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Leading Audio and Music Technology Manufacturers Sponsor the Upcoming Project Studio Expo at AES in San Francisco

October 26th, 2012 | Posted in News, newsletter

Companies Offer Support for the Project Studio Professional by Sponsoring PSE Special Exhibit and Training Seminars

San Francisco, CA — A number of leading audio and music technology manufacturers will sponsor the upcoming Project Studio Expo at this week’s AES Convention in San Francisco, including inMusic Brands’ Akai Professional and M-Audio as the platinum sponsors of the 133rd Convention, as well as Avid, PreSonus, Sennheiser and Lynda.com. The highly-anticipated PSE, presented in partnership with Sound On Sound Magazine and Craig Anderton, will offer a special exhibits area and practical tips, training and new techniques of special interest to project studio professionals. The PSE will offer free admission to AES attendees.

Details on these sponsors include:

Akai Professional — Since 1984, Akai Professional’s production tools have been staples of modern music both in the studio and on stage. Akai Professional is one of the world’s most influential manufacturers of musical electronics, creating iconic production instruments, like the legendary MPC, which have altered the landscape of music making. Akai Professional is a member of the premier family of brands known as inMusic. www.akaipro.com

About M-Audio — M-Audio is a leading provider of digital audio and MIDI solutions for electronic musicians and audio professionals. Since 1988, M-Audio has continually provided musicians with innovative and creative products: from acclaimed MIDI and audio interfaces to wildly popular keyboard controllers, M-Audio’s products have become studio and stage mainstays, giving musicians broad access to the latest in music creation and performance technology. M-Audio is a member of the premier family of brands known as inMusic. www.m-audio.com

Avid — From the most prestigious, award-winning productions, to music and movies made at home, Avid creates the technology that people use to make the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world. The shows, commercials, and news programs you watch on TV. The entertaining video and film stories you see on the web and on the big screen. The personal audio and video treasures that people make at home to preserve their favorite moments in life. Avid’s  innovative digital audio and video solutions continue to revolutionize the art of creative storytelling, and have earned us hundreds of awards, including 2 Oscar® statuettes, a Grammy®, and 14 Emmys®. www.avid.com

PreSonus Audio Electronics – PreSonus is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, mixers, control surfaces and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio.

Lynda.comlynda.com helps anyone learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Members receive unlimited access to a vast library of high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by great teachers who are also working professionals. With over one million individual, corporate, academic and government subscribers, lynda.com was named one of the fastest-growing, privately-held education companies in the United States by Inc. Magazine.www.lynda.com

Sennheiser— Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. www.sennheiserusa.com

“We are very pleased to have these companies sponsor the Project Studio Expo at AES and enable us to offer support and practical training to those working in project studio environments, who are such an essential part of our professional audio industry, “says AES Executive Director Bob Moses. “We expect the offerings of the Project Studio Expo to be a highlight of AES.”

An impressive list of influential editors throughout the audio industry will also support the PSE including:  Sound On Sound Editorial Director Dave Lockwood and Editor Paul White; Craig Anderton, Executive Editor, Electronic Musician and Editor in Chief, Harmony Central; Frank Wells, Editor, Pro Sound News and the AES Daily; Sarah Jones, Editor, Electronic Musician; Tom Kenny, Editor, Mix; Strother Bullins, Pro Audio Review; Recording Magazine Editor, Lorenz Rychner and Associate Editor Mike Metlay; and Tape Op Editor/ Founder, Larry Crane, and Publisher John Baccigaluppi.

The 133rd AES Convention Project Studio Expo is open to the public. Other AES Convention Technical Program events may require separate paid registration. For additional information visit: www.aes.org/ProjectStudioExpo. More »

Genelec Offers SpeakerAngle for Android and Update for iOS Devices

October 26th, 2012 | Posted in News, newsletter

San Francisco, CA — Genelec (booth 911), the world’s longstanding pioneer in active monitoring, is proud to announce the latest news regarding its highly successful TEC Award-nominated SpeakerAngle app.

