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In the April 5, 2011 Issue:
  Multiformat Mixing on a PC
  Class of 2011 Call for Submissions
  Musikmesse 2011 Product Announcements
  Composer Zack Hemsey Sound for Film Profile
  Neve 1073LBEQ 500 Series Mono Equalizer Module
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Multiformat Mixing on a PC

Optimizing Your Windows 7 DAW for Audio Production April 14, 2011 2:00 p.m. EDT The ability to mix audio in-the-box calls for a computer that is finely tuned to that objective. A PC designed and optimized for audio ensures high-quality production output by minimizing the number of “ifs” in the equation. Today’s audio pro asks more and more of their computer because digital audio production has ballooned to a reality where high track counts, the need for processor-intensive DSP for plug-ins, and a deadline-oriented workflow is the name of the game. Tuned, reliable, and resilient hardware is key in these workflows, but with technology progressing at a breakneck pace, keeping up with the latest bus speeds, RAM types, CPU cycles, and hard drive types is a daunting task for seasoned technology workers and nearly impossible for audio professionals under deadline pressure. Find out more about this free Webcast sponsored by Dell, and register now!
Class of 2011

Class of 2011 Call for 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 Friday, April 15, 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.

Top Stories

Musikmesse 2011 Product Announcements

New at Musikmesse 2011 Musikmesse 2011 is taking place April 6-9 in Frankfurt. Check Mix's Musikmesse 2011 Product Announcements page for all new audio products debuting on the show floor.

Musikmesse 2011: SPL Introduces NEOS 120-Volt Mixer German manufacturer SPL is introducing the NEOS mixer ($13,999 MSRP), which is based on the manufacturer's 120-volt technology. According to SPL, the NEOS was conceived first and foremost for mixing and monitoring applications in computer-based environments. The first public demonstration of the NEOS will take place during Musikmesse in Hall 5.1, stand B 82.... Read more about the SPL NEOS 120-volt mixer.

Musikmesse 2011: IOSONO Spatial Audio Workstation At this week's Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt, Germany (April 6-9 in Hall 8.0, booth #K4), IOSONO is introducing its Spatial Audio Workstation, which offers a concept for dealing with a spatial audio mix: a graphical user interface with options for motion editing (moving, rotating, scaling and grouping). In a single display, Spatial Audio Workstation depicts all tracks or events as sound objects, to provide greater convenience for positioning and moving audio.... Read more about the IOSONO Spatial Audio Workstation.

Blue Microphones Acquires the Assets of Summit Audio Inc. Blue Microphones announces the acquisition of the assets of Summit Audio Inc., manufacturer of high-end signal processors and mic preamps. While continuing the tradition of quality characterized by both brands, Blue Microphones will expand the availability of Summit Audio products through improved supply and distribution, in addition to continuing new product development under the Summit brand. Read the entire story.

Featured Video

Composer Zack Hemsey Sound for Film Profile

From the SoundWorks Collection To describe the work and success of 27-year-old composer and music producer Zack Hemsey is to describe the current state of music. Inventive. Dedicated. Original. He represents the up-and-coming talent who are working “in the box” using software like Apple Logic. Also as an independent artist, Hemsey has been releasing his own studio albums online, which combine elements of film score, hip-hop and world instrumentation. Last year, Hemsey composed the original track “Mind Heist” for the trailer of Oscar-winning film Inception. He has continued to create memorable musical themes for such as trailers Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, Ben Affleck’s The Town and David Schwimmer’s Trust.

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Featured Products

Neve 1073LBEQ 500 Series Mono Equalizer Module

Vintage King Audio, a leading dealer of high-end new and vintage recording equipment based in Detroit, announces the release of the Neve 1073LBEQ 500 Series Mono Equalizer Module ($1,295) from AMS Neve. AMS Neve has officially re-created the original Neve 1073's big punchy sound for the second time; the EQ joins the Neve 1073LB mic pre, which debuted last fall at AES 2010, in the company's roster of 500 Series format lunchbox modules.

Crafted in England by Neve engineers, the 1073LBEQ retains the unique sonic characteristics of its original predecessor by using the same architecture, matching components and 3-band EQ design. It also offers new features, including a signal presence LED and Neve's Audio Processing Insert design, and allows the audio to and from the EQ module to be inserted into the audio path of an existing 1073LB.

The Neve 1073LB 500 Series EQ is available in the United States exclusively through Vintage King Audio and select distributors worldwide, and will begin shipping on April 28, 2011. For more information, go to Vintage King Audio's AMS Neve 1073LBEQ page.

KRK ROKIT RP10-3 mid-field three-way monitor system.

Sound Devices CL-WIFI hardware accessory for the 788T Digital Recorder.

Genelec 1238CF Tri-Amplified DSP Monitoring System.

Auralex SonoLite professional grade foam panels.

Waves Audio OneKnob plug-ins.

Find more new products from the Briefing Room.


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


Real Sound Lab CONEQ workshop 3.1 at Prolight + Sound 2011 and CONEQ software giveaway.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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