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Sixteen XLD boxes a sweet addition to BarlowGirl tour

zeobros_dec08_02.jpgSound installation and rental company Zeo Brothers Productions (Hatboro, Pa.) recently added 16 new XLD281 loudspeakers, adding to the already substantial inventory of Electro-Voice equipment the company uses for live sound applications.

Zeo Brothers purchased the XLD cabinets for national Christian artist BarlowGirl’s “Million Voices Tour,� which ran from September 10 through mid-November. The tour also featured fellow Christian artists Jimmy Needham and Brooke Barrettsmith. The XLD boxes were a perfect fit for the two-month tour, as Joe Moser of Zeo Brothers explains:

“The tour did visit one arena, but the band usually performed in houses of worship — a perfect environment for the XLD boxes, because they provide great pattern control, high output, and precision coverage in a low-profile package that keeps sightlines open. I was at one of the shows myself, and couldn’t believe the sound quality—the intelligibility was phenomenal. All the guys at Front of House, the audience, the band — they all love the new XLDs. It was a very successful tour.�

Electro-Voice Sx250 stage monitors, QRx218S subs for low-frequency support, and Dx38 processing were also used on during the tour. Zeo Brothers and Barlow Girl plan to use the same rig together in future shows.

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D.A.S. AUDIO ONSTAGE AT SERGEANT PEPPER’S DUELING PIANO CAFÉ

pepper2_hi.jpgLong Beach, CA – December 2008… Located on the hugely popular Pine Avenue “restaurant row� just north of the Shoreline Village area that serves as the focal point for the area’s tourists, Sergeant Pepper’s Dueling Piano Café entertains its visitors with sing-along, belly aching laughter that is completely request driven, and riddled with adult humor and audience participation. Guests fill out a request and send it up to one of the talented pianists, each of whom knows hundreds of songs. From there, anything goes! An intimate room with a small stage, the venue recently opened and, at its entertainment core, is a sound reinforcement system from the D.A.S. Audio Variant catalog. more

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AVIOM RELEASES M-CONTROL™ FOR YAMAHA® DIGITAL CONSOLES

WEST CHESTER, PA—Aviom has announced the release of a major firmware upgrade for its Pro64® Series of digital snake and audio networking products. The software release, which is available for free download from Aviom’s website, www.aviom.com, includes support for m-control™ for Yamaha® digital consoles. With m-control, a user has direct access to the preamp settings on Aviom’s 6416m Mic Input Modules from the user interface of most Yamaha digital consoles outfitted with a 6416Y2 A-Net® Interface Card. more

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Strong Island Youth Community Studio Produces PSAs with Help from Johnny “Juice� Rosado & Studio Projects Mics

pmi-audio-onisha-eeycstudio.jpgpmi-audio-rosado-massey-eecystudio.jpgGARDENA, Calif.─The Energetic Enterprise Youth Community Studio, Inc. (EEYCS), under the auspice of the Uniondale Community Council (Uniondale, Nassau County, Long Island), is a thriving music program for residents of the Uniondale School District, ages 13 – 20.

Under Executive Director, Paul Massey, and with instruction and support from Johnny “Juice� Rosado, 25 students are getting the opportunity to learn skills in songwriting, engineering, singing, and D.J. artistry. They also learn to put their skills together to create PSAs for radio and online broadcast: one on the importance of HIV testing, and another accepted for local broadcast by Planned Parenthood for their TAP (Teen Advocate Program) aimed at reducing teen pregnancy.

Johnny “Juice� Rosado brings his 20+ years of experience in the music business as a “producer/composer/ arranger/musician/engineer/consultant as well as turntablist, b-boy, graf writer and MC� (according to his MySpace page) to the Youth Community program. In addition to his experience and teaching skills, Rosado also brought along a large complement of products from PMI Audio Group—Studio Projects microphones and a Studio Projects mic pre, and Joemeek mics—that he donated for the program’s use.

