Mix News for March 2004

Mar 22, 2004 12:00 PM, by Sarah Benzuly

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Grammy-Winner Ricky Skaggs Reveals Tricks of the Trade
Multiple Grammy Award-winning bluegrass artist Ricky Skaggs and owner of the Skaggs Family Records label was nominated five times for the 46th Annual Grammy Awards in February 2004.

Both of his nominated albums, Live at the Charleston Music Hall by Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder (Skaggs Family Records) and The Three Pickers by Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson and Ricky Skaggs (Rounder Records), were recorded live using Neumann-distributed TRUE Systems Precision 8 8-channel microphone preamplifiers. The Precision 8 is designed and built by Sunrise Engineering, a design and build manufacturer located in Tucson, Arizona.

Lee Groitzsch, a recording engineer and studio manager of the Skaggs Family Records Studio, explained that the TRUE preamps fit the requirements of the two projects perfectly. "On both of those occasions, we had a low budget, but obviously had some high sonic requirements that we had to meet," he commented. "We wanted to find mic pre's that weren't outrageously expensive to buy or rent, but would deliver sonic integrity when putting it to tape."

In addition to sounding good, the mic preamps needed to be easily transportable, continues Groitzsch. "We weren't going to be renting a truck. We were going to be hauling the gear and setting it up at the venue ourselves and patching it in ourselves, and cutting to a RADAR [hard disk recorder]. The TRUE mic pre's sounded good on acoustic instruments and vocals and being a one-rackspace unit with eight channels, it ended up being one of the key pieces of gear in our project."

Live at the Charleston Music Hall was nominated for three awards, including Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal for the track "A Simple Life"; Best Country Instrumental Performance for "Get Up John"; and Best Bluegrass Album. The Three Pickers, featuring Scruggs, Watson and Skaggs, received two nominations: Best Country Instrumental Performance for "Pick Along" and Best Traditional Folk Album.

"So now we've got two projects that the TRUE preamp was used on that are nominated for a Grammy," enthused Groitzsch. "We're just a small label and we've got five nominations. Amazing. We're hardly even getting played on the radio!"

The Charleston live recording made use of several Neumann KMS 105 microphones, reported Groitzsch. "We used a KMS 105 on Ricky's vocals, the fiddle was cut through one, plus the banjo, and Ricky's mandolin was cut through, as well."

The results were spectacular, he says. "Ricky's live record, sonically, is probably one of the better-sounding records that we've turned out. It went way beyond our expectations, especially for the amount of money and time that we had available to us to create it."

The Precision 8 preamps are also getting plenty of use at the Skaggs Family Records facility. "I'm using the TRUE pre's here in the studio just about every time I cut a piano," said Groitzsch, "because I'm using the M-S function on it. I use a stereo mic, generally a C24, with the M-S portion of the mic pre. It's the best our piano has ever sounded. We're really pleased with the results."

For more information on the Precision 8, visit distributor Sennheiser at www.sennheiserusa.com.

Now Available: New-Generation KRK Near-Fields
With the introduction of ST8 and ST6 near-field models, KRK introduces the next generation of industry-standard project studio monitors.

Featuring an all-new aluminum woofer and 1-inch silk tweeter, the ST Series offers smooth response and high power handling, limiting the occurance of ear fatigue. Standard magnetic shielding simplifies placement in virtually any studio environment. The ST Series also features 7/8-inch MDF construction to control sound reflection and standing waves within the monitor, while its double-layer anodized-aluminum cones offers low distortion. Carefully molded woofer beauty rings improve midrange frequencies, while advanced dual-port tube designs create improved air flow for rich, solid bass response.

KRK national sales and marketing manager Richard Ruse commented, "The ST Series was designed with a very linear response. They may not appear to have the boom and sizzle of the K-ROK or Rokit, but they certainly exhibit the natural, honest frequency response of their passive forefathers: the 6,000, 7,000, 9,000 and 13,000. The ST Series are at home in practically any environment—from the most austere portastudio to the meter bridges of the most sophisticated studios in the world."

For more information, visit www.cerwin-vega.com.

Video Symphony's Petschek Nominated for Oscar
Paul Petschek, an Avid-certified instructor at Video Symphony, was honored by the Academy with a nomination for Best Live Action Short Film for his editing project, Most (The Bridge).

Filmed in the Czech Republic and written/produced/directed by Bobby Garabedian and produced by William Zabka, Most received critical acclaim while making the rounds in the 2003 festival circuit.

The film premiered at Sundance, then moved on to Dances With Films and other venues. Most won Best Short Film and the Audience Award at the Maui Film Festival, and Best of Festival at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival. The Palm Springs Award qualified Most for consideration by the Academy.

"Working with Bobby Garabedian and Billy Zabka was a great experience," Petschek says. "As actors and filmmakers, they work from such an emotional place. It's wonderful to find that most people who see the film think that the heart and soul we put into it shows up on the screen."

At Video Symphony, Petschek specializes in the creative side of editing. His "Intro to Editing Aesthetics" and "Avid Editing Workshop" classes are enthusiastically received by students.

Among Petschek's previous credits are additional editor on Flipper; A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Film; and Another Day in Paradise. He was editor of Ice Planet, In Dark Places and Bitter Harvest.

His most recent projects are documentaries, including the 2003 Melbourne Film Festival selection Hollywood Gold and the soon-to-be-released 39 Pounds of Love.

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

Design FX Records 14th Annual MusiCares 2004 Tribute
Design FX recorded the 14th Annual MusiCares Person of the Year tribute dinner that honored Sting and featured performances by Charles Aznavour, Tony Bennett, Black Eyed Peas, Mary J. Blige, Elton John, Dave Matthews, Kylie Minogue, Rufus Wainwright and Wynonna Judd. Proceeds provided support for MusiCares' Financial Assistance Program, which ensures that musicians and recording industry members have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need. MusiCares was established in 1989 by the Recording Academy.

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

Now Available: Wizoo's Hypersonic Extensions
Wizoo, the developer of Steinberg's Hypersonic virtual music workstation, unveiled the first three extensions for Hypersonic. Each of these Hyper modules endows Hypersonic with yet another fully featured software instrument; Hyper Modules integrate into Hypersonic's sound-generating, ensuring users enjoy functional breadth and depth at an affordable price.

Priced at $99 each, US-1 Ultra Synth, GP-2 Grand Pianos and NB-3 Tonewheel Organ are now available directly at www.wizoo.com.

In addition, Wizoo is offering two packages for a limited time only: all three Hyper Modules for $249 and the Hypersonic XXL Bundle featuring Hypersonic and all three Hyper Modules for $555.

Designed to cover a specific range of sounds, each Hyper Module offers a rich selection of patches. In addition, all Hyper Modules may be combined with legacy Hypersonic elements to further augment the instrument's scope of sound-sculpting options.

This first collection of Hyper Modules comprises numerous instruments, including the US-1 Ultra Synth, a fully programmable analog/digital synthesizer featuring three oscillators with analog waveforms, wavetable synthesis, Sync and Unison modes, a multimode filter offering audio modulation via oscillator and overdrive, three envelopes, three LFOs, a modulation matrix, an epert editor for in-depth sound parameter tweaking and 256 patches created by pro sound designers.

