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TC Furlong Hosts Digital Console Expo

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LAKE FOREST, Ill.—TC Furlong, Inc. will host a Digital Console Expo on Tuesday, October 21 between 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Manufacturers include Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Avid, Midas, DigiCo, SSL Live, Soundcraft, Allen & Heath, Mackie, PreSonus, QSC, and several more. The companies will exhibit their latest digital consoles, and manufacturer staff will be on hand to answer questions.

The event is free of charge and will be held at the Moody Church, 1635 N LaSalle Street, Room 107, in Chicago. Food and beverages will be provided along with a raffle for prizes as well as giveaways.

Registration is required as space is limited. To register, visit www.tcfurlong.com/dce.

The Moody Church is easily accessible by public transportation, and there are several pay lots as well as limited street parking in the area.

This is the third Digital Console Expo presented by TC Furlong Inc. TC Furlong is a Chicago-area live sound rental and sales company that has been in business for 41 years.

For more information, visit www.tcfurlong.com/dce or call 888-823-8756.

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ARGOSY Presents Video Interview with Producer/Mixer/Songwriter (and Financial Advisor) Glenn Rosenstein to Celebrate Company’s 20th Anniversary

GlennatArgosyEldon, MO (September 18, 2014) — ARGOSY Console is very pleased to announce the release of their new video interview with renowned producer/engineer/mixer/songwriter (and financial advisor) Glenn Rosenstein, the first in a series of video interviews with their outstanding customers, as part of the celebration of the company’s 20th Anniversary.

Glenn Rosenstein started his career in his native New York City at the Power Station Recording Studio, and then Sigma Sound Studios, where he became a highly sought-after mixer and remix engineer, working with artists such as U2, Madonna, Talking Heads, The Ramones, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam and many others. As a producer, mixer and engineer, Glenn’s projects have won 3 Grammy Awards, garnered 5 Grammy nominations, and have won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe award. His music production & mixing credits for film & television include top shows such as The Sopranos, Married to The Mob, Charmed, Beverly Hills 90210, All My Children and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. His music production and mixes continue to be diverse, working with artists from Ziggy Marley, Livingston Taylor and Andrew St. James to James Taylor, Carly Simon, The Soft White Sixties, and Bif Naked. In addition to music production, Rosenstein is also a partner in Wealthpoint Financial Group in Brentwood, TN.

And whether its making great records or great financial deals, Rosenstein recognizes the importance of having a great workspace, “As a record producer, I got used to the privilege of having a certain level of quality gear at my disposal, so I wanted to take it all with me into the financial world,” says Rosenstein. “My Argosy Aura desk gives me a sense of comfort and familiarity, with great design and ergonomics. It enhances my workflow, whether in music or financial services or whatever else I do.”

See the entire interview with Glenn Rosenstein at: http://www.argosyconsole.com/transformed/contest.html.

About ARGOSY
ARGOSY is the leading designer and manufacturer of high-end technical furniture for leading recording control rooms, post-production houses, film facilities and high tech venues worldwide. The company prides itself on responding to clients’ individual application-specific needs using a variety of custom materials and unique finishes, with careful attention to aesthetic design and ergonomic details. Since 1994, Argosy products have been installed at thousands of award-winning facilities in countries worldwide.

Build your own Dream Studio by visiting www.argosyconsole.com

ARGOSY® and Dream Studio® are registered trademarks of Argosy Console, Inc.

NUAGE Demo Hosted By CTS Audio

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—A Yamaha NUAGE Demo will be held by Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems and hosted by CTS Audio on Monday, October 13 between 7:00 – 9:00 pm at 7108 Crossroads Blvd, Suite 308, Brentwood, TN. The event is free of charge.

A joint collaboration between Yamaha and Steinberg, the NUAGE Advanced Production System is the brainchild of workflow efficient hardware and Nuendo 6 software operating together in perfect harmony. Offering unprecedented productivity and flexibility as well as premium audio quality in an innovative design, NUAGE is making waves across the world.

