Archive for October 14th, 2008

SOLID STATE LOGIC SHOWCASES C100 HD DIGITAL BROADCAST CONSOLES WITH NEW BLACKROCK PROCESSOR AND RIO I/O AT AES 2008

New Compact Processor and I/O Units Expand Flexibility and Reduce Cost of C100 HD Broadcast Console Range

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—At the recent AES Convention, Solid State Logic demonstrated the latest generation of the market leading C100 HD Digital Broadcast Console Range. The C100 HD-L was showcased with the new BlackRock processor system and accompanying RIO modular I/O rack. The C100 HD, C100 HD-S and the new C100 HD-L Consoles, along with a full range of routing and I/O options via the CS-B Stage Box and/or MORSE, are designed to fit installations from smaller market local stations and mobile trucks to national broadcasting facilities. more

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WIREWORKS LUMAVUE CUSTOM PANELS & PLATES SHEDS LIGHT ON STUDIOS’ CONNECTION PLATES

LumaVue PanelSAN FRANCISCO, CA – Lighten up your studio’s connection plates with Wireworks LumaVue Custom Panels & Plates, high-impact custom panels that can be rear illuminated for instant identification. The perfect solution for use in low-light studios, the panels can also shed light backstage during live performances, on the road as well as several other locations where there is limited visibility.

Providing maximum electrical isolation between connectors, LumaVue Custom Panels & Plates are available in a variety of sizes and shapes, including standard gang plates, wall plates, rack panels as well as customized sizes and shapes, making LumaVue suitable for interface panels of any kind. more

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ROYER LABS DEPLOYED ON NEW ELVIS PRESLEY CHRISTMAS DUETS

ainlay_hi.jpgNashville, TN … As anyone in the record business knows, the King is still a major recording artist. More than 30 years after his passing, Elvis Presley records continue to deliver big numbers. Now, thanks to the power of modern recording technology, the King is about to release a new album for the Holidays—aptly titled Elvis Presley Christmas Duets. Paring contemporary Nashville artists with the King is no small challenge, and Audio Recording Engineer Chuck Ainlay was tasked with making the magic happen. Among the many tools in his arsenal used on this project are several ribbon microphones from Royer Labs. more

MusicWorks Interactive Releases Finale DVD Tutorial

ATLANTA, GA (October 14, 2008) — MusicWorks Interactive, publisher of The Guide to MIDI Orchestration has released The Finale 2008-2009 Tutorial DVD-Level 1, a video tutorial for Finale 2008 and 2009 notation software. The title is the first release in its new Educational DVD Series developed for music professionals. This ambitious DVD includes more than 8 hours of video and was produced to help develop and refine Finale skills in teachers, students, composers, orchestrators and other musicians who use Finale software.

The presentation is by composer and Finale expert Paul Gilreath, who has hundreds of film, television and game composition credits and is the author of The Guide to MIDI Orchestration, 3rd edition. Gilreath applies the same informative, easy to follow style he used in his book to this tutorial. Users who are new to Finale will welcome his step by step approach, while more experienced users as well as those wanting to upgrade to Finale 2009 will appreciate the advanced topics.

“Finale is arguably the most popular notation software in the world, used by colleges, publishers, professional composers, orchestrators, copyists and even hobbyists� says Gilreath. “However, it’s a powerful program that can be difficult for users to understand, let alone master. Our goal was to help people understand the overall scope of Finale and all of the various ways to approach notation entry and then present a start to finish guide for successful use.�

The Mac and PC compatible DVD tutorial features presentations that run in a custom flash player so no file installation is necessary other than Flash. The videos were captured in a large 960×600 format, without having to be resized for production, so they are crystal clear. They show live-action screen captures as well as superimposed live video that demonstrates the accompanying computer and MIDI keyboard keystrokes.