Also included are the GP-2 Grand Pianos, which are designed to spare system capacity and power. Two virtual grand pianos offer authenticity and detail in the tradition of the VST instrument, The Grand. Offering adjustable timbre and velocity curve, each piano comes in three sizes.

The NB-3 Tonewheel Organ is a hyper-module that brings the legendary organs and rotary cabinets of the '50s back to life with a sonic spectrum ranging from monstrous, house-approved low end to '70s-style lead sounds. Nine drawbars, various tone wheel emulations (from "new" to "old and ratty"), adjustable key click and a virtual rotary cabinet offering tube overdrive and variable speed are onboard. The NB-3's 64 preset patches are by Peter Gorges.

Strong C100, C200 Sales for SSL
Solid State Logic, winner of this year's Technical Grammy Award and winner of three consecutive TEC Awards, announced strong sales of both C100 and C200 Digital Consoles for 2003. According to SSL, sales activity reflects rapid industry adoption of the new C100/200 digital console line since the launch of the C100 at last April's NAB. The broadcast industry has embraced the console's design, features and ability to meet the challenges of DTV. The C200, also introduced at NAB, has drawn clients from both the music and post-production industries due to the console's ability to address high-bandwidth recording standards.

Rick Plushner, president of SSL North America, said, "Solid State Logic has created the C100/200 to meet the demands of the broadcast industry as it migrates to all digital production. Our C100 console has been instantly recognized by broadcasters in the U.S., including ABC World News Tonight With Peter Jennings, Comcast, NBA, the Golf Channel and the Food Network. Internationally, we have seen sales to NHK Japan, Disney Broadcasting, Danish Broadcasting Seoul Broadcasting and Channel 9 Australia. We're very happy with such an immediate response, with many users now owning more than one console."

SSL also reported one of its largest orders of the year for the Fox Network. Fox Promotions and Fox Sports ordered a total of six C200 consoles for post-production, making them among the first to base their facilities around the C-range platform.

C100 Digital Broadcast Consoles have been sold to facilities around the world, topping 15 installations since its release, including two consoles to Danish Broadcasting; one to the Golf Channel, Fla.; one to NHK Sapporo, Japan; one to Disney Broadcast; one to NBA Entertainment, N.J.; one to Core Digital, Ariz.; two consoles to Seoul Broadcast (SBS), Korea; one to TCN Channel 9, Australia; one to ABC TV3, N.Y.; one to Nippon Hoso, Japan; one to MBC, Korea; one to the Food Network, N.Y.; and one to Comcast, Penn.

C200 sales reached 15 and spanned the globe, including one console to Office Terra, Japan; one to WCU; one to Underdog Entertainment, Calif.; one to Imagica Akasaka, Japan; one to Bicoastal Recording, N.Y.; four to Fox Promo, Calif.; two to Fox Sports, Calif.; one to Croatian Radio, Croatia; one to Omnibus, Japan; one to TV Tokyo, Japan; and one for Odds on Recording, Las Vegas.

To find out more about SSL and its products lines, please go to www.solid-state-logic.com.

TechTV Spot Marks Debut of edition7 Headphones
Ultrasone AG, the German manufacturer of headphone products, recently unveiled its edition7 headphone in the United States on TechTV's Fresh Gear (www.techtv.com). The program first aired on Tuesday, February 10, 2004.

Ultrasone AG limited the production on the edition7 unit—only 999 were made—and each mic costs $3,000. Built with titanium drivers and Uultrasone's S-Logic™ and PROline (ultralow-emission) technology, the edition7 represents the latest in high-end technology.

Ultrasone's patented S-Logic technology creates natural surround sound without the use of additional electronic devices. The technology uses decentralized transducer positioning to reflect sound off of the listener's outer ear, creating a natural 3-D sensation without the use of processing. S-Logic produces a stereophonic surround sound field that is perceived to be broad, detached and located in front of the listener. Ultrasone addresses the physiology of the ear rather than using electronics to generate a stereophonic sound field. The headphones represent a safer listening experience by generating a 40-percent lower sensitivity for the same perceived loudness and shielding up to 98 percent of EMF radiation through the use of patented PROline (ultralow-emission) technology.

The complete line of Ultrasone headphone products can be found at www.ultrasone.net. Ultrasone headphones are distributed in North America by Franklin, Tenn.-based EARS Audio Distribution. For more information about EARS, click here.

Clive Davis Department Built at NY University
When the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, now a fixture at New York University's Tisch School of Arts, was still in its planning stages, Clive Davis (chairman and CEO of BMG North America) approached Troy Germano of the Studio Design Group to discuss his part in the project. Davis' goal was to build a studio for a university course, which would provide students with a well-rounded background in the inner workings of the recording industry. Knowing that the classroom facility should resemble a high-end professional studio, Germano brought in longtime colleagues Dave Bell of Whitemark LTD in England and Dave Malekpour of Professional Audio Design (PAD).

"The idea was to build an educational facility for recording that also had a strong emphasis on the overall studio process and business," said Germano. "We wanted the students to get a good cross-reference of what goes on in the record industry from how an artist is signed and lead by an A&R person to the technical aspect of engineering, as well as day-to-day studio life."

Germano knew that the gear needs for this type of educational environment would be a little different than in a normal recording studio. Solid State Logic's 24-channel XL 9000 K Series SuperAnalogue Series console made the most sense because NYU wanted SSL quality without overwhelming the students with an intimidating 96-channel console. "The idea of the school is to have a hybrid of both analog and digital," commented Germano. "The marriage of Pro Tool|HD with the SSL console is the right combination for enabling students to acquire practical experience."

PAD's Malekpour and his team aided with the equipment selection, provided all of the gear (with the exception of the SSL console, which was supplied by SSL), installed it and also provided some training on the Pro Tools setup.

"After a great experience while working with the Tisch School about a year ago when we sold them an SSL 4040G+ console for their music department, we were excited to be a part of their new project, which accrued this level of equipment in a school setting," Malekpour said. "We are happy about our relationship with the people at the Tisch School and would like to continue helping them with anything they need."

PAD continues to service and support this facility as it begins its operation. "When the project is over and the school has to function on its own, Dave and his team are still there," explained Germano. "He has always had an ongoing relationship in terms of maintenance and technical support, which is often something you don't see from other equipment dealers."

For more information about the gear involved in the construction of this facility, refer to the PAD Website at www.ProAudioDesign.com. For more information about the school, visit www.tisch.nyu.edu.

Disc Makers Brings DVD Duplication Online
Disc Makers, an independent media manufacturer, announced the release of its online DVD duplication service, a system implemented through its interactive DVD Self-Service Website. Disc Makers' system enables DVD customers, including filmmakers and studios, to create their own DVD and place short-run duplication orders online, conveniently, from their home or studio. Project turn-around time can be as fast as two business days.

Tony van Veen, VP of sales and marketing for Disc Makers, said that, "Like the CD version, DVD Self Service is a powerful program that gives businesses and independent filmmakers the freedom to produce a short run of DVDs whenever and wherever they want."

DVD Self Service offers DVD-R duplication and printing for projects of 300 DVDs or less with no minimum order or setup fees. The service comes with free online storage of audio and graphic content, full-color on-disc printing and inserts, Web-based 24/7 ordering and a choice of five packaging options. (Amaray-style packaging available soon.)