David Lees and Chris Hinson from Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. will be on hand to demonstrate the new Yamaha NUAGE production system
and discuss the latest news, tips and tricks of Nuendo recording software.

For more information and to register, email rsvp@ctsaudio.com.

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RTW Announces Mastering Tools PlugIn at IBC 2014

Second Addition to Masterclass PlugIns Line of Software Offers Extensive Analysis and Display Functions

AMSTERDAM, 12 SEPTEMBER, 2014 – RTW, the market leader in visual audio meters and monitoring devices, will introduce RTW Mastering Tools, the second plugin in its Masterclass PlugIns line of software-based metering solutions, at the 2014 IBC Show (Hall 8, Stand D92). Ideal for post production, TV, film and music recording, the new addition brings extensive analysis and display functions for mastering, metering and loudness measurement for single- and up to eight-channel applications as a standard-format plugin for Windows and Mac OS platforms.RTW_Mastering_Tools

Designed for simple, intuitive operation by a broader user base, RTW Mastering Tools offers a wide range of PPM scales, displays and TruePPM measurements. It provides support for many of the leading global loudness standards including ITU BS.1770-3/1771-1, ATSC A/85, EBU R128, ARIB, OP-59, AGICOM and CALM Act. Other key features include numerical or bar graph-type readout, plus MagicLRA and correlator display, audio vectorscope, RTA (Real Time Analyzer), SSA (Surround Sound Analyzer) and multicorrelator. For added convenience, users can choose from up to six selectable window frame sizes and multiple instances.

“RTW’s development of the RTW Masterclass PlugIns Mastering Tools plugin is part of the company’s continuing efforts to give a wider range of our customers access to high-quality audio metering and measurement,” says Andreas Tweitmann, managing director, RTW. “It puts a very powerful tool for mastering, metering and loudness measurement into a convenient, easy-to-operate software package, adding further efficiency to the overall workflow.”
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The RTW Mastering Tools plugin is the second product in RTW’s Masterclass PlugIns line, which provides users with software versions of some of the company’s most popular metering and measurement solutions. The first product in the series, the RTW Loudness Tools plugin, was announced earlier this year.

About RTW
RTW, based in Cologne (Germany), has nearly 50 years of experience in designing, producing, and marketing advanced recording-studio equipment, leading and innovating the market for high quality audio metering and monitoring tools. RTW operates a worldwide distribution and service network. For more information on RTW, visit www.rtw.com, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130.

Chandler Limited and Abbey Road Studios Go Nashville

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Special gear sneak preview at Vintage King’s Nashville Gear Expo 2014

Shell Rock, IA – September 2014 … Chandler Limited, recognized globally for signal processing and related music and audio products that deliver the classic analog sounds recording and professional musicians seek, joins the Pensado’s Place / Vintage King 2014 Gear Expo Nashville lineup.

On the heels of the pro-audio manufacturer’s recent long-term agreement with Abbey Road Studios to continue development of Chandler Limited’s recreations of vintage Abbey Road Studios equipment, Chandler Limited has teamed up with Pensado’s Place and Vintage King to deliver a special sneak preview of upcoming Chandler Limited recording equipment at the highly anticipated Nashville event.

Chandler Limited is excited to share a glimmer of what the future holds; however, Chandler Limited representatives wouldn’t elaborate on what this ‘sneak peek’ entails, other than to say it’s exciting and definitely related to Chandler Limited’s EMI/Abbey Road Studios product line; you’ll have to be there to see it!

The preview will take place at the Chandler Limited booth, and Chandler Limited staff will be on hand to answer any questions regarding its full product lineup. Chandler Limited will also be giving away at least one piece of gear at the event.

With Dave Pensado and Herb Tarwick on-hand to host, the Nashville edition of the 2014 Gear Expo will also feature special guests including: Ryan Hewitt (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Avett Brothers), Vance Powell (Jack White, Beck), F. Reid Shipen (Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban), Chuck Ainlay (Miranda Lambert, George Strait), Jacquire King (Kings of Leon/Tom Waits), John McBride (Martina McBride, Blackbird Studios), Leslie Brathwaite (Pharrell, Jay Z), Rob Burrell (Michael W. Smith, Alex Campos), Justin Niebank (Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow), Richard Dodd (Dixie Chicks, Tom Petty), Kuk Harrell (Rihanna, Beyoncé), and more.

