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From Mix Magazine | A Penton Media Publication    January 29, 2008  
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Sennheiser's MKH 8000 series has top audio professionals smiling. With its incredible accuracy and tremendous range of accessories, it's adaptable to any requirement-from live sound to studio recording to score-mixing. We loaned a pair each to Bob Fernandez and Claudia Engelhart, who we videoed a bit of their conversation at AES. www.sennheiserusa.com/MKH8000


Table Of Contents
ATTENTION: GAME SOUND DEVELOPERS
Merger, Acquisition News at NAMM 2008
MOTU Digital Performer Version 6
MISSED WINTER NAMM?
The Guitar/Bass Delay Trick
Blair's DVD Watch: Taking the Good with the Bad from Live Earth
U2 Weighs In On ISPS and The Music Biz
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FEATURE STORY
Merger, Acquisition News at NAMM 2008
Large trade shows often provide the right backdrop to announce company changes, and Winter NAMM was no exception. Perhaps the most talked about event at NAMM was the proposed merger of the TC Group and Gibson Guitars. MORE
NEW PRODUCTS
MOTU Digital Performer Version 6
Mark of the Unicorn's flagship audio sequencer software (www.motu.com, $795) is now up to Version 6 and features a complete user interface redesign, XML file interchange with Final Cut Pro, track comping, support for interleaved broadcast WAV audio files, enhanced support for operation as a software front end for Pro Tools HD systems, pre-rendering of virtual instruments, better support for third-party Audio Unit (AU) plug-ins and the ability to "bounce and burn" directly to an audio CD. Other features include a vertically resizable track list, streamlined GUI with window tabs and a universal track selector that updates when you switch to a different tab. Resident plug-in processors have also been upgraded to multimono use, and include ProVerb convolution reverb and the MasterWorks Leveler.

ORPHEUS IS SHIPPING

EASTWEST PREVIEWS QUANTUM LEAP "FORBIDDEN PLANET" SAMPLE-BASED SYNTH AT NAMM 2008

MORE NEW PRODUCTS FROM THE BRIEFING ROOM

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ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM MIX
MISSED WINTER NAMM?
Then check out http://emusician.com/ms/namm08, where you'll find the editors of EM, Mix and Remix's top hits—from video to podcasts, new product announcements to blogs and much more!

Mix's New Nashville Columnist, Peter Cooper
The editors of Mix are happy to announce that Peter Cooper has signed on as the new writer of our "Nashville Skyline" column. Cooper will be reporting on all the studio business/session news from Music City, and he couldn't be more qualified for the job! Cooper is a talented music writer for the Nashville Tennesean, as well as a country music-history teacher, and a performing musician who can often be seen out playing bass for singer/songwriter Todd Snider.

Cooper's first column for Mix appears in our March issue, in which he reveals a few more details about his own career and then digs into one of the biggest projects to come out of Nashville in recent months: Vince Gill's Grammy-nominated, multidisc/multigenre album These Days. Check out "Skyline" in our March "Coast to Coast" section, and find out how Gill and producer/engineers Justin Niebank and Gill Hobbs managed to recording and mixing the album's 43 tracks!

Game Audio Digital Magazine
Hey, game lovers! Put that Wii remote down before you sprain a thumb again and check out the latest in Mix's new Game Audio digital magazine. This new monthly mag brings you behind the scenes on creating sounds for today's hottest titles, from Guitar Hero to Splinter Cell and Call of Duty, plus hot gear news, tech pages and spotlights on audio pros like you who've made it big. And if that's not enough to make you look, we've thrown in some cool giveaways, if you can find 'em! To check out the current issue, click here!

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RECORDING TIP
The Guitar/Bass Delay Trick
When recording bass guitar—combining a direct box with a miked amplifier —a time delay occurs, because the direct box signal arrives sooner than the signal going through the amp, out of the speaker and into the mic. Summing these usually results in a muddy sound. Adding a slight delay (a couple milliseconds or so) to the direct box signal improves the sound immensely, making it full and powerful. The same technique can be applied to guitar tracks, but using two guitar mics —one right in front of the amp, the other 15 feet away in the back of the room. Apply a 15ms delay to the close-mic track, and the result is a massive sound where the room reverb of the ambient mic occurs simultaneously with the sharp attack of the close mic. Guitarists love this one! —George Petersen
BLAIR'S DVD WATCH
Blair's DVD Watch: Taking the Good with the Bad from Live Earth

Live Earth:The Concerts for a Climate in Crisis (Warner Bros.)
Somewhere between the perhaps bloated claims of organizers that some two billion people on seven continents watched last year's Live Earth concerts and the downright preposterous anti-ecology naysayers who attest that the total audience was just you, three of your friends and Aunt Mabel—who was passing through the media room at the time—lies the truth about how successful this massive consciousness-raising effort last July 7 was. MORE.

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AUDIO IN THE NEWS
U2 Weighs In On ISPS and The Music Biz
U2 manager Paul McGuinness opened this week's MIDEM conference in Cannes with strong words for Internet service providers: "I think the failure of ISPs to engage in the fight against piracy, to date, has been the single biggest failure in the digital music market." Read the entire keynote speech on U2's Website.

Who Says Hi-Fi is Dead?
LP-to-CD rippers, single-speaker stereo and a $50,000 CD player. Gotta love the latest audio gadgets from CES, direct from CNET.

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