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SF’s Studio Trilogy and Ocean Way Nashville Linked By Source-Connect

G.A.N.G. Attendees in San Francisco Enjoy Recording of Nashville Orchestra

Pictured in San Francisco are (standing L-R) Studio Trilogy engineer/co-manager Willie Samuels, business operations mgr Cindy McSherry, Ocean Way Nashville's director of operations Pat McMakin, and (seated) Trilogy's chief engineer/co-mgr Justin Lieberman.

Attendees at this year’s recent G.A.N.G. (Game Audio Network Guild) Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco enjoyed a premiere event at Studio Trilogy: the live synchronized recording of a performance by a 30-piece orchestra from Ocean Way Nashville, Tennessee.

The live session was co-sponsored by Source Elements, whose software Source-Connect locked the Pro Tools rigs from each location together while sending the hi-resolution live orchestra feed from Nashville to SF. Source-Connect also allowed talk back capability between the two studios. Minutes into the session, the walls and distance disappeared and people on both ends communicated seamlessly.

“We also utilized a live camera feed from Nashville,” explained Justin Lieberman, Trilogy’s chief engineer. “We watched and listened in real time to the orchestra in Nashville while recording to our Pro Tools timeline. We have the capability to lock picture on both ends or just record to existing tracks and we can provide feedback on the performance and interaction with both the Nashville engineering team and the conductor from our studio in San Francisco.”

Composer David Shipps conducted the Nashville musicians while the visiting game composers and producers on the San Francisco end could check out the impressive facilities at Ocean Way Nashville and listen to talented orchestral musicians contracted by Nashville Music Scoring’s Alan Umstead, while in the pristine listening environment offered at Studio Trilogy.

“This was not only an exciting event during the SF conference,” remarked Pat McMakin, Director of Operations, Ocean Way Nashville Recording Studios. “It was also the premier of our new strategic partnership with Studio Trilogy, which offers composers and their music production teams a convenient way to take advantage of the terrific studios and musicians in Nashville while working in the comfort of one of California’s finest studios.”

“We believe this transcontinental partnership opens up a huge opportunity for San Francisco / Bay Area-based gaming and film companies to utilize the amazing Ocean Way Nashville orchestra and studio without ever leaving SF,” added Trilogy’s Justin Lieberman. “We can then edit and mix in surround and stereo right here in SF as soon as the session in completed.”

Both Studio Trilogy and Ocean Way Nashville are active in the film, TV, advertising, and game scoring industries. Composer Nathan Johnson recently scored at Trilogy “Young Ones,” which debuted at this year’s Sundance Festival. Upcoming is his score for “Don’t Kill the Messenger,” directed by Michael Cuesta (“Homeland”). Games scored at Trilogy include “Infamous 2″ for Sony Playstation and “BioShock Infinite” with composer Jim Dooley for 2K Games.

OWN has scored major games for Sony Playstation as well as the music for several of the nominees and winners at this year’s prestigious G.A.N.G. Awards, including “Thieves In Time,” composed by Peter McConnell, and “Last Of Us,” scored by Academy Award-winner Gustavo Santaolalla, which took home the top prize at the G.A.N.G. Awards.

The Source-Connect event was co-sponsored by Studio Trilogy, Source Elements, and Ocean Way Nashville. In addition to witnessing the historic recording session, there was a patio BBQ for attendees to catch up on the days events at the Game Developers Conference.

The system provided by Source-Connect enables audio connections between digital audio systems anywhere in the world, allowing direct-to-the-timeline recording with real-time, broadcast-quality audio using only an internet connection.
http://source-elements.com/source-connect/

The Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.) is made up of composers, sound designers, voice over directors, game designers, producers and other associates and executives within the greater interactive entertainment industry. http://www.audiogang.org/

ABOUT STUDIO TRILOGY
Located in the creative heart of San Francisco, Studio Trilogy is a full-service recording facility that provides music recording and audio post-production services in a World Class recording environment. Designed by John Storyk of WSDG, Trilogy’s 8800 square foot facility houses three state-of-the-art control rooms, music and voice recording studios, multiple lounges, and a lush garden/bbq area. An on-site 1200 sq.ft. luxury apartment with media lounge and chef’s kitchen is also available.
Learn more at: http://studiotrilogy.com