EVENT DETAILS

Pensado’s Place/Vintage King Gear Expo 2014

Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 2826 Dogwood Place, Nashville, TN 37204
Entrance: FREE, RSVP Required

RSVP HERE

About Chandler Limited

Headquartered in Shell Rock, Iowa, Chandler Limited, Inc. is a boutique manufacturer of high-end signal processors, mixers, and amplifiers for musicians and audio professionals. Recognized globally for its exquisitely handmade products and the company’s high profile clientele, Chandler’s product offerings include the Abbey Road/TG line, its unique Germanium transistor series of products, the 500 Series Modules, plus its recently introduced guitar pedals and amplifier. For additional information about all Chandler Limited products, please visit the company online at www.chandlerlimited.com.

About Abbey Road Studios

Abbey Road Studios are the most famous recording studios in the world and an iconic symbol of British music.  They have been home to countless landmark recordings and pioneering advances in recording technology.  Opened in November 1931, Abbey Road Studios were the world’s first purpose-built recording studios.  The hallowed building has a phenomenal history spanning over 80 years, during which the studios have hosted many of the world’s most famous artists, including the Beatles, Pink Floyd, the Hollies, Kate Bush, Oasis, Florence and the Machine, Adele and Lady Gaga.  Abbey Road is also one of the world’s premiere locations for movie scoring.  Since the 1980s, scores for films such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Braveheart, and The King’s Speech have been recorded there.  The list continues with many other major titles, including Shrek, Prometheus, Harry Potter, Skyfall, and The Hobbit.

Abbey Road Studios, Curve Bender, EMI and TG and their associated logos are trademarks of EMI (IP) Limited.

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Steely Dan’s Pursuit of Perfection with MLA

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Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Walter Becker and Donald Fagen took Steely Dan’s “Jamalot Ever After” tour across the U.S. and Canada this summer, with OSA International, Inc. providing Martin Audio’s Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) sound system.

Steely Dan has a reputation among audiophiles and throughout Pro Audio for their fastidious attention to sound production, so much so that many FOH engineers and system techs use a Steely Dan track to tune a system. When it comes to live sound, their expectations for the PA are no less demanding.

Returning to mix Steely Dan is Mark Dowdle, whose extensive credits include Elton John, Gloria Estefan, Fleetwood Mac, Tina Turner and Jackson Browne, to name just a few. Last year’s tour included a stop at Ravinia Festival in Chicago, where Dowdle mixed on two 7-box MLA arrays, the first year of a new OSA installation and the first new PA in a decade at North America’s oldest music festival.

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Late last year, Steely Dan’s road manager, tour sound icon Robert ‘Nitebob’ Czaykowski, introduced Walter Becker to MLA at a demonstration at New York’s Manhattan Center, where they were able to walk around and hear the evenness of its response and coverage. Steely Dan often plays theaters, where the mix position is usually at the back, beneath a balcony. “I go out there every day and listen to it; that’s part of my gig,” Czaykowski said. “What really knocks me out about MLA is that you can really control it so it’s not splattering off a back wall or cluttering up in the lower balcony.”

Present also at the NYC demo was Jim Risgin, Vice President for OSA–owners of the largest inventory of MLA in North America. With offices in Chicago, Las Vegas and now also Nashville, OSA have built an impressive reputation and client list providing complete technical services to some of the largest corporate, sporting events and concert tours in the U.S. The NYC demo was followed by extensive research from Mark Dowdle to confirm that the system would deliver the desired performance, and as a result Steely Dan added MLA to their tour.

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Across the demanding 56-stop tour, MLA showed its versatility, control and overall sound performance credentials. Dowdle points out that the MLA provides extremely even front-to-back SPL as well as evenness of frequency response throughout the listening area. “The coverage is very smooth, especially its shading,” he said. “You can walk up on the PA in the front and it sounds just like it does in the back of the room.”

