Mix News for March 2004

Apr 5, 2004 12:00 PM


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News March 16 - 31 (see news March 1 - 15)

Announcing Digidesign's Free Bomb Factory Downloads
Digidesign announced that free Bomb Factory plug-in downloads are now available at www.digidesign.com/news. Seven full-featured Bomb Factory plug-ins—Bomb Factory BF76 (formerly Bomb Factory 1176), Bomb Factory BF Essentials (five plug-ins) and Funk Logic Masterizer—are now available to download for Pro Tools TDM and LE systems running on Windows XP or Mac OS X.

The Bomb Factory BF76 plug-in (formerly Bomb Factory 1176) is a digital emulation of the vintage 1176 Peak Limiter, and was previously part of the Bomb Factory Classic Compressors bundle. Now, all Pro Tools users can benefit from this true-to-form emulation of the 1176 vintage compressor/limiter for free.

The BF Essentials plug-in suite comprises a set of mixing studio utilities for Pro Tools environments. Each employs an intuitive interface. The suite includes a Bomb Factory Clip Remover, Bomb Factory Correlation Meter, Bomb Factory Meter Bridge, Bomb Factory Noise Meter and Bomb Factory Tuner.

These free Bomb Factory plug-ins are compatible with all Pro Tools TDM systems supported by Pro Tools 6.x software and current Pro Tools LE systems. Sample rates up to 192 kHz are supported with Pro Tools|HD and HD Accel systems; sample rates up to 96 kHz are supported with Digi 002 and 002 Rack systems.

Along with the free Bomb Factory plug-ins, a comprehensive array of professional software options is also included with every new Pro Tools system, including DigiRack Plug-In Suite, Music Production Enhancement Suite and HDpack (TDM, HD only).

Gibson Tobias Bass Now Produced in Arkansas
The production of Gibson's Tobias bass is being brought home to America. The new line of instruments will be handcrafted in Conway, Ark., and will feature exotic wood combinations, custom Bartolini electronics, neck-through-body construction and other unique design elements.

"Tobias set a standard for professional-quality instruments that is still unmatched in the bass industry," said Henry Juszkiewicz, chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar Corp., Tobias' parent company. "The return of Tobias to the U.S. means that bass players can be assured of the highest level of quality control, and, more important, they can look forward to a new era of innovation and refinement of bass designs from Tobias."

Tobias basses offer a wide range of tone qualities and voicings from different tone woods. By combining different soft and hard woods, the sound is tailored to the needs of the player, making for an extremely versatile instrument. Tobias basses are fitted with highly respected Bartolini electronics; Bill Bartolini is working with Tobias to design new pickups for the U.S. models.

The new USA Tobias basses will be made in a facility previously used for Baldwin grand piano production; Baldwin was acquired by Gibson in 2001.

The Toby line will continue to be offered through Gibson's Internet-based direct sales division, www.Musicyo.com.

Sennheiser Launches Redesigned Website
A whole new online experience now greets the 100,000-plus visitors who log on to the Sennheiser Electronic Corporation Website each month, including enhanced functionality, improved navigation and a colorful, eye-catching design.

The newly updated site (www.sennheiserusa.com) incorporates the latest Web design and e-commerce technology, offering visitors first-class navigation, essential features to quickly gather information on the entire array of Sennheiser products and one-click access to Sennheiser-distributed brands. New features include Zoom functions, information downloads, an online store and a more robust search-engine technology. Key new functions include application-orientated navigation that allows visitors to gather key information based on their unique audio application needs; "Power Search" capability that enables site searches by partial words, product models, press releases, PDFs and even hi-res images; an Instant Zoom function that provides a pre-loaded, two-level, close-up view of many parts and products; improved media collection that addresses the increased need for product media and documents; a new database-driven information structure that provides quicker product access and modifications and advanced applications such as product comparison and customization; and a new corporate look and feel.

"The SEC Website has long been one of the audio industry's most popular online destinations," said Stefanie Reichert, VP of marketing at Sennheiser Electronic Corporation, "so we're pleased to unveil an even more robust user experience with our new redesign. During out 2003 Website survey, we asked users to tell us what would make the site more user-friendly. Incorporating this information, visitors now can find Sennheiser products, brands, applications or information they need faster and easier than ever. Plus, the inviting new look of the site makes it great for browsing, whether you're an audio professional cross-checking product specs or a music lover simply looking for a new set of headphones."

The new Website is the brainchild of Matthias Ajple, manager of e-commerce and Web development at SEC.

Hi-Tech High School Now in Session
It looks like a traditional school both inside and out, but at Christian Brothers College High School (Town and Country, Mo.), every one of the school's nearly 1,000 students has his or her own laptop, from which they can log onto the local network via wireless Internet. Their homework assignments are online; there's not a black board or a stick of chalk on the whole campus.

The new facilities total 245,000 gross square feet on nearly 25 acres. This includes 52 classrooms, 11 specialty classrooms (art room, fine arts room, biology labs and computer instruction areas), a 3,000-seat stadium, a 380-seat performing arts center, a 300-seat chapel, a 500-seat dining area and a 1,800-seat gymnasium.

The phone system is a Vo/IP (voice-over/IP) system from Cisco via the wireless network. Symetrix (www.symetrix.com) SymNet Audio Matrix system mixes, routes and provides digital processing for audio from multiple sources, and allows for remote control of everything. The SymNet system incorporates CobraNet technology (from Peak Audio) for transporting multichannel audio and control data over the network to the TV studio for recording and broadcast.

Audio is delivered to loudspeaker systems from Tannoy (www.tannoy.com) in 70 classrooms (a package of one powered ceiling subwoofer and four high-quality ceiling monitors) and to six other special venues or areas on campus. Ashley amps drive five of six sub-systems, with Crown amps driving the stadium system, and the SymNet system (with CobraNet interface) provides automated control of both mic inputs and audio out.

Voice intelligibility is the critical reason for high-quality audio. Language classes at CBC HS, for example, are built around accessing the Internet and DVD/CD materials. Other classes draw upon these resources.

Tannoy PowerLinx systems in the classrooms are self-contained. Ashley amps drive five of the six audio sub-systems, while Crown CT Series amps drive the stadium and paging system Tannoys. SymNet systems (network-linkable audio matrix DSPs from Symetrix) with a CobraNet (from Peak Audio) interface provide local control of the seven non-classroom audio systems.

The 358-seat, steeply raked theater has some 68 inputs in various locations, all "live" on the SymNet matrix. Operators can select different settings: business meeting, a rental situation or a full production. All are auto-mixed with some inputs routed through a Mackie console and back through the loudspeaker system.

The stadium system comprises three Tannoy iQ1015 cabinets. As in the theater, audio for the stadium is controlled through the SymNet matrix. Operators can select a system setting for either a large or a small crowd for adjustment of overall gain. Beyond that, operators have three "knobs": one for program audio, one for press booth inputs and one for field mics. All are auto-mixed with limiters and an auto-ducking feature for when the announcer speaks. When the band comes on the field, the bandleader simply plugs in. The mics are live, and the audio operator can't overdrive the system.

Future plans at the school include building a TV production studio this summer. The facility will be available for students in the fall of 2004.

United Airlines Spot Makes Oscar Debut
Rave reviews are pouring in for the new animated commercial for United Airlines, which debuted during this year's Oscar broadcast. The spot, entitled Interview, is a 60-second animated film directed by Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis for Fallon Advertising (Minneapolis). The arrangement of George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" was composed and produced by husband and wife team, John Trivers and Liz Myers, of Trivers/Myers Music Inc.

Trivers and Myers are no strangers to outstanding work. Their 20-year collaboration as composers has resulted in numerous Clio and Gold Lion (Cannes) Awards for their work in the world of music for advertising. They are also the co-composers of the theme for the CBS Evening News, which broadcasts daily around the world and shown onboard United Airlines.