First, in response to popular demand, the app is now available for Android devices. The Android version of SpeakerAngle is functionally and graphically identical to the popular iOS version released in August and already in use by thousands of audio professionals and home studio/theater owners. It works on all Android smartphones and tablets running OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) or later and equipped with a gyroscope chip, including the Samsung Galaxy II and III; the HTC Evo 3 and 4; the Google Nexus; and the Asus Transformer and Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Second, Genelec has announced the availability of SpeakerAngle version 1.2 for iOS devices as a free update on the Apple iTunes Store. This latest version offers improved functionality that indicates when speakers are angled at +/- 3 degrees of 30 (the range of angles that will generally work best when speakers are equidistant from the listening position). All iOS versions of SpeakerAngle are fully compatible with iOS 6 and with the  iPhone 4 and later (including the new iPhone 5), iPad 2 and later and iPhone Touch 4th Generation and later.

SpeakerAngle is the first digital tool that allows anyone to correctly set and match the angling (“toe-in”) of both stereo and 7.1 surround sound speakers, helping to ensure optimum audio fidelity. Easy and intuitive to use, SpeakerAngle was co-developed by Genelec and AudioApps (a new mobile apps company founded by industry veteran Howard Massey).

In the app, dedicated onscreen speaker icons move as the actual speaker is rotated, while number boxes below each speaker icon continuously display the angle of the speaker. The number boxes also change color to let users know when their speaker is angled within industry recommendations, and when it is angled to the same degree as the other one in the pair (i.e. left and right in stereo systems; front left / front right, rear left / rear right and side left / side right in 7.1 surround systems). Detailed information screens provide a tutorial on speaker angling, as well as step-by-step instructions for using SpeakerAngle. More »

CharterOak SCL-1 across the Mix Buss at the Top of the Billboard Jazz Chart

October 26th, 2012 | Posted in News, newsletter

Enfield, CT — CharterOak’s unique, all discrete, fast artifact free compressor the SCL-1 Stereo Compressor sits atop the Billboard Top 10 Jazz Chart in October, occupying both the #1 and #2 spots simultaneously.

On Your Feet“, by Julian Vaughn and “Magical” by Jonathan Fritzén, were both mixed by saxophonist and producer Darren Rahn who produced both albums in addition to having played on the Vaughn album. The CharterOak SCL-1 compressor was used across the main stereo buss on both projects in the final mixing process. “It’s exciting to hear from producers and musicians that are achieving notable success with the SCL-1 and other CharterOak products” says VP and Marketing Director, Jennefer Wason.

“We’ve seen the SCL-1 used on the mix at FOH for live world tours like Crosby, Stills, Nash, on live broadcast mixes like the MTV World Stage in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and in world-class studios and mastering rooms polishing everything from Heavy Metal to Pop to Classical .” Now I wanna leave this thing glued to the mix buss and get a second unit to use on individual tracks!” commented Darren Rahn, “Charter Oak have really brought something new and exciting to the table here with the SCL-1”.

CharterOak’s SCL1 and the entire product line will be available to audition at the upcoming AES show this week. Visit us in booth 610.

For dealer or distributor information, visit the CharterOak Dealer Page www.charteroakacoustics.com/dealers.htm More »

Eventide to Introduce H3000 Factory Plug-In at AES San Francisco

October 26th, 2012 | Posted in News, newsletter

Little Ferry, NJ — Eventide has released its H3000 Factory Ultra-Harmonizer Native plug-in for AAX, VST and AU.

Featuring a 64-bit support, the H3000 Factory native is a re-creation of several algorithms from the H3000 that combines pitch, delay, modulation and filtering in a new modular interface. It features over 450 presets, including over 100 new presets from Alessandro Cortini (Nine Inch Nails), Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle), Colin Newman (Wire), Damian Taylor (Bjork), Dave Darlington (Bass Hit Studios), Kerry Leva (EDM producer), Richard Devine (Sound Designer) and Scott Martin Gershin (Soundeluxe). It also includes over 100 original presets from the H3000.

The H3000 Factory offers creative possibilities through a combination of Harmonizer effects in a re-imagined UI that allows the user to patch together any combination of 18 effects, including the H3000 Function Generator with 19 wave shapes. More »

Pete Evick Gets Dangerous on Bret Michaels’ Mixes

October 26th, 2012 | Posted in News, newsletter

Engineer and Guitarist Records and Mixes Hit Records on the Road for Rock & Roll Icon with Dangerous Music D-Box and Bax EQ

Edmeston, NY– Pete Evick wears many musical hats. He’s the guitarist in the Bret Michaels Band, as well as Michael’s songwriting partner, (plus he has his own band: Evick); but he’s also the Bret Michaels Band engineer, and records and mixes while he’s on tour with them. Evick uses the Dangerous Music D-Box and Dangerous Bax EQ as key ingredients for his hit-record success and a killer rock sound. “The last two records we made both debuted in the top 40 Billboard charts, one at number 14, so they are legitimate hit records,” says Evick, “and they were impossible to do without the D-Box. That’s the whole point.”

