Mix News for October

Nov 7, 2003 12:00 PM, By Sarah Benzuly

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News October 16 - 31

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M-Audio Releases Studiophile LX4 Surround Sound System
M-Audio is now offering its new Studiophile LX4 2.1 System and Studiophile LX4 5.1 Expander, which, together, comprise the Studiophile LX4 Surround Sound System.

The Studiophile LX4 2.1 System offers two satellites and a subwoofer for high-performance 2.1 monitoring. The subwoofer contains the active crossover matrix for both the 2.1 system and the completely expanded 5.1 system. The integral 125-watt power amp houses enough power for the full surround system: 60 watts for the subwoofer and 27 watts for each of the five satellites in the full LX4 Surround Sound System. The passive satellites contain a 4-inch polypropylene woofer and 1-inch mylar high-frequency drivers.

The Studiophile LX4 5.1 Expander is a separate package comprising three additional LX4 passive satellites. These simply connect to the subwoofer of the LX4 2.1 System to complete the LX4 Surround Sound System.

"We're very excited about the modular design of the LX4 Surround Sound System," said Adam Castillo, marketing director at M-Audio. "Lots of people are anxious to get into surround sound, but aren't sure they're ready to commit. The LX4s allow users to buy the LX4 2.1 system today for a better-than-stereo experience and amortize their investment by simply expanding the system when they are ready for surround. Combined with their compact size, the passive design of the satellites is also a plus because people have found it challenging to route AC from the same circuit all over a room for active surround environments. The LX4s are simply our response to what the market wants."

The LX4 2.1 System and LX4 5.1 Expander carry MSRPs of $349.95 and $199.95, respectively. Both products are now shipping.

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

RealTraps Announces MicroTraps
RealTraps' MicroTraps acoustic panels are 2x4 feet and only 1-inch thick, and are built with a dual-layer membrane to enhance their low-frequency absorption. Like the company's original MiniTraps, MicroTraps are made with rigid Fiberglas and metal, so they have a Class-A fire rating and can be installed in public venues.

According to RealTraps co-owner Ethan Winer, "The main problems in most studios and listening rooms are acoustic interference that skews the low-frequency response and excessive ambience that obscures musical detail and causes listener fatigue. Many engineers and audiophiles cover their walls with foam, which just makes the room too dead at high frequencies while doing nothing for the low end. MicroTraps are much more absorbent than foam panels at all frequencies, so they do a superior job overall and with fewer pieces. Their low cost and light weight also make them ideal for larger installations like churches and auditoriums. Best of all, they install easily with one nail or hook—just like a picture—without glue or wall damage."

MicroTraps come with a MSRP of $99.99. Additional product information can be found at www.realtraps.com.

Joseph M. Cohen Elected to NMT Board of Directors
National Mobile Television Inc. (NMT) announced that its Board of Directors has elected Joseph M. Cohen as a director of the company, effective immediately. Cohen has been appointed to serve on both the Compensation and Governance Committees, and will also be the fifth director on the NMT Board, joining Steve Clifford, Mark Howorth, Chris Brothers and Jim Ford.

In addition to his new responsibilities for NMT, Cohen currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of HTN Communications, which he acquired for the third time in June 2003. The company, which is anchored by the former Hughes Television Network, will serve as the foundation for future acquisitions in sports, television and communications. Prior to his current tenure as owner of HTN, Cohen co-founded USA Network and implemented MSG's HDTV initiative in 2000. His previous experience includes stints as president of Madison Square Garden Network, principal owner of the Z channel in Los Angeles and chairman of the NHL's Los Angeles Kings. Most recently, he served as executive VP of Madison Square Garden, where he returned from 1995 through 2002 to oversee the MSG Network, Fox Sports Net New York and MSG Radio.

"I am honored to be selected to the National Mobile Television Board of Directors," said Cohen. "I look forward to working with the other board members and management of NMT in breaking new ground and furthering the success of the company."

"Mr. Cohen will be a very important ingredient in the mix here at NMT," said Steve Clifford, Chairman of the Board of NMT. "His numerous accomplishments in the field of sports television speak for themselves. Simply put, he knows what it takes to grow and thrive in this industry, both in terms of technology and company size. NMT will benefit from his insights and experience in the months and years to come."

"We are pleased to welcome Joe Cohen to National Mobile Television's board of directors," commented Mark Howorth, CEO of NMT. "His proven track record and knowledge of the industry will be invaluable assets to the company as we continue to grow and push the technological envelope into the high-definition age."

For more information, visit www.nmtv.com.

Lexicon Pro Launches Omega Desktop Recording Studio
Lexicon Pro!", a Harman International Company, announced the launch of Omega Desktop Recording Studio!". Omega Studio is an integrated computer recording system that includes the Omega 8x4x2 USB I/O mixer, ProTracks Plus!" 32-track recording software, and the company's reverb plug-in, Pantheon!".