The music was recorded at Capitol Records in Hollywood with 40 members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The distinctive piano cadenzas were performed by Julliard-trained concert pianist Daniel Lessner, and the music was recorded by Paul Rudolph and Gabriel Moffat, who also mixed the music for broadcast.

Molex Inc. Acquires Strategis' Protocol Conversion Business
Molex Incorporated announced that it has acquired Strategis Technologies' firmware-based protocol conversion business. The transaction includes assets, products, technology and intellectual technology property of Strategis, which is currently located in McHenry, Ill.

As part of the agreement, the design and marketing group of Strategis will join Molex. The business will become a part of Molex's integrated products division and operate out of Molex's headquarters. The transaction does not include the navigation and routing business of Strategis. Terms of the acquisition were not provided.

Molex and Strategis have been working together developing advanced protocol conversion products during the past 18 months as part of a joint development agreement between the two companies. The transaction formalizes Molex's commitment to the development of intelligent interconnect products and systems as an extension of its integrated products division. Customers will benefit from the enhanced development and manufacturing capabilities of a single supplier developing and producing these products.

For more information, visit the Molex Website at www.molex.com.

Russ Berger Lectures on Surround Challenges
Russ Berger, owner of the acoustical and architectural design firm Russ Berger Design Group (RBDG), recently paid a visit to the Atlanta chapter of the AES to deliver a lecture on a key issue for studio owners. Forty-two audio professionals packed into Studio 9000 at PatchWerk Recordings, an RBDG-designed facility in Atlanta, to hear Berger address the topic "Surround Challenges in Acoustically Small Spaces, Or (Fortunately) No One Ever Dies From Bad Sound."

"With the proliferation of very advanced, powerful and extremely cost-effective computer-based editing and recording systems, many studios are thriving in smaller spaces," says Berger. "The world of SACD, DVD-Audio and -Video is demanding surround sound mixing, and we need to address this real-world industry trend to help solve the small studio's acoustic challenges when implementing surround monitoring systems."

In his lecture, Berger covered design philosophy points that connect the room, monitors and listener as an inseparable system. Berger says, "The room is the interconnect between the equipment and the listener. Room acoustics are the last link in the audio chain and must be addressed correctly, as there is no substitute or work-around for acoustics."

"Extreme Makeover" Gets Musical
Yamaha Corporation of America recently helped make dreams come true for an unsuspecting family by donating a selection of musical instruments, recording equipment and accessories as part of ABC's Extreme Makeover/Home Edition, which aired Sunday, February 22.

Each week, the prime-time show gives one deserving family with a compelling story a complete home renovation in a one-week time period. The segment, "Garage Band/Recording Studio," focused on a family with musical talents.

As the family plays in a band, the renovation team turned the garage into a performance/recording studio area—something that they had always wanted but were unable to afford.

Yamaha supplied an 02R96 digital mixer and AW16G digital workstation, MSP10 Studio monitor speakers, several acoustic and electric guitars (CPX5S, AES620 and SLG100N), an acoustic and electronic drum kit (Stage Custom and DTXPRESSII), a small P.A. system, a P90 digital piano and a complete selection of accessories. Custom studio furniture was supplied by Sound Construction & Supply Inc. of Nashville, and all microphones were supplied by Shure.

"Prime-time network television exposes music industry products to potential customers who may not normally walk into a music store," states Tom Sumner, general manager of Yamaha Professional Audio and Combo division. "This type of exposure is part of Yamaha's market-expansion strategy to drive customers into its dealers. These consumers are amazed at the quality and value in Yamaha products when they get the opportunity to experience them."

For more information, visit www.yamaha.com/proaudio.

Crack the Code! Music Features New Training Courses
Crack the Code! Music introduces two new training courses ($695 each) for aspiring film, television and commercial music composers, including classes entitled "Writing Music for Film," "Television and Video" and "Writing Music for Commercials and Promos."

Each course focuses on three essential areas—business, creative and marketing—that are essential for media composers to learn for success in the music business. This mentorship-based program provides students with the benefits of a real-world learning environment and one-on-one instruction with an assigned professional working composer. Students gain invaluable experience during the course of 10 writing assignments (most to picture) and receive a detailed critique of each lesson.

Each course includes more than 400 pages of instructional materials, with in-depth discussions on the business of music production, setting up a studio, negotiating, contracts, the PROs, royalties, job pay rates, unions and residuals, licensing, marketing, demo CDs, composer interviews, the who's and how's of contacting production companies, ad agencies, producers and directors, and much more. Also included are both VHS and Quicktime/AVI versions of actual film/TV/commercial/promo clips (with SMPTE timecode) to work with and a CD-ROM of forms and documents.

For more information, call Crack the Code! Music toll-free at 866/675-3800 or visit www.crackthecodemusic.com.

Blind Banana Productions Hits Its Stride
Jeffrey Pierce owns and operates Fredericksburg, Va.-based Blind Banana Productions (www.blind-banana.com), a full-service recording studio and live sound business with a full roster of corporate clients and bands seeking an alternative to the pace (and prices) of nearby Washington, D.C.

During the past year, Blind Banana has completed work for The Kennedy Center, HBO, Georgetown University, The National Zoo and The White House Commission, and has also worked with Spike Lee, Goldie Hawn, James Brown and Jerry Lewis. Pierce and veteran recording engineer Shannon Walton are joined by current interns Jerimie Thomas, Carlos Diaz and Zak Obenchain.

When the studio upgraded to include digital recording technology, Pierce purchased a Yamaha 02R96 and had the distinction of receiving the first production model sold in the U.S.

"I was not a previous 02R user," he explains. "What convinced me was the combination of price, features, value and wanting to 'step it up a notch.' Some people advised against getting a new product right out of the gate, but in retrospect, it was the smartest decision we ever made. I did have some help learning to use it—the people at Sweetwater Sound and Yamaha Tech Support were extremely helpful—but overall, the 02R96 was one of the most intuitive pieces of gear I've ever worked on."

Starting off with a Tascam1/2-inch reel-to-reel setup, Pierce recorded demos for artists including blues singer Bobby Parker, Les Loki and the band Firefall before landing a gig as technical director for the French Embassy in Washington. "I was responsible for the on-site cultural center, which hosted meetings, visiting presidents and musicians—everything from jazzers to French pop stars," he explains. "We recorded a 17-show jazz series for WDUQ Radio [Pittsburgh, Pa.] from there, which was then picked up by National Public Radio. Those visiting artists were very, very particular. It was a real challenge, but a great learning experience. It took my skill level to a new level, and put it on par with national engineers."

Pierce returned to full-time studio work three years later and continued to build a steady client base. "Someone told me that it was the studio's vibe that helped us attract all this talent," he says. "Since the studio is in my house, we can provide an environment where people can really relax. When people come here, they have the run of the bottom floor of the house, the garden and a room with pinball machines. Everyone can just hang out."

The decision to upgrade Blind Banana's current location in 2002 was a move to stay competitive. "As the technology changed, we weren't really keeping up and clients were jumping," Pierce notes. "I had met engineer Dave Ruffo on the jazz series when I was at the Embassy and we hit it off immediately; plus, he gave me some great microphone tips. Dave was at Birdland [Jazz Club] in New York City, and was also making the jump from analog to digital, so I gave him a call. He was a big fan of the original 02R. Another recommendation on the [02R]96 came from engineer Donnie Thompson, who had been using the 'classic' 02R for years."

Additional gear includes an Alesis 24XR and Pro Tools hard disk recording system. "Being able to run Pro Tools from the surface of the 02R96 really helped our business," says Pierce. "It got the MIDI people and computer people onboard. We're using Wavelab to master, Vegas 4.0 for video and have a Digidesign 002 rack. We kept a Lexicon MPX1000 and a Yamaha SPX-1000, and everything runs through the Apache Frontier. Originally, we started with one of the Mackie HD systems and then went to the Alesis 96 for the clock. We also have Bellari preamps for bass input, two RP583 and two RP520s."

