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AES Project Studio Expo Ushers in a New Era of Audio Training

November 30th, 2012 | Posted in News, newsletter

Nearly 2,000 Listen, Learn and Connect With Industry Leaders during Two Days of Practical Recording Clinics

San Francisco, CA — Attended by nearly two thousand visitors, the Project Studio Expo at the 133rd AES Convention proved itself a compelling new addition to the venerable pro audio show. Created in partnership with Sound On Sound Magazine, the two-day event was a “show within a show.” Presentations included practical clinics, authoritative Q&A’s, in-depth dialogues focused on emerging recording techniques, workflow, technology innovations, and, invaluable advice on best practices from leaders in the field.

“I was really impressed with the PSE. As in, REALLY impressed,” enthused Electronic Musician, Executive Editor, Craig Anderton.  “I can’t believe how well the concept was realized. I gave it an Anderton Award for my November Pro Sound News column.  ‘The Home Run at The First At-Bat Award,’ along with some serious kudos, went to the AES Project Studio Expo track. Lots of seminars, standing-room only crowds, wireless headphones for best fidelity and no ambient noise, enthusiastic attendees. AES has discovered its fountain of youth.” More »

Sound Safari in Namibia: Sennheiser MKH microphones Record Ethnic Choirs and Desert Sounds

November 30th, 2012 | Posted in News, newsletter

Old Lyme, CT — Sabine Kämper had two major projects in mind when she set off to her dream country Namibia during the summer. With a stereo pair of Sennheiser MKH 8040 cardioid microphones and a matching windshield prototype from Rycote in her backpack, the journalist and author from Hamburg travelled through Namibia to record ethnic choirs and the sounds of nature. The first result of her 9,000 kilometre trip from the Kalahari to Kaokoveld is now complete: “Chorus and Cuisine“, an unusual mixture of travel guide, recipe book and music CD, has just been published.

For “Chorus and Cuisine – Namibia”, Sabine Kämper embarked on a culinary journey through the African country and its lodges, recording the staff choirs as she went. “That perhaps sounds a little unusual at first,” the author said, “but not when I tell the story that led up to it. In 2008, I was at ‘The Fort’ lodge in the Onguma Game Reserve in the Etosha National Park. After an excellent dinner, many of the female guests begged the chef to reveal the recipe for his soup. He did so, and everyone was happy. I can understand them, as I’m also a passionate collector of recipes when I’m travelling. I also like to buy CDs of the typical music of the country as a holiday souvenir. In Southern Africa, it is customary on many of the lodges and guest farms for the kitchen staff or even the entire team to perform a few traditional songs after the meal – and that was the case in Onguma… That was the birth of ‘Chorus and Cuisine’.”  More »

SSI Upgrades Audio Monitoring to 7.1 with Genelec 8260A and 8250A Active Monitors and 7271A Sub

November 30th, 2012 | Posted in News, newsletter

Natick, MA  — SSI, a leading Hollywood audio and video post-production company specializing in cinema trailers, has purchased a new 7.1 monitoring system by Genelec, the world’s longstanding pioneer in active monitoring. The new system, which was installed in September and consists of three Genelec 8260A Tri-Amplified Active Monitors for the L-C-R array, four Genelec 8250A Bi-Amplified Active Monitors for the rear and side surrounds, and a Genelec 7271A Active Subwoofer, was chosen to help SSI further expand its leading role as a post-production resource for trailers for top Hollywood films. These include The Hobbit, Rise of the Guardians, Cloud Atlas and the upcoming Brad Pitt film World War Z. All three of these products reflect Gentle’s recently introduced Smart Active Monitor (SAM) concept, which allows monitors to be controlled with digital networking to enable the building of highly flexible computer-controlled systems of monitors.

