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“This console is the most analogue-correct digital console; it sounds phenomenal”
SAN FRANCISCO - Following The Killers’ wildly successful 2013 Battle Born world tour, performing in 50 countries and headlining arenas on six continents – including a sold-out Wembley Stadium show for which they wrote The Wembley Song – the Las Vegas-based phenomenon is back on the road this summer in support of their Direct Hits greatest hits compilation. With appearances at North American and U.K. music festivals, the band’s FOH engineer, Kenny Kaiser, is delivering their chart toppers with help from the new SSL Live console.
Kaiser works for Delicate Productions of Camarillo, California, serving as PA tech or system tech for Selena Gomez, Train and as monitor tech and crew chief for The Foo Fighters, among others. After moving to the Killers’ camp last year, he took over the helm for their 2014 tour. However, Kaiser was not fond of their previous FOH console and knew instantly that he’d need to make a switch.
“Delicate is a great partner of Hi-Tech Audio [supplier of the SSL Live console for the tour] in San Francisco, where I’m based,” he says. “Louis Adamo, president of Hi-Tech, called to say they had a new SSL console, so I went down and played with it. I found it fluid and the surface very intuitive. I also had a chance to take a class for engineers and production companies. After I took the class, I found the console even more intriguing. One thing that stuck in my mind was actually taking it apart and looking inside at how it’s made – it’s built like a tank. Plus, with the name SSL, you can’t go wrong; that’s a great name in consoles.”
As Kaiser is part of a new breed of engineers, The Killers’ previous mix platform just wasn’t his style. “There was too much button pushing to get to certain places and it was too spread out,” he continues. “There were fader banks on either side, so I had to do a lot of left and right movements. With Live, it’s more centralized. I don’t have to move around the console and I can stay in one spot, hit one button and quickly do what I need to do.”
Kaiser, who will occasionally use other consoles for events supported by Delicate, finds SSL Live to be more convenient to work on due to its flexibility and the manner in which an engineer can customize the fader banks. “It’s very intuitive and user-friendly,” he adds. “There are a lot of options as to how you can set up SSL Live.”
The accuracy of the console also stood out to Kaiser. “Because my background is a system tech, I’m an audio measurement and phase dork,” he explains. “Some engineers might have an eight or 10 dB boost or cut on an EQ band and my thought, if you have to do that, is that something is wrong – either the wrong mic or the console isn’t doing what the engineer needs. I now find that certain things I used to do, I don’t have to do anymore because the EQ does what it says its doing. When you’re on the first band and you want a cut at 120 Hz, it actually does 120. Some consoles say they’re doing 120, but then when you actually plug it in and check, it’s not quite there. Sometimes the Q isn’t quite what it says; with this console, it’s precise.”
Another big hit was Live’s onboard effects. “Everything is built-in, the reverbs sound glorious and it’s all on board,” says Kaiser. “I don’t have to go out and buy a console and then say, ‘Okay, now I need some external piece of software or hardware to get what I want.’ Everything I need is right there in one box to make the sound how I need to make it, which makes my job easier.”
But it doesn’t just stop at the effects, the console’s all-pass filters were also a big selling point for Kaiser. “As a system tech, I use all-pass filters to align side hangs to the mains,” he explains. “Being able to have that on inputs to align a pair of kick or snare drum mics is a huge tool to get the phase just right.”
Kaiser also mentions the clarity and distinctness that each instrument has in his mix. “On other consoles, once you start adding more stuff, you hear them start to overload and hear the coherence start to go away, but not with the SSL Live. SSL definitely did their homework to make it sound as analogue as possible. This console is the most analogue-correct digital console I’ve ever encountered. It sounds phenomenal.”
The Killers recently headlined the Hangout Festival on the sandy beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama where the console was put to the true test of the weather. Kaiser notes, “despite the heat, high humidity, wind and sandstorms that we encountered that weekend, the console was just great.”
Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast, live and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.
This year’s Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas easily earned its reputation as the world’s largest electronic music festival with seven stages, carnival rides, art installations, fireworks displays and over 400,000 in attendance.
The landmark multimedia three-day event took place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and focused on providing a total entertainment experience for EDM fans with over 70 DJs performing each day.