Differentiating itself from standard computer I/O boxes that are typically based on a patchbay paradigm, the Omega 8x4x2 USB I/O mixer is based on a mixer paradigm and includes input, output and mixing functions that support a variety of tracking/monitoring applications, while requiring no additional mixing hardware. The Omega I/O mixer provides eight inputs that are assignable in pairs to any of four simultaneous record channels featuring ultratransparent, high-resolution A/D converters to capture the user's performance with 24-bit quality. Two of the inputs feature extremely low-noise dbx® mic preamps with 48-volt phantom power and TRS insert points. Four TRS active balanced line inputs accept up to +22dBu signals to allow interfacing to either unbalanced or professional high-output level balanced equipment. Included are an S/PDIF input combined with an additional DAC for zero latency, and direct monitoring of the S/PDIF source to allow simultaneous tracking of analog and digital sources. A high-impedance instrument input is located on the front panel. The Omega I/O mixer provides a peak indicator for each analog input, as well as an assignable bar graph meter for signal-level monitoring. By monitoring the signal at the A/D converters, it avoids the problems with software-only level monitoring that can miss clipping. The Omega I/O mixer also includes a fully opto-isolated MIDI input to ensure that there is no ground loop hum or MIDI talk-through noise. MIDI output has synchronization to USB frame rate to support applications requiring critical sync.

ProTracks Plus is a comprehensive 32-track recording suite that includes all of the necessary modules for tracking, editing, processing, sequencing and mixing. It includes intuitive nonlinear editing, plug-in support and acidized looping features, as well as a full-featured MIDI sequencer with event editing, automation features and soft synth support.

Designed by the company's engineers, the Pantheon reverb plug-in offers 35 factory presets featuring six reverb types (hall, chamber, plate, room, ambience and custom) controlled by an intuitive user interface with 16 editable parameters.

Omega Studio has an estimated street price of $349.99, and will be available in November. For more information, visit www.lexiconpro.com.

Riot Act Announces Numerous Samples for Download
Through the company's affiliation with Great Britain's Tape Gallery, Riot Act now offers more than 200,000 sound effects, samples and loops of many types from 55 world-famous libraries including Zero-G, Crawfords, Optifex, Prosonus and award-winning sound designers.

All sounds can be located and auditioned for free on the company's search engine at www.riot-act.com/riotactdownloads.htm. Searches can be performed by typing in descriptive words or the name of the library. Similarly, each library represented may be auditioned in its entirety by visiting www.riot-act.com/affiliates.htm, browsing the library listing and clicking on the library's name or logo.

All sounds are available in 16-bit 44.1kHz and 48kHz sampling rates, and may be downloaded in .WAV and .AIFF stereo formats.

Cube-Tec QUADRIGA Used at Library of Congress
Cube-Tec's distributor Sascom Marketing Group has delivered a comprehensive QUADRIGA audio archival systems to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Because future plans include audio restoration on the same system, the Library of Congress chose the AudioCube 5-based QUADRIGA system, using a Dell D650 dual-2.66GHz processor workstation. The AudioCube 5 system includes 36GB system and audio drives, CD and DVD burners, Mykerinos 24-channel audio card, Wavelab 4 and Nuendo editors, and NetSupport remote help software. The system also includes four QUADRIGA Import Modules to facilitate automated or semi-automated capturing from several different sources, including 1/2-inch tape, vinyl, cassette and a variety of other source machines.

On the QUADRIGA software side, the system is configured with the BWF-Editor, which includes the "BatchProcessor," "FSC-Checker" (File Security Code) and "BWF-Merger" modules. For audio analysis during the capturing process, the system includes AnalogObserver, the analytical engine for all audio analysis done on the QUADRIGA system. To facilitate the analysis of audio files that are already in the digital domain, the system includes the 192kHz version of the "AudioFile-Inspector," an analytical module that identifies and logs errors that exist in both the analog and digital domain within digital files. Quality reports generated during capturing, or subsequent to capturing, with AudioFile-Inspector are stored with other metadata in the header of the Broadcast .WAV file.

For more, visit Cube-Tec at www.cube-tec.com.

Soundart Releases Infiltrator
Soundart has released Infiltrator Version 1.0, which was designed and developed by an independent professional engineer from Norway. Infiltrator is principally a vocoder that can re-create classic vocoder architectures, but can also be used as a DJ performance filter to a multiband compressor and detailed stereo EQ.

Features include highly detailed control with physical units (e.g., 0.00001 seconds); two 24-channel filter banks with up to 2/4/6/8-pole, with 11 filter types; re-configurable architecture to create EQs, multiband compressors, vocoders and more; multiple compressors/expanders/gates with look-ahead; sophisticated silence/voiced/unvoiced detector; built-in MIDI synthesizer with twin oscillators and noise generator; ring mod and FM synthesis features; eight sets of three assignable real-time controllers for instant control; real-time control of all filter banks for vocoding FX; three LFOs to control the real-time controls to create fantastic FX; quick/full edit modes (different editing levels for speed and simplicity or deep control); extensive metering and monitoring of internal signals; internal storage of 99 user programs, with over 55 factory setups; dynamic allocation of DSP resources, allowing different configurations to use the hardware; delay FX on the inputs, outputs or internally in multiband mode for unusual frequency-dependent delay FX; very extensive 130-plus-page manual.

Infiltrator 1.0 is available now as a free download for Chameleon users on Soundart's Website at www.soundart-hot.com/english/users1_7.htm.

Taylor-Made Productions Installs Amek Board
Taylor-Made Productions, located in metropolitan New Jersey, retrofitted its studio with a 48-input Amek Media 51 desk. Josh Thomas of Sonic Circus facilitated the sale of the new mixing console, with installation, modifications and commissioning provided by Michael O'Hora of Molecular Electronics.

Through his company, Glenn Taylor, Taylor-Made Productions' owner, chief engineer and composer, has produced major-label recording artists, written national commercials, scored feature-length productions and produced countless radio spots. He has also penned the music for many documentary films and Fortune 500 corporate A/V productions, as well as done sound design for a variety of toy and game manufacturers.