ABOUT OCEAN WAY NASHVILLE
Ocean Way Nashville Recording Studios, founded in 1996, are located in the heart of Nashville’s famous Music Row. Purchased from the founders in 2001 by Belmont University, the studio remains a fully commercial facility but has added an educational component in conjunction with the school’s College of Entertainment and Music Business. Housed in a 100 year old Gothic revival greystone church, Ocean Way Nashville provides an exceptional acoustical space tuned specifically for music recording in the rich visual beauty of a church sanctuary.
Learn more at: http://www.oceanwaystudios.com

L.A. Reid Masters Michael Jackson’s “Xscape” at Bernie Grundman’s

Eight Previously Unreleased Michael Jackson Songs

Pictured (L-R) in session at Bernie Grundman Mastering are executive producer L.A. Reid and mastering engineer Bernie Grundman. Photo by David Goggin.

Epic Records Chairman/CEO L.A. Reid was in session recently at Bernie Grundman’s for the mastering of Michael Jackson’s “Xscape.” The collection of eight previously unreleased Jackson songs was curated by Reid, who also decided on the final tracklist.

“Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with. We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world,” Reid said.

Grundman mastered most of Michael Jackson’s albums, many times with recording engineer Bruce Swedien, including “Thriller,” the most successful album of all time with more than 40 million in sales. L.A. Reid recalled that his very first mastering session was with Bernie Grundman in 1983.

Reid curated the final list of recordings to deliver to the producers, who retooled the production to add a fresh, contemporary sound that retains Jackson’s essence and integrity. It’s a process Reid calls “contemporizing.” The album’s lead producer, Timbaland was one of a handful of producers Reid believed had the gravitas, depth and range to creatively engage with Jackson’s work. Additional producers include global hitmakers Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome “Jroc” Harmon and John McClain.

For the ultimate fan experience, “Xscape” will also be available in a Deluxe Edition, which includes all of the sourced Michael Jackson recordings in their original form. The “Xscape” standard and Deluxe Edition’s are available for pre-order iTunes.com/MichaelJackson and elsewhere, and available at all retailers worldwide on May 13.

Learn More about Bernie Grundman Mastering at:
http://berniegrundmanmastering.com

The Naked and Famous Pick TELEFUNKEN M81 Mics for World Touring

Performing Coachella and Headlining America in May and June

The Naked and Famous is pictured live with their TELEFUNKEN M81 dynamic mics; (L-R) are Thom Powers, vocals, guitars; Aaron Short, keyboards, engineering; Alisa Xayalith, vocals, keyboards. Photo by David Goggin.

New Zealand’s hit alternative rock band The Naked and Famous is touring the world with their TELEFUNKEN M81 dynamic microphones. Following their performance at the Coachella Festival in April, the band tours Australia before returning to the States in May and June.

“We discovered the Telefunken M81 while rehearsing at Bedrock Studios in LA,” recalled Aaron Short, who plays keyboards in the band. “The big challenge on stage is getting the right rejection from the mic. We’re very loud onstage and the vocals can be very dynamic and then suddenly quiet. We needed to find one microphone that could be sensitive and clear, but at the same time still have very strong feedback rejection.”

The Naked and Famous formed in 2008 when Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith recorded two EPs “This Machine” and “No Light” with Aaron Short, a fellow student at Auckland’s MAINZ music college, sharing engineering duties with Thom. The band took their name from a line in the English artist Tricky’s song “Tricky Kid,” “everybody wants to be naked and famous,” that questions the notion of celebrity.

The band settled in Los Angeles after completing the tour for their first full length album “Passive Me, Aggressive You” which featured the US Gold selling single “Young Blood”. They had performed over 200 shows in 24 countries between 2010 and 2012. Sharing a home in LA’s Laurel Canyon, they began work in earnest on writing and demoing their second album. Their intention was to record an album that could be played live, not relying on backing tracks.

“When we got the Telefunken mics we A-B’d them with our touring mics and there was just an elemental difference,” explained Aaron Short. “The top end especially opened up, almost like a condenser microphone. After rehearsing a bit we realized they really made a big difference with live vocals. We also used a Telefunken M80 dynamic on the snare drum for the album we recorded in LA with Billy Bush at Sunset Sound.”

Entering LA’s Sunset Sound studio in March 2013 with engineer Billy Bush (who had mixed the previous album), they began the process of recording “In Rolling Waves.” The album sessions were completed in a month and then in late 2013, The Naked and Famous headed for London where Alan Moulder spent a month mixing the album at his Willesden studio, Assault and Battery.