“The volume of material presented on this DVD is staggering�, says Bill Myerson, VP of Marketing for MusicWorks Interactive. “Paul’s ability to take a complex subject and make it perfectly understandable makes him the perfect person to present this material. He takes the user through virtually every facet of Finale and provides skills that you can implement immediately.�

Building on their incredible success with their best selling book, The Guide to MIDI Orchestration, MusicWorks Interactive provides a powerful learning tool for Finale users. Ordering information, a full list of subjects and video examples are available at www.musicworksinteractive.com. Retail price is $49.95.
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ANDRE’ CHOLMONDELEY ADDS TO MULTI-FACETED GUITAR SOUND WITH EVENTIDE TIMEFACTOR STOMPBOX

“The TimeFactor lets me do things during performances that I wouldn’t be able to do unless I had both hands free, and then some.�
– Andre’ Cholmondeley, guitarist

Andre’ Cholmondeley, best known as a guitarist for Zappa-repertoire band Project/Object, has distinguished himself by his uniquely versatile approach to the instrument. As such, Cholmondeley regards technology as a very crucial extension of his guitar. This attitude led Cholmondeley to the Eventide TimeFactor stompbox, which he has incorporated into his sound for the studio and on the road. As guitar-tech for experimental guitar icon Adrian Belew, and formerly Al DiMeola, Cholmondeley has worked with most of the top delay and effects devices available.

In addition to Project/Object, Cholmondeley is involved in other projects including Delicious (a 3-piece psychedelic instrumental band) and Don Preston, Frank Zappa’s original synthesizer player. While the diversity of Cholmondeley’s numerous projects belies his experimental nature, Cholmondeley has found common technical threads between different musical styles and eras. “Echo and delay have always been major components in modern music,� he said. “All those bands in the 1960s used vintage tape delay and reverb was always a big thing. With the TimeFactor I can recreate that ‘60s, vintage tape delay sound, but I can also find delays heard in today’s music. So this little box actually takes you through the different eras of music, one delay at a time!�

Utilizing the TimeFactor’s stereo input and output, Cholmondeley runs his guitar through two amplifiers. “Since Delicious is a trio, I need to fill up a lot of space and the TimeFactor gives me a real nice wash of sound,� he said.

Additionally, since the TimeFactor stompbox boasts a level of functionality normally only found in rackmount equipment, Cholmondeley can now take studio-quality performance to the road. “I’ve owned every kind of delay pedal, I’ve worked with tape delays in the studio, but the TimeFactor lets me do things during performances that I wouldn’t be able to do unless I had both hands free, and then some,� he said. “The ability to save different delays in patches and store so many different settings is really unique for a pedal.�

Cholmondeley also cites the TimeFactor’s modulation effects (including chorus and light flanging) as unique yet extremely beneficial features of the stompbox. “Nobody has incorporated modulation into a foot pedal to this extent,� he said. “Combine that with the ability to store the delays in so many different combinations, and my live performances have really become 3-dimensional.�

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EVENTIDE E-CONTROL PROVIDES PRO TOOLS CONTROL INTEGRATION WITH H8000, H7600, AND ECLIPSE HARDWARE PROCESSORS

Underscoring its commitment to continually advance the performance and workflow integration of its audio production tools, Eventide unveiled a new TDM plug-in that provides real-time control of its award-winning Eventide H8000 series, H7600, and Eclipseâ„¢ multi-effects processors. E-Controlâ„¢ provides multiple parameter control automation, and program change capability, which is saved with the session for easy recall from within ProTools. The E-Control plug-in for ProTools will be available in December for $199. E-Control will be available at no charge for a limited time with the H8000FW, H7600, and Eclipse hardware processors purchased after September 1, 2007.

According to Ray Maxwell, Eventide Vice President of Sales and Marketing, “With E-Control, we’re providing a deeper level of integration, allowing all ProTools users to more easily take advantage of the thousands of extraordinary effects found in our hardware boxes. By bridging the divide between outboard processors and desktop workflow, we’re providing Pro Tools users with a cost-effective and intuitive way to get the most from Eventide outboard processors. We are combining unfettered access to the vast universe of effects, heard on countless hit records over the past 36 years, with the convenience of control automation and instant recall from within the session.�

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EVENTIDE RELEASES VERSION 5.3 UPGRADE FOR H8000FW: INCLUDES SUPPORT FOR LEOPARD AND VISTA OPERATING SYSTEMS

Further demonstrating its customer commitment by continually upgrading its range of effects processors, Eventide today introduced Version 5.3 upgrade for its H8000 series. In doing so, the company makes its H8000FW compliant with Apple Leopard, and Windows Vista, in addition to other improvements including advanced system stability with FireWire and a more intuitive driver control panel.

