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AVASTOR EXPANDS HDX PROFESSIONAL EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE PRODUCT LINE

Avastor, one of the fastest growing companies supplying digital storage solutions to audio/video professionals, is now offering the HDX-1500 SATA Quad interface drive. This addition to the Avastor HDX product line provides unrivalled flexibility and performance for professional audio/video workstation users worldwide.

The Avastor HDX-1500 Quad provides the ultimate in performance with connectivity for USB 2.0, FireWire 400 (via supplied 800-400 cable), FireWire 800, and eSATA ports in a single unit. HDX-1500 Quad maximizes the performance of a single disk external storage solution, with data transfer rates exceeding 90MB/Sec. In addition, the HDX-1500 Quad supports the latest in eSATAII drive technology with drive capacities from 160GB up to 1TB (1000GB) and includes the Digidesign Pro Tools compliant Oxford 924 FireWire chipset.

Just like the other models in its product line, the new Avastor drive is 100% speed tested and has an internal power supply and cooling fan as standard features. All drives ship in the lockable Lockbox™ foam lined case.

About Avastor

Headquartered in Peachtree City, GA, Avastor was founded in 2005 to bring full-featured digital storage devices, with the highest quality and performance, to the professional audio and video marketplace. The company’s flagship product, the HDX hard disk drive system, is produced in the USA with a mandate for superior build quality and 100% quality testing, aimed directly at the demands of professional audio and video applications.

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AVIOM PARTNERS WITH DIGIDESIGN

Aviom, exclusive developer of the world‘s premier audio transport technology, A-Net®, announces a collaboration with Digidesign, the leader in digital audio production, providing the professional music, broadcast, multimedia, and film industries with tools for audio creation, post production, collaboration, and distribution, to extend Aviom‘s A-Net capabilities. Digidesign‘s D-Show 2.6 software has been upgraded with key new features including support for Aviom‘s Pro16 Series™. Aviom‘s Pro16 Series™ will be showcased at the NAMM show, January 17th to 20th, at the Anaheim Convention Center in California (Arena, Booth #7123).

The Digidesign ANO A-Net Output Card is an option for Digidesign‘s VENUE Stage Rack that now allows users to connect the popular Aviom Pro16 Series personal mixers and audio networking devices, including the sought-after Aviom A-16II Personal Mixer, directly to a VENUE system, providing a simple and cost-effective artist-driven monitoring solution. It tightly integrates with Digidesign‘s D-Show 2.6 software, and offers unique features such as Auto Link, which automatically links channel pairs across all Aviom personal mixers.

“We‘re very excited to add Digidesign to our family of A-Net partners,” says Aviom‘s Director of Marketing Chandler Collison. “The integration of A-Net connectivity into Digidesign‘s VENUE will deliver tremendous value to customers looking for world-class performance in a live console and personal mixing system.”

Delivering high-fidelity audio over Cat-5 via Aviom‘s super-fast A-Net® transport protocol, Aviom‘s Pro16 Series has revolutionized personal mixing. Allowing performers to create a custom monitor mix tailored to his/her individual needs, the A-16II Personal Mixer gives each performer control over channel volume, grouping, pan, stereo spread, and master volume while enabling users to save and recall up to 16 custom mix snapshots as presets.

“We‘re extremely excited to join the list of A-Net partners and to now be able to offer the highest level of A-Net integration to Aviom products for our customers,” states Digidesign Live Sound Market Manager Robert Scovill. “We‘re confident that this partnership will serve both Aviom and Digidesign‘s growing list of customers very effectively.”

For more information, visit www.aviom.com.

Aviom is the world leader and pioneer of personal monitor mixing technology with the popular A-16II Personal Mixer, as well as the exclusive developer of the revolutionary Pro64 Series of audio distribution and networking products. All Aviom products are powered by A-Net®, the company‘s groundbreaking high-speed digital audio transmission protocol. Aviom products solve problems in a variety of different environments, including live sound reinforcement, recording studios, houses of worship, theater, broadcast facilities and a variety of commercial installations. Aviom‘s entire line of high-quality professional audio products are designed and manufactured in the USA.

