Mix News for January 2004

News January 1 - 15 (read news January 16 - 30) Audient Releases ASP008 Mic Pre The ASP800 is a compact, 1U rackmount unit featuring eight ultrahigh-quality

News January 1 - 15

(readnews January 16 - 30)

Audient Releases ASP008 Mic Pre
The ASP800 is a compact, 1U rackmount unit featuring eightultrahigh-quality mic preamplifiers developed from the mic pre designused in the ASP8024 recording console.

The designed uses an 8-transistor discrete Class-A front end withextended bandwidth and a noise floor close to the theoretical Johnsonlimit. Carefully chosen close-tolerance components are used to achievehigh CMRR at all gain settings, and distortion is minimized to lessthan 0.001% at 20dB gain and +10dBu output. Each mic amp also featuresswitchable input impedance, allowing the user to explore the subtlevariations in microphone character that are determined by outputtermination.

All channels include an XLR input, "soft start" 48V phantom power,switchable input impedance, 25 to 250Hz highpass filter and line inputselection. Channels 1 and 2 also feature a -20dB attenuator and ahigh-impedance instrument/DI input on a front panel-mounted jack. LEDsprovide indication of signal present and overload. A digital outputoption is available in addition to the standard balanced analogoutputs.

Other features include optional ADAT, AES/EBU and S/PDIF outputswith selectable sample rate (44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz) and dither(16/20/24-bit).

For more information, visit www.audient.co.uk/asp008main.html.

Steinberg Releases Cubase SL 2.0
Offering new features and capabilities, Cubase SL 2.0 uses the samenext-generation technology and workflow features as the Cubase SX 2.0digital audio workstation except surround mixing and advanced scoreediting.

New features include VST 2.3 audio engine with full plug-in delaycompensation, new look and feel for enhanced workflow, flexible newmixer with FX return channels, Freeze function, new Time Warp tools,improved handling of multiple parts, and configurable toolbar and trackcontrols.

For more information, visit www.steinberg.net.

Gibson Chooses Klipsch Loudspeakers for Digital Jukebox
The first consumer electronics products from Gibson Audio will be a newline of digital jukeboxes designed specifically for the home, whichwill be sold under the Wurlitzer jukebox name and uses amplifier andloudspeaker technologies by Klipsch Audio Technologies.

Featuring a sleek, contemporary design and cutting-edgefunctionality, the Wurlitzer Digital Jukebox allows the user to storeup to 1,000 CDs in digital format and then control the music from asimplified wireless touchscreen remote. It also connects to theWurlitzer Music Service, which offers 100 channels of digital radio anda download store where hundreds of thousands of major-label songs areavailable. Users can build personalized playlists, create mix CDs,export songs to a portable MP3 player or distribute music wirelessly toother Wurlitzer receivers.

The Wurlitzer Digital Jukebox will be available in two versions: Theflagship Wurlitzer Digital Jukebox comes with Klipsch floorstandingloudspeakers and a subwoofer built into the base of the jukebox unit.The smaller Wurlitzer Digital Jukebox, "TT," is a tabletop version thatcomes with a built-in two-way Klipsch speaker system. Both versionswill be demonstrated at the 2004 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas(January 8-11, 2004).

Kris Carter, president of Gibson Audio, said his product-developmentteam completed a comprehensive evaluation of loudspeaker brands andtechnologies before choosing Klipsch as the audio partner for Gibson'sentry into the consumer electronics business. "We wanted to make astatement with the Wurlitzer Digital Jukebox by combining cutting-edgefunctionality with true audiophile sound. Klipsch's horn-loadedspeakers provide such incredible volume and detail, that statement willbe heard loud and clear."

"When Gibson first approached Klipsch with the Wurlitzer DigitalJukebox, we believed they had a superior, easy-to-use design that coulddo very well in the marketplace," said Paul Jacobs, president ofKlipsch. "The fact that they made a commitment to using more expensive,high-performance Klipsch audio components illustrates the importanceGibson Audio places on quality and customer satisfaction."

For more information, visit www.gibson.com or Klipsch Audio Technologies at www.klipsch.com.

Front End Audio Now Distributing Safe Sound Audio P1
Front End Audio has taken on distribution of the Safe Sound Audio P1audio processor in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The P1 processor is a high-quality microphone preamp/instrumentDI/line-level expander/compressor/limiter/mixer headphone amp in ahalf-rack space. The preamp features Burr Brown INA217 chip. Themultiple side-chained compressor offers musical gain control unlikeother types, and the limiter functions in a "look-ahead" manner withoutthe use of delay, helping to prevent hard clipping and protecting DAWsfrom digital overload.

For more information, visit Front End Audio at www.frontendaudio.com or Safe Sound Audio at www.safesoundaudio.com.

Brauner Introduces VMA Mic
The latest microphone from Brauner is the VMA (MSRP: $7,000), whichoffers users a choice between the original and a "vintage" sound withthe flick of a switch. The VMA is derived from eight years ofexperience with the VM1. This new microphone combines the core designof the VM1 with additional input from Brauner customers worldwide.

A toggle switch on the power supply allows users to set the mic totwo different operational modes. One represents the sound of a VM1 andthe second sets the microphone to operate with a sweet and mellow tubesound reminiscent of vintage mics.

Unique circuitry and biasing help the VMA achieve each of itssounds. Switching from one position to the other introduces parameterchanges, rebiasing the microphone and introducing different sets ofcomponents into the circuit.

The first Brauner VMA was ordered by New York's Sony Music Studiospresident David Smith at the show. Brad Lunde, president ofTransamerica Audio Group, the U.S. distributor for Brauner, said thatElliott Scheiner was so impressed with the VMA at the recent AES showthat he said it was the best-sounding microphone he had ever heard. "Hesaid that he can't wait to use it in front of Donald Fagen on the nextSteely Dan album next year," said Lunde. According to Lunde, Al Schmittwas also overheard enthusing about the VMA.

For more information, visit Transamerica Audio Group at www.transaudiogroup.com.

Now Shipping: Grace Design m906 5.1 Monitoring System
Grace Design is now shipping production versions of its new m906 5.1reference monitoring system. The m906 is a stand-alone, high-fidelity5.1 monitoring system that is comprised of three system components; a2U, 19-inch rackmount I/O and processing mainframe, a remote-controlunit and an external half-rack linear power supply.

Multiple analog and digital inputs are provided for both 5.1 andstereo sources. Digital formats include AES3, ADAT, S/PDIF and optical,and incorporates Grace's latest-generation, ultralow-distortion24-bit/192kHz D/A converter technology. Two 5.1 control room outputsand up to three stereo pair outputs are provided with individualchannel solo/mute capability.

Comprehensive system calibration tools allow users to fine-tuneinput levels, individual interchannel balance and control room outputlevels. Other features include a built-in reference headphone amplifierwith two headphone outputs and a talkback mic input with an associatedTB switch for communicating with talent in the studio. Control room andheadphone output levels are precisely controlled via a pair of steppedrotary encoders, each with a 100dB level range adjustable in 0.5dBsteps. Two large 7-segment blue LEDs show output levels.

