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Groove3 Unveils $99 All Access Annual Web Pass

Become a better producer with unlimited access to online audio tutorials for about the cost of 2 cups of coffee a month!

Austin, TX – October 30, 2014 – Beyond one-day events like Black Friday or Cyber Monday, Groove3 has launched the Black November Sale and is offering new customers an All Access Annual Web Pass for just $99 during entire month of November. Normally $150, customers gain instant online access to every video tutorial currently available on Groove3.com as well as new videos that are added during their 1-year membership.

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Groove3.com hosts nearly 900 hours of innovative, inventive and progressive online video training for music producers of all levels, covering all of the top digital audio workstations, plug-ins, and virtual instruments on the market as well as essential audio topics like recording, mixing, and mastering. Groove3’s expert trainers are working musicians and audio professionals that know how to get the most from their gear and apply that knowledge to real-world workflow. New content is added weekly and is accessible with the All Access Annual Web Pass.

While there is plenty of video instruction on YouTube, Groove3 takes the guess work out of finding consistently high-quality instruction backed by more than 10 years of experience in working closely with audio experts and directly with manufacturers. This saves the end-user countless hours of searching the web for relevant, high quality video instruction.

“My schedule is so hectic that I don’t have the time it takes to fully learn the latest and greatest software,” said Trace Foster, engineer and guitar tech for Joe Perry of Aerosmith. “Now I just put on a Groove3 video while we’re flying or on the bus and before long, I’m so far ahead of the learning curve! It really makes my life easy.”

There has never been a better time to become a Groove3 member. In addition to the Black November Sale price of $99, members will have access to new content from a recent development partnership with publishing giant Hal Leonard, which will include titles on drums, guitars, bass and keyboard playing and more. Several new titles are due out in November and December as well as many more in 2015.

For more information and to purchase an All Access Annual Web Pass for just $99 during the Black November Sale, visit http://www.groove3.com/str/access-it-all.html.

About Groove3:
For over 10 years, Groove3 has been on providing informative and effective training and content that is in-depth yet easy to follow. Their products are currently in use by thousands of musicians, engineers, producers, project studio owners, colleges, universities, trade schools, and working professionals. They were the first to offer training videos specifically targeted to the pro audio community via online access and the first to offer regular video content updates for their members. Groove3 offers the most flexible options for purchasing their training and viewing the content with DRM free downloads, iOS and Android apps, as well as an intuitive streaming player.

iZotope Releases Ozone 6: Creative Mastering Platform

Ozone 6 features a redesigned interface, standalone application, and new Dynamic EQ module

Cambridge, MA (October 30, 2014) – iZotope, Inc., a leading audio technology company, has launched the latest version of its critically acclaimed line of mastering software, Ozone.

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Ozone 6 is a creative mastering platform that enables both project studio producers and mastering engineers to easily add a final level of professional polish to their mix.

The modern new workflow is centered around creativity. A fully redesigned interface and real-time visual feedback in every module assist users in creating masters with ease.

“Our goal was to create an elegant visual aesthetic and fluid workflow,” says iZotope Product Manager Brett Bunting, “in order to bring the creative elements of mastering front and center and allow users to define their own sound.”

Ozone 6 takes the guesswork and the manual labor out of the mastering process, helping users experiment without fear of making the wrong sonic choices. Using Ozone’s presets as a starting point, pros and newcomers alike can immediately achieve authentic sounds in any genre.

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Ozone also produces great sound, providing the warmth and character of analog sound without the restrictions of hardware. And since Ozone 6 works as either a standalone application or a suite of plug-ins, users can choose to work exclusively in Ozone, or to complement their audio editor of choice.

For professional users, the Advanced version’s Dynamic EQ module lives and breathes with your music, harnessing the precision of an equalizer and the musical ballistics of a compressor. It’s an ideal tool for transparently sculpting audio.

“Ozone is full of great mastering tools,” says Adam Ayan, GRAMMY-winning mastering engineer at Gateway Mastering, “and it just keeps getting better!”

Learn more at www.izotope.com/ozone6.

