Testing the RSS M-48 Personal mixing system on stage today. Features include thirty-two channel feeds that you can custom assign per-box from a computer or the Roland V-Mixer. Each unit has three bands of EQ per channel, a reverb, “room” mic for adding to your mix and more. Watch for the review soon in Mix.
Archive for August, 2009
Les Paul died today at 94. I was lucky enough to meet him a few times at Mix TEC Awards after parties and he always attracted a crowd and had great stories. His impact on the audio recoding industry and music in general as a recording artist and inventor of the electric guitar can’t be overstated. Mix’s website is packed with Les Paul press releases and some other gems including a podcast about his involvement with the legendary Fairchild compressor, a great gallery of rare photos, an interview with recording artist Steve Miller who talks about his early and musically formative experiences with Les, and a download of the original patent for the Les Paul guitar. UPDATE: Full story with more links just posted on Mix’s website.
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I just got the new Rupert Neve-designed ribbon mic from SE Electronics. The RNR1 is an active (phantom powered) ribbon with a large engine and as you can see a slick look. I’ve also got the perfect front end for ANY mic in the Upstate Audio Sonic Lens stereo mic preamp. We’re having a blast using this pre, which brings a whole new level of clean to the audio path. Reviews are imminent and will blow your mind.
We get a lot of odd items in the mail at our offices here, but the other day we were intrigued by the arrival of a rather strange parcel. Within the ordinary-looking outer packaging was an unmarked black box (somewhat reminiscent of the black monolith from Kubrickâ€™s 2001â€”A Space Odyssey) and within that was a Mackie Onyx 820i analog mixer with FireWire interfacing, a copy of Pro Tools M-Powered software, a DVD marked â€œInsert Meâ€? and a page of instructions printed using ransom noteâ€“style cut-out letters. The outside of the mixerâ€™s box touts a large notice saying itâ€™s compatible with Pro Tools M-Powered in large letters with the words â€œand Logic, SONAR, Cubase, etc.â€? listed beneath in smaller type.
In true Mackoid tradition, the DVD had a short video clip of a Mackie employee with an altered voice and wearing a stocking over his face to conceal his identity. The mystery spokesperson explains a few people were chosen to receive this â€œtop-secretâ€? parcel and then goes to play part of a Pro Tools session through the 820i. More mysterious perhaps was the other file on the DVDâ€”an installer for the Mackie Universal Driver Version 1 that would let Mackie products act as an audio interface/front end for Pro Tools M-Powered software. If so, itâ€™s a lot of impact for a relatively few lines of code.
Assuming this isnâ€™t simply a case of reverse-engineering on Mackieâ€™s part, this development is significant for several reasons. Up until this point, Digidesign has been exceedingly protective about its hardware, with the only sanctioned deal being sister company M-Audio gear working with the specially branded Pro Tools M-Powered. So this is either the first step (admittedly, a small step and not a leap) toward easing Digidesignâ€™s â€œsoftware curtainâ€? on Pro Tools hardware, or simply opening the market somewhat on the M-Powered side to bring more users into the Pro Tools fold. And once there, some of these users would, in theory, eventually upgrade to Pro Tools LE or a full-bore Pro Tools HD system, making it a win on Digidesignâ€™s part.
Yet so far, other than a mysterious note, a new FireWire-enabled mixer and a driver with a lot of potential, there are many questions and few answers. However, more information should surely come on September 9â€”Mackieâ€™s â€œofficialâ€? launch date for the 820i. But one thing is for sure: This story ainâ€™t over yet.