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ProMedia Training and IK Multimedia have teamed up to offer a free clinic on learning to mix in Pro Tools with IK Multimedia’s T-Racks 3. Get an inside look at T-Racks 3. Learn how to mix and master your tracks with IK product specialist and ProMedia Training teacher, Mark Hornsby. Mark has developed sound libraries and aided in plug-in development for a variety of high-profile audio technology companies including IK Multimedia and Sonic Reality. As an engineer, he won two awards for engineering in the a cappella field, and he has worked with a number of highly successful artists including Jerry Marotta, Jon Anderson, Danny Gottlieb, and John Blackwell.

Aimed at both the curious and owners alike, this special free clinic will go from introduction, to advanced TIPS AND TRICKS on how to mix inside Pro Tools.

This clinic is FREE of charge. All you have to do is register by sending an email to:

April 28th 2009, 7 – 8:30 pm
ProMedia Training
326 Aspen Grove Drive, Suite 606
Franklin, TN 37067

For more information go to:

About ProMedia Training
With locations in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Nashville, San Diego, and New York, ProMedia Training is the leader in modern accelerated audio and multimedia training. In addition to individual instruction at professional facilities, the company provides on-site training for corporations, allowing industry professionals to upgrade their skills in their own working environment—some of which include MTV, HBO, and Turner Broadcasting; Dolby Labs, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and Loyola University. The faculty includes Grammy and Emmy Award winners that have worked on hundreds of gold and platinum albums with such artists as U2, Aerosmith, Ricky Martin, Steely Dan, Ozzy Osbourne, Outkast, and Dixie Chicks. ProMedia Training partners with manufacturers such as Digidesign, Apple, Propellerhead, and Waves. ProMedia Training is the leading authorized Digidesign Pro School, having certified more students than any other organization. For more information visit:

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“” Debuts at 2009 NAB

New Web-Based Software Lets Writers Craft and Control Spoken Script Length

TV Video Timer screen CopytimerBeaverton, OR – April 17, 2009 – At the 2009 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) trade show in Las Vegas, software will be unveiled to the public. is a new web-based software application that calculates the time it takes to read a script. Writers simply choose any of the included script formats: TV/video, film, or plain text, and then paste or type in copy, instantly calculates the spoken length of the script to the hundredth of a second.

Designed for streamlining the process of writing scripts with specific spoken lengths, such as 30-second radio or TV commercials or television shows with 8-minute segments, can reasonably predict the length of any spoken audio recording before it gets recorded, based on the script.

The software offers 3 different speech speeds and converts English and Spanish text to calculated read times. Other features include downloading the script as a PDF or Word Doc, printing directly from the timer, and saving a script to an account to be accessed at a later time.

The new software will be offered on subscription basis for $19.99US per month. As the software will be evolving and adding new capabilities, subscribers automatically get access to updates at no extra charge. As a web-based application, can be accessed from any location and by all involved in a production.

“In my 40 years in the radio business I always dreamed of a fast efficient way to time copy, and now that we have found Copytimer it has given us back many hours of lost time each week dealing with long copy. Copytimer is a life saver,” said Bob Ancheta, Owner of, who is testing the new software.

The software can be seen at NAB Booth: C155N, April 20-23, 2009 in Las Vegas. is also currently available as a free 30-day demo. For more information visit the website at or call (866) 973-8283 to speak with a representative.

Copytimer is a trademark of, all other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

615 Music News for NAB/RTNDA: Company Adds Three Major New Catalogs to its Roster


NAB/RTNDA, Las Vegas & Nashville, TN, April 20, 2009 — 615 Music has signed deals to represent three significant new music catalogs. 615 Music President and CEO Randy Wachtler made the announcement. (NOTE: During NAB, the company will have booths located at: NAB Booth # SL9111 and RTNDA Booth #R303.)

615 Music is now representing the music catalogs “RSM� (Reliable Source Music,) “Live Source,� and “Adonys 5.1.� Said Mr. Wachtler, “’RSM’ is a popular catalog from the U.K. and we look forward to representing them here in the U.S. The music is diverse, and will be a very good fit for film and TV. Our L.A. office will especially do well with ‘RSM.’� He adds, “And ‘Live Source’ is also an exciting new collection that I believe will do very well for our clients. Additionally, ’Adonys 5.1’ is one of the first catalogs to offer surround mixes as well as traditional stereo mixes. Our film clients will love this catalog!�


Reliable Source Music (RSM) is a London-based production music library that was founded by Wayne Bickerton, a famous pop musician. RSM is an established music production and publishing company that specializes in providing music to media professionals, by creating broadcast quality music for use in advertising, TV, video, radio, film, multimedia and corporate use, either off the shelf (production music,) or written to order (bespoke music.) All RSM tracks are available to download in mp3, WAV & AIFF formats.