“In a contemporary production studio or live sound environment, efficient workflow relies upon the transparent integration of diverse hardware and software. With this in mind, we seek to maintain our emphasis on providing a diverse range of signature effects to enhance the creative process, and seamlessly integrate our products into our customer’s workflow,� said Ray Maxwell, Eventide vice president of sales and marketing. “Today’s introduction of H8000 Version 5.3 does exactly this.�

Upgrades are available immediately at no charge for registered owners at eventide.com. V5.3 also includes system improvements to the H8000 series’ sample rate converter, routings and levels set-up architecture. Customers simply download a zip file for Mac or PC and the folder will contain installation files and a comprehensive updated user manual.

Eventide’s most powerful processor ever, the H8000FW, features a stunning 1,800 programs. Users can rely on the H8000FW to deliver the entire spectrum of Eventide effects, without taxing any processing power from their CPU. The H8000FW features Monolithic Tandem™, which allows both processors to operate together, facilitating large complex algorithms, including 5.1 reverb and effects or up to eight channels of processing up to 96kHz. The H8000FW also includes 20 MIDI Virtual Rack preset-algorithms featuring up to five full-blown effects processors ganged together with real-time MIDI control, each optimized for voice, guitar, or percussion. The H8000FW features eight channels of digital audio I/O via AES/EBU, ADAT, and FireWire, all 24-bit up to 96kHz. In addition, the H8000FW incorporates four channels of pristine analog I/O with a dynamic range of >110dB. With Eventide’s exclusive Building Block Architecture, users can create their own unique preset-algorithms with the library of 230 effects blocks using the supplied PC and OS X preset development tools.

“Our goal is to make eventide.com the go-to destination for our customers to download upgrades, learn more about their products, interact with their peers and generally extract more enjoyment and productivity from the tools we make,� Maxwell continued. “Today’s upgrade is another reason to visit eventide.com and we’ll continue to make the site a place where our customers can do more and learn more!�

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BETAMOBIL GOES HD

betamobil_hd5.JPGToronto, Ontario, Canada – October 14, 2008 … After 18 years, the Unification of Germany finally came to age this year. Berlin celebrated Unification Day this year with a three-day party at the Brandenburg Gate and a ‘fan mile’. On the evening of October 3rd, festivities hit a peak with a free concert (broadcast live by RTLII), featuring the German pop bands Die Prinzen, Ich & Ich, Scooter, In Extremo, plus many more, who all performed on the stages at the Brandenburg Gate. At the same time, this concert was also a successful trial by fire for HD5, Berlin TV provider Betamobil’s new OB truck, equipped with a Lawo mc²66 console. more

KORA MUSICIAN DAVID GILDEN FINDS THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS WITH EVENTIDE TIMEFACTOR STOMPBOX

“Eventide has really packed a lot of features into a small box.�
– David Gilden, musician

Drawn to the benefits of having rackmount effects processor capabilities in an affordable and upgradeable stompbox, accomplished kora musician David Gilden recently added an Eventide TimeFactor effects pedal to his touring rig. Since the 1980s, Gilden has toured extensively as a solo artist and with the band Cora Connection, and is one of the world’s most accomplished masters of the kora, a traditional African harp-lute.

After experimenting unsuccessfully with other stompboxes and processors, Gilden discovered the TimeFactor, a twin delay stompbox that includes Eventide’s 10 best delay effects integrated into a compact, upgradeable package. “I listened to the online demo, heard some of the effects and was totally blown away, because it has the sounds of bigger boxes that typically cost $2,000 or more,� Gilden said.

