Mix News for June 2003

Jul 9, 2003 12:00 PM, Sarah Benzuly

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Aberdeen University Installs iDR System

Aberdeen University (Aberdeen, Scotland) has installed Allen & Heath's new DSP audio system, iDR, to manage sound reinforcement in its chapel building. The system uses TCP/IP over Ethernet to connect to the network, enabling the audio system to be managed from a central point, as well as remotely from any PC on the network.

University head of A/V, David Walton, chose Creative Light & Sound to install the new system. Company managing director, Charlie Fleet, said, "Our brief was simple: The University needed a system that offered flexibility of control. The education sector infrequently adopts new technology, so investment needed to be in a system that was at the cutting edge and would remain up to date. Similarly, the education sector contains a majority of nontechnical staff, so we also needed a user-friendly system that could easily be operated by University members."

Fleet continued: "The benefit of the iDR is that it can be approached 'hands-off' from a nontechnical user's point of view. It also provides remote access at various points in the building and offers a profound level of flexibility, whereby audio settings in different areas can be automated by programmable patches using iDR System Manager software. For example, during one of the University's assemblies, when the chapel is full, it may be necessary for David to increase the amplifiers to full, but distortion is avoided because the microphone volumes are limited as part of a patch. Furthermore, compression and EQ can all be monitored from a central point."

For additional information about the iDR system, visit www.allen-heath.com.

G&E Music Upgrades Studio

New York City-based G&E Music's team of sound designer/songwriter/music mixers have redesigned and renovated their facility, including adding a 5.1 mix room and an isolation booth into a space formerly designated as a stereo mixing and editing room.

Outfitted for 5.1 Dolby Digital mixing, the new Studio A features an NHT Pro surround monitoring system, Audient ASP 510 surround sound controller, Pro Tools MIXPlus system, Sony 32-inch Vega Trinitron for lock-to-picture requirements, and new mic preamps from Avalon and Amek. The studio also features a versatile MIDI/keyboard/soft synth setup for composing. G&E's Studio B functions as a stereo recording/mixing/composing suite, powered by a Pro Tools MIXPlus system, a slew of processing and effects gear, and a variety of instruments.

G&E focuses on broadcast design, show packaging, original music for film and television, commercial spots, promotional videos and original songs for artist development. The Acoustic Systems' isolation booth enhances G&E's capabilities for voice-over work, as well as for vocal and instrumental overdubs. Built into Studio A, the voice-over booth works as an isolated recording space for both studios. G&E has also made aesthetic improvements, such as adding new wood floors to its studio space and double-sliding-glass doors in between Studios A and B for improved isolation.

For more information about G&E, check out its Website at www.gemusic.com.

NMT Selects SSL Board for Fourth Truck

Solid State Logic's MTP Digital Production Console hit the road this spring in National Mobile Television's (NMT) newly built HD4 mobile production unit. The new truck, which is NMT's fourth high-definition unit and its first true multiformat HD facility, has already been booked as part of a multi-year contract extension between NMT and ABC Sports.

To deliver the audio portion of these high-profile broadcasts, NMT selected a 96-channel SSL MTP console with dual fader paths, 120 digital inputs, 104 analog inputs and 60 microphones. The console, which features an ergonomically efficient, "analog-style" dedicated control surface, provides fully digital signal processing and integrated routing, and is capable of multichannel operation including simultaneous 5.1 and stereo outputs. Each of the console s 96 channels includes 4-band EQ, filters and full dynamics, as well as traditional small and large fader paths.

"When we decided to make this unprecedented investment into HDTV technology, nothing could be left to chance," said Jerry Gepner, president of NMT. "We're glad to have an SSL console aboard the new flagship of NMT's growing HD fleet."

For more, visit SSL at www.solid-state-logic.com. Visit National Mobile Television at www.nmtv.com.

Altec Lansing Increases Rep Force

Oklahoma City, Okla.-based Altec Lansing Professional announced a new group of manufacturer's representatives to assist in marketing the company's commercial speaker products and accessories in North America. The rep firms will initially focus on selling the company's new DS family of speaker systems and professional components, as well as its 4, 8 and 12-inch ceiling speakers and accessories.

The list includes:

  • Applied Technologies Group (Southeastern states, 828/252-9313)

  • Audio Associates (Middle Atlantic states)

  • Audio Biz (northern Illinois and western Wisconsin; www.audiobiz.com)

  • Audio Marketing Associates (Ohio, western Pennsylvania and West Virginia; 440/526-2426)

  • Eakins/Bernstein Associates (Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and southern Illinois; 913/888-8218)

  • Fault Line Sales (Alaska, northern and western Idaho, Oregon, Washington and western Montana; 530/887-9830)

  • Henderson Company (New England and upstate New York, 978/897-0500)

  • Highway Marketing (Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas; 972/490-0691)

  • McFadden Sales Inc. (Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan; www.mcfadden-sales.com)

  • Metro North Marketing (metropolitan New York City, 732/225-0050)

  • ProSonic Solutions (Rocky Mountain states, 719/332-3456)

  • Sound Vision Marketing (Florida, www.soundvisionmarketing.com)

  • Western Audio Sales (Southern California, southern Nevada and Arizona; 714/444-9200)

  • Yore Company (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and western Wisconsin; 651/770-9760)

In addition, Tom Anderson, owner of TJM Marketing & Sales (Coquitam, British Columbia), will represent the company in Canada.

For more, visit Altec online at www.altecpro.com.

Manex Entertainment Acquires Trenton Studios

Manex Entertainment Inc. has bought a complex of seven buildings and real property that will be the site of the proposed Trenton Studios Development Project (TSDP) in Trenton, N.J.

Plans for the TSDP Complex includes converting over 89,000 square feet of existing floor space into production offices, post-production, visual effect, sound, rendering and classroom facilities. An additional 85,000 square feet of existing warehouse space will be renovated and utilized to house and distribute a large mix of production rental equipment for film, television and commercial production. Also part of the construction is over 100,000 square feet of new space to be designed and used as state-of-the-art production studios and stages.

Additionally Manex Entertainment announced that it has, through its wholly owned subsidiary Trenton Studios Inc., entered into a redevelopment agreement with the Mercer County Improvement Authority (MCIA) and the City of Trenton for assistance in the four phased development of its new facilities. The agreement includes provisions for capital improvements to the complex of approximately $25 million by the end of phase two. Both the City of Trenton and the MCIA have approved the company's conceptual plans for the redevelopment of the TSDP Complex.

