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September 1, 2006

September 1, 2006


Digital Consoles

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By George Petersen

Digital consoles have become more feature-laden and smarter although not necessarily larger. Today’s boards seemingly have the ability to pack hundreds…

Your Way, Right Away

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Sarah Benzuly

Two years ago, online delivery was the name of the game. Then last year, makers of production music libraries saw advantages in putting their deliverables…

And They Call It Techie Love

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Avi Hersh

Forget everything you think you know about 1970s teen sensation Donny Osmond. While he was busy co-hosting the hottest variety show on the air, behind…


Tools of the Trade

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM

AMS-NEVE8801/8802 PRODUCER PACK Based on the channel strip design of AMS-Neve’s 88RS (, the single-rackspace 8801 ($2,295) and 8802 ($2,200)…

Field Test: Solid State Logic X-Rack Dynamics Module

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Michael Cooper

Most mortals can’t afford a Solid State Logic XL 9000 K Series console (a 48-channel frame is in the high six figures), but the same SuperAnalogue processing…

Field Test: Cakewalk SONAR 5 Producer Edition

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Tony Nunes

It was just two years ago when Cakewalk released SONAR 4 to rave reviews. SONAR 4 concentrated heavily on surround, boasted a 32-bit audio engine and…

Field Test: AMS Neve 8816 162 Summing Mixer

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Barry Rudolph

Newest in AMS Neve’s 88 Series outboard line is the long-awaited 8816 162 summing mixer. But summing mixer is a misnomer because in addition to 16 mixer…

Field Test: Native Instruments Kore Plug-In Host

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Jim Aikin

A music system that integrates hardware and software can be a beautiful thing. The components in Kore are not a radical innovation, but Native Instruments…

Field Test: Grace Design m802 Remote-Controlled Preamp

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Joe Hannigan

When I first opened the box containing a review unit from Grace Design, I thought that it would be difficult for the company to improve upon its original…

Symbolic Sound Kyma System

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Dennis Miller

Symbolic Sound’s Kyma System has been called the most powerful sound design workstation on the planet, but getting the most from it can be daunting. Here…

Sound for Picture

Composer Alex Wurman

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Bud Scoppa

During his 15 years in Los Angeles, the versatile composer Alex Wurman, who deftly and seamlessly integrates traditional orchestrations, electronic elements…

Shawn Clement

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Gary Eskow

During the past four decades, some talented guitar players have passed through Mr. C’s Music Store, including Jeff Baxter and the owner’s son, Shawn Clement….

Beau Hunks and The Little Rascals

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Matt Hurwitz

Good Old Days, Dash and Dot, On to the Show, Nearly every person on the planet knows these songs, though most don’t know their names or who wrote them….

Live Mix

Foo Fighters

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, Photos and Text by Steve Jennings

The Foo Fighters played a two-night run at the Berkeley Community Theatre (Berkeley, Calif.; mid-July 2006) for their acoustic tour. Rat Sound is providing…

FixIt: Dave Rat

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM

Rat Sound Systems’ Dave Rat is working a 32-channel Midas Verona out on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ European TV and radio promotion tour. For his mixing…


Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM

DiGiCo is incorporating DiGiCo LLC into DiGiCo UK Limited as a wholly owned subsidiary; the U.S. team of Alan Nichols and Taidus Vallandi remainThe three-day…

On the Road: Pearl Jam

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM

Pearl Jam Flying high on the success of their long-overdue self-titled album, Pearl Jam is on the road, hitting stadiums along the U.S. Mix caught up…

Now Playing

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM

Toni Braxton Sound Company: Rat Sound (Oxnard, Calif.) FOH Engineer/Console: to be named/DiGiCo D5 Monitor Engineer/Console: Mike Jones/DiGiCo D5 P.A./Amps:…

Martin Audio Brings Old Blue Eyes to Life

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM

Designed by Autograph Sound’s Nick Lidster, the Virtual Sinatra live show at the London Palladium has been made possible by the discovery of vintage 35mm…

All Access: Taking Back Sunday

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, Photos and Text by Steve Jennings

Coming off the success of their debut album, Where You Want to Be, Taking Back Sunday’s latest endeavor, Louder Now, exudes the melodic, hardcore sensibility…

Local Crew: Gulf Coast Sound

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Sarah Benzuly

Sometimes, upgrading a piece of gear can mean the difference between garnering a few more clients and becoming a top-rated sound reinforcement provider….