READEEZ AUDIO KITCHEN COOKS UP PRE-SCHOOL “EDUTAINMENT”

Walters-Storyk Design Group Turns Home Into Comfy Production Complex

ATLANTA: “The ‘wow’ factor is fairly high,” says Michael Rachap, founder of The Readeez Company www.readeez.com , about the just-completed AV facility which also serves as his home. Situated in Atlanta’s booming Midtown, the studio blends historic ambience with eye-popping innovation.

Renovations to the company’s loft in the 80-year-old building began in 2005. This included having a new main floor laid atop the original one, with a layer of sound-damping material between. Also implemented was a wiring topology that runs gigabit Ethernet and fibre channel throughout the house, plus an overhead conduit to escort cabling between the control room and a server closet that lives beneath the stairs.

“I have followed architect/acoustician John Storyk and the Walters-Storyk Design Group www.wsdg.com for years,” Rachap reveals. “WSDG was a natural choice when we decided to build this studio. The place is perfectly suited for developing our entertainment-based educational videos. It‘s comfortable, kid-friendly and the atmosphere is truly inspirational.”

Design Recipe:

One of the studio’s more prominent innovations sits at the center of the Big Room. It’s a rotating platform nearly 11 feet across, upon which rest three red-velvet theater seats, late of New York’s Radio City Music Hall. The motorized platform can be controlled wirelessly, along with the home’s other automated systems. The theater chairs and couch can be turned to face a 61-inch plasma display, flanked by an imposing pair of Genelec 1038B speakers.

“People ask me what we do and it’s tough to give a simple answer,” says Rachap, who, inspired by the likes of Dr. Seuss, “Calvin & Hobbes” and “Peanuts,” began work four years ago which evolved into Readeez. “I like to say we make short films for small people. Our business plan includes producing and marketing hundreds of such films, on a broad array of topics, for children of all ages.”

Audio quality is crucial to the success of Readeez in its approach of using multi-sensory input to impart reading skills. “The sound component of so much online video seems like an afterthought,” Rachap says. “It’s the first place producers skimp to conserve bandwidth. You end up with videos that are only a few megabytes but they use 8-bit/22K audio or worse, and they sound terrible.” Readeez videos are provided commercial-free on the Internet at CD-standard 16/44.1, and the company plans higher bit- and sample-rates for its DVD releases.

“The Readeez Audio Kitchen acoustics are fascinating,” says John Storyk. “The 18-foot ceiling of the Big Room is gently domed — evidently the space enjoyed a previous incarnation as a ballroom. The result is a natural reverberation that imparts a sonic signature. I haven‘t heard anything quite like it.”

The control room presented Storyk with his biggest challenge. “Space was at a premium — just over 160 square feet were available at the outset,” he says. “We stole some footage from the Big Room, creating a sort of bay window that brings the mix position out amongst the players. Isolation was also an issue. There are neighbors below and next door so we built a room within a room. It may not be as quiet as a purpose-built studio, but you can definitely mix there with confidence. And,” Storyk adds, “the control room can be used as an iso booth to record narration and other program material.”

In addition to animating, filming and producing audio for Readeez, The Kitchen also serves as a first-rate music room. Rachap’s band, The Omnivores, has been using it as a practice facility for over a year. Atlanta’s chart-topping R&B community already has the facility on its radar. “An engineer friend mixed some hip-hop sessions here, but the studio is primarily dedicated to in-house work,” says Rachap, who studied Music Production & Engineering and Songwriting at Boston’s Berklee College of Music.

Gear:

A trove of instruments old and new litters the premises. But the star is clearly the 6’1″ satin-finish Yamaha grand, outfitted with the company’s versatile Disklavier system.
As to recording gear: Principal converters are Prism Sound’s Dream ADA-8XR, routing high-def audio to and from Pro Tools HD. A 24-fader ICON D-Command unit anchors the control room, framed by a pair of Genelec 8050s, with a Bryston amp sending signal to the Big Room.

