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AKG Launches C 214 Stereo Set Offering Maximum Consistency And Accurate Localization For Stunning, Three-Dimensional Recordings

Demonstrating the outstanding performance value and versatility of the C 214 microphone, AKG today launched the C 214 Stereo Set today at NAMM. The rugged construction of the C 214 delivers a highly detailed and accurate sound not only in the studio, but on the road as well. The introduction of the Stereo Set provides users with a complete solution that delivers outstanding performance and excellent quality from a pair of C 214’s.

“Realistic stereo recordings require microphones with outstanding performance and excellent quality,â€? comments Thomas Stubics, Product Marketing Manager for Recording and Broadcast at AKG. “It also requires performance consistency and accurate localization from the pair of microphones. Therefore, every factory-matched pair of C 214’s is created from thousands of individual microphones selected by AKG’s sophisticated computer-aided matching method and the result is the highest possible correlation over the whole frequency range and virtually identical sensitivity for stunning, 3-dimensional recordings.“

The C 214 is a cost effective alternative to the revolutionary C 414 and is capable of handling the rigors of high-pressure sound, such as amplified guitars, with sensitivity perfect for voice and orchestral instruments as well. The C 214 boasts the highest dynamic range in its class and features a low cut switch enabling operation in low phantom power voltages from 12 to 48 volts.

Additional features include 156 dB SPL capability, an integrated suspension, double mesh grill and high RF immunity. The circuitry in the C 214 provides maximum SPL capability with minimum noise and the XLR-type output connector offers loss-free signals.

Commenting on the C 214 is Grammy Award Nominee, Hal Winer, owner of BiCoastal Music. “I’ve been using the C 214’s regularly and I absolutely love them! I’ve used them for a wide range of recording applications and I find them especially great for jazz kick drum. It’s been very difficult to find a microphone to represent that small and tight sound that a jazz kick has and the C 214 is absolutely the best microphone I’ve ever used in that application. Piano, voice and guitar amp applications have been equally successful.”

Hal Winer has produced records for world-renowned artists including Rob Thomas, Björk, Joe Lynn Turner, Tony Levin, John Patitucci and Mike Stern. “They have become my ‘go to’ microphone for almost everything and I keep them mounted on stands for regular use,” said Winer.

Accompanying a pair of C 214’s, the Stereo Set includes spider-type shock mounts, stand adapters, windscreens, and a stereo pair certificate for authenticity.

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METRIC HALO GEAR IS KHALIQ GLOVER’S “HYPNOTIC AUDIO SECRET”

khaliq_glover.JPGLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 2009: Khaliq Glover, perhaps better known by his 80s-video-game-inspired moniker “Khaliq-O-Vision,” is a Grammy-winning sound engineer, producer and songwriter whose career neatly spans the analog-to-digital-to-hybrid revolution that has defined the audio industry over the past quarter century. He began working for Kenny Rogers at Lion Share Studios in 1982 and, as an apprentice to many of the top engineers at the time, including Humberto Gatica, Tommy Vicari, and John Guess, learned the skills, perspectives and philosophies that have served him so well.

Even though he cut his teeth in the analog domain, Glover saw the benefits of digital technology even in its infancy. Nevertheless, he maintains a keen sense of proportion and only uses technology that clearly serves the music. Two of his long-time favorites are Metric Halo’s SpectraFoo and ChannelStrip, the first for visually analyzing mixes and the second for making necessary adjustments.

Among the highlights of Khaliq’s career to date were his participation in the Michael Jackson/Quincy Jones’ epic “We are the World” project and his 2002 Grammy Award for Marcus Miller’s “M2″ album. He has worked with Jermaine Jackson, Donna Summer, Prince, Justin Timberlake, Herbie Hancock, John Mayer, Christina Aguilera, Stevie Wonder, and more. Just within the last year, Khaliq has engineered on projects for Jamie Foxx, Usher, Angie Stone, and Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam.

