News April 16 - 30 ( see newsApril 1 - 15 )
TC Electronic to Focus on PowerCore Platform
With the introduction during the past year of PowerCore FireWire andElement, and the announcement of several new third-party developers,PowerCore, TC Electronic's open-platform DSP engine, and its relatedplug-ins now account for almost 90 percent of the company's computerrecording revenue. Because of this, TC Electronic announced a shift incorporate strategy to focus more resources on the PowerCoreplatform.
As a result, the company will be discontinuing further developmentof Spark and Native Bundle as of the current versions (Spark 2.8.2 andNative Bundle 3.1).
"PowerCore has been very successful for us, and with growing supportfrom software developers like Sony and Access, users can expect moregreat things to come," says Uffe Kjems Hansen, VP of product managementat TC Electronic. "With such great momentum behind PowerCore, we'vemade the difficult decision to discontinue development on Spark andNative Bundle so we can give PowerCore the resources it deserves."
TC Electronic will continue to provide support to users of bothproducts through TC Support Interactive via its Website, located at www.tcsupport.tc.
NVISION, ISIS Group Supply Integrated Routing Solution
NVISION and ISIS Group recently completed a unique collaborativeproject that resulted in a fully integrated routing solution forFotoKem, the Burbank, Calif.-based supplier of advanced film, video andaudio services to the motion picture and television industries. The newintegrated routing system enables digital audio and video sources to beswitched within FotoKem's new digital intermediate room, and a varietyof RGBHV-format video sources that feed flat-panel displays.
Founded in 1963, FotoKem provides color and black-and-whitelaboratory services for filmmakers. Recently, the company opened astate-of-the-art digital intermediate room that provides digitalscanning, conforming and color correction to film images prior totransfer back to film for public exhibition, video production anddigital cinema release.
All operations in the new digital intermediate room are controlledfrom a Quantel iQ system, explains Paul Chapman, FotoKem's senior VP oftechnology: "The iQ system accepts standard-def, high-def or 2kresolution, together with digital audio," Chapman says. Material can beviewed with an audio soundtrack, enabling sound to be heard withpicture during all stages of the image-correction process.
"While our main routing system handles primary ingest and delivery,"Chapman explains, "we needed a way of connecting various sources to andfrom the iQ system. And, in addition to HD video and audio signals, wehad to accommodate a variety of RGBHV-format video sources that connectto a number of flat-panel displays. We soon realized that an integratedrouting system was going to be requiredÑone that could handlesingle-button switching of digital audio and video signals, as well asVGA and high-resolution QXGA video."
ÒFotoKem specified an NVISION NV5128 Multiformat Router and an8x8 XL858 Five-Level Multimedia Switcher from ISIS that can handlehigh-resolution RGBHV signals up to QXGA resolution (2,048x1,536pixels). The NV5128 router simultaneously supports all formats in thesame frame, and is configured to accommodate 32x32 HDSDI video, 16x16AES format and 48x16 stereo analog audio I/Os; commands are issued froma dedicated NV9000LS Router Control System.
The NV5128 routes HD video signals between iQ inputs and outputs andcompanion digital audio signals. Analog RGBHV video sources are handledby the ISIS Multimedia Switcher. "We need to switch analog signals tothe NVISION and ISIS Group supply routing solution to FotoKem videoprojector," Chapman explains, "as well as 35mm mag and [Tascam] DA-88playback. We also have all three formats of cinema processors withtheir individual analog outputs. The NV5128 router's ability to handlesingle digital audio signals within an AES-format pair is useful. Inthis way, we can fully access each individual signal and route itwherever we need it."
Martin Audio Introduces H3H Blackline Series Speaker
Martin Audio's new H3H (Horizontal) loudspeaker is the latest additionto the company's Blackline Series that is geared for clubs, smalltheaters and dance venues.
This high-power enclosure employs all of the same horn-loadedcomponents as the H3, but is now available in a horizontal format,which is ideal for venues with low ceilings.
A trapezoidal three-way bi-amp Hybrid design, the H3H is fullyhorn-loaded, with components comprising a single15-inch (380mm) hornand reflex-loaded low-frequency transducer, a10-inch (250mm)horn-loaded mid-frequency transducer with a "phase-ball" loading deviceand a 1-inch (25mm) exit HF compression driver mounted on a constantdirectivity horn.
The mid- and high-frequency sections are integrated by an internal2kHz passive crossover network and the enclosure is of a multi-laminatebirch-ply construction.
Flexible for club and commercial installations requiring high SPLand articulation in a compact, low-profile package, the H3H hasmultiple inserts to facilitate easy, quick and safe installation.
For more information about the H3H and Martin Audio BlacklineSeries, please go to www.martin-audio.com.
Turbosound's New Aspect Speakers Are Scaleable to Venue
Turbosound's Aspect Series is a highly innovative sound reinforcementsystem that is easily scalable to suit specific acoustic and venuerequirements ranging from small clubs and auditoriums to the largestarenas and stadiums.
The Aspect Series comprises four modules: two models for touring (amid/high and bass enclosures fitted with integral rigging hardware) andtwo trapezoidal models (a mid/high with matching bass cabinet, designedfor ground-stacking and fixed installations). The design of the AspectSeries features a set of proprietary transducers that operate over fourindividual frequency bands and are divided between the system's modularmid-high and low-frequency enclosures. The new series incorporates manypatented concepts, with the key element being the system's Polyhorndesigns. These are applied at both high and high-mid frequencies, andcomprise equal path-length multisection waveguides that create aphase-coherent wavefront. This design permits individual wavefronts tocoincide seamlessly with the physical curvature of an array to minimizecomb-filtering effects between adjacent cabinets, and, due to thedesign's tightly focused point-and-shoot directivity, the system isintuitively adaptable to a huge range of room size and audiencecoverage requirements.
All Aspect Series' transducers have been designed in-house. Inaddition, high-stability neodymium magnet structures are usedthroughout, offering greater efficiency, better thermal stability,lower power compression and a reduction in overall weight. Enclosuredimensions are exactly divisible into both U.S. and European trucksizes, while the integral flying hardware enables the boxesÑwiththeir rotatable mid-high sectionÑto rig horizontally or verticallyand allows cabinets to be pre-assembled on wheel dollies for easierload ins. The flying hardware can also be easily removed to permitindependent safety testing.
Four Aspect models are being launched. Aimed primarily at theinstall market and for ground-stacked touring applications are theTA-880H trapezoidal mid-high system and the corresponding TA-880Llow-frequency enclosure. These models use removable rigging swords thatform a simple, lightweight and easy-to-use flying system. For bothlarge and small-scale touring applications, the TA-890H mid-high unitand the identically sized TA-890L low-frequency enclosure are designedto be flown in point source arrays.