Although the studio continues to attract corporate accounts, Pierce and company are getting back to their roots by recording an increasing number of demos for bands, and are currently working on releases for Enough Said, 7th Wish, The Shooters, Kyle Pierce, De Realiz and rappers Blade and Sheem. "Bands are a lot of fun," he says. "Like our Website says: 'It's not enough to know your gear inside and out. Music is a passion, you either feel it or you do not.' We feel it!"

For more information, visit www.yamaha.com/proaudio.

NSCA: Aviom Announces Yamaha Console Support
At this week's NSCA show in Las Vegas, Aviom (www.aviom.com) will announce a custom output card for Yamaha digital mixers, allowing audio in the form of the proprietary Aviom A-Net!" protocol to be distributed via Cat-5 cable directly from the console to Aviom A-16II Personal Mixers. No other input device is required.

"This is a major technological breakthrough for users of the Yamaha digital consoles, as well as for Aviom users," says Aviom president/CEO Carl Bader. "The simplified direct connectivity makes this a compelling package for both live and studio use."

The Aviom 16/o-Y1 output card is a mini-YGDAI format card that fits into an expansion slot in the rear of Yamaha's digital consoles, including the 01V96, DM1000, 02R96, DM2000 and PM1D. It lets studio or front-of-house engineers assign and send 16 mono channels or up to eight stereo channels of audio in the digital domain to each performer— directly from the Yamaha console's control surface. The 16/o-Y1 output card is compatible with Aviom's new A-16II Personal Mixers and the company's A-16D and A-16D Pro A-Net distribution products.

"The ability for a musician to control his own monitors by the Aviom card housed in the mixing console environment is a major step forward in digital" states Larry Italia, general manager of Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems division. "The Aviom 16/o-Y1 output card will reach a much broader user base for both companies as we continue to provide breakthrough products and services."

DPA Microphones Capture Rocket Launch
Florida-based audio engineer Gary Faller had a unique project: rig a pair of large-diaphragm DPA 4041 stereo mics on the roof of the U.S. Air Force Hangar AE at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., to capture the sound of a Delta Rocket as it streaks into space to launch a Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite.

The launch of GPS II-R was broadcast from a TV truck where Faller had to integrate a mix of network feeds, weather balloon reports, launch team dialog and the sounds from the rocket.

To accurately mike the sounds of the rocket from launch pad to the overhead track until it was out of listening distance, Faller depended on the DPA 4041S stereo pair into the HMA4000 130-volt power supply/preamp. The signal was then fed into a CD burner, which was then fed to a Mackie Console to cross-fade between the launch pad mic and the DPA mics—after the first mic had been destroyed by the blast impact.

To get this done with the highest audio quality under the circumstances, Faller used the DPA 3532S Mic Kit with A-B bar, windscreens and all of the accessories required for EFP applications. Describing the kit as "the ultimate way to go," Faller added, "DPA basically gives you everything you need, and the mics had more than enough headroom to let me capture the sound accurately with the right balance and impact."

For further information, refer to DPA's Website at www.dpamicrophones.com.

Composer Horowitz Scores for Sundance Film
Composer Steve Horowitz created the original music score for the Sundance hit, Super Size Me—capping off a productive four-year relationship with director Morgan Spurlock that began with the popular MTV reality show, I Bet You Will.

The film, which has been picked up by Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn and will be released in theaters across the U.S. this spring, follows Spurlock for 30 days as he drives himself to near physical ruin by eating only McDonald's fast food. "It was decided right from the start, because Super Size Me was made for the big screen, we'd have to raise the bar on the music from the TV show I Bet You Will, regardless of the film's small budget," says Horowitz. This posed a significant challenge for the composer because he had to score the movie almost entirely on his home studio desktop, without the luxury of replacing desktop sketches with hundreds of live cues, as he did with I Bet You Will. To compensate and maintain the authentic edge needed to support Spurlock's grass-roots documentary, he drew from his experience as a Grammy Award-winning engineer.

"When I go to score a film like Morgan's, I want to have a palette that no one else can touch, something beyond switches and knobs." For the voice-over informational sections of the film, examining the mentality of fast food culture, Horowitz says, "We tried a lot of different music, but what seemed to work best was a folksy down-home sound." The meat-and-potatoes of these "folksy" tracks are live drum parts, pulled from his vast custom library, compiled from nearly 20 years of recording music. "I don't use two-bar loops. I try and take as big a chunk as possible so it sounds more natural," says the composer. With the addition of a sampled Horowitz on bass and a live guitar track, provided by Andy Barbera, the "down-home tracks" were complete.

For the "happy" eating theme that juxtaposes the increasing seriousness of Spurlock's dilemma, Horowitz put together a virtual re-creation of his own band, the Code International, by digitally speeding up and slowly down samples to create a new composition. These techniques were instrumental in giving the film "a live feel." Horowitz states: "The challenge for the new generation of composer, increasingly faced with projects where they're called upon to engineer as well as compose, is to harness the power of today's desktop in support of their unique voice and keep it from getting lost in a sea of presets and factory samples."

Director Spurlock comments, "The beauty and miracle of independent film-making is the resourcefulness of the personalities of the people involved, like Steve, who have the guts, determination and skill to pull it off, regardless of the obstacles they face in the process. Steve's music is what the picture needed."

Horowitz has also written original songs for "Joe" (from the hit children's TV series Blues Clues) and Dora the Explorer (another children's TV classic). He won his Grammy Award for production work on the CD True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe, winner of Best Bluegrass Album in 1996, and a Webby in 2003 for music and sound design with Nickelodeon Online. Horowitz's Website is www.thecodeinternational.com.

Ilio Completes Facility Expansion
Ilio Entertainments recently unveiled sweeping changes to the company's office facilities at Westlake Village, Calif. Fueled by the growing popularity of the sample libraries and virtual instrument products that Ilio distributes and supports, the expansion has nearly tripled the building's size from 2,400 to 7,000 square feet to accommodate Ilio's growing sales and support staff. The expansion also adds a state-of-the-art demonstration room and an additional 2,700 square feet of warehouse space.

"We're extremely happy to unveil this new and improved facility," says Mark Hiskey, principal of Ilio. "Over the past few years, we've enjoyed great success with many of the product lines we distribute, including Spectrasonics Virtual Instruments, the Vienna Symphonic Library, Ultimate Sound Bank and Soundscan, and we anticipate similar results for new product lines from Applied Acoustics Systems and Synthogy. This expansion underscores our continuing commitment to providing Ilio's customers, sales force and internal office staff with not only the best products to represent, but with exceptional resources, training and support."

The highlight of the expansion is Ilio's brand-new, 580-square-foot demonstration room. The room is equipped with a state-of-the-art video projection and audio system featuring Genelec 1037b monitors. It will serve as the focal point of Ilio's new initiative to provide better training to dealer sales personnel and to perform customer clinics in an ideal acoustical environment.

These additions augment Ilio's existing space, which includes an audio control room, a live room and a mixing/mastering room. The expansion broke ground in October of 2003, and was officially opened for use on January 5, 2004.

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

Soundcraft Upgrades LX7ii for NSCA Release
Soundcraft announced the NSCA Expo launch of its LX7ii live mixing console, an upgrade to its LX7 desk featuring recent enhancements in sonic performance and appearance. Soundcraft is located at NSCA booth #1915.

The LX7ii gains improved mic preamp and EQ sections, both designed by Soundcraft founder and electronics guru Graham Blyth. Designated the GB30 Series, these new designs coincide with Soundcraft's 30th anniversary.

"The GB30 mic pre on the LX7ii brings together some of the quality and precision of the mic pre's we use on our biggest touring desks while retaining the cost-sensitivity demanded at this point in the market," says Blyth. "We're conscious that we must provide the finest possible audio quality at the best price for the customer—we do not allow compromise—and it starts at the mic preamp."

