Archive for October, 2011
Sioux Falls, SD – November 2011… Built in 1919, St. Joseph Cathedral is the largest church in South Dakota and one of the larger Roman Catholic cathedrals in the United States. This historic structure recently marked the completion of a massive $17M restoration and renovation with the blessing of the cathedral doors and the dedication of a new altar. Returning the cathedral to its 1920’s-era glory was a huge undertaking and, as part of the project, a new sound reinforcement system was placed into service. Audio processing and wireless microphone technology are an integral part of the new sound setup and, to ensure the best possible performance, the system designers specified equipment from Rio Rancho, NM-based Lectrosonics. more
BLUEFIELDS, NICARAGUA – OCTOBER 2011: Brooklyn-based engineer and producer Michael Gassert, known to his music and film colleagues as “MikeSound,” would appear to spend little time in New York. His uncanny knack for capturing the sonic soul of a musical performance, no matter how remote the location or strained the resources, has earned him the respect of his peers and a full travel calendar. Recently, MikeSound traveled to the Nicaraguan port city of Bluefields (not an easy thing to do) to spend three months recording legendary costeña singers of the regional and endemic musical traditions, most notably Maypole, Mento and Calypso. He relied on a Metric Halo ULN-8′s compact collection of mic-pres, DIs, converters, Character modeling, routing, mixing, and DSP much as an explorer relies on a Swiss Army knife. The ULN-8 was easy to pack and prepared MikeSound to make excellent recordings in unpredictable situations.
A local label, Bluefields Sound System, and MikeSound co-sponsored the project with the help of a small grant from UNESCO. The connection between BSS and MikeSound began five years earlier when together they captured a documentary about the Bluefields musicians. Although MikeSound planned to record some of the same musicians, as well as new performers this time around, the stars of this effort would be two legends of Nicaraguan music, local rivals Mango Ghost and Sabú. Now septuagenarians, the two musicians had defined the musical landscape of Bluefields, but, despite their cultural importance, few recordings of their music have survived. Although young for their age of seventy-something (a local legend has it that Sabú, who still does the splits on stage, is actually more than two hundred years old), the label recognized that the opportunity to record their genius was finite.
Nicaragua’s only international airport is in Managua, on the western side of the country, and a mountain range stands between it and Bluefields on the eastern side of the country. Travel options between the coasts are limited to an eight-hour bus ride plus a three-hour panga boat ride through the jungle, or a mostly reliable puddle jumper instead. MikeSound’s journey with his mobile rig would take him by land, air and sea. “When we conceived the project, I knew mobility and compactness would be essential,” said MikeSound. He began with a four rack-space Calzone case and selected his equipment carefully. “The Metric Halo ULN-8 was the centerpiece,” he said. “That and my MacBook Pro would be the starting point for every recording.” In addition, he brought a Furman P-1800 AR voltage regulator/power conditioner (electricity in Bluefields is reliably unreliable), an RME Fireface 800, and an API 3124 four-channel mic pre.
Bluefields Sound System has makeshift studio, complete with egg crate diffusion and old clothing stuffed into the walls for isolation, that MikeSound planned to use for final vocals, acoustics and keys. However, the studio was too small and dead sounding to do justice to the rhythmic backbone of Mango Ghost and Sabú’s music. Therefore, he spent a month recording the entire songs live to a click in an outdoor restaurant, La Loma, at the highest point in the city. “It’s quiet and calm up there,” he said. To protect himself from the notorious Bluefields thuggery, MikeSound set up and tore down the session every day. He tracked with Digital Performer 7 using a collection of AKG, Shure, Sennheiser, and Schoeps microphones.