Dowdle also mentions an improvement to the stereo field. “Everything is more defined, so that automatically translates into the stereo field being more discernable,” he said. “MLA gives me dynamic range, clarity and definition so that I’m able to position and layer sounds in the stereo field which you can really hear where they all are.” He adds that the MLA’s sound is extremely coherent and is very responsive from a mixing standpoint. “You make a small fader move and it’s immediately noticeable.”

Furthermore, Dowdle is surprised by the constant comments from the audience. “I’ve been mixing for a long time and usually nobody ever says anything. This particular tour I’ve had more response from the audience than any tour I’ve ever done in my entire career, and it’s always been very positive and it’s always been very poignant. That’s in large part because of MLA allowing me to get it exactly how I want everywhere in the room.”

OSA crew chief and MLA system engineer Martyn ‘Ferrit’ Rowe is well known from his tenure at Martin Audio as an MLA product specialist before leaving to work for OSA as Director of Engineering. The Steely Dan tour travels in two trucks, carrying consoles and backline (including a Steinway grand) in one, and lights and PA in the second. “We’re carrying 26 MLA and 2 MLD down-fills, as well as 18 MLA Compacts, plus 8 MLX subs and 6 W8LMD used as front-fills,” Rowe explains.

The tour played Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena and New Orleans’ UNO Lakefront Arena using the 14-box MLA main arrays and 9-box MLA Compact side arrays that they carry. “The LA Forum was the only venue on our 56-show itinerary where we had to add PA,” said Mitchell Keller, Steely Dan’s production manager for the fourth year running. “It’s quite impressive that on a two truck tour we can carry enough PA to do arenas.”

The rest of the itinerary ranged from sheds and theaters to casinos. “The smallest venue was Humphrey’s in San Diego, putting in two subwoofers and ground stacking six MLA per side,” Rowe explains. “We recently did four shows in a row with single point hangs using ten MLA enclosures.”

As well as MLA’s flexibility and scalability, Rowe is keen to point out the simplicity of its operation. “It’s like fly by wire; you tell it what you want and the software produces a custom preset for your system and the room,” he said. “This isn’t auto EQ, you still have control over all the decisions that are being made, but the computer is doing the heavy lifting for you.”

So, coming full circle, what did Fagen and Becker make of the sound quality? According to Dowdle, “Both have come out into the audience on a number of occasions and have always been positive with their feedback and what was going on.

“More often than not Donald will come out and listen and frequently comments, ‘It sounds great,’ which is probably the highest compliment that I could ever receive in my career.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

RTW to Support the 2014 IBC Show with a Range of Loudness Metering Solutions

AMSTERDAM, 11 SEPTEMBER, 2014 – RTW (IBC Hall 8, Stand D92), the market leader in visual audio meters and monitoring devices, is once again providing the IBC 2014 show’s technology team with TM9 and TM7 TouchMonitor audio meters and SurroundControl 31960SD controller to support audio in the RAI’s D-Cinema auditorium featuring the IBC Big Screen Experience, as well as four TM3 TouchMonitor units to support the IBC News crew’s live and studio coverage of the show.RTW_Touchmonitor_TM9_Screen_web

“We are very happy to be back this year, supporting the IBC show with an assortment of audio metering tools from RTW,” says Andreas Tweitmann, CEO, RTW. “We are longtime collaborators with IBC and are happy that the technology team finds our metering solutions useful for their important productions. This show represents the epitome of innovation in the broadcast technology market and we look forward to another inspiring show.”

RTW_31960_078_ScreenIn the RAI’s D-Cinema Auditorium, RTW’s TouchMonitor TM9 (HW 20911) will be used for confidence monitoring between the outputs of the console in the auditorium and the input to the cinema system. The IBC technology team chose to also use RTW’s SurroundControl 31960SD controller with 3G/HD/SD-SDI de-embedder interface option, “in order to give us flexibility to meet any de-embedding or other signal requirements,” explains Terry Nelson, Technical Resources, IBC.