3G Productions of Las Vegas/Los Angeles, who once again provided audio for the event, set up a fully loaded Martin Audio MLA loudspeaker system on Stage Two (Cosmic Meadow) to deliver the power and huge amount of low end required for the shows. DJs featured on the stage included Diplo, Justin Martin, A-Trak, Chromeo, Bassnectar, Dillon Francis and Destructo, just to name a few.
The system for Cosmic Meadow stage consisted of 16 MLA and 2 MLAD enclosures per side, 12 MLA Compact per side for sidefills and 3 MLA Compact per side for front fills. More than the required amount of low end was provided by 40 MLX subs stacked one on top of the other along the front of the stage. A Yamaha CL5 console was used for Front of House and a Yamaha PM5D for Monitors.
Asked about the MLA, 3G’s Keith Conrad said, “the system performance each night was fantastic and the Martin Audio stage blew everybody away. The client (insomniac) was happy with the way MLA performed, the show was packed every day and the DJs and their engineers were really impressed with the system.
“Because Cosmic Meadow stage was facing out towards the speedway and wasn’t competing with any other stage,” Keith adds, “we got the full impact and power of the system, which was amazing. As it turned out, we didn’t even need delay towers because the coverage was so exceptional. This was due in part because of Martin Audio’s Display 2.1 modeling software.
“What makes EDC unique from other music genre festivals is the incredible amount of bass that’s required for EDM. The MLX subs were so powerful, the artists and their crews were smiling from ear to ear as soon as they turned it on.
“Of course,” Keith concludes, “we were fortunate to have our secret weapon FOH engineer Manny Perez who is definitely a veteran with MLA and knows how to tweak the system so it sounds exactly right from the low to high frequencies, which made it an ideal situation for everyone. Overall, I’d say that the system exceeded expectations from every aspect.
For more about 3G Productions, Inc., please click to www.3glp.com.
For more about Martin Audio and MLA, please click to www.martin-audio.com.
About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.
BUENA PARK, Calif.— David Lees and Marcel Mauceri from Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. will be on hand to demonstrate the new Yamaha NUAGE production system along with a Nuendo masterclass presented by Steinberg’s Greg Ondo on Tuesday, July 1st between 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Hosted by Hollywood Sound, the presentations will take place at their location 1541 North Wilcox Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028.
NUAGE is a highly refined, scalable hardware/software production environment for recording, video post-production, ADR, music production and mixing. NUAGE features many unique and exciting features such as an integrated ADR system, efficient content management, advanced media access system, and much more.
A joint collaboration between Yamaha and Steinberg, NUAGE is a hardware and software system that adds the power of Dante audio networking, and is a complete, flexible system that allows engineers to choose and combine components to perfectly match individual application and workflow requirements.
These sessions are free and open to all members of the audio production community. Please RSVP to 323.466.2416. For more details, visit
Henrik Kjærgaard, Lydvæsenet
AARHUS, Denmark – LydRommet A/S has confirmed its first sale of HARMAN’s Soundcraft’s Vi3000 next-generation digital mixing console to concert touring and festival specialists, Lydvæsenet—run by Henrik Kjærgaard. The delivery was the first of three Vi3000 sales confirmed by Lars Christensen, Sales Manager at LydRommet, HARMAN Professional’s territory distributor.
He confirmed, “We began promoting the Vi3000 as soon as the first pictures were up in cyberspace and immediately received a number of inquiries. Henrik was one of the first people we approached.”
The momentum grew further during the presentation at this year’s Prolight+Sound Show in Frankfurt, and having taken delivery of its own demo console, LydRommet’s participation at local promo events, supported by HARMAN Professional’s Dom Harter and Dave Karlsen, further spread the word.
Both Lars Christenesen and Henrik Kjærgaard—a vastly experienced sound engineer in his own right—say there is much to commend the first of Soundcraft’s new console, pinpointing the Dante/ MADI interfaces for recording/plugins; 96 mix channels; 24 stereo or/mono busses; the built in local rack; the high-quality local mic pre’s; the additional screen and control for the price; the 36 faders, and in particular “the fantastic audio quality.”
“Most of our customers just say ‘wow’ and can’t believe what they are getting for the money,” continued Christensen. “The Vi3000 is certainly introducing the Vi quality to a broader range of productions.”
Lydvæsenet is no stranger to the Soundcraft platform and already has a number of Si Expressions, Si Performers and a Vi1 in its inventory. “All were chosen because of the audio quality, facilities and ease of use,” confirmed Kjærgaard.