Gary Kucher, Manex Entertainment's chairman and CEO, said, "We are very excited at the opportunity that acquiring the Trenton Studios Complex presents for Manex. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship among Manex Entertainment, the City of Trenton and the MCIA. We believe that our company will contribute to the city's renaissance and the great strides made in Trenton, due in large part to the efforts of Mercer County executive Bob Prunetti and mayor Doug Palmer."

For more, visit www.ManexEntertainment.com.

Flapjacks Rely on AKG Mics

Last fall, AKG Acoustics U.S. tapped The Flapjacks, a Chicago-based band, to re-record their hit single "Uptight" for AKG's Mic Check, a CD-ROM and audio CD that allows sound professionals to compare and contrast various AKG microphones.

For their upcoming CD, Magnetic Heaven, The Flapjacks relied on AKG's C 2000 B and C 3000 B for studio vocals. In their live setup, The Flapjacks rely on AKG's D112 large-diaphragm kick drum microphone, D 440 instrument mics, D 880 supercardioid dynamic handheld vocal microphones and the C 416 clip-on instrument microphone. "When we're playing live, AKG's mics really come alive and handle what is being created very accurately," said Michael Brown, drummer, lead vocalist and founding bandmember of The Flapjacks, who credits Gene Krupa as a key musical influence. "The D 880s have so much gain before feedback. They really grab so much more than any other silver-ball mic I've ever used. The D 880s are very flattering to delicate, low-level signals."

For more information about The Flapjacks, visit www.theflapjacks.com. Check out AKG online at www.akgusa.com.

Fairlight Commences Operations

With new financing, Fairlight announced that it has officially reopened for business at the company's former Sydney, Australia, manufacturing and operations center. According to Fairlight CEO John Lancken, the company has been producing products since the middle of May and has already shipped its first orders of DREAM Satellite and Station systems to Chiyoda Video, Good Audio Sense, Imagica, Media House, NHK and Yomiuri TV, as well as Audio Recording Unlimited in Chicago.

"This is a really great start for the new Fairlight," Lancken said. "We have received a tremendous amount of support and encouragement from Fairlight customers around the world, and we are grateful for both. A lot of people worked very hard to keep the Fairlight dream alive. Some have invested their labor and their talents; others their capital. All of these people share a common goal to make the new Fairlight a better company that is able to respond quickly to meet a customer's requirements."

Fairlight also announced that it has formed a worldwide network of independently owned and operated distributorships. "Each distributor is responsible for their own sales, marketing, training and support," Lancken explained. "We will provide materials, major trade show support, and an umbrella marketing and communications program to help them achieve their individual local market objectives." Fairlight's new distributor network includes Media Gear in North America, Tekcare and Fairlight France in the UK and Europe, and Fairlight Japan.

Fairlight also unveiled its new corporate Website (www.fairlightau.com), which contains news and information, downloadable product catalogs, a trouble-shooting bulletin board and user forums.

The company was forced into receivership in April of this year. "Quite simply, the old company's strategy of owning and operating a worldwide distributor network could no longer be supported," Lancken explained. "Capital that should have been invested in development and manufacturing was, instead, going to pay for fixed overhead costs that simply could not ever deliver a return. The new Fairlight is going to be more focused on designing and developing products that are dedicated to our customers and that deliver features that are simply the best money can buy. Our job is to develop the tools that creative professionals need to achieve their business objectives. This has always been the essence of Fairlight."

Pragmatic Offers New Compact Amplifier

Pragmatic Communications Systems (Santa Clara, Calif.) introduced The SIWA (Stereo In-Wall Audio Amplifier), a compact stereo amplifier, which is part of the company's Hideaway Series.

The new amplifiers (2.5x3.5x3 inches; WxHxD) deliver 24, 36 or 48 watts per channel of continuous power. The SIWA is two discrete monoblock amplifiers in an in-wall case. The unit accepts any volume controlled line-level stereo (or mono) input via gold-plated phono inputs. Outputs are offered via high-quality, gold-plated, five-way binding posts. Powered is supplied via 12 to 15 VDC, depending on the power of the amplifier. Advanced protection circuitry guards against damage from overload, excessive temperatures or short circuits.

The SIWA is available for immediate delivery and is backed by a two-year warranty.

For more information, visit www.wireless-experts.com.

Sennheiser to Show Additions to 800 Series at Summer NAMM

Sennheiser Electronic Corporation will show three new 800 Series vocal microphones—the E 815S, E 816S and E 817S—at Summer NAMM 2003 (booth #429).

Distinguished by their new and colorful single-unit blister packs, each of the new 800 Series microphones are packaged with either an XLR-XLR cable, an XLR-1/4-inch or a mic clip. The cardioid polar-pattern capsules on all three microphones deliver warm and transparent sound while rejecting rear sounds. Housed in rugged metal bodies, the mics offer excellent feedback rejection.

The E 815S features a silent lockable on/off switch and is a perfect choice for speech, vocal or instrument applications. The E 816S, also equipped with an on/off switch, delivers a high output, allowing it to cut through the mix even when stage volume levels are excessive. And the E 817S is geared toward lead vocalists due to its wide frequency response.

"The affordability, quality and versatility of our new 800 Evolution Microphones will pleasantly surprise a lot of people," said Anthony Buzzeo, Sennheiser's wired microphone product manager. "And with three different models filling out the 800 line, there's something for just about every up-and-coming musician."

MSRP for the units are: 815S, $109; 816S, $119; and 817S, $129.

For more, visit www.sennheiserusa.com.

PAMA Holds Inaugural Meeting

Eighteen senior professional audio industry executives gathered in Orlando, Fla. on June 5 for the inaugural meeting of the Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance (PAMA). Among the highlights of the meeting were the nomination of the organization1s first board of directors and the launch of its opening initiatives to develop industry-based sales and marketing intelligence.

According to PAMA executive director Paul Gallo. "This gathering of charter PAMA members marks the first time that a group of senior executives in our industry have gathered for a formal meeting to constructively discuss growing their businesses and the industry as a whole."

The first board of directors includes Davis Merrey, Altec Lansing; Jack Kelly, Group One; Mark Terry, Harman Pro Group; John Carey, Klotz Digital; Mike McGinn, Shure; Mathias von Heydekampf, Telex; and Steve Garth, Steinberg North America. The membership also established a task force comprised of PAMA microphone manufacturer members to develop, through a third-party research firm, a sales tracking program for the microphone marketplace. Finally, the membership created a Board-member task force to develop the official by-laws and charter for the organization. The next full-membership meeting will take place prior to the 115th AES Convention in New York City in October.

Companies interested in learning more about PAMA and its mission can contact Paul Gallo at 212/696.1799 or by e-mail at pgallo@pamalliance.org.