The simple three-step process includes designing a DVD Disc Graphics online, mail DVD content (customers are encouraged to mail in a DVD-R with their content. Disc Makers will store this content for future orders and reorders. As bandwidth increases, an automatic data uploader, as currently used for Disc Makers' CD Self Service, may become available) and lastly, duplicate DVDs, in which users can access the online order form to duplicate as many DVDs as needed (up to 300) and have them shipped anywhere in the United States.

For more information on Disc Makers' DVD Self Service, visit www.discmakers.com.

EAW Commercial New Website Now Live
In preparation for the upcoming NSCA show in Las Vegas, the newly formed EAW Commercial group unveiled a complete line of high-performance commercial audio products, as well as a new Website at www.eawcommercial.com. This announcement comes just three months after parent company LOUD Technologies announced its entrance into the commercial audio market under the EAW brand name.

The complete EAW Commercial line includes DSP matrix mixers, amplifiers, ceiling speakers and a full range of loudspeakers—all backed by the manufacturing and engineering talents at EAW, Mackie, SIA Software and Acuma Labs.

"When we announced our plans to address this market under the EAW brand last December, the EAW and Mackie product development teams had already begun working on a revitalized family of products for the commercial sound market," commented Ken Berger, senior VP of marketing and product development at LOUD Technologies. "Because this work had already begun, we were able to move very quickly to introduce the new EAW Commercial line in time for the NSCA show."

Mark Madison, the recently appointed group manager for EAW Commercial, added, "Collaboration between Mackie, EAW, SIA Software and Acuma Labs has already proven to be a potent combination as illustrated by the introduction of the revolutionary EAW DSA system last year. I'm very excited to further leverage this collaborative horsepower into the commercial audio market as the EAW Commercial line continues to grow."

Some of the new EAW Commercial products were revealed at the ISE show in Geneva last month, but the complete line will make its worldwide debut at the NSCA show in the Las Vegas Convention Center Booth #1425.

Final Stage Mastering Installs Genex Audio GX9048
Genex Audio, a developer of multiformat digital recorders and converters, recently supplied a GX9048 48-track multiformat digital system to Final Stage Mastering, one of Nashville's most advanced mastering facilities. The new machine will be used to capture stereo and multichannel DSD recordings during mixdown and for playback at Final Stage during CD and SACD mastering/authoring.

"We need flexibility in our facility," said Final Stage co-owner Randy LeRoy. "The new Genex GX9048 is currently configured to handle 8-track recordings but is expandable up to 48 tracks. Because the GX9048 can be used to record in either PCM or Direct Stream Digital mode—and play back either format—we can offer our Nashville clients an added flexibility beyond anything that was previously possible with conventional mastering machines. It's a major breakthrough for the country music community."

Final Stage Mastering will use the new GX9048 within the greater Nashville and surrounding areas to introduce producers to the concept of acquiring their stereo and multichannel mixes in 1-bit Direct Stream Digital format, as an alternate to conventional 16/44.1, 24/96 and other PCM-based formats.

Recently, Final Stage Mastering used its GX9048 on the new Sam Bush King of My World album of bluegrass music for Sugarhill Records, and will be capturing mixes on a number of important sessions during the coming months. "The system worked flawlessly," LeRoy enthused, "and handled 88.2/24-bit PCM files real well. The built-in Genex GXR software made mix management easy. I can't wait to put the Genex GX9048 through its DSD paces!"

For more information about Final Stage Mastering, go to www.finalstage.com and to find out more about the Genex Audio product line, go to www.genexaudio.com.

Caitlin Hill Named MusicBox Director of Client Services
MusicBox, a New York City and Calabasas, Calif.-based custom scoring company and production music library, announced that Caitlin Hill has been named director of client services. In this newly defined role, Hill will head up all music licensing and client service duties for MusicBox's worldwide client base.

"Caitlin's extensive experience in the production music industry, combined with her musical background, make her the ideal person for this role," said Daniel Stein, MusicBox's co-president.

Added Joel Goodman, MusicBox's co-president, "We look forward to Caitlin's leadership during our continued growth throughout the years to come."

Previously, Hill was licensing director at Megatrax Production Music, where she held several prominent positions during her eight-year tenure with the company. There, she learned all aspects of the production music business, culminating with her post as licensing director.

For more information about MusicBox, please see www.musicboxmx.com.

Rock House, Peavey Electronics Release Instructional DVD
Rock House has teamed with Peavey Electronics Corporation to produce a DVD designed to give the beginner musicians an edge toward learning their instruments. Peavey is distributing the DVD through its authorized retailers as a stand-alone product and as a value-added incentive for consumers who purchase a Peavey Stage Pack® beginner kit.

The Total Musician Series DVD will be included inside the Peavey beginner Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar and Bass Stage packs, as well as the mid-level Peavey International Series II drum kits. The Stage packs include everything needed to learn these core instruments, including an amplifier, guitar or bass, strap, gig bag, extra strings, electronic tuner and the easy-to-follow instructional Total Musician Series DVD from Rock House.

The co-branded, custom-made DVD includes 40 minutes each of beginner electric guitar, bass, acoustic guitar and drum instruction using The Rock House Method. The instruction is presented in both English and Spanish, and includes a video chord chart, a special section on how to assemble the Peavey International Series II drum set, a section showcasing Peavey guitars and more.

The DVD will also give Peavey customers free membership to Rock House's lesson support site at www.rockhousemethod.com. This feature, exclusive to Rock House and its partners, offers students supplementary support for the lessons featured on the DVD. Once registered at the support site, students can interact with the community, utilize additional learning tools and access special features such as forums, where they can chat with other students or ask the instructor questions; download a metronome or backing tracks to play along with; and find loads of other content to create a fun learning experience. To receive the free membership, students are directed to www.peavey.com to access Rock House's unique registration system.

Digidesign Announces Savings
Digidesign announced new savings with the MIX-to-HD Hardware Exchange program. For a limited time, owners of a Pro Tools|24 or Pro Tools|24 MIX system can exchange their system for a Pro Tools|HD 2 or 3 Accel system and save an additional $2,000 off of the regular Hardware Exchange list price, or exchange for a Pro Tools|HD 1 and save an additional $1,500. These exchanges will return to their previous pricing after June 30, 2004.

Along with the Pro Tools|HD pack plug-in bundle, which will be automatically included, those who exchange by March 31, 2004, will receive a collection of the Bomb Factory plug-ins for free: seven plug-ins with Pro Tools|HD 1 (a $1,952 value); 10 plug-ins with Pro Tools|HD 2 Accel (a $2,600 value); and 16 plug-ins with Pro Tools|HD 3 Accel (a $3,940 value). An iLok account will be required to take advantage of the plug-ins included with this Hardware Exchange promotion, and users can sign up for free at www.ilok.com.

Pro Tools TDM 6.2 or higher software for Mac OS X and Windows XP is required for support of the HD Accel card, and is included with all Hardware Exchanges. For the most current compatibility information, visit www.digidesign.com/compato.