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Availability
Ozone 6 is available now at www.izotope.com/ozone and at select retailers.

Pricing
Ozone 6 – Promotional Price: $199 USD, Regular Price: $249 USD

Ozone 6 Advanced – Promotional Price: $599 USD, Regular Price: $999 USD

Upgrade from Ozone 1-5 to Ozone 6: Always available at a special price of $99 USD

Upgrade from Ozone 1-5 to Ozone 6 Advanced – Promotional Price: $399 USD, Regular Price: $750 USD

Upgrade from Ozone 5 Advanced to Ozone 6 Advanced: Always available at a special price of $299 USD

For international customers, check with your local reseller for Ozone 6 pricing.

Grace Period Purchases
Customers who purchased Ozone 5 after September 1, 2014, will receive a free upgrade to Ozone 6 upon release.

Customers who purchased Ozone 5 Advanced after September 1, 2014, will receive a free upgrade to Ozone 6 Advanced upon release.

About iZotope, Inc.
iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite, RX®. For more information on iZotope products, please visit www.izotope.com.

Italian Superstar Pino Daniele Chooses DPA Microphones

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Pino Daniele, one of Italy’s best known singer/songwriters and a man whose career spans both genres and decades, has recently started using a range of DPA microphones, including the company’s ground-breaking d:facto™ Vocal Microphone.

Fabrizio Facioni, Daniele’s sound engineer, jumped at the chance of using d:facto when the opportunity presented itself.

“I like its sound. It’s so ‘present’ and natural,” he says. “This microphone reproduces exactly what it is given in terms of the vocal, and that greatly simplifies my job.”

The d:facto Vocal Microphone joined a range of DPA mics that were used over the summer for the NERO A META’ tour, which reunited Daniele with band members from the 1980s alongside special guests. For his forthcoming theatre tour, the line-up is more intimate and includes Pino Daniele on vocals and acoustic guitar, a second acoustic guitar, an upright bass, piano and drums played by internationally acclaimed producer and arranger Alfredo Golino, who regularly works with artists such as Laura Pausini.

Facioni says: “The decision to use DPA microphones initially came about when I needed a microphone for Pino’s acoustic guitar. I spoke to Agora, our PA rental company, and they recommended DPA’s d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones. After trying one, I knew it was perfect for the task. Both Pino and I were so impressed that we decided to use d:vote 4099s on his guitar and on the second acoustic guitar.”

Facioni adds that the improvement in sound made him question the microphones he was using on the other instruments in Daniele’s intimate line-up. It was at this point that Alfredo Golino suggested he got in touch with Salvatore Zocco from DPA’s Italian distributor M. Casale Bauer for more advice on the DPA range.

Salvatore Zocco says: “Alfredo is a great ambassador for DPA and has used the company’s microphones for a long time, so it was perfectly natural for him to put Fabrizio in touch with me. I was able to recommend the most appropriate microphones for Fabrizio’s requirements.”

The final choice came down to d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones for the high hat, snare (top and bottom) and toms. DPA d:dicate™ ST4011C and ST4015C Recording Microphones were respectively chosen to handle overheads and percussion. The acoustic guitars and upright bass are also miked with d:vote 4099s, while Pino Daniele has two d:facto Vocal Microphones – one for when he’s standing and the other for when he performs with his acoustic guitar.

“I have been very satisfied with the results these microphones have delivered,” Facioni adds. These were exactly the mics I needed to give me a natural sound. I am a studio engineer as well, so I already knew DPA mics for piano and orchestra and I like them a lot. But this is the first time I have tried them for percussion and bass and I am definitely impressed.”

And perhaps more importantly, Pino Daniele himself has also been impressed with the performance of the d:facto Vocal Microphone which he used consistently during his summer tour of Italy’s sports arenas.

“We are now planning more dates in smaller theatre venues during November and December and the d:facto will once again be part of our microphone set up,” adds. “It has worked for Pino and he really like it. He says he now recognises his own voice!”

