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TerraTec Producer PHASE 26 USB Available in July
TerraTec Producer announced the shipping of the second TerraTecProducer product: PHASE 26 USB, which will be available beginning July2003. The PHASE 26 USB is an external studio interface that featuresTerraTec's audio technology in 24-bit, 96kHz resolution.
Geared toward mobile recording for all Windows notebooks or ApplePowerBooks furnished with USB ports, PHASE 26 USB features two analoginputs and six 5.1 surround outputs, a MIDI interface, a microphoneinput and an amplified headphones output, as well as the TerraTec PhonoPreamp, which is designed to accept turntables with no furtheramplification required.
Other features include optical and a coaxial digital S/PDIF port,high-quality converters with resolutions ranging up to 24 bits/96 kHz,and a dynamic range exceeding 106 dB. The PHASE 26 USB can be operatedwith or without a power unit. It can also be switched on and offon-the-fly while the system is running. Latency is extremely low due togeneric drivers for Windows XP and Mac OS X.
For more, visit www.terratec.com.
PG Music Releases New MasterClass Programs
PG Music Inc. has released three new volumes in its MasterClassmusic instruction series: The Guitar MasterClass Volume 2:Advanced/Intermediate, The Guitar MasterClass Volume 3: Intermediateand The Blues Piano MasterClass Volume 1. Each volume is available foruse with the Windows operating system.
These new volumes integrate interactive audio lessons with onscreenMIDI display, notation and video, allowing the student to see and hearexactly what the instructor is playing. Lessons include verbalinstructions, with related MIDI and audio exercises, exercise tips andpractice tracks. All are linked to powerful multimedia features.
The Guitar MasterClass Volume 2: Advanced Beginner is a continuationfrom Volume 1 of this series with instructor, guitarist Oliver Gannon.Topics covered include typical chords and chord progressions for thekey being discussed; new chord variations; strumming and fingerpickingpatterns; scale fingerings and exercises; and practice tunes withchords and melody. Also discussed are song structure, chord types,developing speed and technique, the blues, using a capo, playing inminor keys and more.
The Guitar MasterClass Volume 3: Intermediate describes transposableBarre chords, transposable scales and transposable melodies. Eachlesson focuses on a specific key. Other topics include reading rhythmsand syncopations, the cycle of 4ths, simple chord substitution, chordtypes, new strumming techniques, octaves, adding single string effectssuch as vibrato, string-bending and sliding, hammer-on and pull-offs,string-damping with the right hand, amplifiers and electroniceffects.
The Blues Piano MasterClass Volume 1: Beginner is designed toillustrate basic skills to the beginner blues pianist. Master pianistMiles Black guides the student through the fundamentals of the blueswith 20 lessons dealing with blues History, basic blues form, simplechord construction and improvisation of a simple blues melody over afew basic blues styles.
Each volume is available for $29. More information can be found atwww.pgmusic.com.
London Facility Installs SSL Board
The Hospital, a new facility for music, art and filmprofessionals, will incorporate two Solid State Logic digital consolesinto the first phase of its studio plans.
Founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and under the creativedirection of Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics, the 60,000-square-footfacility is based in the former St. Paul's hospital in Covent Garden,close to many of the UK's top post-production and independent film andTV production companies. The first phase of the project, which isscheduled to open in July 2003, includes a ground-floor televisionstudio linked to a state-of-the-art audio control room. This willenable the studio to be used simultaneously for music recording and HDtelevision production. An SSL Aysis Air console will be installed inthe TV sound control room, while the music control room will feature a48-fader, 96-channel SSL MT Plus console.
"We are delighted to be working with The Hospital group as a part ofthis exciting and adventurous project," said Niall Feldman, director ofproduct marketing for SSL. "SSL's MT Plus and Aysis Air are an idealpairing for the scope and variety of creative work that The Hospital isbeing designed for."
Future developments at The Hospital will include a members club,restaurant, art gallery and services apartments. There are also plansto build more music recording and mixing studios, although details ofequipment and a time frame for opening have yet to be announced.
For more on SSL consoles, visit www.solid-state-logic.com.
Mackie Names New CFO
Jamie Engen, president and CEO of Mackie Designs Inc. appointedTim O'Neil as CFO.
O'Neil brings nearly 20 years of financial-management experience toMackie. He most recently served as CFO of Redmond, Wash.-basedTrendwest Resorts. From 1988 to 1998, O'Neil worked for Bank OneCorporation (Detroit), where he served as VP of corporate banking and,later, director of loan syndications.
O'Neil will be based out of Mackie's headquarters in Woodinville,Wash. For more, visit www.mackie.com.
AES Nashville Elects New Officers
The AES Nashville has elected new officers and committee membersfor the 2003 through 2004 season. Here are the results:
Chairman: Mike Poston
Vice Chairman: Tracy Samczyk
Secretary: Tom Edwards
Treasurer: Steve Goostree
Frank Wells, Bil VornDick, Michael Davis, Gary Oldenbroek, NormStannard, David Streit, Jim Kaiser, Randy Poole, David Henson, JohnJaszcz, Kerry Kopp, Cosette Collier, Ed Simonton, Dr. Wesley Bulla,Doug Mitchell and Tracy Martinson.
For more, visit www.aes.org/sections/nashville/.
Television New Zealand Installs Euphonix Console
Television New Zealand (TVNZ) in Wellington, New Zealand, recentlyinstalled a Euphonix Max Air Digital Audio Console. This is the secondMax Air audio console for TVNZ; the first was installed earlier thisyear into a remote truck belonging to its OB division, MovingPictures.
Sound supervisor, Andrew Stewart, who is responsible for in-houseand involved in outside broadcast audio for the National Broadcaster'sAvalon Studios, said that the move into digital audio for TVNZ inWellington was made much easier due to Max Air's Touchscreen feature."Instant affinity resulted as there was no need to break concentrationand revert to a keyboard to key in commands. It was brilliant: simplytouch and it happens."