This purchase also continues SSI’s longstanding tradition of being an all-Genelec facility for its audio studios, with all seven of its mix rooms fitted with Genelec speakers, including 8240A speakers for stereo monitoring. SSI provides a range of services to the film industry, including 5.1 theatrical trailer mixing, 5.1 digital audio sweetening, sound design, telecine, full service audio transfers and digital delivery services. RSPE Audio Solutions in Los Angeles sold the Genelec speakers to SSI. More »

Miami’s Circle House Studios Continues SSL Tradition with Duality in the Cabana Studio

November 30th, 2012 | Posted in News, newsletter

North Miami Beach, FL  — Circle House Studios, the Miami production powerhouse, has set up a Solid State Logic Duality SE as its primary mixing console for the Cabana Studio room. A recent project with the rapper Pharrell, which included Miley Cyrus, Mary J. Blige, Rico Love, the Madden Brothers and Good Charlotte, was mixed using Duality. Circle House has a long, successful history with several generations of SSL consoles. The addition of Duality reflects SSL’s commitment to continued sonic excellence that produces sterling results for Circle House clients.

“We chose Duality because it really does give you dual capabilities,” says Charles Wakeman, head engineer at Circle House Studios. “You can work in Pro Tools®, through the desk in analogue, or you can do both. You have pretty much ultimate control over a session. We have Pro Tools files sent in that may have been tracked in a studio environment or in someone’s living room, so we need to be able to offer a premium quality, stable sonic benchmark to mix each project. Duality offers that high level sonic stability. SSL’s commitment to sound quality over the years is evident through the success of the projects recorded here. Duality continues that tradition.” More »

iZotope Releases Insight™: Essential Metering Suite

November 30th, 2012 | Posted in News, newsletter

Cambridge, MA —  iZotope, Inc., a leading innovator in digital audio signal processing, has released Insight, an essential metering suite for post-production and broadcast applications. Insight provides a full suite of audio analysis and metering tools, perfect for visualizing changes made during the mixing process, troubleshooting problematic mixes, and ensuring compliance with broadcast loudness standards. Fully customizable and scalable, Insight allows audio engineers to visually monitor all relevant information from a mix in a convenient floating window, empowering users to look deeper into their audio with intelligent analysis tools and real-time monitoring capabilities.

Insight helps ensure adherence to current broadcast standards using the most advanced metering technology available today, with meters for immediate loudness calculation and True Peak detection, loudness calculation over time, and faster than real-time offline loudness calculation. Advanced visualization and spatialization displays further aid in detecting problems that the ears cannot perceive, like the innovative new Surround Scope and the 3D Spectrogram. Also included are convenient user presets, designed for an array of engineering applications, for quick and easy access to common metering and loudness configurations. Alternatively, users can define new presets with their own preferred customizations, giving Insight unmatched flexibility in the metering space. The perfect tool for post, broadcast, and music engineers, video editors, and sound designers, Insight allows users to keep an eye as well as an ear on the mix at all times. More »

A Busy Day for Premier Production & Sound Services and HARMAN’s JBL Loudspeakers Includes Sound Reinforcement for Voodoo Experience Festival and Other Regional Events

November 30th, 2012 | Posted in News, newsletter

Northridge, CA — Premier Production & Sound Services, LLC (PSS) of Baton Rouge, Louisiana is one of the region’s biggest sound companies, and on October 25 the company proved it, providing HARMAN’s JBL, Crown, dbx and BSS audio gear for no less than 14 locations throughout the area. The day gave PSS the chance to put its newly purchased JBL VTX Series line arrays into play at the “Le Plur/Red Bulletin” stage at the Voodoo Experience festival, which featured Skrillex, Die Antwoord, Dave Stewart, Thomas Dolby and other top artists performing for more than 100,000 fans at City Park in New Orleans.

“We recently purchased a number of the new JBL VTX Series V25 full size line array elements and S28 arrayable subwoofers, and the Voodoo Experience was the perfect proving ground because the Le Plur/Red Bulletin stage was inside a tent, which limited the height that was available to fly the main left and right clusters,” noted Brian W. Gordon, Co-Owner of PSS.