The album was mastered at Sterling Sound in New York by Joe LaPorta, who had also mastered “Passive Me, Aggressive You.” The album was produced by Thom Powers with Aaron Short. Justin Meldal-Johnsen co-produced two tracks with Thom Powers.

Learn more about The Naked and Famous at: http://thenakedandfamous.com

ABOUT TELEFUNKEN
TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik strives for absolute perfection. By offering historic recreations of classic microphones alongside their own proprietary designs based around the distinctive tube mic sound, TELEFUNKEN has established a product line that expertly combines vintage style and sound with the reliability of a modern-day microphone design. TELEFUNKEN’s commitment to both the sonic excellence and quality of all of their products is rivaled only by their dedication to provide the best possible service to each and every one of their customers.
For more info, visit: http://www.telefunken-elektroakustik.com

New EastWest Studio 5 Gets Boost From Vintage King Audio

Classic SSL 64-channel G+ at Center of Vintage and New Gear

Pictured at EastWest Studios celebrating the newly remodeled Studio 5 are (standing L-R) Vintage King west coast sales manager Jeffrey Ehrenberg, chief engineer and project manager Lawrence Malchose, studio manager Candace Stewart, producer/engineer Dave Reitzas, assistant studio manager Blake Rogers, and (seated L-R) producer/engineers Chris Lord-Alge and Eddie Kramer. Photo by David Goggin.

World-renowned EastWest Studios have opened their reborn Studio 5 with a classic 64-channel SSL G+ console and a wealth of new and old gear from Vintage King Audio. Main monitors are EastWest Custom Augspurger design in a spacious control room remodeled by chief engineer and project manager Lawrence Ethan Malchose.

“My goal with this room,” Malchose explained,”was to create an environment that embraced the spirit of this building by implementing tried and true equipment choices, the SSL G+ and custom Augsberger mains for example, and dovetail that with the workflow and aesthetics expected in a new studio. The combination of new and vintage gear makes this room as good as it gets technically, and it’s a really comfortable space to work in.”

Additional gear provided by Vintage King Audio includes a pair of vintage DBX 160 VUs, GML 8200 2 Channel, 5 Band Parametric EQ, SPL Transient Designer 4, ADR Compex 760 by Q2, Chandler TG1, API 500 series rack loaded with various EQ, Bryston Amplification, and a Headphone Monitoring System by HEAR.

Vintage King’s west coast sales manager Jeffrey Ehrenberg commented, “Chief engineer Lawrence Malchose came to Vintage King with a very specific equipment list they needed for their new mix room and we were honored to be involved in this significant project. With our eclectic blend of vintage, new and boutique audio equipment, we were able to find everything they wanted and deliver it on time and on budget.”

EastWest Studios manager Candace Stewart summed it up: “We have been contemplating for a long time getting an SSL back in the building. As a booker it’s really important that I be able to offer many options for our clients, and ideally to keep them in the building for every aspect of the recording process. Jeff at Vintage King totally understood our need to both appeal to our loyal analog loving clients as well as those folks who like to mix in the box. VK’s service was fast and friendly and they were flexible when we changed our minds and modified our choice of certain key pieces of gear.”

See more photos of the event at: http://on.fb.me/1m8gM9W

About EastWest Studios
Located in the heart of Hollywood, EastWest Studios have contributed to some of the most celebrated music of the last fifty years, from Frank Sinatra to The Rolling Stones. These iconic studios have been brought into the 21st century by a striking collaboration between EastWest Sounds producer Doug Rogers and internationally renowned designer Philippe Starck. A key ingredient, however, was in preserving the integrity of the live recording rooms, as built by legendary engineer Bill Putnam in 1961.
For more info, visit: http://www.eastweststudios.com/

About Vintage King Audio
Vintage King Audio is a global leader in professional audio sales, studio consulting, and comprehensive gear servicing. No matter the scope of a client’s needs or goals, from selecting a new microphone to designing a studio from the ground up, Vintage King distinguishes itself with standard-setting customer service, which begins with the company’s knowledgeable, industry-experienced staff. Far surpassing the basic functions of an audio dealer, however, Vintage King Audio values its long-standing partnerships with manufacturers and stays connected with the professional audio community through hosting frequent events, panel discussions, and product launches.
For more information, visit: http://www.vintageking.com/about-us

Matt Linesch Mixes Fool’s Gold in His New Ocean Way Studio

Now Occupies Former Ocean Way Mastering Space

Pictured in the new Ocean Way studio are (L-R) Robin Goodchild, Ocean Way manager; Fool's Gold's Luke Top and Lewis Pesacov, and producer/engineer Matt "Linny" Linesch. Photo by David Goggin.