On choosing the Amek board, Taylor said, "I had worked on Ameks in other studios and always enjoyed them. Plus, I owned a pair of 9098i mic preamps, so I already knew how wonderfully transparent the Rupert Neve EQs and preamps would sound on a desk like the Media 51. This console really fills a niche: Not many companies these days are making a large-format analog console in that price range. To properly move up from the Media 51, you'd have to spend into the six digits, which is simply cost-prohibitive for many studios like mine."

As the desk was being installed, Taylor had O'Hora harvest a number of mods from the studio's previous console and integrate them into the new Amek. "We drilled a lot of holes," Taylor said, "but after you build three studios in a 25-year span, you know what little 'extras' you'd like to have available. Thanks to the brilliant work of Michael, my Amek is now equipped with latching talkback, telephone interface talkback, speaker switching for up to six sets of speakers, digital stopwatch, latching slate and two surface-mounted headphone cues so I can record myself acoustically here in the control room when working on music scoring projects."

Taylor further color-coded his auxiliary knob caps (available from Selco) to correspond to frequently used processors. He also had Thomas at Sonic Circus provide another modification: "The Media 51 features space for 12 rows of patchbays as standard and I needed more. So I requested that Josh order the custom-milling of three extra rows into the blank section on the meterbridge above the patchbay area. I now have a total of 15 rows of Re'an patching at my disposal, which is of paramount importance with all of the different formats I offer: 32/24 tracks of 2-inch analog, 32 tracks of Pro Tools|HD, 24 tracks of DA-88s, plus mic patching, direct outs and six racks of outboard gear. All but about half-a-row of patchbay space is now being used!"

Taylor is currently producing a new CD with his own band, The Kootz (www.thekootz.com), and is gearing up to once again work with Tommy James and The Shondells in the coming weeks.

For more information on Taylor-Made Productions, visit www.taylormadeprod.com. For more on the board, visit Amek online at www.amek.com.

Symetrix Ships AirTools Studio Matrix
Symetrix announced the first shipments of its AirTools Studio Matrix, a modular system that is intended to handle audio routing and ancillary signal processing in small- to mid-sized broadcast facilities.

The Studio Matrix comprises a variety of rack-mountable components, most with onboard DSP, that network to each other to form a powerful system centrally located in the facility. That central location is typically the main rack room. The resulting system is capable of routing, switching, mixing, dynamics, automatic gain control (AGC), parametric and graphic equalization, multiple modes of filtering and more. Any component can be made redundant. Onsite system control is handled in a number of ways, while Ethernet capability provides for remote access over the Web.

The individual components will be introduced to the market in phases. The first phase includes the Icarus and Ulysses, with 16 mono line-level analog inputs and outputs, respectively. Future releases will include Narcissus, supporting eight channels of AES/EBU input, and Oedipus, with eight channels of AES output. Homer (shown), a 4-input/4-output remote breakout with mic/line inputs and phantom power, is intended for use in air and production studios, providing remote I/O for the system. As many as four Homers can interface with Iliad, a DSP-based 16x16 integrated in the Studio Matrix ring in the rack room.

Control I/O will also be available in the initial phase. This RS485-based device expands control functionality by supporting analog pots, closures and encoders, and MIDI controllers such as fader packs. It also includes open collector and binary relay outputs that can interface with other external equipment.

More information and the latest version of Studio Matrix Designer, a PC-based application for layout and control of a Studio Matrix system, is available online at www.airtoolsaudio.com.

Big Advice Records With DFX at SIR
Los Angeles-based funk/jazz/R&B band Big Advice filmed performance shows at SIR stages with the Design/FX Remote truck recording audio for an upcoming live music DVD on Electric Monkey Records.

Shure Launches New Extranet Site
A new Website developed by Shure's customer service department is geared to help Shure's U.S. dealers instantly access order information via the Internet. The site, which provides order status and shipment tracking, is offered at dealers.shure.com. Also included within the new Extranet site are automatic e-mail or fax notification of when an order ships, dealer bulletins, a digital image library and Shure's corporate advertising policy.

"As part of efforts to enhance the level of service we provide customers, these tracking tools will make dealers' lives significantly easier," said Shure manager of U.S. customer service, Althea Ricketts. "Shure has always been in the business of supplying world-class support, and this is the first of many new initiatives we'll be launching to give our channel the tools they need to efficiently do business with us."

To begin using any of the features found on the site, dealers simply need to log in and follow the registration instructions. When sending automatic notification of order shipments, Shure will use the dealer e-mail address provided during the registration process. Shipment notification either online or via fax will include UPS tracking numbers. Online notification messages will additionally provide a direct link to UPS' tracking system.

M-Audio Announces Solaris Microphone
M-Audio is now shipping its new Solaris microphone, a full-featured, large-diaphragm condenser microphone.

As an addition to the project studio's microphone cabinet, or as a single, multipurpose mic for a personal home studio setup, the Solaris features a precision-designed 3-micron diaphragm, selectable polar patterns, bass roll-off filter and switchable -10dB pad. Offering precision circuitry and components, low self-noise and minimal coloration, the Solaris microphone can be used to capture the nuances of vocals, acoustic instruments and other critical source material.

Solaris carries an MSRP of $359.95 and is now shipping. For more, visit M-Audio online at www.m-audio.com.

Laura Turner Album Used Audio-Technica AT4060
Record producers David Huff and Kurt Howell relied on Audio-Technica's AT4060 vocal microphone for Laura Turner's upcoming debut album on Curb Records. The album was recorded at several studios in Nashville and Dublin, Ireland, including Ocean Way, Stillwater Studios and Dobbs Palace. The effort was mastered by George Massenburg.