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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 provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all 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, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Masque Sound Custom Audio Equipment Package Helps Audiences Discover Charming New Musical, FOUND

NEW YORK, NY, OCTOBER 30, 2014 – When the ambitious and original new musical FOUND opened at the Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater on October 14, Sound Designer Ken Travis enlisted the services of Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, to provide a custom audio equipment package to help audiences discover this Off-Broadway gem. FOUND at Atlantic Theater Company. Photos by Kevin Thomas Garcia. Photo 1

FOUND isn’t just based on a true story; it’s based on hundreds of them. FOUND is an original musical featuring scores of surprising and eccentric discarded notes and letters that have been “found” in the real world by every-day people. Inspired by actual events, the show follows Davy who, along with his two best friends, is lost and broke. When he finds a strangely revealing note on his windshield meant for someone else, it sparks an outlandish idea that finds him and his companions on a wild, comedic journey. By bringing a host of real notes and letters from Davy Rothbart’s popular FOUND Magazine to irreverent theatrical life, this insightful new musical tells a story of ambition, betrayal and loyalty while celebrating the weirdness in us all.

Travis’ biggest challenge in designing the sound was adhering to the very quick amplification changes in the theater, which was previously an old church. “Because of its architectural design, you can’t really hit the walls and you can’t activate the room,” says Travis. “We needed to be able to go from really loud to super intimate within a second and allow the audience’s ears to settle into that adjustment. It took a little while to figure out how we would accomplish that without losing any energy and without having the audience members miss a single word.”
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For Travis, equipment selection proved essential to the show’s success. He found what he was looking for with a speaker system featuring d&b audiotechnik products. The sound system features a Q-Series rig, along with E3 loudspeakers for delays and B2 subwoofers. “In a matter of one minute, the actors can go through 10 songs, and, stylistically, each song is 100 percent different,” adds Travis. “It can range from something that pays homage to Queen and Bruce Springsteen, to 80s metal bands and country music. Dynamically, the shifts are huge, and the d&b system allowed us to really bring out the style of the various music genres in a rapid succession.”

Additionally, Travis wanted to ensure that no microphones were visible on the cast during the production, so he relied on Sennheiser MKE1 Professional Lavalier Microphones, along with one of Masque Sound’s pre-built Sennheiser 2000 Series wireless transmitter kits. Designed for quick and easy dispatch, Masque Sound’s pre-built kits provide 24 wireless channels and are targeted for the Off Broadway and regional markets. The orchestra was mic’ed with DPA 4011 Cardioid Microphones, DPA 4099 Instrument Microphones, Schoeps MK4 Cardioid Capsules and Beyerdynamic M 160 Hypercardioid Ribbon Microphones. Masque Sound also provided an Avid VENUE SC48 digital console.

Since the orchestra is present on stage, with musicians spread between a few small pods, Travis wanted the sound design to creatively capture and evoke a natural and intimate sound. To accomplish this, he utilized a Meyer Sound LCS LX-300 delay matrix. “We wanted the orchestra to be able to go from a chamber sounding musical, involving violin, cello, guitar, bass, drums and piano, to a heavy rock sound,” he says. “We used the delay matrix to time every single instrument on stage so that when we were amplifying it, it really sounded like it was coming from the specific instrument. We also divided the stage into zones, which ensures that the engineer has a lot of cues for the actors.”
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Furthermore, with regards to timing, this production requires that the audio is perfectly synched up to the show’s video images. Travis relied on MIDI to achieve this, using one big MIDI loop to ensure that the design teams could send information back and forth. This was an easy way to simplify a very technically challenging show on an Off-Broadway budget.

“This was a great team effort,” concludes Travis. “My associate, Justin Stasiw, A1 Jillian Walker and A2 Laura Brauner all did a wonderful job, and it was terrific that the whole design team was able to come together for this fun and original production. Masque Sound was once again great to work with and very accommodating in providing me with the equipment I wanted to use.”