For MSRPs and more information on the Aspect Series, go toTurbosound's U.S. distributor, Sennheiser, at www.sennheiserusa.com.
NAB 2004: Telos-Omnia, Fraunhofer Demo Surround System for HDRadio
Telos Systems/Omnia Audio and Fraunhofer Institute (FhG), thedevelopers of MP3 and other MPEG audio codecs, announced thedevelopment of a spatial audio coding system that enables transmissionof 5.1-channel surround audio over HD Radio. The companies willdemonstrate the system privately to major broadcast groups at the NABConvention in Las Vegas this week.
"Only a couple of years ago, it seemed like we didn't have enoughbandwidth for full-fidelity stereo on IBOC," says Telos president SteveChurch. "With this breakthrough, it's possible to have very impressivesurround on HD Radio. We invite skeptics to listen for themselves atNAB."
The new system works with existing HD Radio codec and transmissionequipment and is fully compatible with stereo broadcasts.
For more information, visit www.telos-systems.com.
NAB 2004: mSoft, Library Reps Predict CD-Less Society
At this year's NAB Convention, mSoft has invited a dozen top musiclibraries to convene in one booth for an extensive demonstrationshowcasing the future of content delivery sans CDs.
Representatives from DeWolfe, SelecTracks, Downright Music,MasterSource, Ed Wood Music, Who Did That Music, Extreme Music, LoveCatMusic, Aircraft Music, MegaTrax, MusicBox, 615 Music and APM will be onhand working on mSoft's MusicCue 3.2 server system. To accommodate thecomplete catalogs of music from the participating libraries, a 5TB RAIDfrom ADTX has been configured for the show, representing about 6,500CDs of music and sound effects.
APM will also show its new MyAPM.com search software in mSoft'sbooth. One RAID storage server from ADTX will power all libraries inthe booth and the MyAPM software. mSoft's development partner,SoundMiner, will feature its latest search and interface softwareversion for Pro Tools and Avid users. SoundMiner 3.1 offers automatedadministrative tasking, database serving, traffic management, remoteaccess and a safe-encrypted data stream to protect against intrusionsfor Mac OS X users.
For more information, visit www.msoftinc.com.
NAB 2004: Apple Unveils Final Cut Pro HD
Yesterday at the NAB Convention, Apple unveiled Final Cut Pro¨ HD,the latest version of Apple's Emmy Award-winning editing software,which features the real-time performance of high-quality native DVCPROHD and real-time support for DV and SD.
Final Cut Pro HD delivers the ability to capture, edit and outputbroadcast-quality high-definition (HD) video over a single FireWirecable without requiring any additional hardware. Final Cut Pro HDsupports native DVCPRO HD editing with no recompression or imagedegradation, and enables HD preview monitoring on an Apple Cinema HDDisplay.
Final Cut Pro HD provides playback of up to four streams of nativeDVCPRO HD video, or when adding an Xserve¨ RAID up to 10 streamsin preview quality.
Built on the open architecture of QuickTime, Final Cut Pro HD scalesfrom DV through SD, HD and film and can output to most professionaltape formats or encode MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and QuickTime files for DVD, Webor delivery on 3G devices.
Final Cut Pro HD is available immediately to registered Final CutPro 4 users. The Final Cut Pro HD retail package is available forpre-order through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores and AppleAuthorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $999 (U.S.). FinalCut Pro 1, 2 and 3 users can upgrade to Final Cut Pro HD for $399(U.S.). Full system requirements and more information on Final Cut ProHD, including a list of certified compatible hardware and software, canbe found at www.apple.com/finalcutpro.
NAB 2004: Euphonix Debuts New-Generation System 5-B
System 5-B, Euphonix's flagship broadcast digital mixing system, hasbeen upgraded with a new-generation mixer software package and hardwareupdates to the control surface. The 2004 model, which debuts at thisyear's NAB Convention, supports up to 96 channels using a single DSPmixer core and includes 24 mix buses, 24 group/clean feeds and 16IFB/aux sends. The new System 5-B also includes a dedicated mix-minusbus with single button press N-1 mix-minus outputs and talkback fromeach channel.
A second model, the System 5-BP, supports up to 310 channels andincludes mix automation for those broadcasters and live venues thatrequire both on-air and audio post capabilities in one system.
Both System 5 models include the same redundancy features.
In other Euphonix news, the Max Air Broadcast Tour vehicle makes astop at the Euphonix booth at the NAB convention, following visits tovarious West Coast TV stations.
This specially commissioned truck is outfitted with a 96-channel MaxAir digital audio mixing system and is set up to simulate a local TVstation's digital audio control room. During the show, attendees willbe able to get a hands-on demonstration of Max Air and take a look atthe vehicle and other digital audio and video equipment integrated withMax Air.
Post-NAB, the Max Air Broadcast Tour heads East, reaching Chicago inmid-June and New York at the end of July.
For more information, please visit www.euphonix.com.
Loudeye Launches IndieSource Program
Loudeye Corp. recently announced IndieSource, an extension of Loudeye'smusic label program enabling companies building a digital musicbusiness to license hundreds of thousands of independent music tracksthrough a single company. Additionally, independent music labels thatlicense their content to Loudeye gain distribution into the majordigital music stores and services. Musicmatch, BuyMusic at Buy.com andCellus USA, among others, have used IndieSource to expand their contentcatalogs.
In related news, Loudeye announced a digital distribution agreementwith Saregama, reportedly India's largest music company. Additionally,Loudeye has signed agreements with independent labels and musicrepresentation companies including Avatar Records, Stern's Music,Paradise Artists, Maggie's Music, Corn Music Services Inc., RebelRecords, Agog Creative Group and RoadHouse Records, among others.Loudeye also continues to grow its strategic relationship with contentaggregator The Orchard, which now serves as one of the premier partnersfor IndieSource.
Loudeye provides encoding, fulfillment, licensing, tracking, usagereports, royalty calculations and works closely with the RIAA to applyproper ISRC codes to the content, ensuring rapid delivery to musicservices and stores.
Clover Productions Upgrades Monitors
Clover Productions recently upgraded its sound design/post-productionsuite to include a pair of Yamaha MSP10 Studio monitors. According toowner/chief engineer Mike Clover, the monitors crank out sound 10 hoursa day, seven days a week, for gigs such as national and regional spotsfor Kroger, Big O Tires, a number of health care facilities and theKentucky Lottery. The Louisville, Ky.-based facility features a26x42-foot tracking room, three isolation rooms, lock-to-picture, alarge music library and SFX, extensive ISDN capabilities and a ProTools digital audio workstation.
