Archive of the Sound for Picture Category


MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE: A 48-channel API Vision console has had a large impact on the fortunes of Ward Archer and his enterprise, Music+Arts Studio. Twenty-five years ago, Archer closed a chapter of his life at the helm of an ad agency to found Archer Records. Six years later, he opened the David Cherry/George Augspurger-designed studio to cater to the label’s artists and has not looked back since.

Music+Arts Studio launched with a 48-channel, discrete, all-analog, surround-sound API Vision console, and prominent members of Memphis’ indie film scene became regular clients over the following years. Like a locomotive building momentum, Music+Arts Studio is currently attracting more and more film work from an expanding geographical base. The ratio of film-related to pure music projects is creeping up on 50:50 thanks, in part, to the API Vision.

“These days, I’m comfortable saying that we have a lot of experience with sound for picture, but that’s owing to some clients that rolled the dice with us in the beginning,” said Archer. “One of our earliest and greatest successes was The Gospel According to Jazz Chapter III, which was recorded live at Reid Temple in Maryland. We took those tracks – which sounded amazing from the moment we pulled them up on the API Vision – and mixed them for stereo and 5.1 [which the Vision is designed to do simultaneously]. The Vision has a transparency and an airiness on the top end that just sounds gorgeous.” The track “It’s What I Do” won a Grammy for Best Gospel Song.

In addition to the API Vision and a killer live room, Music+Arts Studio has catered to its client base by adding an eight-foot Stewart Filmscreen and high-definition projector for film mixing. “It’s a nice, cinematic experience for the director or music supervisor,” said Archer. “We’ll even crank up the [5.1 PMC] monitoring system a bit for the full effect.” The scope of Music+Arts Studio’s film work ranges tremendously, from ADR to scoring to mixing. For example, all of the score recording for the Matthew McConaughey-led drama, Mud, were recorded using the warm analog sound that the API Vision’s circuitry provided. Other projects include the indie film, Cigarette Girl, and mini-series, Headshop.

Despite the film industry windfall, Music+Arts Studio still enjoys tackling strictly-music projects for artists on the Archer Records roster. Recently, Amy LaVere completed Stranger Me, her fourth studio album on Archer Records. Studio manager and engineer Daniel Lynn assisted the project’s producer and engineer Craig Silvey, who had just finished mixing Arcade Fire’s Grammy-winning release, The Suburbs. “Silvey loved the Vision,” said Lynn. “I remember that there was one point during the mixing where we wanted to do some complicated bussing, and it wasn’t immediately apparent how to do it. I called API and got someone on the phone right away. Craig was impressed that we had that kind of rapport!”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 40 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series and 1608 recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

(PHOTO CAPTION) Music+Arts Studio Manager/Engineer Daniel Lynn (right) pictured with Colin Hay (Men at Work) during a recent session.

CEntrance Debuts ‘MixerFace’ Recording Interface at NAB

Mobile interface for smartphones and tablets to be shown at the Broadcasting Show —

CEntrance 'MixerFace' mobile recording for iPhone/iPad

Chicago, IL – March 04, 2013 – Today CEntrance, a leader in Digital Audio, announced that it will be participating at the 2014 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas, NV. The CEntrance NAB exhibit will be located at booth 2453D. The show runs April 7-10, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

CEntrance will showcase its full line of capture and playback products, including the new MixerFace(r) – a mobile recording interface for iPhones and computers. Combining battery-powered operation with boutique preamps and A/D converters, MixerFace is the perfect production tool for ENG, location recording, VO, guitarists and more.

Featuring two combo XLR and 1/4″ jacks, MixerFace connects professional equipment with smartphones, tablets and laptops. The hand-held device fits under an iPhone and features two studio-grade microphone preamps with line and Hi-Z inputs, studio limiters and rich digital connectivity options, enabling professional-quality location recording.

MixerFace integrates the smart phone into the audio production workflow, making mobile recording easy for the modern, on-the-go broadcaster, musician, or VO artist. The product was successfully funded via a crowd funding campaign, which allowed the user community to contribute suggestions for product design and important feature refinement. MixerFace comes on the heels of CEntrance’s successful “HiFi-M8″ (pronounced HiFi-Mate) portable DAC and headphone amp for the audiophile listening community, which will also be featured in the CEntrance NAB booth.

