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MixLive @ LDI Canceled

We scheduled it, we developed a new type of programming and we even had a couple of large sound companies ready to take the stages. But now we have to cancel MixLive @ LDI this November. It was not an easy decision, and not one that we wanted to make. MixLive, formerly ET Live, provides the one chance for large sound reinforcement companies to strut their stuff on a relatively even playing field, reaching their customers directly from an open-air setup in Orlando. It is the only event of its kind in the industry and has been an important component of LDI over the past decade.
Unfortunately, this year has been tough economically for all involved. Once we realized that we could not host an event at the level we—and our sponsors and audience—expected, we decided to cancel.
MixLive is a separate entity from LDI, the premier lighting, staging and design conference, though both are owned by Penton Media. LDI maintains a robust audio program within the convention center, and the convention is coming off a record year in Las Vegas in 2008. The event will be held November 17-22 in Orlando. For those attending LDI with the intention of seeing large-scale concert sound systems in the parking lot, we offer our regrets. But we will see you next year in Las Vegas.

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New Plug-in Brings Some Mystery

spectralive.jpgCrysonics has released SPECTRALIVE NXT V3, the third generation of their Audio Vitality and Enhancement Processor plug-in. To get your brain around it, think of it as a Sonic Maximizer/Aural Exciter meeting a Tube Emulator/Ultramaximizer. Listening tests here bring a solid thumbs up for this $99 problem solver. Where the “mystery” comes in is that Cryosonic claims they’re not accomplishing the outcome by adding harmonics. Instead, they’ve branded their mojo as “Vitality” and the term is not far off: across the 2 bus SPECTRALIVE did benefit the mixes we tried it on when used sparingly.

The key ingredients are a look-ahead, 10 band, frequency-dependent soft limiter with independent gain control, a no clip limiter across the 10 summed signals and the Vitality section with a simple “up means more/down means less” mentality. That’s the part meant to emulate a Maximizer or Tube circuit. There’s also a new Atomospheric section which can be used on mono or stereo signals basically letting you add more or less “stereo” to your mix. For $99, it’s an inexpensive problem solver for the project studio’s bag of tricks.

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Holophone H2-Pro Switches to New Capsules

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Holophone just announced that their flagship H2-Pro 7.1 microphone no longer ships with DPA capsules. Instead, they’ve switched to Sennheiser MKE 2s. The Sennheiser capsule comes from a Sennheiser lavalier mic that retails right around $700 each. The price of the H2-Pro stays at $6,000 but with that kind of capsule, it may be worth it. I reviewed the H2-Pro for Mix and had a good experience with the DPA capsules (I’m a big DPA fan). I record in surround often and go between the Holophone H3-D and a discrete cardioid 5.1 mic setup with dedicated LFE mic. Because of the egg-shaped design, both the H2-Pro and H3-D tend to represent the room across the mics more evenly but that’s not to say the discrete method is lacking. They both offer a very good view of an acoustic space with differing sonic fingerprints. If anyone gets their hands on the new H2 I’d be interested to know what you think.

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M&K Is Back In The Game

mps-2510p_250px.jpgJust got a note from Chris Minto at MK Sound that they are unveiling their new speaker line at Sync Sound on Friday October 9th during the AES show. Products included in the upgrade are the MPS2510P and MPS1611P powered monitors along with the replacement for the LFE-4 Bass Management Controller, the BMC1.

New features for the 2510 P pictured include:
• Updated, refinement of the two-way, bi-amped (2 x 180 W) active monitor
• All-new custom built high frequency driver
• Phase Focused Crossover with Time Domain Analysis, Frequency Domain Analysis and Points-In-Space Analysis
• Variable vertical directivity
• Variable gain control with bypass switch for fixed gain
• Balanced and single-ended inputs
• 80 Hz highpass filter switch
• Convenient throughput for connecting multiple speakers per channels or for direct subwoofer connection
• Array/stacking option

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My Fave 4

4-faves.jpgI’m languishing in an unbeatable combo of audio products today

1. The new Beatles remastered series
2. Played back on Focal CMS 65′s
3. Perched on Primacoustic Recoil Stabilizers
4. Volume controlled by the TC’s passive Level Pilot.

IT’S BEAUTIFUL!

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Little BlackBox Recorder

bbr_rightfront_view.jpgThis slick, single rackspace, 24-track recorder from JoeCo comes in three versions, balanced analog IO (TDIF), ADAT IO and AES/EBU IO. Features include MIDI input, TC input, 9-PIN control, PC Keyboard input, USB2 Port and more. UPDATE Since I posted this I heard from a reader who told me this recorder was designed by Joe Bull, founder of SADiE. Joe’s former company was bought by Prism last year who is carrying on the product line. SADiE always produced quality, forward-thinking products and I’d bet a paycheck that Joe carried on this tradition to his new product.

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High End Buds

monsterbuds.jpgMonster Turbine is a new high-end personal listening product featuring a low mass, wide bandwidth driver, all-metal housing for isolation, a variety of eartips for comfort and fit and MicroStrand cable promising extended frequency response.

At the last Winter NAMM show, head monster Noel Lee had me try out the Beats headphones created in collaboration between Monster and Dr. Dre. I don’t put a lot of stock into trade show floor demos but these sounded excellent, even amidst the sometimes deafening NAMM din. The point is that Monster knows how to make a great headphone and I’m anxious to hear what these buds offer. At $149.95, they are pricey but not out of line with other high-end in ears.

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Auto-Tune Goes Mobile

tpain.jpgHave you ever been in church or in the car and thought: “Gee, I could really use Auto-Tune“? No, me neither. But if you can’t get enough of the ubiquitous effect, you can now carry it in your pocket – provided you have an iPhone 3G. I Am T-Pain offers a simplified GUI for auto-tuning your voice live and even comes bundled with T-Pain tracks to sing-along with. The results can be recorded and then shared via MySpace, Facebook or email all for $2.99. Purchase directly from the iTunes store.

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Free Stuff!

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Line 6 is offering the Pod Farm plug-in free for download for 30 days (good until Sept 30). GET IT HERE

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