The Max Air has been used on live broadcasts of the Sunday morningNetworked program, "What Now." "The SnapShot Recall easily saves us 45minutes prior to the show going live to air," said Stewart. "Simplybring up last week's setup and off you go: No worries or concerns thatsomething might be forgotten or left out. It helps to get the programoff to a really great start."
For more on the Max Air, visit Euphonix online at www.euphonix.com.
Ultimate Sound Bank Launches New Web site
Ultimate Sound Bank, in partnership with its North American distributorILIO, has launched its all-new Web site for its Soundscan product lineat www.soundscan2.com. The new site allows users todemo and purchase products from the recently updated Soundscan Version2 series.
New to the site is a searchable catalog containing the completearray of Soundscan products. Each product page offers volumedescriptions, demos and product pricing, and a secured server allowsfor safe and easy shopping online.
West L.A. Music Donates Guitars to OperationLend-a-Hand
West L.A. Music has donated two autographed Fender guitars toOperation: Lend-a-Hand. The guitars will be auctioned by radiomorning-show host Mark and Brian to raise money for the spouses andchildren of Southern California's service men and women involved inOperation Iraqi Freedom. All proceeds go to military families based inSouthern California.
The guitars were signed at Mark and Brian's 2002 annual ChristmasShow, held at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles. West L.A. Music'sdrum manager Glenn Noyes and VP Rick Waite arranged to have the guitarssigned by Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, solo artistand former Van Halen front man, Traffic guitarist Dave Mason,actor/director Garry Marshall, singer/songwriter Joan Osborne andcountry legend Dwight Yoakam.
Disc Makers to Unveil MacElite
Disc Makers will unveil its new line of Macintosh OS X-compatible CD-and DVD-duplication and printing systems at the MacWorld CreativeProConference and Expo in New York this July.
The MacElites feature an easy-to-use interface that allows users todesign disc label artwork, copy CDs and DVDs, and archive images offrequently copied titles to their hard drive. The systems include a2400-dpi inkjet disc printer, and are available in configurationsranging from one to four CD-R or DVD-R drives. Depending on the modelselected, the MacElite comes equipped with a 125 or 200 disc-inputcapacity.
MacElite duplicators connect to a G4 Mac through FireWire and can befield-upgraded to additional or faster drives. Prices for the one-driveMacElite1 start at $3,990. All MacElite systems come with a three-yearwarranty on the robotics and one year on the drives and othercomponents. MacElite owners also have access to Disc Makers' freelifetime tech support.
Learn more at www.discmakers.com/MacElite.
SIRIUS Reports 100,000 Listeners
SIRIUS announced that it has crossed the 100,000 subscriber mark thismonth. At the close of business on June 20, 2003, SIRIUS had100,233 subscribers on its nationwide service of 60 commercial-freemusic streams and 40-plus streams of news, sports andentertainment.
"This is an important milestone for SIRIUS, which underscores thegrowing interest in our service as the premium provider of nationwidesatellite radio entertainment," said Joseph P. Clayton, president andCEO of SIRIUS. "We're seeing consumer and industry support buildingboth in our numbers and in recent reviews touting our superiorprogramming."
For more, visit SIRIUS online at www.SIRIUS.com.
Sennheiser Offers MD 421 Special-Edition Mic
Sennheiser USA has introduced the MD 421 Special-Edition microphone tocommemorate the 90th birthday of Sennheiser founder, Prof. Dr.-Ing.Fritz Sennheiser. The new MD 421 Special Edition utilizes thelarge-diaphragm, dynamic element of the original microphone, whichhandled high sound-pressure levels.
The new commemorative edition recaptures the performance of theoriginal 1960s design and will be limited to just 990 production units.Each limited-edition microphone features gold-plated hardware, comeswith a velour-lined wood jewelers box and a desk stand, as well as anumbered certificate of authentication personally signed by Prof. Dr.Jörg Sennheiser.
The MD 421 Special Edition offers a highly directional cardioidpickup pattern for effective feedback rejection and features theversatile five-position bass roll-off switch and hum-compensating coilof the original.
Find out more at www.sennheiserusa.com.
EMI Publishing Installs Second VTC Console
EMI Publishing, in the heart of London's West End, has recentlyinstalled a 48-channel TL Audio VTC console in Studio A, whichaccompanies an existing 32-channel VTC that has been in Studio B forthe past three years.
Studio A, which runs both Logic 5 and an Otari MTR90 analog machine,is used solely for EMI's signed artists. The newly installed VTC hasbeen busy recording Beverley Knight, So Solid Crew and, most recently,Madness. Studio B's VTC was employed on Starsailor's debut album, withthe first single "Fever" and a number of B sides recorded solely on themixer.
Studio manager Mark Aubrey said, "We've been very impressed with theVTC console in Studio B, and were getting such good results that itseemed logical to upgrade Studio A to a VTC as well. The console hassuch a 'true' sound, and the mic preamps are fantastic, we very rarelyhave to employ any external preamps or EQ. It's simply a very solidpiece of kit and does exactly what it says on the tin."
Visit TL Audio on the Web at http://www.tlaudio.co.uk/.
Gefen Offers New Extension Solutions
Gefen's ex-tend-it CAT5-7000 and CAT5-8000 are easy-to-use KVM(keyboard, video, mouse) extension solutions that are designed toprovide an effective method of extending computer peripherals forremote operation anywhere within a 330, 450 or 600-foot distance fromthe computer. Remote multimedia-presentation ability is also deliveredwith upgraded Category-5 cables that bundle video signals.
The CAT5-7000 extends two analog monitors, any USB peripheral, PS/2keyboard/mouse, RS-232 touch screen and two audio outputs/one audioinput up to 330 feet from the computer. It comes with sender andreceiver units, as well as cables to connect to monitors, peripherals,keyboard/mouse and audio. The sender sits with the computer while thereceiver sits with the remote workstation; both units are connected byup to four Category-5 cables that are sold separately. The CAT5-8000extends three monitors in addition to USB, RS-232 and audio. Monitorextensions can reach distances of 600 feet, while USB peripherals cango to 450 feet.
