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royer.JPGBurbank, CA… Royer Labs, recognized globally as a leading manufacturer of high quality ribbon microphones, is pleased to announce it has selected Audio Agent to represent the company’s sales efforts in key territories of the United States. Well known for its sales representation and strategic consulting capabilities within the professional audio and MI (musical instrument) communities, Audio Agent will be tasked with increasing Royer Labs’ presence in the critical territories of the metropolitan New York/Tri-State region and the entire Northeast. more

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Auralex - Black Dog StudiosINDIANAPOLIS, IN — Auralex Acoustics, Inc. recently got the balance right for Presonus and Black Dog Studios. The industry leader in innovative sound control solutions was brought in by Presonus Audio Electronics, a designer and manufacturer of professional audio products, to balance sound for Black Dog Studios, an independent recording and editing facility owned by Presonus’ VP of Sales, Rick Naqvi. The space is utilized for independent projects, production work for all of Presonus’ training and product demo videos as well as several Presonus R&D projects. Several of Auralex’s state-of-the-art acoustical treatments are also installed throughout Presonus’ corporate headquarters. more


HOLLYWOOD – The eagerly awaited sequel “Batman: The Dark Knight� hits theaters in July and promises to be a summer blockbuster. Peter Snell, technical scoring engineer on the film, employed the Solid State Logic XLogic Delta-Link as the right device to streamline the massive Pro Tools HD® scoring setup for composers Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard. The MADI-based Delta-Link provides up to 64 channels of audio over a single optical cable, greatly reducing the amount of traditional I/O units and requisite cabling to accomplish the same task. more

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~Studio Remixes and Remasters Iconic Live Album ~

StarCity - KansasBETHLEHEM, PA – The StarCity Recording Company production team is giving fans a front-row seat to some of the most memorable live performances to be recorded of 70’s rock band KANSAS. The deluxe, expanded version of Two for the Show, the iconic 2 LP set from the legendary group was re-mastered at StarCity Studios. In addition to the re-mastering of the original release, this deluxe version contains 11 previously un-released performances. Jeff Glixman, president of StarCity Records and long-time producer for Kansas, teamed up with StarCity’s Chief of Production Zak Rizvi and Staff Engineer John Andreas to mix the new tracks and handle the mastering. The process began with Phil Ehart, Glixman’s KANSAS productions partner and the band’s founder/drummer, narrowing the large collection of available tracks down to the 11 selections. more

Jamie Cullum and Producer Greg Wells Record With Telefunken | USA

New Album Employs Ela M 251 Classic Mic Recreations

Jamie Cullum and Producer Greg Wells Record With Telefunken | USA

Pictured at Rocket Carousel Studios are (L-R) producer Greg Wells and recording artist Jamie Cullum. Photo by David Goggin.

The new album by British artist Jamie Cullum, produced by Greg Wells, utilizes a pair of Telefunken | USA Ela M 250E mics, faithful reproductions of the classic microphone originally marketed in 1959.

“This new microphone has all the warmth, the body, and the depth of the original,” remarks Greg Wells. “But the detail and the resolution of the high end has some extra quality that is especially appealing. They figured out a way to have it all, but it isn’t toppy; it doesn’t feel hyped at all. It’s a huge sounding microphone.”

Grammy-nominated Greg Wells has produced, written and/or recorded with Mika, OneRepublic, Katy Perry, Deftones, Pink, Rufus Wainwright, Otep, The Pussycat Dolls, Jewel, Michelle Branch, Hillary Duff, Celine Dion, The Veronicas, Ozzy Osbourne, and legendary music figures Aerosmith, Elton John, and Ahmet Ertegun. He produced “‘Apologize” by Timbaland featuring OneRepublic, which recently became the most played Top 40 hit of the past 20 years within a one week period.

“I was on the hunt for a vintage microphone, an original, and I was ready to throw down and buy,” recalls Wells. “But Darren Findley at Vintage King Audio strongly suggested that I check out Telefunken | USA, that I should really hear what they are doing.”

Originally sold in 1959 by Telefunken of Germany, the new Ela M 250E is a two-pattern (cardioid and omni) version of the famous Ela M251, and shares the same sonic performance and circuitry as one of the most sought after of vintage tube microphones.

“Alan Veniscofsky sent me out the mic for a test,” Wells continues. “I rented my favorite 250 and I had my own vintage Neumann U-47 up as well. We tried Jamie on all three and this new mic was the clear winner. Jamie loved it so much that he got one too.”