In other news, Gallo was appointed managing director of the Society of Professional Audio Recording Services (SPARS). According to the organization, Gallo's appointment is the beginning of a re-engineering of the organization designed to ensure its ability to deliver practical, relevant business information on studio ownership, management and operations. Gallo will be joining Larry Lipman, who will continue as executive director.

"The board is unanimous that Paul and Larry will provide an ideal blend of member relations expertise, industry knowledge and executive management," said David Amlen, SPARS president. "Also, as part of our re-engineering effort, we plan to add regional coordinators in areas of the country where our concentration of members is highest. SPARS will continue to focus its energies on providing solid business information to its membership: a group of skilled entrepreneurs who all share a common passion and a special camaraderie."

"No one would deny that the music recording industry, like many other industries, has seen dramatic change in the last few years," said Gallo. "We are in a transitional period in which, driven by changing client desires and equipment needs, existing business models must be altered. There will be a successful commercial recording business in the future, and it will be SPARS members who will lead the industry as it reinvents itself. Music recording is an art form captured within the finest facilities operated by the most talented and skillful professionals. Redefining this new value proposition while drawing from the strengths of today's many successful studio operators is the challenge I will assume at SPARS and is an opportunity I welcome."

Video Symphony to Present Pro Tools Sessions

Joel Krantz, an instructor with Video Symphony, a Hollywood-based TV, film and DVD education center, will present a four-part series of in-depth Pro Tools audio sessions during the upcoming Entertainment Technology World Expo, on June 26, 2003.

Session 1, Editing Sound with Digital Picture, will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. This session will demonstrate how to use the basic editing modes, tools and other techniques to edit and synchronize audio to digital picture, using a short scene from a feature film. Session 2, Using Plug-In Inserts, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. This session will demonstrate how to access and use real-time digital plug-in inserts in Pro Tools, discussing some common uses and the general features and options that are available. Session 3, Using Beat Detective, will run from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. This session will demonstrate how to use Beat Detective, a powerful tool to analyze, edit and manipulate audio with an inherent rhythmic character. Examples of using Beat Detective to generate bar and beat markers and match drum beats to other tempos using a multitrack pop music session will be covered. Session 4, Creating and Editing Automation, will run from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. This session will demonstrate how to create and edit automation for final mixing. Creating both real-time and graphically edited automation data using a number of techniques will be covered.

Krantz is a freelance audio instructor, editor, mixer, consultant and course writer living in the Los Angeles area. He collaborated with Digidesign to write and design the 101, 201, 210M, 210P and 310P Pro Tools classes now being used at Digidesign-authorized training centers worldwide. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, he worked in New York City for six years as a product specialist and training instructor for Digidesign.

For more, visit Video Symphony online at www.videosymphony.com.

Allen & Heath Console Debuts at DNA Conference

A/V event specialists Cambridge Audio-Visual acquired a new 24-channel GL3300 live sound console from Allen & Heath to manage sound reinforcement at a conference at the University of Cambridge in England.

Cambridge Audio-Visual's general manager, Julian Berry, explained, "Our available hire stock did not have the sound quality or number of channels to manage the audio requirements for this event. Previously, we had subhired Allen & Heath desks for larger events from a local trade supplier and had always been happy with the results. We had looked into buying other brands, but Allen & Heath came out on top for reliability, features and price. The DNA conference became the window of opportunity to upgrade our stock."

Hire manager Alex Parmee commented, "The conference was held in the University's Lady Mitchell Hall, a listed building with no in-built P.A. system. The original number of delegates was 500, but due to demand, this figure rose to 750. This meant we also needed to establish a sound feed to an extra 200 people in an adjoining building, as well as a video feed captured by four live cameras in the main lecture theater. Furthermore, there was a satellite truck on site sending a signal to The Laboratory of Molecular Biology in another part of Cambridge and beaming straight to London where the event went out on a live Webcast on the BBC.

"The new Allen & Heath desk supplied much more than just a greater number of channels," Parmee continued. "There was nowhere in the lecture theater to hang the speakers, and due to over-subscription, the room was too full to position speaker stands. This meant all of our equipment had to be set up from the front stage area. What's more, the lecture theater is wooden, concrete and an awkward shape, making sound difficult to project. Due to the desk's Matrix feature, we were able to overcome these handicaps as the main speakers were fixed to the left and right legs of the lighting truss and a center cluster fixed above on a mono feed in order to throw sound to the back of the hall. The console also has TRS jack direct outputs on all of the mic channels, a great feature for broadcast and recording and something our previous desks didn't have."

Digidesign Launches Pro Tools Education Web Area

Digidesign has launched DiSK (Digidesign Sound Knowledge), a new free destination at www.digidesign.com for people who want to learn more about using Pro Tools.

"We experienced huge success when we launched our online magazine, DigiZine, last year," said Paul Foeckler, Digidesign's director of corporate marketing. "Existing users couldn't get enough Pro Tools tips and tricks and new Pro Tools users expressed a need for a place to get their feet wet before taking in-depth instructional courses from an authorized training facility. This year, we decided to launch DiSK to address these needs. It will show people how to use Pro Tools; whether you have Pro Tools Free, Pro Tools|LE or a Pro Tools|HD system, you can go to DiSK, download some loops, watch a few DiSK Flix and start making music in no time."

DiSK is divided into the five sections:

DiSK Jockey is where users can download thousands of free and for-purchase sounds, including professional sample libraries from Sonomic and sound effects from The Hollywood Edge library.

DiSK Flix offers short, online Pro Tools instructional videos that teach beginner, intermediate and advanced features of Pro Tools software.

DiSKotech has free downloadable Pro Tools templates and files, an excerpt from David Franz's book Producing in the Home Studio With Pro Tools for tips on how to set up a home studio and tips about third-party plug-ins and software applications provided by Digidesign's development partners.

DiSKussion showcases a panel of diverse artists, engineers and producers who provide answers to a different question each month about how they use Pro Tools in their music production. Panelists include Grand Mixer DXT, John Feldmann, Tal Herzberg, Brad Wood and Dave Aude.

DiSK Trivia is a section of fun music-trivia questions.

L-Acoustics Hires Independent Rep Network

After nearly 10 years of selling products directly from its Oxnard, Calif.-based manufacturing and distribution facility, L-Acoustics is in the process of switching its sales efforts over to an independent manufacturer's representative network.

"After careful evaluation, we have chosen to establish a traditional rep force in an effort to take L-Acoustics U.S. to the next level," said sales and marketing director Paul Freudenberg. "We feel that this arrangement will facilitate improved follow-through on sales activities and ultimately allow us to better serve both our current and future customers."

Freudenberg said that there are still several territories in which reps have not yet been appointed and encourages interested parties to contact him directly at 805/604-0577 x23.

