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Home Studio Achieves Optimal Performance and Cost-Efficiency with Small Tree’s GraniteSTOR abcSAN

Frustrated by his drives inability to provide adequate performance, professional audio engineer Ryan Toensing recently installed Small Tree’s GraniteSTOR abcSAN in his home studio, Sounds Good Audio Service.   

Working on tracks for local musicians utilizing Pro Tools 7.4 LE, Toensing was searching for a solution that would enable him to achieve comparable results to working off Pro Tools HD, which can be cost prohibitive for an individual user. According to Toensing, with the introduction of Pro Tools 8 LE, the 4-drive abcSAN will allow him to run 120 tracks off his MacBook Pro.       

“Computers are so powerful and fast, but traditionally, the drives are lacking,� said Toensing. “Small Tree’s abcSAN allows the computer to achieve optimal performance and eliminates time wasted waiting for the bottle-neck to clear.�  “Productivity for a one man shop like mine is critical to completing projects and keeping revenue streams coming in,� Toensing continues. “Additionally, I have to be mindful of costs associated with running my studio. Rather than spending $15k for Pro Tools HD, I’m achieving great performance and substantial savings by using abcSAN in conjunction with Pro Tools LE.�    

An iSCSI-based shared storage solution designed specifically for audio engineers looking for economical, functional and easy to manage shared and direct attached storage solutions, Small Tree’s abcSAN offers exceptional value and abundant features. Providing robust (greater than 600MB/sec), consistent performance over Ethernet networks while offering optimal cost-efficiency, abcSAN is a full-featured solution with an intuitive GUI with single pane class management for users who wish to manage RAID sets, volumes, targets and shares from one screen. Deployable as either a NAS or a SAN, abcSAN is available in a 4- or 16-drive (1 TB) configuration.    

After installing abcSAN, Toensing made an unexpected and welcome discovery while working on his latest project, an independent CD for Six Shot Love. Prior to installation, whenever he would open a plug-in while editing, Toensing would experience a pause and a pop. Now, with abcSAN, the pause and pop are gone.  

Small Tree is the Mac Networking Expert, making networking child’s play. Small Tree provides a complete portfolio of Ethernet-based networking and storage solutions for Apple Mac OS X customers.  Small Tree’s team of networking developers has extensive experience in high performance computing, and knows how to achieve the demanding application requirements of Mac customers.  Small Tree also provides contracted programming services for the Department of Defense.  For more information about the company and its products, please call 1-866-STC4MAC (1-866-782-4622), or visit www.small-tree.com.

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AVLEX INTRODUCES SUPERLUX PRO238MKII TRUE CONDENSER MICROPHONE

avlex-p238mkii_hi.jpgKansas City, MO – January 2009 … Avlex Corporation, the name audio professionals turn to for world-class wireless technology and microphones, proudly introduces the new Superlux PRO238MKII True Condenser microphone. Featuring a modular design with a removable capsule, high SPL characteristics, a hidden low-cut switch, and a warm, detailed sound, the new Superlux PRO238MKII feels great in the hand and makes an excellent choice for live sound, broadcast, and recording applications. more

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WAVES ANNOUNCES NEW LIVE DIVISION

— Company formalizes its commitment to the live sound market with a new dedicated division whose mission is to focus on the needs of FOH, Monitor and Live Sound/Recording Engineers —

WINTER NAMM SHOW, ANAHEIM, CA, January 15, 2009 — Based on years of creating hardware and software tools that have become a staple of the modern recording studio, Waves Audio announces the formation of the Waves Live Division, a dedicated branch addressing the current and future needs of the live sound market sector. Throughout its history, Waves has brought to market a number of products that have become indispensable components of the live sound signal chain, and with the Waves Live Division, the company now formalizes its commitment to the live sound market, benefiting FOH, Monitor and Live Sound/Recording/Live Broadcast engineers. As part of the Division’s inaugural initiatives, Waves will unveil a new Live Division website (www.waveslive.com), as well as release the D-Show Enabler, making over 50 Waves TDM plug-ins compatible for the live environment.

Waves’ history in the live sound market is rich and varied. MaxxBCL was the first Waves product to successfully help deliver the most bass out of PA systems including Line Arrays, and since its introduction over three years ago, it has been used by leading sound companies, improving sound in prominent tours, top live venues, and places of worship around the world. Also, since its release in November 2006, Waves Live Bundle has become one of the most valued processor packages to accompany Digidesign’s Venue consoles. Many of the world’s top FOH engineers – “Big Mick� Hughes (Metallica, Led Zeppelin), Ken “Pooch� Van Druten (Linkin Park, System of a Down), Phil Strong (Kanye West), Cirque du Soleil’s Jonathan Deans and Leon Rothenberg, to name a few – currently use Waves processing in all sectors

With the Waves Live Division, Waves continues to introduce new software for live sound, with an in-depth focus on innovative, market-driven product. The advantages of Waves Live tools are plentiful: With Waves, live engineers now have access to the same award-winning plug-ins heard on hit records, major motion pictures, and popular video games the world over. From equalizers, channel strips and reverbs, to effects, compressors and limiters, artists are now able to take their exact same Waves studio settings into a live performance environment.