Rising star Jamie Cullum released his debut album in 1999, followed by Pointless Notstalgic in 2001. His third album, 2003′s Twentysomething, went Platinum and became the #1 selling studio album by a jazz artist in the United Kingdom. Primarily a jazz artist, Cullum performs in a wide range of styles and is generally regarded as a “crossover” artist with his musical roots firmly based in jazz. Cullum is well known not only for his abilities on the piano, but also for his striking musical presence. His third album, Catching Tales, was released in late 2006.

“We had a lot of fun messing around with different mics,” says Cullum. “We put them all up and we messed around with some old ones, some new ones, some classics, some non classics and this 251 just sounded really great. We did a lot of A-B ing and it really suited what we were doing, had a great vibe about it, and it just sounded really good.”

The Ela M 250E comes complete with a European made ECC81 tube, a new CK12 dual membrane capsule, custom wound Haufe transformer, vintage style Ela M 950 power supply, 10 meter Gotham Audio cable, locking leather bound flight case, wooden microphone box, owner manual, and a fully transferable lifetime warranty.

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Digidesign Releases Transfuser and Announces Remixing Competition with The Crystal Method on

Daly City, CA — Digidesign, a part of Avid Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVID), announced today the immediate availability of its eagerly-anticipated Transfuser virtual instrument for Pro Tools.

Making it easier than ever to begin making music in Pro Tools®, Transfuser comes packed with nearly 2 GB of loops and phrases to get users started quickly. By combining a series of modular drum machine/sound generators, dedicated sequencers, loop manipulation tools, and effects with an intuitive drag-and-drop composition/editing interface, users can easily create, manipulate and perform loop- and rhythm-based music on the fly with Transfuser.

“Transfuser is an incredibly fun and creative way to quickly make and manipulate music right in Pro Tools,� says Dusty DiMercurio, Digidesign’s personal studio products marketing manager. “Many people today rely on audio loops and phrases to create music. Transfuser offers user-friendly tools and a simple workflow that enables anyone to easily remix grooves and create original music from these building blocks—as quickly as their creativity flows.�

Remixing Pro Tools: The Crystal Method Contest (US and Canada only)*
Marking the release of Transfuser, Digidesign has teamed with noted electronic music pioneers The Crystal Method, artist community, and Remix magazine to offer Pro Tools users, remixers, DJs, musicians and music fans an opportunity to take part in a remixing contest to create their own original version of a brand new track from The Crystal Method’s upcoming studio album due in stores this fall.

By visiting, participants can download The Crystal Method song session, create their own remix, and then upload an MP3 of their work by September 30, 2008. The user community (a free membership) will vote for their favorite remixes, with The Crystal Method, Digidesign, Remix, and staff reviewing the top voted remixes and selecting one winner and one runner-up to each receive a personal studio prize package.

Since downloading the preview last month, The Crystal Method’s Ken Jordan has become a huge fan of Digidesign’s newest virtual instrument. “We are so excited to be a part of this remix contest. This will be the first time anyone has heard anything from our new album and now you have the opportunity to remix it. We’ve been using Transfuser ourselves at Crystalwerks and can’t wait to hear how others use it to get creative with this track. Transfuser works so well on Pro Tools that we know everyone will have lots of fun creating their own remixes.â€?

“This competition is a great way to kick off the official release of Transfuser,� adds DiMercurio. “Thanks in part to the 3-month free preview of Transfuser we’ve been able to offer Pro Tools users, there’s already a tremendous level of excitement and anticipation for the product. We’re happy to further empower this community with the release of the full version, and I’m personally really excited to hear what our users come up with now that they have access to the expanded sound library included with the full release.�

Pricing and Availability
Transfuser has a suggested retail price of $295 US and is currently available for purchase from the Digidesign website. For more information visit To enter the remixing contest with The Crystal Method, visit*

*The Remixing Pro Tools: The Crystal Method contest is open to legal resident of the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec), who have reached eligible age in their state or province at the time of entry.

