News June 1 - 13
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Nuendo 2.0 Now Shipping
Steinberg's Nuendo 2.0 is now shipping and offers a competemultichannel architecture through the entire signal path. Each input,audio track, effect, group and output now offers up to 12 discretechannels for full-scale 5.1, 7.1 and 10.2 productions.
To make routing in the project even more transparent, Steinberg hasdeveloped a new way of organizing inputs and outputs, which allows theuser to customize multichannel I/O configurations and switch betweenthem with a single keystroke. Several input and output buses can beused simultaneously, with any type of configuration possible–mono,stereo or any of a wide range of surround formats–and any trackcan be routed to/from any of these buses. Nuendo 2.0 also allowsswitching between multiple monitoring configurations and can simulate awide variety of end-user monitoring environments.
The new version of the Steinberg VST technology provides completeflexibility in signal routing to/from virtual effects for all tracks.Nuendo 2.0 also adds effect return channels so that users can addeffects to the input signal while recording, as well as full delaycompensation throughout the signal path.
Nuendo 2.0 offers support for all major file and exchange formats,such as AES 31 and OMF OpenTL Version 3.0, Windows Media Audio andoptional export to DTS. In addition, Nuendo 2.0 support Sony 9-pin,ReWire and Steinberg's VST System Link.
Nuendo 2.0 is available for $1,499 MSRP. An update from previousNuendo versions is available for registered users for $299.99. Upgradescan be ordered from www.steinbergusa.net.
New Initiative to Support School Music Programs
The Music Education Coalition (an entity created by NAMM, theInternational Music Products Association and the National Associationfor Music Education) has launched a national grassroots program tosupport school music programs.
The site, www.supportmusic.com, provides parents withinformation and incentives to act locally.
For the teenagers, www.themusicedge.com propvides extensiveresources to those who are interested in music, including advice fromwell-known musicians, instrument suggestions based on teens' interestsand abilities, a bulletin board to find other players and practicepartners, celebrity interviews, and music links to other NAMMassociations and participating member sites. Also featured are info onvarious instrument groups, how to buy instruments or equipment, bandsand how to start one, music terminology and definitions, setting upgigs and becoming a DJ.
At this year's Summer Session, NAMM University will hold aprofessional development session on Friday, July 18, 2003, from 9:15 to10:15 a.m. Facilitated by Rob Walker, NAMM's director of marketdevelopment, the presentation, entitled "Get the Edge! How to UseNAMM's Teen Initiative," will take place in the Center Ballroom at theRenaissance Nashville Hotel.
Digidesign Ships Digi 002 Rack
Digidesign's Digi 002 Rack, a new FireWire-based Pro Tools LE system,is now shipping for $1,295 MSRP. Capable of recording at sampling ratesup to 96 kHz, the system's sessions are fully compatible with otherprofessional and home/project Pro Tools environments.
A single FireWire/IEEE-1394 cable connects Digi 002 Rack to acompatible PC or Mac. Included are an audio interface that features upto 18 simultaneous channels of I/O, 1-in/2-out MIDI I/O, 24-bit/96kHzAD/DA, and four built-in, high-quality mic pre's. It's Pro Tools LEsoftware interface supports 32 tracks of 24- or 16-bit audio, completeintegrated MIDI sequencing and real-time mixing and processing. Otherfeatures include: eight discrete analog inputs (fourmic/line/instrument preamps, phantom power-selectable in 2-channelincrements); alternate source input for monitoring -10dBV audioequipment directly to the monitor outpus; eight discrete analogoutputs, all balanced/unbalanced +4 levels, plus a separatebalanced/unbalanced monitor output; eight channels of ADAT optical I/O,two channels of S/PDIF I/O; less than 108dB dynamic range and less than98dB (0.002%) THD+N; monitor ouput includes dedicated volume-controlknob; headphone output includes dedicated volume-control knob; andfootswitch for QuickPunch control.
Requirements include Mac computer running Mac OS X Version 10.2.5 or10.2.6. Windows support is coming with Pro Tools 6.1 softwarerelease.
For more, visit www.digidesign.com.
Nord Lead 2X Now Shipping
Now shipping, the Nord Lead 2X features 20-voice polyphony; a largeinternal memory holding 4x 99 user programs, 100 user performances and4x 10 user percussion kits, plus 6x 99 factory programs and 3x 100factory performances; is 100% patch-compatible with the Nord Lead 2 toallow transferring sounds directly between the models via MIDI; and has24-bit DACs running at 96 kHz.
Other features include: Each function that is controlled by a knobcan be programmed to be controlled by velocity, as well as by themodulation wheel/pedal to continuously fade between two sets of values;4-octave velocity-sensitive keyboard; octave-shift buttons (+/-2octaves); keyboard split into two sections; Wooden Pitch Stick, whichis designed to change the pitch continuously without any dead spots;modulation wheel to modulate a of selectable destinations; and onepedal input for sustain and one for expression pedal.
For more features, visit www.clavia.se.
NT Audio Films Adds Lake Contour
Santa Monica, Calif.-based NT Audio Film Labs recently installed LakeTechnology's DSP-based loudspeaker-processing system, Lake Contour. NTAudio has installed multiple Lake Contour units to control themultichannel speaker system in its newly completed screening andquality control room.
Chris Gilbey, CEO of Lake Technology, said, "I am delighted that NTAudio has adopted our Contour technology. It is a tremendous reflectionon the great engineering team at Lake that such a pioneering facilityas NT Audio has become one of the first companies in the world to adoptour innovative technology. We delight in providing the best technologysolutions for cutting-edge companies anywhere in the audioindustry."
A total of nine input channels of Lake Contour processors providecrossover, EQ and time-delay functions for the main room's speakersetup. "The main room is essentially an 8.1-channel system," said ShawnJones, engineer and technologist at NT Audio. "We're configured forleft-channel, left-center, center, right-center, right and subwooferbehind the screen. Then there's a left-surround, a right-surround and arear-surround channel. We have Lake Contours on every channel."