There were several reasons for the latest purchase, he said. “The main reason was the I/O capacity of the Vi3000, which we needed to take on certain tour productions. But all the other cool features like onboard MADI/Dante, UA plugins, upgraded DSP and graphics certainly helped to make the decision.”
The first tour of duty for the Vi3000 was with Lis Sorensen, an evergreen Danish pop artist at the Jelling Musik festival.
In summary, Lars Christensen stated, “We are proud to count Henrik as one of the most enthusiastic users of Soundcraft’s entire range of digital consoles. He needed the enhanced capacity that the Vi3000 could offer—and the RealTime Rack and access to UA plugins certainly didn’t hinder the decision!”
Speaking generally, he believes the Vi3000 would make a perfect partner for every sound engineer and rental company. “Unofficially, the Vi’s are the preferred digital consoles for a festival stage—and this will be enhanced with the Vi3000 with all its facilities, integration with the UA RealTime rack and the overall price point.”
He also noted that trends in live mixing are changing, and audio quality and ease of use are again taking top priority. “We believe people are reverting from mixing on screens to mixing on their ears, so consoles with the most direct access and control will gain market share, and those based on menus will decline,” he predicted.
HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 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 global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.
Three new models of active near field monitors offer Focal quality-sound with home studio affordability now shipping in the US and Canada —
New Focal powered monitors, Alpha 80, Alpha 65, & Alpha 50
— June 25, 2014
— Renowned French speaker designer Focal Professional
, with their North American Distributor Audio Plus Services, have announced that their latest “Alpha
” monitors are now shipping in the US and Canada. The new monitors are available in 3 sizes, Alpha 50
, Alpha 65
, and Alpha 80
, with 5”, 6.5” and 8” woofers respectively. The new monitors offer legendary Focal sound at an affordable price for home studio musicians and DJs creating and listening to their own music and remixes. The monitors are easily integrated into many types of music environments; even small untreated home studios. Focal Alpha monitors are very natural sounding, yet highly revealing and present a very even tonal balance from low to high volumes. In addition, the new monitors were designed to have a ‘wide sweet spot’ to help mixing in challenging, smaller studio environments. Priced per monitor, the Alpha series ranges from $349 for Alpha 50
, $449 for Alpha 65
to $599 for Alpha 80
“Focal is famous for great sounding monitors that professionals around the world in many types of music production rely on daily,” says Simon Cote, National Pro Audio Sales Manager at Audio Plus Services. “Previously the realm of mastering engineers, top mix and recording engineers, and high-end post production studios, now everyone can afford the Focal quality sound and unique monitor design in their own home music studios with the new Alpha monitor series. These new monitors use many of the same technologies in our CMS series such as the polyglass woofers, but are available at a lower cost. We did not compromise the amplifiers in the Alpha series and use the traditional Focal bi-amped Class AB models.”
Key ingredients in the success of previous Focal monitors such as the Solo6 be, Twin6 be and SM9 models are also used in the new Alpha series including custom made Focal inverted dome tweeters which offer more dynamics and less directivity, manufactured in rigid aluminum for lower distortion. The Focal-designed polyglass cones in each woofer reveal a neutral sound with less distortion in the low mid and mid frequencies. And Focal has voiced each model the same regardless of the woofer size, even with the increase in mid and low mid output with the size of the woofer, the monitor’s character is designed to remain the same. The 8-inch model is specifically designed not to create a ‘scooped’ mid range sound (like many other comparably-sized monitors), but to balance the mids and add more punch.
As commonly found on all Focal monitors is a bass-reflex front-ported cabinet allowing placement of monitors nearer to walls while still projecting correct imaging and low-end. The speaker drivers are paired with powerful bi-amped Class AB amplifiers allowing increased dynamics, high SPL, and also include thermal protection and electronic protection with a built-in limiter and compressor. Alpha monitors include a unique ‘Auto-Standby Mode’ where if no audio signal is present for 30 minutes, the speaker automatically goes into power standby, while ‘Auto-Power On’ is activated in the monitor by audio signal detection. The monitors have balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA inputs, 6dB of gain sensitivity, and Low Frequency and High Frequency variable shelving to help match the monitor’s output to their studio environment.
