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yamaha.jpgSAN FRANCISCO, CA — Housing 12 different drum kits in one room is a loud endeavor, which is why Yamaha Corporation snared Auralex Acoustics (AES Booth 301), the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, to assist with its Drum Showroom’s acoustical issues.

yamaha2.jpgThe space, located in the Yamaha Artist Services facility includes its Artist Relations Drum and Snare Showrooms along with a world-class recording studio, used for drums and guitars. Reserved for the Yamaha’s elite artists, and only available via appointment, the audio quality of the studio as well as the showroom needed to be top-notch in order to showcase the range in sounds of the drum kits on display, in addition to being used as an in-house R&D facility for new and upgraded drum and guitar products. more


Fresno, CA, September 29, 2008 – Fresno State University’s Athletics kicks off its football season with RF transmitters and receivers provided by RF Central, a leading digital microwave technology provider. In capturing the entire action of the games taking place within the University’s stadium, Fresno State University’s Athletics is using two of RF Central’s NLL-II portable digital microwave links. more

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nexo-geo-s-8-line-array-and-san-diego-zoo8-08.JPGBUENA PARK, Calif.─ For one of their largest annual fundraising events, the San Diego Zoo tapped Special Event Audio Services of Oceanside, California to handle audio production. There were special concerns about the volume level coming out of the world renowned Zoo special events area since the famous Old Globe Theatre is just a few hundred yards away. For this event in prior years, the previous production company actually went to the trouble of installing a small speaker under every table.

“I expressed confidence that we could exceed the Zoo’s expectations with our NEXO GEO S8 line array, and the fundraising committee decided to try it,� states Mitch Grant, owner. “Some of the members of this committee had experienced the NEXO system at the Jewel Ball in La Jolla, California a few months earlier and they shared my confidence.� The Jewel Ball is considered to be the premiere social event/fundraiser in San Diego every year, and this event has extremely strict volume requirements as well. “The NEXO GEO S8 line array produced spectacular results at the Jewel Ball to the delight of event organizers.�

The San Diego Zoo system was carefully constructed and positioned using GeoSoft for full venue coverage but with very little ‘spill’ outside the immediate area. Even with a large orchestra, the event proceeded without a single noise complaint from the theatre nearby, and as a result, the San Diego Zoo has committed to book Special Event Audio Services for future fundraisers and other events next year.

For more information on Special Event Audio Services, visit

For more information on the NEXO GEO S8 line array, visit


About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. offers a complete line of integrated professional audio products for the commercial recording, production, broadcast, live sound, and sound reinforcement markets. The company has a dedicated dealer network, intensive field training, and 24-7 tech support in the U.S. and Canada.

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HOLLYWOOD, SEPTEMBER 29, 2008 – Composers and musicians everywhere have something new to sing about. EASTWEST, exclusive distributor of Zero-G products, has announced the release of the company’s new Vocal Foundry collection. more

Telefunken | USA Introduces U 48 Vacuum Tube Microphone

New Historic Re-issue from Award-Winning Company.

Telefunken | USA Introduces New Ela M 80 Dynamic Microphone

Pictured is the Telefunken U 48 Microphone System.

Award-winning Telefunken | USA is introducing at AES the U 48, a new vacuum tube microphone which incorporates precision vintage expertise with modern technology to further move the company into the future of innovative microphone design and manufacturing.

In 1957, Telefunken began distributing the U 48, which offered identical specifications as the famous U 47, with one notable modification: the U 48 featured Cardioid and Bidirectional patterns, rather than the Cardioid and Omni patterns found on the U 47. This feature allowed engineers to make use of the M-S and Blumlein stereo techniques, which were popular with classical recording engineers.

In today’s professional studio environment, stereo microphone techniques are often used to provide ambience when recording drums, horn and string sections, and also for recording solo acoustic instruments. The U 47 is an exceptional microphone for this purpose, and a U 47/ U 48 set of microphones offers the engineer stereo recording options that are not otherwise available. When used in Cardioid, the U 48 sonic response is identical to that of the U 47, and is often the microphone of choice for vocal recording.

Telefunken | USA is proud to present this addition to its comprehensive line of microphones. The U 48 microphone system is available in both Platinum and Professional editions. Details are available from the dealer network or directly from Telefunken | USA.