Clover's additional gear includes an AmekÐTAC Scorpion console,a pair of Avalon 737s and "classic" effects: dbx1066 and 1060s, aYamaha SPX990 and a REV7. "Aside from the Avalons, we don't use a lotof outboard gear, much less our DAT machines," he explains. "Everythingis Pro Tools and plug-ins these days; mostly from Focusrite, Waves andthe items that come with Pro Tools. We have the 24 MIXPlus 8-channelhard disk recording/editing system with 888 I/O digital input, and wesync to video quite a bit. Our business is not $5,000 mics; we haveNeumann TLM193s, 421s, E-V RE-20s, A-T 4047s, SM81s,and lots ofShures."
Clover Productions and its sister division, Airborne RecordingStudio, specialize in commercial sound design, production and audiopost-production, voice-overs and music for television and radiocommercials.
For more information, please visit www.Cloverproductions1.com.
NTI Launches Acoustilyzer AL1
NTI AG announces the launch of the handheld acoustics analyzer, theAL1, and its extension for speech intelligibility analysis, the STI-PA.AL1 is based on the Minilyzer ML1 hardware and reportedly complementsits functionality in the acoustics domain. AL1 is available as anindependent instrument and as a new firmware for current ML1 users.
In addition to instantaneous and integrated sound pressure levelmeasurements, the repeatable short-time LEQ and sound exposure leveltest capabilities complete the event monitoring requirements. The AL1visualizes the actual audio spectrum (RTA) or the chart view of theSPL/LEQ history without interrupting ongoing sound level measurements.The RTA also permits relative sound spectrum measurements againstpreviously stored references. Stored spectra may be averaged orcombined by using the available mathematical functions. The Max-Mindisplay helps find dominant room modes and characterization oflistening areas.
All measurement results may be logged to the internal memory forfurther investigations.
The STI-PA analyzer option allows for speech intelligibilitymeasurement within 15 seconds. Besides the single-value STI or CIS testresult, a detailed view of modulation indices and individual band levelresults are provided. The STI-PA analyzer includes amplitude weightingin accordance with the 2003 IEC 60268-16 standards release. Acquiredmeasurements may be referenced to previously established backgroundnoise level spectra with automatic recalculation of the STI values.
To find out more about the AL1 and the STI-PA's features, visit www.nt-instruments.com.
Metric Halo Mobile I/O's a No-Brainer
Known for his past work with Primus and a part of the current lineup ofGuns Ô'N Roses, drummer Bryan Mantia (aka Brain) holds a secondcareer in computer music and beat programming, and uses two portableMetric Halo setups to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
"I do a lot of programming for albums," Brain acknowledges. "I justdid a load of stuff for the new Vanessa Carlton album. I also just didan album with Buckethead, the guitarist from Guns Ô'N Roses. Hisnew album has a lot of programming."
Upon recommendation by several producers, the San Francisco Bay Arearesident chose a pair of Apple G4 Titanium laptops and the Metric HaloMobile I/O, among other items. "I purchased the ULN-2, so I have twoportable units and two separate systems. So if I'm working in twoseparate studios, I can have one at one [studio] and one at theother.
"The system is basically in a backpack, so I'm totally portable,"Brain continues. "I show up with my backpack with a MIDI interface, alittle keyboard and the MIO. My FireWire cable is four inches long. Iput my laptop on top of the MIOÑit fits perfectly."
For more information on the Mobile I/O, visit www.mhlabs.com.
Digital Bear Entertainment Adds Consulting Services
Digital Bear Entertainment recently introduced its consultationservices division, which includes music consultation, performanceanalysis and mixing services.
Since 1996, the Boston-based company has specialized in artistdevelopment, working with a select group of acts. Now, artists can takeadvantage of DBE's services on a per-project basis.
DBE's music consultation provides written, constructive criticism ofan artist's music at any stage of the project to help acts avoidpotential pitfalls.
For performance analysis, the DBE staff will attend and critique alive performance, focusing on vocals, image, audience engagement,professionalism and energy.
DBE founder Jordan Tishler provides mixing services and will mix anew track or rework previous mixes.
DBE is offering its consulting services for a limited-timeintroductory rate. Mention offer code DBE207 when calling. Details ofthese services, with example reports and prices, are available at www.digitalbear.com.
Musicmatch Jukebox to Ship With Intel Desktop Boards
Musicmatch Inc. announced that its Musicmatch Jukebox music softwareand services is now shipping with Intel desktop motherboards.
Musicmatch Jukebox, which includes Musicmatch Radio, Musicmatch MXand Musicmatch Downloads services, will be included on the desktopmotherboard resource disc for immediate installation on PC harddrives.
Musicmatch Jukebox currently ships with leading PC OEMs and morethan 60 hardware devices.
For additional information, visit www.musicmatch.com.
Switchcraft Issues Fourth-Edition Engineering DesignGuide'
Switchcraft proudly introduces the fourth edition of its EngineeringDesign Guide. The new catalog features several new products,including the new EZ Norm audio patchbay, the AAA Series line of newXLR connectors, new EH Series connectors, new bantam and long-framepatch cords, IEEE1394 FireWire connectors, USB connectors, newadditions to Switchcraft's TQG miniature XLR connectors and more. Topurchase a copy or find out more, visit www.switchcraft.com.
PowerFX Adds to Apple Loops Disc Jams Series
PowerFX has announced the release of three additional CD-ROMcollections in the Apple Loops Disc Jams series: Rock and PopTrio, Street Stylin' and Session Percussion.
The Apple Loops libraries are optimized for use with Apple'sSoundtrack and Garage Band applications. The new titles are availablefor $49 exclusively from the PowerFX Website, www.powerfx.com.
Celestion Moves Into New Plant
Celestion International, manufacturers of Celestion professionalloudspeakers, recently moved into its brand-new development andproduction premises.
The purpose-built headquarters are just across town from Celestion'sold home, the historic Ditton Works in Ipswich, England, and allow thecompany an opportunity to expand its listening and test facilities.
The R&D area is fully equipped with sophisticated design andmeasurement systems, including software tools for finite elementanalysis. The facility also includes a comprehensively equippeddevelopment laboratory with direct access to a hemi-anechoic chamberfor precision measurement and a listening room for loudspeakerevaluation and comparison.
The new listening room enables loudspeaker engineers to conductdetailed A/B comparisons between speakers in a controlled environment.The new Celestion plant also houses an advanced manufacturing facilityfor the production of the company's low-volume products and forsampling new designs.
To find out more, visit www.celestion.com.
The Orchard Introduces Web-Based Accounting
The Orchard, the New York- and London-based distributor of independentmusic, recently announced the launch of its new Web-based salesaccounting and reporting system. The system, which had been in betarelease with select artist and labels, is now available to all of TheOrchard's artists and labels.
The new Web-based accounting system is designed to make trackingsales activity more understandable and transparent, witheasy-to-comprehend reporting at the lowest, individual track level ofsales activity. Orchard artists and labels can access detailedinformation on CD and digital sales, ranging from total album salesdown to per-track data. This new service is one of many new initiativesin the works from The Orchard.