For the NT Audio screening room, Jones said that the units are eachprogrammed differently. "Three of the Contours act as they would in atouring environment, driving the five three-way units." Those Contourunits driving the surround speakers pass fullrange signals but applyEQ, limiting and other dynamics functions. "Each of the five frontchannels is a three-way speaker system, so the Lake Contours are beingused to provide three-way crossovers and EQ," continued Jones. "They'realso driving the subwoofer crossover and EQ." Five JBL 5671 speakersare positioned behind the screen, with Electro-Voice TL-880D subwooferssupporting the LFE channel.
Uniquely for a screening room environment, Jones said that each ofthe 10 surround speakers are controlled separately by the Lake Contourunits. "Each of the surround speakers has its own fullrange EQ anddelay. The left-surround channel is four speakers, with four poweramps, coming out of four channels of a single Lake Contour. Theright-surround channel is the same. The rear-surround channel is twoseparate speakers." The JBL SR212 units "are not surround speakers buta sound reinforcement speaker," said Jones, a former live sound mixerand design consultant who was unhappy with the choice of theater-stylesurround speakers.
Front-panel controls have been kept to a minimum on Lake Contour,with most functions accessed through the Contour Controller software."Everything is controlled from the projection booth via Ethernet, whichis another handy thing," said Jones. "Typically, you have to be rightat the unit or use some clunky 9-pin interface. This is much nicer, andthey sound great. No one even knows that they are there. They'retransparent and they do what they are supposed to."
Three small acoustically isolated quality-control rooms located atthe rear of the 40x25-foot screening room directly below the projectionbooth allow four separate audio environments to be monitored while eachengineer views the same projected image. Aparia Design, an Irvine,Calif.-based architecture and interiors firm, led the design andcoordination of the screening room project.
CEDIA, ICIA/InfoComm, NSCA Join Forces
The Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA), theInternational Communications Industries Association Inc.(ICIA/InfoComm) and the National Systems Contractors Assocation (NSCA)have formed a partnership to develop and produce joint tradeexhibitions in Europe and Asia; combined, the group's have membershipsof over 5,000 companies and individuals that are located in over 60countries. The associations clarified that the alliance does not extendto North American tradeshows conducted by CEDIA, ICIA and NSCA.
In Europe, the groups determined that they will host their firstEuropean show at the Geneva Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, on February3-5, 2004. A new name and brand fo the show is under development. InAsia, CEDIA and NSCA will join with ICIA in shows conducted inSingapore and China by InfoCommAsia Pte, Ltd. The first combined showwill be in 2004 for InfoComm China and 2005 for InfoComm Asia, when theexhibitions are replaced with the new show name and brand as used inEurope.
"This is an extremely exciting development for all our associationmemberships, strongly supported by our exhibiting members and boards ofgovernors," said Billilynne D. Keller, executive director of CEDIA. "Weall have a strong interest in extending our educational and marketingopportunities around the world. Together, we are able to offer asignificant contribution."
"CEDIA, ICIA and NSCA are organizations that focus on serving theirmembers and their industry segments, and they do it with a sense ofmission and the pursuit of excellence," said Randal Lemke, executivedirector of ICIA. "We know that together, we can do more than any of uscan do alone. We are committed to joining with our European and Asianmembers and the industry to develop these shows to meet their marketneeds."
"Through our membership in the Electronics Systems TechnicianTraining Consortium and the Electronic Systems Alliance, ourassociations have been building trust and a good working relationshipover the past couple of years," said Chuck Wilson, NSCA executivedirector. "Since 1996, we have been searching for a good internationalsolution, and this partnership is the first thing that we think willreally make a difference for our members."
PreSonus HP4 Now Shipping
PreSonus Audio Electronics Inc. (Baton Rouge, La.) is now shipping itsHP4, a compact headphone-distribution solution. Featuring four discreteheadphone outputs on the front panel, its own volume potentiometer and250 mW of amplification per channel, the unit produces a very highoutput while maintaining low noise.
The HP4 accepts balanced/unbalanced inputs (stereo or mono) andoutputs (1/4-inch TRS), and has a Mono Selector button on the frontchannel that copies both inputs to both sides. The HP4 has a -98dBnoise floor and wide frequency responses. It also provides an extrapair of TRS outputs that can be used to link multiple units and feedcontrol-room monitors. The user can control the volume or mute themonitor speakers from the HP4's front panel when using up to four setsof headphones. It is externally powered by a wall-mounted powersupply.
For more, visit www.presonus.com.
SSL Appoints RODE as New Distributor
Console manufacturer Solid State Logic has appointed RODE Microphonesas its new distributor in Australia and New Zealand.
Contact RODE at www.rode.com.au.
Stephen Arnold Music Contributes Music to Comcast Cable
Stephen Arnold Music (Dallas) has expanded its relationship withComcast Cable Communications Inc. by creating new music for two of itscable channels: the 1 p.m. news program and the series "Your Morning"for CN8 Philadelphia. Additionally, the company created new music for"Nightbeat" and "SportsPulse" for CN8 Boston. The new projects expandupon on Stephen Arnold Music's original CN8 music package for Comcast,which was produced in 2001.
Launched in 1996 as "The Comcast Network," CN8, The Comcast Network,is a regional cable network with a reach that spans over 4 millionhomes across four U.S. states. CN8 channels offer viewers a mix ofnews, talk, sports and entertainment programming.
For more on Stephen Arnold Music, visit its Website at www.stephenarnold.com.
MTV Networks Latin America Uses Sigma ElectronicsRouting
Sigma Electronics recently installed its ADX routing system andalphanumeric control panels for the newly expanded Miami facilities ofMTV Networks Latin America. This new installation will allow allpost-production functions to be handled in-house.
"When dealing with a large facility such as MTV Networks LatinAmerica, with complex routing systems and digital signal management,Sigma’s large matrix digital 64x64 ADX was a perfect fit," saidJoe Fedele, president of The Fedele Group of Companies and thebroadcast systems integrator contracted by MTV Networks Latin America."The router has allowed the facility to centralize its VTRs, which, inturn, enables them to increase productivity and reduce thefacility’s downtime."