Hear the future…

Visit Telefunken | USA at AES San Francisco, Booth #409

For more information about Telefunken | USA, visit:
or call 860.882.5919

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coyotes_hi.jpgNashville, TN – September 2008 … Capitalizing on the fame brought to them by the 2000 release of Touchstone Pictures’ film Coyote Ugly, the Singing Coyotes are the latest endeavor in the ever-expanding Coyote Ugly brand founded by Coyote Ugly Saloon owner and founder Liliana Lovell. Ms. Lovell took her best entertainers/singers from the 13 Coyote Ugly saloons across the country to form this all-female singing and dancing group. Consisting of Brandee, Christa, Crystal, Lindsay, and Nathalie, the group tours extensively, and wherever they go, MIPRO wireless technology—distributed throughout North America by Avlex Corporation— helps them keep the action fresh. more

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TORONTO, ON, SEPTEMBER 29, 2008 — Traveling around the world without having to leave the comforts of your own home has never been easier thanks to Holophone’s ® H2-PRO Microphone and the “Surrounding the World� project produced by travel recordist, Greg Simmons. more

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SonicPool Completes Online, Color and Visual Effects for New Horror Film “Ligeia”


Hollywood, CA, September 29, 2008 – SonicPool, one of Hollywood’s leading post facilities, specializing in audio and video finishing, edit suite rentals, and full post-production services, has completed the online, the color and numerous visual effects for the horror/thriller film project entitled “Edgar Allen Poe’s Ligeia.� The announcement was made by John Frost and Patrick Bird, co-founders, SonicPool.

SonicPool’s Jason Yanuzzi took “Ligeia,� a film shot on super 35 and converted to D5, and performed a tape-based DI. He explains, “This film had about 20 real VFX shots, but over 2,500 smaller FX moments that needed a lot of attention. We provided things like speed ramps, solarizations, color FX, adding film grain for mood, recreating flashes, and seamless roto-scoping as required throughout. It was highly cost effective and efficient for the producers to utilize SonicPool for these services. Also, we were able to provide regular updates to the offline edit, since the producers continued re-shooting scenes even while we will doing our online work.�

“Ligeia� editor Danny Saphire said, ““It was a great advantage to have a DI artist who was also conforming the picture. Jason Yanuzzi combines the artist’s eye with unparalleled technical know-how. SonicPool was very accommodating to all our editorial needs. I hope this is the first of many collaborations with Sonic Pool and Jason. In fact, SonicPool is providing the editing system on my next project, a remake of Stephen King’s ‘Children of the Corn’ for the Sci-Fi channel and FOX-TV.�


Wes Bentley, Michael Madsen and Eric Roberts topline director Michael Staininger’s independent feature film “Edgar Allen Poe’s Ligeia,â€? produced by Jeff Most. In the film, successful writer and scholar Jonathan Merrick falls under the spell of the irresistible, bewitchingly beautiful Ligeia. She’s fighting a fatal illness and she will stop at nothing to defeat death, her one true enemy. She steals other people’s souls and on her quest to immortality she tricks Jonathan into supporting her work, breaking him apart from his fiancé Rowena and pulling him into her dark, mysterious world. They settle down in an old manor by the Black Sea where Ligeia’s everlasting presence slowly drives Jonathan to madness.

The film will be released internationally during late 2008.


Launched in Hollywood in 2001, SonicPool was co-founded by post production specialists John Frost and Patrick Bird. Each of the men currently serves the company as a President and CEO.

SonicPool is comprised of 14 SD & HD Offline and Online Edit Suites, two Theatrical Mix Stages and two additional Mix Suites, as well as a complete Machine Room Services with all the standard SD & HD decks. The company’s post production services include Audio and Video Finishing, edit suite rentals, and media duplication. SonicPool’s creative services include radio production. Additionally, the company offers its clients production office space rentals to accompany Offline Edit Suites.

SonicPool’s clients run the full gamut of the entertainment and broadcasting industries, which clients ranging from major studio releases, independent feature films, TV programs, and radio, to DVD menu sound design, TV commercials, gaming, mobile and Internet projects.