FOUND began previews on September 18 and is slated to run through November 9 at The Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater, located at 336 West 20th Street in Manhattan. To learn more about FOUND, visit atlantictheater.org.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

Michael Feinstein and the Pasadena POPS Take to the Stage with DPA Microphones for Summer Concert Series

Company’s d:facto™ Vocal and d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Mics are mainstays for all recent performances

LOS ANGELES, CA, OCTOBER 30, 2014 – Michael Feinstein and the Pasadena POPS recently concluded their 2014 Sierra Acura Summer Concert Series at the LA County Arboretum to an audience of nearly 5,000 people. DPA microphones was among the star-studded lineup, not only for this concert series but for Feinstein’s additional performances, with its d:facto™ Vocal Microphone and d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones for Piano.Michael Feinstein Pasadena dfacto 1

Michael Feinstein’s long-time Production Manager and FOH Engineer Andy Brattain was introduced to DPA Microphones a few years ago at a show at the Palladium in London. Brattain secured the mics for Feinstein’s Jazz at Lincoln Center Series and has been using the microphones ever since.

“We were heading out on the road and had a lot of different types of shows scheduled throughout this past summer, which included everything from the outdoor symphony shows to a small trio show in a club setting,” says Brattain. “I made sure that I had a couple of DPA mics with me and this is when we really started liking them, as they worked perfectly in so many different applications with all different types of sound systems.”

Michael Feinstein Pasadena dfacto 2As a baritone, DPA’s d:facto Vocal Microphone matches well with Feinstein’s voice. “He can get a little hot on the low end, but the d:facto is able to smooth some of that out without any coloration,” adds Brattain. “Also, the proximity of where Michael holds the mic in relation to his mouth, whether really close or really far away, works nicely with the d:facto. He has the freedom to move around and the d:facto evens out the sound, leaving me with minimal EQing.”

In addition to the d:facto, Brattain relies on DPA’s d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones for Piano. “We play with the piano lid closed for 99 percent of our performances and with most microphones you are fighting the low end that produces a harsh sound. With the d:votes you can position the mics exactly how you want and when you close the lid you have this great open and natural sound,” continues Brattain. “I’ve had an engineer tell me it’s the best sounding close-lid piano they’ve heard. It’s such an easy installation too, some pianists don’t want me to tape mics to their piano, but with the d:vote magnet mounts I don’t have to worry about scratches or a gluey mess, it leaves everyone happy.”Michael Feinstein Pasadena dfacto 3

Not only is Brattain happy with the quality of DPA’s microphones but the system tech and other FOH engineers that were at the Pasadena POP performances commented on how well they sounded. “Everyone was pretty blown away about not having to do a lot of EQing, just take the high pass up a little bit and call it a day, it was great,” concludes Brattain.

Feinstein is a multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy® Award-nominated entertainer dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook.”

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.

HARMAN’s AKG CS3 Delivers Subtle Simplicity For Onyx AV’s Conferencing Services

CS3_SystemALMERE, The Netherlands – Having provided sound reinforcement for hotels and corporations that required subtle but effective conferencing solutions, Dutch-based Onyx AV has recently upgraded its inventory with HARMAN’s AKG microphones. When the time came to refresh its inventory and to address the increased demand for reliable microphones during presentations, Onyx AV reached out to audio equipment distributor Audio XL to supply the new AKG CS3 Series conference system.

The modular and flexible AKG CS3 system supports up to 60 microphones with the base unit connected to PA, recording and external audio sources and camera control systems. Not only does it come with a detachable microphone that can be swapped to suit different preferences in length, but it also ensures user-friendly operation for fast conference management.

After dealing with other brands for a long time, Onyx was ready to switch to obtain higher quality performance that offers plug-and-play flexibility, allowing its customers to focus on the conference with ease. Following a live demo of the new CS3 system in Onyx’s head-office in Almere, the engineers were convinced that AKG was the right choice for them.

The system’s rigidity and compact size exceeded Onyx’s expectations and is able to serve all of its needs. Compared to the legacy system, the enormous leap in sound quality and durability has delivered excellent results during the first few weeks of the upgrade.

