Mix News for June 2003

Jun 19, 2003 12:00 PM, Sarah Benzuly


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Nuendo 2.0 Now Shipping
Steinberg's Nuendo 2.0 is now shipping and offers a compete multichannel architecture through the entire signal path. Each input, audio track, effect, group and output now offers up to 12 discrete channels for full-scale 5.1, 7.1 and 10.2 productions.

To make routing in the project even more transparent, Steinberg has developed a new way of organizing inputs and outputs, which allows the user to customize multichannel I/O configurations and switch between them with a single keystroke. Several input and output buses can be used simultaneously, with any type of configuration possible–mono, stereo or any of a wide range of surround formats–and any track can be routed to/from any of these buses. Nuendo 2.0 also allows switching between multiple monitoring configurations and can simulate a wide variety of end-user monitoring environments.

The new version of the Steinberg VST technology provides complete flexibility in signal routing to/from virtual effects for all tracks. Nuendo 2.0 also adds effect return channels so that users can add effects to the input signal while recording, as well as full delay compensation throughout the signal path.

Nuendo 2.0 offers support for all major file and exchange formats, such as AES 31 and OMF OpenTL Version 3.0, Windows Media Audio and optional export to DTS. In addition, Nuendo 2.0 support Sony 9-pin, ReWire and Steinberg's VST System Link.

Nuendo 2.0 is available for $1,499 MSRP. An update from previous Nuendo versions is available for registered users for $299.99. Upgrades can be ordered from www.steinbergusa.net.

New Initiative to Support School Music Programs
The Music Education Coalition (an entity created by NAMM, the International Music Products Association and the National Association for Music Education) has launched a national grassroots program to support school music programs.

The site, www.supportmusic.com, provides parents with information and incentives to act locally.

For the teenagers, www.themusicedge.com propvides extensive resources to those who are interested in music, including advice from well-known musicians, instrument suggestions based on teens' interests and abilities, a bulletin board to find other players and practice partners, celebrity interviews, and music links to other NAMM associations and participating member sites. Also featured are info on various instrument groups, how to buy instruments or equipment, bands and how to start one, music terminology and definitions, setting up gigs and becoming a DJ.

At this year's Summer Session, NAMM University will hold a professional development session on Friday, July 18, 2003, from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Facilitated by Rob Walker, NAMM's director of market development, the presentation, entitled "Get the Edge! How to Use NAMM's Teen Initiative," will take place in the Center Ballroom at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.

Digidesign Ships Digi 002 Rack
Digidesign's Digi 002 Rack, a new FireWire-based Pro Tools LE system, is now shipping for $1,295 MSRP. Capable of recording at sampling rates up to 96 kHz, the system's sessions are fully compatible with other professional and home/project Pro Tools environments.

A single FireWire/IEEE-1394 cable connects Digi 002 Rack to a compatible PC or Mac. Included are an audio interface that features up to 18 simultaneous channels of I/O, 1-in/2-out MIDI I/O, 24-bit/96kHz AD/DA, and four built-in, high-quality mic pre's. It's Pro Tools LE software interface supports 32 tracks of 24- or 16-bit audio, complete integrated MIDI sequencing and real-time mixing and processing. Other features include: eight discrete analog inputs (four mic/line/instrument preamps, phantom power-selectable in 2-channel increments); alternate source input for monitoring -10dBV audio equipment directly to the monitor outpus; eight discrete analog outputs, all balanced/unbalanced +4 levels, plus a separate balanced/unbalanced monitor output; eight channels of ADAT optical I/O, two channels of S/PDIF I/O; less than 108dB dynamic range and less than 98dB (0.002%) THD+N; monitor ouput includes dedicated volume-control knob; headphone output includes dedicated volume-control knob; and footswitch for QuickPunch control.

Requirements include Mac computer running Mac OS X Version 10.2.5 or 10.2.6. Windows support is coming with Pro Tools 6.1 software release.

For more, visit www.digidesign.com.

Nord Lead 2X Now Shipping
Now shipping, the Nord Lead 2X features 20-voice polyphony; a large internal memory holding 4x 99 user programs, 100 user performances and 4x 10 user percussion kits, plus 6x 99 factory programs and 3x 100 factory performances; is 100% patch-compatible with the Nord Lead 2 to allow transferring sounds directly between the models via MIDI; and has 24-bit DACs running at 96 kHz.

Other features include: Each function that is controlled by a knob can be programmed to be controlled by velocity, as well as by the modulation wheel/pedal to continuously fade between two sets of values; 4-octave velocity-sensitive keyboard; octave-shift buttons (+/-2 octaves); keyboard split into two sections; Wooden Pitch Stick, which is designed to change the pitch continuously without any dead spots; modulation wheel to modulate a of selectable destinations; and one pedal input for sustain and one for expression pedal.

For more features, visit www.clavia.se.

NT Audio Films Adds Lake Contour
Santa Monica, Calif.-based NT Audio Film Labs recently installed Lake Technology's DSP-based loudspeaker-processing system, Lake Contour. NT Audio has installed multiple Lake Contour units to control the multichannel speaker system in its newly completed screening and quality control room.

Chris Gilbey, CEO of Lake Technology, said, "I am delighted that NT Audio has adopted our Contour technology. It is a tremendous reflection on the great engineering team at Lake that such a pioneering facility as NT Audio has become one of the first companies in the world to adopt our innovative technology. We delight in providing the best technology solutions for cutting-edge companies anywhere in the audio industry."

A total of nine input channels of Lake Contour processors provide crossover, EQ and time-delay functions for the main room's speaker setup. "The main room is essentially an 8.1-channel system," said Shawn Jones, engineer and technologist at NT Audio. "We're configured for left-channel, left-center, center, right-center, right and subwoofer behind the screen. Then there's a left-surround, a right-surround and a rear-surround channel. We have Lake Contours on every channel."

