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Panorama Slicing Creates 5.1 From Stereo Classics
Pictured at Todd-AO West (L-R) are Penteo inventor John Wheeler, “Inglourious Basterds” re-recording mixer Michael Minkler, and music editor Jim Schultz. Photo by David Goggin.
In keeping with Quentin Tarantino’s use of eclectic music from his personal vaults as opposed to commissioning new musical scores, “Inglourious Basterds” features more than a dozen familiar and exotic tracks. What’s new is that the stereo masters dating back to the 60s have been converted to 5.1 audio through the new proprietary Penteo Surround process.
“Quentin was open to using the new process,” recalls Tarantino’s re-recording mixer Michael Minkler of Todd-AO, “as long as he could close his eyes and still feel emotionally attached in exactly the way he did with the original music sources he had chosen from his own collection.”
Fifth Album for Scottish Rock Sensation
Pictured in Ocean Way, Studio B (L-R) are Biffy Clyro producer Gggarth Richardson, drummer/vocalist Ben Johnston, bassist/vocalist James Johnston, assistant engineer Wesley Seidman, engineer Ben Kaplan, guitarist, lead vocalist Simon Neil, guitar tech Nick Rowe. Photo by David Goggin.
Scottish rock sensation Biffy Clyro has completed tracking and mixing their as yet untitled fifth album with Canadian producer Gggarth Richardson at Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood. With the album due in October, the first single, “That Golden Rule” was released on August 24.
Biffy Clyro’s members are Simon Neil (vocals, guitar), and the brothers James Johnston (bass, vocals) and Ben Johnston (drums, vocals). The band is known for its heavy, yet melodic, mixture of guitar, bass and drums, with all three band members contributing to vocals. They are also identified by their complex more
“We first met Beth and John in New York at an AES Convention,” June Millington recalls. When we described IMA’s mission they immediately wanted to get on board. The fact that we can provide our students and Rock ‘n Roll Camp for Girls attendees with a recording studio and post production suite created by WSDG is a source of great pride and accomplishment for us. We are delighted with the role they played in helping turn our dream into a reality.”
Pictured front row are: IMA advisor/faculty member/Skywalker Sound Director of Music and Recording/Mixer Leslie Ann Jones; IMA tech consultant/engineer Dan Tinen, Artistic Director June Millington and Board Member/faculty/independent producer/engineer Roma Baran. Back row: IMA Executive Director, Ann Hackler; faculty/independent producer/engineer Vivian Stoll and WSDG co-principals John Storyk and Beth Walters.
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Studio Founder John Fry Recalls His Touch of Greatness
Pictured at Ardent Studios 40th Anniversary in 2006 are (L-R) studio founder John Fry and Memphis music legend Jim Dickinson. Photo by David Goggin.
Ardent Studios founder John Fry and the extended family of musicians who were touched by the power of Jim Dickinson mourn the loss of a man who had much to do with shaping the “Memphis Sound.” Dickinson, whose career spanned more than four decades, died Saturday, August 15, at 67 in Memphis, Tennessee. The Memphis native and longtime Mississippi resident had been in failing health for the past few months and was recuperating from heart surgery.
John Fry recollects the influence of Jim Dickinson on Memphis and Ardent Studios, “Our friendship and professional relationship spanned 45 years. Jim was the first independent record producer more
First Neumann Product to be Certified
Pictured (L-R) at Capitol Recording Studios are METAlliance’s Al Schmitt; Neumann/Sennheiser Sales Mgr. Thom Salisbury; Chuck Ainlay, George Massenburg; Phil Ramone, Ed Cherney, and Neumann/Sennheiser Market Development Mgr. Robby Scharf.
The Music Engineering and Technology Alliance has announced certification of the KM D series microphones, designed and manufactured by Neumann, a METAlliance Pro Partner. The alliance is working closely with manufacturers to evaluate, recognize, and certify products which meet the call for quality in the recording arts and science.
“This is a great honor for us,” stated Robb Blumenreder, Neumann/Sennheiser Team Mgr. “The KM D Series of Solution-D microphones represents a milestone achievement in microphone technology for us at Neumann. This certification by the METAlliance certainly validates all of the hard work we put into this product.”