The installed ADX router is a five-layer system consisting of analogvideo, digital video, analog audio, digital audio and timecode. Theconfiguration allows for a single six-rackunit frame system that canaccommodate up to 64x64 operation, and is expandable to allow for a128x128 matrix using a four-frame system.
According to MTV Network's Latin America's senior manager oftechnical operations, Raul Gutierrez, "Our goal was to build acentralized edit facility based on a router and patchbay system. Byhooking everything up to a central VTR room, all through the Sigma ADXrouter, the facility runs much more efficiently. We now have sixdigital video edit suites, a digital audio suite, a dubbing room andtwo screening rooms."
For more, visit www.sigmaelectronics.com.
FirewireDirect Offers FireWire 800/1394b CardBusAdapter
Austin, Texas-based FirewireDirect.com Inc. has released its FireWire800 CardBus/PCMCIA adapter for Type-II slots. The new FireWire800/1394b CardBus Adapter offers two ports, a 9-pin FireWire 800 portto connect new 800Mbps FireWire 1394b devices and an independent legacy6-pin port for 400Mbps FireWire products.
The separate legacy and 800Mbps ports are capable of supporting upto 63 devices and with no negative performance impact on the newer,faster FireWire devices while maintaining compatibility with existingcables; it also employs Texas Instruments' OHCI-Lynx chipset.
The new card offers speeds of up to 800 Mbps (twice as fast as theexisting FireWire standard), as well as enhancements to dataintegrity.
Daniel Jackson, FirewireDirect’s CTO, said, "FireWire isalready the technology of choice for high-speed peripherals. This newCardBus brings this technology to a more portable format."
Now available, interested users should visit www.firewiredirect.com for more information.
Disc Makers Intros New Line of RAID Storage System
Disc Makers (Pennsauken, N.J.) has launched Raven, its new line ofRAID storage system products. Starting at $3,390, thehigh-capacity Raven provides redundant data storage and fast dataaccessibility, and provides plug-and-play technology and easy-to-usefirmware that allows the user to set up a unit and have it operatingquickly.
Raven systems use Seagate and Maxtor drives and SCSI to IDE hostconnectivity. Available with four, six or eight hot-swappable driveswith up to 640GB drive capacity, Raven supports virtually all operatingsystems and network environments, including Windows, Mac, Linux;additionally, Raven is powered by 64-bit RISC architecture.
"The new Raven Raid storage systems were developed to meet theunique needs of our clients," said Disc Makers VP of sales andmarketing Tony van Veen. "Raven’s advanced technology makesit the perfect storage system for any application requiring fastthroughput and fast access."
More information about Raven can be found at www.discmakers.com/hardware/storage.
Molex Shows Heat Sinks for Pentium Microprocessors
The new CoolFin (37430 Series) heat sinks from Molex Inc. are designedto provide superior cooling for Pentium 4 FMB2 microprocessors atspeeds of 3.06 GHz and higher.
The CoolFin heat sink features stamped fins that are linked togetherand soldered to a base plate. The inner fins, which sit directly abovethe heat source, are made of copper for maximum thermal efficiency. Theouter fins are made of aluminum to reduce weight. CoolFin technologyoffers a wide range of choices in fin pitch, geometry, material typeand thickness, as well as available in multiple fan speeds formotherboards without variable fan-speed technology,
Pricing for Molex’s CoolFin heat sinks depend on quantity; forexample, when purchased in quantities of 5,000, the heat sinks wouldcost $7.78/each.
For more, visit Molex online at www.molex.com.
Eventide Offers Free Trial of Clockworks
With the Eventide (Little Ferry, N.J.) Clockworks Legacy plug-inscurrently shipping, Eventide announced the availability of fullyfunctional, time-limited demos, which can be downloaded from www.eventide.com.The demo includes the H910, Omnipressor, Instant Phaser, InstantFlanger and H949 plug-ins for Digidesign's Pro Tools TDM systems.During the seven-day-trial demonstration period, users will haveunrestricted use of all five plug-ins, until the demo period iscompleted; only one seven-day trial period will be granted per computersystem. Further use will require purchasing the software.
Systems requirements to run the Eventide Clockworks Legacy productor demo are Pro Tools MIX or HD running Pro Tools 5.1 or later softwareon Mac OS 9.2.2 to Mac OS 10.2.4. Users will also be required to havean iLok USB Smart Key in order for the demo software to be authorized,and a free iLok.com account. (iLok USB Smart key can be purchasedonline at Digidesign’s DigiStore.)
"By offering this demonstration software, we are allowing potentialcustomers in this market full access to all five plug-ins on aseven-day trial basis," said Ray Maxwell, VP of sales and marketing atEventide. "This is the best way to evaluate these great effects withyour own tracks."
The Eventide Plug-In Demonstration Software is available online atwww.eventide.com/plugins/plugdemo.html.
AKG Shows MAXmodular at InfoComm
AKG Acoustics introduces MAXmodular, an integratedmixer/amplifier/speaker system, at InfoComm 2003. MAXmodular isdesigned specifically for use in small mobile sound systems for publicaddress, paging, conferencing or background music applications.
MAXmodular is a powered, 8-inch, two-way speaker that can be eitherAC- or battery-powered for 10 to 14 hours of operation. It has anintegrated 3-channel mixer with a phantom-powered microphone input, awireless receiver input and stereo line inputs for CD players or tapedecks. MAXmodular also has an integrated slot for AKG half-rack WMS 80(diversity) and WMS40 (nondiversity) wireless receivers and can supplyDC voltage for their operation. There are two line outputs that can beused for recording or to cascade the signal to additional MAXmodularsystems.
MAXmodular's tour-grade wood enclosure has a metal standmount builtin and has an integral handle for easy transportation; the entiresystem weights 26.7 pounds. The built-in amplifier delivers 60 wattspeak and can drive the system to 114dB SPL output. There is a 2-bandequalizer for sound contouring, and a built-in limiter preventsoverload and significant clipping. The speaker has a coverage patternof 80 degrees x 80 degrees to allow it to be positioned horizontally orvertically with identical coverage.