Enterprising young producer/engineer Matt “Linny” Linesch has settled in to his new private studio, the space formerly occupied by Ocean Way Mastering in the renowned Hollywood recording complex founded in the 1950s. Linesch gained widespread recognition for the self-titled Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes album that he mixed in Ocean Way’s adjacent Studio B.

Linesch’s first project in his new room was with LA group Fool’s Gold, fronted by Luke Top and Lewis Pesacov. Fool’s Gold music weaves together Western pop aesthetics with African rhythms and melodies. Previous Linesch credits include albums for Dave Mason, Insects vs Robots, The Cerny Brothers, and Wagons.

“After working at Ocean Way on Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, I really got a good feeling about the studio, the staff and the productive atmosphere,” says Linesch. “When this space became available, I jumped at the chance to move my equipment from our studio in Ojai and make Hollywood my new base of operations. It’s exciting coming to work every day and meeting the kind of musicians that gravitate to Ocean Way. It reminds me of the days where there was a feeling of community among music makers at good studios.”

Before his move to Ocean Way, Linesch resided in Ojai, CA, running a studio coined “The Ed Shed,” where he worked alongside Alex Ebert on Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. While in Ojai, Linesch engineered two Edward Sharpe records, “Here” and “ESMZ”. He also engineered the Golden Globe-winning score for “All Is Lost,” composed by Alex Ebert.

Matt Linesch (aka Linny) was born and raised in Los Angeles. His deep love and dedication for creating music includes his passions as a producer/engineer, as well as being a musician himself. Linesch enjoys working with a wide-ranging diversity of artists, helping to develop their individual musical goals.

For information about Ocean Way, visit:
http://www.oceanwayrecording.com
Contact Robin Goodchild for all booking requests.
Email: rob@oceanwayrecording.com or call 323-467-9375.

Producer Mitch Allan Picks TELEFUNKEN ELA M 251E at Vintage King LA

“The best microphone I’ve ever put on a human voice.”

Pictured is producer Mitch Allan with the TELEFUNKEN ELA M 251E in his studio, The Guest House. Photo by David Goggin.

Top producer/songwriter Mitch Allan is also a gifted engineer and good at multitasking with a variety of artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, and Selena Gomez. Up until recently his main mic was a vintage AKG C12, but now his first choice is a new TELEFUNKEN ELA M 251E hand-crafted in America, a stunning re-creation of the time-honored large diaphragm tube microphone.

“My first wow microphone was my vintage C12,” he recalls. “I explained to Chris Bolitho at Vintage King that this mic changed my view of microphones and asked him what else I might need.” Allan then took a tour of the new showroom at VKLA. “To look at all the gear you want in one room, it’s not online, it’s not a picture, it’s in the room. It kind of blew me away. They handed me a flight-case with the Telefunken ELA M 251E and I took it back to my studio to try it out.”

Writer-producer Mitch Allan has sold over a million records as an artist, and over 20 million as a producer and songwriter. He’s had two #2 singles, was nominated for a Grammy and has worked with such diverse and respected artists as Chris Daughtry, Faith Hill, Kelly Clarkson, Simple Plan, The Jonas Brothers, and Bowling For Soup. Besides his undeniable gifts as a songwriter, his biggest strength has been his intuitive ability to get the most out of creative collaborations.

Back at his studio, The Guest House, there is a fine array of recording gear, including a Dangerous Monitor ST, BAE and Chandler pre-amps, with API 512s and Shadow Hills pre-amps for guitars. Compressor/limiters are Urei 1176s and 1178s, plus a Distressor, among other vintage and current gear.

“I set up the new Telefunken mic and I had no idea what to expect,” Allan explains. ” I turned it on and sang with headphones; that’s how you know when something sounds so great. Then I came out here to listen back, and I’ve heard myself on the C12 a lot and I know the color — it was drastically different, it’s a great microphone, crystal clear.”

The TELEFUNKEN ELA M 251E was the 2003 winner of the TEC award for studio microphone technology. It features an amplifier designed around the GE 6072a vacuum tube, a newly manufactured CK-12 capsule, output transformer custom made by the original European manufacturer, and a three-position, sliding polar-pattern selector.