“When I first started teaching in the program about two years ago,� says Rosado, “they had a bunch of old handheld dynamic mics. Through a mutual friend, bass player John Montalbano, I met Alan Hyatt [PMI Audio Group president] and showed him what we were doing here. Alan decided to support us and provided us with a box of microphones.�

For the Planned Parenthood of Nassau County TAP PSA (Teen Advocate Project), the students used a djembe drum with multiple vocals. “I miked them up with a couple of [Studio Projects] C1’s, a B1 on the djembe, and a couple of Joemeek condenser mics [JM27’s] for overheads. The students usually perform this piece live. They tried to record it in another studio, but using only a single mic. I was able to spotlight the specific voices as well as overhead miking the whole group.�

Planned Parenthood approved the PSA (named, “The 411 on HIV�) for local performance, community outreach and Health Education and are having it synced to video. The PSA can be heard on www.myspace.com/sexamacation.

The Youth Community center operates out of two side-by-side houses it owns that share a backyard large enough to use for community events. The recording studio setups use two PC’s with Sonar recording software and Project5 music creation software. “We have a couple of DJ set-ups,� says Rosado, “a couple of turntable set-ups, a battle set-up with two Technics turntables and a Rane mixer, a more traditional DJ set-up with Gemini turntables and a mixer with effects, and a couple of digital pianos for elementary piano lessons.�

“We start kids off using a Street Box from Zoom, learning about timing, beats and bars, and measures,� he says. “Kids get writing assignments—a song, a beat, lyrics—with a specific time frame for completion.� They are encouraged to collaborate with each other to the point of having to use a beat created by another student in their own project. “All of the students have to learn the recording software,� says Rosado.

The Youth Community Studio tries to give young people a creative alternative to gang membership and influence, as well as to fill a gap left by recent school district cutbacks, especially in music and other extracurricular programs.

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About PMI Audio Group:
Established in 1995, PMI Audio Group is a professional audio distribution company located in Gardena, California specializing in the distribution of professional audio products for recording, video, post, film, broadcast, and the fixed installation markets. Current brands of distribution include Studio Projects, Joemeek, Toft Audio Designs, and Stephen Paul Audio.

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Energetic Enterprise Youth Community Studio, Uniondale, NY. E.E.Y.C.S. student, Onisha Nichols, with a Studio Projects C Series mic. Students used Studio Projects and Joemeek products to record a PSA for Planned Parenthood of Nassau County TAP (Teen Advocate Project).

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Energetic Enterprise Youth Community Studio, Uniondale, NY. E.E.Y.C.S. head instructor, Johnny “Juice” Rosado (L), and Executive Director, Paul Daquan Massey, assisted in recording a student-produced PSA for Planned Parenthood of Nassau County TAP (Teen Advocate Project). Studio Projects C Series mics, an 8-channel mic pre (SPS828), both seen here, plus Joemeek mics were used in the recording.

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3 Doors Down, Staind, Plain White T’s and Black Tide Producer Johnny K Thrilled By Producer of the Year Grammy Nomination

“JOHNNY K.” NOMINATED FOR COVETED PRODUCER OF THE YEAR GRAMMY

For His Recent Work With 3 Doors Down, Staind, Plain White T’s and Black Tide

Producer Thrilled by Accolades

Los Angeles, CA (December 22, 2008) – Producer of hit musical groups including 3 Doors Down, Staind, Plain White T’s, Disturbed, Finger Eleven and Black Tide, Johnny K. has been nominated as Producer of the Year at the upcoming 51st Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony to be held in Los Angeles.

Chicago’s own Johnny K., (his actual name is Johnny Karkazis) is nominated in Grammy Category 93 for Producer Of  The Year, Non-Classical, which is A Producer’s Award for recordings released during the Eligibility Year October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008. Johnny K’.s body of work for the award includes: Johnny Karkazis (Johnny K – Producer) (Artists names appear in parentheses.) - Big Bad World (Plain White T’s – Hollywood Records) (A); The Illusion Of Progress (Staind – Atlantic) (A); Light From Above (Black Tide – Interscope) (A) and 3 Doors Down (3 Doors Down – Universal) (A).Regarding the nomination, Johnny K. noted, “I am so excited to be nominated by my peers for the most prestigious award a record producer can receive. I’m honored to be in such great company with my fellow nominees.â€?