The RSM catalog features 85 CDs of music in diverse styles and genres from some of the best known composers in England. For more information, please see:

Wayne Bickerton’s credits include having composed and produced over 30 hit records including the No. 1 hit “Sugar Baby Love� by The Rubettes. Having been named Songwriter of the Year in 1974 by the British Music Academy, in 1975-6 he was also named as top British record producer by the UK’s “British Phonographic Industry.� As head of Deram-Decca Records in the 1960s, Bickerton signed Cat Stevens and the Moody Blues, and later, as Head of A&R with Polydor UK, he signed The Osmonds, Neil Sedaka The New Seekers, Billy Connolly and many others. Wayne also served on the board of the UK-PRS for twenty years becoming Deputy Chairman and the Chairman – CEO.


Live Source, a catalog that features “live� musicians and composers who’ve worked extensively on a broad range of television projects, is a new library from Banshee Music, a sonic branding agency and next generation music publisher. ( )The expertise of Banshee Music, which was born out of GMR Marketing, one of the world’s largest brand marketing agencies, is rooted in both brand marketing and entertainment across all channels, creating music that emotionally connects with consumers.

Live Source features the work of composer Chris Hanson, whose work has been heard on every major TV and radio network, and within TV shows such as “Desperate Housewives,� “20/20,� “Sex and the City,� “The Apprentice� and “Deadwood,� to name a few. Live Source also features the work of composer Michael Standal, who has amassed a catalog of more than 700 songs, with music appearing in television productions in at least 32 countries. His songs have been used in shows such as “20/20,� “48 Hours,� “60 Minutes,� “Survivor,� “America’s Most Wanted,� “Alias,� “American Idol,� “The Bachelor,� “CSI,� “Dancing With The Stars,� “Dateline,� “Primetime,� “Law and Order� and the “Gilmore Girls,� as well as in several prominent motion pictures. Michael has been a first-call studio musician in the Midwest for decades.

Other musical contributors to Live Source include Guns ‘N Roses/Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum and Violent Femmes drummer Victor DeLorenzo.

Said Gary Reynolds, Chairman/CEO, Banshee Music, “We at Banshee Music are proud to associate with 615 Music on this Live Source catalog rep deal within the U.S. 615 Music is a great independent publishing company, created and owned by Randy Wachtler, someone for whom we really have a great deal of respect.�


Adonys 5.1 is a new catalog from Paris that features all mixes available in 5.1 Surround as well as stereo mixes. The company’s 5.1 AC-3 offers clients the ability to insert music that is already encoded in Dolby Digital (AC-3 format) and is downloadable for use within corporate films, videogames, websites, etc. The company’s 5.1 Discrete allows the use of company tracks in movies, TV productions, advertising, etc., for projects in which music will need to be mixed with dialogue, comments, sound effects, etc. Adonys 5.1 has available on free DVD the separated files of the mix in SDII format (.L, .R, .C, .LS, .RS, .LFE.) For more info, please see:


In other 615 Music News: During NAB 2009, 615 Music will be offering “Happy Hoursâ€? with beer and wine to guests who visit the company’s NAB Booth # SL9111, on Monday April 20 and Tuesday April 21, from 2:30–4:30 PM. Live music, under the umbrella “615 Music Unplugged Happy Hour,â€? will be provided by artist Mark Slaughter from the band “Slaughter,â€? who will play a set and sign autographs during each of those time frames.


Founded by president/CEO Randy Wachtler in Nashville, Tenn., in 1984,
615 Music is a multi-award winning, full-service music development, recording, post-production and sound design company with clients that include broadcast and cable television networks and programs, local market TV stations, radio stations and syndicates, advertising agencies, and filmmakers, among others. The company is comprised of 15 production libraries, and offers clients well over 600 CDs and more than 30,000 cuts of music.

