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Dale Hanson Drives The Soundcraft® Si3 Around Bedford All Night

Hanson is the FOH Engineer for The Story’s, Elton John’s recent Tour Support Band

Dale Hanson took time off the road to handle eight different acts at The Bedford in London and mixed the evening away on a Soundcraft Si3-its first public, commercial gig. Along with the other Si3 beta testers covering theatre, touring and house of worship applications in Europe and the USA, Dale has taken the Si3 through its test paces but this gig was the ultimate beta test! In typical pro fashion, Dale was calm and collected. “The show was a bit like live TV with eight acts performing a couple of songs each during the evening without any change over time at all really. Not many digital consoles can cope with that type of challenge but the Si3 worked really well. I found that you can use so many different functions at the same time to be really useful. Having control of EQ, Dynamics, Bus Sends and Effects without having to reassign anything was great.”

The Si3 is Soundcraft’s latest ‘mid range’ addition to its growing digital family. It follows the Studer Vista 5 SR (Tours including: Celine Dion, Rascal Flatts, Billy Joel, Katie Melua, Keith Urban) and both Soundcraft Vi6 and Vi4, which were just announced with upgrades to 96 and 72 inputs to mix at PLASA (Tours: Bob Dylan, The Feeling, Deep Purple, Diana Krall and Rufus Wainright).

“Although we label the console mid-range in terms of price, that certainly doesn’t limit its capabilities. It’s a large format console at a mid-size console price point,” added James Shears, Soundcraft’s Si3 Product Manager. “Amongst many other new features, it has 64 inputs, 24 group busses, Lexicon processing and Distributed Display Technology.â€?

Very analogue in feel, the Si3 follows the company’s digital operational philosophy of ‘where you look is where you control’ established by Studer on the Vista and OnAir ranges and continued on the Soundcraft Vi Series. Soundcraft has eliminated the need for a large, central screen and instead put the information screens right where you went them; next to the controls. Shears adds, “This console is perfect for users growing out of their smaller digital consoles and looking to upgrade at a sensible price and especially suitable for current analogue users who haven’t yet made that switch. That’s why we’ve designed the user interface to be so ‘analogue familiar.’ Basically, just take your analogue console out and drop the Si3 in it’s place – simple!”

“The pre amps sounded really nice and had plenty of headroom,â€? Hanson adds. “I found that I needed minimal EQ on the night, which is always a good sign. The dynamics were easy-to-use and sounded smooth. I particularly liked the Lexicon reverbs, as they sounded great. The fact that the FX returns appear as normal channels is also great as I could easily send one effect into another; for example; very analogue!”

“It was a great feeling to see the Si3 go through its paces in a real life situation,” said Shears. “We’ll be running a series of Si3 gigs to provide engineers the chance to come and play with it after the launch at PLASA.”

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Baie D’Urfé, Canada, September 25, 2008 — Elixir® Strings continues to expand by welcoming Coast Music as its newest Canadian distributor. A division of Jam Industries, Coast Music is Canada’s premier distributor of musical instruments and accessories. It is dispersing Elixir® Strings products, including its Elixirâ„¢ Cables and its pioneering line of electric, acoustic, bass, mandolin and banjo strings, to more than 1,300 independent stores within Canada.

“As a Canadian distributor who is committed to selling top-of-the-line products coast to coast, we are very proud to sell and promote a leading brand such as Elixir Strings,� says Coast Music Vice President Manuel Senra. “We believe Elixir products not only have top quality strings, but also a superior cable line and we are looking to expand market share in Canada. It is our intention to create a stronger presence of Elixir Strings among retailers, which in turn will offer customers greater accessibility of its merchandise.�

“We’re excited to add Coast Music as a distributor of Elixir Strings and Elixir Cables,� says Brendan Bombard, Canadian sales representative. “It is a distribution company with great reach across Canada and a strong, professional sales force.�

Bombard adds, “Canada has a terrific music culture. In adding Coast Music as a new distributor, it’s our hope that we will increase our reach to new dealers and broaden our visibility within the country. This will allow Elixir Strings to tap into Canada’s great love of music by giving musicians’ greater access to our products.�

Established in 1971, Coast Music provides superior customer service and represents the integrity of its business partners, each a high-profile leader in its respective market segment. Employing the best in the business with over 30 associates; Coast Music has an impressive outside sales force covering every region of Canada; as well as an inside sales

team that provides customer service and a dedicated support team comprised of marketing, purchasing and graphic design. For more information about Coast Music, email

About Elixir® Strings
Elixir® Strings is the pioneer in coated string technology and is available in two string ‘flavors.’ Ultra-thin NANOWEB® Coating provides the bright tone and punch of uncoated strings, yet keeps their lively tone three to five times longer than ordinary strings. The thin coating is nearly undetectable – providing the feel of traditional strings. Elixir® Strings with original POLYWEB® Coating also sound great three to five times longer than ordinary strings, have a balanced tone with smooth response, feel comfortably smooth, and reduce finger squeak. Elixir® Strings are available in a full range of gauges for acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, banjo, and mandolin.