Also in the auditorium, engineers will use the TouchMonitor TM7 (HW 20711), that is connected to the control surface of the Cadac console, this will help to provide accurate monitoring of the cinema system feeds.

Meanwhile, the IBC News crew will make use of several TouchMonitor TM3 audio meters. These will be used in the different production areas of IBC News and were chosen to be an important element in controlling and verifying levels.RTW_TM3_DE_IB_134_51_Num_EBU_WEB

The IBC Big Screen Experience is the ultimate showcase that demonstrates how the disciplines between cinema and traditional broadcast are merging. For the full IBC Big Screen Experience programme of events, click here.

There’s Still Time to Trade-up to DPA Microphones’ d:fine Headsets

LONGMONT, CO, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 – DPA, Inc., the U.S. arm of DPA Microphones, is urging everyone to take advantage of its trade-up rebate program for its d:fine™ Headset Microphones, which concludes Friday, October 3, 2014. Participants will receive a $100 mail-in rebate for every purchase of select d:fine Headset Microphones, provided they additionally trade-in a competitor headset. The promotion is only valid on purchases made from an authorized U.S. dealer. DPA Microphones_dfine on Male Performer

The DPA d:fine Headset Microphones raise the bar for head-worn microphone solutions. Offering industry-leading sound quality, the mics are ideal for singers, public speakers, actors, musicians, house of worship leaders and broadcast professionals who insist on superior voice reproduction, comfort, ease of setup and a discreet look. They are available as both directional and omnidirectional mics, with single- and dual-ear mounts, to cover a broad range of applications. They are also available in black, brown and beige with a variety of boom lengths and adapters for every professional wireless system.

“This trade-in program is the perfect, cost-effective way to upgrade the tools that audio professionals need most,” says James Capparelle, Director of Marketing for DPA, Inc. “We’ve already seen a great response to the promotion from new and existing users, but there are only a few weeks left. We hope that all headset microphone customers continue take advantage of this opportunity.”
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This special program is available to all U.S.-based microphone customers. In order to receive a rebate for each headset, customers must trade-in an equal number of competitor headset microphones. The following DPA and competitor microphones are included in the promotion:

Eligible d:fine Headset Mics:

d:fine Directional
d:fine Omnidirectional
d:fine 88 Directional
d:fine 66 Omnidirectional
Both single- and dual-ear mounts, as well as all colors, boom lengths and connector types are part of the campaign.

Offer excludes the classic d:fine 4066 and 4088 Headset Microphones.

Eligible Non-DPA Head-worn Mics:

Audiotechnica – MicroSet or Microearset Series
Countryman – ED, E6, H6 or Isomax Series
Crown – CM Series
Samson – SE50 or DE50
Sanken – HWM Series
Sennheiser – Ear Set, HS or HSP Series
Shure – MX, WBH or WCM Series

To claim the $100 rebate, customers must mail in a completed form, proof of purchase of the new DPA d:fine and the non-DPA headset that is being traded to DPA’s U.S. office, postmarked no later than October 31, 2014.

For more information about DPA, Inc.’s promotion, please visit the Trade Up to d:fine promotion info page or contact your local authorized dealer.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

RTW Showcases Latest TouchMonitor Updates at IBC 2014

Upgrades to Timecode Reader and Logging Data Server Licenses Add Loudness Recalculation and More Plus Chart Displays to TM7 and TM9 Meters

AMSTERDAM, 10 SEPTEMBER, 2014 – RTW, the market leader in visual audio meters and monitoring devices, is pleased to debut two major updates to its highly regarded TouchMonitor TM7 and TM9 audio meters at the 2014 IBC Show (Hall 8, Stand D92). The meters’ Timecode Reader License SW20008 now permits recalculation during loudness metering, while their Logging Data Server License SW20014 has gained expanded chart-display functionality. RTW_TM9_Recalc-Chart_Fill

The new Loud.Recal (Loudness Recalculation) instrument helps mix engineers and editors save valuable time during a broadcast sound editing session. Jumping back and forth in a program segment with continuous timecode, it automatically calculates loudness measurements for the complete runtime of a segment at the time the user performs corrections to the mix or sequence (wherever located in the program). Logging Data Server License SW20014, meanwhile, now offers graphs with up to four different loudness and TP values, as well as real-time relative-gate display.