The LX7ii's 4-band EQ with sweepable mid sections is based on the highly acclaimed circuitry of the MH3 and MH4 touring consoles. Blyth adds, "The GB30 EQ, owing its heritage to the work we did on the new MH range, gives a steeper-than-usual slope on the fixed LF and HF sections, removing unwanted mid-frequency 'mush' and delivering a clearer sound. We've essentially created a unique, cost-effective design that brings high-end EQ into an affordable mixing console for the first time."

Other standard features of the new model include frame sizes of up to 32 mono inputs and four stereo inputs/returns with four groups, main stereo output and a dedicated mono output for center clusters. There are direct outputs on the first 16 inputs suitable for multitrack recording and six auxes for flexibility for effects and foldback. The LX7ii mixes to seven outputs: four subgroups, plus the main left, right and center (mono) mix outputs.

The LX7ii continues in the tradition of the LX7 by being extremely well-suited for touring and installed systems for churches, theaters, nightclubs and other venues where a compact-sized console needs to provide a large number of inputs and maximum output capability. Studio recording applications are also easily satisfied by the LX7ii.

The 16-channel version (MSRP: $1,899.99) will be available in late April); 24-channel ($2,349.99) will be available in late March; and the 32-channel ($2,799.99) will be available in late April.

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

Talk Box CD-ROM Now Available
Sonic Network, maker of Sonic Implants sample libraries and instrument sounds for film and TV composers, has released a new guitar library, I'd Like to Buy a Vowel: Adventures in Talk Box Guitar. "It's a unique concept, to be sure," says Sonic Implants founder and president Jennifer Hruska. "We thought it would be fun to give our users something off the beaten path."

Those unfamiliar with this curious device by name will almost certainly be familiar with the distinctive sounds it can produce, as popular artists as diverse as Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton and Bon Jovi have used the Talk Box to startling effect during the course of the past 30 years of popular music. The Talk Box allows guitarists to effectively "talk" guitar notes by routing the guitar's amplified sound through a piece of tubing that the player holds in his/her mouth. Fluctuations in mouth position relative to the tubing enable the player to evince all manner of artificial "speech" using the guitar as the players "voice."

Layout of the Talk Box CD-ROM includes a generous selection of multisamples carefully selected to evoke the traditional characteristics of the instrument. Sonic Implants engineer Peter Drawbridge explains: "Picking the right articulations was important because we wanted users to get an accurate overall feel for the instrument. This is why we made sure to mix in some of the more 'static' tube sounds with the actual 'talking' syllables, since what makes the Talk Box so distinctive, apart from the actual 'speaking' part, is the elastic 'growl' the box imparts to the guitar itself. It's a very unique timbre that you really can't duplicate with an overdrive or distortion pedal."

An entirely separate portion of the disc is devoted to sampled phrases that were programmed in four musical keys at three different tempos apiece, affording users the opportunity to combine sampled licks, trills and bends with the aforementioned multisamples to create realistic sequences.

The CD-ROM, comprising multisampled tones and chords in addition to the sampled phrases, is available in GigaSampler and Soundfont formats at Sonic Implants' Website, www.sonicimplants.com, where those interested can also find MP3 demos of the Talk Box in action. Downloadable files of the Talk Box multisamples are also available in the previously mentioned formats.

Copyright Office Announces Amendments, Regulations for Digital Delivery
The Copyright Office is announcing interim regulations specifying notice and record keeping requirements for use of sound recordings under Section 114 and Section 112 of the Copyright Act. These interim regulations set forth the requirements for an eligible digital audio service to file notification that it is using one or both of the statutory licenses and the types and details of information that the service must maintain in creating a record of use for the performances of copyrighted sound recording it provides to its listeners. The regulations take effect beginning April 12, 2004, and apply only to the use of sound recordings from that date prospectively. For further information, go to the Copyright Office Website at www.copyright.gov/fedreg/2004/69fr11515.html.

The Copyright Office is also proposing to amend its regulations governing service of notice to use the section 115 license and filing of such notice with Copyright Office. The notice is served or filed by a person who intends to use a musical work to make and distribute phonorecords, including by means of digital phonorecord deliveries, under a compulsory license. Comments should be received no later that April 12.

Cakewalk Releases Sonar 3.1 White Paper
Cakewalk recently released The Multiprocessing in SONAR 3.1 white paper authored by Cakewalk's VP of engineering, Ron Kuper. The white paper covers Cakewalk's legacy of multithreaded applications; SONAR 3.1's redesign to maximize multithreaded benefits; and Intel® Hyper-Threading technology moving into the mainstream.

The white paper can be viewed at www.cakewalk.com/DevXchange/default.asp and downloaded for free in Adobe Acrobat format.

Gibson Guitar Wins Paul Reed Smith Trademark Case
Gibson Guitar Corp. won a landmark trademark-infringement case against manufacturer Paul Reed Smith. The claim involved Gibson's Les Paul single cut-away guitar with a body design that Smith used without permission or compensation to Gibson. This case declared that Smith infringed Gibson's valid trademark.

Included in the claim is the fact that the Paul Reed Smith model unjustly used the Les Paul design and would cause confusion in the marketplace and damages to Gibson Guitar, the amount of which now will be determined in the next phase of the proceedings.

Gibson claimed that Paul Reed Smith began production of its "single cut-away" guitar called the PRS "Single-Cut" in January 2000 to market a guitar that looked just like the Gibson Les Paul.

Paul Reed Smith advanced multiple arguments as to why its guitar design did not violate Gibson's registered trademark shape. However, in a 57-page decision, Judge William J. Haynes ruled "that PRS [Paul Reed Smith] was imitating the Les Paul" and gave the parties 90 days "to complete any discovery on damages or disgorgement of PRS' profits on the sales of its offending single-cut guitar."

For more information on the Gibson Les Paul, visit www.gibson.com.

Studio Network Solutions A/V SAN PRO Arrives to Angel Mountain
Angel Mountain Production & Sound (Bethlehem, Penn.) recently installed Studio Network Solutions' A/V SAN PRO in its new facility.

The A/V SAN PRO is designed to link multiple production workstations and provide concurrent, real-time access to a centralized storage system by all users. Integrated with the A/V SAN PRO system is SNS' SANmp management software, which works in parallel with the SAN to enable simultaneous, dynamic access to shared storage in multiplatform environments.

Recent projects completed at Angel Mountain using the A/V SAN include 5.1 remixes of Marvin Gaye's Let’ 's Get It On, Ludacris' Chicken-N-Beer, and the Allman Brothers' Eat a Peach and Live at the Fillmore East. Next up is Bob Marley's Burnin'.

"Being a multiroom facility, the reason the A/V SAN PRO makes so much sense for us is that we can effortlessly cut a really large project over a number of rooms," says Angel Mountain's director of engineering Carl Cadden-James. "We can have the same project migrating throughout our different rooms with none of the asset management headaches normally associated with a large project."

For more information on A/V SAN PRO, please visit www.studionetworksolutions.com. To find out more about Angel Mountain, visit www.angelmtn.com.

Avi Geller Chooses ATC for New Manhattan Studio
Vibetribe Productions' Avi Geller is moving his operation to central Manhattan, opening a studio that will serve as his main mix environment.

Geller's facility currently features Pro Tools|HD3, which runs on a Macintosh twin 1.25GHz G4; he anticipates an upgrade to a G5. The facility also includes a Mackie dXb console, upgraded from his previous Mackie Digital 8-bus, as well as GML preamps and EQs. Monitoring includes a pair of ATC 150As that Geller shipped from his London studio.

Despite the new home base, Geller continues to work remotely. "We recently recorded a symphony orchestra in London using Cubase SX running on a laptop," says the songwriter/producer/mixer. The string session was recorded for the UNICEF World Cup campaign theme, reportedly heard by an estimated audience of 500 million worldwide. "I love mobility; it lets me record a great vocal at the most in opportune time. In a hotel room, put a towel over the door and set up the mic, and you have a great vocal booth."