The TimeFactor features MIDI, USB for software upgrades, and 10 time-tested stereo or dual mono delay effects, including Digital Delay, Vintage Delay, Tape Echo, Modulated Delay, Ducked Delay, Band Delay, Filter Pong, MultiTap Delay, Reverse Delay, and a 12-second Looper. Additionally, v2.0 software is now available for the TimeFactor. The software, free to registered users, downloads and installs easily by simply plugging the USB outlet into an Internet-connected computer, and provides users with an impressive set of new features and improvements.

As a successful touring musician, Gilden was attracted to the TimeFactor’s compact size. “Eventide has really packed a lot of features into a small box,� he said. “Most comparable pedals are 20 percent bigger and I would need three of them to get all the sounds I can get from the TimeFactor. Normally at gigs, it takes me 20 minutes to set up my equipment and another 20 minutes to break down. Now I can see myself plugging in a preamp for the kora, plugging in the TimeFactor, and I’m good to go.�

Further adding to Gilden’s convenience is the TimeFactor’s versatility and ease of programmability. According to Gilden, “With the TimeFactor, you can pair up multiple presets in different banks. Now I have an infinite amount of possibilities stored and when I go to gigs, I can easily access all of them.�

However, the benefits of the TimeFactor go far beyond convenience. With so many features enabling a limitless combination of delay effects, the TimeFactor is easily customizable to suit any musician’s style. “You have to spend some time with it to make it your own,� Gilden said. “I have some really dreamy washes and have done some really cool things where I can build up a couple layers of sound, hit the infinite repeat and then solo on top of it.�

More information about David Gilden, including performance dates and music clips, can be found at www.coraconnection.com

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GUITARIST KEVIN HUNTER FINDS THE TECHNOLOGY TO MATCH HIS TALENT WITH EVENTIDE STOMPBOXES

“The TimeFactor and ModFactor offer so much flexibility in a compact pedal.�
– Kevin Hunter, guitarist.

Looking for the perfect combination of versatility, performance and portability, guitarist Kevin Hunter has added the Eventide TimeFactor and ModFactor stompboxes to his repertoire. Hunter, the former guitarist for Jive Records recording artist Lesley Roy, is currently working on a project with producer Hal Willner (Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Marianne Faithfull).

Hunter’s list of credits speaks to his versatility as a guitarist. He has worked with a variety of artists that includes Shania Twain, Janet Jackson, Al Jarreau and P. Diddy, to name a few. When discussing Hunter’s influences (which range from pop acts like the Beatles, Van Halen and Radiohead to less mainstream guitarists like Alan Holdsworth), the roots of this versatility become apparent, as does his need for a diverse array of effects. “I’ve gone through hundreds of different effects boxes and am always trying to stretch my boundaries,� Hunter said. “A friend of mine told me about the Eventide pedals and recommended I try them out. I have an Eventide H8000FW in my recording studio in Amsterdam, and I called up Eventide and they were able to answer all my questions.�

Hunter purchased a TimeFactor and a ModFactor—Eventide’s first two stompbox models. Small enough to fit on a pedalboard or in a gigbag, the TimeFactor and ModFactor are full-featured Eventide studio-quality stompboxes. The TimeFactor twin delay stompbox includes 10 stereo or dual mono delay effects, including Digital Delay, Vintage Delay, Tape Echo, Modulated Delay, Ducked Delay, Band Delay, Filter Pong, MultiTap Delay, Reverse Delay and Looper. The ModFactor modulation effects stompbox includes 25 of Eventide’s best modulation effects, including multiple versions of Phaser, Flanger, Chorus, PolyMod, TremoloPan, Undulator, Vibrato, Q-Wah, ModFilter and RingMod.

Since Hunter purchased the TimeFactor and ModFactor pedals, they have become a fixture in his rig, both in the studio and on the road. “I used to carry a lot of effects boxes around with me but now I just carry the two Eventide pedals with an expression pedal for each and a T Rex Dr. Swamp distortion pedal,� he said. “They offer so much flexibility in a compact pedal.�

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