615’s client roster is comprised of virtually every major broadcast and cable television network, including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS, MSNBC, HBO Worldwide, A&E, HGTV, The History Channel, The Family Channel, Discovery, and CMT. Additionally, the company has written and produced musical themes and promotions used within, and to promote, numerous television series and shows. These have included the “TODAY� show, “Live with Regis and Kelly,� The Discovery Channel, “Frasier,� ABC Sports College Football, and PBS’s “Nova.�

In Fall 2007, 615 Music acquired the renowned Metro Music library. All of 615 Music’s libraries are available to the company’s clients via CD, Hard Drive, or through digital download. The combined 615 Music & Metro Music libraries are 615 “Gold” and “Platinumâ€? Collections; 615 Song Library; AMP; Kingsize NYC; Metro Music; Music Shop; Music Gallery; Promo Accelerator; Cosmind Production Music; Plan 8 Music; Interpulse; Scoring Stage Film & TV; and ZEN.

Internationally, 615 Music also enjoys a worldwide presence. The company’s various libraries are currently being distributed to over 60 countries via its sub-publishers. In addition, 615 Music has written and produced a great deal of original music work for clients based in India, Germany, and the U.K.

Among 615 Music’s numerous awards is a National Emmy for the memorable theme the company created for A&E’s acclaimed “Biography� series. For the past two years in a row, 615 Music was also Emmy Award nominated for “Best Original Song� for two songs the company wrote and produced for NBC’s “TODAY� show—those songs were entitled “Live for Today� and “It’s a New Day, Today.�

615 Music is located at 1030 16th Ave South, Nashville, TN, 37212.
The company’s phone number is 615/244-6515 and its new website can be accessed via


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PARK RIDGE, N.J., April 17, 2009 - Sony Electronics is introducing two programs to assist customers in making the transition to the new approved channel range for wireless microphone operation.

“FCC regulations for the use of wireless microphones have changed due to the upcoming DTV transition,” said Paul Foschino, senior marketing manager for professional audio at Sony Electronics. “Sony has discontinued its previous range of WL-800 and UWP Series of wireless microphone models operating on previously dedicated UHF-TV channels (62 – 69). These original units may be replaced with new Sony models operating on UHF-TV channels now authorized by the FCC for wireless transmission Sony has created two programs for end users to help ease this transition.”

The options for customers are as follows:

Owners can take advantage of an End User Mail-in Cash Rebate on all Sony wireless models. No trade-in is required, and customers may purchase a new system and submit rebate forms on-line. Rebates range from $40.00 up to $200. Complete terms and conditions can be found at

End users of Sony 800 Series wireless components who wish to modify their units may take advantage of a Subsidized Service Program to subsidize a portion of the modification costs.

Sony customers with WL-800 Series “B” suffix models who wish to modify their existing channels 62/64 or channels 66/68 wireless systems to operate on alternative channels 30/32 or channels 42/44 may contact Sony Service in Teaneck N.J. (201-833-5300) to inquire about prices for specific model modifications. Sony customers with UWP Series systems operating on channels 62/64 or channels 66/68 should consider replacing their wireless systems with new UWP systems that operate in channels 30/32 or channels 42/44.

For complete details on Sony wireless microphones, visit

Pictured: Sony UWP X8 Handheld mic and Modular Receiver Package

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Atlanta Sound & Lighting uses EV, Midas to “Rock FORE Dough” at the Masters golf tournament

rock_fore_dough_2009_01.jpgThe sixth annual Rock FORE Dough concert was held April 9 through April 12 in Augusta, Ga. during the Master’s golf tournament. Featuring performances by Hootie and the Blowfish, Zac Brown Band, Shawn Mullins, and 48 Volt, with sound and light by Atlanta Sound & Lighting (ASL), the event raised money to benefit the First Tee of Augusta, which promotes character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.

ASL has raised the bar annually at Rock FORE Dough over the last six years, and this year was no different: ASL debuted their Electro-Voice XLC line array system with DVX woofer upgrades as the main PA and deployed their new Midas PRO6 for the Front-of-House mix. A second PRO6—currently on tour with Darius Rucker from Hootie and the Blowfish, completed the console spec at FOH.

The main EV rig featured 20 XLC DVX boxes hung 10 per side along with six flown XLC118 subs per side. In addition, ASL used eight EV MTL-2 boxes as side fills on the deck and six ZX1 front fills, each driven from the PRO6’s auxiliary sends. EV Xw12 served as stage wedges.

Thomas Smith, Sound Department Manager for ASL, comments: “We just upgraded our DVX woofers about two weeks ago, and the vocals hit you square in the face through those boxes – they’re not only warm and intelligible; there’s a lot more power behind them. The horns are very smooth. I was happy to debut the DVX woofers at an event as renowned as the Master’s. They sound fantastic.�

In addition to the main XLC rig, ASL’s EV spec also included IRIS-Net control and supervision software (interfaced on the PRO6), NetMax N8000 digital control/matrix, Dx38 speaker processors, and CP4000S and CP3000S amplifiers. “We’re pretty much EV through and through,� says Smith.