For more, visit www.l-acoustics-us.com.

Neil Glassman Leaves Digigram

Digigram (Arlington, Va.) announced that Neil Glassman is stepping down from his position of company president.

"My goals when I started with Digigram were to establish the company in North America, build its reputation and hire a superlative staff. I feel confident that all of those objectives were accomplished," Glassman said. "Simply put, my work is done here."

"We are pleased to have had Neil be a key to the growth of Digigram worldwide and we wish him success in future ventures," said company managing director Philippe Delacroix.

For more, visit www.digigram.com.

WWE Relies on Summit Gear

With numerous weekly programs such as Velocity, RAW and Smackdown!, and countless DVDs, home videos and Pay-Per-View events, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is responsible for processing a heavy audio/video workload that is intense and deadline-driven. Having sweetened and polished the audio for various WWE programs, video games and home video/DVDs, audio post engineer Tim Roche has been working with Summit Audio's DCL-200 compressor/limiter and MPE-200 preamp/EQ.

"We have such a high turnaround here that anything that will save me five minutes is a plus," said Roche, who recently completed the WWE home video/DVDs Divas Desert Heat and Rey Mysterio Jr. "Working at WWE, audio is always a challenge because the shoot could be in an arena or walking down the street with The Rock. Or worse, the air-conditioning duct at the arena. So I'm always challenged with EQ and compression and the Summit Audio equipment, I can't rave enough about it.

"The MPE-200 is a great box and helps me a great deal," Roche continued. "I go through and spend a few minutes individually with the talent, so I know this guy is preset one, this guy is preset two. If I have a guy who is a screamer and another who has more bass in his voice, I don't lose time adjusting my settings because I can just dial it up instantly. Also, I really like the MPE-200 because the unit is totally sweepable and I can go in there and just tweak it. Mostly I use it for voice-overs."

Roche is a self-proclaimed analog "throwback" who desires the warmth of the older tube compressors. The ability of Summit Audio's DCL-200 to emulate these vintage units while subtly applying compression made Roche's gear selection an easy one. "I love the way the DCL-200 sounds when you drive it really hard. I'm a big fan of compression and this unit comes across so warm and smooth. Another aspect of Summit Audio gear that I like, specifically the DCL-200, is that I can never hear it breathing, which is ideal."

For increased flexibility, Roche also uses a function on his Euphonix console that locks his faders in place, so that even if he accidentally slides one up or down, the console returns them to their original preset position. This feature helps to alleviate another potential time-consumer: patching.

For more, visit www.summitaudio.com.

Blue Room Signs Gabrielis Kaye

Producer Chris Gargani and senior composer/producer Brian Aumueller, co-owners of Blue Room Music (New York City), have signed musician/vocalist/spot composer Gabrielis Kaye.

Kaye's recent work included a Campbell's Soup Christmas spot with a dance-driven score, a John Mellencamp-style rock piece for ESPN and an electronica composition geared to the young demographic of Fructus Shampoo's client base.

"Gab is a gifted, multifaceted artist, adept at crafting music in a wide range of styles: electronica to acoustic, hip hop to R&B, classic to rock 'n' roll," said Gargani. "He's also a great lyricist, vocalist and guitarist, as well as a world-class engineer. His experience in the commercial music world and recording industry are ideal complements to the skill sets Brian and I have developed in these arenas."

Kaye's new band, 3 Speaker High, is slated to release its debut album on the Pas Entertainment label on September 30, 2003. Other credits include designing and building the pre-production studio for Big Daddy's House (P. Diddy) in Fort Lee, N.J., as well as engineer for P. Diddy for two-and-a-half years. He's recorded tracks for Mariah Carey and Celine Dion, as well as the Mary J. Blige/Aretha Franklin duet.

For more, visit Blue Room online at www.blueroompro.com.


Disc Makers Intros New Line of Backup Systems

Disc Makers (Pennsauken, N.J.) has launched its new line of SDLT and AIT tape backup systems: the Eagle and Hawk.

The Eagle8 is an eight-cartridge, high-capacity automated tape backup system featuring the SDLT 320 internal tape drive mechanism by Quantum. This ensures compatibility with an installed base of DLT-format backup systems. Suited for either a data center rack-mount configuration or a desktop environment, the Eagle8 is a 2U rackmount configuration and offers a transfer rate of 16 MB per second (native).

The Hawk AIT series external tape system features AIT mechanism by Sony, a plug-and-play USB 2.0 interface and can be configured in two formats: AIT-1 (35GB native/90GB compressed capacity) or AIT-2 (50GB native/125GB compressed capacity). The system is designed to be fully compatible with future-generation models.

The Hawk8 AIT series can be configured as AIT-1 (280GB native/728GB compressed capacity), AIT-2 (400GB native/1TB compressed capacity) or AIT-3 (800GB native/2TB compressed capacity).

All of the systems come with a one-year warranty and free lifetime tech support. For more, visit www.discmakers.com/duplicators/storage.html.

UK Post-Production Facility Updates Management System

750MPH (London) has chosen an mSoft ServerSound to handle its digital-asset-management needs. The updated system handles 1 TB of audio with an expandable IDE RAID array.

"We have had the system for about four years now—one of the first mSoft systems in London—and in that time, it has proved very reliable, making my job as technical engineer a lot easier," said Ben Mason of 750MPH.

As part of the update, 750MPH also purchased mSoft's SoundStorm and AudioNetworks sound effects and production music audio package.

For more, visit mSoft at www.msoftinc.com.

Rascall Flats Tours With Sennheiser Mics

Country music vocal group Rascal Flatts are currently out with Brooks & Dunn and heading off on their own tour in August, using Sennheiser Evolution Series microphones and in-ear systems.

Ed Nash, production manager and FOH engineer for Rascal Flatts, said that singer Gary LeVox is using an Evolution Series wireless handheld mic. "Gary is using the 865 capsule on the Evolution wireless SKM 500 wireless transmitter. It's working great." Nash, who joined the Rascal Flatts organization over a year ago after previously working as production manager/FOH engineer with country artist Brian White, said that he made the change to the Evolution Series mic in response to the high-energy shows and the gain that was required from the lead vocal mic. The previous mic was simply too omni-directional for the application, he said. "I could get more gain out of the 865 and it just sounded better, especially as we were using the [JBL] VerTec line array system at the time."

Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney are both using Sennheiser Evolution EK 500 bodypack transmitters, allowing all three singers to run around onstage. "The show is really energetic," said Nash. "Gary, Joe Don and Jay move around a lot, and the transmitters give them the flexibility to go where they want to go and sing from anywhere onstage. On the kick, I'm using the Evolution 602, with three Neumann 184s: one on the hat and one each on the overheads. We've got four toms, each with e 604s. The 604s are sounding great. There's something simple about them, and they always deliver. I get a lot of good comments about the drum sounds. I'm using an e 609 on a Motion Sound Leslie simulator, and 845S on the drum and keyboard backing vocals."