Recording Notes

The Yellowjackets at 25

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Gary Eskow

Back in 1981, The Police were in full flush, the recently murdered John Lennon was still being mourned and on the charts with a pair of hits, and Kool…

DJ Logic’s Turntable Zen

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Robin Tolleson

DJ Logic has taken his axe down avenues few would have imagined. Redefining the role of the turntablist, Logic performs with guitarist Vernon Reid in…

Classic Tracks: Ray Parker Jr.’s “Ghostbusters”

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Blair Jackson

By the time Ray Parker Jr. hit the top of the charts in 1984 with that instantly infectious slice of R&B/pop fluff called the Number One theme song from…

Coast to Coast

L.A. Grapevine

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Bud Scoppa

Over the years, veteran bands fall into certain patterns in their collective creative processes. What often starts out as an idiosyncratic approach born…

Nashville Skyline

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Rick Clark

I’ve always been a hardcore geek for revved-up Anglo pop/rock. I’m probably one of the only Cheap Trick fans to like their noisy, Jack Douglas produced,…

New York Metro

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By David Weiss

Poking around for New York City audio pros who understand sound-for-picture? Actually, in Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs, it’s much easier these…

Dirty Dozen: What’s Going On?

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Barbara Schultz

It takes nerve to remake a masterwork like Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On?, an album revered for its complex, groundbreaking arrangements; deep social…

Neville in Nashville

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, Compiled by Barbara Schultz

Nashville has become a haven for New Orleans musicians displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Grammy-winner Aaron Neville relocated to Music City last fall and…

Not Just Kid Stuff

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, Compiled by Barbara Schultz

Veteran jazz singer/pianist (and writer/director of ABC-TV’s Schoolhouse Rock cartoons) Bob Dorough re-recorded his song Blue X-Mas at Red Rock Recording…

Track Sheet

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, Compiled by Barbara Schultz

SOUTHEAST Niko Marzouca mixed Dance Dance for Stephen Marley’s upcoming album at Lion’s Den Studio (Miami)Willy Porter’s upcoming album, Available Light,…

Insider Audio

The Surround Game

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Paul D. Lehrman

A few years ago, the chief engineer at one of the busiest audio post houses in Boston, a multiroom facility that does mostly TV commercials and hosts…

Producer’s Desk

Scott Billington

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Rick Clark

Since its beginning in 1970, Rounder Records has been one of the country’s preeminent labels for regional and roots music. It is home for the hugely successful…

Mix Interview

David Hewitt

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Blair Jackson

David Hewitt is proof positive that sometimes nice guys finish first. This year’s TEC Hall of Fame recipient an eight-time TEC Award winner previously…

Trina Shoemaker

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Kregg Barentine

[Eds. note: We will never forget how, in 2005, Hurricane Katrina brought destruction all over the Gulf Coast. Thousands faced devastating losses and those…

Project Studio

Re-Starting From Scratch

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Heather Johnson

Imagine coming home from work to a house that looks like someone stuck it on rinse. All of your furniture’s in a big pile; the pictures of your family,…

From the Editor

Life Goes On

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, George Petersen—Editorial Director

A year after one of the nation’s worst natural disasters struck the Gulf Coast and flooded New Orleans, the city is showing signs of hope. Despite some…

Current/Industry News

St. Louis Studio Grows

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

Jupiter Studios (St. Louis, Mo., has relocated to a newly renovated $600,000, 4,500-square-foot facility at 3323 Locust St., where…

Industry Event: Sony Demo

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

A standing room only group of New York City area audio pros, ranging from studio owner Walter Sear to indie producer Will Robertson, gathered at the Dale…

New Post House Opens

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

Music production executive Jeff Rosner, who co-founded music company Sacred Noise and served as its executive producer, has teamed with sound engineers…

Ron Estes, 1940-2006

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

After an audio career that began at KOGO Radio and TV in San Diego, Calif., Ron Estes, the audio engineer for NBC’s The Tonight Show from 1980 to 1991,…

Nashville Studio Reborn

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

Nashville-based producer/engineer Jonell Polansky has expanded her production company, DaCapo Music (, to include a full-service,…

Notes From the Net

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

ROCK WITH THE BEST Yamaha and Roland are sponsoring Dream Musician’s ( efforts to provide musicians with the ultimate experience…

TEC Awards Tickets on Sale

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

Tickets are now on sale for the 22nd Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, to be held Saturday, October 7, 2006, at the Hilton San Francisco….

Industry News

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

Twenty-year vet of Korg USA (Melville, NY), Joseph B. Castronovo assumes the company’s presidencyNew general manager at Professional Wireless Systems…

SPARS Soundbites

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Michael Davis

High-definition television is taking hold after years of fits and starts and format skirmishes. Channels are continually being added, and television set…