For more information, visit www.theorchard.com.
Soundcraft Breaks Into College Sports
CSTV: College Sports Television, the fastest-growing independent cablenetwork, is now using a Soundcraft Series FIVE as the main on-air audioproduction console at its new state-of-the-art headquarters andbroadcast center on Manhattan's West Side.
The 32-channel Series FIVE, which was installed under the directionof A.F. Associates project manager David Linick, features a customizedconfiguration of 24 mono and eight stereo inputs. Located in thebroadcast center's control room, the desk is employed to mix audio forall of CSTV's original programming, including the cable network's livestudio shows CSTV Primetime and CSTV Scoreboard.
College Sports TV (CollegeSports.com), the first 24-hour collegesports network, is available to more than 20 million homes nationallyon cable and satellite. The network is available on Time Warner,Adelphia and Insight cable systems, among others, and is also availableon DirecTV (channel 610).
For more information, please visit www.soundcraft.com.
Recording Academy Honors Memphis Heroes
The Recording Academy honored legendary musicians at the Memphis HeroAwards, held April 13, 2004, at the Cannon Center for the PerformingArts in Memphis. Those honored included Elvis' original bandmatesScotty Moore, D.J. Fontana and the late Bill Black, Ike Turner, powerpop band Big Star, soul icon Ike Turner and blues legend Clarence"Gatemouth" Brown.
The audience was treated to live performances, video tributes andpresentations to the honorees by their friends and fellow musicians.Music lovers, fans, business leaders, music executives and entertainersfrom across the country were in attendance.
Mike Mills, a member of the alternative rock band R.E.M., touted theinfluence of Big Star while presenting the first award to theunder-acclaimed Memphis band. "If you're a fan of rock Õ'n' roll,even if you haven't heard of Big Star, you owe them, because Iguarantee you, any band you like did hear of them and listened to them,and do their best to do as well as they did," Mills said.
Moore and Fontana, accompanied by The Jordanaires, performed duringthe evening, as did Turner and Brown.
The Heroes Awards celebrate legends in the music industry,acknowledging those artists who have made a lasting impact on the worldof music and popular culture.
For more information, visit www.grammy.com.
Transamerica Audio Group Welcomes A Designs
Transamerica Audio Group has reached an agreement with West Hills,California-based A Designs Audio to act as its exclusive distributor,handling all of the sales and marketing functions in the U.S.
A Designs Audio offers a series of vacuum tube devices, includingthe MP-1 single-channel and MP-2 dual-channel tube microphonepreamplifiers, and the MP-2r, a 2-channel unit optimized to acceptlow-gain ribbon microphones. The company's line of tube gear alsoincludes REDDI, a fire engine-red tube direct box. Several new productsare reportedly slated for introduction in the coming months.
For more information, visit www.transaudiogroup.com.
Apogee Selects Metalfx as Lead Manufacturing, AssemblyPartner
Apogee Sound International has selected Metalfx, Inc. as its leadmanufacturing and assembly partner for its full range of professionalloudspeaker and electronics products.
With the next ISO audit in May at the Metalfx facilities, theproduction of Apogee loudspeakers will be included in the Metalfx ISO9001 certification. Located north of San Francisco in Willits, Calif.,Metalfx has more than 150 employees and two production facilitiescovering more than 220,000 square feet. Metalfxs customers includecompanies such as Agilent, Ciena and Hewlett-Packard.
Digital documentation of Apogee's entire build process now forms thefoundation of this enhanced manufacturing process and is backstopped byMetalfx's Statistical Process Control (SPC). Traditional pin routers,once the workhorse of Apogee's wood-machining process, have beenreplaced with precision CNC (Computerized Numerical Control) routers,enabling the achievement of consistently higher tolerances and,potentially, an even better performing product. Apogee's paintingprocess has been re-engineered and upgraded to include a turnkeytrolley system and an advanced heat curing stage, improving theappearance and increasing the durability of all Apogee products.
Behringer Introduces Ultrastack BG412V Guitar Cabinet
Rounding out its "Ultra" vintage series, Behringer introduced theUltrastack BG412V guitar cabinet with premium 4x12-inch, rear-mountedBugera!" speakers. The BG412V model features switchable 200-watt, 4ohms mono, 2x100-watt or 8 ohms stereo mode operation. The product isexpected to ship in the third quarter of 2004.
The BG412V's speakers are voiced to reproduce classic tone withsparkling highs. The cabinet also features recessed carrying handlesand casters for easy transportation and a vintage-style vinylcover.
For more information, visit www.behringer.com.
Audio-Technica's Got the Midnight Blues
Audio-Technica recently introduced the next generation of MidnightBlues microphones based on its original vocal and instrument micseries.
The new Midnight Blues line comprises four models: the MB1kunidirectional dynamic vocal microphone, MB2k unidirectional dynamicinstrument microphone, MB3k unidirectional dynamic vocal microphone andMB4k cardioid condenser microphone. All models are available with anoptional 15-foot XLRM cable.
The MB1k features Audio-Technica's Hi-ENERGY¨ neodymium magnetstructure, Magna-Lock switch design and corrosion-resistant gold-platedXLRM connectors. The MB1k also includes the AT8470 Quiet-Flex standclamp and threaded adapter.
The MB2k features a tailored frequency response, Hi-ENERGY neodymiummagnet structure, soft-touch finish, Magna-Lock switch and gold-platedXLRM connectors, and comes with the AT8470 Quiet-Flex stand clamp.
The MB3k features a Hi-ENERGY neodymium magnet structure forimproved output and fast transient response. Other features includeA-T's Magna-Lock silent switch, soft-touch finish, gold-plated XLRMconnectors and the AT8470 Quiet-Flex stand clamp.
The MB4k has an extended frequency response, soft-touch finish,on/off switch, gold-plated XLRM connectors and battery/phantomoperation, and comes with the AT8405a stand clamp, battery and threadedadaptor.
All models come with a five-year warranty. MSRPs: MB1k, $49, $59with cable; MB2k, $69, $79 with cable; MB3k, $69, $79 with cable; andMB4k, $129, $139 with cable.
For more information, visit www.audio-technica.com.
SSL, Guitar Center's Distribution Plan for New AWS 900System
At the recent NAB Convention, Solid State Logic announced adistribution arrangement with Guitar Center and GC Pro to introduce theSSL AWS 900 Analogue Workstation System. The SSL AWS 900, a newrecording and mixing system, debuted at NAB. Guitar Center's retailstores and GC Pro s dedicated business-to-business organization willhandle sales, service and support of the SSL AWS 900 to its targetmarket.
