February 1, 2008

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February 1, 2008

Jack Johnson's Sleep Through the Static

Feb 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Mr. Bonzai

Early in 2007, Jack Johnson began remodeling an old L.A. mansion that also houses a recording studio and offices for his record label, Brushfire Records....

Features

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Answering the Call of Duty

Feb 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Michel Henein

In 2004, game developer Infinity Ward released Call of Duty (CoD) to much critical acclaim, and the title soon became the benchmark World War II first-person...

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Total Immersion Effects

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

Feeling surrounded by sound libraries? If so, you're probably not alone. The number of packages seems to be growing by the day, and with good reason:...

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"Guitar Hero" Rocks

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

It's two days after Christmas, a time when many companies are closed for vacation or coasting lazily into the new year. But at the headquarters of WaveGroup...

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RTS Games Still Going Strong

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

Although there's no question that the videogames getting the most attention from both gamers and the press these days are the latest generation of elaborate,...

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Gamers Got Game

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

Michael Nielsen and Kaveh Cohen are a study in concentration as they sit alongside each other behind the colossal SSL 9000K console in the control room...

Technology

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Tools of the Trade

Feb 1, 2008 12:00 PM

ULTRASONE PRO HEADPHONES Fresh from NAMM are UltraSone's (www.ultrasoneusa.com) new headphone lines. The UltraSone HFI line now includes the HFI 580 and...

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Technology Spotlight: Euphonix Artist Series

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

Twenty years ago, Euphonix made its public debut at an AES show with plans for Crescendo, its first console. The prototypes were rough, offering Macintosh,...

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Field Test: Digidesign C|24 Workstation Controller

Feb 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Kevin Becka

During this past October's AES, one of the hottest product releases was the new C|24 Pro Tools controller from Digidesign. It was a much-anticipated upgrade...

Field Test: AMS Neve 8801 Channel Strip

Feb 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Michael Cooper

The AMS Neve 8801 continues a recent, exciting trend in which select manufacturers produce rackmountable channel strips based on their large-format consoles....

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Field Test: Toft Audio Designs ATB Analog Console

Feb 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Bobby Frasier

The name Malcom Toft is etched in the audio history books; he will always be remembered for his console designs and his engineering work with The Beatles,...

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Field Test: Brainworx bx_digital Mastering Plug-In

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

Brainworx's bx_digital Audio Units/VST/RTAS/TDM plug-in is designed to emulate the company's M/S bx1 Modus EQ and bx2 Image Shifter hardware mastering...

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Auditions: Snapshot Product Reviews

Feb 1, 2008 12:00 PM

CAD TRION 7000 Studio Ribbon Microphone The passive CAD Trion 7000 ribbon microphone offers a figure-8 pattern, ships in a sturdy aluminum case and comes...

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Power Tools: Digidesign Pro Tools Elastic Time

Feb 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Steve MacMillan

The star feature of Pro Tools Version 7.4 is Elastic Time (ET). Similar to MIDI, ET can conform audio data to changes in tempo or time. This is useful...

Live Mix

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All Access: Avenged Sevenfold

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

Five-piece Avenged Sevenfold (vocalist M. Shadows, lead guitarist Synyster Gates, guitarist Zacky Vengeance, bassist Johnny Christ and drummer The Rev)...

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Led Zeppelin Reunion Concert

Feb 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Sarah Benzuly

Last year saw numerous rock 'n' rollers reuniting on the stage The Police, Van Halen, et al. But perhaps garnering the biggest headlines was Led Zeppelin...

FixIt: Bryan Worthen

Feb 1, 2008 12:00 PM

Front-of-house engineer Bryan Worthen is mixing a nine-date UK arena tour for Foo Fighters. He's manning two DiGiCo D5s to handle the show's double stages:...

Sound Reinforcement News, February 2008

Feb 1, 2008 12:00 PM

Technomad Associates' loudspeakers and subwoofers are compliant with the International Electrotechnical Commission's (IEC) IP56 rating under its IP codeModest...

On the Road: The Producers

Feb 1, 2008 12:00 PM

Currently out with Mel Brooks' musical tour of The Producers is Dustyn Peiffer, who is mixing in a wide range of theaters and working with a full ensemble...

Now Playing: Joe Cocker, Meg & Dia, Lorie Line

Feb 1, 2008 12:00 PM

Joe Cocker Sound Company: Concert Sound FOH Engineer/Board: Chris Madden/Digidesign VENUE Monitor Engineer/Board: Niall Slevin/Digidesign VENUE D-Show...

Technomad Donates to Extreme Makeover

Feb 1, 2008 12:00 PM

Technomad Associates has donated a turnkey P.A. system to ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition for a show scheduled to air in February 2008. The Hughes...

Tour Profile: Chris Brown's Holiday Exclusive

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

Chris Brown may be one of the fastest rising acts in R&B, but with his Holiday Exclusive tour which wraps up February 3, 2008, in Honolulu, after a two-month...

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New Sound Reinforcement Products

Feb 1, 2008 12:00 PM

AVLEX MX8-1RM MIC LINE MIXER Designed for multiple applications, the single-rackspace MX8-1RM mixer from Avlex (www.avlex.com) supports eight mic/line...

Recording Notes

Joe Jackson's Rain

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

Joe Jackson doesn't waste time with nostalgia. Look Sharp may have been your favorite album in 1979, but when Jackson reunited his original band a few...

