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At the recent 2009 AES show in New York, Yamaha unveiled its "Rolling
Showroom," a 53-foot, double-expanding trailer that will make
appearances at national tradeshows and events throughout North America.
The unit is loaded with the latest pro audio gear from Yamaha and NEXO,
and Yamaha's Marc Lopez gives us an exclusive tour. Watch the video now!
Video: Solid State Logic Duality SE
At AES 2009, Solid State Logic unveiled its new console, the Duality SE,
and SSL's Dan Duffell gives us a quick tour. Watch the video now!
Video: Dangerous Music Mastering Gear
At AES 2009, Dangerous Music showed a full line of mastering hardware
solutions, including the new BAX equalizer, based on the classic
Baxandall filter circuits. Watch the video now!
Check out more new product demo videos from the 127th AES Convention
show floor made by the editors of Mix and Electronic
Musician on Mix's AES Videos
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Confessions of a Small Working Studio
Editor’s Note: We kick off a new online series written by and for
mid-level studio owners. On a monthly basis, Studio Unknown owner Kevin
Hill and creative director Lisa Horan (pictured) will be calling around
the country and bringing their own expertise to the issues that matter
most to a successful studio life. Let’s face it, the middle has been
hit hard in the economic downturn…but it’s also the middle that is
most likely to come roaring back. In this first installment, they talk
Click here to read the debut column, "The Hidden Value
Mix Announces ‘Certified Hits’ of AES
This year’s Audio Engineering Society show may have seemed small, but
it was certainly mighty, with 18,162 attendees making the trek to New
York City’s Javits Center. There was plenty to see, with a whole lot
of innovation crammed into the booth spaces of the 321 exhibitors.
Choosing a few from hundreds of great debuts was tough, but here (listed
alphabetically) are our selections of Certified Hits—the Top-20 new
products from AES, chosen by the editors of Mix.
Click here to see Mix's Certified Hit products
from the 2009 AES Convention.
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Audio Dragon Analog Dynamics Processor
Vintage King Audio, a leading dealer of high-end new and vintage
recording equipment based in Detroit, has added the Slate Pro Audio
Dragon Analog Dynamics Processor ($1,995) to its exclusive product line.
Created by producer/mixer Steven Slate, the Dragon is a compressor,
limiter and sound-shaping tool offering combinations of settings. It has
a classic FET compressor circuit and a mastering grade signal path,
including Class-A output section based around a custom made transformer.
The Dragon offers three "character" settings: Boom (for adding
sub-bass harmonics), Bite (a gentle "forward" characteristic) and Sheen
(which adds adds "an airy gloss" to the source). The unit's "Vintage"
button enables circuitry for "more harmonics, a bit of 'grit' and an
overall more aggressive tone." The Dragon also contains a 2-inch tape
saturation emulation with three distinct drive settings, a highpass
detection filter, an "all buttons in" squash mode, a gentle 2:1 setting
for mix bus and mastering duties, and a wet/dry Mix Ratio knob.
Vintage King Audio states that it will begin shipping the Dragon in
November 2009. For more information, visit www.slateproaudio.com or Vintage King Audio.
GC Pro Announces New Ocean Way Impact Monitor System
MusicBoxMobile iPhone App Developed By Production Music
MORE NEW PRODUCTS FROM THE BRIEFING ROOM
Mix with Sidechain Effects
Sidechain compression is an industry staple for cleaning
up the bottom end of bass tracks. It uses a kick drum as the sidechain
input to a compressor applied to the bass channels, which reduces bass
peaks without affecting the perceived level or weight of the bass.
To clean up the bass without ducking, use a highpass filter on the
bass track and use the kick on the sidechain input to trigger the filter
envelope. Set the cut-off frequency as low as possible and use a fast
attack (10 ms or so) and a long decay (about 500 ms), and then adjust
the envelope depth by ear. This will reduce the low frequencies of the
bass when the sidechain triggersan effect similar to ducking that
can sometimes feel more subtle.
If your noise gate offers positive gain reduction, use this as an
alternative to a compressor for that ducking-pad sound. Use the kick as
the sidechain input, set the reduction level to a positive value (+8 dB
is a good starting point) and then set a fast attack (10 ms or so) and a
medium release (about 150 ms). Next, adjust the threshold level until
you get the required depth of effect. Depending on the sound of the kick
drum, you may need to adjust the sidechain input filters (highpass and
lowpass) to get the desired effect.