“I’ve been a fan of Metric Halo for a long time,” said MikeSound. “They make fantastic preamps and converters, a fact that, by itself, makes their gear stand out. But on top of that, the ULN-8 offers Character modeling, full-blooded DSP, and flexible routing. The character modeling is some of the best I’ve ever heard. It can be very subtle but very authentic and does a nice job of warming things up when needed. And the DSP is also top-notch. The ‘HaloVerb’ sounds as authentic as the UADs I use back in Soho.” MikeSound took advantage of the ULN-8′s flexible routing by creating custom DB-25 cables that allowed him to deliver in-the-box headphone mixes for all of the musicians. “Because I had to set up and tear down so frequently, it was a great time saver to have all of the monitor configurations recallable,” he said.
Currently back in New York and working with partners to launch a new indie label, No Shame, MikeSound also has kept busy for the past six years as the engineer of the Master Musicians of Jajouka, and is completing the mixes for Bluefields Sound System, which will be released in 2012.
ABOUT 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 future-proof hardware. www.mhlabs.com
To learn more about and hear some samples from Bluefields Sound System visit: www.bluefieldsound.com To also check out the Master Musicians of Jajouka at: www.jajouka.com/ and No Shame: www.facebook.com/wehaveNoShame
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – OCTOBER 2011: Symetrix announces an addition to the SymNet Solus product line – the Solus 16. “The Solus 4 and Solus 8 already provide two of the most popular form factors requested by integrators,” said Trent Wagner, senior product manager at Symetrix. “But input counts run higher in many types of installations, and we received a barrage of requests for a higher input form factor. The Solus 16 answers that request without requiring a jump to networked DSP or separate expansion I/O devices maintaining the high value for which the Solus line is known.”
Solus is powerful SymNet DSP hardware, ideal for small to mid-sized installations not requiring I/O expansion. The entire family of SymNet hardware, including Solus, is configured using open architecture SymNet Designer software. System designers have the option to use or modify Solus DSP design templates for basic projects, or, to create unique designs entirely from scratch.
The three Solus hardware offerings differ only in their audio input and output counts: Solus 16 with sixteen inputs and eight outputs, Solus 8 with eight mic/line inputs and eight outputs, and Solus 4 with four inputs and four outputs. Ethernet, ARC port, RS-232 port, two control inputs, and four logic outputs complete the control feature set. To simplify set-up, a front panel LCD displays system settings. Solus supports Symetrix ARC wall panels, third party control systems, and SymVue, a SymNet end-user control panel application.
ABOUT SYMETRIX Sound professionals rely upon the performance, value and reliability of audio mixing, routing and processing products from Symetrix. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1.425.778.7728.
SSL Equipped Studio Complex Services Commercial Clients and Extensive Educational Program
NEUSAESS/AUGSBURG, GERMANY – Vision Seven Media (VSM), a studio complex owned and operated by Vision Seven Media Group International, has installed a Solid State Logic AWS Console/Controller in its Control One. The complex services commercial music and audio for video production and post as well as the Vision Seven Media School of the Arts. The AWS provides VSM’s commercial clients with SSL’s SuperAnalogue™ sound quality, routing capabilities and DAW control, while providing an excellent teaching platform for students. more
New Versions of Industrywide Favorites for Time Code and Clocking Solutions
Brainstorm Electronics, the world leader in time code and clocking solutions, exhibited two new products at the 2011 AES Convention in NYC.
Brainstorm SR-112 Time Code Distripalyzer
Brainstorm’s new SR-112 Time Code Distripalyzer, replaces the industry standard SR-15+. It is a time code reader, distributor, reshaper, analyzer and generator all in a 1U rack mount device. The analyzer indicates format, frame rate, errors and video phase and outputs a comprehensive report; the 1×12 distributor reshapes the signal; the optional generator repairs drop-outs and generates new code. All SMPTE and EBU SD/HD rates are supported. Ethernet is included for reporting and to set parameters and update firmware.