For more information on AKG, please visit www.akg.com/pro

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

HOSA TECHNOLOGY ANNOUNCES RECIPIENT OF 2014 AUDIO ENGINEERING PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP AT MUSICIANS INSTITUTE

** Photo: MI’s Jonathan Newkirk (left) with Danica Renee Garcia (right) **

** Photo: MI’s Jonathan Newkirk (left) with Danica Renee Garcia (right) **

Buena Park, CA – October 2014… Hosa Technology, the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the modern musician and audio/video professional, is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2014 Hosa Technology Audio Engineering Program Scholarship at Musicians Institute (MI) in Los Angeles. The scholarship—now in its second year—is awarded to a new student enrolling in the MI Audio Engineering Program who clearly articulates their career goals in the music industry, as well as why they should be considered for the scholarship, in a 500 word essay. This year’s award recipient is Danica Renee Garcia of Santa Paula, CA. more

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Mastering Engineer Colin Leonard Gets Dangerous in his Highly Customized Analog Studio ‘SING Mastering’

Atlanta-based ‘SING Mastering’ uses Dangerous Master, Monitor and BAX EQ at the core of a unique mastering setup —

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…Mastering engineer Colin Leonard

Edmeston, NY – October 29, 2014 – Mastering engineer Colin Leonard works a lot with major record labels on singles, albums and custom masters for the very latest music videos – as well as hit Indie artist projects. At his Atlanta, GA, ‘SING Mastering‘ studio he’s built a unique and highly customized analog setup based around a core of Dangerous Music’s Master transfer console and Dangerous Monitor combination, and the Dangerous BAX EQ – among many other pieces of choice equipment and speakers. As Leonard says “It’s a no compromise mastering facility.” Some of Leonard’s recent mastering credits include Echosmith, Kimbra, Icona Pop, Leona Lewis, Justin Bieber, Mastodon and Mystery Skulls, working with record labels such as Warner Bros., Sony Music, Atlantic Records, Republic Records and Universal Records.

“I am currently using a Dangerous Master, a Dangerous Monitor and a Dangerous BAX EQ,” states Leonard. “I’ve never mastered a song without a Dangerous Master! And I can’t imagine it (laughs). The Master is one of those pieces that is just the ‘heart’ of the system. When I came into mastering, that was the very first mastering console that I used. The Master is an awesome piece for me.”

Although he has lots of gear, and most of it quite unique, he still goes for less-is-more, “I’m kind of a simplicity guy, all of the processing on my masters is analog. I don’t usually use plug-ins, and I try to keep cables real short between each piece of equipment, we make our own cables and use quality materials,” he says.

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Leonard has compared “Mid-Side” systems and finds the implementation of the “S&M” feature built into the Dangerous Master far superior, “With the S&M feature on the Master, you can really fix some problems in mixes, and address balance issues. I have a couple EQs that I can use with that circuit to adjust stuff in the side, or if I need to bring a vocal out in the middle I can do that. It’s a really great sounding circuit. Comparing it to Mid-Side processors in the digital realm I just think it’s a ‘Day and Night’ difference. I don’t really know why technically the Mid-Side available on plug-ins sound so weird to me, but it does. The biggest thing is, you can kind of get away with cutting dBs in a plug-in, but as soon as you try to boost the Mid or the Side it sounds terrible to me; With analog, there is a lot more headroom. To me, the Dangerous Master’s Mid-Side circuit sounds a lot better.”

Describing how his outboard connects to the Dangerous Master, Leonard says, “I can either run into the input of the Master or I can run into the input of some other gear to have a different sound. I can bypass the input stage on the Master if I want to and run into the inserts. The inserts are set up really simply using my six different EQs and a couple of compressors. I don’t do a lot of compression, I am more of an EQ person, especially these days when mixes are usually compressed already! (laughs) But I have a lot of EQ flavors.”

And finally, he relates, “Another thing that’s really cool about the Dangerous Monitor in combination with the Dangerous Master is the ‘input monitor offset’. That way I can take an unprocessed mix and turn it up as loud as my master in the analog domain with an offset, and I can compare the original mix to the master at exactly the same volume. That’s really important. Without the offset you’re comparing the mix that might be 6dB quieter with a master that’s loud. It’s kind of impossible to compare the two sonically. Other than just saying, ‘Wow! That one’s a lot louder!’ When you use both the Dangerous Master and Monitor to do that, it’s seamless, Dangerous Music thought it out really well.”