For the NT Audio screening room, Jones said that the units are each programmed differently. "Three of the Contours act as they would in a touring environment, driving the five three-way units." Those Contour units driving the surround speakers pass fullrange signals but apply EQ, limiting and other dynamics functions. "Each of the five front channels is a three-way speaker system, so the Lake Contours are being used to provide three-way crossovers and EQ," continued Jones. "They're also driving the subwoofer crossover and EQ." Five JBL 5671 speakers are positioned behind the screen, with Electro-Voice TL-880D subwoofers supporting the LFE channel.

Uniquely for a screening room environment, Jones said that each of the 10 surround speakers are controlled separately by the Lake Contour units. "Each of the surround speakers has its own fullrange EQ and delay. The left-surround channel is four speakers, with four power amps, coming out of four channels of a single Lake Contour. The right-surround channel is the same. The rear-surround channel is two separate speakers." The JBL SR212 units "are not surround speakers but a sound reinforcement speaker," said Jones, a former live sound mixer and design consultant who was unhappy with the choice of theater-style surround speakers.

Front-panel controls have been kept to a minimum on Lake Contour, with most functions accessed through the Contour Controller software. "Everything is controlled from the projection booth via Ethernet, which is another handy thing," said Jones. "Typically, you have to be right at the unit or use some clunky 9-pin interface. This is much nicer, and they sound great. No one even knows that they are there. They're transparent and they do what they are supposed to."

Three small acoustically isolated quality-control rooms located at the rear of the 40x25-foot screening room directly below the projection booth allow four separate audio environments to be monitored while each engineer views the same projected image. Aparia Design, an Irvine, Calif.-based architecture and interiors firm, led the design and coordination of the screening room project.

For more, visit NT Audio at www.ntaudio.com. Find out more about the Lake Contour at www.lake.com.au.

CEDIA, ICIA/InfoComm, NSCA Join Forces
The Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA), the International Communications Industries Association Inc. (ICIA/InfoComm) and the National Systems Contractors Assocation (NSCA) have formed a partnership to develop and produce joint trade exhibitions in Europe and Asia; combined, the group's have memberships of over 5,000 companies and individuals that are located in over 60 countries. The associations clarified that the alliance does not extend to North American tradeshows conducted by CEDIA, ICIA and NSCA.

In Europe, the groups determined that they will host their first European show at the Geneva Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, on February 3-5, 2004. A new name and brand fo the show is under development. In Asia, CEDIA and NSCA will join with ICIA in shows conducted in Singapore and China by InfoCommAsia Pte, Ltd. The first combined show will be in 2004 for InfoComm China and 2005 for InfoComm Asia, when the exhibitions are replaced with the new show name and brand as used in Europe.

"This is an extremely exciting development for all our association memberships, strongly supported by our exhibiting members and boards of governors," said Billilynne D. Keller, executive director of CEDIA. "We all have a strong interest in extending our educational and marketing opportunities around the world. Together, we are able to offer a significant contribution."

"CEDIA, ICIA and NSCA are organizations that focus on serving their members and their industry segments, and they do it with a sense of mission and the pursuit of excellence," said Randal Lemke, executive director of ICIA. "We know that together, we can do more than any of us can do alone. We are committed to joining with our European and Asian members and the industry to develop these shows to meet their market needs."

"Through our membership in the Electronics Systems Technician Training Consortium and the Electronic Systems Alliance, our associations have been building trust and a good working relationship over the past couple of years," said Chuck Wilson, NSCA executive director. "Since 1996, we have been searching for a good international solution, and this partnership is the first thing that we think will really make a difference for our members."

For more, visit each member's site at www.cedia.org, www.infocomm.org and www.nsca.org.

PreSonus HP4 Now Shipping
PreSonus Audio Electronics Inc. (Baton Rouge, La.) is now shipping its HP4, a compact headphone-distribution solution. Featuring four discrete headphone outputs on the front panel, its own volume potentiometer and 250 mW of amplification per channel, the unit produces a very high output while maintaining low noise.

The HP4 accepts balanced/unbalanced inputs (stereo or mono) and outputs (1/4-inch TRS), and has a Mono Selector button on the front channel that copies both inputs to both sides. The HP4 has a -98dB noise floor and wide frequency responses. It also provides an extra pair of TRS outputs that can be used to link multiple units and feed control-room monitors. The user can control the volume or mute the monitor speakers from the HP4's front panel when using up to four sets of headphones. It is externally powered by a wall-mounted power supply.

For more, visit www.presonus.com.

SSL Appoints RODE as New Distributor
Console manufacturer Solid State Logic has appointed RODE Microphones as its new distributor in Australia and New Zealand.

Contact RODE at www.rode.com.au.

Stephen Arnold Music Contributes Music to Comcast Cable
Stephen Arnold Music (Dallas) has expanded its relationship with Comcast Cable Communications Inc. by creating new music for two of its cable channels: the 1 p.m. news program and the series "Your Morning" for CN8 Philadelphia. Additionally, the company created new music for "Nightbeat" and "SportsPulse" for CN8 Boston. The new projects expand upon on Stephen Arnold Music's original CN8 music package for Comcast, which was produced in 2001.

Launched in 1996 as "The Comcast Network," CN8, The Comcast Network, is a regional cable network with a reach that spans over 4 million homes across four U.S. states. CN8 channels offer viewers a mix of news, talk, sports and entertainment programming.

For more on Stephen Arnold Music, visit its Website at www.stephenarnold.com.

MTV Networks Latin America Uses Sigma Electronics Routing
Sigma Electronics recently installed its ADX routing system and alphanumeric control panels for the newly expanded Miami facilities of MTV Networks Latin America. This new installation will allow all post-production functions to be handled in-house.