The new single domain DCD-12 Word Clock Distributor/Generator is an excellent companion for the popular DCD-8 an dincludes the same exceptional jitter rejection. The DCD-12 can run as a master generator on internal crystal or locked to an external reference such as WC, Video Sync (HD & SD), AES31, S/PDIF, 10 MHz (GPS or Rubidium clock). The rate of the reference (input) is “learned” by the DCD-12 automatically while the output rate can be identical or set independently. Ethernet is included to monitor and set parameters and update firmware.
Brainstorm products deliver complete solutions for all sync requirements in the post- production, recording and broadcast environments. Designed for operations ranging from audio recording studios to large post-production houses and major broadcast facilities or remotes, Brainstorm offers the most comprehensive package for all clocking needs, providing versatility in the widest range of applications.
For more info about Brainstorm, visit distributor plus24:
http://www.plus24.net or phone 323.845.1171
JESSUP, MARYLAND – OCTOBER 2011: After representing API for the past two years, Kimleng Audio has recently been signed as a dealer for the company’s JDK Audio line. The signing is an important step in increasing both API and JDK’s presence in the Asia Pacific.
“After meeting with Thanong Saeheng recently at the Broadcast Asia show in Singapore, I’m even more convinced that Kimleng Audio is the right way for us to go in Thailand,” said Gordon Smart, managing director at API. “They’re focused, street-smart, and tuned into the market. I don’t think we could have made a better choice.”
Thanong Saeheng, owner of Kimleng Audio, said, “We are so glad that API thought of us when it came time to make JDK a prominent audio brand in Thailand. We’re looking forward to helping the brand reach the forefront of the professional audio world.”
ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.)
Established more than 40 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series and 1608 recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment. www.apiaudio.com
For information on Kimleng Audio, please visit: www.KimlengAudio.com
Sonnox Announces Compatibility With Avid’s New Pro Tools HDX System
OXFORD, UK: Over the past four years, software developer Sonnox has consistently produced innovative plug-ins to meet the needs of music producers, engineers, TV/radio broadcast and feature film soundmixers. This year, the Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec (developed in collaboration with the original mp3 inventor) was introduced. Designed to provide real-time auditioning of audio codecs within a DAW environment, the Pro-Codec is considered by many engineers to be a truly game-changing plug-in.
Sonnox has now revealed yet another important advance – compatibility of Oxford plug-ins with Avid’s new Pro Tools|HDX system launched at the AES Show this week. In making the announcement Sonnox Managing Director Rod Densham remarked, “We’re extremely pleased to be an early adopter of the Pro Tools|HDX platform. The new AAX format will undoubtedly become an established plug-in standard, just as TDM has been. In recent months we have doubled the size of our development team to meet increased demand, and we are working overtime to complete the transition to AAX as soon as possible.”
Avid’s new AAX (Avid Audio eXtension) advanced plug-in format, offers improved workflows and sound parity when sharing sessions between DSP-accelerated and native-based Pro Tools systems. The format comes in two versions: AAX DSP plug-ins compatible exclusively with Pro Tools|HDX (TDM is not supported in Pro Tools|HDX); And, AAX Native plug-ins, compatible with any system running Pro Tools/Pro Tools HD 10 software.
“Sonnox consistently sets the pace for superior-sounding, innovative processing for Pro Tools, and we are thrilled to see their portfolio coming to AAX,” comments Ed Gray, Director, Partnering Programs at Avid. “Sonnox plug-ins running on a Pro Tools|HDX system will provide a winning combination for the next generation of audio professionals. We can’t wait to see what Sonnox brings to our users next.”
The highly acclaimed Oxford EQ and Oxford Inflator are the first in a line of many AAX plug-ins from Sonnox. They will be available when Pro Tools|HDX ships.
For detailed information on Sonnox Oxford Plug-ins please visit: www.sonnox.com
Fishman Acoustic Amplification was both a sponsor and exhibitor at the recent Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase.
