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April 1, 2008

April 1, 2008


New York’s Met In HD

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Gary Eskow

Coloratura performances might not have changed much since Mozart’s time, but the opera experience itself is certainly going through a profound sea change….

Making the HD Transition

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By George Petersen

It’s a safe bet that every broadcaster, network and facility manager across America has February 17 circled in red on their 2009 calendars. And as that…

Justin Timberlake

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Janice Brown

Last year, Justin Timberlake worked out a diverse repertoire to perform along with the densely layered songs on his latest album, FutureSex/LoveSounds,…

The 50th Annual Grammy Awards

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Tom Kenny

Each year, the audio team for the annual Grammy Awards telecast looks to top itself, to introduce at least one new wrinkle to improve the viewer’s audio…

Solid-State Mic Preamps

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Tony Nunes

The stand-alone mic preamp has survived all of the different evolutions the recording industry has undergone. With the DAW-entrenched studio, engineers…

Live Sound System Controllers

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Steve La Cerra

There’s nothing like the joy of assembling a new P.A. system. The sweet smell of new cabinetry, manuals everywhere and enough audio wiring to entertain…


Tools of the Trade

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM

RDE NTG3 SHOTGUN MIC For broadcasting and location recording, RDE ( unveils the NTG-3 (street price $599), its third-generation shotgun…

Field Test: Sony PCM-D50 Handheld Recorder

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Barry Rudolph

Sony’s new handheld PCM-D50 recorder reprises most of the features and performance of the company’s much-higher-priced PCM-D1 in a smaller-sized unit…

Field Test: EastWest PLAY Sample Libraries

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Gary Eskow

Following the model that was established two decades ago, most soft-sample libraries are released in one or more of the day’s popular formats. EastWest,…

Ableton Live 7 Performance-Oriented DAW

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Jim Aikin

From its inception, Ableton Live has been a favorite of dance music producers and DJs because of its ability to seamlessly sync up sampled loops. Building…

Field Test: American Acoustic Development Model 7001

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Joe Hannigan

From Phil Jones designer of the Acoustic Energy AE-1, Boston Acoustic’s Lynnfield 300 and 500 monitors, and the AAD 2001 comes a new challenger in the…

Snapshot Product Reviews

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM

APHEX HEADPOD 454 High-Output Personal Headphone Amp The HeadPod 454 from Aphex is a 1-input/4-output headphone amp. Priced at $249, it works in many…

Sound Devices 744T 4-Track Recorder

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Glenn Berkovitz

Sound Devices’ flagship 744T 4-channel recorder offers timecode in every imaginable format, sampling rate and depth. It’s my choice for single-camera…

Live Mix

Sara Bareilles

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, Photos and Text by Steve Jennings

Mix caught up with rising new talent Sara Bareilles, who’s opening for James Blunt on the U.S. VH1 You Oughta Know tour. The singer/songwriter showed…

FixIt: Dave Guerin

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM

Monitor engineer Dave Guerin recently road-tested the DiGiCo D5 Version 4 upgrade for The Pogues’ Christmas tour. Entec Sound and Light supplied the console,…


Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM

For Celine Dion’s current world tour, production company Solotech is bringing out a pair of new Studer 5 SR consoles for both FOH and monitorsDPA Sound…

Now Playing: Killswitch Engage, Iron Maiden

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM

Killswitch Engage Sound Company: Rat Sound FOH Board/Engineer: Digidesign VENUE/Jordan Coopersmith Monitor Board/Engineer: Yamaha PM5DRH/Bob Strakele…

Gallo Center Opens With High-End Audio System

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM

The Gallo Center for the Arts, a new $40 million theater complex in Modesto, Calif., offers two performance venues: The Mary Stuart Rogers Theater holds…

On the Road: The Verve

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM

The Verve tour, which rolled out across the UK in late 2007, found front-of-house engineer Ian Laughton and monitor engineer Tristan Farrow both manning…

All Access: Jill Scott

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Sarah Jones

R&B singer Jill Scott and her 14-piece band have been on the road touring in support of Scott’s latest album, The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3,…

Local Crew: H.A.S. Productions

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Barbara Schultz

Larry Hall, owner and founder of H.A.S. Productions (Las Vegas,, believes that things happen for a reason. For example, his music career…

New Sound Reinforcement Products

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM

AVIOM 6416M MIC INPUT MODULE Introduced at last month’s Musikmesse, Aviom’s ( 6416m mic input module and the optional RCI remote-control…

Recording Notes

Jackie Greene

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Blair Jackson

While it’s undeniable that the record business can be cruel and cold, and it spits out some of its best while lesser talents rise to the top, there are…

