha Mastering Studio
The Studio B Ltd. mastering facility in Omaha, Neb. has upgraded its signal chain with an ATR-102 half-inch recorder that was remanufactured by Michael Spitz of ATR Service Company.

"I felt that doing this was a good long-term investment," said Studio B owner and resident mastering engineer Doug Van Sloun. "We receive many of our mastering projects from Presto Recording in Lincoln, and they've had one of Mike's machines over there for about five years. They've been very happy with it, and now we can assure them of the same quality when they send their tapes here."

Previously used as a utility half-inch deck, Studio B s veteran ATR was sent to ATR Service in York, Pa., where it was stripped to the deckplate and completely rebuilt to better-than-new specs, including the latest transport modifications, electronics upgrades and conversion to half-inch with new Flux Magnetics heads. A 1-inch headblock with new Flux Magnetics heads was supplied, as well. Van Sloun said that his low-overhead Omaha location has helped attract business, because he can offer quality comparable to mastering houses in major music centers but at significantly lower rates. "We've brought in projects on half-inch from Chicago and Bloomington, Indiana and a few from the West Coast," he said. "It's been very consistent over the past few years, and we expect the new ATR will attract even more out-of-town clients."

For more on ATR, visit www.atrservice.com.

Cadac Celebrates First Install in Taiwan
Cadac Electronics has installed a 52-input J-Type Live Production Console for in the Taipei Metropolitan Hall (formerly known as the Taipei Municipal Social Education Hall), which is part of the hall's six-month-long refurbishment.

Cadac's local Hong Kong distributor, Hiroshi Systems, commissioned the J-Type. Director Joseph C Lee said, "This is a very prestigious contract for Cadac, and we are delighted to be able to introduce the first-ever Cadac in Taiwan into Taipei's principal performing arts venue. The city is rightly proud of its newly refurbished venue, with the Taipei Municipal Social Education Hall representing the cultural jewel in the city's crown. The new sound system is currently being commissioned, ready for the first performances later this year. Hiroshi has been working closely with the hall's sound team to get everything ready, despite the difficult regional circumstances at present with the SARS epidemic, and we look forward to a successful opening in the near future."

The hall's renovation has included a major reworking of the main 1,000-seat auditorium layout, including the laying of a new hardwood floor that has dramatically improved the acoustics. The hall now has a reverb time of 1.5 seconds. The backstage area has also been completely modernized.

For more information on the J-Type, visit Cadac online at www.cadac-sound.com.

Event Ships Studio Precision 8 Monitors
The first of Event's new Studio Precision 8 monitors are is now shipping. Designed by Frank Kelly and Walter Dick, the new monitors feature next-generation technology, including the woofer, tweeter, amplifiers, bass ports and a new look: piano-black mirror finish with gold trim.

"The Studio Precision monitors are undoubtedly the finest direct-field designs I've ever been involved with," said Dick, who was responsible for the overall system design, including the new transducers. "The new soft-dome, high-frequency radiator [tweeter] creates a significantly expanded stereo soundstage as compared to our previous designs, and it delivers incredibly precise imaging, with even subtle panning movements easily discernable."

"Our new 8-inch, low-frequency driver offers a whole new level of performance, in part through the use of a neodymium magnet," said Kelly, Event's VP of engineering and the architect of the Studio Precision's amplifiers. "Neodymium—a rare Earth material at the forefront of loudspeaker technology—gives the driver exceptionally low distortion characteristics. It also makes it far stronger, despite its lower weight, and gives it a greater level of output efficiency; i.e., more output per watt—than a traditional woofer. And since the neodymium driver takes up less space in the cabinet than a standard woofer, we have effectively increased the cabinet volume so the overall system bass response is extended, as well."

The Studio Precision 8 is available in biamplified and passive versions. Both models use 1-inch, soft-dome, high-frequency radiator. The driver's soft-dome design helps prevent ear fatigue associated with metal-dome tweeter. The biamplified model features 280 watts per speaker (200 watts LF driver/80 watts HF driver), offers custom-designed driver components, features low-noise semiconductors and audio-grade film capacitors. The active model includes continuously variable low- and high-frequency trim controls, continuously variable input-sensitivity control and a switchable 80Hz highpass filter. For easy connection, both models offer balanced XLR and 1/4-inch inputs.

