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Sony has introduced the successor to its PCM-D1 portable recorder, and it’s priced (at $599) about a third lower! The PCM-D50, which resembles the PCM-D1 (though smaller and without the VU meters) offers many of the same basic features, as well as some new ones: S/PDIF input (as well as output), digital pitch control for playback, a wired remote control, MP3 file playback, and hardware switches for filter and limiter. In addition, the mics can be moved laterally, allowing you to escape the x-y stereo setup when a recording situation calls for it. The PCM-D50 has new mics and preamps, so it remains to be seen how it sounds. However, it’s a feature rich device and holds a lot of promise if it works as easily as the PCM-1. I certainly can’t wait to try one out!
here we are with Jason Miles…what’s your thoughts on the show thus far?
I’vebeen to about 20 AES shows.The NY show is always the best hang.People seem to always pick up on thr NY energy.It is always evident that things in our business change.It’s now about Multi media and software.A few cool companies have hung on and I hope they thrive.I will check back in a few days to see if anything in this show excited me enough to break out the credit card
Peace, Jason Miles
Just got back from the American Music & Sound booth and they’re brimming with lots of new goodies: Focusrite‘s ISA 828 8-channel mic pre (now shipping) and the Liquid 4PRE, and Allen & Heath‘s ZED-14 stereo mixer and iLive-80 control surface. In other news, Turbosound joins the AM&S family, effective now.
Wel, this booth wins “best of show” so far…just got a tour of a replica of Peter Gabriel’s garden shed at Real World studios. But while you might have trowels and trash cans in your shed, his has an SSL AWS 900+ console as a creative centerpiece, connected to SSL XLogic processing and converters, with additional equipment provided by Guitar Center, acoustic treatment by Auralex, Argosy studio furniture and Henick-Lane air conditioning. This ‘shed of your dreams’ professional studio costs under $250K, depending on exact finish, specification and location. As a bonus, studio package includes a visit by one of SSL’s engineers to verify installation, provide introductory console training and certify the facility. Peter gave me apersonal tour of the amenities, which include a tea set and wine, “essential for any creative process.” If you’re at the show, check out booth 154, or watch for the video tour this month on mixonline.com.
We’re kicking off the blog with Charles Dye, mixer/producer, who is here to tell us about a very important set of guidelines developed by the Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy, due out in a couple of weeks. Charles, what can you tell us?
DAW session/project files can contain a byzantine amount of info, and become easily disorganized. So, to address this the P&E Wing of NARAS has created the “DAW Guidelines for Music Production,” with two key goals. The 1st is to help DAW users, regardless of platform, to organize their projects/sessions in a way that can eliminate confusion for themselves or other operators, provide answers to anticipated questions, solve certain problems before they arise, and shorten the time between when an operator opens a session and when they are able to go to work. The 2nd is to make it easier for users to exchange projects/sessions from one platform to another.
Check the Grammy site in the next couple of weeks for the complete set.
Get ready for AES 2007 N.Y. with our special Mix, Electronic Musician and Remix site–where you’ll find our Survival Guide, Video, Podcasts, Newsletters, New Products and much more. Site is live (except New Products Guide, which goes live on October 1): September 21. Bookmark it now at mixonline.com/ms/aes2007!
There was a lot going on in the South Hall on Day 3. Click here to check out the hot gear and news from Yamaha, Digital Audio Denmark, LightViper, Apple, Audiotechnica, Merging Technologies and Smartsound.
For the Mix crew, the press room at NAB is not only a great place to blog and file reports from, but it’s got a great ongoing buffet throughout the day that feeds and waters journalists from all over the world. It’s not uncommon to sit at a computer and hear conversations in Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, French and more.
Jeff Glixman, Zak Rizvi and Lily Salinas from Star City have just stopped by the booth. I had a visit out to Bethlehem, Penn., a month back, and they have done remarkable things with the facility and are pumping out some surround work, not to mention producing and engineering Tyrone Vaughan. Good to see you fine folks…what’s happening?
Hello everyone, we are here for a short trip to see all our friends and check out new gear. We can’t forget the major stops: in-n-out burger, china grill, Nobu, Red Rocks and of course the MIX booth to see our good friend Tom. Really hectic time so i need to run but everyone check out our new revamped website.
David Bryce had a range of ADAM monitors on display in the Radio Hall. The speakers feature their A.R.T. (Accelerated Ribbon Technology) Tranducers, perfect for broadcasters looking for smooth high frequency response for those long listening sessions.
Fairlight Xynergi Media Production Centre
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