"Laura has a tremendous voice with incredible dynamics and range," said co-producer Huff. "She's combining the worlds of pop and classical music, and that's a real challenge. She can go from a quiet whisper to a soaring chorus in the space of a moment, and that's the kind of voice that melts amplifiers." Huff added that the A-T AT4060 mic was also used for background vocals and the cello parts.

At Howell's Stillcreek Studios recording facility, the producers positioned Turner approximately three to four inches from the AT4060 and helped her subtly "work" the microphone. "She didn't have to move a lot, which helped her keep focused," commented Huff. "Even just a few inches was more than enough for the AT4060 to interpret her dynamics. It's a very sensitive but forgiving microphone. It's great at catching the nuances of the music, but at the same time, it's not overwhelmed by the power of her voice. On some of the vintage microphones we used, there would be points where her power would bring out a certain unmusical midrange aspect to the sound. But the AT4060 was musical across the frequency spectrum. I've used the AT4060 on all types of music: pop, rock, country, urban and now classical. It's become the microphone I reach for first on any project."

For more, visit Audio-Technica on the Web at www.audio-technica.com.

Glenn Schick Mastering Adds SADiE System
Glenn Schick Mastering, one of the Southeast's digital and analog audio mastering facilities, has purchased and installed a SADiE DSD8multichannel digital audio mastering system, adding to the studio's two existing SADiE ARTEMiS digital audio workstations. The system will be installed in the mastering house's new facility, currently in its design phase and scheduled to launch next year.

"Going with the SADiE DSD8 was a natural progression for us," said Glenn Schick, president and chief mastering engineer of Glenn Schick Mastering. "We were already using the SADiE ARTEMiS system, which we absolutely love. They are simply the most pain-free digital audio workstations ever made, and SADiE's great tech support is another reason to stay with SADIE. With the addition of the DSD8, the range of services we can offer clients increases significantly." Included in these services is the ability to specifically master for the SACD format. Glenn Schick Mastering hosted its first SACD mastering session over the summer for hip hop artist Ludacris. The new Ludacris 5.1 SACD—mixed by Jeff Glixman and mastered with the SADiE DSD8, Dynaudio AIR system and Prism ADA-8, among other new DSD technologies—will be released on Def Jam South/Universal.

"The DSD8 can let us work in a variety of audio formats, including DVD-Audio when we interface it with the MLP encoder, as well as straight Red Book CD audio," Schick noted. "It's that kind of versatility and power that gives the DSD8 so much value. We've been working with SADiE systems for a long time and we expect to do so for a long time to come."

For more, visit SADiE online at www.sadie.com. For more on Glenn Schick Mastering, visit www.gsmastering.com.

New Look, New Packages From mSoft
Woodland Hills, Calif.-based mSoft demonstrated its new MusicCue 3.1 and ServerSound 3.1 asset-management systems at AES 2003. The new systems feature improved look, feel and search abilities. The new versions also offer multiple database support, improved user-permission administration, unlimited project lists and more.

"There new versions of our most popular asset-management systems are real improvements on industry-leading applications," said Doug Perkins, VP of sales and marketing at mSoft.

mSoft also showed its new server/sound package called ServerSoundStorm. Based on the latest MusicCue system, ServerSoundStorm includes a compact search/retrieval system, plus 30,000 SFX from SoundStorm and 50 hours of quality production music from Audio Network.

In other company news, Universal's trailer department, which creates movie and television show previews for the entertainment company, has taken delivery of a 3TB mSoft MusicCue server. The digital asset-management system includes a full range of sound effects and production music and provides Universal an easy way to digitize its own popular and soundtrack CDs.

In addition to providing immediate access to hundreds of hours of SFX and production-quality music, the new system with mSoft's automated interface allows Universal to rip its own music to MusicCue. Universal's engineers are pleased with the ability to access CD tracking and publishing information for popular music libraries via the mSoft server. MusicCue automatically integrates metadata for this proprietary audio, resulting in quality and useful search results for all engineers on the server.

Universal uses a wide range of workstations, including Pro Tools and NT and Mac Avids. MusicCue allows engineers working on any of these workstations to access their pop and soundtrack music, as well as production music from Killer Tracks, Extreme, X-Ray Dog, MasterSource, NonStop Music and others. Universal already added a comprehensive SFX package with audio from Sound Ideas and Hollywood Edge, as well as mSoft's new SoundStorm SFX package.

Speaking of Killer Tracks, mSoft and Killer Tracks have teamed up to provide NBC's new show Joe Average simple access to top-quality production music via a mSoft digital asset-management system. Although Killer Tracks has made its audio content available on mSoft's servers for several years, this is the first time that the music production company has offered its content exclusively via hard drives rather than on CD.

"We're proud that Killer Tracks chose mSoft to help deliver their quality music," said Perkins of mSoft. "This is the way of the future, with content being delivered on hard drives without CDs at all."

Dubbed Killer Server, the new system is based on mSoft's MusicCue and gives engineers simplified access to Killer Tracks' production music. NBC, which is the first to install the system, will use it to control 800 GB of music over its Avid Unity network.

For more, visit www.msoftinc.com.

Guitar Center Becomes Authorized Apple Reseller
Guitar Center announced that, as of November 2003, it will be an authorized reseller of Apple's entire line of products, including Emagic's digital audio production tools, beginning with Guitar Center's new flagship store in New York City.