Outboard equipment includes two API Lunch Boxes, one that floats around the house and one tethered to the control room’s patch bay. A Summit DCL-200 Compressor Limiter and TC-Helicon VoicePro are also hardwired to the 96-point bay. The big guns of the microphone arsenal are two Neumann U87s procured from a local Guitar Center. Mics by Sennheiser, Shure and AKG round out the cabinet.

Most of the Readeez animating work takes place in the studio’s eponymous kitchen. An 8-processor Mac Pro, packed with over two terabytes of on-board storage, sends audio through one of the home’s four Digi 002 interfaces. Genelec 8040s, a Dave Smith Poly Evolver synth and several tons of virtual instruments complete this tasty setup.

Flexibility is the hallmark of the complex. “I work in different rooms throughout the day,” says Rachap, “bouncing from machine to machine so it always feels fresh.” Audio tie lines to the two upstairs bedrooms, plus fast network connections, allow the entire house to function as a seamless creative tool.

Rachap has nothing but praise for the WSDG team, which included John Storyk as well as Systems Integrator Judy Elliot Brown and Project Manager Joshua Morris. He also singles out the work of Atlanta‘s Wisdom Properties (construction); Comprehensive Technical Group; Atlanta Pro Audio; and Audio, Automation and Theater. “Everyone did a brilliant job putting this complex together. I couldn‘t imagine a better place to live and work.”

“I give Michael credit for envisioning this space and making that dream a reality,” Storyk concludes. “He has a lot of good ideas. It’ll be interesting to see what gets produced here.”

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Readeez Audio Kitchen Control Room designed by Walters Storyk Design Group

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NEUTRIK® INTRODUCES 32 AMP POWERCON® AT WINTER NAMM 2008

Neutrik, designer and manufacturer of the XX series XLR cable connector, introduces its enhanced 32 Amp PowerCon® for demanding current handling and power transfer at Winter NAMM 2008 (Hall A, Booth #6320).

Neutrik‘s enhanced 32 Amp PowerCon is a locking 3-conductor AC connector system with contacts for line, neutral and pre-mating ground. Ideal for high-power distribution systems and supplies for professional audio and lighting equipment and installations; it replaces appliance couplers wherever a very rugged solution, in combination with a locking device, is required in order to guarantee a safe power connection. The system consists of two connectors – a chassis receptacle and an in-line cable connector with locking mechanism.

PowerCon can be used as a power supply interface for industrial applications and has the advantage of a secure locking system, not available with standard AC power connectors. The connectors fulfill all current UL safety standards and is UL recognized. The PowerCon is a connector without breaking capacity, and should not be connected or disconnected under load or live situations.

“Our new 32 Amp PowerCon is an extremely robust and reliable system for the demanding power transfer and load needed for high-power distribution systems,” says Jim Cowan, president of Neutrik USA. “It‘s fast and easy locking system and excellent cable retention make it the must-use product for these types of applications.”

Neutrik manufactures a wide array of XLR connectors and receptacles, jacks and plugs, speaker connectors and accessories for the professional audio industry. Neutrik USA is located at 195 Lehigh Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701.

MUSIC INDUSTRY LEADERS SHARE SECRETS OF SUCCESS

SCORE- Los Angeles “New Music Industry Opportunities” workshop on January 26, 2008

Pictured is SCORE counselor and workshop leader Chris Stone.
Photo by David Goggin

Los Angeles, January, 2008 — The Los Angeles Chapter of SCORE is sponsoring a workshop and panel presentation, “New Music Industry Opportunities,” as part of its ongoing Business Success Forum Series for the Los Angeles small-business community. The event will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2008 from 10:00 AM to Noon in the 220-seat main hall of the Glendale Library at 222 E. Harvard Street in Glendale, California. For more information and to enroll for this low cost, breakthrough event, visit: www.scorela.org.

Chris Stone, David Goggin and KamranV, highly successful leaders in the music industry, will discuss the history and current status of the industry and provide information on how to start and build a successful business in today‘s volatile music industry environment.