Given his experience and inside knowledge, Khaliq has recently started training upcoming engineers and producers at his website, www.Hypnotic-Audio-Secrets.com and at his video upload community called www.MusiciansVideoTube.com

Metric Halo’s SpectraFoo is a standalone audio analysis program loaded with every tool necessary for understanding the spectral, phase, power, and envelope aspects of a mix, either at a snapshot in time or integrated over seconds, minutes or a whole song. “I’m especially into the Spectragram, which displays the intensity of different frequencies across time,” said Khaliq. “In addition to my own music, I’ve used it to analyze hit music of the past and present. There are clearly a lot more extreme highs and lows in today’s music, but it’s obvious that there is a little less care about distributing frequencies across the spectrum. I see a lot of buildups. The older stuff tends to look more even, and I think that comes across aurally as a smoother mix.”

Having that insight has made Khaliq approach his own mixes with more nuance and has affected the way he hears things for the better. “When I have to make changes in the mix, I almost always turn to ChannelStrip,” he said. ChannelStrip folds the three most commonly-used processing tools into one CPU-lite plug-in. It’s gate/expansion, compression and EQ modules feature extensive parameterization that is made intuitive and accessible by a visual graphic interface. In addition, ChannelStrip includes a precision delay for time-aligning tracks.

“I love that ChannelStrip sounds so good, but doesn’t bring my system to its knees,” laughed Khaliq. “It’s a lot of bang for the buck!” When asked about its sound and functionality, Khaliq responded, “It’s organic. I find that with almost every other digital processor out there, I really have to crank things to make audible adjustments that I can easily get with minor tweaks on analog gear. ChannelStrip responds more like the analog gear in that respect. You can really hear what it’s doing.”

Together, SpectraFoo and ChannelStrip have improved Khaliq’s mixes. “I came up in the era of tape and learned from all the old school guys,” he said. “Now I guess I’m one of the old school guys! There have been a lot of changes in audio technology in the last twenty-five years. Digital audio brings with it tremendous power and flexibility, but it also demands sensitivity and moderation that can be a real challenge for a young engineer. The deeper understanding afforded by SpectraFoo and the intuitive visual interface of ChannelStrip have made my work thousand-times better.”

METRIC HALO Based in New York’s Hudson Valley, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and hardware.

www.mhlabs.com

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DIGICO SD8 IS A (PINBALL) WIZARD AS DI-RECT DOES TOMMY

DiGiCo’s latest console – the SD8 – has already been welcomed on a range of tours with one of the more unusual productions being a version of The Who’s rock opera, Tommy, being performed in the Netherlands.
Although combining popular music with theatre – exemplified by shows like Mamma Mia and We Will Rock You – is currently a popular genre of entertainment, combining that idea with genuine live rock’n’roll is quite a tough challenge. But, it’s one that popular Dutch four piece band Di-rect has risen to and ticket demand for the 90-date theatre tour of their homeland has been exceptional.
Sound contractor for the Di-rect Does Tommy tour is The Purple Group, part of the Synco Network, with the company’s recently purchased DiGiCo SD8 in pride of place at the front of house position.
Using DiGiCo’s standard stage rack, the console is using 48 inputs and 16 outputs. With the addition of an RME MADI interface, the show is recorded each night to a laptop, enabling the crew to soundcheck in each new venue without the band needing to be present.
“That is a really great facility,� says the Purple Group’s Robert de Loey. “It makes soundchecking so much easier and quicker, because we can do it whenever it’s convenient. We don’t have to wait for the band and it frees up more time for them as well.�
But this is just one of the many positive aspects of the SD8 that the Purple Group has found. Reliability, sound quality and the vast array of facilities have made it a very popular addition to the company’s DiGiCo inventory.
“The SD8 is working really well,â€? says Robert. “The show is running great, the sound is great, the desk is great. Everything that we hoped for is there in the desk – we are so happy with it that we are already looking to purchase a second one.
“Other Dutch acts are also looking to use the SD8 on their shows, so I don’t think it will get any rest for many months to come!�
Di-rect lead singer Tim Akkerman (left) with David Hol, front of house engineer.

