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January 1, 2008

January 1, 2008


The Inside Track: Mixing Concert Recordings

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

There’s a perfect storm in live sound recording technology: the power of computers combined with the ease and portability of digital recording gear have…

Tube Mic Preamps and Channel Strips

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

With the DAW-centric nature of production today, more recordings are being made without a console in remote locations and workstation-based studios. But…


Tools of the Trade

Jan 1, 2008 12:00 PM

DIGIDESIGN PRO TOOLS VERSION 7.4 Pro Tools V. 7.4 from Digidesign ( offers numerous music, post-production and workflow enhancements…

Field Test: Apple Logic Pro 8 Digital Audio Workstation

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

Apple acquired the Logic DAW when it purchased Emagic in July 2002, but until now the application looked much the same as it always did. Even after Apple’s…

Field Test: Dolby Lake Processor Speaker Controller

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

The Dolby Lake Processor (DLP) is a digital loudspeaker processor designed for use in live and studio applications. Combining proprietary technology developed…

Field Test: AKG C 5 and D 5 Handheld Microphones

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

The near-identical look of AKG’s latest series of handheld vocal mics may cause one to assume they are similar, but in fact, these are two completely…

Field Test: Genelec 8250A/7260A DSP Monitors

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

Released in 2004, Genelec’s 8000 Series monitors reflected the first major redesign of the company’s original and ubiquitous studio monitors an obvious…

Field Test: Universal Audio DCS Remote Preamp

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

Continuing its tradition of producing innovative studio products, Universal Audio partnered with the original founders of Euphonix to create the Desktop…

Field Test: Brauner Phanthera Condenser Microphone

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

The Brauner Phanthera ($2,319) builds on the trademark sound of the company’s VMA and VMX mics. The mic is handcrafted and sturdily built, featuring a…

Field Test: ADAM Pro Audio A7 Monitors

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

ADAM Pro Audio’s product line includes an array of near-fields and mid-fields, and several flavors of main loudspeakers that all have something in common:…

DiGiCo Live Series Digital Consoles

Jan 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Kevin Madigan

DiGiCo’s D1 and D5 Live Series comprise comprehensive, versatile digital consoles with outstanding sonic quality and intuitive operation. They can be…

Sound for Picture

Youth Without Youth

Jan 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Steve Shurtz

Francis Ford Coppola’s first directorial effort in ten years, Youth Without Youth, might be called a Romanian film. Based on a novella by Romanian author…

The Kite Runner

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

Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner was a huge best-seller when it came out in 2004, but there was no guarantee that it could successfully be made…


Jan 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Mitch Osias

Tekkonkinkreet is the first Japanese feature film and, more to the point, the first anim to be helmed by a non-Japanese director, American Michael Arias….

Live Mix

Clubs Go Beyond the Stage

Jan 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Jason Scott Alexander

With telltale white headphones dangling from our ears, for a while it appeared that download culture and video blogging might usurp live performance as…

Just Trust Your (In-) Ears

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

The problems associated with traditional wedge monitoring are many, ranging from difficulty for the artists to hear themselves clearly and inconsistent…

All Access: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Jan 1, 2008 12:00 PM, Photos and text by Steve Jennings

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band are touring following the release of Magic, their first studio album in five years. The album hit stores on October…

Soundcheck: Billy Joel

Jan 1, 2008 12:00 PM, Photos and text by Steve Jennings

Following an extended North American tour last year, piano man Billy Joel made a few select stops across the U.S., including Oakland, Calif.’s Oracle…

FixIt: Kirk “Eek” Shreiner

Jan 1, 2008 12:00 PM

Front-of-house engineer Kirk Shreiner has mixed for Mtley Cre and is currently out with Maroon 5. I have been working for Clair/Showco for 19 years and…

Now Playing: Velvet Revolver

Jan 1, 2008 12:00 PM

Velvet Revolver Sound Company: Eighth Day Sound (Highland Heights, Ohio) FOH Engineer/Board: Toby Francis/Digidesign VENUE Monitor Engineers/Board: Andy…


Jan 1, 2008 12:00 PM

Aired live in surround sound, the 2007 Country Music Awards saw microphones supplied by Audio-Technica and Shure. The audio team comprised audio producer…

On the Road: Voodoo Music Festival

Jan 1, 2008 12:00 PM

Voodoo Music Festival Following a succession of successful summer festivals, the Voodoo Music Festival (October 26-28, 2007) celebrated the best of New…

P.A. Showcase at ET Live!

