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METAlliance Certifies Royer R-122V Ribbon Microphone

First Royer Product to be Certified

METAlliance Certifies Royer R-122V Ribbon Microphone

Pictured are METAlliance(tm) directors (L-R) Frank Filipetti, Phil Ramone, Al Schmitt, Elliot Scheiner, Chuck Ainlay, Ed Cherney, and George Massenburg. Photo by Leah Lee.

The Music Engineering and Technology Alliance has announced certification of the R-122V vacuum tube ribbon microphone, designed and manufactured by Royer Labs, 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 Phil Ramone remarked: “I look for mics that match the moment, and a good ribbon finds a place in much of my work. This new Royer is outstanding.” Ed Cherney added: “I really appreciate the added gain — I don’t have to crank the mic pre’s. Electric guitars have never been easier to capture. Trumpet and trombone players have never been easier to please.” George Massenburg’s comment: “As flexible and consistent a microphone in any technology as I’ve had the pleasure of using.”

Royer’s R-122V was originally developed in 2001 and has evolved into a world class ribbon microphone with superior richness, depth and detail, especially in the midrange frequencies. Winner of the 2007 TEC Award, the R-122V offers the optimum in ribbon microphone performance. This product has warranted official METAlliance(tm) Certification.

METAlliance Certifies Royer R-122V Ribbon Microphone

Elliot Scheiner tested the microphone and made this evaluation: “The Royer R-122V is without a doubt the most beautiful ribbon mic I’ve ever used. I’ve managed to find a place for it on every tracking session I’ve done in the past six months.” Chuck Ainlay remarked, “The original 122 is one of my favorite ribbon mics, but after using the 122V I am convinced that tubes rule.” Al Schmitt added: “These are the best ribbon mics I’ve ever worked with.”

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: jpace@metalliance.com
The Alliance is a Tennessee registered LLC.

For more info, visit : http://www.metalliance.com

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.

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EQUATOR AUDIO RESEARCH TO CONDUCT CLINIC AT SAM ASH MUSIC

taf.jpgHollywood – September 2008… Equator Audio Research, recognized globally as a leading manufacturer of highly accurate studio reference monitors for mission critical recording applications, is pleased to announce a forthcoming clinic. ‘Searching for Mixing Clarity in Any Environment’ will focus on the acoustic challenges that audio engineers face in even the most carefully designed control rooms. The session—scheduled for Wednesday September 24th—will feature Grammy® award winning engineer/producer Francis Buckley and Equator Audio Research President and Founder Ted Keffalo. more

SSL EXPANDS VIDEO DIVISION WITH KEY U.S. HIRES

MediaWAN Team Gains Sales and Product Management Muscle From Industry Veterans

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS—At IBC, world-leading media technology innovator Solid State Logic (SSL) announced two key U.S. appointments to support burgeoning commercial interest following the introduction of SSL’s Gravity MediaWAN technology. more

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PAT BENATAR TOUR ENGINEERS CHOOSE YAMAHA

ken-peden-rick-reith-pat-benatar.JPGBUENA PARK, Calif.─Long Island-raised signer/songwriter, certified rock n’ roll superstar, and four-time GRAMMY® winner Pat Benatar embarked on her first live concert tour in over two years this summer, and both engineers chose Yamaha consoles for front of house and monitors. With six platinum and four gold albums to her credit, Benatar along with husband Neil Giraldo and the band are still igniting audiences with such hit singles as ‘Heartbreaker’, ‘Treat Me Right’, and ‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot.’

“This was my first time carrying a PM5000 on tour, and I was immediately impressed with the warmth of the head amps,â€? states front of house engineer Rick Reith. “The separation and panning of individual inputs really stand out in the mix, and as with all Yamaha consoles, it’s a snap to get around. 12 VCAs, complete fader/mute automation, digital recall! This is not your father’s PM series mixing console.â€?

Ken Peden is using a Yamaha PM5D digital console at monitors. “The difference on the first night of the tour was so apparent even our lighting guy noticed,â€? says Reith. “It’s a pleasure working with Ken and the rest of our crew. Both Yamaha consoles have served the tour well.â€?

Peden is actually a living legend in the biz. He was one of survivors of the Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash in 1977.

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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.

KELLY JOINS MOJAVE AUDIO

ckelly_hi.jpgBurbank, CA… Mojave Audio, a company founded by David Royer (known for his work with ribbon microphones) is pleased to announce the appointment of Cathy Kelly to the newly-created position of VP of Sales & Marketing. Kelly will be based in Nashville, TN. Her presence in this high profile music city is expected to dramatically increase Mojave Audio’s visibility among the area’s numerous studios and recording professionals. Her appointment takes effect October 1, 2008. more

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SonicPool Extends Work in Reality TV, With Second Season Mixing for “Destination Truth”

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Hollywood, CA, Sept. 18, 2008 – SonicPool, one of Hollywood’s leading post facilities, specializing in audio and video finishing, edit suite rentals, and full post-production services, has been signed to providing mixing servicing for the second season of the Sci-Fi Channel reality TV series “Destination Truth.� The announcement was made by John Frost and Patrick Bird, co-founders, SonicPool.