Michael Goodman, Managing Director of CEntrance, stated, “Our handheld recording products unlock the recording, editing and production power of the iPhone. Now you can capture, edit and upload the finished audio in minutes. This level of convenience in location recording was previously unavailable.”

“MixerFace shares battery-powered technology with the HiFi-M8 DAC and leverages our experience with small recording devices such as our popular MicPort Pro,” adds Goodman. “Today’s smart phones and tablets have become serious music production tools, and with Mixerface we are adding a professional, mobile audio capture solution.

With its two Neutrik(tm) combo jack inputs, MixerFace features boutique low-noise microphone preamps; independent gain controls with LED level monitoring, switchable 48V phantom power, limiters, and Hi-Z input for electric guitar and bass. MixerFace boasts sophisticated monitoring options, a powerful headphone amp and 24-bit/192kHz converters. Connecting to a laptop, a smart phone, or tablet for recording or playback is MixerFace’s key function. The attractive, handheld, battery-powered device is made from tough, road-worthy extruded aluminum and works for over 6 hours on a single charge.

MixerFace is set for release in May 2014 and will be priced at $599-US. Visit:

About CEntrance, Inc.
Founded in 2000, CEntrance develops innovative audio products and licenses its technology to industry leading brands, such as McIntosh, Playback Designs, Bel Canto, Benchmark, PS Audio, and Lavry. The company’s portable recording and playback solutions have earned rave reviews, industry awards and enthusiastic endorsements from artists such as Harry Shearer, Nathan East and Will Lee, and mastering engineers Bob Katz, Brian Gardner, Tom Jung and sound designer Frank Serafine, among others. CEntrance is headquartered in Chicago and distributes its products worldwide.

CEntrance is expanding its dealer network. To inquire, please call +1 (847) 581-0500 or e-mail

All Trademarks are the property of their respective holders. MicPort(tm), AxePort(tm), DACport(tm), DACmini(tm), MasterClass(tm), Audiophile Desktop(tm), HiFi-M8(tm) and MixerFace(tm) are trademarks or registered trademarks of CEntrance, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple iPhone(r), iPad(r), and iPod(r) are registered trademarks of Apple, Inc.

Prism Sound Brings Mic To Monitor Back To The USA


How do the pros do it? What makes great gear great? How is that hit sound achieved? What does it take to become a successful and in demand audio engineer?

These are just some of the questions that Prism Sound will set out to answer when it takes its hugely popular Mic to Monitor series of free seminars and workshops to the USA for a five date tour.

Targeted at music production students, hobbyists and professionals, Mic to Monitor aims to dispel the many myths surrounding the recording process.  In conjunction with SADiE and PMC, Prism Sound will be hosting events at SAE Atlanta (March 19th); Full Sail, Orlando (March 21st); the Winter Music Conference, Miami (two days on March 24th and 25th) and the University of Miami (March 26th).

Each seminar features presentations from recording professionals who will answer audience questions on recording techniques. There will also be the opportunity to demo equipment and win recording equipment. The Mic to Monitor event in Orlando will also be webcast live for those who want to be part of the experience but can’t get along in person. To register, please contact

Chris Allen, Prism Sound’s SalesExecutive and Support Engineer, says: “Our Mic to Monitor tours are always well received because they give those attending the opportunity to learn tips, tricks and technical know-how directly from top producers and engineers. Our guest speakers are always willing to share their knowledge and to back up their examples with original material from their own studios and projects.”

Guest speakers for Mic to Monitor USA 2014 include Edward J “UK” Nixon of the Grammy Award winning J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, and multi-Grammy Award winning producer Dwayne ‘Supa Dups’ Chin-Quee.

Edward J “UK” Nixon, who presents the seminars in Atlanta and Orlando, will give an insight into his unique story No Secrets, the rise of his career from early beginnings in the idyllic Lake District in the English countryside to becoming one of the most globally respected engineers of today. Edward will also demonstrate his approach to the workflow, mixing style and processes which earned him his title as Chief Engineer of the production super-group, The J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League (Sir Paul McCartney, Nas, Mary J. Blige, Rick Ross & Drake).

