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Duncan Sheik Gets Dangerous at His Upstate NY Studio

Streamlined Studio Based Around Dangerous Music Equipment Offers Artistic Freedom & Quality Sound

Duncan Sheik at his Sneaky Studios in Upstate New York

Duncan Sheik at his Sneaky Studios in Upstate New York

EDMESTON, NY – September 30, 2011 - Renowned recording artist and composer Duncan Sheik has outfitted his Upstate NY studio with Dangerous Music’s analog summing, monitor control and DAC, installing the Dangerous 2-Bus, Monitor ST and DAC ST. Sheik and his long-time engineer Michael Tudor now get all the key ingredients of an exceptional analog signal path, but without the constant console maintenance, thrills of surprise downtime, unknown noises and creativity-ending problems often associated with older analog console-based studios. Now it’s all about clean, clear signal where they can control the sonic flavors with choices of mics and outboard gear. Through careful design and the ease of use of Dangerous Music equipment, Sheik’s studio is always, and instantly, ready to record a new song, or music for a Broadway-bound musical, and always at the highest quality. more

SYMETRIX SYMNET SOLUS 8 OPEN-ARCHITECTURE DSP INSTALLED AT REEL FX CREATIVE STUDIO’S 3D VIDEO EDITING SUITE

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SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 2011: Reel FX Creative Studios is an award-winning animation studio (Katy Perry, Rihanna, Audi, Looney Toons, Watchmen, et al.) with production facilities in Dallas, Texas and Santa Monica, California. Recently, Reel FX Creative Studios repurposed a space at its Santa Monica location to build a new 3D editing suite. The company called on industry veterans Bruce Black and Charles Pell, both members of the Motion Picture Academy with well over half a century in the business between them, to design and install the audio monitoring section in the suite. The duo have worked at such heavy-hitter studios as HBO, Light Iron Digital, Larson Sound, and others. Black has also worked for Skywalker Sound, director Michael Mann, and film mixer Paul Massey.

Citing its flexibility, high-end fidelity, and competitive price point, Black used a Symetrix SymNet Solus 8 to route, level, and condition output to more

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25TH STREET RECORDING TO OPEN WITH API VISION CONSOLE

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OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 2011: Producer and engineer Dave Lichtenstein “has always known about API” and its “legendary” reputation. So, when he decided to open his own recording facility, he turned to API and its Vision analog console.

“It was at AES in San Francisco that I first saw the API Vision,” said Lichtenstein. There, he learned about the Vision’s all-discrete analog circuitry – a characteristic that the modern console shares with its predecessors and something that greatly appealed to him.

“I evaluated a lot of consoles in my exhaustive search for my studio’s centerpiece,” said Lichtenstein. “I love the sound of vintage analog consoles and was considering going that route, but I was wary of the inevitable maintenance and downtime that would be involved. The fact that the Vision is entirely discrete and has great modern features, such as extensive surround capabilities, along with powerful automation and more

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SSL DUALITY ACCELERATES WORKFLOW FOR BUSY ADVERTISING PRODUCTION STUDIO BOOMBOX SOUND

Duality Provides Significant Workflow Efficiency and Changes Approach to Production

TORONTO – BoomBox Sound, a Toronto-based music and sound design production company, recently installed a Solid State Logic Duality console, supported by Alpha-Link converters, as a major studio upgrade. Replacing working in the box with a controller and outboard mic pres, dynamics and EQs, Duality delivers an analogue signal path combined with DAW control, automation and Total Recall™ that gathers all studio elements together into one efficient system with a high level sonic signature.

Pictured are BoomBox Sound Partners; Roger Leavens and Umber Hamid.

Pictured are BoomBox Sound Partners; Roger Leavens and Umber Hamid.

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L-ACOUSTICS K1 Sounding Sweet on How Sweet the Sound

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Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound stage and system at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on Saturday, September 24

RED HOOK, NY — Hosted by Grammy winners CeCe Winans and Donald Lawrence, along with resident tour judge Marvin Sapp, Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound is both a celebration of gospel music and nationwide search for America’s best church choir. Currently out on its fourth annual tour, How Sweet the Sound is once again benefitting from the sonic expertise of L-ACOUSTICS Rental Network company Firehouse Productions, which is carrying a full K1 system for the arena trek. more

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SEARCHING FOR PEARLS OF SOUND

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Christian Venghaus on the Lawo mc²66

Toronto, Ontario, Canada – September 29, 2011… The Zurich Opera House is internationally recognized as one of the world’s most successful theatres. Year after year, it hosts over 300 opera and ballet performances, concerts and recitals—all at the highest artistic level. This season, the program included Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ and Bizet’s ‘The Pearl Fishers’, as well as a premiere of Rossini’s ‘The Silken Ladder’. And now, in two stages, an upgrade of the opera house audio system has been completed with a Lawo mc²66 console at its heart.