Both the CAT5-7000 and CAT5-8000 are compatible with cross-platformcomputers using USB and RS-232 peripherals, and support all types ofCRT and LCD analog monitors. Both are available online at www.gefen.com for$1,495. Free technical telephone support is included in the price andis provided during normal business hours for the lifetime of theproduct.
Sigma Electronics Redesigns Web site
Sigma Electronics has redesigned its Web site (www.sigmaelectronics.com), providing a moreuser-friendly and comprehensive online resource. The new site featurescomplete product catalogs and an in-depth explanation of Digital AudioTime Code (DATC), Sigma Electronics' new technology that providessolutions to the timing, mixing and synchronizing challenges inherentin the delivery of digital audio. The new site also allows end-users toorder and purchase Sigma products online.
"With the introduction of new technologies designed for themigration to digital television, professionals need access toinformation about the products and services that can help theirbusiness,"” said Joe Wellman, marketing director of SigmaElectronics. "People now view the Internet as one of their primarysources of information, and this new Web site gives us another avenueto interact with the industry and our customers."
Zoe Thrall Serves as AES Convention Committee Chair
The Audio Engineering Society 115th Convention, "The Power of Sound,"will take place October 10 to 13, 2003, at the Jacob Javits ConventionCenter. Serving as committee chair is Zoe Thrall, general manager ofThe Hit Factory in New York City and an AES member. Thrall's 22 yearsin the recording industry includes studio and artist management;engineering, performance and touring credits. In addition to membershipto the AES, Thrall is also a member of the National Academy ofRecording Arts and Sciences, the American Federation of Musicians andis a former director of the Society of Professional Audio RecordingServices (SPARS).
The committee members include: Ron Ajemian, industry consultant,volunteers chair; Jim Anderson, engineer/producer, facilities chair;David Baker, engineer/producer, historical chair; Sam Berkow, SIAAcoustics, workshops chair; David Bialik, systems engineeringconsultant, broadcast events advisor; Jim Johnston, MicrosoftCorporation, papers chair; Louis Manno, industry consultant, technicaltours chair; William Moylan, University of Massachusetts Lowell,education chair; Lisa Roy, Studio A Consulting, special events advisor;and Bill Siegmund, Digital Island Studios, special events chair.
"We are excited to present this year's program of technical andspecial events," said Thrall. "Our committee has designed anextraordinarily strong collection of events, drawing from the latestdevelopments in audio technology."
New at the AES Convention will be Exhibitor Seminars. Participatingexhibitors will have the opportunity for closer contact with conventionvisitors and showcase their products in great detail. In addition tothe Exhibitor Seminars, the convention program will also include aseries of Tutorial Seminars, which include daily lectures in themorning and afternoon on a wide range of topics. A student designcompetition for audio projects has also been added. Projects forsubmission can include loudspeaker designs, electronic circuits,audio/music software, microphones, musical instruments or any otheritem made for use in the audio field. Entries will be judged by a panelof industry experts in design and manufacturing. The applicationdeadline for submissions is September 13, 2003. Details and entry formscan be found at www.aes.org/events/115/. Information on exhibitingat the 115th AES Convention can be found at that site. A calendar ofevents, online registration, hotel and travel information will beposted shortly.
Kitaro Mixes 5.1 at Ocean Way
Grammy Award-winning Japanese artist Kitaro has completed a 5.1surround mix of his new album, The Sacred Journey of Ku-kai, atOcean Way Recording in Hollywood. Combining the location recording oftemple bells on the island of Shikoku in Japan with traditionalinstruments and synthesizers recorded at his studio in Colorado, thenew album is scheduled for a fall release on the Domo label.
Danish Broadcasting to Install Two SSL C100 Boards
The Danish Broadcasting Corporation will install two Solid State Logic24 frame C100 Digital Broadcast Consoles in its Studios 11 and 12,replacing the existing analog consoles.
The facility produces radio and television programming, includingnews, documentaries and light entertainment. The console upgrades arescheduled to take place throughout 2003, with Studio 11's console duefor installation in July and Studio 12's in December. Both studioshandle audio production for television.
Peter Riis-Vestergaard, Danish Broadcasting's project manager forStudio 11, recently visited SSL's Oxfordshire premises to runacceptance tests on his C100 and meet the company's engineering team."The C100 is a fantastic console and we are delighted with our choice,"he said. "It will give us much more flexibility than we could ever hopeto achieve with analog and will also enable us to work more effectivelywith the digital material we receive from our servers. One of thebiggest advantages we have identified is the console's ability to allowstaff to work offline: They will be able to complete large parts of anygiven project on their own computers before downloading the material tothe C100 for final production. This will save everyone an enormousamount of time.
"The desk's configuration is very different to that of an analogconsole, so it is important that our staff have time to get used toit," Riis-Vestergaard added. "With digital, there are no audio patchpanels as everything is configured within the desk's computer. Thestaff will have to get used to using touch screens and menus, as wellas knobs and buttons. Because the C100 is really very simple tooperate, we believe they will soon find it much faster and moreversatile."
The facility is currently building a brand-new, all-digitalbroadcasting facility, DR Byen, near Copenhagen, which is scheduled forcompletion in 2006.
For more information on the C200 boards, visit SSL online at www.solid-state-logic.com.
Firmware Update for RME ADI-648 Released
A free firmware update is now available for RME's MIDI/ADAT converter,the ADI-648.
The new firmware Version 1.5 adds these features:
SteadyClock is a new clock technology, which will be used in allupcoming products. Previously, the clock section consisted of an analogPLL for external synchronization and several quartz oscillators forinternal synchronization. SteadyClock requires only one quartz, using afrequency not equaling digital audio. Latest circuit designs includehigh-speed digital synthesizer, digital PLL, 200MHz sample rate andanalog filtering. SteadyClock offers a highly efficient jitterreduction. For example, an input jitter of 50 ns will be reduced to 3ns. Additionally, when the external clock source (ADI-648: wordclock,MADI or ADAT) fails, the last valid frequency is held and operationcontinues. In addition, SteadyClock locks directly within a range of 25kHz up to 192 kHz (ADI-648 up to 100 kHz).