SonicPool is located at 6860 Lexington Ave, Hollywood, CA, 90038.
The phone is 323/460-4MIX, and the web address is:

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METAlliance Certifies Lexicon PCM96

First Lexicon Product to be Certified.


The Music Engineering and Technology Alliance has announced certification of the Lexicon PCM96, designed and manufactured by Lexicon, a METAlliance Pro Partner. The alliance is working closely with manufacturers to evaluate, recognize, and certify products which meet the call for quality in the recording arts and science.

Producer / Engineer Chuck Ainlay remarked: “I’ve been using Lexicon processors ever since they introduced the 224, because they made my mixes sound rich and current. But you can throw them all away and any other boxes you might still be using because the PCM96 blows ‘em all away. Forget plug-in reverbs.”

The Lexicon PCM96 Stereo Reverb/Effects Processor delivers 28 reverbs, delays and modulation effects directly into the user’s DAW. The PCM96 also includes over 1200 presets from the Lexicon library of sounds and adds multimode filters at several spots in the audio flow for more exact shaping of the reverb. With two channels XLR analog and two channels XLR AES/EBU digital I/O, along with MIDI, Ethernet and Firewire connectivity, the PCM96 easily fits into a variety of recording and live sound environments.


Elliot Scheiner made this evaluation: “The Lexicon PCM96 is loaded with great presets and sells at a great price. I’ve used it on two projects and I’m just amazed. It’s great for both the commercial studio user and the project studio.”
“I use the PCM96 as part of my mixing tools,” commented Al Schmitt. Ed Cherney added, “I used the analog ins and outs on a large format analog console, and the digital ins and outs to interface with my DAW, and it sounded great in either configuration. Definitely my new ‘go to’ reverb.” George Massenburg remarked: “Truly innovative and capable technology. This is the kind of thinking and execution that will go a long way to making in-the-box sound much better.”

The METAlliance is comprised of a group of globally-recognized, award-winning audio engineers and producers who have been deeply involved in establishing techniques and technical standards that are the foundation of modern music recording. The METAlliance Board of Directors is Chuck Ainlay, Ed Cherney, Frank Filipetti, George Massenburg, Phil Ramone, Elliot Scheiner and Al Schmitt.

Pro Partner membership is limited to companies which have shown a capacity and proclivity to manufacture and distribute products that meet the organization’s professional audio qualifications. Pro Partners include Audio-Technica, Cakewalk, GML, JBL, Lexicon, Manley Labs, Millennia Music and Media Systems, Neumann, Prism Sound, Royer Labs, Sanken Microphones, Sonnox, TC Electronic, and Universal Audio.

Those interested should contact:
Jim Pace, Dir. of Business Affairs:
The Alliance is a Tennessee registered LLC.

For more info, visit :

METAlliance : strategic union of music producers and engineers dedicated to the highest standards of audio and delivery of music, securing the art through recording technology in all its evolving modern forms.


pm5d-me-lorenzo-banda-heaven-hell-fohe-pm5d-doug-short-judas-priest.JPGBUENA PARK, Calif.─ Headliner Judas Priest and Heaven and Hell embarked on tour together as part of the top metal concert attraction this summer, the Metal Masters Tour, which also included performances by Motorhead and Testament to delight of the metalheads everywhere.

The tour, produced by Live Nation, was Priest’s first set of U.S. dates in nearly three years, and kicked off the release of the band’s new CD, ‘Nostradamus.’ The fifteen ‘special engagements’ began in Camden, NJ and ended in Las Vegas Nevada with a tour stop that also included Toronto, Ontario.

The Metal Masters Tour also marked the release of Heaven and Hell’s new The Rules of Hell’ CD, a musical collaboration featuring Black Sabbath members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler along with former members Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice.

Both the monitor engineer for Heaven and Hell and Judas Priest use Yamaha PM5D digital audio consoles. “I have found the desk to be very friendly to analog leviathans such as myself,� states Doug Short, monitor engineer for Judas Priest at the tour’s stop at Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino in Connecticut. “The small footprint is handy as well.�

“I love the PM5D console immensely,� notes Heaven and Hell monitor engineer, Lorenzo Banda.

For more information on the Yamaha PM5D and PM5D-EX, visit

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