Mitch Allan’s impressive writer-producer career started out as the principal songwriter for Baltimore, Maryland pop-rock band SR-71, which sold a million records and had two #2 singles with “Right Now” (2000) and “Tomorrow” (2002). His songwriter career outside the band began when a song not a fit for SR-71 was submitted for the well-known pop-punk band Bowling For Soup. The track was BFS’s hit “1985.” It has since gone on to be certified Digital Triple Platinum and at the time of it’s release, held the iTunes record for the most downloads in a single week.

“After my initial testing, I tried the Telefunken mic on some of the talented ladies I’ve been working with,” Allan continues. “Chris at Vintage King said this mic really comes to life with a big vocalist and he was right. I had never heard anything like it before. It is literally the best microphone I’ve ever put on a human voice.”

Allan tailors his creativity to enhance each session. “When I enter a room, I figure out what an artist or co-writer’s biggest strength is and give them their space to create,” he says. He then offers what is needed, providing lyrics, melodies, vocal coaching, and of course, topnotch recording gear.

ABOUT TELEFUNKEN
TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik strives for absolute perfection. By offering historic recreations of classic microphones alongside their own proprietary designs based around the distinctive tube mic sound, TELEFUNKEN has established a product line that expertly combines vintage style and sound with the reliability of modern-day microphone design. TELEFUNKEN’s commitment to both the sonic excellence and quality of all of their products is rivaled only by their dedication to provide the best possible service to each and every one of their customers.
For more info, visit: http://www.telefunken-elektroakustik.com

ABOUT VINTAGE KING AUDIO
Vintage King Audio is a global leader in professional audio sales, studio consulting, and comprehensive gear servicing. No matter the scope of a client’s needs or goals, from selecting a new microphone to designing a studio from the ground up, Vintage King distinguishes itself with standard-setting customer service, which begins with the company’s knowledgeable, industry-experienced staff. Far surpassing the basic functions of an audio dealer, however, Vintage King Audio values its long-standing partnerships with manufacturers and stays connected with the professional audio community through hosting frequent events, panel discussions, and product launches. For more information, visit:
http://www.vintageking.com/about-us

Penteo 4 Pro Stereo-to-Surround Up-mixer at NAB Avid Booth

New AAX64 Support & 33% Off Sale Price Available At Booth SU902

Award-winning Penteo 4 Pro will be demonstrated on the Avid S6 pro mixing pod at Avid’s Booth SU902 at NAB, April 7 – 10. The new plug-in discretely converts stereo to 5.1, offering exacting control over sound image placement to create high-quality, natural-sounding surround. Penteo 4 Pro is Avid’s AAX featured plug-in: http://apps.avid.com/aax-portal/

NAB attendees will experience how Penteo sounds in the acclaimed Starz production of the pirate adventure series “Black Sails.” To celebrate Penteo’s AAX release, through April 16th, 2014, new purchases of any format of Penteo will receive 33% off the purchase price. Free trials are available here:
http://perfectsurround.com/request-a-trial

Penteo 4 Pro now natively supports Avid Audio eXtension (AAX) for true 64 bit processing. “Penteo produces such a warm surround mix, and we are thrilled that now Penteo supports Avid’s AAX64 format,” said Ed Gray, Director, Avid Partnering Programs. “Now sound designers will benefit by being able to run more instances and tap all the new features of ProTools 11.”

Penteo 4 Pro is 100-percent ITU down-mix compatible to the original stereo. The plug-in features an intuitive visual interface modeled after vintage gear, and offers six automated preset modes as well as advanced manual controls for fine-tuning.

About Penteo
Developed by Audiotech Digital Limited (ADL), Penteo transforms any stereo recording, soundtrack, DJ mix or live television broadcast into perfect 5.1 surround sound. Penteo 4 Pro is the optimum sounding stereo-to-surround up-mixer, remaining faithful to the original stereo mix; no artificial sound manipulation is used. The Penteo 4 Pro plug-in creates a perfect surround experience for all stereo media with zero sonic artifacts, the most crisp and discrete center-channel available, and only Penteo is 100% ITU down-mix compatible to the original stereo. Penteo has been used by major studios on hundreds of films, TV shows and music recordings and supports AAX64, RTAS, VST and AU formats.
Discover the world of Penteo at http://www.perfectsurround.com

Brainstorm Names Sommer Cable as European Distributor

Premium Integrator Supplier Adds Clocks and Time Code Products to Lineup

Pictured holding the new Brainstorm DCD-12 Word Clock Distributor is Pascal Miguet, product manager at Sommer Cable.