For more, visit www.event1.com.

AES L.A. Elects QSC's Bob Lee
The Los Angeles section of the AES has elected Bob Lee to fill a one-year term as its new chairman. A 15-year member of the organization, Lee has served as AES L.A.'s Webmaster, newsletter editor and on the executive committee.

"This serves as both an honor and as recognition for what I've done for the section over the last few years," Lee said from his Costa Mesa, Calif., office at QSC world headquarters, where he is an applications engineer within the manufacturer's technical services group. "Our membership includes a diverse cross-section of people ranging from acousticians and designers to live sound engineers and those involved in post-production. It's fun to be a part of this fascinating mix, and I plan to help foster a forum covering an equally dynamic span of topics."

MOTU Ships New USB MIDI Interfaces
MOTU is now shipping two new bus-powered USB MIDI interfaces for Mac OS 9/X and Windows Me/2K/XP.

Built from the same technology that is found in the company's flagship MIDI Timepiece, the rackmountable MIDI Express 128 ($249) is a pro MIDI interface that provides plug-and-play connectivity to an USB-equipped Mac or Windows computer. The MIDI Express 128 provides eight MIDI In, nine MIDI Out, 128 MIDI channels and compatibility with all Mac/Windows software. Large front-panel LEDs indicate MIDI activity. Also available are sub-millisecond timing accuracy, support for hot-swapping and plug-and-play expansion. To expand, users can add another MOTU USB MIDI interface via any available USB port. The MIDI Express 128 is powered by USB: no wallwart or AC plug needed.

Also shipping is MOTU's micro lite ($149), which shares all of the same features as the MIDI Express 128 in a more compact and portable half-rack format. The micro lite provides five MIDI In, five MIDI Out and delivers 80 MIDI channels to a Mac or PC via high-speed USB connection. Removable rack attachments and custom center-jack fastener are included and allow users to easily mount two micro lites side-by-side in a standard 19-inch equipment rack.

For more, visit www.motu.com.

Rhapsody Streams More Than 11 Million Songs in June
Listen.com announced that its subscription service, Rhapsody, has streamed more than 11 million on-demand songs to its subscribers in June, a rate of more than 350,000 songs a day.

This news comes a month after Listen.com launched a new distribution relationship with RealNetworks, which began offering the service to its customers as RealOne Rhapsody and joined Rhapsody's network of distributors in introducing $0.79 CD burning.

"We look forward to continuing to grow the Rhapsody business in the second-half of the year, reaching new customers with new features that make Rhapsody even more useful for music fans everywhere," commented Sean Ryan, CEO of Listen.com.

For more on Rhapsody, visit www.listen.com.

Gefen Offers New Switcher
Gefen's 2x2 VGA Switcher is geared for operation of two cross-platform computers using a dual-monitor workstation. It connects two analog monitors plus USB keyboard/mouse and audio to two computers. Both monitors display an extended desktop and use the same keyboard/mouse. Access to either computer is routed via the switcher or by using an optional remote control. The switcher routes display graphics, keyboard/mouse functionality and audio for each computer, and is compatible with all analog monitors and computers with VGA ports. The 2x2 VGA Switcher is currently available online at www.gefen.com for $499.

Alesis Adds 16FXD to MultiMix Line
Alesis announces the MultiMix 16FXD, a 16-channel, 4-bus analog mixer with built-in digital effects and S/PDIF output.

The MultiMix 16FXD features high-quality analog electronics with eight microphone/line inputs and four stereo line inputs on balanced 1/4-inch TRS connectors. The mic preamps include switchable 75Hz highpass filters, phantom power and up to 50d B of gain. Each channel includes a 60mm fader, 3-band EQ and two aux sends: one switchable to pre- or post-fader. The master section features stereo LED bargraph meters, independent main mix and Alt 3/4 60mm faders, 2-track send and return, and a separate control room level control.

The digital effects section of the MultiMix 16FXD offers a comprehensive range of 100 28-bit effects, eliminating the need to patch in external effects. Presets include reverbs, delays, chorus, flanging, pitch and multi-effects. A 44.1kHz S/PDIF output allows seamless integration with digital equipment and computers.

For more, visit www.alesis.com.