The Midas PRO6 consoles at FOH completed the picture with suitably superb sonic performance: “This year, using the new PRO6s, I was able to use IRIS-Net on the same work surface. We began using IRIS-Net roughly a year and a half ago and love it. Using the KVM switch on the PRO6, I’m able to control the PA, IRIS-Net, and all our Dx38s from a screen on the console. It’s awesome, I never have to go back to another computer or laptop – I can do everything from our PRO6 now; I never have to leave that screen. It’s great!�


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Brainstorm Introduces New CX-4 Word Clock Expander

Four Added Outputs for the DCD-8 Word Clock Distripalyzer.


Pictured is the new CX-4 Word Clock Expander for the DCD-8 Word Clock Distripalyzer.

Brainstorm, the world leader in synchronization solutions, is introducing at NAB the new CX-4 Word Clock Expander as an option for the company’s acclaimed DCD-8 Word Clock Distripalyzer. The CX-4 is an option card providing 4 additional Word Clock outputs through its 4 BNC connectors.

The CX-4 outputs are grouped in 2 pairs, identical to the last pair on the DCD-8, outputs 7 & 8, with the same reference and frequency. Also, termination is measured and displayed as with the other DCD-8 word clock outputs.

• Provides 4 additional Word Clock outputs to the DCD-8 for a total of 12
• References Internal Xtl, Video (HD & SD), WC, AES, S/PDIF, ADAT, GPS
• Operates at all standard frequencies up to 192K

Designed for operations ranging from audio recording studios to large post-production houses and major broadcast facilities, the DCD-8 offers the most comprehensive package for all clocking needs, providing versatility in the widest range of applications.

For installations requiring more than 8 word clock outputs, the CX-4 is a simple and inexpensive solution.

For more information visit Brainstorm’s distributor:
or phone 323.845.1171

See the Brainstorm DCD-8 / CX-4 at plus24 – NAB Booth # N2914
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SSL Releases MX4, the New 128 Channel MADI I/O with DSP Powered SSL Software Mixer

FRANKFURT, GERMANY—Solid State Logic, the world’s leading manufacturer of professional digital and analogue consoles, proudly announced the release of MX4 at Musikmesse 2009. more

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WMC09: Remix It Like A Record Workshops Huge Success

Standing room only crowds attend two days of master-classes, performances, and panels featuring industry heavy-hitters

Miami Beach, FL – Auraleo Advanced Learning and, producers of pioneering video training products, and SAE Miami of the SAE Institute, a global leader in pro audio education, presented the Remix It Like A Record Workshops at Winter Music Conference and Remix Hotel Miami 2009 featuring hit-makers Vincent DiPasquale, Jimmy Douglas, Dirty Vegas, Nadia Ali, Steven Lee, George Acosta and Charles Dye.

Steven, Charles, Vincent, and Jimmy

The workshops were based upon Auraleo and FaderPro’s soon to be released Remix It Like A Record interactive remixing course that teaches the inside secrets of remixing. Taught by multi-platinum remixer and producer Vincent DiPasquale (Madonna, Nelly Furtado, Mariah Carey, Timbaland), together with world-renowned DJ, producer and remixer Steven Lee (Lee-Cabrera, Ministry of Sound, Pacha, Strictly Rhythm), and created in collaboration with pioneering educator and Grammy-winning mixer Charles Dye (Shakira, Lauryn Hill, Ricky Maritn, Jon Bon Jovi). The course features Nadia Ali’s Billboard Top 10 club smash “Crash and Burn.”

“The workshops exceeded our expectations in a big way,” says Xander Snell, Director of SAE Institute in Miami. “Many attendees told us that Remix It Like A Record was their favorite part of this year’s WMC, and they learned more there than they did anywhere else. What Vincent and Steven are teaching is something we’ve really never seen before.”

An exclusive sneak peak of the Remix it Like A Record video course was presented in seven standing room only master-classes. DiPasquale’s “Starting a Remix” covered tempo mapping, beat creation, and layering sounds; and “Finishing a Remix” discussed the master buss, printing mixes, and archiving. Dye’s “How to Get a Massive Sounding Remix” taught techniques to increase a remix’s depth, width and frequency spectrum for an expansive sound.