According to Kevin Madden, AKG's market development manager forinstalled sound, "MAXmodular is the perfect solution for many soundreinforcement applications that need a system with the flexibility ofbeing battery- or AC-powered and delivers clean, solid audioperformance. The built-in 3-channel mixer and flexible signal routingmake it easy to set up and use."
Find out more at www.akgusa.com.
WSDG-Designed Swiss Studio Now Open
Klangfaktur Studios (Aarau, Switzerland), a 5.1-ready recordingfacility designed by the Walters-Storyk Design Group Europe, has openedas an independent company within the KIFF Entertainment Complex. A fullmultimedia venue, situated in a small town near Zurich, KIFF is one ofSwitzerland's most successful clubs, hosting such diverse events asconcerts, club dates, live theater, parties and art exhibitions.
WSDG-E general manager Dirk Noy said that Klangfaktur principalsChristoph Flueler and Rainer Ruetimann envisioned a multipurpose studiothat would be linked to KIFF for live recording and to the stage torecord concert events. The studio is also available to independentrecording projects. In addition to staging and recording jazz and rockmusic productions, Flueler, an accomplished composer, musician andproducer, and Ruetimann, the sound engineer/technical expert, alsoproduce, record and mix music for feature films.
"This was an international project that drew on the expertise of thefull WSDG organization," Noy explained. "My associate Gabriel Hauserand I collaborated closely with our U.S. design team, architect JohnStoryk and company VP/designer Scott Yates to develop a studio thatwould meet a wider set of requirements than most traditionalfacilities."
The Klangfaktur control room is a completely isolatedroom-within-a-room designed to provide extremely accurate monitoringwhile tracking. The studio also features dedicated low-frequencytreatments that are hidden behind the large RPG Diffractal at the rearof the room, as well as in the front wall and behind the ceiling cloud.To maintain the room's symmetrical quality, the WSDG-E team recommendedthat an original pre-existing column be duplicated with an artificialcolumn.
The 430-square-foot studio (including control room and iso booth) islinked to the large 540-square-foot stage located one floor above by anactive splitter box on the stage. Additional signal connections formicrophones to capture audience response for live recording sessionsand talkback aux lines for monitor mixes have been prewired through thecomplex.
Klangfaktur Studio is equipped with Genelec 1037 mains, Auratonesmall reference monitors, a 32-channel inline Soundtracs Jade console,three ADAT machines with BRC control, Emagic Logic Platinum 6 andTascam analog 16-track machine 85-16B, with plans to acquire an MCI,Studer or Otari analog multitrack recorder in the near future.
For more on WSDG, visit www.wsdg.com.
ABKCO Records Uses ATC Monitors
ABKCO Records has installed a stereo pair of ATC SCM50ASL Pro active,three-way monitor speakers in the company's pre-production listeningenvironment, where they are primarily used for archive research, tracksequencing and quality control of digitally re-mastered material at itsManhattan facility.
"They're very musical and have great midrange, and they're soaccurate," said chief audio engineer and tape archive researcher TeriLandi of the ATC monitors. "The facility that I have here is apre-production studio that contains vintage and state-of-the-artequipment." One of Landi's tasks is to research the company's archiveof original analog recordings. "I go through the tapes and listen,A/B-ing them to figure out what is a source master and what is a copy.I don't suffer from any kind of ear fatigue when I've listened to these[on the ATC monitors] for a couple of hours. I don't get at allfatigued from the high end. And I find them to be very true and veryrevealing. I can listen more critically for longer with thesespeakers."
Mackie Monitors Used on 'Matrix Reloaded'
Mackie Designs' new HR626 Studio Monitors were chosen to help producethe soundtrack for The Matrix Reloaded, the second installmentin The Matrix. The Mackie speakers are now a permanent fixtureat Danetracks Inc., the West Hollywood sound editorial facility thatwas hired by the Wachowski Brothers and Joel Silver to complete soundeditorial and design on The Matrix Reloaded and The MatrixRevolutions.
Dane Davis, who founded Danetracks in 1986, has served assupervising sound editor/sound designer for such film as 8 Mile,Treasure Planet, Thirteen Ghosts, Red Planet,Boogie Nights and many others. "While sounding even and good tome, I trust the Mackies to tell me a truth that gets revealed on thefinal mix stage," said Davis. "The worst thing for me is to heardetails and harmonics in my own sound design studio environment thatcompletely disappear when they project from the big theater speakersand have other layers superimposed onto them. I have yet to besurprised by harmonics or textures of my sounds on the dubbing stagethat I did not hear previously in my studio from the Mackies. They area great 'preview' speaker to work through.
"A big part of making sound effects that will 'read' whenincorporated into a mix with hundreds of other sounds and musicalinstruments is knowing how much 'cut through' each sound has, meaningthat its acoustic essence won't easily be masked out. On a soundtrackas dense and complex as The Matrix movies, we need to hear allof our elements accurately ahead of time. Any clarity and definition wehear in our own rooms that is illusory by the standards of the finalmix stage actually works against us. The Mackie HR626s, because theyare a great near-field approximation of a movie theater, help us makesounds that will realistically add to the whole of the soundtrack."
Eric Lindemann, sound effects designer at Danetracks, also played akey role in the current Matrix film. Lindemann is currentlyworking with Dane on Matrix Revolutions. "This is one of themost challenging projects of my career, and the accuracy of the new626s has played a major role in translating my work to the big screen,"Lindemann said. "I designed a large part of the effects including theguns, graphic displays and titles. I'm using five 626s in a classicequidistant 5.1-channel surround orientation with the Mackie HRS150handling the LFE channel, and they sounded very accurate and did notover-emphasize any one part of the mix."
For more information, visit Mackie online at www.mackie.com.