For more information, visit www.gracedesign.com.

Rip Rowan Employs True Precision 8 Mic Pre at OwnStudio
Rip Rowan splits his days between his editor-in-chief duties at prorec.com and operatinghis new Dallas-based recording studio, Pleasantry Lane. Recent musicprojects include scoring with composer/recording artist Rhett Millerfor the ABC-TV sitcom I'm With Her, a new CD by Salim Nourallahand a new Deathray Davies opus on Idol Records.

When Rowan planned Pleasantry Lane Studios, he conceptualized acontrol room without the central focus of the traditional largeconsole. "I wanted it mixer-less, really a low footprint design. And Iwanted minimal rack gear, because I've been trying to move away fromusing that equipment altogether. As opposed to a large mixing consoleor even a control surface, I wanted to center the entire workspacearound the computer DAW and a single keyboard because I'm verycomfortable with this working arrangement," Rowan said.

True Systems Precision 8 has recently been coming into use atPleasantry Lane in a unique way. Rowan continued: "I've got a smallcollection of outboard mic preamps I could have used, but when you arerunning mixer-less, you really need a good utilitarian, multichannelmic preamp always at the ready for any and all recording tasks. Iwanted a unit with a good price-to-performance ratio and, moreimportantly, a good, clean, transparent, uncolored and natural sound. Irequire it to be sonically out of the way.

"All things considered and after hours of A/Bs," Rowan continued, "Iliked the P8 best. It's very quiet, interacted nicely with the mics inmy collection and it sounded like there wasn't a preamp atall—like a straight wire with gain. The P8 had great transientresponse with an extended but not overly bright topend—transparent with nonexistent noise and wideimaging—most noticeable with drum overhead recording."

Rowan's P8 is his utility preamp for recording everything from drumsto vocals to quiet acoustic instruments. "Unless I'm looking for acertain coloration from a mic preamp, the P8 continues to be myworkhorse. I especially like to use the M/S decode feature when doing aminimalist drum kit recording or just recording a stereo room track. Iuse my pair of Audio-Technica AT-4050s for this and get great results.Using the P8 with my DAW is a pleasure since you can calibrate themetering on the unit with the DAW's meters; peaks and overloads willcorrespond exactly where you want them on the computer's metering. Thisway, you always have accurate metering no matter what screen(s) youhave up on the computer interface. I also like running the P8 with lotsof headroom left in the unit. With a low-noise, high-headroom preamplike the P8 paired with a modern 24-bit converter set, it is nowpossible to make very high-resolution digital recordings that maintainmaximum headroom throughout the signal chain. Thanks to the P8, mydigital recordings never sounded so good."

The Precision 8 is designed and built by Sunrise Engineering, adesign and build manufacturer located in Tucson, Ariz. Neumanndistributes True Systems in the U.S. For more information, visitNeumann at www.neumannusa.com.

Ashly Introduces SRA-120 Power Amplifier
The single-rackspace SRA-120 (10 inches deep, weighs 20 pounds)professional stereo amplifier is suitable for full-range applications,such as small control room monitor systems or as a headphonedistribution amp, as well as driving the high end of a bi-amplificationsound system setup.

The amplifier will deliver 60 watts per channel into 4 ohms stereo;45 watts per channel into 8 ohms stereo; or 120 watts total into 8 ohmsmono-bridged. The amplifier design is based on Class-A voltageamplifier stages with a complementary bipolar output section for lowdistortion and excellent overload behavior. Features include turn-ondelay circuitry and instantaneous turn off to eliminate any transientsto the speaker. Each channel will also independently turn off itsoutput if an overheated condition occurs.

The SRA-120 features rear panel switches to select between twochoices of input sensitivity, stereo or mono operation, or normal orbridged mode. Rear panel input connections may be made via 1/4-inchbalanced phone jacks or barrier strips with ground lift provision.Level attenuators for each channel are provided on the front panel,along with a stereo headphone jack. Status LEDs on each channel includesignal present, clip alert and "protect-mode" indication.

In other company news, Ashly Audio, an Inconcert platinum-levelpartner with AMX Corporation, announced that the Protea Series DigitalProcessors and he VCM-88 are now AMX NetLinx-compatible. NetLinxmodules for the 4.24C Digital Crossover/Equalizer/System Processor;4.24D Distribution System Processor; 4.24G, 4.24GS and 2.24GS GraphicEqualizer/System Processor; 4.24PS and 2.24PS ParametricEqualizer/System Processor; and the VCM-88 VCA Matrixing LevelController are now available for download from the AMX Website.

Jim Stachowski, director of marketing for Ashly Audio, stated, "Ourdealers, integrators and installers demanded our products to beAMX-controllable and we responded to their needs. By making our digitalprocessors part of the Inconcert Program, our customers can now benefitfrom the ease of use and time-saving features made available from AMXwith one-touch control automation."

RS232 is used as the control method for operating the processors.Functions controlled for all Protea products include preset/scenerecall, all level controls and muting. VCM-88 functions controlledinclude individual level control of channels 1 through 8, master leveland muting. The system installer simply uploads the code block into theAMX NetLinx controller for one-touch A/V control automation.

For more information, visit www.ashly.com.

Khaliq Glover Relies on Metric Halo Mobile I/O
Khaliq Glover, a Grammy-winning recording engineer based in Los Angeleswho also produces under the Khaliq-O-Vision title, has been relying onthe quality of the Mobile I/O for numerous products, including thosewith Smokey Robinson, Jeffrey Osborne, Patti Labelle and, mostrecently, Herbie Hancock's Future to Future and Future toFuture-Live albums.

"I think it's one of the very best-sounding audio interfaces on themarket," enthuses Khaliq. "As an engineer, I must have the very bestsonic tools available to handle any situation. The Mobile I/O is trulyan upper-echelon-class audio device capable of producing a pristinesignal that can stand side-by-side with any other audio formatavailable."

Khaliq finds himself using various combinations of hardware andsoftware depending upon his clients' needs, including Pro Tools, LogicAudio, Nuendo and Digital Performer. "Since the Mobile I/O can be usedwith almost any software, it maintains the audio quality of my portablerecordings that I need once I get back in the studio," he said. Havingpassed a variety of audio signals through both Mobile I/O and ProTools, said Khaliq, "I really found the best usage with both LogicAudio and Pro Tools hardware. I noticed a richness and a round, fat andwarm sound that I preferred when running virtual instruments throughit. But I must say that, depending on the source material, many times Ipreferred the sound of the Mobile I/O.

"I love taking it around on my Powerbook to do quick and dirty (butnot sonically!) recording," he continued. "You don't hear a bunch ofnoise and artifacts in your audio after you record with it."