BAX And All That
Although on SING Mastering’s website Leonard alludes to some ‘secret boxes’ that he uses to get his sound, he quickly relates, “The Dangerous BAX, honestly, is one of my favorite EQs for real small adjustments and it has some really unique EQ curve shapes obviously. I think it can be really great in combination with other EQs. I actually use the BAX differently than other people I’ve talked to, I use it at the beginning of my chain and use it as a really broad stroke and then fine tune afterwards with other pieces of gear.”

Monitoring The Dangerous Way
On his history with the Dangerous Monitor, Leonard recalls, “Actually when I started mastering I was just lucky to have access to a Chris Muth 2040 monitoring setup. After a few years I changed to the Dangerous Monitor, and at first it was a little weird because it has a stepped volume control, and the Muth 2040 that I had used had originally been ordered with the ‘Alps big blue’ control which was a continuous pot, so it took me a little while to get used to the Monitor’s stepped volume control. But then the accuracy and repeatability of the stepped control on the Monitor was awesome.”

Adding a bit more background, he adds, “The Muth 2040 didn’t have a DAC built in, so you had to use a ‘room’ DAC, which was normally a less sophisticated DAC in those days because when you were switching back and forth between digital sources, an old high-end DAC usually had some delay while switching and re-clocking so the thing to use was a DAC that was fast. The DAC that’s built into the Dangerous Monitor is really good and it’s fast. I really fell in love the with Dangerous Monitor. For me it’s an improvement over the 2040, having used both of them. The DAC in the Monitor is my only monitor path DAC.”

Leonard has a last point on controlling his listening, first, “I love the Dangerous Monitor for its transparency and accuracy with tracking with the stepped volume control. As a mastering engineer it’s really a necessity to have instantaneous digital switching with a common converter – and that’s what the Monitor supplies! I can get real world comparisons between different sources at the same time instantaneously with the same converter.”

Customized Is The Deal
Customizing practically all his equipment puts Leonard is a unique position of knowing his own gear better than anyone could, but it isn’t that unusual in a mastering studio he relates, “I am really picky about equipment and I think that incremental improvements add up at the end of the day. I try to make the quality of my gear as good as possible, and with mastering kind of everything is custom anyway it seems.”

He reveals some of his top outboard pieces beyond his ‘Dangerous BAX starting-point’, “I have a couple custom Neumann W495B units, a set of modified Neumann OE DUO EQs, some old Motown style inductor EQs that are customized Electrodyne circuits, a Fred Forsell Millennia NSEQ-2, and an SPL PQ. My speakers are custom too,” adds Leonard. “They are the last pair of the Tyler Acoustics D1′s, they were made by Ty Lashbrook, with two Pass Labs amps drive them and custom crossovers with cabinet modifications. Then I have a couple custom subwoofers, the sub cabinets are designed by Ty with the servo drivers designed by Danny Richie.”

SING-Mastering-Main-WEB2As in any great studio, gear is often only half the equation, “The SING Mastering room is a very cool design, it uses a ratio by acoustician M.M. Louden, he’s kind of the king of rectangular room ratios,” states Leonard. “My room is really an optimized Louden ratio. It’s over 30 feet long and really wide and has tall ceilings, it’s a big, open natural space. It’s a ‘dead end’ in the front and a ‘live end’ in the back, which is pretty common for mastering rooms.”

Check out SING Mastering and more about engineer Colin Leonard at: http://www.singmastering.com

About Dangerous Music
Dangerous Music, Inc. designs and builds award-winning hardware products that are indispensable to any DAW-based recording, mixing or mastering environment. The Company pioneered the concept of the dedicated analog summing buss for digital audio workstations with the Dangerous 2-Bus in 2001. Today, Dangerous Music offers a wide range of products for recording, mastering, mixing and post-production facilities, all designed and built with mastering-quality standards and a practical aesthetic. Key products include the Dangerous 2-Bus and 2-Bus LT, Dangerous Monitor ST-SR, Dangerous D-Box, Dangerous Master, Dangerous Liaison, Dangerous Monitor, Dangerous Source, Dangerous BAX EQ, and the Dangerous Compressor.