Rehearsals have recently been taking place using the new system — so far without any problems. “I particularly like the clear routing displays on the mc²66. Both on-screen and from the orange buttons we can immediately see what is routed,� explains Christian Venghaus, Tonmeister and head of the Zurich Opera House sound department. “The number of possibilities available in the deeper layers of the console are also quite remarkable: for example, it is no problem to program fader starts, or similar functions. Nevertheless, on the control surface, operation is simple at all times,� Venghaus continues. more

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AVIOM’S ALLFRAME MULTI-MODULAR I/O SYSTEM NOW SHIPPING

WEST CHESTER, PA, SEPTEMBER 29, 2011—Aviom, the exclusive developer of the world’s most powerful audio transport protocol, A-Net®, is pleased to announce that the AllFrame Multi-Modular I/O System is now shipping. With a design based on comprehensive research, including customer input, the new AllFrame Multi-Modular I/O System is suitable for multiple applications, bringing the flexibility of the company’s powerful Pro64® audio network to the wall box, stage box or floor pocket. more

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The Recording Academy Producers and Engineers Wing and Los Angeles Chapter Hold Up Close and Personal Event with Alex da Kid and Skylar Grey

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (September 29, 2011) — On Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, at The Recording Academy® headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., the Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing® and Los Angeles Chapter presented Up Close & Personal with Alex da Kid and Skylar Grey. Moderated by on-air personality, artist and cultural curator DJ Skee, this engaging Q&A explored the careers, inspirations and creative collaboration of GRAMMY®-nominated producer Alex da Kid and GRAMMY®-nominated singer/songwriter Skylar Grey. After working on her album in an artist retreat in the woods of Oregon, Grey, in need of a great producer, reached out to her publisher in New York. After a few email exchanges, Alex sent her a beat, to which Grey came up with the hook for “Love The Way You Lie,� and a creative more

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Boyz II Men Complete “TWENTY” at Marsh Mastering

20th Anniversary Album from Mega Successful R&B Group

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Pictured at Marsh Mastering in Hollywood are (L-R) mastering engineer Stephen Marsh, Wanya Morris, and executive producer Rex Rideout. Photo by David Goggin.

Boyz II Men, one of the most successful R&B groups in music history, have mastered their new 20th Anniversary collection at Marsh Mastering in Hollywood. Mastering engineer Stephen Marsh finalized “TWENTY,” which contains 12 new songs and 8 re-recorded and updated versions of the group’s famous hits, including “End of the Road” and “I’ll Make Love to You.”

“We started with a pure love for music, so to be here 20 years later still doing what we love has been a pure blessing,” bandmember Wanya Morris explained. “Hearing it all come together at Marsh Mastering has been really cool. It’s a more

131st AES Convention Posts Lunchtime Keynote Events

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NEW YORK: “This year’s Lunchtime Keynote events will offer attendees options designed to appeal to a wide range of interests,” states Convention Chair Jim Anderson. “Our guest speakers run the gamut from mp3 innovator Karlheinz Brandenburg to celebrated jazz bassist Ron Carter and noted broadcast journalist/engineer and futurist Skip Pizzi. Each is guaranteed to provide an information-packed respite from the busy Exhibition Hall and crowded Event Presentations. Attendees are reminded to ‘bring their own lunches.’” The 131st AES Convention will be held at NYC’s Javits Center October 20-23. Lunchtime Keynotes are set for 1:15 – 2:15PM Fri.-Sun.

LUNCHTIME KEYNOTES:

KARLHEINZ BRANDENBURG, THE MP3 STORY: One of the original developers of mp3, Brandenburg has been researching digital audio compression since 1977. The Internet’s evolution from text-based medium to major carrier for sound heralded dramatic payload changes and, new dangers more

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