A highlight of day one was “The Sounding Board” panel featuring legendary producer, engineer and mixer Jimmy Douglass (Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Missy Elliot), DiPasquale, Lee, Dye, engineer/producer Franklin Rodriguez, and expertly moderated by SAE’s Richard Milholmme. The audience drove the conversation with intuitive questions about mixing techniques, new business models, studio monitoring and acoustics, and breaking into the industry. And panelists didn’t disappoint with illuminating answers and engaging debate to uncover all sides of these complex issues.

“Vincent is a producer, teacher and master of the studio craft,” says Douglass. “And he always continues to learn more and teach others around him how he’s mastered these skills. Whether it’s a remix or additional production on a current project, I know I can turn to him for anything to get the job done.”

The energetic live performances of the SAE Sunset Sessions featured Grammy-winners Dirty Vegas playing a rousing set, including their number one hit “Days Gone By”; Nadia Ali performing with her band, including DiPasquale on bass, finished her set with a live version of DiPasquale and Lee’s remix of “Crash and Burn;” and DJ / producer George Acosta closed out the sessions with a truly slamming set.

“For Dirty Vegas to be part of such an insightful project as ‘Remix it like a Record’ is an honor,” says lead singer Steve Smith. “You’re doing great work helping musicians and producers explore the art form we know as… The Remix.â€?

At Remix Hotel on the second day of the workshops crowds crammed into DiPasquale’s four richly interactive sessions covering vocal production, beat production, bass lines, and mixing with subgroups where he dissected every step of his remix approach while the audience mirrored each moves on the provided Apple Logic 8 workstations.

“That was amazing,” says Dr. Gerhard Lengeling, chief developer of Logic and Sr. Director, Software Engineering Music Apps for Apple. “Vince goes really one point to another, so it’s easy to understand. I was very impressed, it’s really hands on. I liked the fact that all the computers are there and you can try it out and ask questions.”

The workshops were sponsored by Apple, Apogee, Euphonix, Red Bull and Svedka Vodka. Currently in production with a May 2009 targeted release date, Remix It Like A Record covers every aspect of remixing, from creating infectiously powerful grooves, developing trademark sonic treatments, constructing attention grabbing vocal edits, all the way through to the finished mix, and can be pre-ordered for a limited time at a 20% discount.

For more information, visit

Vincent DiPasquale at WMC
DiPasquale at WMC

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ET Quake Multimedia Rocks Nigeria’s “House On The Rock� With JBL VERTEC® Powered Line Arrays

NORTHRIDGE, California – In a house of worship installation that showcases the easy configuration capabilities of JBL VERTEC® line arrays, Nigerian systems integration firm ET Quake Multimedia recently upgraded the audio system at The Refuge in Abuja, Nigeria, a branch of the Lagos-based House on the Rock Church. UK-based independent consultant Roland Hemming provided system design assistance, relying on the superior performance characteristics of VERTEC® DP Series powered line arrays with JBL DrivePack™ technology to provide the facility with a clear, powerful full-bandwidth sound reinforcement system.

Built in 1999, The Refuge is one of 40 House on the Rock worship sites and mission facilities in Nigeria. Pastor GoodHeart Obi C. Ekwueme leads The Refuge, which acts as a springboard for strategic ministry operations in northern Nigeria and beyond. As the evangelical organization has expanded, so has its need for improved, high-performance audio systems for its churches.

jbl_hotr2.jpgThe Refuge’s new main PA system features two arrays in a left-right configuration, each containing 10 JBL VT4887ADP-AN powered compact line array elements, and three JBL VT4880A ultra-long excursion, dual 18-inch arrayable subwoofers. Using onboard amplification and digital signal processing technology designed in cooperation with Crown and dbx, each JBL VT4887ADP-AN compact line array loudspeaker contains a DP-2 DrivePack, providing 2,200 watts peak (1,100W continuous) output power. With suspension hardware including quick-release pins and end-mounted metal frames to couple adjacent units together in rigid but flexible arrays, the VERTEC loudspeakers helped simplify the installation process. “The VERTEC line arrays were a very good fit for this project,� Hemming said. “They were easy to configure and the actual installation of the loudspeakers, with all the rigging, took less than a day.�

Complementing the main line array system are eight JBL AC28/95 loudspeakers dispersed throughout the worship space as delay fills. A total of 16 VRX915M stage monitors are available to serve the venue’s performance-based worship services. Crown MA12000i and MA5000i amplifiers power the loudspeaker elements not equipped with JBL DrivePacks, while the system also features a Soundcraft MH3 mixing console at the front of house position. Signal processing is achieved with dbx DriveRack 4800 Loudspeaker Management Systems, and a variety of AKG microphones round out the new system installation.

For more information on ET Quake Multimedia, please visit

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