As a writer and producer, Geller has worked with artists such as Wyclef Jean, Kele Le Roc, Das EFX and classical ensemble The Opera Babes.

For more information on Geller's preferred monitors, ATC, visit www.transaudiogroup.com.

Middle Atlantic Products Issues '04 Catalog
Middle Atlantic Products is now distributing its new 2004 master catalog. With the addition of more than 200 new SKUs, the 2004 catalog provides a thorough overview of Middle Atlantic Products' complete line of racks, enclosures, consoles, power products, technical and studio furniture and accessories.

Through the catalog, commercial audio-visual contractors can learn about significant enhancements and additions to the company's lines of enclosure systems, including its redesigned DWR Series sectional wall rack and new space-saving WR Series Roll-Out Rotating rack system.

The Middle Atlantic Products 2004 master catalog also includes a comprehensive guide to thermal and cable-management solutions, and an overview of new product highlights for 2004. New products are listed by category, and an alphanumeric index allows location of specific products by model number. To request a copy of the catalog, available in print or on CD-ROM, visit www.middleatlantic.com.

SugarHill's Workman Launches Production Company
Dan Workman, co-owner and president of Houston, Texas-based SugarHill Studios, has launched Dan Workman Music, a full-service independent production company. Nashville transplant Logan Bosemer will serve as production assistant.

Workman, whose engineering credits include Destiny's Child, ZZ Top, Beyonce, Smashmouth, Lyle Lovett and Enrique Iglesias, feels the new venture was a natural progression in his career. "There came a time when my instincts about the music I was engineering had become mature," he says. "I found that I was able to sense what a song needed, and that I had the communication and diplomacy skills to share that vision."

Current projects in the works include recordings for R&B singer Solange Knowles, southern jam-band Moses Guest, rock group PALE and singer/songwriter Sarah Sharp.

For more information, visit www.danworkman.com or www.sugarhillstudios.com.

Clavia Announces Nord Modular G2, Voice Expansion Board
Clavia has introduced the Nord Modular G2 OS Version 1.10, a modular synthesizer platform with a focus on live performance features. The G2 platform comes in two "parts": the hardware synthesizer and the graphical PC Patch Editor. The Nord Modular G2 features numerous synthesizer building blocks that may be patched and edited from the Modular G2 Patch Editor software.

Nord Modular V. 1.10, which is now shipping, comes with a new Factory Sound Library with new patches and performances (multipatch setups). The update and new Factory Sound Library can be downloaded for free at www.clavia.se.

Clavia also announced recently the Voice Expansion board for the G2, scheduled to ship in April 2004. The Voice Expansion board makes it possible to expand the polyphony in G2 patches to twice the original. The Voice Expansion board features four extra DSPs and RAM circuits, and will be compatible with the forthcoming rack-mountable Nord Modular G2 Engine.

Pearl Jam Among Those to Receive NARAS' 2004 IMACT Award
Grammy® Award–winning rock band Pearl Jam, legendary Grammy-nominated jazz and blues vocalist Ernestine Anderson, internationally renowned Grammy-nominated conductor (Oregon Symphony, L'Orchestre Symphonique de Québec) Maestro James DePreist and music and arts festival production vet Norm Langill have been chosen by the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy to receive its 2004 IMPACT Award on April 9.

The IMPACT Award honors Northwest music professionals whose creative talents and accomplishments have crossed all musical boundaries and who have been recognized as an asset to the music community. The event will take place at the Westin Hotel in Seattle at 5:30 p.m. The evening will include a silent auction, VIP reception, dinner and an awards celebration that will feature video tributes and performances by Ernestine Anderson, El Vez and others.

Individual tickets or tables can be purchased through the chapter office at 206/834-1000 or pacificnw@grammy.com. A limited number of VIP tickets are available, which include access to the VIP reception in the presidential suite and preferred seating.

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

Yamaha, mLAN Enhance Mac OS X 10.3.3 Support
With the launch of Yamaha's mLAN tools for Mac OS X Version 10.3.3, mLAN has been updated to provide enhanced support for Core Audio and Core MIDI. In addition, the simultaneous release of mLAN firmware updates for current products from Kurzweil, PreSonus and Apogee provide mLAN compatibility for all currently available mLAN products with Mac OS X V. 10.3.3.

Mac OS X users can update to V. 10.3.3 at no charge by going to System Preferences and then clicking on Software Update.

Once updated, users can visit www.mlancentral.com to download the mLAN Tools for Mac OS X from Yamaha and, if necessary, download firmware updates for current mLAN products like the PreSonus Firestation, Apogee AD8000 and Kurzweil KSP8.

An easy-to-use Download Wizard at www.mlancentral.com directs users on what files and firmware updates they need to download for each of the various computer platforms.

mLAN is available for Windows XP, Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X and provides connection and control of musical networks over IEEE-1394 FireWire.

For more information, visit www.yamahasynth.com/products/mlan/index.html.

SoundField Surround Zone Plugs Into Nuendo
SoundField has announced the release of the new Surround Zone plug-in for Steinberg's Nuendo Version 2 on both Mac and PC platforms.

The Surround Zone brings SoundField's surround and stereo processing to the digital domain. It combines the hardware features of both the SP451 Surround Processor and MKV System, and is designed to accept the B-Format information generated by any of the current SoundField microphone models.

The plug-in enables the user, either live or in post-production, to generate various surround mic arrays with variable polar patterns. Specifically, the Surround Zone provides a choice of three separate 5.1 arrays, individual 6.1 and 7.1 arrays, independently variable width of both the front and rear pairs, phase-coherent LFE and individual level controls with mute and solo, all with bar graph metering. The Surround Zone can output mono, stereo, M/S, 5.1, 6.1, 7.1 or any future surround format.

The plug-in's stereo page features fully variable, graphically displayed polar patterns, variable stereo width, variable highpass filter from 20 Hz up to 250 Hz and mid/side-encoded output.

For more information, visit www.soundfieldusa.com.

Mackie, Lake Technology Develop LP48 Expansion Card
Mackie, a Loud Technologies Inc. brand, recently announced an agreement with Lake Technology Ltd. to develop the Mackie LP48 expansion card, which provides EQ and loudspeaker plug-ins for the new Mackie TT24 Digital Live Console.

The LP48 brings a number of enhancements to the TT24 in three possible configurations. The card can be configured in Lake Loudspeaker Processor mode as a 4-input/8-output loudspeaker processor to provide eight channels of balanced analog output with line-drive capability. It can also provide the user with up to 12 channels of Lake-designed insert EQ processing including the true-response Lake Ideal Graphic EQ" and Lake Mesa EQ" with asymmetrical filters. Additionally, users can configure the card with six channels of insertable EQ processing and a 2-input/4-output Lake Loudspeaker Processor.

With the LP48 card installed, the TT24's onboard 5-inch LCD touchscreen will provide significant control of the Lake algorithms. In addition, the TT24's control interface for PC will integrate a Lake-style GUI. MSRP: $999.

For more information visit www.mackie.com or www.lake.com.au.

Magix Announces Music on CD & DVD Software

Music and video-editing software manufacturer Magix recently announced the release of Music on CD & DVD, a new software that creates music DVDs for surround sound home theater and media centers. Magix' Music on CD & DVD helps users make long-playing personalized music DVDs for home use.

Music on CD & DVD reportedly restores and revitalizes the sound of CDs, LPs, Internet radio, digital cable channels, TV shows and voice recordings and organizes music tracks per the user's choice. Music can then be combined with photos and videos, along with more than 260 special effects to create a personalized "best of" experience. Up to 100 hours of music can be archived on one MP3 DVD-ROM.

Music on CD & DVD includes an MPEG-2 encoder, supports all the leading music formats, including MP3, WMA, OGG Vorbis and .WAV, in addition to photo and video formats such as JPEG, BMP, WMV, AVI, WMV 9, MOV, MPEG 1 and 2 and others.