Firmware version 1.5 now allows accessing the device directly,performing all settings available on the front panel via MIDI. A statusrequest of the current settings can also be done. Windows software canbe downloaded for free from the RME Web site, giving complete access tothe ADI-648 with a simple mouse click via any MIDI port present in thesystem. MIDI additionally allows for an indication of the incoming MADIstatus (56/64-channel mode, 48/96kHz frame). Also included is thecombination with the upcoming HDSP MADI card (PCI card), which allowscontrol of the ADI-648 via MADI directly from the computer.
An additional Mute function has been added to the routing matrix ofthe ADI-648. With this, the 8-channel-based outputs of the matrix canbe connected to any MADI or ADAT 8-channel input group, as well asbeing muted per group.
For more, visit RME online at www.rme-audio.de.
Smart Loops Offers Free Loops
Smart Loops, a developer of ACID-format, loop-based music content andcreation tools, announced the availability of its first collection offree loops to the public.
A wide variety of drum, percussion, electric guitar and bass guitarloops may be downloaded by visiting www.smartloops.com/Free/. The loops have beenselected from Smart Loops' retail titles Dry Studio Kit,Percussion Kit, Bass Guitars and Electric Guitars.The free loops contain ACID-compatible loops optimized for use inprograms that allow users to change the tempo and pitch of their audio,including Cakewalk's Sonar, Home Studio 2002, Project5, Plasma, MusicCreator and Guitar Tracks Pro products, as well as all Sonic FoundryACID programs. Because the files are provided in .WAV format,virtually any PC or Mac music recording or playback software—suchas Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic Audio, Phrazer, Unity, Digital Performer,Live and n-Track—can also use the loops.
Free loops are offered in rock, pop, Latin, country, funk, blues andhard rock styles with grooves in both straight and swing feels. Most ofthe loops are offered in dry, unprocessed form so that users can addeffects and customize the grooves to their individual sound. SmartLoops will add more free loops in the future, including selections fromupcoming, unreleased titles.
Smart Loops president and founder, Frank Basile, said, "While thereare a number of free loops available on the Internet, few are ofprofessional quality. We're proud to offer a selection of free,high-quality Acidized loops on our site. We invite musicians of alllevels to use our loops to inspire new songs or breathe life into theirexisting material."
Mackie Sells D8B Plug-In Online
Mackie Designs Inc. announced that its Digital 8-Bus (D8B) plug-in,Pro Audio Lab, is now available for download from the company's Website at my.mackie.com/store2/buy_proaudiolab.asp.
Pro Audio Lab, with the special online price of $169, is an audiomeasurement plug-in for the D8B that offers a broad cross-section ofmetering tools, including a series of gauging devices. Specifically,Pro Audio Lab provides finely calibrated stereo and mono-level meteringthat simultaneously displays peak, power, peak RMS, correlation, sumand difference, loudness and VU meters. A stereo X/Y Phase Meter and aPhase Scope offer easy-to-read display graphs.
Steinberg Upgrades Waldorf Edition
Steinberg announced a special upgrade offer for users of Attack, PPGWave 2.V and D-pole VST plug-ins. A registered owner of one of theseproducts can upgrade to the Waldorf Edition bundle, which contains allthree (Windows 200/XP/Mac 0S 9/OS X-compatible), for just $149; validproduct registration is required. This is a limited-time offer and runsfrom until July 31, 2003.
Attack features 24 sounds available per percussion set, spread overtwo octaves, powered by two oscillators, each with nine waveforms. PPGWave 2.V is a reincarnation of a classic '80s synthesizer, resurrectedby Waldorf. This software version features virtual wavetable synthesis,synchronized arpeggiator, MIDI control and automation, up to 64-voicepolyphony, and is eight-way multitimbral. D-Pole offers five filtertypes, each able to resonate up to self-oscillation. Users can morphnormal drum sample to a slamming dance rhythm by incorporating the LFOor sending the signal through the integrated stereo delay, all of whichcan be synced to your song tempo.
"This is a great opportunity for Waldorf VST users to upgrade theirproduct to the latest version," said Brian McConnon, Steinberg's U.S.marketing manager, "and at the same time, get more of the same greattechnology at an incredibly low price."
This special offer can be ordered at www.steinbergusa.net or by calling toll-free at877/228-9878.
Steven Klein Offers New Sound-Control Device
Steven Klein SCR (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) announced a new product tocontrol sound within a wide range of control room, production facilityor monitoring environments. The Saturn Polycylindrical Diffusor can beplaced on walls or ceiling and, as its name suggest, re-radiates soundenergy through an angle of 120 degrees; a similar flat elementre-radiates sound at a much smaller angle of 20 degrees.
"The polycylindrical-shaped diffusor has been used for centuries,"said company president Steven Klein, "and is commonly found in acousticenvironments and pre-modern recording studios. Recently,polycylindrical diffusors have been overshadowed by more complex costlydiffusors, which produce frequency shift. Often what is required is aless-costly, less-'Q'-type diffusion. The Saturn's polycylindricalshape is another valuable tool available to acoustic designers. It isan extremely effective diffusion element, and is easy to install with adramatic visual impact." Fabricated in a choice of black or white ABSplastic, the unit measures 23.75x23.75x5 inches deep, and can be placedin a ceiling grid or directly onto walls.
For more, visit www.soundcontrolroom.com.
Carillon Announced PC System for Pro Tools|HD
Carillon has developed a Windows-based PC system that is designed foraudio to be officially qualified for Pro Tools|HD.
Carillon worked closely with Digidesign during the past few monthsto optimize the component selection and performance, resulting in acustom spec designed from the ground up for the particular demands ofPro Tools|HD. The model, called the AC-1/HD, features Intelmotherboards and processors, and is capable of up to 128 tracks ofaudio and full Pro Tools functionality. CPU speed, RAM amount and drivesizes can be chosen from a range when ordering.