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AURALEX STRIKES A CHORD WITH LEADING GUITAR MANUFACTURER GIBSON FOR ITS SONICPRINT ACOUSTICAL PANELS

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 16, 2009 – Auralex Acoustics and legendary guitar manufacturer, Gibson, collaborate to provide “Art of Sound” guitar images for Auralex’s SonicPrint line. Auralex, the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, has gained access to Gibson’s gallery of images for its innovative SonicPrint custom-printed, artistic ProPanels line. Auralex is now licensed to print any Gibson, Gibson USA, The Gibson Original, Gibson Acoustics, Gibson Custom Art, Epiphone, Dobra, Tobias and Steinberger brand materials and product images onto its SonicPrint panels. more

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EASTWEST INTRODUCES QUANTUM LEAP SD2 – THE NEXT GENERATION UPGRADE AT NAMM 2009

eastwest_ql-sd2-update-box_namm-2009.JPGNew Package Delivers 2.5 Gigs of New Sounds and 1.5 Gigs of Old Greats

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 15, 2009 — EASTWEST, the industry leader in soundware development and distribution, proudly announces a power-packed update for the popular Quantum Leap SD2 – The Next Generation virtual instrument software which will be making its industry debut at NAMM 2009, January 15-18 (Booth 6630, Hall A). more

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Steinberg and Yamaha Join METAlliance as Pro Partners

Steinberg and Yamaha have joined the METAlliance as Pro Partners at the 2009 Winter NAMM Show.

METAlliance

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.

“We’re very pleased to be partnered with the METAlliance,” says Kazunori Kobayashi, Steinberg’s Managing Director. “With both Steinberg and Yamaha working at the highest technological standards and committed to delivering optimum quality for creative professionals, the new partnership with the METAlliance is a natural step.”

Steinberg has been providing award-winning, technologically-advanced music and media production products for musicians and producers of music, video and film since 1984. Steinberg is today one of the world’s largest audio software houses with more than 1.5 million users worldwide.

“We’ve worked with many of the founding members of METAlliance for many years on our audio and music production products, and are very pleased to work with them to push standards in the audio and music industry even further. It’s a very exciting time for the industry,” Kobayashi adds.

“Apart from the sonic benefits of Steinberg, what’s most important to me is its wide open platform, commented METAlliance co-founder Frank Filipetti. There is no other company whose product has enhanced the way I work more than Steinberg’s Nuendo workstation,” says Chuck Ainlay. “We’re thrilled to have Steinberg as a partner with the METAlliance,” added co-founder Elliot Scheiner.

Since January 2005, Steinberg is a wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of audio hardware. Yamaha Pro Audio offers a complete line of professional audio products for the live sound and sound reinforcement markets. Yamaha products have received the most nominations in the area of technical achievement in the Mix Foundation TEC Awards 20-year history.

“I won my first two Grammy’s recording James Taylor on a Yamaha O2R, and I’ve never looked back,” remarked Frank Filipetti. “The price goes down, the quality goes up. The innovation never stops.” “I have been using Yamaha professional gear for decades,” said Elliot Scheiner. “My personal studio’s centerpiece is a DM-2000 console.” George Massenburg added: “We’re all terribly proud to have Yamaha, one of the world’s foremost music technology companies, as a METAlliance Pro Partner.”

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.

Recognizing the industry’s success in bringing products offering convenience and low cost, the METAlliance is dedicated to the passionate commitment of securing the art of music through recording technologies that best deliver the music in all its many modern forms. To do this, quality needs to be recognized and supported.

Interested companies should contact:
Jim Pace, Dir. of Business Affairs: jpace@metalliance.com
The Alliance is a Tennessee registered LLC.

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.

Manhattan Center’s Grand Ballroom Gets NEXO and Yamaha Facelift

manhattan-centers-grand-ballroom-nexo-geo-s-12-and-yamaha-m7cl.JPG─Room Upgrades Include a NEXO GEO S12 Line Array and Two Yamaha M7CL
Digital Consoles─

BUENA PARK, Calif.─Originally built as the Manhattan Opera House in 1906 by Oscar Hammerstein I, the Manhattan Center boasts a rich history of entertainment, corporate and cultural events. Now, more than 100 years later, the building still serves the metro New York area with two unique event spaces – The Hammerstein and The Grand Ballrooms. The flexibility of these rooms, along with their connection to in-house recording and television studios, allows clients to transform the rooms to suit any style of event, from corporate events, rock concerts, and television shoots to trade or fashion shows and product launches.