DMT Rentals Supplies Pro Tools Recording Systems for 'Terminator3'
Renowned music scoring mixer Dennis Sands (Cast Away,Contact, Forrest Gump) called upon DMT Rentals for hismost recent film, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, which willbe released in mid-July. The DMT-supplied systems used to capture MarcoBeltrami's score during dates at the Sony Scoring Stage (Culver City,Calif.) and mixing sessions at the Warner Bros' Eastwood Scoring Stage(Burbank, Calif.) included two custom-designed DMT Super Pro Tools|HDrecording systems; the system bypasses the normal Digidesignconverters, operates at mixed sampling frequencies and combines allsystem components in a fully integrated rack unit..
The film's soundtrack combines 128 synth tracks and 64 tracks oflive orchestra. "For the T3 scoring sessions, we used twoseparate DMT Pro Tools systems," Sands said. "One Pro Tools|HD systemwas dedicated to capture the orchestra, while another Pro Tools rigreplayed the synthesizer elements, allowing me to creatively handle thecomplex mix. With some of the projects I work on, it's not unusual tohave over 200 channels going to the mix; you just run out of faders.One of Pro Tool's great features is that you have the ability to mixinside the workstation without taking up channels on the console."
The DMT Super Pro Tools|HD recording system includes eight channelsof Pacific Microsonics Model Two 192kHz AD/DA converters, 40 channelsof Genex 192 kHz GXA8 Linear Phase A/D converters and dB Technologies96kHz D/A converters, linked to a Digidesign Pro Tools|HD DAW equippedwith 64 digital I/O and 48 analog I/O ports. Accessories include aRosendahl Nanosyncs master clock, a Gefen Extender System, two UPSunits and a 23-inch Sony widescreen display. Finally, a 48-channel iZTechnology RADAR HDR system running at 48 kHz serves as a backuprecorder.
"DMT Rentals is a key element in my world," Sands enthused. "Since Icannot afford a single breakdown–especially when we are up againstthe gun while recording the score and remixing it for the dubstage–I rely on DMT and its staff to keep me up and running. Sincewe are always chasing the clock, I cannot afford a moment's downtime.DMT keeps me active with reliable, well-maintained hardware andon-the-button staff. It's a perfect combination for me."
For more, visit DMT online at www.dmtrentals.com.
Disc Makers' Independent Music World Series WinnerAnnounced
Orbert Davis won the night at the Disc Makers Independent Music WorldSeries (IMWS) Midwest finals held at the Elbo Room in Chicago. As thegrand prize winner, Davis took home over $35,000 in prizes, includingrecording gear, instruments, CD manufacturing services, DJ equipmentand more.
"We just came to play music," said Davis. "It's truly an honorto be recognized among so many talented musicians tonight. Itshows us that jazz is alive and well. The Independent Music WorldSeries and all it represents is a blessing for the future ofmusic."
Davis was one of six finalists who competed at the event before apanel of 12 judges, including representatives from The Grammy Awards,ASCAP, Billboard magazine, the Illinois Entertainer, Shure,The Chicago Tribune, Q-101 radio station and Warner Bros. Over1,300 unsigned bands and individual artists submitted entries for theMidwest region of the IMWS. The other finalists included StephanieDosen (Waukesha, Wis.), Smokin’ with Superman (Madison, Wis.), TheResponse (Milwaukee), The Lancaster Sound (Yukon, Okla.) and PhatPunktion (Middleton, Wis.).
Produced by Disc Makers, the IMWS is a live music showcase seriesthat provides musicians with a unique opportunity to showcase theirtalents, make valuable industry contacts and compete for over $35,000in prizes. Showcases are held in each of four regions throughout thecountry (Midwest, Southeast, Northeast and Southwest), and is open toall musicians unsigned to a major record label and to all styles andgenres of music. Professional music screeners from TAXI selected100 semi-finalists from the entries and the editors of Billboardmagazine chose the six finalists.
For more information on the Independent Music World Series, visit www.discmakers.com/imws.
Claudius Bruese String Section Now at Wizoosounds.com
The Claudius Bruese String Section Pack is now available in Halion,EXS24 and Giga formats exclusively from wizoosounds.com,either for download or as a custom-made iCD.
The high-quality library features symphonic-size string sectionscomprising 16 violins, 12 violas, 10 cellos and eight double basses;the instruments were recorded at 24 bit with a natural room ambience,and are available as legato, pizzicato, spiccato, tremolo, and wholeand semitone trills.
Richard Smith, AKG Allow Harmonica to be Wireless
To overcome the challenge of keeping the microphone from slipping anddisrupting the cup formed by a harmonica player's hands to createspecific sounds, inventor Richard Smith has created the first wirelesselectric harmonica using components from AKG's WMS 40 Microtools.
Based in the UK, Smith developed the harmonica with an built-inmicrophone and a belt-mounted preamp to provide the instrument with thenecessary power. This approach immediately removes the task of jugglinginstrument and a traditional microphone at the same time. Duringdevelopment, Smith tested many wireless products, but ultimately choseAKG's WMS 40 Microtools Series MP 40 Micropen. The components wereintegrated into the harmonica; the patented instrument, given the brandname "Harmonix," will be available this year.
The first model Smith tested was a large 16-hole chromatic harmonicaof the type commonly used by Stevie Wonder. Because of its size, theharmonica has two omnidirectional 6mm condenser microphone capsulesinstalled at the rear of the instrument. Smaller chromatic and bluesharmonicas will only require one microphone. The MP 40 transmitter chipis integrated into the harmonica body and a 1.5-volt battery inside therear-panel battery compartment powers the whole system.
For more, visit AKG online at www.akgusa.com.
Tom Cochrane on the Road With InnovaSon
Canadian troubadour Tom Cochrane and his band, Red Rider, are on theroad again traveling with the InnovaSon Grand Live digital mixingconsole at FOH and the new Sy40 at monitors. Manned by FOHengineer/tour manager Ettore DeDivitiis and monitor engineer Mark"Cubby" Radu, the consoles, supplied by PA Plus in Toronto, areaccompanying multimillion-record-selling singer/songwriter Cochrane ashe tours the U.S. and Canada through the summer.