For more information on the Mobile I/O, visit Metric Halo'sdistributor, Transamerica Audio Group, at www.transaudiogroup.com.

XARC Mastering Launches Internet-Based Mastering Studio
XARC Mastering's Internet-specific designed online mastering studio isavailable to artists, musicians and others needing high-qualitytime/cost-efficient professional mastering anywhere in the world, withthe entire process provided via a secure SSL-encrypted connectionensuring that the entire experience is safe (delivering results by MP3or .WAV files back to the client for a final sign-off and payment),secure and fast.

Based in Germany and founded by Lorenz Vauck (pictured), XARCMastering is already working with dozens of clients from 19 countries(including Japan, the U.S., UK, Australia, Germany, Canada, Spain andItaly). Additionally, XARC is offering partnerships with independentartists and studios that can now add XARC to their own serviceoptions.

Vauck commented, "We felt it was time to offer high-quality, butaffordable, mastering while making use of today's communicationpossibilities. Because our costs are lower than conventional studios,mastering is no longer only a luxury of the professional musician.Artists at all levels can now use our experienced engineers to ensurethat their material is mastered to the high quality required forcommercial success."

More information about XARC Mastering, as well as information aboutits free mastering trial, can be found at www.xarcmastering.com.

Contour Design Upgrades Macro Capability for Mac ShuttlePRO V.2Jog/Shuttle Users
Contour Design Inc. has released its Key Composer, a new keystrokemacro creation and management functionality for its ShuttlePRO Version2 multimedia jog/shuttle controller. Contour Design will be featuringthe ShuttlePRO V.2 with Key Composer for Macintosh at this week'sMacWorld Expo (booth #1042), being held January 6 to 9, 2004, at theMoscone Center in San Francisco.

The ShuttlePRO V. 2 is preprogrammed to make editing fast and easyright out of the box for many leading audio and video applications,providing productivity for users across their entire productionworkflow. Supported Macintosh applications include Apple Final Cut Proand Final Cut Express, Avid Express DV, Alias Wavefront Maya,Digidesign Pro Tools, Emagic Logic Audio, Macromedia Flash MX, MOTUDigital Performer, Steinberg Cubase SX and Nuendo, and many more.Through an intuitive control panel interface, the ShuttlePRO V. 2 iseasily programmed to work with virtually any application. With KeyComposer, Macintosh audio/video application users can now assignmultiple keystroke combinations, or macros, to execute from a singlebutton on the ShuttlePRO V.2. These macros can be executed either allat once or step by step.

Key Composer is built into Version 2.5 of the Macintosh driver forthe ShuttlePRO V. 2, available via free download from the ContourDesign Website (www.contourdesign.com); a version for Windows usersis also available.

M-Audio Ships FireWire Audiophile
M-Audio is now shipping the new FireWire Audiophile interface forWindows and Macintosh computers. The FireWire Audiophile unites newtechnology with features from the company's FireWire 410, AudiophileUSB and Audiophile 2496 interfaces.

The FireWire Audiophile is a 4x6 24-bit/96kHz mobile audio/MIDIinterface designed to take full advantage of the high bandwidth,ultralow latency and dependability of today's FireWire (IEEE 1394)protocol. Compact design, rugged steel construction and powering viaeither a laptop's 6-pin FireWire bus or the included DC power supplymake it ideal for DJs, live performers, and desktop or laptop recordingsetups.

FireWire Audiophile features two analog RCA inputs and four analogRCA outputs. Coaxial digital S/PDIF I/O supports 2-channel PCM, as wellas AC-3 and DTS passthrough of surround-encoded material. Theintegrated software mixer provides ultralow-latency ASIO directmonitoring and flexible routing options. The combination of virtual auxsends on all channels and aux output assign, for example, allows fordedicated headphone mixes and sends to external effects. High-poweredstereo headphone output with front panel momentary A/B switchingbetween two selectable sources for cueing make it ideal for club andstage work. In addition to independent headphone volume, the assignablelevel controller allows users to adjust levels for output, input,software return or aux send right from the front panel. The 1x1 MIDII/O completes the unit's functionality as a one-stop interface forcomputer-based musicians.

FireWire Audiophile is now shipping at an MSRP of $349.95. For moreinformation, click here.

Lowell Announces New Sequential Switching Systems
Lowell announced its models SCS-4R (shown) and SCS-8R, which arerackmount sequencers that provide time-delayed activation andde-activation of equipment that is connected to the company's remotepower controls.

Model SCS-4R provides four control outputs and SCR-8R provides eightoutputs. Each output can activate equipment connected to a maximum of10 remote power controls. Additionally, each output also includes aseparate auxiliary relay contact for sequenced operation of otherdevices. Sequencers feature a 1RU chassis, variable time delay, LEDstatus indicators, UL-listed power supply, and rocker or keyswitchactivation. Optional switch(es) may also be used to activate thesequencer from remote location(s).

For more information, visit Lowell online at www.lowellmfg.com.

Sabine Now Shipping 2.4GHz Wireless Systems, Components
Sabine is now shipping all systems and components of the new 2.4GHzSmart Spectrum® Wireless Microphones. The newly shippingSWM7000-ND Series receivers include both analog and digital audiooutputs and allow for networking of up to 70 channels using a singlecomputer.

"Customers have been waiting for a wireless system with digitaloutput because it fits in with the digital mixers they use in theirapplications," commented David Klutz, Sabine's key account manager andlongtime professional sound engineer. "The networking capabilities ofthe SWM7000-ND systems give sound engineers superior show control byallowing them to view and edit up to 70 channels from a single computerscreen."

SWM7000 receivers are available in single- and dual-channel modelsand come with Sabine's built-in Targeted Input Processing, whichincludes the FBX Feedback Exterminator®, a compressor/limiter, anadaptive de-esser and a set of 10 parametric filters. This onboarddigital signal processing also includes Sabine's Mic SuperModeling!". Atouch of the front panel dial brings up the sound of several well-knowndynamic or condenser mic elements. Sabine's standard capsule on theSWM7000 series is an Audix OM3, with the Audix OM5 available as anoption.

In addition to the added processing, the SWM7000 series allows usersto save and recall up to 10 presets per channel on the receiver. Allfront panel information is saved in each preset, so custom settings canbe retrieved for fast setups or even on-the-fly changes during theprogram.

All transmitters are made of aluminum and built for heavy-dutyapplications, with controls hidden behind security covers. The on/offswitch on both transmitters is programmable, and the antenna on thebeltpack transmitter is hard rubber and integral to the case.Switchcraft TA4F connectors allow users to choose other lavalier andheadset mics for use with the 7000 Series. Accessories include arackmount antenna-distribution amplifier for up to six receivers and anattractive, low-profile extension antenna well-suited for unobtrusivewall mounting.

Long-life rechargeable NiMH batteries power the SWM7000transmitters, and each transmitter has a built-in charger jack. Theconvenient handheld microphone clip doubles as a charger stand;whenever a handheld mic is in the clip, the battery is recharging. AllSWM7000 systems also come with powerful remote control software.

