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August 19, 2004 Volume 3, Number 16

Table of Contents
Announcements From Mix
Blair's Blog
A.R.T. SLA-2
Eventide Supports ICON, Windows XP
Social D Visits Bernie G


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ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM MIX

The Liquid Channel Starts Flowing...
The talk of the show during its launch at last year's AES, Focusrite's Liquid Channel is now shipping. To find out why this advanced channel strip--with its replicas of 40 classic mic preamps and 40 compressors, combined with Focusrite digital EQ and sparking 192kHz clarity--is turning heads, click here.

Coinciding with the AES Convention in San Francisco, October 28-31, 2004, Mix will be publishing the 27th Annual New Products Directory, a guide to professional audio or music products released four months prior to, or during, the AES convention. To submit your product text and photos, or to find out more information about the process, go to mixonline.com. Please note that all materials are due by August 27, 2004.

The Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio announced that the 20th Annual Technical Excellence and Creativity Awards will be held on Saturday, October 30, 2004, at the Marriott Hotel in San Francisco. The TEC Awards honors outstanding achievement in professional audio production and product design. For more information, visit mixfoundation.org.



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BLAIR'S BLOG

Welcome to the first edition of Blair's Blog, where Blair Jackson, an editor at Mix for more than 20 years, brings our tiny audio world into the bigger picture - or in his own words: Forget about The Blob. The monster that's devouring the Internet is The Blog, and look, ma, I got one! What is going to pop up in this space every two weeks is a mystery at this point, but it'll probably have something to do with music or movies or TV or pop culture in general, and have some sort of audio/music industry slant to it. Sometimes, like this time, it'll be kinda long. Other times, it'll actually be pithy and to the point. (Though doesn't that defeat the purpose of a blog, which is to drone on endlessly?) So read on!

Hearing about the death of Rick James earlier this month got me digging through boxes in the cluttered storage room off my dilapidated garage, looking for the yellowing magazine that contained the write-up of my lone interview with the funk superstar. Found it! Rock & Soul magazine, July 1982. Rick, in his full braided glory, looking sultry as the headline proclaims: "Rick James His Raunchiest Interview Ever!" I do recall the magazine's editor telling me he wanted to put in every F-word I could jam into the piece and fortunately Rick complied. Perhaps foreshadowing my employment at Mix a year-and-a-half later, the opening of the article is a recording studio: "At the Record Plant studio in Sausalito, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, Rick James and the Stone City Band are busy recording overdubs. A bottle of scotch is making the rounds in the control room and the smell of good reefer is thick in the air and James repeats a funky groove on an Oberheim synthesizer again and again..." MORE



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NEW PRODUCTS

A.R.T. SLA-2
Applied Research and Technology (ART) has introduced the SLA 2 studio linear power amplifier. The 2-channel SLA 2 delivers 200 watts per channel and occupies one rackspace. For studio use, SmartFanª technology cools the unit, with the fan speed dependant on the amplifier workload. MORE

Drums On Demand Vol. 3
Drums On Demand Vol. 3 is now available in a 24-Bit .WAV multitrack edition. The 2-DVD, 8-gigabyte library features 1,700 royalty free, multitrack loops and matching single hits in 25 song sets. MORE

Korg Pa1X Upgrades, New Dual-Tube Preamps
Korg has recently released Version 1.6, the latest in a series of free operating system upgrades, for the Pa1X Pro and Pa1X Arranger keyboards. New features include software support for the user-installable EXB-MP3 board, which allows players to record their entire performance - including vocals - as an MP3 file. MORE

Roland DS-Series, CM-30 CUBE Monitors

Roland has introduced its flagship DS-8/7/5 active reference series monitors, which feature premium-grade discrete amp circuits and film capacitors. The new DS line is suited for professional and project studios, fixed and mobile broadcast facilities and other recording/mixing environments.MORE

Now Shipping: Royer SF-24
Royer Labs' SF-24 phantom-powered stereo ribbon microphone features two fully balanced, discrete head amplifier systems utilizing ultralow-noise FETs, each delivering an output sensitivity rating of -38 dB. The impedance-matching circuitry provides optimum impedance to the ribbon elements, preventing over-damping of the elements and ensuring consistent performance. MORE

Waves Version 5
Waves has launched Version 5, which provides HTDM support for all plug-ins (Pro Tools TDM 6.4cs4 required). HTDM allows the mixing of DSP and native plug-ins in a single processing chain, native plug-ins on aux tracks and support for sidechain plug-ins with the C1, RCL, RenChannel and Morphoder. In addition, mono-to-stereo operation is provided with native plug-ins. MORE