Check out the mics at www.sennheiserusa.com.

Jazz Fest Employs Aztec Consoles

The 34th New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, known as "Jazz Fest," relied on a pair of Audient Aztec analog live sound mixing consoles for FOH duties at the indoor evening concert series held at the Municipal Auditorium in downtown New Orleans and in the Rhodes Gospel Tent at the Louisiana Heritage Fair at the Fairgrounds Racecourse.

At the auditorium, local equipment provider Pyramid Audio Productions supplied the concert sound system for a schedule that included Crosby, Stills & Nash, Bob Dylan and Widespread Panic. Pyramid FOH engineer James Burgoyne said that while the main touring acts were largely carrying their own equipment, the opening acts, which included John Hiatt and The Goners and Lucinda Williams used the Aztec.

The 48-channel Aztec in the gospel tent was worked by FOH engineer Chris Brown. Brown, whose Sound Chek Music supplied the entire sound system for the venue, said, "This is combat audio at its finest. We're set up on a concrete floor with a plastic tent in 100-degree temperatures with 100-percent humidity." The Rhodes Gospel Tent featured nearly 80 acts in just eight days, with 10 acts going onstage between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. "Those acts will range from a four- or five-person vocal group to a 100-plus-person choir with eight or nine soloists up-front. So the set change is a very quick, controlled madness."

For more on the consoles, visit www.audiotoys.com.


Hollywood Bowl Upgrades With Lake Contour

The famous Hollywood Bowl has installed the first eight of a total 18 Lake Contour digital speaker processors in preparation for its summer 2003 concert schedule. The Lake Contour units—which incorporate a set of DSP-based equalization and processing tools, including crossovers, dynamics and delays—are being used to optimize the entire sound reinforcement system at the venue, which seats nearly 18,000 and is one of the world's largest natural amphitheaters.

Lake Contour's Contour Controller software interface provides management of all processor functions remotely via a wireless touchscreen, which, according to newly appointed sound designer Fred Vogler, is especially useful in such a large venue. "The conventional way that you tune a system is that you have somebody on a radio at the processor and somebody maybe at the amplifiers adjusting the gain there, then you're walking the house and communicating via radio to these folks. It's rather slow and cumbersome.

"It's also a less-than-exact science," he continued. "You're not really sure when you say, 'Give me a another click up,' just what a 'click' is. The Lake system is nice because the information you need is all right in front of you: the amount of gain, the amount of equalization. And you're able to make quick changes anywhere in the house and hear them as you're doing it."

The sound system at the Hollywood Bowl comprises a main LCR setup with additional deck-stacked left-right coverage, plus frontfill, distributed infill and delay systems. With the exception of five Ramsa cabinets on the stage-front apron and a number of Meyer Sound subwoofers, the system consists of various combinations of Sound Image four-way V/WG and two-way G1 and G2 cabinets, plus subwoofers, all powered by QSC EX amplifiers. Yamaha PM1D digital consoles handle FOH and monitor duties, with a Yamaha DM2000 supplementing at FOH.

Vogler, an engineer with an extensive live sound and music and film recording background, initially contacted his friend Bruce Jackson, former FOH engineer for Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand, for ideas to improve the performance of the Bowl's sound system. Jackson, who is also VP of R&D at Lake Technology, suggested Lake Contour. ATK AudioTek Corporation's VP of engineering, Scott Harmala, and senior engineer Patrick Baltzell are typically brought in to tune the sound system at the Bowl each year. "For a systems tech or engineer, there's nothing more liberating than being able to walk around a venue and have complete control of the system at your fingertips," said Harmala. "It's the best way to fine-tune a system. The fact that the GUI is really functional, plus the wireless mobility, is a great combination."

For more on Lake Contour, visit www.lake.com. View the Hollywood Bowl's summer season lineup at www.hollywoodbowl.org.


Alesis Kicks Off First Rep Training

Over a dozen Alesis dealer reps from around the country assembled at the company's headquarters (Cumberland, R.I.) on June 5 and 6, 2003, for product training. Alesis VP of sales and marketing Mark Frederick led the two-day event, during which Alesis product designers and engineers presented the complete Alesis product line, including the HD24XR and MasterLink hard disk recorders.

The in-depth presentations covered product features, benefits and applications. The event also included promotion and advertising campaign rollouts, company staff introductions and brainstorming sessions.

Alesis CEO John E. "Jack" O'Donnell said, "These semi-annual training events demonstrate that Alesis is very serious in our commitment to our dealer reps. These reps are on the front lines getting the word out about our truly innovative and value-packed products. We want them to have our full support in every way possible, so that they, in turn, can support our dealers."

For more, visit Alesis online at www.alesis.com.

Zaxcom Intros Handheld Digital Wireless Transmitter

Zaxcom Inc. (Midland Park, N.J.) announced the availability of the latest addition to its digital wireless microphone family: a handheld transmitter. The handheld microphone was designed for use in live entertainment venues and live-to-tape productions.

The handheld mic uses all Shure wireless screw-on microphone heads and is powered by AA lithium ion batteries. The handheld case is machined from aluminum and designed to withstand extreme abuse. The mic is 100% digital with digital modulation and audio quality equivalent to a hardwired mic.

A complete system lists for $3,950, which includes one handheld microphone transmitter and one digital receiver; Shure microphone heads are sold separately.

For more, visit www.zaxcom.com.

Mariah Carey Mic Available on eBay

A Neumann U87 microphone from 1976, valued at over $2,000 was signed by Mariah Carey and will be auctioned through eBay as part of the CBS Early Show's annual nationwide drive for instruments, with all proceeds going to the VH1 Save the Music Foundation to help restore school music programs.

Carey appeared on the CBS show to help promote the instrument drive, which is a joint effort between VH1 and CBS, both units of Viacom, and also including local CBS affiliates and NAMM Music Retailers. Student musicians from New York City Public School 125 and Bob Morrison from VH1's Save the Music were also in attendance.

Interested in placing a bid, visit cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3530225028#DESC.

Mindlab Pro Tools School Celebrates Grand Opening

The Mindlab Learning Center (Menlo Park, Calif.) announced its grand opening. The new school offers Pro Tools software and hardware training, as well as both Digidesign Operator and Expert Certifications. Mindlab was founded by former Digidesign employees.