In addition to these benefits, Waves simplifies a live setup by eliminating the need for dozens of pieces of rackmounted gear. Additionally, over the last few years, Waves has earned the reputation for accurately modeling every last nuance of the sound and behavior of the most highly sought-after vintage gear. Now, live engineers can offer these classic sounds without having to track down and haul expensive, fragile original processor units.

As part of the new Division’s product initiatives, over 50 of Waves’ most popular plug-ins are now compatible with Digidesign’s D-Show platform, using the new Waves D-Show Enabler. Award-winning Waves TDM plug-in bundles like the SSL 4000 Collection, V-Series, The API Collection, MaxxVolume, and more are now available for use in live sound.

With a wide variety of experiences in both live sound and sound design, Asher Bitansky, Waves Director of Business Development, has been appointed by Waves to oversee the business side of the Live Division’s formation. Bitansky will be on hand at Winter NAMM for further information on Waves Live Division. Additionally, hands-on demos of the new live TDM plug-ins will be available at the Digidesign/Venue booth.

“Waves has an unwavering commitment to great sound and to offering performers and engineers the tools they need,� stated Gilad Keren, CEO of Waves. “With the Waves Live Division, Waves can now offer more formal, dedicated efforts to serving the needs of this substantial group of professional audio engineers.�

For more information, please visit www.waveslive.com or www.waves.com.

About Waves Ltd.:
Waves is a leading provider of audio DSP software and hardware solutions for the professional, broadcast and consumer audio market sectors. Waves’ award-winning products are chosen by key industry professionals, and the Waves sound can be heard on countless hit recordings, major motion pictures and popular video games worldwide. Waves also offers semiconductors with embedded software solutions and licensable algorithms under the Maxx brand for consumer electronics audio applications. Waves’ Maxx technology dramatically enhances audio performance in consumer applications and has been licensed to several prominent companies, including Motorola and Microsoft. For more information, visit the Waves web site at http://www.waves.com.

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AVIOM INTRODUCES NEW PRO64® OUTPUT MODULE

6416o_v2_front_cmyk.jpgAviom, exclusive developer of the world’s most powerful audio transport protocol, A-Net®, continues to add to its Pro64® Series with the introduction of the 6416o v.2 Output Module. The output levels featured on this new Pro64 Series output module simplify connectivity with other manufacturers’ mixing consoles, amplifiers, powered speaker systems, and recording devices, and increase the flexibility of Aviom’s high-fidelity digital audio networking solution. more

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LECTROSONICS WITHSTANDS BATTLE OF THE BANDS

tmorgan_hi.jpgRio Rancho, NM – January 2009… For any sound crew, outdoor music programs are tough enough, as they require extra care to avoid wind, condensation, and the unavoidable issue of something being dropped at the most inopportune time—usually when changing the setups between the opening and main acts. Now, take these ever-present conditions and multiply them by fifteen and you begin to grasp the challenges facing Ted Morgan and his crew as they ran sound for the recent Word Out Festival Battle of the Bands near Kissimmee, FL in Osceola County just south of Orlando. The wireless mics and instrument transmitters deployed on this project worked flawlessly, but the gear absorbed some rather nasty bumps. As it turned out, all is well—thanks in large part to the fact that the wireless equipment was from none other than Lectrosonics. more

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AURALEX GETS FUNKY WITH BASS LEGEND BOOTSY COLLINS IN HIS NEW RECORDING STUDIO, THE ARK

~ Variety of Panels Tame Live Room Acoustics ~

Bootsy Collins Cincinnati, OH – Funk legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Bootsy Collins recently turned to Auralex Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, to help tame the wild live room acoustics of his personal studio, The ARK. The large, multi-purpose room, capable of holding sizeable string and horn sections, large school bands or full dance troupes, replete with stage and backline, became a sonic nightmare with bouncing frequencies jamming up the funk jam. The remedy was the prudent application of Auralex’s AudioTileâ„¢, SonoFlat Panels and 4″ StudioFoam Pyramid products. more

Paragon Studios Provides Inspired Sound for “Faith & Fame”

paragon-studios-mixes-sound-for-faith-fame.jpgGospel Music Channel Show Profiles Christian Recording Artists’ Music and Life

Franklin, TN – Paragon Studios recently completed sound mixing five episodes of Faith & Fame, Gospel Music Channel’s original biography series featuring Gospel artists sharing stories of their lives, family, music and faith. more

WAVES EXPANDS ITS DORROUGH METER COLLECTION WITH SURROUND

— Waves’ precision models of the world’s finest hardware meters, developed in association with Dorrough Electronics, Inc., now include tools specially-engineered for surround production environments —

Waves Dorrough Surround

WINTER NAMM SHOW, ANAHEIM, CA, January 15, 2009 — Waves Audio expands its Dorrough Meter Collection with the new Surround Edition. The collection was developed in association with Dorrough Electronics, Inc., and the new Surround Edition includes the entire Waves Dorrough Meter Collection, with all its advanced display features and functions, plus customized meters engineered especially for surround production environments. The Waves Dorrough Meter Collection – Surround Edition is available in Waves 360° Surround Tools, Waves Mercury and separately.