Available at software retailers nationwide in late March, Music on CD & DVD 2004 is available for Windows and priced at $39.99. Visit www.magix.com for more information.

"Tonight Show With Jay Leno" Adds Two Euphonix Consoles
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno recently installed two Euphonix System 5 digital mixing consoles in its audio facilities, located in Studio 3 on the NBC Burbank lot in Los Angeles.

A 220-channel System 5 now resides in the studio's music room and is fitted with 48 multitrack buses, 16 auxes, 12 mix buses, 96 remote-controlled microphone preamps, 48 analog I/O and 24 AES I/O. At the P.A. position, the second System 5 features a 164-channel digital audio console with 40 faders with 96 remote-controlled microphone preamps and 48 analog I/O.

The two System 5s join the existing Euphonix CS3000B production console, which has been serving the long-running show for six years.

On the same lot, the KNBC local news studio upgraded to a System 5-B at the end of 2003. Earlier in 2003, Telemundo KVEA moved its System 5-B console onto the NBC lot for use in the production of Spanish-language programming. NBC network news uses a Euphonix CS Series console.

Take a look at the latest Euphonix products at www.euphonix.com.

Lake Technology Debuts Lake Contour Controller V. 2.2 at NSCA 2004
At the recent NSCA Expo 2004 in Las Vegas, Lake Technology Corp. introduced a host of new features in its Contour Controller Version 2.2 software, which is designed to increase the power and flexibility of the Lake Contour" digital speaker controller. The software is provided as a free upgrade to all existing Contour customers.

Version 2.2 supports integration with the new Lake SmaartLive" Controller V. 1.22 software and adds SmaartLive metering information, with SmaartLive's peak meters displayed inside the Contour Controller when Smaart is running on separate computer.

Version 2.2 software also introduces stereo two-way and three-way linear-phase crossover modules. The two-way module also provides an auxiliary channel. Users can select the linear-phase crossover slope to be brickwall (default) or 24 dB/48 dB, enabling simple replacement of existing crossover designs. Lake Contour may alternatively be configured as a four-way linear phase brickwall (LPBW) crossover using a single unit.

A stereo AES/EBU digital input and output (24-bit, 44.1 kHz to 96 kHz) is now available for Lake Contour. An Input Auto-Select function provides signal redundancy, switching from digital to analog to maintain a continuous signal. In V. 2.2, Contour processors equipped with the stereo digital I/O option are provided with an independent gain offset for the digital input level provided to compensate for level differences between analog and digital inputs.

Additional enhancements include user selection of the A or B input or a mono sum of both; overlay A/B switching within the EQ overlay interface; user selection of milliseconds, feet or meters on the delay units page; stereo linking of crossover and output EQ selectable across stereo modules on the same frame; and crossover bypass, allowing users to create custom crossover functions with HPF and/or LPF filters removed from an output channel.

For more information or to download the software, visit www.contour.lake.com.

Allen & Heath Shows Xone:V6 Add-On Modules
At the NSCA Expo 2004 (Las Vegas), Allen & Heath showed additional options to enhance its Xone:V6 audiophile rotary club mixer: the EQ Isolator and the V6 Crossfader unit.

The EQ module is a dual, 3-band stereo isolator to provide variable attenuation of low, mid- and high frequencies. Any two channels may be assigned to the filters simultaneously, allowing two tracks to be seamlessly blended or montaged. The module, a 1U rackunit with six stereo inputs/outputs, connects to the Xone:V6 channel insert points and shares the V6's power supply.

The Crossfader rack module adds crossfading capability to the Xone:V6, allowing the user to select any input to either side of the crossfader when required. Utilizing a Penny & Giles conductive-plastic crossfader and high-performance VCAs, the module interfaces with the Xone:V6 via channel insert points.

Further information on these additions can be found at www.allen-heath.com.

Updated Regional Structure, Promotions at Sennheiser
Sennheiser Electronic Corporation recently made key moves in its sales and distribution organization. The changes are designed to leverage the talents of its personnel, maintain a high level of customer support and accommodate the company's ongoing growth.

As of January 1, 2004, the professional division sales force began operating across three geographic regions: West, South/Central and Northeast. This will allow the company to reduce geographically the size of each territory, devote more resources within each territory to key business issues, provide increased customer service and expand sales. To help spearhead operations in the new regions, SEC has promoted key sales personnel and hired additional staff.

Rick Renner has been promoted from Midwest professional products territory representative to South/Central regional sales manager (all brands). Renner joins fellow regional sales managers Lee Stein (West) and Mark Humrichouser (Northeast).

To support the activities of the three regional sales managers, the company promoted Tim Murray, who recently joined SEC from HHB, to the newly created position of assistant regional sales manager, Western region. Jim Schanz will now handle the Northeast, with the South/Central ARSM position to be announced soon.

For more information, visit www.sennheiserusa.com.

Sonic Studio Makes European Debut
Sonic Studio reports that eight DSD.1 assembly and SACD authoring workstations have now been sold into distribution in the European market, with four more delivered to end-users. Facilities to acquire the DSD.1 include GLS Tonstudios and Bauer Studios in Germany, and Simon Heyworth's Super Audio Mastering in the UK.

The DSD.1 workstation is the foundation of Sonic Studio's new product line. It features editing and playback of eight full 64fs DSD channels with crossfades. DSD.1 features include four-point editing and the Edit Fade mode entirely within the DSD domain. DSD.1 also offers as an option integrated SACD authoring. Scarlet Book II-compliant, DSD.1's authoring tool delivers final cutting master image files on Sony AIT data cassettes.

For more information, visit www.sonicstudio.com.

Propellerhead Software Announces Education Package
Propellerhead Software, developers of products such as Reason, ReCycle and ReBirth, recently announced Teaching Music With Reason, a curriculum for music education based on Reason. Based on a specially adapted version of Reason, the curriculum is designed for use by high school teachers in class music lessons. It can also be used as a basis for college-level introductory modules in music or music technology.

The Teaching Music With Reason package contains material for two semesters with 21 complete lessons, teacher's lesson preparation material, teaching plans, student worksheets, student "how-to" guides, song files in contemporary styles, a full-featured Reason version for the teacher and 10 Reason-adapted student versions.

The product is designed to allow integration with existing areas of a particular national, state or school curriculum, covering fundamental skills that include listening, understanding basic musical elements and applying technical knowledge in a creative context.

Teaching Music With Reason will be available during Q1, 2004 from Reason dealers and distributors worldwide. Visit www.propellerhead.se for more info.

De Lane Lea Installs Two Neve DFCs
London-based film facility De Lane Lea is set to install two AMS Neve DFCs to support its heavy 2004 mixing schedule. At 144 and104 faders, respectively, AMS Neve considers the De Lane Lea DFCs two of the most impressive digital film consoles delivered to date.

"Directors are becoming ever more interested in the audio aspect of their productions. To meet these growing demands, you need a huge amount of processing," says De Lane Lea technical operations manager Ed Jones. "The DFC s features are so well-geared to mixing films, it removes a lot of the technical concerns that can arise during the mix. This means the mixer and director can spend far more time concentrating on the whole picture rather than being distracted by technical issues."

The DFC duo will join the facility's existing AMS Neve Logic 2 and Logic 3 in the first half of 2004.

For more information, please visit www.ams-neve.com.

Palmer Music Directs New York Emmy Awards Gala
Shelly Palmer acted as music director for the 47th Annual New York Emmy Awards Gala that took place Sunday, March 28, 2004, in the Grand Ballroom of The Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

Presenters included Maury Povich, Senator Chuck Schumer, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a host of local television personalities, Broadway and off-Broadway entertainers Diana Williams (WABC-TV), Tovah Feldshuh (Golda's Balcony), Jennifer Westfeldt (Wonderful Town), John Tartaglia and Stephanie D'Abruzzo (Avenue Q).

For more information about award winners, go to www.nyemmys.org.