The Grand Ballroom blends elegant ambiance with cutting edge modern technology. With a capacity of 1,200 for theater-style seating and 550 for seated dinners, the 10,000 square foot space is perfect for a live, theatrical, corporate presentations and banquets. The 40-foot high ceiling features plenty of rigging points for production and lighting needs. With a direct link to Manhattan Center Productions’ Studio 7 and an in-house video control room, audio-visual needs are easily achieved. The connection of The Grand Ballroom to the recording studios, coupled with the room’s superior acoustics makes it an attractive venue for large-scale music recording of live events. Past performers that have recorded in The Grand Ballroom include Luciano Pavarotti, Dave Matthews and Emmylou Harris.

The Grand Ballroom was recently given a well-needed audio facelift when the facility installed a NEXO GEO S 12 Series Line Array and two Yamaha M7CL digital audio consoles, one for front of house and one for monitors. “It was time to update The Grand Ballroom and invest in equipment, states Robert Carvell, Technical Director. “We had been renting up until that point and determined it was time to purchase our own system. We were doing listening tests with other systems when Bob Quinones of Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems approached us to use the space for a NEXO speaker demo,� says Carvell. “How fortuitous, I thought. So we held off making any decisions on a line array purchase until after the Yamaha NEXO demo.�

“Our president and vice president are both musicians as well as business people,� adds Carvell. “When they heard the musical quality of the NEXO system they were really impressed. It was more of an emotional/artistic thing than anything else. From a business perspective, we were excited about getting something that is already pretty big in Europe and Asia, and with the recent acquisition of NEXO by Yamaha Corporation Japan, is becoming a fast-growing system here in America.�

Carvell said the decision to purchase the Yamaha M7CL consoles was based on their need to move into the digital age without spending large sums of money. “The M7CL is a very versatile, mid-range digital console that does not require sacrificing your first born child. The console at front of house allows for digital control of the NEXO system as well as future upgrades including the addition of digital snakes and an expanded audio flow throughout the building.�

The Grand Ballroom hosts approximately three events each week and since getting the new system, the room has been used for orchestral performances, DJ events, rock concerts and religious services. “We are definitely getting favorable responses to the new system,� notes Roy Clark, Head of Audio. “And, the wedge monitors are working out very well for the musicians on stage.�

For more information on The Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center, visit www.mcstudios.com.

For more information on the NEXO GEO S12 Line Array and Yamaha M7CL digital consoles, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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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.

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EASTWEST INTRODUCES PLAY 2.0 AT NAMM 2009

Adds Editing Capabilities to Company’s 32-bit/64-bit Sample Engine

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 15, 2009 — EASTWEST, the industry leader in soundware development and distribution, is offering users additional control over the company’s PLAY-Powered instruments with the introduction of PLAY 2.0, which adds editing capabilities. The company will be introducing PLAY 2.0 at NAMM 2009 (Booth 6630, Hall A). more

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RF CENTRAL OFFERS TELEVISION STATIONS ENHANCED FLEXIBILITY WITH LAUNCH OF RFX-DIGITAL FIXED LINKS

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Carlisle, PA, January15, 2009 – RF Central, a Brand of The Vitec Group, is proud to introduce its new family of digital fixed links, the GL Series, to broadcasters throughout the country. As an ideal solution for Studio Transmitter Link (STL), Transmitter Studio Link (TSL) and Inter City Relay (ICR) applications, the versatile GL Series modular platforms offer the use of different boards, allowing the units to accept analog video, E3, EI (4x), ASI or SDI inputs with the option of mixing signals together and sending all signals over a single lin more

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RF CENTRAL OFFERS TELEVISION STATIONS ENHANCED FLEXIBILITY WITH LAUNCH OF RFX-DIGITAL FIXED LINKS

Carlisle, PA, January15, 2009 – RF Central, a brand of The Vitec Group, is proud to introduce its new family of digital fixed links, the GL Series, to broadcasters throughout the country. As an ideal solution for Studio Transmitter Link (STL), Transmitter Studio Link (TSL) and Inter City Relay (ICR) applications, the versatile GL Series modular platforms offer the use of different boards, allowing the units to accept analog video, E3, EI (4x), ASI or SDI inputs with the option of mixing signals together and sending all signals over a single link. more

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