For the main PA system at the Le Plur/Red Bulletin stage, PSS hung six V25 elements per side and placed six S28 subs per side on the ground in a cardioid configuration. PSS also used four JBL VerTec® VT4886 subcompact line array elements for front fill, 16 JBL SRX712M monitor wedges and three stacks each of two VerTec VT4883 subcompact arrayable subwoofers plus four VT4886 loudspeakers for side fill. The speakers were powered by two racks that each housed 18 Crown IT 12000HD amplifiers, plus six IT 8000 amps for the monitors and three IT 4×3500 HD amps for the side fills. A Soundcraft Vi6 digital console was used for front of house mixing. More »

133rd AES Convention Rocks San Francisco

November 20th, 2012 | Posted in News, newsletter

San Francisco, CA — The 133rd AES Convention at the Moscone Center was distinguished by a remarkably diverse program. In the face of an epic storm that gripped the nation and disrupted countless travel plans, thousands of conventioneers experienced an exhibition hall filled with new and exciting products and, a four-day program of scientific presentations and training events designed to hone their skills in an industry changing at the speed of sound.

From the revelatory anecdotes of multi-Platinum keynote speaker Steve Lillywhite (U2, Dave Mathews Band, Rolling Stones, The Killers), to the inspirational personal histories and career highpoints of legendary Platinum engineer/producers Jack Douglas (John Lennon), Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston) and Young Guru (Jay-Z, Kanye, Beyonce); to an original live audio production, “Poe – A Life And Stories In Sound,” featuring Firesign Theater/Disney film voiceover star Phil Proctor; a packed screening of the “Wrecking Crew” documentary;  AND, the debut of the highly acclaimed Project Studio Expo (see separate release), the 133rd AES Convention was an unqualified success. More »

Audio-Technica Unveils New System 10 Digital Wireless System

November 20th, 2012 | Posted in News, newsletter

Stow, OH — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology currently celebrating “50 Years of Passionate Listening,” recently debuted its new high-fidelity System 10 2.4 GHz Digital Wireless. Perfect for a wide range of applications – houses of worship, singers and guitar players (hobbyist to professional), karaoke, corporate/presentation etc. – the System 10 wireless offers reliability and ease of use at an economical price point, along with features and functions comparable to those of systems costing thousands of dollars more.

Operating in the 2.4 GHz range, immune to TV and DTV interference, System 10 makes frequency hunting a thing of the past. System 10 offers amazingly accurate sound and extremely easy operation with instantaneous channel selection, sync and set-up. Up to eight channels may be used together without any frequency coordination problems or group selection issues. System 10 receivers and transmitters offer an easy-to-read digital ID display. More »

API Announces New Dealer and Distributor in Iceland and Chile

November 20th, 2012 | Posted in News, newsletter

Jessup, MD — API, manufacturer of high-end analog processors and consoles, announces that Tónastöðin will serve as its dealer in Iceland and that VGL will serve as its distributor in Chile. Both firms have been supplying their respective regions with professional audio equipment for over twenty years, and both firms are highly visible and respected. The new agreements confirm and solidify API’s commitment to satisfying the demand for its unique brand of warm analog processing in every market where professional recordings are made.

Tónastöðin’s customers originally made the recommendation that the firm start carrying API gear. “With a total population of only just over 300,000, Iceland is a relatively small market,” said Andrés Helgason of Tónastöðin. “So you might say that most, if not all, musicians and audio engineers in Iceland are quite familiar with Tónastöðin. We have great access to the studio world here and are therefore in a good position to promote API.” Tónastöðin will begin selling API rack equipment and 500-series modules. More »

Aphex® Expands Distribution with New International Reps

November 20th, 2012 | Posted in News, newsletter

Burbank, CA — As part of its recent growth, Aphex®, a leader in audio enhancement technology for more than 35 years, is proud to announce that it has expanded its international distribution network to include U.K.-based World Marketing Associates, under the direction of Francis Williams; and San Diego-based International Sales, under the direction of Joe Manning.

In their new capacity with Aphex, World Marketing Associates will be serving as manufacturer’s reps for the territory of Europe, the Middle-East and Africa (EMEA). International Sales, on the other hand, will serve Pacific Rim, India, Australia, Latin and South America. More »

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