"When dealing with a large facility such as MTV Networks Latin America, with complex routing systems and digital signal management, Sigma’s large matrix digital 64x64 ADX was a perfect fit," said Joe Fedele, president of The Fedele Group of Companies and the broadcast systems integrator contracted by MTV Networks Latin America. "The router has allowed the facility to centralize its VTRs, which, in turn, enables them to increase productivity and reduce the facility’s downtime."

The installed ADX router is a five-layer system consisting of analog video, digital video, analog audio, digital audio and timecode. The configuration allows for a single six-rackunit frame system that can accommodate up to 64x64 operation, and is expandable to allow for a 128x128 matrix using a four-frame system.

According to MTV Network's Latin America's senior manager of technical operations, Raul Gutierrez, "Our goal was to build a centralized edit facility based on a router and patchbay system. By hooking everything up to a central VTR room, all through the Sigma ADX router, the facility runs much more efficiently. We now have six digital video edit suites, a digital audio suite, a dubbing room and two screening rooms."

For more, visit www.sigmaelectronics.com.

FirewireDirect Offers FireWire 800/1394b CardBus Adapter
Austin, Texas-based FirewireDirect.com Inc. has released its FireWire 800 CardBus/PCMCIA adapter for Type-II slots. The new FireWire 800/1394b CardBus Adapter offers two ports, a 9-pin FireWire 800 port to connect new 800Mbps FireWire 1394b devices and an independent legacy 6-pin port for 400Mbps FireWire products.

The separate legacy and 800Mbps ports are capable of supporting up to 63 devices and with no negative performance impact on the newer, faster FireWire devices while maintaining compatibility with existing cables; it also employs Texas Instruments' OHCI-Lynx chipset.

The new card offers speeds of up to 800 Mbps (twice as fast as the existing FireWire standard), as well as enhancements to data integrity.

Daniel Jackson, FirewireDirect’s CTO, said, "FireWire is already the technology of choice for high-speed peripherals. This new CardBus brings this technology to a more portable format."

Now available, interested users should visit www.firewiredirect.com for more information.

Disc Makers Intros New Line of RAID Storage System
Disc Makers (Pennsauken, N.J.) has launched Raven, its new line of RAID storage system products. Starting at $3,390, the high-capacity Raven provides redundant data storage and fast data accessibility, and provides plug-and-play technology and easy-to-use firmware that allows the user to set up a unit and have it operating quickly.

Raven systems use Seagate and Maxtor drives and SCSI to IDE host connectivity. Available with four, six or eight hot-swappable drives with up to 640GB drive capacity, Raven supports virtually all operating systems and network environments, including Windows, Mac, Linux; additionally, Raven is powered by 64-bit RISC architecture.

"The new Raven Raid storage systems were developed to meet the unique needs of our clients," said Disc Makers VP of sales and marketing Tony van Veen. "Raven’s advanced technology makes it the perfect storage system for any application requiring fast throughput and fast access."

More information about Raven can be found at www.discmakers.com/hardware/storage.

Molex Shows Heat Sinks for Pentium Microprocessors
The new CoolFin (37430 Series) heat sinks from Molex Inc. are designed to provide superior cooling for Pentium 4 FMB2 microprocessors at speeds of 3.06 GHz and higher.

The CoolFin heat sink features stamped fins that are linked together and soldered to a base plate. The inner fins, which sit directly above the heat source, are made of copper for maximum thermal efficiency. The outer fins are made of aluminum to reduce weight. CoolFin technology offers a wide range of choices in fin pitch, geometry, material type and thickness, as well as available in multiple fan speeds for motherboards without variable fan-speed technology,

Pricing for Molex’s CoolFin heat sinks depend on quantity; for example, when purchased in quantities of 5,000, the heat sinks would cost $7.78/each.

For more, visit Molex online at www.molex.com.

Eventide Offers Free Trial of Clockworks
With the Eventide (Little Ferry, N.J.) Clockworks Legacy plug-ins currently shipping, Eventide announced the availability of fully functional, time-limited demos, which can be downloaded from www.eventide.com. The demo includes the H910, Omnipressor, Instant Phaser, Instant Flanger and H949 plug-ins for Digidesign's Pro Tools TDM systems. During the seven-day-trial demonstration period, users will have unrestricted use of all five plug-ins, until the demo period is completed; only one seven-day trial period will be granted per computer system. Further use will require purchasing the software.

Systems requirements to run the Eventide Clockworks Legacy product or demo are Pro Tools MIX or HD running Pro Tools 5.1 or later software on Mac OS 9.2.2 to Mac OS 10.2.4. Users will also be required to have an iLok USB Smart Key in order for the demo software to be authorized, and a free iLok.com account. (iLok USB Smart key can be purchased online at Digidesign’s DigiStore.)

"By offering this demonstration software, we are allowing potential customers in this market full access to all five plug-ins on a seven-day trial basis," said Ray Maxwell, VP of sales and marketing at Eventide. "This is the best way to evaluate these great effects with your own tracks."

The Eventide Plug-In Demonstration Software is available online at www.eventide.com/plugins/plugdemo.html.

AKG Shows MAXmodular at InfoComm
AKG Acoustics introduces MAXmodular, an integrated mixer/amplifier/speaker system, at InfoComm 2003. MAXmodular is designed specifically for use in small mobile sound systems for public address, paging, conferencing or background music applications.

MAXmodular is a powered, 8-inch, two-way speaker that can be either AC- or battery-powered for 10 to 14 hours of operation. It has an integrated 3-channel mixer with a phantom-powered microphone input, a wireless receiver input and stereo line inputs for CD players or tape decks. MAXmodular also has an integrated slot for AKG half-rack WMS 80 (diversity) and WMS40 (nondiversity) wireless receivers and can supply DC voltage for their operation. There are two line outputs that can be used for recording or to cascade the signal to additional MAXmodular systems.