Jan 1, 2008 12:00 PM

ET Live!, held during the LDI 2007 conference (November 16-18, 2007) in Orlando, employed six P.A. systems and requisite concert gear (including front-of-house…

Tour Profile: Ozomatli

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

On a typical rock tour, the crew often outnumbers the band by a large margin. But when the nine members of Ozomatli hit the road, their support staff…

Tour Profile: Kelly Clarkson

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

Touring under her third RCA release, My December, Kelly Clarkson has achieved a level of success that’s easily measured by the number of fans she’s garnered…

Tour Profile: The Donnas

Jan 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Gaby Alter

When The Donnas appeared on the punk/rock/pop scene in 1998 with their indie-label release, American Teenage Rock ‘n’ Roll Machine, they brought along…

New Sound Reinforcement Products

Jan 1, 2008 12:00 PM

MACKIE SRM 350/450 VERSION 2 Mackie ( has updated its best-selling speakers now with lightweight neodymium drivers and onboard Class-D…

Recording Notes


Jan 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Bryan Reesman

You may not yet be familiar with HIM’s music, but you’ve probably seen their symbol: the Heartagram, a pentagram with its top two corners rounded off….

Mickey Hart and Zakir Hussain

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

It seemed somehow appropriate that when the Grammy Awards introduced a World Music category back in 1991, the first winner was Grateful Dead drummer Mickey…

Classic Tracks: Barry Manilow’s Copacabana

Jan 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Dan Daley

In the vast and murky limbo of hipsterdom, Barry Manilow has been both a punch line and a punching bag, a synonym for American pop-music schmaltz. Somehow,…

Cool Spins

Jan 1, 2008 12:00 PM

Eagles Long Road Out of Eden(self-released) Far from being a typical cynical Eagles-bashing crit, I’m a fan dating back to their first album, and loved…

Coast to Coast

L.A. Grapevine

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

Snoop Dogg is rolling in high style these days, thanks to an unprecedented collaboration between West Coast Customs the crew behind MTV’s Pimp My Ride…

Nashville Skyline

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

Last year was a banner one for Starstruck Studios and its superstar owner, Reba McEntire, who recorded most of her smash Duets album there. Bon Jovi also…

New York Metro

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

Beg. Borrow. Steal. Repeat. That hardly sounds like it should be the recording M.O. for a New York City sideman supergroup like Rudder (,…

Session Spotlight

Jan 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Jeff Forlenza

Led by brothers Dallas and Travis Good, The Sadies are an eclectic band based in Toronto. The Sadies could be categorized as roots-rock or alt-country,…

Golden Mastering

Jan 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Jeff Forlenza

Independent record labels, musicians, engineers and producers know about mastering engineer John Golden. He made a name for himself mastering albums for…

Track Sheet

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

NORTHEAST Yeah, Yeah Yeah were in Sear Sound (NYC) mixing with producer/engineer Nick Launay. The Killers were in with engineer Alan Moulder and co-producer…

Project Studio

Studio 401

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

Drummer Andy Scott has built a thriving studio business during the past 10 years in large part by capturing a wide variety of music from local indie artists…

Tech’s Files

Making Your Tape Echo Machine Last

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

One of the unintentional that results from recording to analog tape is the time delay between the record and play heads. Tape echo sometimes referred…


Game Composers Get Their Fair Share

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

Those who work in the videogame industry now face most of the same issues as their counterparts in the film and television industries. For example, in…

From the Editor

Learning to Speak the Language

Jan 1, 2008 12:00 PM, George Petersen, Executive Editor

The doors to NAMM won’t open for another couple of weeks, but I can let you in on a (not-too) secret: Gear for audio creation will continue to become…


Letters to Mix

Jan 1, 2008 12:00 PM

HOUSE OF WONDER Your October 2007 [30th Anniversary Special] issue is a keeper. History I love it! Back in the summer of 1977, I was a drummer touring…

Current/Industry News

SAE Atlanta Opens

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

At SAE Atlanta’s ( grand opening, held October 12, are, from left: Institute Liverpool director Xander Snell, SAE Atlanta director Chris…

TEC Call for Entries

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

The Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards (TEC) nominating panel is now accepting product nominations for the 24th Annual TEC Awards to be held in…

Shure Mikes Students

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

Students and faculty from The School of Music at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) performed at Shure’s Personal Listening Center, where Shure will…

White Mark Celebrates

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

Acoustic and technical design company White Mark Ltd. ( celebrated its tenth anniversary by completing its 100th audio post-production…

CRF Performs

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

At the Classical Recording Foundation’s Sixth Annual Awards Ceremony, held in the beautifully intimate setting of Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall…

USS Goes Gaming

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

Universal Studios Sound ( has hired supervising sound editor Michael Geisler, expanding the department’s services in animation…

NL Adds Audio

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

New York City?based Northern Lights’ new audio division is being headed by mixer/sound designer/composer Ted Gannon (pictured), who is currently working…

Notes From the Net

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

AFA GOES ONLINE AFA Music Group will launch a full-service digital music label early this year, available online at The label will encompass…

RSPE Parties at Bennett

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

To celebrate the opening of a satellite sales office of Universal City, Calif.-based RSPE Audio Solutions at West L.A.’s top HD video and 5.1 surround…

Industry News

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

At Sterling Sound (NYC), mastering engineer Will Quinnell has been promoted to full timeHollywood-based SonicPool promoted Daniel Stuart to audio editor…