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Archive for November 19th, 2007


Buena Park, CA – November 2007… Hosa Technology, the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the modern musician and audio/video professional, is pleased to announce the addition of a new, 8-channel sub snake to its line of SH Series ‘Little Bro‘ stage boxes. Featuring a compact, 8-channel junction box for inputs and terminated with 8 robust Hosa XLR connectors in both 25- and 50-foot lengths, this new sub snake provides both performing and studio musicians greater choice when dealing with the never ending challenge imposed by cable clutter.

For years, drummers, percussionists, and other musicians who mic their instruments have had to contend with the hassle of sorting out a “snake‘s nest” of cables. When it comes to running multiple lines across the room or stage to a mixing console, there is no easier–and safer–solution than using a sub snake. With Hosa‘s SH Series, the right combination of channels and cable lengths is within reach!

Priced well within the reach of pros and novices alike, the new Hosa ‘Little Bro‘ 8-channel sub snake (SH-8X0) combines a small footprint and superb versatility–dramatically limiting cable clutter on the stage and in the studio. This unit offers eight XLR sends–perfect for miking drum kits, keyboards, and small combos. Featuring robust, metal construction built to last a lifetime, the junction box provides side-mounted XLR input connections that are designed to reduce stress on the XLR connectors. With Hosa‘s Pro Connectors on the box and fanout, this exceptional sub snake‘s XLR terminations can easily be changed using Hosa‘s extensive selection of XLR adaptors to convert each channel for a variety of applications. The SH-8X0 is available in both 25- and 50-foot lengths

Since the 1980‘s, Hosa has provided cost-effective, high-quality audio snakes with the terminations and lengths required most by home and commercial recordists as well as gigging musicians. In addition to the new SH-8X0, the SH Series encompasses the ‘Little Bro‘ SH-6X2 sub snake that features six XLR sends and two TRS returns, which may be used as a headphone out and a line out. Alternatively, these may be used as two separate stereo monitor feeds. And, of course, Hosa XLR to TRS cables may be used to convert one of the returns to an additional send, creating a 7X1 configuration. The SH-6X2 sub snake is available in 20-, 30-, and 50-foot lengths. Additionally, Hosa‘s SH Series stage boxes include 8-, 12-, 16-, 24-, and 32-channel configurations available in lengths ranging from 25 to 150 feet.

Jonathan Pusey, Hosa Technology‘s National Marketing Manager, reflected on the company‘s new 8-channel ‘Little Bro‘ sub snake. “Hosa has a long, storied tradition of providing musicians and others with the most comprehensive line of cable and connector solutions designed to address every conceivable application,” said Pusey. “That tradition continues to this day because the company has never lost sight of its original goal: dependable quality at real world prices. The SH-8X0 sub snake is among the most requested items in our company‘s history and I‘m delighted to announce this new product‘s availability.”

The new Hosa SH-8X0 sub snake carries an MSRP of $115 for the 25-foot length and $150 for the 50-foot length. The product is currently available and shipping.

About Hosa Technology
Headquartered in Buena Park, CA, Hosa Technology, Inc. is the leading supplier of analog and digital connectivity solutions to the musical-instrument and professional-audio industries. Since the company’s inception in 1984, Hosa Technology’s consumer-driven inventory has expanded to include a full line of audio, video, and computer products. Enthusiasts and professionals alike rely upon Hosa Technology to deliver world-class performance and value both on the stage and in the studio. For more information about Hosa Technology, please visit


Baltimore, MD – November 2007… Football is generally considered the hardest-hitting contact sport. With games played in all types of weather–from blazing heat, to drenching rain, to ice and snow–this is not an environment that is conducive to temperamental electronics. For Soundriven, Inc., the firm contracted to provide on-field audio for the Baltimore Ravens football games, the need for top quality, rugged wireless microphone equipment with the right feature set is of paramount concern. For this reason, they look to wireless products from Lectrosonics for the answer. more

Ocean Way Reopens Stage M at Paramount Pictures

Frank Wolf Mixes George Clooney‘s “Leatherheads”

Pictured (L-R) at Ocean Way‘s Stage M at Paramount Pictures are scoring mixer Frank Wolf, chief tech Norm Dlugatch and recordist Greg Hayes. Photo by David Goggin.