The new Alpha series monitors are available now from dealers in the US and Canada, for more information on the monitors visit the Focal Professional website: http://www.focalprofessional.com/en/239-alpha
Since its foundation, Focal has grown to become one of the world’s leading Hi-Fi and professional loudspeaker companies. Headquartered in Saint-Etienne, France, it is now internationally recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacture of drivers for Hi-Fi and professional loudspeakers. Focal is also a pre-eminent designer and manufacturer of for car-audio and pro-audio. The company’s key strength is its complete integration and quality control of the loudspeaker manufacturing process, from the design of speaker driver units, cabinets and crossovers, to the assembly of the finished product. Focal maintains an intense, continual research program and development in speaker driver technologies. Five patents have been registered to Focal since 2003. Please visit: http://www.focal-fr.com and http://www.audioplusservices.com
About Audio Plus Services
Established in 1979, Audio Plus Services is a leading North American importer and distributor of premium consumer and professional electronics brands including Focal monitors, Moon mic pre, Vovox cables and Lauten Audio microphones. Based in Montreal with U.S facilities in Champlain, NY, Audio Plus has sales personnel located throughout the United States to professionally service their active roster of more than 300 specialty A/V and Pro Audio dealers. Audio Plus specializes in products and services for the professional audio and performing musician markets, and the home theater and custom integration (CI) market – both residential and commercial – for North America. For more information about Audio Plus Services visit their website at http://www.audioplusservices.com/ or call (800) 663-9352
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TwoDots original soundtrack and remixes, as well as ten ringtones are now available on all major streaming networks
NYC (June 24 , 2014) – Blend (http://blend.io), an online network where musicians share and collaborate on tracks, announces its debut as a record label with the release of the original soundtrack to TwoDots, the sequel to the very popular and Webby Award winning Dots game which launched last year to over 20 million downloads.
Joining forces once again with Upright T-Rex, the sound designers from the original Dots game, the TwoDots Original Soundtrack evolves from the classic bleeps and tones to a lush, orchestrated and immersive album. With a diverse range of genres and moods, the twelve-track offering weaves from old school cool cuts like Dusty Dots to the pensive, synth laden meditations of Fire Forrest, creating a narrative just as engaging as the app experience itself.
Included on the album are the two winning remixes created from the recent Blend.io remix competition, where “Blenders” remixed the TwoDots theme song in their own style and direction. Remix winner Proper Villains is a NYC based dubstep and bass producer who’s trap-style take on the the TwoDots theme rivals some of the biggest club tracks out today. The contest’s co-winner, Barcelona based audio/visual remixer Eclectic Method, injects a upbeat Drum N Bass flavor to his rework, adding a dose of high energy rhythms and clever repurposing of the original track’s instrumentation.
Along with the original soundtrack, Blend is also releasing ten ringtones to bring TwoDots’ themes into your calls, texts, alarms and alerts.
TwoDots (Original Soundtrack) Tracklist:
1. Dusty Dots
2. Dusty Dots in-game
3. Undersea Adventures
4. Ice Fortress
5. Fire Forrest
6. Dusty Duo
7. Bossa Bossa
8. Lift Off Parade
9. Lovely Adventure
10. Travel Hearts
11. Dusty Dots (Proper Villains Remix) http://blnd.io/1hRAoRU
12. Dusty Dots (Eclectic Method Remix) http://blnd.io/1q8izk2
The TwoDots Original Soundtrack will be available digitally worldwide on June 24, 2014 through all major online retailers and streaming services, including iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/album/id891304214
Blend was created for musicians to connect and share in-progress tracks and collaborate, or “blend” each other’s works. While other networks focus on publishing completed music, Blend provides a platform for musicians to collaborate directly with each other in their native (source) format. Blend supports major DAWs, such as Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Logic, FL Studio, Garageband, and more. More DAWs are continuously added, allowing music creators to find, share and collaborate on music projects in their native (source) format. While other networks publish completed music, Blend’s focus is on creating and collaborating while projects are in progress. For more information and to enter, please visit http://blend.io.
Las Vegas, NV––CAD Audio/Astatic Commercial introduced its high performance 1600 Series UHF wireless system at InfoComm14.
Versatile and designed to ensure exceptionally reliable reception in a variety of installation settings, the new 1600 Series system provides 100-channel frequency agile UHF operation for maximum operating range. It also features proprietary CAD ScanLink™ technology to precisely scan, select and link to the optimum channel in any RF environment.