"An agreement between SSL and the Guitar Center organization hasbeen reached, where Guitar Center and GC Pro will handle the AWS 900product on an exclusive basis to select market segments in the UnitedStates," says Rick Plushner, SSL president North America. "GuitarCenter will be offering demonstration centers in major marketsthroughout the U.S., complete with DAW systems and a wide range ofoutboard gear, with all Guitar Center locations providing theirclientele with detailed information and support for this product. Anextensive network of product training, system consulting andinstallation services will be made available through a program jointlysupported by the two companies."
Plushner continues, "SSL will also sell the AWS 900 directly to itscore client base and broadcast clientele. This bold distribution planwill make the AWS 900 available to all music, post and broadcastapplications in a fresh and dynamic fashion."
David Angress, Guitar Center's executive VP, remarks, "With anunrivalled combination of new technologies and expert assistance,Guitar Center and GC Pro have connected with a diverse array ofmusicians and audio industry professionals across the nation. We'reexcited to offer our customers the SSL AWS 900, a revolutionary productthat will have instant appeal in today's accelerating marketplace.Solid State Logic is an innovative industry leader and with the debutof its AWS 900, we can now bring GC's extensive client base the sonicquality of SSL's XL 9000 K Series in an affordable package thatintegrates with existing DAW systems."
Using SuperAnalogue electronics, the AWS 900 provides a fullyfeatured SuperAnalogue signal path and a comprehensive DAW controller.The AWS 900 was built from the ground up for a 5.1 environment. Signalrouting, inputs/outputs, monitoring and signal processing are allpermanently available on the console. Top-quality motorized fadersprovide conventional audio level control and controlling the levels ina DAW.
For more information about Solid State Logic, refer to its Websiteat www.solid-state-logic.com.
Gepco Now Shipping Test Certification With HD Video Co-AxCables
Gepco International has announced that it is including a comprehensiveelectrical and mechanical test report for every reel now shipping ofits HD video co-ax cables. This new documentation and certificationprocess ensures the highest level of performance and confidence wheninstalling high-definition and SDI digital video interconnect systemsin critical broadcast or production facilities.
Documentation for each reel includes measurements of attenuation andreturn loss, impedance and velocity of propagation. In addition, allrelevant electrical measurements are swept-test across the entire 3GHzbandwidth of the cable. Critical mechanical measurements such asconductor centering, ovality and outer diameters are also provided. Alltest report data is clearly printed on a single label, attached to eachreel, archived by Gepco and available if replacement documentationshould be required.
"Gepco is extremely proud to offer this new service to the broadcastand pro video industry," says Gary Geppert, CEO/CTO of GepcoInternational. "Through our extensive R&D and proprietarymanufacturing procedures, Gepco has been able to tightly control allelectrical and mechanical attributes of our HD coaxial cables. Byproviding individual certification for each reel, Gepco HD co-ax candeliver the highest level of confidence in demanding high-definitionvideo applications where extremely accurate, high-speed datatransmission is required."
For more information, visit the Gepco Website at www.gepco.com.
Neutrik Intros C+ Professional Phone Plugs
Neutrik recently introduced a new design for professional phone plugsat NAB 2004. The new C+ Series improves on the design of the existingphone plug by offering a thin plug with unique Neutrik chuck-typestrain relief. The new plugs meet the most recent requirements forhighest packing density, 15.88 mm.
"We are very excited about this new professional phone plug seriesand the great new features," says James Cowan, president of NeutrikUSA. "I think it's a plus anytime you can upgrade an already provenproduct, and this will really fill the need for plugs with very highpacking density."
The slim C+ phone plug is all metal and available in mono and stereoversions with nickel or gold-plated contacts and nickel, black orvelour chrome housings.
For more information, refer to the Neutrik Website at www.neutrikusa.com.
SNS globalSANS Debuts at NAB 2004
Studio Network Solutions recently welcomed globalSAN to its familyof shared storage networking solutions during its official introductionat the 2004 NAB show. Built on the company's new iSANmp volume sharingsoftware, the iSCSI-based globalSAN product is geared for facilitiesthat require a significant upgrade in networking performance but do nothave the budget for a full-blown Fibre Channel SAN or point-to-pointWAN connectivity. iSCSI is an IP-based storage networking standard thatenables rapid and efficient transport of block-level I/O data overhigh-speed Ethernet. globalSAN works with both Windows and Mac OS Xsystems.
"globalSAN is a natural extension to our existing line of A/V SANPRO Fibre Channel-based storage solutions," stated Eric Newbauer,director of operations for SNS. "This product is built on a combinationof new and existing technologies and provides users with the best ofboth worlds by offering capabilities similar to a traditional SAN butover an infrastructure that is basically an Ethernet network. Mostmulti-workstation facilities that don't have Fibre Channel currentlyrely on their Ethernet network for file sharing. They will be morelikely to adopt new technology such as globalSAN because they won'tnecessarily have to abandon their entire existing network."
To bring globalSAN to life required the creation of an iSCSIinitiator: a nontrivial piece of software that was previouslyunavailable for OS X. SNS has included its new initiator and iSCSIsupport into its existing SANmp volume sharing software for FibreChannel storage networks. However, SNS has concurrently announcediSANmp, a less-expensive, iSCSI-only version of SANmp.
Studio Network Solutions' globalSAN iSCSI product offers acost-effective pathway toward achieving performance nearing that ofFibre Channel. Internet SCSI (iSCSI) is an IETF (Internet EngineeringTask Force) approved standard protocol for encapsulating SCSI commandsinto TCP/IP packets and enabling I/O block data transport over IPnetworks. globalSAN employs iSCSI to enable an IP-based storage areanetwork. The easy-to-use yet powerful technology enables a high-speed,lower-cost storage solution that is capable of spanning nearly anystable IP network. When a business needs to grow into a traditionalFibre Channel system, it can start with globalSAN and integrate FibreChannel at a later date. Additionally, globalSAN is Kerberos-ready andwill support up to 10-Gigabit Ethernet. Kerberos is a networkauthentication protocol designed to provide strong authentication byusing secret-key cryptography.
"We believe that globalSAN will have a significant impact on thedigital imaging, broadcast, production and post-production markets,"says Holladay. "globalSAN will become an indispensable link betweendigital artists and their data, helping to usher in powerful newworkflow models to these industries."
For more information, please visit www.studionetworksolutions.com.
M-Audio Ships ProSessions Liquid Cinema Series
M-Audio announced shipment of the new ProSessions Liquid Cinema seriesof sample CDs. Produced by composer Jeff Rona, whose credits includeTraffic,Homicide: Life on the Street,Black HawkDown,Chicago Hope,The Mothman Prophecies.
"Over the years, I have developed a method of scoring for film, TVand records that keeps things fresh, interesting and cinematic," saysRona. "I continually develop palettes of sounds and rhythms that I candraw from for the project at hand. Like a painter, they're my palettesof colors before I touch a brush to canvas. I've collected many ofthese unique soundsÑand created a lot of brand-new onesÑandput them together in Liquid Cinema. This collection delivers excitementand inspiration for film, television, commercials, music production,trailers and games."