BK Entertainment Group founder and President Bennett Kaufman added, “Johnny K. is one of the most gifted and passionate producers I have the pleasure to have worked with. His genuine care for the Artist’s and their individuality, shines through in each record he makes. His track record of producing multiple records for Artist’s speaks volumes.â€?Best known for his production with Disturbed, 3 Doors Down, Staind, Finger Eleven, and Plain White T’s, Johnny has also worked with many other great bands such as , Simple Plan, Avenged Sevenfold, Drowning Pool and Kill Hannah. Records produced by Johnny K have sold in excess of ten million copies in the US alone which includes 7 Gold and 4 Platinum awards. Johnny also owns Groovemaster Studios in Chicago where he has produced many of his hit records. Groovemaster offers world class studios featuring SSL and Vintage Neve consoles. The studio boasts state-of-the-art recording spaces an extensive microphone collection, instruments, amps, and outstanding outboard gear (http://www.myspace.com/groovemasterstudios ).

Johnny K. is represented by the LA based entertainment concern, The BK Entertainment Group. Headed by music industry veteran Bennett Kaufman, BKEG specializes in managing the careers of Record Producers, Mixers, Songwriters, and Recording Engineers. BKEG also operates a Music Licensing Division for the TV, Film, and Advertising communities and consults various entertainment based companies.

GRAMMY ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed on Dec. 17 to the voting members of The Recording Academy. They are due back to the accounting firm Deloitte by Jan. 14, 2009, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the telecast. The 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on “GRAMMY Sunday,” Feb. 8, 2009, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

Please visit http://www.bkentertainmentgroup.com/ for additional information.

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Electro-Voice ropes the WNFR with FIR

ldsystems_wnfr_2008_001.jpgFor the fifth time in as many years, Texas-based LD Systems traveled to Las Vegas in December for the 49th annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR), a 10-day event many consider the Superbowl of rodeo. LD has partnered with the WNFR since 2004 as the event’s exclusive light and stage producer. 2007 marked the first year that LD also supplied sound reinforcement for the event.

Last year, LD used an Electro-Voice XLC rig to provide smooth, intelligible coverage at the 18,500-seat Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas. This year the WNFR returned to the Thomas and Mack Center, and so did LD Systems’ XLC rig. But with the added precision and power of NetMax N8000 system controllers with FIR-Drive, and XLC127 loudspeakers with DVX woofer upgrades, Electro-Voice has never sounded better at the WNFR.

The system, comprising XLC127DVX cabinets and XLC215 subs in two-over-six combinations, was deployed in four arrays surrounding the arena’s central scoreboard and video wall. The rig looked the same as last year’s in every way, but the reaction to the system’s performance was dramatically different, as Robert Ausmus, Director of Production Services, LD Systems, explains:

“Our clients and the show’s FOH Engineer Derreld Yost were both amazed by the sound of this year’s system in comparison to last year’s,� says Ausmus. “The combination of the DVX upgrade and NetMax with FIR-Drive is simply superb. It’s absolutely dialed-in precise in every venue we bring it to. We can’t stop talking about it, and neither can our clients after they hear it!�

In addition to sounding great, LD’s XLC rig also saves Ausmus, his A1 Bill Johnson, and his A2 Rudy Guillen time and money by only using four arrays for the event.

“We can provide complete coverage with just four arrays, thanks to the XLC’s 120-degree horizontal coverage,� says Ausmus. “With any other product, we would have needed at least six arrays. EV is a true labor-saver at events like these. Plus, relative to its compact size, the DVX system has exceptional power handling—this is a long-throw application, and we never ran out of headroom. The whole system performed perfectly for us.�

Derreld Yost, FOH Engineer for the WNFR, was also impressed with the DVX difference: “The sound of the DVX upgrades was excellent right from the start,� says Yost. “I could hear more intelligibility from the new boxes right away, and we didn’t have any coverage issues; the two things we need most for this show are coverage and intelligibility, so it was great to have so much of both. This was the best I had ever heard this arena sound, and I’ve been FOH at this event for the last six years. Even after a run of 10 performances, I didn’t have one issue with any of the gear or a single complaint about the sound.�

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Lexicon® Unveils the I·ONIX Series of USB 2.0 Desktop Recording Interfaces

Meticulously crafted and elegantly designed to deliver flawless digital recordings

Lexicon®, a Harman International Company (NYSE-HAR), today introduced its new I·ONIX U22, U42S, and U82S USB Desktop Recording Interfaces. The I·ONIX Series offers the highest quality hardware and software to provide the user with exceptional recordings. Each model provides all the necessary tools to transform a computer into a professional 24-bit digital recording studio including the USB 2.0 desktop recording interface, Steinberg® Cubase LE4® multi-track PC and Mac® recording software, Toontrack® EZdrummer® Lite virtual instrument software, and the new Lexicon Pantheon™ II VST/AU reverb plug-in.

Brilliantly designed, the I·ONIX Desktop Recording Series sit in the perfect location when using a DAW, between your keyboard and monitor. Now all the monitor and input level controls are at your fingertips. The I·ONIX Series are meticulously crafted from the highest quality components to ensure superior recordings that live up to Lexicon’s standards of performance. Each desktop recording interface features newly designed dbx® microphone preamps on all analog inputs. The preamps are driven by a high-voltage supply to guarantee stability and provide superior recordings across a wide dynamic range. Performance driven A/D-D/A converters ensure pristine 24-bit/96kHz audio quality.

Speaking about the introduction of the new I∙ONIX Desktop Recording Interfaces, Director of Marketing for Lexicon Randy Garrett stated, “Lexicon is committed to bringing the same quality equipment to casual and aspiring musicians that it has provided to professionals for years. In-depth research into home and project studio recording provided the inspiration for the unique, ergonomic shape of the new I∙ONIX Series. In addition, the no compromise design guarantees outstanding audio performance.�

The Lexicon name is synonymous with the world’s best reverb. The Pantheon II VST/AU plug-in offers six reverb types with 16 adjustable parameters, and 35 factory presets that range from Vocal to Live Sound and Special Effects. The exquisitely rich, full reverbs make it easy to add dimension and depth to any track.

Each of the three models allows for a different level of recording capability. The U22 can record two channels simultaneously and includes two analog combi-jack mic/line inputs, two TRS balanced line outputs, a Hi-Z instrument input, a ¼� high-power headphone output, and MIDI I/O. The U42S records four analog and two digital channels simultaneously, and the U82S can record eight analog and two digital channels. In addition, the U42S and U82S include four and eight analog combi-jack mic/line inputs respectively, S/PDIF I/O, two instrument inputs, and two ¼� headphone outputs. Dedicated knobs and meters provide quick and easy access to input and output levels and locking combi-jacks make sure that a connection is not lost in the middle of a performance.

The I∙ONIX Desktop Recording Interfaces all include:

• USB 2.0 connection to the DAW, up to 480Mbps
• 44.1 to 96 kHz sample rates, 24-bit resolution
• Two, Four, or Eight analog ¼� and XLR combi-jack mic/line inputs
• Two analog TRS (Stereo Main) outputs
• dbx high-voltage, ultra-low noise mic preamps on all analog inputs
• 48V phantom power for each input pair
• Input signal metering via 8 LED’s per channel
• Signal mixing and stereo bus signal metering
• Up to two 1/4� high output headphone connections
• Up to two Hi-Z instrument inputs
• Zero latency Direct/Playback monitoring
• Low latency ASIO drivers
• Pantheon II VST/AU reverb plug-in
• Steinberg Cubase LE4 and Toontrack EZdrummer Lite software packages
• Supports Windows® and Mac® platforms

Lexicon is a unit of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (www.harman.com ). Harman International designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment products for the automotive, consumer and professional markets, and maintains a strong presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia, employing more than 11,000 people worldwide. The Harman International family of brands includes AKG®, Audioaccess®, Becker®, BSS®, Crown®, dbx®, DigiTech®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson®, Revel®, QNX®, Soundcraft® and Studer®. Harman International’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “NYSE: HAR.�

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REASON FIGURES SIGNIFICANTLY IN PRODUCTION PROCESS FOR MULTI-FACETED PRODUCER/ENGINEER/PROGRAMMER & GRAMMY AWARDED MUSICIAN CHRIS VRENNA