For over a decade, Waves has been a leader in the digital audio revolution, modeling console components, vintage amplifiers, and rare outboard compressors and equalizers. Now, with the Waves Dorrough Meter Collection, they have modeled the world’s finest hardware meters. These precision models of classic Dorrough Meters offer the same readability, musicality, and accuracy of the original units. Dorrough Meters are renowned for their unique ability to paint a detailed picture of true loudness, which is why more Dorroughs are used in advanced production facilities than those of any other brand.

Displaying both average and peak levels in a single readout, Waves Dorrough Meters are the only meters which actually let users see the density of the sound.
The Waves Dorrough Meter Collection – Surround Edition includes:

- 5.0 and 5.1 Components
- 3 Modes: DTS, ITU/SMPTE, Film/Dolby Digital
- Simultaneous Sum/Diff and Phase Correlations Readouts

Other Features include:
- Superfast Peak Response
- Sum and Difference Energies for Optimal Stereo-to-Mono Compatibility
- Left/Right Phase Correlation
- Displays Number of Overs
- Peak and Average Level Relations
- Three Selectable Styles: Horizontal (280D/240D), Vertical (380D/340D), and Arc (40AES/EBU)
- Three Selectable Sizes: Extra Large, Large, and Small
- Selectable Reference Levels
- Switch Between Display Sizes and Styles with the Click of a Mouse
- 40dB Scale in 1 dB steps
- Mono & Stereo Components

Users of Waves Mercury and 360° Surround Tools covered by Waves Update Plan (WUP) receive The Waves Dorrough Meter Collection – Surround Edition at no additional charge. For more information, please visit www.waves.com.

About Waves Ltd.:
Waves is a leading provider of audio DSP software and hardware solutions for the professional, broadcast and consumer audio market sectors. Waves’ award-winning products are chosen by key industry professionals, and the Waves sound can be heard on countless hit recordings, major motion pictures and popular video games worldwide. Waves also offers semiconductors with embedded software solutions and licensable algorithms under the Maxx brand for consumer electronics audio applications. Waves’ Maxx technology dramatically enhances audio performance in consumer applications and has been licensed to several prominent companies, including Motorola and Microsoft. For more information, visit the Waves web site at http://www.waves.com.

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SOLID STATE LOGIC AWS 900+ BECOMES INDUSTRY CONSOLE OF CHOICE

AWS Sales Reach 450 Worldwide

ANAHEIM, CA—The Solid State Logic AWS 900+ Analogue Workstation System, the console that re-defined the recording industry, continues its legacy through studio placements with superstar producers, post production and educational facilities. The AWS 900+ delivers SSL’s legendary SuperAnalogue™ sound and dynamics processing while offering complete on console control for multiple DAW systems simultaneously. Worldwide sales have exceeded 450 Systems since the release of the original AWS 900. more

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CAD SETS NEW QUALITY BENCHMARK WITH USB MICROPHONES

u37-tripod.JPGSolon, OH––CAD, the company that redefined the nature and process of modern recording is now bringing its award-winning technologies to a line of new multi-purpose USB microphones.

Aptly described as “The Brand Used By Professionals,” the CAD U37 Studio Recording mic, U7 Tabletop Recording mic, U2 Stereo Headset Mic and U1 Recording Mic are designed to offer computer users, gamers, musicians and home recordists more sophisticated performance at surprisingly affordable prices.

The typically precise and uncompromising new CAD U37 USB enables users to easily “plug in and record” studio-quality audio directly into Windows and Macintosh-compatible computers. This versatile high performance vocal and instrument mic can be used for creating podcasts over the Internet, audio for video and recording songs and soundtracks.

An accurate tabletop recording mic that also works well with laptop computers, the new CAD U7 USB is designed for home, office and music applications such as conference and legal recording, dictation of meeting notes, adding audio to slide presentations, and recording vocals, instruments and bands.

The U2 USB stereo headphones with microphone are designed for exceptional performance in VoIP use, language training, gaming, and podcasting. Light and rugged, the U2 features a comfortable headband with soft ear pads and gooseneck condenser microphone boom.

Offering unparalleled quality for price, the new U1 USB recording mic enables direct recording of vocals and instruments into any Windows-based or Macintosh computer for creating music tracks, podcasts and audio for video recordings.

MSRP for the CAD U37 Studio Recording & U7 Tabletop USB Mics: $79.00 MSRP for the CAD U2 Stereo Headset Mic & U1 Recording Mics: $49.00

For more about the new CAD USB Microphones, please call 800.762.9266 or visit www.cadmics.com.

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