"The response leading up to our opening has been tremendous," said Russell Bond, president of Mindlab and the new owner of the recording studio, The Annex, where the school is located. "We've had people asking for many levels of training. The first folks that have gone through the courses are very pleased with their new knowledge of Pro Tools."

The Mindlab offers all authorized Digidesign Pro Tools curriculum including: Pro Tools 101: Introduction to Pro Tools; Pro Tools 201: Pro Tools Production Essentials; Pro Tools 210M: Music Production Techniques; Pro Tools 210P: Post-Production Techniques; Pro Tools 310M: Advanced Music Production Techniques; Pro Tools 310P: Advanced Post-Production Techniques. In addition to the standardized Pro Tools courses, Mindlab plans to offer courses on specific audio plug-ins for Pro Tools and Master Classes with recording engineers, composers and sound designers who use Pro Tools in their professional audio production work. The training facility is comprised of two rooms: a Pro Tools 100-level lecture room, equipped with state-of-the art Mac and Windows XP computers with seating for up to 12 students; and an Advanced Curriculum room, featuring four TDM systems equipped with a 32-fader Pro Control with EditPack, and three Control-24 units for hands-on work with Pro Tools 200/300-level exercises.

Former hardware product manager for Digidesign, Robert Campbell is now Mindlab's general manager and head instructor. "After years of working on the development teams for Pro Tools|HD and Digi 002, I wanted to shift my focus from creating to teaching in order to show people how to maximize the potential of Pro Tools," said Campbell. "During my years of product research, I found that most Pro Tools users only scratched the surface of what the systems can do and wanted to learn more but didn't know how or where." Other Mindlab instructors include long-time Digidesign employees Tom Dambly, curriculum developer; Mark Kirchner, post-production director; and Tom Murphy, Internet audio technologies.

For more on The Mindlab, visit www.themindlab.us.

NHTPro Monitors, Accessories to be Sold Direct-to-Consumer

NHTPro (Benicia, Calif.) studio monitors, subwoofers and related accessories will be sold to consumers via the company's Website and toll-free number, beginning August 1, 2003. Previously, the product line was available through a select network of dealers catering to the professional audio market.

"Though we have been successful selling NHTPro into the professional community, most of our transactions are direct with the end-user," said Chris Byrne, general manager of NHT. "Engineers, producers and musicians are constantly comparing gear with their colleagues, often leading them to contact us for information and, subsequently, product sales. We are grateful for the support shown us by pro audio supply houses over the years, but the combined realities of current market conditions and end-user preference for direct sales encouraged an inevitable change in the NHTPro sales strategy."

For more information, visit www.nhtpro.com/prohome.asp or by calling 800/NHT-9993.


Apple Unveils G5

Apple has released its Power Mac G5, which features the first 64-bit desktop processor and the industry's first 1GHz front-side bus. Powered by the PowerPC G5 processor designed by IBM and Apple, the Power Mac G5 uses 64-bit processing technology for memory expansion (up to 8 GB) and advanced 64-bit computation, while running existing 32-bit applications natively.

“"The 64-bit revolution has begun and the personal computer will never be the same again," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "The new Power Mac G5 beats the fastest Pentium 4 and dual-Xeon-based systems in industry-standard benchmarks and real-world professional applications."

The Power Mac G5 line offers dual 2.0GHz PowerPC G5 processors, each with an independent 1GHz front-side bus, for 16 GBps of bandwidth. The line also features the industry's highest bandwidth memory (400MHz/128-bit DDR SDRAM with throughput up to 6.4 GBps); an extremely fastest PCI interface (133MHz PCI-X); and cutting-edge AGP 8X Pro graphics capabilities, all within a new professional aluminum enclosure featuring computer-controlled cooling for quiet operation.

The PowerPC G5 processor is a result of the strategic relationship between Apple and IBM. The processor's architecture is based on a completely new execution core that features massively parallel computation for 215 in-flight instructions; full symmetric multiprocessing; two double-precision floating-point units; and an optimized Velocity Engine.

The Power Mac G5 line will be available in August and will ship with Mac OS X “"Jaguar" with Mail, iChat, Safari, Sherlock®, Address Book, QuickTime, iLife (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, and iDVD), iSync, iCal, DVD Player, Classic environment, Acrobat Reader, Art Directors Toolkit, EarthLink, FAXstf, FileMaker Pro Trial, GraphicConverter, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office Version X Test Drive, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, QuickBooks for Mac New User Edition and Developer Tools.

The Power Mac G5 will be available in build-to-order configurations through Apple's Website (www.apple.com).

Golf Channel to Install SSL Board

The Golf Channel (Orlando) is set to install a new Solid State Logic C100 Digital Broadcast Console to handle audio its slew of golfing shows.

"When we looked for a console to replace our current analog board, we really liked this new offering from Solid State Logic that we saw at NAB, the C100," said Andy Murphy, VP of network operations for The Golf Channel. "The redesign of our production control room is complete and now it is time to focus on upgrading our audio facilities. The C100 will give us the power to convert our analog sources to digital within the board, thereby greatly reducing the need for ancillary equipment. We love the flexibility, options and functionality that the C100 offers. We're looking forward to it being fully installed and online."

The C100 and C200 are SSL's new digital consoles to address the critical on-air needs of the broadcast industry. The C100 is a small footprint, assignable console, specifically designed for on-air studio applications, such as news and sports, and live-to tape talk and game shows. The transition to digital broadcast is fully addressed by the C100 Digital Broadcast Console, delivering operational efficiency in a cost-effective scalable solution.

Erv Vanags, director of engineering and operations for The Golf Channel, explained, "The control and routing features on the C100 will really help us streamline our production schedule. Many times, we have back-to-back productions that require different setups. The C100's ability to memorize a particular setup for a show or even for an individual fits our production model to a tee. Our shows are constantly changing in terms of on-air talent, so the speed that the C100 offers for changes is very important."

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

TerraTec Producer PHASE 28 to be Available Soon

TerraTec announced the shipping of the first TerraTec Producer product: PHASE 28, a 24-bit/192kHz multi-I/O recording Interface, which will be available worldwide at the end of this month.

Sporting two inputs and eight outputs, a MIDI interface and digital I/Os designed for a variety of uses, PHASE 28 features plenty of ports for all audio applications on a specially shielded break-put cable. All analog connectors are designed to accept studio levels and signal resolutions of up to 24-bit/192 kHz. Selected converters and cleverly designed circuitry enable recordists to make crystal-clear stereo recordings and play back high-resolution 5.1/7.1 surround productions. Gain knobs serve to adjust input sensitivity individually to match analog signal sources.