DeDivitiis, an eight-year veteran, said that the technically savvyCochrane took little convincing to adopt the consoles. "We talked himinto using the InnovaSons mainly for their ease of use," he commented."With the keyboard, there are so many shortcuts. Whenever you want tosee your compressors onscreen, it's Alt+B. Hit the Select button on anyinput or output and it comes up on the screen. All the knobs are infront of you. It's almost like working with an analog board, where youcan grab things quickly. I find the onboard processing to be reallynice. I use all the comps, gates, everything onboard. So I didn't haveto have a ton of racks out front. I had a drive rack with some effectsand the InnovaSon. We have minimal stage gear, so with the InnovaSons,it made the truck pack quicker with less crew people at load-in, so yousave union costs. And when you're doing theaters, for financialreasons, you don't want to kill a lot of seats. It saveseverywhere.
"Because I was road managing," DeDivitiis continued, "Mark Radu tookcare of setting up monitors, flying the P.A. and throwing the front ofhouse up for me. It was a one-man job, with eight boxes a side and foursubs a side–whether they were flown or ground-stacked–and hewas up and running and making noise within two hours."
Said Radu of the U.S. gigs: "That was the biggest advantage: havingthe whole rig self-contained within the console and one rack. It'sbasically a remote rack, an in-ear rack and the console. We built ananalog 32-channel split to be able to throw the [venue's] front ofhouse a set of tails."
For more on the tour, visit www.innovason.com.
Universal Audio Offers Hardware Rebate
Universal Audio announced a special summer rebate offer on itshardware products. Customers who purchase the Universal Audio 1176LN,2-610, M-610 or 2108 will receive $100 back and $200 back on thepurchase of a Universal Audio LA-2A. This special rebate is onlygood on products purchased between June 15 until September1, 2003.
All the customer needs to do to receive the rebate is send in acoupon that they received from their dealer and their salesreceipt. Universal Audio will then send them a check. The "Red HotSummer Rebate" will be available in the Universal Audio Webzine in theFeatured Promotion section at www.uaudio.com/webzine.
CreamWare Files for Protection From Creditors
On June 2, 2003, the management of CreamWare Datentechnik GmbH filedan application for protection from creditors with the district councilin Bonn, Germany. The court appointed attorney Dirk Obermüller asthe preliminary insolvency administrator.
The application was filed due to a delay in the finalization of theNoah synthesizer product; software for the Noah synthesizer was delayeduntil May, while the Noah hardware was already in full production sinceMarch 2003, thus causing unforeseen financial strain on the company.Meanwhile, the Noah synthesizer is now available and shipping. Thecompany and the preliminary insolvency administrator are currentlyconcentrating on securing supplier agreements and existingrelationships. CreamWare's suppliers and customers will soon becontacted with further information. The company will remain in fulloperation and maintain its full staff of 55 employees.
For more, visit www.creamware.com.
Mackie Kicks off Its Makeover Promotion
Mackie Designs has launched its summer Mackie Makeover promotion thatgives musicians the chance to win a free makeover for their recordingstudio or rehearsal setup.
From now until August 2, 2003, interested parties can sign up forthe contest through Mackie's home page at www.mackie.com, andcontestants will then choose if they want either the recording studioor rehearsal space "facelift." Upon the conclusion of the contest,Mackie will randomly select two winners: one winner for each setup.
One winner will receive the "Recording Studio Makeover," whichconsists of a D8B Digital Mixer, a pair of HR824 Active Studio Monitorsand an HDR24/96 Hard Disk Recorder/Editor; the other winner willreceive the "Rehearsal Space Makeover," which comprises anSR32·4-VLZ Pro Live Sound Mixer, two C300 Loudspeakers and twoM·800 Power Amplifiers.
No purchase is necessary to win. Contestants can sign up through theMackie Website, or by sending Mackie a 3x5 postcard with their name,address and telephone number to:
Mackie Designs Inc.
Attn: Mackie Makeover
16220 Wood-Red Rd.
Woodinville, WA 98072
Audio Toys Announces First U.S. Install of Audient AztecConsole
The first U.S. installation of an Audient Aztec console was in thepopular Nightclub 9:30 in Washington, D.C. Head engineer Shawn "Gus"Vitale evaluated numerous FOH consoles for the club's sound systemupgrade and found the Audient Aztec to be a perfect match. Vitale ownedand operated Gus Sound, his own successful multiunit soundreinforcement company for 18 years, where he worked with popularregional acts like Fugazi, Shudder to Think, Not Even and Bruno LovesDanger.
The original Nightclub 9:30, located in downtown D.C., dates back tothe early 1980s; in 1996, the club expanded to a much larger venue inNorthwest Washington. The new facility features a large main room and awrap-around multi-tiered balcony. The performance area is outfittedwith movable stage and lighting/speaker truss system to accommodate forshow size. Recent performances at the club include Bob Dylan, VinceGill, The Pretenders, Joe Jackson and Norah Jones.
The upgrade from the club's Crest GTX-40 FOH console has been in theworks for some time, said Vitale. "We've been planning this majorupgrade for over a year. It was essential that I make the best decisionfor the club and for the performers. We host multiple-act shows nearlyevery night of the year with styles ranging from world music toalternative rock to folk to R&B and metal, so I needed to find atop-notch console that was flexible enough to handle just aboutanything. Who would be using the console was a very importantconsideration. I wanted to make sure that the board was bothcomprehensive in its feature set and, at the same time, a comfortablefit for incoming tour engineers."
The Aztec frame can be fitted with 32, 40 or 48 mic/line inputchannels, and all models include two additional stereo line-levelinputs and stereo "ambience" microphone inputs to facilitate in-earmonitor mixing. "The inclusion of stereo aux sends is also very handyfor the occasions when the front-of-house engineer wants to retaincontrol of the main performer's in-ear monitors," Vitale said. "Twowell-implemented and extremely useful features of the Aztec are thepeak-reading, eight-segment input meters on every fader pack, and thefact that Audient included balanced sets of insert inputs and outputson just about everything: channels, mains, subgroups, auxiliary sends."The console also features 12 auxiliary outputs configured as eight monoand two stereo sends, plus eight subgroup outputs and a 12x8matrix.