Apogee Now Shipping Mini-DAC
Apogee's portable D/A converter, Mini-DAC, is now available worldwide through authorized dealers and distributors. Mini-DAC augments the Apogee Mini-Series and offers Apogee's D/A conversion for reference monitoring in professional recording studios, in the field, and as an upgrade to premium home and car audio systems.

The Mini-DAC features Digital-thru mode, which gives Mini-DAC users the option of connecting any 2-channel digital device (Rosetta AD, Trak2, Mini-Me) to their computer/DAW via Mini-DAC's optional USB. For Mac OS X users, the Mini-DAC offers true plug-and-play setup with no driver required and ultralow latency. Other features available are analog output level control, up to 192kHz sampling rates, and multiple input and output options such as AES, optical and S/PDIF.

Additional features include: compact and portable 5.5x10 inches (1/3-rack width with a 1U rackmount kit available); inputs include AES (single and double wide), optical (ADAT, S/MUX and S/PDIF), S/PDIF coax and optional USB; and support for OS X Core Audio and USB drivers available for Windows XP and Mac OS 9.x. Pricing: $995 without USB and $1,295 with USB.

For more information, visit www.apogeedigital.com/minidac.

All-American Rejects Tour With Evolution Mics
The All-American Rejects have been out on the road touring to promote their latest release and have adopted Sennheiser microphones to put across their sweet harmonies and crunchy guitar-driven alternative-rock.

Front-of-house engineer "Supa" Dave Rupsch, who signed up with the band at the beginning of the year, said that Sennheiser's Evolution Series E 865 vocal microphone works best on bass player and lead singer Tyson Ritter. "I tried a lot of different microphones with Tyson," said Rupsch. "He does a lot of falsetto and high-range stuff. He has a pretty good range and he's a great singer."

After auditioning other mics, Rupsch eventually tried the Evolution E 845, "which worked out well. But once I tried the 865, it really brought out a lot of the falsetto and the breathiness of his voice, which is what we need to have in the mix." The supercardioid E 865 condenser mic, originally developed by Sennheiser in consultation with Sting's engineer, brought out the detail in Ritter's voice. "It made all the difference in the world for his vocals."

Stage-left and stage-right background vocals, supplied by Ritter's longtime friend, collaborator and guitarist, Nick Wheeler, and second guitarist Mike Kennerty, are being picked up by Evolution E 845s. "The band's pretty loud, but the pattern of the mic is great, because they don't pick up too much cymbal bleed. So the 845s are working out great on the sides," commented Rupsch. "My input list is about 19 channels and probably 17 of those are Sennheiser mics." That includes the new E 609 Silver Series. "I tried them on a couple of different placements on the guitars and ended up putting them on the lead guitarist, who does a lot of arpeggio stuff, accenting a lot of what the rhythm guitar player is doing. With just a little bit of compression on those mics, I managed to get everything slammed into the mix. They're the closest thing I've heard to the old Sennheiser 409s.

"I'm using the regular 609 for my rhythm guitar player, and I have a 421 on the bass," Rupsch continued. "But probably my favorite mic, beside the 865, is the 602 that I'm using on the kick drum." Initially using it in tandem with another mic, "I don't need to use two kick drum mics at all. It's got just enough attack and brings my kick drum right out. I don't have to use hardly any EQ. It's right there, every night."

For more on the mics, visit Sennheiser online at www.sennheiserusa.com.

Vienna Symphonic Library Announces MIR
The Vienna Symphonic Library has announced the upcoming addition to its virtual orchestra solution: "space." Vienna's new MIR (Multi-Impulse Response) technique, commonly known as "sampling reverb," is a method of putting any signal inside an actual acoustic space.

This new component allows composers and musicians complete and independent control over both the instruments and the acoustic environment in which they perform. For example, the user could place a small chamber ensemble inside the intimate parlor of an old European palace, or bring the entire Wagnerian orchestra into an actual grand concert hall. Also, a simple graphic user interface allows the user to click and drag the instruments of the orchestra onto the virtual stage. Each instrument's response characteristic is individually and automatically calculated within the context of the overall space, creating an accurate, unified ensemble sound with pristine imaging in any acoustic environment. In addition to stereo, all surround sound formats including 5.1 and 7.1 are supported.