CHRIS STONE
Chris Stone, MBA, is co-founder of the legendary Record Plant Recording Studios, founded in 1968 and host to artists that have sold billions of recordings. Mr. Stone is also co-founder, past president and chairman of the Society of Professional Audio Recording Studios (SPARS) and the co-founder of the Music Producers Guild of the Americas, which is now the Producers & Engineer‘s Wing of the GRAMMY Recording Academy. He is CEO of World Studio Group, Inc., a privately held affiliation of World Class recording studios, and also serves as CEO of Filmsonix, Inc. (1986), an audio business consulting firm. Mr. Stone is the author of “Audio Recording for Profit – The Sound of Money” (2000) and an Associate Professor of the Music Industry and Recording Arts Program of the Thornton School of Music at USC in Los Angeles. He also teaches “Music Industry Entrepreneurship” at www.berkleemusic.com, the online school of Boston‘s renowned Berklee College of Music.

Stone, commenting on the impetus for this historic SCORE workshop/seminar, says, “The traditional Music Industry has been turned upside down in recent years and torn apart by the Internet and digital downloading. It is critical for anyone planning to get into the music business to tune into the latest trends and technical developments.”

DAVID GOGGIN aka “Mr. Bonzai”
Award-winning photographer, journalist, and author, Mr. Bonzai has written over 1000 articles for magazines in the U.S., Europe and Asia, including more than 500 interviews with leading musicians, artists, directors, producers and media figures. He has published the books: “Studio Life,” “Hal Blaine – The Story of the World’s Most Recorded Musician,” and “FACES OF MUSIC: 25 Years of Lunching with Legends” (2006). His photos and articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Billboard, Mix, EQ, Pro Sound News, Electronic Musician, Sound on Sound, Keyboard, Music Connection, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, and Los Angeles magazine, among numerous others. He heads up Communication Arcs, a PR firm representing major recording studios and pro audio manufacturers.

“I‘ve been in this business for more than 25 years and it has never been stable,” says Mr. Bonzai. “If you don‘t reinvent yourself every year you are destined to disappear.”

KAMRANV
Music producer and technologist KamranV is a pioneer in building the bridge to the new music business. A graduate of USC‘s prestigious Music Industry program, he went on to set the standard for research-driven artist marketing as Head of Production in the New Media division of Interscope Geffen A&M, and Co-Founder/Head of Marketing for Universal Music’s Mobile division. He blazed new trails for new technology business development incorporating mobile phones, Video on Demand, and high-definition physical formats such as DVD-Audio and Dual-Disc for which he served as Producer of many releases including, Grammy nominated albums from Sting, Snow Patrol, Keane, Nine Inch Nails, and Beck. KamranV currently serves on the Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy’s L.A. Chapter. He is an executive strategist for multinational clients and is Co-founder/President/COO of Spaceland Recordings, the premiere on-demand, globally distributed, live audio and video recording record label.

“I am eager to share my experience at this SCORE seminar,” says KamranV, “and give back what I‘ve learned to the next wave of music entrepreneurship.”

Richard Hadel, Chair of the Los Angeles Chapter of SCORE says, “Our intent is to offer a wide spectrum of subject matter in our small business information programs. This presentation gives SCORE LA the opportunity to provide basic information on starting and running a business in the music industry, a very important and dynamic sector of the small- business community in the Los Angeles area.

Now in its 42nd year, SCORE-LA is a local chapter of the national SCORE organization, a non-profit association of highly experienced, current and retired business executives and owners who donate their time to provide advice and counsel to individuals who own and operate small businesses or plan to start a business. SCORE is affiliated with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

WHAT: SCORE presents “New Music Industry Opportunities”
WHEN: Saturday, January 26, 2008 — 10AM – NOON
WHERE: Glendale Library, 222 E. Harvard St., Glendale, CA 91205
COST: $15.00 online from: www.scorela.org $20.00 at the door.
REGISTRATION: Online at www.scorela.org or call (818) 552-3206
PARKING: Free with validation – Parking lot is directly across street from Library

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AURALEX ACOUSTICS DEBUTS NEW PRODUCT CATALOG AT WINTER NAMM 2008

Auralex Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, debuts its newly expanded 2008 Product Catalog at Winter NAMM 2008 (Hall C, Booth # 4295).