MAXmodular's tour-grade wood enclosure has a metal standmount built in and has an integral handle for easy transportation; the entire system weights 26.7 pounds. The built-in amplifier delivers 60 watts peak and can drive the system to 114dB SPL output. There is a 2-band equalizer for sound contouring, and a built-in limiter prevents overload and significant clipping. The speaker has a coverage pattern of 80 degrees x 80 degrees to allow it to be positioned horizontally or vertically with identical coverage.

According to Kevin Madden, AKG's market development manager for installed sound, "MAXmodular is the perfect solution for many sound reinforcement applications that need a system with the flexibility of being battery- or AC-powered and delivers clean, solid audio performance. The built-in 3-channel mixer and flexible signal routing make it easy to set up and use."

Find out more at www.akgusa.com.

WSDG-Designed Swiss Studio Now Open
Klangfaktur Studios (Aarau, Switzerland), a 5.1-ready recording facility designed by the Walters-Storyk Design Group Europe, has opened as an independent company within the KIFF Entertainment Complex. A full multimedia venue, situated in a small town near Zurich, KIFF is one of Switzerland's most successful clubs, hosting such diverse events as concerts, club dates, live theater, parties and art exhibitions.

WSDG-E general manager Dirk Noy said that Klangfaktur principals Christoph Flueler and Rainer Ruetimann envisioned a multipurpose studio that would be linked to KIFF for live recording and to the stage to record concert events. The studio is also available to independent recording projects. In addition to staging and recording jazz and rock music productions, Flueler, an accomplished composer, musician and producer, and Ruetimann, the sound engineer/technical expert, also produce, record and mix music for feature films.

"This was an international project that drew on the expertise of the full WSDG organization," Noy explained. "My associate Gabriel Hauser and I collaborated closely with our U.S. design team, architect John Storyk and company VP/designer Scott Yates to develop a studio that would meet a wider set of requirements than most traditional facilities."

The Klangfaktur control room is a completely isolated room-within-a-room designed to provide extremely accurate monitoring while tracking. The studio also features dedicated low-frequency treatments that are hidden behind the large RPG Diffractal at the rear of the room, as well as in the front wall and behind the ceiling cloud. To maintain the room's symmetrical quality, the WSDG-E team recommended that an original pre-existing column be duplicated with an artificial column.

The 430-square-foot studio (including control room and iso booth) is linked to the large 540-square-foot stage located one floor above by an active splitter box on the stage. Additional signal connections for microphones to capture audience response for live recording sessions and talkback aux lines for monitor mixes have been prewired through the complex.

Klangfaktur Studio is equipped with Genelec 1037 mains, Auratone small reference monitors, a 32-channel inline Soundtracs Jade console, three ADAT machines with BRC control, Emagic Logic Platinum 6 and Tascam analog 16-track machine 85-16B, with plans to acquire an MCI, Studer or Otari analog multitrack recorder in the near future.

For more on WSDG, visit www.wsdg.com.

ABKCO Records Uses ATC Monitors
ABKCO Records has installed a stereo pair of ATC SCM50ASL Pro active, three-way monitor speakers in the company's pre-production listening environment, where they are primarily used for archive research, track sequencing and quality control of digitally re-mastered material at its Manhattan facility.

"They're very musical and have great midrange, and they're so accurate," said chief audio engineer and tape archive researcher Teri Landi of the ATC monitors. "The facility that I have here is a pre-production studio that contains vintage and state-of-the-art equipment." One of Landi's tasks is to research the company's archive of original analog recordings. "I go through the tapes and listen, A/B-ing them to figure out what is a source master and what is a copy. I don't suffer from any kind of ear fatigue when I've listened to these [on the ATC monitors] for a couple of hours. I don't get at all fatigued from the high end. And I find them to be very true and very revealing. I can listen more critically for longer with these speakers."

For more on the ATC monitors, visit its distributor, Transamerica Audio Group, at www.transaudiogroup.com. Visit ABKCO Records online at www.abkco.com.

Mackie Monitors Used on 'Matrix Reloaded'
Mackie Designs' new HR626 Studio Monitors were chosen to help produce the soundtrack for The Matrix Reloaded, the second installment in The Matrix. The Mackie speakers are now a permanent fixture at Danetracks Inc., the West Hollywood sound editorial facility that was hired by the Wachowski Brothers and Joel Silver to complete sound editorial and design on The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.

Dane Davis, who founded Danetracks in 1986, has served as supervising sound editor/sound designer for such film as 8 Mile, Treasure Planet, Thirteen Ghosts, Red Planet, Boogie Nights and many others. "While sounding even and good to me, I trust the Mackies to tell me a truth that gets revealed on the final mix stage," said Davis. "The worst thing for me is to hear details and harmonics in my own sound design studio environment that completely disappear when they project from the big theater speakers and have other layers superimposed onto them. I have yet to be surprised by harmonics or textures of my sounds on the dubbing stage that I did not hear previously in my studio from the Mackies. They are a great 'preview' speaker to work through.

"A big part of making sound effects that will 'read' when incorporated into a mix with hundreds of other sounds and musical instruments is knowing how much 'cut through' each sound has, meaning that its acoustic essence won't easily be masked out. On a soundtrack as dense and complex as The Matrix movies, we need to hear all of our elements accurately ahead of time. Any clarity and definition we hear in our own rooms that is illusory by the standards of the final mix stage actually works against us. The Mackie HR626s, because they are a great near-field approximation of a movie theater, help us make sounds that will realistically add to the whole of the soundtrack."

Eric Lindemann, sound effects designer at Danetracks, also played a key role in the current Matrix film. Lindemann is currently working with Dane on Matrix Revolutions. "This is one of the most challenging projects of my career, and the accuracy of the new 626s has played a major role in translating my work to the big screen," Lindemann said. "I designed a large part of the effects including the guns, graphic displays and titles. I'm using five 626s in a classic equidistant 5.1-channel surround orientation with the Mackie HRS150 handling the LFE channel, and they sounded very accurate and did not over-emphasize any one part of the mix."