Liquid Cinema features Cinematic Ambience, a broad collectionof beds, drones, pads and washes; Cinematic Impact, massive hitsand whooshes; Cinematic Pulse, hard-hitting unusual rhythmsdesigned to create dramatic impact and drive energy without drums;Junkyard Sessions, fresh percussive performances using foundobjects; Tabla Science, tight tabla and dholki grooves from amaster studio percussionist; and The Hollywood Players: Late NightSessions (Volumes 1 and 2), retro-jazzy funk stylings from all-starsession players delivered on isolated drum, bass and keyboardtracks.
Liquid Cinema is now shipping. Each volume sells for $49.95.
For more information about Liquid Cinema, go to www.m-audio.com.
New Generation of Klark Teknik EQ-DN370 Hits theShelves
Klark Teknik chose the recent Frankfurt MusikMesse 2004 as theinternational launch forum for the next generation of analog graphicEQ. Twenty years since the launch of the DN360, Klark Teknik isdelighted to unveil the brand-new DN370.
According to Klark Teknik sales and marketing director David Cooper,"Even with the ongoing success of units like the Helix digital EQsystem, it's clear that analog audio still provides the preferredsolution in a very large percentage of applications. The instant accessprovided by a traditional user interface found on the new DN370 isstill the choice of many engineers and installers, and our job as adesign and manufacturing house is to analyze and address the demands ofthe market."
Klark Teknik stresses that the new unit is not a replacement forDN360. As Cooper points out, "DN360 is the absolute industry standardand we fully expect it to continue for the foreseeable future. The aimwith DN370 is two-fold: firstly, to enhance and modernize the existingrange of Klark Teknik equalizers, and secondly, to provide a unit thatattracts customers who do not currently choose Klark Teknik graphics.We have always been known as the EQ company, and our range now offersevery possible combination of EQ in both analog and digital formats andat several price points."
The list of features and enhancements includes 45mm faders (withprotective dust covers) that offer precise control of an entirely newconfiguration of the "proportional Q" filter type. Aimed particularlyat monitoring applications, each channel also offers two swept andoverlapping 18dB notch filters with illuminated, combined frequency andin/out rotary controls. Even greater control is provided by swept12dB-per-octave high- and lowpass filters on each channel, allowing thefrequency response of a given channel to be precisely tailored to itsuse.
Housed in a sturdy 3RU steel chassis, all inputs and outputs areelectronically balanced (with transformers as a factory option) withpin 2 hot throughout. Phoenix connectors are fitted to the rear panelas standard, and like all Klark Teknik products, the DN370 carries athree-year international factory warranty.
For more information, go to the Klark Teknik Website at www.klarkteknik.com.
Tascam CD Recorder RW750 Available for Recording, InstallationMarkets
Tascam's new CD-RW750 retains the same features of the CD-RW700 such as24-bit digital converters, CD-R and CD-RW support, S/PDIF digital I/Oand a rackmounted design, but adds CD text, A-B repeat and singleplayback features.
Jim Mack, director of Tascam says, "The CD-RW750 shows that wecontinue to listen to our customers and enhance our product line to addthe features that working professionals demand. Its solid, reliableconstruction, professional features and low price make it a worthysuccessor to the popular CD-RW700."
The CD-RW750 is a budget-minded rackmountable CD recorder withunbalanced I/O and S/PDIF digital I/O in optical and co-ax formats. Ithas a RAM buffer for skip-free playback, 24-bit AD/DA converters and adigital fade in and fade out from three to 30 seconds. Its monitorsection allows it to be used as a stand-alone A/D converter or samplerate converter without the need to place a blank disc in the tray.
For more information, go to Tascam's Website at www.tascam.com.
Jean Daoust Heads New Studer Canada
Studer Professional Audio AG of Regensdorf, Switzerland, announces thatit has turned the Canadian distribution of its entire product rangeover to Soundcraft Canada president Jean Daoust. To properlyaccommodate the brand, Daoust has formed Studer Canada as a new entitywith its own sales and marketing efforts independent of SoundcraftCanada.
To quickly bring Studer Canada up to speed, Daoust notes that TiborTamas, a 26-year veteran of Studer, has moved from Europe to Montrealto serve as Studer Canada's sales support engineer. During his tenurein North America, Tamas will also be helping Daoust find a dedicatednational sales manager for the brand.
"With Tibor's help, we've already begun to very actively promoteStuder here in Canada," says Daoust. "He recently conducted publicseminars on the new OnAir 3000 digital radio console atCBC/Radio-Canada in both Montreal and Toronto, and the response fromthe many broadcasters that attended was overwhelmingly positive."
Studer president Bruno Hochstrasser remarks, "With Studer Canada nowvery competently handling our Canadian distribution and Harman ProNorth America similarly in charge of the U.S. marketplace, Studer onceagain has a solid sales and marketing infrastructure within NorthAmerica. And thanks to new products like the Vista 8 and OnAir 3000entering into production, we anticipate that this will be a trulyexciting year for our international distributors and customersalike."
Daoust agrees: "Studer has long been respected for its precisiontape machines, but I feel that the company's new digital mixingconsoles are even more deserving of recognition," he says. "And we'regoing to make sure that the Canadian broadcasting, production andpost-production communities have a chance to experience them forthemselves."
Studer Canada and Soundcraft Canada currently share a facility inthe southern Montreal district of LaSalle.
For more information about Studer Canada, please refer to itsWebsite at www.studer-canada.com.
Euphonix Integrates Soundmaster ION
The Academy¨ and Emmy¨ Award-winning Soundmaster IONoperating environment extends the existing System 5 functionality toseamlessly integrate up to 16 devices on a point-to-point basis,providing motion control, direct synchronization and record controlover serial, parallel and bi-phase units. The ION touchscreen userinterface is totally programmable, facilitating its use inpost-production applications.
The interoperability of Soundmaster ION and System 5 is facilitatedby the open architecture of the System 5. The System 5 403 film modulecan accommodate the ION touchscreen, giving the operator easy access topowerful machine control, track arming and synchronization on thesurface of the console. The Euphonix 403 is modular so that theposition of the screen, pec/direct switches and joysticks can bechanged to suit operator preferences.
Martin Kloiber, executive VP of technology for Euphonix, commented,"Due to the overwhelming acceptance of Soundmaster ION in major filmand post studios, we are very happy to be able to provide this optionfor our clients. The Soundmaster system's flexibility and provenreliability in the film and video world makes the integration of theSystem 5 and Soundmaster ION a very professional and powerful tool forany film and post studio."