George Massenburg remarked, “Quiet and transparent, more
OXFORD, MISSISSIPPI – AUGUST 2009: Fat Possum Records formed amongst the juke joints and shade trees surrounding Oxford, Mississippi in the early 1990s, and made local blues legends RL Burnside and Junior Kimbrough famous. Their fame synergistically raised the label’s profile and attracted other established and aspiring acts to its growing roster. Over the course of the ensuing decade, the older bluesmen passed on and the label shifted focus to indie rock acts like Andrew Bird, Fiery Furnaces, and The Black Keys. That evolution also involved the label’s recording space, which recently arrived at a pinnacle of poetic perfection: a gutted, 130-year old house with the grit of life still resonating in its frame. The two recording sessions so far completed there made abundant use of another recent acquisition: a pair of Sennheiser MKH 8040 cardioid studio condensers that, label manager and in-house producer, more
LAS VEGAS, NV â€” Odds On Records & Studios has been nominated for a Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in the Studio Design Project category. The TEC Awards are the foremost program recognizing the accomplishments of audio professionals, honoring individuals and companies as well as technical innovations that are involved with sound for movies, TV shows, recordings and live performances.
Odds On Records & Studios is a brand new $7 million multi-faceted recording facility in Henderson, NV; just a few miles from the famous Las Vegas strip. Offering a parallel world where vintage gear and state-of-the-art recording equipment co-exist, Odds On Records & Studios makes history as the home of a 96-channel Solid State Logic Duality console, the first of its size in North America. more
To improve throughput for its compressed HD projects, Wilkman Productions, Inc., an Emmy Award-winning Hollywood-based production company founded nearly 40 years ago, recently installed shared storage technology from Small Tree, designer of simple-to-install, inexpensive Mac-based networking and shared storage products.
Using the Small Tree technology â€“ Edge-corE ES4524D, a 24-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, and PEG4, a 4-port Ethernet card, which are a part of Small Treeâ€™s GraniteSTOR product line â€“ in combination with Appleâ€™s built in file sharing system, enabled Wilkmanâ€™s two main Final Cut Pro editing suites to triple their throughput.
â€œThe Small Tree technology made it possible to create a network that doesnâ€™t rely on a separate piece of software to manage the traffic across the network, which eliminates added expenses and unnecessary complexity,â€? said Sergio Palermo, editor at Wilkman Productions. â€œThe solution we settled on is more
Delivering a new level of affordability coupled with unprecedented performance, JBL is now offering its standard-setting PRX500 Series portable PA loudspeakers at a lower price, making the PRX500 Series the most powerful and high-performance system at its price point.
â€œWith the refinement of the PRX500 Seriesâ€™ pricing structure, every musician, DJ, venue and audio/video provider can experience high-performance, self-powered speaker systems with a degree of simplicity unmatched by competitive systems,â€? said Simon Jones, Director of Marketing for Portable PA, JBL Professional.
The PRX500 draws from JBLâ€™s 60 years experience of the worldâ€™s leading loudspeaker engineering and Crownâ€™s 40 years experience of designing and producing unmatched amplifiers. The fusion of these two brands truly makes the PRX500 Series much more than the sum of its parts.
The PRX500 Series includes JBL Differential DriveÂ® transducers and state-of-the-art Crown Class D amplifiers, delivering high power and performance at more
Toronto, Ontario, Canada â€“ August 10, 2009 â€¦ Elegantly, the moderator steps aside â€“ he can now be seen in full size. Next to him, an impressive image is developing, and, using the animated graphics, the moderator starts to explain in detail the landing of a lunar module. Picture and text blend effectively into a cohesive unit.
That is just one of the new features of the â€œgreen hellâ€?, as the studio is jokingly called by ZDF employees. Only the three-winged moderator isle with an elegantly curved, wooden desk is real. The studioâ€™s remaining 600 mÂ² are dominated by an entirely green surface because of which the image projection can be integrated directly into the news show. Real news from a virtual room. more
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