The full-color catalog features 52 pages of product and application-specific information with a newly revised, more user-friendly layout. The catalog highlights Auralex‘s complete line of acoustical treatments, as well as notes about recent projects, user spotlights and a wider array of installation photographs.

“Auralex‘s new catalog offers our customers a broader look at our expanded product line and our custom-installation capabilities,” says Dave Paxton, director of operations at Auralex Acoustics. “It gives us a means to display the latest products and projects that have transpired over the past year, showcasing the extensive growth our company and brand have experienced, especially among top-name users.”

The 2008 Product Catalog will be available at Auralex‘s booth throughout the duration of this year‘s Winter NAMM Show. Following the show it will be available at all authorized Auralex dealers, as well as via request from the company and as a download from www.auralex.com.

About Auralex Acoustics, Inc.
Located in Indianapolis, Auralex Acoustics was founded in 1977 with a mission to provide top-performing acoustical treatment products at the best value. Since then, thousands of satisfied Auralex customers have experienced improved acoustics, expert advice and exceptional customer service. Auralex products enjoy widespread use among prominent artists, producers, engineers, corporations, celebrities and government agencies.

Auralex Acoustics has become the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions and continues to enjoy rapid growth through an international network of authorized dealers. Visit the Auralex web page at www.auralex.com. Auralex can be reached via email at auralexinfo@auralex.com or by calling 1.800.959.3343.

TODD-AO INSTALLS MULTIPLE SSL XLOGIC DELTA-LINK SYSTEMS FOR POST PRODUCTION DUBBING

Solid State Logic is pleased to announce the installation of 19 XLogic Delta-Link systems in multiple Todd-AO facilities. The Delta-Link systems, purchased from West LA Music, provide a reliable and easy to install platform for the transfer of digital audio information via MADI between any MADI enabled devices and Pro Tools™ HD systems.

“We purchased the Delta Link because it allows us to directly interface Pro Tools HD systems into our large-scale digital consoles that we use for post production dubbing in TV and feature film,” says Bill Johnston, Senior VP of Engineering, Todd-AO, which is part of Ascent Media‘s Creative Sound Services group. “Purchasing an SSL MADI interface alleviates us from having to purchase an AES I/O for both the console and the Pro Tools system and that saves us on both installation and overall costs.”

Several feature film hits including “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Charlie Wilson‘s War,” “American Gangster,” “SuperBad,” “The Bucket List” and “P.S. I Love You” have benefited from the Delta-Link installation. TV shows utilizing the Delta-Link include “Cold Case,” “Prison Break” and “The Bionic Woman.”

“The Delta-Link is simplicity itself as there is only a single rack space unit that directly interfaces with my console router,” explains Johnston. “All I need is two Madi BNC cables and word clock and I‘m done. We are installing the units in installations that only require fixed sample rates. Basically, we have been using them for over four months now and we haven‘t encountered any problems. The Delta-Link is the perfect system for our needs.”

Further installations of the Delta-Link systems have taken place at Sound One in New York City and in POP Sound, all part of the Ascent Media Creative Sound Services family of companies.

The XLogic Delta-Link MADI HD is a professional MADI Converter for studio, live and broadcast applications. Delta-Link MADI HD facilitates direct interconnectivity between Digidesign Pro Tools|HD® systems and MADI enabled audio equipment. With XLogic Delta-Link MADI HD, Multi-channel Audio Digital Interface-based audio equipment, like routers, digital mixing consoles and converters, can now be directly interfaced with Pro Tools|HD systems, providing simplified interconnectivity, significant cost reductions and eliminating the need for complicated format conversion workarounds.

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: www.solid-state-logic.com.

HEIL SOUND, LECTROSONICS, RENKUS-HEINZ, AND ROLAND SYSTEMS GROUP CO-HOST NAMM SHINDIG

Anaheim, CA – January 2008… While Winter NAMM is always one of the most highly anticipated events in the music and sound industry, this year‘s annual gathering has a new twist that is certain to attract attention. Heil Sound, Lectrosonics, Renkus-Heinz, and Roland Systems Group–all top tier organizations in their respective fields–are co-sponsoring a party that will feature first-class musical performances delivered through some of the most innovative equipment available to the professional audio community. more

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