For current owners of Pro Tools|HD, the AC-1/HD is available as abare machine (HD Core), or a complete rig can be configured andinstalled prior to delivery.
Otari Intros New Digital Audio Console
Otari Corporation has released its new digital console aimedspecifically at video-editing applications: the DB-16P.
The DB16P is a compact digital audio mixing console that can befree-standing or rackmounted with the supplied brackets. In addition tooffering a wide range of useful functions as a stand-alone mixer, itcan be connected to a video-editing system offering a serial portsupporting the ESAM II (Editing Suite Audio Mixer) protocol, enablingit to be controlled from the video editor.
Comprehensive built-in AES/EBU digital audio inputs with a range ofreference-level settings are provided, retaining the signal in thedigital domain. The DB16P can accept two 4-channel VTRs, and a2-channel source can be switched between a digital input such as CD, MDand DAT, and mic or line-level analog signals input via an optional24-bit A/D conversion stage. A 4-channel digital master recorder returnis also provided.
The DB-16P can be synchronized from many sources, includingwordclock with a range of 32 to 96 kHz, video sync (44.1 and 48 kHz)and the console's internal 48kHz sync. Connecting a video signal (at25, 25.97 or 30 frames) allows the DB-16P's digital signal processorsto sync to it. Each of the input channels includes a 3-band,frequency-selectable equalizer and highpass filter, a compressor and achannel fader with 0.1dB resolution. Channel settings can be copiedbetween channels. There are four output channels and these can belinked to allow channel 1's output fader to be used as a groupmaster.
Channel settings can be saved as up to 99 snapshots, which can alsobe sent via serial link to a PC and saved or edited there, after whichthey can be recalled into the mixer. In addition, there are threeTransition modes that allow manual, semi-automatic or automatic fadesand crossfades. In Manual mode, two faders are used for the transition.In semi-automatic or Normal mode, the duration of the transition (up to3,900 frames; about 130 seconds at 30 fps) and its curve areestablished, and a crossfade is executed by pressing the Start button.In Automatic mode, durations for the fade-in and fade-out signals aredetermined along with a suitable transition curve, and the transitionis executed according to a trigger signal from the video editor.
Level indication of the program and bus signals is provided by four40-segment LED bargraph meters, with peak and clip hold. In addition tothe four main outputs, four monitor faders—fed from their ownmixer—drive a 24-bit D/A converter to provide a 2-channel monitoroutput.
For more, visit www.otari.com.
Vienna Symphonic Library Offers Pro Edition
The Vienna Symphonic Library recently announced the August 2003 releaseof its Pro Edition, which more than doubles the size and dimension ofthe First Edition.
With nearly 360,000 samples containing over 240 GB of data, the ProEdition adds completely new instruments and playing techniques,including solo contrabass trombone, solo Wagner tuba, string ensemblescon sordino in all articulations (staccato, détaché,pizzicato, tremolo, sforzato, legato, repetitions, more), col legno,sul ponticello, flautando, Bartók (snap) pizzicatos, fingertremolos, flutter tongues for all woodwinds, a second solo flute, drumensembles and many more.
The Pro Edition is released in 16-bit. However, the Symphonic Cube,the first hard disc edition that is due for release in early 2004, willoffer options for all users. All of the samples will be included inboth 24-bit and 16-bit resolution.
Owners of the First Edition who have registered their products areeligible to upgrade to the Pro Edition. Detailed information about theFirst Edition, Pro Edition, and prices and upgrade possibilities can befound on www.vsl.co.at.
Alesis ION Synth Now Shipping
The Alesis ION Synthesizer, a high-resolution, analog-modelingsynthesizer, is now shipping. Built on a 500 MIPS processor (500million instruction per second), the ION offers continuously variablewave shapes, plus sync and FM synthesis. Sixteen filter types areincluded, along with two LFOs, sample and hold, and arpeggiator, all ofwhich sync to MIDI clock.
The ION has 8-voice polyphony with three oscillators per voice, andis four-part multitimbral. A powerful and intuitive modulation matrixis built in, as well as a 40-band vocoder that does not use up anypolyphony. Also featured is an ergonomic user interface with threevariably illuminating control wheels and 31 amply spaced control knobs;the knobs are 360-degree potentiometers with 12-bit resolution,yielding 32 times the resolution of a typical MIDI controller. A160x160 graphic display provides instant visual feedback on the mostrecent controller in use. The ION keyboard contains 49velocity-sensitive keys, four analog outputs and two stereo analoginputs (all balanced and using 24-bit conversion), four individualinsert effects, stereo master multi-FX processor and an internaluniversal power supply.
The ION's 512 user-rewritable presets cover a variety of genres,including many new tonalities and classic synth emulations. New soundswill also be available from the Alesis Web site (www.alesis.com), aswill a Flash demo of the ION.
M-Audio Ozone Now Shipping
M-Audio has begun shipping its new M-Audio Ozone ($399.99): anall-in-one keyboard, MIDI control surface, mic preamp, USB audiointerface and USB MIDI interface. Designed primarily for mobile ordesktop use where size and/or weight are an issue, Ozone provides acomplete personal mobile studio from input to output when combined witha computer running software like Propellerhead's Reason or Ableton'sLive.
Ozone has a 25-note keyboard with full-size keys, as well asfamiliar pitch and modulation wheels, and eight control knobs that canbe assigned to any MIDI parameters in the user's software and hardwarerig. In addition to being a MIDI interface for USB computers, Ozonealso incorporates the functionality of an audio interface via a USBcable.
Its 24-bit/96kHz audio section is similar to other M-Audio USB audiointerfaces. Audio inputs include an XLR microphone input with built-inpreamp and phantom power; a balanced 1/4-inch TRS input for guitar,bass and other instruments; and unbalanced 1/4-inch stereo aux inputsfor stereo line-level sound sources such as drum machines, synthesizersand CD players, which can be routed to the computer or directly toM-Audio Ozone's audio outputs. The unit also provides for zero-latencydirect monitoring of inputs. Unbalanced 1/4-inch outputs route audiofrom the computer to an external mixer or directly to powered speakers.Ozone also offers a 1/4-inch TRS stereo headphone jack for personalmonitoring during a session.