Programmable LCDs for each channel provide RF and DSP statusindicators, and employ Sabine's Tweek-n-Peek!" feature. Whenever afront panel knob is touched, the LCD indicates its precise value, and abar graph display indicates the relative range of each selectedsetting. Front panel lockout is easily implemented for securityinstallations.

For a list of SWM7000 Series components, plus software and receiverfront panel tutorials, visit the Sabine Website at www.Sabine.com.

NAMM 2004 Preview: SM Pro Audio RED Valve TB202
SM Pro Audio will release the "Red Valve" TB202 mic preamp at NAMM2004, booth #6809.

The new Red Valve Series TB202 valve (12AX7) mic preamp is atwin-channel valve mic preamplifier that features independentswitchable phantom power, phase reverse, -20dB pad, optical compressorand fully functional EQ housed together in a single 1U rackmountchassis./P>

Tailored for use in the home project studio, the TB202 is suited foruse as front-end mic inputs for a digital recorder or any otherapplication requiring mic preamplification.

Other features include: 2x hand-tested tubes 12AX7 tubes, switchablephantom power per channel, switchable phase reversal per channel, 2xoptical compressors and 2x independent EQ circuitry.

The TB202 has a MSRP of $319.

More information on the Red Valve series can be found at www.smproaudio.com.

Apple Unveils GarageBand
Included in the recently released iLife '04 from Apple, GarageBand is anew music application that turns a Mac into a pro-quality musicalinstrument and recording studio for musicians. iLife '04 also includesiTunes 4.2, a digital music jukebox software.

According to Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, "GarageBand does for musiccreation what iMovie did for video and iPhoto did for photos: makes thecreative process easy and affordable for everyone. Over half of U.S.households have at least one member who currently plays a musicalinstrument, so we think GarageBand is going to find a very receptiveaudience."

GarageBand turns a Mac into a complete recording studio, allowingusers to easily play, record and create music using a simple interface.With GarageBand, recorded performances, digital audio and loopingtracks can easily be arranged and edited, and it comes with more than50 software instruments, including a premium-quality grand piano, thatcan be played and recorded with any USB or MIDI music keyboard. Morethan 1,000 professionally pre-recorded audio loops can be combined tomake complete songs or backing tracks. Vocals and live instruments suchas guitars can be recorded digitally via microphone or analog input.All these tracks can be edited and mixed together with more than 200pro-quality effects presets, including reverb and echo. WithGarageBand's advanced modeling technology, guitar players have accessto vintage amplifier sounds with six guitar amps, including clean jazz,arena rock and British invasion. GarageBand can also export completedsongs to iTunes for burning to CD, encoding in MP3 or high-quality AAC,transfer to iPod or for use in the other iLife applications.

A 600MHz G3 processor or faster is required for GarageBand, and a G4or G5 processor is required for GarageBand software instruments.

For more information, visit www.apple.com/ilife/garageband/.

C.A.S. President's Awards to Honor Kubrick Film SoundRestoration
The Cinema Audio Society (C.A.S.) Board of Directors has voted topresent the C.A.S. President's Award to four sound editingprofessionals for the soundtrack restoration of seven classic StanleyKubrick films. The presentation will be made at the 40th AnniversaryC.A.S. Awards Banquet, held Saturday, February 21, 2004, in the CrystalBallroom of the Biltmore Hotel.

Seven-time Oscar winning re-recording mixer and sound designer GaryRydstrom, CAS, will receive the C.A.S. 2004 Career Achievement Award atthe banquet. "Gary has made significant contributions to theprofessional standards of movie sound," said Richard Lightstone, C.A.S.president. "He has amassed an extraordinary body of work."

The President's Award will be shared by Chris Jenkins, senior VP,Sound Services, Universal Studios; Ned Price, VP mastering, technicaloperations, Warner Bros.; Tom Regal, manager, audio restoration, ChaceProductions; and Leon Vitali, director of Kubrick Restoration, whoworked on the project. The titles involved in this incredible effort topreserve these films and their soundtracks are 2001: A SpaceOdyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, FullMetal Jacket and The Shining.

"The care and love that went into restoring the tracks to theirexact creative intent while making them more presentable by today'splayback standards need to be recognized," said Lightstone.

Jenkins, who supervised the restoration project, said, "The worktook place over a year-and-a-half. The project initially started withStanley Kubrick and me for the restoration of 2001. We soon realizedthat we needed to do an in-depth and complete restoration on each ofthe films. The mixes were done at Todd-AO, Studio One."

For more information, visit www.cinemaaudiosociety.org.

Institute for Audio Excellence to Offer Free Recording SeminarBefore NAMM
As NAMM approaches, so does the first training seminar offered by theInstitute for Audio Excellence, "Maximizing Your Studio Time: PracticalAcoustic Setup, Recording and Maintenance Techniques," to be heldJanuary 14, 2004, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Fender Museum inAnaheim, Calif.

The free seminar will cover a wide range of topics including "StudioAcoustical Setup Made Easy," "Recording and Mastering Techniques: TheBasics and the Not-So-Basics" and "Studio Maintenance: How to Make aNecessary Evil Less...Evil."

For the Acoustical Setup, topics to be discussed include noise, lowfrequencies and speech intelligibility. The general philosophy will beto identify the problem, quantify/qualify the problem and solve theproblem. This portion will not be intensive in terms of math orphysics, but will assume the attendee has some grasp of basic soundconcepts like decibels and frequency.

The Recording section will cover a diverse group of concepts,including techniques for normalizing the final mix, EQ'ing forconsistency and EQ traps to avoid, and mastering methods—"earsvs. machine."

Finally, the Maintenance portion will cover all aspects of studiomaintenance, from measuring analog components like speaker distortionand tape heads to developing good DAW maintenance routines.

"We're very excited to offer our first seminar at the Fender Museum.Their world-class facility will give all participants an opportunity tolearn a variety of useful techniques in a hands-on environment. Plus,everyone will benefit from the extensive knowledge of our twoinstructors, Andrew Smith, former owner and operator of Colorado Soundand current CEO of TerraSonde, and Jeff Szymanski, chief acousticalengineer for Auralex Acoustics," commented Patrick O'Neal, director ofmarketing for the IAE.

For more information, including class content, registration andseminar schedule, visit www.terrasonde.com/training/seminars.php.

Guitar Center Opens in Music City
Guitar Center's recently opened a new 20,000-square-foot superstore inNashville was kicked off with an opening night celebration on December18, 2003, which featured performances by local rock act Kung Pow andmusic from Buzz 102.9's mobile truck, as well as appearances by theTennessee Titans' cheerleaders and the Flirt Girls.