For more information, visit Mackie online at www.mackie.com.

DMT Rentals Supplies Pro Tools Recording Systems for 'Terminator 3'
Renowned music scoring mixer Dennis Sands (Cast Away, Contact, Forrest Gump) called upon DMT Rentals for his most recent film, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, which will be released in mid-July. The DMT-supplied systems used to capture Marco Beltrami's score during dates at the Sony Scoring Stage (Culver City, Calif.) and mixing sessions at the Warner Bros' Eastwood Scoring Stage (Burbank, Calif.) included two custom-designed DMT Super Pro Tools|HD recording systems; the system bypasses the normal Digidesign converters, operates at mixed sampling frequencies and combines all system components in a fully integrated rack unit..

The film's soundtrack combines 128 synth tracks and 64 tracks of live orchestra. "For the T3 scoring sessions, we used two separate DMT Pro Tools systems," Sands said. "One Pro Tools|HD system was dedicated to capture the orchestra, while another Pro Tools rig replayed the synthesizer elements, allowing me to creatively handle the complex mix. With some of the projects I work on, it's not unusual to have over 200 channels going to the mix; you just run out of faders. One of Pro Tool's great features is that you have the ability to mix inside the workstation without taking up channels on the console."

The DMT Super Pro Tools|HD recording system includes eight channels of Pacific Microsonics Model Two 192kHz AD/DA converters, 40 channels of Genex 192 kHz GXA8 Linear Phase A/D converters and dB Technologies 96kHz D/A converters, linked to a Digidesign Pro Tools|HD DAW equipped with 64 digital I/O and 48 analog I/O ports. Accessories include a Rosendahl Nanosyncs master clock, a Gefen Extender System, two UPS units and a 23-inch Sony widescreen display. Finally, a 48-channel iZ Technology RADAR HDR system running at 48 kHz serves as a backup recorder.

"DMT Rentals is a key element in my world," Sands enthused. "Since I cannot afford a single breakdown–especially when we are up against the gun while recording the score and remixing it for the dub stage–I rely on DMT and its staff to keep me up and running. Since we are always chasing the clock, I cannot afford a moment's downtime. DMT keeps me active with reliable, well-maintained hardware and on-the-button staff. It's a perfect combination for me."

For more, visit DMT online at www.dmtrentals.com.

Disc Makers' Independent Music World Series Winner Announced
Orbert Davis won the night at the Disc Makers Independent Music World Series (IMWS) Midwest finals held at the Elbo Room in Chicago. As the grand prize winner, Davis took home over $35,000 in prizes, including recording gear, instruments, CD manufacturing services, DJ equipment and more.

"We just came to play music," said Davis. "It's truly an honor to be recognized among so many talented musicians tonight.  It shows us that jazz is alive and well. The Independent Music World Series and all it represents is a blessing for the future of music."

Davis was one of six finalists who competed at the event before a panel of 12 judges, including representatives from The Grammy Awards, ASCAP, Billboard magazine, the Illinois Entertainer, Shure, The Chicago Tribune, Q-101 radio station and Warner Bros. Over 1,300 unsigned bands and individual artists submitted entries for the Midwest region of the IMWS. The other finalists included Stephanie Dosen (Waukesha, Wis.), Smokin’ with Superman (Madison, Wis.), The Response (Milwaukee), The Lancaster Sound (Yukon, Okla.) and Phat Punktion (Middleton, Wis.).

Produced by Disc Makers, the IMWS is a live music showcase series that provides musicians with a unique opportunity to showcase their talents, make valuable industry contacts and compete for over $35,000 in prizes. Showcases are held in each of four regions throughout the country (Midwest, Southeast, Northeast and Southwest), and is open to all musicians unsigned to a major record label and to all styles and genres of music. Professional music screeners from TAXI selected 100 semi-finalists from the entries and the editors of Billboard magazine chose the six finalists.

For more information on the Independent Music World Series, visit www.discmakers.com/imws.

Claudius Bruese String Section Now at Wizoosounds.com
The Claudius Bruese String Section Pack is now available in Halion, EXS24 and Giga formats exclusively from wizoosounds.com, either for download or as a custom-made iCD.

The high-quality library features symphonic-size string sections comprising 16 violins, 12 violas, 10 cellos and eight double basses; the instruments were recorded at 24 bit with a natural room ambience, and are available as legato, pizzicato, spiccato, tremolo, and whole and semitone trills.

Richard Smith, AKG Allow Harmonica to be Wireless
To overcome the challenge of keeping the microphone from slipping and disrupting the cup formed by a harmonica player's hands to create specific sounds, inventor Richard Smith has created the first wireless electric harmonica using components from AKG's WMS 40 Microtools.

Based in the UK, Smith developed the harmonica with an built-in microphone and a belt-mounted preamp to provide the instrument with the necessary power. This approach immediately removes the task of juggling instrument and a traditional microphone at the same time. During development, Smith tested many wireless products, but ultimately chose AKG's WMS 40 Microtools Series MP 40 Micropen. The components were integrated into the harmonica; the patented instrument, given the brand name "Harmonix," will be available this year.

The first model Smith tested was a large 16-hole chromatic harmonica of the type commonly used by Stevie Wonder. Because of its size, the harmonica has two omnidirectional 6mm condenser microphone capsules installed at the rear of the instrument. Smaller chromatic and blues harmonicas will only require one microphone. The MP 40 transmitter chip is integrated into the harmonica body and a 1.5-volt battery inside the rear-panel battery compartment powers the whole system.

For more, visit AKG online at www.akgusa.com.

Tom Cochrane on the Road With InnovaSon
Canadian troubadour Tom Cochrane and his band, Red Rider, are on the road again traveling with the InnovaSon Grand Live digital mixing console at FOH and the new Sy40 at monitors. Manned by FOH engineer/tour manager Ettore DeDivitiis and monitor engineer Mark "Cubby" Radu, the consoles, supplied by PA Plus in Toronto, are accompanying multimillion-record-selling singer/songwriter Cochrane as he tours the U.S. and Canada through the summer.