Lenny Kravitz and Henry Hirsch

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Chris J. Walker

Lenny Kravitz stands alone. On the one hand, he is known for embracing some of the musical ideas of many predecessors he openly admires, from Jimi Hendrix…

Classic Tracks: Classics IV’s “Traces”

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Gary Eskow

Cover-band mates cum pop stars: As old as rock itself, this dream, born from endless hours spent woodshedding hits of the day, can come true, and in the…

Cool Spins

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM

Robin Danar Altered States (Shanachie) Though this bears the name of well-traveled engineer/producer/live sound mixer Danar, he is not the artist per…

Coast to Coast

L.A. Grapevine, April 2008

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Bud Scoppa

The technological revolution has given rise to an entrepreneurial revolution. As proof, I offer you my own ‘hood in Studio City, a name that, I’m discovering,…

Nashville Skyline, April 2008

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Peter Cooper

Asked to close the door, I’m having trouble. Heavy, isn’t it? asks Kevin Kritch, the Great American Country cable network’s VP of studio operations. Uh,…

New York Metro, April 2008

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By David Weiss

The year 2006 is just a couple of notches back on the calendar, but in the lightning-fast world of New York City audio post, it’s more than enough time…

Steve Gaboury’s Livewire

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By David Weiss

When is a project studio not a project studio? When the studio you’re talking about is Livewire Production & Recording (New York City,,…

Brass With Gadd

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, Compiled by Barbara Schultz

Engineer/owner Clarke Rigsby of Tempest Recording (Phoenix) has been working on a new album with horn ensemble the Boston Brass, featuring Steve Gadd…

Acoustik Musik

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, Compiled by Barbara Schultz

Recent projects at mastering studio Acoustik Musik Ltd. (Oberlin, Ohio) include the Northern Ohio Youth Chorus, Kendal at Home and the Oberlin College…

Track Sheet, April 2008

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, Compiled by Barbara Schultz

SOUTHEAST NPALL Audio (Nashville) completed the editing, sweetening and 5.1 surround mix for Class C, a documentary about girls’ high school basketball…

Insider Audio

The Emperor’s New Sampling Rate

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Paul D. Lehrman

The arguments about sampling rates and word lengths in digital audio are long over with, aren’t they? I mean, no less a personage than James A. Moorer…

Producer’s Desk

Steve Osborne

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Barbara Schultz

Steve Osborne got into the audio business just in time to be old school. He came up through the ranks all the way from tea boy to house engineer at Trident…

Project Studio

Philosophy of the World Recording

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Matt Gallagher

Seattle-based producer/engineer/musician Steve Fisk ( developed his craft in the 1980s and ’90s as part of the Pacific Northwest’s burgeoning…

Tech’s Files

Quest for the Optimal DAW Display

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Eddie Ciletti

Most of my geek-related purchases are made online. But choosing a computer monitor is a bit different than buying a hard drive I want to see it, compare…

From the Editor

A Guy We All Kind of Knew

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, Thomas A. D. Kenny, Editorial Director

This is the part of the magazine where I’m supposed to comment on the longest-running overnight sensation in technology: HDTV. Or provide a rally cry…


Letters to Mix

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM

GET IN SYNC! I’ve just finished reading Paul Lehrman’s article in the February 2008 issue (Insider Audio: Late for the Future), and he is right on. I…

Current/Industry News

Townhouse Studios to Close

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Barbara Schultz

By the time you read this, the Townhouse Studios (West London) will have closed. At press time, parent company Sanctuary Group announced that the facility…

In Loving Memory: J. Paul Huntsman, Allen Strange

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

J. PAUL HUNTSMAN, 1953-2008 J. Paul Huntsman, a supervising sound editor who worked on films including The Thin Red Line, The Illusionist and Starsky…

Helios’ New Home

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

Producer/mixer Clemens Schleiwies opened his new studio, The Private Room (, in Munich, Germany. The facility is built around…

TEC Scholarship Winners Announced

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

The Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio announced the recipients of its 2007 TEC Awards Scholarship Grants. Carson Ritz is in his third year studying…

Notes From the Net

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

AFA Music Group’s ArtistForArtist digital music label Website is now live at, providing users with music downloads, ringtones, merch…

On the Cover

Wildfire Post-Production Studios

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Tom Kenny

Leslie Shatz and Chris David can admit now that when they first floated the idea of buying Wilshire Stages two years ago, the industry response was less…

Understanding Integration

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Alexander Brandon

Way back in the December 2007 issue of Mix, we scratched the surface of game sound integration techniques. (See AudioNext: Roll Your Own Level.) We explored…