Multi-Grammy award winning Producer and DJ Dwayne ‘Supa Dups’ Chin-Quee, who presents the Miami sessions, will share his knowledge under the heading That Perfect Mix. His production experience is legendary and has resulted in over 25 million record sales to date for his work with Eminem, Drake, Bruno Mars, John Legend, Mary J Blige, Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion), Akon, Rihanna and many more.

As well as guest presenters, Prism Sound’s Mic To Monitor sessions will also feature talks from top British pro audio equipment manufacturers Prism Sound, PMC and SADiE. These will cover hardware design and optimizing your studio setup, converter design and clocking, and speakers and acoustics. Professional mastering will also be discussed, with the chance to have questions answered first hand from leading designers and makers of high-end professional audio products.

Places on Prism Sound’s Mic To Monitor Tour USA are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Anyone registering and attending will have an opportunity to win prizes from Prism Sound, PMC and SADiE.


To register your interest, please visit the relevant link:

Mic to Monitor USA Tour 2014 ATLANTA

Mic to Monitor USA Tour 2014 UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

Mic to Monitor USA Tour 2014 WMC MIAMI

Mic to Monitor USA Tour 2014 ORLANDO

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.

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Penteo 4 Pro Stereo-to-Surround Up-mixer Now Available

AAX64 Support, New Features and a 33% Promotion Discount

Audiotech Digital Ltd has announced the release of the new Penteo 4 Pro plug-in that discretely converts stereo to 5.1, offering exacting control over sound image placement to create high-quality, sonic-free and natural-sounding surround.

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

Mike Minkler, multiple Oscar-winning re-recording mixer at TODD-SOUNDELUX, explained, “I’ve used Penteo on almost every project for five years now, such as Django Unchained, Twilight Saga, and Inglourious Basterds. The new plug-in really shines. With a flick of a switch I can take a two-channel mix and get a quality 5.1 mix, which is a huge asset in these budget-conscious times, especially when independent films just can’t afford more than a stereo source for me to work with.”

Native AAX64 Support
Penteo 4 Pro now natively supports Avid Audio eXtension (AAX) for true 64 bit processing. As a result, Penteo 4 Pro AAX64 uses 52% less CPU processing power thereby allowing a sound designer more flexibility to simultaneously use more tracks in a mix than ever before.

“Penteo produces such a warm surround mix, and we are thrilled that now Penteo supports Avid’s AAX64 format,” said Ed Gray, Director, Avid Partnering Programs. “Now sound designers will benefit by being able to run more instances and tap all the new features of ProTools 11.”

New Features

* Touch Screen Controls – In addition to mouse operated controls, Penteo 4 Pro is the first up-mixer to support multi-touch controls. Mixing is not a linear, sequential process — Penteo’s unique multi-touch interface allows a sound designer to control more than one Penteo feature at once, thereby creating a natural mixing experience through simple hand contact. Penteo 4 Pro is the world’s first multi-touch plug-in designed for use with the Raven MTX Surround console.

* Pro Tools Automation Keyboard Shortcuts for all parameters – Quickly add and select parameters for automation using standard control/alt/cmd shortcuts.

* Usage Preferences – With choice of circular or vertical knob drag usage options, a sound designer can select the most natural feeling knob movement for mouse or multi-touch.

* New bypass channel routing – Stereo bypass channels now routes to the ProTools channel output standard.

Special Promotion Pricing
To celebrate Penteo’s AAX release, from March 4 to April 16th, 2014, new purchases of any format of Penteo will receive 33% off the purchase price. Free trials are available here:

Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, is the exclusive U.S. distributor of this new plug-in. Penteo 4 Pro will be available beginning March 4, 2014 online at, with demos available at multiple GC Pro locations.

About Audiotech Digital Limited (ADL)
Penteo transforms any stereo recording, soundtrack, DJ mix or live television broadcast into perfect 5.1 surround sound. Developed by ADL, Penteo 4 Pro is the warmest and best sounding stereo-to-surround up-mixer, because only Penteo remains faithful to the original stereo mix; no artificial sound manipulation is used. The result is that the Penteo 4 Pro plug-in creates a perfect surround experience for all stereo media with zero sonic artifacts, the most crisp and discrete center-channel available, and only Penteo is 100% ITU down-mix compatible to the original stereo. Through its comprehensive controls, automation settings and advanced low-frequency management, Penteo 4 Pro provides the ultimate mixer experience. Penteo has been used by major studios on hundreds of films, TV shows and music recordings and supports AAX64, RTAS, VST and AU formats. ADL specializes in the development and marketing of high-quality digital audio software applications.