The new Guitar Center superstore, the company's 122nd store, is inmany ways tailored to meet the Nashville music community's specificneeds. Located at 721 Thompson Lane, near I-65 and the 100 Oaks Mall,Guitar Center is conveniently situated in Nashville's Berry Hillneighborhood, home to numerous recording studios and within minutes offamed Music Row and the downtown area. It's also a short drive from thegrowing music suburbs of Franklin and Cool Springs.

In addition to its well-equipped guitar, accessory,drums/percussion, keyboard and pro audio departments, the new NashvilleGuitar Center features an expanded acoustic instrument showroom and aseparate vintage room, featuring rare and one-of-a-kind specialtyinstruments.

"There's a reason that Nashville is called Music City," commentedDavid Angress, executive VP of Guitar Center. "From my perspective,Nashville has the greatest concentration of recording studios and audioprofessionals anywhere in the world. This is a community that we canserve better than any other music and pro audio retailer, because onlyGuitar Center has the depth and scale of inventory and the expertise toaddress such a large and varied customer base. We're very much lookingforward to quickly becoming part of the music community here in MusicCity."

For more information, visit Guitar Center online at www.guitarcenter.com.

Tascam USB/FireWire Interfaces Now Panther-Ready
Tascam has announced Mac OS X 10.3 Panther compatibility for all of itsUSB and FireWire computer recording products. The new Panther-readydriver for the FW-1884, Tascam's FireWire control surface andaudio/MIDI interface, adds new features such as improved audio latency,flexible routing options and SoftLCD computer display. The US-122,US-224 and US-428 have had Panther-compatible drivers since the day OSX 10.3 was released.

"Tascam is committed not only to supporting new OS versions as theyare released, but to take advantage of new features with each new OSrelease," said Jim Bailey, senior product specialist for the company."The new FW-1884 driver adds a list of new features based on customerdemand, as well as improved performance and support for the new FE-8Fader Expander. With this new driver, Tascam has the widest selectionof Panther-compatible computer interfaces and control surfaces of anyaudio manufacturer."

In addition to Panther support, FW-1884 driver Version 1.10 offersdirect routing from eight analog inputs to eight ADAT outputs; expandedsurround control allows the Monitor Level knob to attenuate analogoutputs 1 and 2, 1 through 4, 1 through 6 or 1 through 8; three auxsends on all channels except the effects return; audio latencyperformance has improved on both the Mac and Windows drivers; and theFE-8 8-channel fader expander is now supported.

For more information, visit www.tascam.com.

Soundcraft COMPACT Line Brings Performance, Flexibility toComputer Music Recording
Soundcraft's newest micro-mixer, the COMPACT 4, is suited for manyapplications that require simple mix facilities, as well as forrecording vocals and music onto a computer using a soundcard.

To route an input straight to the record output, users need selectthe Record button on the channel. Other features of this 4-input mixerinclude a wide variety of input sources, including microphone, line anda special direct input (DI) for guitars and keyboards, plus stereoinputs for keyboards, CD/tape or turntable (with RIAA equalization).This DI input matches the input impedance of the mixer to the outputimpedance of the instrument. In addition, listening while recording ismade easier due to a special Blend control that allows users to controlthe mix of the computer playback and signal of the track beingrecorded, which are blended for the artist headphone output.

Using an external analog mixer for computer recording means zerolatency monitoring. For example, musicians can listen to their tracksbeing recorded simultaneously with the playback from the computer.

Other standard features on the COMPACT include 3-band EQ on theinputs, along with professional 48-volt phantom power for condensermicrophones, dedicated balanced and unbalanced record and playbackconnections, independent engineer and artist headphone outputs, andmonitor outputs. All monitoring is in true stereo, rather thanmono-summed.

A larger model, the COMPACT 10, is also available and features fourmono and six stereo inputs, with additional 1/4-inch line input jacksockets on four of the stereo inputs.

For more information, visit www.soundcraft.com/product_sheet.asp?product_id=121.

Manhattan Center Productions, NARAS Honors Timbaland
Manhattan Center Productions (MCP) joined the National Academy ofRecording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) at the Roosevelt Hotel on December11, 2003, to salute legendary figures of music recording during the2003 New York Heroes Awards.

Longtime friend of MCP, Tim "Timbaland" Mosley was honored with thefirst IMPACT Award, which was recently established by NARAS torecognize an individual or group who has influenced the arts andsciences of recording in a relatively brief time. "It was a pleasure tobe there to celebrate our special relationship with Timbaland," saidMCP studio manager Dax Anderson.

MCP staff and guests gathered to show support and appreciation forall of the work Timbaland has done in MCP's Studio 4. Other recipientsof this year's Heroes Awards were Ruben Blades, Daryl Hall & JohnOats, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, Frances Preston and NileRodgers.

For more information, visit MCP at www.mcstudios.com.

Steven Klein Completes Jim Kaufman Studio
Steven Klein SCR recently completed an acoustic transformation for JimKaufman, well-known writer/producer/performer for Opiate for theMasses, The Spore and others. Kaufman recently relocated to Los Angelesfrom Phoenix and was looking for a studio in his new home.

"Steven Klein turned my 15-by-25-foot living room into agreat-sounding project studio," Kaufman said. "The acoustic treatmentis totally portable: It is fixed to the walls with just five screws!And we have moveable gobos and acoustic panels. Steven came in andsorted out the room very efficiently. The room is perfect—justwhat I need for my productions." Studio equipment in the new facilityincludes a Digidesign Pro Tools TDM-based digital audio workstation rigwith Focusrite Controller, and Spatial One Control Room Monitors.

"We selected materials for the walls that would help quiet the roomand control sound within the area," Klein said. "Since Jim likes torecord in one space—there is no separate control room—weneeded to develop an environment for him that would accommodateoverdubs and vocal recordings. So we ended up with a single room with adivider that creates a separate mix area in one end, plus a stand-alonevocal booth."

Current sessions at Kaufman's project studio include a new album forOpiate, plus other bands under discussion. "I plan to record vocals inmy studio, having tracked the basics elsewhere and then add bass andguitar here."

For more information from Jim Kaufman, contact him at 323/650-9565or via e-mail at jim@opiateforthemasses.com.For more information about Steven Klein SCR, visit www.soundcontrolroom.com.

NAMM Preview: Fishman Ships Loudbox
Fishman Transducers Inc., a manufacturer of acoustic amplificationproducts, is now shipping the Loudbox!" high-power, three-way,tri-amped acoustic amplifier.

Now shipping is the 250-watt, single-channel Loudbox ($699.95),equipped with an 8-inch woofer, 4-inch polypropylene mid driver and twosoft-dome neodymium tweeters, each with components housed in their ownsealed enclosures. The Loudbox features an ultrahigh-impedance inputwith an EQ section comprised of bass, treble, midrange and brilliancecontrols. Anti-feedback circuitry (notch and phase) keeps acousticfeedback under control. A spring reverb, mute switch, effects loop andan XLR output complete the features. A three-position kickstand letsthe player tilt the amplifier back as a floor monitor.