The PHASE 28's coaxial digital ports accept S/PDIF, AC-3 and DTS data streams with all standard sampling rates up to 32 bits; the output is designed to handle sampling frequencies up to 192 kHz. PHASE 28's software integrates seamlessly into all prevalent systems and programs, including ASIO 2.0, GSIF, MME, WDM, Mac OS 9 and OS X, and Windows XP.

Features include: two balanced analog 6.3mm (1/4-inch) inputs; eight balanced analog 6.3mm (1/4-inch) outputs; gain knobs and signal LEDs for all input channels; S/PDIF digital I/O; MIDI interface for 16 channels; and low-latency ASIO support.

For more, visit www.terratec.com.

John Storyk Joins AIA/AES-Registered Providers

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has added John Storyk to its list of registered providers in its award-winning Continuing Education System. The AIA provides expert lecturers to member companies and design professionals worldwide. Storyk's lectures will offer an hour-long Power Point-illustrated review of architectural acoustics as they pertain to small critical listening and viewing environments.

An AIA member for over 30 years, Storyk is a principal of the Walters-Storyk Design Group (www.wsdg.com), a New York-based architectural and acoustic design company. WSDG has designed over 1,400 high-end recording studio, home theater, and audio-for-video and media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and South America.

Alcons Audio Releases New Loudspeaker Series

One of the first products launched by newly founded Alcons Audio is the TS Series of loudspeakers that can be used for fullrange speech and music reinforcement, as well as "fill" speaker or "under-balcony" system.

The Alcons TS Series currently consist of two models: the TS 3 and TS 7. The TS 3 features one 6.5-inch mid-bass driver with 1-inch soft-dome tweeter on optimized wave-guide. Peak power is 400 watts with an efficiency of 89 dB (1 W/1 m) and a frequency response of 66-20k Hz. The TS 7 features double 6.5-inch mid-bass driver with identical 1-inch soft-dome tweeter. Peak power is 800 watts with an efficiency of 92 dB (1 W/1 m) and a frequency response of 66-20k Hz. The speaker components are matched by an audiophile-grade crossover network.

By flush-mounting the speaker components and perforating the sides of the grille, obstruction and reflection are reduced, further smoothing the on-axis response. The TS3 and TS 7 have a very high grade of finish, with double-Speakon connectors, custom perforated-steel grille for acoustic transparency and a number of mounting nuts (M6 and M8) on the rear, upper and under side. Mounting accessories include: Trussmount with or without fly frame, standmount with or without frame, multiple wall- and ceiling mounts, OmniMount®, Multimount® (or equivalent), and many others.

Philip de Haan, senior R&D engineer, said, "With all of the high-tech speaker and amplifier developments we have, our smallest speaker range is actually the product that truly demonstrates our know-how and years of experience. We invite people to do A/B comparisons with similar category products from other quality brands."

The first delivery of the new loudspeakers went to SPK Alliance, Alcons' partner in South Korea, for an application in a SIAP sound system (System for Improved Acoustic Performance).

For more information, visit www.alconsaudio.com.

Soundcraft on Tour With Wheatus

American pop-punk band Wheatus just completed a low-key tour of the UK, playing smaller club and university venues to try out material from their forthcoming sophomore album. During the tour, London-based FOH engineer and programmer Geoff Kakoschke had to deal with some challenging acoustic environments, but none more so than the venue in Hull, in northern England.

"The P.A. was just awful," said Kakoschke. "It was ancient. I've never seen any of the components before. It looked as though it had been built in someone's garage about 30 years ago! There was a 16-channel console that was so old that there were no markings left on it."

Kakoschke placed a call to The Soundcraft Group for help and a new MH3 console was dispatched to Hull. "It was an absolute lifesaver, he said. “"It actually enabled me to get a decent sound out of that dreadful P.A. system, and it's confirmed me as a Soundcraft fan. For the last show of our tour, Adlib Audio provided a P.A. that included a Series FOUR, and that was also gorgeous; ergonomically brilliant, I loved it."

"The E Series mixer was mainly used for the support band," he continued, "but for Wheatus, it was incredibly helpful to be able to submix the key channels and my Logic Audio setup from 11 into two."

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

Paul J. Cox Systems Intro Active DI Units

Paul J. Cox Systems has launched a range of electronically balanced active Direct Inject systems. Previously manufactured as integrated components of custom studio-build or retrofit projects during the past five years, the DI systems are now being made generally available.

Owner and chief design engineer Paul J. Cox said, "We began building and installing these units into our studio systems many years ago. The demand from numerous artists, producers and engineers who had used our studios and loved the sound of the DI units prompted us to make them available as user equipment." Examples of installs include Westlake Audio, Mike Post Productions, Frontpage Recorders, the Mix Room, Firehouse and many others.

The active DI systems can be used to transform low-level, noisy, unbalanced audio signal—such as keyboard, MIDI module, drum machine or sequencer outputs—into a clean, balanced +4dB signals. Offering a frequency response that is flat from 10 Hz to 60 kHz (+/-0.1dB) and an average -85dBu noise floor, the DI Systems feature 12 dB of additional gain (and can be specified with up to 20 dB) and provide 28 dB of headroom.

The DI systems are available in a variety of configurations, from standalone 8-channel to customized rack-mounting multichannel units with integrated patching capabilities, front- or rear-panel connectors, ground lift switching and custom pinout wiring. Units can be supplied with balanced inputs and outputs to integrate with balanced buffer or distribution systems.

The standard 24-channel DI unit occupies a single rackspace and is 8 inches deep. Front-panel 1/4-inch unbalanced inputs, ground lift switches and rear-panel 90-pin Elco balanced outputs wired to European/Amek, Harp or custom pinout requirements are included. For permanent installation with consoles intolerant to unbalanced inputs, rear-panel unbalanced inputs and balanced outputs on Tascam standard D-sub or 56- or 90-pin Elco connectors can be supplied. All rackmount DI systems are supplied with an outboard +/- 18.65-volt linear power supply module that can run up to five 24-channel DI units.

Eight-channel systems are available either as stand-alone floor or countertop units with top-mounted, 1/4-inch inputs, ground lift switches and multipin outputs, or as a wall-mount or permanently installed unit incorporating multipin connectors for inputs and outputs. Stand-alone 8-channel DI units include an integral power supply.

For more, visit www.pauljcox.com.

Steinberg Xphraze Now Shipping

Steinberg is now shipping its newest phrase synthesizer: Xphraze. Developed by Wizoo, Xphraze is a unique VST Instrument that is based on free-form and real-time automation of rhythm and sound.

Rhythmic phrases are built in just a few seconds with only a few clicks and played by simply holding down a note or chord. Xphraze then synchronizes the phrase generator, envelopes and LFOs to a user's song tempo automatically.