"As the nationwide leading retail outlet for the professional audio market, Guitar Center is pleased to be an official reseller of all Apple products," said David Angress, executive VP of Guitar Center. "When our new flagship store in New York City opens on November 20, customers will be able to purchase a complete workflow solution for their professional needs."

"The combination of top-of-the-line music production tools, like Logic, with the Power Mac G5 makes the Mac a powerful, full-featured digital audio workstation," said Tim Cook, Apple's executive VP of worldwide sales and operations. "We're excited that Guitar Center will significantly expand the availability of our pro audio solutions to their customers."

Guitar Center, with 120-plus stores across the U.S., is now authorized to carry, sell and support the entire line of Apple products, from the iPod to the PowerMac G5.

For more, visit Guitar Center at www.guitarcenter.com or visit Apple at www.apple.com.

Disc Makers Launches CD Self-Service Program
Disc Makers' new CD Self Service is an interactive Web service that provides the company's clients the ability to create their own CDs and place short-run duplication orders online from their home or office.

CD Self Service offers CD-R duplication and printing for projects of 500 CDs or less with no minimum order, and includes free online storage of audio and visual content, full-color on-disc printing and inserts, Web-based 24/7 ordering and a choice of five packaging options. CD Self Service provides a 48-hour turnaround time on all orders.

"This is a powerful new program that really gives our customers the freedom to create CDs whenever and wherever they want," said Tony Van Veen, VP of sales and marketing for Disc Makers. "And best of all, these CDs are backed by the same money-back guarantee as all of our other CD packages, so our customers know they're getting the best CDs on the market—guaranteed."

For more information, visit duplication.discmakers.com/resellers/discmakers/index.jsp.

Gefell Introduces M300 Stereo XY, ORTF Matched Set
C-Tec announced its Gefell M300 stereo microphone package: a boxed set that includes a stereo matched pair of M300 pencil microphones, two heavy-duty nylon-insulated mic clips, and a combination ORTF and XY stereo bar.

The Gefell M300 pencil offers a 21mm gold-evaporated Mylar diaphragm assembly with a temperature-constant ceramic housing. To reduce self-noise, DC-to-DC optical converter eliminates spurious electrical currents and noise typical of 48-volt phantom powering, providing a pure DC voltage to the capsule. The M300 offers 147dB signal handling without the use of an input attenuation pad.

According to the company, each Gefell M300 set is stereo-matched following a series of stringent tests. To begin, the microphones are tested in a 3-D anechoic chamber with suspended floor. The microphones are positioned on a "robot" that records both on-axis response for bandwidth and linearity and then 180º off-axis response to measure the microphone's performance and phase response within the acoustic field. Daily temperature and barometric pressure are tabulated, and microphones are batched within set criteria to ensure that a stereo set truly performs as a frequency, amplitude and phase matched set.Each microphone is shipped with its own serialized on-axis and 180º off-axis frequency response curve, providing the user with real, tangible test criteria. The microphones then pass an aural auditioning in a separate listening room before being packaged.

The M300 Stereo Set is configurable for both XY or ORTF formats. Because the microphones are tested for both on-axis and 180º off-axis response, the microphones perform as a true stereo set.

For more information, visit www.gefell-mics.com.

SMPTE Technical Conference & Exhibition Announced
With over 80 years of motion-imaging technical conferences, SMPTE will hold this year's Technical Conference and Exhibition in New York City, November 12-15, 2003, at the Hilton New York. The four-day conference comprises 16 core seminars led by experts and pioneers in motion-imaging technology.

"Ourprogram is responding to the need for more tutorial-based seminars," said Thomas Jordan, SMPTE's conference VP, "and we've also added half-day registration, so that if you can't attend the entire conference, you can at least attend the seminars that are relevant to you." Fred Motts, SMPTE's executive director, agreed: "We've concluded that demographics of SMPTE conferences are now including more and more users and field staff, and so our seminars, although still technical, reflect a more hands-on approach."

Seminar topics include: "Networking Fundamentals," two MXF and AAF tutorials, "Networking in a Media Environment," "Multiplexing and Transport Fundamentals," "Motion Picture Seminar," "Multichannel Audio: Challenges and Solutions," "Copy Protection and Rights Management," "Digital Broadcasting Update," "Digital Cinema Update," "DASE and Harmonization," "Motion Pictures and the Digital Intermediate," "Networking and the Home Environment," "Exhibition Technology: Projection, Sound, Automation and Control," "Digital Media and Workflow" and "Color Science for Digital Motion Imaging."

For more information on the SMPTE Conference, visit www.smpte.org/conferences.

MPSE Honors Don Hall With Career Achievement Award
The Motion Picture Sound Editors have chosen to present their Career Achievement Award to sound editor Don Hall for his outstanding contributions to the art of sound. The award will be presented at the 51st annual "Golden Reel" Awards, February 28, 2004, at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

"Don represents the consummate professional," said MPSE president David Bondelvitch. "In addition to being a brilliant sound editor, he brings a warmth to his work that is unmatched. He has also been a mentor to innumerable students of sound." Previous recipients of the award include Chuck Campbell, Kay Rose, Alan Splet, Murray Spivack, Frank Warner, Norval Crutcher, James MacDonald, Sam Horta, Douglas Grindstaff, Fred Brown and Jack Foley.

Hall is a founding member of the Motion Picture Sound Editors. He has been a sound editor on more than 90 feature films spanning five decades, including A Walk in the Clouds, M*A*S*H and Young Frankenstein. He has received three MPSE Golden Reel Awards, a BAFTA Award for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, two Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award.