The woofer delivers maximum low end with clarity and definition,while the polypropylene midrange drivers cover crucial midbandfrequencies and two soft-dome neodymium tweeters ensure a detailed andmusical treble response.

A 500W, 2-channel Loudbox Pro with a 12-inch woofer, 6-inch midrangeand three tweeters will follow later in the year.

For more about the Loudbox and Fishman, visit Booth #4258 at WinterNAMM or click here.

Metric Halo Releases OS X Support for ChannelStrip TDM
Metric Halo has released OS X support for ChannelStrip TDM and RTAS.Pro Tools HD Accel cards are not supported in the initial release.Support for HD Accel cards is anticipated at the end of January 2004.ChannelStrip is supported on HD cards and/or the older chips on theAccel cards.

Pricing for the OS X upgrade is $149.99 for immediate fulfillmentvia Metric Halo and $99.99 for store delivery; ChannelStrip TDM for OSX is priced at $699. Retail upgrade packages are expected to beginshipping at the end of January 2004.

For more information, visit Metric Halo's distributor, TransamericaAudio Group, at www.transaudiogroup.com.

Sample Library Creators Select Millenia Preamp
Leading sample library creators, including Vienna Symphonic Library,Garritan Orchestral Strings, Serafine and others, have selectedMillennia HV-3 microphone preamplifiers for critical applications.

Jorg Mayr, chief audio engineer for the Vienna Symphonic Library,said, "We are recording the entire Vienna Symphony Library withMillennia HV-3D preamplifiers. Our main concerns are transparency,minimal coloration, the lowest possible noise floor, and absolutereliability because we record 360 days a year. I simply could not findanything better than the HV-3D."

According to Gary Garritan of Garritan Orchestral Strings,"Millennia Media is the preamp of choice. I own a number of high-endmic preamps and always reach for the HV-3 when recording orchestralsamples. The sound is transparent, pristine and accurate. If I had onlyone preamp to choose, it would be Millennia."

For percussion, Millennia HV-3 is used as the front end for manysample libraries, including Paiste's cymbal collection. Having touredand recorded with Frank Zappa for more than 10 years, percussionist EdMann is both the artist and engineer for the Paiste Cymbal SampleLibrary. According to Mann, "Prior to the Millennia HV3 mic pre's, Iused my collection of other top-quality preamps. Still, there wasgreater resolution and clarity that I wanted to capture in myrecordings of acoustic instruments. I wanted to get beyond 'coloration'and go straight to 'stunning realism.' When Millennia sent me the HV3,I was astounded. After the first pass, I know that I had found The HolyGrail. The Millennia Media HV-3 remains my first choice for acousticrecording." Mann also used the Millennia HV-3 preamps for the EMUOrchestral Percussion ROM, Planet Earth ROM, Mo-Phatt,XL-7 and PX-7.

Millennia HV-3 preamps are also used extensively on major Foley andsound effects stages. Frank Serafine has released his personal filmsound collection on a set of 16 CDs, called the Serafine SFXCollection. Said Serafine, "Everything we've ever sampled in thestudio goes through our Millennia mic preamps. This includes musicrecording, Foley, ADR and sound effects. Three words I would use todescribe the HV-3 are quiet, pristine and dynamic."

Grammy-winning engineer Dave Russell's Big Fish sample library,Roots of the Pacific, captures high-dynamic range Polynesiandrumming via Millennia HV-3 preamplifiers. According to Russell, "Thedepth, air, placement and timbre precision, compared with otherpreamplifiers, especially when miking in stereo, is as close to sonicneutrality as it gets. Road-worthy and built to last, I'm lookingforward to another decade of HV-3."

For more information on the HV-3, visit www.mil-media.com.

M-Audio Sponsors Music Education at George Washington Prep HighSchool

M-Audio has sponsored the Friends of Washington Prep Foundation andthe arts education it provides to students at George WashingtonPreparatory High School. During its 11 years of existence, the school'sinnovative arts program has provided education, motivation anddirection to thousands of underprivileged students living in SouthCentral Los Angeles. M-Audio has committed to outfit the school's musiclab with a variety of hardware and software solutions.

M-Audio's contributions to the school's music lab will includeM-Audio Ozone audio interface keyboards; Oxygen8 and Radium49controller keyboards; BX8 studio reference monitors; a completecollection of ProSessions Sound and Loop libraries; Solarismicrophones; Octane preamps; and Propellerhead Reason and AbletonLive.

To celebrate this new partnership, legendary recording artistJackson Browne—a Friends of Washington Prep Foundation boardmember—and a group of students from the school will be giving apresentation at M-Audio's NAMM Booth (#6700) on Sunday, January 18, at11:00 a.m.

Prior to graduating from the school, students are required to writemusic, choreograph dance routines or develop their own screenplay. Themusic department involves students in the production of an album, andthe drama department stages dramatic and musical theater productions.The recent original musical theater production, Ephraim's Song,was awarded four NAACP Image Awards. In addition to receivingfundamental instruction, Washington Prep performing arts students haveopportunities to gain professional experience by performing withmusicians including Lionel Hampton, Wynton Marsalis, Al Jarreau,Jackson Browne and Buddy Collette.

"M-Audio is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with such anamazing organization," said Adam Castillo, M-Audio marketing director."It is an honor to be able to facilitate this level of character growthand creative development."

For more information on the gear, visit M-Audio at www.m-audio.com.

CAD equitek2 E100 Condenser is Now Shipping

The first in the CAD equitek2 Series condenser mics, the new e1002supercardioid electret condenser will ship early this year. The e1002features an extended frequency response of 10 to18 kHz; a dynamic rangeof 132 dB; total harmonic distortion of less than 0.15%; high-outputcapability of 148dB SPL with pad; transformerless balanced outputcircuits; and an internal power reservoir system.

Completely designed and engineered in CAD's Conneaut, Ohio,engineering department, the new equitek2 series are professionalservo-condenser mics designed to provide a high level of performancedistinguished by absolute transparency, rugged integrity, a naturalopenness and detailed imaging. The five new equitek2 Series mics areversatile and suited to numerous recording and onstage applications. Inaddition to the new e1002, equitek2 includes the e2002 and e3002 largecondensers, the e602 instrument mic and the e802 live performancemicrophone.

Commenting on the new e1002, CAD's national sales manager TonyO'Keefe said, "There's been so much demand for equitek2 with ourdealers, we're really excited and satisfied to have the new e1002 atthe NAMM show. This mic brings back the sonic quality, performance andvalue of the original equitek Series, with new technology, new featuresand more models to excel in any application."

For more information about equitek2, visit www.cadmics.com orstop by Booth #6226 at Winter NAMM.

Sennheiser, TL Audio End Agreement
Sennheiser Electronic Corporation and TL Audio have terminated theirdistribution agreement, effective January 1, 2004. While Sennheiserwill continue to take orders on its existing limited inventory of TLAudio products, customer inquiries should be addressed directly to TLAudio at www.tlaudio.co.uk until the company names a newU.S. distribution partner.