Exchanges to Pro Tools|HD and Pro Tools|HD Accel systems continue to be available for registered owners of Pro Tools 3, Pro Tools LE products and older non-TDM Digidesign systems. (These Hardware Exchanges do not qualify for the promotional Bomb Factory plug-ins.) For a complete Hardware Exchange price list, visit www.digidesign.com/exchange.

Snap5 Snaps up Sound Designer Andrew Kay
Snap5, the broadcast design division of MediaComm, has expanded to include original sound effects design and music composition. With the addition of sound designer Andrew Kay to its staff, the Charlotte, N.C.-based broadcast design shop further customizes projects for its clientele.

"Without sound, designs are flat," said creative director Mike Dolan. "We brought Andrew into the mix so that he can be an integral part of the conceptual and design stages of our projects." Kay agreed that his participation in pre-production will "better streamline the total concept-to-completion formula." Communicating the "reality of a piece often requires specifically planned audio," advised Kay. "Sometimes, music must be composed to make a spot completely tight and original."

Snap5 welcomed its new hire with an impressive Pro Tools Suite that includes Proteus sound modules and a large bundle of plug-ins. Kay's previous work includes television, theater, movies and home entertainment, and compositions/sound design for Disney Studios, the History Channel, Sony PlayStation and the SPEED Channel.

For more information, go to the Media Comm Website at www.media-comm.com.

AMS Neve Founder Crabtree Wins Second Academy Award
AMS Neve's founder and managing director, Mark Crabtree, has been honored this month with a second Technical Oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, following one for the Digital Film Mixing Console in 2000. The award was presented by actress Jennifer Garner at a lavish Scientific and Engineering Awards Ceremony at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Pasadena, Calif., on February 14, 2004.

The 2004 Scientific and Engineering Award recognizes "the significant contribution the AMS AudioFile has made to the development and realization of digital audio workstations with full editing capabilities for motion picture soundtracks."

The AMS AudioFile hard disk-based audio editor launched in 1984. As recognized by the Academy, Crabtree was responsible for the invention and establishment of many of the techniques now widely applied to sound-for-picture.

Upon receipt of the award, Crabtree said, "I'm delighted to have brought these radical creative tools to the film-making process and then to see them so widely adopted. It feels good every time I watch a movie and feel the immersion and the exhilaration that really great sound can bring."

Today, the AudioFile is used by many successful facilities including CBS, HBO, Soundtrax and POP Sound in the U.S.; BBC, Grand Central Studios, Pinewood Studios and Videosonics in the UK; Aquest in The Netherlands; and France 3 in France.

In 2000, Crabtree and two other colleagues from AMS Neve were awarded a Scientific and Engineering Award for the design and development of the AMS Neve DFC Digital Film Console for motion picture sound mixing.

AMS Neve's other industry awards include a Technical Grammy and an Emmy Award for the AudioFile.

Cycling '74 Releases Jitter
Cycling '74, a San Francisco-based music software company, announced the release of the Windows version of Jitter, Video/Matrix/3-D graphics processing extensions to the MAX/MSP graphical programming environment. MAX/MSP and Jitter are now cross-platform products with both Mac OS and Windows versions in the same package.

Jitter provides modularity in graphics processing applications. It includes more than 130 objects for describing and manipulating matrix data—any data that can be expressed in rows and columns, such as video and still images OpenGL-based 3-D geometries, text, spreadsheet data, particle systems, voxels or audio.

Jitter is useful to anyone interested in real-time and interactive video/3-D graphics, data visualization, custom video effects creation, video rendering and numerous classroom applications, and will dramatically expand the possibilities for Max/MSP owners.

Although the architecture is general, Jitter is highly optimized for use with video data. Jitter includes a robust set of mathematical operators, keying/compositing, analysis, colorspace conversion and color correction, alpha channel processing, spatial warping, convolution-based filters and less-traditional video processing objects. Users create modular video processing "patches" out of Jitter components and matrix patch cords in the same way that Max/MSP users create custom audio and MIDI applications.

The Windows versions of the software allow for cross-platform development of applications. Max/MSP/Jitter patches developed on one platform open seamlessly on the other and use consistent abstractions for all types of media protocols and interfaces, including MIDI, digital audio soundfiles and interfaces, digital video and 3-D graphics. Features are essentially identical between the Windows XP version and Version 4.3 of Max/MSP and Jitter Version 1.2 for Mac OS X. Users are able to develop their own Max, MSP or Jitter external objects written in C, and distribute their work to others using the free Max/MSP run-time application.

Jitter also includes a set of OpenGL objects for reading and rendering of 3-D text and models, video and image texturing, hardware and software rendering support and low-level access to geometry data and the OpenGL API.

The use of a single generalized matrix data format (of up to 32 dimensions and up to 32 channels or planes) allows for transcoding data for cross-media experimentation. Text may be interpreted as an image, video images converted to 3-D geometries, audio turned into particle systems and video data played as audio. These are only a few examples of the creative power and flexibility of the Max/MSP/Jitter environment.

For more information, go to Cyling '74's Website at www.cycling74.com.

Abbey Road Studio Wins Big for Film Scoring
Abbey Road is celebrating unprecedented success in film scoring, having dominated the Best Score category this film awards season with projects recorded and mixed at the studios, winning a Grammy, a BAFTA, an Oscar and a Golden Globe.

In addition, at least two other Best Score nominations at each of the award ceremonies were also for Abbey Road projects. A total of seven Abbey Road projects received at least one Best Score nomination, including The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Cold Mountain, Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets, The Hours, House of Sand and Fog and Girl With a Pearl Earring.

The Oscar for Best Score and the Golden Globe Award for Best Score/Soundtrack were awarded to Howard Shore for the final installment in the The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Return of the King. The project was an immense undertaking at Abbey Road, requiring a team of engineers to record, edit and mix the film score, as well as master the soundtrack album. The film score was recorded by John Kurlander and mixed by Abbey Road's senior engineer Peter Cobbin. The Grammy Award for Best Score/Soundtrack also went to Shore for the second film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, which was also recorded by Kurlander and mixed by Cobbin. Abbey Road engineers also recorded the award-winning "Into the West," which picked up the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

The Anthony Asquith BAFTA award for achievement in film music went to composer Gabriel Yared for Cold Mountain, which was recorded in Abbey Road's Studio One last September before being mixed in Studio Three.

David Holley, managing director of Abbey Road Studios, said, "The Oscars ceremony concluded a remarkable run of success for Abbey Road film scoring projects, probably unprecedented for any recording studio ever. It is a significant achievement by our team of recording engineers at Abbey Road. The huge efforts they make on behalf of all of their clients are matched only by the skill they bring to their work. They thoroughly deserve this success."

For more information, visit Abbey Road online at www.abbeyroad.co.uk.


Free Download: Octiv's Volume Logic for Windows
On February 27, 2004, Octiv announced the release of a free public beta of Volume Logic for Windows, the first audio digital re-mastering plug-in available for the Apple iTunes player. Volume Logic was first released for Macintosh in January 2004. A free 30-day trial version of Volume Logic for Windows is available at www.octiv.com/index.asp?content=request_iTunes_Win. The final released version will sell for $19.95.

"Our Volume Logic for Macintosh was a big hit and requests for a Windows version started coming in immediately," said Octiv president and CEO Keith McMillen. "We've quickly responded to those requests with Octiv Volume Logic for Windows, which will greatly enhance audio for Windows iTunes."