DeDivitiis, an eight-year veteran, said that the technically savvy Cochrane took little convincing to adopt the consoles. "We talked him into using the InnovaSons mainly for their ease of use," he commented. "With the keyboard, there are so many shortcuts. Whenever you want to see your compressors onscreen, it's Alt+B. Hit the Select button on any input or output and it comes up on the screen. All the knobs are in front of you. It's almost like working with an analog board, where you can grab things quickly. I find the onboard processing to be really nice. I use all the comps, gates, everything onboard. So I didn't have to have a ton of racks out front. I had a drive rack with some effects and the InnovaSon. We have minimal stage gear, so with the InnovaSons, it made the truck pack quicker with less crew people at load-in, so you save union costs. And when you're doing theaters, for financial reasons, you don't want to kill a lot of seats. It saves everywhere.

"Because I was road managing," DeDivitiis continued, "Mark Radu took care of setting up monitors, flying the P.A. and throwing the front of house up for me. It was a one-man job, with eight boxes a side and four subs a side–whether they were flown or ground-stacked–and he was up and running and making noise within two hours."

Said Radu of the U.S. gigs: "That was the biggest advantage: having the whole rig self-contained within the console and one rack. It's basically a remote rack, an in-ear rack and the console. We built an analog 32-channel split to be able to throw the [venue's] front of house a set of tails."

For more on the tour, visit www.innovason.com.

Universal Audio Offers Hardware Rebate
Universal Audio announced a special summer rebate offer on its hardware products. Customers who purchase the Universal Audio 1176LN, 2-610, M-610 or 2108 will receive $100 back and $200 back on the purchase of a Universal Audio LA-2A. This special rebate is only good on products purchased between June 15 until September 1, 2003.

All the customer needs to do to receive the rebate is send in a coupon that they received from their dealer and their sales receipt. Universal Audio will then send them a check. The "Red Hot Summer Rebate" will be available in the Universal Audio Webzine in the Featured Promotion section at www.uaudio.com/webzine.

CreamWare Files for Protection From Creditors
On June 2, 2003, the management of CreamWare Datentechnik GmbH filed an application for protection from creditors with the district council in Bonn, Germany. The court appointed attorney Dirk Obermüller as the preliminary insolvency administrator.

The application was filed due to a delay in the finalization of the Noah synthesizer product; software for the Noah synthesizer was delayed until May, while the Noah hardware was already in full production since March 2003, thus causing unforeseen financial strain on the company. Meanwhile, the Noah synthesizer is now available and shipping. The company and the preliminary insolvency administrator are currently concentrating on securing supplier agreements and existing relationships. CreamWare's suppliers and customers will soon be contacted with further information. The company will remain in full operation and maintain its full staff of 55 employees.

For more, visit www.creamware.com.

Mackie Kicks off Its Makeover Promotion
Mackie Designs has launched its summer Mackie Makeover promotion that gives musicians the chance to win a free makeover for their recording studio or rehearsal setup.

From now until August 2, 2003, interested parties can sign up for the contest through Mackie's home page at www.mackie.com, and contestants will then choose if they want either the recording studio or rehearsal space "facelift." Upon the conclusion of the contest, Mackie will randomly select two winners: one winner for each setup.

One winner will receive the "Recording Studio Makeover," which consists of a D8B Digital Mixer, a pair of HR824 Active Studio Monitors and an HDR24/96 Hard Disk Recorder/Editor; the other winner will receive the "Rehearsal Space Makeover," which comprises an SR32·4-VLZ Pro Live Sound Mixer, two C300 Loudspeakers and two M·800 Power Amplifiers.

No purchase is necessary to win. Contestants can sign up through the Mackie Website, or by sending Mackie a 3x5 postcard with their name, address and telephone number to:
Mackie Designs Inc.
Attn: Mackie Makeover
16220 Wood-Red Rd.
Woodinville, WA 98072

Audio Toys Announces First U.S. Install of Audient Aztec Console
The first U.S. installation of an Audient Aztec console was in the popular Nightclub 9:30 in Washington, D.C. Head engineer Shawn "Gus" Vitale evaluated numerous FOH consoles for the club's sound system upgrade and found the Audient Aztec to be a perfect match. Vitale owned and operated Gus Sound, his own successful multiunit sound reinforcement company for 18 years, where he worked with popular regional acts like Fugazi, Shudder to Think, Not Even and Bruno Loves Danger.

The original Nightclub 9:30, located in downtown D.C., dates back to the early 1980s; in 1996, the club expanded to a much larger venue in Northwest Washington. The new facility features a large main room and a wrap-around multi-tiered balcony. The performance area is outfitted with movable stage and lighting/speaker truss system to accommodate for show size. Recent performances at the club include Bob Dylan, Vince Gill, The Pretenders, Joe Jackson and Norah Jones.

The upgrade from the club's Crest GTX-40 FOH console has been in the works for some time, said Vitale. "We've been planning this major upgrade for over a year. It was essential that I make the best decision for the club and for the performers. We host multiple-act shows nearly every night of the year with styles ranging from world music to alternative rock to folk to R&B and metal, so I needed to find a top-notch console that was flexible enough to handle just about anything. Who would be using the console was a very important consideration. I wanted to make sure that the board was both comprehensive in its feature set and, at the same time, a comfortable fit for incoming tour engineers."

