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From Mix Magazine | A Penton Media Publication    March 25, 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
SHARE YOUR NASHVILLE STORIES
Larry Klein Reflects On Tracking Herbie Hancock's 'River' Album
HHB TO UNVEIL CDR-882 DUALBURN CD RECORDER AT NAB
Coming in June: The Class of 2008
DON'T FORGET THE INSTRUMENTAL MIX
Blair's DVD Watch: Lindsey Buckingham, Sans Mac; Jamming at Wetlands
Giving “Wall of Sound” A New Meaning?
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TALKBACK
SHARE YOUR NASHVILLE STORIES
We'd like to hear from anyone who has worked in Nashville. Tell us about your most memorable Nashville session! And if you've worked in Nashville for several years, tell us about how the scene has changed. E-mail us at mixeditorial@mixonline.com.
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With sixteen inputs, the TASCAM US-1641 is the ideal choice to record the whole band to a computer. Eight mic/line inputs plus six line inputs gives you plenty of channels for a large ensemble, drum set for just about any live recording. The US-1641 packs the interfacing power of a big console into only one rackspace. For more information www.tascam.com


FEATURE STORY
Larry Klein Reflects On Tracking Herbie Hancock's 'River' Album
Avatar Studios in New York City knew it had a special project on its hands the minute that jazz legend Herbie Hancock walked through the door to track an album for the Verve label called River: The Joni Letters. The rest of the world would later find out how special that project was, as the disc went on to receive the coveted Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Jazz Album statues at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards. MORE
NEW PRODUCTS
HHB TO UNVEIL CDR-882 DUALBURN CD RECORDER AT NAB
At the 2008 NAB show in Las Vegas, HHB will show its CDR-882 DualBurn ($1,149) professional audio CD recorder, which is compatible with both low- and high-speed CD-R media up to 52x, including HHB's own new CDR80HS 2X-52X disc. With genuine REC-REC drive configuration, the CDR-882 supports extended recording time across two or more discs, as well as simultaneous recording of two discs, high-speed duplication and intelligent disc management.

Full 24-bit AD/DA converters with noise-shaped dither onto CD combine with a high-quality quartz crystal-derived internal clock and high-grade analog circuitry. The CDR-882 weighs 14.7 pounds and uses high-quality IDE CD-R drives mounted in a two-rackspace steel chassis.

The unit has balanced XLR analog I/O, unbalanced phono analog I/O, balanced XLR AES/EBU digital I/O, coaxial and optical S/PDIF digital I/O, external word clock input, RS232 remote control and parallel control interface. An onboard sample rate converter accepts digital signals from 32 to 96k Hz, and the CDR-882 ships with an infra-red remote control. The CDR-882 will be available in April 2008. HHB will exhibit at NAB 2008 in booth #N8207.

For more information, click here and visit HHB's U.S. distributor, Sennheiser USA, at www.sennheiserusa.com.

RF CENTRAL ENHANCED NLL-II DIGITAL MICROWAVE LINK PRESENTS NEW CONNECTION SOLUTIONS AT NAB

CLEAR-COM® INTRODUCES ECLIPSE DIGITAL MATRIX VERSION 5.0 RELEASE AT NAB 2008

MORE NEW PRODUCTS FROM THE BRIEFING ROOM

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ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM MIX
Coming in June: The Class of 2008
Mix is now accepting submissions for our annual design feature: The Class of 2008. We’ll feature photos and descriptions of some of the hottest studios that have opened in the past year. If you know of a studio that belongs in this year’s Class, write to Barbara Schultz at Mix at bschultz@mixonline.com. Submissions are due March 26.

Register Today for Remix Hotel Miami 2008!
Remix Hotel Miami is heading to the National Hotel in South Beach March 27-30. Get all the latest news and updates at www.remixhotel.com, and don’t forget to register!