Cowboy Junkies Go Back to Church

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

Twenty years ago, an album called The Trinity Session put a largely unknown Canadian band with the unlikely name of the Cowboy Junkies firmly on the musical...

Classic Tracks: Minnie Riperton's "Lovin' You"

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

Let's check out the formula: You grow up loving literature, pick up the guitar in college and then, while you and your young wife whom you adore are looking...

Cool Spins

Feb 1, 2008 12:00 PM

Nick Lowe Jesus of Cool 30th Anniversary Edition(Yeproc) I guess I'm officially elderly, because I still have my vinyl LP of the album that was released...

Coast to Coast

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L.A. Grapevine

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

During the course of this rough-and-tumble decade, many record makers have been faced with the challenge of doing more with less. This month, we take...

Nashville Skyline

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

A couple of months ago, Omnisound Studios (www.omnisoundstudios.com) was acquired by Billy Austin's Platinum Pen company. The new owner has made good...

New York Metro

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

Don't call them, they'll call you. Well, maybe the owners of the studios in this month's column aren't that exclusive, but they're not exactly beating...

Mastering Lab Milestone

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

If you work with Doug Sax on a project this year, be sure to wish him a happy anniversary. The Mastering Lab (www.masteringlab.com) is celebrating 40...

Vampires at the Lodge

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

African-influenced indie band Vampire Weekend visited The Lodge (New York City), where studio founder/chief engineer Emily Lazar was mastering their debut...

Star of the Sea

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

Alternative rocker Nicole Atkins and her band The Sea recorded a version of The Mamas and The Papas' hit Words of Love at Retromedia Studios (Redbank,...

Tangerine Opens

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

Roger Johansen and Gene Holder are the proud owners of a new John Storyk-designed mastering studio in Weehawken, N.J. The lead mastering engineer will...

Coming Soon: Avron's New Studio

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

Delta H Design reports that the firm has designed a Hollywood studio for producer/engineer Neal Avron (Linkin Park, Fall Out Boy, Everclear). The facility,...

Track Sheet, February 2008

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

NORTHEAST At Avatar Studios (NYC), My Morning Jacket spent a month in Studio A recording their upcoming album with producers Jim James and Joe Chiccarelli...

Insider Audio

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Late for the Future

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

I guess I first noticed it a couple of years ago while I was watching an HD documentary on my local PBS channel. Welcome to the future! said the breathless...

AudioNext

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The Importance of Being Earnest

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

People are beginning to take games seriously, but not as seriously as they regard film in terms of dramatic presentation. This is in large part because...

Project Studio

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Persist Music

Feb 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Heather Johnson

West Norwalk, Conn., is a quiet town located less than an hour from New York City. This time of year, a foot of snow covers the barren foliage and the...

Tech's Files

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The Kit Is It

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

The magic combination of three ingredients do it yourself (D.I.Y.), curiosity and tenacity are essential to the success of audio entrepreneurs who have...

From the Editor

The Pick of Destiny

Feb 1, 2008 12:00 PM, Sarah Jones Editor

When I was a kid, I was addicted to those Choose Your Own Adventure books you know, the stories in which the readers get to determine the outcome themselves,...

Feedback

Letters to Mix

Feb 1, 2008 12:00 PM

THE PRICE OF GOLDEN EARS I felt compelled to write and add my voice to the chorus (Critical Listening, December 2007)! Having just finished recording...

Current/Industry News

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In Loving Memory: Joel Dorn, Steve Kusiciel, Ronald J. Scalise

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

JOEL DORN, 1942-2007 Jazz/R&B producer Joel Dorn passed away on December 17 due to a heart attack. Dorn's numerous accomplishments as a producer all stemmed...

Company Consolidations

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

STUDIO CENTER TOTAL PRODUCTION, TONIC STUDIOS Studio Center Total Production (Virginia Beach, Va.; www.studiocenter.com) has acquired New York City-based...

Have Tapes, Will Play

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

Paul Stubblebine Mastering and valve-electronics manufacturer Bottlehead Corp. have introduced The Tape Project (www.tapeproject.com), a new(ish) music-delivery...

Stanley An AES Fellow

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

The AES Awards Committee and Board of Governors selected Gerald Stanley, Crown Intl.'s senior VP of research, to receive the AES Fellowship Award for...

TEC Awards Date Set

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

The 24th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards will be held Friday, October 3, 2008, at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco. For ticket...

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P&E Surrounds S.F.

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

The P&E Wing and the S.F. Chapter offered Academy and community members the opportunity to learn about 5.1 surround mixing and speaker technology at the...

On the Move: Ted Leamy

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

Who: Ted Leamy, COO at Pro Media/UltraSound Main responsibilities: running the day-to-day business of Pro Media/UltraSound tour sound and installation...

Quad Names Swan Manager

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

New York City's Quad Studios, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, named Glenn Swan studio manager; he most recently was at Sony Music Studios,...

Bookshelf: Lost Sounds

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

In Lost Sounds Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry, 1890-1919, author Tim Brooks and co-researcher Dick Spottswood have spotlighted a epochal...

Industry News, February 2008

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

Former VP for academic affair/provost at Berklee College of Music, Harry Chalmiers is the new president at McNally Smith College of Music (St. Paul, MN)World...