Sennheiser and TL Audio executives concluded that the task ofimplementing a full-scale marketing program in the United States atthis time would require a more robust level of sales and distributionsupport than had been anticipated.

This decision will enable TL Audio to pursue a distribution partnermore in line with their aggressive sales goals, while allowingSennheiser to focus on other ongoing initiatives. The decision wasbased solely on marketing and distribution issues and was not relatedin any way to the company's products, cultures or personnel.

HHB's PORTADRIVE is a fully equipped portable multichannel recorderthat records more than four hours of uncompressed 8-channel24-bit/96kHz or more than 20 hours of 4-channel 24-bit/48kHz audio ontoa removable 40GB hard disk.

Input and output connectivity includes eight line inputs, four lineoutputs, eight channels of digital I/O and six high-gain, verylow-noise XLR microphone inputs. All mic inputs feature individualphantom powering, gangable limiters, input pads, a highpass filter,adjustable delay and phase reverse.

For more information, visit HHB's distributor, Sennheiser, at www.sennheiserusa.com.

Deepsky Spins With Allen & Heath at NAMM Show
Scott Giaquinta and Jason Blum, the electronica and dance music duoknown as Deepsky, will make an appearance at the Allen&Heath boothat the NAMM Show 2004 on Saturday, January 17, at 5:00 p.m. The duowill be on-hand to demonstrate Allen&Heath booth at the NAMM Show2004 on Saturday, January 17, at 5:00 p.m. The duo will be on-hand todemonstrate Allen&Heath's best-in-class professional DJ mixers,which include the Xone:62 and audiophile Xone:V6 as well as the newXone:92, which will debut stateside at the NAMM Show.

Allen&Heath's line of professional DJ mixers and the highlyanticipated new Xone:92 may be seen at the NAMM Show 2004 on Booth#7019 (Arena, Anaheim Convention Center; January 15-18, 2004).

For more information on Deepsky, visit their website at www.deepsky.net. Tofind out more about Allen & Heath's latest mixers, including theXone:V6, go to www.allen-heath.com.

M-Audio Now Shipping Evolution X-Session
M-Audio announces shipment of the new Evolution X-Session, a USB MIDIcontrol surface specifically designed for computer-based DJs.

X-Session boasts 16 knobs that users can assign to any MIDIparameter in MIDI-compatible music software and hardware, such asvolume, panning, effects and synth parameters. The 10 assignablebuttons trigger loops and effects, or mute and unmute tracks. Theclassic 60mm cross-fader allows DJs to mix between two assignable audiosources, as well as perform scratches. X-Session comes bundled withAbleton Live XS and Arturia Storm XS.

X-Session retails for $149.95.

For more information, visit www.m-audio.com.

M-Audio Ships Sonic Reality Sonic ReFills
M-Audio is now shipping 15 new volumes of Sonic Reality's Sonic ReFillsfor Propellerhead Reason. Performed by top session players inworld-class studios, this collection includes classic keyboards,vintage drum kits, world percussion, obscure ethnic instruments,vintage guitars/basses and more. Many are the actual instruments usedon recordings from the past half-century.

Vol. 1: Synths 1 includes phat analog, searing digital andretro rock synths, including the latest styles of electronic music.Vol. 2: Synths 2 offers rich analog pads, ethereal and moodytextures, expressive FX and a variety of atmospheric soundscapes.Vol. 3: Rhythm Section is geared for songwriters and producersthat offers highly playable guitars, basses, percussion and dynamicdrum multisamples, including fingered, picked, harmonics, mutes andmore.

Vol. 4: Pianos and Organs is a collection of authenticchromatic instruments including classic Rhodes, Wurlitzers and FMelectric pianos, concert grand pianos, B3s, Clavs and other keyboardinstruments.

Other volumes include Symphonic, OmniSoundz GM, whichis geared for Reason's NN-XT module by adding 128 pro-quality generalMIDI orchestral/acoustic/electric/ethnic/percussive instruments,Reality Drums, Monster Drums, Vintage Drums,Instruments of the '60s and '70s, Retro Keys, AcousticFolk, World Percussion, Ethnic Instruments andFilm Orchestra.

"The quality mark that comes with Sonic Reality is that the soundswe use are really the sounds used on professional records," commentedSonic Reality founder and CEO David Kerzner. "We record these samplesin top-notch L.A. studios and other 'in-the-know' spots around theworld. This method enables us to bring the sounds used by professionalsto somebody in a far-away place that would normally never have accessto a rare keyboard instrument or a drum kit in a $250/hour studio. Wepackage all of those sounds into extremely affordable packages soReason users can have access to real playable instruments."

Sonic ReFills are now shipping at an MSRP of $49.95.

For more information, visit www.m-audio.com.

London Club Upgrades With BSS Audio
Dave Parry, technical manager for the London-based club Fabric, hasrecently upgraded his venue with equipment from BSS Audio.

Part of room 1's redesign includes a new DJ booth constructed fromreclaimed timber. Mounted in a rough-hewn custom elm rack flownoverhead, a pair of new BSS FDS-366T Omnidrive Compact Plus units (withWHISEWORKS-Neville Thiele method filters) are called upon to optimizethe high and sub frequencies of the installed line array system.

Parry plans to add further control and sound-mapping capabilities,using the flexibility of BSS Audio's newly released SB2 software(operating on the 366Ts) in conjunction with a tablet PC, which willallow him to manage the speaker system remotely on a wireless LAN. Withan access point in each of the three rooms, the club will be able tomanipulate the system using SB2 in conjunction with the SoundwebDesigner file. This new signal path operates entirely in the digitaldomain, with the FDS-366Ts—fed from the existing Soundweb networkvia an AES digital output card down a multi to the DJbox—managing the house system parameters.

"It's important to keep the audio in the digital domain for as longas possible before converting to analog," commented BSS Audio's RichieRowley. "With the addition of SB2 control and the Thiele tuning, thesound reinforcement system now has wings. The Thiele filter allows theclub to feed in more power without fear of overexcursion, which reducesthe distortion. The highs are much cleaner and lows so muchtighter."

For more information on the gear, visit BSS Audio at www.bss.co.uk. For moreinformation about Fabric, visit www.fabriclondon.com.

Winter NAMM Preview: Hercules Technologies HERCULES 16/12 FW

Hercules Technologies will be showing its new Hercules 16/12 FW, aFireWire 24-bit/96kHz 16-in/12-out audio and MIDI interface for PC andMacintosh, at the upcoming Winter NAMM show in booth #6809.