Mix Nashville 2008
Join the editors of Mix on May 20-21, 2008 for an intensive look at Nashville, the hottest recording market in the country today. The place where studio meets live. Where country reigns and rock and blues come to play. Where churches and clubs sit side by side, both pumping out quality sound. Two days of studio, live, songwriting, production. Two days of networking, demos, education and performance. Be sure to visit Mix's special Nashville event page at http://mixonline.com/ms/nashville08.

Central Region AES Student Summit April 4-6
Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. will host the second annual Central Region AES Student Summit April 4-6, which will feature guest speakers Bob Heil, founder and president of Heil Sound Ltd., and top mastering engineer Bob Katz. The summit will offer panels, tutorials, demos, networking opportunities and more. Students may pre-register for $20. For more information and to register, go to www.webster.edu/aes.

AES Nashville Presents C2 Conference April 18-19
The AES Nashville Section has developed the C2 (Capturing Creativity) conference and gear expo for achieving professional results in personal studios, scheduled for April 18 and 19 at the Musician’s Hall of Fame and Museum. Participants will include leading producer/engineers Jeff Balding, Chuck Ainlay, Russ Long, Pat McMakin and Bil VornDick, and Lynn Fuston of 3D Audio. Early registration is open through April 4 and is $149 for AES members, $199 for non-members, $59 for non-member students and $39 for student members. For more information, visit www.aesnashville.org/c2con.htm.

Waves On Tour Presents Eddie Kramer
Waves' "Studio Classics Collection Experience" is an educational tour that is visiting cities across the U.S. during March, April and May. Renowned producer/engineer Eddie Kramer and Waves product specialists are presenting lectures and demonstrations of Waves' Studio Classics Collection plug-in bundle, which comprises Waves' SSL 4000, V-Series and API Collections. For the latest tour updates, click here.

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
DON'T FORGET THE INSTRUMENTAL MIX
After you've completed your final mix on any music project, mute the vocal channels and create an instrumental version. You might not need it right now, but someday you may need instrumental tracks for creating an extended dance mix, a karaoke release or as a background theme for video/film/TV/games production. An instrumental mix also provides some insurance in case the lead singer suddenly quits the band or you want to use the tracks later as demos with a singer of the opposite gender. Of course, those clever engineers who suggest a quick instrumental mix will surely be appreciated for their resourceful attitude, and over an entire album project, it only adds a couple hours to the studio billing, which the studio owner will appreciate. —George Petersen
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BLAIR'S DVD WATCH
Blair's DVD Watch: Lindsey Buckingham, Sans Mac; Jamming at Wetlands

Lindsey Buckingham: Live at the Bass Performance Hall (Reprise)
It was Lindsey Buckingham who sold me on Fleetwood Mac back in the late ’70s. When that group became ubiquitous on the radio, I wasn’t sure I liked them at first. Sure, they had some catchy tunes, and spacey Stevie Nicks was a definitely a fox, but there was a part of me that resisted their conscious commerciality (even though they didn’t sound like anyone else). But then, mostly because as a member of the press I got free tickets, I went and saw them play at the Cow Palace in San Francisco on their Rumours tour, and I was completely blown away. Far from being some commercial hit machine, this was a fiery, edgy, completely idiosyncratic group of crazies…and no one seemed crazier and more possessed than lead guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. (No, not even Mick Fleetwood!) MORE.

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AUDIO IN THE NEWS
Giving “Wall of Sound” A New Meaning?
A Yorkshire, UK company says it has invented an “invisible sound system” that can turn almost any surface into a high-quality loudspeaker. The F-Drive from FeOnic is based on "smart" material technology, a class of metals that is highly reactive to magnetic fields. When the device is connected to a resonant surface, it converts it into a powerful non-directional speaker. Learn more here.

Mix on the Radio!
This week, "The Whole Things Going Down" show on You Rock Radio this week features Producer Paul Lani; next week they interview Mix’s Albert Margolis about the state of the biz, technology and playing music in today's environment. Check it out at www.yourockradio.com.

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