Hall has served on the Board of Governors of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Sound Branch. He served as the chair for the Sound Editing Award Rules committee, the vice chair for the Student Academy Awards and is a member of the Scientific Technical Committee. He is also is a lecturer at the USC School of Cinema.

For more information, visit mpse.org.

Sennheiser Distributing TL Audio Products
Sennheiser Electronic Corporation is now distributing TL Audio's range of tube (valve) mixing consoles and dynamics processors in the U.S., Mexico, Central and South Americas, and the Caribbean.

Noted Tony Larking, managing director of TL Audio, "Finding an organization like Sennheiser to distribute our products is a real asset. Having our products supported by their personnel and dealers can only result in a win-win situation for our customers."

Sennheiser Electronic Corporation's president John Falcone said, "TL Audio has quickly established a well-deserved reputation as a manufacturer of professional quality and affordable analog products, making it a great fit for SEC's distributed brands roster. The line gives our dealers an exciting array of tube equipment that complements our existing lines."

Sennheiser also distribute Neumann microphones, InnovaSON digital consoles, Chevin Research amplifiers, Turbosound loudspeakers and HHB Professional audio products.

For more, visit www.sennheiserusa.com.

Minnetonka Audio Announces discWelder CHROME V. 2
Minnetonka Audio Software announces Version 2 of its flagship DVD-A authoring application, discWelder CHROME.

New features added in V. 2 include Video Auto-Mirror, which allows the user to automatically create the Video zone from the contents of the Audio zone, allowing playback on both DVD-A and DVD-V players (by creating a universal DVD-A/V disc). The audio tracks are encoded with an integrated SurCode Dolby Digital (AC-3) encoder, and the VIDEO_TS (video title set) is auto-formatted. The Auto-Mirror option creates the video main menu and a static MPEG-2 slide per track (if there is a slide programmed for the track). Also new is DSD Import/Conversion, which allows the import of DSD-format DFF audio files into the CHROME playlist. The DSD-to-PCM conversion bit depth is set at 24-bit, and the sample rates are set at 48 kHz for surround and 96 kHz for stereo. Video Track Link allows a track in the Audio zone to be linked to play a video title in the VIDEO_TS. This makes possible the playback of videos within the audio menu. Users can now customize the DVD-A look and feel by creating the menu background image and overlay bit maps in an image-editing program (like Adobe Photoshop LE), then importing these into CHROME to create the Hit or Button boxes with their associated actions (such as play track, go to menu, etc.). Motion menu allows the user to select an MPEG video file to use as a menu background. The MPEG may contain audio and video, and the user may select a "video loop" option. The Motion Logo feature allows the user to select an MPEG video file to be displayed once upon disc insertion. The file may contain audio and video. If the "Auto Play" option is checked, Group 1 Track 1 will start to play after the Motion Logo plays. Otherwise, the first page of the menu will be displayed after the Motion Logo. Other features include: Active Menu, where the playlist menu is active during track playback; CPPM, enabling the copy-protection flag for the album; and PGC Blocks, where two audio formats (surround and stereo, or different languages, for example) are contained in each DVD-A track.

discWelder CHROME Version 2 is scheduled to be released in January 2004; upgrades from CHROME V. 1 will be available for $500 (U.S.).

More information is available at www.minnetonkaaudio.com or at www.discwelder.com.

TerraTec PHASE 2 Now Shipping
Now shipping, TerraTec's PHASE 22 ($99, PC-only; Mac version available December 2003) features the technology of the company's Producer line and offers studio quality at a starter price for professional computer-based recording and mastering. The PCI audio interface s two analog input and output channels track at resolutions ranging up to 24-bits/96 kHz, and offers balanced 6.3mm (1/4-inch) jacks. With an S/PDIF port providing interference-free links to digital gear, the device plays digital audio back at resolutions as high as 192 kHz.

Standard features include Windows ASIO 2.0 support, affording latency-free access to several inputs and outputs and compatibility with the GigaStudio-format GSIF. The device was developed with external sound generators in mind: A MIDI I/O boasting 16 channels is also on board. Up to four PHASE 22s can be cascaded and synched up in a computer via a single driver. The PHASE 22 can also be combined with the PHASE 28 for even more professional recording options. Other features include102dB signal-to-noise ratio (A-weighted) for the analog inputs,110dB signal-to-noise ratio (A-weighted) for the analog outputs and 2.2-volt RMS output level.

For more information, visit www.terratec.com.

Now Shipping: PreSonus Eureka
PreSonus is now shipping the all-new Eureka, a single-channel, Class-A, transformer-coupled mic preamp, compressor and equalizer. The new recording channel device features selectable microphone input impedance, saturation control for tube-saturation emulation, full-featured compressor and 3-band parametric EQ.

Eureka's compressor features variable threshold, attack, release and gain makeup. It offers a soft-knee compression mode, as well as a highpass filter on the sidechain for frequency-dependent compression, useful for frequency-specific compression applications. Eureka also offers a fully parametric 3-band EQ with overlapping bands and switchable staging for the EQ and compressor, enabling the user to swap the order of the EQ and compression. Other features include instrument, line and microphone inputs, as well as switchable gain reduction for the VU meter, dual outputs (TRS and XLR) that can be used simultaneously and an optional digital output card capable of up to 24-bit 96khz output on AES/EBU or S/PDIF. In addition, the unit has a 48-volt phantom power unit with an 80Hz rumble filter, a –-20dB pad, a phase-inversion switch, and balanced send and return jacks for inserting outboard gear.

For more information, visit PreSonus online at www.presonus.com.

