Jonathan and Michael Godfrey from Holophone have an RV in their booth! Not just any RV (painted black with their logos all over it), but an RV wired for surround inside. The back of the rig was set up with a Final Cut Pro editing station and full surround audio playback making it a fully immersive vacation experience. After the show, the whole setup will be cruising around North America evangalizing their products to the masses hungry for surround recording gear. In other news, they just announced that their H4 SuperMini camera mountable surround mic will now encode using the Dolby Pro Logic II (DLP II) format.
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Will Eggleston over at the Genelec booth in the South hall had great news today. Their speaker management software is now avaialble for Mac and PC. The software lets you run their AutoCal room correction and control up to 25 8200 speakers and 5 7200 series subs via standard Cat5.
Sony bowed the ECM-680S Stereo shotgun microphone at the show today. It is both a stereo or traditional mono mic. What’s cool is that if one side of the stereo feed goes out, the mic adjusts and sends the output as plain mono making for worry free recording. It is feather light and comes with a clip, foam for the clip and dedicated cable. Sony was also showing their Digital Wireless Mic system that will be available by year’s end. The system delivers 48k/24-bit audio with no compander so quality is vastly improved. It can also fit more channels into the picture than a traditional analog wireless rig.
Sunday was an interesting day at the show, even though the floor wasn’t officially open. At an Avid press event, Digidesign unveiled their latest products; two high-end speakers designed in collaboration with PMC. The RM1 is a 5.5-inch two-way ($1249 each) amped at 80w/50w while the RM2 is a 6.7-inch two-way ($1749 each) amped at 100w/50w. Both monitors feature PMC‘s Advanced Transmission Line technology tailoring the response through cabinet design and onboard DSP taking care of crossover duties, speaker positioning EQ settings, trim level, and bass port emulation. I/O is either balanced analog (XLR), AES (44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz), AES (RJ-45) and AES digital THRU (RJ-45). The RM1s are surprisingly small looking like a desktop speaker while the RM2s are what you‘d expect on a console as a nearfield. They are shipping now and Mix will have a review asap.
Today’s Podcast features interviews with Minnetonka, Intel, Full Sail, Neural Audio and Solid State Networks. Click here to listen.
Some of the sights and sounds from the 2007 GDC
photo caption: Kevin Becka, Greg Sutton, Sarah Jones, Erika Lopez and Tom Kenny
This year’s Game Developers Conference had more audio than in any past show. I predict you’re going to see this increase in the next few years as audio steps up in true partnership with video, offering the gamer a truly immersive experience. For in-depth coverage, check out our Podcasts from all three days of the show and be sure to watch mixonline.com for the GDC wrap up. We are gearing up for NAB where we’ll offer video coverage, Podcasts, live Blogging from the Mix booth and regular web updates from the show. Thanks to Intel for sponsoring this year’s Mix GDC coverage, and we’ll see you in Vegas!
photo caption: Jayson Kadhemi (CRAS) and the owner of the Saloon
The Saloon is the oldest bar in San Francisco: It first opened its doors in 1861. After the show, a number of GDC’ers were at this ancient watering hole sampling the great blues, beer and more.
photo caption: David Rudolph of CRI Ware
The word middleware is a term you hear a lot at the GDC. The term describes software tools used by game developers to create the game. CRI Middleware offers a comprehensive tool suite for developers including an audio engine that allows the audio designer to build dynamic sounds that vary in both pitch and amplitude over time. For more info, be sure to check their website and download the software for free. If you use it within one year to create a game, it’s free!
photo caption: Robert Brock (CRAS), Sarah Jones (Mix), Michael Kimball (Soundelux), Tonya Visconti (CRAS), Michel Henein (CRAS/Diesel Games)
North Beach is packed with Italian restaurants, music and unique San Francisco flair. The best gnocchi on the planet can be found at Panta Rei at the corner of Stockton and Columbus. The group above was out having a late meal after the G.A.N.G. awards.