The Aztec frame can be fitted with 32, 40 or 48 mic/line input channels, and all models include two additional stereo line-level inputs and stereo "ambience" microphone inputs to facilitate in-ear monitor mixing. "The inclusion of stereo aux sends is also very handy for the occasions when the front-of-house engineer wants to retain control of the main performer's in-ear monitors," Vitale said. "Two well-implemented and extremely useful features of the Aztec are the peak-reading, eight-segment input meters on every fader pack, and the fact that Audient included balanced sets of insert inputs and outputs on just about everything: channels, mains, subgroups, auxiliary sends." The console also features 12 auxiliary outputs configured as eight mono and two stereo sends, plus eight subgroup outputs and a 12x8 matrix.

Vitale sends a stereo mix from the Audient console to Klark-Technik DN3600 programmable equalizers and dbx 480/260 Driverack processors before feeding a wall of 18 Crest Audio CA 12 amplifiers (nine amps per side). The club's stereo mains system comprises 12 EAW KF850E fullrange cabinets and eight SB1000Z sub cabinets. Four KF850Es are flown above each side of the stage for general and upper-level fill, with two more KF850Es and four SB1000Z subs stacked on either side of the stage.

For more on the Aztec, visit www.audiotoys.com. Check out the club at www.930.com.

Gefen Shows 4x4 DVI Matrix Switch
Initially unveiled at NAB, Gefen's new 4x4 DVI Matrix Switch ($2,499) allows maximum access to digital devices with minimum networking hassles. Tailored to studios, home theaters, presentation venues and similar environments that use digital flat panels, projectors or high-definition televisions (HDTV), the 4x4 DVI Matrix Switch offers flexibility in routing four DVI sources to four DVI displays.

Once connected and powered, each source is easily assigned to one of the displays. The switch also ensures high-resolution video output because it employs the full DVI bandwidth to transmit digital video signals from the DVI source, through the matrix and to the displays. Weighing less than eight pounds, it's a rackmountable unit that is equipped with four DVI inputs, four DVI display outputs and USB outputs for keyboard/mouse or touch screens. Remote control and extension options are available.

Find out full product specs at www.gefen.com.

Trivers/Meyers Music Uses Orchestra for Live Recordings
Trivers/Myers Music Inc.has finished recording the music for Qwest Communications, which featured the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and were recorded "in the round" at Boettcher Hall in Denver. The orchestra provided its services to Denver-based Qwest, with the musical arrangements composed and produced by Trivers/Myers of Los Angeles.

Boettcher Hall's "in the round" configuration provided the perfect location for the 60-piece orchestra. The musicians were seated on the back two-thirds of the circular wooden stage with audience seating behind and in front of the orchestra. The recording sessions were engineered by Judy Clapp using the Toy Box remote truck from Audio Consultants; David Soran, owner of Audio Consultants handled the on-site sound recording and the five miles of sound cables necessary to hook up truck and stage.

"This recording session was challenging from beginning to end, and the musical result was outstanding," said composer John Trivers. "Sometimes, unexpected technical problems can affect the quality of the music, but in this case, everything worked in our favor." The compositions recorded were used in four TV commercial soundtracks: "On Your Terms" and "There for You," as well as an eight-minute documentary film.

Numerous Mics Used on VH1's 'Divas Duets'
Hosted by Queen Latifah, the VH1 Divas Duets: A Benefit Concert for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation–held on May 22, 2003 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas–featured leading artists such as Chaka Khan, Beyoncé Knowles, Lisa Marie Presley, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Mary J. Blige, Jewel, Ashanti, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler, Stevie Wonder, Pat Benatar, Shania Twain, Bobby Brown and the Isley Brothers.

Over 50 Audio-Technica microphones were used onstage, including the new Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF Wireless System, as well as two dozen Neumann KK 105-S/Sennheiser 5000 wireless microphone systems and an InnovaSon Grand Live Digital Console at FOH. New York City-based Wireless First supplied all of the wireless microphones. Location recording specialists Effanel Music, under the direction of music mixer John Harris, mixed and recorded the event in their L7 all-digital remote recording truck. Chaka Khan, Knowles, Presley, Blige, Jewel, Wonder and Twain all used Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF Wireless System for frontline vocals. In addition, a broad range of the company's wired microphones were employed, including AE5400 (backup vocals), AE2500 (kick), AT4050 (overheads and percussion), AE5100 (hi-hat and percussion), AT4047 (guitar and bass guitar cabinets) and ATM35 (horns). Those using the hybrid Neumann/Sennheiser mics included Dion, Houston and Bobby Brown, Ashanti, the Isley Brothers, Benatar and host Latifah, as well as presenter Osbourne.

Ableton Announces Special Offer for ACID Owners
During the month of June, ACID Pro and ACID music owners (Version 2.0 or higher) can buy LIVE 2 at a discount. By visiting www.ableton.com/acidspecialoffer, users can download the order form and send it to Ableton with the original document showing the ACID serial number or bring the original document showing the ACID serial number to a local dealer and purchase LIVE for $232.50.

This offer from Ableton does not require ACID users to stop using their old software. "A lot of the musicians working at Ableton have been using versions of ACID before LIVE was released," said Rutger de Groot, commercial director at Ableton. "One thing we always hear from these users is that they are excited by the fact that they are now able to bring their compositions 'to life' by rebuilding them (with the same loops) in LIVE. In LIVE, the song can be 'played' and improvised with, rather than just being a fixed composition. Now, users can take their songs onstage and perform them. We know that there are a lot of ACID users out there who might be interested in this same experience. Therefore, we wanted to give them that opportunity and offer LIVE for a special price."

SAE to Open New Campus
SAE Institute's new 1 million square-foot World Headquarters facility in Byron Bay, Australia, is slated for completion later this year. The new degree center will offer SAE’s first university-style campus, complete with student housing, performance space and over 130 audio/video suites and practical workstations. The campus's main studio will also feature a Solid State Logic XL 9000 K Series Superanalogue Console.