"This approach is completely different, much more realistic and flexible than that of other orchestral sample libraries that are recorded inside a concert hall," said Vienna founder Herb Tucmandl. "The creative restrictions of those reverb methods are massive. Spatial characteristics are frozen and unchangeable, the user has no flexibility to alter the size or acoustic properties of the room, or to change the space altogether. Plus, each time more than one note is played, the sound of that reverb is duplicated over and over again. Play three notes and the unfortunate result is the cumulative, layered sound of three halls. Vienna Symphonic Library's samples were intentionally recorded in a smaller controlled environment, so that we could allow our users the ability to choose whatever concert hall or recording environment they wish with technical, real-world accuracy using our MIR reverb technique."

The "stage" of a concert hall can be subdivided into a number of sectors, and from each sector, a special impulse can be released in up to seven directions. The impulse response can then be recorded using surround techniques from ideal positions in the hall. After the impulses are processed, the user places defined instruments and instrument groups of the Vienna Symphonic Library onto this virtual stage with the help of an intuitive graphic interface. Due to the close association between the library and the reverb engine, the typical directional characteristics of each instrument are taken into consideration when formulating the "correct" sets of impulse responses. For instance, the horns, which are directed to the rear, can be assigned different spatial aspects than the frontally blaring trumpets. In addition, the reverb engine serves as a complete mixing station. With a few intuitive movements, the user can control every parameter of a virtual orchestration, including volume, position on the stage and distance from the virtual microphone. All of the necessary spatial parameters are connected in one macro environment. There will also be expert settings in the background, enabling more refined control of the environment and instrument placement. The results can be heard in real time in Preview mode. The high-definition final results will initially be calculated offline. Output on up to eight audio channels covers surround formats, allowing the complete, accurate re-creation of the entire acoustic space in 5.1, 7.1 and other 3-D systems.

Vienna Symphonic Library's MIR is expected to be released in early 2004. The product is distributed in North America by ILIO.

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

Office Terra Orders SSL C200 Console
Audio post-production specialist Office Terra has become the first facility in the world to place an order for Solid State Logic's new C200 Digital Production console. The facility, which is affiliated with Japanese broadcaster NTV (Nippon Television Network Corporation), handles video sound sweetening for a range of television programs, including news and documentaries. The board will be installed in September in the facility's central Tokyo premises.

At present, Office Terra engineers work on a Solid State Logic SL 4000 G Series console, but have decided to upgrade to the new digital console because it offers greater flexibility and versatility. The company's engineers said that they chose the C200 because it is ergonomically very similar to the SL 4000 G and would immediately be familiar with the new console. Once installed, it will be used in conjunction with hard disk audio systems and digital VTRs.

Niall Feldman, SSL's director of product marketing, said, "It's very rewarding to have a prestigious Japanese studio as the world's first customer for the C200 console. For a traditionally conservative market, it says a great deal about the quality of the C200 and SSL's reputation for great products and support that our first sale is in Japan."

For more information, visit www.solid-state-logic.com.

Version 2.0 of MassivePack, MassivePack Pro Now Available
Digidesign has extended its MassivePack plug-in bundles by offering MassivePack 2.0 and MassivePack Pro 2.1 now through August 15, 2003. The MassivePack 2.0 bundles contain slightly different contents than their predecessors; specifically, the Waves Renaissance plug-ins are replaced with Line 6 Echo Farm.

MassivePack 2.0 for Macintosh ($1,195) includes Oxford EQ by Sony, H949 Harmonizer by Eventide, MC2000 by McDSP, MDW High-Res Parametric EQ by Massenburg Design Works, Echo Farm by Line 6, SoundBlender and Speed by Wave Mechanics, Aural Exciter and Big Bottom Pro by Aphex, and Drawmer Dynamics from Drawmer. MassivePack 2.0 for Windows XP ($695) includes Sony Oxford EQ, Line 6 Echo Farm, SoundBlender and Speed from Wave Mechanics, Aural Exciter and Big Bottom Pro by Aphex, and Drawmer Dynamics from Drawmer.

MassivePack Pro 2.0 (Windows XP and Mac, $2,995) offers customers a HD Process card in addition to all of the plug-ins in the MassivePack 2.0 bundle.

This special offer is available to current Pro Tools|HD owners and new Pro Tools|HD system purchasers. Customers who upgrade to Pro Tools|HD can also take advantage of this offer.

For more, visit www.digidesign.com.

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