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New Solid State Logic AWS 948 Console Ignites Pre-Release Sales World-Wide

The Console that Changed the Industry Poised to Change It Again

BEGBROKE, OXFORD, ENGLAND – The console that changed the industry, the Solid State Logic AWS 900, is now poised to change it again with the recent release of the AWS 948 console/controller. Studios from all over the globe have jumped at the opportunity to own this new breed of AWS that offers a collection of radical new features and doubled channel count. Sales were ticking up even before the official release of the console at the 2010 AES Convention, proving the AWS 948 is continuing the AWS legacy. more

Doors’ Co-Founder Ray Manzarek Picks New TELEFUNKEN Copperhead Mic

Hear his “Copperhead Blues” at


Pictured with the new TELEFUNKEN CU-29 Copperhead mic in Studio Manzarek are (L-R) Doors’ co-founder, songwriter and keyboardist Ray Manzarek and his son, recording artist/engineer Pablo Manzarek. Photo by David Goggin.

Doors’ co-founder Ray Manzarek is recording a new album, “Translucent Blues,” with slide guitar legend Roy Rogers, known for his work with John Lee Hooker. Manzarek has picked the TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik CU-29 Copperhead, a brand-new microphone with a sonic fingerprint that breaks the tradition of classic mics of the past.

“This is a microphone built for the blues,” remarked Manzarek. “I come from the Southside of Chicago, and I want my new work to reflect the integrity of those roots. The Copperhead mic has an abundance of bottom end and a clarity that hides nothing. more

Production Hire Arrays W8L Longbow For Peter André Arena Tour


With a full television crew recording his every move, and ‘meet and greet’ packages at every show, singer/songwriter/showman Peter André’s big arena tour this December would not make life easy for the production company.

But for Mark ‘Knocker’ Neil’s sound and lighting company Production Hire, the budget thrown at the stage and set design for this extravagant show could hardly have been more generous, as he rigged three different Martin Audio line array systems scalable to the different venue capacities.

At the UK’s largest arena, O2 in London, his main weapon was the W8L Longbow—13 elements a side, plus two W8LD downfill boxes at the base. Borrowing a couple of enclosures a side from Capital Sound Hire for this gig, Production Hire nonetheless serviced all remaining UK arenas from their own inventory—including hangs of W8LC Compacts for sidefill or main PA duties, eight LE700 stage wedges and some more

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Archivist of New York’s Live Indie Music Scene Takes Neumann and Sennheiser Along for the Ride


NEW YORK, NY – December 20, 2010: Since 2007, Dan Lynch (a.k.a. NYCTaper) has been burning the candle at both ends. A defense attorney by day and passionate recording aficionado by night, NYCTaper’s services are highly regarded by indie bands and fans alike. For fans — no matter where they are located in the world — he brings the excitement of the NYC club scene directly their web browser, delivering pristine audio of shows they otherwise would have missed. He helps solidify bands’ fan bases by posting complete packages of high quality music, photographs and editorial.

His site — — now boasts around 600 recordings and has several thousand daily visitors worldwide. When he started out, Lynch relied on a simple, two-track set up and soon upgraded his set up to a digital four-track. He also began using Neumann and more

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DigiTech Appoints Tiffany Feltenberger As Marketing Manager

DigiTech today announced the appointment of Tiffany Feltenberger as Marketing Manager. In this role she will be responsible for all marketing, promotional and new product launch efforts for DigiTech. Feltenberger will report to Jay Woolley, Director, Marketing for Harman Music Group.

Most recently, Feltenberger was Director of Product Management at Covario, where she managed five major corporate product lines, including three new products that were in development. She also developed online marketing strategies, promotional campaigns, and implemented web analytics along with SEO marketing.

Prior to Covario, Feltenberger was Group Product Manager at Omniture, where she was responsible for managing all elements of the product life cycle, and brand from ideation to delivery. She has held various product marketing positions with Marchex, and IDI Global.

“With over 13 years of marketing and product management experience with innovative technology companies, Feltenberger’s professional background makes her the perfect more

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Studer Vista 9 and Soundcraft Vi1 Digital Consoles to be Installed in Moscow Conservatory’s Great Hall

As part of its current restoration, the Moscow Conservatory has purchased a Studer Vista 9 digital console for recording, post-production and broadcast from its Great Hall, as well as a Soundcraft Vi1 digital console for multipurpose use, including at front of house when required.

The Moscow Conservatory was founded in 1866 by famous Russian musician Nikolai Rubinstein. It has established itself as one of the world’s most renowned institutions of musical education. In 1940, it was named after the great Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

The Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory opened in April 1901. It has been admired by artists and performers all over the world for its remarkable acoustics and elegant architecture. The famous pipe organ of the Great Hall was built by a legendary Paris organ builder A. Cavaille-Coll and was recognized at the Paris World Exhibition of 1900 as one of the best more

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JBL VLA Line Arrays Hit A Home Run At Harbor Park

At Harbor Park in Norfolk, Virginia, home to Minor League Baseball’s Norfolk Tides, a new JBL VLA line array system gave the team’s stadium a sonic refresher that both vastly improved the sound on the field and did so very cost-effectively. Two clusters, each containing six JBL VLA 901 speakers with 90-degree horizontal horn coverage patterns offer fans exceptional sound and high intelligibility while staying within both the team’s budget and the physical limitations of the park.

“It was challenging because we could only work within the space that was already there,� said Tom “T� Brockenbrough, Project Manager for Onyx AudioVisual, the systems integrator for the project. Due to budget constraints, the system design and installation teams replacing the PA system were required to use the same sofitted set-backs in the outfield wall of Harbor Park, which was completed in 1993. Furthermore, the soffits could not be accessed more

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L-ACOUSTICS KARA Makes NYC Debut at Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony


One of the L-ACOUSTICS KARA arrays flanking the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

NEW YORK CITY — Although many people consider Black Friday to be the official start of the Christmas frenzy, native New Yorkers will likely tell you that the holiday season doesn’t truly kick off until the massive Christmas tree in Manhattan’s Rockefeller Plaza has been lit.

For more than 10 years, Production Resource Group (PRG) has handled audio production duties for the iconic tree lighting and its related two-hour concert celebration aired live on network television. As usual, this year’s event, held on November 30, featured performances from some of the world’s most popular artists, including Sheryl Crow, Josh Groban, Jessica Simpson, Boyz II Men, Mariah Carey, Susan Boyle, Charice, Kylie Minogue and Katherine Jenkins, among others.

But there was also one more very significant performer making its New York City debut at this show as well: L-ACOUSTICS’ new KARA line source array system. more

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Marc L. Waithe, Chief Audio Engineer at The Juilliard School.

New York, NY – December 2010… With approximately 800 undergraduate and graduate students in dance, drama, and music, The Juilliard School is recognized as one of the most prestigious performing arts conservatories in the world. Notable alumni include singer/actress Patti LuPone, pianist Van Cliburn, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, and composer/conductor Henry Mancini. As for ensembles, the resident Juilliard String Quartet is legendary. It’s all about performance at The Juilliard School and, when the performance requires live sound reinforcement, Earthworks microphones are a staple of the setup. more

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Image of the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia grandstand.

Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy – December 2010… First opened to the public in 1928, Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia has a storied history as home to the Atalanta and Albinoleffe football teams. With a seating capacity of 24,726, the field is 120 meters long and 70 meters wide with grandstand seating that is only partially covered. Sound reinforcement was, until recently, a sore subject for attendees of the aging stadium’s various events. As part of planned refurbishments, that issue has now been rectified—thanks to an ambitious new sound system drawn from the catalog of Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio. more

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