STUDIOPR02000 PANELISTSMore than 50 top professionals in recording and sound production will participate as moderators and panelists at Studio-Pro2000: Audio Production for Music, Broadcast and the Web, to be held June 12-13 at the New York Hilton and Towers. Heading up a stellar cast are such renowned engineer/producers as George Massenburg, Bruce Swedien and Frank Filipetti, and veteran producers Nile Rodgers, Russ Titelman and Tony Visconti.
Presented by Mix, the third annual StudioPro conference will address such hot topics as "The Future of Music Delivery," "Putting Music on the Web," "Surround Sound Production," "Multichannel Sound for Digital Television" and "Network- Based Production."
Among other engineers and producers slated to participate are John Bates, Jimmy Douglass, Angela Dryden, Charles Dye, Rodney Jerkins, James Moore, James Nichols and Jonathan Porath. Audio facility owner/operators joining the conference include Steve Davis of Crawford Audio, Ken Hahn of Sync Sound and Digital Cinema, Randy Ezratty of Effanel Music, David Hewitt of Remote Recording Services, John King of Chung King Studios and Rich Macar of Buttons Sound.
To receive a StudioPro2000 brochure and registration materials, contact Robert Irwin at (510) 653-3307, fax (510) 653-5142, or e-mail robert_irwin@ intertec.com.
WELCOME To NAB 2000Last-minute registration for the National Association of Broadcasters 2000 convention in Las Vegas will be available on-line until April 4; registration after that date must be done on-site. The convention will include new-technology exhibits and a number of workshops and conferences all geared toward TV/Film, Radio, Multimedia/ Internet and Telecommunication production. This year's keynote events include the Broadcasting Hall of Fame presentation honoring Saturday Night Live; "NAB MultiMedia World" address by Dr. John Warnock, chairman/CEo of Adobe Systems; the FCC Chairman's Breakfast; and the presentation of the Engineering Achievement Awards.
For more information on NAB 2000 or to register online, visit www.nab.org/ conventions. For general questions, call 888/740-4622.
AMS NEVE RECEIVES TECHNICAL GRAMMYOn February 22, 2000, AMS Neve was awarded a Technical Grammy in recognition of its contributions and overall significance to the recording industry. Michael Greene, president/CEo of the Recording Academy, presented the award to Mark Crabtree, managing director of AMS Neve. Crabtree said: "All of us at AMS Neve are very dedicated to providing the very best tools possible for our music clients. We are delighted that the private satisfaction we have enjoyed together over four decades has been recognized by this wonderful award."
AMS Neve supplies digital and analog consoles to facilities around the world, including Abbey Road, Skywalker Sound, Right Track Recording, Todd-Ao and Effanel Music.
RIMAGE To ACQUIRE CEDAR TECHNOLOGIESRimage Corporation, provider of CD-R publishing products, has announced an agreement to acquire Cedar Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of CD-R desktop publishing and duplication equipment. According to Rimage President/ CEo Bernie Aldrich, "This alliance will broaden the Rimage product line and offer new opportunities to expand market penetration in both publishing and duplication."
Rimage will continue to market Cedar products under the Cedar name and will maintain Cedar's distribution channels after the acquisition. For more information, visit www.rimage.com.
JOEMEEK BUYS TRIDENT-MTAFletcher ElectroAcoustics, parent company of Joemeek, has acquired the assets of Malcolm Toft Associates (Trident-MTA). Malcolm Toft founded Trident in 1972 and later left to form Trident-MTA in order to further refine the Trident console design. The new company will carry the original founding name, Trident Audio Developments Ltd., but will still be known as Trident-MTA. Toft will remain onboard to oversee the console division of Fletcher ElectroAcoustics under Ted Fletcher, who said, "The Trident sound is legendary, and no compromises will be spared to ensure that the legendary sound and integrity are built into the Trident-MTA name."
PMI Audio Group will handle all sales and service in North, Central and South America. For more information, go to www.pmiaudio.com.
ONLINE AUCTION SITE FOR MUSICIANSHarmonyCentral.com, feeling the pinch from sites like eBay and Amazon.com, has launched its own online auction site (http://auctions.harmony-central. com). The new site will focus solely on music gear. "eBay has something for everyone," HarmonyCentral.com CEO Ray Campbell comments. "What we have is everything for one specific user group, musicians."
The auction site will be part of the FairMarket Network, where in addition to English, Dutch and quickbid auction formats, the site's listings will be available to other portal sites within the network. The site will also offer extensive classified listings and declining price auction capabilities.
RESTRUCTURING AT DTSDigital Theater Systems, producer of multichannel audio products for entertainment, has created a new professional division, the Professional Audio Group. The new division will launch the first professional products from DTS, the CAE-4 Professional Encoder and CAE-4 Decoder, which are intended for studios and mastering facilities to encode content in the DTS format for DVD and CD.
VERGENCE LAUNCHES NEW IDENTITYVergence Technology, a pro audio provider known for its NHTPro line of studio monitors, has announced its intention to market itself under its own name. Vergence COO Chris Byrne explains: "The company's original products, including the A-20 and M-00 monitor systems, have built a strong following in all corners of the recording world, and we will continue to offer them. Introducing the Vergence Technology brand, however, will better position us to realize our expansion into a wider range of offerings."
Visit www.nhtpro.com for more information.
OTHER SHOWSElectronic Entertainment Expo 2000 will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center May 11-13. For details, call 800/315-1133 or visit www.e3 expo.com.
ExpoLatina will take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center, May 23-25. The expo will showcase new products from the world's leading manufacturers of pro audio, software, staging and more, and the event will be geared specifically for the Latin American market. This year's show also will include educational seminars and day-long conferences, addressing the most important industry issues. For more information or to register online, visit www.expolatinashow.com.
JAMSYNC DEBUTS SURROUND EFFECTSJamSync is now offering Surround Effects, a service that translates existing production sound elements into 5.1 surround. JamSync's chief audio engineer, K.K. Proffitt, says, "JamSync has developed several proprietary techniques to translate the original elements into 5.1. Since we don't have to re-create all the elements, this saves a lot of time."
Surround Effects can provide Dolby Digital versions and is available in a number of popular formats, including Pro Tools Sessions, ADAT, Tascam format, .WAV, etc. For more information, go to www.jamsync.com.