Discover the world of Penteo at

Avid Launches S6 Console at Vintage King LA & Nashville

Two-City National Debut at Vintage King a Huge Success

Pictured at the Avid S6 launch in LA are (L-R) Jeffrey Ehrenberg, Vintage King West Coast Sales Manager; Richard McKernan, Professional Console Sales Manager; Tom Graham, Avid Worldwide Marketing Mgr, Pro Audio; Ozzie Sutherland, Pro Audio Console Specialist; David Casey, Partner Account Manager; and Chris Bolitho, VK Post Sales Manager. Photo by David Goggin.

The simultaneous Los Angeles and Nashville Vintage King “Two-City” launch event for Avid’s highly anticipated all new Avid S6 console was a milestone success, with standing room only for attendees and a live webcast of the presentation.

Leveraging the best of the industry-leading ICON and System 5 product families in a revolutionary new modular design, Avid’s new S6 delivers superior ergonomics and intelligent studio control, providing an intuitive, immersive experience for the modern sound engineer.

Vintage King’s Avid launch events are a great opportunity for audio professionals to hear from Avid applications specialists about this revolutionary console. Built on proven technology and trusted by top audio professionals in the most demanding production environments, the S6 delivers the performance needed to complete projects faster and deliver optimum sounding mixes.

“Vintage King Audio became a full line Avid dealer and added its post division VK Post in 2012,” explained Chris Bolitho, Vintage King Post Sales Manager. “Just over one year later we are incredibly proud to have been awarded Avid’s Pro Audio America Dealer of the year award, and to be partnering with Avid on the first S6 launch event as a partner dealer here in Los Angeles. This product has great cross-discipline appeal, and Vintage King Audio is uniquely placed to provide systems incorporating S6, and all the equipment that will surround it in the studio. Our friends and clients from all walks of professional audio life are here, from Grammy-winning producers, and educators, to Emmy-winning sound designers. Vintage King will be leading the charge on the adoption of the S6.”

“We love the opportunity to get out and meet with mixing’s top pro’s and hear what their challenges are and the key workflows that they need,” added Tom Graham, Avid Worldwide Marketing Mgr, Pro Audio. “The S6 was born out of feedback from Pro’s and specifically designed to meet those needs. The VK events were really well attended and had a ton of excitement about S6. ”

Learn more about the S6 at Vintage King:

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

EASTWEST offers an extra 10% off the already 60% discounted Complete Composers Collection 2

Up to 70% off – until February 28, 2014!

Hollywood, CA (February 26, 2013) – EASTWEST is offering an additional 10% discount on their award-winning Complete Composers Collection 2. This promotion ends on February 28, 2014.

The Complete Composers Collection 2 is perfect for music, film, TV, and game composers: a choice of 20 award-winning virtual instruments that cover virtually every musical genre, including seven new additions:

- The Hollywood Gold series with Strings, Brass and Woodwinds
- The Dark Side
- Ministry of Rock 2
- Spaces
- Quantum Leap Solo Violin

Each of these virtual instruments is a veritable masterpiece with truly authentic sounds. With Complete Composers Collection 2, any musician has access to the instruments and articulations used by some of the most successful composers in the world. The massive library comes on a 1TB pocket-size “Plug n’ Play” external hard drive. All samples are installed for quick and easy access. Every instrument included is powered by EASTWEST’s PLAY 4 software, and is now fully compatible with ProTools 11 supporting AAX, plus most other popular hosts (see compatibility chart).

For details, rules and conditions, please visit (or to for European customers).

BlackTrax accelerates its global audio presence with Christopher Jenkins, BISBY Corporation


Focus on spatial and 3D audio set to drive its growth and market dominance.


Recognised globally for its multi-award winning technology, innovation and development as well as customer support, realtime tracking technology creator CAST BlackTrax Ltd is set to accelerate and increase its international presence over the next few months in the audio world. To drive this forward, effective 22 January 2014 BlackTrax has appointed Christopher Jenkins to be General Manager, BlackTrax Audio. The newly formed division’s mandate is to focus on increasing market share and presence by leveraging its advanced 3D and spatial audio applications and installations with BlackTrax. Jenkins is President and CEO of BISBY Corporation, located in Agoura Hills, CA.