Other features include True Diversity operation to minimize multipath interference along with CADLock™ Automatic Tone Encoded Squelch that eliminates unauthorized transmissions in the signal path.
Ideal for Corporate, House of Worship and Broadcast use, the WX1610 Bodypack System features the Equitek E19 miniature condenser earworn mic, a Cardioid Lavalier and guitar cable.
The TX1600 handheld and TX1610 body pack transmitters have SoftTouch™ multi-function On-Off/Mute/Low Battery/ScanLink status switches with multi-color LED indicators. High quality alkaline double AA batteries provide more than 15 hours of transmitter battery life.
The WX1600 receiver is housed in a durable metal chassis with ¼” and XLR outputs for additional flexibility. System specs include a Frequency Response of 40Hz–15KHz, and Dynamic Range >105dB.
For more information about CAD Audio/Astatic Commercial, please call 800.762.9266 or visit www.cadaudio.com.
Charlotte, NC – June 2014…
** Photo: Neutrik’s SCCD-W spring-loaded cover **
Neutrik USA, the leading supplier of robust and reliable professional connectivity solutions for audio, video, and data, is pleased to introduce the SCCD-W spring-loaded cover for its D-size chassis powerCON Series connectors. Following up on Neutrik’s highly successful SCDX fliptop covers, which provide IP42 Ingress Protection weather resistance for unmated D-size chassis connectors, the new SCCD-W is a heavy-duty cover that shuts automatically after unplugging the cable connector and seals the chassis connectors against dust and water to the IP65 rating. The transparent cover enables one to see the protected chassis connector at all times. more
Masterclass PlugIns Software and TM3-Primus Provide Entry-Level Offerings to Creatives Everywhere in the Audio Industry
COLOGNE, GERMANY, JUNE 23, 2014 – RTW, the market leader in visual audio meters and monitoring devices, recently announced that the company is expanding into new applications with three product segments, thus enabling a larger pool of professionals to access the company’s award-winning metering tools.
RTW has launched a new product segment that serves Software-based products. The Masterclass PlugIns Loudness Tools, a standard-format plug-in for Windows and Mac OS platforms, is the first item of this product line to serve the needs for users in the DAW sector.
In addition, the new Smart products segment includes the TM3S, TM3-3GS, TMR7S and the company’s latest innovation TM3-Primus – all compact, fully loaded, specialized meters at an attractive price point. This product segment is ideal for individuals working in smaller production environments such as mixing and recording studios and OB vans.
The RTW Premium product segment includes the flagship products of RTW’s flexible and scalable TouchMonitor range. This consists of all versions of the TM7, TMR7 and TM9 audio meters, as well as the SurroundControl products, all of which are good choices for larger television and radio broadcast environments.
For more information, please visit www.rtw.de or www.rtw.com.
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.de, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130. For more information on RTW International Corp., visit www.rtw.com or call 877-938-7221.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, June 2014… With the new SL-Dante-SPK upgrade option,StudioLive™ AI-series Active Integration™ loudspeakers become the first Dante-enabled active loudspeakers on the market. The SL-Dante-SPK card houses one Ethercon connection for Dante™ audio networking and remote control via the free SL Room Control application for StudioLive AI-series loudspeakers.
Dante-enabled StudioLive AI-series 3-way active loudspeakers allow users to create a complete, networked audio system with any Dante-enabled mixer using a standard 1 GB Ethernet switch and Audinate’s Dante digital-media networking technology, which offers no-hassle, self-configuring, true plug-and-play digital audio networking.
Users can also connect non-Dante mixers, such as a first-generation StudioLive, to the analog inputs of a Dante-equipped AI loudspeaker and then broadcast the signal over the Dante network using CAT5 cables. This makes Dante-enabled StudioLive AI an ideal solution for large FOH systems.
The Dante upgrade works with StudioLive 312AI, 315AI, and 328AI loudspeakers and the StudioLive 18sAI subwoofer. It will be available from PreSonus dealers in August 2014 with an expected MAP/street price of $199.
For more information about Audinate and Dante, please visit www.audinate.com. For more about PreSonus StudioLive AI Active Integration loudspeakers, visit www.presonus.com/products/live-sound-reinforcement.
About PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc. – Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording and live-sound software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus’s software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, digital mixers, control surfaces, loudspeakers, and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio.
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