Editor's Note: Beginning to Understand 7.1

Apr 1, 2012 9:00 AM, By Tom Kenny, Editorial Director

I freely admit that I didn’t understand the drive behind 7.1 when people started talking about it almost a decade ago. I understood the appeal, with a Side Right and a Side Left to go with Rear Right and Rear Left, bringing a more immersive overall experience. But I couldn’t see where it was headed on the consumer front....

'War Horse'

Jan 1, 2012 9:00 AM, By Blair Jackson

Steven Spielberg’s War Horse is a classic Hollywood epic, a throwback to a different era of filmmaking, when character development and telling a story in a cogent and methodical way were more important than gimmicky effects and manic pacing. The film is unabashedly aimed at families—there’s no sex, bad language or gushing blood—yet it is also a tale about war, violence, and complex and often difficult relationships. ...

Halo Anniversary Disneyland Adventures | Music Centerstage in Game Releases

Jan 1, 2012 9:00 AM, By Blair Jackson

As videogames have become more sophisticated and complex in recent years, so too have their music scores. Long gone are the days of simple scores banged out on solitary keyboards and integrated into the game at the lowest possible bit-rate. Orchestral scores are common for big-budget games, as are hybrid scores that use electronic and/or percussion elements, rock and other music forms, as well as orchestrated passages. With some top games requiring two or more hours of music, there has been plenty of work for large and small studios to keep up with the demand, and musicians and singers are finding a new source of income for their talents. ...

Brian Tarquin Launches, Relocates Jungle Room Studios

Jan 1, 2012 9:00 AM, By Matt Gallagher

Emmy Award–winning guitarist/composer/producer Brian Tarquin parlayed more than 20 years of experience in producing original music for libraries such as FirstCom, Megatrax, Sonoton, One Music, Killer Tracks and 5th Floor Music (ABC-TV) into creating, his new online production music library offering downloadable tracks to media professionals for licensing. ...

Sonic Ranch: A Recording Retreat Designed to Inspire

Apr 1, 2014 9:00 AM, Mix, By Tom Kenny

Vibe is one of those versatile descriptors that can mean nothing or everything. It can be used to describe a person, place or thing in the generic, or, when attached to a modifier, become more specific, as in a “funky, New Orleans vibe.” It can be attached to an event, like a Clive Davis after-party, or a unique piece of art, an individual rock star or a scene a la Brooklyn. It can be so overused that it loses its luster, yet can sometimes be the only word that fits. At its simplest, it describes a moment in time. At its most complex, it describes a total experience, one that is just there all the time. Sonic Ranch has vibe—all-caps, boldfaced, italicized Vibe. ...

The Great ‘Marketplace’ Studio Redesign of 2009-2014: American Public Media Updates Radio Facility for the “Connected” World

Apr 1, 2014 9:00 AM, Mix, By Nick Batzdorf

There are no Aeron chairs or hardwood floors at the newly revamped Frank Stanton Studios in downtown Los Angeles. These are radio studios, where all the rooms are small and dry, and the machine room is loaded with floor-to-ceiling racks of networking equipment. It’s where American Public Media supports local station Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) and produces the daily Marketplace series of business news and economic life programs, heard nationally on more than 500 public radio stations by almost 11 million listeners a week....

On the Cover: Technicolor at Paramount

Apr 1, 2012 9:00 AM, By Mel Lambert

Sometimes, when the rest of the world zigs, the smart money zags. Technicolor, the international media company that has quietly raised its stake in Hollywood over the past decade, just doubled down on its commitment to post-production with the opening of a state-of-the-art facility on the Paramount lot....

SPARS SoundBite | Fragmentation is Good!

Apr 1, 2012 9:00 AM, By Roy Machado

As we head off to another NAB, we find that media production in general is experiencing a tremendous amount of fragmentation—a trend that is likely to continue. There are countless numbers of cable channels, Websites, and both traditional and Internet-based radio outlets, which has led to fragmented audiences, as well....


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