Qualcomm Using Integrated MPEG-4 AAC/aacPlus Coding Technologies
Qualcomm Incorporated, a provider of audio compression for the Internet, digital broadcasting and mobile, announced the integration of MPEG-4 AAC/aacPlus technology into Qualcomm's Qtv" and CMX" multimedia solutions. aacPlus enables the delivery of the highest audio quality at the lowest possible bit rates. The aacPlus audio compression technology from Coding Technologies reduces media file sizes while improving sound quality.

Support for the aacPlus technology in the Qtv and CMX multimedia solutions will be available in the second quarter of 2004, beginning with Qualcomm's MSM6100" Mobile Station Modem" (MSM") chipset.

"Qualcomm is pleased to provide our manufacturing partners with the innovative aacPlus audio decoder technology, enabling wireless handsets to stream audio media files at the highest fidelities," said Luis Pineda, VP of marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Whether the application is targeted for streaming audio or crystal-clear ring tones, aacPlus helps establish a new benchmark for quality audio for the 3G CDMA wireless marketplace."

"Coding Technologies is extremely pleased to partner with Qualcomm to deploy our aacPlus technology on their MSM platforms," said David Frerichs, VP of business development and U.S. general manager of Coding Technologies. "Combined with the technologies Qualcomm offers today on their chipsets, the ability to enhance the multimedia capabilities of the chipset with high-fidelity audio through aacPlus will continue to solidify their leadership in the wireless arena."

The aacPlus solution uses spectral band replication (SBR) technology to enable audio codecs to deliver the same quality at very low bit rates. The accPlus solution enables streaming and downloadable multichannel audio at 128 kbps, CD-quality audio stereo at 48 kbps and excellent quality stereo at 32 kbps. These data rates will enhance the audio quality of commercially available wireless products and enable new applications for future devices.

For more information, refer to Qualcomm's Website at www.qualcomm.com.

Fluid, Fahlgren Advertising Create Upcoming Cooper Tire Adverts
A three-spot campaign promoting Cooper Tires was developed by Fahlgren Advertising (Columbus, Ohio) and New York-based Fluid, which provided a wide array of creative services including the offline and online editorial, visual effects, original music and sound design. The three darkly comic "mini-drama" commercials—Son, Diner and Den—are slated for a national campaign on cable starting April 5, 2004.

Fahlgren Advertising ACD/copywriter Andy Conroy said, "I've always had wonderful experiences working with Fluid for music and sound design. There's an established level of trust, a level of taste and I'm always happy with the results. So, when they said they were getting editorial together, I said, 'Great,' but at the same time, I was a bit leery. Traditionally, music places do music, editing places edit. Having all these services under one roof—industry-standard music, industry-standard sound design and, on the other side, some of the best editors and designers in the country—was a new experience for me. It proved to be a very comfortable, very immediate experience: no long-distance conferences, no going across town for another part of the puzzle. It was a wonderful, collaborative experience all around."

In addition to Avid editor Scott Philbrook, who completed the offline edit with assistance by Christian Pulfer, the Fluid post-production team included online editor David Sullivan, graphic artist Alex Frowein, composer Judson Crane, sound designer Fred Szymanski, executive producers David Shapiro and Marc Schwartz, producer Virginia Galvan and music producer Brad Stratton.

The film-to-tape transfer was completed at Company 3 (New York City) by colorist Eli Friedman and the final audio mix was engineered at Audio Engine (New York City) by mixer Joe Vagnoni.

Lake Technology Supports New L-Acoustic V7 Preset Library
At NSCA 2004, Lake Technology Limited announced support for L-Acoustics loudspeaker systems within its Contour Controller software to coincide with the release of the French manufacturer's new V7 Preset Library. Lake Technology also introduced support for EAW speaker systems as part of its ongoing preset support development for loudspeaker manufacturers worldwide.

Presets will be posted to the support forum on the new Lake Contour Website, www.contour.lake.com, for users to download as they become available; the forum is located at http://forum.contour.lake.com. The Website also provides a preset request form where Lake Contour users can apply for specific loudspeaker system support.

L-Acoustics' touring technical support manager, Paul Bauman, comments, "I'm very excited about the Lake Contour, and the timing for official L-Acoustics preset support is excellent since we've just launched our new V7 preset libraries. Based on the overwhelming response from V-DOSC Network Partners, I anticipate that we'll be seeing more and more Lake Contour drive systems on the road in the upcoming months."

"EAW is proud of our ongoing relationship with Lake Technology," states Rich Frembes, product director of Eastern Acoustic Works. "Our history of working with leading companies is furthered by our collaboration with Lake to create presets for EAW loudspeakers."

The new preset library offers the latest improvements in sonic performance and optimizes the L-Acoustics loudspeaker power resources. The L-Acoustics V-DOSC preset library offers smoother response, improved low-end impact, re-engineered four-way presets, new five-way presets (including dV-SUB), and introduces Lake Contour support for users with V-DOSC, SB218, dV-DOSC, ARCS and dV-SUB systems. The dV-DOSC V7 preset library introduces new three-way and four-way presets (including the SB118 subwoofer) for use with dV-DOSC, dV-SUB, SB118 and SB218 systems.

Lake Contour's preset library also now supports EAW's new KF850zF, KF850zR and SB850zR Virtual Array Systems in addition to the previous KF850 Series. The new "Z" upgrade is available in both flown and ground-stacking models. The full-range KF850z and SB850z subwoofer are appropriate for any application calling for loudspeakers capable of ultrahigh-output and tight pattern control.

Ableton Live V. 3.0.3 Released at Musikmesse
Ableton announced that it has released software upgrade Live 3.0.3. Main features of Live 3.0.3 are a new session and arrangement demo song; a first-steps tutorial, mainly for new Live users (accessed by opening the DemoSession song); and an index for the English pdf manual. To download the free update, go to www.ableton.com/downloads.

In more Live 3 news, Ableton will show Live 3 at Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany, on March 31-April 03, 2004. The company will be located in booth B56, Hall 5.1 with M-Audio. Check out Live presentations by Ableton product specialists at M-Audio main stage and at the Ableton booth B56.

Ableton and M-Audio will host performances by today's leading artists. Experience electronic music performed with Live and M-Audio hardware, featuring Guardner Live (Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.), Gabriel Le Mar (Thursday, 2:30 p.m.), DJ Rabauke (Thursday, 4:30 p.m.), DJane Aroma (Friday, 4: 30 p.m.), Funkbrüder (Saturday, 2:30 p.m.) and Gabriel Le Mar (Saturday, 4: 30 p.m.).

Nord Electro V. 2.1 Now Updated
Clavia released Version 2.1 software for the Nord Electro 2 and Nord Electro stage keyboards. Version 2.1 features selectable keyboard velocity sensitivity for piano sounds and some minor fixes; it's also possible to select between 10 different velocity-sensitivity curves for piano sounds.

The Nord Electro 2/Electro Version 2.1 update can be downloaded at www.clavia.se free of charge. To order a CD-R with the Nord Electro OS Version 2.1 software update and all currently released piano sound files or for more info about the Nord Electro 2, visit the site.

Omnia Audio Partners With Radio Experience
Omnia Audio is partnering with The Radio Experience, www.theradioexperience.com, in a joint venture to provide the industry's most sophisticated, easy-to-use dynamic data technology for broadcasters wishing to data-cast to RDS, HD Radio and Internet Web pages.

"Broadcasters have really begun to realize the positive potential in displaying dynamic information related to their on-air activities," says Omnia president Frank Foti. "There is a natural synergy between Omnia and The Radio Experience as industry leaders in emerging technologies. As RDS and HD Radio deployment grows, the ability to provide broadcasters with equipment that enables content-related information makes our partnership a natural fit."

"This technology partnership finally brings together all the pieces of the data-casting puzzle," says Allen Hartle, president of The Radio Experience. "Together, we can provide state-of-the-art hardware designed to meet the needs of both the broadcast engineer installing the system and the needs of the programmer looking for a competitive advantage.