Bob Predovich, chairman and CEO for Soundmaster Group, commented,"Euphonix and Soundmaster already have many mutual clients, clearlydemonstrating how well the products complement each other. Given thevirtual nature of our touchscreen technology, we are very excited aboutthe future prospects that can ensue as a result of the physicalintegration that Euphonix is announcing today."
Systems Group, Venue Services Group Ally to Increase Range ofServices
The Systems Group (TSG), integrators of advanced digital televisionsystems, has announced a strategic alliance with Venue Services Group(VSG), a wholly owned subsidiary of National Mobile Television (NMT).The agreement will allow the two companies to offer a wider range ofservices to their respective clients.
"The quality and creativity of The Systems Group mirrors VSG'scommitment to quality and service," says Dave Shaw, president of VenueServices Group. "This alliance will bring a whole new dimension to theintegration business."
In response to the growing demands of the companies' expandingclient bases, the alliance brings together each organization'sexpertise in fixed and mobile facilities design and integration. Thecombination of TSG, widely regarded for their creative engineering andproject management capabilities, and VSG, the design, engineering andproject management group responsible for the latest NMT digital and HDtrucks, will provide a comprehensive resource to clients looking forproven integration expertise.
"NMT's experience regarding advanced mobile unit operations anddesign will be a strong addition to our project engineeringcapabilities," concludes Chris Mehos, president of The Systems Group."This alliance with VSG will allow TSG to provide our customers withproven systems solutions for both fixed and mobile facilities."
Audio-Technica Distributes New Garwood MonitoringSystems
Following the recent announcement of the alliance between microphonemanufacturer Audio-Technica U.S. and UK-based monitoring solutionsprovider Garwood Communications, A-T has begun distribution of thefollowing Garwood products: the APM 200/APM 400 Main Stations, APM 12dual-headphone amplifier and APM 31 3-channel headphone amplifier.
The Garwood APM Series is a system of distributed personalmonitoring for large-scale wired installations. Using headphones,in-ear monitors or a mixture of both, the APM Series deliverssimplified wiring, high-quality audio and individual mix balancing,along with freedom from both batteries and mains cables onstage. TheAPM Series supplies both power and stereo audio to local monitorstations via a single standard XLR cable, driven by APM 200 and APM 400main stations. Local stations are daisy-chained together, reducingcabling and setup time.
The system will drive most types of headphones and give users theoption to balance their own stereo monitor sound with the ensemble or aclick track via a miniature mixer on the APM 31. Discrete componentsare employed throughout, and dual switched mode power supplies andbuilt-in protection limiting controls each channel independently. Astandard main station (APM 200) has two outputs, allowing two circuitswith different audio signals to be created. The main station extensionunit (APM 400) offers the addition of four extra mixes.
The Garwood APM 12 dual-headphone amplifier provides twohigh-quality audio feeds to the user's preferred type of headphone orearpieces. Geared for orchestras and choirs, the APM 12 also providesdistributed audio feeds for applications such as press and newsconferences. It is designed to partner with an APM 200 or APM 400 mainstation to form a complete APM Series distributed personal monitoringsystem, with power and audio signals for up to 15 APM 12 amplifiers perchannel provided by the main station through a single XLR cable to eachamplifier box. More APM 12s can be linked to the system with additionalAPM 400 main station extender units. Hearing protection for theheadphone wearer is provided via the main station's built-in limiter,and a 10-position amplifier gain control located on the APM 12 permitssetting a maximum SPL.
The Garwood APM 31 is a high-quality triple-input personal headphoneamplifier that drives headphones or earpieces. It allows the headphonewearer to create a personal stereo or mono mix, typically balancing anoverall mix with his or her own instrument and a click track. Theauxiliary inputs provide microphone and line-level mix inputs. Suitedfor orchestras and choirs, the APM 31 is designed to partner with anAPM 200 or APM 400 main station, with power and audio signals for up to15 APM 31 amplifiers per channel provided by the main station through asingle XLR cable to each unit. More APM 31s can be linked to the systemwith additional APM 400 main station extender units.
Like the main stations, the compact and highly durable APM 31provides outstanding audio quality with ultralow distortion, low noiseand extended frequency response. Protection for the headphone wearer isprovided by the main station's built-in limiter on the A channel andvia built-in limiters for the auxiliary B and C inputs. The APM 31 alsohas a 10-position amplifier gain control that permits setting ofmaximum SPL. Its rugged aluminum housing allows a clip to be mounted onthe top or bottom, which can be used to wear the device on a belt or tohang on a music stand. Typical applications include orchestramonitoring in studios and band monitor systems using the APM 200 Mainstation and APM 31 units. Just two stereo monitor mixes and two monogroup mixes are required for eight singers or musicians. Monitors canbe mixed on either a simple monitor console or on the front-of-housedesk. Users can fine-tune their mixes themselves.
Neutrik Debuts Speakon During NAB
Neutrik announced the debut of the Speakon Combo NLJ2MD-V, acombination of a jack and the Speakon chassis connector NL4MD-V in oneshell at NAB 2004 in Las Vegas. The concept of the Speakon Combo issimilar to that of Neutrik's current Combo series: an XLR femalereceptacle combined with a jack in one housing.
The two-pole Speakon Combo is compatible with the existing NL4MD-Vpanel cut out and vertical PCB layout. The mating connector on theSpeakon Combo can be either a Speakon cable connector (NL2FC, NL4FC,NL4FX or NL4FRX) or a TS plug (such as NP2C). According to P.A. wiring,the tip of the plug is connected to 1+, while the sleeve is connectedto 1-.
The new Speakon Combo is rated current for both Speakon contact(30-amp RMS) and for contact (15-amp RMS).
For more information on Neutrik, go to its Website at www.neutrikusa.com.
All In the Family: Announcing AKG's C 414B-XL Mic
AKG introduces the new C 414 family: the C 414B-XLS and C 414B-XL II.These models supersede the C 414B-ULS that was introduced in 1986 andthe C 414B-TLII that was introduced in 1992.
The new C 414B-XL models retain the sonic character and familiarlook of its predecessors, but every other facet of its performance hasbeen improved with 15 new features, substantially lower noise andhigher sensitivity. Both models of the new C 414B-XL family areelectrically identical with transformerless output sections offeringnew technology. However, their capsules are acoustically different sothat two models can be used to cover a wide range of applications.
To test the sonic character of the new models, AKG went to GrammyAward-winning engineers like Bill Schnee, Peter Wolf, David Bianco andothers who tested the new models in their studios. All thought that thenew models had the essential sonic character of the AKG C 414s but withimproved detail thanks to their substantially lower noise andeffortless dynamic range.