As a two-times Academy Award-winner and senior leadership executive in the entertainment industry, Jenkins has enjoyed an illustrious career with over thirty years of solid experience in production and post-production of major motion pictures, television programs, videos, and commercials earning an enviable reputation in growing business revenues. BISBY Corporation is a leading motion picture, television post production and audio consultancy company working for clients such as Warner Brothers, Sony, Universal Studios and numerous independent media companies. BISBY is involved in using audio technologies in new and exciting ways, often co-inventing technologies and providing valuable user feedback to manufacturers’ research and development teams.

Jenkins has held positions at Universal Studios including simultaneously running operations as Senior Vice President, Post Production Media Services, and Lead Recording Mixer working on high profile and independent projects. Prior to this Jenkins was President and Member of the Board of Directors at Todd-AO Corporation where he spearheaded efforts to make it the world’s largest post-production company. As a Lead Recording Mixer, Jenkins creative expertise earned him esteemed recognition inspiring success in business, technical and creative operations during times of rapid changes in the technological landscape.

“Jenkins’s global depth, knowledge, and skills, underpinned by the powerful mix of business acumen and talent, will help establish BlackTrax as the preferred supplier of realtime tracking for spatial and 3D audio for live productions as well as for TV and film production,” said Bruce Freeman, Chairman at the CAST Group. “The advancements in recent years in technology for recording, processing (including post-production) and delivering audio are astonishing. The next step brings it all home. Imagine hearing sound that your ears and your eyes agree is absolutely genuine, so much so that you are virtually immersed into the scene. How will your concert, live theatre, rock concert, or movie-going experience change? Imaging pinpointing the sound emanating from the lips of the person onstage or onscreen speaking/singing to you, not to mention all the other sounds that naturally fit into and around that scene, which in the whole, puts you into that virtual reality? 3D is already done on the visual side, and now, using the upstream live data stream from BlackTrax and new audio technology, that same experience can be delivered on the audio side. BlackTrax delivers the data which pinpoints the 6D precise target information to bring “live” alive, and life into playback. While 3D audio is the holy grail for sound engineers and scientists, it’s audiences that are the big winners!”

“Taking advantage of his strong audio experience, Jenkins is charged with bringing BlackTrax to the innovators in the audio industry. In fact, BT supports 4 downstream technologies – 3D &/or spatial audio plus automated lighting, multimedia, robotic video cams — provided the manufacturer of any such device writes the protocol/interface necessary to connect either directly or nearly directly to receive BT’s streaming output,” added Freeman.
Excited by his appointment, Jenkins said: “BlackTrax is a beautiful creative tool that will transform the way that we experience audio integrated with lighting, visuals and performers to engage, thrill and immerse audiences. Taking advantage of developments in audio digital signal processing technology, we’ll be actively embracing opportunities for BlackTrax in Europe and The Americas.”

Sound Devices Takes Home Cinema Audio Society’s Technical Achievement Award

REEDSBURG, WI, FEBRUARY 25, 2014 – Sound Devices, specialists in portable audio and video products for field production, is pleased to announce that its 633 Production Mixer has earned the prestigious Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Technical Achievement Award in the production category.

The CAS Technical Achievement Awards recognize innovations in recording technologies, including hardware and software products that are used by sound mixing professionals. Sound Devices has now been a recipient of the CAS Technical Achievement Award four times. The 744T and 788T Production Recorders, and the 664 Field Production Mixer are past winners.

“To be consistently recognized for our new products with CAS Technical Achievement Awards is an outstanding accomplishment,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “At Sound Devices, we continue to push the boundaries by presenting high-quality, innovative tools that really make a difference in the workflow of our customers. Having the Cinema Audio Society behind us reaffirms the positive impact that our product development goals have within the industry.”

Sound Devices 633 mixer/recorder features six inputs, with three high-bandwidth mic/line XLR inputs complete with phantom power, high-pass filter, input limiter and variable pan. Three additional line-level inputs appear on TA3 (mini-XLR) connectors. All inputs are assignable to any output bus. AES digital I/O, including support for AES42 digital microphones, is available.

