Mobile Version   ·  Online Version   ·   Add to Safe Sender List

In the April 19, 2011 Issue:
  Last Call for Class of 2011 Submissions
  TechTicker: The Best $20 You’ll Spend Today
  Coachella 2011 Photo Gallery
  Softube ME 1B Midrange Equalizer, Classic Channel Plug-Ins
  CD Review: The Smithereens '2011' (eOne Music)
Class of 2011

Last Call for Class of 2011 Submissions

Mix is gathering materials for Class of 2011, our annual photo spread showcasing the best of the best of this year’s expertly designed North American recording facilities.

Qualified facilities are ones that were either newly opened or substantially redesigned after March 2010. Please bear in mind that projects involving only new equipment installation or rewiring do not qualify for this particular feature and that in the selection process the quality of the image is of prime importance.

Please e-mail Sarah Benzuly a photo of the empty room (no people). We’re looking for high-quality photos that include the console and monitors and also non-control room shots of good-looking studios. 4x5 transparencies, digital images or slides are the best formats, but prints are acceptable, too, and the name of the photographer should be attached.

Please note that all materials must be received at the Mix offices by this coming Friday, April 22, 2011.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call at 650-238-0344. Thanks for your assistance, and we look forward to hearing from you.


TechTicker: The Best $20 You’ll Spend Today

Longtime friend of Mix and audio engineer Jose “Chilitos” Valenzuela has released his much-anticipated second edition of The Complete Pro Tools Shortcuts.The book is newly revised with over 400 Pro Tools shortcuts covering the latest versions of the DAW and is a great way to speed up your workflow and make more $$$$$$$. I just got my copy today and it is well-written and comprehensive. It’s the best $20 you’ll spend today.

Mix Sound: Lawrence Manchester Growing up in Maine, Lawrence Manchester dreamed of a career in music. Working behind the desk wasn’t part of the original plan, however. Playing guitar and drums, singing, and working steadily in his teens, Manchester headed off to the Peabody Conservatory to hone his classical percussion stops. While in college he became intrigued with the recording process. Manchester is kept busy these days with his steady job as Music Mixer for the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon show, and he sandwiches film score dates around his work at NBC.

Read Gary Eskow's latest 'Mix Sound' blog.

Top Stories

Coachella 2011 Photo Gallery

Coachella 2011 was held Friday, April 15, 2011, through Sunday, April 17, in Indio, Calif. Thousands flocked to the festival to hear such great performances as those from Kings of Leon, the Black Keys, Chemical Brothers, The Strokes, Duran Duran, Kanye West and so much more. Below, you can view our online-only photo gallery by photographer Dave Vann of a slew of these great performances. In the June issue of Mix, we'll have in-depth coverage of the sound behind the festival and more.

View photographer Dave Vann's Coachella 2011 Photo Gallery.

PopMark Media/Studio Unknown's Confessions of a Small Working Studio Balancing Act: Craft Vs. Business In life, there’s a lot to be said for generosity, right? It really does go a long way, and if you believe the adage “What goes around, comes around,” it’s especially poignant. However, in business, there’s a point at which going overboard with generosity means shooting yourself in the foot; it’s a delicate balance. For some reason, sound designers have earned a reputation for being some of the most “generous” folks around—at least in the eyes of filmmakers. But it only has to get obnoxiously out of hand if you let it. The sound designers featured in this month’s column have mastered the fine art of making amazing things happen within the confines of a budget. While they’ll admit they still went a little above and beyond, these composers were able to prevent themselves from total exploitation by effective communication and considerable imagination.

Read the April 2011 installment of 'PopMark Media/Studio Unknown's Confessions of a Small Working Studio.'

NAB 2011 Report The recently concluded 2011 NAB Show (April 11 through April 14, 2011) brought throngs of broadcast industry professionals from 151 countries to the Las Vegas Convention Center, where they could see and preview equipment on display from more than 1,500 exhibitors.