Vitale sends a stereo mix from the Audient console to Klark-TechnikDN3600 programmable equalizers and dbx 480/260 Driverack processorsbefore feeding a wall of 18 Crest Audio CA 12 amplifiers (nine amps perside). The club's stereo mains system comprises 12 EAW KF850E fullrangecabinets and eight SB1000Z sub cabinets. Four KF850Es are flown aboveeach side of the stage for general and upper-level fill, with two moreKF850Es and four SB1000Z subs stacked on either side of the stage.
Gefen Shows 4x4 DVI Matrix Switch
Initially unveiled at NAB, Gefen's new 4x4 DVI Matrix Switch ($2,499)allows maximum access to digital devices with minimum networkinghassles. Tailored to studios, home theaters, presentation venues andsimilar environments that use digital flat panels, projectors orhigh-definition televisions (HDTV), the 4x4 DVI Matrix Switch offersflexibility in routing four DVI sources to four DVI displays.
Once connected and powered, each source is easily assigned to one ofthe displays. The switch also ensures high-resolution video outputbecause it employs the full DVI bandwidth to transmit digital videosignals from the DVI source, through the matrix and to the displays.Weighing less than eight pounds, it's a rackmountable unit that isequipped with four DVI inputs, four DVI display outputs and USB outputsfor keyboard/mouse or touch screens. Remote control and extensionoptions are available.
Find out full product specs at www.gefen.com.
Trivers/Meyers Music Uses Orchestra for Live Recordings
Trivers/Myers Music Inc.has finished recording the music for QwestCommunications, which featured the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and wererecorded "in the round" at Boettcher Hall in Denver. The orchestraprovided its services to Denver-based Qwest, with the musicalarrangements composed and produced by Trivers/Myers of Los Angeles.
Boettcher Hall's "in the round" configuration provided the perfectlocation for the 60-piece orchestra. The musicians were seated on theback two-thirds of the circular wooden stage with audience seatingbehind and in front of the orchestra. The recording sessions wereengineered by Judy Clapp using the Toy Box remote truck from AudioConsultants; David Soran, owner of Audio Consultants handled theon-site sound recording and the five miles of sound cables necessary tohook up truck and stage.
"This recording session was challenging from beginning to end, andthe musical result was outstanding," said composer JohnTrivers. "Sometimes, unexpected technical problems can affect thequality of the music, but in this case, everything worked in ourfavor." The compositions recorded were used in four TV commercialsoundtracks: "On Your Terms" and "There for You," as well as aneight-minute documentary film.
Numerous Mics Used on VH1's 'Divas Duets'
Hosted by Queen Latifah, the VH1 Divas Duets: A Benefit Concert forthe VH1 Save the Music Foundation–held on May 22, 2003 at theMGM Grand in Las Vegas–featured leading artists such as ChakaKhan, Beyoncé Knowles, Lisa Marie Presley, Whitney Houston, CelineDion, Mary J. Blige, Jewel, Ashanti, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler,Stevie Wonder, Pat Benatar, Shania Twain, Bobby Brown and the IsleyBrothers.
Over 50 Audio-Technica microphones were used onstage, including thenew Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF Wireless System, as well as two dozenNeumann KK 105-S/Sennheiser 5000 wireless microphone systems and anInnovaSon Grand Live Digital Console at FOH. New York City-basedWireless First supplied all of the wireless microphones. Locationrecording specialists Effanel Music, under the direction of music mixerJohn Harris, mixed and recorded the event in their L7 all-digitalremote recording truck. Chaka Khan, Knowles, Presley, Blige, Jewel,Wonder and Twain all used Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite 5000Series UHF Wireless System for frontline vocals. In addition, a broadrange of the company's wired microphones were employed, includingAE5400 (backup vocals), AE2500 (kick), AT4050 (overheads andpercussion), AE5100 (hi-hat and percussion), AT4047 (guitar and bassguitar cabinets) and ATM35 (horns). Those using the hybridNeumann/Sennheiser mics included Dion, Houston and Bobby Brown,Ashanti, the Isley Brothers, Benatar and host Latifah, as well aspresenter Osbourne.
Ableton Announces Special Offer for ACID Owners
During the month of June, ACID Pro and ACID music owners (Version 2.0or higher) can buy LIVE 2 at a discount. By visiting www.ableton.com/acidspecialoffer, users candownload the order form and send it to Ableton with the originaldocument showing the ACID serial number or bring the original documentshowing the ACID serial number to a local dealer and purchase LIVE for$232.50.
This offer from Ableton does not require ACID users to stop usingtheir old software. "A lot of the musicians working at Ableton havebeen using versions of ACID before LIVE was released," said Rutger deGroot, commercial director at Ableton. "One thing we always hear fromthese users is that they are excited by the fact that they are now ableto bring their compositions 'to life' by rebuilding them (with the sameloops) in LIVE. In LIVE, the song can be 'played' and improvised with,rather than just being a fixed composition. Now, users can take theirsongs onstage and perform them. We know that there are a lot of ACIDusers out there who might be interested in this same experience.Therefore, we wanted to give them that opportunity and offer LIVE for aspecial price."
SAE to Open New Campus
SAE Institute's new 1 million square-foot World Headquarters facilityin Byron Bay, Australia, is slated for completion later this year. Thenew degree center will offer SAE’s first university-style campus,complete with student housing, performance space and over 130audio/video suites and practical workstations. The campus's main studiowill also feature a Solid State Logic XL 9000 K Series SuperanalogueConsole.