Today, Elixir® Strings are installed as original equipment by a growing list of discriminating electric guitar and bass manufacturers including Ibanez, Tom Anderson Guitarworks, Brian Moore Guitars, Carvin, Melancon Guitars as well as premium acoustic guitar luthiers such as Taylor Guitars, Santa Cruz Guitar Company, Lakewood Guitars, RainSong Graphite Guitars, Carvin, and Goodall Guitars. Elixir® Strings are endorsed by popular artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Train, Dave Mason, Michael W. Smith, Jim Messina, Christopher Cross, Bob Seger, and Drowning Pool.

Elixir® Strings are manufactured by W.L. Gore & Associates, the company widely known for such innovations as GORE-TEX® fabrics. For more information, please visit

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Ocean Way Re-Opens Famed Studio A After 13 Years

Large Rock Tracking and Film Scoring Rooms With Vintage Custom Gear.

For the first time in 13 years, Ocean Way’s famed Studio A is now available for outside bookings. The expansive classic tracking studio designed by Bill Putnam in 1958 with large iso room has been booked solid by renowned producer/mixer Jack Joseph Puig, who will now take over Studio D, Ocean Way’s new mix and overdub suite featuring a Neve 88R console. Puig will continue to utilize Studio A for tracking dates.

Control A Before
Pictured is Control A during the past 13 years.

Control A After
Pictured is Control A as it is now.

Studio A at Ocean Way may well be the single most notable and historic studio in the United States. Albums recorded in A and the other OWR rooms have sold in excess of one billion copies. Artists as diverse as Radiohead, Green Day, Beck, Kanye West, Dr. Dre, Herbie Hancock, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. have made musical history at Ocean Way.

Studio A Before
Pictured is Studio A as it was for the last 13 years.

Studio A After
Pictured is Studio A as it is today.

Studio A is well known as an excellent rock and roll tracking room but is equally well-respected as a superb room for orchestras and film scoring. The highly customized OWR Focusrite console remains in A. One of the largest collections of rare and esoteric outboard gear ever assembled resides in this room, and included is access to the unparalleled Ocean Way microphone collection. Studio A features the original Motown 9′ Steinway grand piano to accompany Ocean Way’s historic Steinway B.

For more info, visit:

Contact Kelly Erwin for all booking requests.
Email: or call 323-467-9375.

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ECO-Tech_LogoSAN FRANCISCO, CA – Auralex Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, continues its leadership in creating environmentally friendly products with the introduction of EcoTech, the company’s first green acoustical panel, at this year’s AES show (Booth 301). Earlier this year, the company announced the first green acoustical foam product on the market, Eco-Friendly StudioFoam.

EcoTech brand acoustic panels are manufactured with a proprietary formulation of 100% recycled polyester fibers. EcoTech panels are truly “green�; reducing the ecological footprint of acoustic treatment and our dependence on fossil fuels, including foreign crude oil. The EcoTech family of products are designed with the environment in mind, yet retain the longevity and acoustical properties for which Auralex is known. Auralex EcoTech is manufactured without harmful Chlorofluorocarbons (CFC’s), which have been implicated in the depletion of the ozone layer. more


Crystal XLR NC3FXX-B-CrystalSAN FRANCISCO, CA – Performers are now not the only shining stars on stage— Neutrik USA’s best-selling XX series XLR’s have officially been blinged out with Swarovski crystals. Named, crystalCON, this connector line is geared towards users looking for that extra sparkle on stage. crystalCON will be on display, amongst Neutrik’s full line of connector products, at this year’s AES show (Booth 809).

Crystal XLR NC3MXX-B-CrystalFancy, noble, valuable and attractive – the crystal XLR’s and crystal Plugs, made with Swarovski crystals are eye catchers, offering a unique appearance and innovative look. Now visually enhanced by CRYSTALLIZEDTM – Swarovski Elements, crystalCON is based on established Neutrik connector products, offering all the benefits and features found in the company’s best-selling XLR’s. crystalCON is also branded with a unique hologram, which guarantees a genuine and authentic Neutrik product. more

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