BitHeadz Announces Osmosis for OS X
BitHeadz has announced an OS X-compatible version of Osmosis, with a public beta version available for Unity Session owners.

Osmosis is a utility that will convert Akai or Roland sample CDs into native Unity-format files. It supports Akai S1000 and S3000 file formats, and the Roland 760 and 770 formats. In addition to added support for OS X, BitHeadz has enhanced Osmosis' handling of CDs that have bad or problem sectors.

A shipping version of Osmosis for OS 9 is available and included with Unity Session, the OS X-compatible public beta version is available to Unity Session owners only, with the release version expected to ship in a week or two. A WinXP-compatible version of Osmosis will be included with the WinXP-compatible version of Unity, which is expected to ship sometime in November.

For more, visit www.bitheadz.com.

Business Chops Workshop to be Held November 2
"Business Chops: Success Coaching for Musicians and Songwriters" is an interactive workshop that takes place this Sunday, November 2, 2003, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood. This informative full-day event will teach independent musicians, songwriters and industry professionals business and marketing techniques.

Workshop coaches John Stiernberg and Diane Rapaport will provide planning, branding and marketing techniques, and interactive exercises geared to fast-track indie careers. Stiernberg is a music business consultant and author of Succeeding In Music. Rapaport is a music industry guru and author of How to Make and Sell Your Own Recording.

Industry experts Bobby Borg, Andre Fischer, Scott Mathews, Michael C. Ross and John Wooler will discuss the artist development revolution and how power is shifting from major labels to indie artists. Borg, former drummer for multi-Platinum band Warrant, consultant and author of The Musician's Handbook: A Practical Guide to Understanding the Music Business will provide practical tips on self-promotion. Fischer is a producer/musician/A&R (Lalah Hathaway, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole). Mathews is a producer/musician (Beach Boys, Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash), Ross is a producer/mixer/engineer (Christina Aguilera, Vanessa Carlton, Mya) and Wooler is a producer/A&R (Siedah, Robben Ford, Eliades Ochoa).

The event includes a continental breakfast, a light lunch, big-ticket-item prize giveaways (gear and software), workshop handouts, resource materials, musician resources and more. Seminar topics include "Aligning Your Creative, Financial and Personal Goals"; "Developing a Three-Year Business Plan for Success"; "Building a Marketing Plan That Rocks"; "Checklist for Creating a Win-Win Indie or Major-Label Deal"; "Thriving in Today's Music Industry"; "The Artist Development Revolution"; and "Positioning Yourself as a Brand."

A newly added feature is the Artist Development Room hosted by studioexpresso, where recording artists can meet studioexpresso producers who will offer feedback on how to develop their song and maximize production value. Artists should bring song sample (CD/tape demo) and sign up at the studioexpresso desk at 9 a.m. Submissions will be reviewed onsite by studioexpresso producers on a first come, first serve basis. Sessions for the room are from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Those who prefer a private review can submit their demo and fill out the feedback form. This service is provided by studioexpresso producers Marvin Etzioni, Jeff Weber, Jeff Gross, Rogers Masson and Matt Forger.

The Knitting Factory is located at 7021 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood. Tickets are $75 with advance purchase or $95 at door. To register, visit www.business-chops.com or call 800/579-8003.

Jim Fosgate Receives Emmy for Development of Surround for TV
Audio industry pioneer Jim Fosgate received a special Emmy Award during the 2003 Technology and Engineering Emmy Awards black-tie dinner ceremony at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on October 23, 2003. Fosgate was a co-recipient of the Development of Surround Sound for Television Award, presented by the National Television Academy, for his continuing efforts to develop and refine surround technologies for television broadcast. He holds more than 14 patents (plus three pending) for surround audio.

"Everyone at Rockford is immensely proud of Jim and honored to be associated with the company he first started in the seventies," said Gary Suttle, president and CEO, Rockford Corporation, parent company of Fosgate Audionics. "It's due to his hard work and dedication that millions of people enjoy surround sound from their home-theater systems. He literally changed the way we experience music and movie soundtracks."

Fosgate began working on surround technologies in 1978, which led to the introduction of the Fosgate Research TATE 101A surround processor three years later. Under Fosgate's direction, the company went on to demonstrate the first consumer-focused high-separation sound demo at the January 1982 Consumer Electronics Show. More recently, Fosgate developed the surround decoding technology that is now known as Dolby Pro Logic II.

"My pursuit of surround technologies that could play stereo recordings was driven by my love of music, especially older recordings," said Fosgate. "I always wanted to hear them in flawless, multichannel audio, and wanted to share that experience with other lovers of music. As one would expect, splitting stereo into five channels is like trying to defy the laws of physics. But, after more than 25 years, I found a way to do it right, matching the goal of performance I first set for myself in the '70s."

BSS, Soundweb Spotlighted at Medieval Times
This past August marked the debut of Medieval Times' eighth and newest North American castle, located at Arundel Mills Mall in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. corridor. Housing 19 Andalusian stallions and up to 1,000 guests per performance, the 60,000-square-foot facility also boasts a powerful sound system.

Portman's Music Superstore (Savannah, Ga.) has been the chain's sound contractor since 1986, when the pro audio dealer, working on a specification from consultant James Brawley, installed equipment at the very first location in Kissimmee, Fla. Now, 17 years later, the contractor and consultant have again teamed up to provide an audio setup primarily comprising a 24-channel Soundcraft K2 mixing console, seven BSS FDS-336 Minidrives and 40 Crown K2 amplifiers driving an all-JBL loudspeaker rig.