NEWS YOU CAN USE

Eventide Supports ICON, Windows XP
Eventide announced that its Clockworks Legacy, Reverb, Octavox and H3000 Band Delays plug-ins now support Digidesign's ICON and Command control surfaces. The Clockwork Legacy, Reverb and Octavox plug-ins are available for the Windows XP Pro Tools platform. MORE

B&H Launches Pro Audio Homepage
B&H Photo-Video and Pro Audio Inc. has launched its new Pro Audio Website, bhproaudio.com. The site allows visitors to research, compare, shop and buy the company's products.

Endless Noise Names Roxanne Morganstern Associate Producer
Roxanne Morganstern has been named associate producer for commercial music/sound design company Endless Noise (Los Angeles), after serving as a freelance producer for the past few years. Prior to her work with Endless Noise, Morganstern was an administrator with Music Sales West/Dick Rudolph Productions, a music licensing company based in Santa Monica, Calif. She has also held advertising positions with Variety''s LA 411 and the Santa Monica Mirror. For more company information, visit endlessnoise.com.

Mercenary Audio: Celebrating 15 Years
Boston-based Mercenary Audio celebrates 15 years as an equipment dealers, surviving numerous corporate shifts, launching a custom repair shop and establishing a "nearly functional" dot-com. After a short stint as a booking agency, Mercenary Audio became a vintage equipment brokerage company on January 9, 1989. In the early 1990s, the company purchased the equipment from Capricorn Recording Studios in Macon, Ga., which jump-started its vintage equipment dealings. MORE

SugarHill Tells All
SugarHill Recording Studios (Houston) chief engineer Andy Bradley is teaching a new class for Houston, Texas--based Leisure Learning Unlimited. The class, entitled "The Sights, Sounds & Stories From SugarHill Recording Studios," will provide insight into SugarHill's 60 years of recording history and a view into the music production process. MORE

Summer Games Broadcast in Dolby Surround
Dolby Laboratories is providing equipment and personnel to enable Athens Olympic Broadcasting (AOB) to deliver the XXVIII Summer Games events in Dolby surround sound. Multichannel audio from selected venues will be captured and delivered to the networks using Dolby E for distribution to digital services and Dolby Pro Logic II for analog services or those limited to 2-channel audio. MORE


PROJECTS

Social D Visits Bernie G
Social Distortion founder Mike Ness chose Bernie Grundman Mastering to put the finishing touches on Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll, the band's first new album since 1996. MORE

Rednote Audio Scores King Arthur Game
Rod Abernethy and Rednote Audio (Raleigh, NC) have been tapped to produce the original soundtrack for Konami's King Arthur videogame, which is based on the Hollywood motion picture starring Keira Knightley and Clive Owen. Developed by Krome Studios PTY, Ltd and published by Konami Digital Entertainment America and Buena Vista Interactive, the King Arthur videogame utilizes footage from the film. MORE

L.A. Recording Academy Revamps Boardroom
With the help of Harman Pro and talent such as Phil Ramone, George Augspurger, John Eargle and Academy director Leslie Lewis, the Los Angeles headquarters of the Recording Academy recently completed a new state-of-the-art sound system for its boardroom. The room now features a 5.1 sound system that comprises soffit-mounted JBL Professional LSR6332 three-way 12-inch studio monitors. MORE

G&E Scores With Saatchi & Saatchi
G&E Music recently created original music for three national spots for New York City-based ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi. Saatchi lead writer Kelly Coveney initiated G&E's demos for the first of the three spots, Crest White Strips. MORE

"Welcome to California," Bongo Post!
Bongo Post & Music (Sacramento, Calif.) recently mixed, edited and scored original music for the California Tourism campaign with spots titled "Welcome to California," featuring Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, wife/TV journalist Maria Shriver and Walt Disney Co. CEO Michael Eisner. MORE

Duran Duran Wraps Up First Album in 21 Years
All original members of Duran Duran have reunited and are wrapping up their first studio album since Seven and the Ragged Tiger's release in 1983. Simon LeBon (vocals), Andy Taylor (guitar), John Taylor (bass), Roger Taylor (drums) and Nick Rhodes (keyboards) have been working at Sphere Studios (London) with producers Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Good Charlotte) and Dallas Austin (TLC, Monica, Pink). MORE


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