Brainstorm Electronics, of Los Angeles California, has appointed Sommer Cable as new distributor. Brainstorm Electronics, a leader in synchronization solutions since 1987, specializes in word clock, video sync and time code equipment.

Sommer Cable manufactures and distributes a wide assortment of premium quality cables as well as a variety of products for audio, video and media technologies such as patch panels and distribution systems.

“The Brainstorm clocks have been used for years in major post-production studios in the US and in Asia and we are pleased to bring them to the European market” said Pascal Miguet, product manager at Sommer Cable. “We are also excited to introduce world class time code products to our customers working in live sound. They are simple to use but very efficient tools. They just get the job done.”

Bernard Frings, president of Brainstorm Electronics, said he was looking forward to working with Sommer Cable. “Sommer Cable is a very professional company, well established with system integrators in studios, broadcast and live events. It is a perfect match.”

The Brainstorm master clocks have been installed in recording, mastering and post-production studios throughout the world, such as NHK Japan, Eastside Mastering Studios Berlin, Skywalker Sound, Universal Studios, Fox and Warner Brothers. Brainstorm SMPTE reshaper/distributors are used in live events such as Le Cirque du Soleil, Disney theme parks and many current tours such as The Eagles, Nine Inch Nails, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears.

About Brainstorm
Brainstorm delivers complete solutions for all sync requirements in the studio and the live environments. Their Word Clock and Video Sync generators provide versatility in the widest range of applications, from mastering and recording studios to large film and video production facilities with HD systems. Their Time Code products are used in live events providing error-free sync signal to show control systems and lighting consoles. Brainstorm products have been used and trusted by engineers worldwide for over 25 years

Learn more at: http://www.brainstormtime.com/

Sommer Cable GmbH
Humboldtstraße 32-36
75334 Straubenhardt / Germany
Tel: +49 (0)7082-49133-0
Email: info@summercable.com
http://www.sommercable.com

Umphrey’s McGee Picks TELEFUNKEN For Touring

Variety of Dynamic Mics for Vocals and Drums

Pictured (L-R) are Umphrey's McGee FOH mixer Chris Mitchell, drummer and vocalist Kris Meyers, and monitor engineer Bob Ston.

Popular rock band Umphrey’s McGee are touring with a wide assortment of TELEFUNKEN dynamic microphones for vocals and drums. “Keeping the drum kit out of a drummer’s vocal mic is difficult.,” says FOH mixer Chris Mitchell. “The M81-SH offers great rejection while still sounding natural and strong.”

Originally from South Bend, Indiana, the music of Umphrey’s McGee is often referred to as progressive improvisation or “Improg”. Although the band is part of the jam band scene, with ever-changing setlists, improvisation, two sets per night, and open taping policy, they are strongly influenced musically by progressive bands such as King Crimson, Yes, and Pink Floyd.

Chris Mitchell elaborates on the TELEFUNKEN dynamic drum mics: M80-SH on top of the snare, M81-SH below snare, two M81-SH’s on rack toms, and M81-SH for Kris Meyers’ vocal. “The M81-SH & M80-SH can withstand direct stick hits while providing great isolation between toms and snares,” Mitchell adds. “The impact of the drum stick translates without overloading the capsule. Great dynamics.”

The band experiments with many musical genres, including funk, jazz, blues, metal, electronic, bluegrass, and whatever else may feel appropriate on a given night. Umphrey’s McGee will release their new album, “Similar Skin”, on June 10th. The record marks the first release on their new in-house label Nothing Too Fancy Music and much like the live show, use of the M-80 is sprinkled throughout.

“When used as a vocal mic, the M80 & M81 maintain great pattern control while sounding natural off axis,” explains Mitchell. “Whenever we have a guest vocalist, I pull out one of our M80′s. Always tons of gain before feedback and not much EQ needed.”

On the heels of their 8th performance at Bonnaroo, June 12-15, Umphrey’s McGee returns to the United Kingdom for the first time in four years, performing three nights at Brooklyn Bowl London on June 19, 20, and 21, at the newly opened outpost of the renowned New York venue, located at The O2 on Peninsula Square.