For more, visit www.m-audio.com.
ATR Upgrade Boosts Omaha Mastering Studio
The Studio B Ltd. mastering facility in Omaha, Neb. has upgradedits signal chain with an ATR-102 half-inch recorder that wasremanufactured by Michael Spitz of ATR Service Company.
"I felt that doing this was a good long-term investment," saidStudio B owner and resident mastering engineer Doug Van Sloun. "Wereceive many of our mastering projects from Presto Recording inLincoln, and they've had one of Mike's machines over there for aboutfive years. They've been very happy with it, and now we can assure themof the same quality when they send their tapes here."
Previously used as a utility half-inch deck, Studio B s veteran ATRwas sent to ATR Service in York, Pa., where it was stripped to thedeckplate and completely rebuilt to better-than-new specs, includingthe latest transport modifications, electronics upgrades and conversionto half-inch with new Flux Magnetics heads. A 1-inch headblock with newFlux Magnetics heads was supplied, as well. Van Sloun said that hislow-overhead Omaha location has helped attract business, because he canoffer quality comparable to mastering houses in major music centers butat significantly lower rates. "We've brought in projects onhalf-inch from Chicago and Bloomington, Indiana and a few from the WestCoast," he said. "It's been very consistent over the past fewyears, and we expect the new ATR will attract even more out-of-townclients."
For more on ATR, visit www.atrservice.com.
Cadac Celebrates First Install in Taiwan
Cadac Electronics has installed a 52-input J-Type Live ProductionConsole for in the Taipei Metropolitan Hall (formerly known as theTaipei Municipal Social Education Hall), which is part of the hall'ssix-month-long refurbishment.
Cadac's local Hong Kong distributor, Hiroshi Systems, commissionedthe J-Type. Director Joseph C Lee said, "This is a very prestigiouscontract for Cadac, and we are delighted to be able to introduce thefirst-ever Cadac in Taiwan into Taipei's principal performing artsvenue. The city is rightly proud of its newly refurbished venue, withthe Taipei Municipal Social Education Hall representing the culturaljewel in the city's crown. The new sound system is currently beingcommissioned, ready for the first performances later this year. Hiroshihas been working closely with the hall's sound team to get everythingready, despite the difficult regional circumstances at present with theSARS epidemic, and we look forward to a successful opening in the nearfuture."
The hall's renovation has included a major reworking of the main1,000-seat auditorium layout, including the laying of a new hardwoodfloor that has dramatically improved the acoustics. The hall now has areverb time of 1.5 seconds. The backstage area has also been completelymodernized.
For more information on the J-Type, visit Cadac online at www.cadac-sound.com.
Event Ships Studio Precision 8 Monitors
The first of Event's new Studio Precision 8 monitors are is nowshipping. Designed by Frank Kelly and Walter Dick, the new monitorsfeature next-generation technology, including the woofer, tweeter,amplifiers, bass ports and a new look: piano-black mirror finish withgold trim.
"The Studio Precision monitors are undoubtedly the finestdirect-field designs I've ever been involved with," said Dick, who wasresponsible for the overall system design, including the newtransducers. "The new soft-dome, high-frequency radiator [tweeter]creates a significantly expanded stereo soundstage as compared to ourprevious designs, and it delivers incredibly precise imaging, with evensubtle panning movements easily discernable."
"Our new 8-inch, low-frequency driver offers a whole new level ofperformance, in part through the use of a neodymium magnet," saidKelly, Event's VP of engineering and the architect of the StudioPrecision's amplifiers. "Neodymium—a rare Earth material at theforefront of loudspeaker technology—gives the driverexceptionally low distortion characteristics. It also makes it farstronger, despite its lower weight, and gives it a greater level ofoutput efficiency; i.e., more output per watt—than a traditionalwoofer. And since the neodymium driver takes up less space in thecabinet than a standard woofer, we have effectively increased thecabinet volume so the overall system bass response is extended, aswell."
The Studio Precision 8 is available in biamplified and passiveversions. Both models use 1-inch, soft-dome, high-frequency radiator.The driver's soft-dome design helps prevent ear fatigue associated withmetal-dome tweeter. The biamplified model features 280 watts perspeaker (200 watts LF driver/80 watts HF driver), offerscustom-designed driver components, features low-noise semiconductorsand audio-grade film capacitors. The active model includes continuouslyvariable low- and high-frequency trim controls, continuously variableinput-sensitivity control and a switchable 80Hz highpass filter. Foreasy connection, both models offer balanced XLR and 1/4-inchinputs.
For more, visit www.event1.com.
AES L.A. Elects QSC's Bob Lee
The Los Angeles section of the AES has elected Bob Lee to fill aone-year term as its new chairman. A 15-year member of theorganization, Lee has served as AES L.A.'s Webmaster, newsletter editorand on the executive committee.
"This serves as both an honor and as recognition for what I've donefor the section over the last few years," Lee said from his Costa Mesa,Calif., office at QSC world headquarters, where he is an applicationsengineer within the manufacturer's technical services group. "Ourmembership includes a diverse cross-section of people ranging fromacousticians and designers to live sound engineers and those involvedin post-production. It's fun to be a part of this fascinating mix, andI plan to help foster a forum covering an equally dynamic span oftopics."
MOTU Ships New USB MIDI Interfaces
MOTU is now shipping two new bus-powered USB MIDI interfaces for Mac OS9/X and Windows Me/2K/XP.