“When it comes to loudness monitoring, anything that helps the operator work more efficiently makes a huge difference. We had this in mind when we developed these latest upgrades,” says Andreas Tweitmann, managing director, RTW. “Now, users can recalculate the loudness measurements for a segment without having to pass through the program after corrections on overdriven program spots have been completed, and they have more options than ever to view loudness values. It all adds up to a faster, easier user experience, which can save time when it really counts.”

The TM7 and TM9 series TouchMonitors, which include the innovative Magic LRA instrument, feature a seven- and nine-inch touch-sensitive display, respectively, and pair unparalleled flexibility and modularity with intuitive control. The software visualizes multiple sources simultaneously. Both support displaying the same signal on multiple instruments in parallel, each with dedicated defaults with both horizontal and vertical operation. TM7 visualizes up to 40 sources at the same time, while the TM9 visualizes up to 48.

Various audio interfaces and combinations are available i.e. analog, AES3, AES3id or 3G-SDI. RTW’s entire TouchMonitor range was created to help adhere to all major industry loudness standards, including EBU R128, ITU BS.1770-3/1771-1, ATSC A/85, ARIB, OP-59, AGCOM, and the CALM Act.

About RTW
RTW, based in Cologne (Germany), has nearly 50 years of experience in designing, producing, and marketing advanced recording-studio equipment, leading and innovating the market for high quality audio metering and monitoring tools. RTW operates a worldwide distribution and service network. For more information on RTW, visit www.rtw.com, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130.

Human Highway (Director’s Cut) – World Premiere at TIFF

Neil Young’s 1982 Film Restores Lost Sound & Dialogue using Unique Audio Techniques

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Toronto International Film Festival: Shakey Pictures is proud to announce the World Premiere of Human Highway (Director’s Cut) at the Toronto International Film Festival today. The director’s cut version of Neil Young’s mind-bending 1982 post-apocalyptic musical comedy conceived in the cauldron of Cold War America, in which the rock legend writes, directs and stars alongside an eclectic and eccentric cast including Dean Stockwell, Russ Tamblyn, Dennis Hopper and members of the band Devo. Human Highway was painstakingly restored using modern techniques for high quality sound but done without violating the intent of the original sound mix. Restoration difficulty was further compounded by the fact that several of the original masters were missing.

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Production of the film began in the late 1970′s and led to an eventual screening at the Mill Valley Film Festival in 1982. However, mixed reactions from the assembled audience of film buffs and music fans gave the producers cause for reflection and they immediately went back to editing, resulting in parts of the movie being strewn about all over the cutting room floor and destined to be forgotten and left behind.

Thus began an epic journey to find the elusive missing footage that would help piece back together their original vision of a possible future. Digging through over thirty years of archives, the team at Shakey Pictures was then tasked with locating, cataloging and viewing every element ever associated with the film in the hopes of finding the masters.

The Quest for Lost Audio
The first step in the search was to identify the master analog multi-track tapes so they could be restored and transferred at high resolution for digital assembly and surround sound mixing. To begin with the highest possible sound quality, the original 2″ 16-track multis were converted at 24-bit/192-kHz. However, it was discovered that that the music and dialogue tracks were not on separate tracks but rather were already mixed on these master reels.

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Montage of the original Human Highway tapes and reels – Shakey Pictures

The team went back in the vaults again to find the 16-track reels with isolated dialogue and music, but other than locating music on 1/4″ reels, there was no source material with the master dialogue. So as a final step, the search was on to find the original Nagra reels to get clean dialogue. The dialogue reels were located, and incredibly – the original Nagra IV-S machine was found – the exact same machine that had actually been used on set in 1982. Originally introduced in 1971, the Nagra IV-S recorded two-track stereo. It had dual level pots, limiters, and equalizer presets and was considered the highest quality in its time.