Octiv's Volume Logic plug-in digitally remasters audio in real time with the same technology used by the pros in the music and broadcast business.

The Volume Logic plug-in incorporates a state-of-the-art 5-band dynamics processor that examines and adjusts the audio thousands of times a second. Low levels are intelligently raised and loud signals are kept under control, all in real time. Anything playing in iTunes, including MP3s, Internet radio or CDs, will be digitally remastered for consistent volume level and spectral balance. Files are not scanned or modified. All of the audio processing takes place in real time while the audio is sent to your speakers or headphones.

For more information, go to Octiv's Website at www.octiv.com.

Smith Builds Top-Notch New Studio, Riverhouse
Paul Reed Smith has become synonymous with excellence in the crafting of guitars. When Smith went looking for a microphone for his new recording studio, Riverhouse, he chose the Brauner VM1 tube mic and the Soundelux 195.

Smith's philosophy is echoed in the Brauner VM1 microphone. "It's the best all-round mic I've ever heard—period," he enthused. "You can use it on anything and it will sound musical. Our constant question about a track is, 'How musical does it sound?' The Brauner sounds musical on just about anything that you put it on, and it needs very little EQ. It's exceptionally versatile with extraordinary performance on acoustic guitars, drum overheads, hi-hats, electric guitars and vocals. It's just a ridiculously good microphone."

Most of the audio equipment at Riverhouse was recommended by Greg Lukens at Washington Professional Systems. Record producer Shane Koss reveals that Smith has fine-tuned all of the gear to ensure the best-possible performance. "We tweaked the Apogee converters and some APIs so there was a lot of attention paid to all the different elements," revealed Koss. But there's no need to tweak the Brauner or the Soundelux, Koss said, "They're so real. I had the Brauner off-axis on bass through a guitar amp and it produced one of the best bass sounds I've ever had."

For more information on the mic, visit Brauner's U.S. distributor, Transamerica Audio Group, at www.transaudiogroup.com.

Digigram Sells Remaining Audemat-Aztec Shares
Digigram, developer of networked audio devices, computer sound cards and audio management software, has sold its 40-percent share in Audemat-Aztec, manufacturer of measurement and monitoring equipment for broadcast applications, to the remaining shareholders.

Although Audemat-Aztec will continue developing products using Digigram technology, the commercial and technological overlap with the Audemat-Aztec's product portfolio isn't big enough to justify a continued minority involvement, according to Digigram managing director Philippe Delacroix.

Digigram will continue to manufacture, support and sell the Hitplayer, a stand-alone appliance for audio IP networks formerly developed by Aztec Radiomedia.

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

Matt McPherson Discovers Soundelux Elux 251
Christian music artist/McPherson Guitars owner Matt McPherson recently purchased two Soundelux ELUX 251 microphones to use in both his Wisconsin home studio and his Nashville-based project studio, adding to a collection that includes vintage Neumann and AKGs, as well as newer model mics. McPherson will use the mics, as well as Pro Tools rigs and RADAR units, to record material for his newly formed Autumn Records, which features McPherson and his wife, Sherry, as its flagship artists.

The ELUX 251 embodies many of the characteristics of the Telefunken ELA M251. The ELUX 251 uses a hand-built, hand-tuned and strictly tested German capsule with a 6mm Dupont mylar film diaphragm and the same close tolerances and asymmetrical design as the CK-12 capsule. The head grille's internal chamber resonance closely matches the Tele 251 in equivalent volume and "mesh count" that affects high frequency response. Capsules are specially selected and then matched to a no-compromise design using tube and transformer circuitry. The ELUX 251 comes in a large aluminum briefcase with the 110/220VAC P251 power supply, all cables, instructions and shock-mount.

For more information, visit Soundelux's distributor, Transamerica Audio Group, at www.transaudiogroup.com.

iMedio Purchases Aurus Mixing Console
iMedio, a business incubator based in Japan that supports young multimedia and IT companies in the establishment phase of their businesses, has purchased one of Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup's new Aurus mixing consoles for its new post-production studio. This is the second Japanese customer for Aurus; the first console was sold to the New National Theatre in Tokyo.

The Aurus is appointed with 56 channel strips, 112 audio channels, 16 extra channel resources for monitoring and 128 mix buses. The standard system, comprising the obligatory combination of Aurus and Nexus Star, and an extra 9U Nexus base device, is networked using fiber optics. This base device will provide interfaces to external sources and destinations. This configuration can subsequently be expanded using more base devices as required. The Nexus Star accommodates a total of five DSP boards, each with a capacity of 32 audio channels.

For more information on the iMedio Center, visit www.imedio.or.jp/english/index.html.

Neal Pogue Chooses SSL J and K Series Consoles for OutKast Mixes
"Hey Ya!" mix engineer Neal Pogue has used Solid State Logic consoles throughout his 10-plus-year career with Grammy Award-winning duo OutKast. Pogue recently mixed seven tracks on Andre 3000's The Love Below (one-half of OutKast's latest release), including the hit single "Hey Ya!" Pogue mixed six of Andre's creations at Larrabee North Studios in Universal City, Calif., on an SSL SL 9000 J Series SuperAnalogue console, but traveled to New York's Hit Factory to use an SSL XL 9000 K Series SuperAnalogue console for "Hey Ya!"

On "Hey Ya!," OutKas's Grammy Award-winning debut single off of the double-disc, Pogue needed to make Andre's acoustic guitar shine on top of the mix to polish the upbeat "party" song. While many engineers tend to add elements to achieve a desired effect on a given track, Pogue took a different approach.

"I am a huge fan of cutting frequencies," he explained, "and EQ'ing Andre's acoustic was a tedious process. I used the EQs on the console to take the bass out of his guitar, because he has a really big-body type of guitar, so I had to trim the frequency a lot at 300 Hz by about -2 dB. That's the secret: Not to add anything because usually when you do that, you are just adding brittleness."

In addition to the EQ needs on Andre's guitar, Pogue was also faced with making the two programmed drum tracks on "Hey Ya!" sound as if they were recorded live. The task was accomplished due to a combination of Andre's diligent programming work and the built-in compression on the SSL XL 9000 K Series console.

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

Broadjam, Live365 Announce Marketing Partnership
Broadjam Inc., a provider of Internet and desktop tools for musicians, record labels and publishers, recently formed a cooperative marketing partnership with Internet radio network, Live365.

Independent artists associated with Broadjam will have direct access to Live365 for tools and services that will them to set up their own radio stations and gain exposure through Live365's audience of more than 3 million listeners a month.

Through Broadjam's Website, indie artists can upload their music online, get their songs reviewed through Broadjam's song review mechanism, create personal Web pages and qualify for its popular Top 10 Charts, which are generated from song reviews and grouped by genre, region, production and fan picks.

Broadjam also provides Internet and desktop tools for musicians, record labels and publishers, with a client list that includes Billboard, Warner/Chappell, the Academy of Country Music and TAXI. The company's software package, METAJAM!", prepares songs for digital searches, and then uploads song data and audio files for easy perusing by fans and industry pros.

For more info, visit www.broadjam.com or www.live365.com.