SonicPool’s mixer Brett Butler, will be providing the mixing services for the new season of “Destination Truth� episodes. Since joining the company in 2006, Butler has been responsible for mixing numerous, high profile television shows and gaming trailers, VO recording, and sound design for various other projects. Butler is considered a heavyweight mixer, whose years of expertise are a major asset to SonicPool.

From 1998 until joining SonicPool in 2006, Butler was a mixer with New York City‘s Broadway Sound. During that time, he was an exclusive Sound Mixer for Showtime Networks, while also mixing for Comedy Central, the Food Network, Nickelodeon, the USA Network and the SciFi Channel. Also a VO artist, he has contributed in that capacity to TV shows airing on Lifetime Television, MTV, Comedy Central, ESPN, and The Discovery Channel.

ABOUT “DESTINATION TRUTH:�

For the new season of “Destination Truth,â€? SonicPool will be providing mixing and online services for, and renting one of their state-of-the-art edit suites, to Ping Pong Productions, Inc., producers of that series. “Destination Truth,â€? hosted by Josh Gates, takes viewers across the globe in search of answers. Every week, Gates visits a different locale where he interviews witnesses in an attempt to get to the truth regarding some of the world’s most notorious supernatural mysteries.

Brad Kuhlman, Executive Producer of “Destination Truth� and president of Ping Pong Productions, said, “I’ve produced a lot of reality shows over the years, and each of them has had an extremely complicated audio scenario associated with it. ‘Destination Truth’ for the Sci Fi Channel is certainly no exception. Traveling around the world (these are not exactly production friendly locations) hunting for evidence of crypto-zoological beasts can sometimes present our production team with less than perfect audio. But the guys at SonicPool somehow make it all sound so good you’d never know about our troubles in the field. I always love going to a final mix session with the SonicPool guys, because not only does the mix sound amazing, but they always take the time to pepper in a host of great original sound effects that give my shows just a little extra kick. These guys take a lot of pride in delivering a great sounding show, each and every time.�

ABOUT SONICPOOL:

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: www.sonicpool.com

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Elias Arts Adds New Reps to its Roster

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Santa Monica, CA, Sept. 18, 2008 – Elias Arts, the world’s most honored, original music, sound design and audio identity production company, has added two new reps to its roster.

For the West Coast, Elias Arts has added Danielle Ostrowski as a new rep—she joins existing West Coast rep Shirley Schackmann. For the Mid-West region, Sean Sullivan of Sullivan Creative has also been added as a new Elias Arts rep. For the East Coast, indie rep Carolyn Hill of Carolyn Reps continues to rep Elias Arts, along with indie rep Sandi Mollod and Elias Arts’ own in-house rep Mary Healy.

For over 25 years, Elias Arts has used the emotional power of music and sound to launch, grow and reposition the most recognized brands and companies around the world. The company has worked with well over half of the Fortune 1000 companies, and has helped to turn numerous startups into everyday brand names.

With offices in Santa Monica and New York, global resources, and a renowned roster of gifted composers, producers, and marketers, the mission of Elias Arts is to apply the powers of music and sound in unique and creative ways.

Elias Arts is the recipient of over 700 major industry awards from around the world, including numerous Clios and Cannes Lions. Since the company’s inception, Elias Arts has worked with many of the biggest global brands, including AOL, Mastercard, Sony, Columbia Pictures, Nike, Apple, Coca-Cola, AT&T, Ebay, Honda, Intel, Visa, Yahoo, Universal Studios, Microsoft, McDonalds, ESPN and General Motors, to name just a few. For more information, please visit www.eliasarts.com

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AURALEX ACOUSTICS MAKES AN APPEARANCE IN AMERICAN EXPRESS’ NEW PLUM CARD COMMERCIAL

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Auralex Acoustics’ SpaceArray™ Diffusor makes a guest appearance in American Express’ recent Plum Card Commercial featuring MusicDirect, a Chicago-based seller of audiophile products, including vinyl, record players and a wide-range of high-end audio equipment. The company is also a loyal dealer of Auralex Acoustics offering its consumers the company’s full line of acoustical treatments. more

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PRG Audio And JBL Vertec® Line Arrays Power Toyota Concert Series On NBC’s Today Show

In a demonstration of the power and versatility of JBL VERTEC® line arrays before a national audience, PRG Audio has provided the live sound reinforcement for NBC’s “Toyota Concert Series On TODAY,� airing throughout the summer on the network’s TODAY Show. This year, the Concert Series has featured performances by Alicia Keys, Sheryl Crow, Miley Cyrus and many more. The most recent Concert Series segment on August 29 featured performances by the Pussycat Dolls (“When I Grow Up�) and Katy Perry (“I Kissed A Girl�).