The Byron Bay World Headquarters grand opening (set for July 25th,2003) coincides with the establishment of Studios 301 Byron Bay, thelatest in owner Tom Misner’s studio group, which will exist as aseparately run, on-site professional recording facility and home of 301Records, Misner’s new record label. The new center will offerBachelor of Arts (Honors) Degrees in Audio Engineering, Creative Mediaand Digital Film. The new complex will also house facilities for newlyadded elective courses including Dance Music, Digital Animation andLive Sound curriculum.
According to Misner, "We have designed the campus to give students amore interactive and enveloping experience during their education withus, in an environment where SAE's 'hands-on' approach to learning canbe upheld to the fullest. The degree center will serve as a main hub ofactivity for SAE worldwide."
For more, visit www.sae.edu.
Recent Sessions at Taproot Audio Design
Taproot Audio Design (Oxford, Miss.) recently finished mastering newprojects by Robert "Duke" Tillman for Malaco Records; two new tracks bythe Circuit Riders for a Rainy Day Pictures short film score; adouble-disc set of Thacker Mountain Radio An Anthology of Words andMusic for broadcast on Public Radio Mississippi; the sophomorerelease by Tyler Keith and The Preacher's Kids for Get Hip Records; andalso a live recording of the University of Mississippi WoodwindsQuintet.
Visit the studio online at www.taprootaudiodesign.com.
InnovaSon Helps Out Univision Event
For the past four years, Carlton Audio Services (Davey, Fla.) travelsto New York City to handle the sound design for Hispanic networkUnivision's corporate "Upfront" advertising presentation. This year,the event was held on May 13 in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.Chris Carlton, president of Carlton Audio, shipped two InnovaSon GrandLive digital consoles on loan from Abba Trading Company to LincolnCenter to handle the music mix for the two live bands.
"Having InnovaSon's all-digital, completely recallable console makesany show with multiple bands much easier to pull off. Its comprehensivedynamics and equalization processing on each channel allowed us todispense with the two full racks of outboard equipment that we used todrag around for these shows. Thanks to InnovaSon's transparent,intuitive interface, there was hardly any learning curve for our guestband mixers and for our monitor engineer Jason Curtis."
Carlton Audio Service's rig also included speakers and amplifiersfrom d&b audiotechnik, a Yamaha DM2000 production console, FSI EarsEM3s, and microphones from Sennheiser, Shure and AKG.
For more, visit www.innovason.com.
Video Symphony Garners ETP Funding
On the fifth anniversary of funding from California's EmploymentTraining Panel (ETP), Video Symphony, a Hollywood TV, film and DVDeducation center, has been awarded a new, two-year, $1.2 millioncontract to provide 100% subsidized upgrade training to professionalsemployed by California digital media production companies.
ETP funds are awarded to a select group of training centers, withthe expressly defined intent of helping to keep California's digitaltechnology companies competitive and to diminish export of productionwork elsewhere.
Regarding the award, Mike Flanagan, president of Video Symphony,said, "In partnership with ETP since l998, Video Symphony has trainedhundreds of California's film/video editors, sound editors andengineers, DVD authors, 3-D animators and graphic artists. Now, withthis new award, many more can afford to expand their expertiseutilizing our expertise and facilities."
ETP-qualified companies can send employees to Video Symphony for 24to 64 hours of intensive, hands-on, job-related training without directcost to employer or employee. "The ultimate beneficiaries of thisextraordinary fund are the students we train and the companies theywork for," Flanagan added. "Students get 'state-of-the-science'know-how, and companies get 'up-to-speed' employees."
Video Symphony's ETP specialist, Dan Murphy, said, "To qualify,employees need to be on payroll full time. Although we train editorsand artists for all of the major studios and television outfits, manysmall one- and two-person production companies also qualify. A soleproprietor could also send himself or herself for training here."
Courses available at Video Symphony include: "Film and VideoEditing" for Avid Media Composer, XpressDV and Apple Final Cut Pro;"Audio Editing and Mixing on Digidesign Pro Tools," includingCertification Series for music and post-production; "DVD Authoring" forSonic DVD Creator and Scenarist and Apple DVD Studio Pro; "Graphics andMotion Graphics" for Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, After Effects andBorisFX: and "3D Animation and Special Effects" geared toward Lightwave3D, Maya, Discreet Combustion and more.
Video Symphony is located at 731 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA91505; 818/557-7200. For more, visit www.videosymphony.com.
Steven Klein Soundproofs Honda R&D Center
Steven Klein SCR recently completed an application-specific AudioProduction Room for Honda Research & Development Center, based inTorrance, Calif. The new facility comprises a soundproofed area wherethe interior environment of a typical automobile can be simulated usingmaterial recorded inside various vehicles, plus a companion controlroom. The facility will test a range of audio systems intended for usewithin Honda automotive products.
"The project included consulting, design and installation ofacoustic treatments to ensure outstanding sonic clarity and isolation,"Klein said. "We handled installation of a modular isolation booth, inwhich the R&D Center can perform voice recording inside a simulatedautomobile environment, plus installation of the Honda-specifiedequipment package."
"The new Audio Production Room will serve a number of purposes,"said Ed Castaldi, senior project engineer at Honda R&D Center."Firstly, we need to examine how a noisy environment affects the way inwhich drivers and passengers interact with voice-controlled systems.Secondly, we want to test voice-recognition and response systems byrecording voices within noisy environments. And, finally, we want toevaluate the audio quality and playback properties of in-carsystems.
"The entire design and construction project–start tofinish–took less than a month," Castaldi continued. "We decided toconvert an existing storage space into a self-contained facility,including an 8-foot-square acoustic isolation cubicle; essentially, aroom within a room." The isolation room contains a 5.1-channelloudspeaker array linked to playback systems and a mixing consolelocated in an adjacent control room area.
In terms of the acoustic installation, Steven Klein SCR placed extrainsulation above the grid tiles to provide additional isolation, while1-inch absorption fabric panels were installed as wall treatments."Because we were involved as consultants for the equipment, werecommended the use of Hayes Spatial One monitors," Klein said."Spatial One monitors provide excellent imaging for both stereo and 5.1mixing. Their performance proved astounding in this environment."
More information can be found at www.soundcontrolroom.com.