About The Crystal Method
As The Crystal Method, Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland have been fixtures on the electronic music scene for more than 10 years. Over the course of three studio albums and two mix records, including the ground-breaking debut Vegas, the band has cemented its reputation through successful collaborations with rock heavyweights and years of touring, both as a live act and as DJs. Grammy nominated for 2004’s Legion of Boom, the duo currently host “Community Service� on LA’s Indie 103.1 FM, and have recently finished scoring both their first feature film, London, as well as the theme to Fox’s series Bones. The Crystal Method recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary (and platinum certification) of their momentous debut album Vegas with the release of Vegas (Deluxe Edition). The band are currently hard at work on their fourth studio album, which they will support with an extensive tour.

About Digidesign
Digidesign is a worldwide leading manufacturer of digital audio production systems and the winner of the 2001 Technical Grammy® Award and 2003 Oscar® statuette representing the Academy Scientific and Technical Award for the design, development, and implementation of the Pro Tools® digital audio workstation. Digidesign provides the professional music, film, video, multimedia, and radio broadcast industries with tools for digital recording, MIDI sequencing, editing, signal processing, and surround mixing. Digidesign products are marketed in more than 40 countries worldwide through a distribution network of value-added dealers, distributors, and OEM relationships. Digidesign is a part of Avid Technology, Inc. For more information, visit

About Avid Technology, Inc.
Avid is a worldwide leader in tools for film, video, audio, 3D animation, gaming and broadcast professionals – as well as for home audio and video enthusiasts. Avid professional and consumer brands include Avid, Digidesign, M-Audio, Pinnacle Systems, Sibelius, Softimage and Sundance Digital. The vast majority of primetime television shows, feature films, commercials and chart-topping music hits are made using one or more Avid products. Whether used by seasoned professionals or beginning students, Avid’s products and services enable customers to work more efficiently, productively and creatively. Avid received an Oscar statuette representing the 1998 Scientific and Technical Award for the concept, design, and engineering of the Avid® Film Composer® system for motion picture editing. For more information about the company’s Oscar, Grammy® and Emmy® award-winning products and services, visit

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mike-rayburn_lo.JPGAldie, VA – June 2008… While comedian/guitarist Mike Rayburn’s concert appearances generate lots of laughs from his audience, there’s nothing humorous about his dependency on his wireless equipment. Based in a suburb of greater Washington, DC, Rayburn’s antics keep him in the spotlight during more than 120 performances a year—with a schedule that takes him not only throughout the Americas, but throughout Europe as well as Caribbean and Hawaiian destinations. Wherever he may be, his Lectrosonics wireless systems provide the freedom of movement and the sound quality he requires to keep his act at the cutting edge. more

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Auralex and Universal Audio 1INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Universal Audio, a leading manufacturer of audio production hardware and software products, recently completed work on a recording studio designed and built for its new Scotts Valley, California facility. In order to reduce room reflections and frequency anomalies, Auralex Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, outfitted the studio with its state-of-the art acoustical treatments.

“The control room, which is used to test new hardware and software products, as well as operate as a private recording facility in the evenings, was experiencing lingering issues with flutter echoes and low-end buildup.� explained Will Shanks, Universal Audio’s Product Manager. “Auralex provided the solution with a number of products, including its SonoSuede Pro System, its best-selling LENRD bass traps as well as its pArtScience SpaceArrays and Screen6 System, which I was first introduced to by Russ Berger himself. The Space Arrays are fantastic, and delivered exactly what we wanted.� more


TORONTO, CANADA—Humber College, which has trained professional musicians since the 1972 launch of its Jazz Music Diploma, has installed a 48-channel Duality console from Solid State Logic, the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. more

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Mike Wells Masters CDs and Vinyl Dangerously

Mastering Engineer Relies on Dangerous Music Equipment for Analog and Digital Releases
Mike Wells
Edmeston, NY – June 26, 2008 – Mastering Engineer Mike Wells swears by his Dangerous Music setup as the best rig he’s ever used, and record labels agree by giving him lots of business – in one case an exclusive on all their mastering work. Through his use of the Dangerous Master for inserts and routing, Dangerous Monitor for input switching and monitor control and the Dangerous MQ for metering and headphones, Wells can turn out CD master and Vinyl pre-master files simultaneously, saving record labels and bands time and money – all while keeping an extremely consistent high-quality sound without tedious comparison listening.

“I recently completed mastering the new Sound Tribe Sector Nine CD, titled ‘Peaceblaster,’ it will be out this fall, with a special preview in July,” said Mike Wells. “Their label, 1320 Records, was really pleased with the quality of the mastering and the fact that in a single pass I can create both the CD master and the vinyl pre-master.” more


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