The Byron Bay World Headquarters grand opening (set for July 25th, 2003) coincides with the establishment of Studios 301 Byron Bay, the latest in owner Tom Misner’s studio group, which will exist as a separately run, on-site professional recording facility and home of 301 Records, Misner’s new record label. The new center will offer Bachelor of Arts (Honors) Degrees in Audio Engineering, Creative Media and Digital Film. The new complex will also house facilities for newly added elective courses including Dance Music, Digital Animation and Live Sound curriculum.

According to Misner, "We have designed the campus to give students a more interactive and enveloping experience during their education with us, in an environment where SAE's 'hands-on' approach to learning can be upheld to the fullest. The degree center will serve as a main hub of activity for SAE worldwide."

For more, visit www.sae.edu.

Recent Sessions at Taproot Audio Design
Taproot Audio Design (Oxford, Miss.) recently finished mastering new projects by Robert "Duke" Tillman for Malaco Records; two new tracks by the Circuit Riders for a Rainy Day Pictures short film score; a double-disc set of Thacker Mountain Radio An Anthology of Words and Music for broadcast on Public Radio Mississippi; the sophomore release by Tyler Keith and The Preacher's Kids for Get Hip Records; and also a live recording of the University of Mississippi Woodwinds Quintet.

Visit the studio online at www.taprootaudiodesign.com.

InnovaSon Helps Out Univision Event
For the past four years, Carlton Audio Services (Davey, Fla.) travels to New York City to handle the sound design for Hispanic network Univision's corporate "Upfront" advertising presentation. This year, the event was held on May 13 in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. Chris Carlton, president of Carlton Audio, shipped two InnovaSon Grand Live digital consoles on loan from Abba Trading Company to Lincoln Center to handle the music mix for the two live bands.

"Having InnovaSon's all-digital, completely recallable console makes any show with multiple bands much easier to pull off. Its comprehensive dynamics and equalization processing on each channel allowed us to dispense with the two full racks of outboard equipment that we used to drag around for these shows. Thanks to InnovaSon's transparent, intuitive interface, there was hardly any learning curve for our guest band mixers and for our monitor engineer Jason Curtis."

Carlton Audio Service's rig also included speakers and amplifiers from d&b audiotechnik, a Yamaha DM2000 production console, FSI Ears EM3s, and microphones from Sennheiser, Shure and AKG.

For more, visit www.innovason.com.

Video Symphony Garners ETP Funding
On the fifth anniversary of funding from California's Employment Training Panel (ETP), Video Symphony, a Hollywood TV, film and DVD education center, has been awarded a new, two-year, $1.2 million contract to provide 100% subsidized upgrade training to professionals employed by California digital media production companies.

ETP funds are awarded to a select group of training centers, with the expressly defined intent of helping to keep California's digital technology companies competitive and to diminish export of production work elsewhere.

Regarding the award, Mike Flanagan, president of Video Symphony, said, "In partnership with ETP since l998, Video Symphony has trained hundreds of California's film/video editors, sound editors and engineers, DVD authors, 3-D animators and graphic artists. Now, with this new award, many more can afford to expand their expertise utilizing our expertise and facilities."

ETP-qualified companies can send employees to Video Symphony for 24 to 64 hours of intensive, hands-on, job-related training without direct cost to employer or employee. "The ultimate beneficiaries of this extraordinary fund are the students we train and the companies they work for," Flanagan added. "Students get 'state-of-the-science' know-how, and companies get 'up-to-speed' employees."

Video Symphony's ETP specialist, Dan Murphy, said, "To qualify, employees need to be on payroll full time. Although we train editors and artists for all of the major studios and television outfits, many small one- and two-person production companies also qualify. A sole proprietor could also send himself or herself for training here."

Courses available at Video Symphony include: "Film and Video Editing" for Avid Media Composer, XpressDV and Apple Final Cut Pro; "Audio Editing and Mixing on Digidesign Pro Tools," including Certification Series for music and post-production; "DVD Authoring" for Sonic DVD Creator and Scenarist and Apple DVD Studio Pro; "Graphics and Motion Graphics" for Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, After Effects and BorisFX: and "3D Animation and Special Effects" geared toward Lightwave 3D, Maya, Discreet Combustion and more.

Video Symphony is located at 731 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505; 818/557-7200. For more, visit www.videosymphony.com.

Steven Klein Soundproofs Honda R&D Center
Steven Klein SCR recently completed an application-specific Audio Production Room for Honda Research & Development Center, based in Torrance, Calif. The new facility comprises a soundproofed area where the interior environment of a typical automobile can be simulated using material recorded inside various vehicles, plus a companion control room. The facility will test a range of audio systems intended for use within Honda automotive products.

"The project included consulting, design and installation of acoustic treatments to ensure outstanding sonic clarity and isolation," Klein said. "We handled installation of a modular isolation booth, in which the R&D Center can perform voice recording inside a simulated automobile environment, plus installation of the Honda-specified equipment package."

"The new Audio Production Room will serve a number of purposes," said Ed Castaldi, senior project engineer at Honda R&D Center. "Firstly, we need to examine how a noisy environment affects the way in which drivers and passengers interact with voice-controlled systems. Secondly, we want to test voice-recognition and response systems by recording voices within noisy environments. And, finally, we want to evaluate the audio quality and playback properties of in-car systems.

"The entire design and construction project–start to finish–took less than a month," Castaldi continued. "We decided to convert an existing storage space into a self-contained facility, including an 8-foot-square acoustic isolation cubicle; essentially, a room within a room." The isolation room contains a 5.1-channel loudspeaker array linked to playback systems and a mixing console located in an adjacent control room area.

In terms of the acoustic installation, Steven Klein SCR placed extra insulation above the grid tiles to provide additional isolation, while 1-inch absorption fabric panels were installed as wall treatments. "Because we were involved as consultants for the equipment, we recommended the use of Hayes Spatial One monitors," Klein said. "Spatial One monitors provide excellent imaging for both stereo and 5.1 mixing. Their performance proved astounding in this environment."

More information can be found at www.soundcontrolroom.com.

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