Billed as “an alternative guitar show” and held at the Bearsville Theater and Utopia Soundstage, the event was an ideal setting for luthiers to exhibit the highest quality, handmade acoustic guitars and stringed musical instruments. It also featured continuous live music performances, Luthier mini-concerts and special appearances by leading artists.
Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase
The Showcase provides a unique opportunity for the public to see, play and experience instruments not generally available in music stores and other retail environments and meet with their makers to discuss custom options for their ultimate “dream instrument.”
More than fifty exhibitors attended the showcase this year, including makers, wood dealers, parts and tool suppliers, inlay artists, lutherie schools and services, string and accessories manufacturers and sponsors such as Fishman.
A popular stop with attendees, Fishman got a positive response with the Loudbox Artist, and Loudbox Mini acoustic amps, the SA220 Solo Performance System, Aura Spectrum DI, Matrix Infinity, Rare Earth and the new Blackstack pickups.
Asked about Fishman’s participation in the Woodstock Invitational, Director of Marketing and Artist Relations Chris DeMaria stated, “This show provides a great opportunity for Fishman to present acoustic amplification options to both the luthiers and attendees.
“With a show this size, you really get to take the time and talk to people in depth about Fishman products for their one-of-a-kind instrument. The number of people who came by to tell us how much they loved the Loudbox amps was amazing.”
For more information about Fishman, go to www.fishman.com.
BUENA PARK, Calif.— YCATS (Yamaha Commercial Audio Training Seminars) training sessions have been set for Overland Christian Church Redmond, Washington and open to all audio professionals, free of charge. The three-day session dates are November 8-10 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm with classes being held for advanced users of the Yamaha M7CL digital console, a workshop for the LS9 digital console, digital network and systems design clinic, and a showcase of NEXO speaker technology (GEO Series, PS Series, 45N12, RS Series Subs, GeoSUB, and NXAMP).
The M7CL advanced training is a one-day course that will reveal the depth of the M7CL and will discuss how best to utilize the console to the full extent of its capabilities. Attendees will expand their knowledge of the console and its capabilities with an opportunity to apply what is learned using multi-track audio on the new M7CL-ES digital mixing console.
The LS9 workshop is a half-day, hands-on course, learning the basics of mixing on an LS9 digital console. Attendees will become more familiar with the console layout; learn how to navigate the system, setup mix busses as an aux or group, and how to route signal to the effects units, with an opportunity to apply what is learned using multi-track audio.
The digital network and systems design clinic is a full-day course offering an array of audio networking, acoustic system design, and systems solutions workshops. The workshops will benefit anyone interested in upgrading or designing audio systems.
Registration deadline for all sessions is November 6. To register for Yamaha class sessions, visit http://www.yamahacommercialaudiosystems.com/training.php?catID=11001.
To register for NEXO showcase, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On November 10 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, an Audio Master Class will be held as part of the Christian Musician Summit at Overlake Christian Church with Yamaha’s Jake Cody, Mark Rush, and Peter Robinson teaching an audio boot camp for church volunteers. Cost: $99 per person. For course syllabus and registration visit: http://www.christianmusiciansummit.com/templates/cuscms/details.asp?id=32393&PID=805358.
Clearwing Productions supplies L-ACOUSTICS rig for successful 2011 season
MTW's 2011 production of Sunset Boulevard
WICHITA, Kansas — For the last 40 years, Music Theatre of Wichita (MTW) has been staging truly Broadway-quality productions in Kansas’ largest city. This past summer, MTW stepped up production values even one notch higher for its patrons with the rental of an L-ACOUSTICS KIVA-KILO loudspeaker system supplied by the Phoenix shop of Clearwing Productions.
Using SOUNDVISION, Clearwing’s Almir Lejlic and Dave Temby specified a system for Wichita’s 2,195-seat Century II Concert Hall comprised of nine KIVA line source array elements flown beneath two KILO low-frequency extension cabinets per side, all driven by a single LA-RAK equipped with three LA8 amplified controllers. more
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