According to Portman's professional audio division manager Frank Andrews, "We've really tried to standardize on equipment so that sound engineers can go from castle to castle and not have to deal with a learning curve. This approach also reduces the overall number of products that their corporate office has to worry about should maintenance and service issues ever arise. Jim Brawley and I both like using the 336 a lot because it does many things very well. To illustrate, the Hanover venue has a total of 32 rear surround speakers with eight mounted on each of the four walls. Using the BSS units, they can create some interesting theatrical effects, like making the sound seem like i's spinning around the room behind the audience. Or they can send sounds solely to either side or end of the main front ring of speakers for dramatic effect. The Minidrives really work well for a show like this."

Regarding the choice of a mixing console, Andrews said, "With its good number of buses, subs and auxes, as well as comprehensive control over tone, the Soundcraft K2 was the most reasonable choice for this install. It provides everything they will need to accommodate future productions and will fit in well with the venue's eventual growth process."

For more information, visit www.soundcraft.com or www.bss.co.uk.

Visioneering Opens Tesseract Demo Screening Room
Visioneering Design has completed a demo screening room for its Tesseract high-power, three-way, tri-amplified loudspeaker systems designed and TMH-qualified by Tomlinson Holman, which will be used in professional screening rooms, dubbing theaters, film and digital cinema theaters, and high-end home theaters. The systems are manufactured by Visioneering Design (Chatsworth, Calif.), founded by Ron Lagerlof.

Central to the Tesseract LMH-1 loudspeaker system (pictured) is a Tomlinson Holman custom-designed crossover, dividing the main screen channels into low, mid and high-frequency outputs to feed the tri-amped L/C/R speaker cabinets. The screen and surround outputs are passed through the "Inverse EQ" filter, allowing for flat response in "noncinema" playback mode. High-quality components are used throughout, including Dynaudio and Electro-Voice drivers and THAT Corp. differential input amplifiers in the crossover for superb CMRR rejection and extremely low noise.

For more info, contact Ron Lagerlof at Visioneering Design at 818/882-7271 or www.visioneeringdesign.com.

Brazilian Wins Neumann Sound Engineering Contest
Neumann announced the winner of its Sound Engineering Contest 2003 at the company's recent 75th anniversary celebrations. The winner, Gabriel Schmitt of Porto Alegre, Brazil, was flown to Berlin and presented with the first prize: a chrome-plated M 149 Tube stereo set.

Neumann launched the Sound Engineering Contest in March as part of a variety of activities designed to celebrate the company's 75th anniversary. The 75-question multimedia contest, available on CD-ROM, was divided into six sections that focused on microphones, recording technology, instruments and music history. Contestants worldwide could choose the three sections in which they felt most confident.

Second and third prizes, a Jubilee Edition U 87 Ai stereo set with sequential serial numbers and a stereo set of the award-winning TLM 103 studio microphone, respectively, went, respectively, to Andreas Lassak and Christian Eller, both from Germany. Continuing the 75th anniversary theme, prizes including T-shirts, posters and a few surprises were awarded to the top 75 contestants. All participants were additionally entered into a drawing, with each of the three winners receiving an award-winning KMS 105 vocal mic.

Neumann has released an updated version of the quiz at www.neumann.com/contest; the contest is also available on the new Neumann product catalog CD-ROM.

Universal Audio Moves to Bigger Facility
Universal Audio has moved from its current location to a larger location in Santa Cruz, Calif. The new premises offer almost 10,000 square feet, which will allow the company to expand its manufacturing capabilities.

Universal Audio's phone and fax numbers will remain the same, as will all e-mail addresses. The new mailing address is 330 Encinal St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060-2101.

For more, visit www.uaudio.com.

M-Audio Now Shipping Evolution UC-33e Controller
M-Audio is now shipping Evolution's new UC-33e, a compact controller designed for use with any computer/MIDI setup. The UC-33e allows instant and simultaneous controls of up to 47 different parameters via its 24 assignable rotary controllers, nine assignable sliders and 14 assignable buttons including a 10-button keypad.

Thirty-three nonvolatile memory locations allow quick and easy setup changes. The UC-33e can be used with a conventional MIDI setup for live performances or as a remote controller for an existing studio rack. When used in stand-alone mode, the MIDI Out can be used to send MIDI controller data to a MIDI rack. The UC-33e comes with preconfigured settings for use with a variety of popular plug-ins, virtual instruments and host applications (including presets for Propellerhead Reason's Malstrom, Subtractor, ReDrum, Dr.Rex, NN-19 and Mixer). The unit also ships with five color overlays for the front panel, customized for popular software programs such as Ableton Live, plus a blank template that users can tailor to their personal setup needs.

The UC-33e's controller mute function mutes the output of all controllers, allowing users to position them before tweaking, thereby preventing parameters such as filter cut-off or amplitude levels from changing abruptly during performance. The unit also features a drawbar mode for the sliders, which greatly enhances the experience of playing virtual instruments such as Native Instruments' B4 virtual Hammond organ.

The UC-33e ships with an extensive software bundle featuring a dedicated librarian program that gives PC users the ability to save, edit and share keyboard setups. Also included are Sound Studio II, a powerful MIDI and audio sequencer with VST plug-in support; Music Teacher, a tutorial program that teaches users to play the keyboard; MusicPlanet, an array of professionally recorded samples; and a large selection of VST plug-ins and virtual instrument demos.

The UC-33e carries an MSRP of $329.95 and is now shipping. For more, visit www.m-audio.com.






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