Mix magazine editors saw a number of audio products of interest on the show floor. Technical editor Kevin Becka selected his Top 5 Gear Picks, and in the following NAB 2011 Report, we present a few more highlights. Read Mix's NAB 2011 Report.

Check out more NAB 2011 product coverage.

Featured Products

Softube ME 1B Midrange Equalizer, Classic Channel Plug-Ins

Softube introduces the ME 1B Midrange Equalizer plug-in ($199), which is modeled on Tube-Tech’s passive, tube-based midrange equalizer—itself based on the Pultec MEQ-5 midrange equalizer—and the Classic Channel plug-in bundle ($599.99; pictured). Softube endeavored to model the hardware units’ components and classic Tube-Tech sound, together with the designers at Lydkraft/Tube-Tech, and all plug-ins are native for Mac/PC and available in VST/VST3/AU/RTAS formats.

The Classic Channel bundle comprises the Tube-Tech CL 1B opto compressor, Tube-Tech PE 1C "Pultec" equalizer and Tube-Tech ME 1B midrange equalizer plug-ins. Individual bypass is available for each plug-in, and it is possible to change the order of the equalizers and compressor. The plug-ins also include a modeled output transformer and promise “analog behavior” with respect to frequencies, phase, distortion, attack, release, and more.

Find out more about the ME 1B Midrange Equalizer.

Find out more about Softube’s Classic Channel plug-in bundle.

Softube is exclusively distributed in North America by MV Pro Audio. Find a list of dealers.

Audio-Technica 2011 NAB Press Kit .

TC Electronic announces software Version 1.11 for TC TouchMonitor TM7 and TM9.

Find more new products from the Briefing Room.

Cool Spins

CD Review: The Smithereens '2011' (eOne Music)

Bands that stand the test of time have their own sound, and there’s no mistaking The Smithereens. These guys—best known for songs such as “Green Thoughts” and “Behind the Wall of Sleep”—haven’t put out an album in 12 years, but 15 seconds into their superb new release, there’s no doubt The Smithereens are back. The group has updated their low-end-heavy guitar sounds on this record.  Read more of this CD review.

Read more CD reviews.


Plug-ins are in use almost every day in any music production. What's your go-to plug-in? What's the oddest use you've put a plug-in into effect? E-mail the staff at

In light of Apple releasing its new laptops with the Thunderbolt IO format, which of the following would you do? To answer, go to


Avid presents VENUE live sound seminar on Wednesday, April 20.

Rethink Music Conference registration is open until April 24.

EastWest customers who purchase any qualifying product by April 30 are eligible to receive a second product of equal or lesser value free of charge.

Little Endian offers SpectrumWorx spectral processing VST plug-in for Mac OS X and Windows, as well as OS Bundle and OS Upgrade versions, at 30-percent off of the regular price until May 1.

House Research Institute hosts hearing safety event for teens in New York City on May 4, Los Angeles on May 12.

IK Multimedia offers 'Virtual Instruments Hot Buy' promotion and donates $5 from every purchase to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

VOX offers $30 rebate on select Satriani Pedals until April 30.

Guitar Center Professional offers sweepstakes to win a Blue Kiwi microphone, until June 30.

Spectrasonics' Bob Moog Tribute Library and contest to win OMG-1 hardware synth.

TC Electronic hosts audio seminar in Rome on June 9-10; registration ends May 6.

NARM/A2IM Music Business Crash Course will take place on May 9-10, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

Korg USA holds a video contest for a chance to win its new flagship Kronos Music Workstation, through May 31.

The PALM (Pro Audio/Lighting/Music) Expo 2011 takes place in Mumbai, India, June 2-4, 2011.

California Music Industry Summit takes place in Oakland, Calif., on June 10-11; announces full schedule.

Sweetwater GearFest 2011 takes place June 24-25, 2011.

Universal Audio offers 'Premium Studio Upgrade' for purchases of its 6176 Vintage Channel Strip through June 30.

Prolight + Sound Shanghai takes place October 11-14, 2011, at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, China.