With the tapes and the reels in hand, each Nagra reel had to be reviewed to locate the exact takes that were used for the film. There were then transferred to high resolution so that the post-production process could begin using the best sounding and cleanest sources. “As I listened through boxes of Nagra reels, I really felt like a fly on the wall of the set” said Will Mitchell of Shakey Pictures “Often tape was rolling wild both before and after takes, so I got to experience the process and understand just where the crew was in capturing the master performances. As with many films, the improvised lines on alternate takes were incredibly creative and fun. It was clear that this was a fun shoot.”

“Worldizing” Re-Mixing Technique
A unique audio technique – called “Worldizing” – was applied to scenes for the Director’s Cut. Rather than applying a plugin or an effects processor to flat or dry audio, Shakey Pictures used Worldizing to give the sound great depth, dimension and realism by playing the audio back in a suitable acoustic space and then re-recording it. This resulted in real world ambience and reflections, something that digital production can only approximate. Some examples of Worldizing can be heard inside the garage at Otto’s Corner, during the radio broadcasts and in some of the music. These Worldized tracks were also used as a blended effect to create the foundation for post-production.

Surround for Climactic Dream Sequence
Once in post-production, one of the major challenges of mixing Human Highway was dealing with all the separate elements. Because it was mixed so long ago, it was difficult to find the pieces all in one place. Quite often each mix would start with a partial stem with dialogue and effects and music all mixed together. Then, later in the workflow, the effects and music were mixed together, but the dialogue separate and isolated.

But this was not always the case; often the discreet stems would have just dialogue and no effects and music, or just effects and no music and dialogue and so on.

It was a significant and time consuming effort to equalize and blend multiple sources into a seamless track. “Working with all these sources was very much like an Easter-egg hunt”, said Tamara Johnson, Sound Designer and Re-recording Mixer of Post-Apocalyptic Studios. “The goal was to make the film’s ‘Linear Valley’ setting seem very normal – although was far from it! So to lull the audience into this normalcy, the background mix is stereo and dialogue and effects, mono. No panning was used, the sound is pure and comes straight up the middle into the audience.”

The film then builds up to the climactic scene when Neil Young’s character “Lionel” suffers a bump on the head and drifts into an intense ‘dream sequence’ that sees Lionel become a rock star and performs a ten-minute studio jam scene where Young and Devo play together.

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Neil Young and Devo in Human Highway’s Dream Sequence – Shakey Pictures

Now that the audience is conditioned to the stereo/mono effect, the goal was to shock them by introducing new sound elements for this dream sequence. The objective was to make Lionel’s dream sequence ‘huge’ using surround elements with wide and isolated channels swirling around the room. “We tried to make this scene larger than life”, said Johnson. “It was vital to have a high quality surround mix with no phasing or delays so I used Penteo to upmix backgrounds and music into 5.1 Surround for this pivotal dream sequence”.

The crowd surround elements were mixed around the room, effectively placing the viewer in the middle of the scene so that the audience becomes ‘Lionel’ for that intense moment. The film closes when Lionel wakes up and finds himself back in ‘normal’ Linear Valley – the dream is a fantastic contrast to reality.

About Shakey Pictures
Shakey Pictures, founded in 1972 by Bernard Shakey has over 40 years filmmaking to its credit and has produced such memorable titles as “Journey Through The Past”, “Rust Never Sleeps”, “Human Highway”, “Solo Trans”, “Muddy Track”, “Weld”, “Year Of The Horse”, “Silver and Gold”, “Greendale”, “CSNY/Déjà vu”, “Heart Of Gold’, “Trunk Show” and “Journeys”. For more information see the official Toronto International Film Festival Website: http://www.tiff.net/festivals/thefestival/programmes/specialpresentations/human-highway
or our website: http://tinyurl.com/ncfn2yu

About Penteo
Penteo transforms any stereo recording, soundtrack, DJ mix or live television broadcast into perfect 5.1 surround sound. Developed by Audiotech Digital Limited, Penteo remains faithful to the original stereo mix; no artificial sound manipulation is used. The Penteo 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. For more information, see our website http://www.perfectsurround.com

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