Features include a sturdy external FireWire audio interfacemountable in a standard 1U/19-inch rack-unit; 16 independent inputsincluding 12 analog in, one coaxial in (stereo) and one optical in(stereo); 12 independent outputs including eight analog out, onecoaxial out (stereo) and one optical out (stereo); two mic/instrumentpreamplifiers with switchable 48-volt phantom power via Neutrik combo(XLR/TRS) connectors with direct input for guitars (hi-Z); two MIDI Inand two MIDI Out via standard DIN jacks (32 channels in/32 channelsout); word clock I/O synchronization via BNC connectors; no latencywith direct hardware monitoring; compatible with popular audio softwareapplications; and full driver package for Mac OS X (CoreAudio) andWindows (ASIO2.0, GSIF, .WAV, DirectSound).

Hercules 16/12 FW comes bundled with an innovative music softwaresuite that is compatible with Windows and Mac OS X and more than 90 0MBof high-quality sound files, including Version 2 of Arturia's STORM!"Special Edition and Live Special Edition from Ableton.

Hercules 16/12 FW is now available at an estimated street price of$599.

For more information, visit www.hercules.com.

Heading North Mastering Upgrades Mastering Suite
Heading North Mastering (Toronto) has recently upgraded its masteringsuite with Z-Systems z-16.16 Digital Detangler and Universal Audio 2192Master Digital Audio Interface.

Heading North Mastering is a home-based mastering suite that catersprimarily to independent music clients. The decision to upgrade to theZ-Systems z-16.16 was to increase flexibility and increased workflowwhile providing improved digital signal distribution throughout themastering suite. After listening to several digital converters, HeadingNorth Mastering chose the Universal Audio 2192 Master Digital AudioInterface as the AD/DA for the studio's analog signal path.

Heading North Mastering has also been celebrating the recent BestLatin Jazz Grammy nomination of EMI/Bluenote recording artist JaneBunnett's most recent CD A Cuban Odyssey. The CD was recorded atvarious studios and concert venues in Cuba and was mastered at HeadingNorth.

For more information on Heading North Mastering, contact Ron Skinnerat 416/778-7789 or e-mail heading_north@hotmail.com.For more information on the gear installed, visit Z-Systems at www.z-sys.com andUniversal Audio at www.uaudio.com.

Primal Scream, RubberBand Music Collaborate on ScoringProjects
RubberBand Music and Primal Scream announced a creative alliance withfilm composers Ramin Djawadi, Simone Benyacar, Jerry Brunskill and ToddHaberman for commercial and film trailer projects. Between them, thesecomposers have scored soundtracks for a variety of films, includingPirates of the Caribbean, The Recruit, K-19: TheWidowmaker, Cecil B. Demented, Fargo and The Lordof the Rings: The Two Towers. Past TV credits include ThePractice, Best of VH1 Live American Dreams and JAG;and commercial clients include Hummer, Coca-Cola, Sony Playstation,Miller Genuine Draft and Toyota.

These composers are the latest to be recruited by Primal Scream andRubberBand Music, which have been actively connecting the music andfilm worlds into music for commercials, trailers and the brandedentertainment space.

To find out more, visit Rubberband at www.rubberbandmusic.com or Primal Scream at www.primalscreammusic.com.

RealNetworks, Coding Technologies Announce Upgrade to ConsumerPlayer Products
RealNetworks Inc. and Coding Technologies announced the licensing andincorporation of Coding Technologies' MPEG-4 AAC/aacPlus technology andsoftware within RealNetworks' commercial media creation and consumersoftware player products. High-fidelity digital audio can be created inRealNetworks' RealAudio 10 format by using RealProducer 10. Third-partyencoding products that incorporate RealNetworks' Helix Producer SDK canalso produce content in RealAudio 10; additional licensing from CodingTechnologies enables these products to produce content in MPEG-4 AACand aacPlus.

RealNetworks' newest consumer player, RealPlayer 10, providescomprehensive media file playback, including prior versions of theRealAudio file format such as RealAudio 10 with AAC, RealAudio 10Lossless and MultiChannel, MP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC and aacPlus. Consumerscan use RealPlayer 10 to convert music on their CDs into RealAudio 10with AAC and access a vast online library of digital music from the newRealPlayer Music Store in high-fidelity 192Kbps RealAudio 10 withAAC.

Digital music can be securely and legally downloaded to RealPlayer10 and then transferred from the RealPlayer to a growing collection ofconsumer devices enabled to playback industry-leading MPEG-4 AAC.

For more information about RealPlayer, go to www.realnetworks.com. To download RealPlayersoftware, go to www.real.com. To find out more about CodingTechnologies, visit www.codingtechnologies.com.

Unveiled: Peavey's Sanctuary Series
Peavey Electronics Corporation (Winter NAMM booth #5740) announced thedebut of its new Sanctuary Series, a line of audio products andcollateral materials dedicated to maximizing the sound and aestheticsof houses of worship.

The Sanctuary Series includes mixers with built-in Feedback Ferretautomatic feedback elimination and Automix technology, a feature thatcan automatically switch from lapel to pulpit microphones and even mutemics not in use, minimizing ambient noise.

The Sanctuary Series products were designed and engineered with theintent of preserving subtle aesthetics of a sanctuary, creatingunobtrusive loudspeakers. The products are available in white, blackand unfinished stainable wood for color. These enclosures are alsomountable and flyable.

Peavey offers special financing options for the Sanctuary Seriesthrough PV Finance. Reference the Celestial Sound brochure or Website(www.sanctuary-series.com) for instructionalarticles on the Sanctuary Series sound system or to find out more aboutthe Churchwise online audio installation and training course. Hosted bypraise and worship sound expert Kent Morris, this course will teachchurch leaders the basics of audio, acoustics, loudspeaker placementand how to setup and operate Sanctuary Series audio systems.

Sanctuary Series by Peavey will be available in March 2004. For moreinformation, visit www.peavey.com.

Debut, Party Scheduled for Telefunken NA at Winter NAMM
Telefunken North America is exhibiting at NAMM for the first time atBooth #6999. The two-year-old company manufactures a full line ofhandbuilt condenser microphones, including the Ela M 251, which hasbeen used in such films as Seabiscuit and Scary MovieIII.

Following in the tradition of handcrafted vintage microphones, theexpanded ELEKTROAKUSTIC line now includes the Ela M 12, Ela M 14, Ela M270 (stereo version of the 251) and the U47.

The Ela M 14 features a single-sided CK-12-inspired capsule, NOSTelefunken EF732 tube and custom transformer. The M 14 is the firstoriginal design microphone from Telefunken NA, taking the best elementsof the Ela M 251 and the Ela M 12 and combining them into a new andaffordable version.

Telefunken NA is hosting a gala listening party at Ocean Way'sRecord One Recording Studios on the evening of Friday, January 16,2004, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Studio owner/engineer Allen Sides will manthe console with performances by the Howard Fishman Quartet, a popularjazz ensemble. Record One is located at 13849 Ventura Blvd. in ShermanOaks, Calif. To RSVP, contact Alan Veniscofsky at 860/882-5919 or DavidGoggin at 323/465-5637.

To learn more, go to www.telefunkenusa.com.