Simon Langford; excerpted from "Sound Design Workshop: Bottom's Up" in Electronic
Musician's November 2009 issue.
Village Firm's Mics Help Novices Record Music Like Pros
That iPhone sure does a lot of amazing stuff. But one
thing it, or its sister device the iPod, couldn't do for a long time was
record live music well enough to sound like, well, music. But Blue
Microphones has changed that. A leader in developing high-end equipment
for musicians and audio professionals, the Westlake Village-based
company recently released the Mikey, a small, very powerful microphone
that enables anyone to capture studio quality sound on Apple's
Read the entire story.
Recording Studio in Your Pocket
When the band The 88 decided to record a song on their iPhone they never
knew it would become their best-selling single. The CyberGuy gives us a
behind-the-scenes look at the technology that is transforming the music
industry and giving bands a recession proof way to top the charts. Watch the video.
Google to Blend Search, Music in One Box
Google will soon launch a music initiative, which the company at this
point is calling a One Box for music, to offer song previews, artist
bios, graphics and video. The search engine, however, will not be
selling downloads or offering subscriptions. TechCrunch reported on
Tuesday night that Google is entering the music business but said the
search engine would launch a music service. That's not really what the
One Box for music is, said sources familiar with the deal. Read the entire story.
Music Industry Signs Online Distribution Agreement With EU
The European Commission has signed an agreement with the online music
industry designed to improve consumers' access to online music across
the 27-nation European Union, it said Tuesday. Online music retailers
including Amazon.com and Apple, Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia,
royalty rights collecting societies, consumer groups and the record
labels EMI and Universal Music Group struck the deal with E.U.
Commissioner for competition Neelie Kroes. Read the entire story.
GameSoundCon Announces San Francisco Conference
for November 13-14
Multiple award-winning film and game composer Chance
Thomas will present the keynote address at GameSoundCon 2009 SF, to be
held on November 13 and 14 at Pyramind in San Francisco. GameSoundCon
features seminars and panels on videogame music composition and sound
design, focusing on the challenges of working in the videogame industry,
and offers networking opportunities with game audio professionals.
Plus, GameSoundCon will offer two days of training sessions on how
musicians can create and publish original music in the Rock Band
Network. To learn more, visit www.gamesoundcon.com.
SPL Giving Away Attacker MicroPlug Until November 15
Until November 15, 2009, German manufacturer SPL is celebrating the
first anniversary of its software division by giving away for free a
MicroPlug from its Analog Code Series: the Attacker, which provides the
Transient Designer's attack enhancement function. The promotion is
limited to one full-version download of the Attacker MicroPlug (worth
approximately $88 excluding VAT) per computer. To learn more, go to www.theanalogcode.com.
Bruce Swedien Offers Critical Listening Workshop in
Ten students will be selected to attend Bruce Swedien’s Critical
Listening Workshop, to be held November 16-21, 2009, at his private home
studio in Central Florida. The workshop will explore all phases of
world-class, state-of-the-art music recording right up to and including
the final mix. For more information, visit www.criticallistening.net/workshop.html.
SF MusicTech Summit Takes Place December 7
The fifth SF MusicTech Summit will take place Monday, December 7, 2009
at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco. This growing international music,
entertainment and technology culture and commerce conference brings
together close to 700 prominent and influential visionaries and leaders,
including developers, entrepreneurs, musicians, investors, labels,
attorneys, managers, service providers, press and organizations in an
unparalleled deal-making environment. Tickets can be ordered at www.sfmusictech.com.
Mix Remembers Les Paul
In remembrance of Les Paul, who passed away on August 13, 2009 in White
Plains, N.Y., the editors of Mix created a special page featuring
videos and podcasts, including podcasts with Stevie Wonder and Steve
Miller. Click here to visit Mix magazine's special Les
Paul tribute page.
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Coverage of the Fab Four from Mix and Electronic
Welcome to BeatleTech, where you will find Fab Four-related articles and
interviews from the pages of Mix and Electronic Musician
magazines, as well as exclusive video content with artists and engineers
who have worked with The Beatles. Check Out
the BeatleTech Site!
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