The 633 offers 10-track 24-bit, 48 kHz uncompressed polyphonic or monophonic broadcast WAV file recording (96 kHz for eight tracks, 192 kHz for six tracks) or timecode stamped MP3 recording to CompactFlash and/or SD cards. All six inputs plus Left/Right and Aux 1/2, can be recorded to individual tracks. Similar to Sound Devices’ 12-input 664 Production Mixer, the 633 offers dual card slots that record to either one or both cards simultaneously, with the added ability to assign different tracks to each memory card.

Unique to the industry, the 633 is equipped with a four-way power supply and Sound Devices’ proprietary PowerSafe technology. This four-way powering allows for multiple, simultaneous power sources including external DC on a Hirose 4-pin locking (12-18 V), two removable and independent L-type Lithium-ion batteries and internal AA battery powering (six-AA). The unit detects when power sources are removed and seamlessly transitions to an available power source. With its PowerSafe circuitry, when all power is removed the unit remains on for 10 seconds to close all file operations and properly shut down. With PowerSafe, a complete power loss has no effect on the recording. PowerSafe also provides two-second ‘power-on-to-recording’ so the mixer is ready for operation at a moment’s notice.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website,

Woodworm Studios Rebuilt Around SSL Duality Console

Woodworm Studios, a classic 30-year old rural residential facility, recently enjoyed a complete technical refurbishment with a Solid State Logic Duality SE console as the centrepiece for the studio complex. The original creative home to Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull and an early incarnation of Radiohead, among others, Woodworm Studios is under new management, which has upgraded the entire equipment collection and technical installation for the two-building facility. Duality was the key investment, bringing together the outboard gear, DAW and multiple recording spaces within a new control room. more

‘Once Upon a Time’ there was the Greatest Limiter/Compressor Ever made

Manley Labs Top Selling Variable-Mu Proves Yet Again Why it is So Loved

CHINO, CA• November 5, 2013 — ABC Television’s hit series, Once Upon a Time is entering it’s third season and each week engineer Jason LaRocca records a live chamber orchestra of 25-50 players for the score.  Prolific composer Mark Isham is at the helm and together they meet the intense deadlines.  LaRocca says that one of the tools that has made it easier for him to keep up with the unyielding demands is the Manley Variable-MU.  He asked around and the general consensus was clear. Legendary mixer Alan Meyerson, who mixes scores for Hans Zimmer, sealed the deal when he told me that A Variable-MU was one of the only pieces of outboard gear still worth buying 

On Once Upon a Time, LaRocca uses the Variable-Mu specifically to track the harp but confesses that he has been able to use it on almost everything including guitar, bass and other acoustical instruments and for mixing. œThe harp on this score is often a featured element and recorded in stereo,” he shares. œI feel that the Variable-Mu is the perfect ’final touch’ that helps give it that extra something that it needs to stand out.”

 LaRocca is impressed with the œamazing tonality” he gets quickly using the Vari-Mu. œI’m generally, fairly smooth with it, using a bit of an open attack with a medium release.  Subtle, you know, just barely touching it with 1 or 2dB of compression” he further explains, œand that’s usually with the high-pass filter out. 

 He praises his decision to purchase the Mastering Version of the popular product saying,  œI bought the Mastering Version, so in terms of the attack and release it’s stepped not continuously variable.  This allows me to easily switch from one project to the next and recall mixes in a matter of seconds. It’s a real gem!”

 Manley Labs.  Making life easier for engineers the world over!

 About Manley Laboratories, Inc.

During decades of success, Manley Labs’ products have evolved from purist audiophile vacuum tube designs to professional audio products. As the company grew so did the respect their products garnered in the pro-audio marketplace.  The company’s design philosophies have been proven through years of real-world experience. Many of Manley’s high-quality, modern components are produced in-house. Manley Labs’ 11,000 sq. ft. facility houses a machine shop, audio transformer winding, engraving, and wire harness prepping operations. All custom design, R&D, assembly, testing, and quality control processes are performed with precision and pride at the Manley factory, located In Chino, CA just 35 miles east of Los Angeles, California. Of note, all Manley products are built in the USA.


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