Farrel Becker to Receive 2003 TEF Heyser Award
The TEF Advisory Committee has named Farrel Becker (pictured) as the sixth annual recipient of the 2003 TEF Heyser Award, presented each year during the NSCA Expo. The Award will be presented at the JW Davis/Syn-Aud-Con reception during the NSCA Expo by Blair McNair, chairman of the TEF Board of Advisors. The reception will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dallas on Friday, March 14, 2004.

The award recognizes individuals whose work utilizing Richard Heyser's patents in Time Delay Spectrometry (TDS) have made a significant contribution to professionalism in the field of acoustical design and/or measurement.

Using the crude equipment of the late 1970s, Becker utilized TEF to develop new techniques in sound system design and implementation. In 1980, he was the first to measure the Frequency Time Curve (FTC) of a loudspeaker. In 1985, Becker authored a TEF training manual and began conducting training classes for the new TEF10 from Crown International. He continued to develop new techniques and uses for TEF and shared them with TEF users via the training classes.

In 1986, utilizing the TEF10, he developed the Polar Energy Time Curve (U.S. Patent #4,807,165) along with software to implement it on the TEF10. Becker also developed several additional software applications for the TEF10. Among these was the original Noise Level Analysis (NLA) application later incorporated into the initial software release for the new TEF20.

In 1990, Becker joined the staff of Crown International as a software engineer where, while continuing to conduct training classes, he developed MS-DOS applications for the TEF20, including TDS, NLA, RTA, PEQ and MLS. He also developed the BIOS host operating system and applications for the handheld TEF Pad.

For more information on TEF, a division of Gold Line, visit www.gold-line.com.

Austin's KVUE Installs Euphonix Max Air
Austin, Texas-based KVUE recently completed the installation of a 96-channel Max Air digital audio mixing console as part of its upgrade to an all-digital station. With Daybreak, a two-hour morning show, and four additional newscasts each day, the station needed a console that could switch quickly between broadcasts and provide additional input and mixing capabilities for more complex audio requirements, including surround.

Assistant chief engineer Ernie Saldana reported, "We really liked the simplicity of the wiring, especially the Ethernet connectivity between the surface and the racks, and the way we can place remote mic preamps in the two studios and the newsroom and adjust them from the desk. We are very short of space in the control room, and with Max Air, we can fit in a full-featured 96-channel surround console with minimal cabling as all the rack electronics are remotely situated in the machine room."

KVUE is ABC's local affiliate in Austin, Texas, and a Belo Corp. subsidiary. Visit its Website at www.kvue.com. To find out more about the Max Air, visit www.euphonix.com.

audioEngine Unveils New 5.1 Recording, Mixing Studio
Audio post-production company audioEngine recently unveiled Studio D, its new 5.1 mixing and recording studio.

The facility's fourth room, home to mixer/co-owner Rex Recker (pictured), was designed by Jim Maher of Soundhouse Design, who created a "mixer-in-the-round" environment. The setup features a specially designed console placing the mixer in the center of the space with seats on all sides. Mixing, recording and editing is centered on a Digidesign Pro Tools|HD3 system.

Studio D's construction marks one of the first times Dolby has worked hand-in-hand with a commercial audio company to create a 100-percent Dolby-approved 5.1 studio. Placement of the vocal booth in the front of the room made correct implementation of the Dolby Surround System a major issue for the design team. When the booth is in voice-over mode, the 5x7-foot glass is in view. When the surround session begins, the center speaker is raised into position on a motorized platform that includes a false wall with all of the acoustical absorption to equal the right and left speaker environment.

To deal with light management for screening projects in the natural light-filled space, designers installed mechanized screens that close and open at the touch of a button. Acoustical reflections in the control room and vocal booth were handled by covering the windows with 7-foot-tall clear Plexiglas diffusers. Studio D also features a 9-foot cherry wood "wave wall" to diffuse sound.

Hardware and software includes products from Lexicon, TC Electronics, AMS Neve, Dolby, Waves, Wave Mechanics, Focusrite, Bomb Factory, McDSP and Digidesign. Audio is monitored through a 5.1 main system comprising JBL cinema speakers powered by Crown and Hafler amplifiers. The main system is managed by a DBX Drive Rack system, and alternate monitoring is by way of KRK V4s for near-field stereo and the built-in speakers of Sony's KV-32HS510 for consumer television reference. Picture is integrated via Digidesign's AVXL option, allowing for NTSC or PAL video at resolutions scaleable from 20:1 to uncompressed 1:1 rations. Picture is projected onto a Stewart Greyhawk micro-perforated screen by a JVC DLA-SX21 DILA projector.

View some of audioEngine's latest work at www.audioengine.net.

Digidesign Welcomes Euphonix Vet Rich Nevens

Digidesign welcomed Rich Nevens to the newly appointed position of director of worldwide console sales. Based in Los Angeles, Nevens will oversee the sales for Digidesign's mixing solutions and contribute to the product line's marketing and development.

Nevens joins Digidesign after a 12-year tenure at Euphonix, where he served as executive VP of sales for the Americas. He also has a strong engineering background and comes to Digidesign as a fellow musician.

For more Digidesign news, visit www.digidesign.com.

APM Presents Manny Holihan With MSPE Student Film Award
Associated Production Music awarded Australian Film, Television & Radio School student Manny Holihan with the Verna Fields Award for Sound Editing in a Student Film at the 51st Annual MSPE Golden Reel Awards, held February 28, 2004, at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

APM is underwriting the 2004 Ethel Crutcher Scholarship Fund, which is part of the Verna Fields Award, with a generous donation.

The Student Award has traditionally been funded by the MPSE with donations from its individual members, and this will be the first contribution by a company outside of the editors' organization.

Late last year, APM, with the Young Musicians Foundation, also established a film and TV music business fellowship. The paid fellowship offers hands-on experience researching music, attending scoring sessions and assisting with a number of other jobs done by APM and YMF staff.

The Verna Fields Award for Sound Editing in a Student Film is named after the noted film editor whose credits include Jaws, American Graffiti and Paper Moon, and the Ethel Crutcher Scholarship Fund bears the name of the late business manager for the MPSE. It is one of 19 awards presented for career achievement in the field of sound editing.

For more information, visit www.apmmusic.com.

Studer Sells Largest OnAir 5000 System to Swiss Broadcaster
Radio Svizzera Italiana - part of Swiss Public Broadcaster SRG - recently installed one of the largest Studer OnAir 5000 systems to date in its Lugano studios.

The system comprises a master control room with a Studer Route 5000 switcher and five on-air/production studios with OnAir 5000 consoles, as well as a single Studer Vista 7 digital production console for post-production. The broadcaster operates three networks using Studer DigiMedia playout systems, while a remote news studio for parliamentary reports uses a Studer 928 analog console.

According to Andrea Lurati, Radio Svizzera Italiana's engineering and technical support manager, the primary requirement for an on-air mixer and router system was reliability. "This is the highest priority," he says. "No interruptions, no emergencies."

Studer's OnAir 5000 consoles, the largest model in Studer's radio console line, incorporate all of the "typical Studer on-air functions" such as MPX (Studer's unique multiway conferencing system) with the usual monitoring and talkback facilities.

For more information, visit www.studer.ch.