"RDS has been used widely in Europe since the 1980s," adds Hartle. "Now, as more cars sold in the American market come equipped with advanced radios, broadcasters see the advantages of adding the system to their service."

RDS hardware products offered by Omnia and The Radio Experience are slated to include an RDS encoder with integrated RDS Accelerator to give broadcasters the ability to send text information to both RadioText and Dynamic PS displays, and a Dynamic Data Processor that provides data-distribution capabilities for RDS and HD Radio. Software products will include Now Playing software to interface RDS with automation systems for automatic music information retrieval, and NewsFlash, which enables studio operators to broadcast up-to-the-minute weather reports, RDS traffic alerts, Amber alerts and sponsor participation in RDS, HD Radio and Website displays.

Omnia/The Radio Experience RDS products will be on display in the Telos/Omnia booth at the spring NAB convention.

Sennheiser is "On Air With Ryan Seacrest"

The hit series On Air With Ryan Seacrest and American Idol are now totally wireless thanks to Sennheiser and Klaus Landsberg's KFL Audio Inc.

"I'm an industry brat," says mixer Landsberg. "My father was a television industry pioneer and, as vice president and general manager of Channel 5 (KTLA), he designed and built the first live TV station and transmitter site here in L.A. in the 1940s. My mother was a record producer and I began working after school at a local recording studio." After college, Landsberg moved back to L.A. and started his own production company, KFL Audio Inc. "Nowadays, I mix about 10 award shows a year," he continues, "including the MTV VMAs, the Survivor'finale in Central Park NYC, The Bachelor wedding episode and both the weekly American Idol< and On Air With Ryan Seacrest shows." Landsberg also mixed the sound for this year's Super Bowl half-time show.

For On Air With Ryan Seacrest, Landsberg built the control room to suit the specific needs of that show. "We have a live band so I do all the mixes myself on two maxed-out Yamaha DM2000 boards capable of 196 channels of audio. I'm proud to say that the entire show uses only Sennheiser mics. I go way back with Sennheiser to the days of early live music shows. I've always been impressed with their great sound, quality construction and reliable operation. But what really got me hooked on Sennheiser gear was their RF microphone systems. Both David Bellamy of Soundtronics and myself swear by Sennheiser. With all the live shows we do, they never let you down. I've never had a problem with them ever, unless a performer dropped one or physically abused one in some way.

For On Air With Ryan Seacrest, only the live band and several of the ancillary stationery artists are wired; everyone else is on Sennheiser wireless systems. Soundtronics did a complete custom rack installation for all of the receivers and a complete local RF spectrum analysis and intermod survey to ensure reliable, interference-free and clean operation. Landsberg continues: "For Ryan, the contestants and the judges, I use 20 omnidirectional Sennheiser MKE Platinum lavalier mics teamed with the popular and tiny SK 5012 body-pack transmitters. The rest of the mics are handheld Sennheiser SKM 5000-N transmitters fitted with Neumann KK 105-S capsules."

Right from its inception, American Idol relied on the Sennheiser/Neumann wireless combo mic on all singers and judges. "With the judges walking into the audience, I found the handheld mics did a great job at rejecting boisterous crowd noise," says Landsberg. "We also used the wireless Sennheiser/Neumann combo on Clay Aiken and Kelly Clarkson with all the background singers on wired Neumann KMS 105s. For the live band, I always use a Sennheiser MD 441 inside the kick, an MD 421-II on the outside and then 421s on all the tom toms. Neumann KM 184s are great for overheads. For guitars, I find a stereo pair of the Sennheiser Evolution e609s deliver the goods.

"Sennheiser goes all-out to help both the artists and the engineers! In my work, I need the reliability and performance only Sennheiser can provide."

For more information about Sennheiser, go to www.sennheiserusa.com.

Carl Davidson Leads PRG Initiative
Michael Tomkin, president of Production Resource Group (PRG), has announced that Carl Davidson, VP of corporate business development for PRG, will be spearheading a company-wide initiative to increase awareness and utilization of PRG's services in the tradeshow industry.

"PRG currently serves many clients in the tradeshow industry," said Tomkin, "but many are unaware of the full extent of PRG's services. We are just now launching many new technologies that will greatly expand the range of possibilities in tradeshow exhibit design."

PRG's initiative will include demonstrations of the company's new technologies, including Mbox, a video server that enables all of the lighting, video and projection elements in an exhibit to be controlled by a single lighting console. Mbox comes with a wide array of special effects that can be utilized with both still and video images. It also allows a user to perform rapid onsite image editing.

Davidson joined PRG in 2003 after gaining two decades of experience in the tradeshow industry. He had previously served in account executive and sales management positions at several leading exhibit houses.

"After spending many years developing solutions for tradeshow exhibitors," stated Davidson, "I understand the many challenges associated with helping them achieve their marketing objectives. I look forward to helping my colleagues take advantage of the many new entertainment technologies that can give them the winning solution."

For more information, visit www.prg.com.

reFX Debuts Vanguard Virtual Analog Synthesizer
VST-manufacturer reFX announced the launch of its latest virtual analog synthezisers, Vanguard.

Developed and created by reFX founder Michael Kleps, Vanguard represents years of investment in knowledge and experience, giving users a warm and rich-sounding synthesizer plug-in.

Equipped with 31 different types of oscillators, including rarely found digital oscillators with new modulation options, Vanguard also includes 13 filter types with different slopes and includes a new kind of combined dual-filter variations.

Along with a delay and reverb, Vanguard features the Trancegate and Arpeggiator tools. Trancegate is a 16-step gate that allows users to create rhythmic gated patterns, and the Arpgeggiator features inspiring patterns and several play modes.

Priced at $89.99, it is available as a VST plug-in for PC and Mac (OS 9 and OS X). Owners of the discontinued Juno X2 synthesizer will also receive the (function-reduced) Vanguard Lite loyalty version free of charge and will be able to upgrade to Vanguard for $59.99.

Kleps comments that, “'Vanguard is an important addition to the creative tools any musician, producer, writer or composer can add to their collection. Its versatility and flexibility, coupled with its ground-breaking technologies, will, we think, not only make Vanguard a desirable piece to own, but also an essential one."

For more information on reFEX and features of Vanguard, go to www.refx.net.

Twice the TerraTec at Musikmesse
TerraTec staked out its annual location for its main booth in hall 5.1, B 69 at Musikmesse. This year, they are also located in the guitar hall 4.0 at booth F 91 to promote the news that TerraTec Electronic GmbH has acquired Blue Chip's Axon technology. TerraTec now enjoys access to a multiple award-winning guitar-to-MIDI technology that has raked in commendations from Electronic Musician, EQ and Gitarre & Bass magazines, among others.

For more information, visit www.terratec.com.

STP Marketing Receives First Lab.gruppen Award
Sweden-based power amplifier manufacturer Lab.gruppen announced that STP Marketing (Madison, Wisc.) is the recipient of the first Lab.gruppen Sales Representative of the Year Award. Scott Tilley, owner of STP Marketing, accepted the award at a Lab.gruppen sales meeting in Las Vegas during the National Sound Contractors Association (NSCA) convention.

STP Marketing is owned and operated by Tilley. The firm was established three years ago and has been representing Lab.gruppen in the upper Midwest region since TC Electronic took over U.S. distribution two years ago.

Established to acknowledge outstanding sales success, this award represents a significant milestone for the entire North American Lab.gruppen sales channel. "We have a great team of professionals that have made significant inroads into this market in a very short time. It gives us great pleasure to officially recognize their exemplary performance," stated Tomas Lilja, managing director of Lab.gruppen.

"I'd like to congratulate STP Marketing on this well-deserved honor," says John Maier, VP of sales for TC Electronic. "Scott has done an amazing job for us with Lab.gruppen. His persistence and enthusiasm have been infectious and the results are evident in his sales performance."

For more information, visit Lab.gruppen at www.labgruppen.se or STP Marketing at 608/271-7555.

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