The performances have been staged outdoors at Rockefeller Center in New York City, drawing thousands of fans in the early mornings. Two stages facing each other, separated approximately 200 feet apart, allow for consecutive performances by different artists. The south stage features a sound reinforcement system consisting of two ground-stacked line arrays, one per side, each containing seven JBL VERTEC VT4887ADP-AN powered compact line array loudspeakers. The north stage features two arrays of five VT4887ADP-AN loudspeakers per side. Each array is accompanied by a VT4881ADP-AN powered compact arrayable subwoofer.

As the rental system provider for the Concert Series, PRG Audio drew on its extensive experience with VERTEC products when deciding on the audio components. “We have used VERTEC for numerous projects in the past, in a range of sizes and configurations, and we felt VERTEC was a natural fit for this project as well,� said Bob Rendon of PRG Audio. “Since the staging area is tightly situated between two buildings, we chose VERTEC because we needed a highly controllable line array system that would keep unwanted reflections to a minimum.�

The powered compact speaker systems feature JBL’s DrivePack® technology, a fully integrated power and DSP electronics package designed in cooperation with sister Harman companies Crown and dbx. The VT4881ADP subwoofer houses JBL’s new 2269G Ultra-Long-Excursion 460mm (18-inch) woofer. All loudspeakers include optional DPAN (DrivePack Analog) input modules that add remote control and monitoring capabilities with Harman’s HiQnet™ System Architect software. “Having the Crown power built into each speaker in the line arrays gives us more control over the system and eliminates one more step in the signal chain,� Rendon said.

Since deploying the VERTEC system for the Toyota Concert Series On TODAY, PRG Audio has enjoyed four months of reliable sound on a live stage where there is no margin for error. “These performances are aired live across the country, so we can’t afford a mistake of any kind,� Rendon said. “The VERTEC line arrays have helped us maintain the necessary consistency for this type of application.�

For more information on PRG Audio, please visit www.prg.com

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PLATINUM PANELS GLEAM AT 125TH AES CONVENTION

Joint Producers/Engineers Panel Debut

SAN FRANCISCO: The traditional AES Convention gathering of “Platinum Eagles� will offer a stellar series this year. Platinum Events Chair Paul Verna, former Billboard and Mix journalist, co-author of The Encyclopedia of Record Producers, and eMarketer sr. entertainment analyst, has coordinated a trio of outstanding Platinum panels. “Paul Verna’s insights into and ties to the pro audio world have consistently enabled him to build outstanding panels,� remarked AES Executive Director Roger Furness. “We are extremely fortunate to have him on our team and, as always, we expect these Platinum events to be primary attractions to the Moscone Center October 2 thru 5.�

“This year marks an interesting shift in the traditional Platinum Producers and Engineers Panels,� Verna reports. “For the first time we have invited top practitioners of both these closely related skill sets to participate in a single event. I anticipate particularly intriguing dialogues as these tightly-linked collaborators share their experiences and insights.�

Friday, Oct. 3, 11:30AM – 1:00PM: PLATINUM PRODUCERS & ENGINEERS: Moderator, Paul Verna – Panelists include studio pros who successfully honed their craft from a variety of entry points: A&R – Tony Berg (Aimee Mann, Beck, Air Supply, Edie Brickell); performing – Stephan Jenkins (Third Eye Blind); engineering Chris Lord-Alge (James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Madonna); and classical music – David v.R. Bowles, engineer/producer of over fifty top classical music recordings.

Sunday, Oct. 5, 11:30AM -1:00PM: PLATINUM ROAD WARRIORS: Clive Young, Pro Sound News Sr. Editor and author of CRANK IT UP: Live Sound Secrets of the Top Tour Engineers will guide an all-star panel (TBA) across subject matter ranging from gear to gossip, in what promises to be an insightful, amusing and enlightening 90 minute session. Engineers for superstar artists will discuss war stories, technical innovations and heroic efforts to maintain the eternal ‘show must go on’ code of the road. Ample time will be provided for an audience Q&A session.

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Pictured, AESAES 125th Convention Platinum Events Chair Paul Verna. . 125th Convention Platinum Events Chair Paul Verna.
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The 125th AES Convention will be held in San Francisco’s Moscone Center October 2-5, 2008. For information please visit www.aes.org

Currently celebrating its 60th anniversary, The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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