Europe's First ATR/Aria Arrives at Super Audio Mastering
UK-based Super Audio Mastering is the first studio in Europe to take delivery of an ATR analog mastering deck with Aria Reference Series Class-A discrete electronics by David Hill. Equipped for playback in both 1/2-inch and 1/4-inch stereo and full track mono formats, the ATR/Aria machine was custom-modified and remanufactured by Michael Spitz of ATR Services in York, Pa.

Heyworth confesses that he invested in the ATR/Aria deck without ever having heard a live, in-person demonstration of its capabilities. "I knew of Mike Spitz's history with Ampex, and I was familiar with Dave Hill's electronics design," he says. "Also, I had heard the Rolling Stones SACD reissues, which came from Aria transfers, so I expected it would be absolutely spot-on. And I was right."

Super Audio Mastering is housed in a round stone building - originally built as part of a farmhouse complex in the 1860s - located near the village of Chagford in Devon. "The stone walls are two feet thick and mounted on bedrock, so nothing really moves," Heyworth notes, "except the music!"

For more information on Super Audio Mastering, visit www.superaudiomastering.com. Additional information on the ATR can be found at www.atrservice.com.

National Mobile Television, Vonage Offer Long Distance to Remote Trucks
National Mobile Television has announced plans to offer Vonage® broadband telephone service on two of its mobile production trucks. Scheduled to launch in two of NMT's trucks in April 2004, the pilot program will offer NMT clients fixed area codes and phone numbers on a per-truck basis, as well as easy access to phone service.

Vonage service utilizes the company's Media Terminal Adapter, which is plugged into a broadband connection such as a T1 line, cable modem or DSL connection. Beginning in April, the adapters will be installed in two of NMT's trucks, allowing local and long-distance telephone service to be available directly from the truck, provided the venue is equipped with the proper broadband service.

With Vonage, NMT can offer multiple phone lines and permanent dial-in numbers that travel with each truck. Customers can also select their own area codes. NMT is currently considering installing the technology in its entire fleet, pending a successful April launch.

For more information on NMT, visit www.nmtv.com.

ATC's on the Move With Fred Vogler
Whether he is working as a recording, broadcast or live sound engineer, producer, sound designer, post-production editor or musician, Fred Vogler monitors through ATC (Acoustic Transducer Company) reference loudspeakers.

As head of recording and music producer for the Los Angeles Opera, which is based at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Vogler used his ATC SCM50s to capture the opening of the company's 18th season in high-resolution digital audio to accompany a multicamera HDTV video shoot.

The 5.1-channel surround, 24-bit/96kHz mixes of the L.A. Opera's first week performances of "La Damnation de Faust," by Hector Berlioz, and the world premier of Deborah Drattell's "Nicholas and Alexandra," featuring the company's general director, Plácido Domingo, will shortly be underway.

Vogler also used the SCM50 reference monitors when mixing the Walt Disney Concert Hall gala opening program late last year, which was spread over three evenings for live broadcast on national and local public radio from the venue's Recording Room.

At Vogler's own studio, located in the former Helm's Bakery in Culver City, Calif., ATC SCM150As provide the listening environment for various editing and mastering projects, as well as his own Industrial Monk project, a collaboration with musician/producer/engineer Takashi Kawai.

ATC is distributed in the U.S. by the Transamerica Audio Group. Visit www.transaudiogroup.com or www.atc.gb.net.

Grace Design Ships New m904/m904B Monitoring Systems
Grace Design recently began shipping production versions of its new m904 and m904B reference monitoring systems.

Contained in a 2U, 19-inch rackmount enclosure, the m904 incorporates the identical analog and high-resolution digital audio circuitry as its big brother, the m906, but is designed for users who don't require 5.1 multichannel capabilities. Two balanced, one unbalanced and one stereo cue inputs are provided on the analog side. The 24-bit, 192kHz digital inputs include two AES3 stereo pairs, a S/PDIF pair and a switchable Toslink/ADAT pair. Mute, dim and mono functions are provided, as well as the reference headphone amplifier and calibrate and talkback features of the m906. All features of the m904 can be operated directly from the unit's front panel controls.

The m904B is identical in features and performance to the m904 system, but is shipped with a blank front panel. The m904B mainframe is operated via the m904RCU remote-control unit, which allows the user to control all operational aspects of the system from a distance. The m904RCU is also available as an option for m904 customers.

The m904 carries an SRP of $2,995 (USD). The m904B is $2,395, and the m904RCU remote is $1,495.

Please visit www.gracedesign.com for more information.

Steinberg Releases Cubase SE
Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH announces the release of Cubase SE, a new entry-level music production workstation.

Cubase SE includes Steinberg music production technology from its Cubase SX product, yet offers a compact feature set designed for beginners and educational use.

Cubase SE first appeared as part of Steinberg's Studio Case package, and is now offered as a full stand-alone Steinberg product. The workstation offers up to 48 audio and unlimited MIDI tracks, and is fully upgradeable to higher versions of Cubase.

Cubase SE is shipping now for $149.99 U.S. MSRP.

Visit www.steinberg.net for more information.

ASCAP Partners With Nimbit to Launch ASCAP Web Tools
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Nimbit Web Services have completed an agreement to launch and market ASCAP Web Tools. Under the arrangement, ASCAP members and licensees will be offered an exclusive Nimbit Web Tools package of Website management tools and hosting services designed for the entertainment industry. The new service was launched last month at the Performing Right Society's annual membership meeting in Los Angeles, with additional presentations held at the company's New York and Atlanta membership meetings.

The technology was designed to enable professional musicians, entertainers and their organizations to run self-managed Websites. Through a single online application, ASCAP Web Tools enables users to manage all aspects of their Website and e-mail lists. For $11 per month, the Express package offers management tools for easy content updates and e-mail marketing, and for those looking for a hosting service, the Standard Web Tools package is available at $14 per month.

Other ASCAP Web Tools features include dynamic show calendars, auto-e-mail reminders, photo and media galleries, tour journals and message boards.

For more information, visit www.ascap.com.

Musicmatch Tops Retail Charts for Fifth Consecutive Year
Musicmatch Inc. recently reported that its Musicmatch Jukebox is the nation's Number 1 selling music software at retail for the fifth consecutive year.

Through a partnership with Hip Interactive, a distributor in North America, Musicmatch will also distribute Musicmatch Jukebox to retail stores in Canada, including retail partners Office Depot and Staples.

Musicmatch Jukebox, which claims more than 50 million registered software users to date, has more than 400,000 tracks available for download, with reportedly more singles and complete albums from Billboard Top 200 than any other download service.

Musicmatch Jukebox, at retail, includes a blank CD-R, a stereo cord to connect a computer to a home entertainment system and three months of Musicmatch MX Gold, featuring Artist MATCH.

Musicmatch Jukebox is currently available at all Best Buy and CompUSA stores nationwide and wherever software is sold. MSRP: U.S. $29.99.

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

Event Adds to Production Facilities

Event Electronics has secured additional manufacturing space, is opening a new production line and is, consequently, hiring additional personnel.

The line should be fully operational and at maximum output by mid-March. "This is really an exciting time for Event," says Event VP of sales David Hetrick, noting the increased demand for the company's Tuned Reference Monitors and Studio Precision Series. "I feel like we're really hitting our pace. And with the new line adding significantly to our production output, we're going to be able to take advantage of every opportunity."