Bret Michaels is well known as the iconic rock singer in the multi-platinum-selling rock band Poison, Michaels also fronts his own successful touring and recording band.

Describing his setup for recording on tour, Evick says, “The beauty of the Dangerous Music D-Box is that we travel and do everything on the road, so we’re never in a situation where we stop and go into a world-class studio.  We record at my house or Bret’s house, or we record on Bret’s plane or on Bret’s tour bus. So the D-Box makes it completely possible to make world-class recordings without having to stop in LA, New York or Nashville. Dangerous Music allows us to make real records in strange environments.” He reveals: “The last three Bret Michaels records have been done on a MacBook Pro with Pro Tools LE, the D-Box, Bax EQ and some outboard gear.” More »

Lynx Studio Technology Releases Firmware Rev 5 for Hilo Converter

October 26th, 2012 | Posted in News, newsletter

Costa Mesa, CA — The Hilo Reference AD/DA Converter System from Lynx Studio Technology was designed with the future in mind. Already recognized as a premier converter for its audio quality, Hilo’s open-ended operating system and touch screen control allow the addition of features, capabilities and an evolution of utility over the life of the product. The latest firmware release, Version 5, is set for release in late October.

“Beyond Hilo’s pristine audio quality is an upgradeable platform that truly differentiates it for other converters. The touch screen interface allows us to add features, expand versatility, and update functions as no other converter on the market can,” stated Bob Bauman, Lynx co-founder and chief hardware engineer. “This new firmware feature set includes several new capabilities to expand Hilo’s functionality. It also saves Hilo owners the cost of buying outboard equipment, such as a test tone generator, by adding this feature to Hilo’s audio tool box.” More »

AVID Joins the 133rd AES Convention as a Sponsor

October 25th, 2012 | Posted in News, newsletter

DAW Leader adds its Support to the AES Project Studio Expo

San Francisco, CA — Avid, a long-time AES Convention participant, has joined the

133rd Convention’s growing list of sponsors. “AVID is certainly an important company in our industry and we are happy to have them on board as a sponsor,” reports AES Managing Director Bob Moses. “The Project Studio Expo is especially relevant in AVID’s world, and we’re looking forward to serving this market with all that AES has to offer. “

AVID joins Presonus, Lynda.com and Sennheiser as co-sponsors of the Project Studio Expo, and M-Audio and Akai Professional as Platinum convention sponsors. “We have a strong commitment to serving the project studio world.” said Moses. “It’s no mistake that the majority of our convention sponsors this year play in that market.”

“AES serves a vital role for the pro audio community by offering product introduction, education and networking opportunities for end-users, resellers and manufactures alike,” says Tony Cariddi, pro audio marketing manager at Avid. “We’re proud to sponsor the 2012 AES Project Studio Expo and are excited to meet with partners and customers to share successes and collaborate on how to help them meet their challenges in the coming year.”

“We are delighted to welcome Avid and our other sponsors to the 133rd AES Convention,” Moses concludes. “Their participation is a credit to the hard work of the Convention Committee, and the extraordinarily diverse and timely program they have developed.  A close review of our Preliminary Calendar reveals an exciting agenda that bridges the latest and oldest technologies, techniques, and people.”

For a detailed Preliminary Calendar of Events please visit: http://www.aes.org/events/133/calendar/calendar.cfm  More »

Fairlight Introduces QUANTUM: A fully featured, mid-size Audio Post Production Console

October 25th, 2012 | Posted in News, newsletter

 Sydney, Australia — AES 2012 in San Francisco will see the debut of Fairlight QUANTUM, the latest addition to the company’s award winning, high-end Audio Post Production range. QUANTUM is a complete audio post production system combining the power of Fairlight’s hardware and software, recording, editing, mixing, plug-ins, MIDI and video with a fully integrated, 12 or 24 fader console perfectly suitable for film, video and music studio and post production facilities.