Sought-After Player/Producer’s Recent Projects Credits Include Gnarls Barkley & Marilyn Manson

vrennapic.jpgChris Vrenna may be best known for his lengthy tenure and seminal recordings with industrial pioneers, Nine Inch Nails (with whom he won a Grammy Award in 1995 as the band’s drummer). But in the years since striking out on his own in 1997, Vrenna has become a sought-after producer, engineer, remixer, songwriter, and programmer, working with bands including Rammstein, U2, Weezer, P.O.D., David Bowie, Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Gnarls Barkley, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Green Day, Live, Adema, the Wallflowers, and with his own electronic outfit, Tweaker. As a composer, he’s scored music for popular video games including Area 51, Doom 3, Need For Speed, and Quake 4.

No matter the application or format, Vrenna says Propellerhead’s Reason figures prominently in his production process.
“I go way back with Propellerhead,� Vrenna reflects. “I used Rebirth way before Reason as I was a huge ‘mods’ collector. Now, I use Reason both in the studio and live. It’s so versatile; as a synth rack, sampler, and effects system. Reason is my main live tool, as well, and the center of my keyboard rig. It takes all the worry out of performing. I set up key-zones in the Combinator, trigger samples using NN-XT, and then build synth patches within Subtractor and Maelstrom. And switching files between songs is super fast. And for specific effects, I can route one sample or a whole synth to distortion, delay, reverb, etc. It would have taken racks of gear to do what I can do within Reason.�

While Vrenna has not completely replaced his hardware tools with virtual sythns and sequencers, he does admit that there is an immediacy and ease of use that only software can provide. “I still love hardware, but software like Reason sounds so good, and at the same time, is much easier to work with. I work on so many projects at once, that bouncing between songs is easy. And, it’s much faster to create with the GUI that Propellerhead developed.�

Some of his other ‘must-have’ Reason features run the gamut from sound to simplicity. “There’s too many to list, but the sounds, the effects, and the ease in which I can program, would be at the top of the list. The NN-XT is an awesome sampler, too. I can do so much in just one piece of software.�

Making use of Reason’s sound banks, Vrenna says he owns almost every ReFill available, his favorite of late being, “Abbey Road Keyboard�. So what’s in his current Reason Rack? “I like to build a rack from scratch for every song or project I do. It keeps me fresh.�

About Propellerhead Software
Propellerhead Software is a privately owned company based in Stockholm, Sweden. Formed in 1994, Propellerhead has created some of the most innovative new music software (ReBirth, ReCycle and Reason) and technology standards, including ReWire and the REX file format, which are used extensively in all kinds of music production. Propellerhead ReBirth program was the first virtual emulation of vintage analog gear—a trend that now dominates music software. www.propellerheads.se

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PARAGON STUDIOS BRINGS SOUND AND PICTURE EDITING UNDER ONE ROOF

Nashville Audio Post-Production Facility Unveils New Picture Edit Suite

Paragon Studios Picture Edit SuiteFranklin, TN—Paragon Studios, an industry leader in audio, broadcast and film post-production, recently put the final touches on its brand new state-of-the-art picture editing suite. This addition creates a multi-faceted studio that now allows for all picture and sound post-production needs to be completed at one single location. more

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Bryan-Michael Cox Partners with SAE Institute to Develop Custom Music Production Workshops for Students.

Media education institution taps famed music producer to lecture in six-month music production series. Hosted in SAE Institute – Atlanta, the series will be streamed to SAE campuses worldwide. Bryan Michael Cox at SAE Institute Atlanta
Atlanta, GA — December 11, 2008 — SAE Institute continues its establishment of ongoing industry partnerships by announcing its newest with Grammy-winning producer, Bryan-Michael Cox. SAE working side-by-side with Cox, have developed a six-month workshop series in which Cox will serve as the primary guest lecturer during the Spring 2009 Semester.  The Bryan-Michael Cox production workshop series will guide students through a professional producer’s journey from the beginning stages of developing a music track to selecting the right publishing deal and management. more

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