Built from the same technology that is found in the company'sflagship MIDI Timepiece, the rackmountable MIDI Express 128 ($249) is apro MIDI interface that provides plug-and-play connectivity to anUSB-equipped Mac or Windows computer. The MIDI Express 128 provideseight MIDI In, nine MIDI Out, 128 MIDI channels and compatibility withall Mac/Windows software. Large front-panel LEDs indicate MIDIactivity. Also available are sub-millisecond timing accuracy, supportfor hot-swapping and plug-and-play expansion. To expand, users can addanother MOTU USB MIDI interface via any available USB port. The MIDIExpress 128 is powered by USB: no wallwart or AC plug needed.
Also shipping is MOTU's micro lite ($149), which shares all of thesame features as the MIDI Express 128 in a more compact and portablehalf-rack format. The micro lite provides five MIDI In, five MIDI Outand delivers 80 MIDI channels to a Mac or PC via high-speed USBconnection. Removable rack attachments and custom center-jack fastenerare included and allow users to easily mount two micro litesside-by-side in a standard 19-inch equipment rack.
For more, visit www.motu.com.
Rhapsody Streams More Than 11 Million Songs in June
Listen.com announced that its subscription service, Rhapsody, hasstreamed more than 11 million on-demand songs to its subscribers inJune, a rate of more than 350,000 songs a day.
This news comes a month after Listen.com launched a new distributionrelationship with RealNetworks, which began offering the service to itscustomers as RealOne Rhapsody and joined Rhapsody's network ofdistributors in introducing $0.79 CD burning.
"We look forward to continuing to grow the Rhapsody business in thesecond-half of the year, reaching new customers with new features thatmake Rhapsody even more useful for music fans everywhere," commentedSean Ryan, CEO of Listen.com.
For more on Rhapsody, visit www.listen.com.
Gefen Offers New Switcher
Gefen's 2x2 VGA Switcher is geared for operation of two cross-platformcomputers using a dual-monitor workstation. It connects two analogmonitors plus USB keyboard/mouse and audio to two computers. Bothmonitors display an extended desktop and use the same keyboard/mouse.Access to either computer is routed via the switcher or by using anoptional remote control. The switcher routes display graphics,keyboard/mouse functionality and audio for each computer, and iscompatible with all analog monitors and computers with VGA ports. The2x2 VGA Switcher is currently available online at www.gefen.com for$499.
Alesis Adds 16FXD to MultiMix Line
Alesis announces the MultiMix 16FXD, a 16-channel, 4-bus analog mixerwith built-in digital effects and S/PDIF output.
The MultiMix 16FXD features high-quality analog electronics witheight microphone/line inputs and four stereo line inputs on balanced1/4-inch TRS connectors. The mic preamps include switchable 75Hzhighpass filters, phantom power and up to 50d B of gain. Each channelincludes a 60mm fader, 3-band EQ and two aux sends: one switchable topre- or post-fader. The master section features stereo LED bargraphmeters, independent main mix and Alt 3/4 60mm faders, 2-track send andreturn, and a separate control room level control.
The digital effects section of the MultiMix 16FXD offers acomprehensive range of 100 28-bit effects, eliminating the need topatch in external effects. Presets include reverbs, delays, chorus,flanging, pitch and multi-effects. A 44.1kHz S/PDIF output allowsseamless integration with digital equipment and computers.
For more, visit www.alesis.com.
Apogee Now Shipping Mini-DAC
Apogee's portable D/A converter, Mini-DAC, is now available worldwidethrough authorized dealers and distributors. Mini-DAC augments theApogee Mini-Series and offers Apogee's D/A conversion for referencemonitoring in professional recording studios, in the field, and as anupgrade to premium home and car audio systems.
The Mini-DAC features Digital-thru mode, which gives Mini-DAC usersthe option of connecting any 2-channel digital device (Rosetta AD,Trak2, Mini-Me) to their computer/DAW via Mini-DAC's optional USB. ForMac OS X users, the Mini-DAC offers true plug-and-play setup with nodriver required and ultralow latency. Other features available areanalog output level control, up to 192kHz sampling rates, and multipleinput and output options such as AES, optical and S/PDIF.
Additional features include: compact and portable 5.5x10 inches(1/3-rack width with a 1U rackmount kit available); inputs include AES(single and double wide), optical (ADAT, S/MUX and S/PDIF), S/PDIF coaxand optional USB; and support for OS X Core Audio and USB driversavailable for Windows XP and Mac OS 9.x. Pricing: $995 without USB and$1,295 with USB.
For more information, visit www.apogeedigital.com/minidac.
All-American Rejects Tour With Evolution Mics
The All-American Rejects have been out on the road touring to promotetheir latest release and have adopted Sennheiser microphones to putacross their sweet harmonies and crunchy guitar-drivenalternative-rock.
Front-of-house engineer "Supa" Dave Rupsch, who signed up with theband at the beginning of the year, said that Sennheiser's EvolutionSeries E 865 vocal microphone works best on bass player and lead singerTyson Ritter. "I tried a lot of different microphones with Tyson," saidRupsch. "He does a lot of falsetto and high-range stuff. He has apretty good range and he's a great singer."
After auditioning other mics, Rupsch eventually tried the EvolutionE 845, "which worked out well. But once I tried the 865, it reallybrought out a lot of the falsetto and the breathiness of his voice,which is what we need to have in the mix." The supercardioid E 865condenser mic, originally developed by Sennheiser in consultation withSting's engineer, brought out the detail in Ritter's voice. "It madeall the difference in the world for his vocals."
Stage-left and stage-right background vocals, supplied by Ritter'slongtime friend, collaborator and guitarist, Nick Wheeler, and secondguitarist Mike Kennerty, are being picked up by Evolution E 845s. "Theband's pretty loud, but the pattern of the mic is great, because theydon't pick up too much cymbal bleed. So the 845s are working out greaton the sides," commented Rupsch. "My input list is about 19 channelsand probably 17 of those are Sennheiser mics." That includes the new E609 Silver Series. "I tried them on a couple of different placements onthe guitars and ended up putting them on the lead guitarist, who does alot of arpeggio stuff, accenting a lot of what the rhythm guitar playeris doing. With just a little bit of compression on those mics, Imanaged to get everything slammed into the mix. They're the closestthing I've heard to the old Sennheiser 409s.