For more information on Dangerous Music visit http://www.dangerousmusic.com phone 845-202-5100 or email: info@dangerousmusic.com

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional Unveils 5628 Cinema Subwoofer

JBL_5628 copyHOLLYWOOD, Florida — HARMAN’s JBL Professional is introducing the new 5628 dual 18-inch cinema subwoofer. The 5628 offers increased SPL and extended frequency response, delivering world-class audio quality to large-format auditoriums.

The high-power and lightweight 5628 is a front-loaded, vented subwoofer enclosure that houses two of JBL’s exclusive 2269H Ultra Long Excursion 18-inch Differential Drive® woofers. This woofer features neodymium magnet, dual voice coils and dual gaps, JBL’s exclusive Vented Gap Cooling™ and ultra-robust composite cone for high excursion and extra long life. The woofer is capable of a peak-to-peak maximum excursion of 89 mm (3.5 inches).

The 5628 offers 4,000 watts continuous pink noise and 16,000 watts peak power handling capacity. It features a large vent area for high output with low distortion, making it ideal for a variety of cinema applications as well as club environments.

“We have seen a demand for a high-output subwoofer with extended frequency response in large-format cinema environments,” said Charles Goodsell, Senior Manager, Cinema, JBL Professional. “The new 5628 meets these demands and more, providing an ideal solution that is easy to install while featuring JBL’s world-class performance.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

Chartmakers Mastering Stocks Up On Prism Sound Kit

Henkka Niemisto photo credit Christoffer Relander (1024x683)

High profile Finnish mastering studio, Chartmakers Mastering, recently bought both a Prism Sound Dream AD-2 A/D converter and an MEA-2 EQ for its state-of-the-art facility in the Töölö district of the nation’s capital, Helsinki.

Established by Svante Forsbäck together with long-term associate Henkka Niemistö, the studio is celebrating its tenth birthday this year and is as dedicated to high-quality audio mastering services as ever.

“All music styles are more than welcome to use our services,” says Niemistö. “I usually work with pop, dance, hip-hop and electronic music and some metal and rock groups. My clients are mainly Finnish bands and include Husky Rescue, Pepe Deluxe, Sofi De La Torre, Machinae Supremacy and many more.”

Chartmakers currently runs three studios in Helsinki itself and a satellite about 20 minutes to the west in Espoo. Niemistö is a firm believer that the simplest mastering chain of very high-grade equipment delivers the best results. As such, he says that the AD-2 and the MEA-2 have both been on his mind for a long time.

“It was time to finally give them a go,” he says. “Svante and I have gone through pretty much everything on the mastering market, and Prism Sound was, for me, the last largely untested equipment to try.”

The kit was supplied by Finnish distributor Qualitron and Niemistö says that as soon as the converter and the EQ were connected he felt right at home with them.

“They are a joy to use. The converter continues to surprise me, almost every day,” he says. “The EQ has some strange way of adding a sort of ‘glue’ to the master sound — I can’t really explain it. They both definitely bring the game to the next level.”

Niemistö adds that he particularly likes the fact that the converter can drive two different sample rates to different AES/EBU outputs.
“The clock also sounds very nice,” he says. “Since I do a lot of bassy electronic music I love the fact that the EQ goes down to 19Hz and up to 27k.”

Niemistö is using his Prism Sound equipment on all of his current projects where it meshes well into his existing set-up.

“I personally use three Amphion Two18 speakers and two One18s in the back for full surround, and I have a Maselec MTC-2 mastering console,” he explains.

And there might well be more Prism Sound kit added into the Chartmasters slate in the near future.

Niemistö says: “We just got the Prism Sound compressor in to test, and we might have to get that one as well…”

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

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