For more information, visit Event's Website at www.event1.com.


Berklee Gets Hip to Turntablism
Boston-based Berklee College of Music has added a new DJ curriculum to its music program, with Numark tapped as a premier equipment sponsor.

This spring semester, Turntable Technique will teach students the art of playing the turntable. The class will be taught by Professor Stephen Webber, a veteran of classical, jazz and electronic music and the author of an instructional method book to teach the turntable, Turntable Technique: The Art of the DJ (Berklee Press, 2000).

Numark has provided the school with TTX hybrid analog/digital turntables, cartridges, analog and digital DJ mixers, and CD turntables.

For more information on the gear, visit www.numark.com. For more information on the college, visit www.berklee.edu.

HomeTronics Uses Symetrix for Home Theater Installs
Greg Margolis, whose Dallas-based HomeTronics operation has evolved into a successful installer of home theater and media room systems, adopted the SymNet Audio Matrix by Symetrix for recent home theater installs. Margolis outfitted showrooms at his Dallas and Las Vegas locations with SymNet, a modular, networkable, DSP-based audio processing, routing and mixing system that can be configured for an unlimited range of applications.

SymNet utilizes an 8x8 I/O modular architecture that is configured with the SymNet Designer software package. The 40-bit floating-point processing includes crossover, EQ, gates, delays, compressors, AGC levelers and voice processors, with multichannel routing capabilities.

According to Margolis, HomeTronics has seen a steady increase in high-end family room system installs, many featuring 3-chip DLP rear-projection systems and high-end audio systems based on California Audio Technology speakers and ADA (Audio Design Associates) amplification.

Margolis, who has already specified the system into several upcoming high-end home theater venues, installed SymNet on the advice of Johnson Knowles, resident guru at the Russ Berger Design Group acoustical and architectural design and consultation firm, also in Dallas. "It was really a recommendation based on all the work and experience that they've had with all types of DSPs," observes Margolis.

Knowles reports that, in addition to HomeTronics and Creative Home Theater, California Audio Technologies is also using SymNet in many of its installed systems at his recommendation. "It's being used for loudspeaker processing: crossover, equalization and timing delays," he explains.

His reason for recommending SymNet is "mostly the sonics. It's sonically cleaner than some of the alternatives out there that are more commonly found in commercial use, where the ultimate clarity is not really necessary." SymNet stands out, says Knowles, thanks to its lineage: "The same folks that developed the Lucid mastering electronics were in on it, so it has that pedigree."

For more information on professional audio signal processors from Symetrix and Lucid, please refer to the Websites, www.symetrixaudio.com and www.lucidaudio.com, respectively. Visit their booth at the NSCA tradeshow: #1424.

Digidesignm Announces New Product, Factory Exchanges
Digidesign announced the new Pro Tools® LE Factory and BLUE Factory bundles and factory hardware exchanges. The LE Factory bundles include an Mbox, a Digi 002 Rack or a Digi 002 with up to more than $2,000 worth of Bomb Factory plug-ins - additional to those that already ship with all regular Pro Tools systems. Owners of current LE systems also have the option of saving by exchanging their current system for a Factory system.

The newest members of the Pro Tools LE family, the LE Factory bundles offer a complete set of professional plug-ins right out of the box. The bundles' Bomb Factory components make up an impressive selection of professional plug-in options. Combined with the Bomb Factory, Digidesign and Music Production Enhancement Suite plug-ins and software tools that all Pro Tools systems include, each LE Factory bundle comprises a self-contained, full-featured studio.

Mbox Factory systems include an Mbox system (hardware and software), pre-authorized iLok Key, moogerfooger Analog Delay by Bomb Factory, Joe Meek SC2 Compressor by Bomb Factory, Joe Meek VC5 Meequalizer by Bomb Factory, Cosmonaut Voice by Bomb Factory and Maxim by Digidesign.

Digi 002 Rack Factory and Digi 002 Factory systems include Digi 002 Rack or Digi 002 system (hardware and software), pre-authorized iLok Key, Bomb Factory BF-3A, moogerfooger Ring Modulator by Bomb Factory, moogerfooger Analog Delay by Bomb Factory, SansAmp PSA-1 by Bomb Factory, Cosmonaut Voice by Bomb Factory, Joe Meek SC2 Compressor by Bomb Factory, Joe Meek VC5 Meequalizer by Bomb Factory, Tel-Ray Variable Delay by Bomb Factory, Voce® Spin by Bomb Factory and Voce Chorus/Vibrato by Bomb Factory.

For users who already own a Pro Tools LE system but wish to purchase the Factory bundle plug-ins, Digidesign offers an LE Factory plug-in-only bundle to all existing registered Pro Tools LE owners through June 15, 2004. Those plug-in bundles can be purchased through a dealer or Digidesign's online DigiStore. (A valid system serial number will be required if purchased through the DigiStore.)

For a limited time, those who would like to take advantage of a pro microphone solution for their personal studio can purchase a Pro Tools LE BLUE Factory bundle from April 1, 2004, through June 30, 2004. Total savings add up to nearly $1,500 with the Mbox BLUE Factory bundle, and more than $1,900 with the Digi 002 Rack or Digi 002 BLUE Factory bundles.

The Digi 002/Digi 002 Rack Hardware Exchange program provides the opportunity for registered owners of Digi 001, Mbox or Digi ToolBox/Audiomedia III to exchange up to a 96 kHz-capable, FireWire-based 002 Factory system. Visit www.digidesign.com/exchange for details on these various offers.

Boomkat in the Studio
Actress/musician Taryn Manning (8 Mile, Cold Mountain, Crossroads, pictured left) and brother Kellin - the members of the well-received trip-hop/rock group Boomkat - were in Mike Lattanzi's (pictured, background) private Hollywood Hills studio, recording vocals for her forthcoming effort. All tracks were cut on Lattanzi's vintage 76-input API console modified by Steve Firlotte of Inward Connections.

New Salzbrenner Stagetec Office in Kuala Lumpur
At the beginning of 2004, Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup incorporated a new subsidiary, giving the company a base in the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. The new office will be in charge of supporting the Southeast Asian and Pacific regions. General office manager Philip Gan (pictured left with project manager Hermann Quetting) has been a project manager and planning engineer for more than 10 years. His expertise ranges from digital audio for radio and TV broadcasting to sound reinforcement and P.A. systems. Malaysia, Australia, China and Japan are primary target markets for the comany, and markets such as Thailand, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia and Taiwan are now being developed from the Kuala Lumpur base.

Currently supported by a four-engineer team, Gan will intensify sales efforts in the Southeast Asian and Pacific regions to enlarge the distribution network. Planning, installation, deployment and service are now managed directly from Kuala Lumpur. The team has already found success: Three AURUS consoles for Asia were just ordered.

Asian radio, TV studios and theaters are currently undergoing the change from analog to digital technology. Gan has a positive view of the opportunities this offers. "Be it NEXUS-based digital audio routing systems, the C.A.S. Range of intercom and alert systems, the DELEC intercom systems or the AURUS digital console: Products developed and manufactured by the Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup are right on the mark for the requirements of the Asian market."

For more information, go to Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup's Website at www.stagetec.com.






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