"I'm using the regular 609 for my rhythm guitar player, and I have a421 on the bass," Rupsch continued. "But probably my favorite mic,beside the 865, is the 602 that I'm using on the kick drum." Initiallyusing it in tandem with another mic, "I don't need to use two kick drummics at all. It's got just enough attack and brings my kick drum rightout. I don't have to use hardly any EQ. It's right there, everynight."
For more on the mics, visit Sennheiser online at www.sennheiserusa.com.
Vienna Symphonic Library Announces MIR
The Vienna Symphonic Library has announced the upcoming addition to itsvirtual orchestra solution: "space." Vienna's new MIR (Multi-ImpulseResponse) technique, commonly known as "sampling reverb," is a methodof putting any signal inside an actual acoustic space.
This new component allows composers and musicians complete andindependent control over both the instruments and the acousticenvironment in which they perform. For example, the user could place asmall chamber ensemble inside the intimate parlor of an old Europeanpalace, or bring the entire Wagnerian orchestra into an actual grandconcert hall. Also, a simple graphic user interface allows the user toclick and drag the instruments of the orchestra onto the virtual stage.Each instrument's response characteristic is individually andautomatically calculated within the context of the overall space,creating an accurate, unified ensemble sound with pristine imaging inany acoustic environment. In addition to stereo, all surround soundformats including 5.1 and 7.1 are supported.
"This approach is completely different, much more realistic andflexible than that of other orchestral sample libraries that arerecorded inside a concert hall," said Vienna founder Herb Tucmandl."The creative restrictions of those reverb methods are massive. Spatialcharacteristics are frozen and unchangeable, the user has noflexibility to alter the size or acoustic properties of the room, or tochange the space altogether. Plus, each time more than one note isplayed, the sound of that reverb is duplicated over and over again.Play three notes and the unfortunate result is the cumulative, layeredsound of three halls. Vienna Symphonic Library's samples wereintentionally recorded in a smaller controlled environment, so that wecould allow our users the ability to choose whatever concert hall orrecording environment they wish with technical, real-world accuracyusing our MIR reverb technique."
The "stage" of a concert hall can be subdivided into a number ofsectors, and from each sector, a special impulse can be released in upto seven directions. The impulse response can then be recorded usingsurround techniques from ideal positions in the hall. After theimpulses are processed, the user places defined instruments andinstrument groups of the Vienna Symphonic Library onto this virtualstage with the help of an intuitive graphic interface. Due to the closeassociation between the library and the reverb engine, the typicaldirectional characteristics of each instrument are taken intoconsideration when formulating the "correct" sets of impulse responses.For instance, the horns, which are directed to the rear, can beassigned different spatial aspects than the frontally blaring trumpets.In addition, the reverb engine serves as a complete mixing station.With a few intuitive movements, the user can control every parameter ofa virtual orchestration, including volume, position on the stage anddistance from the virtual microphone. All of the necessary spatialparameters are connected in one macro environment. There will also beexpert settings in the background, enabling more refined control of theenvironment and instrument placement. The results can be heard in realtime in Preview mode. The high-definition final results will initiallybe calculated offline. Output on up to eight audio channels coverssurround formats, allowing the complete, accurate re-creation of theentire acoustic space in 5.1, 7.1 and other 3-D systems.
Vienna Symphonic Library's MIR is expected to be released in early2004. The product is distributed in North America by ILIO.
For more, visit ILIO at www.ilio.com.
Office Terra Orders SSL C200 Console
Audio post-production specialist Office Terra has become the firstfacility in the world to place an order for Solid State Logic's newC200 Digital Production console. The facility, which is affiliated withJapanese broadcaster NTV (Nippon Television Network Corporation),handles video sound sweetening for a range of television programs,including news and documentaries. The board will be installed inSeptember in the facility's central Tokyo premises.
At present, Office Terra engineers work on a Solid State Logic SL4000 G Series console, but have decided to upgrade to the new digitalconsole because it offers greater flexibility and versatility. Thecompany's engineers said that they chose the C200 because it isergonomically very similar to the SL 4000 G and would immediately befamiliar with the new console. Once installed, it will be used inconjunction with hard disk audio systems and digital VTRs.
Niall Feldman, SSL's director of product marketing, said, "It's veryrewarding to have a prestigious Japanese studio as the world's firstcustomer for the C200 console. For a traditionally conservative market,it says a great deal about the quality of the C200 and SSL's reputationfor great products and support that our first sale is in Japan."
For more information, visit www.solid-state-logic.com.
Version 2.0 of MassivePack, MassivePack Pro NowAvailable
Digidesign has extended its MassivePack plug-in bundles by offeringMassivePack 2.0 and MassivePack Pro 2.1 now through August 15, 2003.The MassivePack 2.0 bundles contain slightly different contents thantheir predecessors; specifically, the Waves Renaissance plug-ins arereplaced with Line 6 Echo Farm.
MassivePack 2.0 for Macintosh ($1,195) includes Oxford EQ by Sony,H949 Harmonizer by Eventide, MC2000 by McDSP, MDW High-Res ParametricEQ by Massenburg Design Works, Echo Farm by Line 6, SoundBlender andSpeed by Wave Mechanics, Aural Exciter and Big Bottom Pro by Aphex, andDrawmer Dynamics from Drawmer. MassivePack 2.0 for Windows XP ($695)includes Sony Oxford EQ, Line 6 Echo Farm, SoundBlender and Speed fromWave Mechanics, Aural Exciter and Big Bottom Pro by Aphex, and DrawmerDynamics from Drawmer.
MassivePack Pro 2.0 (Windows XP and Mac, $2,995) offers customers aHD Process card in addition to all of the plug-ins in the MassivePack2.0 bundle.
This special offer is available to current Pro Tools|HD owners andnew Pro Tools|HD system purchasers. Customers who upgrade to ProTools|HD can also take advantage of this offer.
For more, visit www.digidesign.com.