QUANTUM offers pure control through the fast and ergonomic operation of its tactile control surface with faders, switches, knobs and jogger wheel, augmented with touch screen and mouse based functions. QUANTUM’s motorised faders combine with a dual row of rotary encoders to provide touch-triggered automation of all mixing parameters.  Within easy reach, the system touch screens complement the physical controls with multiple switching options and project navigation. QUANTUM includes an embedded Edit controller utilizing Fairlight’s unique Picture Keys. These instantly adapt their appearance and function for easy navigation with fewer keystrokes. The control surface literally reinvents itself for each task you undertake, presenting the commands you need at the right time. Fairlight’s new iCan technology, with drag-and-drop Layout Editor, allows audio engineers to design their own button layouts for specialised functions. Also available are flexible mounting systems to attach speakers and screens from the rear of the console.

QUANTUM delivers pure efficiency with cutting-edge affordability for a mid-size console. Editing, SD/HD integrated video, mixing, plug-ins, file transfer, recording are integrated all in one system. As part of the Fairlight range it is fully file format compatible with all Fairlight products, and provides seamless workflows for virtually all SD and HD file formats. The powerful CC-1 Media engine supports up to 192 disk recorder tracks, 230 mixing channels and 2 HD video tracks for 3D work. Included is support for up to 256 inputs and outputs, built-in EQ and dynamics for every channel, access to VST plug-ins and instruments, and mixing to multiple bus destinations up to 7.1 wide. The QUANTUM audio post production system interfaces to popular server architectures and its compatibility with professional video file formats make it the natural choice for post-production in a busy multi-purpose facility.

Be at Booth 543 at AES in San Francisco, October 27-29, 2012 to experience the new Fairlight QUANTUM. More »

Audio Plus Services New “Moon” 2-Channel Microphone Preamp Ships at AES 2012

October 25th, 2012 | Posted in News, newsletter

San Francisco CA — At the San Francisco Audio Engineering Society (AES) conference, Simaudio Ltd., a Canadian audio equipment manufacturer focused on home entertainment for the past 30 years, today started shipping their new “Moon 3500MP” Microphone Preamplifier. The new 3500MP is a solid-state two-channel mic preamp designed to deliver extreme detail, with an open and neutral sonic transparency, allowing the engineer to showcase the colorizations of their microphone choice instead of the preamp. The 3500MP will be a new reference device for the engineer or studio in their audio recording process. The Moon 3500MP 2-Channel Microphone Preamplifier is shipping at AES, the US retail price will be announced at the show.

Simaudio have signed an exclusive worldwide distribution agreement for a their new Pro Audio product with Audio Plus Services, the distributor for Focal Professional, Lauten Audio and Vovox products in North America. Audio Plus is demonstrating the new mic preamp in their AES booth #837.

Simaudio, located in the greater Montreal area, is well known for its high-end audiophile products; this will be their first endeavor into the Pro Audio market. The Simaudio design team worked with key industry contacts to design their first new Pro Audio product, the Moon 3500MP. A unique aspect to the construction of the new Moon Pro Audio product line is that Simaudio has its own 5-axis CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine, does its own printed circuit board assembly, faceplate painting and silk-screening, and final assembly – all in-house at their Canadian factory. This gives the Simaudio complete quality-control from start to finish for their new line of Pro Audio products.

“The new Moon 3500MP microphone preamplifier leads our company deeper into studio tools that our customers use,” said Simon Côté, Manager of Professional Products at Audio Plus Services. “We already provide monitors, microphones and cable solutions for the professional studio, and now with the new Moon pro audio line we can expand to other areas of audio processing. Simaudio is well known for their audiophile home music equipment, we’re confident that the pro audio community will embrace the new reference-quality offerings we have, including the Moon 3500MP.” More »

First-of-Its-Kind Video Course Teaches Audio Recording Techniques

October 25th, 2012 | Posted in News, newsletter

Carpinteria, Calif. — Award-winning video training site lynda.com has added an in-depth recording course to its extensive audio curriculum, and is offering more than an hour of free training.

Audio Recording Techniques is a five-hour program hosted and written by audio recording educator Bobby Owsinski, coauthor of Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust. Owsinski shows how to capture great recordings of drums, acoustic and electric guitars, upright and electric bass, keyboards, horns, strings, vocals, and more. Using 3D graphics combined with live-action practical examples, the course demonstrates various microphone types, placements, and response patterns.

The recording session follows one song from start to finish during a weeklong studio session featuring 12 pro musicians and singer Iyeoka recording a new version of her hit song “Simply Falling,” which has over 5 million YouTube views.

The original version of the song was produced by lynda.com Audio content manager David Franz, who helped create the course after tracking the song in his Los Angeles project studio. More »

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