The new C 414B-XL models have a list of new features including afifth polar pattern. All function selectors are situated in thelow-impedance section of the electronics to prevent problems in highhumidity and to minimize switching transients. An elastic capsuleshock-mount system minimizes stand-transmitted and other chassis-bornevibrations from interfering with the audio, and pre-attenuationsettings are achieved by changing the polarization voltage to thecapsule. Other features include a tight sensitivity tolerance(±0.5 dB) for unit-to-unit consistency, higher sensitivity thanprevious C 414 models (+6 dB), three pre-attenuation pads (0/-6/-12/-18dB), three highpass filters (0/40/80/160 Hz) with 12dB per octaveslopes at 40 Hz and 80 Hz, and a 6dB slope at 160 Hz for minimizingproximity effect. Also, the models offer a low self-noise (6 dBA), widedynamic range (134 dB) and provides for remote control of allselectable functions with standard microphone cables.
Available now, the AKG C 414B-XLS has a $999 MSRP and the C 414B-XLII has a suggested list price of $1,049.
For more information about this product or AKG, refer to its Websiteat www.akgusa.com.
New Release From Apogee: The Rosetta 200
At NAB, Apogee Electronics introduced the Rosetta 200, the latestaddition to a new generation of Apogee converters. The Rosetta 200 is a2-channel version of the Rosetta 800, but offers the new CODA audiofinishing module, a trio of tools designed specifically to meet thedemands of the high-definition digital. Along with CODA, the Rosetta200 features MIDI support and full channel metering. The Rosetta 200will be available in June and sells for $1,995.
Rosetta 200's CODA includes Apogee's Aptomizer, a level normalizer,sample rate conversion (SRC) and UV22HR, Apogee's ditheringtechnology.
"The Rosetta 200 is a really exciting offering for us because itresponds to two main requests from our customers. One request was tomake the latest and greatest Apogee technology available in a 2-channelAD/DA solution and the other was to provide specific processing forhigh-resolution digital, which the Rosetta 200 has in CODA," says BettyBennett, co-founder and CEO of Apogee.
The Rosetta 200 has other features like an expansion card slot forApogee's new X-Series cards, which facilitate direct connection to ProTools|HD and MIX (X-HD and X-Digi-Mix cards), as well as a directFireWire connection that supports S800/S400 standards (X-FireWirecard).
The Rosetta 200 will include channels of 24-bit AD/DA conversion;sample rates up to 192 kHz with Apogee's ÒIntelliclock"; channelsof AES, S/PDIF (co-ax and optical) and ADAT/SMUX I/O MIDI I/O; anoptional FireWire expansion card for compatibility with OS X andWindows XP (X-FireWire card); "Soft Limit" for maximum digital levelwithout overs; and full channel metering.
For more information about the Rosetta 200 or any other ApogeeElectronics products, refer to its Website at www.apogeedigital.com.
ATR/Aria Transfers Beget '50s-Era Reissued ClassicalRecordings
Silverline Records, a division of the Los Angeles-based 5.1Entertainment Group, has released the first in a series of more than 40DVD-A reissues of classical recordings from the 1950s through the early1970s. The first step in the reissue process was transferring theoriginal analog masters to high-resolution digital using an ATR-104equipped with Aria Reference Series electronics.
The original masters, licensed from the Vanguard and Omega labels,were transferred in the studios of 5.1 Production Services under thesupervision of chief engineer Chris Haynes. The tapes were played onthe ATR/Aria and then converted to 24-bit digital at 172 kHz (laterdownsampled to 96 kHz) using Pacific Microsonics converters.
Haynes says that he decided to substitute the Aria electronicsbecause he expected to benefit from some subtle sonic improvements inthe transfers. However, after initial A-B comparisons with standardelectronics, he was surprised at the magnitude of difference.
"In our experience, it was night and day," he asserts. "Once youswitched back and forth two or three times, you never wanted to go backto the stock electronics. Every person who heard the comparisons pickedthe Aria as better within about 15 seconds.
"It was like that old clichŽ where somebody takes a blanket offyour speakers or wipes the grime off your windshield," Haynescontinues. "The amount of extra detail was stunning."
A few of the original masters were mono, but most were in stereo orthe 3- or 4-track formats of the era. The recordings are now in theprocess of being remixed in surround and authored to DVD-A for releasethis year and through early 2005. Eight titles had been released as ofApril 2004, featuring performances of the London Symphony Orchestra,the Vienna Festival Orchestra and the Academy of St. James, withconductors including Sergiu Commissiona and Pierre Monteux.
Additional information is available on the Web at www.atrservice.com.
Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts Uses XTAElectronics
The Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, a facility built in theera of Vaudeville, has emerged from a major sound system upgrade as arevitalized and top-quality venue for live performances. A range of XTAtechnology plays a critical part in the recently upgraded system,including the DP224 and DP226 speaker-management systems and DS800active mic/line splitter. The XTA equipment complements the Meyer linearray sound system, which was specified and installed by SoundAssociates, longtime supporters of the XTA line, with Bob Edwards, thetheater's production manager and front-of-house mixer.
"Powered speakers do benefit from good processing," commentsEdwards. "We delay everything from the drum backline monitoring as ourstarting point on forward. From there, everything is delayed using theXTA DP224 and DP226 units. Not only does it provide the ability to setprecise frequency limits for certain speakers, but it's also a way ofdistributing signal consistently to get proper phase and timing of thesignal. This works especially well in areas like the balcony fills.Because of the nature of the delayed balcony speakers, we had to notchcertain frequencies." Edwards uses the DS800 as a total distributionsolution, splitting the signal to the FOH and monitor consoles withadditional splits available for other applications, such as the feed toa remote recording truck for a recent benefit concert for the LongIsland Music Hall of Fame. "To be able to achieve all of these resultsfrom a single supplier is great," adds Edwards.
Domonic Sack, executive VP of Sound Associates, agrees that the XTAequipment is a perfect companion to the powered line array system hiscompany supplied to the theater. "The XTA equipment gives us theperfect technology to solve three main issues," Sack explains. "They'reexcellent for signal distribution and grouping of speakers. Also, theyprovide a lot of processing power in a single unit, which keeps thenumber of pieces of outboard gear down, and in the process, they keepthe overall system operating much more quietly. We've been using XTAgear for many years and it's been a great solution to any number ofsound system issues."
Edwards also cites the excellent support and service he receivedfrom XTA. "They're always there and they know their stuff," he remarks.Tom Bensen, sales manager at Group One Ltd., XTA's U.S. distributor,appreciates how XTA gear can make such a big difference. Bensen notes,"We're pleased to have such a quality venue in our own backyard andglad that Bob has had such a great experience with the equipment. XTAand Group One have a long-standing relationship with Sound Associatesfrom their extensive work installing sound systems for Broadway and thetheater market. It's great that their design knowledge and XTAtechnology so often go hand-in-hand in helping venues achieve theirfull sonic potential."
For more information about this and other XTA products, go to itsdistributor's Website at www.g1limited.com.