Los Angeles, CA, November, 2007 – Award-winning scoring mixer Frank Wolf recently completed sessions for “Leatherheads” at Ocean Way‘s Stage M at Paramount Pictures. In operation since 1932, the Stage M control room and mammoth scoring stage was shuttered in July, 2006, and reopened this year under the auspices of Ocean Way Recording.

Wolf was mixing the Randy Newman score for the George Clooney-directed “Leatherheads,” in which Clooney stars alongside Renee Zellweger. The film is a romantic comedy set in the world of 1920s football, where the owner of a professional team drafts a college sensation, with ensuing humorous complications.

“Stage M is a great, big theatrical control room to work in,” says Frank Wolf, seated at the 96-input Neve VR Legend console. “Working here gives you a good perspective on the sound of a large movie theater.” The large scoring stage, with a 1.2 second natural reverberation, easily accommodates 100+ musicians for orchestral dates. in the past, the studio has hosted sessions for the classic scores of such films as “The Ten Commandments,” “Psycho,” “Sunset Boulevard,” and “Out of Africa.” Prior to the Clooney project, Wolf also mixed “Hairspray” at Stage M.

“The crew here is top notch,” continues Wolf. “Chief tech Norm Dlugatch has operated the studio for many years and Dave Dubow is responsible for booking the room and making sure everything is working perfectly. I worked with Dave for years at Signet Sound, so it‘s great to have him here at Stage M.”

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Solid State Logic is pleased to announce the installation of a C300 HD digital audio console with an XLogic Delta-Link MADI HD system in the newly remodeled Stage C at Wildfire Post-Production Studios. The C300 provides Wildfire with an intelligent and efficient way of dealing with a wide variety of input sources and output formats, while the Delta-Link MADI HD system supplies flawless data transfer between the C300 and Wildfire‘s Pro Tools® HD systems.

Wildfire Post-Production Studios, formerly Wilshire Stages, was recently purchased by veteran feature film and academy award nominated mixers, Chris David and Leslie Schatz. The four-room facility now features the 48 fader 256 channel C300 HD film console in Studio C, which is designed for film and TV post along with film score mixes. The console also features two film center sections and recently introduced Pec/Direct recorder controls for multi-operator film and HDTV post mixing.

David says, “The C300 is a fantastic console. It not only encompasses effortless digital mixing of surround stems, it works with all DAW formats through its unique workstation control interface. This is very powerful as sometimes work comes in from a variety of outside sources and DAWs.”

According to David, another attraction of the SSL C348 is the way it handles multi-channel input sources. “A lot of our business revolves around stereo source material that is multi-channel and clearly the C300 enjoys the most sophisticated and elegant handling of this task. For instance, when you bring in a 6-channel mix on the C300, you can control an entire 6-channel mix with one channel. This really helps to save on console resources and greatly improves our workflow.”

Wildfire is already pumping out productions on the C300. Recent projects include premixes for a movie called “Transylmania,” the film “Southland Tales,” by Richard Kelley and, in the near future, “Rambo 4,” featuring Sylvester Stallone, and “Elegy” with Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz.

Piers Plaskitt, SSL Group Commercial Director, said, “The C300 is fully capable of meeting both the current and future needs of Hollywood’s film community. With the C300 HD, SSL‘s long experience with dubbing consoles has been realized in this, the most powerful, flexible and cost-effective package available–we believe it will set new standards in feature film mixing and HDTV post.”

The console features 80 mix busses working in tandem with a new 56-track Pro Tools HD3 recorder. The C300 HD integrates Pro Tools control using techniques successfully pioneered with SSL‘s AWS 900+ Analogue Workstation System. This brings the workstation into the console allowing control of Pro Tools from the console control surface. The XLogic Delta-Link MADI HD system facilitates direct interconnectivity between Digidesign Pro Tools|HD® systems and MADI-enabled audio equipment.

“The C300 also has a very good monitoring system,” explains David. “It is very easy to switch channels and formats and this is something quite useful to us in the post production business. For example, a single DVD release quite often requires 5.1, 6.1 and Dolby 2-track that demands 4-channel monitoring. The C300 will switch between those very conveniently. I like the Delta-Link system because it enables us to pass 64 direct output Pro Tools channels to the console without needing any additional interface. The fact that we are able to run down a single cable for MADI formatted communication, makes life much easier. The console has the most powerful, best sounding digital signal processing of any digital console, and, coupled with the new SSL Delta-Link MADI HD system and direct control of our Pro Tools system, we have a very powerful creative tool to offer our clients.”

Solid State Logic is the world‘s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit:


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