Xphraze offers stereo poly-patterns, bass lines, arpeggios, distorted chord riffs and up to four-layered drum loops and effect patterns, all synchronized to the song tempo. Xphraze features are multisample import, vector synthesis, four-way multi-timbral performance, eight stereo effect sections, and a feature that lets the user remix prepared Xphraze songs live using a MIDI keyboard.

Its sample-accurate audio engine offers 32-bit, floating-point resolution, 192kHz sample rate and up to 1,024 voices (depending on CPU performance).

Available for Windows XP/2000, Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X, Xphraze is available for $249.99 MSRP. Visit www.steinbergusa.net for more information.

L-Acoustics Leasing Program Update

Following the announcement of its Pro-Tour Seasonal Leasing Program in April, L-Acoustics U.S. has again teamed up with Accent Leasing to offer another new financing plan: the Pro-Rent Seasonal Leasing Program. This one is specifically tailored for the regional A.V and corporate rental market.

The new leasing program differs from other leasing programs by being based on the typical seasonal cash flow common to the sound reinforcement/rental business. Under the plan, the lessee makes payments for nine months of the year, and then only makes $100 maintenance payments in December, January and February: the three months when cash flow from rentals ebbs to the lowest point. (Other off-payment months are available for businesses on different schedules.) This allows the company to more appropriately focus remaining cash flow on other operational costs during that period. Then, when rentals start to ramp up again, so do the payments.

"By taking advantage of our seasonal leasing option, rental houses can immediately augment their inventory and increase profitability while still conserving cash, particularly during their slow season," said Paul Freudenberg, director of sales and marketing for L-Acoustics U.S. "This is simply one of the many financing tools we offer in order to help put the right gear into the hands of our customers when they need it."

As part of the Pro-Rent plan, L-Acoustics has made available six separate systems packages specifically targeted to the rental market. Each package comprises a different type of loudspeaker (dV-DOSC, dV-SUB, MTD, ARCS, SB118 or 112XT), all of which are equipped with the necessary rigging, cabling and amplification, and characterized by a dollar buyout at the end of the lease term.

Freudenberg said that L-Acoustics U.S. also offers rental companies options to customize packages to meet specific needs, as well as lease individual (nonpackage) items. More conventional and short-term loan plans are also available for those who prefer them. For additional information, please contact Freudenberg at 805/604-0577 ext. 23 or paulf@l-acoustics-us.com.

ICIA Revises ‘'Essentials of the AV Industry'
ICIA has released the newly revised online course, "Essentials of the AV Industry," which provides students with A/V fundamentals that are used daily by industry professionals, including instruction on how audiovisual equipment works and how it's applied.

"'Essentials' has become the foundation of training for the whole A/V communications industry," said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., the executive director of ICIA. "Over 6,000 have been enrolled in it since it debuted in 1997 and we have over 1,000 current enrollments. This new version has the updated content needed in a fast-changing industry and it has a new user interface that will make it even easier and more efficient to use."

The course content has been significantly restructured and consists of 260 lessons divided into three sections: audio (dynamics of sound, audio signals, sound processing, audio system setup and digital audio), visual (vision and light; display technologies; display equipment; video signals; sources; processing and output; and video signal production, recording and output) and audiovisual systems (lighting, conferencing applications, electrical, signal management, control systems, computer systems and networking). The enhanced courses feature a search engine by topic, an updated glossary, focused learning objectives for each lesson, new graphics and photos, and a streamlined writing style.

Registration for this Web-based course is currently available. The current version of the course will be maintained to allow students already registered in Version 1 to complete their course. After September 15, 2003, Version 1 will no longer be available. Due to fundamental differences between the courses, students currently enrolled in V. 1 cannot be transferred to V. 2.

For more information on the course, visit www.infocomm.org/education/online/AVEssentials.cfm.

Gefen Offers New Distribution Amplifier

A new distribution amplifier from Gefen takes a single Apple flat-panel display signal (ADC) and splits it into two, allowing the creation of a dual-display workstation in which the same video information is distributed to both displays.

A slim metal box (5-inch square), the ex-tend-it ADC Splitter weighs two pounds. An ADC input is on one side; two ADC outputs are on the reverse side. When the two are used together, they create a 1x4 distribution, where one signal drives four displays. The ADC Splitter ($299) offers a 1920x1200 resolution on both displays.

Another new product from Gefen, the ADC Extender ($249) combines an active circuit with a built-in DVI and USB Repeater to extend any Apple flat-panel display plus one USB peripheral up to 16 feet from the computer using just one cable. It can also be cascaded to accommodate greater distances.

For more on these new products, visit Gefen online at www.gefen.com.

MPEG-4 Audio Licensing Begins

Via Licensing Corporation (San Francisco) has announced the availability of MPEG-4 Audio patent licenses, which provides streamlined access to a set of essential MPEG-4 Audio patents from multiple parties, under reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms. An MPEG-4 Audio patent license is needed by companies that build and/or sell end-user products incorporating MPEG-4 audio technologies.

"The commencement of MPEG-4 Audio licensing is the result of unprecedented cooperation among a set of international consumer electronics, telecommunications and research organizations," said Ramzi Haidamus, general manager of Via Licensing Corporation. "This is a very significant milestone, and we are excited to be offering a license that will enable the widespread deployment of an important open standard such as MPEG-4 Audio."

For additional information about the licensing terms for MPEG-4 Audio, visit www.vialicensing.com.

Behringer Ships ULTRAMATCH PRO SRC2496

With the new ULTRAMATCH PRO SRC2496 ($249.99) sample rate and format converter, Behringer is now shipping an updated version of its ULTRAMATCH SRC2000. New features include full 24-bit/96kHz compatibility and full AD/DA conversion. Like its predecessor, the new ULTRAMATCH enables professional users to transfer digital audio signals between devices with different sample rates, formats or interfaces, disable SCMS for 1:1 digital copies and remove dropouts or jitter from digital media. Simultaneously operable outputs offer splitter functionality.

The SRC2496 facilitates format conversion between AES/EBU and S/PDIF with both coaxial and optical connectors, as well as conversion of 30kHz to 100kHz sample rates into 32/44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz with selectable 16, 20 or 24-bit output resolution. Universal sample-rate synchronization via wordclock or digital input is guaranteed, and parallel A/D and D/A conversion is possible with identical sample rates. In addition, the SRC2496 enables easy jitter removal, correction of unstable, off-tune sample rates, and allows direct manipulation of emphasis and copy-protection bits. On the connection side, RCA, XLR and optical outputs are simultaneously operable with selectable AES/EBU or S/PDIF formats, while inputs are separately selectable.

Fore more, visit www.behringer.com.






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