See Umphrey’s McGee: “Plunger” Live from the Tabernacle on Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kecGFTdQekU

ABOUT TELEFUNKEN
TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik strives for absolute perfection. By offering historic recreations of classic microphones alongside their own proprietary designs based around the distinctive tube mic sound, TELEFUNKEN has established a product line that expertly combines vintage style and sound with the reliability of a modern-day microphone design. TELEFUNKEN’s commitment to both the sonic excellence and quality of all of their products is rivaled only by their dedication to provide the best possible service to each and every one of their customers.
For more info, visit: http://www.telefunken-elektroakustik.com

Oscar-winner Mike Minkler Picks Penteo 4 Pro at TODD-SOUNDELUX

Premier Stereo-to-Surround Upmixer Now Supports AAX With 33% Discount

Mike Minkler, multiple Oscar-winning re-recording mixer at TODD-SOUNDELUX in Hollywood has upgraded to the new Penteo 4 Pro plug-in that discretely converts stereo to 5.1, offering exacting control over sound image placement to create high-quality, natural-sounding surround.

Minkler explained, “I’ve used Penteo on almost every project for five years now, including films such as ‘Django Unchained,’ ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn,’ and ‘Inglourious Basterds.’ The new plug-in really shines. With a flick of a switch I can take a two-channel mix and get a quality 5.1 mix, which is a huge asset when managing large projects, but even more so when working on smaller, independent films that just can’t afford more than a stereo source for me to work with.”

Penteo 4 Pro is 100-percent ITU down-mix compatible to the original stereo. The plug-in features an intuitive visual interface modeled after vintage gear, and offers six automated preset modes as well as advanced manual controls for fine-tuning.

“For years, I’ve been looking for a way to spread a two-track music mix into a five-channel music mix in the 5.1 world that we live in,” Minkler continued. “I’ve done it through various types of processing and panning and reverbs and delays and whatever we can find, some phase shift, whatever will help achieve that goal. When Penteo was brought to me by the designers, I was very excited to play with it. The beauty of Penteo is I get exactly what I want – or better – every time I plug it in.”

Native AAX64 Support
Penteo 4 Pro now natively supports Avid Audio eXtension (AAX) for true 64 bit processing. “Penteo produces such a warm surround mix, and we are thrilled that now Penteo supports Avid’s AAX64 format,” said Ed Gray, Director, Avid Partnering Programs. “Now sound designers will benefit by being able to run more instances and tap all the new features of ProTools 11.”

In addition to mouse-operated controls, Penteo 4 Pro is the first up-mixer to support multi-touch controls, allowing a sound designer to control more than one Penteo feature at once, thereby creating a natural mixing experience through simple hand contact. Penteo 4 Pro is the world’s first multi-touch plug-in designed for use with the Raven MTX Surround console.

Although Minkler is known for work on recent major films like “The Fifth Estate” for DreamWorks and “R.I.P.D.” for Universal, he also works on bold independent films as well. “On lower budget films,” he explains, “when they don’t have the budget to have 5.1 mixes that are all stemmed out properly, they give me two-channel mixes or two-channel stems. That’s when Penteo really shines — I can take their two-channel mixes and give them what they couldn’t afford before, which is the 5.1 mix. You can take a two-channel orchestra and make it into a 5.1 orchestra.”

Special Promotion Pricing
To celebrate Penteo’s AAX release, through April 16th, 2014, new purchases of any format of Penteo will receive 33% off the purchase price. Free trials are available here:
http://www.perfectsurround.com/request-a-trial

Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, is the exclusive U.S. distributor of this new plug-in. Penteo 4 Pro is available online with demos available at multiple GC Pro locations. Learn more here: http://tinyurl.com/npc6j8v

About Audiotech Digital Limited (ADL)
Penteo transforms any stereo recording, soundtrack, DJ mix or live television broadcast into perfect 5.1 surround sound. Developed by ADL, Penteo 4 Pro remains faithful to the original stereo mix; no artificial sound manipulation is used. The Penteo 4 Pro plug-in creates a perfect surround experience for all stereo media with zero sonic artifacts, crisp and discrete center-channel, and only Penteo is 100% ITU down-mix compatible to the original stereo. Penteo has been used by major studios on hundreds of films, TV shows and music recordings and supports AAX64, RTAS, VST and AU formats.
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